The flying saucer is a hamster wheel created by Ware Manufacturing. Unlike the regular silent spinners or comfort wheels most of us are used to, the flying saucer exercise wheel comes in a shape of a saucer (hence the name) and it’s a lot of fun watching your pet run on it. I got a 7.25 inch flying saucer for my winter white Russian dwarf hamster a while ago and I am happy to report that it’s an excellent wheel. Here’s a photo of my hamster, Oatmeal, on the wheel.
How does the flying saucer work?
Instead of explaining how it works, here’s a video of the wheel in action. The hamsters look absolutely hilarious running on it:
As you can see in the video, there are ridges on the saucer to prevent your hamster from slipping. Like any good hamster wheel, Ware’s flying saucer has a solid running surface which allows your hamster to run safely on it. There are also “legs” for the wheel so you won’t need to buy a separate wheel stand.
Pros and Cons of the Flying Saucer
After using it for some time, here’s what I like about the flying saucer:
- It’s pretty quiet for a hamster wheel
- Easy to train your hamster to use it
- Better for your pet’s spine than the normal wheel
- Solid running surface so hamsters cannot get their feet trapped in spokes
- Fun to watch your pet run on it
- Roborovski and other small dwarves won’t fly out of the wheel when using it
- My hamster sometimes sleeps under the wheel which I think is really cute <3
Here’s what I didn’t quite like about it:
- Needs a completely flat surface on the cage floor
- Takes up more space than regular wheels
- It’s very light and there’s no way to fix it down so it might slide across the cage when hamster uses it
Overall, I think it’s an excellent wheel and a fun accessory to have in your cage. The wheel comes in three sizes and I recommend the 7.25 inch one for your dwarf hamster instead of the smallest option so that your hamster will be comfortable running on it. The wheel also comes in three colors: purple, blue, and green although the color is sent randomly. You can get it here from Amazon.