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Best Dog Frisbee of 2020

Head tester Buddy has a very expressive face. His enthusiasm for the Air Dash is impossible to ignore!
By Hannah Marshall ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2020
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Looking for a new dog frisbee, but don't know which one will be best? For 2020, we researched over fifty frisbees and purchased the top 10 to test side-by-side. Because we understand that no two dogs are the same, we tested frisbees with pups of different ages and breeds. They played fetch and tug, ran, jumped, rolled, sniffed, and chewed to determine the durability, versatility, flight capability, and 'fun factor' for each frisbee. If you're considering a new disc toy, we've done the work to make sure you find the one that will be most suited to you and your dog.

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Best Overall Dog Frisbee


Chuckit! Paraflight


Editors' Choice Award
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$7.95
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Material: Polyester and rubber | Floats? Yes
Rubber outer material is soft on teeth and hands
Nice balance of flight time and distance
Versatile as a tug or water toy
Great for many types of dogs
Light blue inner gets dirty quickly
Tears easily between foam outer and nylon inner

The Chuckit! Paraflight is our favorite all-around dog frisbee. Unlike other discs we tested, both of our scrupulous canine testers favored this toy in side by side tests. Its soft and chewy outer rim is gentle on gums, making it easy to catch and pick up. The mesh inner material is lightweight, providing a weight contrast that allows the disc to float through the air slowly enough for your pup to set up their catch. The weight balance also makes it an excellent toy for the water.

While we don't have many complaints about the Paraflight, some of the qualities that we love about it can become challenges. Its light weight means that it takes some effort to throw it efficiently in windier conditions. The soft fabric and rubber that is gentle on gums is also a weak point in regards to durability. We noticed small tears in the stitching between the mesh inner and rubbery outer ring after some aggressive tugging, so it is best used with supervision. This frisbee is well suited to dogs that enjoy variety in their play and for owners who want a good balance of fun for their dollar. We found the large size to be a great choice for medium to large breeds.

Available Sizes: Small, Large

The Chuckit! Paraflight was a universal favorite  and its bright colors make it easy to spot in any conditions.
The Chuckit! Paraflight was a universal favorite, and its bright colors make it easy to spot in any conditions.

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Best Bang for your Buck


Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper 2-Pack


Best Buy Award
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$14.99
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Material: Rubber and nylon | Floats? Yes
Bright colors make it easy to locate
Flies well
Comes in multi-packs of two or five
Lightweight
Firm rim is not ideal for chewing
Frays quickly when bitten or tugged

The Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper is a fun, multi-pack option for those seeking a versatile nylon frisbee. Its outer ring is more rigid than some softer alternatives, rendering it user-friendly for dogs and humans alike. The nylon inner material provides a weight differential that gives this disc excellent float without feeling too light or flimsy.

Unfortunately, the black nylon stitching on the outer rim shows wear quickly. Luckily, this frisbee comes with a spare (or four, depending on which option you purchase!) Our dog testers are heavy chewers, and we would expect them to want a new one in about six months. The rigid outer ring on this frisbee makes it very fun to throw and catch, but it is not as soft on teeth or fun to chew as some foam or rubber alternatives. Overall, this frisbee is a great option if you're looking for a lightweight, user-friendly toy.

Available Sizes: One Size

The Hyperpet Flippy Flopper comes in a variety of bright colors that make it easy to spot. Here Peitu is evaluating the durability of the outer nylon.
The Hyperpet Flippy Flopper comes in a variety of bright colors that make it easy to spot. Here Peitu is evaluating the durability of the outer nylon.

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Best for Long, Arcing Throws


Hyperflite Jawz Competition Disc


Top Pick Award
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$18.69
(7% off)
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Material: Plastic | Floats? No
Easy to throw, flies extremely well
Durable, puncture-resistant construction
Easy to clean
Doubles as a fun frisbee for humans
Hard plastic is tough on teeth and gums
Rim construction makes it harder for small dogs to pick up

The Hyperflite Jawz Competition Disc will truly make you and your dog feel like masters of the craft. This disc is the Ferrari of dog frisbees: its aerodynamic shape and weight balance allow you to effortlessly make long, arcing tosses for your dog to chase. It is made of a supremely durable and puncture-resistant plastic, and it comes in a variety of bright colors (including glow in the dark!), making it as easy to locate as it is fun to throw.

The downside of any sportscar is that its capability is limited in scope. While the Jawz Competition Disc is a great option for large, open fields or dog parks, it flies so far that it can be hard to use in a typical backyard setting. It also only comes in one size, which can be cumbersome for smaller or lighter dogs, and the hard-plastic material makes it a frisbee that should be used with a great deal of supervision. Buddy, who loves to play fetch and tug in the yard, had trouble catching and carrying this disc. Peitu, who enjoys long runs, jumping, and other athletic feats, was enamored with it. This frisbee is a great choice for medium to large athletic dogs with owners who have plenty of time and space to supervise play.

Available Sizes: One Size

Assistant tester Peitu having a field day with the Hyperlite Jawz Competition Disc. This frisbee is such a capable flier that we had to use it off trail. While we love this disc  the glow color was difficult to locate in snow and tall grass.
Assistant tester Peitu having a field day with the Hyperlite Jawz Competition Disc. This frisbee is such a capable flier that we had to use it off trail. While we love this disc, the glow color was difficult to locate in snow and tall grass.

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Best for Backyard Play


KONG Flyer


Top Pick Award
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$10.99
(15% off)
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Material: Natural rubber | Floats? No
Comes in multiple sizes
Stands up to heavy chewing
Natural, non-toxic material
Flies in a straight path
Easy to throw and catch
Does not fly very far
Hard to grip for tug

The KONG Flyer is made for durability. Its simple construction also touts all-natural rubber, which we found was soft on hands and teeth and easy to clean. It's flexible enough to be packed into a jacket pocket or backpack for fun on the go, yet sturdy enough to have some loft when tossed. Unlike some other soft rubber alternatives, this disc is pretty easy to get the hang of throwing.

The Flyer falls short in predictable ways, which we also appreciate — no surprises here. Like most soft rubber discs, it does not have a ton of loft or airtime when thrown. It also does not float in water, so it's best used away from the beach. This is a great option for pet owners who want a durable, reliable, and simple backyard frisbee.

Available Sizes: Small, Large

Buddy is a smaller dog  and he chased and retrieved the small KONG Flyer with ease.
Buddy is a smaller dog, and he chased and retrieved the small KONG Flyer with ease.

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Best for Tugging


ZippyPaws Rope Gliderz


Top Pick Award
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$6.99
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Material: Nylon | Floats? Yes
Excellent for tug
Dogs and owners can grab the inner fabric or outer rope
Simple design
Gentle on teeth
Affordable
Heavy when wet or frozen
Stitching between inner and outer rim comes loose

If your dog loves to play tug and fetch, look no further than the ZippyPaws Rope Gliderz frisbee. Our canine testers unanimously loved this disc. They had so much fun fetching and tugging with it that we were entertained for hours, too! This frisbee is made from real climbing rope, which stood up to heavy biting and tugging from multiple dogs. The nylon inner provides a high-visibility surface and aids with floatation, while the crescent-shaped cutouts create space for a firm grip on the outer rope.

However, upon first glance, we noticed that the stitching between the inner fabric and outer rope is a weak point. This stitching came loose after a few hours of play. The Rope Gliderz is not an extraordinarily capable flyer, either, but this frisbee is a good option if your dog prefers tugging and fetching at shorter distances.

Available Sizes: One Size

Buddy hamming it up with his favorite frisbee.
Buddy hamming it up with his favorite frisbee.

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Ideal for Strong Chewers


West Paw Zogoflex Air Dash


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$18.95
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Material: Thermoplastic rubber| Floats? Yes
Safe to chew
Extraordinarily durable
Dishwasher safe
Shape is easy to hold
Does not fly well
Heavy
Not cheap

The West Paws Zogoflex Air Dash has a few noteworthy advantages. Weighing in at nearly a half pound, this frisbee is by far the heaviest disc we tested. It uses a unique air-injection technology that allows it to float despite its heft, and the soft foam inner surrounded by a durable shell means that this frisbee will stand up to hours and hours of play without damaging your dog's teeth. We like that. The center hole design allows for easy handling and lots of creative play for your dog, and our canine testers absolutely loved biting and chasing this toy.

The heft on this frisbee, as we noted, is impossible to ignore. What this design gains in durability and safe chewing, it loses in flight capability. The Air Dash is really more of a toss or roll toy than a flying disc, except maybe for the strongest athletes among us. While the design seems like it should be aerodynamic, it is so difficult to throw that we can't be sure. But if your pup likes to gnaw as much as fetch, this is a solid choice.

Available Sizes: One Size

Peitu loves sticking her nose through the center hole of the Air Dash.
Peitu loves sticking her nose through the center hole of the Air Dash.

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Best for Everyday Use


Outward Hound Bionic Toss N' Tug


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$9.99
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Material: Thermoplastic rubber | Floats? Yes
Versatile
Durable construction
Dishwasher safe, free from harmful chemicals
Difficult for small dogs to pick up
Erratic flight

The Outward Hound Bionic Toss n' Tug is marketed as a durable, easy-to-use, and interactive frisbee that doesn't "just" fly. In this sense, the frisbee lives up to its description: its synthetic rubber material is a durable texture for chewers, it's easy to clean, and doubles as a tug toy.

Where we found this frisbee lacking was in the "fun factor" department. It has a relatively two-dimensional construction, and our smaller dogs had a tough time picking this disc up off the ground. The flight pattern is more erratic than other frisbees we tested and tossing it definitely takes some getting used to. As far as tug goes, we found that while this disc is more durable than others, our canine reviewers were less keen to play tug with the relatively stiff material. Still, this frisbee is a great option for those who have larger dogs and want a versatile, durable frisbee at an affordable price.

Available Sizes: One Size

Buddy  who gives lots of direct feedback  pensively approaching his new toy.
Buddy, who gives lots of direct feedback, pensively approaching his new toy.

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Great for Small Dogs


West Paw Zogoflex Zisc


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$12.95
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Material: Thermoplastic rubber | Floats? Yes
Made in the USA with non-toxic, recyclable materials
Gentle on teeth and hands
Durable
Rim shape makes it tough to pick up off the ground
Flies fast and low without significant loft

The Zogoflex Zisc is a frisbee that lives up to everything we expect from West Paw, a Montana-based company that prides itself on making durable, sustainable, "no frills" dog toys. The rubber-like material is flexible and gentle on teeth, with the added benefit of floating in the water. It's easy to wash, and, unlike many other frisbees, the size small is truly light enough for small dogs.

The Zisc is not a particularly capable flying disc, though. It does well with short and fast tosses and likes to remain low to the ground. This is a good frisbee for those seeking an option for smaller dogs and backyard play, but don't expect it to go super far or fly very high.

Available Sizes: Small, Large

Buddy loves the soft  chewy rubber material on West Paw toys. He also loves that they're locally made in his hometown of Bozeman  MT.
Buddy loves the soft, chewy rubber material on West Paw toys. He also loves that they're locally made in his hometown of Bozeman, MT.

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Excellent Versatility for the Price


Chuckit! Flying Squirrel


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$7.99
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Material: Polyester | Floats? Yes
Bright colors make it highly visible in any conditions
Lightweight and durable
Affordable price
Soft edges and low profile make it versatile for many types of play
Slow and unpredictable flight
Feet are easily caught on obstacles such as trees and shrubs

The Chuckit! Flying Squirrel is a flying toy that offers a great alternative for folks who want more versatility than a dedicated frisbee can offer. It is lightweight, brightly colored, and sports a graphic of a squirrel face that is pretty darn cute, too. The abrasion-resistant polyester is reinforced at the feet with a stiffer, glow-in-the-dark material, providing great points for owners and dogs alike to grab onto. These feet are great for tug, too. For the price, we were impressed by the Squirrel's versatility and durability.

Where the Flying Squirrel falls short is in its weight. While its lightweight construction makes it versatile for indoor use or tug, it is also very prone to getting caught up in trees and fences. Its shape and weight come together in an unpredictable flight path, and our testers often found themselves accidentally hurling this toy over fences and onto private property. This is a great option for owners of medium to large dogs who either have a lot of space or who don't mind throwing this highly versatile toy a bit lower to the ground.

Available Sizes: Small, Medium

Buddy preferred to carry this squirrel by the tail.
Buddy preferred to carry this squirrel by the tail.

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Best Training Tool


COLLAR Puller


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$22.76
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Material: Plastic | Floats? Yes
Lightweight
Comes with lots of training tips and advice
Punctures easily
More of a toss and roll toy than a flying ring
Expensive

Unlike other discs, the COLLAR Puller markets itself as a dog fitness tool rather than a toy. At this, it is very effective. The packaging comes with directions and a comic, as well as links to the company's website where you can find even more training advice and opportunities to compete in running and jumping competitions with your dog. The Puller comes as a set of two rings designed to be used together to incentivize return and increase running time for your dog. In our testing, we did find that introducing the second ring enhanced buy-in for our dogs. These rings are lightweight, making them easy to toss for long periods.

The downside to the lightweight material is that it punctures easily. Chief tester Buddy and his assistant Peitu were quickly bored by the toss game, which negated any enhanced fitness benefits. That said, for those looking to get their dog tired quickly or who want some structure to work on retrieval commands, this tool will do the trick.

Available Sizes: Micro, Mini, Midi, Standard, Maxi

Peitu demonstrates proper Puller-catching posture. On this catch  her teeth punctured through the outer material and left large holes.
Peitu demonstrates proper Puller-catching posture. On this catch, her teeth punctured through the outer material and left large holes.

Why You Should Trust Us


Because we know that no two dogs have the same needs or preferences, we assembled a team of two canine testers with very different backgrounds. Buddy, our tester in chief, is a three-year-old terrier mix known for his expressive face and honest demeanor. Buddy spends most of his time playing fetch in the yard in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. He loves to play with toys, but he will let his humans know if there's one he doesn't like. In classic terrier fashion, Buddy has strong opinions, making him a perfect candidate for rigorous frisbee testing.

Our assistant tester is Peitu, a two-year-old mixed breed. Like most members of her mountain town, she is extremely active, joining in on adventures running, biking, and skiing all year long. Peitu loves to run, chase, and catch things, and she's got an iron grip. She helped us immensely in testing the durability of our frisbees and volunteered hours of her time to playing tug.

Since neither Buddy nor Peitu can tell us which ones they like best, human reviewer Hannah Marshall paid close attention to clues the dogs gave. She devised a plan that put each frisbee through rigorous testing with and without each dog and threw the frisbees in all types of settings: windy parks, in the snow, at night, in the yard, and in the sun. We purchased all of these frisbees at full price to ensure objectivity in our ratings.

Buddy contemplating his experience with the Flying Squirrel.
Hannah and Peitu.
Peitu  ready for her next frisbee.

Analysis and Test Results


We tested each frisbee based on its flying ability, durability, versatility, quality, and fun factor. Here you can see how we evaluated each metric and which products stood out in each category.

Flying Ability


An unspoken expectation we have of frisbees is that they can fly through the air. Dog frisbees are often intended to double as toys, though, and the myriad designs that allow for both flight capability and resilience to wear and tear result in a similarly wide array of flying styles. Some dog frisbees fly fast and far, others fly slower, and some are designed more as tossing and fetch discs. We scored each frisbee on average flight distance and flight time, measured through repeated throws. The Hyperflite Jawz Competition Disc was by far the most capable in this metric, traveling about 30% farther and longer than the Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper, which was our next most capable flyer. In general, it seemed that soft rubber frisbees flew fast and far, while nylon and polyester models had more airtime and less distance. The West Paw Zogoflex Air Dash hardly flew at all.

We measured distance by paces of one person  then measured the length or their stride and converted it to feet with this tape.
We measured distance by paces of one person, then measured the length or their stride and converted it to feet with this tape.

Durability


Dogs can be tough on toys. We wanted to know which frisbees could stand up to repeated use and unsupervised play, so we played about an hour of tug with each one then left them overnight in the snow. Our most durable discs were the Zogoflex Air Dash and Outward Hound Toss n' Tug, which showed no visible damage after repeated tugging and chewing.

Peitu and Hannah testing with tug.
Peitu and Hannah testing with tug.

The Hyperlite Jawz Competition Disc also gets honorable mention in this metric. Similar to flight capability, materials used seemed to predict durability. In general, the rubber and hard plastic frisbees were more durable than nylon and polyester models, which began to show significant wear after tugging.

Process in action: Peitu bit into and tugged all ten frisbees with enthusiasm.
Process in action: Peitu bit into and tugged all ten frisbees with enthusiasm.

Versatility


Most companies attempt to make their frisbees accessible to a range of dogs and owners by making them versatile. We tested versatility based on how well the disc performed as a tug toy, whether or not it floated in water, and if it had any other potential uses such as doubling as a food bowl.

We used a bathtub to float-test. Note the KONG Classic floating here: it sank when flipped upside-down.
We used a bathtub to float-test. Note the KONG Classic floating here: it sank when flipped upside-down.

Both the Chuckit! Paraflight and the Chuckit! Flying Squirrel scored highest in our versatility metric: they float, can be used as tug toys, and the bright colors allow for fun day or night. The KONG Flyer and West Paw Zogoflex Zisc are shaped in a way that allows them to be used as water or food bowls when needed. The Hyperflight Jawz Competition Disc, which does not float and is made of hard plastic, was the least versatile.

Buddy tugging on the soft fabric of the squirrel.
Buddy tugging on the soft fabric of the squirrel.

Quality


We evaluated quality based on the materials used in each product, how easy the frisbee was to clean, and how accessible it was for humans to handle and use. West Paw stood out in this category — both the Zogoflex Zisc and Zogoflex Air Dash are made in the USA from non-toxic, recyclable, and dishwasher safe materials.

Buddy gnawing on his Zisc which works pretty well as a water dish during break time.
Buddy gnawing on his Zisc which works pretty well as a water dish during break time.

The KONG Flyer is also made from natural rubber and is dishwasher safe. All three of these frisbees come in bright colors, which are easy to locate for dogs and humans alike. On the other end of the spectrum, we found that the Zippy Paws Rope Gliderz was difficult to clean and had loose stitching out of the box, though the inclusion of climbing rope is appreciated for dogs that love their tug-of-war.

The Kong Flyer is a great option if your dog is a strong chewer. We love its durability  and its ribbed edges make it easier for dogs to pick up.
The Kong Flyer is a great option if your dog is a strong chewer. We love its durability, and its ribbed edges make it easier for dogs to pick up.

Fun Factor


While we are firm believers that all dog frisbees are happy things, some make us smile more than others. For this metric, we relied heavily on input from our canine testers. After introducing each toy, we assessed how long the dogs wanted to play with each one and whether they favored any over other toys.

Buddy never wants to give back the Paraflight  but he's learning that running for it is pretty fun  too.
Buddy never wants to give back the Paraflight, but he's learning that running for it is pretty fun, too.

Two unanimous favorites in this class were the Chuckit! Paraflight and the Zippy Paws Rope Gliderz, which is why the Paraflight edged into first place as our overall favorite. Both frisbees are made from soft nylon and polyester materials that our dogs kept coming back to chew, fetch, and tug upon. It was clear that both dogs were confused by the COLLAR Puller, which they quickly abandoned.

Seriously  Peitu and Buddy both went crazy over this frisbee.
Seriously, Peitu and Buddy both went crazy over this frisbee.

Conclusion


A frisbee can be a great way for you and your dog to bond, get outside, and enjoy some exercise. There are innumerable options out there, and we hope this comprehensive review helps you find the one that is best for both of you.

Hannah Marshall