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As many dog owners can attest, canines are capable of falling asleep just about anywhere. However, dogs — like humans — have unique sleep needs that often necessitate a warm, comfortable bedding surface. Dog beds also provide a personal space for the dog to feel safe, and many models minimize odor and the spread of fur throughout the house. They offer extra warmth during the fall and winter, as well, which can be especially beneficial for short-haired breeds that get cold easily.
A wide range of dog bed styles are available for sale through online and brick-and-mortar sellers. Some high-end models can cost hundreds of dollars, but budget-minded shoppers can usually find options for under $100. When choosing a bed for your dog, it’s important to take several factors into account, such as the dog’s size, breed, fur output, age, and medical history.
This guide will look at some of the most popular dog bed designs today, as well as some advantages of using a dog bed, buying considerations, and our picks for the top dog bed models for both large and small canines.
Most dog beds feature two main components: the filling, or cushioning, and the outer cover.
Common filling materials include:
Because they tend to attract a fair amount of odor, dog beds almost always feature covers that are removable (usually zip-off) and machine washable. The following materials are frequently used to make dog bed covers:
Regardless of the cover composition, the filling of a dog bed should never be machine washed unless the product tags explicitly say otherwise. Washing foams, polyfibers, and other filling materials can damage the bed beyond repair.
Dog beds may also come with bases or lining made from waterproof materials like polyester denier or nylon denier. This ensures the bed won’t soak through completely if the dog relieves themselves while using it. The term ‘denier’ refers to the thickness of the material’s fibers or threads, and is expressed as the weight (in grams) of a 9,000-meter strand of fiber or thread. For example, 600-denier nylon has a weight of 600 grams per 9,000 meters of that nylon’s fiber. However, some dog beds — typically cheaper models — forgo the waterproof base or lining altogether.
Several styles of dog beds are available, including some designed for certain sizes and/or breeds. These designs include:
In terms of sizing, dog beds are specifically designed for canines of certain sizes and weights — although many models come in multiple sizes. Owners should take time to measure their dog in a sprawled-out position to determine the proper bed size. Otherwise the animal’s head, limbs, and other areas of the body may slide over the edges, which can cause pain and pressure points to develop.
General dog bed sizes are as follows; please note that some beds come in sizes that fall outside these ranges:
|Size||Width Range||Length Range||Supported Weight (est.)|
|Extra Small||17W” or shorter||23L” or shorter||Up to 10 lbs.|
|Small||18W” to 19W”||24L” to 29L”||Up to 25 lbs.|
|Medium||20W” to 22W”||30L” to 35L”||Up to 45 lbs.|
|Large||23W” to 27W”||36L” to 41L”||Up to 75 lbs.|
|Extra Large||28W” to 29W”||42L” to 47L”||Up to 90 lbs.|
|Extra-Extra Large||30W” or longer||48L” or longer||Up to 120 lbs.|
Next, let’s look at some factors to keep in mind when shopping for a new dog bed. These considerations include the following:
Next, let’s explore the best dog beds as voted by canine owners. The first table features our picks for the top five beds designed for larger dogs — although some models are also available in smaller sizes, as well. All satisfaction ratings are generated using authentic owner reviews and experiences.
|Brand/Model||Big Barker||Brindle Designer Pet Bed||KOPEKS Sofa Lounge Dog Bed||Majestic Pet Suede Dog Bed||Snoozer Cozy Cave|
|Cost (est.)||$239.95 to 379.95||$69.99||$89.95 to $119.95||$59.99 to $79.99||$99.95 to $109.95|
|Dog Bed Type||Orthopedic sofa||Cushion||Orthopedic sofa||Donut||Burrowing|
|Bed Dimensions (Large)||30W” x 48L”|
36W” x 56L”
48W” x 60L”
|28W” x 46L”||28W” x 35L”|
34W” x 50L”
|29W” x 40L”|
36W” x 52L”
|35W” x 35L”|
45W” x 45L”
|Bed Height||7″||4″||7″ sleep surface|
|8″ to 10″ (cushion)|
9″ to 14″ (side)
|Smaller Sizes Available?||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Bed Weight (est.)||11 to 20 lbs.||9 lbs.||9 to 15 lbs.||9.5 to 13 lbs.||6.5 to 9.5 lbs.|
|Filling Material||Support foam||Memory foam and support foam||Memory foam||Polyfill fibers||Polyfill fibers|
|Cover Material||Microfiber||Microsuede||Microsuede||Microsuede||Microsuede with fleece lining|
|Base/Lining||Waterproof lining (may be sold separately)||Waterproof Lining||Waterproof lining||Waterproof base||None|
|Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating||97% (3,377 customer reviews)||89% (592 customer reviews)||91% (889 customer reviews)||92% (1,636 customer reviews)||90% (1,206 customer reviews)|
The second table features our top five picks for dog beds that accommodate small- and medium-size dogs, although some of these models are also available in larger sizes.
|Brand||BarksBar Snuggly Sleeper||Better World Pets Orthopedic Dog Bed||Casper Dog Mattress||Milliard Egg-Crate Orthopedic Dog Bed||Petlo Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed|
|Cost (est.)||$49.99||$41.99 to $63.77||$125 to $150||$28.99||$39.99|
|Dog Bed Type||Orthopedic sofa||Orthopedic cushion||Donut||Orthopedic cushion||Orthopedic sofa|
|Bed Dimensions (Small/Medium)||22W” x 32L”||18W” x 24L”|
24W” x 36L”
|19W” x 26L”|
25W” x 33L”
|22W” x 35L”||22W” x 27L”|
|Bed Height||10″||5″||6″||4″||5 1/2″|
|Larger Sizes Available?||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bed Weight (est.)||10 lbs.||5 to 11 lbs.||12 to 20 lbs.||3 lbs.||6.5 lbs.|
|Filling Material||Support foam with cotton padding||Memory foam||Memory foam and support foam||Support foam||Memory foam|
|Cover Material||Quilted polyester||Polyester||Polyester and nylon||Microfiber pillow top|
|Base/Lining||Waterproof lining||Waterproof lining||None||None||None|
|Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating||93% (2,543 customer reviews)||92% (1,799 customer reviews)||89% (1,077 reviews)||92% (329 customer reviews)||90% (633 customer reviews)|