LitterMaid Elite Mega Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
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- Motion sensors
- safety Sleep Timer
- Ionic Air cleaner
- steel rake
- daily scooping
- Includes removable steel rake, ionic air cleaner, waste receptacles, AC power cord, and more
- Easy to assemble and clean
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Top Customer Reviews
This is basically a good idea that could use some refinement. The unit was a little confusing to assemble, mainly because the instructions weren't great. But I eventually figured it out. It does perform mostly as advertised, but I have two main gripes with it. First, as other reviewers have noted, it makes a bloody racket when it's raking the detritus into the receptacle. The first few times, I thought someone was shredding a document, as it sounds almost exactly like a paper shredder, only the growling/whining noise goes on considerably longer. Fortunately, it's located clear across the house, but for people who keep the litter box in the bathroom near the bedroom, it's really a problem. Second, the unit is designed with thin disposable plastic receptacles and air cleaners that cost a fortune for what they are and don't hold very much. The box comes with four of each, and while I'll probably get some more because there's really no choice if I want to keep using the box, the pricing is outrageous. (I'm reminded of the old Gillette marketing strategy, where they were more focused on selling razor blades than razors. Same thing here, I fear.) A more minor issue is that the unit seems fairly flimsy, but only time will tell if that's actually a problem.Read more ›
The litter box is a lot larger than I had anticipated (I hadn't actually measured out the dimensions given on the item description). The assembly took about 20 minutes. The manual says to use "premium" scoopable litter; I filled it with Tidy Cats scoopable.
When the unit was powered on, it made its first pass. My younger cat got in, sniffed around, and exited. I knew that would trip the motion sensor, so I waited 10 minutes for the scoop cycle. Unfortunately, the rake moved to the dump position, then stopped. Following the troubleshooting directions, I couldn't get it to work. I cringed as I realized I would have to call the 800-number for help. After about 5 minutes on hold, I was connected with an agent with a firm command of the English language. She was able to give me an alternate fix, and the unit worked again.
The noise of the unit sounds like an electric can opener. My cats (age 9 months and 2.5 years) do not seem to be afraid of it. In fact, the younger one comes running when he hears it start so that he can watch the rake.
I have been impressed with the overall performance of the unit. After reading the previous review where the unit did not scoop anything, I was worried. The rake is able to scoop and dump all but the smallest of clumps (the ones that are so small they fit between the tines of the rake). I add a little bit more litter every couple of days to keep it filled to the right level.Read more ›
And then came the LitterMaid LME9000MB Self Cleaning Elite Mega Ultimate Edition. The name scares me for some reason. Kind of sounds like the title of a Sci Fi Channel original horror movie or something.
I read the directions and eventually cobbled the box together correctly, then left it empty and went to buy Scoop Away, one of the 'hard clumping' brands they recommend you use.
While I was out, one of the cats peed in the empty box. A peculiar, but good sign. I mopped that up to keep my review fair, then added the Scoop Away. After the perfumy powder settled and I stopped coughing and swearing, we were good to go. Also in interest of reviewing, I set the box up in the foyer leading into the living room. We could not only watch TV, we could watch cats use their toilet. Wheee!
The noise and movement absolutely terrified Elliott -- he used it once, then returned to the 'normal' boxes in other rooms. Every time the box starts cleaning, depending on where he is, Elliott either climbs my husband's back, eliciting screams of pain that cover up the noise, or runs into the kitchen and cowers on top of the refrigerator. Elliott, seven, is a bit high strung. He gives the box negative-1 star.
Ricky, on the other hand, thinks the new box is great in every way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this LitterMaid to replace the original model that I had. From day one this machine has had issues. The sensor does not work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't live without my cats and this device. Can break down using heavy clay litter.Published 6 months ago by Richard Collier
This thing stopped working the 1st time my cat used it! I think the motor burned out - it didn't have enough power to push a small clump of urine (clumping litter) I tried... Read morePublished 14 months ago by LdyDisdain369
I had to send back two because they kept breaking, but this one has been working fine for months. My old one I had for years. I have two cats and they keep it busy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Fantastic
Very loud and the litter usually ends up underneath the box. I wish there were a better answer out there for an automatic litter boxPublished 17 months ago by Blairsa
The reviews that this machine quits after a year or so are true. I own 3 of them and 2 just died after about a year and a half, no trouble with the 3rd so far. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Devin