There is a vast variety of water bottles available for rabbits, and many times, they are simply labeled small pet water bottles. Not all bottles that are suitable for a mouse will accommodate a rabbit, though, so it’s easy to get confused about what you really need.
We’ve chosen 10 different brands of rabbit water bottle commonly found in pet stores to review for you, so you can get an idea of what types of differences there might be between brands. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we take a closer look at what makes one bottle better than another.
Please keep reading while we discuss capacity, installation, drips, and durability to help you make an educated purchase.
A Quick Glance at the Winners of 2022:
|Best Overall||Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal||
|Best Value||Kaytee Chew-Proof Small Animal||
|Premium Choice||Lixit Deluxe Glass Pet||
|Lixit Chew Proof Glass Small Animal||
The 10 Best Water Bottles for Rabbits:
1. Choco Nose No-Drip Rabbit Water Bottle – Best Overall
The Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle is our pick as the best overall rabbit water bottle. This brand features a patented leak-proof nozzle that uses a small ball to prevent drips. The rabbit moves the ball when getting a drink. It’s suitable for rabbits and any other small animal, and it’s very durable with the help of its chew-proof nozzle. The plastic is safe and contains no BPAs.
The only problem we had while reviewing the Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle is that from time to time, the small rubber ball became stuck, preventing our pet from getting a drink until we worked it out.
2. Kaytee Chew-Proof Rabbit Water Bottle – Best Value
The Kaytee Chew-Proof Small Animal Water Bottle is our pick for the best rabbit water bottle for the money. This inexpensive model uses durable chew-proof glass and steel. There are no BPAs or other harmful chemicals that could endanger your pet. The glass bottle is easy to see through and features a floating duck that acts as a refill reminder. A double ball system helps reduce leaks.
The downside to the Kaytee Chew-Proof Small Animal Water Bottle is that it’s quite heavy and doesn’t feel sturdy when hanging. It also tends to leak, despite the double ball system.
3. Lixit Deluxe Glass Rabbit Water Bottle – Premium Choice
The Lixit Deluxe Glass Pet Water Bottle is our premium choice rabbit water bottle. This model features a durable glass and steel construction. It’s larger than a lot of the other water bottles on this list and can hold up to 32-ounces of water. It’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe. A USDA approved rubber stopper helps prevent leaks. Installation only took a few minutes, and the water bottle held in place firmly.
The problem with the Lixit Deluxe Glass Pet Water Bottle was with the cork-style top. To prevent the bottle from dripping, you need to push the cork in pretty far, which makes it hard to remove when it comes time for a refill.
4. Lixit Glass Bunny Water Bottle
The Lixit Chew Proof Glass Small Animal Bottle is a durable, heavy-duty glass and steel water bottle for your rabbit. It features a rubber stopper and a double ball valve to help prevent leaks, and its dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to clean. It comes with all the hardware required to install it. You can also mount it on the inside or outside of the cage. A floating turtle water level indicator helps you determine when it’s time for a refill.
While we were reviewing the Lixit Chew Proof Glass Small Animal Bottle, we couldn’t get it to stop dripping. Often, we would need to refill it the same day.
5. COCOPET Dripless Water Bottle for Rabbits
The COCOPET 122 Dripless Water Bottle features a no-drip system that uses a stainless-steel system for increased durability. Four-stage regulating allows you to add or remove steel balls to change the water flow. You can also adjust a black washer to help reduce unwanted drips. The plastic bottle is BPA free and will not leak harmful chemicals into your pet’s water.
One downside to the COCOPET 122 Dripless Water Bottle is that its plastic, so it’s not as durable as a glass bottle, and most plastic bottles tend to impart a plastic taste to the water. We also found that the clips did not hold the bottle very stable, and there was quite a bit of play. One last problem we experienced often was the ball would get stuck in the end, which would prevent our rabbit from getting water.
6. Living World Eco+ Bunny Water Bottle
The Living World 61580 Eco + Water Bottle is unique because it uses recycled glass in its construction. Recycled glass makes it environmentally friendly as well as durable. It’s easy to install, and all hardware comes with it. It also features a water level indicator to let you know when it’s time to refill the bottle.
The downside to using the Living World 61580 Eco + Water Bottle is that it’s tiny and only holds 6-ounces of water. The water comes out slowly as well, so the rabbits have a hard time getting enough water in their diet. We also thought it was angled too low for our rabbit and would be better suited to smaller pets. One final problem we had with this brand was that the supplied hardware didn’t fit all cages.
7. LITTLE GIANT Rabbit Cage Water Bottles
The LITTLE GIANT Small Animal Cage Water Bottle features a very attractive design and has a stainless-steel water tube. The metal tube will resist corrosion and is chew proof. The bottle is easy to attach and comes with all the required hardware. The model we reviewed was the large 32-ounce size, but there are also several smaller sizes available.
The main problem with the LITTLE GIANT Small Animal Cage Water Bottle is that it tends to leak. It could leak enough to make the floor wet, and the bottle tends to slide over time and was challenging to keep in place. Because the bottle is a flimsy plastic instead of glass, it’s not nearly as durable, and it can warp over time.
8. Oasis SOA80800 Rabbit Water Bottles
The Oasis SOA80800 Rabbit Water Bottle is another rabbit water bottle that features an attractive design on the bottle. It has a large capacity and can hold up to 32-ounces at a time. It also has a double ballpoint steel vacuum valve to reduce drips and extend durability. This system adds a second ball to reduce water flow.
Unfortunately, the Oasis SOA80800 Rabbit Water Bottle drips like crazy, even with the special double ball system. The balls also make a lot of noise, and this bottle may even be considered noisy.
9. Alfie Pet Zion Water Bottle for Rabbits
The Alfie Pet Zion Water Bottle is a smaller sized water bottle that is easy to install and comes with all required hardware. The heavy-duty hanger holds the water bottle firm, and it doesn’t slide like many other brands. We liked that this bottle didn’t seem to drip much at all.
What we don’t like about the Alfie Pet Zion Water Bottle is that it’s too small for a full-grown rabbit. It’s good for a travel cage or as a second bottle, but the six ounces reservoir that this contains will need refilling twice a day, at least. The second problem we had was with the metal drinking straw. After a few weeks of use, we noticed that some rust had developed on the inside of the straw, so we could no longer use it.
10. LITTLE GIANT Bunny Drinking Bottle
The LITTLE GIANT BB64 Bunny Drinking Bottle is the final brand of rabbit water bottle on our list. This brand features an extra-wide mouth for easy filling, and it has a vast half-gallon capacity that won’t run dry for days. It’s easy to set up, and all required equipment comes with it.
What we didn’t like about the LITTLE GIANT BB64 Bunny Drinking Bottle is the flimsy holder that they supply to hold the bottle on the cage. We’ve seen more durable holders on 6-ounce bottles, and this one allows your rabbit to grab it and shake it loose. Another significant problem with this model is that it tends to leak, and when you have such a large reservoir, you can end up with quite a mess.
In this section, let’s discuss the essential features the best rabbit water bottles have:
One of the first things most people do when shopping for a new rabbit water bottle is to look at the capacity. We’ve seen water bottles with a capacity of 4-ounces, as well as some brands that hold a gallon. According to Raising Rabbits, a four-pound rabbit requires about one cup of water per day.
We recommend a water bottle that holds at least 12 ounces, but there is no need for a bottled larger than 32-ounces if you only have one rabbit. If the bottle is too large and the water sits too long, there’s a better chance of bacteria growing. We recommend cleaning the bottle every time you refill it.
The ease of installation is difficult to determine before you purchase your water bottle, but this is something many brands have a hard time getting right. We can’t count the water bottles we have reviewed that wouldn’t stay in place. You shouldn’t need to use twisty ties or plastic zip ties to keep your bottle.
We’ve tried to let you know when a bottle wouldn’t stay in place during our reviews, but you’ll need to check online reviews before you purchase other models. Brands that fasten to both sides of the cage offer the best chance of staying in place.
On human water bottles, the drinking straw is almost an afterthought, but on a rabbit drinking bottle, it’s usually part of the mechanism that prevents drips. We recommend a metal straw over a plastic one because your rabbit can chew through plastic.
Many of these straws also contain ball bearings that create a system similar to a ballpoint pen. When your rabbit is not taking a drink, the ball bearing prevents water from escaping. Multiple ball bearings can slow the water down even further and reduce the chances that water will drip.
Plastic vs Glass
Let’s look at the difference between plastic and glass bottles.
Almost all water bottles are plastic or glass. Glass bottles will be much more durable than plastic, and they don’t give the water a plastic taste. However, they are expensive and heavy, and it can be challenging to fasten them to the cage.
Plastic is a lightweight material that is easier to fasten to a cage. It’s also inexpensive compared to glass, but it can impart a flavor to the water, and some cheap brands can contain harmful BPAs.
When choosing a water bottle for your rabbit, we recommend a glass or BPA-free plastic bottle 12-32-ounces in size. Something with a double or triple balls system will reduce drips, while a brand that attaches to both sides of the cage will minimize sliding. The Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle is our top choice an is a perfect example of a water bottle that will last several years and doesn’t drip. The Lixit Deluxe Glass Pet Water Bottle is our premium choice because even though it’s expensive, it’s one of the best bottles available. We highly recommend it to anyone willing to put down the extra cash.
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