I didn’t care for the slow release bowl I tried. It had to be cleaned every other day or mold would form. The issue with continuous cleaning, for me, was the hassle of taking it apart. It can also compromise the plastic ring that holds the floater in place and then the plastic ring is easily pulled off by the dogs. I like your set up with the water bottle Karen. Did you buy it or make it yourself? Also, does the water bottle leak? That was the issue for me in the past but it looks like the bowl underneath would keep it contained.
The one I have was hand made and was on Etsy. I don't see them on there now. Other people make them out of PVC and router out a slot for the drinking tube. Not as "pretty" as the wood ones, but just as effective. And really, I never EVER have used the food dish. it is totally unnecessary.
ALL the good water bottle drip a little. You really have to keep a dish under them. They don't drip enough that it doesn't evaporate... it's not like you get a puddle. it IS enough that you will ruin a wood floor. I do NOT like the "drip-proof" bottles. They have a spring behind the ball bearing that closes off the water when the dog isn't drinking. The problem is that the dog has to REALLY push it with force to get any water to come out. I don't want it to be hard for my dogs to get water. I believe that animals should have free access to as much water as they want. I didn't feel like they got that with the drip-proof" bottles. I saw them "give up" if they weren't REALLY thirsty.
I do understand the problems with the limited flow bowls. But I'd rather clean and replace them as needed than deal with the wet beards all the time. And remember, I'm dealing with multiples!!!
I also use this type, which holds larger amounts of water: https://smile.amazon.com/Heininger-3...094789&sr=8-18
This also has its pros and cons. It holds more water (good in multi-dog households) but is harder to clean. You REALLY need some bleach and a bottle brush to get into the handle part. It can also be a bit of a pain to re-seat the rubber gasket when you open it. But they are VERY sturdy. We've had the three we are currently using for several years. Two are in constant use, and one is in the camper, so only gets used when we use the camper, but we've had it as long as we've had Kodi.
ETA: We empty, rinse and refill ALL water dishes daily, and thoroughly clean every couple of days anyway, so that doesn't really vary, no matter what we use.