BarkBox Orthopedic Ultra Plush Dog Mattress

Last updated date: June 3, 2022

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BarkBox Orthopedic Ultra Plush Dog Mattress

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We looked at the top Dog Mattresses and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dog Mattress you should buy.

Update as August 3, 2022:
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Overall Take

On a hot summer night, keep your pup cool with this dog bed that features a special gel foam with cooling properties. The design of this memory foam mattress relieves aches caused by conditions like hip dysplasia and arthritis. This waterproof option also comes in four different sizes and four different colors.

In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the BarkBox Orthopedic Ultra Plush Dog Mattress placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Logo Brand Banner Mission Statement, From the makers of BarkBox What a Dog Wants, What a Dog Needs BARK (makers of BarkBox) has proudly serviced over 2 million dog homes over the last 7 years. Our new BARK Essentials are a line of must-haves (made better) for daily life with our four-legged loved ones. Bark Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed Size and color stacks Machine Washable Waterproof cover Free Crown and Pea with Purchase 100% Pure Memory Foam Only the best for your dog. Our bed is easy to step into and accommodates any sleeping position. Our product features high quality memory foam, a water-resistant cover, and a machine-washable top cover that goes over the water-resistant cover. We make it easy to keep your dog’s bed fresh and clean. (Houdini’s comfiest on his back) Waterproof & Machine Washable Available in 4 sizes and 4 colors: Espresso, Grey, Blue, and Sand; Sizes: Small (16″ x 24″ x 3″), Medium (22″ x 32” x 3”), Large (26″ x 36” x 3”), and XL (42″ x 31″ x 4″). 100% Happiness for Pups in the BARK Pack If your experience wasn’t what you hoped for, we want to make it right! We’re committed to 100% happiness for all the pups in the BarkBox pack. Because at the end of the day, we just want dogs (and their people) to be happy. Free Toy Included! Familiar with the Princess and the Pea fairytale? Every bed comes with a squeaky little sweet pea and wearable paper crown because we know your dog plays just as hard as he sleeps. rest and relaxation, features and benefits The rest and relaxation your dog deserves Our Essential orthopedic bed made with ergonomic memory foam and gel foam is so cozy and indulgently supportive that your dog will never want to get out of bed. The thick memory foam base supports your dog’s joints and pressure points making it great for all dogs, but especially those with arthritis, recovering from surgery or suffering from other mobility issues. Also great as a bed for mini pigs, hedgehogs, and cats–and we have the photos to prove it. 100% pure pressure-relief Memory Foam Orthopedic ultra-plush Helps with hip dysplasia and arthritis More restful sleep for your dog

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

1,404 user reviews

What experts liked

The fleece cover that surrounds both layers of foam is soft and washable, so if there are accidents you won't have to worry about the clean-up.
- The Spruce Pets
July 3, 2019 | Full review
This is very good quality and seems very comfortable as well.
- New York Mag
August 7, 2019 | Full review
This BarkBox orthopedic memory foam dog bed is ideal for dogs with conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and/or joint problems, thanks to its low three-inch profile and ample therapeutic support. This bed is also easy to clean. You won’t ever have to worry about accidents since the cover is both water-resistant and machine-washable.
- Rover
The upper layer is amazing as well since it uses memory foam infused with gel technology. This foam is really helpful for hot summers since it can regulate temperature and give your dog a cold feeling.
- The Top Pro
The cover of this bed is also waterproof so you don’t need to worry. If your dog makes it dirty, you can just remove that cover and wash it.
- OpenSumo Guide
July 4, 2019 | Full review
The memory foam that bounces back is awesome for old Bruiser and Sherm. My dogs are gross and it’s waterproof so when they plop on the bed after a very wet potty break, it’s fine. It helps relieve body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.
- Wag and Cluck
December 12, 2018 | Full review
The lush exterior is super cozy and gentle on your dog’s sensitive skin.
- Got Poop AZ
June 20, 2019 | Full review
It’s waterproof and machine washable, which makes it super easy to clean any time your dog has an accident.
- Bark Post

What experts didn't like

Some customers thought the largest size could be bigger.
- The Spruce Pets
July 3, 2019 | Full review
It’s not chew-proof at all, nor is it water-proof. Accidents WILL seep through. The bed takes a while to fluff up (so don’t expect your dog to be able to use it right out of the box).
- Got Poop AZ
June 20, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mantilla 
Animal trainer

Stephanie Mantilla is a positive reinforcement-based animal trainer who has worked with a variety of animals, from lizards all the way up to cheetahs and lions.  She now runs the pet blog Curiosity Trained, writing about training and enrichment for your dog and cat.  She holds a behavioral husbandry professional development certificate from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and has a bachelor of science in biology and environmental science.

After spending 12 years training exotic animals as a zookeeper, she now helps pet owners create fulfilling lives for their pets. No matter the animal, they all require similar things to make their lives enriched and prevent behavioral issues.  Stephanie’s mission is to help pet owners make the lives of their pets the best that they can be.



An Overview On Dog Mattresses

You love your pup and you want him or her to be able to rest comfortably when taking a nap or sleeping at night. A dog bed (dog mattress) is a great way to do this, and the best part is that you can easily move the dog bed into any room. That way, if you’re watching TV in the living room, your dog will be close by. When shopping for the perfect dog mattress, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Before you make your purchase, consider what you already know about your dog’s behavior and sleeping style, says Stephanie Mantilla, a positive reinforcement animal trainer who runs the blog Curiosity Trained.

“Some dogs prefer raised beds, others prefer beds with ‘arms’ to rest their head on, while others prefer cushy memory foam to sprawl out on,” she says.

Examine the bed’s construction and the materials it is made out of to ensure it will be soft against your dog’s fur. Some models are made out of materials like faux fur or nylon that are extremely comfortable.

If you live in a warmer climate, or you have hot summers, you may want to look for a memory foam mattress filled with gel foam. The gel keeps the dog bed from becoming too hot and provides a cooling sensation that is welcome when temperatures outside reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Determine if your dog needs added orthopedic support. Some models have bolstered sides that help with this. Others use a special memory foam mattress that helps with muscle aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia and arthritis.

Flip the mattress over and take a look at the bottom. Some beds have a non-slip bottom to prevent the mattress from sliding across the room every time your dog tries to lay in it. This isn’t a must if you have carpet, but it is ideal for those who have tile and hardwood flooring that can be slippery.

If your dog is a chewer, certain beds aren’t ideal. Look for the words “tear-resistant” on the product packaging to ensure you aren’t buying a bed that will only last a few days.

Check to see if the company implements any environmentally-friendly practices. For example, some dog beds use recycled green polyfill for the bolsters.

Finally, consider the extras, like water-resistant covers that protect against leaks, and a variety of colors to match the room in your home where you plan on placing the dog bed. Most dog beds are sold in small, medium and large, although some companies also have an extra-large option.

If you’re looking for a mattress that’s easy to keep clean, consider one with a removable cover, suggests Mantilla.

“Having an easily removable cover makes washing easy,” she says. “This will keep the bed and your house from smelling. My best tip is to get an extra cover for the bed so that your dog can still use the bed while the other cover is being washed.”

The Dog Mattress Buying Guide

  • Check the product label for washing instructions. Some dog mattresses are machine washable and dryer safe, while others are not. There are even models on the market that have a cover, so all you need to do is unzip the cover and toss it in the washing machine to get it clean. Even if the mattress is safe to toss in the washing machine, the label may warn not to use bleach, as this could harm the fabric. There may be restrictions when it comes to the dryer as well, such as only tumbling the bed cover on low heat.
  • Schedule weekly cleanings for your dog mattress. In between cleanings, you may wish to use your vacuum to suck up any pet hair or dirt that got tracked in after your pup came in from playing outdoors. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the bed for fleas and ticks during the summer months, as it is possible for your dog to pick these up while spending time in your yard.
  • Depending on the type of foam used to make the dog mattress, you may notice an odor when you first open the packaging. Airing the mattress out for a few days should do the trick. If there are any lingering odors, you can sprinkle baking soda over the bed and let it sit overnight. Simply vacuum the powder up the next morning, and the mattress will be ready for your dog.
  • While reviewing prices, it is important that you compare like sizes and features. Bigger beds tend to be more expensive, while smaller beds tend to be more economical.