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CatGenie vs. Litter-Robot: Which Is Better in 2021?

Review Summary

Scooping poop and emptying cat litter trays is so last year! Our homes are more connected than ever before, so it makes sense that our cat’s litter boxes should also be automated. Imagine never having to worry about cleaning out litter trays as soon as you get home from a long day at work!

The CatGenie uses a completely unique and innovative system that connects to your house’s waste drains. That means you don’t have to scoop poop ever again, but you don’t even need to empty a waste drawer on this litter tray!

The Litter Genie, on the other hand, does have a waste drawer that needs emptying but where this litter tray excels is its Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to keep an eye on your cat’s health like never before. You can check when your cat has used the litter tray to track their health and receive notifications when the waste drawer needs to be emptied.

In terms of value for money, these litter boxes are both going to set you back a significant investment, but considering the return that you get in terms of saved time, as well as the relief at not having to clean litter boxes every day, we think that it’s well worth it!

Both these litter boxes get rave reviews, but they’re also relatively new on the market, so you may not know too much about them. We give you a detailed overview of each one, so you can decide if it’s right for your cats.

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At a Glance

Let’s look at the key points of each product.

CatGenie A.I. vs Litter-Robot

CatGenie
  • Reusable and washable litter granules
  • Connects to your house’s drain lines
  • Dust free
  • Includes 2-year warranty
  • Self-cleaning
  • Suitable for multiple cats
Litter-Robot
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Carbon filter
  • App connectivity
  • Enclosed waste drawer
  • Suitable for up to four cats
  • Drawer full indicator

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Overview of Cat Genie

CatGenie A.I. Self-Washing Cat Box - Latest Model

How does it work?

The CatGenie uses a unique process to dispose of your cat’s waste. It uses washable granules that feel and look like cat litter, but they are retained rather than thrown away. The solid poop is scooped out of the tray and disposed of via a waste pipe that links to your house’s drainage system. The granules are then washed using a solution of water and a veterinary-approved SaniSolution. They’re then air-dried, ready for your cat to use again.

Connectivity

Download the CatGenie app to monitor levels of the cleaning solution and check if any maintenance tasks need to be carried out to ensure optimum performance. You can also track your cat’s health, as the app will notify you if their bathroom habits change significantly.

Dimensions

The CatGenie measures 24.50 inches long by 19.25 inches wide and 21 inches high.

Pros
  • No cleaning required
  • Uses washable granules
  • Can be connected to an app
  • Litter free
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Long cleaning cycle
  • Some cats are scared of it

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Overview of Litter-Robot

11Litter-Robot WiFi Enabled Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

How does it work?

The Litter-Robot uses a patented litter-sifting process that starts minutes after your cat leaves the box. The waste is quickly separated from clean litter and then channeled into a drawer below the litter itself. This drawer has a carbon filter to make sure no nasty smells escape.

The Litter-Robot will notify you when it’s time to empty the waste drawer, either with a light on the machine itself or a notification to the linked app on your phone.

Connectivity

Download the AutoPets Connect app and monitor your cat’s litter box remotely! You can keep an eye on when the waste drawer needs emptying, get notifications, and even be informed about how often your cat is using the box when you’re not home. This can give useful insights into their health, as you’ll soon notice if they’re using the Litter-Robot more or less often than normal.

Dimensions

The Litter-Robot measures 24.25 inches long by 27 inches wide, and 29.5 inches high.

Pros
  • Can be connected to app
  • Full drawer indicator
  • Unique cleaning process
  • Carbon odor filtration
  • Easy to empty
  • Reduces waste by up to 50%
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for larger cats

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How do they compare?

Performance

Edge: CatGenie

CatGenie A.I.

If you’re looking at investing in a new automatic litter box to minimize the time and effort spent on this task, then the CatGenie definitely performs better. Once installed, you’ll never need to worry about cleaning out waste trays, as poop is sifted out and flushed into your drain system, and the reusable litter granules are washed and dried before being returned to the tray.


Price

Edge: Litter-Robot

Both these litter boxes aren’t cheap, so be prepared to shell out significantly more than a regular litter box. Compared to each other, though, the Litter-Robot is less expensive.


Durability

Edge: Litter-Robot

While both these litter trays are well-made and durable, the Litter-Robot takes the edge. This is simply because there are fewer moving parts, and it only needs to be plugged into a wall socket. The Litter-Robot comes with an 18-month warranty, and the CatGenie has a 24-month warranty.


Design

Edge: Litter-Robot

The Litter-Robot is easily the most stylish cat litter box that we’ve ever seen. The rounded design is available in two colors, grey or beige. It doesn’t look clunky or ugly and even has a stylish blue night-light that comes on automatically when it gets dark.

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What the Users Say

To help make your decision even easier, we carefully researched what users of both these litter trays have to say about them. We read a range of reviews from different sites and checked out cat forums to see what users were saying there too.

The general consensus is that the CatGenie is a great buy, but the method that it uses to dispose of poop and clean up after your cat can take a long time. The innovative system uses washable granules that are cleaned every time your cat uses the tray, but users note that this cleaning cycle takes 45 minutes. If you have multiple cats, they’re not going to be able to use it at this time.

Users do love how low maintenance the CatGenie is once it’s installed, but do note that occasionally, you may have to sift out smaller pieces of waste that the automatic sifter misses. While you’ll save a great deal of money on cat litter, you’ll have to remember to buy cartridges of the cleaning solution.

Although you have to manually empty the tray of the Litter-Robot, it’s a better product than the CatGenie simply because it’s more user friendly, the app is better, and cats seem to adapt to using it more quickly.

Some cats will track a little bit of litter out of the Litter-Robot, but this can usually be resolved by placing a litter-collecting mat in front of the box itself.

The Litter-Robot customer service comes highly recommended too, which is always good to know.

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Conclusion

After our detailed reviews of the CatGenie and Litter-Robot, we think that the Litter-Robot takes the edge.

Both these litter trays use innovative cleaning methods to make cleaning up after your cat easier than ever before.

The Litter-Robot is about as stylish as a litter tray can be, and it only needs cleaning out around once to twice a week on average. The app can let you know when the tray needs emptying, as well as notify you of any changes in your cat’s habits.

The CatGenie is still a great buy and will certainly appeal to owners looking for a complete hands-off litter tray solution. Once it’s installed, you shouldn’t ever have to clean up after your cat again! But if you do have multiple cats, bear in mind that the cleaning cycle takes almost an hour, and you may find that your other cats need to use it within that time! For that reason, it comes second to the Litter-Robot.