The 10 Best Litter Boxes

Updated July 04, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Litter Boxes
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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Yes, cats are cute, but their pee and poop is not. Keep kitty's mess contained in one of these litter boxes. We've included models that help to control odor; are designed for large, small and multiple cats; and even self-cleaning ones that save you from getting your hands dirty. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best litter box on Amazon.

10. PetSafe Simply Clean

The PetSafe Simply Clean has a slow moving rake that cleans the litter all day long in a smooth and quiet motion that won't scare your cat. It is designed to be used with low-clump litter and comes with a one-year warranty.
  • accommodates plastic grocery bags
  • only suitable for cats under 15lbs
  • low sides let litter scatter
Brand PetSafe
Model PAL17-10786
Weight 14 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Petmate Deluxe Hooded

The large and spacious Petmate Deluxe Hooded is the perfect fit for cats of all sizes. It has Microban antimicrobial protection, which makes it a more hygienic litter box, and includes a scoop, liners, door and filter, so all you need to do is buy litter.
  • convenient carrying handle
  • tall and thin design
  • side latches aren't very secure
Brand Petmate
Model BC598131
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Tidy Cats Breeze

The Tidy Cats Breeze has a removable cat pad in the bottom that is designed to absorb urine and trap smells, so your entire room doesn't have to smell like a litter box. It also comes with dehydrating, anti-tracking pellets that suck the moisture out of solid waste.
  • creates almost no litter dust
  • suitable for kittens too
  • picky cats may not like it
Brand Purina Tidy Cats
Model 70230_12733
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Nature's Miracle P-82035

The Nature's Miracle P-82035 is a basic, low-cost litter box with smartly designed, high sides that effectively prevent litter spray. It's a good choice for those on a limited budget who still want to keep the area around the box clean.
  • makes a great cat house if inverted
  • mold and mildew resistant
  • not an attractive design
Brand Nature's Miracle
Model P-82035
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

The Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan is a great solution for messy cats that is also affordable. The crafty top-opening will help reduce the tracking of litter everywhere, and gives them a sense of privacy, which every animal appreciates, even if they can't tell you.
  • extra-wide opening
  • built-in handles
  • design helps keep dogs out
Brand Petmate
Model 22062
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Good Pet Stuff Plant

The Good Pet Stuff Plant stays hidden in plain sight. It looks just like a clay pot and, unlike most litter boxes, this one works as a beautiful piece of decor, so you won't feel the need to stick it in some obscure, out of the way, spot.
  • can accommodate large cats
  • comes apart for easy cleaning
  • filtered vent controls dust and odor
Brand Good Pet Stuff
Model HLHF2
Weight 6.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Nature's Miracle Advanced

For those with small homes or apartments where every inch of space counts, the Nature's Miracle Advanced has a unique triangular design that allows it to be tucked away in the corner of any room. It also features an antimicrobial coating to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • nonstick surface prevents caking
  • hood latches securely closed
  • odor-controlling charcoal filter
Brand Nature's Miracle
Model 5915
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Petsafe ScoopFree Ultra

Sure it's pricey, but how much is it worth to you not to have to scoop up your cat's poo? The Petsafe ScoopFree Ultra doesn't need to be cleaned, scooped, or refilled for weeks at a time and uses a crystallized litter that contains nasty urine odor.
  • rakes waste into a closed area
  • tracks how often your cat uses it
  • removable privacy hood
Brand PetSafe
Model PAL00-14243
Weight 22.9 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Petmate Booda Dome Cleanstep

The Petmate Booda Dome Cleanstep is a cost-efficient litter box with a fantastic design. It does a great job of reducing litter mess from cats digging, and helps keep odors inside. Plus, it's made of easy-to-clean plastic and comes in four color choices.
  • step design controls litter tracking
  • quality made in the usa
  • larger than most other litter boxes
Brand Booda
Model 50022s
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. CatGenie Cat Box

The CatGenie Cat Box automatically flushes all the waste away and washes itself clean, so you don't have to get your hands dirty. Just set it up and forget about ever having to clean up after your cat again. It's the ideal choice for the lazy cat owner.
  • suitable for up to three cats
  • uses litter-like washable granules
  • has a sleep setting for nighttime
Brand CatGenie
Model 891329001775
Weight 34.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

When Outdoors Isn't An Option

Growing up, my family cat Esposito–named for the great hockey player Phil Esposito–was an outdoor cat. I never encountered the unfortunate aroma of the litter box until after Espo passed, a raccoon bite having carried him off. The shock of Espo's sudden departure at the hands of a rabid animal caused my mother to rethink her outdoor cat policy, and we confined our next feline friend to the indoors for its own safety. Thus, I got my first taste (or smell, more appropriately) of a litter box.

Where I live now, you couldn't dream of keeping a cat outdoors. There are coyotes everywhere of an evening. I even keep an old hockey stick in my car to chase them back up the hill when I see them lurking around people's lawns. If you own a cat in this neighborhood, or any city for that matter, you're going to need a litter box.

The good news is that the litter box has come a long way since Espo's day, as have the formulas for the litter itself, and both the smells and labors that plagued cat owners in days gone by are slowly becoming things of the past.

All but one of the litter boxes on our list has some sort of feature designed to make your life with the litter box that much easier. Many of the boxes feature full enclosures that cut down on the proliferation of that litter box smell while also providing a greater degree of privacy for your kitty.

A few of these litter boxes also perform a self-cleaning function, in which a motorized grate or scooper runs the length and width of the litter box, removing any and all clumps into a waste receptacle that you can easily remove, empty, and rinse.

A Question Of Privacy

In my experience, the more privacy you can afford your cat for its litter time, the better. For this reason, I always leaned toward the litter boxes that offered some kind of enclosure for your cat, either by way of high walls or by creating a tiny little room for them to enter. This is especially important if your place is small enough to necessitate that you keep your litter box in a more public area.

If you're worried about the smell and the appearance of it, the enclosed boxes do a better job than the open ones at keeping any and all odors confined to the area immediately around the box, and they also make it so you and your guests don't have to look at anything your kitty might not have bothered to cover up.

The downside to enclosed litter boxes is usually their size, as they are significantly higher that their simple, pan-style brothers, and they need to be wide enough for your cat not to get too claustrophobic. Some are designed more elegantly than others, so if aesthetics are a concern, start by looking for a box that will fit in with your space and evaluate the features from there.

Then, there are the self-cleaning litter boxes, which are a dream come true in many ways, and a nightmare in their own right if you get one that's overly complicated or that's a little too noisy and rambunctious for the kitty in question. Remember: cats are skittish creatures. If you bring any device into your home that has a degree of automation to it, it might be a while before the cat can adjust to its presence.

The last thing you want is for your cat to fear its own litter box. When an automated litter box scoops itself, or rakes its grid across the litter, the sound of the motor and the movement of its arms could turn your cat off to the box for good, necessitating a return and a lot of hassle. If you know your cat to be a little more sensitive than most, these might not be the litter boxes for you.

From Sand And Snow To Salvation

If you owned an indoor cat before 1947, you had to be pretty creative about its litter. At this point in feline history, absorbent clay granules and cats had nothing to do with one another, and cat owners resorted to filling their baking pans with anything from sand, to wood ash, to shredded newspaper. They had to clean their pans a heck of a lot more often than we have to scoop litter, and even more thoroughly if they wanted to use them to bake a casserole (I sincerely hope nobody did that).

In 1947, when a woman couldn't reach her outdoor reserve of sand due to a blizzard, she asked her neighbor if he could supply her with some from his business, which sold both sand and clay products. He, too, was cut off from his sand pile due to the storm, but he offered her some clay granules to tide her over, and they were a hit with the cat.

Even after the storm abated, she came back for more clay, along with a gaggle of her friends, and the gentleman knew he had an opportunity on his hands. He packaged up a few bags of the granules and brought them to his local pet store, where they sold out almost immediately. From then till now, inventors and designers have worked tirelessly to maximize the effectiveness of this litter, as well as the boxes in which it works.

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Last updated on July 04, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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