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Best Dog Crates & Accessories

Updated: Sep 13

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We have a hunch that you are here because you are about to welcome a puppy to your home. So we've put together a range of crates and must have accessories from lavish high-end furniture to the more affordable if you're on a tight budget.


All the products we feature will help you create that perfect safe haven for your puppy.

Labrador in a dog cage on a red dog cage bed

You can provide a much needed sense of security, help with toilet training and learn to deal with that dreaded separation.


Firstly, we talk crate size to make sure you get the right crate for your pup. So whether it's a tiny crate or a super sized, extra large dog crate you're looking for, we have you covered.


Then we explore bedding options to create a comfortable and durable sleeping space.


Finally we recommend some gorgeous crate covers to turn your crate into a fabulous puppy den.


Table of Contents

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Dog Crates and Accessories

1. Best Standard Crate : Ellie-Bo

2. Best Premium Crate : Savic

3. Best Dog Crate Furniture : Omlet

4. Best Puppy Crate Mat : Vet Fleece

5. Best Dog Crate Bed : Dericor

6. Best Value Crate Cover : Chengsan

7. Best Luxury Crate Cover : Lords & Labradors

8. Best Dog Crate Bowls

Top Crate Tips



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


The first thing to say is that the right size crate will depend on the size (not the weight) of your dog.


As a minimum your dog must be able to sit and stand at full height, turn around, stretch out and lie down in a natural position.


Size - Dog crates tend to be manufactured in a standard range of lengths but some crates and bedding are listed in cm and some in inches (just to confuse matters).


So here's an at-a-glance guide to help you buy a crate and bedding which fits -

Cockapoo in a dog crate with blue cover


Extra-Small - 22" or 56 cm

Small - 24" or 61 cm

Medium - 30" or 77 cm

Large - 36" or 91 cm

X- Large - 42" or 106 cm

XX-Large - 48" or 122 cm




Duration - If you intend to purchase a crate to use solely for the first few months then progress to a dog bed, a smaller one will fit the bill.


However,if you are looking for a crate to grow with your puppy into adulthood then choose a larger crate but consider purchasing a divider panel.


If the crate is initially too big for your puppy it can ruin their toilet training, as they learn it's okay to mess in one corner whilst still keep their sleeping area clean.


Bedding - There are bedding options designed specifically to be used with a dog crate.


Stick to one of these options as they tend to be machine washable and built to endure those inevitable puppy accidents and chewing.

french bulldog puppies

Water - Your puppy should have access to water at all times.


This can present a potential problem with crate training.


Look at options where the water bowls can be easily secured within the crate to avoid accidents.


Den - Dogs have a natural denning instinct, often preferring safe, enclosed quarters for their naps. 


It's really simple to transform your crate from something akin to a cage into a comfortable and secure den.


Consider a made-to-measure crate cover, furniture or some cosy throws.


At Smart Bark, we're always on the hunt for the best of the best.


We've curated this buying guide to provide you with an overview of your options and help you decide which features are most important to you and your four-legged friend.


So let's have a look at what the best dog crates and accessories on the market today have to offer you and your puppy.


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OUR PICKS OF THE BEST DOG CRATES AND ACCESSORIES



1. Best Standard Dog Crate : Ellie-Bo

Known for their simple, durable and well designed crates Ellie-Bo offer the best value crates on the UK market.

Ellie-Bo dog crate from the standard range with two doors in black

Their range has standard and deluxe models along with options for a black or silver finish.


They are available in 5 standard sizes - from 24" to 48".


Their standard model, features two door openings, one on the front and one on the side.


This offers you maximum flexibility when it comes to positioning the crate in your home.


Both doors are secured with two sturdy latches to deal with any budding Houdini's out there.


Better still, the cage set up is super simple (no tools needed) and flat packs when you need to store it.


The steel tray in the base is removable and it has a carry handle if you need to reposition the crate.


A word of caution for anyone with wooden floors. Consider placing your crate on a door mat or protect your flooring in some way so it doesn't become scratched by the metal frame.


The Ellie-Bo crate does the job well for a great price.

Reasons to Buy

+ Well designed

+ Great value for money

+ Two door flexibility

+ Easy set-up

Reasons to Avoid

+ May scratch wooden floors

2. Best Premium Dog Crate : Savic

A great alternative but slightly more pricey is the Savic Residence Dog Crate.

Built to a high standard, the Savic dog crate's stand out feature is their coating.


The zinc-plating is not only extremely durable but gives it this beautiful silver coloured finish.


As with most dog crates, the Savic crate is completely collapsible and comes with two handles so it's easy to transport in the house or to the car if you want to use it in the boot when travelling.


We loved the addition of rubber feet to stop the crate from scratching your floors - nice touch.


All crates with the exception of the small and extra small sizes have front and side doors.


The small and extra small have front and top doors which helps to get tiny puppies in and out.


Another design feature is the plastic (not metal ) tray which incorporates an edge channel to keep your dog dry.


The plastic tray is not only warmer than the metal but has no sharp edges and won't warp.


There are a host of options you can add, including wheels, spare trays, dividers and fleece beds.


Reasons to Buy

+ Hard wearing coating

+ Plastic Tray

+ Floor protectors

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than Ellie Bo


3. Best Dog Crate Furniture : Omlet

If you're looking for a crate which looks less like a dog cage and more like a piece of stylish, modern furniture, this could be for you.

Omlet Studio dog crate furniture with two puppies and a young girl.

Designed around either a 24"or 36" crate, the Omlet Studio range house the crate and offer a host of optional extras for a luxury look.


The Studio range is really flexible so you can order with or without the tray and bed. A side wardrobe can store all your dog's stuff in one place.


Other possible extras include a bowl, storage box and even a clothes rail.


Obviously this option from Omlet is more expensive than a simple dog crate, but it looks super stylish and offers a host of options so you can customise your crate for your dog.


Omlet have very kindly offered Smart Bark readers 10% off across the whole Omlet store! Enter SMARTBARK10 at checkout.


Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish dog crate

+ Host of optional extras

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive option


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4. Best Puppy Crate Mat : Vet Fleece

Affordable and very reputable, the Original Vet Fleece is hugely popular with new puppy owners.

Vets bedding for a dog or puppy crate in grey and green

Designed to drain liquids away, keeping your puppy dry and comfortable all night.


The comfy fleece top helps to retain heat, so your dog is nice and warm even if they've had an accident.


The best bit though is that it's machine washable and dries quickly so accidents can be dealt with easily.


Available in a limited range of colours and several sizes to fit any of the standard dog crates mentioned earlier.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Keeps puppy dry

+ Washable

Reasons to Avoid

- Not the cosiest



5. Best Dog Crate Bed : Dericor

If you're looking for bedding with a cosier look, Dericor offer simple and practical padded beds to fit a range of crates from 22" to 36" crates.

A puppy laying on a Dericor soft dog crate bed

Made from artificial sheepskin fleece, these cosy dog beds are not only comfortable and warm they're also great value.


More importantly, they are machine washable and dry extremely quickly which is crucial when toilet training.


They could completely cover the base of the crate or fit in one half to form a smaller sleeping zone.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Super cosy

+ Washable

Reasons to Avoid

- No designer looks


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6. Best Value Dog Crate Cover : Chengsan

A fitted crate cover can help create that puppy den like feel an close of sides at night time or during the day to help puppy sleep.

A grey dog crate cover with zipped sides and a mesh windoe

These great value crate covers from Chengsan are available to fit all standard sized crates from 24"- 48".


Made from tear proof polyester with a PVC coating they're designed to withstand some puppy playing but may not stand up to some destructive chewers!


Featuring two zipped door openings to coincide with the double crate doors, they also feature a mesh window for added ventilation when the sides are closed.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Allows for ventilation

+ Tear proof materials

Reasons to Avoid

- Not a luxury look



7. Best Luxury Dog Crate Cover : Lords & Labradors

If you're looking to completely transform your dog’s crate into a smart dog den, a luxurious cover from Lords and Labradors would certainly fit the bill.

A dog sitting in a crate covered with a cream and blue Lords and Labrador dog crate cover

Their collection of crate covers have been designed to fit the Ellie-Bo dog crates featured earlier in this article.


Made from oil cloth they are easily wiped so very hygienic and extremely practical as a dog crate cover.


Available in a range of adorable designs and sizes.


Complete sets including matching cosy beds and crate bumpers are available as shown here.


Reasons to Buy

+ Gorgeous designs

+ Hygienic materials

+ Matching beds available

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive cover


8. Best Dog Crate Bowls

Dog and puppies should have access to fresh water at all times. To avoid accidents and spillages, opt for a dog bowl specifically designed for work with crates.

Dog crate water bowls

The holder attaches to the side of your crate meaning it's off the floor and less likely to be knocked over or dragged around the crate.


The removable stainless steel bowl can be filled with water and placed back in the holder.


Very sturdy and a clever option to avoid puppies spilling their water. the only downside, is that these bowls can only be used with a dog crate.


Reasons to Buy

+ Attaches to crate

+ Easy to fill

Reasons to Avoid

- Only use with crate


TOP CRATE TIPS

Hopefully this article has given you some guidance about which dog crate size and design is best for your puppy along with a look at some gorgeous crate accessories to help you design the perfect dog den.


Here are some top tips to help with your dog crate.

✅ Always remove your dog's collar so it can't get caught on the sides of the crate.

Position your crate away from direct sunlight or draughts.

Place some safe, chew toys inside along with something that smells of 'mum'.

To encourage your dog to relax and sleep in their crate, try some background music. Spotify has several playlists with a soothing and calming mix of music for your dog.



If you are looking for some guidance on how to use a dog crate successfully, then the RSPCA have a wonderful step-by-step guide to introducing and using a crate successfully.


Available for you to print and keep, the link is at the bottom of this short article -

Dog Crates - A step-by-step Guide



Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at our review of the Best Dog Crates and Accessories.