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February 2011
Life Stages Single Door and iCrate?: A side-by-side comparison.

December 2010
Double Door iCrate vs. Life Stages?: This table is very useful for those that like to see the numbers.

November 2010
Need a replacement pan?: Follow these directions if you are not sure which one you need.
Championship Collection Replacement Pans: We have Replacement Pans for the Midwest Championship Series.
Can I Join Together Two Exercise Pens?: You can, and here is some more information about how to do it.
What About Heavy Duty Dog Crates?: They are available, but maybe you should look at the reasons before purchasing.


October 2009
Two Dogs in One Crate?: It can be done, but we do advise caution, and maybe you should consider a three door model.
Great Dane Dog Crates: Yes, we have crates available for your giant breed dog.
We Have Pans for the 89Z: The trick is to measure before you buy.

February 2009
Save Money with the Free Divider Panel: How does it prevent you from buying multiple crates?

January 2009
iCrate or Life Stages Dog Crate?: What is the difference between these two dog crate models?
Dog Crates Made in USA: Yes, really! These are extra sturdy folding crates made in Indiana.
You Have a Bunch of 48" Dog Crates!: So ... what's the difference?
Solutions 54" Ginormus Double Door Dog Crate: At last a giant dog crate with a side door!

December 2008
Canine Camper vs. Day Tripper: What is the difference between these two soft crates?
Announcing: Wireless, electric and underground dog fences and receiver collars by PetSafe and Innotek.
Midwest K9 Kennels: Chain Link Dog Kennels: Safe, secure outdoor containment.
Select 1300TD: The Crate With Removable Doors: Removable doors? What's that about?

November 2008
Price Increases: What's Changed?
Why Crate Train Your Dog?: It's humane and effective
Midwest iCrates: What is an iCrate?

October 2008
Product Updates: Canine Campers, Day Trippers, Vehicle Barriers.
Life Stages, DD and UL: The differences between the different Midwest Life Stages models.
Midwest Dog Crate Pans: About the ABS plastic pan in your crate.
Three Door Dog Crates: The most veratile of dog crates.

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Midwest iCrate or Life Stages? What's The Difference? 

These crates are both folding wire dog crates in size for dogs 11 - 110 lbs that include both a divider panel and the ABS plastic pan. This leads many people to ask: "What's the difference between a Midwest iCrate and Life Stages dog crate?"

Midwest iCrate Dog Crate

Midwest iCrate Dog Crate

Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate

Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate

iCrate vs. Life Stages Similarities

Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate
iCrate and Life Stages Folding Sequence
Midwest iCrate Double Door Dog Crate

Midwest iCrate Double Door Dog Crate

Midwest Life Stages Double Door Dog Crate

Midwest Life Stages Double Door Dog Crate

  • Fold and Carry Design
  • Black E-Coat Finish
  • Specified (by the manufacturer) as "Medium Strength"
  • Include Free Divider Panel
  • ABS Plastic Pan Included
  • Same Wire Gauge
  • Folds Without Tools
  • Both Have Single and Two Door Forms

iCrate vs. Life Stages Differences

  • Some iCrate Models (1518 - 1536) Are Narower and Lower Than the Life Stages
  • The Wire Grid is Closer Together on the Life Stages
  • The Bars Are Closer Together on the Life Stages
  • The Life Stages Models are a Little Stonger and a Little Heavier

So, Which to Buy?

It really depends on your budget and preference. If you are price sensistive, or want a lighter product, then the iCrate is for you. If you prefer a stronger product and don't mind the extra weight, or spending a little more money, the Life Stages is for you.

Now you just have to decide which model is right for you:

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