SmartScoop Self Scooping Litter Box Full Review

SmartScoop Self Cleaning Litter Box

SmartScoop Self Cleaning Litter Box

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (3.0/5)SmartScoop Self-Scooping Litter Box is an automatic solution that allows you to forget about the daily task of scooping your cat litter box.

The SmartScoop’s rake automatically cleans the litter box 15 minutes after your cat has used it, pushing the waste into a bin where a carbon filter eliminates the odor.

The unit is easy to clean and it uses clumping litter to get optimum results. It is powered with AC adapter that is included.

 

FEATURES

  • It automatically scoops your cat litter box for you, saving your time.
  • Easy to empty and clean.
  • It works with any clumping litter
  • A carbon filter prevents odor
  • All parts are removable for easy cleaning
  • Includes a six-month supply of 6 carbon filters, 24 no-touch-waste biodegradable bags for easy disposal, a litter ramp and litter catching mat.
  • Dimensions: 25.5″Long  x 16.8″ Wide x 7.5″ High
  • Litter area: 14”W x 16” D
  • One-year warranty

 

The SmartScoop package includes:

SmartScoop Litter Box Package√ Litter pan
Waste bin and tray
Motor unit
Litter rake
6 Activated Carbon Filters
24 No-Touch Waste biodegradable bags
AC adapter
Waste deflector
Litter rake comb
Ramp
Litter catching mat

 

HOW IT WORKS:

SmartScoop rake starts cleaning 15 minutes after your cat uses the litter box; this way it allows the clumps to form. The rake will move forward scooping the clumps into a waste container. As safety measure, if your cat re-enters the litter box during those 15 minutes, the timer will reset.

The waste container is lined with a no-touch waste bag for easy disposal. Once the bag gets full, just remove it and toss it. The bagged waste won’t smell because it’s covered by the activated carbon filter.
According to the manufacturer, if you have one cat, you will have to replace the no-touch waste bags about once a week and the activated carbon filter about once a month, on average.

 

MODE INDICATOR LIGHT 

Green, solid: Unit is powered on and ready to operate if any cat activity.

Green, blinking: Sensors have detected a cat and the unit is waiting 15 minutes to begin a cleaning cycle.

Red, solid: Unit has encountered excessive resistance and it’s blocked.

Red, blinking: Last cleaning cycle failed to finish. Sensors have detected a cat and the unit is waiting 15 minutes to start a new cleaning cycle.

 

USEFUL TIPS

Photo courtesy of cygnus921

Photo courtesy of cygnus921

  • Make sure that the litter is at the perfect level. Follow carefully the instructions on this point.
  • Make sure to keep the unit either on a tiled or hardwood floor or if carpeted, put paper down to catch stray litter. Occasionally a clump could fall the wrong direction so it’s better to have that on paper than a rug or carpet.
  • Make sure to correctly assemble the unit or it won’t work properly.
  • It is crucial to use the clumping type litter recommended by the manufacturer to guarantee the performance of the machine.

 

VIDEO HOW THE SMARTSCOOP WORKS:

 Video courtesy of  Laura Bennett

 

PROS AND CONS OF THE SMARTSCOOP LITTER BOX?

 

PROS

  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to empty and dispose.
  • 15 minutes delay allows litter to clump for a better cleaning.
  • As safety measure unit resets if your cat re-enters the litter box.
  • It works with common bags; you don’t need to spend in expensive trays.
  • Litter are has a good size.
  • It is easy to be adopted by cats.
  • Motor is outside the box, away from litter.
  • It uses biodegradable bags.
  • Carbon filter reduces odor
  • Thin rake prevents feces from getting caught.
  • All parts are removable for easy cleaning.

CONS

  • Unit still needs some scrapping on the bottom once in a while.
  • Machine can’t handle big litter clumps, they flop off the side and go into the floor.
  • Rake sometimes bend when scooping causing the motor to stop.
  • Motor is a little noisy.
  • Not good for cats that use the corners of the litter box area.
  • Not powerful motor (very important not to overfill the litter box)
  • Waste compartment is small.

 

CONCLUSION:

As most automatic litter boxes in the market, SmartScoop self scooping litter box needs maintenance to keep it clean and fresh. The unit works fine if your cat uses the center area and not the corners and if it does not urinate a lot. Also, as all automatic cat litter boxes with rakes, the SmartScoop collects firm stools much better. For these reasons:

√ I recommend the SmartScoop only for one cat that:

  • Does not use the corners on your current litter box and does not urinate a lot.
  • If you have a small or a regular sized cat
  • If you are willing to maintain the automatic litter box (clear up behind rake or end of tray, leveling litter bed, scraping the bottom if stuck clumps, etc.)

x I don’t recommend this unit if:

  • If your cat has a disease that makes it urinate a lot (e.g. chronic kidney disease or diabetes) or with soft stools.
  • If your cat is a vigorously litter kicker
  • Multi-cat houses
  • You don’t want to do any maintenance to the cat litter box (extra scooping or scraping)

xx I absolutely don’t recommend this unit:

  • To cats that always chew on things.

Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.