The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is one of the top-selling water fountains on the market. This fountain is a perfect alternative for all the spoiled cats who insist on drinking out of the sink faucet. It scores high in functionality, capacity, quietness, and our cats love it. If cleaning this fountain wasn’t such a headache, it would certainly be our number one choice.
Description / Features
The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is a relatively compact, sleek-looking, gray plastic fountain. It has an extra-large capacity of 168 ounces. The fountain is operated by a small electric pump that can run continuously for several years if it’s properly maintained. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain comes with a carbon filter that will need to be replaced monthly. The fountain also has a solids filter that catches hairs and other debris. The flow setting can be adjusted by a small lever on the face of the fountain. The fountain is designed to mimic the flow of water from a standard household faucet. The large basin with a sloped incline ensures there is minimal splashing.
As long as this fountain is operating with enough water in the basin, the submerged motor is pretty quiet. You might have to adjust the flow settings here and there to get rid of the splashing sound. Overall, the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is quieter than average.
Our main complaint with The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is that it is a pain to clean. Even after purchasing the specialty cleaning kit, it is still a nuisance to clean due to the many small crevices and multitude of parts. The solids filter does a decent job of catching large debris and hair, but you’ll probably still need to clean this fountain at least monthly. In addition to dissembling the fountain, your cleaning routine will also need to include fully dismantling the pump motor. If you skip this step, you might find yourself with a pretty big mess to clean up when your fountain overflows.
On the plus side, this fountain is very easy to refill. The storage basin can be removed without turning the fountain off. The filter is also very easy to replace.
Fountain: The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is approximately $40. At this price it is slightly more expensive than other electric pet fountains on the market. But with the 1-year warranty and PetSafe’s reputation for making top-quality products, we feel the price is well justified.
Filters: PetSafe has replacement filters specifically intended for the Drinkwell Platinum Fountain. These filters go for about $2.50/piece. We recommend getting the off-brand filters by NISPIRA, which are virtually identical to the PetSafe filters, but at less than half the price. Based on a monthly filter change, the annual cost of replacement filters for The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is $14 – $30.