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8 Best Syrian Hamster Cages [2019]

Do you love hamsters?

I love these cute, small, fury friends and have a few of them at home. Watching them playing with their colorful hamster balls has always been a feast for my eyes.

And for that very feast, I decided to get a proper hamster cage and this is what this post is all about.

Best Seller
Living World Deluxe Habitat
Best Overall
Kaytee CritterTrail

This Is How We Found the

19 Experts Interviewed

28 Cages Tested

36 Hamster Owners Interviewed

In this post, you will find reviews of 8 best Syrian hamster cages and a buyer’s guide so you know what to look for when buying top Syrian hamster cages.

But before all that, here is a table that puts forth a comparison between all 8 Syrian hamster cages.

What’s Best?

Name

Material

What’s Special?

Dimensions

Bestseller

Living World Deluxe Habitat

Wireframe + Plastic

Balcony

46.9 x 22.8 x 24 inches

Best Budget

Habitrail Cristal

Wireframe + Plastic + Acrylic

Hamster Wheel

14.7 x 11.3 x 10 inches

Best Overall

Kaytee CritterTrail

Wireframe + Plastic

Fun-nel Tubles

10.2 x 16 x 16 inches

Best Amazon’s Choice

Ferplast Favola

Wireframe + Plastic

Hamster Hide-out

23.6 x 14.4 x 11.8 inches

Best Wireframe

AmazonBasics Pet Habitat

Wireframe + Plastic

Private Hide-away

42.1 x 24.2 x 19.7 inches

Best Plastic

IRIS Hamster Cage

Plastic + Wireframe

Two Top openings for Petting

17.7 x 12.2 x 14.6 inches

Best Cat Proof

Prevue Pet Products 528 Universal Small Animal Home

Wireframe + Plastic

Balcony & Ramp

32.5 x 19 x 17.5 inches

Best Playful

MidWest Homes for Pets Crittervile Arcade

Wireframe + Plastic

Play Tubes

18.1 x 11.6 x 21.3 inches

And here are our thoughts on these top Syrian hamster products.

Bestseller

This is true, a hamster cage is a pretty famous product and to be a bestseller a brand definitely had to do a lot including manufacturing a good quality product.

And before we start with the features, it is important to mention here that this Syrian hamster cage has got 3,300+ happy customers and a 4.5/5 rating by the same customers.

However:

It is not a fancy product; it’s a simple cage which is big enough for a handful of hamsters – and everything that they need in their full of fun life including a balcony.

What I especially liked while reviewing this product is the attention to details. It is not the top of the line, but one of the true cat proof Syrian hamster cages out there. The two big lids on the top – provide enough room for cleaning, entering or exiting new hamsters and definitely for petting.

Pros

  • Extra Large – Biggest on the List
  • Balcony & Ramp
  • Drip-Proof Water Bottle
  • Hayguard

Cons

  • Base Could Be Made of a Stronger Material
  • Needs Extra Items to Occupy Big Space

Best Overall

Kaytee CritterTrail

What is something “best overall”? Why do I consider this one best overall? Let me explain that in a moment, but for a quick hint – won’t you like to buy a hamster cage with 800+ satisfied customers and an Amazon’s Choice tag.

The rating is 3.6/5 – not ideal, but definitely above average.

As for the reason why I consider this best overall, here’s a long list:

  • It is all about sturdy plastic and unbreakable wireframe – safety is guaranteed.
  • Considering the size to feature ratio, perhaps this cage has more features/toys/facilities than any other cage on this list.
  • It exudes attention to detail and thoughtfulness – you can just pull up the translucent hatch-door and pet your little hamster.
  • Its colorful structure makes it a perfect gift for kids.

Pros

  • Hatch Door Petting Zone
  • CritterTrail Fun-nel Tubes
  • 100% Expandable
  • Design Your Own Habitat

Cons

  • Could be Bigger
  • Expandability Makes It a Little Complex

Best Amazon’s Choice

Ferplast Favola

Does Amazon’s Choice tag matters? Well, this cage has got 450+ satisfied customers and a 4.2/5 rating – hence the tag. If you’re looking for a simple, less complex, more wide and comfortable cage where your hamsters can feel at home, this is the cage to go with.

Our research shows us that complex and “full of features” cages are often not the most comfortable and safest ones.

More often, the wonderful features or complex structures do not blend well with a hamster’s wild way of living; they need more space and less options.

The only problems that I can see are with how space is managed between both sides (overall length of the cage) and the space between both levels.

It could be a little bit bigger to house some species other than dwarf hamsters and the distance between two levels could be bigger to have better bedding.

Pros

  • A Simple 2 Levels Construction
  • Easy Ramp Access to Second Floor
  • A Beautiful Hide-out
  • Playing Wheel & Other Features

Cons

  • Space Between Both Levels Could Be Bigger
  • More Suitable for Dwarf Hamsters

Best Wireframe

AmazonBasics Pet Habitat

Not only this one is the second biggest hamster cage on this list (which is something good because hamsters are playful creatures that need as much room as possible), but the wireframe structure of this cage is better than many others.

As far as the construction is concerned, it is similar to Ferplast Favola and Living World Deluxe Habitat; it is a dual-level construction with upper part being a wireframe, and lower part being plastic.

Because of its size, it can host other animals as well – such as guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits.

There are top and front openings that further help with different tasks such as cleaning, entering and exiting hamsters and definitely – petting.

Who this hamster cage is for? Well, it is for people who prefer big space to lavish and full of features cage, and functionality to style.

The limited number of content/features of this cage are enough to give hamsters some room to enjoy and be curious like always.

Pros

  • 2nd Biggest Hamster Cage On This List
  • Private Hide-away Under the Balcony
  • Big Balcony with a Ramp
  • Better Protection from Cats

Cons

  • Substandard Plastic Bottom
  • Balcony Loose On One Side

Best Plastic

If you think that wireframe cages or those that are 50% wireframe and 50% plastic, look too much like bird cages, and you need a hamster cage with more character and playfulness – this is the cage to go for.

It has wireframe on two sides – but only to make the cage sturdier and cat proof. Rest of the cage is made of high quality, transparent plastic.

The stature of the cage resembles to shape of a mountain hut with proper roofing – in the roof of the hamster cage, there are two lids (top openings), made for petting, entering and exiting hamsters.

It is a small hamster cage – and yet designed like a small play area; it is definitely only suitable for one or two hamsters, because there isn’t enough room for more.

What I really like about this small hamster cage is how the manufacturers managed the space; while it is also one of the 2 level hamster cages, the hamsters still get free space to roam, and the second level is limited to one half of the cage.

That is where all features except the playing wheel are found

Pros

  • Two Lids on Top
  • Best Plastic Construction
  • Two Different Levels
  • Hide-away & Tunnels

Cons

  • Too Small
  • Ventilation Could Be Better

Best Cat Proof

Do you have cat(s) at home? Do cats easily manage to enter your home?

If that is the case, your hamster cage priority must be a cage that is cat proof – all these cages on the list are cat proof, because this is one of the most important purposes of a hamster cage …

However:

This one is the best cat proof hamster cage because of its distinctive features.

The entire cage is a made of high quality plastic and industry grade wire frame – the wireframe spacing is intentionally kept tight at 3/8”.

Plastic covers 1/3rd of the entire cage, while 2/3rd is the wireframe.

There are two hamster entry, exit and cleaning openings; one of them is in front while the other one is on top. Both of them are made in the cage’s wireframe, and with a tight opening and closing mechanism, they are almost impossible to be broke into.

In terms of style and approach, this cage is very similar to Amazon Basics one, Favola and living world.

It is a minimalist approach; the big and wide tubby base provides privacy as well as ample space to a hamster that is playful – and the second level, is actually just a big balcony that can be accessed via a ramp.

Pros

  • Minimalist Design
  • Maximum Safety
  • Tubby Base for Privacy and Playing
  • Third Biggest Cage on the List

Cons

  • Little to No Accessories
  • Front Door Easily Opened by Hamsters

Best Budget

Who does not want a good hamster cage, full of hamster daily accessories, at affordable rate? I know that I do and I know that it is possible to give a proper living place to these cute furry things without having to break the bank.

It is pretty famous among the fans and customers; it has got 750+ happy customers, and a 3.8/5 rating from the customers.

Take Habitrail Cristal’s hamster cage for example; it has got a hamster playing wheel, a small lookout balcony and a ramp, a chew/drip-proof water and a small, orange and transparent feeding bowl.

Pros

  • The Most Affordable Hamster Cage
  • Easy Connection to Other Habitrail Items
  • Very Easy to Clean
  • Durable Cage

Cons

  • Could be Bigger
  • Playing Wheel Gets Squeaky

MidWest Homes for Pets Crittervile Arcade

If you’ve been reading this guide carefully and watching the products closely, you’d see that in terms of construction and approach, hamster cages are of two types.

There are those that are full of furniture, accessories and short of open space, and then there those that come with bare essentials – minimalist homes – that prefer space to commodities.

This one is definitely not a hamster cage that gets along with the likes of Favola and Prevue – it is more like Kaytee CritterTrail and Habitrail cages.

It is actually one of its own kind; it is like Hamster play-land with multi-level play space, many things to play with and a unique shape.

On top of the main cage, there is an elevated plaza – a little transparent tunnel connects the main cage to the plaza, and that arcade is encompassed by sturdy plastic wall on its back and transparent plastic wall on its front.

It comes with:

  • One playing wheel
  • Drip-proof water bottle
  • Food bowl
  • Playing tubes, and
  • Nesting nook

Pros

  • Best Playful Cage
  • The Most Unique Construction
  • Loaded with Features & Accessories
  • Modular Design

Cons

  • Congested
  • Substandard Plastic

Verdict

All of these products, are highly converting products on Amazon – the buyers range from a few thousand to a few hundred.

However, if you ask me to pick three best products for you – I’d recommend the products as follows based on their reviews and distinguished features.

Buyer’s Guide

So:

As this post comes to an end, I have a little buyer’s guide for you. Why?

Well, if you were reading the reviews of top converting hamster cages and thinking if only you knew what to look for when buying hamster cages, you could buy one on your own, this is the guide to help you.

Make sure that you consider these points while looking for a good hamster cage:

  • Construction – There is a lot that goes into construction and this is not only about material.

But let us start from the material; if you need a lightweight and beautiful hamster cage, you can go for one that has less wireframe and more plastic, but in case you need a very sturdy and secure cage for your hamsters, you need to look for one that has more wires than plastic