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The Petmate Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box offers a 3-in-1 design with two solid litter tray and one sifting litter tray that will change how you scoop your cat’s waste.
- Ease of Cleaning – 9/10
- Odor Control – 8/10
- Appearance – 8.5/10
- Construction – 9/10
- Price – 10/10
Overall Score: 8.9/10
With its simple design and budget friendly price tag, the Arm & Hammer Sifting Litter Box may be a great option for cat owners who want a quick and easy cleaning method.
We tested this litter box over the course of several weeks on our two cats, and came up with the pros and cons in this article. Let’s take a look at the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter box and see if it is straight forward and easy to use as it claims.
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The Petmate Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter box is very durable and well constructed. It uses a three tray system sifting system, with two solid trays on top and bottom, and a sifter tray for in between. The trays are held together with two side clips, which are not necessary for use.
The Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box does not have a lid or cover, and most cats prefer it. It claims to be a large litter box with high sides, which is great for cats who like to dig and make a mess.
Cats can enter the litter box from any side but one side is lower for easy entry. It measures 19 x 15 x 8 inches which is an average size for this kind of litter box.
This litter box is made with built-in Microban protection to discourage the growth of odor-causing bacteria and it reduces stains. Also, Petmate proudly uses eco-friendly, sustainable, recyclable materials to make their litter boxes as well as other products.
Cleaning The Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box
To get a feel for how the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box works, Mallory tested it with several different types of litter: pine pellets, clumping clay, and silica crystal litter. She found it worked well with pine pellet style litter and recommends this litter box if that is your preference. Otherwise it did well with all types of litter.
When it comes to cleaning the Arm & Hammer Sifting Litter Box, it is fairly easy to use. This litter box comes with 1 sifting tray and 2 regular trays. When cleaning, the sifting tray allows litter to pass through easily, leaving clumps and waste behind, and requires no scooping.
Once your cat does his business, the tray with dirty litter is dumped into the sifter tray, while the clean tray is underneath. The clumps are caught in the sifting tray while the clean litter goes through to the clean tray underneath. It is easier to shake the sifter tray at an angle and slowly to make less of a mess.
Depending on the type of litter you use, cleaning may get dusty when shaking the sifting tray. We did find that the litter tray was difficult to pour into the sifting tray when it was too full. If you have one cat, you maybe able to get away with using less litter in the box.
Once all of the cat waste is in the sifter tray, it can be disposed of in a bag. This maybe awkward due to the size of the sifter tray. The litter tray with the clean litter becomes the top litter tray and the empty litter pan becomes the bottom tray with the sifter tray in between.
Because there are two trays, you can do deep cleaning without any downtime. The used bottom tray can be soaked while your cat still has access to the litter box.
We found the biggest challenge was shaking the large sifting tray without making a mess or creating a lot of dust in the process.
Does It Control Odor Well?
The Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box is designed with an antimicrobial protection to help prevent odor, stains, and bacteria buildup. But we found the odor was about the same as any standard litter box, with two cats using it somewhat regularly.
We think odor does not get trapped using this litter box because of its open design. However, the litter you use will have a big impact on odor control.
Does It Control Tracking And Scatter?
Like most traditional tray style litter boxes, the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box was not 100% track-proof. Our cats tracked litter out of the box, but that is expected with almost any litter box. Placing a mat outside the litter box will help control tracking.
The high sides of this litter box did help control scatter but that maybe affected by how much your cat likes to dig when using it.
Overall, the Petmate Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box is budget friendly, average sized, well constructed and does what it claims to do.
This litter box is constructed of durable plastic with a reinforced bottom and treated with Microban for built in antimicrobial properties. This product is fairly quick and easy to clean.
However, it’s not perfect. The main issue with the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box is the size of the trays. Despite the products name, the 19-by-15-inch litter bed is not big enough for larger cats.
Also, the lowest side of the box is almost 8 inches off the ground which could be difficult for kittens, older or injured cats.
For the most part, the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box performs well as a standard litter box with added features. If you’re looking for an alternative for typical litter box scooping this box could be a good option.
How Much Does Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box Cost?
The Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box is priced at $18.33 which is budget friendly and mid range when compared to other tray style litter boxes.
Like most standard litter boxes, this one doesn’t come with any accessories or litter but with its low price range we shouldn’t expect it.
Is The Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box Worth It?
You should consider the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box if you dislike scooping and want a quick and easy cleaning system.
For a the price of $18.33, you do get a basic litter box made from recycled durable materials. This litter box is sturdy but an open design which could get messy depending on your cat’s bathroom style.
That being said, not many other sifting litter boxes are priced as low as $18.33, and many of them don’t offer the same quality construction. However, there are others that are larger and would be more feasible for bigger kitties.
Another perk that cat owners appreciate about the Arm & Hammer Large Sifting Litter Box is that it has the built-in Microban protection to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
If you are searching for litter box that will save you from scooping, this could be the right one. Keep in mind that each piece needs to be cleaned at least once a month or more, depending on how many cats you own.