Truthfully, it's not always easy to distinguish a
super comfortable dog bed from one that's not so great just by looking at online images alone. That's why it's so important to check out the materials they're made from. The best dog crate beds are made from materials like high-density memory foam or shredded foam that's supportive, yet breathable. Bonus points if it's also odor-resistant and machine-washable.
You also want to consider your individual dog's needs. The type of dog crate pad you choose for a 3-year-old pup will be a lot different in both size and material than what you choose for a senior dog. Senior dogs are more likely to have achy joints and bouts of incontinence, so a waterproof, thick pad is the way to go. But, if you have a small dog that gets chilly easily, you may want to invest in a thicker,
self-warming crate pad that keeps them comfortable. And, of course, any pad you choose should definitely be washable.
Ready to get to it? Your pup is sure to love these
high-quality dog crate beds. 1 Best Overall, All Things Considered: Brindle Soft Memory Foam Dog Bed
deluxe crate mat is different than other beds because it's filled with shredded memory foam instead of a typical pad or stuffing. With shredded memory foam, your dog gets the best of both worlds: lots of support and breathability so they won't overheat. It also features a microsuede cover that's removable and machine-washable, and it comes in a variety of sizes so you can fit any crate. Plus, $35 for this medium-sized, premium dog bed is definitely a steal. According to one reviewer: "Dog loves it because it's cushy and comfy. I love it because my house doesn't smell like dog. I chose the medium size so Beagle can stretch out and watch her favorite tv shows and she was so pleased with it, she asked that I order another for her crate. The medium is a snug fit for the crate but works great. The thickness of the cushion has certainly made a difference in how she's able to get up after lying for a long period of time. Again, and most importantly, I can keep it clean. The cover can be easily vacuumed and unzipped for washing.” 2 Best For Dogs That Chew: K9 Ballistics Tough Dog Crate Pad
durable dog bed is a bit pricier for good reason: It's virtually indestructible. Even the most persistent diggers and chewers won't be able to tear up the ripstop ballistic cover that's reinforced at the seams. On top of that, this bed is also really comfortable. It's stuffed with soft, recycled poly-fill fibers to keep your pup cozy. And if your furry BFF somehow manages to destroy this bed and get to the stuffing, it comes with a four-month warranty so you can return it without risk. Amazon reviewers insist that this is one of the most durable beds out there. According to one reviewer: "This bed is durable (70lb digging Llewellin Setter) and always looks nice and tidy in his kennel. It's significantly more expensive than any other crate pad I've purchased but it comes with the peace of mind that I'm not going to have to cut it out of him at some point! He's much happier and looks comfier in his kennel now." 3 Best For Puppies: Gorilla Grip Original Waterproof Pad & Bed Mat
crate pad features four absorbent layers making it the perfect solution for pups that are prone to accidents while you're away. The top layers are soft and quilted to keep your pup comfy, and the additional bottom layers are extremely absorbent. That means if your dog has an accident, this pad will quickly soak up any fluids before they hit the bottom of the crate. It even has a non-slip gripping on the underside to prevent it from moving in the crate, and it comes in a variety of sizes for any dog. Fans swear by this mat, with plenty of people writing that it's saved them from having to clean up their dogs in the middle of the night. According to one reviewer: "I have had this product for a week now. It has kept my 12 week old bernese mountain dog puppy dry at night if she has a accident. I wish I had one of these in the past! [...] This pad is very absorbent, her fur never feels wet. She has not tried to chew it up either. The grips keep it in place pretty well, but I have the divider in my crate atm. It has with stood many washs and looks new." 4 Best For Older Dogs: Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
orthopedic crate bed features a high-density foam base that conforms to the shape of your older dog so it literally cradles them while they sleep. The softer, memory foam top layer has just enough give so your pup won't wake up with sore and achy joints. It also features a water-resistant, antimicrobial cover that will stay odor-free and dry even if your dog is prone to accidents. According to one reviewer: "This bed is amazing! My dog (Great Dane/Lab mix) loves it. She's 14 and was in need of a bed that was better on her aging joints. She's had occasional accidents and this cover truly is waterproof. When you wash the cover, there's no shrinkage, so that was a pleasant surprise." 5 Best For Cooler Homes: K&H Pet Products Self-Warming Crate Pad
If your home tends to run cooler, your dog will love snuggling up with this
self-warming crate bed. It features soft filling that warms up with your dog's body heat alone and then radiates it back up through the micro-fleece covering to keep them toasty warm. This bed is also unique because it features small slits in each corner, making it easy to fit around the doors and bars of any crate to lay flat. It's even machine-washable for easy clean-up. According to one reviewer: "I even tried it out. I slept with one leg on it all night to see if it felt warm. Yes it really does feel warmer. I can honestly say the leg that was on this pad was much warmer than the other leg. The top side is a very soft micro-fleece cloth and the other side has a bunch of little rubber nubs to keep it from sliding around. It is lightly padded. I would recommend this self warming pad to anyone who has a cold pet that needs something to warm them up." 6 Best For Travel: BomGaroto Portable Pet Mat
If you travel with your dog a lot, this
portable crate bed is an absolute must. It's almost like a sleeping bag for your pet that rolls up into its own carrying case. The outer shell is "water-beading," which means that water will bead up on the exterior as opposed to soaking into the filling. Instead, you can literally wipe the moisture away so you don't have to worry about washing and drying this bed on the go. It's also filled with soft stuffing to keep your dog cozy on long car trips, and when you get home, you can easily toss it in the washing machine. According to one reviewer: "We just set up our truck and campershell to do car camping trips and I wanted something to get our Husky so she can have a cozy spot to lay. When I opened this she was checking it out and immediately curled up on it. She loved it on our first adventure together too"
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This article was originally published on
April 12, 2020