top automated cat boxes

Hi My name is Angela Bronson

I will be showcasing the best self cleaning litter boxes rated based on my reviews with each unit as well as taking in the consideration of other user reviews from various other websites such as amazon and user based forums, bringing you my top picks of the Top 5 best automatic cat litter boxes on the market.

All system are rated on factors of easy to use by cats, odor control, cleaning performance, durability and Convenience.


1. Litter Robot LRII & Litter Robot Open Air Reviews

We reviewed the Litter Robot 2 and Litter Robot III Open Air and with all the information that we compiled, the Litter Robot III is the litter box solution on the market and provides amazing value for money and here’s why:

The design of the litter robot’s impacts on how the units self cleaning process functions. The spherical shape also works like a hood to stop litter kicking and trailing,

It automatically removes litter clumps by the spherical head rotating, filtering out all the dirty litter from the clean litter and disposing the waste into the waste receptacle which is conveniently placed at the base of the unit.

The Litter robot requires no additional branded supplies, it only requires premium self clumping cat box and domestic house hold trash bags.
The whole idea of the unit is the convenience for cat owners, this is a set and forget self-cleaning litter box solution which requires no scooping or direct handling of cat waste, cat waste is disposed into the trash receptacle for easy bagging litter-robot-IIIand disposal.
Odor is not an issue with this automatic cat litter box as it is heavily equipped with a carbon filter to eliminate any offensive cat odor.

Easy to use for cats: 10/10
It is easy for most cats however it is not ideal for cats who are handicapped or ill

Odor control: 10/10
Odor is no issue with this unit, waste is handled immediately and disposed into the waste receptacle which is equipped with a heavy-duty carbon filter.

Cleaning performance: 10/10
The cleaning process lives up to its advertised expectations and does a fine job in separating dirty litter from the clean litter.

Durability: 10/10
The unit is made out of hard solid plastic which is rugged to withstand time.

Convenience: 10/10
The LR is a great hands free cat lavatory solution which frees cat owners from ever having to manually scoop their pets feces again.
It does require minimal maintenance, changing waste bags, and topping up litter.

Overall Rating 10/10

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2. Catgenie 120 Review

catgenie litter boxOverview:
The CatGenie is the most advanced cat tray on the market and its the only automatic solution that uses water as a key part of its cleaning process, it really is a fancy toilet for cats that flushes and cleans itself making it a dream come true to all cat owners everywhere.
The Catgenie is currently the only self flushing functional system on the market which uses reusable plastic granules as the regular clumping cat litter alternative, saving money on regular kitty litter.

But what about germs?
The CatGenie uses a bio-degradable disinfectant solution during the automated cleaning process, washing the dirty granules clean and disinfecting the unit for your cats next use.

Easy to use for cats: 10/10
The Catgenie’s design is very practical to all domestic cats who are toilet trained, there is no difficult entry and exit points and there is a big enough space to cater to all kinds of cat, big or small.

Odor control: 10/10
There is virtually no odor

Cleaning performance: 10/10
The Catgenie is in a league of its own when it comes to the cleaning process, however it does a great job and makes the Catgenie one of the most hygienic cat boxes around.

Durability: 9/10
Built with solid materials such as hard plastic and metal/aluminum the Catgenie is a heavy-duty unit.

Convenience: 10/10
This unit requires no manual scooping or cleaning, It really is a hands free solution.

Overall Rating 10/10


3. ScoopFree Ultra Review

Scoopfree auto litter box reviewOverview:
The ScoopFree is the best automatic cat litter box for the price tag and is one of the leading rake operated cat boxes on the market, using blue crystal disposable litter trays which are designed to sponge up moisture, effectively cutting down on odor as soon as your cat does his/hers business.
The design is nothing foreign in comparison to an ordinary cat box which enables cats to easily warm up to their new ScoopFree toilet.
The ScoopFree automatic litter box lives up to its name being one of the best hands free rake operated litter pan solutions.
As mentioned before odor is not an issue with this unit as it utilizes blue crystal litter along with the trash receptacle being fully equipped with it own carbon filters to further extinguish any bad odors.

Easy to use for cats: 9/10
A spacious and classic cat box design which enables cats to get use to their new cat box with ease.

Odor control: 8/10
Carbon filters and the use of the crystal pallets effectively cut down on any odors.

Cleaning performance: 7/10
The cleaning process lives up to its advertised functionality expectations of providing a Scoopfree solution.

Durability: 9/10
The unit has got a solid design and it has been boasted to have a powerful motor to rake out any difficult solids.

Convenience: 6/10
This is good domestic solution if you are trying to avoid direct handling of cat waste, however it’s not a completely automated solution and it does require some human interference to maintain the up keep to maintain its optimal performance.

Overall Rating 7/10



4. SmartScoop Review

SmartScoop self cleaning litter boxOverview:
The SmartScoop litter box is an all around great cat box with a durable motor to handle stubborn waste. It requires no additional waste containers like the Litter Maid’s, plus its an effortless transition from an ordinary litter box to the Smartscoop due to its classic looking design.
The Smartscoop automatic litter box is yet another rake operated cat waste receptacle however it has been known to do a great job when removing feces and has twice as less motor noise than most of the other self cleaning waste boxes on the market.
It has the capabilities of handling multiple cats and cats who are full-figured.

The unit is seen to be a smart solution for all cat owners looking for a reliable and affordable litter pan which wont cost them any extra on additional branded requirements, self clumping litter is the only thing it needs in order to function at its optimal level.

Easy to use for cats: 10/10
Very spacious design which most cats will love immediately.

Cleaning performance: 7/10
The cleaning performance of the Smartscoop is on the same par as the LitterMaid except the SmartScoop runs more quietly.
There is instances where feces is caught in the rake however as mentioned before this pron to happen with soft feces.

Odor control: 7/10
Carbon filters have be also equipped onto the Smartscoop to cut down on cat box odor effectively.

Durability: 6/10
The motor has seen to be more reliable than the popular LitterMaid series, its overall construction is made out of solid plastic which is built to last many uses from all types of cats.

Convenience: 7/10
The LitterMaid is a good temporary solution for cat owners trying to distance themselves from scooping their pets waste pan the manual way, it is very convenient and works great.

Overall Rating 6/10



5. LitterMaid LM980 Mega Review

Littermaid LM980 Mega Litter Box Review

The Littermaid ML980 Mega is one of the more popular entry-level rake operated cat boxes on the market, The unit is not quite as different from most of the other rake operated pet pans, however it’s certainly the highest ranking affordable cat waste box on the market.
The litter pan provides a spacious, high walled, classic design in order to cater to multiple cats big and small.
The high wall design is designed to stop litter from being kicked out of the sandbox, the LitterMaid also comes with a anti-trailing ramp which is meant to stop the common problem with litter trailing.
The LM has the capabilities to house at least 1 week worth of litter before needing to be changed, the unit takes disposable trash containers however the Litter Maid provides reusable alternatives for people not looking to spend more on branded containers.
The LitterMaid LM980 handles odor quite well and is reinforced with carbon filters to knock out offensive cat box odors.

Easy to use for cats: 9/10
A spacious high walled design to stop litter kicking cats from kicking litter.

Cleaning performance: 7/10
The cleaning performance of the unit is pretty good and lives up to its advertised capabilities, it is evident in most rack operated cat box that soft feces do not properly work with the rack system as feces can get caught in the rake.

Odor control: 7/10
Durable carbon filters have been implemented into the Litter Maid to stop all odor and odor leakage from the trash receptacle.

Durability: 4/10
The Littermaid has got a solid design, however it has been reported that the motor can fail after a year of use, there is mixed reports about this topic.

Convenience: 7/10
The LitterMaid is a good temporary solution for cat owners trying to distance themselves from cleaning their pet box the manual way, it is very convenient and works great.

Overall Rating 7/10


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How Automatic Litter Boxes Can Help?

  • Saving Time – The speed of life has changed over the past years to a faster pace way of living. People are working longer hours and families are trying to do the best to juggle the day-to-day tasks to keep up with their family and busy social lives.
    When it comes to owning a pet cat you have to deal with the extra responsibilities to feed them, brush their hair (if they have long haired coats) and frequently scoop their litter box so they don’t make a mess some place else. All these tasks play a part in eating into your free time and that is why there is a more efficient way of automated the entire scooping process and freeing up your time for the more important things in life.
  • Stop the smelly odor – Do you know the feeling of of cat odor when it hits you as soon as you walk in through the front door, the foul cat odor stings your nose, the ringing reminder that you need to scoop and clean the litter pan.
    Even though the odor plays as a rude reminder of what task is yet to come, you need to deal with the lingering foul cat smell that has taken over your home.
    Unfortunately there is no way of dealing with bad cat odor without diagnosing the root of the problem first, which is the mere side effect of having a litter box in your home in the first place. However with the technology that self cleaning litter boxes offer families around the world, you won’t be have an odor problem anymore.
  • Hygiene – The first time you start using an automatic litter box you will immediately notice that you wont be be coming into contact with urine soaked and poo crusted cat litter anymore.
    You will no longer be breathing in harmful bacteria infested litter dust that your cat has left behind for you to deal with the unpleasant task of cleaning it up.
    Having an electric litter box takes care of everything for you, it will serve its purpose of cleaning it self and protecting your family and your pets from harmful bacteria that is known to grow in your cats litter waste box.


learn more about litter boxes

BrandRetail Price (in Store)Multiple catsTypeRead Review
Litter Robot III
litter robot 3
$686.00 RRP
$449 Limited Time Offer
YesRotate cleaninglitter robot 3 review
Litter Robot LRII
litter robot 2
$499.00 RRP
$349 Limited Time Offer
YesRotate cleaninglitter robot 2 review

CatGenie 120

catgenie review
$290.00 RRP
YesSelf Flushing (water flushing)CatGenie Litter Box Review
Petsafe Simply Clean

Petsafe simply clean litter box
$160.25 RRPYesSelf cleaning Conveyor systemCatGenie Self Cleaning Litter Box Review

Scoopfree self cleaning litter box review
$238.95 RRPYesRakeScoopFree Litter Box Review
SmartScoop self cleaning litter box
$193.50 RRPYesRakeSmartScoop Review
LitterMaid Elite Mega
Littermaid LM980 Mega Self Cleaning Litter Box Review
$169.99 RRP
YesRakeLittermaid Review
Natures Miracle
Natures Miracle
$149.00 RRPYesRakeNatures Miracle Self Cleaning Litter Box Review

Choosing A Self cleaning Litter Box for your cat

Felines by nature are known to be very fussy animals and us as cat owners must make the right decision to cater to our beloved pets so they are happy, and we are happy living in a clean environment where accidents don’t occur.
Many readers email me every week asking me what would be the most suitable automatic litter system solution for their pet, I would firstly advise to all people to pay close attention to their furry friend when they go to the toilet.

Unfortunately I cannot meet every cat to study your pets behavioural activities and Identify their needs, however felines have a great way of signifying how they feel and will give you a good indication of their behaviour if you pay close attention.

Litter Box FAQ

  • Does your pet like their privacy?
    : Look into a litter pan with a hooded design and attachment capabilities.
  • Is your kitty a clean freak and will choose not to go to the cat box if they think its too dirty?
    Solution: Look into a litter tray solution which has a good cleaning performance rating such as the CatGenie, Litter Robot 3, Petsafe Simply Clean
  • Is he/she prone to kicking litter of the box?
    Solution: High walled designed sand box or attachments i.e LitterMaid, Catgenie and etc
  • Is he/she afraid of mechanical noise from appliances i.e washing machines?
    Solution: finding a suitable litter box with the least about of mechanical sound as possible, i.e Catgenie and Petsafe Simply Clean
  • History of illnesses or diabetes
    Solutionif they have been sick, cats tend to go to their tray much more frequently, and if they would show regular signs of soft feces, most litter containers cannot handle soft feces unlike the Open Air system
  • Do you have multiple cats?
    Solution: It’s always a great idea to keep at least 2 waste boxes in the house, many people still keep one manual litter box for good measure, however most self cleaning cat trays have the ability to cater to multiple cats.

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Finding a Cheap Automatic Cat litter box on a budget

Best Cat Litter Box Options - automatic litter boxes If you are looking for a quick solution to finding the best cat box for your budget then you have come to the right place.

It can be a time-consuming task to find a quality litter box that your cat will actually use and not reject, I have compiled and organised all the information you need to know in one easy-to-follow chart.

There are many types of cat boxes on the market, however it can can be a painful experience in choosing the right litter solution for your cat because there are so many types which includes hooded, disposable, closed ended, top entry, corner, high sided, Automatic, semi-automatic and the list goes on.

Considering your cats needs before your own:

As you probably already know cats are very fussy animals and if they don’t agree with the changes in their surroundings (their toilet situation) you’re in for a tough road ahead to get them settled back in again.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Have a rough idea of your cat’s’ toilet routines, this will aid you in picking an ideal litter solution for your pet.
    • Do they go outdoors to do there business? do they go to the toilet 50% outside and 50% inside?
    • Are they mostly using the litter box 100% of the time even though they can go outside?
    • Are they confined to an apartment setting where they are prohibited enter into the outdoors?


Shy Vs Outgoing Feline Behaviours

If your cat is timid, shy or if your cat is social or outgoing, different litter box types go well with different personalities. Any drastic litter box changes can lead to your furry friend peeing and pooping outside of the box and we don’t want that.

  • Shy Cats – If your cat is shy and really timid and they are comfortable with an opened litter tray, it is best to not change it to something completely different to a covered or top entry cat box, A change like this can put your cat under stress and can lead to undesirable toilet behaviors.
    • I would recommend in buying an open or even a high sided cat box which may take some getting use to, but a gradual change from going to a normal to a high sided litter box would be ideal.


  • Outgoing Cats – If your cat is curious and outgoing then you should have no problems introducing new or high-tech litter box to them.
    • Note: some cats can be fickle even though they appear to have an outgoing personality and changes to the environment around them can adversely affect them. Think about it they’ve had any behaviour issues in the past as a result to simple changes to their environment, like adding/taking away furniture, its advisable not to make any extreme litter pan changes.


black-hole-litter-matCat Mat Reviews

Welcome to this is another addition to the website, I have been getting a lot of requests from my readers to review cat mats as there is a huge problem with our furry friends being ‘litter kickers’ and leaving a mess around the litter box which we all know is a pain to clean up.
I have reviewed some of the best litter mats on the market that I think are the most relevant in solving this very common and annoying problem.
One key take-away from this before you enter into reading some of my reports;  there are MANY mats on the market, it seems as though there is at least 1 mat a week being released – I’m simply unable to test all these mats out and write the necessary reviews on them. So I focused on the most notable brands that have have been making a buzz.

Update: After talking to a close friend of mine who owns a pet shop, they said most of these new litter mats are made to look the same as the markets leading brands, but they are questionable in their quality. Most of them are bought in China and are rebranded by the seller.

Check out the Litter mat review page here

Petnet-SmartFeeder-Automatic-Pet-Feeding-with-your-iPhoneCat Food Dispenser Feeder Reviews

If you are interested in automating the feeding times of your cat or dog while monitoring your pet’s health and intake of food while preventing your pet from over eating and insuring the right amount of food is allocated to their daily diet, then this is for you.
There are a variation of feeders on the market which work with wet and/or dry food, in addition they offer different features for pet owners to benefit from, including:

  • Online connectivity/Skype – allows viewing and talk back to your pet through a webcam on the cat food dispensers IOS app.
  • Pet callers – when the food is read the device will call your cat with your custom call message that you have recorded.
  • Lasers – Some include remote interaction with your pet through a controllable moving laser

Once you see my review page you will soon find out that there are many pet food dispenser on the market and we get many emails saying “what is the best cat feeder?” this is a hard question to answer as everyone as a different budget and living environment.

I am happy to announce that I have answer all the best food dispensers on the market click here to read the cat food feeder reviews.



My Story

self cleaning litterboxWelcome to my pet product review blog where I review many cat products like the best cat litter box, my name is Angela Bronson and I have been a lover of felines for most of my life. I was first introduced to my current love for cats by my aunt who owned 2 rag doll kitties at the time and I would often find myself at her house cuddling and playing with her cats.

My parents were not a fan of owning pets and I was not allowed to get my own cat until I turned 16. Years went by of visiting my aunt’s house everyday after school to play with her raggies (Ruffy and Allie) and then I started noticing Ruffy was peeing constantly with out much control.

I bought it to the attention to my aunt, we rushed him to the vet to find out that his condition was bad, and he had irreversible kidney disease which was past the time of being able to help him, we were told that we had no chances of reversing the effects of this disease and the hard decision was made by my aunt to put him down.

Looking back I seemed that I cried hopelessly for 2 months because I lost my friend Ruffy. I had a hard time in school and I barely had any friends at all when I was growing up. All I wanted to do was to be with Allie and Ruffy because they made me happy every time I saw them.

I finally got my own pet cat at age 18 and I was constantly visiting my old rag doll friend, Allie at my aunts house. Soon I was making friends with all the neighbourhood cats in the area and I would often carry around feline treats and meet with the local kitties in the area and check on them.

I was well known in the area as “Angela the cat lady” unoriginal right?

But I owned the title and many people would come and talk to me and ask me how their cat was going. It was a great way to connect with the neighbours and talk about their pets if their health was in check. I was not a qualified VET nor did I claim to be, but from the time I was observing their kitties and sometimes I was able to tell based on their behaviour if something was off.

I would often at times recommend cat products and pet wellness insurance plans that i used with my kitty in an attempt to help and I would get thanked from the people I helped.

After years of doing this in between my busy job, a friend of mine alluded me to start a website and so I started a website about litter boxes and since that it has become much more in cat advice blog along with many other product reviews which includes automatic litter box, semi-automatic and manual.