Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain – Full Review

Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain

Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain


The Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain gives your pet aerated and fresh water with a 128 Oz (1 gal.) holding capacity. The Drinkwell Zen has a submerged pump for quieter operation and creates a free-falling oxygenated water stream enticing your pet to drink more. Constant circulation of the water helps to inhibit bacterial growth and slime.

The fountain comes with a 3-layer charcoal filter that removes bad taste and odors and it can be changed when needed. The stainless steel body is hygienic and easy to clean and a wide bowl facilitates your pet to drink water.

The Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain has a receiving ramp which helps to reduce water sound and splashes. The unit runs in a low-voltage – 12V.



  • 128 Oz (1 gallon) water capacity
  • Good for cats and dogs of all sizes

    Cats drinking from Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain

    Cats drinking from Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain

  • Patented free-falling stream encourages pets to drink more
  • Wide stainless steel bowl makes it easy for pets to drink out of
  • 3-layer replaceable charcoal filter eliminates bad tastes and odors
  • Receiving ramp helps to reduce water sound and splashes
  • Low-voltage, 12V submersible pump for a safe and quiet operation
  • Dishwasher safe (except the pump)
  • BPA Free & UL Listed
  • For indoor use only
  • It uses PAC00-13068 Drinkwell Replacement Filters 3 pack
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.4 x 6.3 inches



  • Stainless steel bowl is more durable and healthier for pets
  • The bowl is easy to refill, just pouring water into it.
  • Very easy to set up
  • Easy to disassemble
  • It is easier to clean than other automatic fountains. Cleaning the bowl part is a breeze.
  • It holds a good amount of water (128 Oz) so you don’t have to constantly refill it.
  • Cat’s hair and other particles get filtered out before it clogs the circulation system.
  • With a receiving ramp for the falling water to run along
  • The bowl is a good size for cats to drink from



  • Loud if the water level goes low, the splash sound gets loud as well.
  • Tricky to reassemble the unit after cleaning it.
  • Recommended filters don’t fit properly with the fountain.
  • It is very big (a pro in the sense that it holds more water)
  • Cats need to get used to the reach to get to the waterfall area. Not good for small cats.
  • It does not have reservoir tank
  • It tends to splash water outside the fountain
  • Hard to clean the inside area where the sealed pump is
  • Flat water coming out from the top sometimes gets divided in multi streams, making the fountain louder.
  • Some parts of the fountain are plastic (water pump cover and filter housing are plastic)



Photo courtesy of cygnus921

Photo courtesy of cygnus921

  • Make sure to remove the pump before placing the fountain in the dishwasher.
  • Get a dozen filters, change them every two weeks and you are good for almost six months.
  • When disassembling the unit for cleaning, pay special attention in how all fits together to make sure you will reassemble it correctly.
  • It is a good idea to touch and feel the sides of the bowl to ensure it is not getting slimy.



  • Drinkwell Zen Steel Fountain is a good pet fountain that does what it is supposed to do which is to give your pet a fresh and clean stream of moving water. As any automatic pet water fountain not every cat might drink from it. Some cats don’t like noises when it’s time to drink water.
  • Also, the unit needs maintenance often: 1) Clean the bowl every two days and pouring water often, depending on how much pets are using the fountain and the climate. 2) Disassemble the unit and clean it deeply, every week. 3) Change the filter every week or when needed (this depends on how many pets use it, if they play with the water or if you have long haired pets).

Because of these reasons and pros and cons of the Drinkwell Zen fountain,

? I recommend the unit:

  • If you have time for weekly cleanings
  • If you are willing to buy filters
  • If your cat is used to drink from moving water
  • If you have enough room to place the unit
  • For big cats


x I don’t recommend it:

  • For cats with long hair or cats that play with the water before drinking it
  • If you want a quiet fountain
  • If you are not good reassembling things
  • For small cats that only drink moving water
  • If you don’t want water splashes in a fountain
  • If you don’t want to buy filters
  • If you don’t want to do cleaning maintenance

Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn’t find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.