Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain Review
If your cat prefers to drink water from a running tap, then the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain is for you.
The Drinkwell 360′s design provides up to 5 separate water streams, so multiple cats can drink at once.
Cats can also drink water as flows down the central cone, or from the bowl at the bottom.
The Drinkwell 360 is made of high grade, hypo-allergenic, stainless steel for the freshest, healthiest water. An included replaceable charcoal filter removes bad tastes and odors.
Easy to take apart for quick cleaning.
Features and Specifications
- Provides constant stream of water that encourages your pets to drink more
- Ideal for multiple-cat households
- Replaceable charcoal filter
- Includes 5 interchangeable spout rings
- Rubber feet to prevent sliding
- Fountain dimensions – 14.8 x 7.6 x 14.8 inches
- 128 oz. (1 gallon, 3.8 liters) capacity
- Fountain Weight – 2 Kg
Drinkwell fountains have been available for a number of years and are popular cat water fountains.
The Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain has not been reviewed as extensively as the Pioneer Pet Raindrop fountains but still has a fair number of reviews and they are mostly positive.
There are a few common problems with this Drinkwell model. Many people found it difficult to take apart and put back together. The clips that hold the pieces together are hard to get off and on, and seem flimsy.
Many people either broke the clips, or anticipated they would and bought replacement parts ahead of time. Several people noted that the bowl is bigger than a standard sized sink basin so is a little harder to clean.
There are a few nooks and crannies so people recommended purchasing the Drinkwell cleaning brush set to aid in thorough cleaning.
One very important complaint regards the narrowness of the collecting bowl. In order to be able to drink from the bowl or pool portion, the cat’s head is almost touching the cone which could cause them to get a wet head.
Cats do not like being crowded where they drink, so the narrowness may actually put some cats off drinking. Also, the number of streams will need to be reduced so these cats can drink between streams without fearing the steams will fall on their heads.
Also, please note that several people mentioned being surprised at the Drinkwell 360′s footprint. If you have owned a plastic Drinkwell model you will notice that the stainless steel model is significantly bigger.
Like all cat water fountains, the charcoal filters need to be replaced at regular intervals.
There are many benefits to the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel fountain. Its stainless steel design eliminates plastic contact allergies which many cats are prone to.
It has a very large reservoir compared to other models, which is great for multi-cat households. It is also very easy to top up. Most people found the pump was pretty quiet if on the lowest setting, although not as quiet as the Pioneer models.
Many people loved its design and felt is made an attractive addition to their household. Most importantly, if their cat preferred to drink out of a running faucet or tap, they took to this fountain very well.
The Bottom Line
Although the Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain isn’t our top pick for the reasons stated above, we still recommend this fountain for two important reasons.
First, it is made of stainless steel which eliminates the problem of plastic contact allergies.
The second reason is that this fountain is uniquely designed to provide multiple falling streams of water, much like water from a faucet.
If your cat really likes to drink from a faucet or tap and prefers that over drinking from a bowl, then this is the cat water fountain for you (or should we say, your cat!).
After all, since you are buying this for the health of your cat, the way your cat prefers to drink will guide which fountain you purchase.
If you have a multi-cat household where some cats prefer drinking from falling steams and some the circulating water pool, you may wish to purchase this fountain, plus the Pioneer Pet Raindrop design in order to keep all your cats happy and healthy.