PetSafe is the U.S. leading brand of pet products, and by now, they have released several types of pet doors including those for slab doors, sliding doors, and for walls. The one we are here to talk about today is known as the PetSafe Freedom (Aluminum) Door, characterized by its solid aluminum frame, and opening which can accommodate for larger pets.
There are some pros and a few cons as well related to this product, and we are here to give you a clearer picture about it before you decide to purchase it and mount it on your door.
First of all, it can be installed on both, exterior and interior slab doors with 3/8″ to 2″ thickness. So, you can install it wherever is convenient for you and your pet, keeping in mind that it has the following dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 21.9 inches, and the product itself weighing in at a formidable 4.9 pounds.
It comes in 4 sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large, which means you will need to choose the right version of this door for your cat, and even for your large dog up to 100 lbs. Time to grab that tape measure and measure “Fifi” top to bottom!
We do appreciate that PetSafe offers a range of sizes with this product, and we think it’s really important to have options when choosing a pet door, as all animals come in different sizes. Plus, not all pet doors offer a size selection so that gives this one a leg up right away.
PetSafe Freedom Door Installation
The PetSafe Freedom Door works best with panel doors, so naturally this requires some cutting. The package includes clear instructions, as well as template for every size, so the installation process shouldn’t be any trouble to you, as long as you’re handy with a blade.
Of course, you will need the right tools for this job, such as tape and pen to mark the pet door area, a drill to drill holes for the 4 screws, the proper cutting tool(s) to make the needed hole for the pet door, and of course the screws themselves. At that point, you just grit your teeth and dive in, trying not to drill holes in your own hand while your dog or cat watches. Too bad they can’t do it!
You can check out the whole installation process in the video below, and we do think that you should be able to do it even if you don’t have strong handyman skills. This isn’t like you’re building a table, but you do have to pay close attention to the instructions as a crooked doggy or kitty door isn’t going to increase your home’s curb appeal. Also, don’t forget to measure the height and width of your pet, before ordering the specific size of the PetSafe pet door.
Cons in Installation
The one thing in the installation process that PetSafe may have dropped the ball with according to some customers is providing you with 4 plastic screws for securing the pet door frame, as opposed to regular screws. We think that securing an aluminum frame with plastic screws isn’t exactly sturdy and/or safe, so hopefully you have a box of screws lying around for this part. Plastic screws might be fine for an interior door, but if this is outside, you will want it to be secure.
Flap and Magnetic Closure
When it comes to the vinyl flap closure, we have
several things to mention. The main positive things are that it’s soft, flexible, and tinted. Your pet will use the pet door with ease and the tinting adds some privacy.
Another good thing is that it’s a magnetic closure, so the magnets on the bottom of the pet door will enable the flap return to their place whenever the pet moves them, thus preventing dirt or wind getting inside your home. Of course, this is if you mount it on your exterior door.
Cons in the Flap Closure
Now let’s talk about the cons, according to what customers have said. First of all, the flap doesn’t always return exactly to its place, so there might be instances when there will be draft because of this small gap.
Therefore, when it comes to water-resistance, a similar pet door model from the same brand name which is called PetSafe Panel Pet Door Insert is another option, as it includes exterior and interior panels, a solid dual flap -system, and a Butyl sealant that’s already there on the recessed edge.
The PetSafe Freedom Door also includes a sliding panel, so you can cover the pet door from the inside whenever you like to prevent your pet from going outside or coming inside your home. Sorry bud!
Furthermore, this close-in panel adds to the weather-resistance and security of this pet door, as it prevents draft and other animals from entering in your house. Just slide it and your pet won’t be able to go out in the rain, or snow! This may partly solve the problem caused by any flap that won’t close properly, but then it defeats the “freedom” part of the door.
Overall Thoughts of PetSafe Freedom Door
All in all, the features and quality you get from the PetSafe Freedom Door are reasonable for the price PetSafe is asking, in comparison with other similar pet doors.
Its biggest advantage is that it comes to U.S. leading brand of pet products, as they offer 6-days-a-week proper assistance for whatever you or your pet needs when it comes to their products. Their customer service is actually quite good! Overall, we give the PetSafe Freedom Door 4 STARS!