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Top 10 Raised Dog Bowls : Elevate Meal Times

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Raised dog bowls and dog bowl stands are gaining in popularity. The idea behind a raised dog bowl is that it brings the food closer to your dog’s mouth, meaning your four-legged friend doesn’t need to bend down so far.

In turn this can help with their posture and eliminates any potential neck pain while they’re eating.

If you have a dog suffering with joint issues or arthritis, they can experience enormous relief from raised dog bowls as they can find putting their head to the ground difficult.

cockapoo dog eating from a raised dog bowl

What's more, they can also help to reduce mess at mealtimes. As a dog bowl stand is more secured it's less likely to move around your kitchen leaving a trail of mess.

However a word of caution, studies indicates that raised dog bowls could increase the risk of bloat amongst very large breed and giant breed dogs. So we recommend that you check with your vet before buying an elevated dog bowl.

We sniff out the best raised dog bowls the UK market has to offer. You can judge for yourself whether you like the look and we'll fill you in as best we can on height, capacity and of course, the pros and cons of each style.



What are the Benefits of a Raised Dog Bowl ?

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How to Choose the Best Raised Dog Bowl

Raised dog bowls come in all shapes and sizes. Ideally they should stand square with your dog's chest, that way, your dog doesn’t need to lift their neck up or down to get to their food and water.

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As a general rule of paw, the best heights for dog bowl stands are :-

⭐️ For small breeds 5–17 cm

⭐️ For medium breeds 15–35 cm

⭐️ For larger breeds 30–50 cm

To help you find the perfect elevated bowl for your four-legged friend, we've provided the specifications below each dog bowl we feature.

In terms of material and style, it's down to your preference and what suits your home decor. We've hand picked a collection of ceramic, plastic, wood and metal for our Top 10.

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Our Picks of the Best Raised Dog Bowls

1. Best Raised Bowl Overall

Rustic Pet Furniture

First place in our Top 10 is awarded to this beautifully crafted wooden raised double bowl from Rustic Pet Furniture. They're a small family run business based in South Yorkshire and we put their dog bowl stand through its paces.

Kyali pet feeder - raised dog bowls

There are a selection of three sizes to suit different breeds and sizes of dog. If you're unsure of which height to opt for, fear not, their website has a helpful size guide.

The solid wooden base is available in a choice of three muted tones - white, dove grey and antique cream. These pale colours should blend in with most kitchen colour schemes.

We loved that unlike some wooden dog bowl stands on the market, this one is machine cut and then hand assembled all in the UK.

wooden dog bowl feeding station

Why is this important ? It ensures a quality clean cut finish and at the same time, no unsightly screws or bolts on show.

What's more, the oak varnished top has machine cut slots which perfectly fit the two 6 inch stainless steel dog bowls it arrives with.

We tested and analysed this bowl and are happy to report that the stainless steel bowls do not move, rattle or spill once slotted into place. Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic options for dog bowls and can be used with dry, wet or raw dog food.

Most importantly though, the top is varnished in a medium oak to create a waterproof surface (several months on and there is still no water staining).

Our Verdict: A well designed and solid raised dog bowl feeding station which would look great in most kitchens.

Dimensions - ( height, width, depth)

Small : 10.8cm x 40cm x 22cm | Medium 17.8cm x 40cm x 22cm | Large 26.8cm x 40cm x 22cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Made in the UK

+ Includes two stainless steel dog bowls

+ Varnished to protect from spills

+ Choice of 3 muted colours

+ Choice of 3 sizes

Reasons to Avoid

- Not height adjustable

Buying Options

If you would like further information, read our in-depth review of the Raised Dog Bowl from Rustic Pet Furniture.


2. Best Single Raised Bowl

Dogit 2-in-1

This modern raised dog bowl from Dogit combines a stainless steel inner bowl with a melamine outer.

Dogit 2-in-1 elevated dog bowl in cream

We love that this raised dog bowl comes in two parts, so the inner bowl can be removed for filling and for cleaning in the dishwasher.

It's worth noting that the stainless steel inner bowl isn't the full depth of the melamine outer, it offers a shallower feeding bowl.

The bowl nestles snuggly in the outer, so your pup's paws or nose don't tip it over.

The simple addition of a non-slip ring on the base makes sure it stays right where it needs to be and doesn't slide around your kitchen floor.

Better still the thoughtful design of the base includes two curved sections which help you pick it up. Not keen on the cream ? The Dogit 2-in-1 dog bowl is available in other colours and two size options.

Our Verdict - We think that this is a great solution if your looking for a modern, good quality single dog bowl.

Dimensions : (height, capacity)

Small - 16 cm, 300ml | Large - 17cm, 900ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Removable feeding bowl

+ Two size options

+ Colour options

Reasons to Avoid

- Smallish feeding bowl


3. Best Ceramic Raised Bowl

Scruffs Icon

Of course, the first thing to say is that the range of dog bowls from Scruffs is incredibly stylish and minimalist.

Scruffs Icon flat faced dog bowl

But we also love their ceramic bowls because they offer a great option for dogs who dislike the reflective surface of stainless steel bowls.

Designed for dogs with flat faces, their Icon dog bowl brings food or water forward towards your dog's face.

Made from heavy stoneware ceramic they are not only ideal for preventing hungry dogs from moving the bowls, but they are chip and bite resistant too.

You'll be glad to know that the Scruffs collection are dishwasher and microwave safe. Not only that, the thick bowl sides help to keep the dog food and water cooler for longer.

Available in pale grey or cream, their range includes lots of styles so take a look in beautiful pale, pastel colours.

Our Verdict - Expertly designed and aesthetically pleasing, we recommend Scruffs dog bowls if you are looking for a functional yet stylish solution.

Dimensions - 18 x 15 x 10.5cm with a capacity of 0.28L

Reasons to Buy

+ Designer looks

+ Great value option

+ Ceramic rather than stainless steel

Reasons to Avoid

- Not as high as some


4. Best for Flat-faced Dogs

EasyEat Feeder

Recent finalists of the Pet Industry Federation Awards 2023, EastEat is an innovative raised feeding solution, designed specifically for brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs (although other breeds may love it too).

Easy Eat raised dog bowl

As any dog lover with a flat-faced breed knows, they are prone to breathing and throat issues. This can make eating from a traditional dog bowl a tough task.

So what makes the EasyEat different you ask?

The raised base elevates the bowl to a more natural position whilst the wide, lowered front edge makes it much easier for your dog to reach their food.

During testing the EasyEat performed well and our gorgeous French Bulldog tester - Elsie really enjoyed eating from it.

She was more comfortable eating from the bowl and ate her meal in one go as opposed to returning to her food several times.

Our human tester loved the EasyEat saying it was super easy to clean. The insert can be removed and thrown in the dishwasher.

French Bulldog eating from an EasyEat raised dog bowl

Admittedly, there are other trough style feeders on the market, notably Fluff Trough which we have also tested and reviewed, but the EasyEat has some unique design features -

⭐️ Handles

Rounded integral handles make it easy to pick up from the floor

⭐️ Stackable

In multiple dog homes, the EasyEat stacks so needs less space when not in use.

⭐️ Personalisation Options

You can add your dog's name

⭐️ Range of gorgeous pastel colours

We also loved this matt cream finish which should fit in easily with most kitchen decors. As dog bowls are often on display throughout the day it's a good idea to get one that looks good.

EasyEat dog bowl with slow feeder insert

The latest addition to the EasyEat range is a slow feeder insert.

We love slow feeders as they're an ideal solution for dog lovers whose dogs seem to almost inhale their food !

Well designed, this unique silicone trough has 3 raised ridges which are just enough to slow your greedy pup down, making them work just a little bit harder to find every last morsel.

Some slow feeders we've tested in the past work well but honestly, they're a nightmare to clean. All those intricate ridges and troughs mean it's hard to remove every last trace of dog food. EasyEat's design is simple yet functional and we found it a breeze to clean.

The one observation our tester made was that some of the dry food spilt over the front at meal times. It's worth pointing out that the EasyEat is fairly small and maximum food amounts are : dry -180g, raw - 250g and wet - 220g.

Dimensions : (front height, back height x width)

Standard - 14, 20 x 27.5cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Ideal for flat-faced breeds

+ Easy to clean

+ Integral curved handles

+ Personalisation available

+ Stackable

Reasons to Avoid

+ Not the largest trough style feeder

Buying Options

For 10% off the EasyEat Feeder- use discount code BARK10

Anything else I should know ?

If you like the idea of this style of feeder but have a larger dog, why not read our Fluff Trough detailed review - Flat-Faced Dog Bowl Review : Fluff Trough


5. Best Value Bowls

Savic Ergo Feeder

This is the 2-in-1 Ergo feeder from Savic and it's recommended for mature, large and arthritic dogs who struggle with ground-level feeding.

Dog eating from Savic Ergo raised dog bowl

Available in two different heights, its simple styling is designed to be easily cleaned and stand up to some rigorous daily use.

Both the food and water stainless steel bowls are removable and dishwasher safe whilst the plastic stand can simply be wiped down with a cloth.

The four legs have rubber feet to avoid scratching wooden floors and help stabilise.

The only downside we could find is the lack of colour options - it's available in grey, grey or grey !

Our Verdict - Ultimately this is a great value option, a well designed, practical and popular raised feeder bowl.

Dimensions - (height, capacity)

Small :18cm, 850ml | Large 28cm, 1500ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Suitable for a range of breeds

+ Easy to clean

+ Two size options

Reasons to Avoid

- Only available in grey


6. Best Adjustable Stand

Bramley Power

If you’re unsure which height will work out best, or you have a growing puppy, an adjustable feeder is a great idea. The beauty of this dog bowl stand from Bramley Power is that you can adjust the height to suit your dog.

Bramley Power Raised Dog Feeder

Available in two sizes, the stand covers heights from 14 cm through to 30 cm and any height in between. So should suit any dog breed or size.

Once you've chosen your preferred height, the legs simply look into place with additional locking bars.

Nevertheless, with the legs fully raised, it doesn't appear as sturdy as some of the other raised bowls we've featured.

Made from bamboo, the feeding station not only looks stylish, but is water resistant to cope with any spillages and easy to wipe down.

It holds two stainless steel bowls which are removable for filling and cleaning.

Our Verdict - We loved their space saving design. The legs can fold up, so the feeding station is easy to store or to take with you on holiday.

Dimensions - ( height, capacity)

Small : 14 -18cm, 700ml | Large 20.5 - 30 cm, 1500ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Fully height adjustable

+ Stylish design

+ Great value

+ Folds away

Reasons to Avoid

- Not as sturdy with legs raised fully


7. Best for Large Breeds

Classic Pets Single

Next a set of bowls for those big & tall dogs in your lives! This very traditional style raised dog bowl from Classic pet products is aimed at larger dogs.

Dog Single feeder metal bowl stand

The design of this high stand helps to prevent the bowl from moving and the stand is exceptionally sturdy.

It's super easy to assemble and the stainless steel bowl included sits neatly on the top. The addition of rubber covers on the feet certainly help to protect your floor and keep it anchored in place.

This raised bowl has received some rave reviews from St Bernard and Great Dane owners so is obviously a great choice for large dog breeds.

In fact the largest size has the biggest capacity bowl featured in our review. It goes without saying that the stainless steel bowl is hygienic and dishwasher safe.

Our Verdict - A simple yet effective large raised dog bowl stand available in three sizes to suit medium and large dogs.

Dimensions - (height, capacity)

Small : 30cm, 1600ml | Medium 37cm, 2500ml | Large 37 cm, 4000ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Suits large dog breeds

+ Large capacity bowl

+ Great value

Reasons to Avoid

- Not the most stylish

A double feeder is also available with both the water and food bowls.


8. Best Range of Sizes

Super Design

A great idea for any messy eaters out there, the rim on this Super Design bowl is designed to be higher at the back to help avoid spillages.

Dog eating from a Super Design raised dog bowl

As with the previous dog bowl from Dogit, this one comes in two parts and both the removable stainless steel bowl and the outer are dishwasher safe, so easy to keep clean.

The non-slip rubber base helps secure the dog bowl and it has hand holes to help grasp it.

As well as offering three sizes, Super Design offer a wide collection of bright and eye-catching colours.

If you have a greedy dog who loves to wolf down their food, you can also buy a slow feeder insert which fits neatly in the base.

Our Verdict - Whilst this bowl is ideal for messy eaters, be aware that it's on the small side, so make sure you've checked your sizing before buying.

Dimensions : (height, capacity)

Small - 12.5cm, 300ml | Med - 17.5cm, 600ml | Large 20.5 cm ,900ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Raised rim to reduce mess

+ Three sizes available

+ Slow feeder insert option

Reasons to Avoid

- Small inner bowls


9. Best for Miniatures

PuiPet Dog Bowls

These stylish bowl designs from PuiPet are very on trend. Perfect for small dogs elevating the ceramic bowl very slightly with a bamboo frame.

bamboo dog bowl stand with ceramic bowls in grey and white

Small dogs and puppies need a bowl that doesn’t sit too high above the ground but is still raised a tad for comfort.

Ideally suited to puppies and smaller dogs the added weight of this ceramic bowl helps to stop the bowl from sliding around your kitchen floor leaving the inevitable trail of mess.

The bamboo bases even have rubber stoppers attached so they won't scratch your floors.

What's more, they're super easy to clean as they can pop straight in the dishwasher.

These beautiful bowls are available to buy individually or as a matching pair in pale grey or white.

Our verdict - If you're looking for a stylish solution for a small dog these are ideal but beware of messy puppies as they can leave a trail of mess - we'd suggest buying a mat to sit the bowls on.

Dimensions : Bowl diameter 16 cm, height 9cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish bowls

+ Single or pair

+ Dishwasher safe

Reasons to Avoid

- Suitable for small dogs

- Can leave mess


10. Best for Small Breeds

Ceramic Slanted

This beautiful raised dog bowls feature a bowl made from porcelain ceramic seated in a natural bamboo stand.

Raised dog bowl for small breeds

Not only does this stand look incredibly stylish but from a practical point of view the bowls are dishwasher safe so really easy to keep clean.

Better still, this range of ceramic dog bowls include two leg lengths with each bowl.

We loved this flexibility to not only raise or lower the bowl but also to slant your bowl by placing the shorter leg at the front.

The bowls are available in two sizes and three pastel colours.

Our Verdict - Whilst not great for messy eaters, these bowls can make eating a more comfortable experience for smaller dogs, and let's face it, they're also beautiful to look at!

Dimensions : (diameter, height)

Small 14.7cm, 10.5cm | large 17.8cm, 13.5 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish design

+ Two heights

+ Two bowl sizes

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable for small dogs

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Our Verdict

We rate the Rustic Pet Furniture dog bowl stand the best overall elevated dog bowl. Combining style with practical design, the Rustic Pet Furniture's dog bowl stand can proudly be on display in your kitchen, instead of being tucked away.

If you are looking for a good value raised feeder, than the Ergo design from Savic is a perfect 2-in-1 option at a great price.

If you have a flat-faced breed then we recommend the EasyEat or the Icon from Scruffs. Designed specifically for brachycephalic breeds, they're both work exceptionally well.

Larger dog breeds can't go wrong with the traditional Classic Pets Single Raised Dog Bowl. Whilst it may not have those designer looks, it's a super sturdy dog bowl which does a solid job.

If you're still undecided and would like more information, read our in-depth tests and analysis of other dog bowls on the UK market for 2024 - Dog Bowl Buying Guides

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What are the Benefits of a Raised Dog Bowl ?

Better Posture

By raising the bowls, your dog bends less and as a result is less likely to have bad posture issues potentially leading to ongoing back problems.

Increased Comfort

Older dogs especially those suffering with joint pain and the onset of arthritis will be more comfortable whilst eating and drinking.

Makes Swallowing Easier

By elevating the bowls your dog doesn't need to fight gravity to move their food along the oesophagus into their stomach.

Slowing Fast Easters

Some trials have shown that greedy dogs can benefit from an elevated bowl. Simply by raising the bowl up, your dog slows down in this more upright position.

If you are looking at providing your dog with a bit more challenge so they have to work significantly harder for their food, then we would suggest considering a slow feeder bowl. We take a look at the 10 excellent slow feeders in our in-depth article Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls.

Keeping it Clean

Your dog is less likely to make a mess if the bowl is nearer their mouth. Many dogs and puppies love to play with their water bowl. Elevated bowls are sturdier and can't be easily knocked over.

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Thanks for dropping by and checking out our Buying Guide to the Top 10 Raised Dog Bowls.




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