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Top 10 Raised Dog Bowls : Elevate Meal Times

Updated: May 16

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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.

cockapoo dog eating from a raised dog bowl

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

Another widely publicised benefit is the reduced mess at mealtimes as the bowl is more secured so less likely to move around (which can only be a good thing!)

However, a word of caution, studies indicates that raised dog bowls could increase the risk of bloat amongst large breed and giant breed dogs.

So we recommend that you check with your Vet before buying an elevated dog bowl.


How to Choose the Best Raised Bowl

Our Pick of the Best Raised Dog Bowls

Our Verdict

What are the Benefits of a Raised Dog Bowl ?

How to Choose the Best Raised Bowl for your Dog

Raised dog bowls come in all shapes and sizes. Ideally they should stand square with their chest. That way, your dog doesn’t need to lift their neck up or down to get to their food and water. As a general rule of paw, the best heights 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 indicated the height below each featured raised feeder.

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

Our Picks of the Best Raised Dog Bowls to Buy Today

1. Rustic Pet Furniture

Best overall for most dogs

A new entry in our top 10 for 2022 and pawfect for pampered pooches everywhere. Rustic Pet Furniture are new to the dog bowl market.

They're a small family run business based in South Yorkshire and we put their dog bowl through it's paces.

Kyali pet feeder - raised dog bowls

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

Unlike some wooden dog bowl stands, this one is machine cut and hand assembled in the UK. This 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 confirm that the stainless steel bowls do not move, rattle or spill once slotted into place.

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

Rustic Pet Furniture have three different size options to suit different breeds and sizes of dog. If you're unsure of which height to choose for your four-legged friend, fear not, their website has a helpful size guide.

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

+ High quality machine cut finish

+ 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. Fluff Trough

Best for flat-faced breeds

The second new entry in our Top 10 is the Fluff Trough from Pawtion. If the name doesn't win you over, the facts probably will.

Fluff Trough raised dog bowl for Pugs

Designed specifically for brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs, the Fluff Trough is an innovative raised feeding solution recommended by vets.

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.

Puggles eating from a fluff trough raised dog bowl

The raised base elevated the bowl. whilst the wide, lowered front edge makes it much easier for them to reach their food.

During testing the trough performed exceptionally well and our two adorable Puggles were quieter, more comfortable and less stressed when eating.

Our tester loved the Fluff Trough and went as far as saying that it was a mealtime 'Game- Changer'!

The set comprises of a base and a silicone removable bowl that fit together or come apart easily for filling. Cleaning is a breeze as the silicone insert is dishwasher safe.

Doubtless this design idea would be perfect for any dog that loves to drag their food bowl around the house as the trough has silicone feet to keep it in one place.

Available in two sizes, standard and XL along with the option to add a slow feeder insert if you have a greedy guzzler or stackable risers if you need more height.

The only downside our tester could find was the particularly functional design. There's no hiding that it is plastic and it is grey, however it is also available in black, purple and teal.

Anything else I should know ?

If you would like further information on the Fluff Trough read our detailed review - Flat-Faced Dog Bowl Review : Fluff Trough

Dimensions : (front height, back x width)

Standard - 13, 19 x 25cm | XL 18, 23 x 33cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Ideal for flat-faced breeds

+ Suitable for dogs who move bowls

+ Colour options

+ Stackable risers available

Reasons to Avoid

+ Not the most stylish design

Buying Options


3. Hello Pets Dog Bowls

Best for dogs with long ears

If you're after the designer looks here's a stylish and minimalist solution from the Hello Pets.

raised dog bowl stand in red with stainless steel removable bowls

DoggySquad is an online concept store that brings together designers from all over the world.

Hello Pets from Poland have a range of 3 designer raised dog bowls featured.

This one is specifically designed for long-eared dogs so particularly suitable for cockapoos, spaniels etc.

The space between the bowls provides space to keep your dogs ears from getting wet.

The stand is crafted from painted steel and holds 2 stainless steel bowls for food and water. Both bowls are removable for easy cleaning and refilling.

A beautifully designed set of raised dog bowls available in red, black or white.

Dimensions - (height, capacity)

Small : 8.5cm, 450ml | Medium 12 cm, 900ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Designer looks

+ Great for long eared breeds

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier option


4. Dogit 2 in 1 Dog Bowl

Best single raised dog bowl

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

We love that this raised dog bowl comes in two parts, so the inner bowl can be removed for filling and 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, ensuring your pup's paws or nose doesn't tip it over. And the 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. Available in a range of vibrant colours and two sizes.

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


5. Raised Rim Dog Bowl

Best range of bowl sizes

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.

As with the previous dog bowl from Dogit, this one comes in two parts.

Better still both the removable stainless steel bowl and the outer are dishwasher safe, so super 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 range 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.

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


6. Bramley Power Dog Bowl Stand

Best adjustable dog bowl stand

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.

Available in two sizes the bowl stands cover heights from 14 cm through to 30 cm and any height in between. So 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.

We loved their space saving design as a clever feature is that the legs can fold up, so the feeding station is easy to store or to take with you on holiday.

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.

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. Classic Pets Single Raised Dog Bowl

Best for large breeds

Finally 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.

A simple yet effective large raised dog bowl 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. Raised Storage Dog Bowls

Best bowls with storage

The last raised bowl from Iris offers a clever solution to your food storage problem.

Whilst these twin raised bowls don't have the designer looks, they are an extremely practical solution for storing bulky dry dog food.

It also makes a practical solution for travelling and holidays.

The base offers an airtight storage container and the lid acts as a raised dog feeding station.

What's more, they are available in a choice of three colours and three different sizes suiting medium to very large breed dogs.

A very practical solution especially if you are short of storage space.

Dimensions - (height, capacity)

Small :15cm, 570ml | Medium 22cm, 1100ml | Large 38cm, 2200ml

Reasons to Buy

+ Integral storage

+ Suitable for a range of breeds

+ Clever travel solution

Reasons to Avoid

- Lacks a designer look


9. Stone & Bamboo Dog Bowls

Best for small breeds

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 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.

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. Ceramic Elevated Dog Bowl

Best slanted bowl for small breeds

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

Not only does this stand look incredibly stylish but from a practical point of view it's dishwasher safe so really easy to keep spotlessly 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 comes in two sizes and three gorgeous pastel colours.

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


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 have a flat-faced breed then we recommend the Fluff Trough. Designed specifically for brachycephalic breeds, it's a little pricey but it's unique, tough and works like a dream. A great investment.

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 the Rustice Pet Furniture or the Fluff Trough Dog Bowls.

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. Raised dog bowl stands can be used in combination with slow feeders such as with the Neater Pet Feeding Station featured at no.8.

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.


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