The Best Dog Beds
Updated: Jul 13
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Your dog deserves a good, comfortable bed, but there’s no single best bed for all dogs or all situations. After putting in more than 50 hours of research and testing 13 beds, we think the Majestic Pet Products Suede Bagel Dog Bed is a great option for most pooches. But since not all dogs have the same needs and preferences, we’ve found the best beds across four different styles.
The Majestic Pet Products Suede Bagel Dog Bed is a “cuddle”-style bed, a large padded mattress with raised bolsters around the perimeter that give your dog a place to lay its head—the bed looks like a big, fluffy dumpling. Its micro suede exterior feels as durable as the materials we encountered on beds costing several times as much. It’s also easy to machine-wash on the gentle cycle. You can put the versions for smaller dogs in the wash in one piece, and though you have to remove the stuffing to wash the larger sizes, we found that task (as well as to put the stuffing back in place afterward) easier to do than on most models we tested—the difficulty was a deal breaker for many other beds.
If your dog needs a comfy spot to snooze outside or in a particularly warm environment, K&H’s Original Pet Cot is the best option. This model was both the sturdiest and the easiest to assemble of all the cot options we tested. It’s also made of better materials. The K&H cot’s mesh center has a canvas border that feels tougher and nicer than the material of the mesh-only cots we tested. This model is also a good pick if your dog tends to chew up beds, because it’s a littler harder for them to dig into.
For dogs that spend time in crates, MidWest’s QuietTime Deluxe Ombré Swirl is the comfiest crate liner we found. The fuzzy swirls look fragile, but they held up to both our scratch testing and wash testing. And the design is not just for looks: This bed is so comfy, our tester pup ended up spending more time in his crate just to lie on it. We also appreciate that it’s entirely machine-washable on the gentle cycle, so you have no fussy unstuffing and restuffing to deal with.
Most dogs don’t need a premium bed, but if you want something a bit fancier, either for your dog’s physical needs or for your own aesthetic reasons, go with the Casper Dog Mattress. It’s by far the easiest bed to reassemble after washing, and it’s made of high-quality materials that all look and feel great. It also has a 30-day trial period, so you can return it if your dog doesn’t like it.