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A fluffy groomers nightmare(Golden-Doodle) has taught us a thing or two about keeping her clean. Many dog owners find it frustrating trying to get your dog in a small or even medium-sized bath tub. The hassle of them shaking off and creating a giant mess of foam and water can be funny for the first few times. Eventually it does get a little frustrating.
While a few options for dog baths at home may seem expensive, anyone who has gone to a groomer knows that it adds up fast. In the long run, you’ll end up saving costs and maybe even decide to become a pro at clipping your dogs hair as well.
From standard steel vats to options with all the bells and whistles, we’ve got you covered. They vary in size, price, and quality. Here we’ve listed our top picks and we have in-depth analysis for each option underneath. We have included some high-end options for you fancy pants out there. Lets look at the best bath tubs to avoid a sudsy tornado in our home.
Best Dog Bath Tubs for Home Use
Rated up to 150lbs
Leveler for uneven floors
Rated up to 20lbs
Perfect for Puppies and Small Dogs
Rated up to 25lbs
Puppies to Small Dogs
Great for Outdoor Situations
Easy to Carry
Outdoor use, can handle any dog
Rated Up to 125lbs
Two-piece snap together tub
Rated Up to 175lbs
For Extra Large Dogs
Cadillac of Dog Baths
All Sized Dogs
Dog Bath Accessories
Distracts Anxious Pets
Great for Baths
Adapters for all Faucet Types Included
1 Year Warranty
Multiple Flow Settings
Flying Pig Pet Dog Cat Portable Bath Tub
This beautiful royal blue tub is geared towards medium to small sized pets, with a maximum weight capacity of 150 lbs. The basin is made of thick plastic in one solid piece so it’ll last a long time. The legs are stainless steel with crossbeam support. They also have a leveling system for uneven floors, which is great if you have to take this somewhere and can’t get it sitting quite right. We like that it’s lightweight and portable. It’s even possible to set this in your own bathtub if you want a smaller space to work with.
What it comes with: an easy pull plug and drain, mounts for clipping the dog securely and inserts for bottles or shampoo on the inside, all fittings are stainless steel/rust resistant. Interior measurements: 2 feet in length and 1 foot in width.
Pet Gear Pro Portable Dog Bath
The pet gear portable dog bath is a great option for people with puppies or very small dogs(up to 20 lbs).
What it comes with: There’s a rubberized bottom to prevent slips and falls. Two tethers allow the dog to be secured while bathing, storage trays for shampoos or other cleaning aids are molded into the design, and it has a quick drain. measurements: 2 1/2 feet in length and 1.5 feet wide.
Note: Our only gripe is the plastic isn’t super thick so this must be used with dogs that weigh less, but that was it’s intended purpose int he first place!
Porta Tubby Collapsible Portable Foldable Dog Bath Tub
This option takes portability to the next level for baths. An innovative solution, how often can someone pull a bath tub out from under a shelf that includes plastic parts?
what it comes with: Every part of this folds, including the legs. The handles are molded into the plastic design and it comes with storage trays for shampoos or other bathing accessories.
note: 2.4 inches thin when not in use! That’s incredible. It includes a quick drain to get you in and out. Rated for pets up to 25 lbs. Perfect for small to medium pets.
Lilys Pet Portable Folding Bath Tub
Some pet owners deal with extremely allergic dogs, and others have extremely limited space. If you fit either or both of these categories, this option might work for you. Although the doggy pictured may not be having the best time, the product lives up to it’s name. Waterproof, portable, and simple!
what it comes with: one waterproof bag that has stitched lining for you to carry other things, like shampoo. Can double as a purse if you’re really in need!
note: this is very small, 18 inches in diameter at the max. That means you will have a hard time fitting most breeds of dogs in here, but if you have a puppy or a toy breed this could be perfect.
FrontPet Foldable Large Dog Tub/Pool
An option that is perfect for any sized dog. It might be dog pool some days and a dog bath on others. Simple to set up, simply unfold it, with stitched walls that include PVC to make them sturdy once folded up. Whether you need a dog bath or something for the summer this is a great option.
what it comes with: a large dog pool with an easy pull drain. When you unfold this it comes out to more than 4 feet in diameter and it’s a foot deep. When you fold this up it stores away easily and compact.
note: If your dog dog likes to chew and rip up things, this isn’t hard plastic. They could very well destroy this. We do not recommend if your dog is a destroyer of worlds.
Booster Bath Elevated Pet Bathing Large
Some options really focus on the details. The booster bath large tub meets those standards. It’s portable, with an easy access backing, and more options than our bath tubs at home.
what it comes with: No slip rubber mat to keep your dog secure. There is a drain that includes a directional hose so you can choose where you want your used water to drain to. The assembly comes in several easy snap together parts so you can put this away when you’re done.
note: At first glance it doesn’t seem like this would be a portable option, but when you look a little closer it is. At the midpoint the system snaps together and can be disassembled. The legs are also removable.
Booster bath Elevated Pet Bathing X-Large
This is one made for the big boys. Rated at up to 175lbs, if you can find us a dog this couldn’t support we could find you a dog that needs a diet! Just kidding, some St. Bernards get up there. We know.
what it comes with: A solid one piece poly composite tub. No slip rubber base, and a directional hose to choose where to drain the bad stuff. The interior has tether for securing your big boy, and a shampoo holder on the side.
note: We listed this as “non-portable” but that’s only because the main shell can’t easily be transported. The legs are still quick disconnect and it’s not nearly as heavy as some options.
Pet Wash Enclosure Dog Bath
Have you ever woken up one day and thought,” I want my dog to live a better life than me?” Yes? Well, we have the dog bath for you. While the shower caps are sold separately, the “mist jets” come with it. You hook up a hose in the side connect and get your spa treatment flowing. The wheels are for you to push this outside in front of your neighbors while they look on in disgust/admiration and their dogs gaze in wonder.
what it comes with: Wheels, mist jets, a shower wand. That’s the start. It has exit and entry doors. One door isn’t good enough, you need two. Why make your dog turn around? The splash guard on top ensures while the misters are flowing that no water disgraces your floor. It’s clear so you can watch your dog having a great day.
note: this weighs 60 lbs. It might be “mobile”, once you get it to your house or a business location. But, this thing isn’t going to be the easiest to haul around.
Dog Bath Accessories
Booster Bath Steps for Dogs
Perfect Curve Lick Dog Pad Washing Distraction
If you have a dog that thinks water is the spawn of satan, you can always employ trickery. That’s why the perfect curve lick dog pad is a great tool.
It sticks to any flat surface, just slap this on there and give your dog a reason to lick it. Some people leave it dry, but we find spreading a little peanut butter on there will do the trick just fine. This is made from pure silicone, and has been tested for any contaminants so you don’t have to worry about your dog liking it..then licking it a bit too much.
Pro Guard Dog Grooming Restraint
Maybe you’ve decided to just use your own bathtub but your primary difficulty was having your dog move around too much? Then this suction adhered restraint is perfect for you. Just place the suction cup to the wall and then attach it to your dog, you’ll keep them in place securely so you don’t have to worry about them pulling a magician trick and jumping out of the tub.. leaving a water trail of slipperiness in their wake.
The cable used to attach to your dog is rubber coated steel core, so it’s not going to get chewed through. This makes a two person job turn into one
Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool
Unlike like most things on the market,you don’t lose control of one hand at all when using this device, both are free. You turn it on by clicking the built in flow valve on the device. Simply push down to start the flow of water, and push down again to stop it. All while having control of both hands. It’s even contoured so you can run it through your dogs coat getting water and shampoo deep into their skin.
It comes with multiple adapters so whether you like giving doggie baths outside with your garden hose or inside in a bathtub, you’ll be set and squared away. Our favorite feature isn’t one we can feel at all, the lifetime warranty. When a company stands behind it’s product it’s a breath of fresh air.
Waterpik Pet Wand for Washing
Pro pet wand for easy cleaning. The curved shape contours to a dogs body. Water comb includes a spray setting to get even coverage with narrow streams to push through thick fur. Indoor and outdoor use, uses a standard connection and can fit onto a garden hose(adapters included , comes with an 8 foot flexible hose, offers water flow settings and can be operated with one hand.
This product has a lifetime warranty.
SmarterFresh Pet Shower Sprayer Set
This is a quick install shower sprayer set that requires no plumbing(thankfully). You just connect the threading to your existing shower-head and you’re good to go. It includes two novel attachments that separate it from the competition. There is a pressure control nozzle, so if the water is a little too strong you can just dial it back and leave it there. No more fiddling around trying to find the best setting just to have your bathtub decide on it’s own that it wasn’t enough. Pressure drops are a pain.
It also comes with a 3 setting handle. You can make water flow exclusively through the shower-head, or the hand-shower attachment, and if that isn’t good enough there is a setting to have both running at once. For that extra water park extravaganza type of experience. This product comes with a 1 year warranty.
Dog Bath Brush
At first glance you might think this is just a regular brush, but what makes it unique is that it’s bristles.. have bristles! At the end of each of the prongs, they split into tiny little bristles themselves. This makes for a nice bath massage and can help you get past those stubborn clumpy dog hairs that tend to cement together once water touches them.
This brush can double as a deshedding tool when dry according to happy customers and the manufacturer.
What type of owner needs a home dog bath?
We all know people who prefer things a little cleaner than others, for most customers this is a common trait. They don’t want to wait to make it an event to clean their dog, which we think is awesome. Some people haphazardly decided one day,”oh yeah.. I haven’t cleaned Fido in forever.” Unfortunately, we’ve known people like that as well. It’s a good thing to have an owner willing to go the extra mile for their pet. If you truly consider them a part of your family, they should be treated like an equal family member. That definitely involves hygiene.
Other types of owners that need dog bath tubs are ones who have a dog that is dealing with allergies. Lots of animals with fur pick up things from outside, and some are more sensitive than others. Heck, even animals without a lot of fur need baths as well if they’re sensitive. Their short-haired ways grant them considerably less insulation than other breeds. With how increasingly polluted cities are becoming it’s no surprise that allergies in dogs is on the rise.
Finally, owners who have dogs that are notoriously hard to groom may find it’s just much easier to keep them on a bathing schedule. If you’ve ever owned a poodle, you know there is a point of no return. Many breeds come with thick, coarse hair that requires them to spend more time getting brushed and dolled up just to keep looking decent. We’re not aiming for a show dog here, just one with a healthy coat.
Why do we need a dog bath at all?
Not everyone has a bath tub in their home nowadays or if they do they’ve experienced getting blasted with water and soap after drying their dog. Many pet owners just find it easier to wash their dog outside. Or if you actually have the kind of daring personality it takes to attempt washing a cat, you know you can come out the other side looking like you got rolled through a shredder.
Having a dedicated space that you’re not sharing with your dog makes cleanup easier as well. If you have a dog bath you might find it’s a good time to groom them slightly and no one wants hair clogging their drain, unless it’s our own!
How to choose the best dog baths?
Like most of the decisions in our life, budget is a big one, along with purpose. The budget of dog baths vary wildly. Stainless steel versions can really break the bank, while dainty plastic ones will actually just break. You can get portable versions, outdoor ones, or the big top of the line “i’m serious about bathing” varieties.
For each owner, the choice is different and that’s why we did our best to summarize these by value and features.
Should I get a portable dog bath tub or a permanent option?
For the majority of home owners we recommend a portable option if you have a small to medium dog. The truth is, the more portable something becomes, the more parts it will have. That’s more opportunities to break or have a malfunction. Compared to a solid piece of plastic or steel that will hold together tough as nails. When weight isn’t a factor, portables are fine and many dog owners are happy with them even if they have huge dogs. Plus, they always make cleanup easier. We like making sure our dog is super dry before walking on our carpets, so we wash him outside. Everyone has their own reasons.
Balance becomes harder with age for older dogs, we know that many dog owners actually purchase these to put outside and away from tile. Water + tile = slippery messy super mess. That’s a no go!
Final thoughts on the best dog bath tubs for everyday owners
With so many great options on the marketplace, it’s hard to pick a “bad” option for dog baths. There are so many lovely advances taken in these models where sellers are truly vying for your validation. Buy me! That’s all we can hear. They’ve put in the effort behind most models to make you feel confident.
We’re sure you’ll find the model perfect for you and your family. If you end up buying something we suggest, we would love to hear about it in the comments. We take all our readers input seriously and it’s important to us.