Great for indoor training and essential for outdoor safety, a rabbit playpen will let your bunnies enjoy the thrill of exercise wherever you please! Plus, they’re perfect for litter training your rabbit or introducing new bunnies into the home.
But do you know how to choose the best rabbit playpen? If not, have no fear — because we’ve researched, examined, and tested a wide variety of playpens for this comprehensive guide. With options for every budget and size of bunny, you’re sure to find the right playpen for your specific needs.
If you’re a first-time rabbit owner or playpen user, take a look at our buyer’s guide below. It covers everything you need to know about what makes for a great playpen, including helpful hints and tips for keeping your rabbit safe and happy.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 6 Best Rabbit Playpens – Reviews 2020
1. Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen – Best Overall
To secure its place as our #1 pick for best rabbit playpen, the Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen had to pass a rigorous series of real-life bunny tests. As our rabbits nudged and nibbled in the Pet-N-Playpen, we observed that they were genuinely having a great time — a sure sign of any playpen’s value.
The Pet-N-Playpen’s connectable panels can be set up in a variety of shapes to make a nine square foot play area. Even our Flemish Giant rabbit found this to be plenty of room to roam, loaf, and jump around in!
Requiring no tools for setup, this rabbit playpen from Kaytee was the easiest playpen to put together of every product we reviewed. Its connecting panels simply slide into place, creating a lock that’s durable enough to not be broken by rabbit nibbles but easy for humans to separate. Add a plastic mat to guard your floor against messes, and it’s easy to see why this playpen is our top choice.
2. Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Playpen – Best Value
This seven square foot circular playpen from Prevue Pet Products is a wonderfully colorful option that’s sure to delight kids and parents alike. Featuring eight panels measuring 13” by 9” each, it’s a somewhat smaller option than our top pick — but easily makes up for this with its significantly lower cost.
So, what is it that makes the Prevue Pet Products playpen the best rabbit playpen for the money? In our opinion, that comes down to its incredibly simple setup and ability to be combined with other sets to make a larger play area. While it could certainly benefit from higher walls, this may be a great option as a playpen for smaller rabbits.
3. Marshall Small Animal Playpen – Premium Choice
If the previous playpen’s walls may have been too easy for your rabbit to jump over, you’ll be delighted to see the Marshall Small Animal Playpen. While it’s significantly more expensive than most playpens in our review, its best in class 29-inch-high panels are an extremely effective way of preventing your rabbit from escaping their enclosure.
In fact, we can recommend this playpen not just for the occasional exercise routine, but as a fully-fledged living area for smaller rabbits. It also makes for a great space to litter train rabbits or introduce a new rabbit into the home without causing territorial disputes.
Basically, this is the most well-equipped rabbit playpen around – but its cost is quite prohibitive. If you have a large enough budget for it, we can highly recommend it based on quality and versatility.
4. Tespo Pet Playpen
With 12 large plastic panels, the Tespo Pet Playpen is the largest rabbit playpen of any in our reviews. Each of its dozen panels is also an impressive 28-inches-high, making it a great option to prevent escape artist rabbits from jumping out. While it’s significantly more expensive than smaller options, we think it’s a great option for anyone looking to accommodate multiple rabbits in their playpen.
The only place where this Tespo product loses points is in its ease of assembly. Whereas other playpens are just as easy to put together as they are to take apart, the Tespo requires an included mallet and cable ties to ensure its stability.
If you’re looking for a semi-permanent solution for a rabbit playpen, the Tespo has a lot to offer. But if you need an entertainment solution that’s easy to travel with, we’d recommend looking for a different playpen.
5. MidWest Small Animal Pen
As a short-sided cage, the MidWest Small Animal Pen is best suited for young and small rabbits. At only 15 inches high and providing just six square feet of play area, it’s the smallest playpen in our review.
Being the smallest playpen does come with certain advantages, though. Its fold-flat design makes it extremely easy to store and travel with.
If you’re looking for a small, simple cage to take on trips with your rabbit, this is a good option. For any other purpose though, we would recommend looking towards a different playpen in our review.
6. RYPET Small Animal Playpen
Noticeably different from other playpens, the RYPET is the only fabric playpen to make it into our reviews. With similar functionality to a fold-out laundry basket, this transparent and breathable playpen may well have the easiest setup of any playpen we tested.
That convenience comes at a certain price, though: the polyester material of this playpen is just too easy for rabbits to chew through. And since it’s not a natural fiber material, too much chewing on this enclosure could easily make your rabbit sick to their stomach.
In short, the RYPET playpen is the most lightweight and easy to set up enclosure you can find — but you’ll need to constantly monitor your rabbit to make sure they’re not eating it.
There are plenty of things to consider when choosing the right playpen for your rabbit. In this section, we’ll explain some of the most essential questions and categories to take into consideration as you decide which playpen is best for your furry friend.
What Size of Playpen Do I Need for My Rabbit?
When choosing a playpen for your rabbit, the bigger the better! If you have the budget for it, choosing the largest playpen available is always a wise investment. Even the smallest of rabbits will enjoy having plenty of extra room to roam — and a taller playpen is essential to keep larger rabbit breeds from jumping right out.
Uses for Rabbit Playpens
Playpens are a versatile piece of equipment for any rabbit owner to use. The three most common ways you’ll see them used are:
Types of Playpens
With just a little bit of searching, you can find playpens made from plastic, wire, mesh, wood, or metal.
While the materials and features may change, the most important distinction is whether your playpen is easily foldable or requires considerable setup. We prefer foldable playpens for their ease of use, but if you’re looking to use it as your rabbit’s dedicated living space then a more permanent setup is desirable.
Important Qualities to Look for in a Playpen
These are the qualities and features we have used to judge each rabbit playpen in our review:
Can You Make a DIY Rabbit Playpen?
If you’re a crafty, a do-it-yourself type of person, you may be wondering whether you can build your own rabbit playpen.
Made of not much more than wire grates and connectors, most playpens are simple in their design. Making your own can be as easy as zip-tying wire grates together — although, with many playpens available at very reasonable prices, you won’t likely save much money by doing so. But if you love building things and want to personalize your bunny’s play space, go for a DIY build!
Offering great versatility and solid construction at a reasonable price, the Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen takes the number one spot in our reviews of the best rabbit playpens. If you’re looking for one playpen that’s great for rabbits of all sizes, we think it should be your first choice.
For rabbit owners looking for a more cost-effective option, the Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Animal Playpen is an excellent alternative to our top choice. Though smaller than many playpens we reviewed, it’s available at an unbeatable price that makes it ideal for first-time owners of small rabbits.
Remember this: an investment in your rabbit’s health and happiness will always yield a great return for your own, as well!
Featured Image: Pet Playpen, Tespo