These best automatic litter box reviews are the solution for the cat owners out there who’ve had it with scooping poop. We all love our graceful little feline friends, but hardly any of us enjoy cleaning up their toilets. Fortunately, there are a lot of products now that automate that process for us. Below are just 5 of the best ones available, with their merits discussed so you know which one might feed your and your pet’s lifestyles best.

Litter Robot 3 "Open Air"


The Litter-Robot Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box makes caring for your cat easier. The first major update to the highly successful Litter-Robot platform, the Open Air is the culmination of the latest technology and 15 years of customer feedback. Once your cat exits, a timer counts down, allowing waste to clump before a cleaning cycle begins automatically. As the globe slowly rotates, the patented sifting system separates the clean litter from the clumps and drops the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer. The globe returns to the home position, leaving a clean, level bed of litter for the next use. Uses clumping litter and kitchen garbage bags. NO SPECIAL ACCESSORIES REQUIRED. The enlarged entryway and litter chamber, along with the self-adjusting cat sensor, accommodate cats weighing 5 lbs. or more. NEW FEATURES: DRAWER FULL INDICATOR: A flashing blue light lets you know when the waste drawer is full, so there's no more guessing. CONTROL PANEL LOCK OUT: Prevent kids and cats from unnecessarily pressing buttons, which could change your settings or cycle the unit. ADJUSTABLE CYCLE TIMER: Choose a 3-, 7-, or 15-minute delay from the time your cat uses the Litter-Robot until it performs a cleaning cycle. 8-HOUR SLEEP MODE: When activated, for a period of 8 hours, your unit will only cycle when the button is pressed manually to prevent disturbances. AUTOMATIC NIGHT LIGHT: Illuminates the litter chamber in low light conditions for elderly cats. BACKUP BATTERY (Sold Separately): The Backup Battery provides up to 48 hours of operation if power is interrupted. Estimated operation time is based on 10 cleaning cycles per day, which is typical for two cats, but results will vary. Backed by a 90-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE and 18-MONTH FULL WARRANTY. With more than 125,000 customers, over 15 years in business, and three versions of the Litter-Robot on the market, we are confident we have developed the best solution for pet parents to never have to scoop again!

  • Self-Cleaning Fully Automatic Litter Box
  • Great for Multiple Cats - Saves up to 50% on Litter!
  • 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee & 18-Month Warranty
  • Reduces Odor - Large Entryway - Automatic Night Light
  • Durable Construction - Appliance Quality - Infrequent Maintenance

CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box


This environmentally-friendly litter box uses permanent washable granules and a sanitizing solution in a toilet-shaped bowl with a rake. The rake scoops away solids for liquefaction and disposal down the drain to which you attach it and the machine washes the litter clean of urine before drying it for reuse. You can initiate the cleaning cycle when necessary each day.

This has an average price, but that’s a more than tolerable when you consider how environment-friendly it is. There’s no non-biodegradable litter (or plastic bags, for that matter) to worry about. Your cat’s poop and pee just go down the drain. The problem is, the cleaning cycle can be a bit lengthy if you have several cats. It also tends to be bad at picking up soft poop, so it’s not great if your cat’s digestive system is in a funk.

Pros

  • Washable granules means you can cut down on litter costs and storage space
  • Environment-friendly
  • No need to use bags

Cons

  • Cleaning cycle takes about half an hour, so if your cats really have to go, you may need a backup litter box
  • Not great if your cat has soft excrement

SmartScoop Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box


This litter box has a rake going through the pan 15 minutes after your cat uses it. Sensors detect activity in the pan and a motor drags the rake through the litter automatically, separating clumps and waste from clean litter and depositing it in the lidded, filter-equipped compartment at the rear.

This is a good buy, especially with some of its strengths. It’s quieter than most of the competition and also has a nicely designed gear-rail system that prevents clogs due to litter. Bear in mind, though, that the bin isn’t the largest: you’ll probably have to empty it more than once a day if you have more than one cat (or 1 big cat) at home.

Pros

  • Pretty quiet when operating
  • Easy to clean
  • Doesn’t jam often

Cons

  • Could use a bigger bin (especially for multi-cat households with well-fed pets)
  • Not the easiest thing to assemble if you aren’t handy

LitterMaid LM980 Mega


An automatic rake sifts litter 10 minutes following the sensors’ detection of activity within it. Designed for use with clumping litter, it has a disposable container into which the rake deposits clumps and solids. The container has a carbon filter for odor reduction, an option for manual activation of the removable rake, and a paw-cleaning ramp.

The most important thing with this box is to follow the instructions to the letter. Even filling it with more than the recommended amount can have an adverse effect as the motor will be strained when it tries to drag the rake through more litter than it was ever intended to sift. If you use it as advised, it works quite well, and isn’t a bad choice given all its feature and size. It also has a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Bigger than other Littermaid boxes at 28 x 17.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Equipped with a safety bar for stopping and reversing the rake when the cat hops into the box
  • Rake is plastic (non-rusting)

cons:

  • Motor can break from strain if you overfill it

Litter Robot LRII


The globe serving as the litter container on this device rotates 7 minutes after the weight sensors detect your cat in it. The rotation sifts the litter and pushes the clumps and waste into a container lined with a trash bag. The globe then goes back to its previous position, ready for another “deposit”.

The only real issue with this is that not everyone can afford it. It’s overall quite a well made product that works as it should, without much fuss. It could stand to be quieter, but the inclusion of an Off mode in the controls takes care of that problem when you need silence. Some cats might not like its totally enclosed space, though, but most will get used to it easily.

Pros

  • Good seal on the inner waste container
  • Fairly easy to clean
  • Can be turned off for nighttime use

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a mechanism to stop cats from entering it in the middle of sifting (cats can pee on the grate)
  • Not exactly cheap

OurPets SmartScoop Automatic Litter Box


This modular litter box has a rugged metal gears for endurance and strength. The smart sensor allows 15 minutes to pass after your cat has used the box, then the rake sifts through the litter for the waste.

This may not be ideal if your kitties like the litter to be deep (or easy to heap on top of their waste), but otherwise, it’s a nice litter box. It’s on the quieter side of most automatic litter boxes, has fairly nice (and modular) construction, and even comes with a scraper for those instances when your cat’s waste sticks to the sides or bottom. If you’re wondering how it differs from the other “SmartScoop” here, it’s in the dimensions (the other one is taller and wider; this is longer) and the waste bin placement (this one has it moving with the rake instead of stationary).

Pros

  • Fairly quiet
  • Quite durable
  • Easy to assemble and maintain

Cons

  • Tends to pile litter unevenly after a raking
  • Pan requires litter depth to be a little bit on the shallower side

Conclusion

The best option here, if you can afford it, is the LRIII. It may look a bit odd and cost you more money, but it’s actually easy to use, maintain, and relatively durable. Of course, you can also go with the CatGenie if you want something a bit “greener”—just make sure your cat doesn’t eat anything that will give him diarrhea.

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