by Patricia Jackson
Just like the way you feel comfortable sleeping on freshly washed sheets, so does your dog. Considering that dogs are quite messy, it is also important to get them washable beds for hygiene purposes.
With that in mind, there is a wide variety of these beds in the market, so we have compiled a list of the best washable dog beds to help you pick the best one for your dog. Let's get right into it.
1. PetFusion PF-IBL1 (Best Overall)
2. AmazonBasics DF2018201-23 (Best Budget)
3. BFS Donut Cuddler (Best Round)
4. Hero Dog Crate Pad (Best Multi-Purpose)
5. Hero Dog Pad Mat (Best for Large Dogs)
6. Furhaven 45436089BX (Best Breathable)
7. MidWest 40624-SGB (Best for Travel)
Taking the top spot is PetFusion's PF-IBL1 and this is because it has 3 bolstered sides. The fourth side is also bolstered but partially.
These generously-filled polyfill cushions make the bed very comfortable because they give your dog a place to rest their neck and head, provides warmth and a sense of security.
That said, the unit is fitted with an orthopedic memory foam that makes it more comfortable. This provides better back and joint support for old and injured dogs. The foam is 4 inches thick and can hold over 100 lbs., which makes it good enough for small, medium, and large dogs.
A waterproof inner liner is used to protect this foam from your pup's messiness while the outer 35% cotton and 65% polyester cover is machine-washable and dryer-friendly for easy maintenance.
The cover has a non-skid bottom, YKK zippers for easy removal, and is tear-resistant for maximum durability. It is also rated as skin-contact-safe, which means the surface very gentle to your dog.
On the downside, the bed is expensive, but its features are worth the price. It is also not very portable due to its relatively heavy 14-lb structure.
If you are looking for an affordable washable dog bed, look no further than AmazonBasics' DF2018201-23 . Despite being very pocket friendly, the bed has a plush, ultra-soft sleeping surface with a swirl design that is pleasing to the paws.
The unit also has a classic design with a neutral gray tone that blends in with most home décor. Soft synthetic polyester filling is used to stuff the interior and the entire bed is machine washable and dryer friendly for easy maintenance.
However, the product is only designed for small dog breeds and it doesn't have a non-stick bottom for fixing on one spot.
As the name suggests, BFS' donut cuddler has a round donut shape that supports better sleep for dogs who like to curl up. The bed is also quite large (36-inch diameter) and has a 9-inch tall bolstered wall. This ensures your pet gets a sense of security plus head and neck support.
The sleeping area rises to almost a similar height as you head to the center, which helps it to support large dog breeds that are up to 100 lbs. in weight. This area is cushioned using soft virgin AirLoft fibers that keep your pet comfortable and high above the cold, hard floor.
Pet-safe faux shag fur is used to make the unit's outer cover and this material mimics a mother's fur, which helps to induce deep sleep. The cover is removable for machine washing and drying, which simplifies its maintenance process.
The only problem is that the product is quite expensive and it is strong enough to withstand heavy chewing.
Though primarily meant to be used in a dog bed, Hero Dog's crate pad can be used on an elevated bed, on a car's backseat, on your house's floor as a warm mat, and even to cover and protect your furniture from dander, dirt, and fur.
While in any of these application areas, the unit utilizes its anti-slip material on the bottom to keep it grounded on one spot. On the other hand, the sleeping surface is made using soft, non-toxic, and baby-safe microfiber polyester material.
That said, the sleeping surface is quite large (47 x 33 inches) and can hold up to 88.18 lbs., which makes it ideal for large dogs. You also get premium PP cotton padding that is soft and highly breathable.
On the downside, the bed does not have bolstered sides and is not chew resistant.
Hero Dog's pad mat also measures 47 x 33 inches and has a 3-layer design with an eco-friendly soft-fleece top, a breathable cotton inner layer, and a bottom anti-slip nylon layer. However, these are held together via high-quality workmanship that doesn't lose fleece or fade over time.
As a result, the bed is very durable and is therefore the best large washable dog bed. That said, the fleece top has some line patterns that are ideal for large dogs that like curling up.
Other than that, the unit a multipurpose piece that can be used to cover furniture indoors or be folded for easy carrying during your trips. It is also 100% machine washable and dryer friendly for easy maintenance.
However, the bed is not waterproof and it lacks bolsters for head and neck support.
Instead of having a memory foam, this orthopedic washable dog bed is fitted with an egg crate foam, which increases airflow to the dog for better aeration and cool sleeping.
This foam also cushions joints, supports the back, and distributes your dog's body weight for comfortable sleeping. On top of this, you get high-loft bolsters that fill three edges of the bed to create a sofa design. These help to provide head and neck support for better comfort.
More features include a plush faux fur sleeping surface and easy-care micro-suede bolster covers. On the downside, the bed is not ideal for chewy dogs and it lacks an anti-skid bottom for keeping it fixed on one spot.
Weighing only 0.85 lbs., MidWest's 40624-SGB is the ideal dog bed for traveling because it is very lightweight. Furthermore, it is quite small because it measures 23 x 18 inches, which easily fits into your car as you head out for a trip.
Apart from that, the bed has a plush swirl-textured surface that is very paw pleasing. This surface is made using ultra-soft polyester, which is also very comfortable to the skin.
You get a non-skid bottom to prevent slipping as your dog jumps in or out, a neutral gray color that blends in with most interior décor colors, and a 100% machine washable and dryer friendly design for easy maintenance.
However, the unit is relatively thin (2.5 inches), which might not be very comfortable for heavy dogs. It also lacks bolsters for head and neck support.
If you are looking for a washable dog bed to place in your dog's crate, this model 40542-BK is a good option to consider. The bed measures 42 x 29 inches, which fits a standard 42-inch crate. There are other sizes (24, 30, 36, and 48-inch length) that fit the respective crate sizes.
All these varieties have poly-fiber filled bolsters that enhance comfort by providing a soft headrest.
You get a water and odor repellent polyester cover, which is machine washable and dryer friendly for easy cleanup, and a non-slip bottom for sticking on tile and hardwood floors.
Pet Craft Supply Co.'s 2172 is the ideal choice for those who want a washable dog bed but are on a tight budget. The bed is very affordable but still packs in very impressive features. For instance, it has a round shape with a bolstered wall all around for warmth, comfort, and security.
The unit also has an orthopedic memory foam that gives better support to joints, pressure points, and the back. This makes it ideal for old and injured dogs. More features include a super soft, luxurious-plush material on the sleeping surface and durable linen on the outside.
This washable dog bed also has a round shape but is better for cuddling because it has a deep-dish design with a high 9-inch bolster front wall and a much higher 12-inch bolster wall at the rear. As a result, the bed cozy and comfortable enough for cuddling and sprawling.
In addition to that, the bed has a Sherpa fabric surface that is very cozy, while soft virgin AirLoft fibers are stuffed inside for additional comfort. You also get durable bar-stitching on the walls for keeping the fillings intact and a tough nylon base for dirt and water resistance.
Bedsure's orthopedic bed is the kind of bed you would buy for all-season use. This is because it comes with a reversible cover that has a super-soft fleece side that keeps your pet warm in winter and an oxford side that keeps remains cool during summer.
This cover is zippered for easy removal and machine washable for easy maintenance. Other features include a large 44 x 32-inch size with 100-lb weight capacity for large dogs and a breathable high-density orthopedic egg crate foam that is very comfortable.
JoicyCo's crate pad is built with versatility in mind. Apart from being a dog bed, the piece can be used as a seat or sofa mat, on the car's back seat, in a crate, and a nest, just to name a few.
It has a soft fleece plush material that feels gentle to touch while an inner cotton layer makes it highly breathable.
The entire bed is 100% machine washable and dryer friendly for easy maintenance, and it has an anti-slip base for sticking it in place as your dog jumps in or out.
If you have an old or injured dog, Milliard's DB-M is the best washable dog bed to buy. This is because it has an orthopedic memory foam that supports the back and joints, a thickness of 4 inches that provides sufficient cushioning from the floor, and an anti-microbial cover.
This cover is lined with a TPU coating that is water, oil, grease, and abrasion-resistant, which makes it hygienic and very durable. You also get underside rubber grips for non-slip use and a waterproof cover that is machine washable for easy cleaning.
Last on the list is Best Pet Supplies' VB451XL-T and this one is characterized by bolstered walls and a faux leather interior that is lined with fluffy faux fur material for warmth and cuddling.
The whole bed is machine washable for easy cleaning and it has a removable cushion that gives an easily portable modular design. An anti-slip base is also built in to keep the bed stable as your dog jumps in or out.
The size of a dog bed determines the dog size that will fit on it. The larger it is, the better because it can fit all dog breed sizes. If you want the largest, be sure to check out Hero Dog's pad mat .
However, if you have a small dog breed such as a beagle, it would be cheaper to buy a fitting size and this can be determined by measuring your dog's length then add about 6-12 inches to it. This allowance is meant to give room to stretch and sleep in any position.
As for the shape, there are rectangular and circular dog beds. Rectangular ones are the most common types, but this does not mean they have an advantage over the circular ones. The shape should be selected based on personal preference.
Another important thing to consider is the construction material because this determines the bed's durability. That said, dog beds are made using different types of materials but ultimately, you should look for properties like tear and water resistance.
The material should be smooth to the pup for comfortable sleeping. We recommend PetFusion's PF-IBL1 because it fits this description and is also certified as skin-contact-safe, which ensures maximum comfort.
Thicker dog beds are usually heavier because of the extra material. This limits their portability and hence, they are not recommended for travel. However, there is an upside to this. Thick beds offer better cushioning from the floor, which makes them ideal for heavy dogs.
Of course, other factors determine how much weight a bed can hold but thickness plays a huge role in this. For instance, with its 4-inch thickness, PetFusion's PF-IBL1 can hold over 100 lbs. and this makes it capable of holding almost all dog breeds.
A machine-washable bed is obviously better than one that is not because it is easy to maintain. However, there are some fine details that you need to check.
For instance, you should check if the entire bed is 100% machine washable or it is only the cover. Fully washable beds are better for puppies and older dogs because they may wet the bed and it is more hygienic to clean the whole of it, especially if it is not waterproof.
You should also check the water temperature that the bed or cover should be washed in to avoid any damages.
Apart from being machine washable, we recommend getting a bed that is dryer safe. This is because it might take a long time to air-dry the bed, especially if it is during the cold season or if the bed is too thick.
Unless you have a spare bed, your pet might have to sleep on the floor before the bed dries, which is not such a good idea.
Lastly, you need to check the filling type and the most commonly used material is polyester or poly-fill.
However, some dog beds have other materials like cotton forming the inner layers, and regardless of the material used, ensure it is pet-safe and allergen-free for comfortable use.
This depends on certain factors. For instance, if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, you might have to wash the bed more often because more dirt will be deposited on the bed. Again, if you are allergic to dog fur, you have to wash the bed more often before the hair accumulates.
That said, under normal use, you should wash it once every 2 weeks but under the conditions above, once a week is good enough.
Begin by soaking the bed in hot, soapy water with vinegar overnight. Soak it fully or without the cover, depending on if the cover is removable and if the bed is fully washable.
Vinegar is responsible for eliminating the odor while soap eliminates the stains. Come morning, wash the bed thoroughly, rinse then leave it to dry.
Bedsure Large Dog Bed for Large Dogs Up to 75lbs - Big Orthopedic Dog Beds with Removable - Walmart Link
Bedsure Large Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed - Washable Dog Crate Mat with Removable - Walmart Link
Bedsure Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed - Dog Sofa with Removable Washable Cover & - Walmart Link
Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed for Medium Dogs - Waterproof Dog Bed Medium, Foam Sofa with - Walmart Link
Bedsure Waterproof Dog Beds for Large Dogs - Large Dog Bed with Washable Cover, Pet Bed - Walmart Link
Furhaven Orthopedic Pet Bed for Dogs and Cats - Sofa-Style Sherpa and Chenille Couch Dog - Walmart Link
Furhaven Orthopedic CertiPUR-US Certified Foam Pet Beds for Small, Medium, and Large Dogs - Walmart Link
Hero Dog's crate pad - Walmart Link
Hero Dog's pad mat - Walmart Link
Pet Craft Supply Co.'s 2172 - Walmart Link
Best Pet Supplies' VB451XL-T - Walmart Link
the BFS donut cuddler - Walmart Link
Bedsure Large Dog Bed for Large Dogs Up to 75lbs - Big Orthopedic Dog Beds with Removable - eBay Link
Bedsure Large Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed - Washable Dog Crate Mat with Removable - eBay Link
Bedsure Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed - Dog Sofa with Removable Washable Cover & - eBay Link
Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed for Medium Dogs - Waterproof Dog Bed Medium, Foam Sofa with - eBay Link
Bedsure Waterproof Dog Beds for Large Dogs - Large Dog Bed with Washable Cover, Pet Bed - eBay Link
Furhaven Orthopedic Pet Bed for Dogs and Cats - Sofa-Style Sherpa and Chenille Couch Dog - eBay Link
Furhaven Orthopedic CertiPUR-US Certified Foam Pet Beds for Small, Medium, and Large Dogs - eBay Link
Hero Dog's crate pad - eBay Link
Hero Dog's pad mat - eBay Link
Pet Craft Supply Co.'s 2172 - eBay Link
Best Pet Supplies' VB451XL-T - eBay Link
the BFS donut cuddler - eBay Link
To conclude, we recommend PetFusion's PF-IBL1 as the overall best washable dog bed because it has a bolstered sofa design, an orthopedic memory foam, and two protective layers. These are a waterproof liner and a tough tear-resistant outer cover.
However, if you prefer a round bed, you should check out the BFS donut cuddler , which has a tall 9-inch bolstered perimeter for support and security.
If you have a large dog though, be sure to check out Hero Dog's pad mat because it has a large 47 x 33-inch sleeping surface and durable high-quality stitching.
About Patricia Jackson
Patricia just simply loves pets.
When she was eight years old, her parents got her a beautiful Maine Coon as a gift; and later an affectionate Husky.
Since then, she has raised them as her children; done minor first aid, taken in strays, administered antibiotics, bottle fed them when sick, and even midwifing.
Pat received her bachelor's degree in computer science at Univercity of Califronia Davis. She really hopes to transofrm her programming skills into something that really helpful for all pets someday. For now, lets just do that through writing.