Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny
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I first bought the Litter Genie Plus in 2017 when I picked up two from Target through a coupon deal. I ended up donating one of them, but then bought another in 2018 with a mail-in rebate that PetSmart was running. Since then I have swapped to the LitterLocker (after doing a review of it), but I wanted to give my thoughts on the Litter Genie since that’s the main one you can buy in the US.
It’s a useful product. I realized after selling one of them that the litter odor smell in my basement was worse and while that might have been something to do with a change in Charlie’s diet at the time, I think the design of the product does work as intended.
About the Litter Genie Plus
The Litter Genie Plus is a cat litter disposal system designed to trap the smell of your cat’s waste. Simply, it’s a waste bin for your used cat litter, and it’s the same principle as the Diaper Genie for babies. Rather than a standard trash can, it’s been designed to minimize odors around your home by trapping waste and used litter in a compartment that isn’t exposed to the air, even when you open it.
A normal waste bin with a lid will keep odors inside to some extent, but will then release them every time you open the lid. The Litter Genie Plus is designed to stop that from happening, because it has a spring-loaded drop drawer inside.
The way it works is that you put the soiled cat litter and poop into the Litter Genie Plus, where it sits at the top of the bag. Once closed, you then pull back the drawer so that the cat waste drops to the bottom of the bag in the pail. When you let go of the drawer, that acts as a second lid. So, you aren’t exposed to the waste smells every time you open the lid.
Place it next to your cat litter box and you can easily clean out any kitty litter that has been used, trapping the litter clumps with any odor.
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My Litter Genie Plus Demo
This video shows me giving a demonstration of the Litter Genie and how it works.
In the video you’ll see that actually using it is pretty straightforward, although it can be tricky to slide the drawer out with one hand, so you will need to put down your scoop and use a second hand if you want to do it easily.
The video also shows you how to replace the bags. You’ll see that it can be tricky if you don’t have longer nails to remove the top cover underneath the lid where the refill sits. The video explains how to set up the refill and tie off the bags (as it’s essentially one long bag that you need to keep cutting and knotting).
In the video you’ll also see the scoop and litter scoop holder that comes with the Litter Genie, and why I don’t like them – the scoop’s not big enough, and it uses flat tines rather than the triangular ones on the Litter Lifter, which I much prefer.
The Litter Locker – Europe and Canada’s equivalent
The Litter Locker is a very similar product to the Litter Genie. It’s available in Europe and Canada but otherwise has a very similar design. There are some differences though, which I explain in the video – mainly about how you put in the refills (no tabs that need long nails here) and also ridges that let you use an elasticated sleeve to add a design to your waste bin, stopping it from looking like a boring plastic device.
There are a couple of other reasons why I generally think the Litter Locker is a slightly better design, which I explain in the video.
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My favorite refills for the Litter Genie
One of the things that can frustrate me is when a company makes a product that needs an ongoing cost, like the Litter Genie refill bags, but then manufactures them in a way that means you need to buy them directly from the company, so they can charge you what they want.
Thankfully when that happens, there are often unofficial or ‘knock off’ versions produced, which are sometimes better or at least cheaper.
This video talks you through Firik refill cassettes, which are compatible with the Litter Genie and the Litter Genie Plus (but not the Litter Genie XL). In it, I explain what makes them different from the Litter Genie brand refills and how the longer length (21 feet per cartridge) should last for more weeks, although how the amount of time is subjective depending on your cat’s toilet habits.
Refill hacks for the Litter Genie
If you don’t want to keep buying standard Litter Genie refill cartridges, you can just use normal garbage bags or even a plastic grocery bag. You just need to keep hold of an empty refill cartridge to wrap the bag around. In this video I show you how it works, and while it’s not a perfect solution it is a lot cheaper.
The Litter Genie XL
The Litter Genie XL is the larger version of the Litter Genie. I recently bought one from Amazon. In this video, I look at how the Litter Genie XL compares to the Litter Locker Plus, and how they’re the same design but the XL has extra space. The video also shows how the refills fit into the Litter Genie XL, and how the design is meant to prevent aftermarket cartridges from being used.
The Litter Genie XL is more similar in design to the Litter Locker than the Litter Genie Plus, which is good. The pail is able to hold around 50% more than the Litter Genie Plus too, as they’ve extended the base of the unit.
Because it’s closer in design to the Litter Locker, it’s a little bit easier to use. It still uses the same refill cartridges, but it has a plastic ledge inside that stops you from using aftermarket cartridges. You could remove this ledge with a bit of DIY, or use it open – the unofficial refills will sit on top, and you just won’t be able to add the lid.
The only other difference is in the choice of color – with the Litter Genie Plus you can choose from a selection of colors, but the XL is only available in silver. I’m a lot happier with the design of the Litter Genie XL compared to the Litter Genie Plus, especially as it’s easier for US customers to order instead of importing one.
Purchase the Litter Genie Plus on Amazon.