Think about how amazing you feel after a long, comfy night’s sleep in your dream bed. Well, these dog beds can help your pup get that same satisfying sleep. Plus, your dog will no longer want to curl up in your bed or on the couch — you’re welcome!
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab gives expert bedding advice like how to choose which mattress, sheets, and pillows to buy; we know how to make a supportive, cozy bed (for humans or animals) and the materials that last to even the toughest abrasion. Our Textiles Lab worked closely with pet expert Lizz Schumer, a regular contributor at Woman’s Day, to help you find the best bed for your dog. Let’s start by answering some of your most pressing questions:
How do I choose the best dog bed?
- Measure your pup. The dog bed should be slightly larger than your pet to accommodate the many positions dogs like to sleep in.
- Look at exactly how your pup sleeps. “If they sprawl out on the couch, a rectangular bed that gives them room to ‘starfish’ might be best,” says Schumer. “But if they like to turn around in a circle a million times to create a little nest, they might do best with a cuddler or cave bed.”
- Check the bed’s material. If your dog loves to chew, Schumer recommends to “look for heavy-duty beds. Some even come with money-back guarantees, if your dog rips it apart.”
- Consider your dog’s age. As your pup ages, they will need a more supportive bed that doesn’t put added pressure on their joints. Check with your dog’s veterinarian to make sure the bed you are looking at will fit your older dog’s needs.
- Think about comfort. Elevated designs can boost air flow on all sides of the bed, and help keep your pet cool. If you plan to use the dog bed outside, an elevated pick is also perfect because it won’t get as dirty. But for indoor use or when it is cold, a plush dog bed is more cozy than elevated options.
- Make sure it’s washable! Always check the care label or packaging to make sure the dog bed or its cover is machine washable because then it’s east to keep clean.
Here are our top picks for the best dog beds. We chose these dog beds because they’re from brands we know and trust, have unique features, or received excellent reviews from many happy customers on Amazon (and their dogs agree). Plus, all of our picks are either entirely machine washable or have a removable cover to wash separately!
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Best Dog Bed For Large Dogs
Pet Sofa Style Dog Bed Furhaven amazon.com
A big dog needs adequate space to truly spread out and rest. This sofa style dog bed comes in an extra-large 53-inch wide size to fit the biggest of dogs. With cozy cushioning for added support, this sofa bed can accommodate more than one pup. Nothing is cuter than all your dogs snuggled together on this sofa-style dog bed.
Best Dog Bed For Small Dogs
Luxury Cozy Cave Snoozer amazon.com
Smaller short haired or hairless dogs can shiver as it is harder for them to stay warm at such a small size. This Sherpa lined hooded cave dog bed creates a cozy spot for your pup to snuggle into. If you dog loves sleeping in all of your blankets and pillows, this Snoozer dog bed a comfier option.
Best Cozy Dog Bed
Cuddler Pet Bed Best Friends by Sheri Donut amazon.com
Keep your pup out of your favorite shag rug by giving them their own shag dog bed. This dog bed has a donut shape design with raised edges on the outside to create a spot for your pup to curl up in. Made of faux fur, it will keep your pup toasty when sleeping.
Best Orthopedic Dog Bed For Older Dogs
Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed
As your dog ages, your old dog bed won’t offer the support they need. Made from high density memory foam, this bed is perfect for older pups as it provides support at their pressure points. The raised edges create a pillow for your pup to rest their head on after a long day.
Best Dog Bed For Chewers
Memory Foam Dog Bed Casper amazon.com
In our best mattress in a box round-up, Casper comes out on top. The padding is similar to that used in the company’s mattresses — the memory foam makes for a supportive sleep spot, and the side bumpers let him rest his head. Also, Casper’s durable cover is designed to withstand bites and nibbles.
Best Dog Bed For Puppies
Dog Bed Purple purple.com
Featured in our best mattress in a box round-up, Purple mattresses are made from innovative grid-shaped elastic material to provide soft support. Purple’s mattress-style dog bed offers the same comfort for your pup. This pick is perfect for younger dogs as it has a super durable, odor neutralizing cover to withstand a teething pup. Plus, it is on the heavier side, preventing your dog from dragging it around.
Best Cooling Dog Bed
The Original Elevated Pet Bed Coolaroo amazon.com
When the whole family is spending time together outside, don’t forget to give your pup a seat. This elevated dog bed provides increased air flow versus a typical dog bed to keep your pup cool while lounging. With a video explaining how to construct the bed, one of over 8,800 5-star reviews on Amazon raves that assembly was “ridiculously easy.”
Best Heated Dog Bed
Lectro Soft Heated Pet Bed K&H Pet Products amazon.com
In the winter, nothing feels more luxurious than sleeping with a heated blanket. Give your pup the same toasty feel with a heated dog bed. This option is low wattage (20 watts) to not raise your electricity bill too much but still provide a warm napping spot. You can also put this bed under their favorite pillow to warm it up before bedtime.
Best Dog Bed for the Car
Bucket Booster Dog Car Seat K&H Pet Products amazon.com
Driving with a dog can be nerve racking for both you and your pup. You do not want your dog moving and distracting you while you drive, creating a serious hazard. This lookout dog seat attaches to the seatbelt and connects to your dog’s harness to keep them in the bed. Plus, this pick sits right by the window so your pup can look outside, reducing anxiety and car sickness.
Best In-Crate Dog Bed
Fleece Dog Bed MidWest Homes for Pets amazon.com
Kennel training helps some dogs sleep through the night, but you still want them to have a cozy bed. This bed is designed to fit in eight different sized crates and comes in 5 different shades. With over 6,700 5-star reviews on Amazon, this bed has a loyal following from dog owners and pups themselves.
Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping Institute Product Testing Analyst, Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab Emma Seymour is a test analyst in the Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab at The Good Housekeeping Institute where she evaluates fiber-based products ranging from bedding to clothing.
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