The Top Rated Pet Steps For Small Dogs Under $30

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The Best Pet Steps For Small Dogs

Because there are so many different price points and so many different options to choose from within those price points, selecting the right set of pet stairs/steps can be extremely difficult. You want to select the right product, but how can you be sure that the one you select is right for your pet?

In order to select the right product, you must first have an idea of how much (or how little) you want to spend. Once your budget is set, making your selection is substantially easier because you will have automatically reduced the number of available options and narrowed down your search.

Aside from budget, there are a few other very important items to consider when making your selection. More specifically, stability, portability, durability and functionality should be top of mind considerations.  At the end of the day, the product you select may fit within your budget, but the question is, will your pet be able to use the product that you buy and will it last?  Remember, you get what you pay for!

In this review, we are going to focus on four (4) different pet step models that each cost less than $30.  With affordability being removed from the equation, we can now shift our focus toward the other considerations that we just identified.

So, if $30 or less is what you are looking for, here are some of your best options:


PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs (Extra Small)

Pet steps for small dogs

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Ranked #1 in the pet stairs category with nearly 5,000 customer reviews on Amazon alone, this is clearly one of the best selling sets of dog steps for small dogs.

Weighing in at only 5 pounds, these steps are extremely lightweight and ultra-mobile, allowing you to move them from the bedroom to the living room, or any other room your pets occupy with ease.

Upon arrival, there is no assembly required, and the uniquely constructed plastic material allows you to fold and store them with ease.

Once they are set up, the side rails provide safety and security, and each stair is covered in a non-slip tread material allowing your pet to go up or down with great confidence and comfort.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($26.78 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No assembly required
  • Folding feature allows for easy storage
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Easy to clean surface
  • 4 Stair option allows access to higher surfaces

Cons

  • Plastic will slide on hardwood and tile surfaces
  • Rubber pads provided to prevent slipping don’t stay attached
  • Will need a non-slip rug or carpet underneath
  • Steps are not very deep so pets tend to have a harder time going down than climbing up
  • A little shaky and wobbly on the way down causing some pets to jump off early which could cause damage to shoulders and spine
  • Very steep on the way down
  • Buttons to release and fold the unit are very difficult to press
  • Non-slip stairs are actually kind of slippery, especially on the way down and the surface tends to come loose causing you to have to use gorilla glue or super glue to reattach

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 4.2 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 61% of the feedback (almost 3,000 votes) being 5-Stars.

From my first hand experience, and in reading through the reviews, this product works best for small dogs, and really only on carpeted surfaces.

If you have more of a medium sized or larger dog, and your flooring is primarily hard wood or tile surfaces, this may not be the right choice for you.


Etna Plastic Folding Steps Ranked #12 in pet stairs

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Ranked #12 in the Pet Stairs category, the Etna model is certainly an attractive looking set of pet steps for the price point.  Although not quite as popular as the PupSTEP option, it is extremely sleek, stylish and versatile.

The Etna model also offers a folding option that is lightweight, compact and easy to move from room to room.

With no assembly required, this one is also ready to use right out of the box.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros

  • Affordability ($22.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No assembly required
  • Folding feature allows for easy storage
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Easy to clean surface

Cons

  • Plastic will slide on hard wood and tile surfaces
  • You will need a non-slip rug or carpet underneath
  • 3-Stair option not ideal for taller beds or other surfaces
  • The top set is flimsy and will bow under weight over 15 lbs.
  • Best suited for teacup, miniature breeds and cats
  • Not ideal for medium-sized dogs or dogs with longer legs
  • Narrow steps
  • Unsteady and a little wobbly

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 3.7 out of 5 stars ⭐ with only 46% of the feedback (153 votes) being 5-Stars.

If you have a short-legged, smaller dog that is of the teacup or miniature variety (or a cat), and will be utilizing this product on carpeted surfaces or willing to add a non-slip rug or carpet, then this option might work for you.

On the other hand, if you have a medium sized to larger dog (over 15 pounds), or the majority of the surfaces in your home are hard-wood or tile, then this might not be your best option.  Many users reported this product sliding across the floor, which in turned spooked their pet causing them to never want to come near it again.


Zinus 3-Step Foam Pet Stairs

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Ranked #8 in the Pet Stairs category, the Zinus model is a more traditional Pet Step option, but may not have all of the benefits of the previous options.

The Zinus model is a 3-step product and although extremely portable and weighing only 4 pounds, this product is not foldable or easily stored.

The stairs are made up of dense foam and feature a removable and washable covering. Other than inserting the foam inside the covering, there is no other structural assembly required and is ready to use right out of the box.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($29.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight
  • No structural assembly required
  • Cover is removable and washable
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Sturdy and stable
  • No sliding on or scratching hardwood and tile surfaces

Cons

  • Some assembly is required (minor)
  • Does not fold for easy, out-of-sight storage
  • 3-Stair option not ideal for taller beds or other surfaces
  • Only a 1 year warranty (extended warranty options available for additional cost)
  • Foam may lose resiliency over time causing it to sag
  • Not ideal for medium sized or larger dogs

Summary

Although this is not a high volume seller, there is something to be said about the overall rating for this product being ⭐ 4.8 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 86% of the votes being 5-Stars.

If you have a smaller pet and are looking for a more traditional set of non-folding stairs, this is a good option for the price point.  It is lightweight and portable, but just does not provide the functionality and versatility to fold up and store out of sight.


Pet Store 3-Step Staircase

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Ranked #71 in the Pet Stairs category, the Pet Store model is also a more traditional, non-folding option for pet stairs and pet steps.

Like the Zinus model, the Pet Store model is also a fixed, 3-step option that does not fold or easily store out of sight.

Constructed of wood (particle board) and fleece like covering, this model provides a more solid and sturdy foundation, but as a result does require a bit of structural assembly.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($29.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to lift and portable
  • Strong, durable frame
  • Cover is removable and washable
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Requires assembly (Need a screwdriver)
  • Does not fold for easy, out of sight storage
  • 3-Stair option not idea for taller beds or other surfaces
  • Plywood is thin and will easily crack if you over tighten screws (don’t use a power drill)
  • Cover does not fit very well over wooden structure

Summary

This product only received ⭐ 2.5 out of 5 stars ⭐ with only 26% of the feedback being 5-stars.

Part of the reason for the low rating is the number of consumers that reported a considerable amount of trouble with assembly such as missing instructions, missing screws, and poorly sewn or poor fitting covers.

And The Winner In The Under $30 Category Is……..


🏆🏆🏆    PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs    🏆🏆🏆

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Based on the sheer volume of sales and the overall positive reviews that this product received, it’s no wonder why these are the #1 Ranking, Best-Selling Pet Stairs on Amazon.

Although not without flaws and shortcomings, the PupSTEP is affordable, stable, portable, durable and functional, and seems to check all of the boxes in the under $30 Pet Step category.

What do you think?  Are you considering any of these products, or do you have experience with any of these?  If you are wondering which pet stairs I use for my larger dogs, take a look at my post entitled Pet Steps For Small Dogs, Pet Steps For Large Dogs, Pet Steps For ALL Dogs and don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments and feedback below.

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