The best dog crates

The best dog crates

 

 

If you’re looking for the best dog crate for your puppy, you’re in the right place.

A dog crate can be an excellent tool for any dog owner. This dedicated space for your puppy gives them a space to rest, relax, and even play when you’re not around. As den animals, dogs are actually drawn to spaces like crates, where they can have some space, and feel more secure when they’re getting settled in a new space.

A crate gives your dog somewhere to hang out when they’re not feeling their best, and it also gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re not going to be scratching up the furniture or going to the bathroom on your new carpet when you’re not around.

Today, we’ll be looking at all kinds of crate training options for your dog, from travel crate products to soft-sided crates, and plastic crates with double doors.

Let’s get started.

When do You Need a Puppy Crate?

 

It’s up to each individual pet parent to decide whether crate training is the right option for their pooch. Most dog owners love having access to a crate, particularly during the early months of their puppy’s life. Crates give your dog somewhere they can relax while you’re not around.

Although metal crates might not look particularly appealing, these products, in all their many shapes and sizes, are ideal for everything from potty training to behavioural training when you get a new dog. The biggest challenge for most people is simply deciding what kind of crate they need.

There are soft crates, plastic crates, and extra-strong options with a steel frame, for the dog with more strength than the average pup.

What to Look for in a Dog Crate

The kind of dog crate you need will depend on a lot of different factors, including what type of dog you have, what you’re going to be using the crate for and even how strong your puppy is likely to be (you don’t want them to chew straight through the crate).

Before you start looking for the best dog crate think about:

  • Material: A metal dog crate is one of the most common options, but there are lots of choices to consider depending on your needs. Wired crates are more breathable and can be ideal for transporting your dog in vehicles. Plastic crates are helpful for use around the home for short periods of time, and soft crates are great for housing more docile dogs.
  • Size: Just like dogs, crates come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure you have a good idea of how large your puppy is likely to grow before you start exploring wire crates, portable dog crates, and similar products. Your vet will be able to give you some extra guidance if you’re concerned.
  • Access: Do you need your crate to have double doors for easier access? Are you looking for a removable tray, so you can clean the crate more easily? It’s also worth looking at how easy it is to set the crate up when you need to use it, especially if you don’t want to have it out around the home at all times.
  • Special features: Some crates even come with a range of unique features, like a non-chew metal tray for cleaning purposes, a crate divider for multiple dogs, and handles for portability. If you’re looking for a crate that’s easy to transport, you might want to look into things like removable wheels.

The Best Dog Crates for your Pooch

If you’re not sure where to start with your search for the ultimate dog crate, here are some great options we fully recommend.

1.    Amazon Basics Folding Metal Dog Crate

If you’re looking for a metal frame crate with plenty of space, the Amazon Basics Folding crate is one of the better options on the market today. This simple but effective crate is ideal for pet parents looking to potty train smaller dogs and puppies. The double door design makes it easier for both you and your pup to get inside, and there are two slide-bolt latches on each of the doors for extra security.

The easy-to-clean crate comes with a removable plastic pan, so you can give everything a full wash down regularly and keep your home smelling grate. There’s also an optional divider panel so you can increase or decrease the space inside to suit your dog. The crate is simple, versatile, and great for beginners.

Pros:

  • Easy to use with removable tray for cleaning
  • Lots of space for smaller puppies
  • Double doors with locking mechanism
  • Available divider for space control

Cons:

  • Won’t be suitable for a full-grown dog

2.    Ellie-Bo Slanted Puppy Cage

The great thing about this dog crate from Ellie-Bo, is it’s designed specifically for travel with your pooch. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty crate that can fit in most cars, this is the model for you. The design of the crate is simple enough, with a durable cage structure. You can fold the cage flat, and there’s a removable tray included so you can clean the product easily too.

Although this crate won’t be ideal for larger dogs, it’s fantastic for a range of smaller, slimmer breeds, and puppy training too. The high-performance design also ensures that your crate should stand the test of time too.

Pros:

  • Excellent sloping design to fit in car
  • Non chew removable tray
  • Secure and durable design
  • Foldable for easy storage

Cons:

  • Tight fit for some larger dogs

3.    Cozy Pet Dog Cage

Dog crates aren’t always the most attractive products to have sitting around your home. It’s no surprise that many pet parents find themselves being drawn to the more visually appealing options on the market. This Cozy Pet dog cage comes in a range of colors, from grey, to pink and sky blue.

The adorable cage comes with a tailored vet bed or faux sheepskin bed available too, so you can get everything you need for a comfortable space in one purchase. There are various sizes to choose from, ranging up to 42 inches. The heavy-duty metal trays are removable within the crate, so you can clean the full space more easily.

Pros:

  • One of the more attractive heavy-duty dog crates
  • Multiple color crate options
  • Folds flat for easier storage
  • High-quality removable metal tray

Cons:

  • May be a bit too visually dramatic for some people

4.    The Pet Store Premium Dog Crate

Probably one of the most versatile dog crates we’ve seen so far, this high-quality, heavy-duty dog crate is made with powder coated steel with a professional looking finish. There’s a roof opening for easy access, rounded corners, to avoid any accidents, and a lockable door, so you can keep your dog carefully situated in one space when you’re not around.

More than just your basic dog's crate, the Pet Store Premium crate comes with a set of removable wheels, which you can also lock into place when you’ve got the crate to wherever you need it to be. The base is also raised off the floor, with a removable tray for easy cleaning.

Pros:

  • One of the most attractive looking dog crates
  • Removable metal tray for easy cleaning
  • Removable wheels for transportation
  • Plenty of space for a range of dogs

Cons:

  • More expensive than some options

5.    Ferplast Atlas Plastic Carrier

When it comes to choosing from a range of crate options, plastic products are often the most popular choice for people who do a lot of travelling with their pet. If you want a crate and carrier that you can use to take your dog to the vet during his or her early years, then the Ferplast Atlas carrier might be ideal for you. This product will hold small dogs up to 15kg, and it comes with a steel wire door and a sturdy plastic structure.

The side ventilation grills are great for making sure that your dog still gets plenty of air when travelling. There’s also an easy disassembling option if you want ot take everything apart for better cleaning. We wouldn’t recommend keeping a dog in this crate all day though.

Pros:

  • Great for quick transportation
  • One of the more lightweight options on the market
  • Special closing and locking system
  • Holds up to 15kg
  • Metal door

Cons:

  • Not ideal for all-day or at home use

6.    JKYP Quality Transport Crate

Another crate specifically designed for transportation purposes, this plastic crate comes in a range of sizes, but will generally only hold dogs up to 9kg, so we’d definitely recommend only using it for the early stage of your dog’s life. This product is suitable for small puppies, with a secure set of door locks, and a metal mesh door. There’s plenty of ventilation for better travel comfort, and a two-way flip locking door.

Inside the cage, you’ll find a removable tray with a mesh design. This ensures that if your dog has an accident on the way to the vet, they won’t be standing in anything when they’re waiting to get home. The removable tray is also excellent for cleaning purposes.

Pros:

  • Great for temporary travel
  • Carrier comes with detachable top cover
  • Grid-style removable tray included
  • Ventilation holes for breathability
  • Easy to carry

Cons:

  • Only for short-term use
  • May not be large enough for some dogs.

7.    Petsfit Portable Dog Crate


If you’re looking for a safe space where your dog can relax during journeys, a soft crate might be the best option. The Petsfit Indoor crate, unlike wire dog crates, or plastic dog crates is made with soft, foldable fabric. It’s easy to store when you’re not using it, and you get the extra benefit of a cosy section at the bottom where your pup can relax.

Suitable as both an indoor and travel crate, this product comes in a range of sizes, and has an alloy steel frame to stop it from folding by itself. Inside, there’s plenty of room for your dog to get comfy, and tons of venting spaces for air circulation. Simply add a couple of toys, or your pooch’s favourite blanket, and you’ll be well-prepared for any trip.

The Petsfit portable dog crate is also wonderfully easy to clean, so you don’t have to spend all of your time washing at the end of each adventure.

Pros:

  • Soft and cosy fabric crate
  • Plenty of room for your dog to move
  • Easy to fold away when not in use
  • Great for transportation
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • May be too small for crate training

8.    Carlson Secure and Compact

Ideal for smaller dogs, the Carlson Secure and Compact crate is a simple but effective tool for crate training. If you’re limited on space in your home, and you have a very small dog breed to train, the Carlson crate will ensure you’re making the most of your house’s available room. The solid steel cage construction is perfect for durability and peace of mind.

For extra convenience, this secure pen comes with a black, removable, and washable pan, so you can keep your pooch feeling clean for longer. This crate comes with a large single locking door, great for accessibility, and it folds down for easy transport. A reasonable price point combined with a fantastic high-quality construction makes this crate a great choice for countless pet parents.

Pros:

  • Great compact shape for smaller dogs
  • Suitable for travel and use around the house
  • Removable pan for better cleaning performance
  • Solid steel construction for durability
  • Affordable pricing

Cons:

  • Only suitable for smaller dogs

9.    Iris Ohyama playpen

The stunning design is what we found most attractive about this unique dog crate. If you’re going to have metal or plastic dog crates sitting in your home from time to time, you want to make sure they look great. The Iris Ohyama dog crate isn’t just a metal cage – it comes with panels available in a range of colours to add a touch of style to your crate training.

With plenty of space for puppies, and even a full-grown dog, this plastic crate is ideal when you’re training your young dog how to behave overnight. The crate comes with a set of closure hooks and a removable roof, so you can easily access your dog. There’s also a reliable clasp lock on the front door. Because this indoor kennel comes in a range of sizes, it’s suitable for many different breeds too.

Pros:

  • Attractive design with colourful panels
  • Easy to access your dog with the lift-off roof
  • Great secure clasps for peace of mind
  • Suitable for use around the home

Cons:

  • No removable tray for cleaning
  • No folding function for storage

10.    GIOPACO Wooden dog crate

If you’re looking for something particularly unique, you can always consider the GIOPACO wooden dog crate. Designed for smaller animals, like young puppies from certain breeds, cats, and even rabbits, the GIOPACO crate is a compact solution for stylish crate training. Unlike most dog crates, this product looks a lot like an end table when set up fully, and comes with a sleek wooden design so that it can draw attention for all the right reasons.

This beautiful product will easily blend in with the other furniture around your home. It comes with a removable tray for cleaning, so you can easily maintain its attractive look. There’s a safe latching system, to keep your dog in place, and putting the crate together is simple enough too, so you shouldn’t need any extra help for setup.

Pros:

  • Ideal for smaller animals
  • Beautiful wooden design to blend in with your home
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Simple enough to put together
  • Locking system for security

Cons:

  • May be too small for some dogs

Finishing Thoughts

A great dog crate is a valuable investment for your pooch. If you’re looking for an easy way to give your dog somewhere safe to relax when you’re not around, or you’re hoping for help with potty training, the crates above can help.

For us, the pet store premium dog crate is the top choice, as it’s so easy to maintain, move around, and set up for your dog. Plus, there’s plenty of space for your puppy to move around when they’re inside. Don’t forget, you can always make a crate more appealing by adding blankets, soft towels, and other must-have accessories to the inside. Make sure your crate is the comfiest place for your pooch with our Paws and Presto Performance bed covers.