The 10 Best Pooper Scoopers

Updated March 09, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. It's the most unpleasant part of owning a dog, but taking on the role of a good citizen and cleaning up after your pooch doesn't have to be messy and smelly. These pooper scoopers take a lot of the unpleasantness out of picking up your four-legged friend’s droppings on any surface, which makes it easier to keep your yard and your neighborhood fresh and odor-free. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pooper scooper on Amazon.

10. Nature's Miracle Advanced

The Nature's Miracle Advanced functions as a rake and a spade, so whatever the consistency of your pet’s stool, it should be simple enough to roll it into the pan for quick pickups. It’s also easy to wash off once the job is done.
  • generous 38-inch length
  • odor-blocking technology
  • handle is rather flimsy
Brand Nature's Miracle
Model P-6009
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Bodhi Poo Pack

Constructed with lightweight, nonstick plastic, the Bodhi Poo Pack is a simple and portable cleanup solution that you can use at your home or while you’re on the road. Conveniently sized, it's simple to operate and comes with a roll of waste bags.
  • includes a satisfaction guarantee
  • strong springs for secure clamping
  • bags are not high quality
Brand Bodhi Dog
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Dara Giants Combo

The Dara Giants Combo comes with 50 bags that are sized to fit the bin, so you never have to worry about washing it out. The scoop is designed to accommodate up to 2.5 pounds of waste, so you should be able to tidy up your entire yard in one outing.
  • made in the united states
  • height range of 27 to 33 inches
  • bags do not always stay secure
Brand Dara Giants LLC
Model pending
Weight 2.9 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Favorite Pet Clamp

No one looks forward to bending over with a plastic grocery bag and grabbing doggy droppings, which is where the Favorite Pet Clamp comes to the rescue. It’s easy to grip with a simple one-handed action that makes this dreaded chore much less excruciating.
  • foldable design for saving space
  • weighs only 1 pound
  • may pull some grass out
Brand Favorite
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Tidy Turd Set

Whether you’re walking in the park or making a pit stop during a road trip, the sleek and lightweight Tidy Turd Set is one of the most portable options available. It comes with leakproof bags that fit over the scoop, so you don't need to wear gloves.
  • compact and easy to wield
  • simple snap-together assembly
  • not very effective in long grass
Brand Tidy Turd
Model pending
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Flexrake Standard

If you want a functional model that won’t leave you frustrated, the lightweight Flexrake Standard features a spade and a pan that are both made of durable aluminum. It also has a vinyl handle that provides a comfortable, solid grip.
  • wide 7-inch scooping pan
  • simply hose it off to clean
  • handle can fall off with heavy use
Brand Flexrake
Model 57A
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Pet Gallo Bone

If you don’t mind stooping or bending over, the Pet Gallo Bone provides a quick, practical way to remove those land mines your pup placed strategically across the property. Its 11-inch handle provides enough of a buffer between you and any offensive odors.
  • surface is resistant to sticking
  • comes with biodegradable bags
  • made with hard-wearing plastic
Brand pet gallo
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Nature's Miracle Jaw Scoop

If you have some back issues, the Nature's Miracle Jaw Scoop is a nice solution, since it doesn't require any bending to get the job done. It's a pretty efficient option, as it can handle six to eight piles comfortably before you need to empty it out.
  • sharp jaws grab pieces well
  • comes with a 1-year warranty
  • easy to open one-handed
Brand Nature's Miracle
Model P-6008
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Faciab Foldable

The serrated edges of the Faciab Foldable are ideal for grabbing droppings of any size, and its springs provide just the right amount of tension for clamping onto and disposing of waste. It comes with a roll of bags so you can start cleaning up immediately.
  • available in black or blue
  • soft rubber padding on handle
  • simple for kids to use
Brand Faciab
Model pending
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Arm & Hammer Rake

The Arm & Hammer Rake conveniently swivels, so you don't need to constantly pick it up and reposition it as you move around the yard. It also has a more discreet look than most, so it will blend in with your other gardening tools.
  • looped handles for easy hanging
  • adjustable length for rake and bin
  • works well with plastic grocery bags
Brand Arm & Hammer
Model 71034
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Scoop In The Name Of Society

Unless you feel the slip of it, or you or somebody with you sees it happen, there's liable to be a gap between the moment you step in dog droppings and the moment you realize it. It's usually the smell that gives it away. I wish there was some manner by which I could fix a camera on the face of someone who stepped in it but didn't know it yet, just to capture that instant of recognition, that flash of shame, and fear, and begrudging certainty that we've all felt when we realized the source of that suspicious aroma.

Of course, all of this pain and strife could be avoided if everybody just picked up after their pets. This is a utopian concept, I know, but change starts with each and every one of us doing what we can. The pooper scoopers on our list seek to make what could be a rather unpleasant chore into something simple and painless, so each of us can do his or her part.

There are people out there who practice the inverted bag method, by which they reach through a plastic bag with their otherwise bare hand and grab the remains right off the lawn, pulling them up and turning the bag inside out, trapping the stuff inside. Not only is this method unnecessarily unsanitary (one hole in that bag is all it takes), it also does nothing to save you from feeling the warmth of the material as you pick it up, and just typing that makes me squeamish.

A pooper scooper puts a safe distance between you and the offensive pile in question, either cleanly raking the leavings directly into a bag or bin, or grabbing them up in a long plastic device that marries the design of a backhoe and a pair of forceps.

Methods Of Disposal

I've never met a pooper scooper I would describe as durable. For 15 years I had a fantastic little beagle names Lwpos (a private initialism pronounced like Lupus, the Latin for "wolf"), and he was nothing if not an excrement machine. We burned through an average of two scoopers per year, though, to be honest we didn't take very good care of them.

If you live in an area where there is a lot of rain or snow come winter, or a lot of intense shifts in temperature and humidity over the course of a single day, your pooper scoopers may not last as long as you like. I was notorious for leaving our pooper scooper out in the snow and allowing its metal hinges to rust. A modicum of care ought to get you a few more years out of your pooper scooper than I could muster, but don't expect them to last forever.

Without placing a huge emphasis on durability, then, you can make your decision among the pooper scoopers on our top ten list by considering a couple of other variables. First, do you prefer the clamp or the rake? The clamp design works a lot like those reach-and-grab devices you sometimes see the elderly or the vertically challenged using at the grocery store to reach the top shelf. Instead of a C-shaped clamp at the end, though, these devices have two rounded shovels that slide underneath the target, effectively scooping it up.

The rake works more like a push broom with its very own dust pan. Unlike the clamp design, these require two hands to operate, so if you prefer a method that allows you to Instagram your scooping operations, you'll want the clamp.

Next, you should ask yourself if you plan to use bags at all, and if you want a bag directly involved in the scooping. This question really depends on how often you scoop. I was a weekly scooper, so I'd carry a bag with me and load up on the whole week's worth. Daily scoopers, or those of you who work on a walk-by-walk basis could get away without any bags, dropping the goods in a neighbor's trash can instead.

A Pile On The Political Landscape

Before the turn of the 20th century, there wasn't much dog training to speak of in the United States. During the Second World War, the American military trained and employed a significant number of soldiers to teach field animals how to sniff out bombs and mines, as well as how to cohabitate with their fellow soldiers. After the end of the war, these trainers returned home and put their newfound knowledge and skills to work, professionally training dogs to live more sweetly among us.

Still, despite this increase in training, the general attitude toward anything these dogs might have left behind was one of avoidance. What the dogs did outside was their business, not ours. If there's anybody that can find the value in a pile of you-know-what, however, it's a politician, and in the 1960s, politicians with specific agendas would hide bits of personal legislation in the fine print of bills directed at ridding their municipalities' streets of poop.

The measures were immensely popular among city-dwellers tired of scraping the stuff off of their shoes, and almost nobody looked into the other provisions set forth in the bills. In short order, Brooke Miller of Anaheim California invented the first pooper scooper, a small scooping mechanism much like the rake and pan models on our list. By 1978, curbing laws had taken hold in San Francisco, New York City, and a slew of other cities across America.

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Last updated on March 09, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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