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14 best dog beds that will keep four-legged friends cosy and comfortable

From orthopaedic designs to luxury thrones for your pooch, these beds are pet-parent-approved

Clare O'Reilly
Friday 26 January 2024 11:17 GMT
<p>We called in the help of some canine testers to put these dog beds through their paces </p>

We called in the help of some canine testers to put these dog beds through their paces

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Gone are the days when a dog bed meant an old blanket or towel scrunched up on the kitchen floor. But, like humans with mattresses, which one will suit your four-legged friend will depend on how they like to sleep.

Some dogs like burrowing down into a bed, while others like to sprawl all over a bed, possibly hanging off the end as they get some rest.

It’s worth thinking about how and where your dog sleeps before you start perusing beds. Next, think about how much your dog’s bed will need to be washed. If your pup is mud-averse, it’s likely the bed won’t be in and out of the washing machine too much.

On the other hand, if you’ve got a pup that likes to roll in anything it can find or even one that can’t resist jumping in any body of water, you’ll need a dog bed that has covers that’ll unzip completely, enabling you to wash them frequently without shrinkage or misshaping.

From indoor to outdoor to portable options, we’ve rounded up the very best dog beds on offer.

How we tested the best dog beds

While us humans checked the ethical and environmental credentials of the beds and washed the covers to test how easily they could be cleaned, it was our furry friends who had the hard job.

Our pack of testers were nothing if not rigorous – with a combined nap time of more than 1,000 hours, they put each bed on our list through its paces. Hucky, an 11-year-old black labrador, spent time resting his chin on edges; Bluebell, a six-year-old springer-labrador cross, sprawled out like a starfish; and Luna, an 11-month-old blonde labrador, tested the burrowing and manipulation properties of the beds. Keep reading to find out which ones got a firm paws up.

The best dog beds for 2024 are:

  • Best dog bed overall – Ivy and Duke den bed: From £155, Ivyandduke.co.uk
  • Best budget dog bed – JackWick Designs pet perch: £30, Jacwicksdesigns.co.uk
  • Best dog bed for travelling – Slumbering Hound deluxe dog snuggle sack: £45, Slumberinghound.com
  • Best dog bed for the garden – Pets at Home cool club raised air dog bed with UV canopy: £29, Petsathome.com
  • Best bed for older dogs – Silentnight orthopaedic pet bed: £55.99, Amazon.co.uk

Ivy and Duke den bed

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed overall
  • Cover material: Upholstery grade fabric
  • Size options: S, M and L
  • How to wash: Unspecified
  • Why we love it
    • Designed with the natural movements of dogs in mind
    • Durable and soft
    • Great choice of colours

With its oval shape, the den bed has been designed to accommodate the natural behaviours of dogs who like to pad round in a circle before laying down. Our four-legged testers couldn’t wait to get into this bed, and it’s been one of the most popular.

The incredibly durable yet soft fabric unzips completely, which means you can wash the whole cover. The colourways are classy yet muted, so they don’t show the first mark of dirt or dust or mud, and it didn’t show dog hairs, despite three testers all having a night’s sleep in it. From lounging completely to resting their heads on the edge of the bed, there were so many ways and positions our canine testers liked to use this bed.

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JackWick Designs pet perch

best dog beds
  • Best: Budget dog bed
  • Cover material: Fleece
  • Size options: One size (80cm x 60cm x 8cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Great for keeping dogs comfortable while on the go

With four layers of thermal protection, the pet perch can be placed anywhere – from sandy beaches to pub floors. With a waterproof bottom layer, a quilted inner and a fleece wrap-around, the pet perch also rolls up and fastens with Velcro, meaning it can go into a handbag or a backpack as part of the day’s adventures.

Our furry testers tried it at a local pub and seemed to enjoy the familiar scent and warmth of a bed on which they’d already slept. Available in five different designs, this bed is a must for on-the-go dogs. You can also add a carabiner (£2.50, Jacwicksdesigns.co.uk) to the bed, which means you can clip it onto your bag. Fully washable, it stays waterproof after washing, too.

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Lords & Labradors calming anti-anxiety dog bed in faux wolf fur

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for nervous dogs
  • Cover material: Faux wolf fur
  • Size options: One size
  • How to wash: Machine wash
  • Why we love it
    • Handmade
    • Reversible cushion for a choice of materials
    • Machine washable

If the clever folk at Lords & Labradors made human-sized versions of this dog bed, we suspect they’d sell very well. This bed is entirely handmade and the fur walls and base gave our nervous tester a fully rested night’s sleep. The inner cushion is reversible, so your pooch can either rest on the faux wolf fur or opt for the velvet underside and just enjoy the faux fur on the walls. This is one of the softest beds we tested, and it looks beautiful, too. It’s got a non-slip base and, despite the faux fur looking like it should be hand-washed and brushed, it washed in the machine brilliantly, and came out looking as good as new.

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Slumbering Hound deluxe dog snuggle sack

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for travelling
  • Cover material: Velour fleece
  • Size options: S, M and L
  • How to wash: Machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Super cosy
    • Hidden seams
  • Take note
    • Sack design, rather than a typical dog bed

When the car is packed for a holiday, there’s not always room for a full-size dog bed – but that’s where the snuggle sack from Slumbering Hound can help. Essentially a huge, fur-lined, super cosy sack, this is perfect for taking away with you. If your dog bed traditionally stays in the kitchen or lounge, this is a great alternative for other rooms, too.

Our testers loved being able to manipulate it and burrow into it as well as having the sack pulled over them when they were snoozing, as it offers extra warmth and cosiness. All the seams are hidden, so they can’t be unpicked by chewers, and it washed brilliantly at 30C.

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We Love Cushions Rover pets rock luxury dog bed

best dog beds
  • Best: Funky dog bed
  • Cover material: Waterproof sail fabric
  • Size options: M (70cm x 90cm), L (110cm x (100cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Makes for an adorable gift for dog owners
    • Great for big dogs
  • Take note
    • Design may not be to everyone’s taste

An entirely waterproof bed with an incredibly durable, removable cover made from sail fabric, this huge bed (110cm x 100cm) accommodated two of our testers at the same time, and reflated perfectly when they got off it. The inside has separate compartments to make sure the stuffing stays even, no matter where your dog lies.

As for the design, there are so many to choose from, including Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, and Frida Kahlo, but it’s Neil Armstrong’s hairdo photoshopped onto a Jack Russell that got our winning vote. The image quality is brilliant and, while our testers loved it, it also garnered envious comments from visitors. If you’re looking for a stylish bed that doesn’t sacrifice comfort, this is it.

  1. £85 from Amazon.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Big Dog Bed incontinence bed for dogs

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  • Best: Dog bed for incontinent dogs
  • Cover material: Waterproof and antibacterial fabric
  • Size options: M, L, XL and giant
  • How to wash: Machine washable at 90C
  • Why we love it
    • Pressure-relief cushion

This fantastic company supports the StreetVet charity and donates beds to them. It’s also one of the most environmentally friendly producers on the list, with its electricity coming from solar panels.

While not every dog will struggle with incontinence, there can be accidents due to old age or surgery, and this bed is perfect for those times. The waterproof and wipe-clean covers have thermally welded seams, so the beds are completely sealed. The cover fabric is also antibacterial and can handle medical-grade disinfectant.

The cushion inside the covers is a pressure-relief one, and has a high-density foam base. Currently only available in royal blue, each bed is made to order.

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MiLounge human dog bed

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  • Best: Dog bed for sharing
  • Cover material: Oexo–Tex certified 100 per cent polyester faux fur
  • Size options: One size (175cm x 96cm x 37cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Great for cuddles
  • Take note
    • May not suit pet owners who are less mobile

If your pooch isn’t allowed on the sofa, this is the perfect human-sized dog bed that’ll let you get down on their level and share some puppy love. Available in beige, as well as dark and light grey, MiLounge’s human dog bed comes complete with a removable and machine-washable faux-fur cover; adjustable pillow bolsters that can be moved for maximum comfort; and handles for ease of transport. It is suitable for anyone up to 6ft 3in tall, which means it will fit every four-legged friend, from a chihuahua to a great dane.

It’s comfortable, feels very much like a cocoon and we managed a full-length movie in it, without anyone fidgeting.

  1. £159 from Milounge.co
Prices may vary
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The Red Dog Company oval bed

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  • Best: Dog bed for cosying up in
  • Cover material: Wool
  • Size options: S, M and L
  • How to wash: Machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Orthopaedic mattress

While this one seemed on the smaller side for our large testers, once curled up and cosied in, they didn’t even open an eyelid when the postman knocked. The eco wool surround is made entirely of recycled yarn, and each bed is made entirely in Great Britain. The mattress is orthopaedic, made with memory foam, and designed in conjunction with a veterinary surgeon. Plus, the lowered edge over one side makes for easy access.

The side cushions are made from foam rather than a filling, which means they keep their structure even with a heavy labrador head sleeping on it for weeks of testing. Available with a fleece topper – again made from 100 per cent British wool – this bed is one of the most stylish and classy-looking in our list. It’s also completely machine washable.

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Pets at Home cool club raised air dog bed with UV canopy

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for the garden
  • Cover material: Wipe-clean cover with a mesh bed
  • Size options: One size (105cm x 76cm x 90cm)
  • How to wash: The cover is machine washable
  • Why we love it
    • Great for the summer
  • Take note
    • Could be a pain to store in the winter

If you’ve got a dog that likes baking in the summer sunshine, this is the bed you need. The fact it’s raised off the ground means there’s air circulation underneath, to keep even the warmest black-coated dog cool in the summer. Also, the UV canopy offers sun protection but is detachable for when the bed is in the shade. It collapses down and stores away easily, which means it can go into the garage or loft in the winter, or into the back of the car for a summer holiday.

All the covers are machine washable – although, it wipes clean really well because of the mesh panels – and its non-slip feet mean it’s as at home indoors as it is in the garden.

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Charley Chau bliss bolster bed

best dog beds
  • Best: For dogs who feel the cold
  • Cover material: Faroe fabric
  • Size options: S,M and L
  • How to wash: Machine washable cover
  • Why we love it
    • Super comfy
    • Memory foam mattress

This is the only bed in our list that comes with extra cushions, should you require them, so it really can be personalised and made comfortable for every dog. Whether you have a pup who likes resting their head on the side, snuggling down, burrowing into the sides, or just flopping on top, this bed has been used in all sorts of ways by our testers.

The microbial memory foam mattress base is among the most comfortable in this list, and the four ethically sourced duck-feather filled bolster inserts can be manipulated however your pet likes, re-plumping perfectly between uses. Mini bolster pads can also be bought, and the fully removeable covers are all machine washable.

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Slumberdown paws for slumber pet bed large

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for lots of dogs
  • Cover material: 100 per cent polyester microfleece cover made from recycled materials
  • Size options: One size (120cm x 90cm x 20cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable at 40C
  • Why we love it
    • Use of recycled materials
    • Kept its shape

Big, comfy and perfect for more than one dog at a time, this bed kept its shape and, thanks to the generously filled mattress, it plumped back up again when it wasn’t in use. Its simple, rectangular design might not have the cocooning effect of some other dog beds but our testers loved curling in the middle of it and dangling off the edge during warmer days or when the heating was on.

The anti-slip base means it stays put, and the entire zip-off cover makes for easy washing, coming out good as new at 30C. It’s also entirely manufactured in the UK, using recycled materials equivalent to 750 plastic bottles, so it makes a good choice if you’re worried about your dog’s carbon paw print.

  1. £49 from Amazon.co.uk
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Cornish Beds dog pet bed

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  • Best: Luxury dog bed
  • Cover material: Wood and coconut fibre base
  • Size options: Victorian (33in x 34in x 19in x 24in), mini (30in x 32in x 20in x 27in)
  • How to wash : N/A
  • Why we love it
    • Customisable
  • Take note
    • Expensive

By far the most expensive on our list, this dog bed is for the pup who has everything. The Cornish Bed company initially made the bed as a smaller version of their bed for humans, for trade show purposes, but started getting orders from people who wanted one for their pets. So, the team has diversified, using all their skills to make dog bed versions of their beds for humans.

Each one is made to order with a fully sustainable and organic mattress and customised finish in a choice of colours. The upholstered base is filled with natural coconut coir and organic lambswool, while the frame is hand fettled by artisan craftsmen, featuring authentic cast knuckle joints made using traditional methods at the foundry in Cornwall. The bespoke options also include a four-poster version. It’s worth noting the cushion is sold separately.

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Silentnight orthopaedic pet bed

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for older dogs
  • Cover material: Unspecified
  • Size options: S (65cm x 49cm x 17cm), M (80cm x 59cm x 18cm), L (95cm x 69cm x 19cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable cover
  • Why we love it
    • Orthopaedic foam matress
  • Take note
    • Not many colour options

This dog bed tested brilliantly, especially with our 11-year-old labrador. The orthopaedic foam mattress distributes weight very well, and the slightly raised edges mean pets can be cosied up against them or rest a chin on top of them.

It’s one of the more affordable designs that we’ve reviewed but beat some of its more expensive rivals when it came to where our testers chose to sleep. The non-slip base also means it stays put when paws are manipulating it or burrowing into it to find their comfy spot.

  1. £55 from Amazon.co.uk
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Designed For Dogs herringbone tweed mattress bed

best dog beds
  • Best: Dog bed for heavy dogs
  • Cover material: Wool-like tweed fabric
  • Size options: S (60cm x 50cm), M (80cm x 55cm), L (97cm x 70cm) and XL (117cm x 85cm)
  • How to wash: Machine washable at 30C
  • Why we love it
    • Nice and big
    • Memory foam keeps its shape

If you opt for the extra large (117cm x 85cm) version of this dog bed, make sure you have ample space for it, as the design is among the biggest in this round-up.

This deep-filled pillow cushion made from memory and orthopaedic foam crumb keeps its shape and kept our heaviest tester elevated – in fact, they barely made a dent in the dense and comfortable mattress, even after sleeping on it overnight.

Among those in our list, this is the only dog bed that can be personalised with your pet’s name (or multiple names, if it’s going to be shared).

The cover is removable and washable but you’ll need to line dry rather than tumble dry. The team at Designed For Dogs recommends fluffing up the mattress occasionally but, in three weeks of testing with plenty of use, ours maintained its shape without needing to be fluffed up.

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The verdict: Dog beds

Spacious enough to fit three dogs, the Ivy and Duke Den bed easily took the top spot. On a purely aesthetic level, it looks beautiful, and comes in a range of fabrics, from muted pewter grey and duck-shell blue to heritage checkered patterns in rust, azure and heather.

Special mention must go to the Silentnight orthopaedic pet bed. It’s among the cheapest but proved hugely popular with our pets, and it washed brilliantly. If you have dogs who like the outdoors, the cool club raised air dog bed from Pets At Home is worth investing in too. The fact it’s cooling and wipes clean made it a favourite.

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