Ceramic VS. Stainless Steel Pet Bowls

Selecting the right feeding bowl for your pet can be a difficult decision with so many different shapes, sizes, and materials to choose from. In this article we will explore the differences between stainless steel and ceramic pet bowls. 

Dog on floor with ceramic bowl

When it comes to pet feeding bowls, ceramic bowls are a popular choice. Ceramics are widely available, come in a variety of styles, and can even be customized with your pet’s name and other designs. While these bowls can be beautifully designed and esthetically pleasing, there are a few reasons why ceramic bowls are not considered the best option when selecting a bowl for your pet.
Ceramic bowls are often finished with a thin layer of paint glaze that protects and seals the underlying bowl. If you’re going to purchase a ceramic dog bowl, make sure that they are labeled as "Food Safe" or "Lead Free," this will ensure that your pet’s bowl is free from lead and other harmful chemicals. Another reason why ceramic bowls are not considered as the safest option for pets is they can easily chip or break if dropped. Ceramics are known to be much heavier than other options and can create shards, chips, and sharp edges if they accidentally slip off a countertop. An additional danger associated with ceramic bowls is the material itself. Ceramics contain microscopic holes and crevices that can harbor bacteria and fungus. Thoroughly washing your ceramic bowls will only do so much as the bowls tiny edges, holes, and micro cracks will still allow for microscopic organisms to flourish.
Stainless Steel 
When it comes to selecting a feeding bowl for your dog or cat, stainless steel is hard to beat. Stainless steel can survive exposure to high temperatures, doesn’t easily scratch or dent, and will not rust. Complementing its durability, stainless steel bowls are lightweight and will easily survive an accidental drop from a countertop. Besides being extremely durable, stainless steel provides a variety of health benefits.
Unlike ceramic bowls, stainless steel is non-porous and does not contain microscopic cavities, edges, or cracks. The absence of these microscopic imperfections means that there are no places for bacteria and fungus to form. Cleaning stainless steel bowls after use will eliminate any micro-organisms and keep your pets healthy and safe. While stainless steel is the most recommended choice of material for pet bowls, not all forms of stainless steel are created equal. The WeatherTech Pet Feeding System features the only pet bowls tested to human food grade standards and are certified by the NSF to be free of lead, radiation, mercury, cadmium and other toxins.