There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a wheel for our hedgehogs, but I believe the 3 most important factors when making your final decision are safety, investment, and visual aesthetics.
The parameters for these three factors will vary by person, however I have listed a few of the popular options that I am familiar with below.
The Comfort Wheel does have the spindle in the center which COULD be an issue if you have a VERY large hog that is required to arch it's back while running in this wheel. However the way I see it, if you have a hedgehog that is big enough for the spindle to be in the way, than the diameter of this wheel is too small as well and you need to look into something larger.
The width of the wheel is 4.5", which would be the smallest running surface you would want for a hedgehog. If you have a larger hedgehog you may want to get a wider wheel.
I found a few people mention they had issues with these wheels tipping over however I have not experienced that. We do have large (750g +) and small (250+/-) hedgehogs that use these and I have never had one tip.
These wheels are fairly easy to clean but if used without a cover, poop does sometimes stick to the ridges. Nothing that a little warm water and cleaner hasn't removed for me in the past!
We use fleece wheel covers on these wheels as well and change them out every other day. The fleece wicks away urine when they run and for the most part the poop rolls off. Providing you can commit to changing out the fleece liners regularly, these are a great way to keep your wheels clean and minimize those hedgie poop-boots they are so known for!
If you are wanting a larger wheel, there is a bucket wheel on the market that has an 11" diameter, however they are quite a bit more expensive ($35.00) and the shipping cost is $18.00 in the US.
There are MANY other wheel options available that are marketed towards hedgehogs, but none that I would want to suggest you use, let alone recommend. If you found another wheel you want to use but don't see it listed here feel free to reach out. Chances are there are very good reasons for not listing it, as well as facts and examples to back it up.
This post was not sponsored by any of the mentioned brands or companies. I just want to share with you what I have learned in our years of owning and breeding hedgehogs!
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