Retractable or extending dog leads are one of my best purchases over the years. I love to walk with my dog, but often where we live it’s not safe enough to let my dogs off the lead completely. Having an extendable leash just gives that bit more freedom but still enough control should other dogs, cats or other distractions come in to view! Here’s my reviews and tips when looking for the best retractable dog lead around right now.
What to look for when choosing the best retractable dog lead
Make sure that when you choose your dog leads that you have taken in to account how heavy your dog is and also how active or strong they are. The lead has to be able to cope with that. The length of the lead will mean you have less control the longer that it is, and the longer they are the less suitable I find they can be for larger dogs.
Extendable leads often come in either cord or tape varieties. Again the type and weight of your dog will dictate what you should go for. Cord leads are often more suitable for smaller dogs. Heavy duty leads will have strong nylon tape.
Also make sure that they feel comfortable in your hands and are easily gripped and used. The leads I’m reviewing here all have nice simple operations that can be done with one hand.
Retractable dog lead reviews
Flexi Vario retractable lead
Flexi are a good make of extendable dog leads and I’ve used these often when walking my mum’s dog. There’s a few options on this page from them as they are one of the biggest brands around and do make a few different good ones.
Coming in some different sizes and lead lengths this tape lead from Flexi is a good choice. If you have dogs up to 60kg in weight then their heavy duty large one with the 5 metre lead will be suitable. It also comes in Extra Small (up to 8kg), Small (up to 15kg) and Medium (up to 25kg). They have a couple of different lengths of lead as well but generally the longer the lead the less weight it will handle so bear that in mind.
They also come in a variety of colours – pink, blue, black, brown, red and turquoise, so plenty to match your or your dog’s outfit!
- Good brand
- Available in different sizes
- Variety of colours
Flexi Neon flexible dog lead
Another one from flexi and if you’re looking for a good lead for larger dogs that is also an 8m leash length then this is the one for you. If you have strong and active dogs then this one is also designed specifically for them. They do a couple of sizes, Medium (up to 25kg), Large (up to 50kg) and Extra Large (50kg+).
The lengths of the leash are 8m although you can get a 10 metre variant in the Large size.
They are slightly more expensive than the others on this page, but this is due to the fact that they are designed for the active and bigger dogs so that they can have the freedom on their walks they want! If you have one of these dogs you’ll know that a sturdier lead is a must!
I’d say this is the best strong retractable dog lead and if that’s a priority for you then definitely check this heavy duty lead out. It’s definitely one of the strongest around.
- Strong lead
- Perfect for big and strong breeds
- More expensive than some
GHB Retractable Dog Lead
A lot of the leads around look the same so my tip for you if you’re wondering which one to go for is to check the reviews out on Amazon of what real owners think of them!
This lead from GHB is a great medium sized extending dog lead. It’s good for dogs up to 50kg and has a strong nylon tape with a length of 5 metres. Plenty enough for them to be exploring!
The lead has a button with 3 controls on it – short stop, lock and unlock. It’s all controllable with one hand and is a really easy operation.
The lead comes in different colours too which I always like – you can get red as shown but also purple, black and blue.
- 3 control buttons
- different colours
- Only one size available
Flexi New Classic Cord Retractable Dog Lead
Another from Flexi – this one is a retractable cord lead so you don’t have a flat tape like many other leads. Sometimes I’ve found that tapes can get twisted and then the control is gone. With a cord you don’t have that issue. I think that cord leads are more suitable for smaller and lighter dogs though and this one comes in three sizes – XS, S and M.
XS is good for dogs (or even cats and rabbits!) up to 8kg and is 3m long.
S is for up to 12kg and is 5m long
M is for up to 20kg and is 8m long (one of the longest dog leads on the page).
They are a very good value dog lead and one that I recommend if you have a smaller dog!
- Good brand
- cord doesn’t tangle
- suitable for small dogs
- not for large and heavy dogs
WINSEE retractable dog lead with reflective belt
Finally we have this dog lead from Winsee which despite it’s rather understated appearance is actually a really good dog lead. It comes in a classic black plastic case and the 1.4cm wide tape/belt extends to 16ft (just under 5 metres).
This lead is perfect for small and medium dogs up to around 50kg.
What I also like about this is that the lead has reflective stitching in it which lends a little bit more safety to the lead than just a regular one. It has an easy to use button operation too – just press the button to stop and pull back to lock. Then push it forward to unlock.
- reflective tape
- easy mechanism
- not for larger dogs
Of course, this best retractable dog lead article isn’t exhaustive. In my experience there are a lot of generic extending leads out there which are all a bit same-y if that makes sense – getting a good brand is my biggest tip when looking. After all, you want to keep your dog safe while on a walk!