Dog crates are an essential, everyday pet accessory—whether you’re keeping your dog safe while you’re away from the house or during puppy training. The right dog crate will be easy to set up and clean, as well as a comfortable space for your pooch to rest.
We conducted hands-on testing of 20 dog crates in our New York lab to find the best options on the market. Our testers evaluated a variety of styles (including carriers for travel and folding, soft-sided crates), rating them not only on their ease of set up and use but also strength testing them to see how they’d perform against bumps and weight differences.
Our overall favorite was the MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate Single Door and Double Door Dog Crate, which is large enough to support a growing puppy and includes a crate cover, dog bed, and two detachable food bowls.
Read on for the best dog crates on the market.
MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate Single Door & Double Door Dog Crates
Thoughtful, simple design
Easy to clean
Useful double doors
Door bent under pressure
Our best overall pick is the MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate Single Door and Double Door Dog Crate because of its easy assembly, thorough features, and easy-to-clean tray. While many of the other crates that we tested also scored well for their easy-to-clean surfaces, the additional divider in this crate kit set it apart from the rest. Our tester noted this crate’s plastic tray slides out easily, making it simple to clean if any major accidents happen. We also love that this crate has rubberized rolling buffers to protect hardwood, vinyl, or tile flooring.
This crate from MidWest Homes for Pets passed our lab tests with perfect scores in ease of setup, use, and cleaning. Its basic aesthetic may not win any beauty contests, but it's certainly functional. Testers especially loved the double door model, which makes it a cinch to access the crate from the front or side, adding significantly to the iCrate's flexibility.
Our tester also loved the practicality of this crate coupled with its easy-to-collapse and easy-to-clean design. She said the setup was as simple as pulling the top of the crate up and snapping the hooks into place. Removing the plastic tray was also easy, as there was a slot for it to slide out from the bottom of the crate. A security hook also ensures that the tray stays in its place when your pup is on top of it.
The only downside our tester noted on this crate is the door does bend when it’s pulled on. Our tester didn’t think the bowing was significant enough for a dog to bust through the door, but it’s still a worthy concern for any owners with especially excitable or high-strung pooches. Despite this one design concern, we’d still recommend this crate as a reliable and basic option that’s sure to last you multiple years and withstand pet wear and tear over time.
Price at time of publish: $50
Weight: 8 pounds to 43 pounds (depending on crate size) | Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 14 inches to 48 x 30 x 33 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: Metal crate with plastic pan | Breed Size: Extra-small to extra-large dogs (depending on crate size)
Amazon Basics Portable Folding Soft Dog Travel Crate
Some nooks and crannies might be difficult to clean
Finding a dog crate that doesn’t break the bank but still does its job well can be challenging. Our testers were very impressed with this crate from Amazon Basics, which has a PVC frame with polyester and mesh fabric cover. This crate has three openings (one at either end of the crate and one on the top) that are secured by zippers. They can also be rolled up and fastened to the top of the crate. This crate is super lightweight, making it a great option for travel, but it doesn’t have a carrying handle, which was slightly disappointing for our tester.
Our tester was impressed by this crate’s durability. She noted it didn’t budge or break when a sandbag was thrown on top of it and at the front of it. Our tester was concerned about how difficult it might be to clean some of the smaller nooks and crannies within the crate’s frame. Overall, our tester gave this crate flying marks for its durability and ease of setup and use. She said the price fairly matched the product’s performance, plus this crate has an attractive and sturdy design.
Price at time of publish: $66
Weight: 5.4 pounds to 10.51 pounds (depending on crate size) | Dimensions: 25.98 x 18.11 x 18.11 inches to 41.73 x 30.71 x 30.71 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: PVC frame with polyester and mesh cover | Breed Size: Small to extra-large dogs (depending on crate size)
Diggs Revol Dog Crate
Easy to clean and set up
Not very compact when collapsed
If you’re looking for a luxurious and incredibly durable dog crate, we recommend the Diggs Revol Collapsible Dog Crate. This crate collapses when you twist the top handle, and the sides lift up, offering multiple access points for your pet. Our tester was very impressed by how durable this crate is. She said she pulled about 45 pounds against the door, and it did not budge. Throwing multiple sandbags at the crate also did not impact its structure or appearance. Our tester raved about how much she loved this crate’s intuitive design and general aesthetic.
This crate’s tray is removable so that you can easily clean it, and it has a raised edge to prevent any leakage if accidents do happen while your pet is inside the crate. The crate’s door is secured by a latch that's released by pressing a button, so it’s much more secure than other crates that only have a sliding bolt. Our tester’s only concern was that this crate is not very compact, even when it’s collapsed, so it may not be easily stored under certain pieces of furniture or in small closets. While the price point on this crate is certainly a splurge in anyone’s budget, our tester said she believed the price fairly reflected this crate’s high quality and unique design.
Price at time of publish: $475
Weight: 31.3 pounds | Dimensions: 32 x 20 x 22 inches | Material: High grade aluminum, steel mesh wire, and reinforced plastic | Breed Size: Medium
Best Soft Crate
Noz2Noz Sof-Krate N2 Series Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home
Clips for extra security
Easy to set up
Not best for travel
No carrying handle
Soft crates can be a great option for anyone who doesn’t like the appearance of wire crates or is looking for a lightweight crate that can be moved from room to room. Our tester loved the performance and aesthetics of this soft-sided crate from Noz2Noz. It has three entry points—the front, side, and top—so you can easily accommodate any age and size dog. There are also four crate sizes available, so you can choose one that will best fit your pup.
This crate held up well to our sandbag tests, showing no visible signs of defects or stress on the zipper. Our tester really liked this crate’s additional clips that secure the zipper pulls together to ensure a dog stays safe inside the crate. While this crate is lightweight, our tester said she missed the ability to carry it from the top, which would make it even easier to move within a home. This crate also does not have an inner tray, and the cloth does not separate from the frame, so it may not be best for puppies or dogs that aren’t housebroken. Overall, this crate is still a great option for a soft-sided crate, and its price point is hard to beat.
Price at time of publish: $94
Weight: 5.78 pounds to 11.56 pounds (depending on crate size) | Dimensions: 26 x 18 x 21 inches to 42 x 28 x 32 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: Steel frame with heavy-duty mesh | Breed Size: Extra-small to large (depending on crate size)
Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate and Gate
Easy to convert between a gate and crate
Easy to clean
Not best for larger dogs
There are many crate designs that convert from a gate to an enclosure. Our testers loved the Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate and Gate because of its user-friendly design and universality for dogs of all ages. This crate wasn’t too difficult to set up, but it came with lots of pieces, so be sure to keep any small pieces away from your pets during the assembly process. Once it was assembled, our tester said this crate was very easy to switch between a crate and a gate. Her only concern was the size of the pins that secure the top of the crate to the sides. These pins could easily be lost or swallowed by a pet or child, so be sure to keep them in a safe place when not in use.
When this pick is in crate mode, our tester said the latch would be too difficult for a dog to open, but as a gate, it could easily be knocked or jumped over by a larger dog. Our tester recommended using this option for well-trained dogs or small dogs who cannot knock it over. The bottom tray for this crate is a completely separate piece, making it easy to clean and wipe off. The crate body would also be easy to clean when expanded as a gate. Our tester loved the functionality of this option and said it was reasonably priced for its quality and design.
Price at time of publish: $159
Weight: 17.69 pounds or 55.5 pounds (depending on crate size) | Dimensions: 32.5 x 23.5 x 22.5 inches or 40 x 28 x 31.5 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: Solid wood veneer frame with metal cage and plastic tray | Breed Size: Medium to large
Best for Small Dogs
Fable Pets Crate
Can double as furniture
Metal or acrylic door option
No removable tray
Door jiggles when closed
Our testers couldn’t stop raving about the Fable Pets Crate. It was relatively easy to put together out of the box, similar to the labor intensity of Ikea furniture. Our tester loved the overall design of this crate, which could easily double as a bedside table or end table in a family room. Our tester pointed out that the door on this crate does jiggle when closed, which may be a concern for any pet owners with dogs who scratch at doors. However, choosing the metal crate door may solve the long-term question of the door’s durability.
This crate has rubber pads that prevent it from scratching hardwood and vinyl floors, but there is no carrying handle, which could make it difficult to move from room to room. This crate also does not have a removable tray, so you must crouch down to reach inside for any cleaning needs. Despite these design concerns, our tester was impressed by this crate’s performance during our sandbag and luggage pull tests. Overall, this crate would be a great option for anyone looking for a luxe crate that would blend into minimalist decor while still being very functional.
Price at time of publish: $395
Weight: 50 pounds or 75 pounds (depending on crate size) | Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 23 inches or 34 x 24 x 25 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: Bent wood with options for metal or acrylic doors | Breed Size: Extra-small to medium
Best for Travel
Petmate Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel
Easy to assemble and use
Would not support dogs over 15 pounds
If you like to take your dog on road trips, you should check out the Petmate Two Door Pet Kennel. It’s easy to attach the top and bottom pieces together, and the door is incredibly secure. Our tester noted the front and top openings also allow for easy cleaning and access to your pet. This crate’s door did not budge when pulled with 33 pounds of force and was not affected by the impact of a sandbag.
The top carrying handle also makes this crate a great option for city dwellers who commute to their vet's office or groomers. While we love how convenient this crate would be for extra-small to small dog breeds, we wish it was just slightly bigger to accommodate dogs within the 20-pound range. Nonetheless, this crate is a great, lightweight option for any travel situation for owners of small dogs.
Price at time of publish: $67
Weight: 6.43 pounds | Dimensions: 24.05 x 16.8 x 14.5 inches | Material: Recycled plastic | Breed Size: Small
Best for Flights
Petmate Sky Kennel
ID tags and detachable bowls included
Secure door latch
Meets most airline standards
Not portable with large dogs
If your dog is a frequent flier with you, then you’ll want a crate with a reliable closure and durable frame. The Petmate Sky Kennel Pet Carrier offers crate sizes for all dogs up to 120 pounds, and it comes with two “live animal stickers,” ID tags, and detachable food bowls. Our tester said this crate was intuitive to use and had a secure latch that would not be easily opened by Houdini-like pups. This kennel also meets most airlines’ standards for pet carriers, but be sure to consult with your preferred airline before making any flight plans with your pup.
If you have an especially reactive pup, keep in mind that the door to this crate may bend slightly with excessive force. Our tester said the door bent with roughly 68 pounds of force pulled against it, but overall she was impressed by the door’s durability and latch strength. This crate does not have a removable tray, but its plastic interior would still make it relatively easy to clean, except for a few tight corners and nitches. While Petmate does offer carriers with handles for their two smallest sizes (21-inch and 28-inch crates), the larger kennels may be more difficult to carry and maneuver through an airport, especially with a larger dog inside. Overall, our tester said she’d recommend this crate for travel and would consider purchasing it herself.
Price at time of publish: $145
Weight: Not listed | Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 15 inches to 48 x 32 x 35 inches (depending on crate size) | Material: Plastic shell with steel wire | Breed Size: Extra-small to large
For a dependable dog crate that accommodates dogs of all shapes and sizes, we recommend the MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate Single Door and Double Door Dog Crate. It's lightweight yet durable and folds down for easy transport and storage. If you're looking to splurge on a crate with more features, check out the Diggs Revol Dog Crate. Designed with safety in mind, it has an open, inviting feel that your pup will love.
How We Tested the Dog Crates
We tested 20 dog crates in The Lab in Industry City, Brooklyn. After setting up each crate, we conducted multiple strength tests on the crates to rate their durability. We asked each tester to place a 25- and 10-pound sandbag inside the dog crate and then apply 40 pounds of pulling pressure onto the door of the crate with a luggage scale. Testers then rated (out of 5) the crates on whether the door popped open, warped, or broke from the pressure of the scale. We also asked testers to throw a 25-pound sandbag at the side of each crate (this test was skipped for soft-sided crates) and rate its appearance and durability after the impact of the sandbag.
In addition to these strength tests, our testers also made judgments on each crate’s overall appearance, ease of use, and ease of cleaning. We also asked our testers to consider which categories or scenarios each crate would be best suited for and, finally, asked them to consider the crate’s overall value.
What to Look for in Dog Crates
Safety is arguably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a dog crate, but the level of safety depends on the life stage and temperament of your pup. For example, a wooden crate might be safe for more mellow dogs who don't chew, but those with puppies or chewers will want to avoid this type.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to make sure that the crate has a stable frame that won't flip over or let your dog escape. Wire mesh options can pose more safety concerns, so you'll want to go for a durable, high-gauge metal option. This will minimize any possible injuries, like getting paws stuck in the wire or breaking out of the crate entirely, and give you greater peace of mind. Plastic options generally come with fewer safety risks, but you'll still want to make sure that the crate is chew-resistant, with no detachable pieces that can be swallowed or eaten.
The ideal crate size allows your pup to fully stand up and lie down, with room to stretch to his full body length without being constrained. But dogs still like a den-like experience, so make sure that the crate isn’t too big (for example, a smaller breed shouldn’t be housed in a crate intended for larger breeds).
So, when shopping for a crate, you’ll want to consult a dog crate size chart, considering your dog’s shape and size. Those with puppies might opt for a crate that comes with divider panels, which allow the crate to grow with your pooch (and also come in handy for training).
Apart from practical design elements like a removable tray—more on that below—you’ll also want to consider the overall look of your potential crate. Your dog’s crate is most likely something you and your family will be seeing often, after all.
While a traditional wire mesh crate is neutral enough, if you’re looking for something that will either blend in or stand out a bit more, there are plenty of options. Those with wooden furniture might opt for a wooden crate, which is perfectly suited for the living room area (though those with puppies or chewers should opt for a more durable option). And if you want something a bit more Instagram-worthy, opt for something like the Diggs Revol Dog Crate, which is just as practical as it is easy on the eyes.
Dividers are a great way for your crate to grow with your dog, reducing the need to buy a new crate several times a year. As your puppy grows, you can adjust the amount of living space to suit her needs. Additionally, if you have two dogs that don’t get along, you can use a divider to split up their crate. Just make sure that each pup has enough space to do its thing.
Ideally, your pup won’t be in a crate long enough to have to “do their business.” But accidents again, and when they do, you’ll be glad to have a tray that you can remove for cleaning. Luckily, most crates come with this feature; if not, you can purchase a separate fabric pad that will absorb any urine or other messes.
Casters can prove super useful for at-home crate use, as they allow you to more easily move your pup’s crate from one room to another. This is particularly great for puppies; when they’re still young and potty training, you can keep the crate in your bedroom or hallway (as you would a baby), and as they get older, you can move it to your living room or kitchen area. Just make sure to lock the casters in place every time to minimize accidents or tip-overs.
Why Trust The Spruce Pets?
This article was originally written by dog expert Christina Donnelly, who is a writer and animal welfare advocate. When researching products to add to this article, we read dozens of customer and third-party-site reviews, keeping safety, style, and comfort in mind.
Emma Phelps, an updates writer for The Spruce, offered additional assistance in updating this article with our latest testing insights from The Lab. After reviewing our testers’ feedback on all 20 crates that were tested, Phelps and senior editors compiled the final list of crates in this roundup. She then converted our testing insights into digestible product descriptions to inform readers about the user experience with each crate and its overall value.