My Dog Tried the New Inflatable Travel Kennel from Diggs—and Once He Went in, He Didn’t Want to Come Out

PureWow editors select every item that appears on this page, and the company may earn compensation through affiliate links within the story. All prices are accurate upon date of publish. You can learn more about the affiliate process here.

If Paris Hilton has taught me anything (besides how to rock a hot pink wedding dress), it’s that spoiling your pet is an absolute must. And while I might interpret “spoiling” a bit differently from Paris, my desire to keep my 9-year-old rescue dog Bubbie comfortable—especially when we’re traveling—knows no limits. So, when Bubbie and I had the chance to test out the new Enventur Inflatable Travel Kennel ($361 with coupon code ENVENTUR15) from Diggs, we jumped at it.

The Enventur has already generated quite a bit of buzz, reaching its Kickstarter campaign goal of $25K in a mere 30 minutes, and it’s currently available for pre-order (shipping starts this August).

So, did the blow-up travel kennel live up to the hype? Here, Bubbie’s (and my) honest review.

What Is the Enventur Travel Kennel from Diggs?

The new travel kennel is essentially a blow-up suite for your dog to enjoy on-the-go. The Enventur comes in three different sizes (my 12-pound dog fit perfectly in the small) and deflates and rolls up for easy carrying/transport. The sides and walls are air-filled to provide cushioned comfort while your dog is inside. There are no metal bars as with a traditional kennel, but there are vented windows so Bubbie can look out (or enjoy a cross-breeze). Oh, and the whole thing is waterproof, so clean-up is pretty darn easy.

How Does It Work?

Simply attach the light-weight pump (sold separately for $64 with the code) and fill the kennel with air. The whole process takes less than 30 seconds. The kennel features zippers on the end so you can close those once your dog is inside (like for bedtime) or leave those open so your dog can come and go as he pleases (like if you’re enjoying a day on the beach).

Diggs also sells tie-downs for $38 with the code if you want to secure the kennel in your vehicle.

Does It Live Up to the Hype?

The Enventur is actually pretty fast to inflate. And once Bubbie tried it out (picture above), he made himself right at home. In fact, he didn’t want to come out (until he heard the rustling of the treat bag, but I get it—such temptation would prove too much for any dog).

As advertised, the kennel is easy to clean. It seemed like there was plenty of space for Bubs to spread out and get cozy. And most importantly to me, there were no metal bars involved, so I didn’t have to look at his sad eyes as he stared at me wondering why he was relegated to a crate.

Are There Any Downsides?

The deflated kennel is a bit large (even the small size), as is the pump, which likely won’t be a problem if you’re traveling with a car, but may be too much if you’re trying to throw it over your shoulder for a train ride or a hike somewhere.

The inflation process (and valve) took a few minutes to figure out, but once I got the hang of it, all was smooth sailing. Oh, and obviously the normal price tag of $425 makes this a luxury item.

Is It Safe?

According to Diggs, “Small Enventur has passed bench seat crash safety tests, with ongoing testing for medium and large sizes (must use with our compatible Tie-Downs for crash-tested safety). Enventur is tested to CPSIA and EN 71-3 standards, ensuring that it is safe from phthalates, heavy metals, and other harmful chemicals and maintains its structure in the unlikely event of a leak or puncture.”

Bottom Line

  • Pros: comfy/cozy, quick to inflate, no metal bars, easy to transport in a car, easy clean
  • Cons: bigger than expected while deflated, mildly tricky to figure out the inflation process (maybe I should’ve watched the instruction video first...), the price tag

When it came to the comfort side of things, Bubbie really was in his element in the Enventur. And even if I might not be bringing it with us for a hike to a camp site, I’ll definitely be throwing it in the car for any and all future road trips.

Screenshot 2023 05 04 at 1.11.39 PM

VP, News and Entertainment; 'And Just Like That' Podcast Host; Up-And-Coming Bowler

Philip spearheads PureWow's news and entertainment team. He has 10+ years experience working in entertainment coverage and viral media, previously serving as a writer/editor...