The 7 Best Dog Pens to Buy in 2018

Keep your pup safe with these options

Tespo Dog Playpen, Portable Large Plastic
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Whether you’re training a new puppy or just want to keep your pooch safely contained in one area of the yard or house, there are tons of factors to consider when shopping for the right dog pen. You’ll have to consider your dog’s behavior (and her/his penchant for wandering), size and activity level, as well as the pen’s location (will you use it indoors, outdoors or both?), appearance, durability and price tag.

With hundreds of options on the market, it can be hard to choose the pen that will keep your dog the safest and most comfortable. We’ve rounded up the best dog pens you can buy in 2017, so you can make an informed decision, while keeping your pup (and wallet) happy.


  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Richell Convertible Pet Playpen

    Richell’s Convertible Pet Playpen takes our number one spot for its versatility, durability, simple, wood-like design and excellent customer rating.

    This pen is actually three pet products in one. You can use it as a hexagonal or square pen, freestanding gate or room divider — simply fold the panels to create the shape and function you want. Available in four- and six-panel options, you can customize this pen to your home and your pet’s needs. Pro tip: Some reviewers recommend buying two and linking them together to create an extra-large pen. The manufacturer recommends this pen for dogs 88 pounds and under, so if you have a larger pooch you may want to consider picking up two units.

    Although this pick looks like a sleeker, wooden pen, it’s actually made from durable, water-resistant plastic, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors. And if it gets dirty, simply hose it down for a quick clean-up.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Budget: Pet Trex 8-Panel Pen

    If you’re looking for a basic, no-frills pen to keep your dog relegated to one spot in the yard or house, this eight-panel pen from Pet Trex should do the trick – and you don’t have to spend a ton of cash.

    Although the design is simple, this pen can be set up in multiple ways – as an octagon, square or rectangle – and comes with ground anchors and corner stabilizers for extra support and durability. Composed with heavy gauge wire finished with electro-coat finish, this pen won’t rust when exposed to the elements – or bend if your dog attempts to scale the sides.

    Each of the eight panels measures 24” x 24”, so if you have a larger dog, you may want to consider buying two units and linking them together. Our favorite feature? You can build this pen (or link multiple pens together) without a single tool!

  • 03 of 07

    Best Traveling Pen: EliteField Two-Door Soft Playpen

    If you often travel or camp with your dog, you may want to consider investing in a foldable traveling pen. Not only will it keep your dog safe and secure in unfamiliar places, but it’ll give her/him a cozy, comfortable spot to sleep, too.

    With over many reviews, it’s obvious that customers love EliteField’s two-Door Soft Playpen; it makes it easy to keep your pet safe and happy on the road (or on the trails). Available in six sizes and seven color options, you can choose the perfect option to fit your dog’s needs. This pen’s floor mat and top cover are removable and washable for easy clean-up – especially if your dog happens to get carsick!

    Even if you don’t travel with your pets, this pen can be used indoors at home, too. Because it’s foldable, it won’t take up a ton of storage space – just pop it open when your dog is ready for a snooze.

    EliteField offers a two-year warranty for all of its soft pens, so if you run into any issues with the product, contact the manufacturer for a 100 percent refund.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Heavy-Duty Pen: BestPet Playpen

    Have a larger dog? Or a puppy who just discovered his love for climbing? Ditch your flimsy pen for this heavy-duty option from BestPet. It’s available in 24”, 32” and 40” options – and multiple units can be connected – to create the perfect playspace for your pooch.

    Real-life customers love this pen for its versatility – you can change up the configuration to create several shapes – durability, sturdiness and size. One downside, according to reviewers, is that this pen can only be used indoors. It has to be staked into the ground to be totally supported and sturdy.

    Another heads up: This isn’t the easiest pen to grab-and-go. If you want to collapse this pen for travel or storage, you’ll have to remove all of the pins that connect the panels and stack the panels — it isn’t foldable, unfortunately.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Indoor/Outdoor Pen: IRIS USA, Inc. Playpen

    The RIS USA, Inc.’s Exercise Panel Pen is ultra-portable, can be used inside the house or in the yard and, when assembled, provides pets with a massive 21-square-foot play (or lounge) space.

    Made from super durable, heavy-duty molded plastic, this pen will never rust or degrade in various weather conditions. Plus, it’s available in 10 different color options, so you can choose the best to go with your home’s color palette … or your dog’s favorite color.

    Each panel interlocks with full-length connecting rods and can be configured into different shapes and sizes to best accommodate your pet’s needs. If you need a little extra space for a larger dog – or a smaller dog who just needs a lot of space – you can connect multiple units.

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    Best Convertible Pen: Richell 3-in-1 Convertible Pet Gate

    We never thought we’d say this, but Richell’s three-in-one Convertible Elite Pet Gate actually makes pens look sleek, stylish and ultra-functional. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile: It can be converted to a freestanding gate, a room divider or a pen. Its lockable gate door makes it easy to pass through rooms when configured as a gate or to let your pup in and out when its configured as a pen.

    When set-up as a pen, this pick is on the smaller side; large dog owners may want to pick up a few units to create a bigger, more spacious pen.

    Our favorite part? This pen actually looks good! It’s sleek and airy, so it’ll blend in with your home décor – rather than sticking out like bulky plastic pens.

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    Best Designed Pen: Tespo Dog Playpen

    Not only will Tespo’s Dog Playpen keep your pet safe, secure and relegated to a section of your home or yard, but it’ll look great in your home, too. Because it’s made with translucent plastic panels, light can pass through, making it appear as though the pen takes up far less space than it really does. Plus, it looks super modern.

    Providing over 28 square feet of space for your dog to play or lounge, this pen can be adapted to several shapes and sizes to suit your dog and your home. Assembly is completely tool-free, so it’s easy to set-up and collapse for moving or storage, too.

    Made of eco-friendly plastic resin, this pen is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s water-proof and easy to clean, so exposure to the elements won’t cause any damage.