The best dog beds - according to Mumsnetters
28 May 2019
Dogs truly are a Mumsnetter's best friend and so it goes without saying that they get a little spoilt by their devoted owners. Don't believe us? Take a look at the selection of cosy dog beds Mumsnet users recommend for keeping your pooch in the lap of luxury.
Things to consider before buying a bed for your dog
Of course, the whole reason you're buying your canine chum a bed is to make sure they have a snoozing spot of their very own (and to reclaim precious sofa space), so comfort is key. You could buy them their very own sofa-style bed to stop them from jumping up on your furniture. Alternaively, if you have a dog that’s getting on a bit or struggling with health issues, a memory foam orthopaedic dog bed could be a lifesaver.
Some breeds shed like mad and it can feel like you're fighting a constant
losing battle against the dog hair tumbleweed. Even if your dogs are short-haired, it’s still important to keep their beds fresh and clean. Machine-friendly covers could be the way forward, or maybe try buying one in a texture that doesn’t attract hairs at all, like a plastic dog bed.
If you’re having to replace yet another shredded bed because your pooch chews everything in sight, we feel your pain. But finding an indestructible dog bed isn’t as impossible as it feels – they are out there. Try an elevated dog bed, one without tasty padding or tempting corners for them to nibble on.
Orvis Comfortfill Bolster Dog Bed, from £139
Orvis is a popular brand among Mumsnetters and dog lovers alike. If you’re looking for a dog bed that is comfy and supportive, but won't be an eyesore in your otherwise tastefully-decorated house, this one's for you. Coming in a range of colours, patterns and shapes, Orvis dog beds are luxurious, springy and perfect for dogs who burrow or like something soft to cushion their heads.
The surround has three sides, with the front being left open for easy access. Ideal for older dogs who struggle to get around and wouldn't easily manage stepping over a rim. The machine-washable cover comes off for easy cleaning and can even be personalised with your dog’s name. Comes in four sizes; <18kg, 18-27kg, 27-40kg, and 40-54kg.
“I have an Orvis Bolster Bed with a fleece cover and the dogs love it so much (but won’t sit in it together – as soon as one hops out the other hops in) that I have just bought another, this time the wraparound bed with fleece cover. Dogs love resting their heads on the sides.”
“The Orvis covers come off easily for washing and they dry quickly – I wanted a bed where the cover would come off, rather than having to wash the whole bed.”
“I'd recommend an Orvis bed – our Labrador loves it so much he will not get up in the morning! Seems to be resilient and easy to keep clean.”
“Orvis beds are the ultimate, but very expensive.”Buy it now from Amazon
Tuffies Wipe Clean Dog Bed, from £138
Tuffies is easily one of the most recommended dog bed brands on our Talk boards, and that’s because they are the epitome of canine comfort and practicality. This Wipe Clean Nest Bed is so easy to clean – dog hairs just aren’t attracted to it, slobber comes off without any fuss – and they are strong enough to withstand even the most persistent of chewers.
To wash it, just remove the cushion and fleece, turn the surround inside-out and wash with hot soapy water. The fleece can then be machine washed at 40 degrees. Available in different colourways and five sizes according to the dog’s weight: 5kg (Small), 5-15kg (Medium), 15-30kg (Large), 30-45kg (XL) and over 45kg (XXL).
“I've got several beds from Tuffies and they've all been absolutely brilliant. The oldest one has so far survived six years of pretty much constant use by multiple dogs (adults and puppies) and is still like new.”
“Tuffies all the way for me too! Great quality. Scottish company. Virtually indestructible.”
“Definitely Tuffies! I bought my spaniel one out of desperation because he was chewing everything. My Tuffies is fantastic. He hasn't even nibbled it and even my kids say it's comfy.”
“I love Tuffies, the one I have had for four years looks identical to the one I have had for nine months. They are brilliant and so well made. Worth considering with an older dog since they are totally waterproof and can be cleansed with a jet washer! All covers etc. can be machine washed, so they are very hygienic.”Buy it now from Tuffies
Zippy Waterproof Dog Bed, £40
For a dog bed that does exactly what it’s supposed to, look no further than Zippy. They're waterproof, functional and designed to be flea- and dustmite-proof. This one comes in red, green, black and blue and is available in four sizes.
“My Labrador has one and it is fab. We have the non-fabric version as he sheds like mad and it is easier to brush out. It's so comfortable that he sometimes has to contend with my 11-year-old (severe ASD) curled up enjoying its luxury. Ours is 18 months old and is as good as the day we bought it.”Buy it now from Amazon
Wolfybeds Large Padded Luxury Fleece Dog Bed, £59.99
Suitable for dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, Wolfybeds is a brand that is making serious waves in the world of canine comfort (seriously). This large luxurious fleece and faux suede bed, complete with a wraparound cradle edge, will make any dog drift comfortably off into their sixteenth nap of the day. The bolster cushion provides extra support and it comes with fully washable covers.
Perfect for big dogs, recommended breeds include: Labradors, Boxers, Border Collies, Whippets, Weimaraners and Dalmatians.
“I bought mine from Wolfybeds and he loves it. They also do lovely fleece blankets which I use to minimise washing (when he’s actually in it and not on the sofa of course…).”Buy it now from Amazon
Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed, from £24.38
Got a little terrier with delusions of grandeur? Maybe you’re happy for your furry friend to join you on the sofa but your other half isn’t so keen. Try the Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed. It lifts them off the hard flooring so their joints don’t get stiff and keeps them cool – with the added bonus of giving them that all-important vantage point.
The platform has been designed in a way that ensures proper spinal support and is fully water resistant – great for giving it a clean (or if it has been left out in the rain). It’s also breathable, made from recyclable material and is exceptional value for money. Add a fluffy cushion for extra comfort and they’ll be so content you’ll have quite the job getting them up for a walk. Other sizes available.
NB although they are quite reasonably priced there is a £10+ UK delivery fee for Coolaroo beds.
“I have two Labradors who destroyed everything until this came along. We’ve had it years and both dogs slept on it. I think it's an extra-large we have. We have replaced the canopy thing once – just due to sagging from my two lumps lying on it. The best thing is it doesn't smell. I vacuum it and occasionally hose it. The dogs love it, especially in the summer, as it does keep them a lot cooler.”
“The kennels we take them to were so impressed they have bought some of their own.”
“My dogs love this. It's a bit like a firm trampoline. It doesn't hold smell and it's so easy to clean in the garden with warm water. For mine, it has the bonus of keeping them cool in the summer.”Buy it now from Amazon
House of Paws Arctic Snuggle Dog Bed, from £44.99
When it’s ice cold outside – and you’re not there to cuddle up to them – this House of Paws Arctic bed will keep your pooch toasty. It’s water-resistant, comes with an anti-slip base and has a removable inner cushion. You can even put the bed and cushion in the washing machine at 40 degrees. You have four cosy sizes to choose from (S, M, L and XL). This one is the medium and is 62.2 × 44.8 × 26.6cm.
“Check out the House of Paws Arctic Snuggle Dog Bed – it's around £40 and hopefully would be big enough for your greyhound! Looks so snuggly and warm.”Buy it now from Amazon
Do Not Disturb Washable Pet Mattress, from £20.99
This Do Not Disturb Washable Pet Mattress by Sharples and Grant is made of soft faux suede and fur. It’s warm, fluffy and perfect for cold winter evenings. The cover is removable and is machine washable at 30 degrees. It can also be tumble dried on a low heat. Sizes: S (45 × 60cm), M (70 × 100cm), L (90 × 140cm) and XL (100 × 150cm).
“My dog loves this. The cover is washable. Once my Labrador has made a dog-shaped dent in it he can rest his head quite happily.”Buy it now from Amazon
Petlife Vetbed Dog Bedding, from £5.99
It doesn’t get much more affordable or reputable than Petlife’s Vetbed. Specially designed to be hard-wearing and suitable for all pets, from rabbits through to dogs, this is a no-frills bedding option for all budgets. It’s highly resilient, has superb heat retention and can be bought either by the roll or in ready-cut sizes. There's a range of 11 colours and patterns but none of them cost the earth – if you're looking for cheap dog beds you’ve found the brand for you.
“Try Vetbed- it's almost puppy proof! My little rascal managed to bite a few holes in it but overall it's still soft and fluffy!”
“We bought a Vetbed. They definitely are the most indestructible I've found. However, my 13-month-old is still slowly stripping it. The benefit is she can't rip huge bits off. But she still chews the edges and takes a bit off at a time. We've had our current Vetbed for 6 months and, though smaller than when we bought it (because she chews the edges), it is still going.”
“Vetbed is fab. Wash and tumble dry it and there will be no dog smell at all. It lets the water through so the bed stays dry for the dog to lie on.”Buy it now from Amazon
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