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Silent Runner Wheel 12" (Wide) Wheel

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Exotic Nutrition's Silent Runner Wheel 12" Wide is the most innovative wheel on the market for its safety features and whisper-silent spin. The axle-free construction eliminates a dangerous center axle, reducing the risk of fur/tail entanglement, pet wrap-a-round, curvature of the spine, and other injuries. The wheel spins using dual-ball bearing technology, ensuring it glides smooth and quiet. You'll love this wheel's silence, safety, and durability, truly built to last. Check out the videos below or simply search "Silent Runner Wheel" on YouTube to witness the smooth, silent spin for yourself!

  • The heavy-duty metal stand allows for give, protecting your pet from joint pain caused by running on a hard, fixed surface.
  • Running tracks are textured, for excellent grip.
  • Wheel completely disassembles for easy cleaning, no nooks for feces to hide in.
  • Designed with a front plate for safety and containment, with natural bean-shaped openings.
  • Features pet-preferred solid black rear wall.

Measurements: 12" wheel diameter, 4" wide track, 4" diameter openings, 13" tall on stand, 5" wide on stand. 

IDEAL FOR: Hedgehogs, male Rats, Chinchillas (non-chewers), cages with multiple Sugar Gliders, and other small animals (not suggested for chewing animals). 

What is dual ball-bearing technology? Two stainless steel ball-bearings are positioned within the back plate of the wheel, ensuring the wheel glides smooth and silent. The innovative bearings SPIN around the center bolt as your pet runs, unlike annoying squeaky wheels on the market that have an axle that the wheel rotates around creating friction and noise. Check out the videos below or simply search "Silent Runner Wheel" on YouTube to witness the smooth, silent spin for yourself!be difficult and may even cause injury to your pet if done incorrectly. 

Accessories: Pet nails can grow to be long and sharp. Not only can this be painful to owners during handling, it can also cause your pet to frequently get stuck on fabrics, like pouches or clothing. Sandy Trimmer Tracks provide a soft, abrasive running surface for your pet while using their exercise wheel. Simply install the sandy track in place of the regular track, it takes less than a minute, and your pet’s nails will be naturally filed down as they run (see assembly instructions and video below). Keep the sandy trimmer track in for 1-2 days per week (or monitor when nails are filed). This track is completely safe and will not cause harm or discomfort to your pet. Conveniently hand-washable and reusable to last the lifetime of your pet. Do not submerge sandy trimmer track for long periods of time. It may be necessary to initially trim pet's nails with clippers before using a sandy trimmer track. Then the track will keep the trimmed nail smooth through frequent use of the sandy track. The AutoClean Track has a perforated design which allows feces, urine, and other pet debris to drain from the wheel, to save time cleaning and increase ventilation within the wheel. The Silent Runner Cage Attachment allows you to attach the wheel directly to any wire cage to free up floor space, or mount at different heights. All accessories sold separately.

Cleaning: See video below. Wipe down the wheel with a non-toxic disinfectant wipe (Kage Kleen) daily if you wish. Wash thoroughly at least once per week by disassembling the wheel and cleaning with warm soapy water, rinsing, and allowing to air dry completely. Wheel is also dishwasher safe, top rack only. Do not submerge the back plate where the metal bearings are held, it is recommended to simply wipe the plate down without letting water come in contact with the bearings. Click here for replacement bearings.

Assembly Instructions: See video below. Remove the standard running track on your Silent Runner wheel. It is easiest to place wheel face-up on a table, insert hand into wheel to hold back plate down, and pull front plate up. Once disassembled, begin by inserting the corner of the Sandy Track into the molded edges of the black back plate for the Silent Runner Wheel. Once the corner edge is pushed in, begin working the sandy track all the way around the wheel into the groove. Once completely in the groove, push the clear connector into place connecting both ends of the track. Set the front plate on the sandy track, and starting with the side away from the connector, work one small section of the sandy track into the front plate groove. Once a small section of the track is in the groove, apply pressure (squeeze down) all the way around the wheel until the track is in place. You may need to push the last section near the clear connector in with your fingers. Set the wheel down on a table and apply pressure all the way around the wheel to secure the track in place.

Note: ‘Roof Rats’ can have longer more sensitive tail than the more common domesticated pet Rat.  To prevent abrasions caused from excessive running on the wheel, we suggest you place the smooth side of the running track facing inward rather than the textured side of the track facing inward. Monitor closely to make sure the ‘Roof Rats’ tail is not injured during use.

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by on April 22, 2019

great product ez to use ez to clean nice and quiet for my nocturnal hedgehog! -Gloria C.


by on March 23, 2019

The selection of wheels in stores neat me are horrible. They are loud and they break and cost more than they are worth. While the cost to ship this wheel to Canada is a bit excessive as it is actually more than the wheel itself I would still suggest this wheel to anyone with a hedgehog. My hedgie loves to run on his wheel and I hated denying him that because his old ones were so loud they kept me up at night. This is a sturdy and extremely well constructed product and I am very pleased and satisfied with it. -Katlyn F.


by on March 5, 2019

I love the idea of it. It’s not as wide as I thought it would be and the openings could be made a little better. Overall it’s a good wheel. It’s kind of hard to turn. But I love the sandy track. -Hailey B.


by on February 28, 2019

My hedgehog loves his wheel! I find it easy to take apart and clean, and it is very quite compared to other wheels I've had for pets. -Shelley T.


by on February 21, 2019

(Only bought the wheel) The wheel is silent, works very well. The only downside I have (can't blame the wheel) is I can hear my hedgies feet running on it. So the wheels silent, her feet are not. -Averi G.


by on February 19, 2019

Love! We bought one of these for my daughter's hamster and she runs on it all the time and quietly. The second one we bought is for 2 baby, male rats. Still working on getting them to run on it, but I know they will get the hang of it eventually with some training. Wheels are super quiet and easy to clean. Love the accessories that you can get for it as well. -Melinda F.


by on January 9, 2019

So far so good! We received the wrong order at first, however Exoticnutrition QUICKLY corrected the issue. Our Hedgehog LOVES the wheel! -Scott S.


by on December 31, 2018

Our hedgehog loves it! -Jamie S.


by on December 25, 2018

Great wheel!! I had the cage attachment on my wire cage, but as my hedgie grew it wouldn’t hold up like I wanted. I started to use the wheel stand instead and I have no problems! -Rachel A.


by on December 4, 2018

I am extremely disappointed in this wheel. I was really surprised because I read all these positive reviews too. When I first got it, as my hedgehog would run he would literally spin the ENTIRE wheel in a circle. The wheel is only OCCASIONALLY silent but that is after I literally duck taped the sucker down with gorilla strength duck tape. I also have to tighten the screw/bolt in the back every night otherwise I get woken up to it banging around. Its also a huge hassle to clean. Overall just super disappointed. For all the bells and whistles it claims to have I found that its really not worth it. -Hillary D.


by on November 28, 2018

This is the best wheel! It seriously is a silent runner, hardly makes any noise and is large. Our sugar gliders love it! The grip pad and cleaning wheel are all easily changeable. -Katherine C.


by on November 24, 2018

Our hedgehog, Hurbert, loves it. Took him a few to get used to the holes in the front, but once he figured it out he was sold. With his old wheel we always knew when he was running, even with a door between us. However, with this new wheel we keep checking on him to make sure he's out and about. He's just curled up on the wheel, caught in the act! We were worried he wasn't getting up at all, but he's just running. Super quiet, we love it!! -Brooke E.


by on November 14, 2018

There seems to be too much resistance in spinning. With other wheels, my gliders fly with them, this wheel doesn't seem to "free-wheel" as nicely and therefore they don't seem to use this wheel as much.


by on October 9, 2018

**UPDATE** I previously rated this wheel low because of the noise made when the wheel rubs the post it's attached to. The post, while strong, is thin and allows the wheel to sag a bit when the weight of your critter is in it. Simple solution is to bend the post out from the base slightly so that the wheel won't touch it when it sags. Something that could be addressed during manufacturing but depending on the weight of your critter, probably easier and more accurate when done at home. To prevent the negative reviews i see for crap getting stuck in the connecting pieces, Take it apart when you clean it :) -Nathan J.


by on July 29, 2018

My hedgehog loves it! -Carla Y.


by on July 12, 2018

Sorry, my chinchilla and I did not like it. It didn't even last 24 hours. Chinchilla chewed on it and it was not quiet. -Kris K.


by on July 10, 2018

It is very quiet, can only hear the soft padding of feet from my hedgehog. I have not figured out how to take the front cover for cleaning but not a big deal, we spray it outside with the hose or in the tub. It is a MAJOR step up from the noisy one we had before. -Fabienne B.


by on July 6, 2018

It works great and is super easy to clean - but calling it "silent" is a lie. My wheel constantly makes noises and it wobbles a lot. My hedgehog loves it and the noise doesn't both her - but it keeps me up at night. Not sure if mine is just defective or what but definitely not silent. -Aceland K.


by on June 6, 2018

My hedgehog loves it. The front cover comes off which makes it easy to clean too. -Liz T.


by on May 2, 2018

This one is great and it is the perfect size. It's a little hard to clean if you use the cage attachment but it is still manageable. Love it! -Justine R.


by on April 2, 2018

My chinchilla loves this . Input the sandy track in it. She wont get out of it!! Best $$ I spent so far! -Donald C.


by on April 2, 2018

I love this wheel. I needed a different one because the one my hedgehog had was so noisy you could hear it in other rooms with the doors closed- not good when nobody else is nocturnal. This wheel is silent, it comes apart for super easy cleaning and goes back together no problem. Great purchase! -Chantel P.


by on March 13, 2018

This is the 3rd and best wheel I’ve tried for hedgehogs. My newest hedgehog just outgrew a smaller size wheel, so I was looking for the best possible wheel for her now that she is older. This lives up to the high reviews. It is silent (except for hearing hedgehog feet sprinting) and glides, making it easy for my hedgehog to run all night. Would definitely purchase again and again. -Nicole L.


by on March 4, 2018

So quiet!! Much much better then my old plastic wheel! I have a hedgehog and she is in my room, so it was hard to sleep at night, but with this new wheel it’s like she’s not even there. I only thing I can hear are her feet touching the wheel but I shure that can be fixed by trimming her nails down. -Cassisdy M.


by on March 1, 2018

Barely fits my male rats - might not work for really big boys. My wheel runner's posture is much better on this wheel than the previous one I had, although he's still a bit weirded out by how easily the wheel moves - any movement while he's in the wheel but not running will set it swinging back and forth quite significantly, and I can't seem to tighten the nut enough to minimize that movement. His non-wheel-running brother is not a fan of the swinginess, so he won't even use the wheel to nap. The wheel is definetly silent (though my wheel runner tends to walk rather than all out running), and seems easy to assemble. The excessive swinginess is annoying, but not enough to drop a star, given how nice the rest of it is. -Emily R.


by on February 9, 2018

This wheel is amazing! My hedgehog loves it! It’s easy to clean. The assembly takes some finicking, but easy to get acquainted with practice. And you can order spare parts to the wheel, instead of paying for a whole new one! -Jennifer E.


by on January 17, 2018

I bought the large silent runner, and my hedgehog loves his new wheel. We replaced the Carolina storm wheel with this and this is by far more designed for adult hedgehogs. Would recommend this wheel for any hedgie owners.


by on January 8, 2018

Ordered two and my chinchillas love them!!! One of them even lounges in it when she's not running in it! -Kristen M.


by on January 8, 2018

I do not hear this wheel at all! So easy to clean and my little hedgie loves it! Sarah M.


by on January 8, 2018

My chinchilla loves it and we love how quiet it is! My chinchilla does love to chew on it though. -Rami S.


by on January 8, 2018

This is a nicely made product. It is as described. My daughter's hedgehog likes it. He started using it right away! -James B.


by on August 5, 2017


by on July 21, 2017

It's not 100% silent, but my Hedgehog wouldn't run on any wheel until I got this one. Now he won't stop running on it! As long as he's happy I'm happy with it! It's plastic and easy to clean! -Nichole P.

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