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The best heated pet beds: keep your dog or cat warm and cozy

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We’re here to guide you through the best heated pet beds and pads on the market. Sometimes the best dog bed or best cat bed just isn't enough and as the temperatures begin to drop, pet owners might want something extra to keep their pets warm and cosy. They may have an extra layer of fur, but our pets feel the cold just as we do, which is why taking those extra steps to keep them warm during winter is so important. 

Not only do heated beds and pads keep chilly pets warm, they’re also great for sore joints, recovery from injury and illness, and for newborn pups and kittens. 

It might be tempting to rely on radiators or hot water bottles, but without the proper regulation of a specially designed, pet-safe product, burns and overheating are more likely to occur. That’s why we’ve ensured we only recommend the best products for your best friend.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve covered all angles, from budget and size to energy use. If you’re undecided as to what to buy to keep your fluffy companion toasty, allow us to help and answer all of your questions so you can be sure you’re only getting the best for your pet.

1. K&H Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed: Best overall heated pet bed or pad

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K&H Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed

The plush bed that ticks all the boxes

Thermostatically controlled: Yes | Energy usage: 6 watts | Amazon rating: 4 out of 5

Dual temperature
Can be left on all day
Fully washable
Cheap to run
Limited size range
A more expensive choice

The K&H Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed is a great all-rounder. The stand-out feature is the dual temperature thermoregulation, which keeps the bed at a cosy temperature of around 10 degrees above the ambient room temperature when not in use, then heats up to natural body temperature – around 38 degrees – when your pet lies down for a snooze. Not only does this conserve energy – another plus for this particular bed – it ensures your pet won’t overheat due to excessive temperatures.

While it is a little on the pricier side, the glowing reviews suggest that the extra initial outlay is most certainly worth it for the quality, safety, and efficiency of this bed. 

A cosy cushion and raised sizes make the K&H bed particularly comfortable, but owners of dogs who like to ‘dig’ a lot before settling down may notice the cushion shifts. Luckily, no matter how your pet treats their bed, keeping it clean is easy thanks to the removable heater and cover. Just pop it in the wash to freshen it up.

Available in two sizes, there is less choice than some ranges which run from XS to XL, however users report every pet from cats and chihuahuas to huskies enjoying this bed, drawn by the warmth and comfort. A five-foot-long cable makes finding the perfect spot for the bed easy, while the clever temperature technology means it can be left safely plugged in all day. A slightly more expensive choice but cheap to run, this is a fantastic choice for almost every pet.

2. Furhaven ThermaNAP Faux Fur Self-Warming Pet Pad: Best budget heated pet bed or pad

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Furhaven ThermaNAP Faux Fur Self-Warming Pet Pad

The cheap and cheerful option with glowing reviews

Self-warming: No electricity needed | Amazon rating: 4.5 | Designs available: 6 | Sizes available: 2

Low price
No electricity needed
A number of colors and designs to choose from
Lightweight and portable
Only two sizes available
Makes some noise

If you’re on a budget and you want to keep the heating bills down this winter, the Furhaven ThermaNAP Faux Fur Self-Warming Pet Pad is a great option for your pet. There’s no need to plug this pad in. Instead, the thermal inner layer captures your pet’s body heat and radiates it back out with the help of an insulating fiber core. While the lack of an electric heater means that it doesn’t get quite as warm as its plug-in competitors, the ThermaNAP pad helps maintain your pet’s natural body temperature while putting no extra strain on your electricity bill.

There are a range of designs to choose from, including leopard print, gray, and espresso, allowing you to match it to your interior. The faux fur cover provides a snuggly surface for cosy naps. However, there are only two sizes to choose from – small and large – so they may not be quite the right match for smaller cats and kittens and larger dogs. 

Some users note a light crinkling sound due to the inner lining, although it seems not to disturb or bother pets, who take to the Furhaven pad very quickly. No internal electrics means washing is as easy as popping it in the washing machine, and another added bonus of the self-warming system is that it’s great for car journeys and travel too. 

As a pad rather than a bed, this isn’t the thickest or most plush option. But for pets that are used to living in luxury, it can be easy placed on a sofa, bed, or cushion for extra comfort. With such a low price and thousands of glowing user reviews, the Furhaven pad is the clear choice for our best budget pick. 

3. K&H Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed: Best outdoor heated pet bed or pad

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K&H Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed

The soft and cosy heated bed that’s safe for outdoor use

Warranty: 1 year | Electricity usage: 20 watts | Cord length: 5.5 feet

Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Soft surface
Water resistant
Available in small, medium, and large
A more expensive choice

If your cat or dog likes to lounge on the patio, shelter in the garage, accompany you as you work in the shed, or just spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible, you’ll love the K&H Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed. 

It’s the only soft outdoor bed on the market, with other competing outdoor models being hard flat plastic panels designed to be placed underneath everyday beds or blankets. Its waterproof cover is ideal for flopping down onto after a wet and windy walk or a wander through the snow, while the free washable fleece cover provides extra warmth and comfort for your furry friend.

As with the other K&H model on this list, the Lectro-Soft is a slightly more expensive choice. However it is packed with features, from the orthopedic foam pad to the extra-long, chew-proof cable and the dual temperature thermostat, which saves energy by ensuring the bed only heats to your pet’s natural body temperature when it’s in use, staying at a low ambient temperature otherwise. 

Available in small, medium, and large, there’s a choice for every pet, whether you have a dainty cat or a larger than life dog. UK buyers should be mindful that they will need a US to UK adapter when buying this bed, something users noted as an extra expense to account for. However, the low wattage of the heating element means that ongoing costs are relatively low.

While it’s certainly an investment buy, a 4.6 star Amazon rating and thousands of positive reviews correlate the price of this outdoor bed with great quality that makes for happier and cosier pets.

4. RIOGOO Waterproof Pet Heating Pad: Best heated pet bed or pad for older pets

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RIOGOO Waterproof Pet Heating Pad

Soft, waterproof and easy to climb onto

Temperature control: High/low | Amazon rating: : 4.4 | Weight: 590g

Easy access
Waterproof
Foldable for storage
Affordable
Anti-shock
Only available in one size

Looking for a heated bed for an older pet that needs a little extra TLC? The RIOGOO Waterproof Pet Heating Pad will tick all the boxes. The flat design means that there’s no need to step up onto another level; your pet can simply lie down onto the soft surface of the pad, making it ideal if they have any mobility issues. Plus, the gentle heat can help soothe aching or arthritic joints, as well as aiding recovery from injury or illness.

You can choose from two different heat settings to suit your pet and keep them comfortably warm, the low voltage helping to keep energy bills down even when you leave it turned on all day.

While the surface of the RIOGOO heated pad is soft and cushioned, it’s also waterproof – an especially practical choice for older pets who may be more prone to accidents. The waterproof fabric also makes it easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth, taking care of those muddy paw prints after a wet winter walk.

With only one size available, it may prove too small for larger dogs in particular. However, the heating element runs right through the length and breadth of this pad, while the heat pads in even larger beds can be of a smaller size. There is also only one design available, and the distinctive floral pattern might not suit all tastes and decors. 

Unlike its tougher, plastic counterparts, this heating bad can be folded up for storage, a definite advantage for those short on space. You also have the option to lay a blanket, jumper, or towel over the pad safely, something which is not recommended for other models, but is a handy option if your pet needs a familiar smell or texture to settle. 

While there are a few limitations in size and design, this pad comes at an affordable price, and the design features make it the perfect fit for senior pets who find getting around a little harder.

5. SnuggleSafe Microwavable Heat Pad: Best wireless heated pet bed or pad

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SnuggleSafe Microwavable Heat Pad

The fuss-free, wire-free pet pad

Heating time: 10 hours | Filling: Non-toxic | Safety: Bite-resistant cover | Max microwave time: 8 mins | Washable cover?: Yes

No wires needed
No hot water
Hours of warmth 
Indoor and outdoor use
Only available in smaller dimensions

This microwavable heat pad is the ideal solution for those who don’t want a plug-in product, but do want a little more heat than a self-warming bed generates. It couldn’t be simpler; just pop the disc without the cover on in the microwave for 2-8 minutes (be sure to check what the right time for the wattage of your microwave is), and your pet will have heat for up to 10 hours.

Over a million units of the SnuggleSafe Microwavable Heat Pad have been made and sold, and an Amazon rating of 4.6 points to a lot of very happy customers out there with perfectly snuggly pets. Recommended by vets for use in winter as well as for ailing or whelping animals, it can be used both indoors and outdoors, as there are no wires or electrics involved. 

The tough plastic heating pad is bite and scratch proof, but although a fleecy cover is provided, some owners find it is best used tucked under a cushion or into a bed for those who prefer that extra bit of comfort for their naps. 

As it needs to fit into a microwave, this isn’t the biggest model on the market at just 21cm in diameter. If you’re looking for something more sizable, a fold-out, plug-in model may be more suitable, but user reviews suggest that it’s effective for larger pets when tucked into a bigger bed and great for use on its own in hutches, coops, carriers and crates. 

If you have worries about heating bills, trailing wires, bite damage, or water leaks, this pet pad will allay them all. It's an easy-to-use product at an affordable price point.

6. PetKit Cosy Pet Bed: Best high-tech heated pet bed or pad

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PetKit Cosy Pet Bed

The high-tech bed that cools as well as heats.

Ventilation: Two-way | Temperature control?: Yes | Sleep monitoring?: Yes

Can be used all year
Modern, stylish design
Can be controlled with an app
Collects useful data
Expensive
Only suitable for small and medium pets

The PetKit Cosy Pet Bed is like no other. The clean white spherical design will look stylish in your home, which stands as a clue to just how high-tech this designer bed is. Equipped with two-way ventilation to ensure fresh air and no condensation, this bed allows you to choose from seven temperature settings, from warm to cool, so you can use this bed all year round, on the coolest days and the hottest, to keep your pet comfortable.

The bed comes complete with a soft memory foam pillow that sits on a non-slip base to ensure it doesn’t shift around, and the L-shaped entry allows your fluffy pal to come and go as they please. Due to its enclosed nature and relatively small dimensions, it’s only suitable for cats and small dog breeds, so take care to check the measurements.  

You can rely on the smart temperature controls to react to the ambient temperature of your home, or you can choose the setting yourself via the dedicated app. No need to get up from the sofa to adjust the heat. If that wasn’t enough tech, this clever bed also uses infrared monitoring to assess how much time your pet spends in the bed, which is then used to generate a sleep calendar so you can track what temperature and conditions are the best for their sleep and comfort.

This is undoubtedly an expensive option due to all of the integrated tech, something some owners may find they don’t want to spend more for when a more basic model would suffice. But if you love to be the first to try new gadgets and are looking for something luxurious to spoil your favorite furry friend with, the PetKit Cosy Pet Bed is the ideal choice. 

How to choose the best heated pet bed or pad

A heated pet bed or pad might seem like a simple product, but there are a few key points to consider before buying. Firstly, assess your pet’s mobility. If they struggle to step up or down onto different levels then a flat pad is likely the best option to ensure access to the bed isn’t an issue. Never leave an animal that can’t move voluntarily on a heated bed or pad, as this can lead to burns.

Heated pads are also a great choice for animals that favor routine, as they can be easily placed beneath existing beds or blankets if the manufacturers advise that it’s safe to do so. Safety is always important, especially if you’re looking for an outdoor bed. Make sure to choose an outdoor specific model to avoid any chance of shock or electrical malfunction.

If your companion loves to snuggle, opt for thick plush cushions and raised sides so they have somewhere to rest their head, but look out for notes on durability if you happen to have a digger or chewer on your hands. 

Self-heating and microwavable beds and pads are great for those on a budget, using less energy than something which needs to be plugged in all day, while splashing out can mean some clever tech, from thermoregulation to sleep monitoring. By checking these few details, you’ll be sure to make the perfect choice.

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