Adequate hydration is essential to the health and wellbeing of your guinea pig. Not only does your guinea need constant access to a water source, but the water feeder should also be clean and chew-proof. A water bottle is a perfect option, as it won’t get contaminated with droppings, food-pellets, or hay.
Not only do bottles keep the water free from contaminants, but they also prevent water from being spilled and drenching your guinea’s cage and bedding. A water bowl can be difficult for your guineas to drink from and will swiftly be filled with food and bedding.
There are so many options for water bottles available for your guineas, and it can become overwhelming and confusing. But don’t worry! We’ve put together this list of in-depth reviews to help you find the right water bottle to keep your guineas healthy and hydrated.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Choco Nose No-Drip Water Bottle||
|Best Value||Oxbow Enriched Life Chew Proof Glass Water Bottle||
|Premium Choice||Alfie Pet Small Animal 2-in-1 Water Bottle||
|Kaytee Chew-Proof Water Bottle||
|Lixit Small Animal Top Fill Bottle||
The 10 Best Guinea Pig Water Bottles — Reviews 2022
1. Choco Nose No-Drip Water Bottle — Best Overall
This No-Drip water bottle from Choco Nose will provide your guinea with sufficient and easy-to-access hydration without wetting its cage and bedding and is our top pick of water bottle for your guinea. It is made with a patented, leak-proof nozzle that keeps the cage dry and will also save water. The nozzle is chew-proof and is specially designed to fit the small mouth of your guinea. The nozzle will also fit onto most regular PET bottles like soda bottles, so you can reuse and recycle any bottles and prevent waste. The included bottle is BPA-free and easy to install.
Choco nose claims a unique no-drip nozzle, but several users report that it does just the opposite.
2. Oxbow Enriched Life Chew Proof Glass Water Bottle — Best Value
This Enriched Life chew-proof bottle from Oxbow is our top pick for the best guinea pig water bottle for the money. The glass and stainless-steel design makes it completely chew-proof and free of BPAs. It also has a useful water-level indicator and a floating level disc, so you can easily keep track of your guinea’s water consumption. The drip-free steel sipper keeps your guinea’s cage and bedding dry, and it has a flat siding design and steel attachment hooks for easy installation.
While the bottle is well-constructed and sturdy, many users report that it leaks, requiring filling often and wetting the guinea’s cage. On the other hand, some users report that the nozzle gets blocked often and doesn’t deliver water at all. These small issues reported from several users keep it from our top position.
3. Alfie Pet Small Animal 2-in-1 Water Bottle — Premium Choice
This 2-in-1 water bottle from Alfie Pets is our premium choice for your fluffy friend’s water needs. It will provide drip-free hydration for your guineas, and the base doubles as a comfortable resting spot. The ceramic bottle holder is chew-proof and supports a no-drip bottle that can hold 80ml of water. The ceramic hideout is 4.25 inches tall, with an entrance hole measuring 1.5 inches by 1.3 inches. The transparent, wide-mouth bottle includes a large ball-point tube cap assembly. Both the bottle and hideout are quick and easy to clean.
There are a large number of users who report that the bottle doesn’t dispense water efficiently. This is potentially dangerous for your guineas if you don’t keep an eye on it, as they could get easily dehydrated. This keeps this bottle from our top two positions.
4. Kaytee Chew-Proof Water Bottle
This chew-proof bottle from Kaytee is made from clear glass and has a stainless-steel sipper tube and cap. It has a nifty spring-attachment hanger that makes it easy to securely attach inside or outside your guinea’s cage. The steel sipper attachment has a unique double ball-bearing design that dispenses water slowly and evenly, while keeping your guinea’s cage nice and dry. The glass bottle features a floating duck that will keep you aware of the water level inside, so you don’t risk forgetting to refill it.
Many users report that this bottle leaks, and several had the bottle empty within an hour. This can be a real danger of dehydration to your guinea and will rapidly soak its cage.
5. Lixit Small Animal Top Fill Bottle
This water bottle from Lixit has an easy-to-refill flip-top lid that snaps open and closed. This is a convenient feature, as you don’t need to take the bottle out of your guinea’s cage every day in order to refill it. It has two flat sides that make it easy to slot into your guinea’s cage and is constructed from BPA-free plastic. The drinking tube is made from stainless-steel and has a no-drip ball valve to keep your guinea’s cage and bedding dry.
The ball-bearing design requires your guinea to lick the tube, which pushes the two ball-bearings up, and then the water gets released. The problem is that the gap is too wide for most guineas, and they can’t exert enough pressure to get the balls to move. Another issue is that many users report this bottle leaking profusely.
6. Oasis Small Animal Water Bell Bottle
This bell-shaped water bottle from Oasis has a 4-ounce capacity and is made from durable and BPA-free plastic. The bottle itself sits inside the powder-coated metal Oasis Hold-Guard, which is specially designed to safely hold the bottle. It can easily be hung inside your guinea’s cage with the adjustable metal hanging strap or with the screw mounting attachment. The bell-shape design of the bottle will discourage chewing, and the metal base is durable and chew-proof too.
It can be difficult to install in a tank, as the weight of the water bottle will pull it off the Velcro attachment. Additionally, the metal hanging hook makes the bottle hang at an angle, which can cause the bottle to leak.
7. Lixit Chew Proof Glass Small Animal Bottle
This chew-proof glass water bottle from Lixit has an all glass-and-metal construction, making it durable and long lasting. The heavy-duty glass bottle, stainless-steel cap, and feeding tube are easy to clean and drip-resistant. The drinking tube has a double ball-valve delivery system, giving your guinea a constant and reliable water source. It has metal mounting clips for quick and easy installation, and it has a floating turtle water level indicator so you’ll know when the bottle needs refilling.
Some users report the bottle dripping and emptying quickly, which can quickly leave your guinea dehydrated and leave its bedding soaked. Also, its small capacity will require frequent refilling.
8. Lixit Small Animal Water Bottle
This water bottle from Lixit is a bell-shape construction and is designed to hang from the top of your guinea’s cage. Its rounded edges make it impossible for your guineas to chew or climb on it, and thus will keep it clean and sanitary. It is constructed from durable plastic and weather-resistant steel, which makes it suitable for outdoor use too. It also has a non-toxic rubber seal and a double bell-point tube for a constant water supply.
A few users report that it worked well for a time and then started to leak incessantly and soaked their guinea’s enclosure. The hanging mechanism is fairly weak and breaks easily.
9. Living World 61581 Eco + Water Bottle
This Eco + water bottle from Living World is made from recycled glass and is easy to install with the included secure-spring mechanism. The bottle has a double ball-bearing, drip-resistant tube to keep your guinea’s enclosure dry and a water level indicator so you know when it’s time for a refill. The bottle also has a flat back for a snug and secure installation, and its glass and metal constriction is chew-proof.
Several users report that their guineas have trouble getting water from it. It has a tall design that will not fit into smaller cages, as the spout will be too close to the floor. While some users report the leak-resistant spout working too well, others report constant and profuse leaking, soaking the cage and bedding until the bottle emptied.
10. Midwest 100-WBM Animal Water Bottle
This water bottle from Midwest Homes for Pets has a removable lid for easy refilling and is made from BPA-free plastic, with a stainless-steel spout. It comes with a nifty wheel attachment for easy cage installation and suction cups for glass tank use.
The clips for cage attachment are plastic and break easily, especially if your guinea should pull on the bottle. The plastic screw also strips easily, so it could potentially get stuck on the cage. Some users report it leaking non-stop and their guineas chewing the parts up in no time. The suction cups are not strong enough to hold the bottle when full, and this could result in the bottle falling on your guinea.
A bottle is the best way to keep your guineas hydrated and their enclosure and bedding dry. There are a few important considerations to look into before purchasing a bottle for your guinea’s cage.
Most water bottles for guineas will be made from glass or plastic or more rarely, aluminum, stainless-steel, or ceramics. Glass bottles are preferred, as they are easy to clean, chew-resistant, mold-resistant, and safe from harmful chemicals. This, of course, does make them a more expensive option.
Plastic bottles are cheaper, often have removable lids that make them easier to refill, and are lighter and so have more installation options. On the other hand, they are more prone to being chewed, and some plastics have harmful chemicals that can leach into your guinea’s water. Be sure to purchase one that is BPA-free.
Capacity and support
Depending on how many guineas you have, you’ll want a bottle with a capacity that can last at least one or two days. You may need to purchase multiple bottles if you own two or more guineas, but it’s always better to have more water on hand than you think you’ll need in case you forget to refill it, or it leaks.
The bottle should be able to mount onto your guinea’s cage safely and securely. The last thing you want is the bottle falling off onto your guinea or falling and drenching the cage in water. It should have a secure hook for cages or strong suction cups for a tank.
While a completely drip-free bottle nozzle may be a fantasy, there are nozzles out there that are almost drip-free or at least, drip-free for a time. A leaky nozzle could soak your guinea’s bedding and cage with water at best or leave them dehydrated at worst. On the other hand, it should not be so secure that the water is not easily accessed by your guineas: It should flow evenly and easily. A water-level indicator is a useful addition, as it will let you know when it’s time to refill.
The best water bottle for your guinea pig according to our tests is the No-Drip bottle from Choco Nose. It will provide your guinea with sufficient and easy access to water without wetting its cage and bedding, due to its patented leak-proof nozzle.
The best guinea pig water bottle for the money is the Enriched Life chew-proof bottle from Oxbow. The glass and stainless-steel design, water-level indicator and floating level disc, and drip-free steel sipper will give your guinea adequate and reliable hydration for an affordable price.
It can be stressful to find a suitable water bottle for your furry friend. Hopefully, our in-depth reviews have helped you narrow down the options so you can find the perfect water bottle to suit your guinea’s unique needs.
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