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Is there anything better than a snuggly pup? Heated beds can help give your dog a warm spot to curl up and rest during chilly weather. While there are a lot of different heated dog beds for various uses—outdoor, indoor, crate, and travel, to name a few—they tend to fall into two main categories: self-warming or electrically heated.
One of the most popular electric dog beds is K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly, a standout for its efficiency features. While most electric dog beds safely operate on low voltage and have automatic shutoffs, making them ideal for indoor use, this K&H bed has a thermostatically controlled heater that’s said to be unique to the brand. But how does it really hold up when cold paws put it to the test?
To find out, I enlisted help from my pup Roo to review all the ins and outs of the K&H Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed.
What the K&H Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed Offers
K&H Pet Products has a long line of dog beds with quite a few options in the heated bed sector, some of which also have this specific energy-efficient heating pad. Here are some of the main features that distinguish the Thermo-Snuggly.
Operating on a mere six watts of power, the thermostatically controlled heater warms up to a maximum temperature of 102 degrees (the natural body temperature of dogs) only when your pup is actually laying on the bed. All other times? It operates in eco-mode, which is 15 degrees above the ambient air temperature—apparently, just enough for your pup to sense the gentle heat and be drawn to the warmth.
The heating system in K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed has been MET listed, which means it’s been approved and deemed safe by an independent lab that follows national standards. It also comes with a one-year warranty for added peace of mind.
Because the bed uses such low wattage, it’s considered safe to leave the 5.5-foot cord plugged in all day. You’ll just want to unplug it when you leave your home on an extended vacation, as with any electrical appliance.
Available in two colors (sage and tan), the Thermo-Snuggly also comes in two sizes: medium (26 x 20 inches) and large (31 x 24 inches). Wrapped in soft foam, the edges measure 5 inches high, creating a bolster-style bed. A plush cushion attaches to the bottom of the bed frame with Velcro and has a zippable cover that’s completely machine washable.
An added perk? The heating pad can be removed from the cushion during warmer months, making it an all-season bed.
Testing K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed
I was excited to test out K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly dog bed for several reasons. First, I thought the design was a bit more stylish than other heated dog beds on the market. I also liked the bolster sides since Roo loves to rest her head on all types of objects. You know the dogs that use pillows like a human? That’s Roo.
I also loved the fact that it was energy efficient and I wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting to unplug it.
When the bed arrived, it was extremely easy to set up. The heating pad was already inserted into the plush cushion, which I Velcroed into the bed frame. All that was left to do was plug it in (and toss in some treats to entice my assistant).
As I discovered, the bed works exactly as described. The cushion didn’t feel warm at all until Roo was resting on it. Once she got off the bed, I could feel the warmth that had been underneath her. It felt similar to how a seat is warmed after a human is resting on it for a while, just turned up a notch. It seemed like the perfect amount of warmth, especially for Roo and her double coat.
There were a few quirks, however, in the structure of the design. The cushion, for example, is so big and plush that Roo had an awkward time getting in and out of the bed—it was like she was trying to rest on a giant, wobbly marshmallow. Once she was able to lay down, she was resting high on top of the bed, instead of low and tucked in for that cuddly cave-like experience.
Roo is young and doesn’t have any injuries, so it ended up being fine. But senior dogs might have a harder time getting in and out of the bed, depending on their preferred sleeping style.
The large size also runs a bit small. Roo is a medium-sized dog, and we were pushing the cusp on the measurements.
Final Verdict: K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed Is a Winner for Small and Medium Pups
K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed is a great indoor option for pet parents of small to medium-sized dogs who want a safe, energy-efficient bed. We think it’s likely to be a hit for many, especially:
- Busy pet parents who want a bed they can keep plugged in
- Dogs who love extremely soft (dare we say snuggly?) beds
- Pups with thicker fur or double coats
- Pet parents who want a versatile bed they can use year-round
K&H’s Thermo-Snuggly Heated Dog Bed might not work for the following, however:
- Super chewers and puppies who might destroy the soft foam sides and plush bedding
- Senior dogs or those with mobility issues who need a slightly firmer mattress
- Dogs with less fur who might want a style that lets them burrow
- Larger and taller breeds or dogs who like to sprawl