The Product: The Kurgo Wander Pail
What is it? The Kurgo Wander Pail is system of stainless steel nesting dog bowls topped off with handled screw-on lid that converts all the bowls into one convenient carrying case – a pail, if you will.
The system comes in two different sizes, small and large, the size I tested. The smaller version holds 6.75 ounces in the top bowl and 20.25 ounces in the bottom while the large size holds 13.5 ounces in the top bowl and 30.5 ounces in the bottom. The system is also insulated for raw food diets.
The pail ranges in price between $16 and $20 and is available at stores like Petco and online sites like Amazon. The pail is designed and tested in the USA, but made in China.
My Review: I had thought to review the “Kurgo, the Wander Pail” during the week I’d be traveling to the Puli National Specialty next month, but when out-of-town business required me to leave town on the spur of the moment with my dogs, it was the perfect opportunity to test a product touted for its convenience. On the morning of my trip, I poured dog kibble in the insert bowl, filled the bottom bowl half way up with water, screwed on the lid and off we went. A few hours into the trip, I simply unscrewed the parts and lunch was served.
What I liked: The ease with which these bowls came together made me realize its value as a go-to-emergency kit, something I’m especially mindful of because of the fires that have plagued Colorado this summer. I wouldn’t recommend long term storage of water in the bowl, of course, but one or two portions of dried kibble would stay fresh enough for a “grab-it-as-you-fly-out-the-door” emergency as long as you remember to change the food every week or so. The system would be equally handy on camping trips.
The bowls are lightweight and the parts screwed together easily – and because they’re made of stainless steel, they’re easy to clean and dishwasher safe. All in all, it’s an easy, convenient system with highly practical applications.
But I see a wee bit of room for improvement.
As long as I carried the pail by the handle, the kibble stayed dry and the water stayed where it was supposed to stay; I noticed, however, that if dropped, the pail rolled and water leaked out of the bottom bowl and even found its way into the kibble. Rubber “seals” on the edges of both the insert and water bowls would probably help make the bowls more water tight. I would also like to see rubber pads on the bottoms of the bowls to make them skid-proof, as well. It’s a minor complaint for an issue you’ll never notice if you’re more graceful than I was when carrying the pail. Because of the overall convenience of the Kurgo Wander Pail, I’m giving the product a “thumbs up.”