12 Best Dog Beds

By Kealia Reynolds
Photo by Alexandru Sofronie

If you love dogs as much as we do, then you know they deserve the best bed for ultimate comfort. Dogs can be very particular about which beds they gravitate to, and many will need specific types of support based on size, age, and medical needs.

To make sure you can get the best dog bed for your buddy, we’ve compiled a list of 12 best dog beds that address comfort, size, material, and price.

What to consider before buying a dog bed

Before selecting a dog bed, consider the following factors to ensure your dog will be as comfortable as possible.

  • Budget—The best dog beds aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Materials like memory foam may cost more, but there are plenty of affordable dog beds without memory foam that are just as comfortable. Keep in mind that larger dog beds will typically be more expensive than smaller dog beds.
  • Size of your dog—Aim to find a dog bed that doesn’t allow your dog’s feet or legs to hang over the sides. Measure the space your dog typically sleeps in, in addition to the length and height of your dog, and narrow your search to beds that meet this specific size criteria. If you’re searching for a dog bed to go in a crate, work within the dimensions of the crate.
  • Location of dog bed—If you’ll be placing the dog bed in a room with a wooden or tile floor, consider buying a bed with a non-slip bottom to prevent it from moving around. If you’ll be putting the dog bed outside, invest in a cot-style bed or elevated bed—these dog beds will be lifted off the ground and provide adequate air circulation to keep your dogs cool and prevent moisture from collecting inside.
  • Materials—A dog bed should be robust enough to support your dog’s weight and relieve pressure on bones and joints. Look for dense, supportive, human-grade orthopedic foam rather than shredded fabrics or low-loft fiber filling (this will just flatten under your dog’s weight). Large dogs will require a thicker, firmer base to support their weight.
  • Eco-friendly options—Dog beds made of CertiPUR-US certified foam will be free of mercury, lead, heavy metals, flame retardants, and other chemical substances that could potentially be harmful to your pet’s health.
  • Durability—If your dog is a chewer (or likes to dig and scratch before lying down), look for dog beds made of durable materials like heavy nylon or canvas. If your dog has bladder leakage issues, consider water-resistant beds or beds that have a removable, machine washable cover.
  • Warranty—A warranty on a dog bed can cover the product if it becomes damaged or unusable. Look for dog beds that are backed by at least a one-year warranty (some are covered up to 10 years). If the dog bed you’re considering doesn’t have a warranty, read the fine print to find out whether it can be replaced for free.
Photo by Jay Wennington

12 best dog beds

1. Best dog bed for smaller dogs: Cozy Cave Pet Bed

One of the best dog beds for small dogs, the Cozy Cave Pet Bed measures 25”x 25”x 7” and has a poly-cotton exterior and sherpa interior with a cedar-poly fill. It also has a blanketed hood, essentially making it a sleeping bag for pups. This bed comes in 11 different colors and fabrics and is handsewn in the US. Not only is the cover machine washable, but replacement covers are available for an additional cost. Shipping is free in the continental US and a one-year warranty is provided in addition to a 30-day return policy.

Price: $99.95

2. Best dog bed for medium-sized dogs: Majestic Pet Sherpa Bagel Dog Bed

Perfect for medium dogs who weigh 35–65 pounds, the Sherpa Bagel Dog Bed is made of waterproof 300/600 Denier, great for unwanted accidents or spills, and is stuffed with a premium polyester fill. The entire bed is machine washable. Another reason why the Sherpa Bagel Dog Bed is one of the best dog beds on the market is that its bolster offers quality spine support.

The House Method team actually uses this dog bed in our office for Tallulah, a 37-pound German Shepherd mix. With as much as she loves the bed, we’d bet that other medium-sized dogs will love the bed as well.

Price: $58.67

3. Best dog bed for large dogs: Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

The Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed is the world’s first therapeutic mattress for dogs over 50 pounds and is designed to keep its shape and not sag under the weight of large dogs. It comes in three sizes:

  • The large (48”x 30”x 7”) for Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Boxers
  • The extra large (52”x 36”x 7”) for dogs bigger than a Lab but smaller than a Great Dane
  • The giant (60”x 48”x 7”) for Great Danes

The Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed eliminates uncomfortable pressure points with a proprietary, three-stage blend of American-made, CertiPUR-US certified foam. And if this feature wasn’t enough to convince you that the Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed is one of the best dog beds available, would it help if we told you its fabric is made for expensive upholstery and styled to look like beautiful furniture? An added bonus: the cover is machine washable and holds up against digging and nesting.

Price: $249.95–$299.95 (price depends on style of dog bed)

4. Best dog bed for extra large dogs: Serta iComfort Sofa Sleeper

Similar to its mattresses, Serta offers premium pet beds for maximum comfort. The iComfort Sofa Sleeper is a gel memory foam pet bed that features a quilted, overfilled pillow top cover for enhanced pressure-relieving comfort. The sofa-like design allows extra large dogs to stretch out while giving them a comfortable bolster to rest their heads. It features a removable, washable cover and comes in tan or gray.

Price: $239

5. Best dog bed for arthritic dogs: Brentwood Home Runyon Pet Bed

Designed for orthopedic support and easy maintenance, the Runyon Pet Bed offered by Brentwood Home is one of the best dog beds for dogs with arthritis and for senior dogs. With two layers of dense and supportive foam, this dog bed is designed to be extra beneficial for pets with sore joints. It’s made with handcrafted detail and premium non-toxic materials and has a stylish cover that’s easy to wash. It comes in four different sizes (small, medium, large, and extra large) and is one of the few dog beds that comes with a three-year warranty.

Price: $155

6. Best orthopedic dog bed: Petlo Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed

The Petlo Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed is a memory foam couch suitable for dogs of all sizes. It features bolsters around three of its sides, giving your dog a secure, snuggled feeling, and retains its shape and thickness over time (which can be great for heavier dogs). The bed is water-resistant and has a removable, machine washable cover.

Price: $199.99

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7. Best dog bed for cuddlers: Majestic Pet Suede Bagel Dog Bed

This cuddler-style bed features a large, padded mattress with raised bolsters around the perimeter: we’d compare it to a big, fluffy biscuit. Its microsuede material, though luxurious, is completely durable and costs several times less than dog beds with the same material. Your dog thanks you in advance.

Price: $74

8. Best dog bed for chewers: Kuranda Almond Standard Dog Bed

Kuranda features some of the best dog beds for chewers, including the Kuranda Almond Standard Dog Bed. This durable, raised bed can hold dogs up to 100 pounds and has a poly-resin frame that can’t be gnawed through. The elevated design works indoors or out and comes with a one-year warranty. An added benefit: for dogs that shed easily, this bed is extremely easy to clean.

Price: $64.95

9. Best dog bed for crated dogs: MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed

For dogs that spend time in their crates, the MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed is the perfect choice. Coming in a variety of colors and sizes, this dog bed features an ultra-soft fleece cover and comfortable padded polyester bolster cushion. It’s 100% machine washable and dryer friendly. It also comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Price: $69.99

10. Best luxury dog bed: Casper Dog Bed

Engineered by the same team behind the Casper mattress, the Casper dog mattress is made of pressure-relieving memory foam and durable support foam; it also has supportive foam bolsters around the perimeter of the bed.  It comes in three colors (gray, blue, and sand) and three different sizes (small, medium, and large). If you have a dog that loves to chew, no need to worry—the cover material is made with one of the strongest bonded microfibers available.

And for us humans, the Casper dog bed is easy to care for. Simply machine wash the cover in cold water on a gentle cycle and tumble dry low. If needed, an enzyme-based spot cleaner may be used to remove tough stains.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of buying this dog bed is the one-year warranty, 100-night trial, and free return policy. If your pup doesn’t love the dog mattress within 100 days, Casper will provide you a full refund. Safe to say, this is one of the best dog beds available.

Price: $125–$225 (price varies depending on size of dog bed)

11. Best memory foam dog bed: eLuxury Orthopedic Dog Bed

With five inches of total thickness, including two inches of orthopedic, gel-enhanced memory foam and a three-inch, high-density support base, the eLuxury Orthopedic Dog Bed provides a comfortable experience for young and older dogs. Made in the US, this bed has CertiPUR-US certified foam that will hold its shape over time, ensuring optimal support for your dog. There is a 90-day, money-back guarantee with this product.

Price: $87.99

12. Best dog bed for those on a budget: FurHaven Memory Top Comfy Couch

For those looking for a comfortable dog bed without wanting to drop a couple hundred bucks, House Method recommends the FurHaven Memory Top Comfy Couch. This short-sided pet sofa features memory foam that works with your pet’s weight and contour to provide overall support and relief. The side bolsters also offer the perfect pillow for your dog to rest its head, allowing for better spinal alignment and neck relief. It’s an all-in-one package at an unbelievably affordable price.

Price: $39.99

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