Well-made and durable
Padding on inside
Separate ID clip
Tricky to adjust size
Many dog collars—especially those at lower price points—are quite flimsy and easy to slip out of, which is why the EzyDog Neo Collar is an appealing product. This hardy collar has several helpful features, such as hook-and-loop fastener backup, that promise to harness even the largest of dogs.
However, the low price point seems too good to be true—other heavy-duty collars can cost $50 or more! We wanted to see if the EzyDog Collar was as good as it seemed, so we put it to the test over the course of several weeks, using it daily to wrangle our cutest product tester, Addy the golden retriever. Here’s what we found.
Design: Limited colors, but a multitude of features
Addy has a light golden coat, so we like the look of bright colors against her fur. The EzyDog Neo Dog Collar only comes in a few basic colors, so we decided to go with the purple, which seemed the most fitting for her.
Upon first opening the EzyDog Neo Dog Collar, we were struck by the vibrant color of the purple material! The padded interior is made from neoprene, the same material wetsuits are made of, and the exterior has a strip of nylon webbing for added durability. We also love that there are strips of reflective safety trim around the edges so that she can be seen more easily at night.
The padded interior is made from neoprene, the same material wetsuits are made of, and the exterior has a strip of nylon webbing for added durability.
The collar has a thick stainless steel, non-rusting D-ring where you can clip your leash, as well as a smaller plastic ring for attaching your dog’s ID tags. We found the large plastic buckle to be sturdy yet easy to clip and unclip, making it a breeze to attach and remove the collar. This might not be a big concern if you leave your dog’s collar on all the time, but we typically take Addy’s collar off when we’re inside, so it’s nice not to have to struggle with a difficult buckle.
Our one complaint in terms of the design is that the manufacturer claims the collar is waterproof, and since Addy absolutely loves to swim, we got to test out this claim. We found that the collar does get wet, though, and it remains damp for about an hour or so afterward. The good news is that the color didn’t bleed at all—an issue we’ve run into in the past with cheap collars.
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Comfort: Stiff but otherwise comfortable
Unfortunately, Addy still hasn’t mastered English, so we weren’t able to consult with her about the comfort level of the EzyDog Neo Collar. From what we could tell, however, she found it to be quite suitable for her needs. The padded interior and rounded edges made sure it didn’t dig into her neck, and the medium size was just right so it wasn’t too tight or too loose (more on sizing in a minute).
The one downside of this collar is that it’s incredibly stiff. When we first took it out of the package, it didn’t want to be shaped into a loop. On one hand, this makes it feel more durable, but it also presented a problem for the first few days of use, as it wouldn’t spin on Addy’s neck. So, for instance, if she got the leash looped around her neck, the collar wouldn’t spin to fix itself—we had to stop and do it by hand. After several days of use, the collar loosened up a little bit, but we still found it to be much stiffer than other collars.
Sizing: Follow the instructions carefully
The EzyDog Collar comes in five sizes, ranging from extra small to extra large. The manufacturer provides a sizing chart to help you choose the right size for your dog’s neck, but it requires you to measure your dog’s neck. We opted to just measure the collar Addy was previously wearing, and it came out to 15 inches, which would have translated to a small.
However, Chewy recommended adding 2 inches to the measured length, which bumped us up to a medium. This was ultimately the right choice, as the medium fit Addy perfectly. If you do end up ordering the wrong size, these collars only adjust a few inches, so you may end up having to exchange it. For that reason, we’d recommend following Chewy’s instructions or sizing up if you’re toward the end of one measurement range.
The one downside of this collar is that it’s incredibly stiff. When we first took it out of the package, it didn’t want to be shaped into a loop.
We did find this collar to be a little tricky to adjust to the appropriate size because of its hook-and-loop strap, which serves as an added level of reinforcement. You slide the nylon strap through a buckle as you would on a normal collar, then you fasten the hook-and-loop strap over it. However, the strap tends to tighten the collar a bit, so when you’re adjusting it, you have to make it a little looser than needed. It’s not a big deal, but it can take a few tries to get right.
In terms of thickness, the extra small is ⅞-inch wide, the small is 1 ⅛-inch, and the other larger sizes are 1 ¼-inch. Because we ordered a medium for Addy, our collar was 1 ¼-inch wide, which we think looked appropriate on her. For reference, she’s around 50 pounds, so if you have a giant breed dog, you might want to look for a collar that’s 1 ½ or even 2 inches wide.
Durability: Well-made, especially for the price
Overall, we were really impressed with the quality of the EzyDog Collar. The materials seem high-quality, as does the stitching. Even when Addy was doing her worst pulling (generally when she wants to say hi to another dog), it felt quite secure, and the hook-and-loop reinforcement ensured the collar didn’t accidentally loosen when she tugged.
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Price: Reasonable for the quality
On the manufacturer’s site, the EzyDog Neo Collar costs $25, no matter the size, but on other retailer sites, the prices may vary. Given the various features of the collar—an ID tag, reflective trim, hook-and-loop reinforcement, and neoprene fabric—and its overall high-quality construction, we would definitely be willing to pay that much for the product. We only wish it came in more colors and patterns!
Competition: You can choose from more stylish options
LupinePet Dog Collar: If you’re prioritizing style over hardiness, this LupinePet collar comes in a wide variety of fun patterns and colors. It’s long-lasting and affordable, and it has a lifetime guarantee (even if chewed), but it’s lacking in terms of features and could be best for gentle dogs.
Soft Touch Leather Padded Dog Collar: Love the look of leather collars? This option from Soft Touch Collars looks incredibly luxe, yet it’s still affordable and comfortable for your pooch thanks to its padded lining.
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If you’re looking for a thick, sturdy collar that will ensure your dog doesn’t slip out, you can’t beat the solid construction of the EzyDog Neo Collar. What it lacks in style, it makes up for in features—although the manufacturer’s claim that the material is waterproof doesn’t seem to hold up, so keep looking if that was the selling point.
- Product Name Neo Collar
- Product Brand EzyDog
- Price $25.00
- Color Blue, Red, Purple, Black, Chocolate, Orange, Candy, Bubble Gum, Green Camouflage, Pink Camouflage
- Materials Nylon and neoprene
- Warranty 1 year