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10 Best Playpens of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

10 Best Playpens of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

A playpen is a safe place for your baby to play, so you can put them in there while you take care of chores around the house. North States, Regalo International, The California Beach, and various other companies produce these products. However, you may be wondering if you really need a playpen, if they are really safe, or have other concerns, and you wouldn’t be alone.

We've compared 10 bestselling playpens available online and put them to the test to recommend the best one for you.


We tested each product for the following:

  • Child Enclosure Effectiveness
  • Stability Against Sliding
  • Visibility Into the Interior
  • Ease of Entry and Exit
  • Ease of Assembly
  • Adaptability to Different Spaces
  • Ability to Keep Children Entertained

Which product ended up being the best of the best? We'll also tell you how to pick the best playpens on your own in our buying guide, so read on for more shopping tips.

Last updated 11/27/2023
Vladimir Shvarts
Expert
Handyman
Vladimir Shvarts

Vladimir has over 35 years of experience in mechanical/manufacturing engineering and also doing handyman work for himself, his friends, and relatives. After retiring from an aerospace manufacturing company, he wanted to do something useful for people and decided to advertise his handyman skills. Since then, he has become an expert in installing baby safety products like gates and playpens, securing furniture to walls, and baby-proofing other items like cabinet doors and drawers.

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Alisa Bishop
Expert
Child Safety Consultant
Alisa Bishop

Alisa Bishop is the CEO and Founder of Safe Start Child LLC. Alisa is a Child Safety Expert with over 10 years of experience professionally baby-proofing homes in the Washington, DC area. A Tulane graduate, her company is developing a comprehensive resource center for child safety, which includes a curated e-commerce platform, DIY resources, and targeted safety information for families. Alisa is married with two daughters; they live in the Washington DC area with their mini golden doodle, Marley Smith.

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Margaret Howd
Expert
Childcare Service Provider
Margaret Howd

Margaret "Maggie" Howd has been a nanny for 12 years but has worked with children professionally for over 15 years. She received a Bachelor's degree in psychology but took many classes in child development in her school work. After undergrad, she was a preschool teacher for two years. She wanted to do more for children and got her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It was while obtaining her Master's degree that she fell in love with nannying. It took getting a master's degree for her to find her passion for helping families raise their children. She has been with her current family for seven years, and when you find parents you work in harmony with, nothing can be better. She truly loves her work!

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Kensuke Higuchi
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Former baby gear sales; mybest Head of Baby Gear
Kensuke Higuchi

With six years of experience as an in-house sales representative for a stroller manufacturer, Kensuke has extensive experience and knowledge about strollers and European car seats. Accredited by the Japan Traffic Safety Education Association, he is a certified car seat instructor and is currently responsible for overseeing baby and children's products at mybest. Having verified over 300 childcare products, Kensuke uses his expertise to compare, evaluate, and report on the best products for parents to make life easier while raising their children. As a father of one himself, Kensuke understands the struggles and joys of raising a child.

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How We Tested the Products

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We gathered the 10 bestselling Playpens and put them through rigorous testing.
  1. Child Enclosure Effectiveness

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    Child Enclosure Effectiveness

    The most important factor in determining if you can use a playpen with peace of mind is how hard it is for your child to escape. We evaluated each product based on the following criteria, with those that are hard for children to escape from being rated higher. The specifics are as follows:Height of the wallsWhether or not it can be opened from within

  2. Stability Against Sliding

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    Stability Against Sliding

    The next thing to consider is whether or not the product slides across the floor when the child bumps into the walls or shakes it. We’ll explain the test and conditions below.Does it slide when we hit the walls with a 22 pound medicine ball? We marked the initial position on the floor and the less the product moved, the better. For products with cloth or a mat on the bottom, we rolled the ball into the side from outside to make sure the tester’s body weight didn’t influence the movement.We kept the angle consistent and rolled the medicine ball from the same distance each time.For products with an adjustable shape, we used all the panels and set them up in a square shape.

  3. Visibility Into the Interior

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    Visibility Into the Interior

    If the playpen has good visibility into the interior, you can check on your child easily even from a distance, which helps you have peace of mind. We focused on the material and size of the gaps in the walls and evaluated each product based on how easy it was to see inside from any angle. The details are as follows.Number of gaps or mesh panelsSize of the gaps in each wall

  4. Ease of Entry and Exit

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    Ease of Entry and Exit

    Adults have to go into the playpen at times as well. We checked to see if parents could easily get in and out of the playpen while holding a child. We looked at the following points for this test:Does it have an entrance?Is it hard to get in and out?

  5. Ease of Assembly

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    Ease of Assembly

    Playpens can vary greatly depending on ease of assembly, so it’s important to look into this before you buy. To that end, we evaluated each product on the following criteria, looking for products that are hassle-free and easy to set up correctly. Specifically, we looked at:Does it need to be assembled?Do you need tools to set it up?How many steps are there?

  6. Adaptability to Different Spaces

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    Adaptability to Different Spaces

    What shape of playpen you need depends on the size of the room and layout of the furniture. We checked whether the shape could be adjusted and whether the product can be stored easily when not in use, looking at the following factors:Can it be rearranged?Can it be folded down?

  7. Ability to Keep Children Entertained

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    Ability to Keep Children Entertained

    Some children don’t like being in a playpen. Thus, we looked at each product and checked whether it had toys to get the child’s attention. The details of the test are as follows:How many toys and other gadgets does it have?

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Table of Contents

What’s a Playpen for, and Do I Really Need One?


You Can Create a Safe Place for Your Baby

You Can Create a Safe Place for Your Baby

Playpens use panels or a fence to create an enclosure exclusively for your baby. When your baby starts learning how to crawl, you should get one of these items to keep them from moving around the house. The best part about having a playpen is that you can relax and get some housework done by putting your child inside. They also come in handy when you want to go to the bathroom or take a short break.


Additionally, if you have other children or pets, you can separate them. You can also let them play with their toys in the playpen, which keeps them from getting scattered around the house.

Vladimir Shvarts
HandymanVladimir Shvarts

There are a lot of dangerous areas in a house, such as pools, stairs, the kitchen, the garage, and the bathroom. Playpens are great for keeping your child out of areas that could be dangerous to them. However, you shouldn’t set it up right next to these areas. A good rule of thumb is to be at least three feet away from dangerous places.

How to Choose a Playpen - Buying Guide

Here are the points to keep in mind when choosing the best Playpens.

1

Look for an Effective Closure That Is Resistant to Sliding

If the Walls Are Over 27 Inches Tall, It’s Hard for Babies to Escape

If the Walls Are Over 27 Inches Tall, It’s Hard for Babies to Escape

The height of the walls varies from playpen to playpen, but they are typically between 23 and 28 inches. If the walls are taller than 28 inches, it’ll be hard for your child to get out even when they get a little bigger. If the walls are short, your child might be able to climb out of the playpen. If you get a playpen that effectively keeps your child inside, you can avoid accidents in the house and have peace of mind when doing housework.

Playpens With a Lot of Grips on the Bottom Are More Stable

Playpens With a Lot of Grips on the Bottom Are More Stable

Children are very active, so it’s important to buy a playpen that doesn’t slide when they crash into the sides or pull on it. Strong grips on the bottom of the playpen keep it from sliding and make it feel more secure. Conversely, products without grips on the bottom slide significantly when they get hit.


In particular, wood or tile flooring is very easy to slide around on, so if you want to use it on a slippery surface, make sure the product has grips. Products that are stable against sliding don’t damage your floors, so that’s another benefit.

Alisa Bishop
Child Safety ConsultantAlisa Bishop

Make sure you don’t put anything in the playpen that your child can step on, as they might be able to use it to climb out. In addition, a playpen is not a replacement for a safety gate. Playpens stand on their own and aren’t attached to anything, so even if you place them in front of dangerous areas, they can just be pushed away.

2

Look for a Product That Allows You to Place Your Child in and Take Them Out Easily

Products With a Door Make Entering and Exiting Hassle-Free

Products With a Door Make Entering and Exiting Hassle-Free

When you put your child inside or play with them, you need to go inside the playpen yourself. This is easy to do if the product has a door, so you can easily place your child inside while holding them.


If it doesn’t have a door, you have to go through a narrow opening or step over the tall walls, which could cause you to stumble if you’re holding your child. If you’re shorter than average, it can be especially difficult if the product doesn’t have a door.

Doors That Can Be Opened With One Hand While Standing Are Convenient

Doors That Can Be Opened With One Hand While Standing Are Convenient

How you open and close the door depends on the type, and we recommend looking for one that’s easy to operate. If you can unlock it with one hand while standing, you can easily get in and out while holding your child. 


If it’s complicated to open, takes a lot of force, or requires both hands, you might have to put your child down and pick them back up, which can be a real hassle. Also, you need to crouch down to open fastener-type doors, which makes them even more inconvenient.

Kensuke Higuchi
Former baby gear sales; mybest Head of Baby GearKensuke Higuchi

Kids love to imitate adults, so you way be worried about them learning how to unlock the door. However, the lock is on the outside of the playpen where the child can’t reach, so there’s not much of a risk of them opening it from the inside. Go with a playpen with a door to make taking care of your child easier.

3

Choose One That Can Fold up if You Don’t Want It Out All the Time

If You Can Fold It up Without Taking It Apart, You Can Store It Away More Easily

If You Can Fold It up Without Taking It Apart, You Can Store It Away More Easily

If you want to store the playpen when you’re not using it or only want to use it occasionally, you might want to look for a compact one that can be folded up. If you don’t have to slide it away or pick it up every time, it makes cleaning easier, too.


Some of these products don’t require assembly, and you can set them up and store them away easily. On the other hand, mesh-type products that need to be assembled with pipe joints have a lot of complicated steps and take a long time to finish. If you want to put it away from time to time, look for one that can be folded up.

Lightweight Playpens Are Easy to Carry and Can Be Taken on Trips

Lightweight Playpens Are Easy to Carry and Can Be Taken on Trips

Even among collapsible products, some are more compact and lightweight than others, so you can easily put them in the trunk of your car and take them with you on the road. If it comes with a storage case, that makes things even easier. If your child is very active and you can’t go anywhere without a playpen, looks for a lightweight, compact product.

Margaret Howd
Childcare Service ProviderMargaret Howd

Some playpens on the market are designed so that you can use them outside as well. It seems that families with two or more children are more likely to use a playpen in the yard. In reality, we found that even babysitters put babies in a playpen outside while the older children play in the pool.


Additionally, outdoor playpens are perfect for the beach. Most of these products have some sort of attachment to create shade, so you don’t have to worry about your child being exposed to direct sunlight.

4

If You’re Going to Use It in a Big Room, a Product With Great Visibility Helps Reduce Anxiety

If It Has a Lot of Openings, You Can Check on Your Child More Easily

If It Has a Lot of Openings, You Can Check on Your Child More Easily

Look for a product with great visibility so that you can check on your child from a distance even when you’re doing chores around the house. Fence-type and mesh walls have large openings, letting you see inside from a variety of angles, so they tend to have great visibility.


On the other hand, plastic-type sides have narrow openings, making it difficult to see inside. If your child is in a blind spot, such as near the wall, you won’t be able to check on them from a distance, which can be a bit inconvenient.

5

Toys and Noisemakers Keep Your Baby Entertained

If the Playpen Has Interactive Items, Your Child Probably Won’t Get Bored

If the Playpen Has Interactive Items, Your Child Probably Won’t Get Bored

Some babies don’t like being in a playpen and want to get out. We recommend looking for a playpen with things to keep your child’s attention and let them know that it’s a place to have fun. If they like it, they might even start going in by themselves. These include buttons that play sounds when pressed, puzzle-like toys, and whiteboards the child can draw on. These gadgets might help train your child’s mind as well.

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10 Best Playpens Ranking

Here are the best Playpens we found after testing them. We ranked them after weighting each of our testing specs.
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Child enclosure effectiveness
Stability against sliding
Visibility into the interior
Ease of entry and exit
Ease of assembly
Adaptability to different spaces
Ability to keep children entertained
Material type
Type of entrance
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Includes game panel
Assembled width
Assembled depth
Assembled height
Minimum age requirement
Maximum age requirement
Weight
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Yoleo

Foldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board

Yoleo Foldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board 1枚目
4.64

mybest’s Top Choice! Plenty of Toys to Keep Your Child Entertained and Stays in Place

4.29
4.67
4.05
5.00
4.91
5.00
5.00

Polyethylene

Door

47.2 in.

47.2 in.

24.4 in.

3 months

48 months

31.5 lb.

Assembled playpen folded, introduction, accessory pack

2

Gupamiga

Foldable Baby PlaypenWL060-14

Gupamiga Foldable Baby Playpen 1枚目
4.47

The Adjustable Shape Helps It Adapt to Different Environments and It Comes With Plenty of Entertaining Toys

4.29
4.61
4.17
4.56
4.29
5.00
5.00

Plastic

Door

59 in.

61 in.

24 in.

unknown

unknown

32.7 lb.

Play yard (including toys)

3

Play22

Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel6074

Play22 Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel 1枚目
4.37

Easy Entry and Storage Make This a Great Option

4.29
4.19
4.17
4.56
4.29
5.00
4.57

Polyethylene, plastic

Door

60 in.

60 in.

24 in.

unknown

unknown

30.2 lb.

14 panels

4

FORTELLA BABY

The Cloud Castle

FORTELLA BABY The Cloud Castle 1枚目
4.32

Easy to Assemble and Includes Plenty of Ways to Keep Your Child Entertained

4.29
3.96
3.40
4.56
4.82
5.00
5.00

Plastic

Door

60 in.

60 in.

24.4 in.

6 months

36 months

‎34.9 lb.

14 panels

5

Dripex

Foldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers‎WL-1

Dripex Foldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers 1枚目
4.16

Easy to Get In and Out While Carrying Your Child and Keeps Them Entertained

3.57
4.00
4.29
5.00
4.20
5.00
5.00

Plastic

Door

60 in.

60 in.

24 in.

unknown

unknown

30.1 lb.

14 panels, parts

6

North States

Toddleroo Superyard Ultimate 8-Panel Playpen8776

North States Toddleroo Superyard Ultimate 8-Panel Playpen 1枚目
4.10

Lots of Openings Make It Easy to See Inside, but It Lacks Stability

4.60
3.00
4.65
5.00
4.91
5.00
3.22

Plastic

Door

‎27.13 in.

10.88 in.

26 in.

6 months

24 months

1.65 lb.

8 panels

7

The California Beach

Pop 'N Go Playpen

The California Beach Pop 'N Go Playpen 1枚目
3.90

Easy to Assemble and Store, but Slides Easily

4.44
3.42
5.00
3.57
4.65
4.51
3.22

Mesh, fiberglass, aluminum

Zipper

59 in.

unknown

48 in.

unknown

unknown

7.2 lb.

Pop-up tent, 6 safety stakes, 6 sand stakes, 1 UV cover bag, 1 travel bag, 6 ground stakes

8

North States

Toddleroo Superyard Indoor Playpen8759

North States Toddleroo Superyard Indoor Playpen 1枚目
3.89

Easy to Assemble, but Hard to Get In and Out

4.65
3.63
4.65
3.22
4.91
5.00
3.22

‎Plastic

Step over

‎35.5 in.

unknown

26 in.

6 months

24 months

19.26 lb.

6 panels

9

Regalo International

Six Panel My Play Portable Play Yard1370

Regalo International Six Panel My Play Portable Play Yard 1枚目
3.67

High Visibility Makes It Easy to See Inside, but Sliding Is a Drawback

4.65
3.00
5.00
3.22
4.82
4.51
3.22

Mesh, nylon, steel

Step over

48 in.

unknown

27 in.

6 months

24 months

0.035 lb.

Play yard, carry strap

10

SASRL

Baby Playpen‎WEILLAN06

SASRL Baby Playpen 1枚目
3.63

Great Visibility, but Takes a Lot of Time to Set Up

4.39
3.00
4.65
3.57
3.40
3.22
4.57

Nylon, mesh

Zipper

63 in.

79 in.

26 in.

6 months

72 months

11 lb.

50 ocean balls, 4 handlers, 1 storage bag

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No.1
Top Choice Playpens
No.1 in Stability against sliding
No.1 in Ease of entry and exit
No.1 in Ease of assembly
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces
No.1 in Ability to keep children entertained

YoleoFoldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board

mybest Score
4.64
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.29
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Stability against sliding
4.67
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Visibility into the interior
4.05
|
Ease of entry and exit
5.00
|
Ease of assembly
4.91
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
5.00
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Foldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board Image 1
Lowest price
$179.99
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height24.4 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
3 months
Maximum age requirement
48 months
Foldable

mybest’s Top Choice! Plenty of Toys to Keep Your Child Entertained and Stays in Place

This playpen by Yoleo is made of plastic and has 14 panels that can be rearranged to change the size and shape of the pen. It doesn’t take much effort to set up right out of the box, so it’s quick and easy. In addition, you don’t have to take it apart because it’s foldable, making it perfect for people who want to store their playpen when they aren’t using it. The panels are a little short at just under 24 and a half inches, so children around three years old may be able to climb out on their own. However, this shouldn’t be a problem for children up to around two years old, which is the main target age for playpens.


As far as stability is concerned, it has numerous grips on the bottom surface and hardly moved when we rolled a 22-pound medicine ball into it for our test. On top of that, the gaps in the walls are a bit narrow, but all the panels have spaces in them, so it’s easy to see inside even from a distance. It has a door over the entrance that can be locked, unlocked, opened, and closed with one hand while standing, so it’s easy to get in and out of while holding your child. In addition, the lock is on the outside of the pen, so you don’t need to worry about your child opening it.


It also has an abundance of toys to keep your child entertained, which is great for children who don’t like to be separated from their parents. This product excels in safety and ease of entry, while also being easy to assemble and store, so if you’re having trouble deciding on a playpen, this is our recommended choice.

Material typePolyethylene
Customizable shape
Assembled width47.2 in.
Assembled depth47.2 in.
Weight31.5 lb.
Contents of the setAssembled playpen folded, introduction, accessory pack
Usable outdoors
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No.2
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces
No.1 in Ability to keep children entertained

GupamigaFoldable Baby PlaypenWL060-14

mybest Score
4.47
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.29
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Stability against sliding
4.61
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Visibility into the interior
4.17
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Ease of entry and exit
4.56
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Ease of assembly
4.29
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
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Ability to keep children entertained
5.00
Lowest price
$179.99
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height24 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
unknown
Maximum age requirement
unknown
Foldable

The Adjustable Shape Helps It Adapt to Different Environments and It Comes With Plenty of Entertaining Toys

The Foldable Baby Playpen is a plastic product that allows you to change the size and shape by adding or subtracting panels. It’s quick and easy to assemble, as there are only a few simple steps. In addition, you can fold it up without taking it apart, so it’s great for people who want to store it while it’s not in use or don’t have a lot of storage space. 


On the flip side, the walls are only 24 inches tall, which is a bit on the short side and might not be enough to keep children around three years old from climbing out. That being said, you shouldn’t have to worry about this if your child is around two, which is the main age for these products. We found this product to be very stable, as it didn’t move much when hit with a medicine ball in our test, thanks to the plethora of grips between the bottom surface and the floor.


All the panels have gaps in them, although they’re a bit small. But you can see inside with ease, even if you’re a little far away from the playpen. The door helps you get in and out smoothly, but you need two hands to operate the lock and open and close the door, so it’s hard to get in and out while holding your child. On the plus side, it has a lot of features to keep your child entertained, including buttons that make noises when pressed and a whiteboard. This product is easy to assemble and stow and helps keep your child entertained, so it’s an excellent option for children who don’t like to be away from their parents.

Material typePlastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width59 in.
Assembled depth61 in.
Weight32.7 lb.
Contents of the setPlay yard (including toys)
Usable outdoors
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No.3
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces

Play22Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel6074

mybest Score
4.37
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.29
|
Stability against sliding
4.19
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Visibility into the interior
4.17
|
Ease of entry and exit
4.56
|
Ease of assembly
4.29
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
4.57
Lowest price
$169.99
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height24 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
unknown
Maximum age requirement
unknown
Foldable

Easy Entry and Storage Make This a Great Option

This is a plastic playpen that can be set up in different shapes and sizes by rearranging the panels, so you can easily adapt it to the room you’re using it in. Assembly only requires a few simple steps, so it’s a very smooth process. If you want to stow it away when you’re not using it or don’t have a lot of space for storage, this is a good choice because you can fold it up without taking it apart.


On the other hand, the 24-inch panels aren’t quite tall enough to keep a child around three years old from climbing out. However, it should be fine for children up to around two years old, which is the age range when you’d be using it for the most part. It’s also very stable, as it has a number of grips on the bottom surface, and we didn’t observe much movement when we tested it against the impact of a 22-pound medicine ball.


Despite being a bit small, there are gaps on every panel, so you can check on your child inside without being right next to it. It’s easy to get in and out of thanks to the door, but you need both hands to work the lock and open and close it, so it’s unfortunately hard to do without putting down your child. It has two different toys to keep your child entertained, which is a plus. Thanks to its hassle-free assembly and storage, it’s great for people who only want to use it occasionally and put it away when they aren’t.

Material typePolyethylene, plastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width60 in.
Assembled depth60 in.
Weight30.2 lb.
Contents of the set14 panels
Usable outdoors
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No.4
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces
No.1 in Ability to keep children entertained

FORTELLA BABYThe Cloud Castle

mybest Score
4.32
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.29
|
Stability against sliding
3.96
|
Visibility into the interior
3.40
|
Ease of entry and exit
4.56
|
Ease of assembly
4.82
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
5.00
Lowest price
$189.99
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height24.4 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
6 months
Maximum age requirement
36 months
Foldable

Easy to Assemble and Includes Plenty of Ways to Keep Your Child Entertained

The Cloud Castle by Fortella Baby is a plastic playpen that lets you adjust the size and shape by rearranging the panels, making it easy to adapt it to the room. It’s quick and easy to set up, as there aren’t many steps and it’s simple to assemble. It’s also foldable, so you can store it away when you’re not using it. If you want to put it away when it’s not in use or only want to use it occasionally, this might be a good choice. The walls are a little shorter than others at under 24 and a half inches, so children around three may be able to get over them on their own. However, playpens are mostly used for children up to around two years of age, and they shouldn’t be able to get out.


Unfortunately, the grips on the bottom are somewhat weak, so it slid around a bit when we tested it. When your child gets to a more active age, you’ll need to make sure they don’t smack into the sides or shake it. It’s relatively easy to see inside as every panel has slits, even if they are a little narrow, so you can check on your child from a distance.


Getting in and out is very smooth because it has a door, but you need two hands to use the door and lock, so it’s hard to enter and exit the playpen while carrying your child. On the plus side, it has plenty of features to help keep your child entertained, which helps if your child doesn’t like being in a playpen.

Material typePlastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width60 in.
Assembled depth60 in.
Weight‎34.9 lb.
Contents of the set14 panels
Usable outdoors
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No.5
No.1 in Ease of entry and exit
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces
No.1 in Ability to keep children entertained

DripexFoldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers‎WL-1

mybest Score
4.16
Child enclosure effectiveness
3.57
|
Stability against sliding
4.00
|
Visibility into the interior
4.29
|
Ease of entry and exit
5.00
|
Ease of assembly
4.20
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
5.00
Lowest price
$159.99
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height24 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
unknown
Maximum age requirement
unknown
Foldable

Easy to Get In and Out While Carrying Your Child and Keeps Them Entertained

The Foldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers by Dripex is made of plastic and has stars and moons on the panels. There are a lot of parts to put together during assembly, but the process itself is relatively easy to carry out, so it doesn’t feel like a hassle. However, the 24-inch panels are a bit on the short side, so children around three years old may be able to climb over them on their own. 


Furthermore, despite having grips between the bottom and the floor, they lack strength and don’t prevent the unit from sliding. You have to keep an eye on your child when they start getting more active. Additionally, two of the 14 panels have no gaps, while the rest have very few, so it’s hard to see inside. That being said, there’s a door that can be opened and closed and a lock that can be operated with a single hand without crouching down, so you can get in and out while carrying your child. The lock is on the outside of the playpen, so you don’t have to worry about it being opened from within.

Material type Plastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width60 in.
Assembled depth60 in.
Weight30.1 lb.
Contents of the set14 panels, parts
Usable outdoors
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No.6
No.1 in Ease of entry and exit
No.1 in Ease of assembly
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces

North StatesToddleroo Superyard Ultimate 8-Panel Playpen8776

mybest Score
4.10
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.60
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Stability against sliding
3.00
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Visibility into the interior
4.65
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Ease of entry and exit
5.00
|
Ease of assembly
4.91
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
3.22
Lowest price
$109.54
Type of entranceDoor
Assembled height26 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
6 months
Maximum age requirement
24 months
Foldable

Lots of Openings Make It Easy to See Inside, but It Lacks Stability

This eight-panel playpen by North States makes use of latticework walls. The weather-resistant panels can be washed with water and neutral detergents, so this product claims to be suitable for outdoor environments. It doesn’t take many steps to set up, so it’s rather easy to assemble. This is a good choice for people who want to store it when they aren’t using it.


The walls are fairly tall at 26 inches, so you shouldn’t have to worry about a two-year-old getting over them. However, it didn’t perform well when it came to stability against sliding, as a medicine ball rolled at it knocked it around quite a bit. Once your child reaches a more rowdy age, you’ll have to be careful.


The latticework walls have a lot of openings, so it’s easy to see inside even from far away. It also has a door, which only takes one hand to open, close, lock, and unlock, all of which can be done standing, so you won’t have to put your child down to do it. However, the lock is difficult for a child to operate, so you don’t have to worry about them opening the door.

Material typePlastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width‎27.13 in.
Assembled depth10.88 in.
Weight1.65 lb.
Contents of the set8 panels
Usable outdoors
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No.7
No.1 in Visibility into the interior

The California BeachPop 'N Go Playpen

mybest Score
3.90
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.44
|
Stability against sliding
3.42
|
Visibility into the interior
5.00
|
Ease of entry and exit
3.57
|
Ease of assembly
4.65
|
Adaptability to different spaces
4.51
|
Ability to keep children entertained
3.22
Lowest price
$149.99
Type of entranceZipper
Assembled height48 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
unknown
Maximum age requirement
unknown
Foldable

Easy to Assemble and Store, but Slides Easily

The Pop 'n' Go Playpen by the California Beach is notable for its compact size and ability to fold down. It comes with a canopy with a UPF rating of 50, so it’s popular with people who want a playpen for outdoor use. When you want to use it, all you have to do is to pull it open and lock it from the top. You can also fold it down to a compact size when you’re done using it, so it’s perfect if ease of storage is one of your top priorities.


Its walls are 28 and 3/4 inches high, which is tall enough to keep your child from climbing even as they approach three years old. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any grips on the bottom surface, which makes it slide easily. You have to be careful once your child starts to get more lively. All the panels are made of a highly transparent mesh material, so you can easily check on your child from a distance. The entrance closes with a fastener, which isn’t a problem for the child, but adults need to crouch down to get in and out.

Material typeMesh, fiberglass, aluminum
Customizable shape
Assembled width59 in.
Assembled depthunknown
Weight7.2 lb.
Contents of the setPop-up tent, 6 safety stakes, 6 sand stakes, 1 UV cover bag, 1 travel bag, 6 ground stakes
Usable outdoors
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No.8
No.1 in Child enclosure effectiveness
No.1 in Ease of assembly
No.1 in Adaptability to different spaces

North StatesToddleroo Superyard Indoor Playpen8759

mybest Score
3.89
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.65
|
Stability against sliding
3.63
|
Visibility into the interior
4.65
|
Ease of entry and exit
3.22
|
Ease of assembly
4.91
|
Adaptability to different spaces
5.00
|
Ability to keep children entertained
3.22
Lowest price
$76.99
Type of entranceStep over
Assembled height26 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
6 months
Maximum age requirement
24 months
Foldable

Easy to Assemble, but Hard to Get In and Out

This playpen by North States features latticework walls and comes with a carrying strap, which, combined with its light weight, makes it easy to take with you on the go. It only needs a few steps to assemble, making it quick to set up. This is great for people who want to put it away when they aren’t using it. The walls are fairly tall at 26 inches, and it doesn’t have an entrance, so children around two shouldn’t be able to climb out of it. On the flip side, it lacks stability against sliding, as a 22-pound medicine ball rolled at it pushed it around a bit. This could become a problem when your child gets more active, so keep this in mind. 


One advantage of this product is the latticework walls, which make it easy to check on your child without walking back to the playpen. However, it doesn’t have an entrance, so adults need to step over the walls or take apart the joint every time they go inside. You need to step quite high to get over the walls, which makes it hard to get in while holding your child. As for removing the joint, it takes a good amount of strength to do so, making it a real hassle to do every time. If you’re looking for a product that is easy to get in and out of, you might want to look elsewhere.

Material type‎Plastic
Customizable shape
Assembled width‎35.5 in.
Assembled depthunknown
Weight19.26 lb.
Contents of the set6 panels
Usable outdoors
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No.9
No.1 in Child enclosure effectiveness
No.1 in Visibility into the interior

Regalo InternationalSix Panel My Play Portable Play Yard1370

mybest Score
3.67
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.65
|
Stability against sliding
3.00
|
Visibility into the interior
5.00
|
Ease of entry and exit
3.22
|
Ease of assembly
4.82
|
Adaptability to different spaces
4.51
|
Ability to keep children entertained
3.22
Lowest price
$69.99
Type of entranceStep over
Assembled height27 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
6 months
Maximum age requirement
24 months
Foldable

High Visibility Makes It Easy to See Inside, but Sliding Is a Drawback

This lightweight playpen by Regalo International has mesh walls and folds down to a compact size, making it highly portable. It’s easy to set up, as you simply have to unfold it and lock it in two places with your foot. It can fold down very compactly when you aren’t using it, which is a big bonus for people looking for an easy-to-store option. The sides are relatively tall at 27 inches, so children around two years old shouldn’t be able to climb out on their own. 


However, this product struggles with stability, as the whole unit moved quite a bit when we rolled a 22-pound medicine ball into it. You’ll need to be careful when your child reaches their more rowdy years. On the bright side, the mesh sides are highly transparent, so you can check on your child easily even when you’re a little far away. However, it doesn’t have an entrance, so you’ll have to step over the sides to get in and out. The sides are quite tall, so it’s hard to step over them while holding your child, as you have no way to brace yourself if you start to wobble.

Material typeMesh, nylon, steel
Customizable shape
Assembled width48 in.
Assembled depthunknown
Weight0.035 lb.
Contents of the setPlay yard, carry strap
Usable outdoors
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No.10

SASRLBaby Playpen‎WEILLAN06

mybest Score
3.63
Child enclosure effectiveness
4.39
|
Stability against sliding
3.00
|
Visibility into the interior
4.65
|
Ease of entry and exit
3.57
|
Ease of assembly
3.40
|
Adaptability to different spaces
3.22
|
Ability to keep children entertained
4.57
Lowest price
$99.99
Type of entranceZipper
Assembled height26 in.
Includes game panel
Minimum age requirement
6 months
Maximum age requirement
72 months
Foldable

Great Visibility, but Takes a Lot of Time to Set Up

The Baby Playpen by SASRL is a mesh product that comes with a bag for easy storage. Assembly is a bit complicated, taxing, and time-consuming, as there are several pipes of different lengths and connections you need to put together. If you’re looking for a product you can set up quickly and put away when you’re not using it, this isn’t the product for you.


The 26-inch sides are fairly tall and should keep children around two years old from climbing out. However, we found when testing its stability that the entire unit moves significantly when hit, which can become a problem if your child is very active. The mesh walls are very transparent and offer great visibility, allowing you to see inside from a distance and check on your child.


The entrance uses a fastener to close, which isn’t a problem for your child, but makes it hard for you to get in and out of yourself. If you decide to step over the side instead, you have to take a big step, and the pipes don’t offer much support, so it’s a challenge to get in and out while holding your child. On the plus side, it comes with handles on the top of the walls and 50 balls to help keep your child entertained.

Material typeNylon, mesh
Customizable shape
Assembled width63 in.
Assembled depth79 in.
Weight11 lb.
Contents of the set50 ocean balls, 4 handlers, 1 storage bag
Usable outdoors
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How We Tested the Playpens

Playpens Evaluation
We took 10 of the top-selling playpens from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other sites and tested them to find the best one. Here at mybest, we define the ideal playpen as one with a focus on safety, high visibility, that's easy to get in and out of for the parent, and is easy to set up.

We tested each product on the following seven parameters to find the best one.

  • Child enclosure effectiveness
  • Stability against sliding
  • Visibility into the interior
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • Ease of assembly
  • Adaptability to different spaces
  • Ability to keep children entertained

Products we tested

  1. DripexFoldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers‎WL-1
  2. FORTELLA BABYThe Cloud Castle
  3. GupamigaFoldable Baby PlaypenWL060-14
  4. North StatesToddleroo Superyard Ultimate 8-Panel Playpen8776
  5. North StatesToddleroo Superyard Indoor Playpen8759
  6. Play22Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel6074
  7. Regalo InternationalSix Panel My Play Portable Play Yard1370
  8. SASRLBaby Playpen‎WEILLAN06
  9. The California BeachPop 'N Go Playpen
  10. YoleoFoldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board
1

Child Enclosure Effectiveness

Child Enclosure Effectiveness
The most important factor in determining if you can use a playpen with peace of mind is how hard it is for your child to escape. We evaluated each product based on the following criteria, with those that are hard for children to escape from being rated higher. 

The specifics are as follows:

  • Height of the walls
  • Whether or not it can be opened from within
2

Stability Against Sliding

Stability Against Sliding
The next thing to consider is whether or not the product slides across the floor when the child bumps into the walls or shakes it. We’ll explain the test and conditions below.

  • Does it slide when we hit the walls with a 22 pound medicine ball? We marked the initial position on the floor and the less the product moved, the better.
  • For products with cloth or a mat on the bottom, we rolled the ball into the side from outside to make sure the tester’s body weight didn’t influence the movement.
  • We kept the angle consistent and rolled the medicine ball from the same distance each time.
  • For products with an adjustable shape, we used all the panels and set them up in a square shape.
3

Visibility Into the Interior

Visibility Into the Interior
If the playpen has good visibility into the interior, you can check on your child easily even from a distance, which helps you have peace of mind. We focused on the material and size of the gaps in the walls and evaluated each product based on how easy it was to see inside from any angle. 

The details are as follows.

  • Number of gaps or mesh panels
  • Size of the gaps in each wall
4

Ease of Entry and Exit

Ease of Entry and Exit
Adults have to go into the playpen at times as well. We checked to see if parents could easily get in and out of the playpen while holding a child. 

We looked at the following points for this test:

  • Does it have an entrance?
  • Is it hard to get in and out?
5

Ease of Assembly

Ease of Assembly
Playpens can vary greatly depending on ease of assembly, so it’s important to look into this before you buy. To that end, we evaluated each product on the following criteria, looking for products that are hassle-free and easy to set up correctly. 

Specifically, we looked at:

  • Does it need to be assembled?
  • Do you need tools to set it up?
  • How many steps are there?
6

Adaptability to Different Spaces

Adaptability to Different Spaces
What shape of playpen you need depends on the size of the room and layout of the furniture. We checked whether the shape could be adjusted and whether the product can be stored easily when not in use, looking at the following factors:

  • Can it be rearranged?
  • Can it be folded down?
7

Ability to Keep Children Entertained

Ability to Keep Children Entertained

Some children don’t like being in a playpen. Thus, we looked at each product and checked whether it had toys to get the child’s attention. 


The details of the test are as follows:

  • How many toys and other gadgets does it have?

Top 5 Playpens

No. 1: YoleoFoldable Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Drawing Board

No. 2: GupamigaFoldable Baby PlaypenWL060-14

No. 3: Play22Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel6074

No. 4: FORTELLA BABYThe Cloud Castle

No. 5: DripexFoldable Playpen for Babies and Toddlers‎WL-1

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