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Best Dog Crate Beds & Mats: Padding for Your Pooch’s Crate

Many dogs spend a large portion of their dog in their crate while their owners are off at work or out running errands. We all want to keep our beloved four-legged pals comfy while they’re in their crates, which makes a quality dog crate bed essential!

We’re covering what to look for in a dog crate mat, plus detailing a few of our top picks.

No time to read the full review? Check out our quick picks below:

Pick #1: Big Barker Crate Bed best for large and extra-large dogs
Pick #2: K&H Self-Warming Crate Mat great for short-haired breeds that need extra warmth
Pick #3: P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle Crate Pad lightweight & portable

What to Look For in a Dog Crate Mat

When picking out the perfect dog crate pad, make sure to consider these factors:

Fit. Naturally, you’ll want a dog crate mat that fits the size of your canine’s crate. Make sure to take accurate measures of the crate, and double check the measurements of the dog crate pad you’re considering.

Durability. Durability is an important factor for dogs that chew through their bedsyou’ll need something tough that can withstand your pup’s paws if your dog is rough with his stuff. Look for dog crate pads that have tear-resistant features. You may also need to consider a durable crate mat if your dog has separation anxiety issues, since these dogs can to be destructive when left alone.

Thickness. Since your dog will likely be spending a lot of time in their crate, you’ll want to make sure their crate mat is substantially stuffed. Appropriate stuffing or inches of padding really depends on your dog’s size – bigger dogs need more support. Look for beds with memory foam or several inches of cushioning. This will be especially important for older dogs with arthritic issues, as they’ll need orthopedic-oriented beds to prevent their joint issues from getting worse.

Best Dog Crate Beds: Reviews & Ratings

Here’s our assessment of the best dog crate beds to provide super comfort for your beloved canine! Let us know what you think in the comments.

1. Orthopedic 4″ Dog Crate Mat by Big Barker

About: The Big Barker Dog Crate Mat is a thickly cushioned crate mat with four inches of luxury orthopedic support foam and a heavy-duty tear resistant cover which is 100% waterproof.

The cover zips off for easy cleaning, allowing you to simply throw the cover in the wash in case of accidents. The firm padding is perfect for larger or older pets who need extra support or for dogs who try to dig and nest in their bedding.

The Big Barker Dog Crate Bed comes in several standard sizes and is machine washable.


  • Perfectly Sized. Because these pads fit perfectly into the tray of standard-sized crates, accidents will not spill onto your carpet or wood floor.
  • Foam. The high-quality foam in this pad is thick and supportive. Will not fold over on itself or flatten over time.
  • Several Sizes. This bed comes in four sizes to fit standard sized crates, from small (30 inches X 21 inches) to large (48 inches X 30 inches). The largest sized pad weighs about 6 pounds.
  • Colors. Comes in brown only.

PROS: Big Barker is known for their high-quality dog beds – they’re a favorite among owners of large breeds. The thickness of the foam in this crate pad will not disappoint. Additionally, unlike other dog beds, owners report that this pad is chew resistant, making it a great choice for destructive dogs. This bed is also made in the USA, so you know you’ll have solid quality.

CONS: Compared to other dog crate mats, the Big Barker Dog Crate Pad is quite expensive. Big Barker beds are also not designed for smaller dogs – they really should only be used for larger or giant breed dogs.

2. Brentwood 4-Inch Gel Dog Crate Pad

About: The Brentwood 4-Inch Gel Dog Crate Bed is a 4-inch orthopedic bed with a 2-inch gel infused memory foam pad and a 2-inch therapeutic support foam pad inside of a zippered 100% waterproof washable liner.

Brentwood is so confident that you’ll like this dog crate mat that it comes with a 3-year warranty!

The extra-large sized bed weighs in at 11 pounds, making the Brentwood the heaviest pad in this review.


  • Two Foam Pads. Unlike other crate pads, this bed has two different types of foam inside. The combination provides superior support and comfort.
  • Four Sizes. This dog crate bed comes in four sizes from small (22 Inches X 18 Inches) to extra large (54 Inches X 35 Inches)
  • Six Colors. Color choices include black, camouflage, brown, pink cheetah, tan, and white.
  • Therapeutic. The advanced gel foam pad remains cool, won’t store body heat, and is also designed to relieve joint pain and arthritis.

PROS: The gel memory foam mattress is ideal for older dogs or dogs with orthopedic needs. This bed also has two covers: an inner waterproof liner, and a soft microfiber outer cover. This allows for more protection and easier cleanup than other beds.

CONS: Considerably more expensive than other dog crate beds. The zippers aren’t as robust as they could be and have been known to break when unzipping the cover.

3. P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle Crate Pad

About: The P.L.A.Y. Pet Crate Pad comes in five different sizes and six fun colors. The cover does not detach, but the whole bed is machine washable and dryer safe.

Even the extra large pad is lightweight, coming in at under 4 pounds. If you will be moving your pet’s bed frequently, this is a definite benefit!


  • Five Sizes. This pad comes in five standard sizes that fit most crates. The smallest pad (XS) measures 20 inches by 15 inches while the largest (XL) is 42 inches by 28 inches.
  • Colors. There are six great color options including cream, cocoa, vermillion, pumpkin, sea foam, and pistachio.
  • Eco-Friendly. Unlike other beds, this dog crate mat is stuffed with an eco-friendly polyfill. The high-loft Planet Fill filler is made from recycled bottles and offers a moderate amount of cushioning for your four-legged friend.

PROS: What this pad lacks in cushioning, it makes up for in softness. The squishy fill and velour-like cover make it a pup pleaser. Because it is lightweight, it’s great for travel or car rides.

CONS: Despite this bed’s softness, it does not contain any foam padding and probably doesn’t provide enough support for large dogs or old dogs. Owners report that this bed is also a poor choice for chewers.

4. Reversible Paw Print Fleece Dog Crate Bed

About: If you’re looking for a cushiony bed for your dog’s crate that offers a good balance between comfort and affordability, the Reversible Paw Print bed is another fine choice.

The filling is overstuffed poly fiber which is machine washable and dryer safe. These lightweight beds are relatively thin but are supportive enough to be comfortable for most dogs. Each bed comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.


  • Eight Sizes. This bed comes in lots of sizes to fit nearly every crate. The smallest is 14 inches by 11 inches, the largest is 52 inches by 34 inches. There are six other sizes in between.
  • Colors. There is only one color choice, plush blue acrylic fur with black paw prints on one side, and white fleece on the other.

PROS: Dogs really seem to love the soft, plush fabric of this bed. Many pets want to use it right out of the box. And because it’s so lightweight, this bed is great for summertime use.

CONS: If you’re expecting a thick mattress, you’ll be disappointed; many owners complain that this dog crate mat is too thin, and that the actual bed sizes are also somewhat smaller than the listed sizes. The fleece also sheds quite a bit of fiber, so may require a bit of clean up if your dog is rough with his bed.

5. K&H Manufacturing Crate Pad

About: The K&H Manufacturing Crate Pad offers three great crate pad options: memory foam, self-warming, and odor control.

The memory foam pad is soft and squishy, providing additional softness for your doggie’s crate. The self-warming pad radiates your pet’s body heat offering comfort to pups that need extra warmth. The odor control pad has charcoal in the inner layers which absorbs unwanted pet odors.

All three options are one inch thick and have non-slip fabric on the bottom and soft microfleece on top.


  • Machine Washable. Covers do not detach, but all three styles are machine washable.
  • Several Sizes. This bed comes in several sizes to fit various crates, from small (14 Inches X 22 Inches) to large (37 inches X 54 inches) and has several sizes in between. The largest pad weighs less than 4 pounds, making it a lightweight choice compared to other brands.
  • Colors. Color choices are limited to mocha and gray for the memory foam and odor control pads, while the self-warming pad comes in mocha, gray, and tan.

PROS: The self-warming version of the dog crate mat doesn’t make a loud crinkling noise (which tends to be an issue for other self-warming pet beds). The clever slits on the corner of these mats make them the perfect fit for almost any sized crate.

CONS: Compared to other heated dog beds, the self-warming version of this pad does not reflect much heat. The mats are also somewhat thin and may not provide enough cushion for dogs that need a lot of padding.

The Paws-Down Winner

Depending on your dog’s age and activity level, you may need a thicker more supportive dog crate mat or you may prefer a lighter, easier to clean bed.

However, most pet parents will find the K&H Dog Crate Mat to be the paws-down winner when it comes to comfort and price.

The bed has various versions that cat fit your dog’s unique needs – older or larger dogs will opt for the memory foam, while smaller, more fragile pooches might benefit from the self-heating edition. Plus, owners can appreciate the fact that these beds are machine washable and light enough to use around the house, on the couch, or on a road trip.

Have you used any of these dog crate mats? What’s your top pick? Share your thoughts in the comments!

About the Author Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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