A "Teflon" Litter Box?! Meet the PetFusion BetterBox LARGE Litter Box
I first found out about the PetFusion BetterBox when a long time reader, Lynn, told me about them. I was suprised that I hadn't heard about them from PetFusion when they were first released (usually manufacturers let bloggers know about their new product lines) - so immediately, I went to check them out and request a sample for review because we have reviewed PetFusion's scratchers, and they are awesome.
BetterBoxes had been on the market for over 6 months when we received one to review 2 months ago.
About the BetterBox
The BetterBox is made of ABS plastic and features a non-stick coating – which reduces sticking up to 70% - and from our experience in scooping it, that is true. In other words, we did have several instances where I was scraping the pee clump from the bottom of the box. But 70% of the time, I was not. I found that the level of the litter was instrumental in a pee clump sticking or not. Why? Because my cats dig, pee and then cover – so sometimes they dig and hit the bottom of the box. So it doesn’t stop 100% of sticking. Because of the sticky reduction – it makes it easier to clean and also helps to eliminate bacteria for the cats to encounter when they are in the box.
The BetterBox measures 22.6 x 18.1 x 8.0 inches and has a low entry for the cats to enter the litter box – only 5” off the ground. It has a little lip all the way around the top to help you grip it easily.
How We Like the BetterBox
I do not dislike them - but I do prefer the NVR Miss litterboxes for our litter box needs. Certainly, no one litter box is perfect for all. I have already had many readers write me and tell me how much they love these boxes. And overall, they have been great - it's just that I personally prefer the NVR Miss. Honestly, I wish I could combine the NVR Miss and the Betterboxes into one. I love the sides of the NVR Miss - helps TREMENDOUSLY with litter scatter - more than I remembered.
BetterBox Coating History
Interestingly enough, during the review process a got an email from a reader about her PetFusion litterboxes losing their coating - I asked her for a photo. I then forwarded it to PetFusion to ask about it and here's what they said:
"Yes, our 1st production run, where units sold Nov 2016 through Jan 2017 had an issue with about 5% of the units. We worked with our factory to get the right paint thickness and appropriate drying time to fix this flaking issue. Now, if the customer uses a metal scoop, there may be some scratching, but no flaking.
We replaced any unit where the customer had this issue. Please let your friend know they can do the same. Just ask them to reach out to me."
I wanted to include that because there are some complaints on Amazon about that production run - and I think it's important to know that PetFusion has replaced all the ones they knew about. That's a top notch company in my opinion.
When we first got ours, as you will see in the arrival/unboxing video below, it had what seemed like a residue on it. I didn’t want to pour litter into the boxes without understanding the residue. PetFusion said the coating itself is a silicone water epoxy that passes all the required safety tests (EPA, FDA, USDA and European REACH). It's possible that they cleaned the box before packaging and didn't completely dry. So I wiped down the boxes with a warm wash cloth before I poured in litter.
BetterBox 12- Month Warranty
12 MONTH WARRANTY for any issue resulting from a manufacturer defect
PetFusion BetterBox LARGE Litter Box Unboxing/Arrival Video
PetFusion BetterBox LARGE Litter Box Final Product Review Video
Buy the PetFusion BetterBox LARGE Litter Box
PetFusion offers two buying options for cat owners – buy 1 box or buy a set of 2. If you are interested in a BetterBox, I would suggest the set of two – because vets recommend to have 1 litter box per floor per cat plus 1. So if you have 1 cat, you should have at least 2 litterboxes. Sure, many owners get away with one litter box per cat per house. I have 5 litterboxes for 2 cats. I grew up in a house where my mom was opposed to having too many litterboxes – and she had a cat that peed on beds and more because of it. I will always take more litter boxes over cleaning up cat urine in places like beds.
We received the Petfusion Betterbox for review from the manufacturer. Receiving the free product did not influence this honest post.
What do you think of the PetFusion BetterBox? Is it a litter box you would be interested in checking out? Are you pleased with your current litter box? Why or why not?