Drinkwell Platinum Drinking Fountain Review
Drinkwell Platinum is an automatic pet water dispenser that does not need to get connected to a water line so you can put it anywhere in your house.
The unit is made with durable plastic that holds 1.3 gallons of water between the water tank and the reservoir.
It has a new snap-on-lid to prevent accidental removal and a pre-filter to trap big particles before they get to the motor as well as a replaceable charcoal filter to remove bad tastes and odors.
The Drinkwell Platinum has a new submersible pump that creates a more silent operation and an adjustable control valve that allows you to regulate the water stream for a water flow level that works best for your pet.
- With patented 5-inch free-falling water stream
- Holds 168 fluid Oz of water
- Excellent to keep your pet off counters and away from sinks and toilets
- Includes: reservoir, replaceable charcoal filter, snap-on lid, pre-filter, and submersible pump.
- Self-contained, it does not need to be hooked to a water line.
- Bowl and reservoir are dishwasher safe
- For indoor use only
- AC power adapter includes a 6 ft. long power cord
- Dimensions: 11” x 16” x 10.5”high; Weight: 3.2 pounds
- It does not require assembly
- Low voltage 12V system
- Cord tuck feature keeps cords hidden out of view
- Adjustable water flow control
- A ramp that reduces splash of falling water
- Parts are detachable for easy cleaning
- Specially designed spout reduces “water braiding” which helps to prevent splashes and noise
- Replaceable charcoal filter helps to remove bad tastes and odors
- BPA free plastic
- To be used in the US only
- One-year manufacturer’s warranty
ESTIMATED DAYS FILLED BY EACH CAT’S WEIGHT*
* Intake Water Recommendation per Day: 70 mL per kg (Cat Weight) or 1.074 Oz. per pound. ** Estimated Days Filled of Drinkwell Platinum: The calculations do not consider external factors, such as water evaporation or spilling and were made based in a single cat water consumption. These numbers consider the maximum level of water intake for each specified cat weight.
DRINKWELL PLATINUM IN ACTION
- Easy to set up and operate
- Nice design
- Fairly quiet, it runs smoothly with submersible pump. It can be a little noisy with stream set in high.
- Solid and well made unit
- Good capacity of 168 Oz. of water (including the water bowl)
- Disassemblable for cleaning
- Easier to clean than previous Drinkwell version
- It encourages cats to drink more water
- Long cord allows you to place it further from the plug.
- Charcoal filter removes bad taste and odor.
- With special pre-filter to catch big particles before they get to the motor.
- It cannot get tipped over easily by a cat.
- BPA free plastic.
- Even though it has submersible pump, the unit still makes some noise (all units with motor will make some noise)
- You have to disassemble the unit and deeply clean it, at least once a week (it takes between 15-20 minutes)
- The unit once disassembled has pieces with nooks and crannies that make them very hard to fully clean.
- It is difficult to put the water reservoir back in the device without spilling water.
- You have to change filters often.
- Filters don’t have a low price
- Motor noise might scare nervous cats.
TIPS & TRICKS
- It’s a good idea to refill completely the unit once a week.
- Make sure the waterer is always filled with water, otherwise the motor groans.
- A regular and deep cleanning will make the Drinkwell Platinum last longer
- An excellent mat to be used with the Drinkwell is the Envision Home 420400 Microfiber Pet Bowl/Food Mat.12.5 x 21.5 size fits very good under the unit; this absorbs spills and reduces the motor sound on the wood floor.
- To save money of filters and prevent mold formation you can use boiled filtered water.
- You can setup the Drinkwell Platinum with a timer and this way it does not run all night.
When it comes to pet water fountains you never know if your cat will love it or it won’t even bother trying it. With that said Drinkwell Platinum is a good automatic cat water fountain that works as advertised and it will make your cat to drink more water, especially for cats that only drink water from dribbling faucets or bathtub spouts.
Though, the Drinkwell Platinum as any other automatic water fountain needs often maintenance. You have to deeply clean the unit once a week (including the motor), change the filters and refill it with fresh water. If you do this, you will have a unit that works good for you and your cat.
The Drinkwell Platinum is much quieter than the previous version Drinkwell Original water fountain, but still makes some noise. If you have very nervous cat this might not work for you.
Even though the product description says is dishwasher safe, some customers report damage in some parts they washed. For all the reasons mentioned above,
I recommend the Drinkwell Platinum pet water fountain:
- If your cat does not drink water in a regular bowl and only wants to drink water from dribbling faucets or bathtub spouts.
- If you have patience to deeply clean this unit every week (the fountain Platinum has several pieces hard to reach, but with the cleaning kit is somehow easier).
x I would not recommend it:
- If you want an absolutely silent unit.
- If your pet has chin acne to plastic
- For nervous and shy pets
- If you don’t want to do cleaning maintenance on weekends (you have to take the unit apart and clean it, which lasts approximately 15- 20 min.)
- If you don’t want to spend money in filters.