7 Best Hamster Toys & Accessories For Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters

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Syrian Hamster cage

When you have a pet as cute as a hamster, it’s only natural you want to spoil it a bit.

However, when I got my Syrian, Mr. Bubbles, I simply got overwhelmed by all the options out there…

… and I ended up buying stuff that seemed like a great idea, but in the end, Mr. Bubbles didn’t play with it.

Looking back, I made some horrible mistakes in buying hamster toys and hamster accessories – mistakes I don’t want you to make.

So in the article today, we give you all the answers when it comes to hamster toys as we review the 7 best hamster cage accessories that you need to spoil your hammy.

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Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler
NiteangeL Natural Living Tunnel System, Small Animal House
Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090
Niteangel Wooden Ladder Bridge, Hamster Mouse Rat Rodents Toy, Small Animal Chew Toy, 9" L
Niteangel Natural Wooden Hamster Mouse Tunnel Tube Toy Forest Hollow Tree Trunk
Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner 9" - Pet Exercise Wheel + Cage Attachment
Good for
Keep their ever-growing teeth in check. Also, prevents boredom
Area for sleeping. Gives a sense of security and mimicks their burrows in the wild
For letting your hamster run free outside its cage. Also, helps its curiosity
For peaking its curiosity and create new play areas. Also, made out of wood the hamster can chew
Wooden tunnel to explore and help its curiosity. Mimicks their burrows in the deep and also gives sense of security
Fundamental for any hamster, as they need this to exercise. Mimicks their hunt for food in the wild
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Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler
Good for
Keep their ever-growing teeth in check. Also, prevents boredom
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NiteangeL Natural Living Tunnel System, Small Animal House
Good for
Area for sleeping. Gives a sense of security and mimicks their burrows in the wild
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Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090
Good for
For letting your hamster run free outside its cage. Also, helps its curiosity
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Niteangel Wooden Ladder Bridge, Hamster Mouse Rat Rodents Toy, Small Animal Chew Toy, 9" L
Good for
For peaking its curiosity and create new play areas. Also, made out of wood the hamster can chew
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Niteangel Natural Wooden Hamster Mouse Tunnel Tube Toy Forest Hollow Tree Trunk
Good for
Wooden tunnel to explore and help its curiosity. Mimicks their burrows in the deep and also gives sense of security
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Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner 9" - Pet Exercise Wheel + Cage Attachment
Good for
Fundamental for any hamster, as they need this to exercise. Mimicks their hunt for food in the wild

Best hamster toys: Wooden Bridge for exploring and gnawing

One of our favorite hamster toys is without a doubt this small flexible wooden bridge (click to see the price on Amazon).

The reason we love these is you can bend them to make any shape which your hamster will love.

Further, as it’s made out of wood, your hamster can chew on it – but don’t worry, it can chew on these for many months before the wood spoils!

We recommend getting a few of these. This ensures you can always alter the look of the cage which will stimulate the curiosity of your hamster.

These wooden bridges work great for both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters.

Best Hamster Chew Toys & Accessories for Teeth

Hamsters are rodents which means their teeth are always growing. As such, they need some good chew toys to keep their ever-growing teeth in check.

For that, wooden hamster toys are an ideal solution, however, you can’t just pick any wood – you need to make sure it is pesticide and chemical free.

That is exactly what this knibbler wooden toy does and with lots of surface area to explore, it is perfect for both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters. Here are the highlights:

  • Safe wood toy colored with natural vegetable dyes
  • Many different surfaces to chew and gnaw
  • Made for hamsters
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Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler
  • Safe wood chew toy satisfies your pets need to chew and gnaw
  • All wood construction colored with safe natural vegetable dyes

Best Hamster Huts to hide and snuggle in

Hamsters love to have little sleeping areas in their cage, so if you haven’t already, you should definitely get a hamster hideout where it can feel safe and protected.

For that, we especially love the NiteangeL Natural Living Tunnel System which is not only a fantastic hut but also a fantastic tunnel system for your hamster.

NiteangeL Natural Living Tunnel System, Small Animal House
  • Two storeys house.
  • Tower, tunnel and various climbing opportunities.

And as such it serves a double purpose as your hammy will also love to explore these tunnels.

And don’t worry if you have a Syrian Hamster – it is big enough for both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters!

Best Hamster Playpen for keeping your hamster safe

Whenever you need to clean the hamster cage, or you just want to get your hammy out of its cage, a playpen is a great solution.

Serving as a fence, it allows for the hamster to safely explore your house to peak its curiosity.

There are many playpen options out there, however, some of them are not very stable or have bars that are too wide apart meaning your hamster can squeeze through them.

To avoid any of these ails, we recommend the Prevue Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen (click here to see the price on Amazon).

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Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090
  • 9 panels each. Wire spacing : 3/8
  • 13" long by 9" high panels create a 36" Diameter play area

With its 9 panels that are all 9 inches tall, you are sure your hamster won’t escape. And with those panels being 13 inches long, it creates a total play area for your hamster of 36 inches in diameter.

Or in other words, a very nice and safe play area.

Best Wooden Tunnels to explore

Hamster toys - a hamster enjoying a tunnelIn the wild, hamsters bury deep underground where they have their little hideouts.

To mimic that behavior in their cage, you should have some wooden tunnels they can explore.

Besides the mimicking, wooden tunnels also serve as great way to explore the cage.

And finally, hamsters love to hide in enclosed areas. We have had great experiences with these wooden tunnels (click to see the price on Amazon).

If you want some variety or something that the kids will love, we also really like this little train design (click to see the price on Amazon).

One or two of these in the cage will give your hamster a lot of ground to play on.

Best Hamster Wheels for running

If you don’t have one already you should go out and get a hamster wheel right now.

And even if you already have one, we just want you to read the next paragraph to ensure, your hamster has a wheel that is not unsafe for it to use.

So, what do you want in a wheel?

For us, it means saying yes to the following:

  • Large enough so your hamster doesn’t run with an arched back
  • Is silent to keep both hamster and owner sane
  • Is made of high-quality material
  • Nowhere for your hamster to get stuck or entangled

There are few wheels, where we can say yes to all of the above. However, we have found three presented below, that works great for all kind of hamsters (i.e. big enough for both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters)

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Best Choice
Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner 9" - Pet Exercise Wheel + Cage Attachment
Wodent Wheel 11" Diameter Dark Blue with Black(12.3" Total Height)
Best price
Kaytee Comfort Exercise Wheel, 8.5", Large, Colors Vary
Size
9 inches in diameter
11 inches in diameter
8.5 inches
Key features
Wheel with safe and solid running surface with no pinch areas. Textured running tracks for non-slip, excellent grip. Includes Cage Attachment for mounting, but can also stand free
Wheel with safety girder to protect feet and tail, relatively silent. Can be free standing or attached to a cage
Safe, solid running surface, and relatively quiet. Can be attached to cage or be free-standing
Pros
Truly a silent wheel. Without a doubt, the best hamster wheel out there (by far!)
A wheel much in style with our number 1 pick, but not as high quality overall finish. Great option as a value for money buy
Tail-safe design, spins easily and is very receptive to the movements of the hamster
Cons
Only negative is the price
Quite silent but not truly silent
Will need some maintenance (oil) to stay quiet over the long term. Not the same high quality as the other two wheels we recommend, but still great for the price
Best Choice
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Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner 9" - Pet Exercise Wheel + Cage Attachment
Size
9 inches in diameter
Key features
Wheel with safe and solid running surface with no pinch areas. Textured running tracks for non-slip, excellent grip. Includes Cage Attachment for mounting, but can also stand free
Pros
Truly a silent wheel. Without a doubt, the best hamster wheel out there (by far!)
Cons
Only negative is the price
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Wodent Wheel 11" Diameter Dark Blue with Black(12.3" Total Height)
Size
11 inches in diameter
Key features
Wheel with safety girder to protect feet and tail, relatively silent. Can be free standing or attached to a cage
Pros
A wheel much in style with our number 1 pick, but not as high quality overall finish. Great option as a value for money buy
Cons
Quite silent but not truly silent
Best price
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Kaytee Comfort Exercise Wheel, 8.5", Large, Colors Vary
Size
8.5 inches
Key features
Safe, solid running surface, and relatively quiet. Can be attached to cage or be free-standing
Pros
Tail-safe design, spins easily and is very receptive to the movements of the hamster
Cons
Will need some maintenance (oil) to stay quiet over the long term. Not the same high quality as the other two wheels we recommend, but still great for the price

Best Hamster Balls to explore the house

If you are not into a playpen, it’s a great idea to get a hamster ball.

Why, you ask?

Because it allows the hamster to explore the entirety of your hamster from a safe hiding place.

And in addition, hamster balls double as a great option for keeping your hamster safe while you clean its cage.

Now, which hamster ball to get depends on whether you have a large Syrian Hamster or you have a Dwarf Hamster.

For Syrian Hamsters, we recommend the Kaytee Giant 11 1/2-Inch Exercise Ball (click here to see the price on Amazon). While marketed for chinchillas, it also works great as a hamster ball.

Kaytee Giant Run-About Exercise Ball, 11.5-Inches, Clear
  • Encourage healthy exercise in a secure and safe way
  • Makes a great temporary holding area to keep your furry friend while you clean their home

For the smaller Dwarf Hamsters, you can’t go wrong with the 5-Inch Clear Mini Exercise Ball (click here to see the price on Amazon).

Lee's Kritter Krawler Mini Exercise Ball, 5-Inch, Clear
  • Ribs inside to provide better gripping power for pets
  • Ideal for dwarf hamsters and pet mice

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