I was given a free sample of the Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed (lucky me!) so that I could test it and blog about my experience. So . . . here we go!
The Wash ‘n Zip is essentially a pad that is folded in half (smaller beds are folded twice) and then zipped around the edges. When you’re ready to wash it, you unzip it and throw it in the washing machine! When it’s washed and dried, you zip it back up and have a nice, cushy pad. The Wash ‘n Zip can also be left unzipped to create a larger, padded blanket. Or, just zip one side and you have a sleeping bag! For more advantages of the Wash ‘n Zip, click here.
As a Certified professional dog trainer, I always have a lot of dogs in my house so I’m a very good person to test out the Wash ‘n Zip! It seems like a good bed; the dogs don’t seem to prefer any particular pillow over the Wash ‘n Zip, but neither do they prefer the Wash ‘n Zip over other beds. I think it just depends on where a bed is located. All the dogs used the Wash ‘n Zip at one time or another – so the dogs appear to like it. I have a size “Large,” which is about perfect for my Springer Spaniel; a dog much bigger than that would need an “Extra Large,” and they probably will want to make an “Extra Extra Large” for the giant breeds (alternatively, it can be left unzipped, but then you lose some padding).
I let it sit around for a couple weeks; I had a lot of dogs in the house so the Wash ‘n Zip got a fair amount of use. I then washed it – I unzipped it, threw it in the washing machine and then the dryer, and when it was done I zipped it back up and it worked like a dream! Now, I have only washed it once, so I don’t have a good feel for how it will stand up over time, but it is a heavy-duty zipper (better than what’s on most pet beds) so I imagine it should be fine.
In conclusion, I must say that I think it’s worthwhile; it’s compact, it’s comfortable, and it’s easy to clean. It’s also perfect if you want to keep a bed in your car to visit or if you’re traveling. Ultimately, the dogs like it and it worked as advertised, so I think that this is a good product to look into.
Before I end, I also want to give one last tip for those who don’t already know this. Before I wash pet beds, I put them in the dryer with a dryer sheet which gets a lot of the hair off; then I put it in the washer. This saves a lot of wear and tear on your washing machine!