Aldi Dog Bed

Aldi Dog Bed Review -
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Wondering if you should change your dog’s bed? In today’s Aldi dog bed review we’ll cover everything you need to know about this affordable supermarket brand. Now you can make an informed choice that will fit your dog’s needs.

  • Aldi offers limited-edition dog beds at an affordable price.
  • Most of their beds are only available seasonally and sell out within a few days.
  • Their mini sofa dog beds are very popular, especially for medium to small pups.
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Aldi Dog Bed 2021 Review

Aldi Dog Bed Review

Materials

Comfort

Looks

Durability

Washability

Variety

Price

Materials 2.5/5

Like other dog beds, Aldi beds tend to use plastic-based materials to lengthen the life of their products. This is a common practice industry-wide, and it does make it harder for your dog to destroy their bed within the first few days. This supermarket makes limited editions that aren’t available year-round, and most of their lines are distinctly seasonal. However, some features and materials remain constant:

  • Cotton, nylon or rayon fabric: cotton and rayon fabrics are mainly used in their indoor line and offer a soft surface for your dog to nap on. These tend to keep their colour well, but on the flip side, they aren’t water resistant and can get stained easily. Of course, many of these beds have a removable cushion cover that you can wash, but the rest of the bed you’ll have to do spot-treatment. In contrast, the outdoor range features a strong tear-resistant PVC nylon cover that’s tick and flea-resistant. While this claim is just marketing gimmick, it means ticks and fleas won’t be able to nest in the fabric -unlike regular dog beds-. The nylon cover won’t instantly protect your dog from fleas, but it can help you handle an infestation while other plush beds get washed and sprayed.
  • ABS Plastic frame: only Aldi’s pet sofa beds have a plastic frame. To make it sturdier, they’ve used abs plastic. In fact, this is the material used to make Legos, keyboards and many other products. As the frame for a sofa-type dog bed, ABS is a good option since it keeps its shape and handles weight with ease.
  • Steel frame: in contrast, Aldi’s outdoor dog beds have a powdercoated steel frame. This metal ensures the beds can handle large dogs without breaking, while helping it stand the harsh outdoor weather. Aldi’s elevated dog beds are powdercoated to prevent rusting and are corrosion-resistant.

According to Adreco Plastics, ABS is:

"Is an opaque thermoplastic [… and…the acrylonitrile in ABS provides chemical and thermal stability, while the butadiene adds toughness and strength. Styrene gives the finished polymer a nice, glossy finish." – Adreco plastics [2]

In general, we find Aldi dog beds are made with sturdy materials, so we’re giving it 2.5 out of 5 in this category.

Comfort 3/5

While actual comfort is relative and it depends on your dog’s personality, most pups enjoy napping in their Aldi beds.

Of course, you’ll have to chose the right product depending on your dog. If they like a firm surface or are very large, you might find an elevated bed or a memory foam mat will fit them better. In contrast, if your dog prefers to cuddle and sleep in cushions or pillows, their pet sofa line or traditional plush dog beds will be a better choice. However, keep in mind these beds don’t have memory foam filling, so an arthritic dog might have a harder time getting cosy.

Overall, these beds offer a soft surface for your dog to sleep in and most pups really enjoy them. We’re taking off 2 stars for the lack of memory foam.

Looks 3/5

According to Aldi’s buying director for Australia Nicole Paquet [1], their sofa beds are especially designed to match modern home décor. This is especially evident in their popular pampered special buys line, which includes beautiful beds for dogs and cats.

This premium dog bed line mimics human sofas, complete with upholstered surfaces, small wooden legs and extra cushions! These Scandinavian-style sofas are available in several colours, including one version in velvet. However, keep in mind quantities are limited and you might find it hard to get the exact colour and fabric to match your home.

In contrast, their outdoor dog bed range has average looks and is very similar to other elevated dog beds. Of course, this will probably match your patio furniture and won’t look too out of place outdoor.

Since many owners love the look of their mini sofas, we’re giving this brand 3 out of 5 in this category.

Durability 3/5

In general, these dog beds will last you a season or two. Of course, for the price, you can’t usually expect them to last for a lifetime.

However, several owners report buying dog beds and enjoying them for 3+ years, so their durability depends on your specific situation. As a general rule, if your dog tends to chew on their bed, a softer, plush bed might deter them, and if you have a large or heavy dog, you’ll probably have to replace their bed more often.

Washability 3/5

These beds are mostly washable, but they might not be the best choice for puppies that are still potty training.

Aldi’s elevated outdoor beds can be hosed down and left to drip dry, which makes them a great choice if your pup likes to get muddy and soil their outdoor bed. On the other hand, their indoor beds have removable cushions with zippers but the rest of the bed doesn’t have a removable cover. This means you’ll probably have to spot treat any stains, or just wash the entire bed.

The latter is a bit of a hassle since you’ll have to soak and hand wash the bed, and then let it air dry on its own. This is an involved process that will probably take a couple days from start to finish, so you might need to have a replacement bed to substitute the one you’re washing.

Then, in the case of the sofa beds, you won’t be able to soak the beds at all. The removable cushion can be washed, but the rest of the bed will need to be treated like an actual sofa. You might have good luck taking stains out with a steam cleaner. According to cleaning experts from molly maid:

"For any tough stains that are still present, you can use a solution that will work for the type of fabric along with a clean cloth for blotting away stains. For instance, fabric upholstery can be cleaned using a mixture of 3/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap. For synthetic upholstery, a mixture of one cup warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap works well." – Molly Maids [4]

This means you’ll have to dedicate at least an afternoon to cleaning and drying your dog’s bed, which might be too involved for your liking.

Since most of this brand’s indoor beds need to be hand washed to get stains out, we’re taking off 2 stars.

Variety 3/5

There are two main types of Aldi dog beds: those meant for indoor use, and those meant to be used outside.

Their outdoor beds come in three sizes, with the largest being more than 1 m. long. This is enough room for large and giant dog breeds to nap comfortably. In contrast, their indoor bed options tend to run smaller. For example, their largest pet sofa bed can only handle up to 45 kg. and measures 95 cm x 63 cm. while this is enough for a medium-sized dog, it’s definitely too small for a larger pup.

Another thing to note when considering this brand is that you won’t find all colour options or products available at your local store. Plus, given the fact these are all special editions, it’s unlikely you’ll find the same bed a few months after buying it. If you want to get several and have them match, this might not be the best way to go.

Considering the limited indoor options for larger dogs, and the difficulty in finding matching beds without visiting several stores, we’re taking off 2 stars.

Price 5/5

When it comes to price, Aldi shines. This hard-discount store makes pretty affordable pet beds! Their outdoor dog beds are very cheap and will usually cost you less than a large bag of dry food.

However, their popular sofa pet beds are part of a premium line and have a similar cost to other dog beds in the market. Overall, we appreciate the diversity you can get for a very reasonable price, so we’re giving it 5 out of 5 in this category.


Don’t Buy If…

Aldi’s range could be a great fit for many pups, but you might want to look elsewhere if you:

  • You need a specific dog bed at a specific time: like other hard-discount supermarkets, many Aldi products are limited editions, meaning once they’re gone, they’re gone. In fact, certain products sell out within a few days. Some successful lines, like their Pampered Special Buys series, come back with new additions, but this isn’t a sure thing. If you’re sure you want one of these, try to grab yours as soon as they go on sale.
  • Have a heavy chewer at home: some owners have complained [3] that, after their pups have chewed on their elevated dog bed, the mat can start breaking into smaller plastic pieces which be dangerous if your pup eats them. Of course, this is an issue with all dog beds and if your pup tends to destroy their beds, you shouldn’t leave them unattended.
  • Own a large or giant breed: while Aldi beds come in different sizes, their premium line fits medium to small dogs better. In fact, their largest dog sofa to date can only handle 45kgs, while a large Saint Bernard or Great Dane can weigh up to 90kg.

Aldi Pet Bed: The Verdict

This is a great brand to consider, particularly if you have a smaller budget and a medium to small dog. Plus, most of the models are so cheap that you can always try them out and see how your dog likes them. Their premium sofa beds are slightly pricier so they might only be worth it if you have the budget or would use it as part of your décor.

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References
  1. ALDI’s Pampered Pets Special Buys are back with tiny sofas for your dog. Canstar blue. https://www.canstarblue.com.au/home-garden/aldi-pampered-pets-special-buys-sofas-dog/
  2. ABS plastic properties. Adreco Plastics. https://www.adrecoplastics.co.uk/abs-plastic-properties-and-application/
  3. Australian dog owners Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AustralianDogLover/posts/2198621987097035/  
  4. How to deep clean a couch. Molly maids. https://www.mollymaid.com/practically-spotless/2018/march/how-to-deep-clean-a-couch/
Eloisa Thomas

Eloisa Thomas is a dog lover & anthropologist. She enjoys writing content that will actually help people understand their dogs better. Eloisa is able to use her expertise to write informative posts on canine behaviour and training.

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David Stephens - October 23, 2021

Bought a Petplay dog bed. Two big adults gave up trying to assessemble it. The webbing simply too small for the frame. A waste of money

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