Precision Soft Side Playpen Review
The Precision Soft Side Playpen is an excellent option among the many playpens available in the market. It has a sturdy frame that keeps well against pressure, but is also light-weight, allowing you to move or carry it around easily. The canvas covering its frame is what gives it its lightness, and is in itself quite durable, while also being water resistant. It’s easy to clean and maintain, which can be quite a blessing if you’re putting puppies or kittens, who’re not exactly crate-trained, in the playpen.
Perhaps most importantly, the playpen is easily foldable, and combining that with its light weight, accords it fantastic portability, despite its large size. And speaking of, the large size of the Precision Soft Side Playpen gives plenty of room for your dog or cat to play and frolic around inside, which is, of course, the most crucial thing from your pet’s point of view.
Let’s examine the playpen more closely in terms of its positives and possible shortcomings.
Good Size, With Plenty Of Room
The Precision Soft Side Playpen is large enough to accommodate pretty much all of your pet’s playfulness and frolicking, with room to spare for its feeding and water bowls, and a litter box, if you have a cat. Measuring at a roomy 46”x46”x28”, with 8 panels each of which is 18” wide, this is designed to give your pet enough room to rest or play, as it pleases. Depending on the size of your dogs or cats, and their disposition, of course, the Precision Soft Side Playpen can house more than one occupant, too. So if you have a litter of pups, or kittens, this playpen may be an amazing place to keep them safe, allow them to rest, or play, while you’re busy getting on with your day.
This is probably the best feature of the playpen, its lightness and ease of folding letting you carry it around the house, or even outside if you wish to. It is foldable in a few simple steps until it’s flat, and doesn’t require any tools whatsoever for collapsing it. Also, it comes pre-assembled, and can be set-up in three simple steps. This absence of any requirement of fiddling around with tools, and keeping things simple is especially appealing, as pretty much anyone can use and handle it, and also provides an element of safety in its handling. The folded playpen can be stored away conveniently in the accompanying case, therefore allowing you to put it away easily when you’re not using it at home, and also to carry it with you when you want to travel with your pet.
The Precision Soft Side Playpen, with its range of features, offers diverse functionality. It’s big enough, and its epoxy-coated wire frame and canvas fabric are durable enough to contain most small to medium-sized pets, and larger ones if they’re docile. Being portable, you can use it in a number of places, whether you want to secure your pet in one place within the house when you need some peace and quiet, carry them around with you within the house as you go about your chores, or out in the garden for some sun and fresh air.
The convenient shape it folds into, and its carrying case allow you to travel with your pets, too, without worrying about their safety and security. The top is made of mesh and is zippered on, so it provides ventilation and a view when outside, and can be removed indoors if you so wish. Another excellent feature is the removable bottom, which can be velcro’d on or off, which makes it much easier to clean and maintain the playpen.
The material itself is weatherproof, offering both protection when outdoors, and also making it quite easy to clean. You can merely use regular home cleaning products to wipe off the mess in case there are any accidents or spills inside. When outside in a park or garden, you may even choose to remove the bottom and secure the playpen to the ground with the stakes that come with the playpen.
The Playpen also features some extras – two pockets on the outside to store any toys or treats you wish to, and a hole for a water bottle, with a strap.
The various functions and features described thus far allow the Precision Soft Side Playpen to be used in a lot of different ways that regular crates, or even some other playpens, might not be ideal for. Its excellent portability lets you take your pups or kittens along with you wherever you go, so you can monitor them as you please. It’s also good for situations where you want to keep certain pets separate from others, say, a kitten from a grown cat or dog, where the other can use its own crate.
Also, the fact that it is so easy to clean also makes it great for crate training puppies, so you can clean up any messes they make relatively easily. It is also extremely handy when traveling with your pet, where it would be impossible to lug around a regular crate. During the ride, for instance, it should be able to keep your pet secure and comfortable when it might otherwise react badly inside the car.
Not Ideal For Feisty And/Or Large Pets
While the Precision Soft Side Playpen quite good when it comes to securing a small or medium-sized dog or cat, it might not be the best option if you have a particularly feisty pet, or one really intent on escaping any confines. After all, the predominant materials used are cloth mesh and canvas, which will give way at a point if your pet focuses its chewing, gnawing and scratching hard enough at the corners or the top. Therefore, it’s best to get this playpen only if your pet is calm enough to accept staying inside, and is not particularly escape-minded.
It might not be ideal for larger breeds of dog, either, if they wish to stretch and move inside comfortably. It would be great to shelter a nursing mother and her pups, or if your dog is unwell and needs a place to rest and recover, but it can’t be the best option for the long term.
Can Be A Little Hard, Or Confusing, To Fold Down
Some owners have expressed disappointment at the absence of clear instructions on how to fold the playpen down when they wish to carry it or store it away. The playpen comes without a manual or clear diagrammatic instructions, and it might be confusing to figure out the precise manner of collapsing it, however simple it is once done.
Velcro Bottom Can Be a Weak Spot
The removable bottom, which attaches to the playpen using velcro, has been voiced as a weakness by some owners where their puppies or cats were able to chew or scratch at the velcro, and eventually dig and wriggle their way out. This can be a real cause for concern if your pet has the propensity to figure out weaknesses in its enclosures, or is determined enough to escape. The velcro appears to be of insufficient strength to ensure security in such cases.
All things considered, the Precision Soft Side Playpen appears to be an excellent choice when you’re looking for a fairly durable, roomy, easy-to-maintain and portable playpen for small to medium-sized dogs and cats, and that offers great functionality in a variety of situations. The trade-off, however, could be that it may not be durable or secure enough if, or when, your pet is disinclined to stay put in confinement, or tends to attempt damage or escape when inside. In any case, do consider all the positives as well as the negatives to this playpen, as laid out in this review, to help you make an informed choice – both for your peace of mind, and your pet’s safety and happiness.
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