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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things for your dog — including the best dog beds, the best dog leashes, and the best gifts for dog lovers — here, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor doghouses as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) outdoor doghouse
Nearly 80 percent of reviewers give this doghouse five stars, and more than 15 percent say it’s perfect for their small pet, since it does have a 15-pound limit. “I have a Boston terrier, around 8 pounds,” one reviewer writes. “She can walk inside just fine, without bending over. It still has enough room for her to grow into it.” Another says their “15-pound dog fits nicely in this house.” But no matter what size animal you have in there, this doghouse does its job of keeping them dry and warm, says one reviewer: “I have only had these houses for a few weeks and both have seen pouring down rain and 0% water got inside, none.” They add, “I put duct tape over the rear vent and put slats of vinyl/plastic over the door to keep some wind and cold out.” Others have made their pets even more comfortable by lining the inside with blankets and body heaters. One reviewer, who bought this for a “Chihuahua who unfortunately has to stay outside in a pen because she is very mean,” says, “I put a piece of carpet in the bottom and also bought the body heater to put in it along with her blanket.” And while this is technically a dog house, more than 60 percent of reviewers say they bought this for their cat, thanks to the small size. One who bought this for their 16-year-old, eight-pound cat says, “This little dog house is very durable, well insulated, easy to put together, and super easy to clean.”