The Best Dog Beds Buyer’s Guide

We've sniffed out the most comfortable, durable, good-looking and washable dog beds that are actually built to last.

We went on the hunt to find the best dog beds that promise a relaxing, soothing nap or full-on sleep.

Whether you have a young, active dog that needs help relaxing in a snooze-worthy, yet durable cot, or an older pet that needs the extra support and comfort of an orthopedic memory foam dog bed, there’s a great bed on this list for them.

To work out which bed may be the best option for your dog, click here to jump down to our dog beds buyer’s guide, click a jump-link below, or keep reading to get straight into the list.

Best Dog Beds – Table of Contents

Overall Best Dog Bed

1. Toby & Ace Dog Bed ‘The Buddy Bed’

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The Toby & Ace dog bed is also a good-looking addition to your living room
  • Bed style: Bolster, Orthopedic Memory Foam
  • Price: $90 – $250
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium & Large

The Buddy Bed from Toby & Ace includes everything most people will want for their dogs when it comes to a bed, and, importantly, is designed to last a lifetime of use. The base is made from orthopedic memory foam, which is designed to aid circulation and be comfortable for the joints of all dogs from the young and active to older dogs who need that extra support as they age.

The bolstered walls are firm enough that they stand up to your dog’s weight without sagging and tall enough to provide a calming, snuggling space, that can help dogs who suffer from anxiety. The cover is also water-resistant and can be removed for washing. Read our full review of the Buddy Bed here.

If you opt for the Buddy Bed, make sure you get 20% off when you use our code TRAILANDKALE20 at checkout!

Best Durable Dog Bed

2. YETI Trailhead Bolster Dog Bed

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Trail & Kale’s resident adventure dog Kepler is a fan of his YETI bed
  • Bed style: Bolster, foam
  • Price: $300
  • Dog size suitability: Small and Medium (bed measures 29 x 39 inches)

This YETI bed is definitely designed with adventure dogs in mind. It features a sturdy base that will support heavier dogs, and the base is also waterproof, meaning you can use it outside without worrying about moisture entering the bed from below.

The center cushion pad is removable, so you can use it as a separate bed for traveling, and the entire cover, which is made from scratch and dig-resistant material, is removable and easy to wash. Read our full review of the YETI bed here.

Best Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed

3. Orvis Dog Sofa Bed

Orvis Memory Foam Couch Dog Bed best dog beds trail and kale
This dog sofa is a great way to reclaim space on your own sofa
  • Bed style: Memory Foam Couch
  • Price: $269 – $349
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium, Large

If your dog likes to be elevated and would enjoy their own sofa to nap on, then Orvis’s memory foam dog couch bed is hard to beat.

It features two stacked bolsters that are designed to provide support for larger dogs, and the base is made from orthopedic memory foam for joint support to relieve pressure. The liner is water-resistant, and the velvet-soft microfiber cover is easy to unzip and wash in the washing machine.

Best Waterproof Dog Bed

4. K9 Ballistics Nesting Dog Bed

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Bolstered dog beds can help dogs relax as they drape themselves over the sides
  • Bed style: Nesting, bolstered
  • Price: $159 – $259
  • Dog size suitability: Medium, Large

K9 Ballistics specializes in chew-resistant dog beds, and their popular nesting bed is a good choice if you’re looking for a bolstered dog bed with a more durable-than-average cover as the cover is made from a tough, waterproof ripstop material that is designed to stand up to scratching and digging.

The filling is made from shredded foam, so it’s softer than other memory foam dog beds that are made from one-piece foam bases. This bed is made in the USA.

Best Bed for Large and Giant Dogs

5. Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed for Large Dogs best dog beds trail and kale
This Big Barker bed is a firm & good looking bed for larger dogs
  • Bed style: Orthopedic
  • Price: $240 – $400
  • Dog size suitability: Large, Giant

It can be difficult to find a large and supportive enough bed for heavier and ‘giant’ dogs. Big Barker specialize in US-made beds for larger dogs, and their pillow top orthopedic dog bed is specifically designed for large dogs, with a bolster at one end for head resting and a removable, machine-washable cover.

Their foam comes with a 10 year warranty and the company promises that it won’t flatten out over time, so this can be a bed for life.

Best Chew-Proof Elevated Dog Bed

6. K9 Ballistics Chew Proof Raised Bed

K9 Ballistics Chew Proof Elevated Dog Bed best dog beds trail and kale
This elevated dog bed is great for cooling down hot dogs
  • Bed style: Elevated
  • Price: $129 – $169
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium, Large, Giant

If your dog tends to get hot easily, which can be the case especially for fluffier dogs such as huskies, for example, then an elevated dog bed (also referred to as a ‘dog cot’) could be a great choice, especially if they’re going to be lounging on it outdoors or in a crate.

This K9 Ballistics raised bed is made from an aluminum frame and ripstop ‘ballistic’ fabric, which is designed to be ‘chew proof’ and comes with a 120 warranty which includes replacing any part of the bed they are able to damage in that time.

Best of the Rest

7. Best Friends by Sheri Donut Dog Bed

Best Friends By Sheri Donut Dog Bed - best dog beds - trail and kale
We wish this bed came in human sizes so we could be as comfortable as this dog
  • Bed style: Calming, Donut, Nesting
  • Price: $35 – $130
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium, Large up to 150lb

These round, donut-style beds are widely considered to be the best plus dog beds which can help provide your dog with the extra comfort and feeling of security that comes from burrowing into a soft, cozy bed. They are also often popularly used to help calm dogs who tend to suffer from anxiety or for dogs who need help calming down.

While not as durable as other beds on this list, a round dog bed could be a good choice if you need a bed that could help a dog suffering from stress or anxiety.

8. Casper Dog Bed

Casper dog bed - best dog beds - trail and kale
If you’re a fan of the popular Casper beds then you can also buy this memory foam Casper bed for your pet
  • Bed style: Memory foam
  • Price: $125 – $206
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium, Large up to 90lb

If you’re a fan of human memory foam mattresses, you may want to get your dog a similar bed.

The Casper Dog Bed is one of the most popular options out there when it comes to washable dog beds made by human mattress companies, winning out over other brands like Serta, Purple and BeautyRest when it comes to design, features and looks.

The bed features a machine washable cover and is designed to retain its shape, with the addition of foam bolsters around all four sides to stop your dog falling off and giving them a place to rest their head.

9. K&H Budget Raised Pet Bed

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This raised pet cot is light weight and easy to pack down for taking to new places or camping, for example
  • Bed style: Raised pet cot
  • Price: $40 – $80
  • Dog size suitability: Small, Medium, Large up to 200lb

If you like the idea of an elevated platform bed for your dog but don’t need a super durable, chew proof bed like the K9 Ballistics option above, then this K&H option is a great budget choice for dogs that need help cooling down after exercise, sleep hot, or just like to lounge in an elevated position rather than closer to the ground.

Best Dog Beds – Buyer’s Guide

How to choose the best dog bed for your pet

Like people, all dogs are different and have different needs, sleep styles and preferences when it comes to determining what makes a great bed that they will enjoy sleeping in (or on). So the first thing to do to work out what style and brand of dog bed is likely to be the best choice for your dog, is to ‘profile’ your dog by considering the following:

YETI Dog bed best dog beds trail and kale
Kepler on the YETI Trailhead bed
  • What is your dog’s sleep style? Do they usually stretch out, or sleep curled up in a small space?
  • What is their age and weight? A younger dog may have more difficulty relaxing; an older dog may benefit from a more supportive orthopedic memory foam bed.
  • How long are they from head to butt when they’re sleeping? This will help gauge what size bed to go for (it’s best to get a bed that’s larger than this so they have room to move around)
  • Does your dog sleep hot? If so, a less plush, and more breathable bed such as a raised cot may be a good choice
  • Do they have any medical or joint issues you need to consider? For example, some beds may be more difficult to get in and out of for less-abled pets
  • Is having a waterproof, washable or chew-resistant bed important for you? Even if the answer is no, the bed should have some durability to prevent the material getting damaged or snagged by claws and teeth
  • Do they shed a lot of hair? If so, having a bed that uses fabric that allows hair to be easily brushed off is going to be much better than one that hair clings to
  • Where they will use the bed? For example, will you be using it outdoors where it’s going to get more dirty and possibly wet?

Once you have the answers to these questions, this will help narrow down the style of bed you think will be best for them, leaving you with fewer options to choose from and making your eventual decision that much easier.

As an example, we profiled Trail & Kale’s resident dog, Kepler:

  • Kepler is a medium-sized dog (a Border Collie) weighing 40lb
  • He is young and full of energy, and likes to run trails and play frisbee, which means he is an active dog that gets dirty frequently
  • When he can be persuaded to take a nap (even if it is with one eye open), he lies on his side with all four legs stretch out, and changes positions frequently, so will roll right off a flat bed and wake up
  • Sometimes he likes to rest his chin on an elevated surface, so a sofa or bolster style bed would suit him
  • He doesn’t really do snuggling, so his bed needs to be big and supportive enough to fit all of him on, to sleep comfortably
  • He’s not a chewer, but does like to scratch his beds to make them ‘just so’, and magically sheds a lot of hair every day, which will gather on dog beds if the material they’re made from attracts pet hair

All this means that Kepler really needs a large, comfortable bolster bed that will keep him in place, not cling on to his hair, and can be brushed off and washed easily.

Key features that make a great dog bed

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Kepler cooling off outside on a K&H elevated pet cot wearing his favorite FI GPS collar

For a dog bed to make it on to this list it needs to be:

  • Comfortable! A great bed needs to be supportive enough for medium and large dogs so they don’t sink down too far, and especially older dogs who can benefit from the additional support around their joints.
  • Washable, with a removable cover
  • Made from materials that can be easily brushed off, and do not cling to loose hair
  • Durable to stand up to dirt, scratching and light ‘abuse’.

Some of the best beds on this list are also waterproof (or at least water-resistant), which may be useful if your dog likes to get wet (or dirty), or if they are prone to having ‘accidents’ when they’re in bed.

Types of dog beds on this list

When it comes to pet beds there’s a huge choice, especially when you look on sites like Amazon for your dog bed. However, it pays to spend more on your dog’s bed to ensure it is a good quality bed that suits them and will last a long time – cheap beds tend not to last long and end up costing you more in the long term.

In researching this post we’ve dug out the details of the best pet beds available that are designed to be suitable for active and adventure-loving dogs, who like to play hard in the outdoors, whether that’s agility, on trails, camping or just getting dirty in the backyard, and perhaps need a little extra support and comfort to encourage them to relax, sleep and recover comfortably after all that excitement.

These beds are therefore predominantly:

  • Orthopedic, memory foam beds
  • Couch and bolster beds
  • Elevated platform beds
  • Nesting, ‘snuggler’ beds

There are several memory foam and orthopedic beds on this list, and we’ve leaned towards the sofa and bolster-style dog beds as these are known for being more supportive for larger dogs needing to rest their heads and bodies after being active outdoors, or as they age and need to spend more time resting and snoozing in comfort.

Elevated dog beds also feature, as these are great for summers and dogs that need help cooling down in the heat and after exercise, as well as for ‘place’ training where an elevated platform (or cot) bed is easier for the dog to stick to the place command rather than slithering off a softer bed and thinking you didn’t notice.

Finally, we have the calming, anti-anxiety style dog beds (like this one), which tend to be described as ‘nesting’ beds that allow your dog to burrow down and snuggle inside them, where they can feel safe and comforted.

Now you’ve read through our buyer’s guide to the best dog beds, click here to jump up and see the list.

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Hi, I’m Helen, one of Trail & Kale's founders. Things that bring us joy are spending time together running, hiking and adventuring in beautiful places around the world, working towards being more self-sustainable and living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. We changed our lives to realize our dreams and share advice on how you can do the same.