When it comes to alternative litter, there are a lot of options. Unfortunately, not all of them are good. Alternative litters come in many forms including recycled paper pellets, silica crystals, even grass seed, and So Phresh has it all.
This brand may not be one of the biggest names in the business, but they do offer a surprising variety of products. Not only do they offer a number of options for cat litter, but they also produce litter for dogs and small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. If you’re looking for an alternative litter that is affordably priced, consider So Phresh.
- Variety of Products – 5/5
- Price Per Pound – 3/5
- Multi-Cat Formulas – 3/5
- Clumping Ability – 3/5
- Long-Lasting Odor Control – 4/5
- Natural/Alternative Options – 5/5
Overall Score: 4.25/5
So Phresh is a Petco-owned brand that sells a variety of pet litters and litter accessories. The Petco brand was founded in 1954 as a mail-order business selling veterinary supplies. In 2000, it was acquired by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital.
Today, the brand is officially known as Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and it is one of the largest American pet retailers in the United States. With over 1,500 locations across the country, Petco is a household name.
In recent years, many major pet retailers have begun to develop their own in-house brands, and So Phresh is one that falls under the Petco umbrella. Currently only sold in Petco stores and on Amazon, the So Phresh brand is still fairly new but already has a dedicated following.
Offering a variety of traditional clay litters and alternative cat litters, So Phresh is known for excellent odor control and for being a more affordable option in alternative litter.
Products Included in This Review
|Name||Materials||Clumping?||Life Stage||Additional Features|
|So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter||Paper||No||All||Non-Clumping, Odor Control, Fresh Scent, Lightweight|
|So Phresh Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter||Silica||No||All||Fast Absorption, Odor Control, Unscented, Silica Crystal|
|So Phresh Scoopable Odor-Lock Clumping Micro Crystal Litter||Silica||Yes||All||Clumping, Fast Absorption, Odor Control, Unscented, Silica Crystal|
What Kinds of Litter Does the Brand Offer?
The So Phresh brand of cat litter offers a number of different options, both conventional and unconventional, and their prices are competitive.
What really makes the So Phresh brand stand out is their variety of alternative cat litters. On top of several varieties of silica crystal litter, this brand also offers recycled paper litter and litter made from grass seed.
These alternative litters are designed to offer top-notch odor control while being lightweight and lower in dust than traditional litter.
So Phresh offers a limited variety of clay litters as well. Unfortunately, reviews of these products leave much to be desired. It seems that when it comes to cat litter, So Phresh excels in the department of alternative litter and doesn’t put as much into their traditional clay litters.
The three formulas we’re reviewing here are two crystal cat litters and one paper litter.
Top 3 Cat Litters Reviewed
|Product Name||Type||Price||Overall Rating|
|So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter||Paper||$0.6 per lb||3.25/5|
|So Phresh Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter||Crystal||$1.33 per lb||3.25/5|
|So Phresh Scoopable Odor-Lock Clumping Micro Crystal Cat Litter||Crystal||$1.31 per lb||3.75/5|
What Do Customers Think Of So Phresh Cat Litter?
Reviews of So Phresh cat litter are highly varied, depending on the product. For all three products, at least 50% of the reviews were 5-star reviews. Unfortunately, many cat owners had minor problems that led them to review the products poorly. Generally speaking, there are more positive than negative reviews, however, and the So Phresh brand is still well-accepted.
This being said, every customer’s experience is unique, and there are both good and bad reviews for the brand online. Keep reading to see a positive and negative customer review for each of the three cat litter formulas featured above:
“I have had cats for at least 20 years now (it includes those I grew up with), and so far this is my favorite litter. It’s chunky, so you don’t find yourself vacuuming dust or finding litter dispersed everywhere. It has a clean scent as opposed to having a perfume-y or chemical smell and does its job absorbing liquids. It’s okay masking the smell of poop, but I’m yet to find a litter that does this part of the job well. If I could train my cats to poop in the toilet and flush, I would not be posting here. One day this may happen. Until then, I’m buying this product.”– M.J., reviewing So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter
“After starting to use crystal cat litter, I’ve gone through many different brands, types and price ranges, but I always come back to So Phresh. I still find that this has the best odor reduction/minimization and best longevity. I have one cat, and I usually only have to change her litter once a month. Most people don’t even realize I have a cat until they see her. I don’t recall how long the entire bag lasted me last time, but I think it was well over 8 months. Other brands I found do not reduce odor as much and were all really dusty, which was terrible for my allergies. This one did have some dust, but very minimal when compared to other brands.”– Cstar, reviewing So Phresh Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter
“This is the BEST LITTER EVER. There is NO ODOR from the cat box, which is being shared by two growing adolescent cats, unless they are currently using the box. 5 minutes later, nothing. And i have a sensitive nose! The fine texture allows it to slip out of the pads of their feet before they track it more than on the pad just outside the litter box, which is better than any clay litter i have seen. The clumping action of the resin crystals allows you to scoop out everything and leave mostly clean litter in the box, which also keeps the box cleaner. The first box full of litter lasted about 6 weeks, with a few additions here and there, before the box had to be cleaned.”– Janeen Whitney, reviewing So Phresh Scoopable Odor-Lock Clumping Micro Crystal Cat Litter
“Purchased a 25-pound bag of So Phresh Paper Cat Litter hoping it would reduce the coughing that the dust in other cat litters seemed to be causing our cat. Of course, there was no indication that you also need to purchase a special scoop as the pellets are too big for a normal scoop. So I went back and purchased a special scoop. Of course, no one told me that the pellets are also too large to go through the special scoop I had purchased. Poorly designed and ineffective product.”– PowayBob, reviewing So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter
“This product is supposed to be dust free. It’s one of the dustiest products I have ever used. I have to wear a mask when I wore it because it will choke me otherwise from the thick dust. I’ve noticed one of my two cats now almost sounds like she’s wheezing when she’s in there kicking the litter around. Sounds like an asthma attack…scary. I’ve tried it for a few months hoping maybe I had a couple bad bags, but that’s not it. I gave it two stars because it does cover odor great…. but wondering at what expense.”– Theresa Miller, reviewing So Phresh Odor-Lock Crystal Cat Litter
“I had high hopes for this litter. I’ve always used silica Crystal litter and so when I saw that Petco was offering clumping Crystal litter I jumped on the chance and stockpiled it because I thought how great it would be. At first I thought I liked it, and thought my cats liked it, so I continued the next month’s with it.I have a senior tuxedo Maine coon and 2 young Siamese cats. I was willing to overlook the fact that this litter tracks horribly so much so that I needed to buy 5 x 7 cheap rugs to put under my three litter boxes. But I have noticed that with each bag and with each color, the consistency of the litter and the quality of the clumps significantly differs.”– Lragone78, reviewing So Phresh Scoopable Odor-Lock Clumping Micro Crystal Cat Litter
How Much Does So Phresh Cat Litter Cost?
The So Phresh brand offers a variety of different litters, so the costs vary. Their traditional clay litters are the most cost-effective options, while their alternative litters cost a little more. Though they cost more than clay litter, So Phresh alternative litters are still competitively priced. They are certainly not the most expensive alternative litters on the market, even for crystal cat litter.
Overall, Is So Phresh Cat Litter a Good Choice?
Generally speaking, we were pleased with the So Phresh cat litters we tried. Having tried a number of alternative litters, we found this brand to stack up well against the competition, and it offered a competitive price point. We were less thrilled with the paper litter than the crystal options but overall thought the So Phresh brand was a decent option for the type of litter they offered.
The thing to keep in mind about this brand is that their alternative litters are consistently rated higher than their traditional clay litters. If you’re interested in alternative litter, So Phresh is a great option for both crystal and recycled paper litter. If you prefer traditional clay litter, however, you would be better off choosing a different brand that specializes in clay litter.
The So Phresh brand’s claim to fame is their odor-lock technology. Though the paper litter didn’t perform as well in this department, the crystal litters we tried were very impressive. Though not specifically marketed for multi-cat households, we would recommend So Phresh to cat owners with multiple cats. Just make sure you have the right number of litter boxes, and you scoop the solid waste daily to keep the boxes fresh.
Where Is So Phresh Cat Litter Sold?
So Phresh Cat Litter is sold online and in certain pet stores. You can find it for sale from certain online retailers like Amazon as well in Petco stores. So Phresh is a Petco-owned brand, so it is unlikely to be sold on Chewy or other pet store websites.