Any recommendations on external hard drive for making bootable backup?

I wish to make a bootable backup of my MBP before upgrading to Mavericks.
Are there any external hard drives that are better suited for making bootable backups? I use a WD for making Time Machine backups but I have read that WD is not ideal for making a bootable back up - is this correct...?

your WD will of course, fine as a boot clone
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