In the right dog bed, your pup will have an even better time drooling, rolling, and snoozing. Some need a durable bed that will stand up to the toughest canine clawing, while older dogs may prefer a plush bed with just enough support for their delicate frames. After years of research, we’ve found six options that will satisfy the pickiest of pooches, including a cuddler-style dog bed, a luxe dog bed with cushion that rivals human mattresses, a lounger bed perfect for large dogs, an elevated dog bed, a crate-liner bed, and an easy-access bed for senior dogs or dogs with disabilities.
Why we love it:
Dogs who run hot or love snoozing outdoors will enjoy K&H’s Original Pet Cot. The mesh is cool and breathable, and it doesn’t sag during use, ensuring a comfortable resting spot.
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Elevated dog beds, also called cot-style dog beds, may not be what most people think of when they envision the category. But vets, boarders, and trainers often use them because they’re easy to wash and hard to destroy.
Elevated dog beds allow for more air circulation than beds on the floor, and should an accident occur, they’re easy to clean and disinfect. In fact, Dr. Danelle Capobianco and professional dog trainer Barb Lenahan both prefer using elevated dog beds for their businesses, since they are easy to clean.
We like that the K&H cot has a removable cover that can be tossed into the washing machine on the gentle cycle or spot-cleaned with a little soap and a damp cloth. And if you have the bed set up outside, you can even hose it down in a pinch and let it air-dry.
The K&H cot is also sturdier and easier to assemble than other cot beds we tested. Its frame consists of four solid bars that easily feed through the edges of the canvas cover (the extra-large version includes an extra-supportive crossbar in the middle).
Other cots we tried required us to put together multiple bars—like an extendable curtain rod—before we assembled the bed; this was not only more challenging, but it felt less secure than the solid bars on our cot pick. Assembling the K&H takes less than a minute. Just snap the cot’s bars into place and you’re set.
This bed’s sleek mesh cover also feels particularly durable. It is strong enough to withstand occasional scratching by a restless dog, and the cover fits tautly around the cot’s top bars, making it hard for dogs to get their teeth around.
K&H claims even the smallest version of its elevated dog bed supports up to 200 pounds—more than any other cot we tested. In 2017,
when we tested sag by placing a 50-pound rice bag on the beds overnight, the K&H cot held up better than the rest: Though none of them sagged dramatically, this model showed zero sign of wear. When re-tested in 2022, it didn’t sag after a few weeks of use.
Flaws but not dealbreakers:
Since the bed sits 7 to 9 inches off the ground (depending on the size of the bed), it’s not well suited for dogs with arthritis or other mobility issues because it can be harder for them to climb in and out of.
Sizes: four, all for dogs up to 200 pounds
Colors: black, camo, chocolate