5 Best Dog Food Scoops

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Best dog food scoops

Now that you’ve found the right dog food, and have a dog food container to put it in, you might be looking for a dog food scoop. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our picks below.

Our picks at a glance

Best budget scoop (2 cup scoop)

What we like

  • Hard, food-grade plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Long handle
  • Has measurement markings
  • Very competitive price

What we don’t like

  • Only comes in one size (16 oz = 2 cups)
  • Measurements markings aren’t quite useful

The Van Ness 2-cup dog food scoop is a rigid scoop made of food-grade plastic with a long handle that’s easy to use. It has a hole at the end of the handle so you can hang the scoop up, but we like to just leave it in the container. It’s among the cheapest ones we were able to find, and still bears the quality of Van Ness products.

The scoop has measurement markings to denote half cup, 1 cup and 1.5 cup. You can use the markings in a pinch, but we’ve found it isn’t too accurate. We prefer to use it only as intended — to scoop out 2 cups of food at a time.

It’s a sturdy, plastic scoop, at a great price.

Best premium scoop (1 cup scoop)

What we like

  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Premium feel
  • Dishwasher safe

What we don’t like

  • Short handle

It’s hard to imagine a plastic scoop feeling premium, but that’s what OXO Good Grips has done here. This 1-cup scoop is perfect for many uses — made of food-grade, flexible plastic that’s tapered at the end, making it able to fit into small containers. Leave it in your dog food container, and toss it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

The handle is shorter than we expected, but it hasn’t been a problem so far.

Best for small dogs

What we like

  • Various scoop sizes for accurate measurement
  • Reasonably priced
  • Color coded
  • Durable

What we don’t like

  • Colors are randomized — may not match exactly what’s pictured

Rypet’s set of 4 scoops is our pick for best dog food scoop for small dogs. The smaller scoops measure 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 cup — perfect for most small dogs, and the only ones we ended up using. The large scoop measures a full cup, which we detached from the rest of the scoops and put to a different use.

All the scoops are dishwasher safe (top rack), and we like that they’re in different colors so it’s easier to remember which one measures what, instead of having to check the markings each time.

Best for large dogs

What we like

  • Comes in multiple sizes, color-coded
  • Sturdy, BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Competitive price

What we don’t like

  • Some colors are more expensive than others
  • Size options may be confusing

Vikan Remco has large-sized dog food scoops, the smallest one being 2 cups (16 oz) and going all the way up to a whooping 10 cups. Made of a sturdy, food-grade plastic; it won’t bend under the weight of whatever is being scooped.

We advise extra care when placing an order, as the options are rather confusing — some sizes are labelled in ounces, while others are not. Despite the confusion, this scoop is worth consideration because there aren’t too many options available in this size.

Best metal scoop

What we like

  • Made of stainless steel
  • Long handle
  • Has volume markings on the inside
  • Dishwasher safe

What we don’t like

  • 1 full scoop is closer to 1.25 cups than the advertised 1 cup
  • A bit more expensive than plastic scoops

If you prefer a metal dog food scoop, OurPets’ scoop is an excellent choice. Stainless steel is easier to clean and harbors less bacteria, making it superior to plastic in our opinion.

The scoop has markings on the inside to denote half cup and 1 cup portions — although one full scoop is closer to 1.25 cups than 1 cup.

Are dog food scoops accurate?

Using a dog food scoop is generally less accurate than weighing out your dog’s food to the gram, according to this study showing a tendency of owners to underscoop up to 48% of target, or overscoop up to 152% of target.

While this won’t be a problem for most dogs, it may become one for dogs that are overweight and actively trying to lose weight. For these dogs we suggest using a food scale to measure out food rather than using dog food scoops.

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