Now that you’ve decided on bringing home a pet hamster, you are left with the task of picking the best cage and toys for them. There are a lot of options out there, whether you are looking online or at your local big-name pet store. But how do you know which cage will suit the needs of your little friend, and what if you want some hamster tubes in it, too?
Not all cages are created equal, and some are better suited for a specific size of hamster. For example, Syrian hamsters are larger than Winter White or Robo hamsters so they can be in a cage with wider bar spacing. Additionally, cages designed for dwarf species might come with smaller accessories that won’t accommodate a Syrian hamster.
There are some pros and cons to cages that have intricate sets of tubes and tunnels in them. They definitely stand out the most when you’re in the store, but are they the best? Let’s go over some things you’ll need to keep in mind, and then we’ll show you some of the best choices for the aforementioned types of cages.
Hamster Cages with Tubes & Tunnels
Hamster cages that come with accessories like attachable tubes have been popular for years, thanks to their cute designs and attention-grabbing color schemes.
In their natural habitat, hamsters are known to travel through tunnels to escape predators and reach their destination safely.
Although domestic hamsters don’t really need to worry about either of these things, it’s hard to ignore the intrinsic need to travel this way. Another benefit about choosing a cage with tubes is the additional space they provide and the encouragement to exercise.
Of course, there are some disadvantages to choosing a cage with tubes. The tubes are usually difficult to clean and don’t accommodate air flow very well. Larger hamsters have been known to get stuck and trying to catch a hamster who is hiding in the tunnel system is difficult.
We’ll let you decide on whether or not a hamster cage with tubes is the right fit for you and your little friend but in the meantime, here are our picks for the 5 best hamster cages with tubes.
Overall, we would probably recommend going with a more standard Hamster cage like this:
- Designed to home a wide variety of small animals
- Tight 3/8'' wire spacing. Large tubby base offers room for exercise and accessories
- Extra deep 6 1/4'' tubby base
- 2 large entry doors - one on top and one on the side
- 32 ½'' L x 19'' W x 17 ½'' H with 3/8'' wire spacing
And then buying some separate hamster tubes and tunnels like these:
- Allows for expansion of Critter trail habitats
- Includes fun-nel connector tubes, rings, and loop-d-loop
- For hamsters, mice, gerbils or other small animals
- 5-1/2-Inch long, 8-1/4-inch wide, 18-inch high
- Each kit contains everything you need to expand your critter trail home
But if you really love the idea of having a fun maze for your hamster to play around in, and having it be a part of the cage, we’ve curated a list of your best options, and here they are:
1) Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven
- Extra large hamster cage with lots of accessories included
- Easy to assemble
- Quality plastic
By far the priciest choice on the list, the Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven is one of the most popular hamster cages available. The see-through tubes are great for knowing exactly where your hamster is, and the larger size makes them easier to clean.
- Measures 31.5 x 20 x 20 inches
- Ample space for climbing and playing
- Comes with tons of accessories: tubes, exercise wheel, water bottle, hut, ramps
- Easy to assemble
- On the pricey side
- While assembly is easy, it’s not quick with the large number of accessories and pieces to go with it
- Since it’s not quick to assemble, it’s also not quick to take apart when it’s time to clean it
2) Ferplast Hamster Cage
- Large playing areas for hamsters
- Included tubes for pet exercise
- Plastic base and upper wire net structure
- Easy cleaning thanks to its removable base
The Ferplast Hamster Cage comes with a long tunnel system that most hamsters should have no trouble traveling through. Like the first one we looked at, it’s basically a normal cage but with some tubes attached, which is a good way to go, compared to the large cages that are entirely made out of a series of intricate tubes.
- Measures 18.1 x 11.6 x 14.7 inches
- Sturdy design with lots of room to explore and play
- Includes long see-through tubes for play and travelling throughout the cage
- Tubes might be a tight fit for a Syrian hamster
- No instructions included for assembly
- Tubes can be difficult to clean
3. MidWest Homes for Pets Hamster Cage
- Fun Arcade Hamster Home features a cool multi-level play space to watch your hamster in action |...
- Hamster Home includes FREE accessories to get you started! | Exercise wheel, water bottle, food...
- Arcade Hamster Home features a deep base to contain hamster bedding, a convenient top door for easy...
- Hamster Home is modular in design & includes connector pieces to fit standard play tubes if you want...
- MidWest Quality Guarantee | Hamster Cage includes a 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty & simple assembly...
On paper (Or photo, rather…) this one looks awesome, it has a cool extension at the top that turns into what looks almost like an ant farm for your hamster, it’s a more narrow play area. In a perfect world, your hamster would do their business in the cage area below and only go up top to play, so that you don’t have to constantly clean out the top area… but we aren’t living in a perfect world.
- Measures 18.1 x 11.6 x 21.3 inches
- Unique design using a vertical play space
- Packaged with interior play tubes, exercise wheel, bed, water bottle and food dish
- Most standard hamster tubes can be used on this cage
- Not easy to assemble
- The additional area up top can be a tight fit for a Syrian hamster
- It’s not as well-made as some of the other options on this list, it’s somewhere in the middle
4. Super Pet CritterTrail X
- Improved detachable design makes assembly easier and cleaning a breeze
- Enhanced door locks offer easy access and added security
- Includes water bottle, food dish, removable petting zone, and activity wheel
- Ideal for dwarf hamsters, gerbils and other small animals
- Measures 20 x 11.5 x 18 inches
This isn’t our favorite option. This brand usually has some decent accessories for small animals, and we’ve recommended them in the past, but in this case it’s more of a budget option. The design is cool, it looks awesome, and the way the wheel spins is pretty awesome, but once things start to get a little dirtier, a little scratched up, it’s a whole different story.
If you’re on a budget and you still want a cage that’s a bit over the top, this is a good way to go, but it wouldn’t be our first choice (Hence the position near the bottom of the list.)
- Measures 20 x 11.5 x 18 inches
- Comes with a variety of accessories: tube, wheel, water bottle and food dish
- Includes detachable petting zone that gives you easier access to your hamster
- Made from decent quality plastic
- The included tube is short with an awkward design that is difficult for hamsters to climb
- Noisy hamster wheel
- Lack of usable space compared to other cages
5. CritterTrail 2-Level Habitat by Kaytee ($47.99)
This one has similar criticisms as #4, but it’s bigger. Bigger is better in this case, it gives your hamster a little more space to play around in, and the base is deep enough that you can fill it in with a ton of bedding so that your hamster can borrow around. It doesn’t have the cool looking wheel like the last one, but it does have a wheel that functions better, so that’s a plus.
- Measures 11.5 x 20 x 16 inches
- Multiple levels give your hamster more room to play
- Small wire spacing ensuring the cage is secure for the smallest hamsters
- Expansion possible with the use of additional CritterTrail accessories
- The dark blue color of the tubes makes it more difficult to see your hamster
- Assembling this cage isn’t as straightforward as the other options on this list
Final Thoughts on Hamster Tubes
While they’re no fun to clean, having some type of tube or tunnel for your hamster is important. They like to borrow themselves away, so various types of shelter are good, and this fits the bill. Having a cage with tunnels and tubes attached to it isn’t necessary, but it can be a fun addition, if you don’t mind a little extra cleaning work.