If you’re about to take on the not-so-fun—and often expensive—task of buying and installing a permanent screen door, listen up: there’s a cheaper and easier option to consider if you’d rather dedicate your time and money elsewhere in summer home improvement projects. Magnetic screen doors are designed like a curtain that fits around your door frame, for hands-free opening and closing with a magnetic strip in the center. There are even options to use on sliding and French doors. If this low cost and commitment option sounds like your jam, read on for our top recommendations.
What to Know
The first thing to nail down is finding the right size magnetic screen door. Some are trimmable or adjustable and others or not, requiring you to take exact measurements for an exact fit. Generally speaking, magnetic screen doors made of fiberglass mesh versus polyester mesh tend to be higher-quality—with a higher price tag often attached. Most are installed with adhesive tape or Velcro, and a mix of hooks and loops and thumbtacks. Magnets are typically used to keep the panels closed, and some options come with hasps at the center and bottom seam to prevent them from blowing open in high wind.
How We Chose
All of the magnetic screen doors we cover have average four stars or more, and several are rated at 4.5 stars and up. We combed through user reviews during our research and our selections include a range of styles for different doors, plus we offer options across multiple price points, from budget mesh options to higher-end fiberglass screens.
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Flux Phenom Magnetic Screen Door
This mesh magnetic screen door is a smart choice for price and versatility. It fits doors up to 82 x 32 inches, works with metal and wood door frames, and comes with everything you need for installation, including thumbtacks, plus it’s adjustable for doors with smaller dimensions.
The middle seam is lined with 26 magnets, strong enough to stay shut but easy enough to walk through hands-free. And, of course, it keeps the bugs out when closed.
Our Budget Pick
Homearda Magnetic Screen Door
If you’re looking for an affordable magnetic screen door that’ll get the job done, look no further than this option, priced at a mere $17 at the time of this writing. It’s available in multiple sizes—including popular 72 x 80 inches — so you can get a more exact fit with less adjustment to deal with. It’s made of fiberglass mesh, which is stronger and more durable than mesh alone. It comes with adhesive tape for installation and 26 magnets sewn into the center seam to keep the flaps firmly closed.
Magzo Fiberglass Mesh Magnetic Screen Door
This magnetic screen door may be a bit pricier on average than similarly sized options for above, but it has a clean, modern upscale look and is solidly constructed. It’s also a customer favorite, with an average 4.6 stars from more than 10,200 reviewers.
The screen door is made of durable fiberglass mesh plus there hasps in the middle and bottom center for extra wind blockage. There are also magnets that run along the center seam, plus adhesive strips and push pins for installation. It also comes in a host of sizes: There are more than a dozen options to choose from.
Best for Sliding Doors
Yotache Reinforced Magnetic Screen Doors
Not all magnetic screen doors come in standard sliding door sizes. This one does—plus it gets high marks from customers who say they’ve had a tough time finding the perfect fit. It’s made of high-quality fiberglass mesh, wrapped with a webbed fabric on four sides for extra durability and sturdiness.
There are also hasps and the middle and bottom center seam to keep the screen firmly closed in high wind, plus extra magnets at the bottom. It comes with everything needed for installation.
Best for French Doors
Ikstar Magnetic Screen Doors
If you have French doors, this attractive option is your best bet if you’re looking for magnetic screen doors. They come in a bevy of sizes, including 72 x 80 inches, made of high-density polyester mesh with a full-frame hook-and-loop design. It features strong magnetic cubes sewn in the center seam plus plus side strips for easy and quiet opening and closing.
Extra adhesive tape and push pins are included as part of the package. The magnetic screen door is also competitively priced.
Best White Screen
Yotache White Magnetic Screen Doors
It isn’t easy to find a high-quality white magnetic screen door, but this one fits the bill. It’s made of fiberglass mesh, with a sturdy hook-and-loop design and a thick webbed material covering four sides for extra strength. There are also magnets and hasps at the middle and bottom of the center seam to prevent the screen from blowing open in high wind. The white magnetic screen comes in several sizes, too—all of which are adjustable for a precise fit.
Megamesh Heavy-Duty Magnetic Screen Door
This option is known for being tear-resistant, using a heavy-duty reinforced polyester mesh material for the screen—plus the company is so confident in its product’s ability to keep bugs out that it offers a 12-month money-back guarantee.
There are 26 magnets sewn in reinforced edges, including the center seam for no gaps, plus there’s a Velcro frame to keep it in place. The only drawback is that the screen isn’t adjustable and is only available in two sizes.
Magzo Magnetic Screen Doors
If you’re someone who can’t sacrifice design for practicality (we get it), this is the magnetic screen door for you. It virtually disappears when installed, done in a soft gray rather than black, giving the illusion that the doors are nothing but glass. Yet it offers all the benefits as other top-rated options, constructed of durable fiberglass, with hasps on the middle and bottom seam, and comes in a slew of sizes—including one that’s 72 x 80 inches — plus everything needed for installation.
Best for Pets
Ownpets Magnetic Screen Door
We bet that after purchasing this magnetic screen door for dogs, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Let pup go in and out safely as often as she pleases, designed to be installed in a regular screen door. It’s made from ABS plastic with a sturdy frame that screws in and is reinforced to stay in place.
It’s self-closing, with a magnet that snaps into place when your dog goes in or out, plus it locks for safety at night. Keep in mind that it’s best suited for small- to medium-sized dogs.
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