If you’re trying to choose a great orthopedic bed for a large breed dog, this Bully Beds vs. Big Barker dog bed comparison will help!
Both are excellent beds with fairly stellar reviews, but which one is really worth your hard-earned money?
We’ll look at the major features of each one.
Then, we’ll go over the similarities and differences to help narrow down our number one pick!
You may also want to check out our Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed Review
Bully Beds VS. Big Barker Dog Beds
Before we get started, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a reference table so you can follow along as we go over the beds.
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You’ll notice that the Big Barker comes with and without a headrest, while Bully Beds does not.
For the sake of comparison consistency throughout this post, we’ll be talking about the Big Barker bed WITH the headrest.
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Bully Beds Basics
Bully Bed dog beds come in four different sizes, all designed for larger breeds. Features include:
- A 7”-thick medical-grade orthopedic foam mattress designed to soothe your aging dog’s joints.
- 5” of that is 4.5-lb foam and 4.5” is a 2 lb support base foam. Confusing, right? Basically, the base is thicker than the topper, but the topper is heavier memory foam than the base.
- Great support for your active dog’s hips.
- A soft and durable washable outer cover that’s easy to clean.
- A 100% waterproof inner cover.
- 20-year guarantee that the bed won’t go flat. If it does, they’ll replace it for free.
Now, let’s head over to Big Barker for their basic features.
- 4.5 lb medical-grade orthopedic memory foam bed for large, aging or arthritic dogs
- Removable, washable microfiber cover has a heavy-duty chew-resistant zipper and non-slip base
- Waterproof liner and 20-year no-flat warranty included with each bed
- Guaranteed to hold shape and stability for the life of your dog or we'll replace it for free
- Improve your dog's overall quality of life while getting peace of mind
Big Barker Basics
- All of their beds aren’t just made for big dogs, the foam is actually calibrated for heavier breeds.
- Made with 7″ of American Made therapeutic foam
- Unique 3-stage foam construction eliminates pressure points.
- Engineered to support and cushion your dog’s joints.
- Machine-washable microfiber cover.
- 10-year “won’t flatten” warranty (it’ll retain 90% of its shape or your money back)
- Made in the USA
They sound kind of similar, right? Let’s dig deeper and find out just HOW similar they really are.
- CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
- 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
- WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten or pancake over time.
- MADE IN THE USA: Handmade by craftsmen and craftswomen in our small Pennsylvania workshop that's been making high end furniture & bedding for over 50 years.
- EASY TO CLEAN: machine washable. 100% Microfiber cover. Soft to the touch, looks great in your home.
Bully Bed VS BIG BARKER DOG BEDS: SIMILARITIES & Differences
Both beds have some very important features in common. They also differ pretty significantly in some areas.
Use the table below for a quick peek at a few basic similarities and differences, then read on for in-depth details.
Since we’re trying to decide between Bully Beds vs Big Barker, I’ll give you my opinion on who “wins” each round.
1. ORTHOPEDIC DOG BEDS
Both beds are orthopedic, meaning they’re designed to soothe your dog’s aching joints and take pressure off his hips, spine, and other sensitive areas.
Each bed also offers a full 7”-thick mattress (except for the medium Bully Bed). These aren’t piddly little 3-inchers with no support, my friends!
Bully Beds mattresses use two layers of foam- a thick supportive base and a strong top layer.
Big Barker actually invented a proprietary 3-stage method of construction, with a cloud-like top layer, an extra-supportive middle, and a base layer.
Also, both beds use CertiPUR-US foam, meaning that it’s safe and non-toxic.
Big Barker, but only by a small margin.
Honestly, they both excel at crafting a super supportive orthopedic mattress.
In other words, if you’re looking for a bed for your aging dog, either option would be a good pick.
While many bed manufacturers totally ignore the existence of giant breeds, both Bully Beds and Big Barker made it their mission to include them in their lineup.
In fact, Big Barker built their entire brand (sorry for all the alliteration) around large and giant breeds. Because of that, they don’t offer a model for medium or smaller dogs.
On the other hand, Bully Breeds does offer a medium-sized bed. HOWEVER (and it’s a ginormous however), that model is only 4” thick, at least according to their extended description.
There is a bit of discrepancy, as they start by saying it’s 7” thick, but the dimensions indicate otherwise.
If you’re shopping for a large to giant breed, again it’s pretty much a draw. If you’re looking for a medium bed, well, technically Bully Beds win.
However, at just 4” thickness, I feel like there are bed options outside our Bully Beds vs. Big Barker comparison.
3. EASY TO CLEAN
Here we start to notice some more important differences.
Both options boast that they’re easy to clean. Both offer removable and washable outer covers to prove it.
However, Bully Beds adds in a second cover, and a fully waterproof one to boot.
If you want a waterproof cover for Big Barker, you’ll have to buy it separately.
Bully Beds, no contest. Their beds come with a waterproof layer right out of the box.
4. MADE IN THE USA
If you prefer to only purchase dog products made in the USA, you’re in luck. Both brands are US-based and US-made.
Big Barker beds are made in Pennsylvania, which is where I’m from.
That gives them a teensy edge in my eyes, but it’s not really relevant to our little contest here.
It’s a tie!
5. GUARANTEES AND WARRANTIES
We touched on these in the features, but here they are in more detail.
Big Barker Warranty
First, Big Barker has a basic 10 YEAR WARRANTY that foam will retain 90% of its shape.
That means if it flattens or gets all lumpy, they’ll replace it for free.
They also have a 365-day “trial” period. If, at any time and for any reason, you decide it’s not the bed for your dog, you can return it for a full refund, no matter what condition it’s in.
HOWEVER, that warranty ONLY applies to beds bought directly from Big Barker’s website.
They do mention the warranty in their Amazon listing, though. So if you buy it through their shop and NOT a 3rd party seller, you should be okay.
Check their return policy for more details.
Bully Beds Warranty
Bully Beds, on the other hand, offers a 20 YEAR WARRANTY that guarantees the bed will retain its shape.
If your bed flattens by more than 2 inches within that 20-year period, they’ll replace it one time for free.
The warranty is not transferable, though. Sadly, very few dogs live for 20 years. If your pup passes on and you give the bed to a friend, the warranty no longer applies.
Also, this warranty does not cover normal wear and tear to any part of the bed, chew damage to the foam, or any damage that occurs from outdoor use.
There is a Bully Bed chew resistant model as well, but it’s only available on their website and it’s not nearly as thick or comfy as their standard bed.
Check their warranty policy page for more details.
If you just go by number of years, Bully Beds wins because, obviously, 20 is more than 10!
However, Big Barker offers that nice 365-day “no caveats” trial period.
Plus, their bed is guaranteed to retain 90% of its shape, so if it flattens by more than 0.7″, you can get a replacement.
So, Big Barker is the winner here.
6. BACK STORY
To me, a brand’s back story has just as much to do with the quality of their beds as any other factor.
I’d rather buy from a brand that started their company out of love and to fill a need that hasn’t been met than one who just says, “Hey, I can make money selling dog beds!”
Bully Beds Story
Bully Beds is named after the founders’ beloved Cane Corso, Bull. Their story literally made me cry.
See, like most giant breeds, Bull- an outgoing & loving therapy dog- developed hip problems, so his people went in search of a great supportive bed.
Instead, they found that most options were way too expensive and/or not nearly supportive enough. So, they made their own (after significant research of course).
Heartbreakingly, Bull died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2016. So they named their company after him.
Check out the full and touching Bully Beds story here, but be prepared for tears.
Big Barker Story
Big Barker’s story begins back in 2005 with a 92 lb mix named Hank.
At just 9 months old, the vet delivered the heart-wrenching news to Eric, Hank’s owner- poor Hank had early onset hip dysplasia.
The vet gave Eric two options- a grueling surgery OR go above and beyond to ” keep stress off his hips.”
Eric started a company dedicated to selling really great products for really big dogs. However, he found one area that was totally lacking- orthopedic beds for large breeds.
I bet you can guess what comes next, right? After significant research and with the help of an expert engineer, he made his own!
Take a look at the entire wonderful Big Barker story here.
It’s a tie, because both are noble and wonderful stories. I’m not about to judge one brand’s heartbreak over another.
Both are winners compared to fly-by-night, “we’re just in it for the money” brands in my eyes!
7. Base Price Comparison
We kind of already covered this up in the title, but it bears a longer discussion.
If you look at each size for both beds and compare prices, you’ll see that Big Barker ranges from $80-100 MORE than Bully Beds.
Use the list below to see what I mean. We’ll alternate them by sizes, Bully Bed first.
Keep in mind that while Bully Beds’ XXL is the same as Big Barker’s Giant.
Bully Beds, hands down.
8. Add-ons, Replacements & Accessories
Last, but definitely not least, we need to look at the “add-ons” for each brand to get an idea of our long-term or extra costs.
I know we mentioned a few of these earlier, but it helps for me to have them all in one place. So I thought maybe it would be easier for you as well.
Prices are rounded up to the nearest dollar
|Add-on||Big Barker Cost||Bully Beds Cost|
*Okay, so crate pads aren’t really an add-on to the standard bed, but I added them anyway. No rhyme or reason, just because it seemed like a good idea!
Bully Beds Vs Big Barker: Who’s the Winner
Ack! Tough choice!! I want to say both. I mean, if you look at Big Barker vs. Bully Bed reviews on Amazon, both are beloved choices.
If you said to me, Nicole, you MUST choose one or the entire universe would implode, I think I’d have to go with Bully Beds.
Don’t get me wrong, I love love love love love times a million everything about Big Barker. However, Bully Beds isn’t quite as tough on my budget.
Plus, I like that they give you a waterproof liner right from the get go.
So, there you go! I hope this helped you decide between two incredibly stellar orthopedic dog beds!
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Last update on 2020-08-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API