PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain – Review

PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain

$35
PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain
8.25

Functionality

9/10

    Maintenance

    7/10

      Noise

      8/10

        Capacity

        10/10

          Pros

          • Great for multi-pet households
          • Several flow settings/options
          • Easy to refill
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Water splashes outside of fountain
          • Filters need to be changed frequently
          • Clogs easily
          • Not easy to pick up
          • Power Cord disconnect is poorly placed

           

           

          Summary

          The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is a great pick for multi-pet households. It’s slightly easier to clean than the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain, and comes in plastic or stainless steel. Overall, The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is a quality fountain despite a few shortcomings.


          Description / Features

          The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain has a pretty large footprint compared to other fountains on the market. This fountain has a large capacity (128 oz) circular basin with up to 5 free-falling water streams coming from the center. The fountain is operated by a small electric pump that can run continuously for several years if it’s properly maintained. The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain has a carbon filter that will need to be replaced every 2 weeks and a foam filter that needs to be replaced monthly.

          In addition to the flow rings that can be added to change the number of streams, you can also adjust the flow with a lever. The more streams you have going, the weaker the overall flow will be. The fountain is large enough to allow pets to drink from either the free-falling water streams or the basin. Unfortunately, there is a good deal of splashing even with the reduced flow settings.

          Noise

          As long as this fountain is operating with enough water in the basin, the submerged motor is pretty quiet. The sound of flowing water is very apparent if you have only a single stream on max flow. By adjusting the number of streams and the flow settings, you can reduce the water noise significantly. Overall, the PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is quieter than average.

          Maintenance

          Even though the PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is easier to clean than the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum, it is still a pretty big hassle. The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain has the tendency to clog easier than other fountains possibly due to the small channel and filter placement. Not only will you have to change the filters more frequently with this fountain, but you’ll also have to clean it out more often than the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum. If the filters are not changed out regularly, the stream will be noticeably weaker and your pump will eventually stop working.

          The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain can be filled pretty effortlessly by pouring water straight into the basin with a cup. Picking the fountain up is a little tricky since there aren’t any built-in handholds. The power cord disconnect is poorly placed very close to the wall outlet, rather than close to the fountain. So you’ll have to drag a pretty long cord with you when you go to disassemble and clean the fountain.

          Probably the most frustrating thing about The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is the mess it makes from water splashing outside the basin. You’ll definitely want to place this fountain on a mat or water resistant surface.

          Price

          Fountain: The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is approximately $35. This is about average for comparable electric pet fountains. The stainless steel version is quite a bit more at $65, but should last longer and be easier to clean.

           

          Filters: PetSafe has replacement filters specifically intended for the Drinkwell 360 Fountain. The PetSafe carbon filters and the foam filters are approximately $2 each. We recommend getting the off-brand filters for about half the price. Based on a bi-weekly carbon filter change and a monthly foam filter change, the annual cost of replacement filters for The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain is $42 – $71.

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