Are Cages With Hamster Tubes and Tunnels Worth Buying?

LAST MODIFIED: Monday, February 4, 2019
Hamster tubes, tunnels, and cages... oh my!
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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:

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Prevue Pet Products 528 Universal Small Animal Home, Dark Gray
173 Reviews
Prevue Pet Products 528 Universal Small Animal Home, Dark Gray
  • 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:

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Kaytee Crittertrail Loop D Loop Accessory Kit
224 Reviews
Kaytee Crittertrail Loop D Loop Accessory Kit
  • 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

Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage
171 Reviews
Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage
  • 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.

Product Features

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

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Ferplast Hamster Cage, White, 11.61 x 14.76
89 Reviews
Ferplast Hamster Cage, White, 11.61 x 14.76
  • 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. 

Product Features

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

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MidWest Homes for Pets Hamster Cage | Awesome Arcade Hamster Home | 18.11'...
97 Reviews
MidWest Homes for Pets Hamster Cage | Awesome Arcade Hamster Home | 18.11"...
  • 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. 

Product Features

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

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Kaytee CritterTrail Extreme Challenge Habitat
649 Reviews
Kaytee CritterTrail Extreme Challenge Habitat
  • 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.)

Product Features

  • 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

Cons

  • 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)

Kaytee CritterTrail 2-Level Habitat
800 Reviews
Kaytee CritterTrail 2-Level Habitat
  • Includes a petting zone, exercise wheel, food dish, and water bottle
  • Features a look-out tower, exterior extreme wheel, and front access door
  • CritterTrail Habitats are completely compatible with all CritterTrail accessories
  • For dwarf hamsters, hamsters, gerbils, mice or other small animals
  • Bar Spacing: 1/4"

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.

Product Features

  • 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

Cons

  • 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.