In July 2018 I was approached by AngelCare, the makers of the LitterLocker, to see if I would be interested in reviewing their product. I happily agreed because I was familiar with their products. At the time, they thought I was located in Canada.
So when I sent them my address in the USA - they apologized and said they were only looking for Canadian influencers to review their products. I said it was no problem and that if they decided to expand their scope, that I would be more than interested in reviewing their products.
In November 2018, they reached out again to see if I was still interested - and I was. Thank you to AngelCare for giving this American the opportunity! It took us awhile to get all the details sorted, but we did finally receive the product to review and I am glad we did.
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They sent us their LitterLocker® Design Plus Pail as well as their LitterLocker® Litterboxes. This review is for the LitterLocker® Design Plus Pail and next week will be our review on the LitterLocker® Litterboxes.
We received 2 sets of the following:
- LitterLocker® Design Plus Pail (with scoop holder and scoop)
- LitterLocker® Fabric Sleeve
- LitterLocker® Refills
LitterLocker Plus with Sleeves Litter Disposal System Unboxing Video
I asked AngelCare to send two of everything because I have two litterbox stations in my house and firmly believe that even 1 cat households should have at least 2 litterboxes. I have 5 litterboxes for my two cats. As you can see in the photo, the LitterLocker® Design Plus Pail Starter Kit includes a refill, scoop, scoop holder.
As you saw in the unboxing video above, they are super simple to set up - and nearly come fully assembled. It's nice that the litter scoop and holder can be installed on either the left or right side of the unit - so that you can have it orientated however you need to have it orientated in your space.
Packaging of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
The packaging of the LitterLocker is pretty minimal but enough to make sure everything stays safe. It’ll arrive in a cardboard box and won’t need much extra protection since the unit is very robust and self-contained, which is good as it means there’s not much waste. All of the accessories are hidden inside the LitterLocker pail, which is kept secure with a recyclable cardboard surround.
Image of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
If you buy the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit, you get the pail itself along with the litter scoop and holder. Also included are three sets of refills and a decorative fabric sleeve for the pail. There’s also a single-sheet set of instructions to explain how to set up the pail.
Please note that the LitterLocker is sold in the USA - probably will only have the pail, the scoop and holder and 1 refill cartridge.
There is very little assembly required when you first receive your LitterLocker Plus. The main unit is ready to go, and you just need to remove the top so that you can take out the accessories and install the first of the refill cartridges. Once that’s done and the top is replaced, it’s ready to be used.
Size of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
The unit measures 22.3” tall by 17.6” wide by 16” deep. There’s a smaller version available too, the LitterLocker Design, which is a little shorter at just under 18” tall, but just 9.5” wide and 9.3” deep. It’s big enough to hold a few days of scoops before you need to change the bag, depending on how many cats you have.
It’s worth noting that the new Litter Genie XL that’s been released is very similar to the Litter Locker Design Plus except that it’s taller, so it’s a good option if you want the biggest bin possible to hold the most waste.
Best Benefit of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
The main benefit of the LitterLocker Design Plus is the AIR-SEAL technology, which is what helps to prevent odors and bacteria from escaping. Essentially the bin has two compartments – a main lower compartment that stores the used litter, and a top compartment where you put the scooped litter, above a spring-loaded shelf.
That shelf is what keeps the lower compartment sealed. When you open the pail and dump any scooped litter and waste, you then close the lid before you pull back on the shelf. This means you never have to expose the old litter to the open air – that shelf will keep it pinned closed, even when you’re opening it to access the top area.
Then once it’s full, you simply cut the bag and tie it off.
Pros of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
- Locks in odors and bacteria pretty effectively
- Really easy to replace cartridges
- Simple white design, or use a fabric sleeve
Cons of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
- Refills are expensive - aftermarket refills end up being better.
- Included scoop is OK but would benefit from triangular tines like the Litter Lifter. See what I did with mine here.
LitterLocker vs. Litter Genie
I have had the American equivalent of the LitterLocker, the Litter Genie, for a few years now, so I knew more or less what to expect. In the USA, Edgewell (Litter Genie) has the exclusivity, whereas AngelCare has it in Canada.
I have to say, I much prefer the design of the LitterLocker over the Litter Genie - not only aesthetically but hygienically too. The top of the LitterLocker can come completely off for wiping off or soaking in the sink if need be - whereas the top of the Litter Genie is always on the unit and removing the part on the Litter Genie where you have to replace the refill cartridges SUCKS!!
The LitterLocker, however, is designed smartly and it's super easy to remove the top to put the refill cartridges in. Also, when removing the waste bags, the Litter Genie opens in half when you want to take out the bag and clean it whereas the LitterLocker allows you to lift off just the top to access the bag, etc.
I much prefer the design of the LitterLocker over the Litter Genie for all of these reasons. And I am sorry that my fellow Americans do not have access to buying this design as easily as Canadians and Europeans do because it's far superior to the Litter Genie design.
Much like the Litter Genie, the LitterLocker Design Plus litter disposal system effectively locks in odors and bacteria using AIR-SEAL technology. The refill bags are multi-layer and keep your home odor-free.
It is super easy to use and the refills are easy to replace. As you will see in our unboxing and final review videos below the Design Plus LitterLocker is customizable with different fabric sleeves. We received two decorative sleeves - one with the wood look (as pictured) and one with cats on it. The sleeves are super easy to put on, they are machine-washable and 100% polyester.
While the sleeves are cute and fun, I definitely prefer the all-white look for my house - but I did keep them on while I was reviewing them, just to see how they went. I understand everyone's opinion is different, however, and some might really enjoy switching it out and being fun with it.
The LitterLocker refill cartridges remind me of those for the Litter Genie - in fact, I wonder if they are made in the same manufacturing plant given how similar they are. I went ahead and made a video of how to install them because they can be tricky until you get the hang of them.
As you will see in the video, they are one continuous bag that you cut off and tie off. I like this only because you use only the amount of bag you need to use rather than one full bag without completely filling it up. You can see what I mean in the final product review video below.
The Durability of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
The LitterLocker Plus is solid enough for a plastic pail. The only part where durability would be a concern is in the spring-loaded shelf, since that’s the main moving part. It seems to be built well and as long as the springs don’t wear out, should be durable enough to last a long time.
Troubleshooting for the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
The LitterLocker Design Plus is really simple to use once you understand how it works. The cartridges offer one long continuous bag that you simply knot yourself to create an end, which you pull through to the bottom. Once the bag is full, use the cutter that’s already part of the pail’s design to cut off the used bag part, and then create a new knot.
The only thing that takes some getting used to is replacing the cartridge although it is quite simple. Watch my video to see more.
Video of the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
Ease of Cleaning
The LitterLocker Design Plus is really easy to clean since the top completely comes off if you need to wash or wipe it down. Because of the square design of the cartridge, it means that the entire bottom compartment is lined with the bag when it’s in use, so as long as you’re careful when depositing scoops of used litter then it should only ever be in contact with the inside of the bag.
The pail is made from a simple plastic that you can wipe down easily if there are any accidents.
There are no real safety concerns to using the LitterLocker Design Plus, since it’s a simple design and it uses a spring-loaded shelf you can’t really access it in a way that you could get a finger trapped in there – it’s not likely that you would accidentally put your finger in there when you had the shelf pulled back.
The LitterLocker does offer mild safety benefits to your home since it helps to keep bacteria trapped in a sealed area. While the risk of bacteria from an open pail or trash can isn’t super-high, it’s still good to have it completely sealed away.
Jenny’s Personal Take Away
Overall, I really like the LitterLocker Plus. I like that it is all white. I never cared for the Litter Genie colors I had and since the Litter Genie refills fit in the LitterLocker Pluses, I will keep them when I run out of the LitterLocker refills.
That way I can still use the LitterLocker Pluses and have the refill bags. I will take off the fabric sleeves though because I don't care for that look - but that's just one of those "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" type of things.
As many of you know, I am the number one fan of the Litter-Lifter litter scoop - so any litter scoops without triangular tines aren't really my cup of tea. However, if I didn't know about the Litter-Lifter, then I would think this litter scoop and the litter holder were pretty nifty.
I like that it's all together in one place - just wish the scoop had triangular tines to make scooping faster and easier with less dust. Overall, though, the scoop that it comes with does the job and really works better with the LitterLocker litterboxes than the Litter-Lifter can.
When reviewing products I don’t like to advertise an exact price because they can change at any time. However, for the Starter Kit you can expect to pay less than CA $60 for the Design Plus Starter Kit, which is less than $50 US. If you’re just buying the pail itself without the fabric sleeve and extra refills, you can for around $25.
Where to buy the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
You can’t get the Starter Kit in the US, but you can get the Design Plus pail along with refills.
Discount on the LitterLocker Design Plus Pail Starter Kit
There aren’t any regular discounts for LitterLocker. There’s no email you can sign up to, but it might be worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page if you do want a code - they haven’t posted on there before but it’d be likely that’s where they would share any coupon or promo code. While there are no discounts that are always-on, you can get free shipping if you spend more than CA$49 when you order.
What fabric sleeves are available?
There are various designs of fabric sleeves available, including some fun cat print or paw designs. The one that comes with the starter kit is a natural wood effect. You don’t need to use a sleeve if you don’t want to – some people prefer a plain pail.
How long does a refill last?
LitterLocker states that a refill cartridge should last for up to 2 months for one cat, but this will vary by cat (their output, how you change out the bags and more) and will be shorter if you have multiple cats.
How much litter can the pail hold?
Similarly to the lifespan of a refill cartridge, the pail’s capacity depends on how many cats you have and how often they use their litter tray. It is advertised as being able to hold up to two weeks of used litter for one cat. It depends, too, how many litter box stations you have for your cats. I have two for my Ragdoll cats, and sometimes we fill up the LitterLocker in a week and sometimes it is only half filled at the other station. So it can really vary.
If you scoop your litter box and don't have a system like this to put the waste in it, I would encourage you to look into it. It really does help with odor control. If you live in the US then the Litter Genie is a similar option, with the XL being a taller LitterLocker Design Plus essentially. In the USA? Grab a LitterLocker here.
We received the LitterLocker Plus with Sleeves Litter Disposal System for review from the manufacturer and also asked that they pay a small review fee. Receiving the free product and the review fee did not influence this honest post. Check out our other cat product reviews.