Pros: It works (it's spillproof), made in the USA, easily washable
Cons: Aesthetically unattractive, some dogs need time to get used to it
A spillproof dog bowl - but why? Some dogs delight in playing in their dog bowls, overturning them in the process. Needless to say, that can make a mess of one's kitchen floor in a hurry (not to mention leaving the dog thirsty when he runs out of water).
Alternatively, sometimes it's nice to have water available to a dog when traveling, and a water bowl that can survive a car ride without emptying or making a mess is a godsend.
Great American Spillproof's Buddy Bowl is a simple yet clever design, and most importantly, it works. Each bowl consists of 3 pieces: the bowl part itself, a funnel which is placed inside the bowl, and a wide-rimmed cover. All pieces snap together to form the entire Buddy Bowl.
Pour up to 44 ounces of water inside, and water is available for your dog to drink. Turn the bowl over, and - nothing. The bowl holds the water inside; nothing spills out. Amaze your friends and family! Seriously, it's pretty cool.
The Buddy Bowl comes in various colors. My older model is white, but they even offer translucent colors now so that you can see the water level when the bowl is all put together; I like that idea. Buddy Bowls are made of non-toxic, BPA-free plastic. They are made in the USA.
What I really like about the Buddy Bowl is that it does, in fact, work. I use mine when I travel. It holds plenty of water and never spills in the car. I appreciate that the bowl is easily taken apart to wash it. I've had my bowl for more years than I can remember, and it looks brand new.
What I don't love about the Buddy Bowl is that it's sort of a clunky-looking thing. My version is the older model with an unwieldy 64 ounce capacity; the 44 ounce should be significantly less obtrusive, but it's still a homely thing.
That, and the fact that I like to change the water in my dogs' water bowl several times a day (and clean the bowl each time) deter me from using it as my household water dish. It's simply easier to quickly grab a regular, open bowl and give it a quick scrub, rinse and refill than take the extra few minutes to dismantle and reassemble the Buddy Bowl. If my dogs routinely overturned their water dish, I'm sure I'd reevaluate my decision.
There is a small getting-used-to factor (for a dog) with the Buddy Bowl. The opening from where the dog drinks is a bit smaller than the average, open water dish, and some dogs (especially flat-faced ones) may find that inhibiting at first. They do adjust to the Buddy Bowl, but it isn't a necessarily a love at first sight.
I'd highly recommend this bowl for anyone with a dog who likes to play in and/or overturn its water bowl (hello lab and newfie owners). Similarly, it's useful for dog owners with toddlers who might flip dog dishes over or clumsy owners who tend to kick and spill the dog's water dish (something I do with unfortunate regularity at a friend's home). It's also ideal for traveling with a dog, as it won't make a mess in the car.