DogKnobit Reviews the Kurgo Wander Pail

by Susi on August 22, 2012

in Kurgo Wander Pail, Product review, Product Reviews

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The Product: The Kurgo Wander Pail

Kurgo’s 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 of nesting bowls

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.

Short-coated dog owners might not ever consider such things, but see how my dog’s cords are OUTSIDE of his bowl? This is a good thing.

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.

After the pail had rolled, some water had leaked into the insert

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.”

 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Mahoney August 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

Looks like an order for 4 of them for the motor home.

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Susi August 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

I do find it a slick system, Tom, but do remember my criticism that when jostled, water leaks out of it. I looked at other reviews of the product after I finished writing mine and noticed that only one other person had the same complaint. I had hoped, too, that the pails came in different colors to give each dog their own pail – but it seems to come only in blue. Thanks for reading the review and for sharing your thoughts!

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Deborah August 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I used to have this WONDERFUL travel bowl system, but it was plastic. It NEVER leaked and Ioved it. But I hate plastic so when I saw the Kurgo pail I was excited and ordered one right away. Great idea, but the darned this leaks like a sieve. I even wrote the company and told them how much I liked it but that leaking was a real problem and that they needed some type of gasket to keep the water leakage down. They were very nice, but told me their were no re-design plans in the works. BUMMER!!!! So I am back to silicone collapsing bowl and a bottle of water as I got tired of getting to my destination with the carpet in my car soaked.

That was probably me you saw on their website about the leaking.

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Susi August 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

You and I experience the same issue, Deborah. Maybe between the two of us, Kurgo will speed up the process of adding gaskets to their design? Thanks for writing, I’m glad I wasn’t alone in my observation. The Kurgo was adequate as long as it doesn’t drop or roll around – but I’ll continue my quest to find the ultimate in travel bowls (grin). Thanks for writing!

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