Our Favorite Pet Doors

Your pet will love you more once you add a pet door to your home.

Your pet will love you more once you add a pet door to your home. (Pexels/)

If you have a fenced-in yard or live where it’s safe for your pets to roam around outside, it’s nice to let them play off leash when they get restless or need a little exercise and stimulation. But sometimes they’re up for it when you’re not. A pet door saves time and hassle for you, since your pet can still play even if you can’t. And you won’t have to stop whatever important task you’re doing to let him out.

With a pet door, you have the freedom to be away several hours without worrying about walking your dog, since he can get out when he wants to or needs to. The small opening will ensure that your indoor heat or cool air won’t be wasted. A good quality pet door can bring a lot of convenience and flexibility to you and your four-legged kids.

Perfect for allowing outdoor access without making any cuts in your wall or door.

Perfect for allowing outdoor access without making any cuts in your wall or door. (PetSafe/)

If you live in a rental, or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of a permanent installation, this pet door is designed to fit perfectly in your existing sliding door. A variety of widths and adjustable height make it easy to accommodate a custom size. It also comes in multiple colors so it can look good, too. The outdoor flap maintains climate control when in use, and the hard inside panel slides up or down to control your pet’s access.

Magnets keep the flaps closed when not in use, and a slide-in panel gives the option to keep the door securely shut.

Magnets keep the flaps closed when not in use, and a slide-in panel gives the option to keep the door securely shut. (PetSafe/)

While other pet doors have one or sometimes two flaps to block airflow between the indoors and the outdoors, this model has three of them. The extra insulation of the layers blocks three times as much thermal energy as the average pet door, so whether you want to keep your house cool or warm, it will get the job done.

Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your door using the included template, and quickly install.

Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your door using the included template, and quickly install. (The Kitty/)

This whimsical cat-sized interior door allows you to shut out unwanted mess or smells for a more pristine home environment. The frame features cute cat ears on one side and a cat’s tail on the other. Fits cats up to 20 pounds with a 12.5-inch by 10-inch opening.

Best for when you don’t want to ruin the beautiful doors of your house with an ugly hole in the bottom.

Best for when you don’t want to ruin the beautiful doors of your house with an ugly hole in the bottom. (Endura Flap/)

The best thing about this pet door is that it is designed to fit unobtrusively into a wall up to eight inches thick rather than ruin the aesthetic appeal of your doors. The other best thing about it is the heavy-duty magnets on the outer flap seal tightly enough to block out temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and heavy winds up to 50 mph. A sliding interior panel keeps the door securely shut so no unwanted animals enter your home.

A little bit of everything you want: energy efficient, customizable, and simple installation

A little bit of everything you want: energy efficient, customizable, and simple installation (Ideal/)

This pet door fits any standard door in a variety of sizes, or with the additional purchase of a wall kit it can expand to fit into walls up to 7.25-inch thick. The telescoping frame juts out slightly rather than being flush with the door, and both sides easily lock together for a tight seal. Double flaps of thick flexible plastic and magnets along the bottom provide good insulation against heat, cold, wind, or rain while still giving your pets easy access to the outdoors. The sturdy foam molded plastic frame can hold a safety panel on either the interior or exterior to lock out unwanted visitors from stopping in.

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