15 best dog beds to keep your pet comfortable, cosy and calm

From wicker baskets to beanbags, we’ve hand picked the most durable beds suited to your pet

Tamara Hinson
Wednesday 31 March 2021 16:39
<p>Whether your pooch prefers to stretch out, superman-style, or curl up into cosy nooks and crannies, these beds are sure to be a hit</p>

Whether your pooch prefers to stretch out, superman-style, or curl up into cosy nooks and crannies, these beds are sure to be a hit

It seems we haven’t simply been splashing the cash on home improvements in recent months – leading pet care retailers are reporting that recently, we’ve been spending more than ever on pet accessories, with dog beds selling especially well.

Sadly, it’s not typically possible to take a “try-before-you-buy” approach when searching for the best dog beds. Instead, there are a few points to consider. If your dog is a burrowing dog or has short hair, it might well prefer a tunnel-style bed, which refers to a bed with a flap that they can crawl under. These are especially popular with terriers, greyhounds and lurchers.

Think about your dog’s preferred sleeping position – does he prefer to stretch out, superman-style, or curl up into cosy nooks and crannies? If it’s the former, consider a cushion-style dog bed, but one with raised, stiff walls might be more suitable if your dog values his own space.

Memory foam dog beds are becoming increasingly popular, and these are ideal for pets with mobility issues, or older pets known to suffer from joint pain.

So what did our testing involve? For our four-legged testers, a whole lot of sleeping and some serious daytime snoozing, too.  For us, it was more about practicality: whether cushion covers could be washed, and whether cushions could be reversed.

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It was also about the bits we rarely see – a good patch of anti-slip material on the base proved to be a godsend, and internal cushions made from memory foam were a much bigger hit with our testers than we could ever have predicted.

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Dunelm faux fur bed

Sizes: One size

The fact that this fantastic bed looks as though it was crafted from a distant relative of our test dog didn’t seem to bother him. Designed for small to medium dogs, it’s incredibly well made, and the attention to detail extends to the cleverly concealed zip on the removable cushion. The thick sides enhance the sense of cosiness, and the non-slip base was one of the best we’ve seen – it kept it firmly in place despite the presence of an extremely restless canine.

Orvis memory foam couch dog bed small

Sizes: Small, medium and large

This dog bed would undoubtedly be in our top three if it wasn’t for the price tag. However, we’d wager that those with a penchant for pampering their pooches will be unlikely to regret splashing their hard-earned cash. It was an absolute hit with our discerning doggie, and the mattress-like cushion (comprising an internal cushion inside a waterproof membrane) uses memory foam to reduce pressure on joints while providing optimal support.

There’s a durable, thick base and high, bolster-style walls supercharge the snugness. The ridiculously soft microfibre cover will go down a treat with the most discerning of doggies, who can have their name embroidered on the bed.

Prezzybox personalised dog face mattress

Sizes: Small, medium and large

Personalised products – especially those featuring photos – can be a bit of a minefield. Get lucky and you’ll get something adorned with a brilliant likeness. Risk the cheap and cheerful approach and you could end up with an item emblazoned with a blurry smudge which, when viewed from the wrong angle, resembles a squashed banana.

Thankfully Prezzybox’s cushion-style bed falls into the former. It can be personalised on one side and the material is surprisingly tough – although we’d have loved to see superior stuffing inside. That said, this dog bed is all about the outer, and the image we’d selected – a mugshot of our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy – was wonderfully crisp and clear.

Charley Chau dog snuggle bed

Sizes: Small, medium and large

Another envelope-style dog bed, this will go down a treat with dogs who like to burrow and sleep under blankets. They will love the fleecy lining on the underside of the flap, while their two-legged owners will love both the bright colours on the washable cover and the top quality velour. The thick cushion, with its polyester hollow fibre filling, does a great job of keeping chilly breezes at bay, and if you’ve got a dog prone to certain types of accident, optional extras include a waterproof inner lining for the cushion.

Zoon ladybird large oval dog bed

Sizes: Large

We loved the cheery ladybird design on this velvety dog bed, while our pooch loved the malleable softness of both the cushion and the floppy high walls (which also made it easy to stow away when not in use). Not a fan of ladybirds? Flip over the cushion, one side of which is plain. A generously-sized patch of non-slip material prevents it from sliding across the slipperiest of floors.

Pets at Home linen oval dog bed

Sizes: Small, medium, large and extra large

If our test dog could talk, we’re pretty sure he’d equate the experience of napping in this bed to that of sleeping inside a cloud. It’s ridiculously, unbelievably soft, with fleece-lined sides and a fleece-covered cushion. It’s also incredibly durable, and a zip on the bed’s base meant the entire outer lining could be easily washed. Although the reversible cushion didn’t have a zip, we found it very easy to spot clean.

Fat Face meadow floral deluxe slumber dog bed

Sizes: Small, medium and large

Another dog bed with some great eco credentials, this jazzy offering from Fat Face has a stunning floral design printed onto cotton which has been sourced under the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), a fantastic cotton sustainability programme. The zipless removable cushion is fabulously soft, despite the filling being made from plastic bottles. The leather Fat Face patch adds a final classy touch which perfectly finishes off this beautiful dog bed.

Joules velvet chesterfield pet bed

Sizes: Small

The canine equivalent of a chesterfield sofa, this beautiful velvet dog bed feels luxuriously soft and comes in a gorgeous shade of sunshine yellow. We loved the extra-thick base on our size small bed (all too often these are the bits that wear through the quickest) and although the padded walls are higher at the rear, an open section at the front of the bed allowed our test terrier to continue to survey his territory. The stain-friendly navy side of the two-tone reversible cushion meant we could extend the periods between washes.

Sleepeezee flat dog bed

Sizes: Small, medium and large

Our test dog became so attached to this bed that we suspect he’ll refuse to sleep on anything else from this point on. The memory foam feels both fabulously soft and wonderfully supportive, providing an unbeatable level of bespoke cushioning which you simply won’t find in the vast majority of dog beds. The extra-long zip (cleverly concealed by the hem) makes it easy to whip off the cover for washing, and the odour-eliminating fabric will be great news for anyone with a pongy pooch. The attention to detail doesn’t just relate to the construction but extends to its appearance, right down to the chic trim and the option for personalisation.

Mikki dog magic dog bed

Sizes: One size

This faux fur bed is ideal for the doted-on dog about town and left us wondering why more beds don’t come with drawstrings. Being able to transform it from a cushion into a bed with raised sides was a game changer.

It quickly became the preferred daytime lounging spot for our test dog, who seemed to prefer it in bed format – the raised walls are high enough to block out pesky draughts but soft enough to allow for freedom of movement. The deep shade of grey means stains are easily camouflaged – something enhanced by the reversible design.

Sophie Allport fetch dog bed

Sizes: Small, medium, large and extra large

A fleece-lined interior ups the cosiness of this beautiful dog bed, which was an instant hit with our test dog, Honey. She leapt into it immediately, and after reluctantly clambering out for her dinner, leapt straight back in the second she’d emptied her food bowl.

A very minor complaint was the stuffing in the cushion, which produces a surprisingly loud crinkly sound – we suspect this could disturb light-sleeping hounds. However, bonus points for the use of recycled polyester for the inner padding and an outer cover which is easy to remove (all too often only the cushion covers can be washed). We also appreciated the great range of sizes.

Chilcott Harris tweed terrier tunnels

Sizes: Bespoke

This is a bespoke dog bed for seriously pampered pooches – it came with a certificate of ownership (although we’re not sure how useful this is unless you’ve trained your dog to read) and a fragrant lavender pouch, tucked lovingly inside. Chilcott’s so-called tunnel beds are designed for short-haired dogs and dogs which like to burrow – hence the envelope-style flap.

We loved the generously-sized anti-slip pad on the base, and the material is fantastic quality – the Harris Tweed exterior is woven by independent weavers on the Isles of Harris and Lewis, and the stuffing is 100 per cent British wool.

Pets & Pods atomo pet bed

Sizes: Small, medium and large

This fruit bowl-like bed is ideal for pet owners who want to display their dogs like prize-winning peaches. Designed with modernist mutts in mind, the bed initially reminded us of a flying saucer. Our tester loved the ultra-soft cushion, and the cleverly-positioned zip meant washing its cover was easy. The anti-slip patches commonly seen on dog beds have been replaced by feet, which didn’t do quite as good a job of keeping it in place but would certainly minimise damage to expensive flooring. In summary, it’s one of the most beautiful dog beds we’ve come across, although we can’t help but suspect the price tag isn’t entirely justified.

Project Blu danube eco cog bed

Sizes: Extra small, small, medium, large, extra large

This isn’t simply one of the prettiest dog beds we’ve come across – it’s got rather impressive environmental credentials, too. Project Blu has converted over 6 million plastic bottles into everything from dog beds to leads in recent years, but you’d never guess this particular bed has been made from discarded drinks containers.

The material is incredibly soft, and the low, squashy walls makes it ideal for dogs who love to curl up rather than stretch out. The removable, reversible cushion doesn’t have a zip but the durable material makes it easy to spot-clean. Finally, given the growing popularity of microscopic mutts, we were pleased to see that there’s an extra-small size available.

Joules medium bees box dog bed

Sizes: One size

This light, stylish dog bed, designed for medium-sized dogs, is wonderfully practical and has been made with thick, printed canvas which feels incredibly tough but can also be washed. The bed’s walls have just the right amount of give and height – pint-sized pooches will still be able to see over the top, but the walls’ softness provides plenty of room for movement, even for the most restless of pets. We also loved the reversible, removable cushion – opt for an all-over bee print of a single block colour in the same shade as the rest of the dog bed.

The verdict: Dog beds

Dunelm’s stylish, cloud-like faux fur bed wasn’t just a hit with our test dogs, but with our wallets too – this is the best value dog bed we’ve come across for years. Sleepeezee’s flat dog bed was both incredibly comfortable and wonderfully supportive (we’d have slept on this ourselves if our pesky pooch wasn’t in the way), although a special mention has to go to Prezzybox’s personalised dog face mattress – a top-quality dog bed which can be personalised with the image of your faithful friend.

For more pet-friendly inspiration, read our guide to the best dog carriers for transporting both puppies and older hounds

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