Ensuring that your pet survives and thrives requires a great deal of care on your part. Water is literally the essence of life, and your hamster needs constant and easy access to it, so finding the best system to consistently deliver water to your hamster is paramount.
There are quite a few hamster water bottles available, all with different features, so to help you out, we developed reviews of eight of the best hamster water bottles. The buyer’s guide will give you extra information so you know what you should be looking for when you start shopping for your hamster’s new water bottle.
A Quick Look at Our Favorites of 2023
|Best Overall||Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle||
|Best Value||Lixit Critter Bright Water Bottles for Hamsters||
|Premium Choice||Niteangel Hamster Water Bottle With Stand||
|MidWest Homes for Pets Small Animal Water Bottle||
|Zhilishu Hamster Water Bottle With Stand||
The 8 Best Hamster Water Bottles
1. Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle — Best Overall
The best overall hamster water bottle is Choco Nose No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. We love this water bottle because it’s affordable, and the nozzle is chew-proof and leak-proof. The nozzle is 10 mm, so it is a great size for a small pocket pet like your hamster. Also, the nozzle can fit other bottles.
The bottle is made with BPA-free plastic and is easy to install at any height on your hamster’s cage. It can also be nailed to a wall or another surface for permanent placement.
The main problem with this water bottle is the nozzle might be difficult for a hamster to get any water from. It’s thought that since it’s leak-proof, the ball might get stuck and not allow any water out.
2. Lixit Critter Bright Water Bottles for Hamsters — Best Value
The best hamster water bottle for the money is Lixit’s Critter Bright Water Bottles for Hamsters. It’s made with BPA-free plastic and is available in three sizes, but the 8 oz. is recommended for hamsters (though the 4 oz. is ideal for Dwarf Hamsters). It has a vacuum seal, so it shouldn’t leak, and the bottles are transparent in neon colors—green, purple, and blue (the color is random with each order).
It comes with a small plastic turtle that floats inside the bottle and acts as a reminder of when to refill it. However, the bottle still tends to leak if you don’t keep it full.
3. Niteangel Hamster Water Bottle With Stand — Premium Choice
|Material:||Plastic or bamboo|
|Color:||White, green, or blue|
|Size:||7 or 4 oz.|
Niteangel’s Hamster Water Bottle With Stand is our pick for premium choice. You have a few options here: It comes with either a transparent plastic stand or one made from natural bamboo. The bamboo stand is made without nails and can be chewed safely, and you can adjust the height of the water bottle on the stand.
The bottle is plastic, and you can choose from white, green, or blue, and the entire thing can be placed in any kind of habitat, including aquariums. But it is more expensive than many other brands, and while the stand works well (particularly the bamboo one), the bottle isn’t so great.
4. MidWest Homes for Pets Small Animal Water Bottle
|Color:||Blue and transparent|
MidWest Homes for Pets’ Small Animal Water Bottle is available in small, medium, and large and can be used on a cage or aquarium due to the suction cups. It has a stainless-steel spout and is made with BPA-free plastic.
It also has a lid that lifts off easily for quick water refills and is easy to install. However, the suction cups don’t always form a great seal, and some bottles tend to leak.
5. Zhilishu Hamster Water Bottle With Stand
|Material:||Ceramic and plastic|
|Color:||Green, blue, dark green, pink, or white|
The Zhilishu Hamster Water Bottle With Stand is essentially a ceramic cactus with a water bottle that can be placed inside. It has holes for the spout, so you can pick the most suitable height, and the stand allows for different-sized bottles, so you can go bigger if you want.
The cactus stand also contains a small cave-like hole, so it doubles as a hideout for hamsters. The ceramic material is hygienic and easy to clean. But the hideout is only big enough for dwarf hamsters, and the stand can get knocked over fairly easily.
6. Living World Green Living World Eco + Water Bottle
Living World’s Green Living World Eco + Water Bottle is made from recycled glass and has two ball bearings to ensure that it doesn’t leak. It’s quite affordable and has a floating plastic carrot that helps you keep track of your hamster’s water intake. It’s also easy to install and refill.
However, the water sometimes doesn’t come out enough. This can be a serious issue, so you’ll need to closely monitor your hamster’s water intake. Additionally, the attachment that holds the bottle in place might break.
7. Trixie Honey and Hopper Glass Water Bottle
Trixie’s Honey and Hopper Glass Water Bottle comes with a little plastic corn on the cob as a visual floater, but this glass bottle also has measurements that should make it quite easy to ensure that your hamster is getting enough water.
The nozzle includes a ball bearing and is bite-proof, with an easy-to-install tension spring for attaching the bottle to the cage. But it is pricey, and the bottle, particularly the nozzle, doesn’t fit properly in all enclosures. Additionally, some bottles might leak.
8. Lixit Wide Mouth Small Animal Water Bottles
|Color:||Translucent or skulls|
|Size:||8 oz., 16 oz., or 32 oz.|
Lixit’s Wide Mouth Small Animal Water Bottles have three sizes and four bottle designs to choose from and are quite affordable. The 16- and 32-ounce have a wide-mouth nozzle, but the 8-ounce bottle is the ideal size for a small mammal like a hamster.
It’s a basic water bottle made with thick and durable BPA-free plastic, and the wide mouth makes it easier to clean (which can be accomplished with a bottle brush). The nozzle has also been rounded to ensure that your hamster is not injured.
But it tends to leak, and the wire used for attaching the bottle to the cage isn’t always reliable and might not hold the bottle.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Hamster Water Bottle
Now that you’ve had a look at various hamster water bottles, let’s go over a few important points that will give you a better idea of what you should be on the lookout for while shopping for this product.
This is a critical point. Never assume that your hamster is getting enough water; you should always keep a careful eye on the water level. If you’re not sure that your hamster is getting enough water, try drawing a line or putting tape on the bottle where the water level is.
If the level is consistently going down and there isn’t any leaking (check the bedding underneath the bottle for moisture), your hamster is likely getting enough. You can tell if your hamster is dehydrated if they have dry mucus membranes (gums and eyes), sunken eyes, weakness, lethargy, difficulty breathing, and loose skin.
If you gently pinch the skin between your hamster’s shoulder blades and it takes a few seconds to settle back into place, this is also a sign that your pet is dehydrated, and you should see your vet.
The size of the water bottle is essential. How large it should be depends on the species of hamster that you own. You should aim for a bottle that can hold a minimum of 2.7 to 3.4 ounces of water. A Syrian hamster drinks an average of 2½ teaspoons of water at a time, and a dwarf hamster drinks about ½ to 2 teaspoons, so the bottle should reflect this.
Glass bottles are the most hygienic, but you should ensure that they aren’t easy to break. It would help to set them up outside the cage, so if it does break, it won’t harm your hammy. Plastic bottles should be made with BPA-free plastic, and the bottle itself should be unreachable from your hamster because they might chew on it. A stainless-steel nozzle is also best for being chew-proof, and avoid any nozzles made from glass.
You should ensure that the nozzle is placed at a comfortable height for your hamster to reach. Many hamsters stand on their hind legs and hold the nozzle with their front paws to drink. You don’t want them stretching to reach it or straining their necks trying to drink from a nozzle placed too low.
The bottle should sit flush against the cage or aquarium without listing to one side or another, and ensure that you’ve installed it so it won’t topple. The nozzle must be at an angle that won’t cause it to leak.
Look for bottles that are easy to clean and similarly easy to remove for cleaning. Bottles should be cleaned several times a week and filled with fresh water every day. If it’s an ordeal to remove the bottle from the habitat or hard to clean, mold and bacteria might grow, which can be deadly for hamsters.
Our favorite hamster water bottle is Choco Nose’s No-Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. We love it because the nozzle is chew-proof and leak-proof, and it can be installed permanently on a wall or furniture.
Lixit’s Critter Bright Water Bottles for Hamsters are affordable, and the bottles are transparent in neon colors and have vacuum seals. Niteangel’s Hamster Water Bottle With Stand is our premium pick, primarily because of the natural bamboo stand.
We hope that these reviews have led you to a water bottle that your hamster will enjoy drinking from and that won’t be a nightmare for you to deal with!
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