The 8 Best Automatic Pet Feeders of 2019

Animals are family: Make sure they're well cared for even when you're not home

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

4.8

The PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder is a little pricier than others, but it also gives you a lot of control and has a sleek, modern design that would look great in any home or apartment kitchen. The digital timer allows you to program up to 12 meals a day for your pet, and you can choose for each meal to dispense anywhere from 1/8 cup to 4 cups depending on your pet’s needs. Thanks to the feeder’s anti-jam conveyor system, you can use dry or semi-moist foods with this feeder, and the pet-proof dispenser helps you keep the food locked away and secure until it’s the right time for your pet to be fed. If you’ve got an over-eager pup, check out slow feed mode that dispenses your pet’s meal over 15 minutes to help prevent choking and gulping.

Easy to Use: Arf Pets Automatic Food Dispenser

4

It can be hard to be away from your furry friend, but with the Arf Pets Automatic Food Dispenser you can make sure they’re fed up to four times daily and even re-assure them with a personal recorded meal call so they can hear your voice even when you’re not there. Simply set up the LCD clock, adjust the settings for your pet’s meals and click the magnetic lock closed to keep food secure and fresh until mealtime. This food dispenser allows you to customize the feeding size and can run off a wall outlet or batteries for great flexibility, too.

Best Low-Tech Option: Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing Feeder and Waterer

AmazonBasics Self-Dispensing Gravity Pet
Courtesy of Amazon
4.8

Not sure about a high-tech pet feeding solution? Try this simple two-in-one bundle that comes with a small pet waterer with one-gallon capacity and a small pet feeder with six-pound capacity. No batteries, power or other programming required; this system uses basic, everyday gravity to ensure a consistent supply of food and water for your pet. This budget-friendly option has side cut-out handles along the base to make it easier to lift, clean or carry, and it has non-skid rubber feet to keep the feeder from moving around too much when eager pets come to eat. Plus, this system comes backed by an AmazonBasics one-year warranty.

Best for Overnight Travelers: PetSafe Six Meal Automatic Pet Feeder

The PetSafe Six Meal Feeder is great for feeding your pet during the day while at work or while traveling for a long weekend. Simply fill the canister – the clear locking lid makes it easy to ensure that each tray slot is full – and use the digital clock to program six pre-portioned meals. It’s up to you whether you program six smaller meals a day, two meals a day for three days or one large meal every day for six days. Each tray slot holds one cup of dry dog or cat food, plus the bowl holds one cup for an extra meal that is ready-to-eat. If you get home and have a hungry pet, use the Feed Now button to immediately dispense the next scheduled meal for extra convenience. You don’t have to worry about re-setting it after that though - the remaining meals will dispense at their scheduled times.

Most Stylish: MOSPRO Programmable Feeder

If your pet feeder will be on display in your kitchen or living room, this cute MOSPRO programmable feeder might be a great choice for you. This stylish white and blue feeder also allow you to program times for your pet’s meals using a large LCD screen display, and the dispenser can hold up to 4.5 liters to accommodate the needs of larger dogs. This pet feeder also comes with a voice recorder, so you can record a message that plays at mealtimes, helping to comfort your pet when you aren’t at home. As a bonus, this feeder uses a dual wall outlet and battery power source, so you never have to worry that your pet won’t be fed on time if the power goes out.

Best for Canned Food: Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder

Do you have a picky pet? Maybe you prefer to say your dog or cat just has “discriminating tastes.” Either way, if your pet will only eat canned or “wet” food, it can be tough to find an automatic feeder that works. The Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder may be just what you are looking for. The budget-friendly feeder has a timer that you set to countdown a particular number of hours. When the time elapses, the feeder opens. An included ice pack helps keep canned or wet food fresh and safe for your pet to eat. If you need to pack more than one meal at a time, you can buy multiple units and attach them, too.

Most Versatile: Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder

The Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder gives pet owners a lot of flexibility and helps pets get used to eating on a regular schedule, which may lead to improved health. This feeder has six separate food trays that can hold dry or wet food. Each tray can be set to open at different times, so you can even make sure your dog or cat receives a treat at a certain time each day. This compact feeder has a built-in voice recorder, so you can tell your dog what a good boy he or she is even when you are at work. The Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder comes in fun blue, pink or yellow colors and has an easy-to-use LCD screen control panel.

Most Customizable: PetCul Automatic Pet Feeder

Is your dog or cat on a strict diet? To help you maintain their health, the PetCul Automatic Pet Feeder creates flexible meal portions from 1 to 39 servings at each feeding. The food container holds three pounds of dry food and you can schedule up to four meals each day to keep your pet on their healthy diet. Like some of our top picks, this feeder allows you to record a 10-second greeting to your pet to help them recognize that it is time for them to come eat while you are gone. This feeder also includes an infrared detection system that helps prevent spills or tampering with your pet’s food.

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated pet feeders that our reviewers tested daily for weeks on end. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these feeders, from ease of use to dispenser capacity. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in an Automatic Pet Feeder

Dry vs. wet food - Most automatic feeders on the market are designed to dispense dry food. However, many picky pets prefer wet or canned food. The designs for these feeders are a bit more complex (and thus, more expensive) as they often include ice packs or refridgeration mechanisms to keep your pet’s food fresh and safe to eat.

Timer features - All automatic pet feeders feature a timer that you can set to dispense their food at a given time, but some are more customizable than others. Certain systems allow you to program 12 or more meals per day, designate food to different bowls, and even play a recordable greeting to your pet prior to mealtime.

Dispenser capacity - Anyone who owns a big dog knows they eat a lot of food. To avoid constantly refilling the feeder, buy one with a bigger dispenser capacity. Around six pounds for food and one gallon for water should cut down on your upkeep without letting food get stale.

Test Results:PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder (Best Overall)

4.8

What We Like

  • Lots of programming options

  • Convenient pause function

  • Good size

What We Don't Like

  • Requires D batteries

  • Programming is not intuitive

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder
PetSafe Healthy Pet Automatic Feeder
PetSafe Automatic Feeder
PetSafe Simply Feed Automatic Feeder
PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed
Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

“The feeder is great in that it offers a fair number of options in regards to cup size, number of feedings, and when those feedings should occur,” observed one of our testers. According to our reviewers, the feeder was also large enough to keep your pet fed for more than a week if you went out of town. Another plus? “The pause feature is great because I don't want my cat to become dependent on the machine and forget her owners,” explained one of our testers. In terms of downsides, our reviewers said programming the device was a little tricky. One of our testers also wished for the ability to plug it in instead of relying solely on batteries.

Test Results: Arf Pets Automatic Food Dispenser (Easy to Use)

4

What We Like

  • Large capacity

  • Good value

  • Durable

What We Don't Like

  • No manual dispenser button

  • Not a lot of customization options

Arf Pets Food Dispenser
Arf Pets Automatic Dispenser
Arf Pets Dispenser
Arf Pets
Arf Pets Pet Feeder

Our testers recommended this feeder for its functionality, durability, and reasonable price. In addition to the convenience of the scheduled dispensing, our reviewers liked “the size of the tank” and “the deep bowl.” While one of our testers wanted more options for dispensing and the ability to dispense manually, he called it “overall a great product.” One of our testers added, “My dog loves it.”

Test Results: Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing Feeder and Waterer (Best Low-Tech Option)

4.8

What We Like

  • Good capacity

  • Easy to refill

  • Food doesn’t get stuck

What We Don't Like

  • Food reservoir doesn’t attach to base

Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing Feeder and Waterer
Amazon Basics Feeder and Waterer
Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing Feeder
Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing Waterer
Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing

Our reviewers found this food and water dispenser a cut above other models in terms of how easy it was to fill and the fact that it never became jammed. One of our testers, who used the small-sized unit, thought that it was the perfect capacity: “Both hold enough to keep my cats fed and watered if I’m away for a few days, but not so big that the food goes stale inside the container,” she noted. The one downside, according to one of our reviewers, was “the food reservoir doesn’t actually attach to the bowl/base, it just kind of sits in it,” which can lead to spills if your pet knocks it over. Otherwise, as one of our testers stated, “This product is worth buying.”