This is our Mud Daddy review for 2022.
The 5 litre Mud Daddy portable dog washer, is a environmentally friendly solution for cleaning your pooch after a muddy walk.
All dog owners have been there returning to the car with dogs who just had to roll around in that muddy puddle they found, Or even the kids, jumping in with dirty football boots days after you’ve spent a fortune getting the car valeted.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a solution to rinse off dirty paws and muddy wellies before they left their mark all over the back seats? The good news: there is!
The Mud Daddy can be used for dogs, bikes, pushchairs, muddy boots, even horses. It’s great for camping too and some customers have even used it as a shower at music festivals.
I purchased this portable dog shower after being recommended it by a friend. My girl doesn’t get too dirty in the summer months, but she does suffer from allergies, so I like to clean her belly and paws after a walk.
She comes everywhere with me and when we go away for the weekend, I usually carry several bottles of water to rinse her down after walks on the beach. I was keen to see if this innovative tool was as good as the Mud Daddy reviews claim, although I’m not sure Isla is
I found the Mud Daddy to be really convenient, it’s lightweight and you can use it home, keep it in the car for days out or take it with you when holidaying with your pooch.
It’s straightforward to use; all you need to do is fill it with warm (or cold) water and press the button a few times to get the pressure going. It’s silent, so it is great for nervous dogs and this size was perfect for my Frenchie, although I’m not sure it would completely clean a large dog with one tank of water.
Keep reading to discover why Mud Daddy is so popular and what makes it stand out from its competitors.
About Mud Daddy
Mud Daddy are a UK company based in Newcastle upon Tyne; their portable shower for dogs is massively successful and has thousands of excellent product reviews from verified buyers on Amazon. It comes in 3 sizes – the 5-litre, 8-litre and 12-litre wheeled option.
They have also recently increased their product range to include a detangling brush, a super-absorbent drying towel, a handy treat bag and a pre-wash spray. You can also purchase accessories for the Mud Daddy, like a brush with an integrated shampoo dispenser.
What is The Mud Daddy?
As mentioned, The Mud Daddy is a dog washer that uses water (and shampoo if you want) to clean your pet. It saves you time, prevents a trail of muddy paws across the living room floor and it’s gentle on your pet’s skin.
Dogs can pick up all sorts when they’re out and about, so a quick rinse after a walk prevents them from getting infections and also bringing anything nasty into your home.
This portable device is easy to use, compact and highly portable; it’s also multi-functional and can also be used to rinse off muddy boots, clean bikes, pushchairs etc. It has a 4.3-star rating on Amazon with thousands of great reviews.
How Does the Mud Daddy Dog Washer Work?
Mud Daddy doesn’t have a motor of any sort, so it’s eco-friendly; it features a simple mechanism for pressurising the water. All you need to do is squeeze the hand pump a few times; then, when you press the trigger, water is pumped through the shower attachment.
Initially, you need to attach the hose and secure it with the nut provided, then fill it with warm water, and you are ready to go.
What I Liked about the Mud Daddy
I felt that the Mud Daddy portable dog shower is a well-designed product and it definitely does the job of thoroughly cleaning your pup before they trail muddy pawprints all over the floor or get the back seats of the car filthy. Isla looked much better after a quick rinse and it was so much easier than putting her in the shower.
The key feature I loved was the integral brush that can get right into the fur to get it clean. There are several other portable dog washers on the market in the UK, but they only have a showerhead, so they really can only rinse dirt away.
No Power Source
I like to think I do my best to help the planet, so the fact that this device needs no power is a big bonus. Not only that, it makes it ideal for hikers, campers or those who enjoy countryside walks as you don’t need to rely on a battery or electrical outlet to rinse off your pup and or muddy wellies.
I was quite surprised at how water flow was maintained with just a few pumps once I got used to it.
The 5-litre tank is really light even when filled with water, making it highly portable; it would be OK to carry with you on a leisurely walk or pop into the boot of the car.
One of the best features of the Mud Daddy is the long hose which gives you more flexibility to move around your pooch and get to those hard to reach places.
The Mud Daddy portable washer for dogs is completely silent, so is fantastic for nervous pups and your neighbours if you need to wash your pooch down early on a Sunday morning.
My favourite feature of the Mud Daddy is the soft integrated brush, there are similar products online, but they all have showerheads. The brush lets you get deep into your dog’s coat to remove dirt and debris whilst giving them a gentle massage, beneficial for cleaning paws.
Lots of Accessories
The Mud Daddy is a stand-alone product, but some handy accessories can be purchased separately, such as a de-shedding brush that can be used to remove loose hair before washing and a drying towel. They also do a licky mat and treat bag, both of which may come in useful if your pup is anything like mine and needs bribing to be washed.
As I mentioned above, the Mud Daddy doesn’t require any power and another bonus is that it uses up to 90% less water than a hosepipe and 80% less than a standard jet wash. The website claims one device can clean up to three dogs depending on size.
Alternatives to The Mud Daddy
This multi-use portable shower is great for camping or to use after a muddy walk; like the Mud Daddy, it has a 5-litre capacity and can be filled with warm water and shampoo. It has a handy carrying strap and is easy to use.
However, the spray is just a shower attachment, so you have to use your hands to wash your dog. Whereas the Mud Daddy has a massaging brush head to get right into the fur.
We’ve tested lots of Kurgo pet gear, so we were interested to see how this portable dog shower compared to the Mud Daddy. A couple of features we loved were the attached bottle opener (who doesn’t need a drink after bathing your pooch) and the loop to attach a towel.
It also folds up for easy storage and holds 6 litres of water, more than the Mud Daddy.
Unfortunately, this product has a few drawbacks; the hose has to be aligned at the perfect angle to keep the water pressure steady, it’s not as flexible or as long, and it’s much more fiddly to use than the Mud Daddy.
Karcher has been going for years and is well known for its range of pressure washers and this small portable version can be used for cleaning dogs. It runs via battery though, so you need to make sure it’s fully charged before use and the battery does add weight to the unit, so it’s nowhere near as lightweight as the Mud Daddy.
As expected, it does have good water pressure, although it might be a bit much pressure for smaller dogs.
The tank only has a capacity of 4 litres and it is the priciest dog shower we found at almost £150, three times as much as the Mud Daddy.
This is another alternative for Mud Daddy if you are looking to wash your dog outside. It has many plus points like the collapsible bag, which holds an impressive 16 litres and it’s only a slightly more expensive product.
However, one big drawback is that the water container is open-topped, so you can’t really fill it and pop in the boot of your car like the Mud Daddy; you will need to carry a large bottle of water with you or hope there’s some wherever you’re heading.
Mud Daddy Stockists
There are limited places where you can purchase the Mud Daddy and at the time of writing, it can only be bought on their website or on Amazon.
You can buy the complete range of Mud Daddy products on Amazon, which is great because you can check out the reviews. The 5-litre model is the cheapest at £49,99 at the time of writing while the 8-litre size is £10 more and the biggest one, the 12-litre dog shower, which is on wheels, is £79.99
Mud Daddy have seen their sales rise dramatically over the last few years and this northeast based company has recently secured a deal worth almost £70,000 to supply to the US market through the shopping retail giant QVC.
Mud Daddy Website
Of course, you can purchase this washing aid through the companies official website and they offer value for money bundle deals sometimes. However, they would be hard pushed to match Amazon’s delivery service. I ordered mine at lunchtime and it arrived by 10.00 pm the same evening.
What Star Rating Would We Give the Mud Daddy?
I would give the Mud Daddy a 4.5* rating; it’s a fabulous product; although a bit pricey, it has several uses, making it good value for money. The only negative is that if you have a dog that won’t stand still, it’s a bit fiddly to pump, hold the brush and your dog simultaneously.
I also wouldn’t bother with the shampoo as you need to refill the tank to rinse, although Mud Daddy do a hygenic pre-wash spray which would be handy.
I would definitely recommend the portable 5-litre version for anyone who goes camping, takes their dogs on holiday or has a pup that comes home from walks covered in sand or mud.
The 5L dog washer I tested is lightweight, so you can take it anywhere, either throw it on the boot of your car so you can spruce up your pup before he gets mud all over the seats or keep it at home for when you return.
I’ve had it a couple of weeks now and it’s brilliant when you come home after a day at the beach, perfect for removing sand. There are lots of other uses too. It’s ideal for cleaning the pushchair wheels when my grandson comes to visit and would be suitable for bicycles too.
I’m sure my husband has got his eye on it for cleaning his Lambretta.
The big decision would be what size to get; if you have a large breed or want to use it to wash horses, the 8-litre or even the 12-litre may be a better option and it comes in a couple of colours too if lime green isn’t your thing.
I would also recommend having a dog drying coat to hand, especially if washing your dog before jumping in the car it will save your seats from getting soaked and keep Fido warm on the way home.