Best* Hamster Habitats

What’s the best hamster habitat for your tiny pet? Here are some things to look for in the right habitat, plus a few pet parent-chosen habitats to choose from.

 
 

Pet parent faves

You & Me 2-Story Hamster Habitat

You & Me 2-Story Hamster Habitat

This colorful 2-story small hamster cage offers some of the best value for a beginner hamster pet parent. It has chew-proof coated wire bars and a scatter-less base that snaps together, helping make cleaning a breeze. The habitat includes the essentials needed for your pet’s home, including an exercise wheel, food dish, ramp and shelf to provide 2 levels for your hamster to explore. This is also a great alternative habitat for when you need to clean your hamster’s primary habitat or want to provide extra mental and physical stimulation by giving them a new, secure area to explore.

Features:
  • Size: 11.5” L x 6.5” W x 11.5” H
  • Great beginner hamster cage
  • Chew proof coated wire
  • Includes exercise wheel, food dish, comfort shelf and safety ramp
  • 2 levels of living space

Kaytee My First Home Hamster or Gerbil Starter Kit

Kaytee My First Home Hamster or Gerbil Starter Kit

This Kaytee Kit has almost everything you need to set up your hamster in their new home and is one of the best value starter kits. With a wire top and plastic base, this habitat can help prevent spillage of bedding and is designed to be easy to disassemble for cleaning. The habitat includes a shelf and ramp to provide 2 levels to explore and a built-in wheel for exercise. The kit includes all the essentials, including a pet hamster cage, water bottle, food dish, bedding and a coupon for a bag of hamster food.

Features:
  • Size: 13.5” L x 11” W x 14.5” H
  • Kit includes habitat, clean and cozy bedding, water bottle and food dish
  • Chew proof latches and locks
  • Includes comfort shelf, safety ramp and exercise wheel
  • Easy to assemble

You & Me Hamster Starter Kit

You & Me Hamster Starter Kit

Another great value starter kit, the You & Me Hamster Starter Kit offers several essentials for your new pet. This hamster habitat has an interwoven wire top that connects to a deep base layer to help keep your hamster secure and contain any messes. The habitat has a shelf that is accessible by the climbing tube and a wheel for enrichment and exercise. This kit includes bedding, a water bottle and chew sticks to get you started on setting up a home for your new hamster! A pop-out feature on the top of the habitat allows you to connect tubes to expand your hammie’s horizons and even add an addition to make a larger habitat.

Features:
  • Size: 11.5” L x 9.5” W x 15.75” H
  • Kit includes hamster tube, wheel and chew sticks
  • Comfort shelf with a feeding dish
  • Deep base help keep messes contained
  • Easy to assemble interwoven wire construction

You & Me Small Animal High Rise Tank Topper

You & Me Small Animal High Rise Tank Topper

One of the best habitat expansion toppers, you can take your hamster habitat to the next level with this fully-assembled habitat extension that fits on top of a 10-gallon tank to double the space for your small pet. The topper is made of coated wire with a drop-down ladder to provide your pet with extra room to climb and explore and a top door to access your pet. This high-rise tank topper allows your hammie to roam 3 levels, increasing their exercise and physical stimulation.

Features:
  • Size: 19.25” L x 9.75” W x 11.5” H
  • Convenient fully assembled design
  • Easy access top door entry
  • Adds a second story to the tank on top of a 10-gallon tank

Kaytee CritterTrail Triple Habitat

Kaytee CritterTrail Triple Habitat

One of the best hamster cages with add-ons, this unique home offers 3 different setups in one! The add-on tunnels and accessories allow you to create three unique designs—a tower, arch or tunnel—which adds enrichment and exercise for your pet. Rotating the design of your habitat will help provide mental stimulation and keep your hamster exploring! This habitat has multiple secure doors and wire bar spacing appropriate for housing hamsters or other similarly sized small animals. Along with the accessories needed to change the habitat design—this kit also includes a food dish, water bottle and exercise wheel that attaches to the wire bars. Additional accessories are available to continue expanding your hamster’s domain.

Features:
  • Size: 17.25” L x 11.5” W x 19.5” H
  • Includes everything you need to create 3 different challenging environments for your pet
  • Create a tower, arch or tunnel design
  • Narrow wire and spring-loaded door locks
  • Includes a food dish, water bottle and exercise wheel
  • Features top and front access doors
  • Compatible with all CritterTrail accessories

WARE Chew Proof Four Story Hamster Cage

WARE Chew Proof Four Story Hamster Cage

One of the best extra-large hamster cages, the WARE Chew Proof Four Story Hamster Cage is sure to keep your hamster happy with plenty of space to climb and explore. What is better than a 3-story hamster cage? A 4-story one, of course! This habitat has coated wire bars, ramps and platforms to give your pet 4 levels to climb. The bottom of the habitat is an easy-to-clean metal pan that attaches to the wire top to help keep your pet secure and unable to chew out. This home requires no tools to assemble and has a large door with a lock to prevent accidental opening.

Features:
  • Size: 12.5” L x 17” W x 24” H
  • Easy to clean metal drop pan
  • No tool assembly
  • Durable chew-proof design
  • Four levels for your pet to explore

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Learn More About Hamster Habitats

Hamster habitats require regular maintenance and careful space planning. A hamster is a very energetic animal who needs their cage to be filled with activities. Learn more as we answer common questions about creating an ideal hamster space and keeping it clean and secure.

A hamster tank or hamster cage—which is right for your pet? Hamster cages offer more ventilation, but they might create more mess nearby when your hamster burrows and kicks their bedding around. Hamster tanks can help keep any smell at bay, but you have to work harder to create airflow. Either one may work well for your pet. At the end of the day, the best hamster habitat for your pet is one where they have room to burrow in a thick layer of hay and have tubes and wheels to play with.

Most hamsters are best housed alone. Female hamsters can become particularly aggressive when housed together. Plan on getting one habitat for each hamster you have. Even if young baby hamsters seem to get along, keep in mind that they may become more combative in adulthood.

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Scoop out soiled bedding and waste and clean feeding accessories daily. You can replace the entire bedding and clean toys once a week. When switching out bedding, don’t remove all the old bedding at once. You want the habitat to continue to smell familiar. Instead, keep a small bit of the used bedding—only clean and dry pieces—in the habitat. Fill the rest of the space with new bedding materials.

Hamsters are creatures of habit. Adding new accessories can be fun for them, but you may not want to change the entire layout all at once. Similarly, when you clean out their enclosure, you want to be mindful and try to put things back where you found them.

A tray at the bottom of your habitat is a smart way to store your bedding—it makes changing out their bedding a lot easier. You should also fill your habitat with hamster toys and habitat accessories. Hamsters love to play! Crawling tubes, wheels and chewing blocks are all a good idea. Keep some hamster treats around to reward your pet when moving them and cleaning their space or taking them to the vet.

*Based on petco.com sales data.