The 9 Best Dog Beds of 2021

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Best Dog Beds

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Your canine companion deserves a bed that’s comfortable. After all, it’s not just cats that are devoted to snoozing around the clock—dogs are also skilled at the art of napping. But what’s comfortable for one dog won’t necessarily suit another. Just think of the range of sizes alone. A bed to suit a tiny chihuahua or toy poodle likely won’t even fit a great Dane or mastiff, let alone provide comfort.

Here, the best dog beds that you can buy.

Our Top Picks
Available in three sizes, this memory foam dog bed from the well-known mattress company is durable and easy to clean.
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Great for use in both crates and as a standalone, you can stick the entire bed in the wash for cleanup.
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Specially designed for larger breeds, the Big Barker is crafted with three layers of plush, therapeutic foam.
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Best for Large Dogs:
Furhaven Pet Dog Bed at Chewy
Available in a variety of sizes, this foam bed meets all of a bigger dog's needs.
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This plush sherpa bed has a rounded design for maximum comfort and support, and it's machine-washable for convenient cleaning.
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Designed with chewers and biters in mind, it has a dig-proof and scratch-resistant cover that's also easy to wash.
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A great buy for dogs big and small thanks to its cozy surface, ease of care, and affordable price tag.
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At 8 inches from the ground, the design of the elevated bed allows for air to circulate on all sides.
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This easy-on-the-eyes bed has a variety of thoughtful features, including an orthopedic insert and non-stick bottom.
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Best Overall: Casper Dog Bed

Casper Dog Bed

There’s a real logic to opting to get a dog bed from a well-known and much-loved maker of mattresses for humans. This mattress comes in three sizes: small (for dogs up to 30 pounds in weight), medium (up to 60 pounds), and large (up to 90 pounds). 

It’s made from memory foam and has bolsters on all sides to create a pillow-like feel. The Casper Dog Bed has a durable microfiber removable cover that’s machine washable so that you can keep the mattress clean and well maintained. 

It’s made with dogs in mind: According to the manufacturer, the extra fabric on the top of the mattress will help dogs replicate the experience of pawing at the ground. Plus, it’s durable enough to withstand a pup who enjoys chewing.

What Testers Say

"I kept the bed upstairs in my bedroom, and every night, my dog chose it over his other bed. My dog alternated between resting his head on the bolstered edges or curling up in the center."—Lindsay Boyers, Spruce Pets Product Tester

Best Budget: MidWest Quiet Time Fleece Reversible Dog Crate Mat, Blue Paw Print

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You can use this reversible pet bed in a crate—but it also works just fine as a standalone dog bed. One side of the bed is made from a printed fabric, while the other side is a soft fleece. 

It’s available in many sizes so you can easily find an option that works for your dog’s crate or the corner of your home where you’d like to use the bed. Since the bed is made from plush materials, your dog is sure to be able to get comfy and linger on this bed. You can stick the entire bed into the washing machine when it requires cleanup.

Best Orthopedic: Big Barker 7 Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

 Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

There’s a science to back up the orthopedic benefits of this dog mattress. After using this bed for just under a month, dogs had less joint pain and stiffness, increased mobility, and seemed to sleep better, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.

It’s available in several sizes, right on up to giant. It can stand up to a lot of weight: It’s made from high-quality foam with won’t flatten or pancake, per the manufacturer. The Big Barker dog bed is incredibly sturdy and well made, so it can readily accommodate bigger dogs and ones that love to dig. 

For any dogs with orthopedic issues, this bed can help provide sturdy support and comfort.

Best for Large Dogs: Furhaven Pet Dog Bed

Furhaven Pet - Plush Orthopedic Sofa

Big dogs have special needs when it comes to a bed. For one thing, it’ll have to be sized to fit their bodies. More support is also often helpful, since dogs of this size can really flatten out some beds. 

Enter the Furhaven pet sofa, which has bolsters on the sides for comfort and support, along with an egg-crate foam base. Dogs seem to find it easy to get in and out of this bed. Additionally, it’s made from a soft, snuggly material. However, if your dog is a big-time chewer, this isn’t the right mattress for them. 

This bed is available in a wide range of colors and several sizes. A removable, machine washable cover makes it easy to keep the Furhaven pet bed clean.

What Our Testers Say

"After laying on this bed, I was jealous of my dog."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best for Small Dogs: Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish Cuddler

Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler

Got a small dog who adores a cuddle? This cave-like bed could be ideal. The Sheri Deep Dish pet bed has high walls—not only do they offer support but for smaller dogs (who can be more inclined to be cold) these walls can also provide warmth. 

You can pop the entire bed in the washing machine, which makes keeping it clean a snap. It’s durable, soft, and snuggly for pets. One tip: If you have wooden floors, you may want to put a towel below the bottom of the bed so it doesn’t slip and slide around on the surface of the floor.

Best for Chewers: K9 Ballistics Tough Rectangle Nesting Dog Bed

K9 Ballistics Tough Rectangle Nesting

Does your dog like to nest, gnaw, chew, scratch, and bite on fabrics of all types? That habit isn’t just a pain for your couch—it can also lead to dog beds that need constant replacing, as tufts of foam and fluff tumble out. 

The K9 Ballistics dog bed is designed to prevent chewers and biters from causing damage with teeth or claws. The cover is dig-proof as well as being scratch-resistant, per the manufacturer. (Although it’s not entirely chew-proof, it can keep up with moderate chewers.) 

The cover is removable and can be thrown in the laundry machine for easy clean-up. The zipper is hidden so that dogs won’t be tempted to gnaw at it. This sturdy bed is designed to stand up to dogs with some destructive tendencies.

Best Washable: Armarkat Pet Bed Mat

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Your dog’s coat and slobber can be a bit fragrant sometimes. That odor can attach to items your dog spends a lot of time on, such as their dog bed. Luckily, there are plenty of washable dog beds on the market that you can choose from.

Case in point, the Armarkat Pet Bed is both easy to wash and has a waterproof insert. It has a fuzzy faux fur top and sturdy fabric sides. The bottom is non-slip, so it doesn’t slide when dogs flop down with some force. Our tester found that the foldable insert makes it easy to remove the cover and put it back on, however does create a rut in the center of the bed. However, her pooch didn’t mind, and even prefers this bed to a spot on the couch. 

What Testers Say

"The waterproof insert really is waterproof! The liquid beaded up on the surface, making it easy to clean."—Camryn Rabideau, Spruce Pets Contributor and Product Tester

Best Cooling: Coolaroo The Original Elevated Pet Bed

Coolaroo The Original Elevated Pet Bed

A little air circulation can be helpful for pooches that run warm. This Coolaroo elevated dog bed sits seven inches above the ground, and can be used inside your home, or outdoors. Along with helping with temperature regulation, the elevation can also be helpful if your dog has joint issues.  

Got a hose? Or a sponge and bucket? Clean-up is easy with this elevated dog bed, which can be cleaned with water. It’s made from a material that’s flea, mite, mold, and mildew-resistant, according to the manufacturer, and seems to stand up well to the elements (sun, rain, and so on). 

Keep in mind that some simple set-up is required for this dog bed (but it’s not too complicated; you’ll be all set if you have a screwdriver in your toolbox). 

What Our Testers Say

“I bought this to use as an outdoor bed for my golden retriever. His thick coat means he gets hot easily, and this bed elevates him off of the hot patio and away from dirt and bugs, letting air circulate beneath him—like his very own hammock! It’s sturdy and safe to store outside. Bonus: Now after getting wet from the hose, he has a place to roll around that won’t leave him muddy.”—Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director

Best Design: Laylo Pets Terrazzo Dog Bed

Terrazzo Dog Bed

Where does your dog sleep and use a dog bed? Chances are, it’s in a part of your home that you often occupy as well, like the living room or your bedroom. 

So it only makes sense that you’d want a dog bed that’s a pleasure to look at, and one that’s well designed to suit your dog’s needs (and yours). The Terrazzo dog bed is available in a variety of beautiful covers, with a modern, appealing look. (Tip: You can buy the cover separately, so you can swap it out with the seasons or as you want a fresh look.) 

The bed is available in a range of sizes and is incredibly thoughtfully designed. There’s a non-stick bottom, so it won’t slip and slide around on wooden floors. The cover can be washed in the laundry machine, and there’s an orthopedic insert to up your dog’s comfort. There’s also a handle, so you can easily tote the bed from one area in your home to another.

Final Verdict

Our top pick for a really exceptional pet product is the Casper Dog Bed (view on Wayfair). However, if you're on a tight budget and just want a simple spot for your pet to sleep, the MidWest Quiet Time Fleece Reversible Dog Crate Mat (view on Chewy) is solid choice that's available in a range of sizes.

What to Look for in a Dog Bed

Comfort

From the level of support to the type of fabric, there are numerous factors to look at when it comes to choosing the right bed for your pooch. If your dog is old or has conditions like arthritis, there are models that offer orthopedic support. If your dog is young and healthy, a basic model may be fine.

Cost

From under $10 to several hundred dollars, the price of dog beds can range widely. Consider your dog’s needs—how long and how much they’re likely to use a bed—as well as your budget. Also, look at factors like how easy a bed is to clean. A bed with a durable removable cover may be worth more than a cheaper bed that'll have to be replaced more quickly. 

Size

Your pet’s size will largely determine the size of the bed you select. However, you also want to consider the size of the space in which you’ll be placing the bed. You don’t want to be tripping over it if it’s in a busy room, but you also want your pup to be comfortable.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

Author Madeline Burry has written about how to care for pets for more than a decade. To find the best dog beds, she research manufacturer claims, and read third-party and user reviews. Our team also tests top products at home with our own pets.

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  1. Mengel, Anne Grace. "A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Big Barker Therapeutic Mattress in Dogs with Osteoarthritis." University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center.

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