The Best Memory Foam Dog Bed Australia - The Overview
Our #1 Pick
The Best Value for Money
The Barney Bed
Most dogs spend more time lounging around their bed than anything else, and they deserve the best dog bed possible while doing it! There is no better way to take your canine buddy’s chilling time to the next level than with a memory foam dog bed.
Today’s guide will help you find the best bed for your dog available.
How to Choose a Memory Foam Mattress for Dogs
As you can see (and probably know), dogs sleep a lot. In fact, one could say, it is their default mode. When there is nothing special going on, most dogs will simply go to sleep. Because of this, it makes sense that every dog should have a quality bed - and getting a dog bed with memory foam is one of the best options you could get.
PRO TIP: “On average, most dogs spend about 50% of their day sleeping, about 12 hours in a 24-hour period. Puppies, large-breed dogs, and older dogs may sleep more, while small-breed dogs and working dogs may sleep less.” - Sandra Mitchell, DVM for PetMD
While for a young and healthy dog even the floor could be fine, but as dogs start getting older, they need a comfortable surface to sleep on even more. If you have decided to give your canine buddy the best possible treatment, here is what to consider in order to find a great memory foam dog bed:
Dog bed memory foam is essentially the same memory foam used in mattresses for humans. Not memory foam is the same though. The foam can be more or less dense, which reflects on the surface of the bed. However, in the case of dogs, this is not overly important - as long as it’s memory foam, they will find it comfortable.
What is important for you, when shopping, is to differentiate between different types of foam. Besides memory foam, you’ll find dog beds made with egg-crate orthopedic foam or sometimes pillows made of shredded memory foam. While all these options are technically fine, if you want the best possible dog bed, look for those with an actual memory foam mattress that is at least a couple of inches thick.
When it comes to dog beds, you want something that can withstand everyday wear and tear, especially if your canine buddy is on the energetic side. Because of this, it’s important to look at the outer cover of the bed. You want something breathable and comfortable for the dog, but also a fabric that is durable. Quality stitching can make a world of difference in this case, cause that’s where dog beds usually start to fall apart at first.
With any dog bed you buy, you have to think about cleaning. Even if your dog doesn’t smell and is very tidy, washing the bed is non-negotiable. Dogs can carry microorganisms and mites and washing the bed at least twice a week is recommended (2). When it comes to memory foam beds, though, you don’t want to wash the whole bed. That is why it’s a good idea to look for a bed with a removable cover that you can easily wash when you need to. If you don’t want to wash the cover all the time, though, you can also use linens on top of the bed and wash those.
Best Memory Foam Pet Bed 2021
What sets this product apart from the rest?
The Barney Bed is the highest rated bed for dogs in Australia, and we totally agree with that. If you want to give your canine companion the ultimate luxury bed, this is the one to choose.
So why is the Barney Bed so awesome? First of all, the bed features an exceptionally thick memory foam base. Moreover, this bed features a den-like design with bolsters on all 4 sides to keep your pooch feeling all snuggled-up in there. Just like the mattress, the bolsters are made of memory foam. There is no place that is more comfortable for a dog to rest their head!
The bed is also very functional and easy to clean. All you need to do is unzip the covers, take the memory inserts out, and throw the cover into the washing machine. The foam inserts themselves are covered with a water-resistant lining (which coincidentally also helps repel dust mites).
For this reason, there will be no need to wash the foam inserts. And if your dog is prone to accidents so you are worried about the bed not being waterproof, Barney also offers a waterproof lining for the bed that can be purchased separately.
Finally, the Barney Bed comes in 5 different sizes - from S to XXL. The largest version is 2 meters long. A memory foam dog bed in extra large can be hard to find, but this bed will fit even the largest dogs! It’s also great if you have two dogs who love to sleep together.
Sadly, the Barney bed comes only in one colour. The colour is a stylish neutral grey, though, and it easily fits into any interior. If you don’t like the colour, though, Barney also makes linen sets for the bed which come in a couple of different colour options (and make cleaning the bed even easier).
This Barney Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra extra large dogs like a Great Dane.
Verified Review - 13/04/2021
"High quality bed for my senior dog. Bought it nearly 2 years ago and it still looks great! Well worth the money! I have a happy fur baby!"
The Kazoo Wombat Plush Bed is another great bed for dogs that features a memory foam mattress. Besides the mattress, this bed also features bolsters on all sides to provide additional support for tired joints and create a den-like feeling for your dog.
This bed from Kazoo also features a removable cover that can be washed in the machine. The cover is extremely soft on top and has a non-slip bottom panel. While the cover works great on a new bed, there is one thing we are worried about: the fabric doesn’t look like it can withstand consistent wear and tear, and Kazoo doesn’t offer replacement covers.
This bed from Kazoo looks a lot like the Barney Bed. It’s considerably cheaper, but you get what you pay for. The Wombat bed will provide support and comfort for your dog, but it’s nowhere as durable as the Barney.
This Kazoo Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to medium dogs like a Blue Heeler.
Memory foam dog beds are probably the best sleeping arrangement you can get for a dog. However, since a quality memory foam bed is essentially the same as what humans use, these beds can get quite expensive. This bed from PetMaker is probably the cheapest dog bed you can buy that features memory foam.
However, you can’t expect the same quality from a cheap bed as you can from the pricier ones. This doesn’t mean this bed won’t work for your dog, though. The thing is, the PetMaker bed features only 2 inches of memory foam - one inch of regular memory foam, and 2 inches of cooling memory foam.
Below that, you’ll find a 3-inch thick layer of egg-crate style orthopedic foam. All in all, this kind of mattress is not too bad, but it will not mould to your dog’s body as a bed made completely of memory foam would.
There are 2 more things we liked about this bed. First, it comes with a bolster along the backside that allows the dog to feel extra comfortable. Second, the cover on this bed is removable and washable.
The cover features a non-slip bottom and a strong hidden zipper which is always a plus. The sleeping surface is made of microsuede fabric, which is extra soft, so it’s a good choice if you want to treat your dog to some extra luxury while sleeping.
This PetMaker Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to medium dogs like a Blue Heeler.
Verified Review - 8/04/2021
Comfortable Even For Humans
"Although Our Charlie (Golden Retriever ) sleeps mostly next to it, he seem to enjoy it when in use. We have only had a month so it might take awhile to get in the habit of using it. It is a large bed and Charlie is 52kgs. and fits on it well."
Sealy is a company that makes memory foam mattresses for humans with a lot of success. That is why we had high expectations from them when they decided to expand to the dog bed market. And they have delivered! Their dog beds come with real memory foam mattresses, no worse than those used for people.
While Sealy now makes a couple of different pet beds, we’ve found that the Lux model works the best and offers the best value for money. Besides a thick memory foam mattress that is both supportive and comfortable, this bed also features bolsters on 3 sides, with an opening at the front.
We found this design works great, as it provides support and coziness when needed, but the opening at the front makes the bed easy to get into even for dogs with reduced mobility. If you are looking for a bed that can help an elderly dog suffering from arthritis or similar issues, this might just be it!
Finally, the cover on this dog bed is removable and washable in the machine. That’s something we expect from any good dog bed, since these beds do need to be washed from time to time. The Sealy Lux Dog Bed is also available in a variety of sizes and colours, so you’ll surely find something that fits yours and your dog’s needs.
This Sealy Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
Verified Review - 7/03/2021
The Underneath Should Be Made Stronger
"Exactly as advertised, comfy bed for the dog, easy to assemble once you figure it out. The mesh underneath is very easy to rip if pulled to hard to close the zipper. It ripped the first time I assembled it. But it can still be used as the rip is underneath. I'm disappointed about the mesh, it could be made a bit better, but the rest of this product is perfect."
Watching TV with your partner seems like quite an enjoyable activity. But then your dog tries to squeeze in between you two on the sofa, and bit by bit, you’re pushed off of it. Dogs love sleeping on couches, so one way to solve your problem is to get them their own piece of furniture. This bed from Furhaven will definitely become your pup’s new favourite sleeping place.
The bed features a bolster on three sides, thus resembling a sofa. This design allows the dog to sleep on the side, curled up, with a raised head and neck, four paws in the air… you name it. There’s plenty of sleeping space for dogs that like to stretch out, as well as two corners for nestlers.
This bed has plush faux fur on the top side of the cushion, while bolsters are covered with suede fabric. These materials are soft, but they’re not the main reason for this bed’s comfortability.
The superstar of this product is the gel-infused memory foam, for two reasons. The first and the obvious one is that it conforms to your dog's shape and that way it provides joint support. The second reason is that gel has a cooling ability - it disperses the heat away, so your long-haired pooch can sleep carelessly even on a hot summer day.
This Furhaven Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Verified Review - 8/03/2021
My Healer Loves Her New Bed
"Nice soft bed with pillow edge for her to lay her head on."
We’ve all heard the saying “like owner, like dog” and we can probably agree that there’s a genuine similarity between humans and their canine companions. They pick up a lot of our traits, and I’m almost certain that resting the head on a pillow is one of those things. This bed from LaiFug is one of the best memory foam dog beds with a headrest, so your dog can feel just like they have their own pillow.
The first thing you notice about this bed is its chic design. The suede cover comes in three beautiful earthy colours: slate grey, dark green and chocolate. Each option will surely complement different interior designs.
While suede gets dirtier faster than many other fabrics, LaiFug made the cover safe for machine washing. Therefore, your dog jumping on the bed with muddy paws is not the end of the world. This cover is water-resistant and acts as the first line of defence against moisture.
Under the cover, there’s a waterproof liner that protects the memory foam from getting wet. This brand claims that its foam retains at least 90% of its shape & support for at least 3 years. They even claim that in case it flattens before that timeframe, they’ll replace it! The bolster is generously filled, unlike most other beds on the market. Your pooch’s head won’t sink into it, which can be annoying.
This LaiFug Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Verified Review - 30/03/2021
Well Made Dog Bed
"The bed seems decent. The waterproof cover so far has protected the bed. Had to wash it twice already and was not too bad taking the cover off and putting it back on again. Definitely need to wash it on gently cycle and dry it on delicate for only a short time. My dogs like it though our larger dog still prefers to sleep on cool tile versus the bed. Seems like a good purchase."
Buying pet accessories is quite an endeavour when you own a large breed dog. Finding adequate harnesses, leashes and clothes is hard, not to mention the dog beds. For some reason, manufacturers tend to forget that our large babies require as much comfort as tiny pooches do. Snooza specifically designed this memory foam mattress for dogs that fall under the “large” category.
Our large pooches often suffer from hip and joint problems, like dysplasia and arthritis. The bed is supposed to reduce discomfort and provide even support. That’s why not just any memory foam bed would do. Beds for large breeds need to be made of a two-foam combo, like the Big Dog Bed is.
The top part of the mattress is thick memory foam, while the bottom part is so-called 'load-bearing' foam. This part makes sure your dog’s elbows won’t pressure down the memory foam all the way to the floor.
The top part of the cover features a beautiful faux fur in charcoal colour while the base is made of two-tone furnishing fabric. The wrap-around zipper makes removing the cover a piece of cake. You can wash it on a 40-degree cycle and tumble dry it. The cover is water-resistant, but in the event a stain does manage to get through you can spot clean it.
This Snooza Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Verified Review - 4/11/2021
Snooza Big Dog Bed Chinchilla
"Perfect for large dogs who prefer firm base to a soft squishy one. My greyhound just loves it, spends more time on it now than he does on the lounge! Cover washes up nicely & zipper does not shrink, typical of Snooza, so well made."
There are multiple “wet” phases in a dog’s life. First, they go through the “I’ll pee just about anywhere” period, during which they’re both the cutest and smelliest they’ll ever be. Then, sometime through their teen years, their favourite pastime will be walking through puddles.
Finally, as they get old, some dogs start having occasional “accidents.” With all this in mind, it seems worthwhile investing in a waterproof dog bed, and this model from LaiFug seems like an ideal choice.
The design of this bed is quite interesting. It consists of two pieces: the central part which is made of memory foam, and the outside surrounding made of regular high-quality support foam. The external foam frame is slightly taller than the middle part, so your dog can use it as a headrest after a tough day of playing fetch.
With lots of waterproof beds, the first thing that wears down is the waterproof liner. That’s because this already thin material gets weaker with the friction created by a dog’s movement on the bed. While the liner on this LaiFug bed doesn’t seem that thick, lots of customers praised its waterproof ability.
This bed is suitable for dogs under 70 kg, and it’s also a great option for two smaller dogs who love sleeping together since there’s so much headrest space.
This LaiFug Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
Verified Review - 27/02/2021
"I’d seen something similar for $300+ so when I saw this product, almost identical for about a third of that price, I was very happy. It seems to be quite good quality and comfortable for the dogs, once they get used to the memory foam."
Final Thoughts on Memory Foam Beds for Dogs
As you have seen, memory foam is becoming popular in dog beds, and there is quite a lot to choose from. However, a quality memory foam bed is not difficult to spot, and the Barney Bed is just that. It’s a well made bed that will keep your dog comfortable, it is easy to clean, and replacement covers, and additional accessories are easily available. What more could you want?
Well, the only downside we could find to this bed is the slightly higher price tag than competitors. Although the Barney is well worth the price, if you want to spend less on your bed consider the Wombat bed from Kazoo.
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It’s hard to say what the best option is in every case, but memory foam beds are definitely great! Memory foam is relatively durable, it conforms to your dog’s body and provides support to achy joints. Overall, there are almost no downsides to such beds. The only case where memory foam may not be the best solution is if you live in a warm climate and your dog needs a cooling bed.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to mattress thickness for dogs. In general, the heavier the dog is the thicker you will want the memory foam to be. However, in any case, the mattress should be at least 3 inches thick in order to be fully effective.
It would be best for your dog not to chew up and swallow pieces of their memory foam bed. However, most pet parents have witnessed their dog chew up something they shouldn’t, at least once. The truth is dogs do pretty well in getting rid of swallowed pieces of things that are indigestible.
The thing to worry about is obstruction, which could be caused by your dog swallowing a large piece of memory foam. So, if your dog chews up the bed - don’t worry. But do watch your dog and if you notice them trying to vomit all the time or exhibit any other unusual behaviour - go to the vet.
- Mitchell, S. February 25, 2020. “Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?”. PetMD. Retrieved December 27, 2020. https://www.petmd.com/dog/behavior/why-do-dogs-sleep-so-much
- “The Guide to Washing a Dog Bed”. March 01, 2016. PetMD Editorial. Retrieved December 27, 2020. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_guide-to-washing-dog-bed