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The Best Dog Carriers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best dog beds, travel accessories, and outerwear, here we’re looking into the best dog carriers that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best carrier for extra-small dogs (under 8 pounds)

Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier — Small

“My six-pound Chihuahua fits perfectly in this carrier, and he has enough room to turn around while in it. He even curls up toward the back sometimes and has several inches of space toward the front. The carrier has a pretty roomy pocket in the back for poo bags, wet wipes, or napkins. The mesh venting on three sides of the bag is perfect for him to look out and for air to flow through. There is an opening on the top that allows my dog to sit up and look out. The opening on the front can be left open when traveling to use the carrier as a dog bed.”

Best carrier for small dogs (8 to 25 pounds)

SturdiBag Large Flexible Height Pet Carrier

“I tried a bunch of carrier bags. The fact that this bag is so wide is great because it means that it’s much easier for a dog to turn around or lie down and turn into a fur ball. We have a mini-schnauzer who is around 17 pounds, and she fits perfectly in this one. It’s also nice that you can completely close all sides of the bag in case your dog becomes anxious — the darkness usually helps them calm down. We usually just keep the front side of the bag open so that our dog can see through the mesh or, if you want, you can also just open the top only so that your pooch can stand up and get their head outside the bag while you are walking and carrying them. We already took two long-haul trips using this bag, and I can say 100 percent that it’s worth the price.”

Best carrier for medium dogs (25 to 55 pounds)

Pet Gear Generation II Deluxe Portable Soft Crate — Intermediate

“I ordered the intermediate, light-lavender crate for my 30-pound Irish terrier mix; 18.5 tall at the withers. This size crate is just perfect for him. I will use the crate in hotel rooms, competitions, and at training seminars. I love that it has multiple locations to get the dog into the crate; top access for easy water or food delivery; lots of windows for air circulation. It’s lightweight and SOOOO easy to set up and tear down.”

Best carrier for large dogs (55 to 90 pounds)

Petmate Compass Plastic Pets Kennel with Chrome Door

“I’m a dog trainer and frequently travel with my two Belgian shepherds. I have a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. Admittedly, I bought two of these plastic kennels because they fit snugly into the trunk space of my SUV and the door latch was secure enough to keep my Houdini female from opening it herself and getting out. I have ALWAYS chosen plastic kennels over wire or letting the dogs loose in the car for safety reasons. These were made for travel, wire crates were not.”

Best carrier for extra-large dogs (over 90 pounds)

Dogit Deluxe Soft Crate with Bag for Pets — XX-Large

“I have a 100-pound puppy, and travel crates are too small for him. This crate is very easy to set up and folds up very nicely into a carrying case when it is not needed, saving a lot of space. I was able to fit it into my two-door car easily and take it with me when traveling with my puppy on my last trip out of town. This is a very, very large crate and could easily accommodate two of my dogs, which is nice because I can add his food or water bowl, an additional bed (comes with a small one already), and many of his toys, and he still has plenty of room to move around comfortably. After the first trip, it held up no problem, all the materials seem very durable, and the quality is very good.”

Best rolling dog carrier

Snoozer Wheel Around 4-In-1 Pet Travel Carrier

“We travel a lot, and if we can take our Yorkie, Louie, we do. Planes, trains, automobiles, and boat! When he sees his carrier, he does the happy dance. Easy to roll through the airport. If we have carry-on luggage, we just strap the carrier onto our luggage and go. The pockets allow you to carry treats, leash, etc. It has a seat-belt loop in the back that allows you to secure this for long car trips. A VERY sturdy and amazingly built product. I would give it ten stars if I could.”

Best dog stroller

Pet Gear No-Zip Jogger Pet Stroller

“I spent days and days reading every single review, and comparing different brands and models. I treated my choice of dog jogging stroller like a life or death decision. Finally, I ordered this one, and crossed my fingers. When it arrived, I was hugely impressed with the quality. Right away I noticed how incredibly smooth pushing this stroller is compared to my basic one, because this one has real rubber tires. My basic stroller has plastic wheels that aren’t as sturdy as rubber tires and are definitely not smooth when going over bumps or uneven paths. This stroller is also much roomier inside for my dog. He doesn’t need all of the room, but I am glad it is roomy so that when he wants to lie out for a nap, he can do so.”

Best wearable dog carriers

FurryFido Pet Sling

“My best friend is fading … do not get me started. He is down to 11 pounds and gets tired very quickly. Because we adore each other, I wanted to find a hands-free system so that we can be together while I do other things. Just got it today and we both love it. My little mister curls right up and is ready to go. I’m five-foot-seven and the sling sits comfortably on my hip. The material feels like a thin sweatshirt — very soft. The inside is a dark-brown-pink-polka-dotted pattern — nice for hiding dirt. There is a strap to secure your pet inside. I recommend this for your little buddy.”

Whizzotech Pet Carrier Backpack

“Absolutely loved this product. My chihuahua camped big bend with us in comfort and style while hiking upwards of 10 miles per day. She loved riding along with Mom and Dad and seeing the National Park without a paw touching the ground!”

Prefer Pets: Original Pet Backpack Carrier

“Love love love this carrier. I waited until I had used it a few times to write a review because I was somewhat afraid it would be flimsy and not hold up to airline travel, but this is the best carrier I’ve ever owned. I got it for my wee dog to replace a medium size Sherpa we had before, and it’s better for a number of reasons: The shape of the carrier gives my dog more head room than the Sherpa did, but because it’s sort of triangular it can actually go under your arm. I don’t know why all carriers don’t have backpack straps like this. This is the reason I bought this carrier in the first place. Overall this is a great carrier. I could put it under my arm, on my back, or on top of my rolling briefcase as necessary with ease and while keeping my dog comfortable & steady. She was happier, I was happier, this thing rocks.”

Best expandable dog carrier

Petsfit Expandable Travel Dog Carrier With Fleece Mat

“We have traveled internationally with this, and it has worked out better than I could have imagined. One trip was 33 hours, another was 21 hours, and the dog did great only because this case has the expandable piece. It has fit below every seat (on six flights) on different airlines. Usually, I fly with my wife, with the case folded out to the side, so it was in the middle and our feet on either side. Last time I flew solo and the dog case fit under the seat with the expandable part toward me. I covered it up with a blanket to keep the dog warm and partly to hide it blocking the floor from the flight attendants, but honestly, they never seemed to care about it under there however I put it.”

Best handbag-style dog carrier

Kenox Fashion Dog Carrier Bag

“We love this bag. I use it every day. It holds up well. I take my long-haired dachshund everywhere with me and no one knows she’s on my arm. It has plenty of room for my now 5.2-pound princess. In addition to holding her, [it holds] a small blanket and at least three toys on there with her. I have a small bottle of hand sanitizer hanging from the buckle, along with a clicker and poo bags hanging from the other side. When I’m walking around, in stores, or at a restaurant, she stays inside, but she knows when we are in a vehicle because she can get the Velcro up enough to stick her head out and watch me. It’s a good buy.”

Best booster seat for car travel

Kurgo Rover Booster Dog Car Seat

“My dog loves it. I was concerned that either he might not like it or that it might be too small, but neither was the case. He was a little hesitant to get into it at first go, but after we started moving, he sat still. He really enjoys being able to see out the window of our Outback and it is cozy, but he finds it quite comfortable. My dog weighs about 20 lbs and has a long body but fits quite nicely in there .It also feels very stable and secure. Easy setup and break down if needed.”

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The Best Dog Carriers, According to Amazon Reviews