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The Big Barker is a premium memory foam dog bed that has outstanding Amazon reviews. I purchased an large size Big Barker to test out myself to compare against others in the market place. You will pay a premium for this dog bed but if you have a large dog, there’s few others that offer the support and durability of the Big Barker.
The Big Barker is sold exclusively through Amazon. Thankfully it is Prime eligible and doesn’t take all that long for it to arrive at your door. 2 days for Prime customers. It also arrives in a box much smaller than the bed itself. Below is a video of me unboxing the be bed and you can see how quickly it takes shape. I also purchased the waterproof cover that goes over the foam and inside the top cover.
This bed is very similar in construction to some of the memory foam human mattresses I have reviewed. Although not as thick, the foam is CertiPur Certified which means that it is free of the following:
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
The vast majority of dog beds I see listed on Amazon are made in China. The Big Barker is Made in the USA. There’s no mystery about what’s inside. My dog is 13 years old and she sleeps most of her days. That means I want her to be sleeping on something that isn’t going to be harmful to her health.
Here’s a video of the inside of the mattress. The foam is not as soft as a typical memory foam mattress. It pushes back rather quickly. So, this is a mattress that you dog will sleep “on” rather than “in”.
Here’s how the Big Barker handles motion transfer. As you can see it has a little bit of bounce to it but still does a good job of containing motion. This probably doesn’t matter much for dogs since they sleep alone but still something to consider.
The Big Barker is a well made bed but commands a high price. At $199 for a large plus $69 for the waterproof membrane, this is certainly an investment. However, you can expect this dog bed to last MUCH longer than a cheap bed made in China where the contents are uncertain. It also is substantial enough to support big dogs. In fact, a human under 160 lbs could easily sleep on this without having to worry about bottoming out.
If you have a dog that likes to rest their head against the arm of a couch or on a pillow, they also make a pillow top edition. Old dogs sleep much more than humans and investing in a quality bed will dramatically enhance their quality of life.
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