Dogs deserve a good night’s rest just as much as you do. However, finding the right dog bet to facilitate this is a process of trial and error. No matter how much research you put into the design, price, and washability of the bed, your dog will ultimately have the final vote. We tested a variety of beds—five budget options (under $150) and five luxury beds (over $150)—with the help of three willing canine testers: Bailey, Halley, and Huckleberry.
Bailey and Huck preferred beds with side pillows so they could rest their heads or roll around without falling. Halley liked the flat pillow style bed with no sides. Then again, you may have a dog who, despite having all these beds to try out, prefers to jump onto the nearest sofa or large human bed at night. Along with input from our dogs, we also considered how easy each bed is to clean, how it looks, and what its overall value is.
Three of the 10 models stood out for us (and our dogs). Below we have compiled details of the best beds for the most demanding dogs.
Meet Huck, a 55-pound Australian Shepherd. By the time I caught him here mid-yawn, I had taken about 10 pictures of him – and he was done. But one thing was clear at the start of testing: He consistently went to this bed more than any other. My 40lb Border Collie/Aussie mix, Halley, also loved this memory foam bed.
At $309, the Orvis Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed is not cheap. I tested the medium size, which Orvis says is best for dogs between 40 and 60 pounds. It’s also available in a small for $309 (for a small dog up to 40 pounds) and a large for $389 (for larger dogs up to 90 pounds). The bed comes in six colors – heather khaki, brown tweed, slate (the one I got), gray tweed, heather gray and blue tweed.
The “hypoallergenic, waterproof” removable cover unzips for easy cleaning (yes, it’s machine washable). It’s also an attractive, well-made bed with firm headrests on three sides, piping and a thick “orthopedic memory foam” pillow to support your pup. I especially like this orthopedic bed for Halley who is 10 and has occasional joint pain. This bed was by far the firmest and most supported bed of the bunch. This bed is also perfect for an older dog who may want (or need) extra cushion and support.
Furhaven offers dozens of options when it comes to bed style, size and color. My colleague Molly Price’s 65-pound wire-haired griffon Bailey loved this three-tier sofa-style couch from Furhaven, tested in jumbo ($82).
A supportive layer of egg-crate orthopedic memory foam is surrounded by three pads, filled with 100% recycled material, that wrap around the front. This three-point approach leaves much of the front unobstructed for easy entry and exit or a place to stretch.
Like other budget models, Furhaven notes that this bed is not suitable for dogs with excessive teething or aggressive chewers. The cover is made from a mix of faux fur and microvelvet and is zipped for easy machine washing. This texture felt like a nice middle ground between rough and too fluffy. This particular model comes in five colors: brownstone, granite gray, woodsmoke, charcoal and celadon green; and in sizes from petite to jumbo plus for the Egg Crate Orthopedic Foam (easy on joints) model tested here ($29-$149). This bed is ideal for pets who enjoy the comfort of snuggling and burrowing.
This Furhaven bed is similar to the Orvis model at a much lower price. It doesn’t have the same level of support, but it’s a great budget alternative for your furry friend.
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 does not have headrests. Instead, this bed is basically a giant soft pillow with a zipper cover. Its shape makes it by far the easiest to unzip and throw in the washing machine.
This bed comes in small ($160), medium ($180), and large ($200), though the small is currently sold out and the larger sizes are discounted right now. Harry Barker provides sizing information to ensure your dog will fit the bed according to breed. The company says the small bed is best for pugs, Yorkies, dachshunds and other small dogs. The medium bed is suitable for spaniels, beagles and terriers, while the large bed is designed for German shepherds, huskies and retrievers.
Since both of my dogs are larger than beagles and smaller than retrievers, I sized up to a large and it was just right. Halley used to go to this bed regularly, probably because its open design with no headboards made it easy for her to climb in from either side. Huck liked it too, although he preferred the Orvis model.
This bed comes in three colors — grain sack red, grain sack blue and grain sack black. I got the red version and while it’s soft to the touch, it’s a solid cover that has the look and durability of burlap. For cleaning instructions, Harry Barker recommends machine washing the cover on a gentle cycle in warm water. Can be air dried or machine dried on low heat.
How we tested dog beds
To put dog beds to the test, Molly and I compared the various features of each model, weighing their price to determine overall value. We considered price, durability, support, ease of installation (if needed), washability, size and design.
We then let our dogs try each bed. Molly tested the cheap beds with Bailey at her house and I tested the luxury beds with Halley and Huck at my place. We both set up five beds to test and spent time observing how (or if) the dogs interacted with each one. Here are some of the questions we asked during testing: Which beds did the dogs spend the most continuous time in? Which beds did they return to the most? Did they have any trouble getting into bed? Did the advertised bed sizes really suit our dogs? All of these things combined helped inform the value of the bed – and whether it was worth buying.
Overview of other models
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- Best Friends by Sheri Original Calming Donut Dog Bed ($30 to $150, depending on size): If the algorithms know you own a dog, you’ve probably seen these fuzzy, round dog beggars in social media ads. They are popular and oh so soft. While the bed is wonderfully fluffy and Bailey slept on it without prompting, it lacks the supportive memory foam mattress topper found in other models. The entire bed is machine-washable, but the large model we tested was too big to fit in my standard washing machine. It would be much better to wash only the zip cover.
- Barkbox Memory Foam Dog Bed/Barkbox 2-in-1 Memory Foam Dog Bed ($30 to $95, depending on size and model): BarkBox is primarily a subscription service for dog accessories, but you can purchase their dog bed without a subscription. We tested both a aa Model. Both beds use the same 3-inch memory foam mattress as a starting point, but the headboard (Bailey’s preferred) includes four round pillows that you’ll need to zip up into the included covers. Assembly is not difficult, but we preferred the pre-assembled Furhaven bed for ease of setup. Both beds contained washable covers that seemed too heavy to be comfortable or pleasant, but would probably stand the test of time.
- Bedsure Egg Crate Foam Pet Bed ($27 to $80, depending on size): The Bedsure model we tested consists of a foam egg pad and a zippered cover. This is a very basic option that is budget friendly with no frills. The comfort of the washable cover is good, but the foam mattress lacked the thickness and support of other models we tested. As the care label notes, it is not intended to be chew-resistant.
- Orvis Memory Foam Bolster Bed ($269 to $389, depending on size): This bed shares many similarities with the Orvis Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed. It has pads on three sides, four size options, including small, medium, large and extra large – and 10 color options. That said, it wasn’t as firm as Orvis’ Couch Dog Bed, which has an extra-thick cushion and supportive headrests.
- Casper Dog Bed ($104 to $187, depending on size): We liked the design of this bed with four supports and firm support. This means that the bed arrived unassembled in six parts – a bedspread and five pillows (mattress and four headrests). It wasn’t hard to put together, but the headrests were a bit tricky to snap into the liner. This modular design also means you can completely remove the cover, wash and treat the individual cushions as needed. Although the medium bed ($149) is designed to fit dogs up to 60 pounds, Huck barely fit in it. It was a much better size for Halley, who weighs 40 pounds.
- Club Nine Pets Metro Orthopedic Dog Bed ($147 to $178, depending on size): Club Nine Pets manufactures a wide range of modern luxury dog beds. The Metro Ortopedic dog bed actually looks like a dog-sized mini sofa. It’s cute, but not as functional as some of the others we’ve tested. The back rest was difficult to secure in place, and although it had armrest-style armrests on either side of the bed, Huck didn’t rest his head on them (as he did with other armrest-style beds). Again, like most beds, the armrests were cute rather than functional. Halley never got into this bed, maybe because she was taller than the others.