The Top 5 Best Cat Litter Boxes For Odor Control Reviewed
Anybody who owns a cat knows that things can sometimes get a little smelly in the litter department. Cats tend to produce somewhat pungent waste, and so there’s a big demand out there for litter trays that can control odor. Trays from various manufacturers come with a variety of features designed to mitigate some of the more unpleasant smells associated with owning a cat, but all are not equal. Automatic litter boxes, for instance, tend to be good at preventing odors from leaking out into the rest of your home, but they’re also a lot pricier than standard alternatives.
In the following review, we’re going to investigate the best cat litter box for odor control. Different cat litter boxes come in at varying price points, and they target different types of buyers. Although all aim to control odor, some boxes will appeal to people who want value for money while others target those who want something attractive that will complement the decor in their home.
When Purina designed the Tidy Cats BREEZE Cat Litter Box System, they appear to have had two things in mind: odor control and protecting the privacy of your cat.
Starting with odor control, Purina designed the BREEZE so that it could easily separate solid and liquid waste using its pellet system. The pellets allow liquid to drain down and be absorbed into the pads below while solids dehydrate on top. The company’s ammonia-blocking technology prevents urine from becoming smelly for up to seven days (so long as only one cat uses the litter box), and so this isn’t a box that you’ll have to clean out every day – at least if bad odors are your primary concern.
The Tidy Cats BREEZE Cat Litter is also concerned with the privacy of your cat. The box provides an enclosed space for your pet to go to the bathroom, encouraging the use of the litter tray and comes with a handy “easy-open” hood for cleaning.
The standout feature of the litter box is the drawer that pulls out from underneath containing absorbent pads. These pads sit underneath the tray collecting and neutralizing liquids that come down through the litter above – something that is particularly useful for those who keep cat litter boxes inside.
Purina’s litter box is one of the more costly in this review, so you’d expect it to have a lot of features. The litter box delivers excellent odor control while at the same time wrapping everything up into an attractive package.
- Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Hooded Cat Litter System
- Easy-open hinged hood allows for quick, easy cleaning
- Ammonia Blocker is guaranteed to prevent ammonia odor for seven days for one cat
- Pellet system separates urine and solids to help control odors
- Disposable pads absorb urine and control odor for up to one week for one cat
The Good Pet Stuff Company wanted to make a splash with their Hidden Cat Litter Box and entirely rethink how a litter box should be presented. Rather than going with a generic, plastic design, the company decided to transform the litter box into something that resembles a clay pot. Litter boxes have never been so attractive.
The litter box looks like a real clay pot, complete with a bowl at the top where owners can place a plant. The cat enters the litter box through a hole at the front, and the pellets sit inside to manage the waste.
Unlike the Purina, the Hidden Cat Litter Box from the Good Pet Stuff Company doesn’t come with a handy removable tray. But what it lacks in features, it more than makes up for in aesthetics. Finally, with the Hidden Cat Litter Box, owners have a litter tray that they don’t need to hide.
The other big advantage of the Hidden Cat Litter Box is that it can be used in multi-cat households. The tray itself is large enough to fit a couple of cats at a time, and it affords excellent privacy, encouraging use.
The litter box isn’t made of clay, of course – that wouldn’t be hygienic. But the durable polypropylene is sufficiently convincing to make you think you’ve got an attractive clay pot in your living room, complete with adorning plant.
The Good Pet Company’s Hidden Cat Litter Box comes with a one-year warranty, but thanks to its simple construction, you’re unlikely to experience problems.
So in summary, this is a litter box for those who are tired of ugly trays ruining the appearance of their rooms. The downside? Odor control systems are not as sophisticated as on other models.
- Large-capacity cat litter box looks like a real clay pot. The plants and the parts are nested between the top and bottom section of the litter box.
- Made of durable polypropylene
- Filtered vented system works to control dust and odor
- Designed for large cats and multi-cat households
- Measures 42 inches high with included plant; 1-year limited warranty
For decades, dog owners have been looking for ways to keep their dogs out of the cat litter. Now, thanks to the IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box, there may finally be a solution.
Unlike other cat litter boxes, the IRIS litter box comes with a unique top-entry design where cats climb up onto the box and then drop down through a hole at the top. The benefit of this system is twofold. First, it prevents dogs from rooting around in the litter – something that they are liable to do if left unsupervised. And secondly, it prevents cats and dogs from scattering litter around the litter tray, contaminating the surrounding floor.
With that said, the IRIS Top Entry Litter Box offers standard odor control features. Owners fill the bottom of the box with pellets and then replace as with any other box. However, the rounded design makes it easier to clean out when the time eventually comes to dispose of the litter pellets. Waste cannot compact in the corners as it does on some other models.
Although not perhaps as stylish as the Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box, the IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box is attractive and comes in a variety of colors to suit your decor. With the right color selection, guests will hardly notice you’ve got a cat litter, even in a well-appointed room.
- Unique and stylish design that gives your feline friend privacy. BPA free
- Prevents litter scatter. Keeps Fidos nose out of the cats business
- Round corners allow for easy cleaning. Non-skid rubber feet
- Prevents dogs from making a mess with the litter
- Entire Dimensions: 20.47"L x 16.14"W x 14.56"H
The AmazonBasics Hooded cat litter box is an entry-level litter box with many of the odor control and hygiene features of the more expensive models. It comes, for instance, with a top-entry option, a snap-on hood to prevent scattering, and a swinging plastic door, giving cats complete privacy as they go to the bathroom.
The AmazonBasics Hooded Cat Litter Box is clearly an offering for budget-conscious cat owners. There are no design frills or features to speak of – just a simple, functional plastic design. But the benefit is that you’re not paying for anything that you don’t strictly need.
Although the box doesn’t come with a removable pad tray at the bottom, it is made from industry-standard polypropylene plastic which is odor resistant and wipes clean with a damp cloth. The carbon filter traps are replaceable, and unlike many other litter boxes, the AmazonBasics Hooded Cat Litter Box comes with a useful handle, should you want to move it somewhere else.
One of the most interesting features of the AmazonBasics litter box is the swing door. Although other models, like the Purina, have doors, owners must operate them by hand – not particularly helpful. But the AmazonBasics works a lot like a cat flap on a regular door, providing complete privacy and preventing scattering back out through the entry.
The downside, of course, is the looks. The AmazonBasics Hooded Cat Litter Box is a no-frills solution to your cat litter odor problems. But given the low price, many people will find this option appealing.
- Regular cat-litter box with snap-on hood for added privacy and to help contain litter inside the pan
- Plastic swinging door provides easy in/out access for your cat; hood lifts off for easy cleaning
- Made of stain- and odor-resistant polypropylene plastic; wipes clean with a damp cloth
- Replaceable carbon filter traps and reduces litter-box odors; top handle for comfortable carrying
- Measures 20.6 by 15.6 by 15 inches (LxWxH); door opening measures 7 by 7.5 inches (WxH); backed by an AmazonBasics limited one-year warranty
Pitched as a mid-range cat litter box, Nature’s Miracle Oval Hooded Flip Top Litter Box offers owners many features designed to prevent the spread of unpleasant odors into their home. Nature’s Miracle developed their cat litter box to neutralize odors for up to three months, thanks to the built-in odor neutralizer. The company also made it is easy to clean, thanks to the “easy-to-snap” latches which attach the hood to the base. All you have to do is pull up on the latches and then remove the hood, allowing you to pour the contents of the base into the garbage.
Nature’s Miracle has been in the business of cleaning up pet mess for more than 35 years, and the Oval Hooded Flip Top Litter Box represents the culmination of their experience. Although the litter box has a functional aesthetic, Nature’s Miracle included a host of features which improve quality of life for owners. The tray has a non-stick surface to prevent buildup caused by spraying and a charcoal filter which gets rid of the worst of the smell.
If there is a design flaw on the Oval Hooded Flip Top Litter Box, it is the height of the entry. Although designed to prevent scatter, the entry height is too low to avoid the buildup of litter just outside the box. And, like other non-top-entry models, it is not particularly helpful for keeping dogs out.
People who want a beautiful cat litter in their living room will struggle to incorporate Nature’s Miracle offering. But if you have a utility room, or don’t mind the functional appearance, then the Oval Hooded Flip Top Litter Box offers practically all of the features you could want.
- Built in odor neutralizers continuously neutralize tough litter box odors for up to three months
- Easy-to-use snap latches and flip top front opening make clean up quick and convenient
- Enclosed hood helps prevent litter scatter and leaks from spraying
- Non-stick surface eliminates litter and odor build up
- Packagining may vary , Opening - 8.25 x 8.25 inches, Opening flipped open- 11.5 x 14inches L x W, Lowest point of entry - 7.25 inches tall
Cat Litter Box Video
Here is a good YouTube video giving tips on how to control litter box odors: