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5 Best Smart Pet Doors of 2024

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Written by Nicole Etolen

Want your dogs to be able to come & go from the house to the yard as they please? Smart pet doors allow them to do just that, securely. Using smart technology, these clever doors connect to a smart collar or microchip to identify your dog and open up when they want to go through it, locking safely afterward, during timeframes set up by you. Below, you’ll find our top five picks of 2024!

Before we dive in, though, I just want to mention a few things. First, this awesome tech is a dream for well-trained dogs who love their freedom, as long as you have a secure backyard. That said, I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a GPS dog collar just in in case Fido pulls a Houdini and escapes the fence.

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Top Picks

Top Pick: PetSafe SmartDoor™

The PetSafe SmartDoor™ is available to buy in two sizes for dogs of all breeds and is compatible with several door types. It comes with an interior and exterior frame, cutting templates, a foam spacer, screws, blanking plugs, a key collar tag, and guides on installation and training. 

Key features:

  • Two sizes; medium (10.8” x 14.3”, supports pets up to 25 lbs) & large (16.5” x 23.1”, supports up to 100lbs) 
  • White 
  • Tinted hard plastic flap 
  • Durable plastic frame
  • Weatherproof seal
  • Wi-Fi features
  • App-controlled lock/unlock
  • Programmable schedules
  • Operating mode & battery life indicator
  • Compatible with metal, PVC, brick & wood 
  • Uses key collar tag
  • Comes with installation materials, guide & training guide
  • Microchip compatible
  • Battery powered

What we like:

The PetSafe smart pet door our top pick for its versatility. Not only is it compatible with most doors and dogs, but it can also be used with microchips or the key tag which can be attached to any collar. 

The door itself is made from strong plastic, with handy indicators of battery life & operating modes and a tinted, weatherproof flap for privacy, longevity, and security.

It can be controlled via the accompanying app, in which you can lock or unlock it at any time and create schedules for outdoor time.

What to consider:

The PetSafe is one of the very, very few smart pet doors that fit large breeds and works for dogs up to 100 lbs (if you go with the large). However, shape matters more than weight. If you have a “wide-bodied” dog that weighs 75 lbs, he may not fit.

So, rather than going off weight limits, I recommend measuring your dog at his widest point to decide which option (if any) is right for you. That really goes for any dog door, though.

Best Multi-Pet Pick: SUREFLAP Microchip Small Dog & Cat Door

The SUREFLAP Microchip Small Dog & Cat Door is suitable for small dogs and cats and can be used with wood, PVC, drywall, aluminum, and fiberglass. You can also use it with their collar tag or your pet’s microchip, and it remembers up to 32 pets for homes with multiple smaller pets. 

Key features:

  • 6 x 8 x 9 inches
  • White
  • Remembers up to 32 pets
  • Compatible with wood, PVC, drywall, vinyl, aluminum, & fiberglass
  • Use with collar tag or microchip 
  • Several modes 
  • Easy to install & use 
  • Battery powered 

What we like:

The flap is guaranteed to stay locked for any animal outside of those registered to be recognized by the door, keeping unwanted animals out of your home. It’s easy to set up with just one button and it lets you control comings and goings with different modes, including curfew mode, which locks and unlocks automatically at a set time.

What to consider:

First, the obvious consideration is the size. As the name implies, it’s made for smaller breeds. That said, I have seen Greyhounds and other very lithe breeds fit through doors this small. So again, it really depends on your pup’s build.

Another thing to consider- it doesn’t come with batteries. Not really a huge deal because even if it did, at some point you would have to replace them, right?

SureFlap Microchip Small Dog & Cat Door, White
  • Flap door recognizes your pets' unique microchip or collar tag ID, opening only for them; perfect for small dogs and large cats.
  • Stays locked for other animals, keeping unwanted guests out of your home.
  • Simple one-button programming, can store IDs for up to 32 pets; works with all microchips or RFID collar tags.
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Most Secure: High Tech Pet Products Automatic Pet Door

The High Tech Pet Products Automatic Pet Door is our most secure pick. It’s made from bullet-proof resin with an automatic deadbolt and an airtight, weatherproof, and windproof closure for ensured security. It comes with a collar that activates the door and is suitable for pets up to 30 lbs. 

Key features:

  • 28 x 12 inches, supporting pets up to 30 lbs 
  • White
  • No-push, kick-proof design 
  • Opens upwards 
  • Four-way control
  • Dual-range controls 
  • Bullet-proof resin
  • Automatic deadbolt 
  • Airtight & weatherproof
  • Compatible with drywall 
  • Comes with collar 
  • Rechargeable battery

What we like:

The motor-driven pet door opens upwards instead of outwards, so your pet doesn’t have to worry about getting hit in the face. It offers four-way control with in-only, out-only, full-access, or closed-and-locked options, opening only when your pet approaches, and dual-range controls allowing you to set independent inside and outside activation distances. 

What to consider:

First, this one is really only designed for small to medium breeds (but on the smaller side of medium, if that makes sense).

The price is one of the biggest considerations. While it’s not the most expensive on this list, it’s definitely up there.

Another potential issue is timing. One customer asked if their cat would be able to follow their dog out the door if he’s fast enough. The answer is yes. If you have a super speedy cat, the door does stay open long enough for him to launch a jailbreak. However, there are safety features to prevent the door from slamming on kitty.

High Tech Pet Products PX-1 Power Pet Fully Automatic Pet Door
  • Motor-driven pet door opens upwards automatically with the High Tech Pet Microsonic Collar, requiring no pushing.
  • Constructed from bulletproof resin and features an automatic deadbolt lock for enhanced security.
  • 4-way control options: in-only, out-only, full-access, or closed-and-locked, to manage your pet's access.
  • Activates only when your pet approaches; dual-range controls set separate inside and outside activation distances.
  • Airtight, weatherproof, and windproof closure resists being kicked out; mounts flush to the wall. Suitable for pets up to 30 pounds.
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Best For XL Dogs: Plexidor Performance Pet Door 

The Plexidor Performance Pet Door is available to buy in two colors and is suitable for dogs weighing up to 125 lbs. It comes with two waterproof collar keys that snap onto any collar, and it can be plugged in or hardwired by a professional. 

Key features:

  • 20 x 12, for dogs up to 125 lbs
  • Come in bronze & white 
  • Powder-coated finish 
  • Aluminium frames
  • ABS panel door
  • Stainless steel deadbolt 
  • Stainless steel corner fasteners
  • Scratch-proof 
  • Pet-safe & child-safe 
  • Plug-in or hardwire
  • Comes with 2 waterproof collar keys
  • Compatible with wood, fiberglass & metal 
  • Made in the USA

What we like:

This door is made with home decor in mind, with a stylish baked-on powder-coated finish and bronze or white designs to choose from. It utilizes easy one-touch programming and state-of-the-art radio frequency identification technology.

It’s also pet-safe and child-safe, with a scratch-proof design, stainless steel corner fasteners, and a stainless-steel deadbolt. 

What to consider:

The biggest consideration is the price. At over $2K, it is by FAR the most expensive smart dog door on this list (and probably on any other list!).

However, it’s also one of the only ones that accommodates XL breeds. So, if you have a gentle giant, it’s one of your only smart door options short of having something custom-built (which would cost at least as much, if not more).

PlexiDor Performance Pet Doors
  • Designed for cats and dogs up to 125 pounds with a hardened ABS panel that slides vertically.
  • Waterproof collar key weighs less than an ounce, snaps onto your pet's collar, and requires no batteries.
  • Pet-safe and child-safe door will not close if obstructed and features a 1/4-inch stainless steel deadbolt for security.
  • Comes with 2 PDE collar keys; easily add or change codes with one-touch programming, without interfering with underground fences or home security systems.
  • Set the timing for how long you want the door to remain open.
  • Features durable, scratch-resistant hardened aluminum frames with a baked-on powder-coated finish, available in white or bronze.
  • Manufactured in the USA.
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Best For Toy Breeds: CAT MATE Elite Super Selective Cat Flap

Yeah, yeah, I know. The CAT MATE Elite Super Selective Cat Flap is technically designed for cats but it’s also suitable for toy-breed dogs. It can be set up via microchip or their ID disc and it can be used with up to nine pets, so it’s great for homes with multiple small pets. 

Key features:

  • 10 x 10 inches
  • White
  • Draft & weather-proof flap 
  • Microchip or ID disc 
  • 4-way locking system & timer
  • LCD display 
  • Shows locking status & last used
  • Displays current location of pets
  • Compatible with wood, PVC, drywall, metal, vinyl, aluminum, & fiberglass

What we like:

The brush-sealed flap is fully draft and weatherproof and the 4-way locking system gives you full control, with a timer feature to lock and unlock it whenever you want. The LCD display shows the current locking status, as well as when it was last used by your pet and your pet’s location for ensured security. 

What to consider:

The ID disc is sold separately. Also, as mentioned above, this one really only works well for teensy pups. But if you have a chihuahua or teacup poodle, you don’t really need a ginormous and expensive pet door. This one will work just fine.

Cat Mate Elite Super Selective Microchip & I.D. Disc Cat Flap, White
  • Operates with your dog's unique microchip or I.D. Disc (sold separately) to keep unwanted animals out.
  • 4-way locking system offers full control—choose locked, unlocked, in-only, or out-only; timer function manages your dog's access, ideal for keeping them in at night.
  • LCD display shows locking status, your dog's location, and the last time the flap was used—supports up to three dogs.
  • Suitable for up to nine dogs, provided each has a microchip or I.D. Disc.
  • Fully draft and weatherproof brush-sealed flap keeps out rain and debris
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FAQs

Let’s go over a few frequently asked questions about smart pet doors before we say goodbye for the day, shall we?

How do smart pet doors work?

Smart pet doors hook up to special collars, tags, or microchips to identify your dog. When they approach the door, it will open within the authorized time frames you set, locking behind them to keep your home secure. 

Are smart pet doors safe? 

Smart pet doors are designed to open only for your pet and lock when they’re not in use for total safety. They only allow your pet to go outside when you authorize it to do so and the technology itself will not interfere with your pet or anything else in your home. 

Can puppies use smart pet doors?

Any dog can use a smart pet door, but we don’t recommend letting a puppy roam around their backyard alone until they’re fully trained for their own safety. However, you can train your pup to use a smart pet door by guiding them through it with a toy or treat and using lots of encouragement. 

The only concern is making sure you program it correctly, that your yard is safe & secure, and that your dog can be trusted alone outdoors. It’s not the product for escape artists or those living in areas with predatory animals. 

Final Thoughts & Recommendations

In the world of pet technology, smart pet doors are one of the coolest creations so far, marrying safety and security with the freedom to roam and explore.

While the best smart dog door for you depends on your pup’s size, for dogs up to 100 lbs I highly recommend the PetSafe SmartDoor! You can almost never go wrong with anything created by PetSafe.

SmartDoor™ Connected Pet Door | PetSafe®
  • App-enabled pet door allowing your pets to freely enter and exit.
  • Selective entry and exit options let you control which pets can use the door and when, preventing wildlife intrusions.
  • Create and modify schedules for each pet to keep their daily routines consistent.
  • Remotely lock and unlock your SmartDoor via the My PetSafe® app.
  • Features weather sealing and a multi-point locking mechanism for energy efficiency and safety.
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  • Nicole Etolen

    Hi there! I'm Nicole! I've been a dog owner for most of my adult life and a dog lover for much longer than that. I grew up with a wonderful German Shepherd named Jake, who I loved SO much that I named my son after him. When I'm not writing for DogVills or my own site, Pretty Opinionated , I love spending time with my teenager (when he actually lets me), my Pharaoh Hound Freya, and my two cats (Zoe & Alex the Fuzz). I'm also an avid reader AND a total TV fanatic. If you'd like to learn more about me, feel free to check out my Linked In profile.

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