The 7 Best Hamster Cages of 2021

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Best Hamster Cages

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Best for Dwarf Hamsters:
Ferplast Favola Hamster Cage at Amazon
The deep, see-through base gives your furry friend plenty of space to burrow and nest where you can keep an eye on them.
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This habitat is spacious and full of useful features, including a deep base where your hamster can hide and snooze.
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This spacious cage comes with a port door connector, so you can easily add on tubes and tunnels for extra enrichment.
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This all-metal wire frame is powder-coated, which makes for easier cleaning and may result in less chewing.
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Small hamsters will love all the extra accessories that this cage comes with, including tunnels and a "penthouse".
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At more than 600 square inches, this cage gives your hamster plenty of room to exercise and play.
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This cage's full-width double doors let you easily remove the leak-proof bottom pan for quick cleaning.
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When you get a pet, it's incredibly important to find a safe, spacious place for them to live. When it comes to shopping for a hamster cage, you'll need to make sure your hamster has plenty of room to play, sleep, eat, and relieve itself. Finding a hamster that's gotten loose can be particularly difficult, so you'll also need to look for a cage that can hold up to these tiny escape artists. Finally, look for a cage that is easy to clean, which will make your weekly cleaning sessions quicker, so you can get back to the fun parts of owning a hamster.

Here, the best hamster cages for your pet.

Best for Dwarf Hamsters: Ferplast Favola Hamster Cage

Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.4 x 11.8-inches | Weight: 6.28 lbs.

What We Like
  • Small wire spacing

  • Includes accessories

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • The single door is small; limited access

Despite their name and smaller stature, dwarf hamsters still require quite a bit of room to roam, like this 340 square inch cage. The other important consideration is the space between the bars; you’ll want a cage with bars spaced no further than 0.25 inches apart, like this one, otherwise, your cute critter may squeeze through the bars and escape. The cage comes with a hamster wheel for exercise, a hamster hide-away for sleeping, a food dish and a water bottle. Reviewers love that the deep see-through base gives their furry friend plenty of space to burrow and nest.

Best for Syrian Hamsters: Oxbow Enriched Life Hamster Habitat

Oxbow Enriched Life Hamster Habitat

Dimensions: 6.3 x 25.2 x 13.2-inches | Weight: 7.72 lbs. | Capacity: Holds a small hamster

What We Like
  • Includes accessories

  • Deep base for bedding

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • May not hold up to excessive chewing

Syrian hamsters, also known as golden, teddy bear, or fancy hamsters, make for a low maintenance pet that does best in a cage that is at least 24 inches by 12 inches and that is 12 inches tall. Aside from space, hamsters like to have a cozy corner filled with wood shavings, hay, or shredded paper where they can sleep. This habitat fits the size bill and also offers a base that will fulfill their instinct to hide—bonus that it’s see-through so you can keep an eye on your pet while it's snoozing. There’s also a lot in this cage that will keep them happily occupied including a bridge and a wheel plus a perimeter track so your pet can explore the edges of the cage.

Best for Multiple Hamsters: Kaytee CritterTrail Small Animal Super Habitat

Kaytee Crittertail

Dimensions: 30 x 18 x 16.5-inches | Weight: 12 lbs. | Capacity: Made for small mice, hamsters, and gerbils

What We Like
  • Includes accessories

  • Small wire spacing

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Thinking about bringing home a pair of hamsters? It’s okay to keep two same-sex dwarf hamsters in the same cage—as long as they are raised together. (Adult dwarf hamsters and Syrian hamsters of any age should be housed separately as they are territorial.) When picking a cage for two, you’ll want a cage that’s slightly larger, like this one from CritterTrail that has a total of 540 square inches of living space, so they have plenty of room to roam. This cage also comes with a shelf, a ramp, and a port door connector so you can easily add on tubes and tunnels (sold separately).

Best Chew-Proof Cage: WARE Chew Proof Small Animal Critter Cage

WARE Chew Proof Cage

Dimensions: 25 x 12.5 x 11.75-inches | Weight: Not listed | Capacity: Made for small hamster

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Easy to clean

  • Access door has a safety lock

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't include accessories

Hamsters naturally like to chew. While you could get a glass aquarium, many people find them hard to clean and, as they’re not well-ventilated, they can tend to get stinky. If you find that your tiny bundle of fur is exceptional at gnawing, you’ll want to invest in a chew-proof cage like this one. The powder-coated, all-metal wire deters chewing as does the chew-proof design—your critter won’t be able to bite the plastic base. The top part comes off for easy cleaning and the access door has a safety lock so you won’t have to worry about your little buddy escaping. The cage has plenty of room for a wheel or sleeping area (sold separately).

Best All-in-One Cage: Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage

Dimensions: 31.5 x 20 x 20-inches | Weight: 12.17 lbs.

What We Like
  • Includes accessories

  • Generous size

  • Has large carrying handles

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for dwarf hamsters

Buying accessories for your cage can add up quickly. This one may cost more upfront, but as it comes with tunnels, exercise wheel, two houses, a penthouse, a water bottle and more, you may find that you save more than if you had purchased everything separately. Reviewers love that the cage is a roomy 31.5 x 20 x 20 inches and that you can rearrange all the accessories so your hamster will never get bored. The cage has two large handles, which are great if you’ll be toting your hamster from place to place. Note that this isn’t recommended for dwarf hamsters as the wires are spaced .37 inches apart.

Best Extra-Large Cage: Prevue Pet Products 528 Universal Small Animal Home

Dimensions: 32.5 x 19 x 17.5-inches | Weight: 14 lbs.

What We Like
  • Easy assembly

  • Easy to clean

  • Deep base for bedding

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for dwarf hamsters

Some hamster parents worry that their little guys don’t have enough room to roam or space for toys—at over 600 square inches this cage more than solves that problem. In addition to ample room, you’ll find there’s a large base for nesting, a platform with a ladder for exercise and a large door on the top and one on the side. Reviewers note that it’s simple to assemble and doesn’t require any tools to do so and that it’s easy to take apart come cleaning time. With wires spaced ⅜ inch apart, this cage is best suited for Syrian hamsters and not dwarf hamsters.

Easiest to Clean: MidWest Homes for Pets Deluxe Critter Nation

Dimensions: 36 x 24 x 39-inches | Weight: 59 lbs.

What We Like
  • Leak-proof bottom

  • Has wheels to move around

  • Easy assembly

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

While hamsters are a low maintenance pet, they aren’t a zero maintenance pet. You’ll need to feed them, give them water, play with them and clean their cages regularly. This cage makes that last part easy thanks to full-width double doors that let you easily remove the leak-proof bottom pan for cleaning and freshening up your pet’s bedding. The only downside is that you’ll have to make sure your hamster isn’t planning an escape before you open the doors for cleaning or feeding. The cage is a very large 900 sq. ft. and has four locking wheel casters so you can move it from room to room.

What to Look for in a Hamster Cage

Size

Most hamsters need a minimum floor space of 24 x 12 inches, but more space is always better to keep your hamster from getting bored. Also, keep in mind that if you decide to have two hamsters in one cage, you must increase the size of the cage to give each hamster enough room to roam. Many cages marketed as hamster cages are not big enough for one, let alone two, hamsters

Wire Spacing

Hamsters can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces, so you'll want to make sure the gaps in wire cages are small enough to contain them. Dwarf hamsters require gaps to be smaller than 0.25 inches, while Syrian hamsters can live in cages where the wire bars are up to 0.5 inches apart. When in doubt, opt for a cage where the wires are closer together.

Base Material

You'll want to make sure you pick a cage with a removable liner or a plastic bottom to make your cage easier to clean thoroughly. You'll need to clean the cage weekly, so make sure you have a safe place for your hamster to go while you're cleaning.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Anne Fritz, a freelance writer who specializes in all things home. She was previously an editor and her work has appeared in several leading publications, such as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, and AOL. To make this list, she considered each pick's size, wire spacing, and base material.

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