PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box Review

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Wondering if the PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box could be the convenient litter box solution you’ve been waiting for?

After testing this litter box for over a month, we’re sharing our thoughts on this litter box’s performance and whether or not it’s a good choice.

This automatic litter box combines the intense adsorbency of silica gel litter with a simple raking mechanism to, well, free you from the chore of scooping.

The litter stays dry for up to a month, while the automatic scooping system keeps solid waste locked away in a separate compartment. By sensing your cat’s presence in the litter box and automatically sending a rake across the tray, the litter box stays clean on its own.

Product Name: PetSafe ScoopFree

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  • Litter Cleaning- 4/5
  • Odor Control – 3.5/5
  • Noisiness – 4.5/5
  • Reliability – 5/5
  • Price – 3/5

Overall Score: 4/5

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Here’s My Experience Using The Petsafe Scoopfree Self-cleaning Litter Box:

I ordered the PetSafe ScoopFree original box—the base model, which doesn’t include any snazzy bells and whistles like a hood, use counter, or adjustable delay timers—and had it shipped to my house. Once it had arrived, it was time to set things up and get started.

First, I Assembled The Litter Box

The PetSafe ScoopFree box comes with a disposable litter tray, raking mechanism, and enough litter to fill the box.

The PetSafe ScoopFree comes with a disposable litter tray, raking mechanism, AC adapter, 10-foot power cord, and enough litter to fill the box.

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The ScoopFree litter box comes packed with everything you need to get started. 

I pulled out the main plastic body of the litter box, which forms the sides of the box and includes its automatic raking mechanism, the AC adapter and 10-foot power cable, a cardboard litter tray, and a bag of silica gel crystal litter. 

The Assembly Is Easy To Put Together

The first step is putting the litter into the cardboard tray. You’ll place the lid underneath the tray, making it more robust and stable, then open up the bag of litter and pour it in. 

The cardboard tray is equipped with a waste trap, which is where solid waste gets locked away after the rake moves across the litter bed. When I added litter to the box, I also put a small amount in the waste trap to help keep things dry and eliminate odors. 

PetSafe ScoopFree Waste Trap

The waste trap of the disposable litter tray attaches to the plastic door with magnets, allowing it to automatically rise up during operation.

Once you’re done adding litter, you’ll place the raking mechanism over the tray. Magnets under the purple waste trap door attach to the cardboard flap, allowing the section to lift up when the unit is in action.

Once The Litter Box Was Assembled, It Was Time To Start Using It

The litter box worked smoothly and, for the couple of months that I’ve been using it, hasn’t jammed or malfunctioned once.

Again, the ScoopFree uses a cat sensor to detect the presence of a cat in the box. After a 20-minute delay, the rake starts humming its way across the litter bed, distributing urine and sweeping stool into the waste trap.

If your cat re-enters the box during the delay period, the box will reset for another 20-minute delay, helping to keep your cat safe.

With so many other automatic litter boxes noisy and jam-prone, the ScoopFree is refreshingly quiet and consistent. Each cycle takes just over a minute and doesn’t make a lot of noise.

Aside from a quiet whirr as it runs, the ScoopFree clunks a little bit as the waste trap opens and closes, but that noise is almost imperceptible.Between the lack of maintenance and minimal noise, I almost forgot that the ScoopFree was running in the house at all.

How Well Does It Control Odors And How Long Does It Last?

Because the ScoopFree litter box uses silica gel litter, it’s good at dehydrating both feces and urine. The waste trap did an excellent job of holding fecal odor, but the raking mechanism didn’t catch every little particle.

Fortunately, silica gel litter holds odor quite well and fecal odors weren’t an issue for the bulk of the testing period.

But unfortunately, ScoopFree litter reaches its saturation threshold—and starts reeking—a lot sooner than the box suggests.

The litter box stayed dry for between a week and 9 days between my two cats—it certainly didn’t make it to the 10-15 days promised by PetSafe. By the one-week mark, the litter started smelling rank and, after 9 days, I noticed some saturation on the bottom of the tray. 

Throwing away the ScoopFree disposable tray

After about 9 days, it was time to throw away the disposable tray and dirty litter.

Throwing the litter away was easy. I lifted the raking unit off the tray, carefully moved the bottom tray out from underneath, and placed it over the top. 

What Does The Tracking And Scatter Situation Look Like?

The relatively large granules of litter seem to resist tracking and the scatter situation was extremely good. I think this was my favorite thing about the ScoopFree box.

Compared to other litter boxes, including the ultra-expensive Litter-Robot III, this box did an incredibly good job of keeping litter contained. I rarely had to sweep around the litter box and the area seemed cleaner than ever before.

What Did The Cats Think?

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My cats quickly started using the ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box and seemed to feel comfortable with it.

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My cats had no problems using the box, taking to it right away. I don’t think they had an issue with the litter, though it is on the coarser side and might irritate some cats. 

They also seemed comfortable with the size of the box, although technically, it’s not a ton of space for a cat. The litter box has a big footprint, measuring 27” x 19” x 7”, but it doesn’t have a large usable litter surface area. The section your cat uses measures 14” x 14”, so it’s significantly smaller than I’d recommend for most cats. 

It’s also important to note that the litter tray is pretty shallow and your cat doesn’t have a lot of room to dig, so this might not be the most satisfying choice for cats who like to go deep in their litter box.

How Much Does The Scoopfree Litter Box Cost?

If you choose the original version, like I did, your upfront cost will be between $99.95—if you act fast and catch it on sale—and $149.99.

If you upgrade to the ScoopFree Ultra, which features a hood, a health counter, and adjustable cleaning cycle times, that price might go up as high as $199.99. There’s also a top-entry version of the ScoopFree Ultra available at the same price.

While the ScoopFree litter box costs more than your typical litter box upfront, that’s not really the place where it’s going to cost you a lot of money.

Instead, the expense of the ScoopFree litter box lies in the replacement litter trays. If you’re accustomed to lower-cost clay litter, replacement trays could look pretty expensive over time. 

If you can get 30 days out of each tray, the pre-filled disposable litter trays cost about $15 per month for one cat. Realistically, though, you’re probably going to replace the tray once every 20 days, bringing your monthly cost-per-cat closer to $20. If you have two wet-fed cats like I do and find yourself changing the litter 4 times a month, your expense could go all the way up to $60 per month.

If that sounds expensive to you, you might want to invest $50 in ScoopFree’s plastic reusable tray instead of using the pre-filled disposable ones, which could cut your monthly costs down by as much as $6 per cat.

Overall, Is The Petsafe Scoopfree Self-Cleaning Litter Box Worth It?

The PetSafe ScoopFree automatic litter box is one of the most reliable automatic litter boxes you can buy. 

It does a great job of combining the low-maintenance adsorption power of silica gel with a raking mechanism to give you a simple, hands-off litter cleaning solution. The litter itself is low-dust, offers good odor control, and doesn’t stick to cat’s paws.

But between the more frequent tray changes and increased price, I’m not sure that the PetSafe ScoopFree is worth it for homes with two or more cats. Multi-cat homes may want to opt for the Litter Robot or another reliable self-cleaning box.

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16 thoughts on “PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box Review

  1. Amanda G King

    I have a one year old cat and a 5 month old kitten. The cat refuses to use tge Scoopfree and poops on my carpet instead. I also have a traditional box right next to it and every now and then she still poops on floor. How can I get her to use the Scoopfree box?

    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hello Amanda, that’s a great question. Are you using a ScoopFree with or without a lid? The uncovered version should be just as appealing and cat-friendly as any ordinary litter box, so the issue could be that your cat is uncomfortable with the ScoopFree crystals. You might try investing in one of the reusable trays and filling it with a finer-grained crystal litter. You can even try it with a clumping clay, though you’ll probably have some sticking and the waste receptacle will fill up much more quickly.

  2. Louise

    This was a great article for all of us cat lovers to read. It was very thorough and went into a lot of detail. I have a few things I’d like to add about my experience with the PetSafe ScoopFree. I have two cats and the PetSafe is the first automatic litter box we ever tried. After doing tons of research and reading reviews like this, it’s the one we picked.

    I agree with this review in that the assembly was fairly easy. I was worried about that at first, but it ended up being fairly easy. I also really like the silica gel litter that you use. To me, it smells much better than the regular type of litter. BUT I also agree that once it reaches saturation level, it doesn’t mask the odor well anymore. I guess this can be expected.

    For us, it just didn’t quite work as well as we expected it too. Don’t get me wrong, it pretty much did what it was supposed to do, but sometimes it had a hard time keeping up with two cats. For us, the tray filled quickly and we had to change it often. This wasn’t too hard though. That was actually probably one of my favorite parts about the PetSafe.

    I would also agree that the tracking was okay. Our cats didn’t seem to track litter out of it much. Eventually though, this cat box gave out on us and it was time to get a new one. We again, did a ton of research as we wanted to see if the PetSafe was still the best on the market. After much deliberation, we decided to go with the ChillX AutoEgg for our next auto litter box.

    I have to say, I’m very glad we went with it instead of the PetSafe. It has a modern and sleek design. It takes up very little room in our house. You can’t even really tell it’s a litter box at all. It was great for our two cats. The rake is super powerful and cleans very well. The Auto Egg is very sensitive and picks up every little piece of waste the cats leave behind. This plus the design keeps the smell virtually undetectable, which is my favorite part.

    Overall, I think this is a pretty accurate review of the PetSafe ScoopFree. Very on par. It has some good attributes and some not so good attributes. If you are weighing all your options for automatic cat litter boxes, I highly suggest taking a look at the ChillX AutoEgg and at least comparing it to the PetSafe. I think you will find that it has more bang for the buck and your cat babies will most likely love it like mine do! Does anyone else out there reading this have the AutoEgg? I’d love to hear from other owners and see what their experience is like. I don’t think I’m the only one who has had an egg-cellent experience with it! Haha!

      1. Louise

        Hey Mallory! Thanks so much for replying to my comment! I’m glad to hear you are going to do a review of the ChillX! It’s such a great product. We are very pleased with ours and glad that the word is starting to spread about it! Looking forward to the review! Thanks again!

    1. Sandra Villalobos

      JaCey, I actually read a review on Amazon where someone just said they bought the reusable bottom and then use only clay clumping litter instead of the crystals. So, I decided to try it (altho’ with the disposable tray). It was a spectacular disaster. The try is not deep enough to hold as much clumping litter as is needed for it to clump correctly. The rake got all goobered up with a crap/urine/clay pate, and the smell was worse than a regular box. I tried to make things better by adding some of the crystals, but that just just made it a crap/urine/litter/crystal pate (prettier, but still super gross). My advice; don’t do it…

  3. Sandra Villalobos

    I bought the Scoop Free about a month ago, in a desperate attempt to get my elderly (M 16-17 yo) Maine Coon to stop pooping and peeing on the couch. It seemed that the reason he was doing it (as far as I could speculate – I mean, he’s a cat who the heck knows why they do anything they do?) was because the box was not clean enough for his highness. I have two cats (both > 10 yo) and I was cleaning the box twice a day (sometimes even more often). It has saved my sanity – even though he has an occasional slip-up, both cats are using the box without any issues. I have another box outside (in a screened porch), with clumping litter, but they are mostly using the automatic one. The disposable trays last about 10 days with my two cats. I am planning to get the reusable tray eventually. One note – I mix the litter around in the box every day, and if it looks like it’s getting saturated (usually around day 7), I add a cup of some generic Walmart crystal litter to the mix. This makes the tray last longer.

  4. Keith

    Is the silicon gel litter biodegradable? How about the disposable tray? I don’t want to get products that are bad for the environment.

    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hi Keith! While it’s always difficult to figure out the environmental impact of any product from harvest to disposal, silica gel litter is not necessarily better than clay. It’s not biodegradable as it’s in its final state, and the process that’s used to manufacture it is fairly resource-intensive. As for the disposable trays, they have plastic liners that make them non-biodegradable.

  5. Barbara

    I saw the review you did on YouTube numerous times before finally obtaining one from a friend. My cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia loves this system. We have three cats total but we do use 4 litterboxes total , one being the scoopfree system. I don’t know if it’s the crystals or the ease of access my CH cat loves about it. I plan on purchasing a bag of crystal litter to test it out in a different litter box to know for sure.

  6. Stephanie Llanos

    I had the same experience. I loved it it was great by now my two 6months old kitties are going through a tray weekly! And just like u said anything over a week starts getting horribly smelling to the point my cats won’t use it and will pee on the side of I don’t change it in time. Cuz of this I’m now considering switching to the litter robot! Just trying to get the hubby onboard


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