Midwest “i-Crate” Folding Crate

Best suited for: Everyday crate
Also works for: Hotel or vacation rental crate
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

This is the crate I should have bought when I first brought Chloe home. I’ve ended up with it, after a variety of collapsible fabric crates, a Marchioro “Ithaka Clipper 6″ crate, and a Sky Kennel crate, but I wish I’d started here.

First things first: I bought the iCrate Single Door Folding Crate, Model 1530 (which is the size Medium, at 30Lx19wx21H). Chloe could fit in the next smaller size, but…

Firstrax NozToNoz “Sof-Krate N2″

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

This was the first crate we bought for Chloe, and although it wasn’t the best choice for a puppy, we really liked it. It folds down and sets up easily, and two of its doors extend to the ground, giving your dog good visibility as well as ventilation (the third door is really a roof that zips back). Unlike the Creature Leisure Den, this crate…

Super Pet “Take Me Home” and “Come Along Carrier”

Best suited for: Travel crate, in-cabin airplane carrier (check airline restrictions on types of pets allowed onboard)
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

I just checked these two products out at my local Petco, and I wasn’t very impressed. The “Take Me Home” wire crate (with a plastic base) comes in three sizes: Small (6Hx10Lx5.75W), Medium (7.5Hx13Lx8W) and Large (10.3Hx16.5Lx10.4w). It includes an optional perch for birds, and has a wire handle. Each size can be slipped into a corresponding “Come Along Carrier,” which encloses the crate while…

Pet Gear “The Other Door Steel Crate”

Best suited for: Hotel or vacation rental crate
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★

We bought one of these crates from Orvis, for use in a vacation home where we don’t want to leave a crate set up all the time. It comes in three sizes: Small (21Hx27Lx18W), Medium (27Hx36Lx24W) and Large (28Hx42Lx28W). The crate arrived assembled, so I spent some time learning how to collapse it and set it up again.

Things I like? I love all the door options, I like being able to collapse it…

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…

Precision Pet Products “Bone Voyage Pup Tent”

Best suited for: Temporary crate or occasional use
Also works for: Car carrier
Quality: ★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

I bought this crate because its price was slashed almost to nothing in the offer I found, so I had low expectations for it. We’ve been pretty pleased with it, though — it has several nice features, and if your dog is calm and not prone to scratching, this will be a useful product for you. It comes in five sizes, ranging from Extra Small (10Hx12Lx10W) to Large (28Hx36Lx23W).

Here’s what we…

PetEgo “Pet at Work Travel System”

Best suited for: Backpack carrier, travel crate
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

This carrier starts out as a backpack, holding both your laptop and your small dog, and once you get to your destination, it converts to a small enclosed crate, complete with a padded floor.

Toy breeds will fit best in it, especially in the compact and standard configurations, but when the carrier is fully expanded (16Hx15Lx16W) even Chloe could fit in it. It comes in black and tan.

I own another PetEgo carrier, Chloe’s beloved messenger bag.…

Creature Leisure “Den”

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

We own three of these Dens, two medium ones (for travel and for a vacation home) and a large one (for everyday use at home). The Den comes in three sizes: Small (17Hx22.5Lx15.5W), Medium (24Hx29.5Lx22W), and Large (30Hx38Lx28.5W). We like the Den because, assembled, it is sturdy and solid; and it collapses with the simplest of approaches — the four aluminum poles that provide structure at…

Roof Box Company “DogBag”

Best suited for: Car travel
Also works for: Beach, picnic cabana
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

The first crate we bought was The Roof Box Company’s DogBag. The DogBag folds up (with a complicated maneuver akin to the one you may already be using on your car windshield sunscreen) and fits into a normal-sized backpack (provided by Roof Box). It has plenty of mesh netting so your dog has good ventilation and fairly good visibility. You need to supply your own floor padding (Roof Box’s Quilted Liner is thin, and…