When it comes to pet fountains, people are usually trying to combine their pet's need for hydration with the need to keep their home looking stylish. Luckily, there is a wide variety in pet fountains on the market today as manufacturers respond to their customers to fill this need. While overall most pet fountains are made from plastic, these are not the fountains usually chosen by those pet owners who are looking for both function and style. Instead, these people gravitate to either ceramic or stainless steel fountains.

Ceramic is the most popular choice in these fountains after the plastic versions we mentioned earlier. While a ceramic pet fountain will cost a little more than one of those basic plastic fountains will cost, the upgrade in the looks department makes it worthwhile. It must be said that the price of a quality pet fountain, regardless of material, starts at around $35. You can get a very nice ceramic fountain for less than $50 if you order online. That extra few dollars takes this pet appliance from something that you might want to hide in a remote area to something you have no problem placing in a public area of your home. The most popular of the ceramic fountains is made by Pioneer pet products, and is black in color. This sleek fountain is often mistaken by house guests as a piece of home decor as opposed to a pet accessory.

After ceramic, the next most popular choice is a stainless steel pet fountain. The classy look of stainless makes this fountain perhaps the most upscale of all the versions you will see. Again, the price tag is a bit more, just because the cost of the material is more. There are a couple of stainless steel pet fountains on the market, and they are priced between $60 and $80 if you purchase online. While the ceramic pet fountain is black and can fade into its surroundings, the stainless fountain is obviously bright and shiny and on prominent display wherever you decide to place it.

There are other reasons besides looks to choose either of these materials for your pet's fountain. The biggest involve your pet's health. Bacteria will grow and flourish wherever they can, and the surface of a plastic water bowl or pet fountain can be a real breeding ground. Plastic is easily scratched, and it is in those scratches that bacteria can take hole and cause health problems for your pets. A good alternative are the ceramic and stainless fountains. Stainless in particular is very resistant to bacteria growth when compared to these other materials. Since it is not easily gouged, and is easily cleaned, this material makes perfect sense for a material for a pet accessory.

Whichever version of fountain you decide on, it is important to do a little homework before making the actual purchase. Doing so will ensure you make the best decision for both you and your pet.