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Is BarkBox Worth It? What Comes In The Box, Price, & Everything In-Between

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that dogs are the absolute best. At everything. Even if they bark at a blowing leaf, they’re the best. Pee in the house? All right, that’s a little annoying, but wait, they’re still the best. Carpet-cleaning will never come in the way of my relationship with my dog. We are the OTP.

If you’re reading this, a bag of meaty treats says you feel the same way. The best dogs deserve the best of everything, which brings me back to BarkBox.

How Does It Work?

It’s simple! After we hammer out the details of your dog’s customized BarkBox (we’ll get to that next), you will:

  • Choose your subscription length (starts at $23/month for a 12-month plan, over a $40 value!)
  • Your first box ships immediately, for free, and you wait impatiently by the window for the mailman to arrive. That blue-clad gentleman or lady will become your dog’s new BFF, and your pup has a month’s worth of tail-waggin’, drool-worthy goodness to unpack!
  • A phenomenon known as "cardboard confusion" may occur, in which your dog assumes every box that arrives is actually for them—a common side effect of BarkBox joy.

When you sign up for your first BarkBox, we want to collect some basic info about your dog to make sure their box is built JUST for them. First, you give us your pup’s name, birthday (for special surprises!), any food allergies, and which size toys they prefer, and we do the rest!

I have been a subscriber for a few years now and absolutely love them. I never have to buy treats or toys because I’m supplied monthly with enough to get to the next month.

They have excellent customer service and will swap a toy out if your dog doesn’t like it. They stand by their product and that means a lot to me. When my previous dog passed away, they donated a box to a shelter in his name. Definitely recommend.

- Golden Retriever Mama

Is your dog no friend to plush? Try BARK's Super Chewer box instead! It's always 100% fluff-free and includes an extra tasty chew. (P.S. you can even chat in to our Happy team to ask about getting more toys/fewer treats, all toys, no chews... whatever works best for your dog. We'll make it happen!

What If My Dog Has Allergies?

We want to make sure the treats and chews in your pup’s box get along fabulously with their tummies. Any allergies to chicken, beef, or turkey are totally customizable, and if your dog has any other dietary restrictions (or picky-eater preferences!) a quick chat with the BarkBox Happy Team is all it takes to make their dreams come true.

What Comes In A BarkBox?

Each BarkBox (sans-customization or upgrades) contains two meticulously-designed toys, two full-size bags of treats, and a head-over-paws delicious chew. Let’s dig into these goodies a little deeper.

BarkBox Toys

In addition to being some of the coolest, most creative people, the BarkBox toy designers are so in tune with their inner canine, it’s borderline weird. They help produce around twenty original toys each month to suit every exciting BarkBox theme (think rough-n-tumble vikings, colorful rainforest creatures, and dastardly comic book adventures), all with a bevy of engaging features, fabrics, and surprises.

My dog gets so excited to open his BarkBox and once I cut the tape, he can actually do it himself now because he's so thrilled. The toys, in my opinion, are THE BEST. I was extremely skeptical because they are stuffed toys and my dog is a toy destroyer. I don't think he's ever had a stuffed toy last longer than a day without getting to the stuffing. But these toys are shockingly resilient and extremely well made.

- Amanda of Liverpool, NY

If your dog falls in love with a particular plaything, go ahead and hunt it down to reorder on barkshop.com!

Toy Design Details

Our toy material medley includes a variety of textured fabrics, crinkle paper, soft & stretchy t-shirt rope, long fuzz, short fuzz, tough ballistic nylon, and soft faux fur, to name a few. Not to mention our literal library of squeakers, including the infamous spiky ball! (Don't miss it: Even the classic squeakers get a designer’s touch if your pup manages to free them from their plush prison.)

If you opt for the Super Chewer box, the design changes to support those eager chompers and still foster a healthy amount of creativity.

For example, "The Dog Ness Monster" features a nylon Nessie gliding in and out of 100% rubber water. It’s got lots of interesting textures and shapes to entice heavy chewers, and stands its ground better than a plush toy.

Engage destructive pups even more with Super Chewer toys that offer multiple ways to play, including treat-dispensers and tug toys armed with nylon straps.

BarkBox Treats & Chews

Every treat and chew is all-natural with proteins sourced in the US and Canada with domestic and imported ingredients, and never contain corn, wheat, or soy.

How Much Is BarkBox?

The longer the subscription length, the less each month costs. For BarkBox, pricing starts at $23/month for 12 months not including upgrades, with 6-month and monthly options available as well.

We value each box at around $40; let’s unpack our "Vikings of Valhowla" box as an example of what BarkBoxes are made of:

Beneath the museum-worthy wrapping paper/Mad Libs game and wearable pop-out viking helmet for you social media gurus (the designers seriously outdo themselves), we might find the "Valhowla Viking Ship" and "Erik the Red Squirrel" toys.

We stuffed the dragon-headed ship with fluff, crinkle paper, and a spiky tube squeaker, adorned with nylon spikes and lining, all wrapped in a soft ribbed fabric. Erik flaunts a bouncy spiky ball core, long shreddable beard, crinkle paper tail, and nylon helmet horns. That’s a whole lotta toy in one box!

As for treats, your mighty viking might receive a bag of "Loki’s Smoky Lamb & Salmon" and "Freya’s Sweet Potato Fries," chosen among five other BARK-designed varieties and flavors. A leg of mutton was a little too messy for the box, so we opted for a slightly neater chew, like a crunchy pork link, turkey sausage link, beef liver, turkey, or venison chew.

What Is The Extra Toy Club?

Add an extra, premium toy to your pup’s box for an additional $7/month. These bonus toys are no joke—past boxes have included "SQUIRRELZILLA" of the "Toxicritters," (our largest toy EVER), "Releash the Kraken" with a surprise bonus toy inside, and "Karla the Chameleon," our first color-changing toy (the heat of your dog’s breath changes the pup-safe fabric from blue to pink).

This is a great option for triple-dog households or single/double-dog homes with super spoiled puppers.

What Is Double Deluxe?

Every month, you have the option to double your box to receive:

  • 2 additional toys (4 total)
  • 2 additional bags of treats (4 total)
  • 1 additional chew (2 total)

Get Double Deluxe boxes monthly for a recurring $17 extra per month, or just once for $22.

Monthly Add-Ons

In your account dashboard you'll find a wonderland of add-to-box toys, treats, home products, and wellness supplies that rotate each month. Whether you'd like to add a BARK Bright Dental Kit, a cozy dog bed, or a few extra toys and treats, the options are nearly endless.

Scout's Honor Guarantee

Every BarkBox comes with Scout's Honor; it's a 100% happiness guarantee, so if you or your dog is less than absolutely giddy about your box, we'll make it right.

What Makes BarkBox Different?

The thing about BarkBoxes is they’re not JUST for your dog. You and your dog, your family and your dog—that’s the dream team, so we make sure each box gets everyone involved in the experience.

Our "Snuggles, Pups, & Hygge"-themed box (the Danish word hygge—pronounced “hoo-gah”—meaning the irresistible feel of coziness and contentment) incorporated a “Winter Walkies” board game with pop-out game pieces that got the whole fam in on those hygge feels.

The "Invasion of the Space Squirrels" box included a pair of "Canine-O-Vision" glasses to decode hidden messages on the paper and find out what really happened during the epic interstellar battle. Hint: it was a close call, but dogs everywhere did a great job of defeating the aliens and putting an end to a pretty harrowing encounter.

You see, dogs love to play, to work their brains and release energy, but what really makes them happy is getting to do those things with YOU. Whether it’s playing fetch with a bouncy spiky ball toy, or helping determine your next move in the "Winter Walkies" board game, dogs are overjoyed to simply be by your side.

SPOILER ALERT: That's really what BarkBox is all about.

*takes deep breath* After all that, do you want to give BarkBox a go? Each month, get two original toys, designed in-house, two full bags of all-natural treats, a savory chew, and a whole lotta fun. Sign up here and get a FREE extra toy every single month!

Samantha Erb

4 weeks ago

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