Humans aren't the only ones who deserve a comfortable and supportive bed - dogs do too! In this article, we've listed the 10 best dog beds according to our research. Each provides a comfy place for your dog to sleep, while providing great value for money.
Most people consider a high-quality mattress an essential purchase. We spend more time in our bed than anywhere else, and an uncomfortable mattress can reduce sleep quality and leave us feeling irritable the next day.
While dogs are more willing to sleep wherever they find an empty space, that doesn't mean they don't enjoy a comfortable bed too.
In fact, dogs spend an average of 12-14 hours sleeping each day, so a high-quality dog bed is vital. Puppies or older dogs need even more sleep, while dogs with achy joints often struggle to get comfortable on the wrong surfaces.
But what's the difference between a quality bed and a cheaper alternative? A high-quality dog bed can provide a comfortable sleeping location that matches your dog's preferences and requirements. The best beds are durable, easily washed and provide strong support. They also last a lot longer, which could save you money in the long run.
A bed isn't just a place to sleep though - it's also where your dog can feel secure and relaxed. While dogs aren't as territorial as wolves, they like to have a place of their own. As a bonus, providing a supportive and comfy sleeping location is a great way to encourage your pet to stay off the sofa!
Unfortunately, many dog owners go out and buy the first pet bed they see in a store. In most cases, these beds are overpriced and don't provide the comfiest surface for your dog to sleep on. Even buying a highly-rated bed via online shopping sites may not be the best idea, as it's important to choose a bed that suits your dog's size, favoured sleeping position and age.
For this reason, we've created a comprehensive guide to choosing a dog bed below. The goal is to give you an overview of what makes a great dog bed, so you can make the right choice for your pet. Further down the page we've also listed our top 10 beds for dogs. So let's get started!
Choosing the right bed for your dog doesn't need to be a complicated process, but it's important to know that to look for when buying. Taking time to choose the best bed isn't just great for your dog's comfort, but can also save you money in the long run by avoiding poor quality products.
One of the first decisions is which type of dog bed to buy. There isn't a "best" type of bed - the right choice depends on your dog's requirements. Here's an overview of some of the most common types.
What Are They?
Basic cushioned beds. Available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes
Can be useful for all breeds, but often don't provide the support or comfort of pricier options. Standard beds are not recommended for older dogs or those with joint problems.
Similar to standard but with a raised outer rim
Nest beds have a raised edge. This provides a surface for your dog to curl against. They may not be suitable for dogs that sleep stretched out though. There are also cave beds.
Thicker foam beds that provide extra support
Beds raised off the floor to increase airflow.
Elevated beds are great for regulating temperature, as air can circulate underneath. They also tend to provide more support and are difficult for a dog to chew up.
Soft & plush beds with a raised outer rim
Donuts are a variation on nest beds. They are great for dogs that enjoy snuggling against a cushion when sleeping. Older dogs may find them difficult to get out of though.
Softer lining for the bottom of a crate or kennel
Instead of using a blanket, crate beds are a more convenient option for improving the comfort of your dog's crate. All crates should have proper bedding.
Beds with electric internal heating for a warmer surface
If your pet often gets cold in winter, a heated dog bed could be the solution. They may also provide relief for dogs with joint pain.
Gel-based beds that provide a cool surface
Dogs will often choose a kitchen floor over their plush bed in warm weather. A cooling bed can be a better alternative, as they are comfortably cold.
Keep in mind that there is often overlap between types of bed. This is because dog beds effectively come in two types: pillow/standard or nesting. It's common, for example, to find nesting orthopedic beds, or standard elevated beds.
There are also a variety of "fun" beds on the market. These include teepees and cave beds.
The size of your dog is another important consideration when buying a bed.
Here's a quick way to judge how big a bed should be (thanks to Muddy Paws for this method):
The final number is the "sprawl measurement." The bed will need to be at least this big to allow your dog to stretch out comfortably in any position.
The chart below provides a general idea of which size bed to choose. It's only meant as a guideline though - the best dog beds for your pet vary depending on factors such as his sleeping position and weight.
Keep in mind that brands use different sizes for small, medium, large and so on, so make sure you get the exact measurements. You'll also want to double check the size of your dog using the method above, as there can be variation within a breed.
Rectangular Bed (No walls)
35 x 30
X-Small - Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier
38 x 30
Small - Jack Russell, Dachshund, French Bulldog
45 x 35
Medium - Beagle, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Border Collie
47 x 35
Large - Siberian Husky, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Labrador
47 x 37
X-Large - Rottweiler, German Shepherd
52 x 45
XX Large - Great Dane, Deerhound, Newfoundland
The above values are for beds with no walls. Walled beds are typically smaller - especially in terms of internal dimensions.
Regardless of your dog's preferred sleeping position, the bed should ideally be big enough for him to lay comfortably in any position - including stretched out. This isn't always possible with donut or some walled beds, but is something to keep in mind.
Heavier dogs also benefit from a firmer surface - especially if buying foam. Large dogs may distort the shape of a foam bed over time though, so you may need to replace it at some point.
Just like humans, dogs often have a preferred sleeping position. While your pet may sleep in a variety of positions, he probably has one that he enjoys the most. It's important to choose a bed that suits this sleeping position for optimum comfort. Here's an overview of the most common positions.
If your dog loves to sleep on his back, he'll probably prefer a softer standard, nest or donut bed he can really sink into - although the bed should provide support too.
Snuggled Against Pillows
If your dog can often be found snuggling against sofa pillows, a donut or nest bed is the best option. They provide a soft surface so your dog feels secure.
Side or Belly
Dogs that sleep on their side or belly, either with legs stretched or tucked in, often prefer a firmer bed. Orthopedic beds are a good choice for this.
One of the most common sleeping positions is the curled up "fox." If this is your dog's favourite way to rest, a donut bed could help him feel safe and secure.
Dog beds can range in prices, from cheap $5 beds up to luxurious pads costing $200+. While we recommend avoiding the cheapest options, you don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get a bed your dog will love.
Along with comfort, the most important thing is to choose a bed that's washable and durable. If you have a small dog that doesn't chew, you may be able to get away with a cheaper option. Stronger dogs with a tendency to chew their beds often require a more expensive bed - check out our guide to the best chew proof beds for more information.
If you go on shopping websites, you'll find plenty of dog beds costing $10 or less. While these can be an option to consider - and there are a couple of bargains available - we usually don't recommend these beds.
The main reason is that they are made from poor-quality materials. This means they are flimsy and easy for your dog to destroy, so they can end up costing more money when they inevitably need to be replaced.
Cheap dog beds also often have inconsistent sizing. This can make it difficult to choose a bed that meets your dog's requirements.
Don't worry though - you don't need to spend hundreds on a luxury dog bed (unless you want to). Several beds on our list of the best dog beds (see below) cost less than $25.
Now you know what to look for in the best pet beds, we've put together a list of our 10 favourites. Each of the beds in the list below provides outstanding value and a comfortable place for your dog to rest.
With that said, the right choice for your dog also depends on the considerations above - so make sure you pick a bed that matches his sleeping position, size, coat and age. You can't go too far wrong with any of the beds on this list though.
The table summarises each of our top-rated dog beds so you can quickly see which might be best for your dog. Scroll down further for more in-depth information about each bed.
|Image||Name||Best for...||Price Range||View Price|
|DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam||Small or medium-size dogs that prefer front or side sleeping, or that have joint pain||$$$||View Price|
|Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic||Big and heavy dogs that need plenty of support and comfort||$$$$$||View Price|
|Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed||Dogs that often overheat - especially if you're on a tight budget||$||View Price|
|Best Friends Deep Dish Cuddler||Small dogs that love to snuggle up to cushions or sleep in the "fox" position||$||View Price|
|HappyCare Textiles Reversible Pet Bed||Small breeds that enjoy sleeping against cushions||$||View Price|
|BarksBar Orthopedic Nest Dog Bed||Small or medium-size dogs that need support and luxury comfort||$$$||View Price|
|PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed||Dogs that require soft support for aching joints or that enjoy sleeping against cushions||$$$$||View Price|
|Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Bed||Small breeds that require a bed that provides support for joints without being too firm||$$$||View Price|
|Kuranda Chewproof Elevated Dog Bed||Dogs that overheat or that love to chew their beds||$$$||View Price|
|Midwest Deluxe Bolster Bed||Making a crate more comfortable for your dog - as long as he's not a chewer||$||View Price|
One of the best dog beds, at least in our opinion, is the excellent DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed. It's a quality bed that's built with four inches of hypoallergenic memory foam. The bed comes with two covers - a waterproof inner layer and washable denim outer layer - and has the durability to withstand repeated washes.
So what's the difference between this bed and other memory foam dog beds?
Firstly, the DogBed4Less is made entirely from memory foam, unlike competitors which have a top layer of memory foam but other layers of cheaper materials. This provides more support and can help relieve joint pain. The dense foam is also less likely to flatten over time, plus it won't allow even heavy dogs to sink so low they touch the floor.
Another great feature of this bed is the dual-cover design which protects the foam with an inner waterproof cover. This is essential for a memory foam mattress, as the foam itself can't be washed. The external cover is made from soft denim, and is easy to remove and wash.
Considering the excellent support and comfort provided by the bed, we also think it's very reasonably priced. The cost varies depending on the size you buy but it provides great value. The memory foam is also covered by a two year warranty.
Quick Summary: The DogBed4Less is an outstanding memory foam bed that provides great value. The dense 4 inch foam provides strong-yet-comfortable support and is durable enough not to sag for a long time. The dual cover design, consisting of a washable denim cover and waterproof internal liner, makes it easy to clean.
One of the most popular dog beds for large breeds is the Big Barker - and for good reason. It's a premium bed made from 7 inches of orthopedic foam to provide comfortable support to your dog's joints. While it's not cheap, the foam is guaranteed to last at least 10 years without sagging.
The main selling point of the Big Barker is that it's built with high-quality and dense orthopedic foam. This is perfect for big dogs, as it allows their heavy weight to sink in but not so much that it's a struggle to get up (or even that they are resting on the floor like some cheaper beds). It also provides comfortable support to your dog's joints by spreading his weight across the bed more evenly. This prevents pressure spots over the elbows or hips, which can be painful for dogs with arthritis or other joint conditions.
As you would expect from a premium foam bed, the Big Barker includes a machine-washable external cover. This can be easily removed using the zip to be put in the washing machine. If your dog has a leaky bladder or isn't fully house trained, we recommend purchasing the additional waterproof liner.
There are three sizes available, with the smallest starting at a length of 48 inches. You can also choose between Khaki, Burgundy and Chocolate colours depending on your home's interior design.
The biggest drawback to the Big Barker dog bed is the price. With the smallest bed costing over $200, it's one of the most expensive items on this list. Considering it's guaranteed to not sag more than 10% for 10 years, however, we still think it provides great value. Some dogs may also find the bed too hot in warm weather, but this is a common issue for foam beds.
Quick Summary: The Big Barker dog bed is one of the best options for large breeds. The firm orthopedic foam provides support for joints without creating pressure points. The foam is also guaranteed to not sag for 10 years and the external cover is easy to clean.
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive elevated bed, the Coolaroo is a great choice. It's a simple raised bed that keeps you pet 7 inches off the floor to increase airflow. It's also designed to be simple to clean.
Elevated dog beds are an excellent choice if your dog often overheats. As they are raised off the floor, air can flow all around the bed to reduce your dog's temperature. The Coolaroo isn't just a basic raised platform though - the breathable cover is made from polyethylene to prevent warm spots. The material is also mildew, mould and flea resistant, and is suitable for use outside as well as indoors.
Another bonus of the Coolaroo is that the frame is made from stainless steel. This makes it highly durable and chew resistant - especially compared to lower quality elevated dog beds. The cover isn't quite as chew resistant, although it can withstand the occasional scratch or chew. Unlike the Kuranda elevated bed (listed below), the edges of the cover are accessible for chewing, which may make them a target.
Unlike regular beds, elevated beds don't usually have removable covers or sleeping surfaces. Instead, the Coolaroo can be washed with water without removing it from the bed. The easiest way to do this is with a hose, making it quick and simple to clean.
The best feature of the Coolaroo is the price. It's very inexpensive, especially compared to orthopedic dog beds. The durable frame and cover also mean it'll last a long time. There are a few downsides, such as the lack of folding design and unnecessarily fiddly assembly process, but these are minor complaints considering the price.
Quick Summary: The Coolaroo is an excellent elevated dog bed that's available for a low price. It's durable and helps maintain airflow around your dog to keep him cool. While it might not be as plush as other beds on this list, it's a good option if you want an easy-to-clean bed that prevents your dog overheating.
One of the comfiest-looking dog beds - at least for small breeds - is the Best Friends Deep Dish Cuddler. As you can see from the photo, this bed is great if your dog loves to snuggle up and feel secure when asleep. It's probably not suitable for dogs with joint problems, as its soft design can make it difficult to get up from, but younger dogs will love it.
The first thing to note about the Deep Dish Cuddler is that it's designed for small dogs. The manufacturer recommends a maximum weight of 20 pounds, although slightly larger dogs may still enjoy sleeping in it. This size limit is because the high filled walls are meant to wrap the dog and provide a secure sleeping spot, but larger dogs wont' fit within the walls.
Everything about this dog bed is designed for luxurious comfort. The bed includes lower front and side walls, which provides a convenient head rest for your pup. The fabric is also warm and soft, so your dog will love to sink in and drift off to sleep.
Despite the fluffy design, the bed is relatively sturdy. The bottom is designed to be water proof which also helps to prevent build-up of water. The bed won't withstand heavy chewing from strong dogs, although it's only designed for smaller breeds.
As it's a relatively small bed, the entire thing can be machine washed without needing to take off a cover. It's designed to maintain its shape and softness even after washing, but make sure you use a gentle wash cycle and don't dry on a high heat.
There are a few drawbacks to this bed. As we mentioned, this dog bed doesn't provide the support required for dogs with joint problems. The walls have a tendency to sag and may even fall over, which isn't necessarily a problem but is worth keeping in mind before you buy. If your dog likes to chew his bed, it also may not last a long time - although this depends on the strength and ferociousness of your pet!
Considering the excellent comfort provided by the Deep Dish Cuddler and low price tag, we think it's a great choice for small breed if you're looking for a luxury bed. It may not be the sturdiest bed on this list, but it still provides good value and most dogs will love it.
Quick Summary: The Deep Dish Cuddler is great for small dogs that like to sleep in the "fox" or curled up position. It doesn't provide enough space to stretch out, nor is it a good choice for dogs with joint problems, but offers a luxurious place for smaller dogs to sleep. The entire bed can be machine-washed for easy cleaning - and it's available for a very reasonable price.
If you're searching for a cheap nest bed that still provides a comfortable place to sleep, the HappyCare Textiles Reversible pet bed could be a good option. It's not the largest bed, so it's only suitable for smaller breeds, but it provides a snuggly and secure place for your dog.
Like all nest beds, the HappyCare bed has four soft walls (the front wall is lower to allow for easier entry). Many dogs prefer a nest bed, as it allows them to cuddle against something and also feel less exposed. The walls of the HappyCare are very soft - which is great for comfort but means your dog can't lean too heavily against them.
As the entire bed is comfortably soft, it'll be a favourite for "fox" or back sleepers. While it's a relatively cheap bed, it still comes with plenty of filling so your dog won't be sleeping on the floor. The padding isn't thick or dense enough to be suitable for heavy breeds though.
The bed is machine washable, so you can throw it in the washing machine when it needs a clean. It doesn't have a removable cover, but is sturdy enough to handle repeated washing. If your dog is a heavy chewer, the bed may not survive too long though - and the soft paw decoration is likely to be your pet's first target.
Despite not being the most durable bed, the low price and comfortable sleep provided by the HappyCare means it's still one of our top 10 recommendations. It's a great bed at this price - just don't expect the durability or padding of more expensive options.
Quick Summary: The HappyCare Textiles is a comfortable walled dog bed that provides great value for money. It's not the most durable bed, and its small design means it's not suitable for large breeds or dogs that like to stretch out. For a snuggly and affordable dog bed, however, it's a good choice.
For dogs who enjoy the security of a walled bed but require the support of an orthopedic, the BarksBar Orthopedic Dog Bed is our top recommendation. It's built with four inches of supportive foam that spreads your dog's weight evenly to reduce pressure on joints. The rim cushion is softer and designed to be comfortable for your dog to rest his head on, while still supporting the neck.
As you can probably tell from the picture, this is a luxurious dog bed that's designed to provide extreme comfort to your dog. The neutral colour scheme also blends in well with almost any room - although we would have liked different colour options. It comes in two sizes though - medium and large - and is capable of supporting dogs of up to 100lbs in weight.
Like other foam beds, the main bed can't be washed. Instead, the soft polyester cover can be removed via the zipper and is machine washable on a gentle cycle. There is also a non-slip back, which makes it easier for your dog to get into the bed.
As you would expect from an orthopedic dog bed, the BarksBar is more expensive than options such as the HappyCare bed. It's considerably more supportive, however, making it a much better choice for medium or large dogs, or those with joint problems. The bed is also much more durable than cheaper options, so it'll last a long time.
Quick Summary: The BarksBar is a great choice if you want to provide your dog with a combination of joint support and soft comfort. While it's not suitable for the largest dogs (the maximum weight is 100lbs), it's a luxurious option that's also durable and easy to clean.
Another excellent bed for supporting an elderly dog's joints is the PetFusion - but that doesn't mean it's just for dogs with arthritis. This is a comfortable memory foam dog bed with cushioned walls to provide a convenient place to rest his head.
There are four sizes available - small, large, x-large and jumbo. This means the PetFusion is suitable for any dog up to 200lbs in weight (for the jumbo bed). While the foam itself can't be washed, the cover is easy to remove and is machine washable. Like all the best supportive dog beds, it also comes with a non-slip bottom so dogs with sore joints can get in without worrying about it moving.
In terms of comfort, the PetFusion does a great job of mixing strong support with comfortable cushioning. The memory foam is decent quality, while the cover is soft to sleep on. A downside is that the cover is relatively thin, however, so we don't think it'll stand up to heavy chewing.
While the PetFusion isn't cheap, it's also not as expensive as options such as the Big Barker. So if you need a supportive dog bed for a big pet, it's an excellent option - and we think your dog will love it.
Quick Summary: The PetFusion dog bed is a comfortable, supportive bed that's great for bigger dogs - although the small option is also a good choice for smaller breeds. The four inches of memory foam evenly distributes your dog's weight to prevent pressure on joints, while the cushioned sides are perfect as pillows or to curl up against. Overall, the PetFusion provides excellent value.
One of the best dog beds for small breeds is the Brindle Waterproof Bed. It's built with a combination of 2 inches memory foam and 2 inches support foam, which provides a mixture of comfort and joint support.
The Brindle is available in three sizes: small, medium and large. Even the large size is only suitable for dogs weighing up to 65 pounds, however, so this isn't a bed designed for large breeds. The foam is great for smaller breeds though, as it's soft enough to sink in (which doesn't happen on firmer beds for larger dogs) but doesn't "bottom out" and allow the dog to touch the floor. There are also three colour options so you can pick a bed that matches your home decor.
In terms of design, the Brindle is a simple rectangular bed that doesn't have walls. This means it's great for dogs that like to sprawl out on their front or side. The external cover is simple to remove and is both washing machine and dryer-friendly, so it's easy to clean.
As you probably guessed from the name, the bed has a waterproof cover between the external cover and the memory foam. This makes it suitable for dogs that aren't fully house trained, as the memory foam won't get wet (which can be a nightmare to clean).
The Brindle is a simple bed that's great for smaller dogs. It doesn't have the foam density for heavier breeds, but provides the right combination of support and comfort for smaller pets. The price is also very reasonable - although, like many beds, the external cover may tear if subjected to heavy chewing.
Quick Summary: There are many beds designed for larger dogs, but fewer with foam that's optimised for smaller breeds. For this reason, the Brindle is one of the best choices for a foam mattress if you have a small dog, as it's supportive without being too firm. The waterproof cover and washable external cover also make it easy to maintain.
If your dog loves to chew up his bed, then you'll need something a little stronger. The Kuranda Chew Proof bed is designed with a strong PVC frame and easy-to-clean soft platform for this precise purpose - and it's great if you need a bed that's tougher than many of the others on this list.
As you can see from the photo, the Kuranda is an elevated dog bed. This means it's great for increasing airflow around your pup when he's sleeping, which helps maintain a more comfortable temperature.
The frame itself is made from strong PVC and is capable of supporting a dog of up to 125lbs (there is an even stronger Kuranda Aluminium bed for heavier breeds). The cordura platform is durable and easy for a dog to grip when getting onto the bed. The fabric edges are also hidden within the frame, which means your dog won't be able to chew them.
We think the Kuranda is a great option if you need an elevated dog bed that is going to be tough for your dog to destroy. While we won't go as far to say that it's indestructible, the design and strength should discourage most dogs from damaging it.
Quick Summary: The Kuranda is a great choice if your dog is a chewer. It's not the plushest bed, but provides a comfortable and cool platform to sleep on. The hidden fabric edges also make it difficult for your dog to get a grip of the fabric to chew.
All dog crates should have extra bedding to make them comfortable - and the Midwest Deluxe is one of the top dog beds for this purpose.
The Midwest Deluxe is made from a padded polyester cushion and soft fleece cover. The manufacturer claims that the synthetic fleece provides optimum temperatures in both cool and warm weathers, so your dog can sleep on it all year round. It's machine washable, so you can put the whole thing into the washing machine when you need to clean it. It's also dryer-friendly.
As you can see from the photo, there are raised edges around the sides. While these aren't as high or sturdy as those found on true nest beds, they provide a comfortable place for your dog to rest his head. The padding also isn't as thick as those found on stand-alone beds, but you wouldn't expect this from a crate bed - especially at this price.
There are four colours available - original, cinnamon, pearl gray and blue. While we think most people will choose the original for their dog crate, it's nice to have extra options.
The biggest drawback of the Midwest is that it's not durable enough to handle even moderate chewing. The fabric simply isn't strong enough. If your dog loves to chew his bedding, it probably isn't the best choice.
While we don't recommend the Midwest Deluxe as a stand-alone bed, it's a great option if you want to make your dog's crate more comfortable. It's a cheap bed that's easy to fold up and quick to clean. The wide range of sizes also means you should be able to find one that matches your crate's internal dimensions.
Quick Summary: The Midwest is a comfortable crate bed that's also very cheap. It's not as thick as the stand-alone beds, however, and isn't strong enough to withstand consistent chewing. Even so, the low price, easy-to-wash design and soft fleece cover means it provides great value.
Choosing the best dog bed for your pet doesn't need to be complicated - but it requires more thought than just buying the comfiest-looking bed. It's important to take into account your dog's preferred sleeping position, size, whether he has joint pain and a variety of other factors.
If you have a big dog and want a supportive bed, we recommend the Big Barker. It's not cheap, but is an outstanding bed that's guaranteed to not sag for 10 years. For small or medium size dogs, the DogBed4Less provides excellent value.
Do you have any questions about choosing the best dog beds? Or do you think there is a bed we should add to this list? Let us know!