by Tom Ken
As the name suggests, elevated dog bowls are held above the floor by a base or frame. This has several benefits such as reduced neck pain, joint, and back strain. Therefore, instead of letting your pet struggle to get food from a bowl at the floor level, this type should be used.
That said, these bowls are available in different varieties but we have looked at the best-elevated dog bowls in the market to help you get a suitable pick. Read through to learn more!
1. Pet Zone Dog Bowl (Best Overall)
2. Loving Pets 7612 (Best Budget)
3. Bergan 88142-P (Best for Large and Aging Dogs)
4. Petmate 23448 (Best for Medium Dogs)
5. Super Design DB-07-M-BL-FBA (Best Single)
6. Super Design 990381-S-LPK (Best Ergonomic)
7. PetFusion PF-BH2 (Most Versatile)
Taking the overall best spot is Pet Zone's dog bowl and this is because it is height adjustable to 3 levels to accommodate different dog sizes as different growth stages. Without the legs, the bowls are held 2.75 inches above the ground, which is the ideal height for small dogs.
A set of short legs raise it to 8 inches, which is the ideal height for medium dogs while the longest legs raise it to the ideal height for large dogs; 12 inches. These legs are easily removable and can be tucked under the plastic platform for easy storage.
That said, this frame holds two stainless steel bowls, which are included in the set. These are rust-resistant and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Other features are non-slip pads on the frame's legs to prevent tipping and a spill ridge on the bowl to keep your floor clean.
The only problem is that the frame does not have easy-grip handles on the sides for easy transportation.
You can get a high-quality elevated dog bowl at a pocket-friendly price, and one such unit is Loving Pets' 7612 . The set contains two bacteria-resistant stainless-steel bowls, which are veterinarian recommended because of their safety.
These bowls are elevated 4 inches above the ground and are easily removable from the base for cleaning, in which they are dishwasher-safe for easy maintenance.
The base is made of sturdy galvanized steel, which is coated in a beautiful aged copper finish that gives a rusty finish. You also get non-skid rubber feet and bone-shaped handles for easy carrying.
However, this frame is not height adjustable and the bowls have a very small capacity (2 cups). This might not be enough for medium and large dogs.
With an elevation of 15 inches, Bergan's 88142-P is the ideal piece for large and aging dogs because it eliminates any form of bending. Additionally, the set comes with two 11-cup bowls, which ensure you feed enough food and water without requiring refills for your large dog.
That said, the frame holding the bowls is made of BPA-free plastic, which is safe and very lightweight. It has removable legs for height adjustment and the bowls are easily removable from it for easy cleaning.
These legs are also very stylish because they have an arch design but they don't have anti-skid feet to prevent tipping.
Petmate's 23448 also features a plastic frame but this elevates the bowls 8 inches above-ground, which is the ideal eating height for medium dogs. On top of that, the set comes with two bowls that have a combined 6-cup capacity, which is enough for feeding and watering this dog size.
The frame features raised bowl rims that let the bowls sink inside and this prevents spilling. Rubber inserts are placed in these slots and these are designed to prevent squeaking as your dog eats.
More features include easily removable bowls for cleaning purposes and bone cutouts on the sides that act as handles for easy carrying. On the downside, the product is very expensive and its legs are not removable for height adjustment.
If you are looking for the best single elevated dog bowl, we highly recommend this product due to several reasons. For starters, it comes as a set of a 2.5-cup stainless steel bowl and a melamine base, which has a raised edge around the rim to prevent spilling.
This base has a curved design with slots two slots on the sides that make it easy to pick up from the floor. It also has rubber straps under the melamine, which prevent slipping and tipping on the floor.
Both the bowl and melamine base are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning and if not oily, you can simply rinse then wipe clean using a dishcloth or sponge. The only problem is that the product is quite expensive.
Super Design's 990381-S-LPK is characterized by a 15º slanted base design, which concentrates the food on one side to make it easy for your dog to empty the plate. This design also helps to reduce neck fatigue, making it very ergonomic to use.
This melamine base is fitted with rubber feet that prevent skidding and tipping while a rubber seal on the stainless-steel bowl keeps it firmly rooted in the base as your dog eats.
Both the base and bowl are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, but the bowl is very small. It can only hold 0.5 cups of food, which only makes it suitable for tiny and small dog breeds.
This product comes as a versatile set that has two 3-cup stainless-steel bowls that are 2 inches deep and a shallow 1.6-cup that is 1.1 inches deep.
The two large bowls are ideal for dogs while the shallow one is ideal for cats because it prevents whisker fatigue. As a result, you get a multi-use bowl set for feeding your cats and dogs.
An eco-friendly 4-inch natural bamboo frame is also included in the set to hold the bowls but this can only hold two at a time. This has 3 layers of a waterproof coating that keeps it free from rotting.
It is also fitted with anti-slip feet to prevent tipping, and bowl inserts to keep the plate steady and prevent squeaking as your dog/cat feeds.
On the downside, the bamboo frame is not height-adjustable to cater to large dog sizes but there is a taller 10-inch height option that you can get for such dogs.
As the name suggests, this elevated dog bowl is designed to keep your floor neat and it does so by having a mess-proof design. A catch basin is inserted below the bows and this is separated from the top using a strainer.
Therefore, as the dog eats and drinks, the spilled over food drops on the upper section but water seeps through to the lower container for separation and reuse.
Other features include a 2.75-inch feeding height for small dogs, non-skid rubber feet, and dishwasher-safe parts.
PetFusion's PF-MF2A is designed to feed your cats and dogs because it comes as a 4-piece set with two 3-cup stainless steel bowls for your dog and a shallow 1.1-inch deep 1.6-cup capacity bowl. This is designed to prevent whisker fatigue for your cat.
The final component is a durable anodized aluminum steel frame that is corrosion-resistant and is color-infused to prevent chipping. This material has a shiny appearance that makes the stand blend in seamlessly with your kitchen appliances.
You also get silicone inserts to stabilize the bowl and anti-slip feet to prevent tipping.
Instead of having a separate storage space for your pet's food, Iris' 300302 houses an airtight storage space underneath the bowls for keeping this food. This locks in the freshness of the food by preventing oxidation, humidity, and pests from destroying the food.
Snap-lock latches are used to lock this section tight and these double up as handles for easy transportation. As such, the unit is ideal for camping and traveling, and it has two 2-cup capacity bowls that are ideal for puppies and small dogs.
This elevated dog bowl is characterized by a large plastic frame that is suitable for large dogs, but it has removable legs that can lower the feeding height to a comfortable level for small dogs.
The frame has two slots for holding the included stainless-steel bowls. It also has a raised edge around the rim of the feeding area, which ensures most of the spilled food and water does not pour out.
If you have antique crafty pieces in your home, BestVida's AK3-AT1 would fit in perfectly. This dog bowl is handcrafted wrought iron and finished off in a neutral antique powder coat.
Additionally, the bowls are made using premium glazed-stoneware, which completes the antique finish. That said, this material is durable, non-absorbent, bacteria-safe, dishwasher-safe, and can be used in the microwave to warm your pet's food.
Other features include deep 4-inch bowl profiles that prevent water spilling, and the bowls plus frame are available in different sizes to accommodate different dog sizes.
If your dog is extremely rough or playful, you should buy Platinum Pets' 13655. This is because the frame and bowls are made of metal, which makes the product very sturdy and durable.
The frame is made using tough wrought iron and it has clean sleek lines that complement any home décor. On the other hand, the bowls are made using stainless steel and have a vibrant powder-coated finish that is scratch, fade, chip, and rust-resistant.
More features include a combined capacity of 12.5 cups, rattle-free silicone rims, and anti-skid feet on the four legs.
Petmaker's 80-PET6095 is an affordable elevated dog bowl that is ideal for those who are on a tight budget. It comprises a 5-inch high plastic frame that has removable legs to cater to small dog sizes.
The set also includes 2 collapsible silicone bowls that have a maximum height of 2.5 inches and a minimum of 1.25 inches. These bowls are easily removable from the frame for cleaning purposes and both them and the frame are dishwasher-safe on the top rack.
You also get non-slip feet to prevent tipping and the silicone bowls remain steady on their slots due to their rubbery construction.
Rounding up the list is OurPets' elevated dog bowl and this one has 12-inch elevated bowls that are ideal for large dogs. The bowls are made of stainless steel and are easily removable for cleaning purposes.
On the other hand, the frame is made of plastic and it has an auto-fill water bowl feature that you can use to keep your pet hydrated at all times. Simply remove one of the bowls and attach any 2-liter water bowl upside down on the respective slot.
Even though these are elevated dog bowls, they are not raised to the same height. Short ones that are below 4 inches are ideal for small dogs while tall ones that are over 10 inches are ideal for large dogs.
It is important to measure your dog first and for this, you should follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
That said, we highly recommend the dog bowls that are adjustable height-wise because they give you more flexibility. For instance, with Pet Zone's dog bowl , you can adjust it to three different levels, making it taller as your pup grows.
A bowl is measured in diameter (or length & width) and depth. Wide diameter bowls with a shallow depth are more comfortable for dogs and especially cats because they prevent whisker fatigue.
On the other hand, deep bowls are cleaner to use because your pets cannot easily splash water over the rim and spill it. Therefore, if you have cats and dogs, we recommend a mixed bowl set with deep and shallow bowls like PetFusion's PF-BH2 .
As for the shape, none has an advantage over the other. Most are round/oval but you can get rectangular ones or any other shape that suits your preference.
Large bowls hold more food and water, which is good for large dogs. If you use a small bowl, you will have to refill it multiple times, which will create some inconvenience.
Ideally, large bowls are better because you can also use them for small dogs by just pouring in a small food serving. This gives Bergan's 88142-P an edge over the rest due to its 22-cup combined capacity.
For maximum durability, you should get an elevated dog bowl that has a metal frame and stainless-steel bowls. Both should be rust-resistant and the bowls should be rated as food safe with bacteria resistance.
However, if you want a set for your traveling expeditions, silicone bowls are better because they are lightweight and can be collapsed for compact transportation.
Other materials like ceramic, stoneware, and plastic are also good, but ensure they are food-safe for healthy use.
Most of these products come with two bowls for watering and feeding. However, some have one and others have three. The more they are, the better.
Apart from having a wide base, it is important to look for anti-slip rubber feet; these help to prevent tipping. You should also look for bowl inserts, which help to keep the bowl steady and prevent squeakiness as your pet feeds.
Lastly, you need to clean the bowls after feeding and it is very convenient to have an elevated set with dishwasher-safe parts, including the stand. We recommend this for easy cleaning and maintenance.
There is no scientific evidence that shows whether elevated dog bowls cause bloating or not. Bloating is usually a rapid expansion of the stomach from gas, which is caused by quick eating.
If your dog is greedy and experiences bloating, it is best to get a slow feeder then mount it on the elevated frame.
The highest point of the elevated bowl must be at the same level as your dog's lower chest. To get this accurately, measure your dog's height from its paws to the shoulders when standing, then take away about 3-6 inches.
It can take some experimentation to get the right height but ideally, the best height should prevent your pup from lowering or raising its neck.
To sum it up, we recommend Pet Zone's dog bowl as the overall best-elevated dog bowl because it is adjustable to 3 height levels. This accommodates all dog sizes and is flexible enough to be used as your dog grows.
However, if you have a very large and aging dog, Bergan's 88142-P is the best option because it raises the bowls 15 inches above the ground. This ensures it doesn't bend.
If you have multiple pets at home though (such as cats and dogs), you should buy PetFusion's PF-BH2 . This is because it has two deep bowls for your dogs and a shallow bowl that prevents whisker fatigue for your cats.
About Tom Ken
Tom has worked with many veterinary surgeons as a nurse at different veterinary clinics throughout his life.
There, he provides care for sick animals; such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and sometimes reptiles.
He has good work ethics and gentle hands; hence, the doctors as well the pet owners have come to love his presence alot.
With this site, he aims to help the readers ensure their pets' wellbeing, learn how to care, and proivide medical treatment as needed.
Joshua received Veterinary Technician Degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.