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Silent Runner Wheel 12" (Wide) Wheel + Cage Attachment

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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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Customer Reviews

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by lewishsr on September 27, 2020

i have 14 of them they are great easy to take apart and wash all mine are on the cage every now and i put a drop of oil on bearings i have had no problem had them going on 4 years still work great! -Lewis H.

by Anonymous on September 10, 2020

So far the wheel is great. The instructions for attaching to the base weren’t super clear and there weren’t any instructions on how the wheel came apart but I figured it out pretty quickly. The wheel itself is great but could have come with more/better instructions. -Karen B.

by Anonymous on August 22, 2020

My grandson ask for a wheel for his birthday. Knowing nothing about wheels I did my research. After reading many reviews I selected the Silent Runner Wheel 12". My grandson called and said his rats love it. I like the stylist colorful look. -Sherry G.

by Anonymous on August 2, 2020

We bought another brand/style wheel after two years, only to buy fresh. Our hedgehog wouldn’t use it. The Silent Runner has a wide running area that isn’t sloped and I think our hedgehog likes the cover. Very durable and well worth the money! -MaryBeth P.

by Rebeccaanne96 on July 9, 2020

It’s a good wheel, but it gets noisy every now and then. You’ll have to keep tightening it. -Rebecca M.

[Response from Seller: Sorry for that issue! Please reach out to customer support for troubleshooting tips!]

by Anonymous on June 22, 2020

Love it! The Sandy Track keeps nails manageable too. -Misty H.

by Team Harold on June 19, 2020

Nice big wheel. Quiet. Easy to clean.

by Gitti on June 16, 2020

Works great My hedgehog gets in his mileage every night! Very quiet Easy to clean too. -Brigitte C.

by Anonymous on May 25, 2020

Ordered this wheel for my rat boys as they have gotten bigger and the wheel we previously had was just sooo loud. Love this one, they run all they want, with hardly any noise. -Amy D.

by Anonymous on May 16, 2020

I really like these wheels because they are sturdier than other wheels. They are easier to clean and its nice that we can change the wheel up, between a sandy or easy clean wheel (AutoClean track). - Nick S.

by Anonymous on May 12, 2020

So the first time I bought this wheel the bearing kept coming loose so I bought a new one and was going to take the baring out. But this one had a whole new one. It works much better. But i wish the first one had the same set up. -Alana C.

by Anonymous on May 11, 2020

It is much better than a different brand we had previously. It is quite and has a good stable base. Our hedgehog had no issues on the very first night. I recommend it for sure. -James W P.

by Anonymous on January 14, 2020

The only thing good about this wheel is it silent. Cleaning it is another matter all together. It has to be cleaned daily the holes aren't big enough to allow the feces to exit the wheel and the more the animal runs the more it feet and wheel are covered. I stop using it and put it in the closet. the silence doesn't not out weigh the cleaning it takes every day to use this. I switched back to the original metal black wheel. It one purchase here I reget. -Mark T.

[Response from Seller: Thank you for your review Mark- we're so sorry to hear that you had issues cleaning the wheel. Since hedgehogs don't have a specific area in the cage where they use the bathroom, it is common for them to "go" while they're running in the wheel. This wheel can be completely disassemble for cleaning, there are no nooks or cranny's for urine or feces to hide. It's easiest to just let the pieces soak in warm, soapy water then scrub, rinse and dry.]

by rdbbailey31 on January 12, 2020

I didn’t get a wheel stand. There’s one shown in the picture with the starter kit. Otherwise when we use it in the cage our hedgehog loves it and so far it’s been much quieter at night. -Robin B.

by Anonymous on December 6, 2019

It is unstable and unscrews itself over time. Because of this it bumps against the side of the cage and is LOUD. And after 2 months our 2 gerbils had chewed all the way through the plastic. -Sam

[Response from Seller: Sorry to hear about these issues, Sam. This is a plastic wheel, so it is susceptible to chewing, especially by rodents. If you'd like to replace the chewed parts we do offer replacements- otherwise a more permanent solution would be to invest in an all-metal wheel that cannot be chewed, like the Treadmill Wheel. If the wheel is unscrewing itself please email our support team at to review troubleshooting tips."

by Anonymous on July 27, 2019

I now have four Wide 12" Silent Runners for my 10 rats and I've tried lots of other brands (Wodent Wheel, Silent Spinner, treadmill-style runners, etc), but this is the quietest and safest wheel design I've ever found! I keep my rats in my bedroom and several of them LOVE to run (especially my little fitness junkie Lady, who runs literally ALL night long), but these wheels are SO quiet and don't keep me up or wake me up at all. To my surprise, my rats have not chewed any of the wheels excessively; they gnawed the first Silent Runner that I gave them a little bit, but only did superficial damage and now leave it be. Plus I love the extra wide version and the "bean" shaped openings because even my biggest rats can comfortably use them! It's really easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble, too. And I highly recommend getting the cage attachment because it is much more secure than just using the stand (which my rats would easily move/tip over/generally make a mess of). I 100% recommend this wheel over any other for rats who like to run!! -Emily S.

by Wulfiee1982 on July 4, 2019

I've had 2 of these for quite a long time now and wish I had just purchased an additional treadmill wheel instead. I like the upright design for space purposes, but I wouldn't recommend this product. I have rats and the wheel is not very sturdy when they run. It's very wobbly and quite noisy. Reassembly of the wheels is 50/50. One of the wheels is very easy to get back together. The other is extremely difficult to get a track back into the groove (either stock track or sandy track). I'm guessing YMMV depending if you get one that is easy or difficult. The stand and wheel itself are all very easy to clean - I guess that is the good feature. I would highly recommend their treadmill wheel instead! It takes up a lot of floor space but is MUCH quieter, even easier to clean, chew-proof and doesn't require assembly after cleaning. -Anne

by Gftorain on June 2, 2019

This wheel is truly silent! My hedgehog would wake me up in the middle of the night because his previous "silent" wheel would rattle when he was really energetic. This wheel has a sturdy base that doesn't move or rattle. It's great that I can switch to the Sandy Trimmer Track for a few days to trim his nails! Overall, I'm happy with this purchase and so is my hedgehog! -Gloria T.

by Anonymous on April 22, 2019

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

by Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 cousinss 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Jmsimpson21 on December 31, 2018

Our hedgehog loves it! -Jamie S.

by Anonymous 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 Hillarydel 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 Katherine 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 Anonymous 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 kchow22 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 kriket 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 Anonymous on July 29, 2018

My hedgehog loves it! -Carla Y.

by Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous on June 6, 2018

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

by Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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 jkadmin 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.

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by Anonymous 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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