The reason this crate doesn't rank as highly as the Empire is that it's not quite as escape-proof. I think the top door might be a weak point, so you may want to use a zip tie to stop it opening if you don't plan on using it. The most determined and strongest chewers may be able to attack the bars though - so for these dogs look for sheet-walled crates instead.
The more robustly built market value priced ProSelect dog cage. is a better choice if you feel that your dog is of an escape or jailbreak temperament, due to its quality, build, strength, and reliability. And this is backed up with a significant volume of customer reviews. However if you feel it’s too expensive and can’t stretch your budget to get it, then you may like to consider the SmithBuilt crate.
It sure is a good thing I checked amazon.com for dog creates before spending almost twice as much at a major pet store! This crate is perfect in every way. It's very well made and the price can't be beat. The bottom plastic tray can be easily removed for cleaning and the crate collapses very easily. It's pretty easy to open and close with the double sliding locking mechanism, and it comes with a partition so it can grow with your puppy. I can't imagine housetraining our now-five-month-old puppy without it! We love this create, and so does our puppy.