The best dog beds give your animal a comfortable, familiar place to sleep each night (and during the day). They’re easy to clean, long-lasting, and sized appropriately to the breed of your pooch. Without getting a proper bed, you’re setting yourself up for years of frustration, annoyances, and downright unpleasantness. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and find something high-quality!
In this guide, we’ll introduce you to all our favorite doggie beds. We’ve chosen a range of options to suit all sorts of breeds. Check out all our recommendations below! You can also read through our buying advice after the reviews, to learn more about what makes for a great dog bed.
|Picture||Product Images||Size Options||Color Options||Cost|
|Mosier Valley Lakehouse Dog Bed||Medium, Large||Garden, Morocco, Power Flower, Saint Germain, Sunburst||$$|
|Snoozer Cozy Cave Pet Bed||Small, Large, X-Large||Khaki/Cream Sherpa, Medium Blue/Cream, Navy/Cream Sherpa, Olive/Cream Sherpa, Plum/Cream, Red/Cream||$$$|
|Majestic Pet Bagel Dog Bed||24-Inch, 32-Inch, 40-Inch, 52-Inch||Black, Blue, Burgundy, Green, Khaki, Red||$$|
|AmazonBasics 20” Pet Bed For Cats Or Small Dogs||Octagon, Round||Cream / Brown||$|
|Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed||Small, Medium, Large, X-Large||Gray, Green, Terracotta, Nutmeg,||$$|
|AmazonBasics Padded Pet Bolster Bed||21-inch, 22-inch, 29-inch, 35-inch, 40-inch, 46-inch||Cream||$|
|Best Pet Supplies Inc. Tend Bed For Pets||Small, Medium, Large, X-Large||Brown (Cat Dome), Grey (Cat Dome), Brown (Cat Cave), Brown Linen, Corduroy Beige, Grey, Grey (Cat Cave), Linen Beige, Dark Brown, Tan||$$|
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Best Dog Bed Reviews (2018)
This Mosier Valley bed is our favorite choice for owners who just want to keep things simple. It’s a traditional bolster-style bed made here in the USA, which we think is important for keeping your pet safe from harmful materials and chemicals used in a lot of cheap imported products. Both the cover and filling are machine washable, and you can do them separately so that finding a jumbo washer to use isn’t a problem.
This Snoozer product is an excellent alternative for burrowing dogs who like to bury themselves in their bed. Rather than dealing with a heap of blankets getting thrown around, you can buy your animal one of these and let them go to town. They can get nearly hidden in the Snoozer without making a mess. It’s not just for little breeds, either. There are sizes large enough to fit practically anything. You can remove the liner for washing, too. Our only quibble is that the lining material is all synthetic, and it’s not the coziest imitation wool on the market.
Majestic Pet’s Bagel bed is a nice way to go if you want a traditional bolster design with a rim around the edges. That gives pooches an ergonomic place to rest their head, and an added feeling of security. It’s completely washable, made in the USA, and has a waterproof base on the inside to prevent spills and accidents from making their way into the cushion material.
Have a small breed? Just want something simple and affordable? This AmazonBasics model should be right up your alley. It’s a bagel design like the Majestic Pet above, only with a plush lining and a much thinner base. It’s a mix of flannel on the top and canvas around the sides and bottom. There are any number of dog beds like this one, but the AmazonBasics is our favorite due to its combination of low price, excellent quality control, and easy care.
There are any number of knock-off versions of this Coolaroo platform bed available online, which only goes to show how great the original! While the knock-offs tend to fall apart practically immediately, the Coolaroo is a sturdy standby for warm-weather lounging. We like it as a secondary outdoor bed for dogs during the hot summer months. It ventilates extremely well, and most breeds will find it more comfortable than a traditional bed when it comes to July and August.
This AmazonBasics bolster bed is a simple, rugged option for making crates more comfortable or for using on its own. It’s amazingly resilient for something so inexpensive. You can wash and dry it every week and still get a couple solid years of use out of it. It comes in a wide range of sizes, too, so you can get pretty close to an exact fit for your dog. It’s comfortable, easy to maintain, and dead cheap!
Our final recommendation is admittedly a bit of an oddity, but there are some animals for which this is absolutely perfect. It gives dogs a whole little house all to themselves inside your home. The best thing about it is that the base pillow comes out for cleaning, and you can wash both the tent frame and the pillow in a standard machine (as long as you have a generous front-loader). It’s much more resilient than other tent-shaped options.
For this main guide, we’ve included a range of “traditional” dog beds. There’s quite a variety of shapes and sizes above, as you’ve seen. However, we haven’t included any orthopedic dog beds. These are all the rage today, so we’ve come up with a dedicated buying guide specially for them! Check out our current reviews and recommendations of the best orthopedic dog beds here!
If you’re looking for something a bit more specific, you might also enjoy our guides to the best dog beds for german shepherds and labs.
A good dog bed should be many things beside comfortable. Of course, comfort is priority number one for your dog! However, for your own sanity and for the health of your animal, it’s important to bear a few other things in mind.
First, make sure any dog bed you buy is easy to clean. That’s absolutely essential, given how filthy dog beds get over the course of their lives. Make sure yours is easy to vacuum every week. That’s the easiest way to stay on top of the dirt and fur accumulation.
You should also be able to machine wash at least the outer covering, if not the entire pet bed. The ones that are completely washable are great, but you’ll need to have a machine handy that’s large enough to handle the whole thing. Laundromats are an easy option, and many newer front-loading washers will do the trick as well. Older top-loading washers tend to be the hardest to use, since they have the agitator column in the middle. If you’re going to be washing more than a covering, you should also be sure you have a suitable dryer, since cushioning material takes a long time to get completely dry all the way through.
Why’s it so important to be able to wash your pet bed in the first place? Well, if you’re using a raised platform with just one thin layer of a high-resilience fabric, it probably isn’t. Just do a thorough vacuuming every week and occasionally spot-treat with something like Nature’s Miracle. Anything upholstered and cushioned, though, should be washable. That’s important for reducing pet odors, managing flea infestations, and generally keeping your pet and your home as sanitary as you can.
As well as being washable, be sure your new pet bed is durable enough to last for a few good years of use. Most of us go through a few different sleep surfaces over the course of owning an animal, so you don’t have to try and make a single dog bed last for a decade. Still, you should expect your new pet bed to be resilient enough to handle daily use for a few years at minimum. That means avoiding shag-type upholstery that dogs tend to tear out in clumps, as well as any other frilly extras that are going to be shredded in seconds flat.
You can find out more about any of the dog beds we’ve recommended in this guide by clicking on the links in our reviews. That’s the easiest way to explore your color options, check measurements, and see current prices.
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