TORUS™ is a watering system, portable storage bowl and supplement dispenser in one!
In May, I was asked to try Heyrex’s Torus pet water bowl. Water filtering system that is portable? Sounded great so I agreed to try it. Also, Xena’s picky about the water she drinks. She doesn’t drink water from public water fountains unless the water is flowing, from bowls she doesn’t know and from water fountains that are powered by electricity because they hum. I thought she would make a good tester. This review is based on our daily use as a secondary bowl for several months.
The bowl comes in two sizes – 1L and 2L. I tried 1L.
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches
- Weight without water: 1.1 pounds
- Retail price: $51.95 (Amazon.com)
- Requires no batteries or electricity
One filter is included.
Design – 5/5
TORUS™ watering bowls store up to 2L of water inside their reservoir walls, filtering the water as it automatically dispenses. Its large capacity means less filling and its low profile means less spills or mess.
It’s not any shorter than other water bowls out there in the market. However, the weight of the water in the storage and the short 4 non-skid stands on the back in addition to the low profile work together to keep the bowl in place and to prevent spilling and tipping over.
The water is filtered as it is dispensed. While Xena drank, fresh water was dispensed and refilled the bowl to just above the water outlet slot. I think Xena found it interesting first time so she kept drinking. Haha.
It is advertised to have less splash mess because it maintains a low water level. Xena isn’t a messy drinker to begin with so I wasn’t able to test this.
Small dogs and dogs without any neck issues should not have any problem drinking out of the bowl. For senior dogs or dogs with neck issues, the bowl can be always raised by placing it on a stable stand.
The ergonomic design is easy on the eye, easy to handle and drink water from.
Filter should be replaced monthly. The price for 5-pack of carbon replacement filters is $15.99 at Amazon.com. $3.20/mo isn’t bad considering how much bottled water costs.
Available colors are blue, charcoal, pink and red.
Function – 4/5
Water fill, flow and lock options work as expected. I leave the filter in during filling and water does not flow into the drinking well. When I clean or move the bowl, I keep the switch at the lock position.
After I filled it up for the first time, I let the filter worked through couple cycles until there was no more carbon particles in the water. Then, I presented to Xena. She approached the bowl cautiously then gave it a good sniff test then drank the water. It must not have weird odor or taste.
When it’s not used regularly, dust settles on the water as expected. I just clean it with warm soapy water.
Filtered water is cool to the touch as advertised.
I find 1 liter is perfect for Xena (34 lbs). It will work for small dogs or cats as well.
Even though it is portable and you can take it anywhere in theory, it’s not ideal for day hikes or backpacking due to its size and weight. However, it would be good for car camping, road trips or any other outdoor activities where your pack weight and space are not a concern.
Quality – 5/5
It’s well made with quality materials and it feels solid. The instructions are easy to follow and informative. It come with 12 month warranty.
Heyrex Pet Water Bowl is well designed and well made. Being able to store water up to 1L is great when I can’t be home to make sure Xena has fresh water. Not using the battery or electricity makes this bowl portable. However, due to its fixed size and weight, I don’t recommend it for day hikes or backpacking. It would be great for home/office, road trips, car camping and any other outdoor activities where your pack weight and space are not a concern.