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.
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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.
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
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.
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’!
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.
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.
Don’t forget to add your favorite raised bed in the comments box below!
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