‘Last updated: November 12th 2019’.
What Makes a Good or the Best Dog Bed?
We’ve been through many a dog bed. Buying the perfect dog bed for your dog requires taking several important factors into account which we will discuss in this article. Let’s face it, there is not much that a dog cannot chew through. Even the most durable of beds may not stand up to the jaws of our beloved pooch, but modern materials and design may help. There will be a balance between comfort, durability, and value for money when shopping for the best dog bed.
To save you from having to read through this well researched article, we’ve listed 3 different categories of beds in an easy to digest table to make it easier to find what our recommended best dog beds are.
This table is regularly updated.
What to consider when choosing a dog bed:
- Water resistance
You may wish to consider a waterproof dog bed which will be easy to clean with a quick wipe.
- Elevation off the floor
For dogs with joint pains or whose bed is on a cold floor, this will be the ideal bed. It will keep your dog comfortable and warm.
- Size matters
Just like Goldilocks, ensure the bed is a good fit, not too small and not too big, it should be just perfect for your dog.
- Pets Age
- Sleeping Style
- Design preference
Dogs are very playful and the dog tests the bed for destruction. If it does not stand the test of time and as a pet owner, I would want a long lasting bed which is not easily destroyed. Our old lab didn’t stop chewing when she stopped being a puppy, oh no!
The Best Dog Beds on the market
Reviews from dog owners say these beds below are the best and most dogs want them. It is a personal choice but you might want to consider the Memory Foam dog beds. These beds are good for dogs who have muscle and joint pains. Get a closer look and make a decision for yourself.
#1 – PetFusion Memory Foam Dog Bed for Medium and Large Dogs, Grey (Slate Grey)
We are amazed by this dog bed: its strong, solid, easy to clean and most importantly soft but durable. If you are tired of the cheap dog beds that are not long lasting get this one for your dog as comfort is key. It has an attractive, modern touch that blends in seamlessly to your home. Premium materials and quality construction provide excellent value for your money. PetFusion have made this bed for orthopaedic purposes and is great for dogs with joint pain and reduced mobility.
- Easy to Clean with a removable cover that is machine washable
- Water resistant and tear resistant cover
- Non-skid bottom
- Premium Components of Solid 10 cm Memory Foam base for superior overall comfort, reduced joint pain and improved health, mobility and energy
- Smart Design i.e. Base and bolsters provide optimal support and comfort
#2 – KOPEKS – Orthopaedic Memory Foam Dog Bed With Pillow
KOPEKS – Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed is head to head with our top rated PetFusion. Is this bed big enough for me?! With a 5in thick dense memory foam base and 3in thick pillow, this bed is pawfect for pets who suffer arthritis or other musculoskeletal problems.
Made from waterproof high density polyester, with a removable inner cover to resist all weather conditions or other accidents. The fabric is resistant to moulds, mildews and dust mites. Reinforced stitching protects the memory foam and helps the bed retain its shape.
This is a highly rated bed by dog owners and well worth spending a bit extra money on.
- Great for pets with arthritis or joint and muscle problems Made out of 100% memory foam.
- Removable and washable outer cover. Waterproof removable inner cover is also included.
- Size: 89cm Length x 71cm Width x 14cm Thick Memory Foam Plus the Pillow 6.5cm Thick
- Built to last, with materials similar to therapeutic foam found in high end mattress stores.
- KOPEKS is a Registered Trademark and Best-Seller of Pet Accessories.
- Rated 4.8 on amazon
#3 – Wolfybeds Luxury Wraparound Fleece Dog Bed
This Wolfybeds doughnut-shaped fleece bed makes your dog feel like a superior beast! Wolfybeds round bolster Dog Bed in Cookie Dough Brown offers the ultimate in luxury, comfort and security. It is suitable for a Labrador size dog. The luxury fleece is warm and so cozy for your precious friend. Wolfybeds make customized beds for your dog for a personal touch. Their premium collection is made in a stylish washed canvas with contemporary features which will blend well with your furniture and make your dog feel special.
- Soft, warm and luxurious bed for your pet and will complement your home and decor.
- Personalized service: for that extra special touch or as a perfect gift idea Wolfybed have a range of fonts and colours available to compliment your home.
- Bolster cushion for additional support- essential for older dogs.
- Fully removable and washable cover.
- The bolster serves as a headrest for your dog coziness.
- The zip off bed cover is fully removable and washable.
- The hard wearing base is waterproof
- Rates 4.6 on amazon
#4 – Snoozezy Orthopaedic Elevated Dog Bed
Snoozezy dog bed is comfortable for any dog, but especially those suffering from arthritis and hip dysplasia. The Snoozezy dog bed helps support the joints while taking the pressure off them. Orthopaedic beds are suitable for all pets, not just those with arthritis and other joint problems. Lying on the floor can put pressure on hips, shoulders and elbows. The Snoozezy bed has been tested with loads of over 80kgs using a special mechanical bouncing weight to mimic the heaviest dog jumping on and off over 10,000 times and still strong. The coated steel frame is rust resistant meaning it can be used outside or hosed down to clean. Snoozezy beds have no bent steel and the legs and frame poles fit snugly into a corner joint meaning the poles will never bend under force or over time making it long lasting.
We have to say that although it may not appear to be the comfiest of dog beds, these are carefully considered beds that have a dogs’ comfort at the forefront of the design.
- It lifts your pet off the floor which helps them stay at a comfortable temperature.
- Air can circulate underneath, so they don’t get too hot or too cold.
- Hygiene conscious- The mat can breathe and so resists mold and mildew and is also ideal for pets due to its resistance to bacterial infestation.
- Provides firm, even support.
- It is portable and lightweight so can be moved easily from room to room, outside or even to travel or camp with.
- They come in a handy compact carry bag too for easy storage.
- No stuffing hence no chewing cannot be destroyed by your dog.
- Easy to clean: simply wipe or hose down or the standard polyester cover can be machine washed.
- Easy to assemble and disassemble, no tools required.
- Flea resistant due to plenty of air circulation.
- Steel Frame suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
- Rates 4.4 on Amazon
#5 –Bunty Bellagio Crushed Velvet Dog Bed
Crushed velvet for the most discerning of furry friends! We love this UK manufactured velvet bed in silver. It is 100% machine washable too, with a removable inner cushion, and a non slip base for added safety.
This bed would match a sleek ultra modern luxury interior and we could see it being a fabulously cosy addition to the furniture! And considering this is a well made product, it is really good value for money too, and comes highly rated.]
- Made of crushed velvet material
- High sides
- Available in 4 sizes, check size guide before buying
- 100% machine washable with removable inner cushion
- Non slip base
- 4.9/5* rated on Trustpilot reviews
#6 P & L superior Pet beds Heavy-duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed
The cover of this dog bed is a heavy duty hard wearing 100% polyester waterproof material which makes it easy to clean. This is the ideal bed for any water loving pooch! Dirt and debris can be easily brushed off, and wiped clean with a damp cloth or even a hose. This bed is designed to keep your pet warm and comfortable as the high walls are filled with bonded Thermal polyester fibre to insulate your pet from the cold floor and keep it out of draughts. The thick cushion at the base is removable, it makes washing easy and also comes in a range of different colours to choose from.
- Heavy duty material
- Waterproof & water repellent material
- Easy to keep clean and odour free.
- UK manufactured ensuring high-quality fillings.
- Durable and comfortable with a stylish design.
- Comes in a range of sizes
- Base cushion is 8cm thick
- Rates 4.5 on Amazon
#7 –Scruffs Chester Box Dog Bed
Scruffs is a brand based in North West England, who focus on creating luxury dog beds from high end fabrics that
would suit any home interiors. When we recently reviewed some of their products, we liked their eco ethos of using recycled materials in their products, and innoative designs. See our full review for more info.
The Chester box bed is made from an outer of luxurious feeling chenille fabric with a short pile plush lining. It has a faux suede piping trim for added aesthetic appeal, with a non slip base and is washable.
The Chester beds come in a range of sizes and two appealing colours, chocolate brown and graphite grey. We reviewed a chocolate brown bed in large and quite honestly could snuggle up in one ourselves (or at least the rangers kids could!), nevermind the lucky pooch who road tested it!
- Full bed machine washable at 30C
- Anti slip base
- Rich chenille fabric outer, short pile lining, making a luxuriously cosy bed
- Rated 4.1* on amazon
#8 Similpelle dog bed /Sofa Artificial Leather
This durable dog bed is handmade of artificial leather. Get matchy-matchy if you have a leather sofa and don’t want pooch putting his paws all over it! The bed featured in the picture below is a medium size bed but a larger sized bed is also available for dogs like Dalmatians, German shepherds, Great Dane etc. It is resistant to dirt and smells and easy to wipe clean. Would look extra cosy with a nice fleecy blanket we think!
- Artificial leather and nonstick material for hair.
- Easy to clean-wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- The cover is removable, making washing easy.
- Comfortable, especially with the raised sides where your dog can lay his head.
- Rates 5* on amazon
#9 – Fur paws –Faux Fur Pet Sofa Nice Pet settee
A UK made dog bed, the inner material is high-grade foam, it is fully washable, easy to dry and very warm. Available in 3 sizes and three colour choices. It has a strong and comfortable material, quite a soft feel for your furry friend. The foam holds its shape extremely well making it superb for all size dogs, small to large.
We like the design, a wee sofa for your pooch, and the fact that it is a UK designed and made product, we like to buy local where we can!
- Fully Washable, easy to dry and very warm.
- Fits conveniently in many places in the house or even in your car.
- Available in 3 sizes, very speedy delivery.
- Strong and with comfortable material. Quite a soft feel material, designed in-house.
- Rated 4.6 on amazon
#10 – Midwest Quiet Time Deluxe Dog Bed
Worry not this bed is designed to be warm in winter and cool in summer. It will serve your puppy or dog well as it comes even in bigger sizes up to 48 inches long. It is machine washable and will provide a soft spongy place for your dog to have a rest. Midwest deluxe pet bed is designed with your pet and your home in mind for comfort and portability. This bed is covered with ultra soft synthetic fur and has a comfy non-skid bottom surface. It is designed such that it is suitable for use in a dog crate/carrier/kennel with a simple, flat sided design.
- For use with 36-Inch Crates, or as a stand-alone bed
- Ideal for pets 41 to 70 pounds
- Ideal for crates, kennels, carriers, vehicles.
- Ultra-soft Synthetic Fur, Non-Skid Bottom Surface
- Completely Machine Washable.
- The bedding can be easily taken off and thrown in the washer.
- Rated 5* on amazon
#11 –AllPetSolutions Alfie Range Fleece Lined Warm Luxury Dog Bed
When a dog bed is described as luxury, we have to take closer inspection! What we like about these beds is the soft high sides made of breathable material, and reversible inner cushion. The fleece cushion is removable in case it becomes too warm in the summer. The beds are really easy on the eye, and would blend well in any home. The beds are fully washable, a must for us. Price wise, these are definitely easy on the purse strings and come highly recommended.
- Luxury range with ultra soft reversible cushion – opposite side of cushion matches external colour
- High sides providing your pooch the greatest warmth and comfort
- 100% machine washable at 30 degrees
- Range of sizes to suit
- Comes in 4 colour options
- Rated 4.5* on amazon
The Best Cave Dog Beds
#12 – Me & My Soft Brown Check Pet Cave
Cave beds are ideal for small dog breeds as they often feel comforted by an enclosed space. They are the perfect bed for pups that love to burrow under the covers and get super cozy before they sleep.
The Best Cooling Dog Bed
#13 – AmazonBasics Elevated cooling pet bed
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