Patio Panel Pet Door Comparison Chart

This chart compares pet door panels according to a number of important characteristics

Remember that the flap is the most important element of any pet door. You'll find a detailed comparison the flaps incorporated in these patio panels at our pet door flap comparison page.

ManufacturerBrandGlass TypeTools RequiredTrack Height Adjust. Ranges4Custom Heights Avail?5User Adjust. 'Step-Over'?6
Patio PacificThermo Panel 3e™ with Endura FlapDual Pane Low "E" GlassNo Tools741/2" - 771/2", 771/4" - 801/4", 93" - 96"YesYes
Quick Panel 3™ with Endura FlapExtra Heavy Single PaneNo tools741/2" - 771/2" 771/4" - 801/4" 93" - 96"YesYes
High Tech Pet ProductsPower Pet Door PanelSingle PaneDrill for lock75" - 771/2", 773/4" - 801/4", 931/2" - 96"NoNo
Hale Pet DoorStandardDual PaneHacksaw, drill, screwdriverVariousYesNo
OmniDual PaneWrenchVariousYesNo
PetsafePetsafe DeluxeSingle PaneDrill, screwdriver773/4" - 811/4", 92" - 96"NoNo
Pride Pet ProductsPride Patio Pet PanelSingle PaneDrill, screwdriver on install only781/2" - 81"NoNo
Ideal Pet ProductsVIP 150 Vinyl PanelDual PaneHacksaw, drill, screwdriver76 3/4" - 781/2", 79 3/4" - 811/2", 92 3/4" - 941/2"NoNo
Ideal Fast FitSingle PaneDrill for lock75" - 771/2", 773/4" - 801/4" 931/2" - 96"NoNo
Ideal "Modular" Patio Pet DoorSingle PaneDrill and Some Other Tools755/8" - 80 3/8"NoNo
E-Cat Patio Pet DoorSingle PaneDrill for Lock75" - 771/2", 773/4" - 801/4", 931/2" - 96"NoNo
Ideal VPP Vinyl Patio Pet DoorSingle PanePhillips Head Screwdriver, Hacksaw, and other tools763/4" - 781/2", 781/2" - 80"NoNo

2 All panel pet doors may be installed semi-permanently by toe-nailing into the track with sheet metal screws. 'Semi-permanent only' panels have a built-in lock and must be toe-nailed in place for the lock to work.

4 The ranges shown are available 'off the shelf'. Be cautious if your track measurement is near the bottom of a range (see A 'Note of Caution' on the 'Patio Panel FAQ' page). There is always a surcharge for custom height panels.

5 'Custom heights' are for adjustment ranges other than the standard ones (usually between 75 inches - 80 inches, and 93 inch up to 96 inch sliding glass pet door models). An important example is installation of a short panel pet door in a sideways sliding window. The customers measurement is placed near the middle of the adjustment range. Custom height orders may be placed on the web or in writing. They are not returnable. The manufacturer warranty still applies.

7 Patio Pacific recommends that the top of the flap (flap height dimension added to 'step-over') be at least as tall as the top of the pet's shoulder. The pet will duck his head and pick his feet up; but it is preferable that he not have to crouch.

6 A User Adjustable Step-Over allows the user to change the 'step-over' dimension of the pet door. This can be very helpful if a new pet is acquired or if the needs of the existing pet change.

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With the exception of the Hale panels, open your sliding door and measure the overall height of the track that the sliding door moves in (measurement will be greater than the actual height of the sliding door). You need to measure from the very bottom of the track on the floor to the very inside of the track at the top.

measure track sliding glass dog door

If you are looking at a Hale panel then you would measure from down inside the bottom track then all the way up to the top track, stopping short of going inside the top track.

hale measure sliding glass door track

Thermo Panel 3e, Quick Panel 3, Hale Omni and Hale Standard are all ideal for extreme weather climates.

Ideal VIP and Ideal VPP are panels made specifically for vinyl tracks. The Endura Flap Thermo Panel 3e is a 1" metal panel, but can also be used in vinyl patio tracks.

It depends on how wide your vinyl track is. Typically, the Thermo Panel 3e is the best choice as it is the thickest aluminum panel (1"). The panel may not be 100% flush with the sliding glass door, but it does not affect functionality. Any other aluminum panel may require additional modifications to stabilize the panel like nailing it to the track making a semi-permanent installation.

The Thermo Panel 3e, Quick Panel 3 and Ideal Fast Fit panels do not require any tools for installation for the panel itself.

TheThermo Panel 3e, Quick Panel 3, Hale Omni, Hale Standard, and Ideal Fast Fit Custom can accommodate heights from 75" up to a max of 110". If you have a track shorter than 75", the Ideal Fast Fit Custom can accommodate for the shorter height.

Dual pane panels have better insulation values than panels with single pane glass.

The Thermo Panel 3e is made with double pane Lo E glass where the Quick Panel has a single pane glass.

Most panels come with either a clamp lock or deadbolt lock, but for a more temporary locking solution that does not include drilling, most customers opt to use a charley bar

You can purchase additional weather stripping or our Draft Stopper if you would like to seal the gap. (All Thermo Panels & Quick Panels have this included already).

Ideal does have what is commonly called a shorty dog door that has an adjustment from 75" - 77 3/4". Also the Thermo Panel 3e and Quick Panel 3 have a shorter height of 74 3/4" -77 3/4", and can also be made custom undersized.

Since sliding glass door tracks come in so many different heights we really don't list anything as standard. However, there are some typical ranges that pet door panels fall into. On the lower end in generaly they will have adjustments from about 75" - 77 3/4", then roughly 77" - 81". The tall height would then be from about 93 inches up to 96 inch sliding glass pet door panels.

The Ideal Pet Door Shorty has a 75" - 77 3/4" height range. The Shorty Doggie Door step over height is 2" for Small, 4" for Medium and 8" for Extra Large and Super Large flaps.