MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate: Comparison, & Which Is Better?


Two of the most popular standard metal wire dog crates come from the MidWest brand.

So, we thought it would be useful to do a MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate Comparison to see which crate is better.

We look at the differences and similarities between the crates, and consider who each crate may or may not be for.

Let’s check them out!


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MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate Comparison: Which Is Better?

If you want to go straight to checking out each crate, you can do so here:

You can read a MidWest Dog Crate Review Guide here – MidWest Dog Crate Reviews: iCrate, Life Stages, Ovation & Ultima Pro


MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate: Similarities

Both crates have their largest size available as a 48 inch crate that measures 48L x 30W x 33H inches

Both crates come with a single door or double door option

Both come with a leak proof plastic pan for the base of the crate that is removable and easy to clean

Both crates have carrying handles to you can carry the crate

Both crates fold down and fold up for easy set up and transport and storage of the crate

Both crates have rounded corners for extra safety

Both crates come with a free divider panel to make the crate smaller for puppies


MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate: Differences

The iCrate is probably overall the more popular crate

The iCrate overall is probably a bit more competitively priced and SLIGHTLY better value for money

The Life Stages crate is made of heavier gauge steel and has a tighter wire mesh making it stronger than iCrate

iCrate comes in 9 sizes, whereas the Life Stages crate comes in only 6 sizes

iCrate comes with blue and pink crate color options that the Life Stages does not

The Life Stages crate has two slide-bolt latches whereas the iCrate has the MAXLock Door System

The Life Stages has plastic feet on the bottom of the crate to prevent floor marking, whereas the iCrate does not


MidWest Life Stages vs iCrate: Which To Get, and Which Is Better?

Most people decide to get the iCrate.

But, you would consider each crate depending on potentially a few of these factors:



If you want a slightly better priced crate

If you want a wider selection of sizes to suit different sized dogs and dog beds for example

If you want a blue or pink crate


Life Stages

If you want a slightly stronger crate with heavier gauge steel and has a tighter wire mesh

If you want plastic feet on the bottom of the crate


Other Dog Crate Options

You can read about the other top rated dog crates on the market at the moment in this guide.



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