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The TOP 10 Best Premium Cat Trees

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The Review Process

For most consumer product industries, one or two manufacturers rise to the top as leaders.  We discovered three cat tree manufactures that excel beyond the competition based on our criterion model below.   

 

We reviewed the major manufacturers in the Premium cat trees category and put them against our criterion model below.  If you have the time, I recommend that you read all of the information below before you get to the TOP 10 best premium cat trees review.  Consequently, it will give you the information necessary to understand the reviewed cat trees and ultimately lead to a better buying experience.

List of manufacturers we reviewed

manufactures we reviewed for our best premium cat trees review

Reviews are based on the hard data from the manufacturers which are then compiled and combined with customer reviews and quality of materials & construction.

 

The criteria points (see below) are important points when purchasing a cat tree that will last and hold up to constant scratching and climbing and look good in any room.

The criteria for our TOP 10 Premium Cat Trees:

1) Premium materials for the base, posts, covering & hardware
2) Quality construction process
3) Reviews 4.5 out of 5 or higher
4) Minimum of 50 reviews
5) Under $300.00

**** NOTE REGARDING TOP 10 RESULTS ****

There are many companies producing cat trees and thousands of cat trees and condos in this price category.  Most noteworthy, only three companies (New Cat Condos, Armarkat & Molly and Friends) have products which met the criteria for the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

 

No.1 New Cat Condos 6ft Tower

No. 1 New Cat Condos 6 ft tower

4.9 Review Score

RANKING

The 71" New Cat Condos Premier cat tree gets our highest ranking in the Top 10 Premium cat trees review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 71”x 17”x 17” | Base dimensions: 17”x 17”
* 3 Condos - Condo dimensions: 16"x 15"x 15" plus 2 additional cat perches (on top of condos)
* 5 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats|  Product weight 89 lbs
* All wood unit | Premium Carpet | 1 hanging toy
* Made in the USA  |  Fully Assembled  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.7 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

New Cat Condos 71” Premier Triple Condo is a great example of good design and solid materials. It’s all wood made in the USA and comes fully assembled.  In the premium category, these manufacturers use a higher grade carpet that holds up to scratching.  This is an extremely sturdy tree due to its all wood construction and overall design.

 

Since this unit is tall, the height may be a problem for low ceilings but the base dimensions are only 17 inches so it will fit nicely in tight rooms.  Also, there are holes going between the levels but they are not staggered which would have made traveling up and down a little easier.

 

The condos are fully carpeted compared to cheaper units that only carpet the floor.  In addition, there is a sturdy cat toy attached which is way better than the clip on variety.  The tree comes in a variety of colors. It’s one of the highest rated premium cat trees for a reason.

No.2 New Cat Condos 67" Pagoda

No. 2 New Cat Condos 67" Pagoda

4.85 Review Score

RANKING

The 68 inch New Cat Condos Pagoda cat tree gets our #2 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 68”x 24”x 24” | Base dimensions: 24”x 24”
* 2 Condos - Condo 1 dimensions: 18"x 13"x 12"
* Condo 2: 12” x 14” x 14”  |  Product weight 93 lb
* 2 Sisal scratching posts | 3 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats
* Wood bases | wood posts | Premium Carpet | 1 hanging toy
* Warranty: 30 days  |  Made in the USA

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.7 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

The New Cat Condos 68” Pagoda is both attractive with its Asian inspired design and well made. The unit is all wood made in the USA and comes fully assembled except for the ladder. You can leave the ladder off (which many do) or attach it with the included screws.

 

The manufacturer utilizes both premium carpet and un-oiled sisal on two posts for scratching.  Another selling point is the sturdiness of this tree due to its all wood construction and overall design. The condos are fully carpeted and roomy and they have attached a high-quality cat toy.

 

It's easy to see why the Pagoda made our premium cat trees list.  It comes fully assembled except for ladder so you don’t have to hassle with assembly with such a large unit.  Some trees don’t fit into a family room because they take up a lot of space and they’re not that good looking.  But that's not the case here, this tree has it all; it looks great, has a small footprint and it’s solid.

4.8 Review Score

RANKING

The Armarkat X5703 cat tree gets our #3 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 57”x 26”x 30” | Base dimensions: 22”x 22”
* 1 Condo - Condo dimensions: 22"x 22” x 14"
* 3 Sisal scratching posts | 4 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats
* Wood bases | 4” posts | Premium Carpet
* Replacement Parts  |  Product weight 52 lbs
* Warranty: 6 months  |  Made in China

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.5 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

The 57” Armarkat X5703 premium cat tree is a great premium tree for several reasons. This cat tree uses premium materials in the construction and the X5703 unit utilizes 4-inch diameter posts that are completely covered in sisal cat rope.

 

A heavy duty carpet, wood platforms, and upgraded hardware ensure a well-designed cat tree. The posts are made from a dense corrugated product in order to offer replacement scratching posts. The idea behind this strategy is because the scratching post takes the most abuse.  The corrugated product allows Armarkat to offer a super durable replacement part that won't break the bank.

 

The Armarkat X5703 is made in China and requires assembly but the 4-inch posts, replacement parts, high reviews, and a 6-month warranty is why this unit made our top 10 premium cat trees. Most cat trees manufacture give a 30-day warranty.

No.4 New Cat Condos 72" Playstation

No. 4 New Cat Condos 72" PlayStation

4.8 Review Score

RANKING

The New Cat Condos Premier 72 inch Play-Station cat tree gets our #4 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

Specifications

* Unit dimensions: 72”x 20”x 20” | Base dimensions: 20”x 20”
* 1 Condo - Condo dimensions: 22"x 14"  |  Product weight 69 lbs
* 3 Sisal scratching posts | 4 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats
* Wood base | Wood posts | Premium Carpet
* Fully Assembled  |  Warranty: 30 days  |  Made in the USA

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.7 / 5 ***

The Breakdown

This 72" New Cat Condos Play-Station cat tree is a very popular tree with over 750 reviews. This unit offers variety with the three different types of stations; three cradles, one tunnel and one condo. It is tall so low ceilings are not an option but the small footprint (20 x 20) base lets you place it in a tight room.

 

I think this is a great unit for both young and old cats. Taller spots for the younger cats and three lower tiers for the less active kitties. It offers two sisal covered scratching posts and comes fully assembled.

 

I like the fact that it’s made in the USA and utilizes wood bases and posts, which is the case with most premium cat trees. Some have commented that there is an initial chemical smell in the carpet and others have said they did not notice a smell.

No.5 Molly and Friends
M-42

No. 5 Molly and Friends M-42

4.75 Review Score

RANKING

The Molly and Friends M-42 54-inch cat tree gets our #5 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 54”x 24”x 24” | Base dimensions: 24”x 24”
* 1 Cradle: 16.5” wide, 16” long, 3” deep | 1 Tunnel: 16.5 dia, 19” long
* 1 Bed: 16.5 dia, 3” deep  |  Sisal scratching post
* 3 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats
* Wood posts | Wood bases  |  Premium Carpet
* Made in the USA  |  Fully Assembled
* Warranty: 30 days  |  Product weight 75 lbs

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.6 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

The 54” Molly and Friends M-42 cat tree is heavy duty with a small foot-print. I like this one because it fits in small places and has three different types of platforms; a bed, a cradle and a tunnel with a porthole. It’s all wood which makes it very sturdy and guaranteed not to tip.

 

It comes assembled so there is no set-up pain. This unit will accommodate large cats with no problem and comes with a sisal scratching post and a  carpeted scratching post. So here’s the recap; good design; heavy duty construction with a low profile and made in the USA.

No.6 New Cat Condos 72" 5 Level Cradle

No. 6 New Cat Condos 72" 5 Level Cradle

4.75 Review Score

RANKING

The 5 tier 72 inch New Cat Condos cat tree gets our #6 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 72”x 20”x 20” | Base dimensions: 20”x 20”
* 4 Cradles: 13” x 12” x 14”
* 5 tiers | Multiple cats | Large cats | Tip-resistant
* Wood bases and posts | Premium Carpet
* Fully Assembled  |  Product weight 55 lbs
* Made in the USA  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.5 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

The 72" New Cat Condos 4 cradle cat tree is a very versatile tree.   Here's why; the larger cradle will easily satisfy large cats and the height gives energetic cats the room to climb.  This unit utilizes cradles vs platforms which gives felines a feeling of security.

 

Premium cat trees are usually more sturdy than a standard cat tree.  If you're looking for a sturdy tree, the double wood weighted base makes it tip resistant.  It’s a heavy unit due to the all wood frame and posts. It’s all made in the USA and comes fully assembled. Timid cats love tall cat trees because it gives them a sense of security. I believe this unit might be a little better suited for cats that are not in their twilight years.

No.7 New Cat Condos 51" Premier

No. 7 New Cat Condos 51" Premier

4.75 Review Score

RANKING

The 51 inch New Cat Condos cat tree gets our #7 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 51”x 20”x 20” | Base dimensions: 20”x 20”
* Top perch: 16” diameter | Middle perch: 12” diameter
* Natural perches: 6” x 12”  |  Product weight 47 lbs
* Entire unit is a scratching post | 4 tiers
* All Wood unit | Premium Carpet
* Unit made in USA  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.6 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

A nice feature of this tree is that it actually resembles a tree. The unit is constructed of wood with premium carpet that is modeled to look like tree bark. They use a double wood base to provide a sturdier environment. The thing I like about this cat tree is the overall attractiveness.

 

Some trees are not that good looking and will not blend well into a family rooms décor. But this tree is different, it looks great and should blend into any room. It will require some assembly. The manufacturer states that it only takes 5 minutes to complete. The only tool you should need is an electric screwdriver.

No.8 New Cat Condos 46" Pagoda

No. 8 New Cat Condos 46" Pagoda

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4.7 Review Score

RANKING

The 46 inch New Cat Condos Pagoda cat tree gets our #8 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 46”x 20”x 20” | Base dimensions: 20”x 20”
* 1 Condo - Condo dimensions: 22"x 14"
* 1 Sisal scratching post | 1 wood scratching post |  1 carpet scratching post
* Not for older or large cats
* 3 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats | energetic cats
* Wood posts | Wood bases
* Fully Assembled  |  Product weight 48 lbs
* Premium Carpet  |  Made in USA  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.6 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

A smaller version of #2 tree in this review, the New Cat Condos 46" pagoda is made from the same premium materials but offers a smaller package where space is an issue.  So if you are looking for premium cat trees in a smaller package, this tree if for you.

 

With this unit, you still get two cradles, a sisal scratching post, and a top condo. They also incorporated a natural wood post so your felines will have two options for taming those sharp claws.   I recommend this unit for more energetic cats due to the smaller ledge size in front of the condo.

 

Cats have to climb into the condo making it more challenging for older or chunky kitties.  This is another all wood unit, made in the USA and no assembly required. You have a choice of colors and the company states that this tree to be tip resistant.  As always, check to make sure there are no exposed screws before letting your kitties go crazy.

No.9 New Cat Condos 33" Premier Cat Scratching Tree

No. 9 New Cat Condos 33" Premier Cat Scratching Tree

4.6 Review Score

RANKING

The 33 inch New Cat Condos Low Profile Cradle Tree gets our #9 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees  Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 33”x 20”x 20” | Base dimensions: 20”x 20”
* 1 Cradle: 13: x 15”  | 2 Cradle: 13: x 15”
* Top perch:  18" x 18" | Top cutout: 8" x 6" cutout for easy access
* 3 tiers | Multiple cats | Large cats | Tip-resistant
* 2 carpet scratching posts | 1 Sisal scratching post
* All Wood unit | Premium Carpet | Product weight 34 lbs
* Fully Assembled  |  Made in USA  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING  4.5 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

Their Premier 33” New Cat Condos Cat Tree is all-wood with premium carpet and a small footprint.  I love this tree because of its small design and heavy construction which will fit discretely into any room.

 

The cradles with the low profile create the perfect feeling of security for all shapes and sizes.  This tree will also accommodate large cats.  As premium cat trees go, this cat tree is fully assembled and made in the USA.  This is a great premium tree that is perfect for small spaces.

No.10 Molly and Friends M-34

No. 10 Molly and Friends M-34

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4.6 Review Score

RANKING

The Molly and Friends M-34 37-inch cat tree gets our #10 ranking in the Top 10 Premium Cat Trees Review.

SPECIFICATIONS

* Unit dimensions: 37”x 21”x 19” | Base dimensions: 21”x 18”
* 1 Cradle: 16.5” wide, 16” long, 3” deep | 1 Tunnel: 16.5 dia, 16” long
* 1 Sisal scratching post | 2 tiers | Accommodates multiple cats
* Wood bases | wood posts | Premium Carpet
* Product weight 49 lbs  |  Fully Assembled
* Made in the USA  |  Warranty: 30 days

*** COMBINED ONLINE RANKING 4.6 / 5 ***

THE BREAKDOWN

The 37” cat tree is heavy duty and compact with a small foot-print. Similar to its big brother in our #5 top 10 review fits nicely into small places. The all wood design makes very sturdy. It comes fully assembled so there is no set-up pain.

 

The Molly and Friends M-34 will accommodate large cats with no problem. So here’s the recap; all wood, premium carpet, compact, fully assembled and made in the USA.

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