Sherpa fleece, which makes for a warmer sleep, make but thin inner lining that I easily tore apart with my
sure it has a soft, deep pile. (All Costco dog-bed fab- hands and no cedar shavings. Price tag: $79.99.
rics are preshrunk for convenience; 100 percent cot- Retailer B offers a 42-inch-round dog bed. The
ton is not used and the Sherpa fleece is extra thick.) label indicates a 100 percent polyester top and bot-
Tough zippers. Good zippers are crucial, tom with 100 percent polyester fill. I found accurate
because without a zipper there is no way to remove measurements, dog-paw-print fabric with no cord-the outer cover for cleaning. (If there is no zipper, I ing, 3-inch side-wall gussets, soft but thin Sherpa
suggest not buying the bed.) The best zippers are fleece on one side, YKK nylon zipper, 6. 5 pounds of
YKK nylon zippers, with their identifying YKK fill, no mention of new or reused materials, a very
stamped on the pull-tabs. YKK zippers are self- thin zippered inner lining that I poked open with
repairing and won’t rust. All Kirkland Signature dog just one finger and no cedar shavings. Price tag:
beds have YKK nylon zippers that are fabric-covered $64.99.
forscratchprotection. Costco Kirkland Signature offers a 42-inch-
Kim provides some final thoughts about my round dog bed. The label mentions a zippered
original question on value. “Bargain dog bedding is cover, durable jacquard fabric, extra-thick Sherpa
no bargain if the pet never sleeps on it,” she says. fleece, 7 pounds of virgin fibers, gusseted side walls
“The same holds true for expensive dog beds: They and washing instructions. I found accurate mea-are not worth the price if quality is ignored.” surements, elegant patterned jacquard, substantial
braided cording, 4-inch side-wall gussets, thick and
Next step: Sniffing out value super-soft Sherpa fleece on one side, YKK plastic
After my conversation with Kim, I decided to go zipper, 7 pounds of plump, virgin fill, a tough woven
dog-bed shopping. Here’s what I found when I com- poly/cotton lining that needed scissors to open and
pared three large dog beds, all of which had Sherpa blended cedar shavings. Price tag: under $25.
fleeceononeside. Who’s the leader of this pack? Costco—yet
Retailer A offers a 36-by-36-inch-square dog again! C
bed. The label reports that the cover is removable,
the inner pillow is machine washable and the nylon
zipper is rustproof.
The top fabric is acrylic, while the bottom is
polyester. I found accurate measurements, nice fabric pattern, thin, braided cording, 4-inch side-wall
gussets for support, bumpy and thin Sherpa-style
fleece on one side, no YKK zipper, 7 pounds of fill,
no mention of new or reused materials, a well-made
Sweet dog dreams, for less
Round Size Price*
Retailer A 34" $69.99
Retailer B 52" $89.99
Costco 42" $19.99
Throw Size Price
Retailer A 30" x 60" $24.99
Retailer B 60" x 60" $49.99
Costco 54" x 64" $13.99
*Prices based on surveys in June 2005 online and at Seattle-area stores;
Costco prices may vary by region.
The ultimate test:
Rosie the Lab loves
Costco’s round dog bed.
In Costco warehouses, the dog
days of August are when spring/
summer dog beds are
moving out and
fall/winter dog beds
are appearing. All
made of prewashed, washable, yarn-dyed (to
hold color better) polyester or poly/cotton jacquards.
All fall/winter fabrics have the
same properties but are offered
in sturdy chenille jacquards
with coordinating polyester
chiffon and/or Sherpa fleece.
Costco may be the first
manufacturer in the industry to
offer washable jacquard and
jacquard chenille dog beds.
They are simply gorgeous.
All Kirkland Signature dog
beds are backed by Costco’s
100 percent guarantee, with
assorted colors, fabrications
and styles available. Here’s
the Costco lineup.
36" X 42" DOG BED
Virgin polyester fiber/cedar
blend, heavy non-woven liner
repels water; less than $20.
NEW! 36" X 40" DOG BED
Two-inch ( 3 pounds) orthopedic
memory foam on top of 4-inch
standard foam, 6-inch gusset,
weather treated for outdoor
use; less than $35.
NEW! 54" X 64" PET THROW
Oversized, 1/2 inch of fiber batting, weather treated for outdoor use; less than $15.
42" ROUND DOG BED
Same composition as the summer 36-inch-by-42-inch bed;
less than $25.
22" X 27" NUZZLER OVAL
FOAM PET BED
Removable virgin fiberfill pillow,
removable outer cover; less
54" X 64" PET THROW
Same composition as summer,
quilted for extra detail and fabric stability; less than $15.
Don’t forget to visit
costco.com for an expanded
line of high-quality and well-constructed pet beds, including
fabulous pooch sofas.