Best, Large Hamster Cages (for both Syrian and Dwarf Hamsters!)

After researching more than 20 different kinds of hamster cages, we have found 2 large hamster cages that we can truly recommend for all hamster owners out there. These two cages are simply the best options so whether you are looking for the best dwarf hamster cages or the best syrian hamster cages we've listed them below.

Here are the four main reasons:

  • Large hamster cages with lots of ground space to explore
  • The bars in the cage are close together - not even the thinnest hamster will squeeze out!
  • Very easy to clean
  • Lots of interior decorating options

Hamster Cages – Top Pick


If you want a hamster cage with lots of built-in tubes and plenty of ground floor to play in, you can’t go wrong with the Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage.

The cage has lots of customization options, and despite the tubes, is very easy to clean.

For these reasons, it is our top pick when it comes to hamster cages

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Further, we also really enjoy the colorful colors of the material and find that these works great for kids. 

With its allergy-friendly, high-quality material and practically odor-less environment, we recommend it as the top pick of the available hamster cages out there.

Hamster Cages – Budget Option


If you’re looking for a hamster cage that’s a bit more “down to earth” we can only recommend the cage from Ferplast.

It has a great two-level design with large bedding area and the wires are made so you can both hang water bottles and a wheel in it.

However, it is also less colorful and has a smaller surface area than our top pick. With that said, it is still a great cage that your hamster will love.

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How to choose the best hamster cage

Now, we have just given you the short answer regarding which hamster cage to pick. However, if you want to venture on your own and find one, or just want to figure out how we know “what is best”, we have outlined our methodology below.

Hope you enjoy it – below is an overview of the topics and you can just click these links to be taken to our research.

Cage size: Make sure your hamster has enough space!

The minimum size of your cage naturally depends on the type of hamster you bring home.

Generally speaking, there are two types of hamster: The larger, Syrian Hamster and the smaller dwarf hamster. The latter comes in various types and you may already have heard of breeds such as Campbell Hamster and Robo Hamster.

When getting a hamster cage your need to make sure there is ample space to run and play and also room for other accessories such as a wheel, tubes, sleeping area and a toilet area.

Minimum hamster cage size

The minimum recommended sizes are the following (but remember, bigger is always better!):

  • For a Syrian Hamster you need a large hamster cage with a floor space of at least 360 square inches (30x12 inches) (2,300 square centimetres) and a total area of 2 cubic feet (55 liters). The space between the bars should not be more than half an inch apart (1cm).
  • Dwarf Hamsters are more active and have the same requirements. For each dwarf hamster you add, you should double in size. For dwarf hamsters, it is best to get an acquarium so they do not squeeze through the bars.

Choosing between a wire or a plastic cage

When getting a cage, you are faced with two options: A wire cage or a hamster aquarium.

Either will work fine with both having its pros and cons.

  • The main things to consider when choosing a hamster cage are:
  • Natural place for you hamster to climb – but make sure it cannot fall too far!
  • Very easy to clean – just lift it open and remove the bedding
  • Very good ventilation and thus, good air quality – just make sure it is not in a draft
  • Your hamster can become obsessive chewing the bars

The main reasons for choosing a hamster aquarium are:

  • Escape proof – there are no bars it can chew open or squeeze in between. Also, other house pets cannot bother your hamster
  • Still relatively easy to clean but can be somewhat clumsy and heavy to clean
  • Worse air quality than the cage

As you can see, there are pros and cons for both types.

Rule of Thumb regarding Hamster Cages

If you have other “free roaming” pets such as a cat or dog, we recommend a hamster aquarium. Also, the smaller your hamster the safer it is with an aquarium. If you get an aquarium make sure to get a climbing wall, a wood ladder or climbing blocks for your hamster.

If your hammy is the only pet in the family and it will be placed far away from any air condition equipment or other things creating a draft we recommend getting a hamster cage. It is easier to clean, has better air quality and will create a natural place for your hamster to become a little mountain climber.

Hamster bedding: Getting the right type and depth

Unfortunately, not all hamster bedding materials sold in pet stores are suited for hamsters.

What hamster bedding to avoid:

This is most pronounced with pine and cedar wood shavings. This is often sold as hamster bedding but we recommend staying away from that as it can be abrasive and splinter into sharp pieces that can harm your hamster.

Another unfortunate feature of wood is a risk of your hamster getting a skin reaction from the dust. As such, although there are suitable wood types for hamster (most notably Aspen wood) it is easier to just stay away from it and run no risks.

Choose paper based bedding:

Instead you should choose paper based bedding.

If you are in urgent need of bedding, you can use non-inked and non-chemical paper (such as toilet paper). However, this does not do a good job of disguising odors and your cage will quickly get smelly.

In stores, you can get a much better paper based option for containing the smell, which we recommend getting. Some stores also sell scented paper (to hide any odor) but we do not recommend this due to the risk of hamster allergy.

Getting the right amount of bedding in the cage:

Once you have decided on the type of hamster bedding you need to give it the right depth. By instinct, hamster love to burrow and thus, you need to make sure there is something to burrow in.

You should at least have 2 inches (6cm) of suitable bedding and beneath it, the bottom of the cage should be solid (if you have a wired cage at the bottom, put in some cardboard.

The importance of hamster tubes, toys and accessories

By now we know what type and size of cage to get and what to use as bedding.

And that is all very practical so now we finally get to the fun stuff: Hamster tubes and toys.

This is where your hammie will shine and seeing it crawl through tubes, run on its wheel and chewing on toys is where your hamster’s personality will really shine.

So, let’s get right into what you should place in your cage.

Hamster tubes:

Hamster tubes are mimics of the real-life environment for a hamster. Here, they dig their own tunnels underground and by placing tubes in your cage, you can give them the same feeling.

You can buy plastic tubes at the store. Otherwise, it works well putting in toilet paper rolls in the cage.

Hamster wheels:

Hamsters run. They run a lot. Therefore, it is very important to have a hamster wheel in your cage.

You can get both metal and plastic wheels. However, metal wheels are becoming a thing of the past and you should absolutely get a plastic wheel. The reasons are:

Reasons for getting a plastic hamster wheel:

  • Metal wheels are made with rungs (like a ladder). Your hamster can fall through the haps and hurt itself
  • Metal wheels are made of several pieces and often with sharp edges. This increases the risk of your hamster getting injured as well
  • Contrary to metal wheels, plastic wheels are made of one piece which is moulded together. There are a variety of both open and more enclosed options

What you decide to get is up to your personal preference as the single most important thing in a hamster wheel is the size.

For a Syrian hamster, the diameter of the wheel should be at least 12 inches (30cm) and for a dwarf hamster it should be at least 20 inches (As with cages, hamsters generally prefer larger wheels to smaller wheels.

Below you can see a good hamster wheel. It cannot fall through and there is no arching in the back, i.e. it is sufficiently large.

Hamster toys

Your hamster is very active during the night and besides a wheel and tubes, it should also have some toys.

These toys will give the hamster something to chew on while relaxing after a good run.

The teeth of your hamsters are constantly growing (yes that’s not a typo) and like a dog, hamsters low to chew.

At the pet store, you can get wooden pet toys that your hamster can chew on. In addition to wooden chew toys, cardboard is also great. Again, you should buy these at the store and make sure they are chemical free.

We do not recommend getting plastic toys for hamster. This is due to the risk of your hamster gnawing plastic loose and digesting it.

Hamster house: Create a snuggle nesting area

Within your hamster cage, you should design an area for your hamster to sleep so it can snuggle up and feel safe. At the pet store, you can find a variety of huts. Alternatively, you can use half a coconut as a house. Most importantly, it should be dark inside.

Hamster food, water and treats

Like us humans, our little hamster friends eat plants, seeds and meat (insects).

Besides the insects, this is mimicked in the hamster food you can get.

However, there are many types of hamster food out there and it can be a challenge to figure out what is best. Generally, there are two types of food you can buy:

  • Seed Hamster Food
  • Pelleted Hamster Food

Historically, seed hamster food has been the main choice of food when getting a hamster. While it can be okay, it does risk your hamster being picky only eating its favorite seeds. This will lead to a diet that is not balanced and worse, your hamster will not get all the vitamins it needs.

Thus, if you go with seed hamster food, make sure the food bowl is empty before giving it more food.

Pelleted hamster food is now seen as a better option. In it, everything is mixed together so every bite your hamster takes is by definition balanced. Pelleted food usually looks like small biscuits, cookies or cereal.

Due to the ensured balanced diet, we also recommend getting pelleted hamster food.

What is pelletted hamster food?

Pelleted foods, a rather recent innovation in animal nutrition, gives your hamster the optimal nutrition in an easy-to-eat, easy-to-serve format. Each pellet (or nugget), contains a baked, healthy blend of grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

As pelleted foods are also specifically made for other animals such as birds and rabbits, it is important to buy pelleted foods specifically for hamsters. An example of pelleted food is below.

Putting it all together: Our current hamster ground floor plan

By now you may have information overload trying to make sense of hamster cages, hamster accessories and where to put the hamster house.

Luckily, it’s not rocket science. In the video below, a hamster habitat is shown that works really well.

Back to where we all started - the best, large hamster cages

With this said, we are back to the beginning and for your convenience we have listed our two top picks below.

If you have any questions, just ask them below and we'll be happy to answer them 🙂

Hamster Cages – Top Pick


If you want a hamster cage with lots of built-in tubes and plenty of ground floor to play in, you can’t go wrong with the Lixit Animal Care Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage.

The cage has lots of customization options, and despite the tubes, is very easy to clean.

For these reasons, it is our top pick when it comes to hamster cages

Click here to see price on Amazon

Hamster Cages – Budget Option


If you’re looking for a hamster cage that’s a bit more “down to earth” we can only recommend the cage from Ferplast.

It has a great two-level design with large bedding area and the wires are made so you can both hang water bottles and a wheel in it.

However, it is also less colorful and has a smaller surface area than our top pick. With that said, it is still a great cage that your hamster will love.

Click here to see price on Amazon

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