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10 Best Cat Food Bowls in 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

Dean Eby

June 19, 2021

Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl actual

Aside from grooming and temperament, cats aren’t terribly high-maintenance creatures. They don’t require a long list of accessories. But something every cat needs is a bowl. In fact, they’ll need two; one for water and one for food. Of course, bowls are a super simple product and it should be easy to pick one out for your cat, right?

It can be, but if you start searching online, you’ll realize there are far more options than you might have expected, and many have some scary negative reviews despite having loads of good feedback. You certainly don’t want to end up spending money on a poor product that you have to replace. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested a ton of cat bowls with our felines to find the best ones of all. The following 10 reviews will compare some of our favorites, but we only recommend the top three.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl
  • Wide skirt contains all the mess
  • Crafted from chew-proof materials
  • The dishes are whisker friendly
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Van Ness Ecoware Non-Skid Cat Bowl Van Ness Ecoware Non-Skid Cat Bowl
  • Silicone bottom is non-skid
  • Shallow and wide to be easy on whiskers
  • Won’t scratch your floor
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    K&H Pet Products Thermal Cat Bowl K&H Pet Products Thermal Cat Bowl
  • Large size holds plenty of water
  • 12-watt warmer
  • Prevents frozen water
  • Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl
  • Holds five cups of water
  • Folds flat for easy transport
  • Carabiner attached
  • Signature Housewares Ceramic Cat Bowl Signature Housewares Ceramic Cat Bowl
  • Affordably priced
  • Looks attractive
  • Non-skid bottom
  • The 10 Best Cat Food Bowls – Reviews 2021

    1. Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl – Best Overall

    Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl

    One problem we had with most bowls for cats is that you’ll need two; one for water and one for food. With the Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl, you’re getting two dishes in one, so you don’t have to purchase a second. Even better, both dishes are nestled into a wide skirt that catches any drips of water or spilled food. And the dishes are designed to be whisker-friendly; shallow and wide with flat bottoms.

    Of course, some cats love to chew, and they might even chew on their bowls. Luckily, this dish is made from chew-proof materials, so even if your cat tries to chew it, you won’t have to worry about your cat ruining it. When it’s time to clean, you can snap the stainless steel bowls out of the chew-proof skirt, simplifying and speeding up the process.

    The only real downside to this product that we could see is the price. It’s not crazy expensive, especially since you’re getting both the food and water bowls, but it is a bit pricier than alternatives. For what you get, we think it’s worth every penny.

    Disclaimer: PetKeen.com has a controlling interest in the Hepper brand. Therefore, we will benefit from any Hepper purchase you make as a result of this review.

    Pros
    • Wide skirt contains all the mess
    • The dishes are whisker friendly
    • Crafted from chew-proof materials
    • Snap-out stainless bowls are easy to clean
    Cons
    • It’s not the cheapest solution

    2. Van Ness Ecoware Non-Skid Cat Bowl – Best Value

    Van Ness Ecoware Non-Skid Cat Dish

    Let’s get back to the basics with the Van Ness Ecoware Non-Skid Cat Bowl. This is a basic bowl with a non-skid bottom made of silicone and a cute cat face design on the bottom of the inside. It won’t scratch your floor and it won’t slide around. Best of all, it won’t hurt your wallet or pocketbook because this bowl is dirt cheap. So cheap, in fact, that we think it’s the best cat food bowl for the money.

    Even though it’s priced affordably, this bowl is well thought out. It’s made shallow and wide so it can hold plenty of food or water, but it’s also easy on your cat’s whiskers. Forty-seven percent of the material it’s made from is renewable bamboo that’s BPA-free and absent any chemicals or heavy metals. Remember, you’ll need to get two since this is just a single bow. But if you’re in California, you’ll have to find a different dish as this one can’t be shipped to your state.

    Pros
    • Dirt-cheap pricing
    • Silicone bottom is non-skid
    • Won’t scratch your floor
    • Shallow and wide to be easy on whiskers
    Cons
    • Can’t be shipped to CA

    3. K&H Pet Products Thermal Cat Bowl – Premium Choice

    K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Plastic Dog & Cat Bowl

    Not every cat is an inside cat. Many cats spend their lives in barns or simply living outside. But in the winter when water freezes, it can present a real problem for these cats. That’s where the K&H Pet Products Thermal Cat Bowl steps in. This bowl can be plugged in to prevent the water inside from freezing. Now, you can be sure all the neighborhood cats have water all winter long!

    The warmer inside this thermal cat bowl is 12 watts. Ensuring no accidents occur, the power cord is wrapped in steel to make it chew resistant. With an overall size of 32 ounces, there’s room to hold enough water for the whole night, even if several cats are drinking.

    Of course, this bowl isn’t perfect. It’s a pretty expensive water bowl. When you consider that you’ll still need to purchase a separate bowl for food, it seems even more expensive. Still, it’s an excellent product that serves a specific purpose, even if it is a bit pricey.

    Pros
    • Large size holds plenty of water
    • 12-watt warmer
    • Prevents frozen water
    • Chew-resistant steel-wrapped power cord
    Cons
    • You’ll still need another bowl for food
    • It’s pretty expensive for a water bowl

    4. Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl

    Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl with Carabiner

    Cats can make excellent travel companions, but it requires some planning and forethought. While cats don’t require you to pack a whole lot of extras, you definitely will need to bring bowls for water and food. Regular cat dishes can take up quite a bit of space and are often difficult to fit in your luggage. But these travel bowls from Prima Pets are collapsible, so they fold flat for easy travel.

    Depending on your needs, you can opt for a bowl that holds 1.5 cups or one that holds five cups. All the bowls come with a carabiner attached, making it easy to hook the bowl onto any other gear so you don’t even have to make space for it. You have several color choices to pick from, and bowls of both sizes are affordably priced.

    While we probably wouldn’t use these for bowls at home in a permanent location, they’re perfect for taking on vacation or for RVers or anyone who travels often.

    Pros
    • Holds five cups of water
    • Folds flat for easy transport
    • Carabiner attached
    Cons
    • Not the best for a permanent location

    5. Signature Housewares Ceramic Cat Bowl

    Signature Housewares Black Arrow Non-Skid Ceramic Dog & Cat Bowl

    Here’s another super simple design that’s priced affordably. The Signature Housewares Ceramic Cat Bowl is a heavy dish since it’s made from ceramic. You can choose from a one-cup or three-cup size, though the three-cup model is a bit deep for cats. Because it’s ceramic, if you drop it, this bowl will break. On the other hand, it’s also less likely to tip for the same reason.

    The bottom of this bowl is non-skid to prevent it from sliding around and scratching the floor while your cat eats. It’s a decent-looking dish, but you don’t get any options. There’s just one design and color. It’s black with a white arrow design going around the outside. It’s an attractive enough bowl, but only if you find it to your liking.

    Overall, this bowl is adequate, but certainly not special in any way. While affordable, it’s not as cheap as some other options, which is why it’s situated right in the middle of our list.

    Pros
    • Affordably priced
    • Looks attractive
    • Non-skid bottom
    Cons
    • Ceramic isn’t difficult to break
    • Only one design and color

    6. Mr. Peanut’s Premium Collapsible Cat Bowl

    Mr. Peanut's Premium Collapsible Silicone Dog & Cat Bowls

    Initially, we were pretty excited about Mr. Peanut’s Premium Collapsible Cat Bowls. As avid travelers, we’re always looking for convenient ways to feed our pets on the go. These travel bowls come as a set of four bowls for a very low price. They’re also advertised as being 34 ounces, so we thought they’d be sizable enough for a full meal. But when they arrived, they were far smaller than expected! As it turned out, all four bowls are 34 ounces together, not individually.

    Like most travel bowls, these are collapsible bowls made of silicone. Unlike others we’ve tested, these are not very durable. The silicone is thin and brittle, so the bowls tend to crack along the fold lines where they collapse. Since you’ll be folding and unfolding these bowls very often, a weakness here is a major flaw.

    We liked the inclusion of carabiners on all four bowls so we can easily attach them to bags, backpacks, suitcases, and more. Despite being very small bowls, four bowls for this price is a good deal. Or, it would be if the bowls actually held up.

    Pros
    • Four bowls for a low price
    • Collapsible for easy transport
    • Carabiners on all four bowls
    Cons
    • Not very durable
    • The bowls are pretty small

    7. PetRageous Designs Metro Oval Cat Bowl

    PetRageous Designs Metro Oval Ceramic Dog & Cat Dish

    At first appearance, the PetRageous Designs Metro Oval Cat Bowl looked to be a solid option. It’s designed with cats in mind; shallow and wide. In pictures, it looks like an ideal dish. But in person, it’s much smaller than it looked in a photo. Still, it’s whisker-friendly and reasonably priced. Plus, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe, so you can easily wash it with your other dishes or heat your cat’s dinner up without worry.

    Though this bowl does look rather attractive, it’s built poorly. Ours started chipping from regular use after just a few days. Once it’s got a few chips, it starts to become a safety hazard for your feline. If you drop this dish once, it’s going to shatter since it’s made of ceramic. Unlike other cat dishes in the same price range, this one doesn’t have a non-skid bottom. Because of this, it tends to slide around. Ceramic can easily scratch your flooring, so this was a major downfall in our eyes.

    Pros
    • Shallow design is whisker-friendly
    • Reasonably priced
    • Dishwasher and microwave safe
    Cons
    • Tends to slide around
    • Easily breakable if dropped
    • Poor build quality

    8. Ethical Pet Stoneware Cat Bowl

    Ethical Pet Stoneware Crock Pet Dish

    Made from heavyweight ceramic, the Ethical Pet Stoneware crock pet dish is difficult to tip over, helping to prevent messes. The weight is also supposed to help stop slipping and sliding, which can easily scratch your floor, but without a non-skid bottom, we still found that this dish did end up sliding on the floor.

    You can choose between four different sizes, depending on how big your cat is or how many cats you have to feed and water. It comes in one-cup, 1.5-cup, six-cup, and nine-cup sizes. Compared to other bowls that are very similar, these are a bit pricey. They’re also not as well-designed for a cat’s face. These bowls are a bit deep and not wide enough for a cat’s whiskers to avoid hitting the sides.

    Though the Ethical Pet stoneware crock pet dish is a great choice for many pets, we don’t think it’s the best choice for cats specifically. For the price, we think there are far better options, such as the Van Ness Ecoware bowl in the second position of this list.

    Pros
    • Difficult to tip over
    • Comes in multiple sizes
    Cons
    • No non-slip covering on the bottom
    • More expensive than similar products

    9. JW Pet Skid Stop Basic Pet Bowls

    JW Pet Skid Stop Basic Pet Bowls

    If the JW Pet Skid Stop basic pet bowls were better made, they probably wouldn’t rank so low on our list. They’re great in concept but poorly executed, particularly for cats. Still, it’s not all bad. We liked the skid-free rubber base that prevents sliding and messes. It’s also dishwasher safe, so cleaning this bowl is very easy and quick. Our favorite thing about them is that they’re bacteria-resistant. In spite of all these positive attributes, there were too many flaws for us to forgive.

    First, the design is not whisker-friendly. It’s too deep and not wide enough, so your cat’s whiskers will hit the sides of the bowl. While this bowl does come in several colors, you don’t get to choose which one you get. If you have a particular color in mind to fit your décor, chances are, you’re not going to get it.

    To be fair, these bowls are priced affordably. Even so, they’re too cheaply made to have any real value. They’re made from flimsy, thin material and break very easily. Plus, you’ll need two if you plan to use them for food and water. Likely, the two you get won’t match!

    Pros
    • Skid-free rubber base
    • Bacteria resistant
    • Dishwasher safe
    Cons
    • You’ll need two dishes for water and food
    • Not a whisker-friendly design
    • Flimsy and cheaply made
    • Color choice is random

    10. Bone Dry Lattice Ceramic Cat Bowl

    Bone Dry Lattice Ceramic Dog and Cat Bowl

    We felt that the Bone Dry Lattice Ceramic Cat Bowl just looks dated. Though it comes in three colors, all of them share the same outdated design that simply wasn’t appealing to us. Granted, grandma might love it, but the design definitely isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, this bowl, while extremely simple in nature, is priced as if the design makes it more valuable. There are far cheaper bowls that look better and perform better too.

    The shape of this bowl isn’t particularly great for cats. It should be shallower and wider for feline whiskers. Luckily, there is a silicone ring on the bottom to prevent it from sliding while your cat eats or drinks. You can choose from three different sizes to fit felines of any stature. Since you’ll need two, the extra cost of these bowls doesn’t add up for us, especially since they’re so simple. These were our least favorite cat bowls of all; hence, their position at the bottom of our list.

    Pros
    • Comes in three sizes and colors
    • Silicone ring on the bottom prevents sliding
    Cons
    • The design won’t be appealing to many
    • There are far cheaper simple bowls
    • Not a whisker-friendly design

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    Buyer’s Guide

    It’s one thing to know which cat bowls were our favorites, but it’s an entirely different thing to understand how we decided on which ones were the best choices. You can certainly run with our recommendations and call it a day, but if you want to know more about how we compared these cat dishes, then this buyer’s guide is for you.

    What to Look for in a Cat Bowl

    Cat bowls are relatively simple products, but there are a few features that can make particular ones better or worse than others. The following traits are the ones we think are most important. Determine what you need in each of these areas, then look for cat bowls that meet all of these qualifications.

    cat caching
    Image Credit: Miled Studio, Shutterstock

    Non-skid Bottom

    For us, a non-skid bottom is one of the most important features of any cat bowl. Many people are placing their cat bowls on a hard floor of some type, whether it’s wood, tile, or something else. If you keep your cat’s bowls on carpet, then this might not be as important for you. But on hard floors, cat bowls without a non-skid bottom can slide all around as your cat tries to eat or drink. This can easily scratch your floors, causing expensive damage.

    Appearance

    You’re going to be forced to look at the cat you dish you choose pretty much every day. So, you better pick a design you actually like! If you think the cat bowls you choose aren’t attractive, then you’ll probably find them to be an eyesore once they’re taking up space in your house. Make sure you pick a cat bowl that you like the looks of, because, after all, you have to live with it.

    Shape and Design

    Cats have very sensitive whiskers. To protect them, most cat dishes are made whisker-friendly. This means that the dish is designed to be shallow but very wide, allowing it to hold plenty of food. The main advantage is that your cat’s whiskers won’t hit the sides or be forced against its face while eating and drinking, making things much more comfortable for your cat. But many dishes we tested weren’t designed with this in mind. We like our cats to be as comfortable as possible, so we suggest always looking for whisker-friendly cat dishes.

    cat food on bowl
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    Materials

    Cat bowls can be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, plastic, rubber, ceramic, and more. The type of material your bowl is made from will provide some inherent properties.

    For instance, a ceramic bowl is heavy. Therefore, it’s hard to tip over and won’t slide as easily. However, if it doesn’t have a non-skid bottom, it can easily scratch floors. Ceramic is also easy to chip and can shatter if dropped.

    Plastic bowls are easy to clean and inexpensive. But they’re not heavy enough to stay put. A non-skid base can help, but these are often light enough to still get moved during feeding!

    You can choose a cat bowl made from any material you prefer, just be aware of the pros and cons of each different material.

    Two-For-One

    Your cat is going to need two bowls, one for food and one for water. But most bowls are sold individually, so you’ll have to purchase two. Some of our favorites came as a set in a single container. We like these two-for-one bowls that contain dishes for both food and water in a single unit. They’re often more expensive than individual bowls, but you have to factor in the fact that you only have to purchase one!

    Cute cat eating on floor at home
    Image Credit: Africa Studio, Shutterstock

    Price

    At the end of the day, everyone has a budget for pet products that they must stick to. If your budget is large, then you might pick out the most premium option that tickles your fancy. But you don’t have to spend a ton to get a great cat bowl. Just make sure you determine what you need from your bowl, then look for products that can meet those needs. Once you have a list of suitable cat bowls, then you can compare them on price to find the best deal at the lowest cost.

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    Conclusion

    While testing all these different cat food bowls, we found many that we liked. However, we can only recommend three, so we had to do some careful scrutinizing while writing our reviews. In the end, we settled on the three that we felt had the most to offer.

    Our favorite cat dish overall is the Hepper Nomnom Modern Cat Dish. It’s got some excellent features, such as a wide skirt around the dishes that prevents messes, snap-out stainless bowls for easy cleaning, and a whisker-friendly design. Plus, you’re getting two bowls in one, making this a double value.

    For a truly affordable option no matter your budget, we suggest the Van Ness Ecoware Non-skid Cat Dish. It’s dirt-cheap, but still has great features like a silicone non-skid bottom that prevents slipping, spilling, scratches on your floor, and messes.

    The K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl is our premium choice recommendation. It’s a large water bowl that holds 32 ounces and can be plugged in to activate the thermal heater that prevents water in the bowl from freezing, even at subzero temperatures. The cord is chew-resistant since it’s wrapped in steel, so your dog and the bowl are protected.

    Dean Eby

    An avid outdoorsman, Dean spends much of his time adventuring through the diverse terrain of the southwest United States with his closest companion, his dog, Gohan.  He gains experience on a full-time journey of exploration. For Dean, few passions lie closer to his heart than learning.  An apt researcher and reader, he loves to investigate interesting topics such as history, economics, relationships, pets, politics, and more.