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The Better Bucket

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Double L's Better Bucket is an ergonomic feeder that is excellent for horses, cattle, and other livestock. The bucket's tapered sides cause the feed to funnel toward the back of the bucket, making feed and grain more accessible and reduces animal behavioral problems. The Better Bucket fits in a corner or on a flat wall and can be hung with either a traditional wall bracket or snap hook. The Better Bucket is built to last with a durable, impact resistant, high-density polyethylene with smooth, finished edges, and a heavy-duty handle.
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  • Angular design accommodates the animal's facial structure
  • Flat back provides stability against a wall or fence
  • Fits in a corner or a traditional wall
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20 Quarts 19 1/2" L x 15 3/4" W x 13 1/2" H
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    The Better Bucket is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 160.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Buy it. I have purchased 6 of these for my 3 horses. THe bucket is not durable and every single one of them cracks in the back and it is a downhill slide from there. Stick to the big round buckets. It is a great idea but needs to be made of much more durable plastic.
    Date published: 2014-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big difference. I really like this bucket. It is hung in the stall for feeding. With the slanted front the horse no longer is banging and pushing the bucket while eating. A few people at the barn have this style, but, this one is bigger, which is nice.
    Date published: 2014-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from really a Better Bucket these are great for feeding grain. Much better than a pan or built-in corner feeder.
    Date published: 2014-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from THE BETTER BUCKET I NEEDED SOMETHING THAT I COULD USE FOR BOTH FEED AND WATER ON OVERNIGHT STAYS. THIS BUCKET IS JUST PERFECT. IT HOLD ENOUGH WATER FOR THE HORSES AND IT IS DEEP ENOUGH TO HOLD FEED.
    Date published: 2014-07-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't carry full. Because of the shape, it isn't possible to carry the bucket with water in it without pouring it on yourself.
    Date published: 2014-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bucket This is truly a wonderful bucket. My horses are now able to put their full head in the bucket and not worry about getting caught on the rim or handle. They can easily reach and clean up feed from the bottom. Overall, they look much more comfortable eating out of these buckets and it really allows their throat to remain open while eating instead of appearing crammed in a regular or flat back bucket.
    Date published: 2014-03-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I had the first break after 48 hrs and SmartPak it so far the replacement is doing well. It's now beenin use for 2 weeks, the first bucket may have been flawed. I still reserve right to make a final opinion at a later date.
    Date published: 2014-03-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from The flat back broke before in use for 48 hours! Bought 3, put 1 in use right away, before 48 hours was up there was a 4" crack in the fkat back of the bucket. I like the shape, but the material is severely lacking. The last feed bucket this one horse had kasted 8 years.
    Date published: 2014-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great bucket I have 7 of these buckets and my horses and I love them. I haven't had a problem with them and have used them for over 2 years.
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do Not Purchase I have 6 of the smaller "Better Buckets" and the crack down the back. I bought this larger one for my Clyde/Friesian mare thinking she would not crack this because it is so large and it would fit her head better. Wrong. It is cracked all the way down the back to the bottom of the bucket. At this moment 5 of the 6 buckets are cracked and one is in the trash (this is the replacement). I would like to say it is one particular horse that is tough on stuff but there are 6 horses. The buckets are now held together with duct tape. I it a better bucket DESIGN but not a better usable bucket.
    Date published: 2014-02-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good for animal use! I did an earlier review on this bucket when I bought the first one as it held up well for over a year and then started cracking around the handle so I replaced it. The second one didn't last a year but more like a few months. The bottom cracked and fell out. My mare was not happy and I wasn't either. The bottom split and about three pieces fell out of the bottom. I like the design of the bucket as my horse seems to eat with her head in the bucket instead of flying grain all over but it didn't hold up and I went back to my ol' favorite flatbacked rubber buckets that hold up for years.
    Date published: 2014-01-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too big! The bucket itself was fine, but like other reviewers, it is just too big. Their is a medium sized bucket available, but Smartpak doesn't sell it. It is much better suited for the average sized horse. My horse is 16 hands, this bucket was enormous. If you want a big bucket, it would be a good one though. 
    Date published: 2013-12-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from brittle plastic My guy went through 2 of these buckets, then I gave up and bought a rubber bucket.
    Date published: 2013-12-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Depends what your horse's eating issue is. I purchased mine from a local feed store hoping to solve the problem of 2 of my horses who throw and dump feed. This is a real problem because of my Smart Pak supplements and I have chickens that will scarf up feed on the ground. My 3 y.o stallion is a bucket digger as well- loves to get one hoof in a bucket. The problem with a permanent bucket is that he can get a good traction going and scoop feed out with his nose, it has to be high enough so he can not get a hoof in there ( higher than the top of my fence line). This bucket is not the solution for him. The TB mare also is a scooper/dumper but so long as I do not feed too much grain at a time this bucket works ok unless she manages to get her head under it to lift and dump, the swinging action however because I have it tied to a wall, does make it harder for her to do this. About the only benefit I have is that the eyes are not bothered and they can breath. Over the fence buckets don't work for either of these 2 nor do ground rubber tubs. Might have to design my own bucket.
    Date published: 2013-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bucket I have a warmblood mare. This is the best bucket I have found for feeding her grain. She does not spill nearly as much on the ground, and just seems much more comfortable eating from it. I use it when she is turned out for the summer. It has lasted two summers so far, and no signs of cracking yet.
    Date published: 2013-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Bucket Our new horse liked to spit his cubes at people...with the new bucket he can not do this!
    Date published: 2013-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great One of our boarders bought this bucket for her horse. At first I thought they were crazy and just use a regular bucket. However, I tried it with my horse and he is quieter when he eats, throws the bucket around less, and drops less grain. My horse likes it much better over a regular bucket.
    Date published: 2013-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wouldn't use another bucket! Now I never have to worry about the horses bumping their eyes on the handle or whether or not they can get their noses to the bottom. I have also noticed that their tails/manes do not seem to get snagged where the handle hooks to the bucket. Great bucket, just a little difficult to carry when more than half full.
    Date published: 2013-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bigger than I thought, great design Horses love these, they don't hit their eyes on the edges or handles anymore :-)
    Date published: 2013-05-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Design this is a great bucket and my horses like it. Only problem is they break. I have had two for about 1 year and within that time both of them cracked and then broke apart. Darn!
    Date published: 2013-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BIG BUCKET This is a super feed bucket. Plenty of room for the big head of a draft cross mare. The design is great. Not sure I would use it as a water bucket--the angled design would make it way too easy to slosh water out of, or dump all over your pristine (ha ha) barn shoes.
    Date published: 2013-04-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from bucket split This bucket has a very unique design. However it cracked at the handle attachment to the bucket. This occured about a week after I installed it in my stall.
    Date published: 2013-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bucket Nice big bucket. The angular shape makes it easy for my mare to fit her face in it.
    Date published: 2013-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Design! Have been using tires and tire bowls. Like this much better. SmartPak needs to carry the smaller size as well. SmartPak's size was great for my Belgian but over the top for my mustang and paint.
    Date published: 2013-02-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good idea - poor function everything you read about this bucket is true, so great idea ... however, ergonomically it is VERY prone to tipping over since the front "design" idea is weighted awkwardly ... if you plan on moistened hay cubes, anything liquid, or even rinsing / carrying / setting down this bucket, consider the draw backs as it almost never sits squarely on its base without some careful positioning
    Date published: 2013-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from They've built a "Better Bucket"! I loved the idea of a bucket my horse could actually get his head into to get the grain at the bottom of the bucket without scarring up his beautiful head! So for such a reasonable price, I thought I'd give it a try ... and it does work! Now my guy can get down to the last pellet without getting the bucket stuck on his face and chaffing the hair off! It seems to be made of very solid materials - I've had it for a month, and it's been COLD here and the bucket is the same as when I first hung it up (outside in all weather) I poke holes in my feed buckets so water doesn't accumulate - and now it's the PERFECT feed bucket! I bought the bigger one (it's BIG) - but I'm glad I did even though I only feed a little grain because it's super roomy for his head - and he's happy to get all of his feed down to the last pellet!
    Date published: 2013-02-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great idea, needs more R&D Great bucket but cumbersome to wield. The large size is too big for a grain bucket unless you have a draft horse. I have a TWH with a big head (we don't say that in front of her) and she gets frustrated with the size of the fortflex bucket to the point where she slings it in the air and eats from the ground. I returned these and found the smaller size at my local feed store. Thee smaller ones are still not as sturdy as fortiflex, but make my mare much happier. The bucket design is a good one but the large size is superfluous as it is too big for a feed bucket and too tipsy as a water bucket unless it is hung from the stall at all times. Smartpak, would you consider carrying the smaller bucket?
    Date published: 2013-02-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from broke early Spacious, thick, sturdy looking bucket. But the bucket lip (that hangs onto the mounted wall bucket holder) broke within 1 day. My horse's last bucket was too small, and she put more force on it than she did on this big one, in order to lick all the grain out; still, it lasted for 3 years before cracking. Now this new bucket just hangs from the handle, and although it is still better than her old bucket, we have lost the steadiness and easy access angle that the bucket holder provided when the bucket lip was intact (on day 1). <sigh>
    Date published: 2013-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big bucket This bucket comes in two sizes. Smartpak only carries the very large one. I thought having such a large bucket in my horse's stall would be a problem (pooping in it), but so far - no problems. This bucket's smooth surface is very easy to clean and my horse doesn't spill any of his grain. I am happy with it <But maybe a wee bit smaller>.
    Date published: 2013-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BUCKET This bucket is amazing!!! My big 17'2 hand boy adores this bucket. He always had a hard time with ground pails, corner feeders, etc... This bucket is perfect for him and he cant get his feed and beet pulp without banging it against the wall or getting his head stuck.
    Date published: 2013-01-15
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