10 Best Rated Dog Crates Review – Helping You Find the Most Practical Crate

So you’ve made the decision to get a crate for your dog, or at least consider it. Great idea!

A dog crate is one of the best tools still out there for housebreaking/potty training your dog, providing a safe and comforting place for him to rest and sleep, traveling and more. If you haven’t already, you may want to check out the article: All About Creates and Crate Training for Dogs to learn more about the benefits and proper use of crates and crate training.

Coco resting in her crate.

When it comes to getting a dog crate (or kennel), there are a few things to consider in order to make sure it works for you and your dog. In this 2017 review, we will share the best rated dog crates on the market today and provide insight on their functionality, durability, style and more.

The best rated dog crates fall into the following categories:

Hard-Sided: Plastic Dog Crates

Plastic crates are ideal for home use, housebreaking/potty training and travel by airplane or car. They are well-ventilated and offer a cozy place to rest and sleep. When transporting, the weight of these crates are typically manageable for the average person. Plastic crates can easily be broken down (the top separated from the bottom), stacked neatly on top of each other, and stored away when they are not needed.

Best Plastic Dog Crate Options

Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel*

4.2/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 


Key features include:

Metal side vents, rear ventilation, durable plastic, squeeze latch door, tie down strap holes and meets IATA & USDA requirements.  


Drawbacks include:

Comes with plastic nut hardware (with metal bolts). If you need to transport your pet via air, some airlines will require that you purchase metal nut hardware in order to be accepted.  


Available in multiple sizes.


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1st Place

Petmate Compass Kennel

4.1/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 


Key features include:

360 degree ventilation (top and bottom), oversized doorway entry, turn dial door latches, door opens left or right and meets IATA and USDA requirements. 


Drawbacks include:

The slide and snap assembly (to secure top and bottom) has proven to be difficult for some customers to attach.  Some have commented that it is not as durable as they would have liked (thinner plastic). 


Available in multiple sizes.


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Runner Up

 

*The Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel is one that I own and would highly recommend as an option for housebreaking/potty training AND travel by airplane and car. We’ve used it for everything mentioned. It’s over 5 years old and still in great condition even after use with two dogs. 


Hard-Sided: Wire Crates

Wire crates are ideal for home use, housebreaking/potty training and some can be used for car travel. They are a great option for puppies since most include a divider panel insert to limit the space inside until they grow bigger. They offer the most ventilation from all the crate options including great visibility. Covers can be purchased separately if you want to make the space cozier for your pet and/or to restrict his visibility. When transporting, the weight of these wire crates can be a bit more difficult to handle for the average person since they are made of metal. When not in use, they can be folded flat for storage.

Best Wire Dog Crate Options

Midwest Life Stages Metal Crate

4.6/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 

Key features include:

Sturdy metal construction, 2-door (front and side) access with 2 slide bolt latches on each door, optional divider panel insert, carrying handle, rubber feet, removable bottom plastic pan for easy cleaning and has a 1 year warranty. 


Drawbacks include:

Some customers would have preferred a metal bottom plan instead of plastic. Sharp metal edges were reported by some but were fixed with filing or taping.   


Available in multiple sizes.


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1st Place

AmazonBasics Metal Dog Crate

4.6/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 

Key features include:

Sturdy metal construction, 2-door (front and side) access with 2 slide bolt latches on each door, optional divider panel insert and a removable bottom plastic pan for easy cleaning.     



Drawbacks include:

Some customers have reported that the metal wires are not as sturdy as they would have liked. Sharp edges were found as well by some.



Available in multiple sizes.


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Runner Up

 


Soft-Sided: Fabric with Steel Frame Dog Crates

Soft-sided fabric crates are ideal for home use, travel by car; basically anywhere you want to go. NOT recommended for housebreaking/potty training or chewers. The crate frame is made of steel tubes while the cover is made of high quality durable fabric. These types of crates are well-ventilated with mesh doors/windows. They are lightweight so it makes portability super easy. Great for indoor or outdoor use and the fabric cover is machine washable. It’s easy to collapse for storage and transport.

Best Soft-sided Dog Crate Options

EliteField 3-Door Soft Dog Crate

4.4/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 

Key Features include: 

3 mesh doors/windows (top, front, and side), 2 accessory pockets, carrying straps attached on crate, carrying bag, fleece bed and has a 2 year warranty.


Drawbacks include: 

The fabric and especially the mesh material may tear if your dog scratches or chews on the material. 





Available in mulltiple sizes and colors.


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1st Place

NoztoNoz Sof-Krate Dog Crate 

4.2/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 

Key features include:

3 mesh doors/windows (top, front, and side), tight weave mesh fabric, water resistant base for easy cleaning, durable zippers and door latches. 


Drawbacks include: 

The fabric and especially the mesh material may tear if your dog scratches or chews on the material. Also, some customers have commented on a plastic smell when it's first received. Consider a day or two to air out before use. 


Available in multiple sizes.


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Runner Up

 


Furniture Style: Wooden Dog Crates

Furniture style wood crates are ideal for permanent home use. Check each item to ensure its compatibility for housebreaking/potty training purposes. They are well-ventilated and create a stylish look and functional space for your pet and your home: makes for a nice end table while providing a cozy spot for your dog.

Best Wooden Dog Crate Options

RuffHaus Wood Dog Crate

4.9/5 Overall Rating at Denhaus.com 

Key features include: 

High-end furniture quality, solid real wood (thick wood top and bottom), thick metal wire mesh bolted into the inner wood frame for extra durability, multiple coats of non-toxic finish and sealer, and antique brass hardware,


Drawbacks include: 

Assembly has been difficult for some customers. 






Available in mulltiple sizes and colors.


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1st Place

Merry Products Cage With Crate Cover Set 

3.6/5 Overall Rating at Amazon.com 

Key features include: 

 Wood cover with a metal wire crate (made from medium-density fibreboard (MDF) with a solid wood veneer and black powder coated steel), easy assembly and dis-assembly, removable plastic pan for easy cleaning, and optional divider panel. 


Drawbacks include: 

Some customers reported that the wood framing around the metal wire crate should be sturdier and secured more tightly. If you need to reposition the crate, you may have to reassemble the framing. 



Available in multiple sizes.


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Runner Up

 


Furniture Style: Custom Made Crates for 1 or 2 dogs

Custom made crates are ideal for permanent home use. Check each individual item to ensure its compatibility for housebreaking/potty training purposes. These one-of-a-kind crates are crafted to add style to your home and provide a functional well-ventilated space for your pet. What’s better than something that can be a nice table, stand or bench all while providing a cozy spot for your dog(s). They can house 2 pets or simply have a larger living space for 1 dog.

Best Custom Made Dog Crate Options

Lucky Kennels Wood Dog Crate 

5/5 Overall Rating at Etsy.com

Key features include: 

Custom made, high-end furniture quality, durable solid wood construction with metal bars and 2 slide bolt latches. Made to order. 


Drawbacks include: 

Shipping cost.


Available in multiple sizes and finishes/colors. 


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1st Place

Ranella Custom Furniture Wood Dog Crate 

5/5 Overall Rating at Etsy.com 

Key features include:

Custom made, high-end furniture quality, durable solid wood construction with rebar. Can be made with a middle divider if you wish. Made to order. 


Drawbacks include: 

High shipping cost.


Available in multiple sizes and finishes/colors.


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Runner Up

 

 

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4 thoughts on “10 Best Rated Dog Crates Review – Helping You Find the Most Practical Crate”

  1. Thank you for this post on 10 Best Rated Dog Crates Review.
    In the past I have always thought it to be a cruel/ selfish thing to do (crating a dog). Until I adopted an insecure male Akita. He was a mean one, we almost had to put him down until we learned more about creating and ya it really worked once he had his own safe place to go to, he became a much more manageable dog. Crating actually gave him a second chance.
    thank you – tom

    1. I love to hear positive stories related to crating. If used right, it has the potential to be your dog’s sanctuary. Glad it worked out for you! 

  2. Hi, Valerie!
    Thank God I found this website and I will bookmark this to my browser.
    If you ask me why? because my hubby and my daughter are planning to buy a puppy and I was thinking to buy crates. And I want the puppy to be comfortable and starting looking for a crate. I found one in your post and I will show it to my hubby.
    Are those available in Canada?
    Thank you again for your information.

    With a warm smile,
    Joana Marie

    1. That’s awesome! So good to plan ahead; less stress when you have everything set up before the arrival of your puppy. A dog crate will be highly beneficial to you and your puppy. Which crate are you looking at in particular? Majority should be available to ship to Canada with the exception of the Denhaus Ruffhaus Wood Dog Crate and the Ranella Custom Furniture Wood Dog Crate (only ships within the US). Hope this helps 🙂

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