The Best Automatic Dog Feeder To Make Your Life Easier

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An automatic dog feeder can make your life easier. Of course it is convenient to have a device that feeds your dog for you while you are home, but think of how much easier it would be to go away for the weekend without having to worry about finding someone to feed your pet for you.

Do you feel bad that your dog has to wait for you to get home from work before he can have his dinner? That's not a problem if you have an automatic feeder.

Let me tell you, these things have come a long way. There are fully programmable models that can dispense from one to 12 meals per day. There is even one that allows you to have a live HD video chat with your dog, from anywhere in the world, while he eats as you broadcast the event on Facebook Live. This is not a joke.

We have reviewed several automatic dog feeders here, from the most basic to the most wondrously advanced. One of them is the right feeder for you.

Comparison Table

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder

Power

4D 
Batteries


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$44.95

Rural King Dog Feeder

Power

None


Dog Size

Medium, Large

$29.99

Arf Pets Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

3 D Batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$79.99

Petmate Replendish Gravity Feeder

Power

None


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

NOTE:

BUDGET PICK

$22.99

SureFlap SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder

Power

4C Batteries


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$149.99

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

4 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$169.95

PetSafe 2-Meal Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

1 AA battery


Dog Size

Small, Medium

Price not available

WOPET Timer Programmable Smart Feeder LY-97

Power

2 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

Power

4 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

NOTE:

BEST OVERALL

$99.95

How We Reviewed These Automatic Dog Feeders

There are many automatic dog feeders on the market. We found many that were poorly made. The biggest problem we found was flawed design. Some models seem to dispense random amounts of food rather than what they are programmed to deliver. So we made sure to rule out poor and overly complicated designs when compiling this list.

We picked out a couple simple designs that will appeal to you if you allow your dog to eat freely whenever he wants to. These simple automatic feeders are durable and hold a lot of food, so they are great for when you take a weekend trip. One of them holds 25 pounds of dry food.

There are a couple smart feeders on this list that can be programmed from your phone or other device. We found several great smart auto feeders, but we only included the two best here. Our biggest concern with these models were simplicity. Anything that would have made feeding your dog a complicated process didn't get a second look.

We really wanted to recommend an automatic feeder that is capable of dispensing canned food, but we can't. We'll go into more detail about this in the FAQs.

The Best Automatic Dog Feeders Reviewed And Compared

Arf Pets Automatic Dog Feeder

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Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs, Cats & Small...
  • Automatic Food Dispenser Makes Feeding Hassle Free for Pets’ Dietary Health & Wellbeing
  • Dispense from 1-10 Portions Per Meal, Each Portion is 24ml, Set Up to 4 Daily Distribution Alarms; Simply Pick Your...
  • Blue Lightup LCD Clock & Display Provides Easily Adjustable Settings; Magnetic Lock Lid

This feeder is programmable to deliver up to four meals per day, and dispenses from one to 10 25ml portions per meal. This makes it great for very small dogs like chihuahuas. The upper end of 250ml will work well for medium sized dogs like boxers and larger terriers. The total capacity of the hopper is 1.1 gallons. That's a few days worth of food for most smaller dogs.

The keypad is easy to use. You just set the meal times and portion sizes. You can even record a special meal-time calling in your own voice.

You refill the hopper by simply lifting the lid and pouring more food in. The lid has a magnetic lock to keep your dog from helping himself to an extra meal. Trust me, you must have a dog-proof lid on an automatic dog feeder.

PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder

PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Dispenser, 5 Meal with Digital Clock or 2...
  • Custom mealtimes: Schedule mealtimes down to the minute to serve your pet up to 5 meals per day
  • Feeder capacity: Each compartment in the removable tray holds up to 1 cup of dry or semi-moist food; Use this feeder to...
  • Helps manage pet's weight: Schedule smaller meals throughout the day to help keep your pet healthy; Best for cats and...

This automatic dog feeder has a pretty cool design. The bowl is divided into five sections. You fill each section with one meal portion. When it is time for a meal, the bowl rotates to allow your dog access to that portion. You can set it to serve as many meals per day as you need to.

You can make every meal automatic. Or you can use this feeder just for one or two feedings per day, like when you are at work.

PetSafe claims that this feeder is suitable for all size dogs, but we disagree. If you have a large dog, like a German shepherd or a golden retriever, you would have to program the feeder to dispense all five portions in one day in order for the dog to get all the food it needs. The sections of the bowl are just too small for bigger portions. It is perfect for small to medium size dogs though.

Petmate Replendish Gravity Feeder

Petmate Replendish Feeder with Microban Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder 4...
  • AUTOMATIC FOOD DISPENSER: Cat and dog gravity feeder dispenses dry food as pets eat, prolonging refill time & perfect...
  • MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLDS: Pet food dispenser has an 18 lbs. capacity to accommodate multi-pet households & larger breeds....
  • FOOD & WATER: Keep pets fed with fresh food & water with a variety of our products. Check out our airtight dry food...

Here is a basic and affordable automatic dog feeder that uses a simple design to keep food available at all times. It is not programmable at all. You keep the hopper full and it keeps the bowl full.

This is a great choice if you allow your dog to eat however much he wants to when he wants to. It will also come in handy if you have multiple dogs.

The entire feeder is easy to clean with mild detergent. And it is made of antimicrobial plastic.

The model that we reviewed here is the medium-sized feeder, but Petmate makes four other sizes of this design, from extra-small to extra-large. Smaller sizes are cheaper while larger ones are a bit more expensive.

Rural King Dog Feeder

Let's take a look at another simple automatic dog feeder.

This one operates on the same gravity-feed principal as Petmate's Replendish. The biggest differences are the design and the capacity.

Think of this as a big steel box that holds up to 25 pounds of food. When your dog is ready to eat, he pushes the magnetic door out of the way with his head to get to the food. When he's done eating, the door swings shut and locks to keep pests out. Don't think you will have to train your dog to use this feeder. He'll figure it out.

We like that this feeder can be set on the floor or hung from a wall. Hanging it on a wall keeps it out of the way and makes it tip-proof. Its galvanized steel construction makes it ideal for outdoor use.

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

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PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed - Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder - Slow...
  • PROGRAMMABLE FEEDING: Conveniently schedule up to 12 meals for your pet; best for cats and small to medium dogs
  • FLEXIBLE MEAL PORTIONS: Schedule 1/8 cup to 4 cups depending on your pet’s unique needs
  • SLOW FEED OPTION: Schedule smaller meals to help prevent stomach upset for pets who eat too fast

This design is a little different from most of the others on this list. It has a conveyor inside that brings the food up to the chute above your dog's bowl and drops it in. We think that's pretty cool. This design will even dispense moist food, but <strong>not</strong> canned or "wet" food. Please, never try to use canned food in an automatic dog feeder.

The hopper holds up to 24 cups of food and can be programmed to dispense up to 12 meals per day, each ranging from 1/8 to 4 cups. Yes, we said <i>12</i> meals per day.

Does your dog eat too fast? This model has a "slow feeding" mode that slowly dispenses a meal over a period of a couple minutes.

PetSafe 2-Meal Automatic Dog Feeder

PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder with Battery Powered Programmable...
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The award for simplest design has to go to this feeder. The unit consists of two side-by-side trays, each with its own lid. You fill each tray with a portion of food and set the timer on each tray. When it's time for a meal, the lid opens. That's it.

This would work great for a small or medium dog that eats twice per day. It can also be set to provide one meal per day. That's good if you can't be home for one of your dog's daily meals.

The trays are easy to remove and clean. Actually, the entire feeder is easy to clean. Once the trays are taken out, you just wipe the feeder down with a damp cloth.

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog Feeder

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder - Smartphone - Wi-Fi...
  • Feed from your phone: Feed your pet anytime from your smartphone with the smart feed app; App requires an iPhone or iPod...
  • Personalize your pet's meals: Schedule up to 12 meals for your dog or cat; The feed Now option allows you to feed your...
  • Flexible portions: Meals can be dispensed in portions of 1/8 cup to 4 cups to fit your pet's needs; Slow feed option...

It's official: Smart home technology now extends to automatic dog feeders. We knew it would only be a matter of time.

This feeder can be programmed to dispense from 1/8 to 4 cups of food up to 12 times per day. Of course, you program it from your phone or tablet. You must have at least an iOS9 or Android 5.0.

The instant feed option is pretty useful. You can now give your dog an extra feeding with the push of a button from almost anywhere in the world.

You can elect to receive alerts when food is dispensed in case you just want to be sure that the feeder is working. And there's no need to worry about WiFi failure. If your internet goes down, the feeder will still dispense meals at the set time.

This model shares the same conveyor-based design as the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder, so it can be used for moist food. The bowl, bowl holder, lid and food hopper are all top-rack dishwasher safe. The base can be wiped with a damp cloth.

WOpet SmartFeeder Automatic Dog Feeder

WOPET Timer Programmable Smart Feeder LY-97

We expected this one to be capable of bathing and brushing dogs. But it isn't, not yet anyway.

It is a smart feeder, operated by the Pet-U app for iOS7.5 and above or Android 4.0 and up. As with the other smart feeder on this list, it can also give an extra meal at your command from anywhere on this planet.

Now let's look at some of the other things it can do.

There is a HD camera above the bowl so you can watch your pet eat. There is also a speaker so you can talk to him while he dines and a microphone in case he wants to talk back. The app allows you to record it all so you can relive these precious moments again and again. Or you can post the footage on social media.

It dispenses from about 10 to 40 grams of food per meal, and it can be programmed to feed several meals per day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Canned Food In An Automatic Dog Feeder?

Can Automatic Feeders Be Used Outdoors?

The Final Verdict

One of the gravity-feed models on our list may be your best bet if you are looking for a simple automatic dog feeder at a good price. But keep in mind that these are not programmable. They just keep the bowl full.

The others dispense portions of the size you set at the time you set. All of these feeders that made our list are easy to program and are dependable. Be sure to keep your dog's size in mind when choosing which one you want.

Check out our smart automatic feeders for the ultimate in control and convenience. They are truly advanced auto feeders that can make your life easier while making your home smarter!