A couple of months ago, I grabbed the Frisco Steel-Framed Elevated dog bed from Chewy because I needed something Freya could use outside but that didn’t cost a fortune. I am so impressed with it that I just have to share it with you! I know I can’t be the only dog owner who doesn’t have $100+ to spend on a bed, after all!
Note- this is NOT a sponsored post. I bought the bed with my own money. I am, however, a Chewy affiliate, so this post does include affiliate links. If you buy through my links, I get a tiny commission at no extra charge to you.
Now, let’s take a look at why the Frisco Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed is a total steal!
Chewy’s Frisco Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed Review
Updated in March 2022: After nearly three years, this bed is STILL holding strong! It’s survived heavy rain, blizzards, and cat claws.
Freya loves laying out on our deck when it’s nice out, but since Pharaoh Hound dogs have very little body fat (they’re built a bit like a Greyhound if that helps with the visual), I worry that she’s not comfy enough on the hard surface. A standard pillow-style dog bed is out of the question because they’re not really good for outdoors, plus Freya tends to eat them.
As you may (or may not) know, I write and edit for DogVills.com, a site that’s, obviously, all about dogs. A few months back, I did a post on the best elevated dog beds over there and fell in love with two models in particular: the Kuranda and the K9 Ballistics Cujo Cot. I really wanted to get one for Freya, but unfortunately they’re out of my current price range. Yes, they’re totally worth the cost but when you don’t the money, it doesn’t really matter how “worth it” it is.
I decided to take a chance on a cheaper elevated bed and had it narrowed down to the Frisco and the Amazon Basics. While both are great options with pretty equal reviews, I decided on the Frisco because Chewy delivers through FedEx, which means it would come right to my door. More often than not, Amazon uses USPS in my area, which means there’s a 90% chance I’ll have to drive to the post office and stand in line for half an hour to actually get my package.
Of course, with With FedEx Home Delivery, there’s only about a 25% shot that I’ll actually see my package within any sort of reasonable time frame (they like to skip us, then claim that we weren’t home, which is funny because someone is ALWAYS home since we don’t leave Freya alone AND the packages don’t require a signature). This isn’t a delivery service rant, though, so I’ll spare you the rest of my long diatribe. It gets pretty heated!
It is pertinent, however, because this was one of those 75% of times that the package didn’t arrive on time. In fact, bed #1 vanished entirely. Chewy, as always, immediately rectified the situation by sending out bed #2. I’ve never had an issue with Chewy customer service. They always fix any issues that pop up, even when said issues are not even remotely their fault.
When the bed arrived, I was a little nervous about putting it together because the negative reviews that I read all focused on what a pain it was to assemble. I tend to cry while putting things together to begin with, so I broke out the tools and the tissues, then dug in.
Turns out I didn’t need either! The bed comes with everything you need to assemble it and I didn’t have a single problem getting it together. It took maybe 15 minutes before it was ready to take out onto the deck. Missy Freya was smiling away on her new bed in no time at all!
If you want the super short summed-up version of our thoughts on this bed, here you go. We’ve had the bed for about two months now and it’s still holding strong. Freya lays on it nearly every day and she loves. She’s happy, I’m happy. It’s totally worth the price. Actually, since the price is so low, it’s definitely worth more than that!
Want the longer version? Read on for the pros and cons.
Frisco Elevated Dog Bed Pros & Cons
For the most part, it’s all been “pros” for us. Still, I’ll go over a couple of the potential cons so you can make a more informed decision.
- Super budget-friendly. The largest size is under $25.
- The design helps keep dogs cooler in the summer, since air flows beneath it.
- Includes all of the tools needed to put it together, and I found it easy to assemble.
- The elevated style takes pressure off your dog’s joints. It’s actually a very orthopedic bed, even without the stuffing. Speaking of…
- There’s no fluff to destuff, so your dog is less likely to destroy it even if she’s a major chewer.
- Although it’s elevated, it’s still low enough to the ground for senior dogs.
- A lot more sturdy than you’d expect for a $20-ish bed! The frame is made of steel and the hammock part is some sort of PVC-coated mesh-like fabric.
- Hammock is replaceable in the event that your dog does ruin it (or you just decide you want a different color).
- Super easy to clean!
- Some customers did complain that they had a very hard time putting it together, so I suppose YMMV on that one.
- The large only holds up to 85lbs, so it’s not really designed for really large dogs.
- Sizes are a bit confuses, as the measurements are for the entire bed and not the actual sleeping surface. Basically, while a large is 51.6″ long, only about 44″ of that is “usable” space.
- It’s not chew-proof
For us, the pros outweighed the cons since Freya is well under the weight limit and it fit perfectly into my budget. While I don’t expect it to last a lifetime at that price, so far I’ve seen no indication that it’s anywhere near the end of its usefulness. Long story short, the Frisco is worth every penny and more.