Finding the right dog bed for your pup can seem a bit like trial and error. While you can compare features like price, washability, and design, your dog will likely get the final vote. We tested 10 beds, five deluxe beds (over $ 150), and five budget options (under $ 150), with the help of three friendly canine testers, Bailey, Halley, and Huckleberry.
Bailey and Huck preferred beds with side cushions so that they could rest their heads on them or roll over without falling over. Halley liked the pillow-style flat bed with no sides. On the other hand, you may have a dog that, despite having all these beds to try, still prefers to jump on the closest couch or crawl into the big human bed at night. Along with the opinion of our dogs, we also consider how easy each bed is to clean, what it looks like, and its overall value.
Three of the 10 models stood out for us (and our dogs). We have compiled the details below on the best beds for even the most demanding dogs.
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Meet Huck, a 55-pound Australian Shepherd mix. By the time I took it here in the middle of a yawn, I had taken about 10 pictures of it, and I was over it. But one thing was clear early in the test: he always went to this bed more than any other. My 40 pound border collie / Australian mix, Halley, also liked the bed.
At $ 309, the Orvis Memory Foam Couch dog bed isn’t cheap. I tried the medium size, which Orvis says is best suited for dogs between 40 and 60 pounds. It’s also available small for $ 269 (for dogs up to 40 pounds) and large for $ 349 (for dogs up to 90 pounds). The bed comes in six colors: heather khaki, brown tweed, slate (the one I have), gray tweed, heather gray, and blue tweed.
The “hypoallergenic and waterproof” bed cover opens for easy cleaning (yes, you can put it in the washing machine). It’s also an attractive, well-made bed, with sturdy gussets on three sides, piping, and a thick “orthopedic memory foam” cushion to support your pup. I like this feature for Halley in particular who is 10 years old and occasionally has joint pain. This bed was by far the strongest and most supportive bed in the group.
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Furhaven offers dozens of options when it comes to bed style, size and color. My colleague Molly Price Bailey liked the 65 pound wirehaired cock this three-prop sofa bed from Furhaven best, tested in a large size ($ 49).
A backing layer of orthopedic egg crate memory foam is surrounded by three pads, filled with 100% recycled material, that wrap towards the front. This three-cushion approach leaves a large portion of the front unobstructed for easy entry and exit or for a place to stretch out.
Like other inexpensive models, Furhaven notes that this bed is not suitable for dogs with excessive or destructive chewing behavior. The cover is a mix of synthetic leather and micro velvet, and it closes with a zipper for easy machine washing. This texture felt like a good compromise between rough and too fluffy. This particular model comes in three colors: brownstone, granite gray, and celadon green; and in small to large sizes for the Egg Crate orthopedic foam model tested here ($ 26- $ 50).
This Furhaven bed is similar to the Orvis model at a much lower price. It does not have the same level of support, but it is an excellent inexpensive alternative.
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The Harry Barker Grain Sack Rectangular Dog Bed is a complete departure from the Orvis and Furhaven models on this list. It is not memory foam and has no reinforcements. Instead, this bed is basically a giant soft pillow with a zippered cover. Due to its shape, it is by far the easiest to open and throw in the washing machine.
This bed comes in small ($ 160), medium ($ 180), and large ($ 200). Harry Barker provides size information to make sure your dog fits the bed based on the breed. The company says the small bed is best suited for pugs, Yorkies, dachshunds, and other small dogs. Medium works for Spaniels, Beagles, and Terriers, while the Large Bed is for German Shepherds, Huskies, and Retrievers.
Since both of my dogs are larger than beagles and smaller than retrievers, I measured at the height of the large dogs and it was the right decision. Halley went to this bed regularly, probably because its open design without pads made it easy for her to climb on either side. Huck liked it too, though he preferred the Orvis model.
This bed comes in three colors: Red Grain Bag, Blue Grain Bag, and Black Grain Bag. I got the red version and while it is soft to the touch it is a sturdy cover that has the look and durability of burlap. For cleaning instructions, Harry Barker suggests machine washing the cover on the gentle cycle with warm water. Can be air dried or machine dried on low heat.
How We Test Dog Beds
To test the dog beds, Molly and I compared a variety of features for each model, comparing them to its price to determine the total value. We consider price, durability, support, ease of installation (if necessary), washability, size, and design.
Then we let our dogs test each bed. Molly tried the budget beds with Bailey at her place and I tried the deluxe beds with Halley and Huck at mine. We both set up the five beds we were testing and spent time observing how (or if) the dogs interacted with each one. Here are some of the questions we asked during the tests: In which beds did the dogs spend the most time continuously? Which beds did they return to the most? Did they have trouble getting into beds? Do the advertised bed sizes really fit our dogs? All of those things combined helped inform the value of the bed and whether it was worth buying.
A summary of the other models.
The other dog beds we tested include the Best Friends by Sheri Original Soothing Donut Dog Bed, the Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed, the Barkbox 2-in-1 Memory Foam Dog Bed, the Foam Pet Bed with Bedsure Egg Crate, the Orvis Memory Foam Cushion Dog Bed, the Casper dog bed and the Club Nine Pets Metro Orthopedic Dog Bed.
- Best Friends by Sheri Original Calming Donut Dog Bed ($ 30- $ 150, depending on size): If algorithms know you have a dog, you’ve likely seen these round, fuzzy dog begs in social media ads. They are popular and so soft. While the bed is delightfully fluffy and Bailey slept in it without being asked, it lacks the lower supportive memory foam mattress found in other models. The entire bed is machine washable, but the large model we tested was too large to fit in my standard washing machine. It would be much better to only wash a zippered cover.
- Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed / Barkbox 2-in-1 Memory Foam Reinforced Dog Bed ($ 28- $ 114, depending on size and model): BarkBox is primarily a subscription service for dog accessories, but you can purchase your dog bed without subscribing. We tried both a flat bed and a four cushions model. Both beds use the same 3-inch memory foam mattress as a starting point, but the cushion model (preferred by Bailey) includes four round pillows that you will need to zip-assemble into the covers provided. Assembly is not difficult, but we prefer Furhaven’s pre-assembled bed for ease of installation. Both beds included washable covers that felt a bit heavy to be comfortable or cozy, but would likely stand the test of time.
- Bedsure Egg Crate Foam Pet Bed ($ 30- $ 40, depending on size): The Bedsure model we tested is comprised of an egg crate-style foam pad and a zippered cover. This is a very basic option that is inexpensive and no frills. The convenience of a washable cover is good, but the foam mattress lacquered the thickness and support of the other models we tested. As the care label notes, it is not intended to be chew-proof.
- Orvis Memory Foam Dog Bed ($ 229- $ 349, depending on size): This bed shares many similarities with the Orvis Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed. It has gussets on three sides, four size options, including small, medium, large, and extra large, and 10 color options. That said, it wasn’t as sturdy as Orvis’s Couch dog bed, which has an extra thick cushion and supportive gussets.
- Casper Dog Bed ($ 129- $ 229, depending on size): We liked the four-pad design and the firm support of this bed. That said, the bed came disassembled into six parts: the bed cover and five cushions (the mattress and the four cushions). It wasn’t difficult to put together, but the cushions were a bit difficult to close in the lining. That modular design also means you can remove the cover entirely to wash it and treat the individual cushions as needed. Although the medium bed ($ 149) is designed for dogs up to 60 pounds, Huck barely fits in it. It was a much better size for Halley, who weighs 40 pounds.
- Club Nine Pets Metro Orthopedic Dog Bed ($ 219-249): Club Nine Pets manufactures a wide range of modern luxury dog beds. The Metro Orthopedic Dog Bed really looks like a dog-sized mini sofa. It’s cute, but not as functional as some of the others we tested. The backrest was difficult to secure in place, and despite having armrest-style gussets on either side of the bed, Huck did not rest his head on them (as he did with the other armrest-style beds). Again, like much of the bed, the armrests were more beautiful than functional. Halley never got into this bed, possibly because it was taller than the others.