Attaches to a standard outdoor spigot. If you need a longer hose, a standard garden hose will work, or you have a problem with your dog chewing the hose, try a metal washing machine line with a female to male adapter. This should be available at your local home improvement store.
We sell a lot of the Nelson Automatic Dog Waterers. It's a very popular product for us even though it's a little on the expensive side. Nelson is the high-end of the dog waterers.
The low end of the waterers that we sell are plastic, and I am never a big fan of a plastic bowl for a dog. It is just something to chew on. That is one of the things you have got to look at and decide, "I have a chewer or I don't have a chewer." You don't have to worry about your dog chewing on the Nelson 1200 because it's built out of stainless steel.
The Nelson Automatic waterers require you to have a water connection that is close to where you mount it.
Here's how it works: As the dog drinks the water down, the float drops to a certain level and it automatically
refills. It's pretty neat.
The biggest fear that I have with this type of product is that it doesn't eliminate the need for keeping an eye on your dog. I wouldn't recommend leaving for two weeks and leaving it hooked up in case something happened. Although you don't have to worry about your dog's water getting low, it's always a good idea to check your dog on a daily basis to make sure everything is in working order and your dog is properly hydrated. A dog cannot go long without water in the summer time before getting heat stroke or dying.
The other thing you have got to watch on automatic dog waterers is cleaning them. Depending on where you place your waterer, you are going to get some algae. If it is in the sun at all you are going to get fast algae build up. If you keep it out of the sun and clean it once a week, most folks ought to be in good shape. Bleach kills algae probably faster than anything, but you can kill it with soap too. It's not a big deal.
We have very, very few returns on the Nelson 1200 because they are nice, stout products.
The Nelson Dog Waterer's quality is evident in the construction and design of this unit. The multiple mounting options should fit everyone's needs and will withstand the environmental conditions for many, many years. The automatic waterer assures my Lab has access to essential water whenever he desires... and in the heat of Texas a hard working dog can and should consume lots of water to remain hydrated and healthy. Knowing he has access to clean water anytime of the day or night reassure me I'm doing everything I can for my dog since he works so tirelessly for me in the field. With the convenience offered by this unit, there also comes a responsibility to make sure you clean and maintain it to assure the constant supply of clean water to your canine. Maintenance is minimal, just a visual inspection each time you clean out the environmental debris which accumulates from normal use.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1428 Reviewed: Featured Review
"Perfect solution for two large destructive dogs."
I'm really impressed with the design and manufacturing quality of this product. I've been through plastic and galvanized versions of similar products, and am expecting a much longer service life from this product. I consider the removable bowl to be a big plus.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11426 Reviewed:
As everyone else has commented, this is a great product, and I'm very happy with it. If I had 1 nit-pick, it would be with the use of 2 nuts to hold the screws in place for the quick release mechanism. When you remove the pan for cleaning, the screws are now loose, and the nuts easily move. The manufacturer should use a locking nut (nylon plastic on the inside of nut) to prevent the nut from moving. I picked up 2 stainless steel nuts with the nylon inside at a hardware store to fix this issue. Now, when I remove the pan the screws/nuts don't loosen/tighten up.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11135 Reviewed:
"This is a very nicely made high quality product."
This is a very nicely made high quality product. There is one problem -- I cannot get the dogs to drink from it. Frustrating --- I am thinking about moving it to another area, isolating the dogs to where they have no choice. At this point, they prefer to drink from another source of inferior water which is the reason I bought the waterer in the first place ---- Regards, John Pawlak. P.S. -- Is there something that I can put in the water that they will like to get them started and then switch back to regular water.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11989 Reviewed:
Simple to put together, well made, works perfectly and my dogs love the cool clean water right from the tap! Time will tell with it's (float and fill) durability...particularly with hard water. And no more manual fills, which makes me happy!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 12828 Reviewed:
Had Nelson auto water bowl for 8 years, never a problem. As they warn you, it's not install and forget, you have to periodically remove bowl and clean the slime out, and every couple weeks I remove the cover and clean the float also. I think this automatic water bowl may outlast the dogs and me too! No rust on my unit after 8 years.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3119 Reviewed:
"the best nelson automatic dog waterer is an excellent product."
Would be difficult to design a better auto water dish. Installed on wall in laundry room. Used saddle T kit for icemaker. Had to buy the plumbing adapter to go from compression to pipe thread. Unit works perfect. Looks like it will be very low maintenence.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5997 Reviewed:
I love it. I should have bought this years ago. Easy to clean, never out of water. I must say though that the little hiss it makes when filling up with water frightens my 9 lb shih Tzu. But she is going to have to suck it up. She has another bowl to choose from. We also mounted our waterer really low on the wall so my little dogs can reach, and it worked out just fine!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10657 Reviewed:
I have tried other automatic watering bowls and none of them are as well made or as durable as the Nelson Model 1200B. I have three GSP's who run and play while I am at work, thus they require plenty of fresh clean water, and the Nelson provides just that. Also, it is nice to know that replacement parts are available (which I doubt I will ever need). I highly recommend this product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10352 Reviewed:
"Easy to install. Perfect for large dog or small."
I ordered this product because of all the great reviews I read about it online after seeing it in a photo on Houzz.com. I liked the idea of this so much I am incorporating it into our new mud room/entrance area in our house reno project. While I am pretty good at remembering to fill the dogs water dishes, there are times I forget. I can't wait to install this product. I'm already thinking of adding one outdoors too!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11509 Reviewed:
It works great. Before, she played in her water bowl and made a mess; with the waterer mounted on the wall, she is able to drink from it easily but cannot splash and play in it. It is the best purchase we have made for her; it makes our life so much easier.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29249 Reviewed:
We just finished our dog run and put this automatic dog water bowl in.. Love it!! And so do the dogs. No mess in the house anymore, always fresh and my silly pup can still shove his face down in the bowl happily. I no longer have to lay 3 beach towels out and constantly wipe the wood floors! Everyone's happy!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29694 Reviewed:
Our dogs kept chewing up any bowl we attached to the outside wall. Because this water bowl is metal and all the hardware is metal, they don't even try to chew on it or pull it off of the outside wall where it is attached.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29795 Reviewed:
I had one of these before and was thrilled to find them again on this site for a great price. These are the best automatic waterers you can own. Easy to install and easy to keep clean, best part, made in the US!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30761 Reviewed:
Outstanding virtually all stainless steel construction (exception: brass fittings, valve float is sturdy plastic). Superb design---bowl slides off, can be cleaned by fingers in the small stream coming from an open valve that rests in the bowl, bowl slides back on, valve continues to fill the bowl, no need to turn off water or bring bowl somewhere to clean. Sturdy, very quiet, the dogs took to it IMMEDIATELY....we call it their fountain. Well worth the money---and I read reviews on many as I shopped around, before choosing this fountain. We now have four of them. Happy dogs!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 33090 Reviewed:
Easy to install, easy to clean, worry free. This is the only stainless unit I could find with the features I wanted and needed. If you love your dogs this is the unit you want to use, PERIOD. Thanks Gun Dog Supply.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20970 Reviewed:
Could you make the water connection fitting out of metal? Seem like it will be very fragile and prone to cross threading if not careful. So far no problem, but it the plastic seems like a potential problem.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22100 Reviewed:
It's great. We bring our 4 dogs inside and like them to have water. It was pain to continually have to fill the water bowl. This is a great solution, even inside. We drilled a hole in our wall and plumbed it to the hose bib outside. Works great and is a good looking addition to the house. Thanks, Steve.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23267 Reviewed:
My 2 labs chewed up the plastic automatic watering bowl after about a month. It held on for a while and put up a good fight, but when they chewed the plug at the bottom underneath it began to leak...a lot! The Nelson is awesome as the bowl removes for cleaning instead of a drain plug. It installed in a jiff, and I couldn't be happier. Durable and easy to clean.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23861 Reviewed:
I love this watering bowl because it is easy to take off to clean and it doesn't leak like other brands that we have had in the past. I also like mounting it to the wall and the extra floor space we now have in our garage.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 26840 Reviewed:
We love this dog waterer. Living in Southern California we often worry about our dogs running out of water in the heat of summer. This is going to make sure our pups never go thirsty, and relieves me of having to check multiple times a day that the bowls are full.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27319 Reviewed:
Our dogs drink a lot of water and this eliminated the need for refilling their water buckets everyday. Plus they have fresh water at all times! Our dogs took right up drinking out of it as soon as my husband installed it. He said it was very simple to install. This has been a great time saver plus I feel better knowing our dogs have fresh water any time they want it. Love it!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28579 Reviewed:
I have 1 Labrador Retriever and 3 teacup Chihuahuas. The Nelson automatic dog waterer Installed easily on my stucco walls with not provided concrete screws. I installed it low enough for my teacup chihuahuas to drink from. The unit comes apart easily to clean. After buying the cheap dog waterers I can appreciate the Nelson stainless steel dog waterer.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28551 Reviewed:
I would give it 4.5 stars. The only complaint that I have is with the carriage bolts that hold the unit to the pipe clamp in the back (they rusted out). They should be stainless nuts and bolts. I learned this from my old unit and replaced the new bolts with stainless ones from the hardware store. Otherwise, it is a fine unit (this is my 2nd). The 1st one gave me many years of reliable service.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 28769 Reviewed:
Great for all dogs, each learn how to get water as they need it. Enought flow to keep water cool and clean. Just keep kids out of it, and let dogs drink! If you can instruct kids how to turn water on they can keep everyone happy. Keep kids from drinking water, otherwise dogs wont forgive them!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1646 Reviewed:
So far so good. I just installed it. Had a bit of an issue with getting the brass hose screwed into the plastic valve fitting. I am concerned that I am going to end up with a leak. I am notorious for ending up with metal to plastic fittings that leak. Everything else installed easy enough. Might have been nice to have some wood screws that fit the unit for fastening into the wall since they included the chainlink mountings it wouldn't have taken much to include some wood screws. Nice heavy stainless steel. I was concerned when I ordered it sight unseen but it is definitely as advertised.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1520 Reviewed:
Golden Retriever; Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever Cross.
Pros: Easy to install; easy to clean; works flawlessly. Con: The connection to the reinforced hose that came with the unit isn't generic. Because of this I couldn't run a reinforced washing machine hose that was longer to the unit and had to "hard plumb" to the unit's short hose.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1458 Reviewed:
"Highly recommended over anything else on the market."
Very innovative prodcut! I built a dog room as part of my garage which leads to a run and thats where my dogs are all day while Im at work or gone durning the weekend. The Nelson Dog Waterer ensures my dogs have fresh water at all times so I never have to worry.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1456 Reviewed:
The first waterer I purchased approxiately 4 years ago. I like it so much, I purchased 2 more. The two most recent purchases do not seem to be machined as accurately as the first. The components do not fit together quite as well as the original purchase.
The waterers are easy to clean, easy to install, have demonstrated longevity, plus provide a constant supply of fresh water to the dogs.
My second full time job is foster mom to shelter dogs in need. I have been fortunate to have fostered around 100 dogs and enjoy fostering pregnant females through delivery. These waterers are great for supplying water to litters of growing puppies. My most recent foster litter had ten puppies and I would not have been able to keep up with the demand for water without this product.
I will be opening a boarding facility in the next 9 months and will be purchasing the new feeders and the waterers to use at my new facility.
Thanks for the inquiry, Constant Companion, LLC Holtwood, PA
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1784 Reviewed:
"They were easy to install and require little maintenance"
Best High Quality Stainless Steel Garden Hose Automatic Watering Dog Bowl. Don't Have To Worry About Filling It Up. Don't Have To Worry Cause It Is Not A Plastic Made Bowl That Would Leak, Be Chewed On Or Get Damage From The Sun. I Love The Shape, Size & The 2 Different Options To Hang The Bowl. I Like How I Can Order Parts If Ever Needed In The Future.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1770 Reviewed:
I have 3 mutts a jr/rat terrier mix and two labs..they can all reach and get fresh water anytime they want. I have also seen my cats and chickens use it. It's really a great product..too bad there wasn't one to use in the cold months? Hmm perhaps a new product?
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1709 Reviewed:
Absolutely the best thing I ever did for me and the dogs. No fuss, no muss, always fresh water, No funky bucket and I can leave knowing that they cannot knock over a bucket and be without water. i need to clean it about once a month as far as algae building up on the float and back panel. That's only if they are in the house a lot and it's not being used much. I wash the pan once a week because i have backwash; drinkers that like to rinse their mouths in it. I have even considered putting one inside the house. hooking it up on the wall opposite our water supply for the ice maker. Still thinking about that one. Very fine product that i have had for a very long time and trouble free. I tell everyone about it that has a dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1668 Reviewed:
This is a very sturdy dog waterer. I like the hardware options you can choose to mount this on. Being mostly stainless steel its a breeze to clean out. Wish I would have known sooner about this product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1424 Reviewed:
this dog waterer is fantastic....i never had a problem with it.....ive moved it twice to keep it in the shade.....evey morning i turn on the hose(with brass splitter)to rinse out any debris from overnite and to make sure the water is cold(the stagnent water is hot from the morning sun in the hose)only once i had to make an adjustment to the float but other than that its the real deal. thanks SAM
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1425 Reviewed:
I am a veterinarian and installed this unit as a waterfountain in front of our hospital as a courtesy to our patients. Our clients love it! It is installed as part of a walking trail that connects to several different communities in a planned development, so it is used frequently by dog walkers as well.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1429 Reviewed:
"Love that it has the removable bowl for ease of cleaning."
I like the dog waterer just fine. However, we have well water that isn't treated and in the summer a green scum begins to take over and requires regular cleaning. It isn't attached at the moment but I imagine I will need to set it up again once my big dog gets back home.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1439 Reviewed:
The Nelson waterer has been great for keeping fresh water available during hot summer days. Our Rocky Mountain Bulldog can drink a quart or more of water at a time and leave regular water bowl empty after a couple of hours.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1442 Reviewed:
My big ol' lab loves to paw the water onto his chest in the heat of summer and the automatic Nelson Dog Waterer is still letting him do precisely that. The good side of this behavior is fresh water all the time.. and I'm not pouring it. good ol' boy!
"Duke" my best friend!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1450 Reviewed:
I purchased this waterer because one of my dogs likes to splash in his water bowl to cool himself down. Consequently he knocks the bowl over and then is without water. The Nelson Dog Waterer has solved that problem because I was able to mount the waterer to the side of the house raising it up off the ground and stopping the knocked over bowl problem.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1449 Reviewed:
Even though the dogs have a 10 acre lake behind the house, they prefer fresh water from the automatic dog waterer. I actually purchased 2 of the automatic waterers - 1 for the indoor dog room and 1 for outside. Love them!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1448 Reviewed:
I love the design and the bowl size. The construction is great too. The only problem I have is the water comes out a little over-oxygenated (lots of white small bubbles) and my dogs don't like it. I am trying to reconfigure the water outlet for a faster feed rate, maybe that will help. I would recomend this product to anyone interested in it.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1423 Reviewed:
Only issue was the connecting hose was too short. I had to add another hose to compensate, but very hard to find a 4 foot extender. Wish you add the option to buy different size hoses. It is working great, and dogs took to it right away.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17880 Reviewed:
It is good with good stainless construction. There are two (2) problems with it: 1. The connector at the end of the float valve should accept a regular garden hose fitting, not that 1/4 inch fitting. The supplied hose was too short, so I had to apply several adapters to fit my garden hose size onto it. 2. It is very expensive; needlessly expensive for what you get. Other than that it works OK.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8824 Reviewed:
I initially installed them (2) with water hose and the St Bernard ate the hose, Now PVC. Everything is good. quality construction but would maybe like to have the water tray a little larger. Saves a lot of time watering seven dogs.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1441 Reviewed:
I have 6 of these automatic water bowls at our pet resort. They are easy to install. Note that the short connecting hose is specific to these bowls and another will need to be purchased if it gets chewed on. If you could hook them up directly with a regular hose I would give them 5 stars. Aside from that they have held up very well in a high use environment with a 60-70 dog average per day.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25609 Reviewed:
I have had the Nelson Dog Waterer now for 4 years and it has been quite reliable. This is the all-stainless steel version. It has a direct hose connection and I route that out and through the fence as short as possible so that the dogs don't chew on it. The bowl is stainless, rectangular, and mounted via 2 mounting screws (with a sliding tab to make emptying the bowl easy)
Likewise, since the unit is stainless there is no rust (except for a little on the spot-welds that hold the 2 mounting screws in place). These 2 dismount screws make dumping the stainless bowl easy.
I purchased 2 of the units so that I could swap out the bowls periodically -- I clean one while the other one is in-place being used.
For the winter, I put a small dog water bowl heater in the bowl and it keeps things from freezing (it has a built-in thermostat). But I wish that this could be integrated into the bottom of the bowl itself (i.e. not in the water, but connected to the bottom of the bowl). This would be a big improvement.
Also, since this bowl is outside, it does accumulate green "pond scum". But a simple sun shade would probably solve that problem (tried it, but my dogs ate it. A stainless plate would work better).
All-in-all it is a fine product and I have been very happy with its trouble-free performance.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1447 Reviewed:
Waterer provides a consistent supply of fresh water but has required regular attention. I had to order a replacement inlet hose after about one year because of leakage. Stainless steel bowl began developing rust within a year but it is too expensive to replace. Needs frequent (weekly) anti-rust attention (scrubbing and treatment with CLR). Otherwise, it works satisfactorily. I wish the bowl were available in a non-rusting material.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1433 Reviewed:
I have a conflicted review of this product. I have 4 installed in our dog runs, and 1 installed in our house. They are super easy to clean, and are very durable. However, I'm pretty sure this waterer was involved in the gruesome partial amputation and de-gloving of my dogs middle toe. I'm not sure what happened, but when I came back home the dog was missing her middle toe and the waterer was broken with water flooding our garage. I'm pretty sure she managed to get it stuck/pinched in the device and frantically tried to get it lose, thereby causing an expensive trip to the vet. I ordered spare parts for the product, and fixed it, but am still wary of the continued use without being supervised. I would recommend very careful placement when installing in multiple dog runs, to make sure the dog doesn't get a foot up on it and a toe stuck.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1038 Reviewed:
Cannot get it to stop. Water comes in and seems to stop; cannot see or hear that it is running but if I return after an hour or so, water is dripping over the top. Dogs are NOT in the room when this happens. Cannot figure out why it keeps seeping out.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1526 Reviewed:
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