My hamster has been through a few different wheels since I've had him and they've all been dreadfully noisy and he lives in my bedroom so this has caused me sleep problems. After lots of research, I was torn between the silent spinner and the flying saucer due to them both having sparkling reviews for being quiet.
I went for the silent spinner mainly for space reasons. My hamster has a bin cage - a spacious storage bin converted into a cage. These are popular because the hamster cages you see in pet shops are not big enough for syrian hamsters, for a hamster to live comfortably, their cage needs to be at least 20 x 30 inches. The cage needs to be tall enough for a 12" wheel to go in (so around 14" tall would do). If you have a syrian hamster, you will need the 12" wheel, they need the space to avoid their backs arching when they run on it. I've never owned a dwarf hamster so I can't offer any advice on this or what size wheel to get.
In the end, I ordered my 12" Silent spinner from Amazon for around £20, which is more than I wanted to spend but I do feel like I have got my moneys worth. The wheel is sturdy whilst on its frame (my cage has no bars to fix it to) and my hamster loves it to pieces, it is his favourite toy and he is on it for most of his waking hours.
So, is it actually silent? My answer is no, it isn't as silent as it claims to be but it is miles quieter.
There are things you can do to make this wheel even quieter. I have taped mine to the cage floor to stop it moving around and I have taped the join between the different coloured plastic. Also, using cooking oil on the mechanism quietens it down tenfold.
Despite this, I feel that this wheel is worth the money as I've not been awoken by it at all and my hamster runs on it so much more than he used to on his previous wheels. Its healthier for his back and he loves using it. I can't complain at all!
I decided to look for a better running wheel for my precious hamster because the one that came with her cage was really squeaky and it looked like she had to put a lot of effort in when running in it because it didn't seem to turn as as smoothly - which might have explained why she didn't use it as often as she should!
Decided to invest in this 'Silent Spinner' which is bit more expensive than other hamster wheels out there.
It is slightly bigger than the ones you get with the cage you bought so your hamster runs better and doesn't look like its arching its back too much. The ball bearing is also weighted which I think is what makes the wheel rotate so easily and freely. Your hamster will run on this as fast as they like. Because its weighted, when they want to stop and come off it, the wheel does take a while to slow down to a still point but its no problem at all.
I like how you can attach the wheel to the cage or have it stood on the stand it comes with too. The wheel is not exactly silent as you will still hear it turning but its not as annoying as a plastic squeaky sound.
My son's hamster has gone through a variety of running and exercise wheels over the past year since we first bought him. Because the hamster lives in his cage in the living room this has caused some problems in terms of noise; when he runs on his wheels they rattle and sometimes bang on the bars of his cage, which is very distracting whilst you're trying to watch a film or TV in the evening! It's ok for him to sleep all day, but when we're trying to relax on an evening, and he's running constantly, it's very irritating!
I bought the Silent Spinner Exercise wheel as a solution to the noise problem from a market stall and paid about £7 for it, which I considered to be a good price if it lived up to it's promise of silent running. It's more than mose usual wheels though.
There was only one size available on the stall, regular which was just over 6 inches in diameter, but I think there is another larger size available too at 12 inches across. There is also a mini size available which is 4 inches across and which is better suited to mice and dwarf hamsters, in other words smaller rodents. The regular size is suitable for normal sized hamsters and gerbils,
and the large size is for rats are larger rodents.
The exercise wheel was easy to fit to the side of the cage, there's a screw off section which attaches to the bars on the outside of the cage, meaning it secures the actual wheel on the inside. Depending on your cage type, if you don't have bars to secure this to, the wheel also comes with a stand allowing it to stand alone and not have to be screwed to anything (useful for plastic cages with no bars).
We chose a purple and white wheel, although they come in a range of colours. The wheel is made of tough plastic and unlike other wheels is solid with little grips on, meaning there are no holes or gaps for your pet to get their paws caught in whilst running. I think this is much safer, as I wouldn't want my critters getting hurt whilst running.
When the hamster first used the wheel, the noise it gave off was minimal - from the other side of the room we couldn't hear him running at all, so the wheel lived up to it's name as silent! A week later however, we noticed that the wheel was starting to make a noise as it spun, only a quiet noise but it was no longer silent. 2 more weeks after that and the wheel was making more noise but still a lot less than the other bog standard wheels we used to use for him.
He has nibbled the wheel quite a lot on the edges, which is a downside to using plastic instead of metal, and the wheel looks a bit of a state now after a few months, due to his claws scratching the plastic. When it's worn out completely we'll buy a new wheel, and will probably be buying this dearer wheel again. It only keeps things completely silent for a week or two at most, but it's a damn sight quieter than any other wheel we've ever used so it still gets a decent thumbs up from me. I'd give it 3 and a half stars if I could...it's better than 3 but not quite worth 4 stars!
These are absolutely brilliant wheels! I have the regular size for my roborovski hamster and she loves it - she runs in it constantly. It is, as the name suggests, almost completely silent!
The size listed is Large which has a diameter of 12inches. This size is suitable for large rodents such as rats and syrian hamsters. When you take into account the stand however, the wheel is too tall to fit into the majority of hamster cages. I own the regular sized Silent Spinner but the smallest size is also suitable for roborovskis. As a rule, remember that if your pet's back is arched when running it can seriously damage their health.
The wheels come in a range of colours - I have seen the smallest one in red and green, the big one in blue and red, and I own the regular sized one in purple! Overall a fantastic product!
Most hamster cages on the market today come with standard, often hard to turn, small, squeaky wheels.
These wheels are still sadly a little on the small side - if they were larger they would be perfect for Syrian hamsters but at 6.5 inches for the medium wheels they are really only suitable for dwarf hamsters (the smallest Silent Spinner wheels are not really ideal for hamsters at all, although smaller Roborovskis might manage). Syrian hamsters really need 8 inch wheels to run comfortably so this product is still really too small for them (A hamster should be able to run in the wheel without arching its back, which can cause discomfort and pain). The largest size would be fine, but it really is massive so would be hard to fit in a normal Syrian hamster cage.
Used for dwarf hamsters, the medium Silent Spinner wheels are a good purchase and can be bar mounted or used on the stand that comes with it (though for more energetic hamsters this may need to be taped down as they can be very wobbly on the stand). However some of these wheels do tend to develop a tendency to rattle - so they are not always as Silent as the name suggests.
If keeping dwarfs together, best to get a wheel each to avoid squabbling.
After putting up with a squeaky wheel we got silent spinners for our dwarf hamsters and it is a godsend. The wheels come in 3 sizes, mini, regular and large. Our hamsters are only dwarfs but still seemed a bit big for the mini wheels and sometimes like to run together so a regular wheel seemed the better option. The silent spinners come in a variety of different colours to suit different people. They can seem pricey but are well built and come with a stand which many other wheels don't. As well as the stand it does also come off so that you can put it though the bars like other wheels. A problem we found with other wheels was that the wheel would wear and then be at an angle making it hard for the hamster to run but this has not happened with the silent spinner. It's a lot smoother running and the hamsters seem to love it. Best of all it's remained silent.
I've now bought two of these, after finding the wheels provided with the cages from Pets at Home either didn't turn, or were really noisy.
I have two dwarf hamsters, and therefore have gone for the mini size of the wheel - suitable for dwarf hamsters and mice. I found the price very reasonable, and I've been very happy with the product.
Aside from looking quite attractive - they come in different colours, and are generally quite aesthetically pleasing - I've found they are by far the best hamster wheels to get. I have the hamsters in my bedroom, so a silent wheel is, of course, important - and the Silent Spinner really is silent. I've had one of the wheels for a few months now, and it's still silent, despite a lot of use.
In addition, it's handy to have a wheel that I can stand up, rather than attach to the cage, as my hamsters are in tank-like cages.
The wheel is very easy to spin, meaning it's great for my tiny hamsters. Additionally, I think it would be good for mice, or any creature with a long tail - as some pet owners will know, some wheels are unsuitable for mice/rats/etc, due to the risk of the tail getting trapped. Thanks to the design of this wheel, that isn't a worry.
It's a brilliant wheel, and I've had no problems with it whatsoever.
No one wants to listen to a squeaky wheel, so when you discover this it's rather exciting and you think all of your problems with noisy wheels are over!
They come in three sizes - mini, which is suitable for a dwarf hamster, medium - which they claim is suitable for a syrian hamster and large, advertised as suitable for rats and chinchillas.
However I was pretty disappointed to find out the sizes - the regular size is not actually big enough for a decent sized syrian hamster, meaning the only size for them is the large one - which is massive and takes up a lot of room, therefore probably not able to fit into the cage. If you have a small syrian hamster then the regular wheel will be just fine, but mine couldn't run comfortably and arched their back when running in it - ouch! Not comfortable for the poor things at all, so I had to use a different wheel and wouldn't recommend this for a larger syrian hamster.
The 'large' size is also marketed as being for chinchillas - however, I believe that it isn't actually suitable for the way chinchillas run and therefore this type of wheel is quite dangerous for them.
It is advertised as a 'silent' spinner so you expect it to stay silent for a long time. However, upon using these (for small hamsters), they often quickly become squeaky and on many the part which holds the wheel onto the stand has broke, meaning that I haven't been able to use it - very disappointing.
In principle it's a good wheel, if only it stayed silent and came in a size between the regular and large size!
When I first started to keep hamsters when I was a lot younger, I was quite content to settle for the squeaky and stiff wheels that came with the cage. You know the sort? Where you have your fingers in your ears every time your little friend goes for a run. The days of reminiscing over these not so fond memories will soon be over with the introduction to the not so new silent spinner! This great hamster accessory has been around for quite a while now, and has been made available at most good pets stores across the UK. With a £6 price tag for a regular size, you can see why perhaps the hamster lover on a budget would still happily settle for the 99p standard edition. So what makes this wheel worth the price tag?
Firstly I started keeping Roborovski hamsters a couple of years ago, I had two to start with and now I have twelve! So you can imagine how desperate these guys and girls are to jump into a wheel for a couple of hours before a quick ten hour nap. Unfortunately they aren't strong enough for the normal wheels, or in fact big enough! And most of the smaller wheels available, just like their bigger brothers, emit far too much noise for my liking. This is where I first decided to have a quick look around online for quieter wheels, after sifting through the search results I finally came across an Ebay listing for this fantastic accessory. I bought four straight away, eagerly anticipating a lovely night of silence for a change, and this is exactly what I got. There is a slight noise of a light breeze that can be noted, but it adds to the soothing sensation of my dreams of nights under the stars in the Seychelles (well okay perhaps I'm going too far now!) but you get my drift.
These wheels can be attached to the side of the cage or free-standing as they come with a frame to allow this. I have always had mine attached to the side of the cage for convenience, with a nice wooden ladder leading up to it to keep the little guys fit and active. The availability of different sizes ranging from 4.5" , 6.5" and 12" allows for each division of hamster owner to utilize their capabilities. This obviously can be said for mice, gerbil and even rat owners, so the target audience is quite a wide market segment, no doubt capitalising their profits. With good reason however as these wheels take advantage of a patented ball bearing technology which is hamster wheel innovation at it's peak.
Cleaning these wheels is actually remarkably easy with the smooth surface area. A simple wipe with a clean cloth would soon have these back looking brand new, or if they get quite messy, as our small furry friends do enjoy sleeping in them, rinsing them under warm water to loosen the dirt is also effective before giving them a wipe. The ability to spin the wheel fast under rapid running water quickens the deal.
In conclusion, there isn't much to get excited about wheels these days ... because lets face it, they aren't really very exciting. This addition to the hamster emporium however makes you open your eyes a little, and think, 'wow, this really is something I could brighten up my cage with' especially if you sleep in the same room as your rodents.
Solid plastic running surface that is safe for pets feet.