If you’re tired of cleaning dog hair off your sofa or battling for bed space, it might be time to find your pup a dog bed dedicated to him or her alone. Dogs generally sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, so having a comfortable place for them to rest is important. There are plenty of options from which you can choose. But dogs, like humans, can be picky about where they sleep, so you’ll have to do your homework before shopping for the best dog bed for your furry friend.
Options range from simple and sturdy to plush and cozy, and—much like when shopping for dog houses—your choice should reflect your pup’s preferences. Check out some of the following best dog beds as you begin your search.
- BEST OVERALL: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: MidWest Homes for Pets Deluxe Super Plush Pet Beds
- BEST EASY CLEAN: The Original Elevated Pet Bed by Coolaroo
- BEST FOR OLDER DOGS: 7-inch Thick High Grade Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed
- BEST COZY PLUSH: Best Friends by Sheri Calming Shag Donut Cuddler
- BEST CAVE-STYLE: Snoozer Cozy Cave Pet Bed in Poly Cotton
- BEST COUCH-STYLE: Furhaven Pet – Orthopedic Sofa-Style Couch
- BEST MAT-STYLE: Hero Dog Dog Bed Mat
- BEST FOR TRAVEL: Furhaven Pet – Packable Travel Bed
- BEST ODOR-RESISTANT: Sealy Lux Quad Layer Orthopedic Dog Bed
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Dog Bed
With the numerous variety of dog beds on the market, choosing the best one for your pup can be tricky. Before making a purchase, you’ll want to consider the size, age, breed, and habits of your dog, as well as some cleaning and care considerations.
Just like their users, dog beds come in a range of sizes; a dachshund will need a different size bed than a Doberman. One trick for taking your pup’s measurements is to do it while he or she is sleeping. Measure from the tail to the nose and then add 8 to 12 inches to make sure there is ample space to stretch out. Options will generally range from extra small, suitable for dogs under 10 pounds, up to XX-large, which is preferable for larger dogs over 100 pounds.
Also, consider how your canine companion likes to snooze. Common sleeping types include curlers, which are dogs that like to curl up in a ball; sprawlers, ones who like to spread out in all directions; leaners, pups who like to lean their heads against something; and burrowers, who like to dig into the blankets to get cozy.
Outer Material and Stuffing
Common materials for dog beds include faux fur, suede, nylon, polyester, microfiber, cotton, and canvas.
- Faux fur and suede, which are often made with nylon, offer added comfort for dogs who are naturally anxious.
- Consider ripstop nylon or even ballistic nylon, which is virtually tearproof, if your dog likes to chew on material.
- Cotton can be comfortable, but is probably the least durable and will also absorb odors.
The inside of the dog bed is important too, so consider your options carefully. Dog beds may be filled with different types of foam.
- Memory foam is most common and especially helpful for dogs with orthopedic problems or senior dogs who need additional support. (If you have a dog with joint or pain issues, a layer of heat-reflective mylar can provide soothing warmth.)
- Polyester filling is soft and hypoallergenic, and will be appropriate for most dogs without special needs.
- Cotton batting is commonly used for this type of filling, but beware that it won’t hold up over time and will eventually become lumpy.
- Cedar smells good and repels insects but is not recommended for dogs who might chew on their beds.
From round to rectangular and raised to flat, you’ll discover plenty of variety in styles of dog beds. To make a decision, first consider what seems to be your dog’s natural preferences.
- Pillow style options are the simplest, and are available in either round or rectangular shapes in a variety of materials.
- A bolster or sofa-style bed may be a better choice if your pup likes to elevate their while sleeping or relaxing. This type of bed features a bolster or pillow roll along three to four sides.
- Nest or donut dog beds are typically round or oval with lots of cushioning and raised sides to make for a cozy setting.
- Cave-style dog beds that allow your pup to crawl inside are ideal for dogs who enjoy burrowing under the covers to feel more secure.
- On the opposite end, raised cot beds offer open and airy sleeping, and are a good choice for pups with a lot of fur who tend to overheat; they generally feature mesh material instead of soft padding.
It is also important to consider your pup’s comfort level in terms of climate control when choosing a dog bed. For dogs who like to feel cozy, a faux fur donut bed or cave-style bed will provide the desired warmth. Dogs with joint issues or even those with minimal fur may benefit from additional heat via electric versions, which either heat the entire dog bed or provide a heated mat.
For dogs who overheat and pant easily, a cot bed is an ideal choice, since the raised style and mesh fabric allow air to flow through easily. Memory foam options have a natural cooling quality that will also help your dog maintain a comfortable temperature. Sometimes memory foam dog beds are even infused with a cooling gel for added efficiency. Additional options range from electric cooling dog beds that run on batteries or an adapter, or pads that you can fill with cool water.
For dogs who drool a lot or those who have frequent accidents—like senior dogs or puppies—look for beds with a waterproof lining. You can find liners that wrap around the entire mattress to prevent moisture from being absorbed into the filling or liners that go underneath the base to keep accidents from reaching the floor.
Another option for keeping a dog bed dry is a raised cot. The mesh fabric won’t absorb liquids, and it is also easy to clean. This and many other waterproof options are also good choices for outdoor snoozing, as they generally include a removable and machine-washable cover.
Ease of Cleaning
It’s important for a dog bed to be comfortable for your pup, but also easy to maintain for you. As they walk around both indoors and out, dogs tend to collect dirt and debris, which they then transfer into their beds, resulting in a soiled and sometimes stinky surface. Cot beds and mats are the easiest to wipe down, though covers that you can remove and machine wash can really help you keep your dog bed clean and odor-free. Look for dog beds made from materials like polyester and polyethylene, with well-made zippers, that are sturdy enough to stand up to repeated washings. Some dog beds don’t have removable coverings and have to be put in the washing machine as a whole—the downside to these types of beds is that the stuffing may not always dry properly.
There’s no reason a comfortable dog bed can’t also look nice in your living space. Luckily, there are plenty of options that offer a range of patterns and colors to blend with any décor. In general, dog beds that are easy to clean will wear well and look best, and dark colors will hide stains.
For a modern décor, choose a simple pillow design, geometric patterns, or faux fur, or consider a raised wooden dog bed that will offer an added design feature. In traditional spaces, opt for faux leather accents or plaid or tweed microfiber.
A simple dog bed with slim piping will look clean and suit any room style. For preppier pups, add their monogram to the design.
Our Top Picks
The best dog beds will suit both your and your pup’s preferences. These selections include features with which you can both be comfortable.
This dog bed features a bolster design, which is ideal for pups who prefer a supportive spot to rest their heads. The polyester and cotton twill cover is resistant to both tearing and water, and, as a second line of defense, it also features a waterproof inner liner to protect the memory foam filling.
Made with recycled materials, this dog bed features Certi-PUR-US memory foam, known to be free of toxins and low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A non-skid bottom keeps it in place and can comfortably hold dogs over 100 pounds. It measures 36 inches long by 28 inches wide by 9 inches thick.
The thick, tufted cushion of this dog bed features a non-skid bottom surface to prevent sliding and shifting. The plush polyester outer shell is soft, and the neutral gray ombre design will fit in with most home décor.
Well-suited as a crate liner or travel bed, this version measures 24 inches long by 18 inches wide and is ideal for smaller breeds, but other sizes are also available. Though you can’t remove the cover, the entire dog bed is machine-washable and dryer-safe. This bed is not recommended for dogs who have a habit of excessive chewing.
The lightweight powder-coated steel frame on this Coolaroo dog bed offers a raised design, and breathable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fabric allows for increased airflow to keep your pup from overheating. The surface material is lead- and phthalate-free and also resistant to fleas, mites, mold, and mildew. The bed doesn’t easily collect dirt and odors, but you can easily clean it when it does—even outdoors with a hose.
This dog bed is waterproof and intended for both indoor or outdoor use. The large version measures 51 inches by 31.5 inches by 8 inches and can comfortably hold dogs from 51-75 pounds.
For senior pups who need extra comfort, this dog bed offers 7 inches of memory foam with an added pillow for neck support. To combat accidents, it features a water-resistant zippered cover and waterproof liner which can be removed and machine washed. A low design and anti-slip bottom make it easier for older or arthritic dogs to enter and exit the bed.
This dog bed measures 50 inches long by 34 inches wide by 7 inches thick and is suitable for large dogs. Three different color choices make it simple for you to coordinate with a variety of décor.
Along with head and neck support, the donut-shaped design of this dog bed provides an extra sense of security, which can be helpful for anxious dogs. Nylon fabric lines the bottom of the bed to resist both dirt and water and protect your floors, while the faux fur provides a soft and naturally warm sleeping surface. The entire bed is suitable for both the washer and dryer.
The faux fur design is available in taupe and frost and pairs well with modern décor. This small version measures 23 inches around, making it suitable for dogs up to 25 pounds (though it comes in larger sizes as well). This dog bed is not recommended for dogs who engage in excessive chewing.
Does your furry friend like to burrow? Then he or she might like this cave-style bed. The Sherpa lining helps to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. A concealed, thin plastic rod keeps the hood of the bed raised for your pup to easily enter and exit, but can be removed come wash time—the polyester and cotton exterior is entirely removable and machine-washable.
If the filling wears over time, you can replace it. This dog bed is also available with foam filling for extra orthopedic support and comes in three sizes and 40 different fabrics to suit your style preference.
The egg crate orthopedic foam in this dog bed helps cushion pressure points and distribute body weight, while the bolsters provide support for your pup’s head and neck. CertiPUR-US certified foam ensures that the filling was produced without harmful chemicals, and the micro velvet cover with a faux fur sleeping surface is removable and machine-washable.
The large option of this dog bed measures 36 inches long by 27 inches wide by 6.5 inches high—with 3 inches of foam—and is appropriate for dogs up to 55 pounds. If your dog has issues with excessive chewing, you may want to opt for a different choice.
Mat-style dog beds can pad a dog crate, protect a couch surface, or cover the back seat of a car. This option’s exterior is microfiber polyester, and it is stuffed with cotton for added softness, which also makes it a strong choice for older dogs and arthritic dogs with painful joint issues. A rubber bottom helps keep it in place on slippery surfaces, such as hardwood floors.
Since, to keep fresh and clean, this dog bed is both washer- and dryer-friendly, it is also relatively maintenance-free. This version is 42 inches long by 28 inches wide and appropriate for dogs under 55 pounds, but other sizes are also available.
Though it has a thin design at just 2 inches thick, this dog bed is stuffed with high-loft polyester batting to give your pup plenty of padding wherever you decide to use it. A reversible two-color surface is available in three designs: aqua and gray, red and blue, and camouflage and orange. The lightweight polyester material is machine-washable, although allowing it to air dry is recommended over using the dryer.
Measuring 39 inches long by 30 inches wide, this dog bed is suitable for dogs up to 80 pounds. The carrying bag measures just 17 inches long by 8 inches wide for easy portability.
This dog bed will remain smelling fresh thanks to its odor-resistant fill and an easy-to-clean removable and machine-washable cover. Made with the company’s special Quad Element foam, the bed aims to provide comfort for your pup with four layers: cooling energy gel, PetRest memory foam, orthopedic foam, and charcoal HD foam. This combination of foam layers provides your pup with body-contouring comfort, while the cooling gel allows for a cooler surface in warmer months.
The large size measures 42 inches long by 32 inches wide by 8 inches thick and is appropriate for small to medium dogs; Sealy’s additional size options help you scale up or down as needed. A simple design with white piping will pair nicely with most home design aesthetics.
FAQs About Dog Beds
If you’re wondering how to introduce your pup to a new dog bed or which size will work best, read the answers below to these and other common questions about dog beds.
Q. How do I introduce my dog to a new bed?
The best way to introduce your pup to a new dog bed is by placing his or her favorite toys on it, as well as a blanket or shirt that smells like home.
Q. Which size of dog bed do I need?
The size of your pup determines the size of dog bed you will need. Measure your dog from the tail to the nose and then add 8 to 12 inches to ensure he or she has ample space to stretch out.
Q. Are dog beds safe for puppies?
Yes, puppies will nap most of the day, so a dog bed can offer them a cozy spot to snooze.
Q. Should I wash my dog bed?
Yes, it’s important to wash your dog bed regularly to remove any collected dirt and odors.