Dogs deserve a good night’s rest just as much as you do. However, finding the right dog bet to make it easy is a process of trial and error. No matter how much research you do on bed design, price, and washability, your dog gets the final say. We tested a variety of beds — five budget options (under $150) and five luxury beds (over $150).
Bailey and Hook preferred beds with side supports so they could rest their heads or roll over without falling. Halley liked a flat pillow-style bed with no sides. Still, with all these beds to try, you may have a dog that prefers to hop on the nearest couch or big human bed at night. Along with the input of our dogs, we also considered how easy each bed is to clean, how it looks, and its overall cost.
Three of the 10 models paid attention to us (and our dogs). We’ve gathered more information below about the best beds for the smartest dogs.
Meet Huck, a 55-pound Australian Shepherd mix. I had taken about 10 pictures of him by the time I got him here mid-yawn — and he was done. But one thing became clear during testing: He consistently went to this bed more than any other. Halley, my 40 pound border collie/Aussie mix, also loved this memory foam bed.
At $309, the Orvis Memory Foam Couch dog bed isn’t cheap. I tested the medium size, which Orvis says is best for dogs between 40 and 60 pounds. Available in a small size for $309 (for small dogs up to 40 pounds) and a large size for $389 (for large dogs up to 90 pounds). The bed comes in six colors — Khazarian khaki, brown tweed, slate (which I got), gray tweed, heather gray and blue tweed.
The “hypoallergenic, waterproof” removable cover opens for easy cleaning (yes, you can machine wash it). It’s also an attractive, well-made bed, with sturdy supports on three sides, piping and a thick “orthopedic memory foam” cushion to support your pup. I especially like this orthopedic bed for Halley who is 10 and has occasional joint pain. This bed was the firmest, most supportive bed of the bunch. This bed is also ideal for older dogs who want (or need) extra cushioning and support.
Furhaven offers dozens of options when it comes to bed style, size and color. My colleague Molly Price’s 65-pound wirehaired pointer griffon Bailey loved this three-post sofa-style bed from Furhaven the best, tested in jumbo ($82).
Orthopedic, egg-crate memory foam support layer filled with 100% recycled material, surrounded by three wrap-around supports. This three-support approach leaves a large portion of the front unobstructed for easy ingress and egress or a place to lie down.
Like other budget models, Furhaven notes that this bed is not suitable for dogs with excessive biting or aggressive chewing. The cover is a faux fur and micro velvet blend and zips up for easy machine washing. This texture felt like a nice middle ground between rough and overly fluffy. This particular model is available in five colors: brown, granite grey, wood smoke, charcoal and celadon green; and for the Egg Crate Orthopedic Foam (easy on the joints) model tested here, from petite to jumbo plus sizes ($29-$149). This bed is ideal for dogs who love to cuddle and nest.
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 has no supports. Instead, this bed is basically a giant soft pillow with a zippered cover. Because of its shape, it’s easiest to open it and throw it in the washing machine.
This bed is available in small ($160), medium ($180), and large ($200), though the small is currently on sale and the larger sizes are currently on sale. Harry Barker provides sizing information to ensure your dog’s breed is the right bed. The company says the small bed is best suited for pugs, Yorkies, dachshunds and other small dogs. The medium bed is for spaniels, beagles and terriers, and the large bed is for German shepherds, huskies and retrievers.
Since both of my dogs are larger than beagles and smaller than retrievers, I sized up to large dogs and it was the right call. Halley made her way to this bed regularly, likely because the open design with no props made it easy for her to climb from all sides. Huck also liked it, 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 sturdy cover with the look and feel of burlap. For cleaning instructions, Harry Barker suggests machine washing the cover in warm water on a gentle cycle. It can either be air dried or machine dried on low heat.
How we tested dog beds
To test dog beds, Molly and I compared the various features for each model, weighing them against their price to determine overall value. We looked at price, durability, support, ease of installation (if needed), washability, size and design.
Then we let our dogs try each bed. Molly tested the budget beds with Bailey at her house, and I tested the deluxe beds with Halley and Hook at mine. We both laid out the five beds we tested and spent time observing how (or if) the dogs interacted with each one. Some of the questions we asked during testing were: What beds did the dogs consistently spend the most time in? Which bed did they return to the most? Did they have trouble getting into bed? Were the bed sizes as advertised really suitable for our dogs? All of these things helped inform the value of the bed and whether it was worth buying.
Summary of other models
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- Best Friends Sheri Original Soothing Donut Dog Bed ($30-$150 depending on size): If algorithms know you have a dog, chances are you’ve seen those fuzzy, round dog pleas in social media ads. They are popular and very soft. While the bed is delightfully fluffy and Bailey sleeps without wanting for anything, the other models don’t have the supportive bottom memory foam mattress. The entire bed is machine-washer safe, but the large model we tested was too big to fit in my standard washer. It would be better to wash only the zipper cover.
- Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed/Barkbox 2-in-1 Memory Foam Dog Bed ($30-$95 depending on size and model): BarkBox is primarily a subscription service for dog accessories, but you can buy their dog bed without a subscription. We tested both and a model. Both beds use the same 3-inch memory foam mattress as a starting point, but the bolster model (preferred by Bailey) includes four round pillows that must be pressed into the provided covers. Assembly isn’t difficult, but we preferred Furhaven’s pre-assembled bed for easy installation. Both beds had washable covers that felt a little too heavy-duty to be comfortable or welcoming, but would likely stand the test of time.
- Bedsure Egg Crate Foam Pet Bed ($27-$80 depending on size): The Bedsure model we tested consists of an egg crate foam pillow and a zip cover. This is a very simple 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 stated on the care label, it is not intended to be chewable.
- Orvis Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed ($269-$389, depending on size): This bed shares many similarities with the Orvis Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed. It has supports on three sides, four size options including small, medium, large and extra large and 10 color options. However, it wasn’t as firm as the Orvis’ Couch Dog Bed with its extra thick cushion and supportive bolsters.
- Casper Dog Bed ($104-$187, depending on size): We like the four-post design and sturdy support of this bed. That said, the bed came unassembled in six pieces — a bedspread and five pillows (mattress and four bolsters). It wasn’t difficult to put together, but it was a little difficult to press the supports into the liner. This modular design also means you can remove the cover completely to wash it and stain 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 better size for Halley, who weighs 40 pounds.
- Club Nine Pets Metro Orthopedic Dog Bed ($147-$178, depending on size): Club Nine Pets manufactures a wide range of modern luxury dog beds. The Metro Orthopedic dog bed is really like a mini dog-sized couch. It’s cute, but not as functional as some we’ve tested. The backrest was difficult to secure in place, and although there are armrest-style supports on either side of the bed, Hook didn’t rest his head on them (as with other trundle-style beds). Still, like most of the bed, the armrests were more cute than functional. Halley had never been in this bed, maybe because she was taller than the others.