First of all, why did I decide to write a review on the best dog beds? Well, since the addition of a new puppy into our life, it quickly became obvious.
Before we carry on, we wanted to let you know our preferred dog bed. The one that shone out best for us was the Fur Paws Faux Pet sofa.
Say hello to our very own Betsy!
Betsy is a cross breed, her mum is mainly a Staffy with about a quarter Pug, while the dad is a King Charles Spaniel.
Crazy mix I know.. but what we get is one of the softest lovable dogs you will ever meet. She just likes cuddles and kisses.
She loves to jump up on to our settee.
Ideally though, we want to get her to “want” to be on her bed. A place she would rather be – letting us reclaim our furniture as our own.
So it was this project of looking into decent dog beds that has led me to write up the findings here.
Dog Beds – why bother?
Your dog will really appreciate a place to go to that they know is their own. Once this is established, you can ensure that your dog stays off your sofa and stays on their own bed.
We’ve actually got a great setup now. Downstairs in the lounge my partner purchased a cheap but very fluffy big dog cushion. Betsy LOVES it! In fact she goes on it a lot and stays on it.
I’ve just taken a picture (say “awwwww…”) :
Things that will help you out when choosing your dog bed:
- Waterproof dog beds – making it easier to clean with a quick wipe – can get cold and some dogs dont always like them, but during warm days they’re a god-send. Throw a pillow on top if needs be for the warmth.
- Fancy dog beds – for the ultimate pooch pampering, a luxury dog deserves a luxury bed. The perfect accessory for your home decor, or if the dog “deserves” their own piece of the luxury pie.
- Elevated dog beds – good for dogs with joint pains, and to help keep them up off cold floors. It’s a metal frame with a mesh suspended. In summer it helps cool them down too as it allows air to circulate underneath.
- and of course dog beds for small dogs or big dogs.. make sure to get the right size. Bigger is often better, but if you’re thinking of a certain spot that is tight in size then consider this first.
Why your dog should have his or her own bed
- Fleas – sadly dogs do get fleas from time to time and the thought of fleas making their way up underneath your duvet is enough to make most people’s skin crawl. They need to be de-flead regularly, and if you uspect fleas then their bedding should also be washed on a very hot setting.
- You are the master – a dog needs to know their place. Even though they are adorable and loving, if they get away with everything they will never do what you want them to do when the time matters so setting a good basis is key to a good relationship. The long term result will mean you are bot happier knowing what’s what.
- Keep off your bed / disturbing your sleep – your dog will of course take up some room when jumping up on to your bed and this will leave less room for you to ensure a good nights sleep. Basicaly a no-no!
Your dog (as great as he or she is) needs their own place for sleeping and resting, or even to just get away from noise every now and then.
What’s wrong with the £5 or £10 beds?
Truthfully not a LOT wrong with them, but you do begin to see issues once you get into the cheapest dog beds category and we wanted to ensure we follow our rule of only showing the best things at the right prices that represents value for money.
Things that we noticed wrong in some of the cheaper beds:
Some overseas suppliers fail to deliver. Much so being the case of the £2 dog beds like this one we wanted to feature but decided against:
Warning: For under £7 it’s a dog bed that is cute but looking at the reviews at the same time several people have complained they never received theirs (although in fairness others did get theirs) so this dog bed is not featured on this page but it deserves a mention for the price and you decide if you are willing to take a chance.
Flimsy and thin – most dogs will test their beds to destruction so you do really need something that will last a lot longer than a few nights.
Sizes not as described – sometimes, overseas sellers get their sizes wrong when manufacturing them or sending them to you. Sadly this means your medium dog bed may only be big enough for a hamster.
The cute beds always get to us! – Sometimes you see the cutest beds around. Take this one that looks like a strawberry – a very popular dog bed but sadly its lucky if it’s big enough for 2 guinea pigs!
So, what are the best dog beds around?
This is really a personal thing, but something to bear in mind that you may not have considered are the memory foam dog beds.
Memory foam.. for dogs? REALLY??
This may seem a bit “over the top”, but when you consider al of the independant reviews you quickly see how good they are.
- Dogs WANT to use them and prefer to use them. Everyone whose ever owned one before says how GOOD they are.
- Not only that but they are especially good for dogs who have muscle and joint issues – the relief from these pains is instant.
So take a closer look below and decide for yourself.
Measuring 80cm x 80cm x 30cm high this is one extra snuggly bed for your dog.
The Alidho has all the dog requirements and hallmarks of a top notch dog bed.
- Easy to wash
- Easy to wipe
- Tough and hard-wearing
- Extra fluffy.
- Scratch proof
- Anti slip underside
- High sides to keep them out of draughts
- Free from Hazardous substances
- German built
- Washable removable cover
- Inner pad is brushed cotton, so easy to remove hairs from it
Love this? Go check it out here on Amazon.
The inner pad features a Union Jack on one side, or it can be flipped over for a simple matching colour. This size (L) will suit medium sized dogs. If you want a bigger dog bed (such as for Labradors etc.) then choose the XXL size (not available currently but you can review other Knuffelwuff xxl beds here). This will allow them to curl up and stretch out in pure luxury.
2: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge review. (Large Gray, 92x71x23CM). Premium Edition Solid 10.5CM Memory Foam – £89.98
Despite the seemingly hefty price tag, we were amazed by this large sized dog bed. The bed features memory foam, which as you may know cradles your whole body for the ultimate sleep. During our research we found that virtually every single dog owner had an incredible experience with this bed.
We don’t say that lightly.
Ready to get this now? Grab it here on Amazon uk.
This Petfusion branded memory foam dog is for those who are tired of cheap pet beds that easily tear, are difficult to clean, and don’t provide your pet the comfort they deserve.
Featuring a solid 10.5cm memory foam base that helps with joint pain issues and provides superior comfort.
Features a water resistant and tear resistant cover for added peace of mind.
Pure unadulterated luxury that your dog will thank you for. This Wolfybeds doughnut shaped fleece bed will simply make your dog want to snuggle up and hibernate for the next few weeks.
One thing we liked about Wolfybeds is they offer a bed personalisation service whereby you can get your dog(s) name(s) embroidered onto the bed for an extra £8 or £16 (one or two words)
You can find out more about their service here:
For dogs suffering from joint issues such as arthritis or hip issues, this elevated dog bed offers comfort and relief.
Suitable for dogs up to 60 kg in weight, the snoozezy dog bed helps support the joints while taking the pressure off them.
It will help keep the dog warmer in Winter and cooler in summer.
It’s also easy to clean – simply give it a good hose down.
Here are some of the features of this particular elevated dog bed
- Orthopedic support for dogs suffering from arthritis and hip dysplasia
- Comfortable for any dog.
- Steel Frame suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
- Easy to assemble & disassemble, no tools required!
- Handy carry bag for travel or storage
- Flea resistant.
- Allows air to circulate
- The large sized bed has been on a sale price the same price as the medium sized bed since 2014!
5: P & L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed review, Large, 76 x 64 x 24 cm, Green – £63.99
Measuring 76cm x 64cm x 24cm, there is plenty to be grateful for when your owner buys you this super snuggly, odour free heavy duty waterproof softee dog bed.
For dogs who love to get wet and dirty on a regular basis – this is the bed to handle their mischief!
The cover on this dog bed is a heavy duty hard wearing 100% polyester waterproof material treated with a water-repellent coating.
We found this bed to be very easy to keep clean,
Dirt and debris was easy to brush off, while we could use a wet cloth or tap to clear the bed.
Designed to keep your pet warm & comfortable. The thick base cushion (removable for easy separate cleaning) and the high walls of this bed are filled with bonded Thermal Polyester Fibre to insulate your pet from the cold floor and keep it out of draughts.
Seen enough? You can grab this bed right here – its on Amazon.
Offering 4 different size options, we like this pet house – a lot! It features two zips for the roof (as opposed to Velcro) which should help it last for many years.
The 3rd sized house out of the 4 available ones (size 3) is a good size for many dogs such as staffies etc, however as with most beds its advised to go one larger.
In fact unless you have a very small dog we recommend the XL one. Some large dogs might find it a struggle (such as Labradors) so for that reason you should consider the inner dimensions and whether your pet can comfortably get in and out, move around etc.
Washable with a simple wipe from a damp cloth, waterproof and very well made.
If you like this, it can be bought fast online over at the Amazon website.
This is the bed we have upstairs for our Betsy Boo. She sleps in this every night. It’s REALLY well made, suffering nothing at all in the last few months since we bought it!
Handmade, artificial leather. The ultimate decadent indulgence for your pooch. For the times when your pet simply wants to be just like you and lay on the same as you.
Measuring 90 x 70cm, the internal dimensions are approximately 60 x 45cm.
This is the medium sized bed, however there is also a large sized bed to consider which is plenty adequate for Dalmations, German Shepherds etc.
Guaranteed to keep your dog off your own leather settee! (our opinion)
8: Fur Paws – Faux Fur Pet Sofa review. UK MANUFACTURER (Brown with paws, Large 96 x 64 x 34cm) – £32.99
The perfect mini settee for your dog. The perfect dog bed, ever?
After trialling this one with our dog, we were pleasantly surprised.
The cover comes off and can be washed helping to keep it clean.
The foam really does hold its shape extremely well, making it superb for all size dogs small to large!
This is a nice dog bed with plenty of room. The only minor fault we can consider is that upon opening we discovered the manufacturer stats that you cannot wash it with water – only a stiff brush.
We assume quite rightly this means no washing machine, however I’m pretty sure a damp cloth would work just fine.
Made with Oxford cloth which will not harbour dog hairs.
If you like this chew proof bed, go get it here on Amazon.
Finished to the highest standards in Faux leather, this Chester and Wells Hampton dog bed exudes luxury like no other.
Forget other substitutes. Forget lookalikes. Forget dog beds that are like furniture.
This IS furniture, and your dog will appreciate the feel – that is if price is of no issue of course.
So, the build quality is second to none.
The largest size measures 70 x 112 x 45 cm (plenty for pretty much most dogs).
The smallest size measures 52 x 67 x 40 cm (just about right for your small dog) and is substantially cheaper.
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