The Casper dog bed is expensive—but it’s worth every penny
My pets fight over who gets to sleep in it.
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There’s part of me that questions why I even bother buying pet beds for my two fur babies. After all, nine times out of 10, they opt to sleep on my bed or the couch. However, there’s another big part of me that loves to spoil both my cat and dog, which is how we came to own the Casper dog bed.
While by no means the first dog bed I’ve purchased—in fact, it’s probably the fourth or fifth—this memory foam bed is hands-down our favorite. Its design is thoughtful, and even though the price will probably make you cringe, I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.
What is the Casper dog bed?
The Casper dog bed is basically the Ferrari of dog beds. It was designed by the same team that made the brand’s signature mattress in a box, though it claims it undertook "extensive dog-centered research."
The result? The dog bed is crafted from a combination of pressure-relieving memory foam and a denser foam base. There are supportive bolsters on all four sizes, and the cover is made from a tightly woven microfiber. It even features excess material on top to mimic the feel of pawing at dirt when your dog scratches at it.
The bed is available in three sizes (which we’ll talk about in a second), as well as gray, blue, and sand colors. (Deep breath, pricing coming...) The small size costs $125; the medium is $150; and the large is $225.
What size do you need?
There are three sizes—small, medium, and large—and while the sizing might seem self-explanatory, I think it warrants a deeper explanation.
You see, I bought a large bed for my 50-pound golden retriever, Addy, as that’s usually what she needs. However, it is way too big. You could easily fit two or three of her in the bed, and my boyfriend can actually curl up with her comfortably. She doesn’t mind that it’s extra roomy, but it does take up quite a bit of space in our living room, as it measures 45 inches by 35 inches.
All that to say: Follow Casper’s sizing recommendations instead of just buying the size you usually get for your dog. The brand recommends its small bed for small dogs (or cats) up to 30 pounds, the medium for dogs up to 60 pounds, and the large for dogs up to 90 pounds—though it bears repeating that a 50-pound dog and a full-grown man can cozy up in the large.
Here’s why it’s worth the high price
Considering you can get a dog bed for $20 on other websites, you might be wondering what makes this one worth $100-plus. I was also skeptical, but the product impressed me in a few key areas.
It’s well-made and durable
One of the common issues I’ve run into with pet beds is that they’re simply not durable. After a few months of use, the filling of cheap beds will often start getting lumpy or the seams will rip—especially as my dog, Addy, isn’t exactly gentle on her sleeping surfaces. We’ve also had problems with the cover material getting ratty after going through the wash.
On the other hand, we’ve had the Casper dog bed for a year now, and it looks and feels as good as the day we got it. Addy regularly digs in the bed before settling down and chews her bones in it, yet the cover has held up. There’s not a single pill or tear on it!
Plus, the foam that makes up the bed hasn’t shown any signs of deterioration, and there aren’t any lumps or bumps. You can tell that the bed is made from top-tier materials, which helps to justify its high price.
The cover is machine-washable
Another big win in my book is that the cover can go in the laundry. It’s a little cumbersome to get off and on, as the bed has two compartments and five foam pieces that fill it, but I love being able to toss it in the washing machine once a month to keep it fresh. It comes out looking as good as new, and the wash gets rid of any unpleasant animal odors.
My pets absolutely love it
All that is well and good, but the deciding factor on whether a bed is worthwhile is if your pets will use it. I’m happy to report that both my dog and cat are obsessed with the Casper dog bed, and they even fight over who gets to sleep in it. (Mind you, there’s plenty of room for both of them, but sharing is not their forte.)
If the cat gets to the bed first, Addy will often give him a couple pokes in the tummy, hoping he’ll move, but Nugget likes sleeping there so much that he stands his ground. It’s quite funny to watch, and between the two of them, there’s almost always someone using the bed, which makes it worth it in my book.
The only downside we’ve discovered
There’s only one thing I don’t love about the Casper dog bed, and we discovered this flaw the hard way. Even though my dearest Addy is very much potty trained, she decided to pee on the Casper Bed the day we got it. Whether she was marking her territory or just being a brat, I don’t know, but her “accident” highlighted the bed’s one major flaw: It’s not waterproof.
The cover of the bed is tightly woven enough that liquids take a while to soak in, but once they do, there’s nothing stopping the liquid from making its way into the foam underneath. Memory foam is notoriously hard to clean, so I consider myself lucky that I caught Addy in the act and was able to whip the cover off the bed before any urine soaked into the base.
With that in mind, this bed might not be the best choice for puppies or if your dog is prone to accidents. While the cover is machine-washable, there’s a good chance the inner foam could be ruined if an accident happens when you’re not home.
Is the Casper dog bed worth it?
If you like spoiling your four-legged friend rotten or just want a bed that’s going to last more than a year, I’d definitely recommend it. Yes, it’s quite expensive, but in this case, it’s true that you get what you pay for. The bed is made from high-quality materials that can stand up to your dog’s worst antics, and my dog and cat give it the seal of approval when it comes to comfort.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.