Updated: May 16, 2015

ScoopFree Litter Box Review - Is the Scoop Free Litter Box the Best?

For those who hate cleaning the cat box, check out the ScoopFree Litter Box - just remove the tray once a month!
Cats have been revered for centuries. The ancient Egyptians honored them as symbols of protection, motherhood, and fertility. On a practical level, they were most certainly grateful for the real protection against asps, rats, and other pests. Today, they are one of the most popular pets, with 94 million cats owned in the US alone. But as well as the eternal love for cats, we have the eternal question: How do we keep the litter box clean? Well, maybe the Egyptians weren't so wound up on this one, but we certainly are. Along with the joys of pet ownership come the trials and tribulations of keeping cat litter boxes both looking, and perhaps more importantly, smelling clean. Brilliant Pets offers a brilliant solution: the ScoopFree Litter Box. Is this the litter solution you've been looking for?





Why A ScoopFree Litter Box is a Good Idea

Cat owners know that it can be tiresome to constantly scoop out waste and clean out damp, clumpy, and smelly litter. Moreover, it can be potentially dangerous to women who are pregnant because cat feces can contain a parasite that is transmissible to unborn children. While this is rare, it is understandable that you want to err on the side of caution. A ScoopFree Litter Box eliminates the need to handle soiled litter. No more scooping, no more messy, unsightly cat boxes. Why not get a LitterMaid, a product which has been on the market longer?

Alan Cook, inventor and CEO of Lucky Litter, Inc., explains that he thought cat boxes like these were revolutionary - in idea if not practice. They had a great premise, but he thought the design could be improved upon and made to work much better with no clogging, no jamming, no mess. To accomplish this, he worked with a group of MIT-trained engineers. They brainstormed, built prototypes, conducted endless consumer tests, and redesigned their product. Oh yes, this is a serious cat litter box. Finally, after four years, it was ready for the market. And can't owners couldn't be happier.


How does the ScoopFree Litter Box Work?

This Amazon page has a video that shows the Scoop Free Box in action - start there first.. The ScoopFree Litter Box has an attractive box, with a disposable tray underneath. You plug in into a wall socket, since it is powered by electricity. The box is filled with FreshStep litter crystals, which is five times more effective at trapping odor than clumping litter. After your cat uses the litter box, a rake sweeps the box and discards the waste into a covered holder on the side. It is contained so no odor is detectable and no mess is visible. The rake sweeps twenty minutes after your cat uses the box, and if he should step back in, the rake stops automatically. After you have set up the cat litter box and tray, you simply leave it. If you have one cat, you can leave it for three weeks. When the crystals become saturated, it's time to remove the tray. Simply slide the tray out, place a new one in, and throw away the used one. No contact with soiled litter, no smells, and no hassle when it comes to cleaning the litter box. In fact, you never have to clean your litter box again.



Choosing Your ScoopFree Litter Box

There are three ScoopFree Litter Box models from which to choose: the regular ScoopFree Litter Box, the Ultra edition, and the Manual edition. Which is right for you? The original is described above and is the first really effective self-cleaning litter box. The Ultra builds on the success of the original by adding convenient features, like the privacy hood, an adjustable rake delay which allows you to set the rake to sweep after five, ten, or twenty minutes, and the health meter. This feature tracks the frequency of your cat's litter box visits so you can better monitor his health. The manual version, or the ScoopFree Slide Box, contains waste and odor just as effectively as the automatic models. Once a day, you simply run the rake over the litter box into the tray. This is it. You don't have to touch anything or deal with mess. Just push the rake, and you're done. After a few weeks of use, slide the tray out and replace.


How Much Does a ScoopFree Litter Box Cost?

The ScoopFree Slide is the least expensive of the three models, and it lists for $65 on Amazon. The automatic original ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box costs $99.99, $30 less than the list price on the Brilliant Pets website. ScoopFree® Self-Cleaning Litter Box sells for $139.99 ($40 less than on the Brilliant Pets site). There are also accessories for your ScoopFree, such as a privacy hood for your original ScoopFree Litter Box and an anti-tracking carpet to keep litter where it belongs. If I had to select one, I'd skip the $40 extra for the privacy hood - my cat doesn't care who is watching -- go for the $99 model.

Sounds perfect, and if you're sick of scooping out your cat's litter box every day, especially after a long day of work, then it sounds like a dream. One drawback noted by reviewers is the price. After the initial expense, it costs about $50 for 3 replacement trays and $99 for 6. Assuming you buy the original for $100 and a 6-pack of refill trays, that is $200 for about seven months (for one cat - and you get one free tray with your litter box) of litter box care. If you have multiple cats, you will have to replace the trays more often. So is it worth it? While it is an expense, you will not have to buy litter, and you will not have to see, smell, or touch dirty litter. This alone may be very well worth the price. It also keeps your cat comfortable and clean, which is another invaluable benefit. There are other self-cleaning litter boxes available to accommodate a wide range of budgets.

If you have cats, litter is never far from your mind. But it can be. And it can be far from your hands and nose as well. The ScoopFree line of products offers convenience and cleanliness. If you have other things to spend your time doing, a ScoopFree is a must-have.