Finding the right crate for your dog will take a little time, but it's important that you make the effort to do it. If you choose the wrong type of crate, your dog could end up injured or loose in your home ruining all of your belongings. Soft-sided crates, like the EliteField Soft Dog Crate, are a comfortable choice for dogs that are completely crate trained.
As the name suggests, soft-sided crates have sides made of cloth material. That's why it is necessary for your dog to be 100% crate trained before you enclose him in a soft-sided crate. Dogs that chew or scratch the sides will easily be able to escape from these types of crates.
You also need to be sure to measure your dog properly before shopping for a crate or kennel. First, measure his height from the floor to the top of his head. Then, measure his length from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. Add 2″ to both measurements, and choose a crate that is at least those dimensions.
If you think a soft-sided crate is an appropriate choice for your pet, the EliteField Soft Dog Crate may be a good option for your Fido. This crate folds flat and comes with a convenient carrying bag. It's available in 5 sizes and 13 colors, but is it a good value?
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EliteField Soft Dog Crate Review
- 20″L x 14″W x 14″H
- 24″L x 18″W x 21″H
- 30″L x 21″W x 24″H
- 36″L x 24″W x 28″H (the size shown in my review)
- 42″L x 28″W x 32″H
If you compare the size of these crates with others of the same length, you will see that they are about 2″ taller and wider than than the others. We all know that dogs aren't built the same. While most manufacturers build crates for the “average” size dog, what about dogs that are a little taller?
This dog crate from EliteField is also available in 13 colors: beige, black, gray, green, khaki, maroon, navy blue, royal blue, sage green, blue gray, brown & beige, navy blue & gray and red & beige.
As you will see in my video review above, this dog crate colds flat for easy transporting and storage. I demonstrate how easy it is to set up and fold down in my video. The steel tube frame is extremely durable as well, which is a benefit over other similar crates that use a metal wire frames.
It also comes with a convenient carrying bag that makes it easy to take this crate with you in the car, on an airplane or anywhere else that you may need to bring it.
As the name suggests, this crate has 3 doors. Mesh panels unzip on the top, side and front of the crate to allow easy access to your pet no matter what position the crate is. There are also fabric panels that fold down over the mesh to give your dog some peace and quiet if he gets overstimulated or needs to rest.
I like the top door in particular, because it makes it makes it very easy to get timid pets into the crate. If your dog gets nervous entering the crate, you can just pick him up and place him inside. It’s also a nice feature that allows you to reach in and pat your dog to calm him while traveling without the chance of him escaping.
In my dog crate review video above, I also show you the two small storage pockets. The one on the back of the crate is detachable, which makes it super convenient for traveling. Plus, you could use the detachable pocket as a carrying case for your dog's accessories anytime you'd like to take them with you.
The cover is made of 600D fabric with hex mesh material for the windows. The cover is not attached to the steel tube frame, so you can remove it easily. The EliteField Soft Dog Crate comes with a faux sherpa mat, and the cover, carrying bag and mat are all machine washable. This is a huge advantage over other soft crates that do not have a removable cover!
Again, this is a soft sided crate. That means it is only suitable for dogs that are 100% crate trained and comfortable being confined to a crate. This option is more sturdy than other soft crates I've used, which I like, but that means it is a bit heavier. The small size only weighs about 6 pounds, but the largest size weighs nearly 20 pounds.
With its added durability comes a steeper price tag. Depending on the size that you need and the color that you choose, the price on Amazon will vary from $39.99 to $95.99. You can find cheaper quality soft crates for about half this cost. However, I do think the EliteField Soft Dog Crate is a good value for the money spent.