Littermaid Multi-Cat Automatic Cat Litter Box – Full Review

Littermaid makes it clear that they are “crazy for cats,” just like us! In all seriousness though, it’s not crazy to want one of the amazing automatic litter boxes made by Littermaid. Both you and your cat can have the freshest, cleanest box possible, along with the smallest amount of hassle. Over at our household, Littermaid is easily one of our favorites (and let me just say we have tried so many over the years).

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Littermaid includes their own line of automatic litter boxes along with easy clumping litter solutions so that you have more time with your cat and less time dealing with their litter. You’ll not only save time cleaning out the litter, but also time cleaning the carpet around the box while scooping. Just set it up, get your cat acclimated to the device, and turn it on. If you're like me, you'd be wishing you discovered it way sooner!

The Littermaid LM980 is a mega self cleaning box. It fits more litter while using a strong motor to clean it out for you. If you’re a little older, you work all the time, or you just don’t want to clean out the box every day, this will keep the box clean in the meantime. Backup batteries are even included, so all you need to worry about are replacing them.

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Features

The internal drive is strong and durable with extra large walls to make sure you don’t get litter everywhere. Your cat will try, but they’ll have to work hard to make a mess around the edges! You can even use this box with multiple cats, which will only make your life easier. Thanks to the paw cleaning ramp too, litter won’t be tracked everywhere. For safety, there’s a bar to stop the automatic rake in case of blockage, but you can also remove that rake simply to clean up if you need to. Full list of features here

How it Works

This special automatic litter box works by scooping the waste into a sealed, disposable container that includes a carbon filter that’ll get rid of odors. The box works on timed dual-motion sensors that get working ten minutes after your cat is finished to scoop and remove waste in a jiff. If you really want to go manual, you can push the button too, or remove the rake to do it yourself. All you have to do is replace the litter and throw out the waste, but there’s no more scooping needed!

Pros:

  • This model is a lot quieter than other models out there
  • The rake removes litter more easily than previous models
  • The box has been improved to be longer, wider, and deeper, so it holds more litter

Cons:

  • You might need to use specific litter to help the clumping process, which costs a bit more
  • The litter ramp is inconvenient, and juts out too far


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Littermaid LM680C

Now this is a nice-looking litter box, including adjustable programming so that you can scoop the waste between cleanings or clean all at once. This box is ideal for single-cat households, so don’t go out there buying a box that’s too big and takes up too much space. If you only have one cat, get a box perfect for them without sacrificing automatic cleaning.

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Features

This Littermaid is also strong and durable with the same removable rake for cleaning. The LM680C however is designed specifically for single cat households or lighter cats. It still works automatically though to clean out the litter to remove odors, with high walls to stop litter going everywhere. The carpeted ramp even prevents tracking outside the box when your cat leaves in a rush. 

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How it Works

Just like the larger available Littermaid boxes, the LM680C works by automatically scooping litter into a specific waste container to seal odors. Sensors activate after your cat leaves the box so that you won’t have to get down and clean unless you want to push the button or clean the rake. The rake will just go through and push the waste out. Later, all you have to do is grab the waste, throw it out, and replace the litter. 

Pros:

  • This is the best litter box out there for trapping smell
  • It’s easy to use bags in conjunction rather than buying replacement boxes
  • Despite the fact that it should be used for one cat, users find multiple cats fit perfectly fine

Cons:

  • Not all litters work well for the product, and if you get the wrong litter, you might have trouble with litter sticking
  • You may need to give the box a shake every now and again to make sure the motor scoops well

Best Suited For:

This litter box is best for people with kittens, or those with only one cat. Just because you only have one, doesn’t mean you have to scoop twice as hard.


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Littermaid LME5500

The LME5500 is just as good as those other Littermaid boxes out there. It works great to clean up your cat without a hassle, and ensures that your household will be kept clean as a whistle. If you happen to have dogs too, the automatic cleaning will ensure that your dog doesn’t get into trouble either!

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Features

Including filters and a cat cleaning ramp like the other available Littermaids, the LME5500 cleans up litter in a snap. Waste receptacles and included carbon filters clean up the mess without you needing to get involved. This model even includes a sleep timer and ionic air filter to make your litter life fresher and easier than ever. Full list of features here

How it Works

Once your cat leaves the box, this Littermaid rakes the litter away and keeps it in a container that locks out smell. All you have to do is throw out the container! The ionic air cleaner eliminates those odors in a snap, so all you’ll smell is the sweet scent of success. Well, after things are cleaned up. The included sleep timer then makes sure that you won’t hear a thing while you’re sleeping.

Pros:

  • The rake works much better to clean out the litter and is easily removable
  • The molding is designed so litter can’t get trapped in out of the way places
  • The wire is redesigned in this model, so it isn’t visible and is more durable

Cons:

  • Some of the waste gets stuck on the actual rake if you don’t use some sort of non-stick spray


General Customer Impression of Littermaid

For the most part, people loved these boxes. They made it clear that as long as people filled the box the proper amount, it was easy to use and worked perfectly. The waste containers were simple to use and install, and the rake really did go on and off easily. Users didn’t even have any trouble setting things up. Mostly, they were pleased that they didn’t have nearly as much dirty work to do.

Even reviewers that had good things to say however had a list of extra things to add on to the box. They loved how it worked, but they needed to use cooking spray, a specific litter, add on extra containers, get their own bags, and tons of other tricks. If you want to use this box, there’s definitely a certain amount of maintenance required. That was the main issue with reviewers, as many of them commented that without these tricks, the box didn’t really work properly.

The Verdict?

If you want to make your life a little easier, the Littermaid Brand is certainly one way to do it. I can’t speak for other automatic litter boxes, but the Littermaid is great for cleaning up your life one step at a time, starting with the cat litter. There’s no more worrying about clean up when you work long hours and just want to sleep. Push the button and it’s all done for you!

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