Smart pet doors are a great solution that combines the benefits of traditional pet doors with the latest technology. They give your pet the freedom of letting themselves in and out as they please and free you up from having to do it for them. Smart Pet Doors add technology to combine convenience with security, one of the more important aspects of pet ownership.
Smart Pet Doors: Microchip vs RFID – Which is Better?
There are a number of options available when it comes to pet doors. It can be overwhelming, which means you need to do your research before making a decision. This also means you can’t just skim the market for some of the most popular products and expect them to meet your needs. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best smart pet doors for 2021.
PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor
- Dimensions: 3.97 x 3.25 x 17.8 inches
- Weight: 1 lb.
- Power Source: 1 Lithium Metal Battery
The PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor lets your pet in or out at your command. It has programmable selective entry, exit, and auto-locking options. The Selective Door works with the waterproof SmartKey worn on your pets collar; only the pets wearing the SmartKey can go in and out. Plus, you can set different times for up to 5 different SmartKeys programmed into the door.
The PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor unlocks as your pet approaches, and locks when they’re out of range. This unique self-releasing pet door can be used in interior/exterior doors, or as an easy-to-install wall installation option with the appropriate kit. The SmartDoor is battery operated with a manual override in case of power failure.
Sureflap Microchip Pet Door
- Dimensions: 10.31 x 4.92 x 11.02 inches
- Weight: 2.2 lb.
- Power Source: 4 x AA Batteries
With the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door you can grant your pet easy access to your home, while keeping unwelcome critters out. This battery-operated smart flap is specifically designed for pets and its advanced microchip technology helps keep felines and canines safely inside or out, while giving them a fast pass through a secure opening.
The SureFlap Microchip Pet Door allows you to use your phone app to keep tabs on your furry friend whenever you like, and offers four adjustable pet access modes: Instant Pet – Get in right away, Freeze Mode – The door locks when it senses a pet outside, Stay Mode – The door stays open for 10 seconds, and Exclusion Mode – Lock out that pesky visitor.
Power Pet Electronic Pet Door
- Dimensions: 18 x 6 x 47 inches
- Weight: 8 lb.
- Power Source: AC Adapter / Product Specific Battery
The Power Pet Electronic Pet Door features motor driven vertical sliding doors that take the place of normal pet flaps. There are 4-way access controls that let you select In Only, Out Only, Full Access, or Closed & Locked. This pet door opens if your pet walks directly at the door — not if they’re sleeping nearby or just wandering around.
Power Pet Electronic Pet Door has a wind- and weather-proof seal, and its opening accommodates dogs up to 100 pounds. It installs quickly behind your present pet door with no damage to the surrounding walls or trim. The Power Pet Electronic Pet Door is powered by an AC adapter. An optional rechargeable battery can be purchased to operate the pet door in case of emergency or power failure.
Plexidor Electronic Dog Door
- Dimensions: 17.13 x 12 x 54.63 inches
- Weight: 32 lb.
- Power Source: AC Adapter
Whether you’re looking to allow your dog to come and go as he pleases, or you want a cat door for your small pet, Plexidor Electronic Dog Door is the ideal solution. This pet door mounts into normal-sized door frames and can be used in front or back doors of your home. It features a hardened ABS panel, which slides up and down like a mini electronic garage door.
Plexidor’s one piece construction means it’s easy to install. The smart door’s design ensures a professional fit and finish that provides a quality appearance for your home. Furthermore, extreme heat or cold is not going to affect the tunnel because it is completely sealed from the elements.
The Plexidor Electronic Dog Door uses coded microchips that are worn by your pet, so the door will never be activated if someone else is walking their dog nearby. To ensure maximum safety for your pet, this electronic dog door will not close if obstructed.
E-Z Pass Electronic Pet Door
- Dimensions: 5.25 x 9.25 x 15.56 inches
- Weight: 3.5 lb.
- Power Source: AC Adapter
E-Z pass is designed as an electronic pet door for both interior or exterior use. Easy to install, simply plug into a receptacle inside or outside the home. Most pets will learn quickly how to operate the switch to gain entrance in and out of the home. No special training needed. No expensive remote controls required.
The durable plastic frame attaches to most doors and the large pet door lets them calmly pass back and forth. With the RFID FOB, only your pet can activate the door for easy and controlled access. For additional safety, the door can be inoperable if something gets stuck or caught in it to ensure peace of mind.