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Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl Review

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It’s Tuesday again and time to review another dog bowl to slow down our speedy eaters.  Today we’re covering the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.  If you’ve been following us for a while then you would have seen the review of the regular Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl over a year ago.  We really liked that bowl except for one problem: shortly after using the bowl Stetson developed canine acne on his chin.  Our Veterinarian informed us that using plastic dog food bowls often caused this ailment.  We continued to used the Brake-Fast Dog Bowl and did our best to keep it clean of bacteria however after a second case of canine acne we abandoned the original Brake-Fast Bowl.

However, all was not lost…we came across the metal brake-fast bowl and thought our prayers were answered.  Unfortunately we had a few problems with this bowl as well.  Check out our dog bowl review:

Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl Review

Today we are reviewing the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.  Here are the specifications on the bowl:

Product: Metal Brake-Fast Dog Bowl
List Price: $36.00
Product Features:

  • The Medium bowl provides for most dog sizes from Beagle to Bernese Mt. Dog. It is suitable for dogs over 30 pounds up to 120 pounds, with a narrow muzzle. Holds 5 cups of food.
  • Inside dimensions – 7″ x 2 1/4″
  • Weight = 2 pounds
  • Intentionally slides on floor to further slow the dog’s eating
  • Durable, dishwasher safe die-cast aluminum

Product Description:
New! Die-cast aluminum non-stick bowl! Brake-Fast® Dog Food Bowl’s design prevents your dog from bolting their food. The simple obstructions make dogs slow down to eat. The Medium bowl provides for most dog sizes from Beagle to Bernese Mt. Dog. It is suitable for dogs over 30 pounds up to 120 pounds, with a narrow muzzle. Holds 5 cups of food.

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Product Video Review

Stetson and I decided to put the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl to the test.  Do the pillar shape obstacles actually slow down a fast eating dog like Stetson?  Check out the video:

What did you guys think?  I added a little voice over audio this time rather then just sticking to music and on-screen text.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get a stopwatch on the screen.  I’ll see if I can do that in our next video review.

My Thoughts On The Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl

Hopefully you watched the video, but just in case you didn’t it took 38 seconds for Stetson to finish eating 1 1/2 cups of food out of his regular stainless steel bowl.  It took 1 minute and 3 second for Stetson to finish eating 1 1/2 cups of food out of the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.  It took 25 seconds longer to finish eating and therefore we can successfully say the the Brake-Fast bowl did it’s job and slowed Stetson’s eating.  That is a significant difference and I believe this would be a perfect dog food bowl for fast eating dogs if…

The only issue I had with this bowl is Stetson is such a violent eater that he was scratching the sides of his teeth with the bowl.  I was wondering where the grey marks on his canines were coming from and also notice a small chip on one of his canines.  I came to the conclusion that the metal pillars were damaging Stetson’s teeth.   I therefore had to stop using the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl in fear that it was going to cause some permanent damage tos Stetson’s teeth.

However, if your dog is not a violent eater then this may be the perfect bowl for slowing down his eating.  Unfortunately Stetson and I will have to continue our search for the perfect dog food bowl.

Here are the pros and cons we found with this bowl:


  • Heavy duty bowl – the thing weighs 2 pounds and is very solid.  It felt like a piece of granite in a box when it arrived at our door step.
  • Well constructed and designed
  • It did the job and slowed Stetson’s eating by 25 seconds.  That’s over 65 percent slow down.


  • As mentioned earlier we believe the metal pillars were damaging Stetson’s teeth.
  • Sliding bowl is bound to damage wood and possibly stone, tile, and any delicate floors.

Overall we really liked this dog food bowl and would highly recommend it besides the two Cons we mentioned above.  If you’re interested in purchasing this dog food bowl it does come in several different sizes check out: Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.  Also, if your dog doesn’t have any issues with plastic then try the plastic version of the Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.

We’re reviewing dog bowls every Tuesday for the next few months.  If you want to see an overview of some of the dog bowls then visit the Dog Bowl Reviews article.

Have you used the Metal Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl.  If so, let us know what you thought of this dog bowl in the comments below.

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  1. Thank you for your reply – Have ordered my Durapet bowls this afternoon – I will let you know how we get on with them comparred to the Brake Fast and other bowls we have tried – I am sure looking at the design they will work much better for than the other have. Many thanks again Jo

  2. Hi Jo,
    I got the small ones for my Pugs. Here is the link to the ones that I purchased:
    Definitely do not get the metal brake-fast bowls. They are not suitable for violent eaters. I am still happy with the Durapet bowls. My Pugs still try to wolf down their food, but these bowls have slowed it down a bit. Another thing I have noticed, they tend to be able to eat the dry food mixed with wet food faster than just dry kibbles. I guess the tackiness makes it easier for them to get it in their mouths. Feeding just dry food slows them down a little bit more.

  3. Hi I own and breed Boston Terriers here in the UK and because they all eat so fast and suffer with vomiting and wind after eating I have been testing these anti gulping bowls – I first bought a plastic small size Brake Fast bowls, and found that it did not work that well for my Bostons who also have short wide muzzles like pugs – and I did not like the way it slides all over the floor, so we tried a Dogit Go Slow but again they could not get their noses in it to eat the last amount of biscuits also I found it shattered after only a week of use because of the dogs were constantly banging thier teeth against it to get at the biscuits that remained in the bowl – This week I decided to try the new savic Slow down and again have a similar problem with the dogs not being able to get at the biscuits, So was doing a search online as I was thinking of trying to get hold of a metal Brake Fast Bowl and came accross your thread – after reading about it damaging teeth, my thinking is to try the Durapet Slow Feeder as I have had little sucess with the three designs of anti gulping bowls I have trialed so far, Could you tell me what size Durapet Slow Feed you use for your pugs please? as I could not find any info which size / breed suitability and as there is no suppler here in the UK I wanted to ensure I ordered the most suitable size for my dogs. Any help with this would be much appreciated… Thanks in advance Jo and the Daltdach Bostons…

  4. @Teresa, thanks for letting us know about the Durapet Slow-Feed Stainless Steel Bowls it sounds like the perfect bowl for Stetson. I’ll see about getting one for Stetson and posting a review on the blog.

  5. Colby, we now have the Durapet Slow-Feed Stainless Steel Bowls in the small size. It seems to be much easier on their faces. The metal is smoother and it is just one large hump in the middle so my Pugs aren’t trying to cram their faces in betwen metal prongs. It seems to have slowed them down too. It takes a full minute for them to finish vs. 15 seconds previously. They were also one-third the price at $8.95 each from Kennel Vaccine Vet Supply Co.(via Amazon). They are still PIGS but at least they are ingesting a little slower. 🙂

  6. @Teresa, we went back to our regular stainless steel bowl mainly because our vet told us the plastic bowls were the most likely culprit for his acne. We haven’t been using the metal brake-fast bowl for the same reason you mention in your comment. We have a couple other items we’re reviewing that aren’t exactly dog bowls, but I’m considering using as Stetson’s everyday feeder. We’ll keep you posted on the website.

    Please let us know if you find something that works well with you pugs.

  7. We got the metal Brake-Fast bowls for our Pugs and experienced the same problem. I am afraid they are going to break their teeth and I am sure they are bruising their muzzles. I am still trying to find a slow feeder that works with their short, wide muzzles.

  8. @Puppiestraining, Stetson is a very violent eater. He definitely eats his food like it’s the last piece of kibble on the planet. He jams his muzzle in and out of the metal pillars and I think that’s how he’s scraping up his teeth. I didn’t have problems with Stetson’s teeth when using the plastic dog bowls, but the plastic was causing acne on Stetson’s chin.

    If you’re dog doesn’t have problems with plastic I’d check out the regular brake-fast bowl, the contech eatbetter bowl or the dogpause bowl.

  9. I love your honest opinion and review, Ive been considering getting this bowl for a while now, but i don’t think i will if it can damage their teeth!

  10. @Ally, good point on Stetson’s eating. We’ve been thinking about getting him an over size bowl and dropping his Kong and maybe a few other toys in the bowl to slow his eating. If we do we’ll be sure to get another video up on the site.

  11. With our fast eating Lab PIT we just used a regular bowl most of the time and added enough water to float the food or we added things like ice cubes or big toys (bouncer balls, medium kongs, wishbones, etc) that he’d have to eat around. Those were the most effective for us. We used muffin pans once in awhile and tried the bundt cake pan but found it easier with him to just add obstacles ourselves. /grin/

    The break fast bowl didn’t seem to slow Stetson down all that much in the beginning which is when most of the “damage” from eating too fast takes place, the extra time seemed to be added more by him picking up the errant pieces of kibble and getting those last kibbles out of the bowl. Thanks for the review!

  12. @Lisa, someone else just recently mentioned trying a muffin pan with Stetson. That’s a great idea and I think I’ll give it a try. I’ve also been told a Bundt Cake pan works well too.

  13. Personally, I prefer a muffin pan. It’s a lot cheaper and doesn’t hurt the dogs teeth. It also keeps the kibble in smaller portions so they have to eat slower. I’ve never had much success with those break fast bowls. Thanks for the review – found it informative.

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