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Chewy vs Walmart

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Today! Where can you find the best dog houses? First, you'll need to have an idea of what kind of dog house is right for your favorite four-legged friend. Are you looking for something to use inside the house, something similar to a kennel but maybe with a little more style to match your decor? Or does Spot like to spend most of the day outside, so he needs a place to get some shade, take a nap, or get out of the rain for a while? The range of dog houses on the market is truly as varied and unique as the dogs themselves!

Whether you're just looking for something inexpensive and plastic to tuck in a corner of the yard or dreaming of a mini dog mansion to rival your own home, you're not likely to find it at the average neighborhood pet supply store. Brick-and-mortar retailers have limited shelf space for these larger items, and smaller pet boutiques may only have one or two best-sellers or specialty dog houses in stock at any given time.

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3.5 stars
Chewy

CHEWY

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Cost:

From $33.99 to $122

Selection:

10 options

Chewy is one of the newest names in the pet supply industry and is one of the only retailers in our review that is 100% online. That means they can get your order delivered in a hurry: instead of spending money on overhead on brick-and-mortar locations, they distribute their warehouses throughout the US so that no matter what you purchase, it'll be delivered quickly.

You won't find a ton of options for dog houses here: just 10 styles ranging from a plastic "pet barn" (which looks like an airline cargo container) to basic wooden cabin and cottage models. Be sure to click on the "More Choices Available" if the dog house that interests you isn't the right size for your pet: many of Chewy's models come in sizes beyond the one shown in the image.

Chewy keeps their prices competitive. For each of the dog houses they sell, you'll have a hard time finding any rival selling it for less. This retailer also makes a strong name for itself with an ironclad satisfaction guarantee: if you're not 100% happy, you can return your order. Given that most stores won't let you return your dog house if you've already assembled it, that's a pretty amazing perk (especially if Rover refuses to sleep in it, or worse, develops an allergic reaction to the materials used!).

We've heard fantastic things about Chewy's customer service, and our own experience backs that up: on a recent purchase, the company made a mistake with our billing, charging us for the entire cost of the order and then charging us again as each item shipped from their different warehouses. After calling their toll-free, 24/7 customer service number to report the issue, we were contacted by a Chewy rep just a few hours later who apologized profusely and refunded all of the charges - including the original order.

For most of the dog houses they sell, Chewy will get it to you fast - 1-2 days - and free, since all orders over $49 have no charge for shipping. Chewy also offers an Autoship program that can save you 30% (maximum discount: $20) when you set up recurring, automatic deliveries. Of course, this applies more to consumables like dog food and treats; most people aren't going to need a regular delivery of a new dog house!

When it comes to pet supplies, Chewy is a great place to shop: more than 1600 brands overall, terrific customer service, and low prices. However, their small selection of dog houses may not meet the needs of every shopper, which keeps Chewy towards the middle of the pack in our ratings.

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Walmart

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Cost:

From $20 to over $2,000

Selection:

Several dozen styles

Walmart is often a customer's go-to store for, well, everything! It should come as no surprise that the retailer also offers a wide variety of pet products, including dog houses.

How does Walmart compare with other retailers you might be considering? At first glance, you might feel overwhelmed, seeing that there are more than 600 options in the online store. But, this being Walmart, you'll need to expect lots of results in the "Dog House" category that don't have anything to do with giving your furry friend a place to take a nap. (Our personal favorite was the dog house cookie cutter.) In fact, when we clicked on "Large Dog Houses", "Insulated Dog Houses", and the other subcategories shown, there were usually only a dozen options to consider.

That's why your best bet is probably to click on the type of dog house you need, since there's no way to filter the results by your pet's size. (And clicking on "All Dog Houses" takes you back to that results list with items like the cookie cutter, dog-themed magnets, and even miniatures for your doll house!).

Walmart has a better selection than some of the specialty pet stores we evaluated, but their prices weren't very competitive. For example, we found the ECOFLEX Lodge Style Dog House (XL) on the Walmart site for $216.08 but on rival sites for under $200. Add the $34.03 delivery fee to Walmart's price, compared with the competitor's free shipping, and you'll see what we mean.

Another factor to consider when shopping online at Walmart is that many of their items, including dog houses, are sold by third-party retailers. That affects your ability to make returns and get refunds. So, for every dog house you're considering, you'll want to be sure you know if it'll be fulfilled by Walmart or by a partner business, and read the fine print on the return policy.

In general, we like that Walmart carries a broader range of dog houses than some of the stores we reviewed, and that shoppers might have the ability for easy in-store returns - but only when they buy one of the styles that is specifically fulfilled by Walmart itself. On the other hand, Walmart isn't the easiest online retailer to navigate, and you'll have to wade through lots of unrelated products just to get to the dog houses that might work for your four-legged friend.

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Fortunately, no matter what your style or price range, you'll find the world's best selection by shopping for your dog house online. There's no need to settle for something in person that doesn't meet your expectations when today's online pet stores - even the bigger names in home improvement and pet supplies - carry every type of dog house known to man (and dog).

As you shop around for the right dog house for your canine companion, it might be easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of stores and options available today. To help simplify the process and find your pet's perfect hangout spot, keep these criteria in mind:

  • Selection: How many styles of dog house can you find when shopping on a particular retailer's store? Are all of the items in stock? Will you have a variety to choose from within your price range and desired features?
  • Price. Are the prices offered competitive with other retailers'? Does the store offer free shipping, discounts, or anything else to make your dog house purchase more affordable?
  • Reputation. How well does the company keep its customers happy? Does the retailer have a solid return policy and/or satisfaction guarantee? What do other shoppers have to say about their experience when buying from this store?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best dog houses on the market today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect dog house for keeping your Fido safe and happy for a long time!

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