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6 Best Rabbit Playpens 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Rabbit Playpen

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.

Our Favorite Picks of 2020 Compared

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen
  • Features an extra-large adjustable play area
  • Includes a plastic mat
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Prevue Pet Products Small Animal
  • Very cost-effective
  • Panels can be rearranged however you’d like
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Marshall Small Animal Marshall Small Animal
  • Generous 9 square foot play space
  • 29-inch-high fences
  • Includes cover and mat
  • Tespo Pet Tespo Pet
  • 12 panels
  • Nearly 20 square feet of room
  • MidWest Small Animal MidWest Small Animal
  • Durable metal construction
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • The 6 Best Rabbit Playpens

    1. Kaytee Rabbit Playpen – Best Overall

    Kaytee Pet-N-Playpen

    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 playing 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.

    Pros
    • Features an extra-large adjustable play areas
    • Easy setup with no tools required
    • Includes a plastic mat to protect your floors from accidents
    • Works equally well indoors and outdoors
    Cons
    • Some rabbits will chew on the plastic floor

    2. Prevue Rabbit Playpen – Best Value

    Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Animal Playpen-100px

    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 playing area. While it could certainly benefit from higher walls, this may be a great option as a playpen for smaller rabbits.

    Pros
    • Very cost-effective
    • Simple and quick setup with no tools required
    • Panels can be rearranged however you’d like
    Cons
    • Low walls mean rabbits might be able to jump over
    • Play area is a little bit too small

    3. Marshall Small Rabbit Playpen – Premium Choice

    Marshall Small Animal Playpen

    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.

    Pros
    • Generous 9 square foot play space
    • 29-inch-high fences keep your rabbit safely in their playpen
    • Includes cover and mat
    • Fast and easy setup with no tools required
    Cons
    • Quite expensive

    4. Tespo Rabbit Play Pen

    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.

    Pros
    • Extremely spacious living area provides nearly 20 square feet of room
    • 12 panels give you plenty of options for rearranging the playpen
    • Includes all tools necessary for assembly
    Cons
    • Harder to put together than most playpens
    • Not as portable

    5. MidWest PlayPen for Rabbits

    Pet Playpen, Tespo

    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.

    Pros
    • Fold-flat design is convenient for storage and travel
    • Durable metal construction
    • 1-year manufacturer warranty
    Cons
    • Too small for most rabbits
    • Sides are too short to keep larger breeds inside

    6. RYPET Small Animal Playpen

    RYPET

    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.

    Pros
    • Breathable polyester construction
    • Provides 10 square feet of roaming area
    • Auto open design requires almost no setup at all
    Cons
    • Walls are too short to keep larger rabbits inside
    • Material is too flimsy for most rabbits
    • Some rabbits will eat the polyester

    Buyer’s Guide

    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:
    1. As an enclosure. Especially for smaller rabbits that can’t push the gates around, a playpen may be all the space you need to set up their living enclosure. Just add a food dish, water bowl, litter box, and toys, and voila! You have an improvised rabbit habitat at a bargain price.
    2. For litter training. Training your rabbit to use the bathroom in one place is best accomplished by, well, keeping them in one place — an ideal job for a temporary enclosure like a playpen.
    3. To introduce new rabbits to your home. The rabbit bonding process can be a long and difficult one. This is especially true if your first rabbit feels that its territory is threatened by a new rabbit. Prevent this altogether by keeping the rabbits separated at first by using a playpen.

    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:
    • Is the playpen appropriately sized? It should be at least large enough to allow an average rabbit three hops from one side to the other. If you plan on using it as a permanent enclosure for a smaller rabbit, it should be large enough for their food, water, and litter as well.
    • Durable construction is a necessity, as rabbits love to chew on their playpens. As lightweight and convenient as mesh playpens may seem, we haven’t included any in our top picks because they aren’t long-lasting enough for rabbits.
    • Especially if you’re going to be using it as a temporary roaming area, your rabbit’s playpen should be easy to set up and take down. That means no specialty tools and no need for complicated instructions.
    • Will your playpen be a temporary or permanent solution? For occasional playtime use, a lightweight foldable pen may be best. But for longer-term housing, choose a heavier and more durable pen.
    • Is the playpen secure? Can your rabbit easily chew through part of it and escape, or move part of the construction to get out? You need to be assured that your rabbit will be safely contained in their playpen.

    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!

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    Conclusion

    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!


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