Choosing A Raised Dog Bed – A Review Of The Best Elevated Dog Beds

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We’ll be looking at the best elevated dog beds in this review and at some of the features and benefits of using a raised dog bed in your home.

If you are in a hurry you can check out our top five picks using the links in the box below.

Scroll down for a more detailed reviews of the top five raised dog beds. And for pros and cons of using an elevated dog bed.

Our Top Five BedsFeatureOur Rating
CoolarooReplacement covers
Amazon Basics Replacement covers
Spot & BellaSmart
BirdrockColorful
KurandaChewproof

My first raised dog bed

I’m fairly new to elevated dogs beds and I am a complete convert. Raised dog beds are ideal for our home because I use a robot vacuum cleaner which can easily clean underneath the beds without me moving them.

It turns out that elevated dogs beds have lots of other benefits, for me and my dogs, so we’ll be looking at those too.

Why did I start using elevated dog beds?

My robot vacuum cleaner runs around downstairs early each morning scooping up dust and the dog hair that comes off my eternally shedding Labradors.

Because it lets the robot vacuum cleaner scurry underneath and keeps the dog’s bedding from getting hairy a raised bed of some kind is a must.

For a long time I used baskets on legs, and I still do in some rooms in the house because they are pretty.

Why did I switch to a cooling raised dog bed?

It wasn’t the cooling part that actually appealed to me, but the anti-chew aspect of these beds.

One of my dogs is a basket chewer and bed destroyer, and I had heard that the stretched surface of an elevated dog bed is harder for dogs to chew.

I thought I’d give one a try, and ordered an Amazon Basics elevated dog bed

So did it work?

Are elevated dog beds chew proof?

In my case the elevated bed has been a big success. It has completely prevented my Lab from chewing the fabric.

Only one of the dog beds above actually claims to be chew-proof, and that is the Kuranda, however, most are pretty chew resistant.

The tighter the tension in the fabric, the harder it is for the dog to get a grip on it with his teeth.

But there have been some other benefits to a raised dog bed that I had not anticipated.

The benefits of an elevated dog bed

  • Dogs love them
  • The shed hair falls through the fabric
  • Dust from muddy coats falls through the fabric
  • A raised dog bed is easy to clean around
  • It is very light and easy to lift
  • Damp dogs dry off fast on a raised mesh fabric bed
  • Elevated beds are really resistant to chewing
  • Elevated dog beds are strong
  • Elevated dog beds keep dogs cool

Dogs love elevated dog beds

The first benefit for me, is that ALL my dogs love it. So much that they all pile onto it in a heap.

It happily takes the combined weight of two full grown Labs and a spaniel.

You could put blankets on the bed and I know that some people do, but I think that counters some of the benefits.

My dogs are just as happy lying on the fabric of the elevated dogs beds as they are on the cushions in their fancy baskets. Probably because the base of the basket has less ‘give’ and spring.

Elevated dog beds allow dirt and hair to fall through

In most dog beds, the interior of the basket and the cushions that line it, get very hairy and dusty.

The dogs end up sleeping in a hairy nest and the blankets and cushions are really difficult to get clean. This encourages doggy odors.

With an elevated mesh bed, most of the hair and dust from the dog’s feet fall straight through. This can then be vacuumed or swept up with little effort

Elevated dog beds are light

My beautiful (and relatively expensive) dog baskets are heavy. Not so heavy that I can’t lift them, but heavy nevertheless.

The elevated beds are extremely light and can easily be picked up with one hand. This makes cleaning around them a breeze

And they are tall enough for Roombas, Botvacs, and other robot vaccuums to easily clean underneath them

Elevated dogs beds let dogs dry quickly

My dogs are working gun dogs and we live in an often rainy, muddy country. So our dogs are frequently wet when they get home.

Towel drying leaves dogs damp, but in a warm room on an elevated dog bed, the dogs dry very fast indeed.

This is a real benefit for my dogs. And for any dogs that regularly swim or exercise in wet weather.

Elevated dog beds keep dogs cool

If your dogs sleep on the mesh fabric of their raised dog bed they will be cooler than if they sleep on blankets or a cushion.

That’s because air can pass under and through the fabric.

This cooling effect is a valuable benefit of a raised dog bed if you live in an region where the weather gets very hot at times

So do you need blankets on a raised bed?

It depends on your home. Our home is on the warm side and not draughty. The utility room where the dogs sleep is cosy and the bed is fine as it is.

The best elevated dog beds are covered with a mesh like fabric that allows air to pass through so in a cold or draughty house, a blanket or cushion would keep the dog warm while still benefiting from the springiness of the bed.

Our top five beds listed above all have features we liked.

The Coolaroo raised dog bed

This is the original elevated cooling dog bed.  It is well made, the fabric is tough, and for a raised bed, quite nice looking.

Coolaroo elevated dog bed reviewIt now comes in some additional ‘earthy’ colors – you’re not stuck with green.  There is also nutmeg and terracotta which are nice.  Plus ‘sand’ and a rather drab grey.

The best thing about the Coolaroo is the spare covers.  So if your bed does get damaged at some point, or need some serious cleaning, you don’t have to replace the whole thing.

The Amazon Basics elevated bed

There is nothing fancy about the Amazon Basics Cooling bed, but it does the job. One of my dogs did eventually damage mine by repeatedly digging in it.

At the time of writing there were no spare covers available for sale. So I bought a new bed. There is now a spare cover option though, so if you are happy with the color, this elevated dog bed could be the best of the bunch

Elevated Dog Bed ReviewThe Amazon Basics Cooling Bed is usually one of the cheaper options, but prices do go up and down so it’s worth checking

I should point out that the Amazon Basics bed is tough and will withstand normal wear and tear. My cocker spaniel uses it as a trampoline, springing up and down into the air!

The Spot & Bella elevated bed

The Spot & Bella bed  is another popular make.

The legs are squared off rather than tubular and it has a smart, slightly ‘urban’ look to the fabric.

Raised dog bed reviewWe think it’s a little more ‘stylish’ than some of the other makes

Birdrock Dog Cot

Birdrock’s dog cot is slightly different in construction from the first three beds.  It has solid fabric around the edges and mesh panels in the centre.  This might be an advantage if your dog is a bed ‘digger’!

Birdrock dog cot - a raised dog bedIt also has extra legs and can take heavy dogs up to 150lbs in weight. It is available in a range of fairly bright colors.

It might be a good option if you have two or three large Labs that like to sleep together

Last but not least is the Kuranda

Kuranda Dog Bed

This bed is marketed as being suitable for outdoor use.  It is tough and weatherproof. A really sturdy piece of kit.

And Kuranda claim it is chew-proof too.

Kuranda raised dog bedThe Kuranda elevated chew-proof bed comes in four stylish colors and is usually one of the more expensive beds. So if your dog lives indoors, you might not want to spend the extra.

On the other hand, if you have a really determined chewer, this might just be the bed to stop him!  There is simply nowhere that the dog can get hold of the fabric.

Kuranda also sells a compatible padded cushion to go with this bed.

Buying a raised dog bed – summary

I love my raised dog beds. The only downside to cooling raised beds is that they are not pretty.

Immensely practical, but not terribly stylish.

They are light but do require a little bit of effort to assemble. It’s easier to assemble them with a helper, as the cover is under tension.

It is this tension in the fabric that helps to avoid elevated dogs beds  fall prey to those Labradors that like to nibble on stuff.

A raised dog bed has loads of other benefits and most dogs really like them.

If dollars is your main concern the Amazon Basics is likely to be a good option, though sometimes there are others on offer at a compatible price.

If money is no option and chewing is your issue, then the Kuranda is probably your best bet.

You’ll need to pay a bit more if you want more choice of colors or a slightly more stylish look. And if you order a bed with the option of an extra cover, you won’t have to fork out for a whole new bed if yours gets damaged.

choosing and using a raised dog bed - a personal reviewDon’t forget to add your favorite raised bed in the comments box below!

 
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Pippa Mattinson is the best selling author of several books on dogs. She is the founder of the Labrador Site and a regular contributor. She is passionate about helping people enjoy their Labradors and lives in Hampshire with her husband and four dogs.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I really love your article on choosing a raised dog bed and what is the best raised bed dog out there. Some of the raised dog beds in the market right now are very expensive and easily destroyed when dogs bite them or play with them. They are very easy to clean and store. This is very helpful.

  2. We have been using Kuranda dog beds for many years. Never had one chewed despite having Labs, Rotties and never had to replace one still on our original 3. Expensive but excellent quality – cheaper in the long run. Dogs love them hardly ever lie on the floor.

  3. I like how you said that elevated beds help keep animals from chewing through the fabric. We have a dog who loves to tear through just about anything he can get his teeth on which has made it hard to keep beloved pet beds. Maybe we’ll have to try looking for a fabricless solution so he won’t be able to destroy it nearly as quick as he normally would.

  4. The breeder I got both my labs from recommended the Kuranda bed, and I’ve just ordered one for my office for my service dog so she’s not stuck laying on the hard floor.

    You mentioned the robot vacuums, I hadn’t even thought of that benefit! If you haven’t already, would you do a review of those like you did for the beds?

  5. We moved from Kent to hot and humid Houston, Texas. Bought two Kuranda beds for our two large labs. They love them. Were wary of them at first as they didn’t like the mesh. Put a memory foam bed on top and have not looked back. Likewise Roomba Robot cleans underneath easily.

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