We have scoured the market for the best dog crates available, crates made from wire to plastic, soft crates to heavy duty ones, even crates that look like furniture.There are so many different ones that it could drive a person ‘cratezy’! To stop you from this fate we found the top products in every dog crate category for you. Whether you are looking for pure functionality or a more stylish dog crate, you are sure to find the perfect pick for you and your pup.
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Why Use A Dog Crate?
1. Place Of Their Own
Just like a human has their bedroom a dog needs a place of their own. They need somewhere they can rest their head and feel at peace. Your house may be their forever home but everything in their mind is yours. By having this crate be their own they can fully feel like this is their home as well. This personal place is especially important for rescue dogs that have not had the best past. It is easy for them to get anxious or upset so an area to themselves would help them calm down.
2. Aids In Training
Once a dog realizes that this crate is their own personal space to rest they will take care of it. This means that instead of wetting the bed they will wait and hold it until they are let out. In turn, this will teach them how to hold it and also how to let you know that they have to go. Learning this on their own will then make it easier for you to show them that the next step is going outside.
3. Keeps Them From Trouble
When a dog is inside of their crate they cannot reach anything on the outside. This means that they are not able to reach your brand new cushions or muffins on the counter. Since they are not able to cause any destruction you do not need to scold them. In turn, this will not cause any riffs or uneasiness in your relationship. The only thing you will be when you get home to your dog is happy.
Wire Dog Crates
Wire Dog Crates are definitely one of the most popular types of crates for both small and large dogs. You can use a wire dog crate for a variety of reasons. First of all, they are secure and easy to transport. Most wire crates easily collapse when you need to move them around. Larger crates will inevitably be heavier, but still thin enough to easily drag around to transport. They also latch from the outside to create a secure place to lock your pet. This can also give you piece of mind when you leave the house; your dog won’t be getting into any messes when cuddled up in a wire crate.
If your dog is easily spooked wire crates are a great option while horror movies may not be! They allow your pet to be able to see out of all sides at all times, and can easily hear everything going on around them. You may, however, realize that your dog whines more in wire crates because they can easily see you and everyone in your house, yet are stuck in the crate. Every dog is different, some may feel better being able to see you, others may whine more.
If your pup just simply needs a place to call their own, wire crates are beneficial as well. They typically have wide doors that can either be detached or opened, allowing your dog to feel secure even with the door open. Not only that but they are also large enough to easily fit your dog’s favorite bed or even just blankets. If your dog is potty training, you can easily put a puppy pad down in the crate, and the actual crates are extremely easy to clean and will not hold onto bad odors. If your new puppy loves to chew everything in site, wire crates are also durable enough to withstand even heavy chewing.
Our Pick: MidWest iCrate Folding Dog Crate
The MidWest iCrate Folding Dog Crate is a highly popular wire crate. These crates are great because they have a quality design and are durable. No matter what size dog you have, you can find a crate to easily accommodate them. The MidWest iCrate is available in seven sizes, ranging from 18″ to 48″, and are also available with either a single door or double door depending on your preference. It also easily collapses for storage and transportation since it is lighter and easier to carry than most wire crates…especially for your back!
This crate comes with a leak-proof plastic pan that can be used with training which is great for new pups. Since it is made out of plastic can also be easily cleaned,. The bottom of the crate has rubber soles to keep your floor safe, and the top even has a handle for carrying when you disassemble. You will also receive a free divider that can be used as your dog grows into the crate.
All in all, we love how easy this crate is to assemble and all of the design aspects included. The only downside we have experienced is that the edges of the wires are a bit sharper than most crates. This really only becomes an issue when you’re trying to assemble the crate and have to work with the edges to safely set it up.
If you are not sure the iCrate is for you, check out our other top 5 Wire Dog Crates.
End Table or Furniture Dog Crates
Crate end tables are an aesthetically pleasing way to give your dog their own space. Obviously, they are not ideal for training, or even for long periods of time. They are however a great way to ensure your pup always has a place to call their own, whether you’re home or not. We know some pet owners just don’t have room in their living rooms for a bulky crate; end table crates are a great way to create a crate out of the furniture you’d already have in the house. Instead of where is waldo your guest will be playing where is the crate?! If you find the right piece that you and your dog will both enjoy, it can turn into a great purchase.
Our Pick: Casual Home Pet Crate
The Casual Home Pet Crate is a great size for small to larger sized dogs. Through Amazon, you will have a great choice between four wood finishes: black, espresso, grey, and white. However, it will be best to take a look at the sizes offered before jumping the gun on a color. Although the following measurements are offered, not all colors of this crate come in all four:
- extra small: 15.5″ height x 16.75″ wide x 19.75″ deep (sturdy enough to hold 150lbs on top)
- small: 24″ height x 20″ wide x 27.5″ deep (weighs 25.5lbs)
- medium: 27.75″ height x 21″wide x 36.5″ deep (weighs 41.75lbs)
- large: 30″ height x 75″ wide x 41.5″ deep (widest option)
Best of the Furniture Crates
The Causal Home end table is superior to a lot of the end tables we have seen. It has great ventilation because of all of the slots, which also makes it easy for your dog to feel like part of the group when they’re in the crate. This means they can still hear everything so be careful not to mention treats! It has a secure latch on the front if you do want to make sure your pup stays in one place. To construct it they used solid wood, which will not only look great but will last your pup a long time.
However, we have noticed that the finish on the wood is not very durable. If you are constantly throwing things on top of the table, the finish will most likely wear off. You can either purchase glass pieces to go on top of it, use coasters, or apply finishing oil to make it last. However, you may want to steer clear of this table if your pup is constantly chewing. Solid wood like this won’t be able to withstand aggressive chewing.
Plastic Dog Crates
Plastic dog crates are vastly different than wire crates but can prove to be incredibly helpful. If you have a pup that’s constantly trying to escape, plastic crates may be your best bet. They are nearly impossible to get out of and you can purchase crates large enough for just about any dog. There are no get out of jail free cards with this crate! They also have much more privacy than normal crates, which can keep them from whining at you. To keep them from whining at the cold they also have much more insulation than wire crates. Additionally, they can feel a lot safer to dogs that are always anxious.
Best for Air Travel
We love that the plastic crates usually have a removable top which can allow the crate to become a regular dog bed when you don’t need to lock up your pup. This can also help your pup get more comfortable with the crate before traveling. If you are constantly on-the-go you can also find airplane approved plastic crates that are light and easy to pick up. The crate also can come with wheels which will make it easy to move around even with the heaviest of dogs inside.
Our Pick: SportPet
SportPet crates are a tremendous help to any dog parent traveling. Whether you have a 5 lb. chihuahua or a 90 lb. Great Dane, you will be able to find a SportPet Crate that comfortably fits your dog. Available in five sizes ranging from small to XXL, they’re ideal for just about any pup. The small is designed for dogs up to 15lbs and is 24″ x 16″ x 16″, and the XXL is designed for dogs up to 90 lbs with dimensions of 39″ x 27″ x 30″. If you check out their Amazon listing, you will find all the interior size and weight specifications for each crate size. Additionally, all of the larger crates are designed with easy to assemble wheels and two handles to make transporting the crate extremely easy.
We have found this crate to be incredibly useful for even large dogs. The top half of the crate easily snaps off, creating an easy way to get to your pet; this also allows the crate to become a bed for your dog when you are not traveling. Metal hardware locks keep the crate secure when you need to lock your dog away, and it’s chew-proof to prevent destruction. Though, do not let that stop you from bringing along a few chew toys!
Air Travel Approved
If you do plan on using the crate for airline travel, you will be happy to hear that it’s IATA airline approved, and has great ventilation. This is the perfect crate for anyone looking for an easy and dependable way to transport and secure their pets. It is easy for one person to assemble on their own, and you won’t have to worry about leaving your pet alone.
Still interested in comparing other plastic dog crate options? Head over to our full article focusing on The Best Plastic Dog Crates.
Heavy Duty Crates
Heavy duty dog crates are well worth the investment in most cases. They are great for large dogs that will be trying to escape the crate because of their durable materials and locks. Even if you just have a destructive pup, a heavy duty crate could save you a lot of money in the long run. Heavy duty crates are also built to last a lifetime; even if you do not think your dog needs the added security, you can feel good about investing in a product that you most likely will not have to replace. The only downside to heavy duty crates is that they typically do not collapse for easy transportation.
If you and your dog are constantly on-the-go, you can even find heavy-duty crates that are airline approved. They can be a bit pricier considering they tend to last forever, but if you pick the right one, you will get more than what you pay for. It will also prevent you from having to go out shopping for a new crate every few years. Do not blame us though if they come out with new cute designs you must have!
Our Pick: Smithbuilt Heavy Duty Crate
The Smithbuilt Heavy Duty Crate has just about everything you need to keep your dog safe and secure. Well, everything except a doggy security alarm! No matter what size dog you have, this could be the answer to your problems if you have a destructive escape artist on your hands. This crate is available in three sizes, 36″, 42″, and 48″. The 36-inch long cage is 24 ” x 29 “, the 42-inch long cage is 30″ x 34”, and the 48-inch long cage is 33″x 37 ” tall. Keep in mind that the crate should be 4-6″ longer and taller than your dog to ensure comfort. All three sizes are available in either black or silver depending on your preference.
You may be wondering what makes this crate any more durable than a typical wire crate. Well, first of all, the crate is made with rust, corrosion, and fade resistant steel; this allows it to be used outdoors as well no matter what the weather. The frame of the crate is 3/4″ and the steel wires are all 1/2″ in diameter. This will ensure durability if your dog tries to break out or begins chewing on the crate. The front of the crate locks with two slide-bolt latches, and the top locks with one.
Extra Special Design
The floor of the crate is also designed almost flawlessly. This is because the coating on the floor won’t retain any odors, warp, stain, or corrode. The pan at the bottom is also removable for easy cleaning. You will also be happy to hear that there are four wheels on the bottom of the crate making it easy to move, and two of the wheels lock to prevent movement while your dog is in the crate. Heavy duty crates are inevitably going to be more expensive than traditional crates. However, this one is designed to ensure it lasts your dog’s lifetime. In the long-run, this crate will save you money and you’re getting more than what you pay for in return.
Heavy duty dog crates are a top pick for big dog owners. For more options, jump on over to our full article on The Best Heavy Duty Dog Crates.
SOFT-SIDED DOG CRATES
Pop-up, foldable, soft-sided dog crates are by far the easiest to set up for an owner looking to optimize their efficiency. While not durable, they are an easy way to keep your pup in a confined space. If your dog is well trained and will not be trying to chew their way out of it, they can be an inexpensive and practical purchase.
Soft-sided crates are beneficial for both indoor and outdoor use which means that they are great for camping, picnics, etc. Of course, there are downsides to such an inexpensive and lightweight crate. First of all they are difficult to clean so you definitely don’t want to put a new puppy in a soft sided crate if they’re not potty trained! You will also find that they won’t stay in place if your dog is trying to move around in them. However, well-trained dogs can get a great deal out of use out of them.
Our Pick: Port-A-Crate
The Petnation Port-A-Crate is more durable than the typical soft-sided crate. It is designed with a tight knit mesh covering and a steel frame. This allows it to be both lightweight and durable. The unique durable mesh also makes this crate safe to use both indoors and outdoors.
With five different sizes you can find port-a-crates that fit almost any breed. These sizes range from a small 16″ crate, all the way up to a large 36″ crate (able to hold up to 70 lbs.). Keep in mind that the crate should be 4-6″ longer than your dog’s actual body. If you visit their Amazon listing, you will find specific weight and size specifications for all five sizes to ensure you find the perfect fit. The crate has two openings so you can easily get to your pet and let them breathe. All of the zippers are industrial strength.
Traveling at its Best
We have found that the Petnation crate is great for traveling. It easily fits in most cars, and you can even purchase an orthopedic bed to fit perfectly inside. If you are going to be using the crate for outdoor use, you will l be happy to hear that it’s also waterproof. No matter what your pup drags around inside the crate, you’ll easily be able to wipe it off and remove odors. Yes, that even includes a marshmallow they may steal while camping! You can even remove the mesh layer and throw it in the washing machine.
We would highly suggest this crate for any pup parents that need an easy crate to set up and fold away. It is lightweight, durable, and best of all, affordable. The only downside is that the mesh is obviously not 100% impenetrable. If you have a teething puppy or an aggressive dog, they won’t have too much trouble ripping the mesh.
To find more soft-sided crates for comparison, check out our full article dedicated to The Best Soft-Sided Dog Crates.
No one knows your dog better than you do. However, we know that most dogs require a crate in given situations. Though you might not think you do right now, when a time comes that you do need a crate, you are going to wish you had one. Out of all the options above, there is bound to be one that fits your lifestyle and your dog will love! Whether you are dragging your feet heading to work in the morning or you’re excitedly packing for a road trip, don’t let the dog crate be the product you forget!