Last updated: May 10th 2020’.
Is it worth buying a waterproof dog bed? When I was growing up, we lived in a completely rural setting whereby our lovely lab would roam her patch all throughout the day. It meant she was completely in love with the outdoors, loved rolling in mud (and all sorts of other, rather unsavoury odours), and often got completely soaked.
Now, I’m not saying we just let her in, mud and all and straight to bed! But it did mean she was often getting those 4 paws hosed down and was invariably a wee bit damp by the time she hit the hay. She was also a really heavy chewer and would put most household objects to the test! Hence why we came up with the idea of revewing ‘indestructible’ dog beds (incorporating ‘chew-proof’ dog beds) and waterproof dog beds, to see what the market offers dog owners today. When Titch was little, we had a simple plastic dog bed (waterproof material) which stood the test of time while she chewed a lot, and used soft but relatively low cost inner cushions which could be replaced.
These days, whole beds come as waterproof or water resistant, most either fully washable or with washable covers. Materials used are durable, long lasting, and often resistant to chewing too.
Prices of dog beds, like anything we buy, can vary a lot. We try and find a range of priced beds and always take value for money into consideration when doing our research.
Below are a few good choices of dog beds that are waterproof or water resistant and good for dogs who are outdoors a lot, for your consideration, and we welcome feedback and suggestions if you think we have overlooked a top product!
Waterproof Dog Beds
#1 – P & L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed
This bed features in our other ‘best dog bed‘ articles, as it is a really good all-round dog bed featuring water resistance with durable materials making it more difficult to destruct! A UK manufactured product always catches our attention, too.
The beds have high sides to help exclude draughts, and a nice oval shape (rectangular ones are available too). The outer is a durable 100% polyester treated with water repellant coating meaning it is easy to keep clean. Dirt can be brushed off, a wet cloth will wipe it clean, and it can even be hosed with a pressure washer on low setting.
The beds are available in a range of sizes and lots of attractive colours. We especially love the grey as it would suit a lot of modern decors, but there is a colour for every hound in the range! These beds are not the cheapest but for high-spec, highly rated dog beds we think they are worth the extra cost.
- Heavy duty material
- Waterproof & water repellent material
- High qualtity fillings
- Easy to keep clean & odour free
- Uk manufactured
#2 – Scruffs Expedition Water Resistant Dog Bed
Scruffs designed this bed with outdoors pets in mind. A 600 Denier fabric which makes it very durable, and the reverse side of the fabric has a water resistant backing to prevent water ingress. The base is non slip and also uses the water resistant fabric, and the fill is 100% recycled green fibre which is very soft, a good insulator and resilient.
The whole bed is machine washable at 30C. We recently reviewed several Scruffs dog beds so click to read more. A lively, active beach-going springer spaniel road tested the expedition box dog bed, and her human mummy told us she couldn’t wait to get a matching one for her other pooch too. A big paws-up from us.
- 100% water resistant
- 600-denier fabric, providing a robust, durable outer cover
- Easy-to-clean cover
- Non-slip base
- Available in 4 sizes and colours
#3 – Bunty Anchor Waterproof Dog Bed
Bunty products are high quality, highly rated and much loved by pets and owners alike. We Included their anchor waterproof dog bed as we think it is a really good value yet eye catching practical bed which has been well reviewed and enjoyed by happy dogs!
- Easy to clean material
- Durable stitching for strength
- Rubber gripped bottom for stability
- Available in 4 colours and sizes
#4 – Sweet Dreams Blue and Grey Waterproof Pet Dog Bed Cushion
This is a really good lower budget waterproof dog bed. Simple in design, it is a cushion shaped mattress with removable outer waterproof cover which features a carry handle. We thought that it looked like a good bed for travelling with or using in the car.
Made from 100% polyester, it is hand washable. The bed comes highly rated by others and for an entry level price we think this one is worth considering.
- World of Pets double sided waterproof pet cushion with carry handle and paw print motif
- Zip fastening with removable cushion
- Approximate measurements: 105cm x 65cm x 8cm
- Hand Wash in Warm Water – Made from 100% Polyester
- Care and Usage instructions on sewn label inside cushion
Waterproof Dog Bed for Dog Crate
#5 – UK Pet Beds Heavy Duty Waterproof Dog Bed-Mat-Cushion-Pad/Washable Cover
This is a heavy duty mat style dog bed and therefore a good pick for using in dog crates or in the boot of the car. It has a waterproof outer cover, and has a 2inch foam inner for warmth and comfort and tends to last longer than a fibre filled bed. The outer cover is removable with a zip entry, and hairs and dirt can easily be wiped off. The manufacturer also makes a helpful point; these type of beds (any waterproof type bed which can easily be washed, in fact) are also good for older dogs who may suffer with continence problems as their beds will need frequent cleaning and yet keep the dog comfortable.
- Removable Waterproof Cover
- Filled with quality foam
- Come in a range of sizes and colours
- Ideas for indoor/outdoor/back of car/dog crate
Best Waterproof Orthopaedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
#6 – The Dog’s Bed, Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Waterproof Dog Beds
A good orthopaedic memory foam dog bed will set you back a fair few pounds. We were drawn to this bed with its washable waterproof cover to combine functionality with comfort. The inner is waterproof and protects the mattress. The Oxford fabric outer is both durable and hypoallergenic.
The mattress is constructed of a 5cm base of high stability premium foam, topped with 5 cm of premium high density orthopaedic memory foam. Memory foam is utilised for our 4-legged friends who suffer with joint problems such as arthritis or hip dysplasia, muscle stiffness or generally older age wear and tear. It contours to the pets shape, providing a comfortable sleeping area, just as it is used for us human counterparts! Memory foam bounces back to its original shape when the dog gets up and a high quality product like this will stand the test of time (unless your dog is really prone to chewing, in which case replacement covers are available!)
- High quality luxury memory foam dog bed
- Medical grade orthopaedic support for older dogs or those with joint problems
- Waterproof removable and washable inner covers to protect bed
- Replacement covers available
- Range of colours and sizes available