Best Heated Dog Bed

Heated dog beds add that extra level of comfort for your fur-baby. Whether he is a senior dog, a new puppy, a dog spending most of his time outdoors or living in a colder climate, or you just want to spoil him, a heated dog bed is a great way to give your dog a cozy and soothing place to sleep.  If you aren’t comfortable leaving your dog with an electric corded bed there are still lots of great options such as self-warming beds.

Paws & Pals Self-Warming Pet Crate Mat, 24-in
Paws & Pals Self-Warming Pet Crate Mat, 24-in
$0
on chewy
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Uses dog’s natural body heat
  • Ideal for crates and pet carriers
  • What we Dislike
  • Spot clean only
  • Indoor use only
  • Cheaper construction
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Self-Warming
Mat Style
MATERIAL Microfleece
textured non-skid bottom
SIZE 25 x 37
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This mat may be self-warming but it is not very soft and easily goes flat. It’s not suitable for a dog needing support or a plush mat. Ideal for smaller dogs only. It’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum as far as construction and materials. We do like that it has the non-skid bottom which holds it in place inside a crate. The biggest drawback for this blanket is that it is not machine washable. Anything that is used regularly in a pet crate should be washable.

K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed
 K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed
$0
on petco
$100
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Includes washable fleece cover
  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use
  • MET listed for safety
  • What we Dislike
  • May not get warm enough for outdoor use
  • Vinyl is porous and will absorb odors
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Electric
Pillow-style
MATERIAL Fleece
orthopedic foam
microfiber
rubber
plastic
SIZE small (14 x 18)
medium (19 x 24)
large (25 x 36)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This outdoor heated dog bed does not get warmer than 85° which may not be useful when used outdoors in cold weather. While it does indicate outdoor use, it should not be left exposed to elements and would be suitable for use in a doghouse or shelter when used outdoors. The vinyl cover can absorb odors but the fleece cover that comes with the bed can be washed. The new version of this bed contains orthopedic foam. It has a wrapped cord to discourage chewing or fraying. We like that this bed could be used with a bigger dog bed but you may sacrifice heat dispersion by adding another layer to it.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed
 K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed
$85
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Removable, washable cushion
  • Designed for 24/7 indoor use
  • Safe temperature
  • What we Dislike
  • Cords are not reinforced or wrapped
  • Suitable for small to medium dogs only
  • Cheaper construction
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Electric
Bolster-style
MATERIAL Foam
microfiber
fleece
SIZE medium (20 x 26)
large (24 x 31)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is a soft cushy bolster style bed. It’s suitable for smaller to medium size dogs. Unfortunately, the construction of this bed will not hold up to any abuse or chewing. For most dogs, it’s a great way to keep them warm. We like that you can wash the center cushion but it will likely go flat because it doesn’t have orthopedic foam in it. We feel that the price is a little high for the quality and construction of the bed but it is a good all-in-one solution.

Aspen Pet Self Warming Beds
Aspen Pet Self Warming Beds
$35
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Mylar warming fiber filling
  • Many sizes and shapes
  • What we Dislike
  • Mylar fibers inside can be dangerous if ingested by the dog
  • The bed may be noisy due to the self-warming fibers inside
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Self-warming
Bolster-style
Pillow-style
MATERIAL Fleece
corduroy
SIZE Rectangular Bolster: small (24 x 20)
medium (30 x 24)
large (35 x 27)
Pillow-style (27 x 36)
Round Bolster (19.5 diameter)
COLOR CHOICES 3
Our Review

We really wanted to like these beds as the perfect solution but they do have some weak points. The faux shearling interior is soft and plushy but will attract a lot of hair and be difficult to clean. The base of the bed can go flat over time as well as the bolster sides if the stuffing ends up compacted on one side. They will not hold up to abuse or chewing and construction of them may tempt dogs to shred them. They are filled with metallic coated fiber that reflects the heat from your dog back and this certainly seems to work but if the bed is ripped open this may not be the safest thing for your dog to ingest. We like all the sizes on three shapes that are available. For nondestructive dogs, these are great beds.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed
$55
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Soft microfiber cover
  • MET Listed 4 watt heating pad
  • Cover can be unzipped and washed
  • What we Dislike
  • Best for small dogs only
  • Bolster sides can collapse over time
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Electric
Bolster-style
MATERIAL Foam
microfiber
polyfill
SIZE small (16 diameter)
large (20 diameter)
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This is a great solution for smaller dogs that like to nest. With high bolster sides, a soft plush pillow in the middle, this is a great bed that will warm your dog’s body temperature. It only has a 5-foot electrical cord that is not wrapped or reinforced so this cannot be used with a chewer or destructive dog. There are some quality control issues with this bed when it ships it sometimes comes misshapen with the foam sides flattened.

Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed 2 pack
Pet Magasin Thermal Self-Heated Bed 2 pack
$60
on amazon
5/10
  • What we Like
  • Self-heating with mylar film
  • Velvety microterry cover
  • Hypoallergenic foam interior
  • Rubberized non-slip base
  • What we Dislike
  • Crinkly sound
  • Cheaper construction
  • Not very plushy
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Self- heating Pillow-style
MATERIAL Foam
microterry
nylon
SIZE small combo (17 x 11 and one 22" x 18.5")
large combo (17 x 11
28.5 x 34.5)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

These are decent mats to keep your dog warm. These can be hand washed. They are somewhat thick with three thermal insulation layers to insulate your dog against the floor or the cold surface but will not offer any support to a dog needing a soft bed. They do crinkle a little but it’s not significant. The rubber black dots on the underside to keep this mat non-skid can come off with washing and are attractive to dogs who like to eat them.

Best Budget
FurHaven Convertible Self-Warming Cuddle Pet Bed for Dogs
FurHaven Convertible Self-Warming Cuddle Pet Bed for Dogs Best Budget
$15
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • 4-way configuration for customizable bed shapes
  • Self-warming layer
  • Super plush faux fur fabric interior
  • What we Dislike
  • Not supportive
  • For smaller dogs only
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Self-warming
Bolster or Pillow-style
MATERIAL Microfiber
faux fur
SIZE small (20 x 23.5)
large (30 x 35.5)
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This is an extremely clever design. With the use of the loop on buttons, you can customize this bed into three shapes or just lay it flat. We love that it can be washed, and the microfiber and plush combination is comfortable for your dog and easy to keep clean. Because it doesn’t have any supportive base or foam, this might be a good bed to use on the couch, chair, or on another soft dog pad. We absolutely love the cozy nest shape and wish that they made this for humans.

American Kennel Club Self-Heating Solid Pet Bed
American Kennel Club Self-Heating Solid Pet Bed
$0
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Quilted plush pillow
  • Mylar self-warming material inside
  • What we Dislike
  • Recycled polyfill can be toxic if eaten
  • Beds may run small
  • The filling can bunch up after washing
  • Best for smaller dogs
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Self-heating
bolster-style
MATERIAL Microfiber
recycled polyfill
SIZE small (22 x 18)
medium (26 x 18)
COLOR CHOICES 6
Our Review

This is a nice self-heating bolster dog bed. We like the nonskid bottom material which makes this good for use on wood or smooth floors. Unfortunately as is the case with many bolster beds it contains recycled polyfill material which can bunch up over time or flatten. For the price point, it’s not a bad bed and we like all the colors that it comes in. There is minimal crinkling with this bed but it is there due to the Mylar self-heating film inside of it.

Houselog Heating Pad Electric Heated Pet Mat
Houselog Heating Pad Electric Heated Pet Mat
$0
on amazon
8/10
  • What we Like
  • Thick PVC lining
  • 27-inch steel reinforced cord
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Can be used in other dog beds
  • What we Dislike
  • Short cord
  • Better for smaller dogs
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Electric
Pillow/pad style
MATERIAL PVC
microfiber
SIZE 19.7 x 13.7
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is a great heating pad that can be used alone or inside another dog bed if you need to use it for a larger dog. We like that it has three settings and a steel wrapped cord. The soft cover can be removed and machine washed and the PVC interior cover is waterproof and can be wiped clean in the event it is soiled. We do wish that the cord was a little longer. Overall this is a versatile product.

Aiicioo Dog Heating Pad - Pet Heating pad
Aiicioo Dog Heating Pad - Pet Heating pad
$46
on amazon
4/10
  • What we Like
  • 2 Heat settings
  • Steel reinforced cord
  • What we Dislike
  • Very short cord
  • Difficult to clean
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Electric
pad-style
MATERIAL Dacron
wool
wire
steel
SIZE 18.8 x 28
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

The listing photos for this product are deceptive and it is not suitable for a large dog on its own, however, it can be used inside of a bigger dog bed. We do like the Dacron cover on it and the reinforced edging to make it a little more chew resistant. It’s waterproof and designed to prevent your dog from being shocked.  The reinforced steel cord is quite short considering the size of the pad.

K&H Pet Products Self-Warming Lounge Sleeper Pet Bed
K&H Pet Products Self-Warming Lounge Sleeper Pet Bed
$
on
4/10
  • What we Like
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Self-warming
  • Machine washable
  • What we Dislike
  • Recycled polyfill is dangerous if eaten
  • Can be easily chewed
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Microfiber
fleece
recycled polyfill
SIZE small (16 x 20 x 6)
medium (24 x 30 x 9)
large (32 x 40 x 10)
COLOR CHOICES 3
Our Review

This is a great budget bolster bed. It’s a decent choice if your dog is not destructive. It is machine washable, but the filling will clump and make the bed thin and malformed over time. The self- warming material has a mild crinkle. We feel that the material on the inside of the bed is more durable than the outside and there are some quality control issues with this bed.

Best Overall
Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler
Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler Best Overall
$45
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof bottom
  • High overstuffed bolster walls
  • Deep bolsters for dogs that like to nest
  • What we Dislike
  • The base can go flat quickly
  • Not a lot of support on the bottom
  • Best for dogs up to 25 lbs
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Microfiber
Mylar
virgin airLOFT fiberfill
SIZE small (12 deep)
large (15 deep)
COLOR CHOICES 15
Our Review

These are some of the deepest softest plush beds we’ve seen yet and we love the tall bolster in the back. While we wish that there was a little more support and padding in the bottom of the bed, the depth of the beds gives your dog plenty of security and coziness. There is minimal crinkling with these beds and we love all the materials and color choices available. Unfortunately, these plushy dog nests are only suitable for small to medium-size dogs.

K&H Pet Products Crate Pad for Pets
K&H Pet Products Crate Pad for Pets
$0
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Self-warming Mylar
  • Machine washable
  • What we Dislike
  • No supportive padding
  • Slit corners may encourage chewing
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Pillow-style
MATERIAL Microfleece
SIZE x-small (14 x 22)
small (20 x 25)
medium (21 x 31)
large (25 x 37)
x-large (32 x 48)
xx-large (37 x 54)
COLOR CHOICES 6
Our Review

This is an outstanding value with many sizes available. If you are nervous about using an electric heating solution in your dog crate, these self-warming pads are an excellent alternative. The mylar material will radiate your dog’s warmth back to him. These hold up well, and we love that you can just toss them in the washer if your pet soils them or they get stinky. The nonslip bottom helps keep them in place.

Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler
Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler
$130
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Removable zippered shell
  • Water and dirt-resistant base
  • Machine washable
  • What we Dislike
  • Minimal support in the base of the bed
  • Weak seams
  • Bed has to be fluffed/brushed after washing
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Plush faux fur
nylon
SIZE small (23 x 23)
medium (30 x 30)
large (36 x 36)
x-large (45 x 45)
COLOR CHOICES 2
Our Review

This bed looks so soft and plushy and we absolutely love the fur because we know that most dogs will find it comforting and cozy. The bolster sides are thick and soft but we were extremely disappointed to find that the center part where the dog lays has minimal support and padding. After machine washing this bed you will need to run in the dryer and fluff and brush out the fur to keep it from matting and clumping. The filling inside the center destined to clump it will become thin over time. Therefore we’d probably opt for a separate supportive heating pad to use beneath this bed. The best part is that it comes in sizes that will accommodate bigger dogs.

American Kennel Club Houndstooth Self Heating Memory Foam Pet Bed
American Kennel Club Houndstooth Self Heating Memory Foam Pet Bed
$40
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Supportive bolster walls
  • Super soft
  • What we Dislike
  • Spot-clean only
  • Weak seams
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Memory foam
polyfill
polyester
SIZE 30 x 30 x 7
COLOR CHOICES 3
Our Review

This is a well-made little bed for smaller dogs. The self-warming function does make it crinkle slightly. The sides do break down and collapse over time but we love the tufted construction and the gorgeous herringbone on the outside of the bed. As long as your dog is not destructive or accident-prone, this is a great choice. We wish it was machine washable as it will likely retain odors that spot cleaning may not remedy.

Best Quality
Thermotex Infrared Therapeutic Pet Bed - Large Sherpa Grey
Thermotex Infrared Therapeutic Pet Bed - Large Sherpa Grey Best Quality
$0
on thermotex
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Machine-washable liner
  • Thermostatically controlled heat
  • Ideal for animals recovering from surgery, with health concerns or who cannot maintain body temperature
  • FAR Infrared technology
  • What we Dislike
  • Cord is not wrapped/protected
  • Center of bed is not well padded or supported
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Polyfill
polyester
nylon
SIZE 12 x 20 x 4
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

If you are familiar with the benefits of infrared heat to address pain, inflammation, and other health problems you’ll be excited about the benefits of this bed. Infrared heat is different and ideal for dogs who have a hard time maintaining their body temperature. We like the Sherpa fleece lining and sturdy nylon exterior but we do wish that there was more support in the center of the bed. If we were using this bed for a dog recovering from injuries we would likely need to purchase a soft memory foam pad to go below it. It’s still a great value for a therapeutic bed with proven benefits. Consider also that the cord is not wrapped or reinforced so this might be an expensive experiment if you have a destructive dog.

ALEKO PHBED21M Electric Thermo-Pad Heated Pet Bed
ALEKO PHBED21M Electric Thermo-Pad Heated Pet Bed
$55
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Deep bolster walls
  • Internal thermostat controls heat
  • Non-slip poly canvas base
  • Heavy duty reinforced cord
  • What we Dislike
  • Spot-clean only
  • Weak seams
  • Very thin bottom with no padding
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Polyfill
polyester
SIZE 26 x 26 x 8
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

While we love the reinforced cord cover this bed is cheaply made. The fleece is thin and easily torn.  It has soft bolster walls but no padding in the bottom where it is most needed. In the base where the bolster walls meet the bottom panel there is loose stitching and weak seams so it’s unsafe for dogs w who may ruffle and scratch around in their beds when settling.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Hooded Lounger Heated Pet Bed
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Hooded Lounger Heated Pet Bed
$0
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Supportive bolster walls
  • Arched hood over bed
  • 4-watt MET removable heater
  • Machine washable cover
  • What we Dislike
  • Small dogs only
  • Recycled polyfill material can be toxic
  • Filling can clump over time and flatten
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Microfleece
polyfill
polyester
SIZE 20 x 25
COLOR CHOICES 3
Our Review

We love this bed for the hood, it makes a really cozy little nest for dogs that like to burrow or have a den. The hood easily zips on and off and the heater can be removed for washing. We don’t like that the filling is recycled materials as that may not be safe in the event your dog ate this bed. It’s definitely not for destructive dogs because unfortunately the cord is not reinforced.

PawHut Electric Heated Pet Bed
PawHut Electric Heated Pet Bed
$0
on amazon
1/10
  • What we Like
  • 12V Adapter
  • Reinforced cord
  • What we Dislike
  • Spot-clean only
  • Weak seams
  • Cheap construction
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Polyfill
polyester
SIZE 13.4 x 13.4 x 11.8 (round)
COLOR CHOICES 1
Our Review

This is a cheaply made, very small bed that’s better suited for a small cat than a dog. There is minimal padding or support and the hood/canopy doesn’t stay upright. The heating element cannot be regulated, is cheap and is unsafe to leave unsupervised. The material inside the bed is cheap and thin. While it has a reinforced cord, the adapter is subpar and unsafe.  

Best Friends by Sheri Pet Igloo Hut
Best Friends by Sheri Pet Igloo Hut
$0
on amazon
4/10
  • What we Like
  • Supportive foam walls
  • Removable pad insert
  • Waterproof bottom
  • Machine washable
  • What we Dislike
  • For very small dogs only
  • Does not hold up well to washing
  • Weak seams
Product Details
TYPE OF BED Bolster-style
MATERIAL Foam
polyfill
sherpa fleece polyester
SIZE 17 x 13 x 12
COLOR CHOICES 14
Our Review

We were pretty disappointed to discover that the soft plushy sherpa fleece is only on the outside so it’s welcoming to the dog owner but probably not the dog who sleeps on the thin polyester on the inside. This bed is not very thick or supportive with a very thin pad in the base, and is small enough only for very small dogs or cats. The sherpa material sheds badly so we recommend choosing a smoother fabric and putting this bed on top of a supportive pad.

Best Heated Dog Bed
Product Name Best for Rate
FurHaven Convertible Self-Warming Cuddle Pet Bed for Dogs Best Budget 8
Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler Best Overall 9
Thermotex Infrared Therapeutic Pet Bed - Large Sherpa Grey Best Quality 9

How to Choose A Heated Pet Bed

Consider how and where your dog likes to sleep. Is he destructive or likes to chew? Most dog beds are not appropriate for power chewers, particularly beds and pads that are heated with an electrical element and will need to be plugged into the wall. While some of these, such as the Houselog Heating Pad Electric Heated Pet Mat have chew-resistant cords, they may still not be right for your dog if he chews. The bed itself could be damaged and the heating elements exposed. While most electric heated dog beds have safety features to reduce the risk of electrocution, they should never be used unsupervised and if your dog likes to ruffle, dig or root around in his bed or chew, you should probably consider a self-warming bed. Self-warming beds such as the Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler are an excellent alternative and contain thermal materials that reflect the heat of your dog back to him. Also, consider if the bed is washable or not.

Be sure the bed is big enough to accommodate your dog in all his favorite sleep positions. If you have dogs that like to curl up together consider getting a big enough bed for both to have a little wiggle room in together. Measure your dog from his head to the bottom of his bottom leg when extended. This should be the depth of the bed, and the width should be a few inches bigger than his length (snout to base of tail).

We’ve narrowed our reviews into several categories for heated dog beds:

Heating Pad Style: An insert meant to be used with an existing dog bed, blankets, or furniture

  • These are what you’ll often find in boarding facilities or veterinary clinics because they are meant to hold up to a lot of abuse.
  • Not always the most comfortable, they do not yield to nesting dogs wanting to rearrange it.
  • Typically made from metal, PVC, and nylon

Pillow or Mat Style Bed: A mat-shaped bed with no sides or edges.

  • These beds can easily flatten out over time if cheaply made.
  • Not all beds will have a washable outer layer but most do. Most of these beds have an inner layer of foam or
  • filling that cannot be washed and may harbor allergens or dirt. They will need to be replaced often.

Bolster Style Bed: Similar to the pillow bed, but with raised edges or a nest-style

  • Most dogs love the security of a bolster and will snuggle up against the walls
  • Not all beds will have a washable outer layer but most do. The inside of these beds can harbor allergens and dirt and cannot be washed.
  • Most comfortable and soothing for most dogs

Additionally, there are two other categories used for these reviews:

Self-warming and Electric. Electric dog beds plug into an outlet. Look for steel reinforced cords. Self-warming beds typically use Mylar, a PET film that reflects and radiates the dog’s heat back to them as they lay on the bed. Sometimes beds containing Mylar will crinkle, and while most dogs don’t care, some are spooked by it. Pay close attention to your dog’s reaction to the sound to gauge if he will mind the sound.