Flexpetz Product Reviews
Why trust Flexpetz?Flexpetz invests its time and energy researching, analyzing and testing products in order to recommend the best choices for most consumers. All products are bought with our own funds, never accepting freebies from manufacturers.
PetfusionLarge Dog Bed
High quality. Available in 4 different sizes and 3 colors.
Has a solid, 4 inch memory foam base
Bed cover may be a bit thin
Best Friends by SheriLuxury Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler
A fluffy and cozy donut-shaped bed.
Machine-washable and dryable
Not suitable for dogs with a chewing behavior
SealyLux Quad Layer Orthopedic Dog Bed with Cooling Gel
A luxury dog bed, available in 4 sizes and colors
Has 4 layers of support for the ultimate in comfort
May not be the most durable dog bed
Joy ElfOrthopedic Dog Bed
Memory foam bed molds to your pet’s body
Removable cover is machine washable
Some complaints about zipper coming apart
KopeksOrthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed with Pillow
Hypoallergenic premium memory foam
Has waterproof inner protector and removable cover
Some customer complaints about it not being truly waterproof
How we decidedEvery product we review is purchased with our own funds. No freebies are ever accepted from product manufacturers.
- 84 Models Considered
- 10 Hours Researched
- 1 Experts Interviewed
- 94 Consumers Consulted
Considerations When Buying a Dog Bed
Last Updated February 2019
How Your Dog SleepsThis is one of the most important considerations when buying a dog bed. The way that your dog sleeps can be a significant factor in the type of dog bed you need to buy. For example, if your dog likes to curl up, then a nesting type bed might work the best. However, if your dog really likes to stretch out instead, then you may need a mattress that has a larger space for your dog.
Age and Health ConcernsIf your dog doesn’t have any health issues, selecting a dog bed is pretty straightforward. However, if your dog has joint problems, is obese, or has any musculoskeletal issues, you will need to get a bed that will better accommodate their condition. Similarly, older dogs as well as puppies will often require different types of dog mattresses. If your dog is pregnant or lactating, they would need a mattress large enough for them to nurse their litter.
Strength and Activity LevelsIs your dog really strong and heavy? You will need a mattress that will stand their weight. The bed should also be chew-proof and scratch-resistant, if you want it to last for a substantial amount of time.
Location of the Dog BedEven before your dog bed selection has been made, make sure you know exactly where you will be placing it. Will it be in the living room, bedroom or kitchen? If its intention is just for the dog to relax on it, it can be put in the corner of a living room for example. However, if the dog will be sleeping on it at night, it might be better suited to place it in an area where there is less traffic.
Comfort LevelNot all dog beds will give your dog the kind of comfort that it needs. Some may be soft and squishy, but they might not be waterproof. Others may allow the air to circulate freely, but doesn’t have the level of softness that it needs. There are also some that have pillows or bolsters for the dog to lay its head on.
Which Materials are Best in Dog Beds?The material that is used in a dog bed is an important thing to consider when you are planning on purchasing one. However, the choice of material is dependent on several things, including your dog’s activity level, and if it has a predisposition to scratching or chewing. In addition to this, you may want to factor in how easy it is to clean, and how comfortable it is for your dog. Below, you will see some of the common materials that are used to make dog bed covers.
- Fleece: Retains body heat, so it is a great choice for colder temperatures
- Flannel: Absorbs moisture and keeps your dog warm
- Faux Suede: Although it is a bit tough to clean, it is both durable and stylish
- Microfiber: Has antimicrobial properties
- Vinyl: Sturdy and durable. Good for dogs that like to scratch and chew.
- Nylon: Resistant to abrasion and are great for dogs with sensitive skin
Types of Filling That Is Used in Dog Beds
- Foam: Provides great support to your dog’s body, particularly if its memory foam.
- Fiber Fill: Also called polyester fill, it is most often used in stuffed pillows and toys. When a bed is stuffed with fiber fill, it is often very soft to lay on.
- Wood Chips: Although they aren’t the most comfortable, wood chips are sometimes used in doggie beds. Wood chips are great for their smell and for their ability to absorb odors.
- Recycled Bedding: Very inexpensive, recycled materials are often used to fill a dog bed. They may not be particularly as comfortable or soft as fiberfill is, but they do provide some support.