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Old 12-06-2011, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Giant Comfort wheel is the only hedgehog safe wheel that is sold in most pet stores.

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- available at all pet stores
- reasonably priced

CONS

- Can be loud. This can be improved by putting either vegetable oil, or Vaseline on the shaft. Also, a hair scrunchie on the back will help prevent the bumping sound it can make.

- The wheel can come off the base allowing the wheel to fall. This is an easy fix by using a zip tie to hold the wheel to the base. See the picture below.

- Sometimes with a larger runner hedgehog the wheel can tip over. This can be solved by hooking the wheel to the cage bars. See picture.

- the dark colour of the wheel, especially the purple and pink, hides any off coloured urine or blood.


I have numerous comfort wheels and some are very quiet, and others are loud. Not an ideal wheel for someone who has hedgie in their bedroom. I have had a few hedgehogs over the years whose choice of wheel is the Comfort wheel and would not run as much on a bucket wheel. I think some hedgehogs prefer a dark coloured wheel.

Although the wheel has a couple of safety issues, they are both easily corrected.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oooh, I love the idea of that little latch thing attached to the zip tie!

I also have one. It's... quite loud. Maybe it's just Amelia thinking she's a race horse, but you can hear every single pitter patter of her feet... and she's not a very large hog.
It's also a pain to clean because of the ridges. I usually have to run it under near boiling water to clean it properly.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine has a tilt to it, is that an inherent quality or is it a defect?
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mine has a tilt to it, is that an inherent quality or is it a defect?
That is pretty much the norm with the comfort wheel, the tilt will help some with draining the pee.
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Mine's tilted.. and squeaky...
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use this wheel too... It's REALLY noisy! I was considering buying a Silent Spinner for my new hedgehog, but I just read how bad it is... I will have to get another Confort because those are the only two I can get where I live, but I will try the oil too, I never thought about it... Thanks for the review.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Awful to clean. Loud. But generally safe.
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So I know I'm late on commenting on this thread but after having used a comfort wheel for about six months, I just wanted to add on here. While the wheel is more safe than the other commercially available wheels, it is REALLY difficult to clean in all those ridges. I've even tried soaking the wheel and it's just impossible to get all the poo, etc. out of the wheel. This has caused Dexter to get sores on his feet (besides the fact that he runs ALLLL night long). The tilt does help a little with pee leaving the wheel, but you MUST clean the flat inner part of the wheel around the shaft of the wheel because you will get pee dried on there a lot (note: also has ridges and without a really really good wash - not just a wet paper towel to wipe it off - you're not going to get this puppy clean). The bumpyness and loud noise hasn't bothered me since Dexter no longer is in my bedroom. However, I've decided my little man deserves a Carolina Storm Wheel - which I will note is VERY reasonably priced (not a whole lot more than the comfort wheel and much better quality), AND can be tilted better than the comfort wheel for runoff. I am sure Dexter will be much happier once it gets here! (Thanks LarryT)
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Since I have to clean multiple wheels at once I fill the bathtub with hot water and let the wheels sit in it while I clean their cages. They come clean for me with a dish sponge, the kind with the rough scrubby side. I had not thought of that zip tie idea and will be using it. Thank you Nancy.
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I had to give up on this type of wheel, as my girl runs so much they kept falling apart after about 2-3 months.
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