Best Pet Pens

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 22, 2020
Pet pens are convenient enclosures that you can easily assemble and disassemble, creating an enclosed area that lets a pet walk and stretch without running away. The best pet pens come equipped with doors and can be used indoors as well as outdoors. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

You can optionally include a wire mesh top or a sunscreen top in the package. The ground stakes secure the pen into the ground and make sure that even the biggest, strongest dogs cannot move the enclosure.

CONS

The wires scratch hardwood floors. 

OUR VERDICT

MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen creates an enclosed area tat measures 16 square feet, surrounding dogs without making the good boy inside feel restricted, while the double-latch door will ensure that the furry rascal cannot escape. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

8 panels (24"W x 42"H each)

For dogs up to 27" tall

Wire Spacing

1.57" x 4.37"

Materials

Metal with black E-coat finish

Extras

8 ground anchors for secure outdoor placing, 4 thumb-snaps for easy assembly 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The wires are made from high-tensile metal, meaning that the pen should not deform even when considerable pressure's applied. The E-coat finish will be able to protect these wires from rusting and corroding with time.

CONS

The construction is a little shaky. 

OUR VERDICT

Aside from offering a reliable enclosure, MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Pet Playpen will let you optionally add a sunscreen top and/or a wire mesh top to the package, so you can prevent the doggo from escaping from above but also protect it from harmful UV lights.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

8 panels (24"W x 30"H each)

For dogs up to 20" tall

Wire Spacing

1.57" x 4.37"

Materials

Metal with black E-coat finish

Extras

8 ground anchors for secure outdoor placing, 4 thumb-snaps for easy assembly 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the double-latch door, you can leave the puppy without oversight knowing that the little rascal will not be able to escape. The 8 corner stabilizers will prevent the enclosure from pivoting even under a strong wind. 

CONS

Small paws can easily get stuck between the gaps.

OUR VERDICT

This exercise pen from MidWest Homes for Pets will be able to accommodate small dogs, puppies, and more petite pets, such as cats, rabbits, and ducks. Using the ground anchors, you can ensure the pen will not move when placed outdoors. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

8 panels (24"W x 24"H each)

For dogs up to 16" tall

Wire Spacing

1.57" x 4.37"

Materials

Metal with black E-coat finish

Extras

Double-latch door, 8 ground anchors for secure outdoor placing, 8 corner stabilizers, 4 thumb-snaps for easy assembly 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The E-coat finish will let you use the pen outdoors without worrying about the elements and store the panels in a humid space (like a shed) knowing that the black paint will not start chipping off with time. 

CONS

The stabilizers do not click-on especially well. 

OUR VERDICT

What the folk at MidWest Homes for Pets present here is the company's most universal exercise pen yet. Besides the anchors, thumb-snaps, and stabilizers, the best part about this product is the E-coat finish, ensuring that the wires do not start corroding or forming rust patches eventually. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

8 panels (24"W x 36"H each)

For dogs up to 23" tall

Wire Spacing

1.57" x 4.37"

Materials

Metal with black E-coat finish

Extras

Double-latch door, 8 ground anchors for secure outdoor placing, 8 corner stabilizers, 4 thumb-snaps for easy assembly 

Warranty

1 year

PROS
The wire spacing here has been stretched ~1.25 x 5 inches so that even dogs will small paws will not get stuck between these wires. You can fold the 8 panels flat, storing the pen without sacrificing much space. 
CONS

Some find the paintwork unsatisfactory. 

OUR VERDICT

PetMaker Exercise Playpen is a convenient and practical enclosure that pets and owners appreciate alike. Using the 4 thumb-snaps, you an assemble this enclosure in 2, maybe 3 minutes tops without bringing a single tool with you. 

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

8 panels (24"W x 30"H each)

For dogs up to 20" tall

Wire Spacing

~1.25" x 5"

Materials

Metal with powder-coated finish

Extras

Double-latch door, 8 ground anchors for secure outdoor placing, 4 thumb-snaps for easy assembly 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise 24"W x 42"H

Acommodating the Largest Dogs

MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen is a massive enclosure, with 8 panels measuring 24 (width) x 42 (height) inches each. Owing to these sizable panels, the pen can fit dogs as tall as 27 inches.

Setting size aside, there are not too many differences between this playpen and most dog pens. You can choose between optional wire mesh tops or sunscreen tops. The aforementioned panels come equipped with ground stakes, so you can use the pen outdoors, securing them into the ground. Even the strongest dogs will not be able to move the pen when the construction is secured via these ground anchors. In fact, we would recommend using this playpen outdoors or, at least, choosing a rug as a surface when you put the pen indoors since the wires can easily scratch hardwood floors.

As always, despite incorporating multiple ground anchors, panels, and countless wires, the pen enables hassle-free assembly thanks to the 4 thumb-snaps that come with the package.

All things considered, including the attractive yet durable black finish that the wires are sporting, MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen is the playpen that large dogs need and deserve. Creating a 16-square-foot enclosed area, this pen surrounds good boys without making them feel restricted.

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MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise 24"W x 30"H

Black E-Coat Finish

MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Pet Playpen is not just as huge as the company's exercise pen above. This time, the panels measure 24 x 30 inches each (24 referring to the width and 30 representing height). As you can imagine, because this enclosure is more compact, the dogs that the pen can accommodate with decent comfort cap at 20 inches tall. Of course, more sizable dogs will fit the enclosure as well but they might feel imprisoned inside it.

Also, the construction is a little shaky this time, even though the wires seem the same and the wire spacing mirrors its less space-saving relative (1.57 x 4.37 inches). In other words, the more capable dogs might move this pen. Sure, the 8 ground anchors securing the construction outdoors will help but might just not cut it with the largest canines.

What will cut it though is the black E-coat finish that makes the wires more attractive and also immune against rust and corrosion. The finish rests upon high-strength metal wires, making them also practically immune against deformation.

Bottom line, assuming that your beloved tail-wagger is not taller than 20 inches, this pet pen from MidWest Homes for Pets should prove right up your alley.

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MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise 24"W x 24"H

Fitting Petite Dogs, Pups, and Small Pets

Huge dogs deserve all the love and affection they get but small doggies are alright as well, don't let anyone convince you otherwise. Plus, even the most massive canines start as tiny puppies, hence this playpen from MidWest Homes for Pets.

This one stretches individual panels 24 inches wide and tall, making the enclosure suitable for small pooches and cute little pups below 16 inches tall. As long as they fit the description, this enclosure will serve as a playpen and exercise pen rather than a prison inside which the dog will not feel uncomfortable at all. That being said, small paws can easily get stuck between the 1.57- x 4.37-inch gaps, and while the doggo should not be able to get injured anyway, we would still recommend occasional oversight.

Emphasis on occasional though since the double-latch door ensures that the dog will have a hard time escaping this enclosure. Meanwhile, along with 8 ground anchors, the 8 corner stabilizers will be able to prevent the pen from moving even when the wind gets fierce and the pooch starts applying pressure.

In short, with this playpen, you can protect small dogs and pups from harm without imprisoning them. Plus, the pen will also fit small pets like rabbits, ducks, and cats.

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MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise 24"W x 36"H

The Most Universal One

This time, MidWest Homes for Pets presents its most universal/versatile playpen yet. On the one hand, this enclosure will fit 23-inch tall dogs but not ~27-inch fellows, so the first pen still deserves its spot on the list. Having said that, unlike that enclosure, this pen's also shipped with 8 corner stabilizers, meaning that even the toughest dogs will not move the pen one inch.

Of course, these stabilizers are not replacing the 8 ground anchors, without which securing the enclosure outdoors would be quite difficult. What's more, the stabilizers are a little shaky, so make sure they click-on before you move to the next one. Unlike these stabilizers, the 4 thumb-snaps are smooth, enabling easy assembly without using separate tools.

But, back to logistics, the 8 panels that constitute the enclosure (once you put them together) reach 24 inches width-wise and 36 inches height-wise, so 23-inch tall tail-waggers should feel nice and cozy inside a pen like that. Plus, owing to the E-coat finish, the wires will not fall victim to rust and corrosion, so the pen should last.

In closing, MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Playpen will provide ample room for play without letting your 4-legged friend escape the enclosed premises.

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PETMAKER 58" x 60"X 30" Exercise

The Doggo will not go AWOL

PetMaker Exercise Playpen has its strengths and weaknesses compared to the product's direct competition. Starting with the former, the epoxy-coated finish protects the wires from the elements and makes sure the panels do not start showing rust and corrosion signs eventually, even when stored somewhere humid. To add more, the spacing between the wires stretches ~1.25 x 5 inches, meaning that even the smallest paws should not get stuck between the gaps. As much as these parts contribute though, there are good chances that you'll find the paintwork unsatisfactory, running an otherwise great first impression that this enclosure makes.

Still, as shoddy as the paintwork is here, the overall product is not shoddy at all, including the double-latch door preventing the more unruly dogs from going AWOL and the 8 ground anchors serving the same purpose by stabilizing and securing the enclosure outdoors. Adding to its advantages, the construction easily folds flat, enabling convenient storage, while the 4 thumb-snaps let you assemble the pen in minutes.

Cutting to the chase, people with ~20-inch tall dogs and some space outdoors (or indoors, both work) cannot go wrong with this exercise playpen from PetMaker.

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What Is a Pet Pen?

Dogs have limitless energy that some children can match but most adults should not even try. No, as much as you might enjoy walking your little furry friend and playing with it, the time is seldom on your side and the energy reserves, working at least five days per week, are usually running low. You want your dog to have fun, moving and stretching, but leaving it unattended is rarely a good idea, not unless you have a pet pen.

With a pen like that, you can trap a dog without making the tail-wagging rascal feel trapped, as long as you choose the right size. More often than not, these pens can be used both indoors and outdoors, so you can let your four-legged friend have some time in the sun without worrying about it running amok and destroying the garden the second you turn your head.

Made from separate panels, the enclosures that we have listed here can fold flat, enabling easy storage, making them portable, and letting you assemble them in no time at all, using thumb-snaps that allow you to put the panels together without using any tools. Finally, they're much more sizable than dog houses (though do not protect them from the elements as well these houses) and can usually fit a dog bed.

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Publish Date: 2020-08-21 14:16:52