An electronic pet door is a great solution that lets your pet in and out of the house without you having to do that for it. It’s a great invention that provides you and your pet freedom and convenience. They can go out when they please to lay and the sun or do their business and come back when they please.
A big concern is of course security. How can we know that only my pet can go in and out that door? maybe other animals or even burglars (if it’s big enough) can go through it?
HOW DO ELECTRONIC PET DOORS WORK?
Well of course the manufacturers of most electronic pet doors thought about that scenario and most of them use RFID ( radio frequency identification) to detect your pet and unlock the pet door. Some use a microchip embedded in the pet some use an RFID collar. Security wise the microchip is better because the collar can be easily removed from your pet (potentially).
Top Pick– PetSafe Electronic Smart Pet Door
|Waterproof SmartKey worn on your pet’s collar. Only a pet wearing the smart key can go in and out|
|Multiple Pets: Got multiple pets? this door is programmable for up to 5 SmartKeys.|
|2 Size Available Small (5 ½” x 7 ⅞”) and Large (11” x 16”).|
|Installation available for both interior and exterior doors (walls also but you need to purchase a separate wall installation kit)|
The Door and the smart keys are battery operated (you get a red light flashing when battery is low). The smartkeys are waterproofs so no need to worry about them getting wet or warm.
The door can be set on:
Automatic mode- Pets with registered smartkeys can go in and out.
Locked mode-No pet can go in or out.
Unlocked mode- Any pet can go in or out.
Current price for Small door is $94.95 and 149.95 for large door. Click below to check it out on Amazon.
|4-way access control-Select from In Only, Out Only, Full Access or Closed & Locked|
|Automatic deadbolt locking adds another layer of security.|
|Panel Size- Medium: 8-1/4 by 10-inch for cats and dogs up to 30-pound. Large: 12-1/4″ by 16″ up to 100 pound.|
|Vertically-sliding door is activated by MS-4 ultrasonic collar.|
|Easy to Install and use.|
Not the cheapest one ($349 for the medium), but offer great features and nice design. We especially like the directional sensing that only opens the door when the pet is directly facing it, and not when he wonders by for example. The vertical sliding door mechanism is also nice and convenient. If your’e not on a budget this one is highly recommended.
|Door is always securely locked with a ¼ inch stainless steel deadbolt when inactive.|
|Sizes: Can accommodate up to 125 lb pets.|
|Waterproof collar key weighs less than 1 ounce, does not require batteries on your dog’s collar.|
|The composite panel slides up and down like a mini electronic garage door.|
This is a great electronic pet door, however it is the most expensive one on the list (around $2000) and while it is great in features we couldn’t find a reason to justify the price.
|Entry via RFID collar or micro cheap (Even your pet’s current one!)|
|Set schedules to lock/unlock the door|
|Battery life up to 12 months.|
|Door Flap size is 6 11/16” (H) by 7” (W) and can be installed in doors, windows or walls. Mostly suited for large cats and small dogs.|
The fact that this door can integrate with your current pet micro cheap is a nice feature. We also like the scheduling option – you can set a curfew for your pet. However if you have a medium to a large dog they will probably won’t be able to go through it so make sure to check out your dog size before making a purchase.
When making your final choice these are the most important factors to consider:
- The size of your pet/s.
- Door price range.
- Security features.
- Location of the electronic pet door.
- Ease of installation.
While all doors will come with installation instructions, not everyone are handy men/women and able to install these on their own, especially if it’s a wall installation. So if you will need a professional to help you , count that cost in as well. Remember that at the end of the day you want to make life easier and that’s the main purpose of installing an electronic pet door, so keep that in mind all the time while considering the rest of the features available, sometimes it’s worth to pay a little extra in the short run to get long term convenience .
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