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The Best Dog Beds on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about the best dog apparel, the most enticing dog toys, and even the cutest dog costumes, because pups can be very particular about which beds they gravitate to, here we’re breaking down the best dog beds you can find on Amazon, for dogs of every size and every preferred style of snoozing. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Cheap Walled Bed

HappyCare Textiles Reversible Rectangle Pet Bed

“I love this bed, and more importantly, my dog loves this bed. He’s about 20 pounds (longer than he is tall), and he fits in the medium with plenty of room to spare. I was searching for a low-price but high-quality bed and this did not disappoint me! It’s very soft, reversible, and the best part is, it’s super thick! I was worried given the price that it would feel cheap and thin but it is great. I would definitely buy this again. The structure is solid, too, so it is perfect for a freestanding or in-kennel bed.”

This bed comes in just one size, 25 inches by 21 inches, which is large enough for extra-small to small/medium dogs. 

The Best Suede Dog Bed

Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Bed

“This is by far one of the best dog beds I have ever purchased, and at a good/fair price for the quality. Over the years, I have had six dogs (rescues). So I have some experience with dog beds and how well they hold up. The outside fabric the bed is made with holds up very well; doesn’t stain or easily absorb liquid (urine, vomit, drool). Hair doesn’t embed into the fabric and comes off easily with a vacuum cleaner. The thickness and quality of the memory foam mattress are outstanding. This bed was certainly designed with an understanding of dogs and the needs of the pet owner. The outer cover is well made with zippers to remove it so that the cover can be washed. Another tremendous asset is the removable (zippered) waterproof liners; one covers the bolster and the other the mattress itself. The low, open profile in the front allows for a dog to easily step in and out of the bed. Not having to step up over something to get in the bed is a definite plus for an elderly dog. I purchased the Large. My 70-pound shepherd/husky mix snuggles into it and puts his head on the bolster. It is the perfect size for his weight to snuggle in. My 15-year-old dog LOVES THIS BED! It’s important to me to be able to make the last part of his life as comfortable and happy as possible.”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 20 to 40 inches.

The Best Shag Dog Bed

Best Friends by Sheri Luxe Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler

“I am not one to write reviews, but this bed has changed my life. We have three dogs, two of which happily sleep in their own beds all night. The third dog? We’ve battled him for years now throughout the night, kicking him out of our bed, just to find he’d returned each time. We have a Deep Dish bed for our 18-pound dog that this 40-pound dog kept trying to fit into. So I bought the closest thing I could find for his size. Let’s just say it was love at first sight when this new bed arrived. He wiggled in it and smooshed his face in it and refused to move for a bit. We’ve swapped out his bedroom bed to the living room, and I have now spent every night dog-free. I wake up every morning and he is very contentedly curled up in his own bed. He’s a super-cuddly dog, so I guess he just wanted a nest-style bed or something that would ‘hug’ him.”

This bed comes in four sizes between 23 and 45 inches.

The Best Microsuede Dog Bed

Brindle Soft Memory Foam Dog Bed With Removable Washable Cover

“My question after owning 104 dog beds: Can I wash the cover over and over and over, and will the interior retain it’s density? Yes! Dog loves it because it’s cushy and comfy. I love it because my house doesn’t smell like dog. I chose the medium size so Beagle can stretch out and watch her favorite TV shows, and she was so pleased with it, she asked that I order another for her crate. The medium is a snug fit for the crate, but works great. The thickness of the cushion has certainly made a difference in how she’s able to get up after lying for a long period of time. Again, and most importantly, I can keep it clean. The cover can be easily vacuumed and unzipped for washing.”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 17 inches to 52 inches.

The Best Shearling Dog Bed

Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler

“Our dog loves it! He was eight pounds when we got this for him. He is now over 20 pounds at four months old and still loves it. It just fits him, but it is flexible, so he curls up in it or lies on it however he fits. We purchased a larger bed for him, but he still lies in this one just as much as the other one. It is very durable as our dog tries to chew everything apart. This has not fallen apart at all. Very surprised with how durable it is! Was nice and fluffy material when we bought it. Over time, it’s still soft but very matte down.”

This bed comes in two sizes.

The Best Dog Couch

FurHaven Orthopedic Dog Couch

“I adopted a middle-aged German shepherd and bought this bed for him. The bed came the same day I picked him up from the shelter. He’s a stray, so he didn’t quite understand what it was. After coaxing him over and lying on the bed with him, he fell in love with it. Now I have a hard time getting him out of it unless it’s feeding time. I bought the jumbo size because he’s 60 pounds and severely underweight. He has plenty of room to move around as he pleases and still lie comfortably when he starts to gain weight. Ruger is grateful for his bed, and I am thankful for the good quality at a reasonable price. If my other dogs decide to stop destroying everything in sight, I’ll buy some for them, too!”

This bed comes in two sizes, large and jumbo.

The Best Dog Chaise

Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top

“My two pit bulls LOVE their new Big Barker Beds! Very supportive and very comfortable for their old bones (13 and 10 years). Quality dog beds and so easy to unpack and set up. Covers fit nice and snug. My dogs love the headrest pillow and use it quite frequently. The quality build, American-made foam supports, handmade in the good ol’ USA, and a wonderful ten-year warranty on the foam supports sold me on Big Barker after researching several other dog-bed-makers. Several dog beds are less expensive — and, yes, these cost more initially — but in the long run (ten-year guarantee), Big Barker is by far the very best-quality orthopedic dog bed money can buy. It does my heart good to see our loving dogs resting on the very best and sleeping (SNORING!) so soundly!!!!”

These beds are made specifically for larger dogs, so sizes can range from 48 to 60 inches.

The Best Dog Tent

Pet Tent

“I was really hesitant to buy this bed tent for my dog after reading the reviews. I was afraid it would be too small. I chose the tan one thinking the wider opening would be safer. The bed arrived today and I love it. The pictures on Amazon really don’t do it any justice. I ordered the extra-large and it’s really the perfect size from my dog Oliver. He is a Jack Russell Terrier blend. He weighs about 17 or 18 pounds; he is 22 inches long and 12 inches tall. He has plenty of space in that thing and he loves it! Good quality and well-made. Packaged nicely and it doesn’t cave in on the sides. The floor fabric is not meant for a lot of wear and tear with the pillow on top. The pillow is plenty fluffy and comfortable. It looks cozy. I wish I could crawl in there!”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 16 to 19 inches, for smaller pets.

The Best Cube Dog Bed

K&H Pet Products Cuddle Cube Pet Bed

“The size is plenty big, with extra room for sprawling and his toys. It took him about six weeks to warm up to it. At first, he would only lie on the bed if it was on the couch, ottoman, or right next to me. Now he prefers the bed to the couch. I was worried he wouldn’t use it, since he likes to prop his chin up on the edge of his previous dog beds. This was not an issue at all. When he is cold, he curls up in a little ball in the middle and the cube puffs up around him; he seems to really like it. When he is warm, he sprawls across it at every angle. We bought this for Christmas, and four months later it’s still holding its shape and density.”

This bed comes in three sizes ranging from 24 to 32 inches.

The Best Foam-Filled Dog Bed

K&H Pet Products Ortho Bolster Pet Bed

“I’ve spent hundreds of dollars trying all different kind of beds, and I think that this is the best one I’ve tried so far (as rated by my dog). My dog gets couch privileges by invitation only, so I’ve been looking for the right bed to make ‘her space.’ My dog is a 45-pound hound-shepherd mix, and the ‘large’ size fits her well. It has a bolster on one side, so she can lean on it or roll into a ball if she wants to, and it’s open on the other side so that she can stretch out comfortably and sleep on her side the majority of the time. The cover is easily removable and is fairly small, so it’s easy to toss into the wash when it gets covered in dog (another huge plus!).”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 20 to 50 inches.

The Best Polyester-Filled Dog Bed

MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed

“I love this bed! I have a hyperactive four-month-old Yorkie that enjoys destroying things in her free time. She’s managed to chew through two of her beds, resulting in her having to sleep in her crate without a bed some nights. I didn’t like that her beds would take up so much of her room, as she is very hyper and likes to play with her toys when in her crate. I needed a bed she couldn’t sink her tiny teeth in and tear to pieces within a week, and so far she hasn’t been able to do this with this bed! She likes to throw tantrums when she believes she has been wrongly imprisoned in her crate, and attempts to chew through her bed with no success. This is a winner in my book! She seems comfortable at night and even uses the edges as a pillow sometimes. Hope this lasts longer than the other beds!”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 18 inches to 54 inches.

The Best Cotton-Filled Dog Bed

BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed

“We have a hard time finding quality dog beds in our house. We have two large (80-pound-plus mixed breed) dogs and the cost of beds from big stores like PetSmart can be outrageous. We love Amazon in our house, so looking here seemed like the natural choice. The bed arrived quickly and in great shape. The instructions say it takes a while for the foam to fluff up, but I found that it expanded in a matter of minutes. The quality of the zippers and the fabric is great. I also like that it seems like it would be easy to take apart and wash (haven’t had to yet), since it’s just a few pieces. The most important thing is that my dogs love it, so much so that we plan to buy another. They have two other beds, and given the choice, they choose this one all the time. All in all, this is a great bed for a great price, and we would definitely buy again.”

This bed comes in two sizes ranging from 32 to 40 inches.

The Best Memory Foam Dog Bed

Milliard Premium Memory Foam Dog Bed

“We’ve only had this bed for less than 24 hours, but I have already noticed a difference in the way my little girl gets up out of bed! Her bed before lost its cushion and with her arthritis, she was limping out of bed. It got so bad that I thought she would break her leg upon getting up. After countless hours of research, I ended up choosing this bed, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it help her arthritis in less than a day but I saved A LOT of money with other beds ranging up to $100-plus. Her limping is nearly gone and she loves the bed! She’s a 13-year-old, 13-pound rat terrier, and I opted to get her the medium so that she’d have a lot of room for her blanket and toys. She would’ve been perfectly fine with a small as well. I would definitely recommend this to all my friends with older dogs!”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 24 inches to 40 inches.

The Best Reversible Dog Bed

Reversible Paw Print Bed

“I got this for my puppy as he outgrew his older bed. It is really beautiful, love the colors, soft, easy to wash, and best thing is my puppy sometimes chews on his bed or blanket or toys and not a single strand came off of this bed. I have washed it multiple times now and nothing has changed, so basically great quality.”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 18 inches to 54 inches.

The Best Cooling Dog Bed

Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric

“I bought one of these almost two years ago and it’s still in excellent condition today. It’s been outside year-round in sun, wind, cold, and lots of snow. I have two Siberian huskies and a German shepherd–boxer mix. They all use the bed daily, sometimes all at the same time, and it shows no sign of bending, sagging, tearing, etc. They nap on it, they use it like a trampoline, and it often serves as safety during games of tag. I haven’t had the same luck with the other outdoor beds I’ve bought, and the dogs always choose the Coolaroo over the other beds anyway, so I just bought another one. These beds are very easy to put together — it took five minutes from the time I carried the box into the house to the time I carried the assembled bed out to the yard.”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 21.5 to 30.5 inches.

The Best Heated Dog Bed

K&H Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed

“Bought this pad in size large for our outside dogs last year. Used all winter last year inside their large dog house and had happy, warm pups. Unplugged for the summer and left in the dog house. Went out this morning and hauled it inside to see if it still worked … YUP! Back out to the dog house it went, and they’re already sitting on the preheated pad (from testing inside). I’m so pleased with this pad, it’s held up perfectly to three dogs that have pretty much torn everything apart that we give them (blankets, beds). I feel so much better when our temperatures drop into the teens knowing our pups have this to help maintain body heat. Will purchase again when this one dies … so far, two years going strong! Side note, it’s warm all the time, not pressure-regulated, BUT it hasn’t increased our electric bill by more than $3 monthly and offers our pups a warm oasis anytime they need it during the winter. Thanks for a stellar product!”

This bed comes in sizes ranging from 14 inches to 25 inches.

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The Best Dog Beds, According to Amazon Reviews