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The Best Dog Steps and Ramps for the Car 2019

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformYour dog might not have the leaping ability to get into the vehicle anymore, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave them behind. With one of these specially designed sets of steps or ramps, your dog will be able to cruise with you, wherever you may want to go.

These ramps and steps are primarily suited for getting into and out of pickup trucks, SUVs, and hatchbacks, if you’re looking to load your dog into a boat or just help them get into your bed there’s better options around.

Our Recommendation

We recommend the Pet Loader Light for most people. The folding nature of the steps and the low incline mean that it’s suitable even for dogs who have ended up suffering from the rigors of old age. You’ll find that it makes a perfect solution to getting your dog into the car or truck with ease and it’s also convenient and easy to use for you.

Comparison Table

Features:
Our Rating:
Buy from:
Pet Loader Light
  • Ergonomic and vet approved
  • 3 sizes
  • Premium quality
  • Easy to use
  • Fold in a compact size
5
Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp with supertraX
  • Great grip coating
  • Handle for transportating
  • 5 sizes
  • Foldable construction
  • Raised edges
4.6
Petstep Folding Pet Ramp
  • Rubberized walking surface
  • Holds up to 500 lbs
  • Easy to clean
  • 5 years of warranty
4.5
WeatherTech PetRamp
  • Good grip with dog paws
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Easy to clean
  • Rubber feets on both ends
4.3
Solvit UltraLite Bi-fold Pet Ramp
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Rubber non-slippery feets
  • Side door adapter included
4.3

Individual reviews

Our Favorite

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformWant to load your dog into the back of your vehicle with no hassle? The Pet Loader Light has you covered and the different models range from three to five steps for a great number of options.

The steps themselves fold down for easy transport as well, making for a crazy amount of convenience. The size range isn’t overly specific either, ranging from 29” to 40” so you’ll be able to get your pet on board with almost any vehicle.

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformThe multiple steps make for a low angle of entry which even the most skittish dogs will feel comfortable with. Less fear means easier going for both of you, and it is the best way to load your dog up without having to worry about the risk of injury inherent to loading the dog by hand.

If you’ve got a medium or large sized dog that you can’t bear to be apart from, the Pet Loader Light makes for a fantastic way to get them aboard and take them on any adventure you can dream of.

OUR RATING:
5 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Ergonomic and vet approved
  • 3 sizes
  • Premium quality
  • Easy to use
  • Fold in a compact size

Cons

  • Expensive

The Pet Gear Travel Lite is a great and lightweight ramp ideal for injured or old dogs.

The Pet Gear ramp will easily fit into most SUVs, allowing your dog to climb up, then you can simply fold and put it into a car.

It’s a wide and long ramp, that can be compatible with all heights of cars. For this ramp you can choose one of 5 sizes, depending on your needs. Some options are great for the side door if the dog rides in a pet car seat.

Special supertraX coating helps your dog paws have a good grip with the mat, providing sure-footing. Also, it’s soft, protecting dog paws and easily removable for cleaning.

Whether you just want to keep your young pup from jumping and potentially damaging their joints or want to help your aging family dog to gracefully get in the car, you’ll be covered.

If it suits your dog, and you want strong, lightweight ramp, it will be good choice. It have special coating, which helps your pet climb easier.

OUR RATING:
4.6 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Great grip coating
  • Handle for transportating
  • 5 sizes
  • Foldable construction
  • Raised edges

Cons

  • Bit heavy

Petstep PetSTEP Folding Pet RampWant a longer and more graceful way for your dog to get in? Try this dog ramp for SUVs, trucks, and any other vehicle with a considerable amount of ground clearance.

The primary draw here is the non-slip, rubberized surface which will keep your dog from sliding when they ascend or descend the ramp.

No tools needed here, either, just unfold the ramp, set it down, and let your dog go up or down as the case may be before you fold it and return it to the back of the vehicle.

Petstep PetSTEP Folding Pet RampThe ramp measures a full 6’ when it’s extended and is only 3’ when it’s not, making it a gradual slope when unfolded but you’ll still be able to tuck it away neatly when it’s not in use.

It’s high-quality, heavy duty, and pretty much any canine will be quickly using this dog ramp for pickup trucks or anywhere else you might care to take them. Whatever your reasons, you really can’t go wrong with this dog ramp.

OUR RATING:
4.5 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Rubberized walking surface
  • Holds up to 500 lbs
  • Easy to clean
  • 5 years of warranty

Cons

  • Bit heavy

Looking for an easily stored and lightweight dog ramp? This one has you covered, it’s made of plastic and has a foldable system which is easy and reliable to use.

The ramp sits at 33,5” initially, but can later be extended up to 67”. It’s lightweight, only 16 lbs, but strong- it can handle almost any domestic pet up to 300 lbs on weight.

There’s a lot to be said about it, including the non-slip rubber surface with good grip, so your pet can easily get into your car. Feet on both ends are rubberized, it was specially designed to prevent slippery on all surfaces.

For those of us with SUV cars and dogs which have problems with jumping into a car it’s a perfect solution. It’ll support any dog, it’s safe to use for both of you, and the convenience of only having to buy a simple ramp is hard to compete with.

OUR RATING:
4.3 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Good grip with dog paws
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Easy to clean
  • Rubber feets on both ends

Cons

  • Not wide enough for the biggest dogs

Solvit UltraLite Bi-fold Pet RampSome of us are just looking for a solid dog ramp for our trucks, no frills needed. This option from Solvit will have you covered in that case.

It’s a big, heavy-duty, plastic ramp that measures 62” when extended. It’s also affordable on even the tightest budget and still has some amenities that’ll help your pup out.

It also has some rubber feet under the edges to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere, which is great for those rambunctious dogs that are super excited to get a ride in the car.

The surface is made of sandpaper-like material which will make things easier for your dog to grip, regardless of their disabilities and they’ll be taking it confidently in stride in pretty much no time at all.

It’ll reach up to about 24” safely, so you might not want to go with this one for your lifted truck, but it’s a solid, well-thought-out option with minimal frills and a fantastic price so it might be just what you’re looking for.

OUR RATING:
4.3 out of 5 stars

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Rubber non-slippery feets
  • Side door adapter included

Cons

  • Grip is worse than in more expensive models

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a ramp or stairs better for dogs?
    A ramp is a better choice for senior dogs or dogs with joint ailments, who have difficulty with tackling stairs. Using dog ramp or dog stairs you’re protecting his joints reducing times of leaps every day.
  • How do I get my dog to use a ramp?
    Line the ramp with treats and encourage your dog to walk. At first times you can lay your ramp on the ground, in this way a dog feels safe on the ramp. Then train your pet this way with a ramp and your car.
  • Is it easy to move?
    Look on a weight in ramp or stairs specifications, usually ramps, which made from plastic you can easily transport, fold and unfold on your own. Stairs a bit heavier then ramps, but still lightweight enough to transport and use.
  • What is it made of?
    There are two types of materials, which they’re made of plastic and metal. Plastic is easy to clean, waterproof, lightweight and durable, but not so durable as metal. Choose dog stairs or dog ramp depending on the size and weight of your canine.
  • How do I know if a dog ramp is safe for my pet?
    All ramps and stairs must be certified in US, but some extra features are also important. Ramp’s feets must be coated with anti-slippery rubber, top of the ramp must have good grip with a paws of your canine.

Conclusion

There’s no reason to leave our canines companions at home when we go traveling, and the wise investment into the right ramp or set of steps can make all the difference in their doggy life. Even if your dog just loves to go for the occasional ride, you’ll be helping them out by allowing them to climb in and out of the car with no risk of injury. Take them for a ride, and do it easily, with a dog ramp for your truck, car, or SUV.