These scoopfree litter box reviews are for you if you are tired of scooping up your cat’s poop every day—but don’t want something with a plug to take care of the problem. The litter boxes in this lineup relieve you of the burden of wielding a traditional scooper, but do so without requiring an electric power source. That makes them easier to maintain and much cheaper than the electric and automated options, which can also be a pain to fix if something does go wrong with their complicated mechanisms.

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box

This is a roll-and-clean litter box with an internal sifter that separates clean litter from clumps. The clumps go into a tray that can be pulled out for easy dumping.

Pros

  • Easy to roll due to the rounded shape on one side
  • Covered design helps to contain odor
  • Nicely roomy inside

Cons

  • Only works well with t hard-clumping litter

This litter box is one of the best-known of the scoop-free boxes and is also among the easiest to use. There are some caveats, though: poorly clumping litters don’t work very well with it (because they tend to break up) and the rolling has to be done slowly so that you don’t spill or destroy clumps as you go. Used right, it’s pretty easy to maintain—just remember to clean it out regularly, as with all litter boxes, or your cat might start thinking twice about using it even if you roll it often.

Van Ness CP5 Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box with Frame

This set comes with one sifting screen and 2 litter pans. The screen sits on top of one litter pan, which is then filled with a clumping litter. For cleaning, one only has to lift and gently shake the screen until all the clean litter falls through and the clumps are left.

Pros

  • Easy to maintain
  • Open design is better for some cats
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Can make a mess if you’re not careful
  • Pee clumps can get stuck to the screen

This is a nice, simple setup that works pretty well if you follow all the instructions. You have to use quick-clumping litter with it for best results and you have to be careful when lifting to make sure the litter doesn’t go everywhere. If you can do these things, though, it performs well.

Van Ness CP66 Enclosed Sifting Pan/Litter Box, Large

The CP66 is essentially the large and enclosed version of the CP5. This set comes with 2 nesting pans, as well as a sifting screen. It also has a locking plastic lid and a removable door for odor control.

Pros

  • Enclosed design will appeal to those who want to keep the litter box smell down
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Clumps can get stuck in the screen
  • Can be messy

This is basically a larger and thus costlier version of the CP5 with a locking lid and removable door, so it’s a little surprise that it has many of the CP5’s drawbacks too. That said, a lot of the negatives to these products are easily resolved. Pee clumping to the screen can be reduced by sprinkling baking soda on the screen before you pour the litter back into it. The messiness can be mitigated too with a little care when lifting out and putting away the waste in the sifter.

Hagen CatIt SmartSift Litter Box

This is a large litter box (26 x 19 x 25 inches for the exterior, 19 x 13 x 17 inches for the interior) made of sturdy plastic that has an enclosed design and lever-controlled sifting mechanism. The lever on one side of the box rotates the cat pan to pass the litter over a sifter. The waste collected by the sifter is deposited into a pull-out compartment at the bottom that holds a disposable liner. The clean litter is then returned to the pan.

This is a litter box with an interesting, lever-operated mechanism inside it. Does it work? It does, actually, and fairly well, although it has its limitations like every other litter box out there. It’s not good for the cats that like to pee standing up, for example, and is better used without a liner (it’s possible) if you don’t keep your cats’ claws trimmed. It’s also best if cleaned with some regularity (but not every day) so that you’re certain there’s nothing stuck on the sifter’s grate. Used right, it can be a godsend and is built with typical CatIt sturdiness too, so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart on you. It also has a charcoal filter at the top of the lid, which is a nice additional feature.

Pros

  • Has an inside step that reduces tracking
  • Easy to operate
  • Sturdy build

Cons

  • Not ideal if your cat pushes litter around a lot (it can make the level inside so uneven that some clean letter ends up in the waste pan)
  • Changing the liner can be a bit troublesome

Litter Spinner Quick Clean Cat Litter Box

This litter box is shaped like a cylinder on its side to facilitate the spinning cleaning action. Giving the cylinder one spin moves the litter through a grate that sifts the clean parts from the clumps. The clumps are left behind in a pull-out drawer and the clean litter left behind.

Pros

  • Quite sturdy
  • Has a drain hole for replacing litter
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • 7in opening will not accommodate larger cats
  • Doesn’t allow much litter depth for its spin operation to work properly

This litter box is a bit similar to the popular Litter Robot. It’s really ideal for the smaller cats due to its size and the fact that it only allows a few inches of litter inside (too deep and it’s hard to spin). Those with bigger cats should look elsewhere given its limitations.

Conclusion

The Omega Paw and CP66 from Van Ness are probably the best buys here, since they’re most likely to please more cat owners as well as cats. They’re also very affordable, which will mean a lot to most people.

Loki

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