Using a separate frame and disposable refill bowl, the Kleanbowl system claims to eliminate germs and bacteria while your pet is eating, and to make the process easier and more convenient for you. How does it work?
Kleanbowl’s Wipe-Klean stainless steel frame fits over their Nourish-Pet refill bowl, which serves 3 purposes: to keep the bowl in place while your dog or cat is eating, prevent spills, and to stop your pet from chewing on the inner bowl.
Then, after your pet’s finished eating, lift the frame and dispose of the bowl. If you’re eco-conscious, these bowls can also be composted, since they’re natural, not made from trees, biodegradable, and soak-proof. And when it’s time for your pet to eat again, simply use a fresh refill bowl.
Not only will this help keep your pet healthy, but their food and water will smell and taste better as well!
If you’re thinking about buying Kleanbowl, you love your pet dearly and consider them a part of your family. But will you be doing them—or your bank account—any favors by placing an order?
We’ll first address Kleanbowl’s primary claim.
Are Pet Bowls Really That Dirty?
The Kleanbowl website cites an NSF International study that found pet bowls are the 4th dirtiest spot in the home. Note: A copy of this study was no longer available on the NSF website at the time of our research, so details couldn’t be confirmed.
If you think about it though, this is perfectly reasonable. After all, you wouldn’t continue using the same plate for each of your meals, day in and day out, without washing it. What about the same glass for drinking? Gross, right?
Just like us, dogs and cats have microbes and bacteria in their mouth, which can transfer to their bowls while they’re eating. Over time, this bacteria can multiply and create an unhealthy (not to mention, unpleasant-tasting) environment for them—and for anyone who touches their bowl.
So, while we can’t be sure that pet bowls are actually the 4th dirtiest item in the home, we can be sure that your pet’s bowl needs to be cleaned often.
But this can be a pain. Can Kleanbowl’s disposable bowls make the process any easier?
What are Kleanbowl’s Nourish-Pet Refill Bowls Made From?
Other than telling us they’re not made from trees, that they’re biodegradable, and that they’ll never soak through, Kleanbowl’s manufacturer doesn’t exactly spill the beans about the material their bowls are made from.
After just a little bit of digging, we learned that biodegradable dog bowls are fairly common, and might even be available at your local pet store. Generally, they’re made of some type of sugar cane and corn formula, similar to traditional paper plates for humans.
While it’s positive that these types of bowls are earth-friendly, ingesting too much of one can certainly make your dog sick. So if they like to chew on things (what’s better than chewing on something that tastes like food?), disposable bowls like Kleanbowl might not be your best option.
Speaking of which, are there other options besides Kleanbowl?
Other Disposable Pet Bowls
Search online for “disposable pet bowl” or “sugar cane pet dish” and you’ll receive hundreds of results.
The good news? Most of these options are less expensive than Kleanbowl, considering its high, non-refundable S&H charges.
The bad news? None are designed exactly the same, so they may have a tendency to move around when your pet is eating, and could also be prone to chewing.
Just how much S&H are we talking about here?
Kleanbowl is available in 3 different sizes: 8oz, 16oz, and 24oz.
One 2-piece Kleanbowl system is priced at $19.95 plus $7.95 S&H. During checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase a second for an additional $7.95 S&H.
Each Kleanbowl you order will include 50 free liners.
Important note: Assuming you feed your pet twice per day, this means you’ll run out of liners in less than a month. What do you do afterward?
We’re not quite sure, since separate liners weren’t available on the Kleanbowl website. They also didn’t list any bowl sizes, so purchasing replacements locally might be more difficult than it seems.
We did, however, find one size available directly through Kinn’s website (more about this in a moment).
Kleanbowl comes with a 30-day refund policy from the manufacturer, less S&H charges. Did you order the BOGO option? If you return them, you’ll end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll get back as a refund!
If you’d like to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Kinn’s customer service at 913-312-0200.
Who is Kinn?
Kinn, based out of Overland Park, KS, has been in business since 2011, and offers a variety of products that are claimed to “strengthen the relationship between pets and their families,” including Koala Collar and Kleanbowl.
Despite the length of time they’ve been in business, Kinn wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research.
We did find 3 Kleanbowl reviews on Amazon, where the product had an average rating of 4 stars. Common compliments cited ease of use and healthier eating for pets, while one customer complained about the price of replacement bowls.
Will Kleanbowl Help Your Pet Eat Healthier & Happier?
As long as your dog doesn’t have an allergy to sugar cane or corn, Kleanbowl’s disposable bowls can help make their eating environment as sanitary as possible, while making cleanup a breeze for you.
However, just like if you ate off paper plates for each one of your meals, you’ll pay for this convenience. Sure, each Nourish-Pet refill bowl might only cost a few cents, but this can add up quickly over the course of a month.
Instead, if you’re looking for the cleanest and most cost-effective method of feeding your pet, you might want to consider a stainless steel bowl. These generally don’t form scratches that can harbor bacteria, are inexpensive, and won’t transfer odors to your dog’s food.
Just like when you eat though, be sure to thoroughly wash your pet’s bowl after each meal, and you’ll keep them happy and healthy for a long time.
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