The main feature of this cage is its spiral ramp and external wheel. The ramp runs from the floor of the cage upwards to a tube that leads outside the cage and into the external wheel. Additionally, the wheel orbits around the tube when a hamster runs in it. There is also a removable petting zone at the top of the cage which allows you to interact with your hamster easily. The Extreme Challenge Habitat comes with other basic accessories including a food dish and water bottle. Its 6mm wire spacing is advertised to be small enough even for dwarf hamsters.
The dimensions of the Super Pet Critter Trail Extreme Challenge Habitat is 20” x 11.5” x 18”, which gives it a floor space of about 230 square inches. It is quite roomy but is still small compared to the recommended floor space which is 360 square inches. Given its complex design, it is a pretty inexpensive cage at under $50 (sometimes even under $35 when there are offers). However, there are some flaws with this cage that may make it a no-go for you even if it looks fun and is inexpensive.
For example, due to lack of room for the hamster to arrange its bedding, many owners report that their hammies often build nests in the exercise wheel. Hamsters also tend urinate and defecate in there. That’s where one of the major problems arises. Their feces fly out of the small holes in the exercise wheel when the hamster goes for a run in it. Likewise, urine can flow out which can cause the bad odor to spread outside the cage. The suggested solution is to arrange a nest for the hamster in one part of the cage before putting them in so that they won’t build it in the exercise wheel but that doesn’t work for everyone.
An even greater concern is that this cage may be potentially unsafe for your hamster. The external wheel, which is the highlight of the cage, has gaps that are wide enough for a hamster’s feet to get stuck in. At least two owners have reported injuries due to having their pet’s feet stuck in these gaps.
Finally, even though the cage has a number of security features such as smaller bar gaps and an enhanced door locks, many have reported that their hamsters were able to escape from the cage. The escapes were mostly through the external wheel section but some hamsters also managed to squeeze through the bars.
- Provides a high visibility and accessibility to your pets
- Easy to assemble and take apart (for cleaning)
- Fun design, especially the orbiting wheel
- Can be connected and attached to other accessories and cages
- Lack of bedroom area where the hamster can burrow under the bedding
- Feces fall out of the small air holes that line the wheel
- Gaps in wheel a potential safety hazard for your pet hamster
- Not escape-proof even though bar gap is small
- Bars which they could chew on resulting in really loud and annoying noise
Here’s a video of the cage. Watch till the end to see a demonstration of the orbiting wheel:
This is a cage that you should probably skip. There are much better cages that you can get for your hamster. Even though the design and idea of this cage is interesting, the actual product does not live up to its claims. We wanted to give it a higher fun rating for the orbiting wheel, but we don’t think it’d be fun when your hamster’s leg got stuck in the wheel gaps, or if you had to keep cleaning up the poop and pee that gets tossed out of the cage by the wheel. For your hamster’s sake and your own, choose another cage!