We love the comfort of our own mattresses, and we can’t imagine sleeping without them. We carefully pick out each component of our beds: the sheets, pillows and comforters. So, don’t our dogs deserve the same luxury? Even if your dog sleeps in bed with you, they still need a comfortable place to rest during the day.
With many options filling up the shelves at PetSmart, it may be hard to find the best dog bed for your pet. But we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed the selection down to the finest. My black lab, Louie, slept on each of these beds. Here’s why these dog beds are the best, along with the kind of pooches we think will love them most.
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What is the best dog bed?
The best dog bed on the market right now comes from Orvis’ RecoveryZone series. While there are many in the collection to choose from, the FleeceLock Lounger dog bed is comfortable, durable and supportive. It’s made with two pieces of solid foam — a layer of Serene Foam that allows for airflow and a low-VOC CertiPUR-US foam base layer. On this bed, my dog has lots of space to either curl up or stretch out, and I know he’s supported.
Best dog beds of 2024
Best dog beds of 2024 compared
|Orvis RecoveryZone dog bed
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|See Orvis’ Great Catch guarantee
|Bedsure dog bed
|Nest bolstered pet bed
|Lay Lo dog bed
|1 year, limited
|Lesure calming dog bed
How we tested dog beds
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The best dog beds were examined similarly to how we test mattresses at CNET. My dog and I assessed key factors like firmness, feel and performance. We also considered price, durability, support, washability, size and design. I tested how strong the beds were by having my dog roll around on each. The feel was tested by having both myself and my dog lie on the bed. Lastly, overall performance was based on what my dog gravitated toward. If he couldn’t move the bed around enough to sit down comfortably, it wasn’t going to be a good bed for any pet.
I ensured that each dog bed on our best list is machine washable, made with quality materials to help comfort dogs, and is a great value. And the selected beds come with free shipping and free or low-cost returns.
What to look for in a dog bed
If you’re searching for the finest dog bed for your best four-legged friend, here’s everything you need to keep in mind.
Though you don’t want a bed that’s hard as a rock, you should look for one that’s supportive enough — especially if you have an older dog, or a pet with arthritis. A top layer of support or softer foam is always a plus, as long as the base of the bed is sturdy and supportive enough. If you have an older dog, you don’t want a fluffy bed that they can sink into. A fluffier bed is more suitable for puppies and younger dogs.
The material used in a dog bed determines the price, firmness, durability and overall look of the bed. If you’re looking for a cheaper bed, one made of polyester is the way to go. It might not look as nice as others, but it’s affordable and fluffy. Dog beds made with foam are good for pressure-relief and often last longer than those stuffed with various fillings.
Size and shape
Your dog’s size and sleeping position helps determine which dog bed is best. My black lab, Louie, weighs about 75 pounds, and he requires a dog bed that’s long and wide enough, because he likes to sleep on his stomach, with all four paws stretched out. Large, rectangular beds are best for dogs like him. If you have a smaller dog that likes to sleep in a donut position, then a small, disclike bed may be a great fit.
When shopping for the best dog bed, stick to your budget. Some beds out there can get way too expensive — and if your young dog normally sleeps on the hard floor and doesn’t have any arthritis issues, there’s no need to get a pricey bed. Amazon has lots of great-value dog beds, such as the Lesure calming bed and the Bedsure dog bed.