Petmate “Portable Pet Home”

Best suited for: Hotel or vacation rental crate, if your dog doesn’t scrape to escape
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★★

This collapsible crate comes in seven sizes, ranging from Mini (10Hx12Lx9W) to Extra Large (36Hx42Lx30W). It has some nice features: It collapses and sets up easily, it has privacy panels on its side mesh ventilation panels, and it comes with a faux sheepskin pad. It’s flimsily-made, however, and there is no clip to keep the two door zippers together. A motivated dog could destroy this crate in…

Petmate “Vari-Kennel” Classic Models 21100 and 21700

Best suited for: Cargo-area airplane carrier, everyday crate
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

We have had two of these crates for over ten years. They’re now on their second generation of cats, and they work and look as well as they did when we bought them (okay, they’re a little scuffed in places, and they have cargo stickers on them, but they’re essentially the same).

Model 21100 is the Small size (15Hx21Lx16W) in “bleached linen.” It’s a good size for all of our cats, who range from…