The 9 Best Dog Beds of 2021

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The Rundown
"This bed does everything right, From natural wool filling to organic cotton covers."
"Calm your pet and reuse old clothes or towels by stuffing them inside this dog duvet."
"This stylish bed is made with natural dyes and recycled materials to upgrade any room."
"A denim bed with snuggly sides for cuddling and lots of room for sprawling pamper your puppy."
"The water-resistant cover protects against moisture, sun, and scratches in this bed."
"Orvis offers a cushy line of dog beds for dogs of every size."
"Hand-sewn in Montana, this bed is perfectly sized to fit in many crates."
"For pups that are always too warm for a standard bed, this elevated one is a good solution."
"When your dog needs a little extra cushioning, this orthopedic bed does the trick."

Just like people, dogs can’t sleep if they’ve had a stressful day. They also can’t sleep if they’re uncomfortable. So if you don’t let your canine pal sleep in bed with you, then you want them to have a soft, cozy bed of their own.

When hunting for the best dog beds, Treehugger looked at the environmental impacts of the materials used. We searched for products that use substances like natural wool and organic cotton, and in many cases have filler made from recycled material like plastic water bottles. Several beds are also certified safe by Oeko-Tek, which means they don’t have dangerous chemicals and are safe for people and pets.

These beds are also durable. What’s the point of buying something natural if it doesn’t last? So much of the time, the most sustainable choice is the one that won't need to be frequently replaced. Reviewers also like these options because they’re tough yet comfortable and easy to clean. Finally, all these beds are very attractive.

There’s no reason your dog shouldn’t have a great-looking place to sleep with the beds below.

Best Overall: NaturoPet Organic Cotton & Virgin Wool Orthopedic Dog Bed

NaturoPet Natural Orthopedic Dog Bed

NaturoPet does everything right with this dog bed. It’s stuffed with a deep, comforting filling of 100 percent natural wool and encased in two sturdy organic cotton covers. The wool is humanely and sustainably harvested on local American farms, NaturoPet tells us, and is hypoallergenic and moisture wicking.

The removable outer cover can be easily machine washed to keep bedding clean. While you’re washing it, the inner cover can still be used, so your pet always has a bed. The cover is breathable and repels moisture and helps your pet regulate their body temperature, so they’re never too hot or cold. All NaturoPet beds are made in the United States. They’re durable, yet comfortable enough for aging and achy pets.

Best Calming: Molly Mutt Dog Bed Cover

Molly Mutt Dog Bed

Oh, how we love this idea. It’s pretty much a dog duvet bed that you stuff full of anything you don’t need in order to create your own bed. You can use old towels or blankets, but a truly great notion is to fill it with your old worn-out clothes, so that your dog smells you and isn’t anxious when you’re not around. That can calm your stressed bud and repurposes your castoffs, keeping them out of landfill.

The cover is washer and dryer friendly, and withstands repeated washings easily without losing color or shape, reviewers say. The bed cover is available in lots of bright patterns and many sizes and shapes.

Best Style: Harry Barker Grain Sack Dog Bed

Harry Barker Grain Sack Dog Bed

If your dog’s bed has a prominent spot in front of the fireplace or in the middle of your bedroom, the Harry Barker Grain Sack Pillow bed is a stylish choice. Available in thin black, blue, or red stripes, the bed is made with natural dyes and is stuffed with fiberfill made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.

The cover is pre-washed and pre-shrunk, so it won’t be hard to get it on and off. When it’s time to clean it, just unzip it and toss it in the washer and dryer. The zipper is upholstery grade for long-lasting durability.

Best for Puppies: P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You Denim Orange Lounge Bed

P.L.A.Y. Denim Lounge Pet Bed

If you want to get your puppy off to a great start, these P.L.A.Y. beds have snuggly sides for cuddling and lots of room for sprawling. But more importantly, they are easy to wash because everybody has accidents now and then…especially puppies. These beds are stuffed with PlanetFill filler, made from 100 percent post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. According to P.L.A.Y., 108 recycled bottles go into every extra-large lounge bed.

The beds are covered in a durable but comfortable heavyweight cotton fabric that reviewers say withstands wash after wash. The packaging is kept very minimal. P.L.A.Y. is gold certified by Green America's Green Business Certification program.

Best Outdoor: NaturoPet Virgin Wool & Coco-Latex Dog Bed

NaturoPet Natural Orthopedic Dog Bed

NaturoPet’s outdoor model is currently undergoing a redesign to be even more supportive for senior and achy pets. It’s crafted of a layer of 100 percent natural virgin wool over a core of natural coconut coir fiber infused with natural latex. The whole thing is encased in a durable cover of organic cotton, and uses no chemicals or flame retardants.

The water-resistant cover protects against moisture, sun, and scratches, so it can be used outdoors. NaturoPet says the bed is “virtually indestructible.” There are two easily removable covers for washing. The organic cotton is breathable, which helps your pet regulate body heat.

Best for Large Dogs: Orvis Comfortfill-eco Couch Dog Bed

Orvis Dog Bed

A well-known name in outdoor gear and apparel, Orvis offers a cushy line of dog beds for dogs of every size. The cover is made of plush microfiber upholstery for durability, and the beds are stuffed with polyester fiberfill called Comfortfill-eco made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. The company says it keeps more than 15 million plastic bottles out of landfills each year with its dog beds.

The filling stays fluffy and evenly distributed due to a chambered liner that prevents shifting and clumping, no matter how much your dog rolls or moves around while sleeping. The beds have earned the Oeko-Tex Class 1 certification, which verifies the materials are safe for human babies.

Best for Crates: West Paw Heyday Dog Bed

Hand-sewn in Bozeman, Montana, West Paw HeyDay beds are made in crate-friendly sizes. They’re low-profile, so they’re easy for seniors and puppies to clamber in and out of. The center is stuffed with recycled IntelliLoft, a safe eco-friendly fill made from recycled plastic bottles.

The top of the bed is a textured, soft knit, and the bottom is a durable microsuede with a tucked-away zipper that won’t scratch floors or bother your pet. It comes in three earthy colors: midnight, boulder, and oatmeal. West Paw beds are certified safe by Oeko-Tex, which means they’re free of harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.

Best Cooling: Coolaroo The Original Elevated Pet Bed

For dogs that cool off by lying in the dirt or for pups that are always too warm for a standard bed, this elevated bed is a good solution to help avoid turning on the air conditioning. However, it’s made of steel and a durable plastic mesh, which aren’t the most environmental materials. But this bed is so tough and hard-wearing that you won’t have to replace it for a very long time.

We’ve had several trainers suggest this bed as a training tool to teach dogs to go to “place.” It’s comfortable and secure and can easily be moved from room to room or from indoors to outside. Just hose it off and let it dry if it gets dirty.

Best Orthopedic: BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed

If your pet needs a little extra cushioning for achy joints, orthopedic beds are a good choice. They usually have egg crate foam, memory foam, or other padding to provide comfort. These materials aren’t as sustainable as organic cotton or wool, but a quality product like this one can last a long time and benefit your pet if they have special health needs.

The BarksBar bed features 3.5 inches of orthopedic foam with cotton padded wall bumpers around the sides to cushion your dog’s head and neck. The cover is easy to wash, and there’s a nonstick rubber backing to keep the bed from sliding on wood or tile floors.

Final Verdict

Our top pick for sustainability and function is the NaturoPet Natural Dog Bed (available on Amazon). If you're shopping for puppies, consider the P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You Denim Bed (available on Wayfair).

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The proud mom of a border collie mix rescue dog, Mary Jo DiLonardo has fostered 30 dogs and puppies. They’ve gone through their share of dog beds and some have been very choosy.

For more than 25 years, Mary Jo has covered a wide range of topics focused on nature, pets, health, science and anything that helps make the world a better place. She has spent six years with Treehugger, formerly under the Mother Nature Network brand.