Soft Sided Dog Crates

Pop-up foldable crates are by far the easiest to set up. While not durable, they are an easy way to keep your pup in a confined space. If your dog is well trained and won’t be trying to chew their way out of it, they can be an inexpensive and practical purchase. Soft-sided crates are great for both indoor and outdoor use; 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, you definitely don’t want to put a new puppy in a soft sided crate if they’re not potty trained. You’ll 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 of use out of them.

Soft crates are definitely only ideal for well-trained dogs that need a short-term place to call home and get comfortable. If soft-sided crates aren’t for you, check out our list of heavy duty dog crates, wire dog crates, or plastic dog crates.

Petnation Port-A-Crate

The Petnation Port-A-Crate is much more durable than the typical soft-sided crate. It’s designed with a tightly 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. You can find port-a-crates that fit almost any breed. There are five sizes, ranging from a small 16″ crate, all the way up to a large 36″ crate (able to hold up to 70 lbs.). Keep in mind however that the crate should be 4-6″ longer than your dog’s actual body. If you visit their Amazon listing, you’ll find specific weight and size specifications for all 5 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, and all of the zippers are industrial strength.

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’re going to be using the crate for outdoor use, you’ll 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. 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’s 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.

Noz2Noz Sof-Krate

The Noz2Noz soft-sided crate is a fan favorite, and we can see why. It has an exceptional design and is made durable materials. Considering its lightweight construction and soft material, it’s incredibly durable for a crate of this type. There are 5 sizes available to you and your pup; the smallest size is 21″ long, suitable for pups up to 15 lbs, the largest size is 42″ long, ideal for dogs up to 90 lbs.


The fabric is a heavy-duty tight weave waterproof mesh; you can safely use it outdoors, and it’s 100% machine washable. This is one of our favorite soft sided crates because it’s extremely easy to set up indoors. It also has rounded corners to ensure your furniture and floors are protected.  The crate has a lot of consumer-friendly choices, so we feel that the price is definitely worth the crate. However, if you have an escape artist, they will easily be able to unzip their way out of this crate.

EliteField 3-Door Folding Soft Dog Crate

The EliteField soft dog crate is a great folding crate with 3 doors. The additional doors not only make the crate easy to get in and out of, it also helps with traveling. You can maneuver the crate to fit into a car or tent however you please and your pup will always have a way to get in and out. You’ll also have a variety of options with this crate; available in 5 sizes and 12 different colors. The smallest size is 20″L x 14″W x 14″H, and the largest size is 42″L x 28″W x 32″H, suitable for lapdogs and guard dogs. 

The frame of the crate is made of durable steel tubing, and the canvas is made with 600D fabric and hex mesh fabric. This allows the crate to stand up to the test of time while maintaining it’s lightweight design. You’ll also be happy to hear that the canvas, and the free fleece bed that comes with the crate, are both completely washable. You won’t have to worry about buildup mildew or odors.

The only thing to keep in mind when purchasing this crate is that all three doors have double zippers; you must zipper the two zippers together to close the doors. If your pup realizes that they can simply separate the two zippers, you can always lock them together with a paperclip or even zip ties. This crate is well worth the money if you have a well-trained dog. It’s easy to store away, durable, and lightweight. We also love that it has a 2-year warranty, so if your dog does destroy it, you’ll get a free replacement.

Arf Pets Soft Crate

The Arf Pets crate is another durable choice for you and your dogs. The frame is made of durable steel, and the canvas is waterproof and machine washable. We found this crate to be great for traveling because it’s extremely easy to setup. One person can have the whole thing assembled in a matter of minutes. If you’re going to be using the crate outdoors in the summer you’ll also be happy to hear that it has great ventilation. There are screens on 5 sides, and there are 3 easy to use doors. The crate is available in two sizes, ideal for small and average sized dogs. The smaller size is 26″ long, ideal for dogs up to 40lbs, and the larger size is 36″ long, designed for dogs up to 70lbs.

This versatile crate will come in handy if you need a lightweight portable crate for either indoor or outdoor use. The canvas is durable; however, keep in mind that dogs that want to escape from soft-sided crates will most likely succeed. The various screens create great ventilation but are also a vulnerable spot if your pup decides they want to claw at it. Ultimately we would definitely suggest this for pup parents with larger dogs that need a roomy place to keep their pup.

Go Pet Club Crate

The Go Pet Club crate is built a bit differently than the other soft-sided crates we’ve reviewed. Instead of steel, the frame is made from PVC pipe, while not as durable as steel, it’s typically enough to satisfy most pup parents. It’s definitely not ideal however for rambunctious puppies or dogs that aren’t crate trained. Right now the crate is available in 3 sizes on Amazon. The smallest size is 18″L x 16.5″W x 16.5″H and weighs only two pounds. The medium size is 32″L x 22.25″W x 23.5″H, weighing 9 lbs, and the largest size is 43″L x 28″W x 32″H, weighing 15 lbs.

The crate is convenient for traveling because all 3 windows roll down to create great ventilation. It also shrinks down to less than 2 inches thick when you disassemble it. If you’re using it outdoors, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s water resistant, and has a removable wool floor mat to add some cushioning. At under $100, this is a great lightweight and compact option for dogs on the go.