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Over the last 10 weeks, I have been testing the top 7 best-selling, most popular orthopedic dog beds on the market in an effort to find the best dog bed for large dogs.  In this review, you will learn how well each dog bed performed in our testing for myself and my two adult Mastiffs.

By definition an orthopedic dog bed should be made of high-quality supportive or memory foam that conforms to your dog’s body, evenly redistributing their weight across the surface protecting your dog’s joints and spine and reducing painful pressure points on their joints and hips. 

What I found in my testing is that the term “orthopedic” means something different to each company and, as such, the products in the pet bed market are far from uniform.  

This is no different than a dog food claiming to be “all-natural” or “premium” with absolutely no requirement that the food contain any higher quality ingredients or change in the nutritional standards for such labeling. (1)

In this comprehensive review, I will be breaking down all 7 of the most popular “orthopedic” dog beds and sharing how each of them scored in our testing across 10 different metrics important to dog owners. 

Before we dive in, let me share a little more about how each of the beds was tested and the metrics I used to measure them.

Disclaimer

While some (not all) of the beds were sent to me for this testing and review, none of the bed manufacturers have been able to preview my content before it is published here and on YouTube for you. Rankings for all dog beds were based on quality and merit regardless of how they were acquired. 

Methods & Metrics Measured

Dog beds were selected based on popularity and gross sales on Amazon, reviews within the large dog community, and popularity within the Big Dog Mom audience.

With the exception of one, all of the beds selected for this review are labeled as “orthopedic” and specially marketed for large and giant breed dogs. 

To test the beds fairly, I set up a series of locations around my house – these were all areas where my dogs frequently sleep or lie down.  Dog beds were placed in the following locations throughout my house: Homeschool room, basement living room, sunroom, living room main, upstairs landing, and upstairs landing by laundry room.  

Each dog bed was placed in a given location for one week and then rotated to the next location the following week.  As the beds were rotated to the next location, the covers were removed, washed, and dried.

While this review includes the 7 best-selling dog beds, I only rotated around the 6 beds I had no prior experience with.  

Every week during the 10-week testing period, I washed each bed’s cover to see how well they held up in the laundry. 

Ranking Metrics

In the final analysis, I used the following 10 metrics to determine which orthopedic dog bed is the best for large dogs.  Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest. Beds were then ranked based on the individual raw scores. 

  • Cleanliness – How easy the bed was to clean
  • Quality & Durability of the Cover Fabric
  • Quality & Durability of the Foam
  • Quality & Durability of the Zipper
  • General Appearance & Smell With Use
  • Waterproof?
  • Size/Color Options
  • Company (Manufacturing, Warranty, Customer Service)
  • Affordability
  • Drool Score – How Well My Mastiffs Liked It

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Top 7 Best-Selling Dog Beds 

The following dog beds are listed in the order of unboxing.

Kirkland Signature 42″ Round Pet Bed 

This is one of the most popular dog beds marketed specifically for large breed dogs. 

I purchased this bed at my local Costco – so there was no unboxing required.  

Unique among all of the beds I tested, this one comes with a baffled liner design that keeps the 100% recycled fiber fill in place to provide your dog with maximum loft. 

Kirkland 42" Round Pet Bed
Kirkland 42″ Round Pet Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

It has a very nice upholstery-grade home décor fabric cover that is removable and machine washable for easy care. 

It has a neutral gray/cream color scheme with a cream plush fabric top as you can see here.  

This bed is filled with 100% recycled polyester fiber with a woven baffled liner with 2 chambers for even distribution of fill.  

Priced at $36.99 at my local Costco, this bed easily fits into the budget of most big dog homes.  Additionally, Costco has very easy returns if you aren’t satisfied with it for any reason.

What I Liked

  • Appearance when clean
  • Affordable
  • Cover well made
  • Easy returns at Costco

What I Didn’t Like

  • Plush white top got disgusting when dirty with dog hair and slobber
  • Size – not near big enough for large and giant breed dogs
  • Not waterproof
  • Made in China
  • No other color/size options
  • Polyester fill is very lumpy and uncomfortable
  • Substantial compression with the dog’s weight
  • Slips on the floor
  • My Mastiffs did not like it

Kirkland Signature 42″ Round Pet Bed Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
4
Cover Fabric
4
Foam/Filling
2
Zipper
4
Appearance
2
Waterproof?
0
Sizes/Colors
1
Company
3
Affordability
5
Drool Score
2

Total Score:  27/50

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the Kirkland Round Dog Bed had an approximate depth of 7” of fiber fill at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the fill was compressed to approximately 1” – 1.5”.  The cover was intact with no major structural flaws.

Conclusions

The use case for the Costco Kirkland Round Pet Bed is someone with a small – medium-sized clean dog that is not expecting it to last for more than a few months to a year.  It is an affordable, cheaply made dog bed easy to replace when it gets too worn out. 

I do not recommend this bed for large and giant breed dog owners due to the bed’s size and fill.

Sulley and Junior were put off by the lumpy polyester fill under them, the instability and slipping of the bed on the floor, and that they simply did not fit on the bed. 

Bedsure XXL Orthopedic Dog Bed

Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed
Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

The Bedsure XXL Orthopedic Dog Bed measures 53” x 42” with a sleeping area of 44.5” x 37.5” and features a 4-sided bolster design with a high-density egg crate foam for support. It comes with a waterproof inner liner, a 2-sided zipper, and a non-slip bottom. 

This bed is made in China and priced at $115.99 on Amazon with a typical return policy of 30 days. 

It comes vacuum sealed and compressed in one large box and takes virtually no time to fully inflate and be ready for your dog to lay on. 

What I Liked

  • Size great for large dogs
  • Waterproof liner included
  • Available in many sizes and colors
  • Non-slip bottom

What I Didn’t Like

  • Bolsters can’t be removed from cover
  • Cover difficult to wash and dry
  • Gross when dirty – must be cleaned weekly
  • Egg crate foam very thin
  • Bolsters not very firm
  • Weight max of 150 pounds
  • Substantial compression with the dog’s weight
  • Made in China

Bedsure XXL Orthopedic Dog Bed Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
3
Cover Fabric
3
Foam/Filling
2
Zipper
4
Appearance
2
Waterproof?
5
Sizes/Colors
5
Company
3
Affordability
5
Drool Score
3

Total Score:  35 /50

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed had an approximate depth of 3.5” of egg crate foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 0.25” – 0.5”.  

Furthermore, there was significant visible deterioration on the underside of the cover which I would expect to worsen over time.

Conclusions

While the dogs enjoyed sleeping on the Bedsure bed, I had a few issues with it.

First, because the bolsters can’t be removed, I found cleaning this bed to be incredibly frustrating at times.  You need a very large washer and dryer to fit the cover with the bolsters. 

While it dried faster than I expected given the attached non-removable bolsters, I did have to increase the time on the dryer to get it fully dry.

The velvety fabric was pretty disgusting after just a couple of days with my dogs on it.  Between the hair and embedded slobber that was completely noticeable, it was just gross.  This is a bed that will need to be washed at a minimum of every week.

Finally, the egg crate foam was very thin, easily compressed, and ultimately not what I would consider “orthopedic” despite the marketing claims.  

MIHIKK Orthopedic Dog Bed

Mihikk Orthopedic Dog Bed
Mihikk Orthopedic Dog Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

According to the company, the Mihikk Dog Bed is an orthopedic bed with 5” of egg crate foam surrounded by a removable, machine-washable 3-layer outer cover that is 100% waterproof.

The cover has a 300 gsm ultra plush top and an anti-scratch, non-slip pad to ensure the dog is secure and stable on the bed. 

The XL size bed measures 54”x 44”x 5” and is lightweight at only 10.7 pounds. 

It comes packed with the foam individually wrapped.  The cover was neatly folded separately inside the box with directions on how to properly care for the bed. 

The MIHIKK Orthopedic Dog Bed is made in China, available on Amazon for $79.99, and returnable within 30 days. 

What I Liked

  • Size great for large dogs
  • Waterproof cover
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Non-slip bottom

What I Didn’t Like

  • Egg crate foam very thin
  • Not supportive for very heavy dogs
  • Cover very difficult to get dry
  • Plush top hard to keep clean
  • Bolsters not very firm
  • Weight max of 150 pounds
  • Substantial compression with the dog’s weight
  • Made in China

MIHIKK Orthopedic Dog Bed Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
3
Cover Fabric
3.5
Foam/Filling
2
Zipper
3
Appearance
3
Waterproof?
5
Sizes/Colors
3.5
Company
3
Affordability
5
Drool Score
3

Total Score:   34/50

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the MIHIKK Orthopedic Dog Bed had an approximate depth of 4” of egg crate foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 0.5”. 

In addition, the cover is showing substantial wear on the underside which I would expect to worsen over time.  While the cover was waterproof in my testing, I would expect that quality to also deteriorate as the cover continues to break down.

Conclusions

With one of the thinnest foams in the testing group, the Mihikk Dog Bed was more like a pad than a dog bed for my Mastiffs.  We liked how easy this bed was to take the cover on and off and move, but the compromise was in the overall quality of the bed. 

I do not agree with the claim that this bed is an orthopedic bed.  Once again, there does not seem to be any regulation on the use of that term.  When Junior and Sulley step on or lay on this bed, they are basically on the floor with little to no support for their bones and joints. 

All of that said, Junior and Sulley did enjoy sleeping on this bed.

One of the biggest frustrations I had with this bed was that the cover would not dry in the dryer.  As directed, I placed the cover in the dryer on cold for a normal hour-long cycle and ended up having to repeat the cycle 3-4 times before the bed was mostly dry. 

It never got completely dry in the dryer, however, so I soon resorted to drying it 3-4 times in the dryer and then hanging it over my banister for several hours to completely dry before putting it back on the bed.

This process was tedious, to say the least. 

Crib and Toddler Mattress

I wanted to include a crib mattress in this review because I know many, many big dog owners who use these as their dog beds. The argument is that the foam support is just as good as a premium dog bed, but at a quarter of the price.  

Crib Mattress for a dog bed review by Big Dog Mom
Crib Mattress, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

I wanted to test this out. 

Keep in mind, that there are many other crib and toddler mattress options you can buy.  I ordered one off of Amazon for $53.99 and that is what I’m using for this review.  

While I have no doubt there are higher quality crib mattresses on the market, I think you will find my review of this one more than fair and consistent no matter which one you buy. 

The product labeling of the crib mattress I got states that it is made with premium foam to provide optimal support and stability with an advanced 360G high-weight distribution six-sided one-piece design, combining the benefits of alpaca and long-staple cotton for a delicate, soft, refreshing, and breathable feel.

It fits any standard full-size crib and toddler bed and claims to be moisture-absorbent, breathable, odorless, and noise-free.

The size of the bed is 52” x 27.6” x 5” and it weighs 8 pounds. 

It is manufactured in China and comes with a 7-year limited warranty according to the product listing. 

What I Liked

  • Firm supportive foam
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight

What I Didn’t Like

  • Size – not big enough. for large and giant breed dogs
  • Slippery on the ground
  • No way to clean it
  • Not waterproof
  • Made in China

Crib Mattress Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
1
Cover Fabric
3.5
Foam/Filling
4
No cover
Appearance
3
Waterproof?
0
Sizes/Colors
3.5
Company
3
Affordability
5
Drool Score
3

Total Score:     26/45

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the crib mattress had an approximate depth of 4 – 4.5” of foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 2”. 

Conclusions

The biggest issue with using a baby mattress for two giant breed dogs is the width of the bed. It was simply too small and my dogs were constantly falling off of it.

Additionally, there is no way to clean this bed and I’m sure over time the appearance and smell of this bed will be horrendous. 

It is not waterproof and, in fact, the product instructions that come with it say, “Do not get the product wet with water or other liquids.”

I do, however, think it could work for some dog families with a few modifications.  

Some large breed dogs may fit on this bed – I’m thinking a smaller Labrador, a Pointer, or even a Siberian Husky.  However, I would highly recommend purchasing a waterproof liner and additional cover sheets that you can take on and off to keep the bed clean and smelling nice.  

I would not expect the foam to last for more than a year, but at this price, many dog owners will likely be fine with the trade-off. 

Bully Bed Orthopedic Bed for Big Dogs Size XXL

Backed by an industry-leading 20-year no-flat warranty, the Bully Bed uses Certipur-US certified-safe memory foam for maximum support. 

Bully Bed Review by Big Dog Mom
XXL Bully Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

It comes with a removable, washable microfiber cover with a non-slip base and a waterproof liner that is included with your purchase.

 It has heavy-duty, chew-resistant zippers and an ultra-supportive headrest for optimal comfort.  

While manufactured in China, Bully Bed is a family-owned small business based in Florida.  

For this review, I am using the size XXL which measures a whopping 60” x 48” x 7” and is 34 pounds. The price of the XXL is $359.99.

The XL size may work well for most giant breed dogs.  The dimensions of the XL are 52” x 34” x 7” and the cost of that one is $249.99.

The Bully Bed is shipped in one enormous box with the bed shrink-wrapped in one bag.  As soon as the seal on the outer plastic was broken, the bed began to inflate.  After several hours the Bully Bed reached its full size and firmness, however, my Mastiffs were able to enjoy it immediately. 

My initial reaction to the Bully Bed was very positive, but also a little taken aback by the sheer size of this bed!  

What I Liked

  • Foam very thick and supportive
  • Waterproof cover included with purchase
  • 20-year warranty
  • Microfiber cover maintains a clean look
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Cover easy-to-clean
  • USA-based small business
  • Compression of foam minimal under Mastiff weight
  • My Mastiffs loved it!

What I Didn’t Like

  • XXL size is enormous and heavy
  • Cover is very thin
  • Memory foam can sleep warm
  • Made in China
  • Sewing workmanship of the cover disappointing
  • Minimal color choices

Bully Bed Orthopedic Bed for Big Dogs Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
5
Cover Fabric
4
Foam/Filling
4.5
Zipper
4
Appearance
5
Waterproof?
5
Sizes/Colors
4
Company
4
Affordability
4
Drool Score
5

Total Score:   44.5 /50

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the Bully Bed had an approximate depth of 7” of memory foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 3.5”.  I did observe some splitting of the foam at this 10-week inspection, but I honestly don’t know if those were there initially or if they occurred during my dogs’ time on the bed.

With respect to the cover, I didn’t observe any major issues except for some fraying around the zipper after 10 washes. 

That said, when you flipped the cover inside out I was quite disappointed in the workmanship of the seams.  There was so much fraying of the unfinished stitching on the underside that the zipper often got caught in it.

I am not a seamstress by any means, but I do have a serger machine.  It’s an extra step, but one that would really help the mess that is the underside of the Bully Bed. It would make it look much more premium and finished for the price point they are asking for. 

Conclusions

I did not anticipate liking the Bully Bed as much as I did. 

The foam was outstanding – supremely comfortable for the dogs and seemed to hug their bodies in a very supportive way. 

They would seek out the Bully Bed and often battle to see who could snatch it up first.  On more than one occasion they hopped on and lay on it together! 

The XXL size is enormous, almost too big, and very heavy.  The use case for a bed this large is someone with multiple dogs, a very tall giant breed dog such as a Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound.

The only major downfall I found with the Bully Bed was with the cover, which is very thin. I am used to the very thick microfiber cover of the Big Barker, so compared to that, the Bully Bed cover doesn’t seem like it will hold up as well over time. 

There is some fraying already around the zipper now with 10 washes.  It is not bad, but it is there. Only time will tell how well it will hold up. 

You can purchase new covers for $80 or a heavy-duty cover for $135 for the XXL size bed. 

I am very interested in trying the heavy-duty cover at some point since the cover was really the only negative of this bed for large dogs. 

FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed

The next dog bed I reviewed is incredibly popular.  It is a bed often recommended by other top pet sites and is one of the best-selling dog beds on Amazon

FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed for Large dogs by Big Dog Mom
FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

It is the FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed

The FurHaven company offers four USA-made foam options, of which, the full support solid orthopedic foam version is the one included in this review. 

The Quilted Sofa Dog Bed comes with a quilted polyester zippered, removable, machine-washable cover that has a two-zipper design that allows access to the foam base and bolsters. 

This bed is not waterproof, but you can buy a water-resistant liner separately. 

This review is based on the jumbo-plus size sofa bed which is 53” x 40” x 5” in size with a sleep surface of 41” x 34”.  The website clearly states this bed is for breeds up to 125 pounds.  

My boys are just a wee bit over that… haha!

The FurHaven Sofa Bed is priced at $129.99 both on FurHaven.com and on Amazon.  

In terms of manufacturing, the foam is made in the USA, however, the cover is made in China.  The label on the bed states that it is assembled in the US with US and imported materials. 

FurHaven offers free returns within 30 days, or, if you register your bed within 14 days of purchase, you can sign up for their 60-day Worry-Free Program which they say covers accidental damage for 60 days and manufacturer defects for 90 days. 

What I Liked

  • Size good for big dogs
  • Bolsters removable
  • Easy to clean
  • Foam made in USA
  • 60-Day Worry-Free Program

What I Didn’t Like

  • Quilted fabric attracts and shows dog hair
  • Not waterproof
  • Cover made in China
  • For breeds up to 125 pounds
  • Batting under quilt deteriorating after only 10 washes

FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
5
Cover Fabric
3.5
Foam/Filling
4
Zipper
4
Appearance
4
Waterproof?
0
Sizes/Colors
4
Company
4
Affordability
4.5
Drool Score
4

Total Score:    37 /50

Final Inspection

At the end of 10 weeks of testing, the FurHaven Quilted Sofa Dog Bed has an approximate depth of 5” of solid orthopedic foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 1”. 

In 10 washes I have only noticed a little wear around the zipper and seams on the outside of the cover, however, the white batting on the underside is breaking down pretty substantially for a less than 3-month-old bed. This was disappointing to see.

Conclusions

The FurHaven Quilted Sofa Bed is a nice orthopedic dog bed that my Mastiffs truly enjoyed sleeping on. 

While the foam is not the best that we have used, it is not the worst either. There was enough support for a Mastiff-size-dog over the 10-week testing period, however, I would not expect this foam to sustain its integrity and support over many years of daily use.

This bed is not waterproof and I only see an option to add a water-resistant cover for an additional purchase. This is a huge negative for most dog families in my opinion.  Not only are dogs prone to coming in wet from outdoors, but over a dog’s lifetime accidents are bound to happen. I would love to see the company offer a waterproof cover as an optional add-on in the future.

The quilted cover looked nice when clean, but it seemed to attract and embed dog hair in it which seemed to worsen as it was washed. On the website, I didn’t see any other options for cover fabric, such as microfiber, that would work better than this one, sadly. That said the cover was very easy to clean and dried quickly through one cold temperature cycle in the dryer.  

And lastly, while I like the idea of the 60-day Worry-Free Program, you have to register your bed within 14 days in order to take advantage of that.  Otherwise, you have 30 days to return it if you or your dog don’t like it. 

This program is nice, but comes in a distant third compared to the policies of the top two orthopedic dog beds on the market, Big Barker and Bully Beds. 

Big Barker Premium Dog Bed

Big Barker beds are handcrafted in Pennsylvania using a proprietary blend of American-made foam. 

A Big Barker dog bed uses a combination of foams in each bed – the 2” bottom base layer, the 3” support layer in the middle that can handle 180 pounds per square inch, and the 2” comfort layer on the top.  

Mastiff on Big Barker XL Sofa Dog Bed Review by Big Dog Mom
Big Barker Premium Dog Bed, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

Big Barker’s proprietary foam is what is called “open cell” which allows air to move freely through the bed.  Other foams such as memory foam are “closed cell” which can trap hot air between your dog and the bed. This is something I mentioned earlier with the Bully Bed’s memory foam. 

Additionally, they have up to 150 inches of zipper surrounding 75% of each bed, making it easy for you to remove Big Barker’s non-shrink covers and throw them in the washing machine.

The covers are made with a thick microsuede fabric, which holds up against digging and scores 100,000 or higher on the Wyzenbeek Abrasion test—the standard for measuring a fabric’s ability to withstand surface wear from rubbing. 

What is most unique about Big Barker beds is that they have actually been clinically proven to improve quality of life, joint function, and mobility as shown in a research study that was done at the University of Pennsylvania.

The bed in this review is the XL sofa version in khaki.  It measures 52” x 36” x 7” tall and is priced at $329.95 on the Big Barker website.  

Big Barkers are 100% made and assembled in the USA and come with a 10-year can’t flatten, won’t flatten guarantee.

They also come with a 365-day trial where you can return your bed any time in the first year if you are not completely satisfied with it, no questions asked.  They even pay for the shipping! 

What I Liked

  • Made in the USA
  • Foam durability outstanding
  • Beds made for breeds of all sizes
  • Thick microsuede cover extremely durable
  • Zippers flawless over years of use
  • Sewing workmanship of cover outstanding
  • Size and bed configuration options
  • USA-based small business
  • Cover looks clean even when it isn’t
  • Cover very easy to clean
  • My Mastiffs love it!

What I Didn’t Like

  • Price is above many family budgets
  • Waterproof cover not included with purchase
  • Colors offered – would love to see a light gray option in the future

Big Barker Premium Dog Bed Results

Scores for each metric are based on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the highest.

Ease to Clean
5
Cover Fabric
5
Foam/Filling
5
Zipper
5
Appearance
5
Waterproof?
4
Sizes/Colors
5
Company
5
Affordability
3.5
Drool Score
5

Total Score:    47.5 /50

Final Inspection

The Big Barker Dog Bed included in this review is a year old and has been used daily by both of my Mastiffs.  It has an approximate depth of 7” of open-cell support foam at rest.  With the weight of one Mastiff (200+ lbs), the foam was compressed to approximately 3.5”. 

The cover is still in perfect condition. No issues with seams, the zipper, or the stitching were observed.

Conclusions

In full transparency, I have been a customer of Big Barker for nine years. So of all of the beds in this review, I have the most experience with Big Barker dog beds.

The quality of these dog beds is outstanding from the inside out – nothing has been overlooked or skimped on.

The American-made, open-cell support and comfort foam are durable and long-lasting, providing my two Mastiffs with premium orthopedic comfort for over 9 years.

The American-made microfiber covers are also outstanding and exceedingly easy to keep clean and beautiful for years.

When you compare the underside of the cover to typical Chinese sewn covers, the difference is striking.  With beautifully serged trim throughout, the seams are strong and clean, preventing fraying and interfering with the zipper’s functioning.

Additionally, the 75% coverage zipper adds to the ease of taking the cover on and off for washing.

Big Barker beds come in many sizes and configurations; a sleek, a headrest, this sofa version, a crate bed, and a car travel bed just to name a few.  They also now have the Barker Junior and a smaller 4″ Orthopedic Sofa Bed for small and medium-sized dogs.

While Big Barker dog beds are an investment, they are worth every cent! 

Which is the Best Dog Bed For Large Dogs?

Which orthopedic dog bed is the best for large dogs review by Big Dog Mom

Testing the 7 most popular, best-selling orthopedic dog beds for 10 weeks has been a unique and incredibly rewarding experience.  

When I purchased my first Big Barker Dog Bed in 2015, I was not aware of any other orthopedic dog beds.  My boss at the time was friends with the founder of Big Barker and he recommended I try one of the beds for my Mastiffs.  

As they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I’ve stayed with Big Barker Beds for over 9 years and have never been disappointed.  

That said, you can’t make the claim best dog bed for large dogs if you haven’t used other dog beds. 

This test was an opportunity for me.  

Each one of the dog beds we tested had its own merit.  Depending on the specific needs of your dog and what you are looking for, my choice for the best orthopedic dog bed for large dogs may not be the same as yours.  

Here is the final ranking for the best dog bed for large dogs as determined by me and my two Mastiffs.  I am including the raw score as well so you can see numerically how they compare based on my ranking scores we just went through.

According to Junior and Sulley, they had Big Barker and Bully Bed tied for first, followed by FurHaven and Bedsure tied for 2nd.  The Mihikk Dog Bed, crib mattress, and Kirkland Signature Round Bed round out the list in 5th, 6th, and 7th place, respectively.

For Big Dog Mom, my clear and unequivocal winner for the best dog bed was Big Barker Dog Beds, with Bully Bed coming in 2nd place and FurHaven a distant 3rd. 

Bedsure and Mihikk are tied for fourth place and the crib mattress and Kirkland Round Dog Bed came in 6th and 7th respectively.

MetricsKirkland RoundBedsureMihikkCrib MattressBully BedFurHavenBig Barker
Ease to Clean4331555
Fabric433.53.543.55
Foam/Fill22244.545
Zipper444445
Appearance2233545
Waterproof?0550504
Sizes/Colors153.53.5445
Company3333445
Affordability555544.53.5
Drool Score2333545
Total Score27/5035/5035/5026/4544.5/5037/5047.5/50
Grade54%70%70%58%89%74%95%
Ranking7446231
Dog Bed Review Raw Scores, ©2023 Big Dog Mom, LLC

Best Dog Bed For Your Dog?

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Frequently Asked Questions

By definition an orthopedic dog bed should be made of high-quality supportive or memory foam that conforms to your dog’s body, evenly redistributing their weight across the surface protecting your dog’s joints and spine and reducing painful pressure points on their joints and hips.

Many dog beds claim to be “orthopedic,” but are not. They use thin foam or filler material that compresses to the floor (or near to it) under the dog’s weight.

An orthopedic dog bed is one that is able to fully support the weight of your dog well up off of the floor as it provides maximum comfort, joint protection, and more restful sleep.

There are advantages to using an orthopedic dog bed throughout the life of your dog.

Growing large and giant breed puppies can benefit from the reduction in joint pain and stiffness common during periods of rapid growth.

Additionally, offering supportive orthopedic bedding in the early years of your dog’s life can help to reduce hygromas and calluses resulting from the impact of hard surfaces on elbows and hocks.

Many senior dogs can also benefit from a raised orthopedic dog bed. With the added protection on joints and hips and reduced pressure, a bed that sits higher off the ground can help ease the difficulty many older dogs with arthritis experience getting up from lying down.

I have used orthopedic dog beds for over 9 years with my Mastiffs and can confidently say yes, orthopedic dog beds are worth every cent. That is if you get one that is built to last.

So many dog beds claim to be orthopedic, but those claims are nothing more than marketing to sell more beds. With thin foam or filler material, these cheaply made beds are nothing more than a soft pad for your dog – not a therapeutic orthopedic dog bed.

Watch this video and read my full review of the top 7 most popular orthopedic dog beds on the market to help you decide which one is right for you and your dog.

The best orthopedic dog bed on the market is one that is made in the USA with ultra-supportive, premium foam and a durable, long-lasting cover with an extended warranty.

In addition, I look for qualities such as how easy the bed cover is to clean, if the bed is waterproof, and how well my dogs like it.

Memory foam conforms to your dog’s body, providing support and pressure relief. Memory foam are “closed cell,” which may sleep warmer due to the hot air between your dog and the bed.

Orthopedic foam beds can be slightly firmer while providing support for your dog’s spine and joints. These beds generally sleep cooler as compared to a memory foam bed, with some premium beds like Big Barker Dog Beds that use a proprietary “open-cell” foam which allows air to move freely throughout the bed.

Keep in mind, that not all memory or “orthopedic” foams are made with the same quality and durability.

My Mastiffs prefer a very thick bed that is raised at least 7″ off the floor. They love bolster-style beds as they provide a partially enclosed space and the low walls are ideal for resting their head.

Beyond the bed structure and the quality and durability of the foam, I look for thick, removable, and machine-washable covers that keep the dog bed looking and smelling fresh, even when it isn’t.

A premium orthopedic dog bed is best for senior dogs, particularly those who suffer from conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Supporting your dog’s joints while providing maximum comfort while sleeping or resting, a high-quality orthopedic dog bed can help reduce pain and improve your dog’s quality of life.

For dogs with arthritis, investing in a high-quality orthopedic dog bed can make all the difference in your dog’s quality of life.

In my testing with two senior Mastiffs, one of whom has Wobbler Syndrome and hip dysplasia, we found the proprietary foam of the Big Barker Dog Beds to be the best, with the ultra-supportive memory foam on the Bully Bed to be worth the extra cost.

In my rankings of the best dog beds for large dogs, I found egg crate foam to be the least supportive of my dog’s weight and for dogs with pain and inflammation like arthritis.

A premium orthopedic dog bed is best for dogs with hip dysplasia.

Supporting your dog’s joints while providing maximum comfort while sleeping or resting, a high-quality orthopedic dog bed can help reduce pain and improve your dog’s quality of life.

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  1. We purchased our first Barker bed after reading your recommendations when we first got our EM as a puppy. We started off with the XL kennel crate pad. Right from the start we noticed her sleeping and moving better. Then we purchased the XL sofa version Barker for the living room. Best decision ever! I wanted another bed for the upstairs so this time I got the XXL round sherpa Bully bed. While she likes it, she really only lays on it with me when I’m reading. I like that it’s round but it is huge and requires a good amount of space. I’ve had all kinds of beds with our previous dogs (all in the 75-100lb range), including the Pet Cot but will only go with Barker or Bully from here on out. Thank you for testing and posting your results!

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