About Luuup

Do you hate cleaning your cat’s litter box? Luuup attempts to make completing the daily chore a little easier, cleaner, and less wasteful with its three sifting tray system—eliminating the need for a scooper and extra plastic baggies.

Made available thanks to the wonders of crowdfunding on Indiegogo, Luuup has inspired an impressive following as the most funded pet product ever. The litter box system has already raised over $2,000,000 from 16,000+ backers, helping Luuup to reach 2357% of its original goals.

Perhaps Luuup’s crowdfunding success can be partially attributed to the fact that it’s not this product’s first time around. Cofounder Dini Petty originally backed the idea of a multi-tray sifting litter box back in the 90’s and saw some As Seen On TV success. However, buzz, and sales, eventually died down.

Dini Petty, a former self-piloting traffic reporter and Canadian daytime talk show host, has enjoyed a lifetime of celebrity throughout several career changes. After retiring from the spotlight, Petty felt the concept of a sifting litter box was worth another go.

She enlisted the help of her son, and the two went back to the drawing board to redesign this new-and-improved Luuup, implementing suggestions from shoppers who’d purchased the original.

The result, they claim, is the smartest, cleanest litter box you’ll ever buy. Can that be the case?

Here’s The Scoop On How Luuup Works

Luuup employs three identical sifting trays that neatly nest within each other. When you’re ready to clean the litter box, you grab the top tray and give it a gentle shake to allow the unused litter to sieve through. According to the product information, only the clumps remain—eliminating the need for a separate scooper.

LuuupImage via Indiegogo.

The tray in your hand can now be emptied into the garbage or rinsed off first, if you’re so inclined. The product’s description mentions that, due to the curved corners of the design, litter will not clump and cling to the base of the tray—meaning that using Luuup should be as convenient as sift, dump, and stack.

LuuupImage via Indiegogo.

The ability to dump litter clumps directly into the garbage also means no extra plastic baggies for kitty waste—much less struggling with the occasional fallout from an undetected hole.

LuuupImage via Indiegogo.

Once you’ve tossed the clumps away, simply turn the tray 180 degrees and put it at the bottom of the stack.

LuuupImage via Indiegogo.

Luuup’s trays are designed as such that, when laid side by side, the identical slots will line up. To make sure you never end up with slippers full of litter, Luuup employs three tabs to indicate which direction the newest tray should be facing when nesting on the bottom.

And that nifty “looping” cycle of nesting trays is how you use Luuup—as well as inspiring the product’s name.

Luuup Litter Box Details and Suggestions

One issue with the Luuup’s predecessor was that it was just too small for bigger cats. This new version offers larger dimensions, measuring 15.4” in width and 20.2” in length.

To help potential shoppers better understand how Luuup helps accommodate bigger cats, the company shared the above demo video that was made by one of their beta testers. The video description explains that they weren’t just testing whether or not big cats could comfortably use Luuup, but whether or not the system would remain easy to clean when minimal litter was left unsifted for several days.

Because Luuup’s trays come in direct contact with waste before being cycled to the bottom of the stack, we’ve mentioned before that you may want to give each tray a rinse before returning it to the bottom. As with other litter boxes, you’ll also want to completely replace the litter every two to three weeks, taking the opportunity to disinfect the trays when you do.

LuuupImage via Indiegogo.

Additionally, Luuup comes with an anti-microbial spill guard to help contain fallout from vigorous kicking. The spill guard can also be removed to reveal a lower profile of 5.2” that makes entry easier for older cats who can’t quite hop over a tall lip.

What kind of litter to use with Luuup? The product’s team suggests that premium brands seem to perform best in terms of clumping power along with low dust. They also advise that users should be gentle while sifting, to prevent clump breakage.

Luuup Pricing & Refund Policies

Like many crowd-funded inventions, Luuup isn’t quite ready to ship yet. The good news is that, despite having already exceeded its funding goals, you can still support Luuup through Indiegogo up until the projected shipment date. Depending on how much you choose to pledge, there are different “perks” available:

  • 1 Luuup Litter Box: $38
  • 2 Luuup Litter Boxes: $76
  • 3 Luuup Litter Boxes: $114
  • 4 Luuup Litter Boxes: $150
  • 6 Luuup Litter Boxes: $228

Your Luuup purchase comes with an anti-microbial spill guard for each litter box system. What’s not included? Each order is also subjected to shipping costs, which vary depending on your location.

However, that shipment date has just been changed from June to August of 2016. Pushing back initial shipments is fairly common with crowdfunded projects, since there can be unforeseen issues in manufacturing that come up at the last minute. That being said, the change can be frustrating to backers who have pledged funds and are looking forward to delivery by a certain date.

Related: The Risks of Backing a Crowdfunded Campaign

What about returns? Again, funding a product has some differences from buying one outright. In this case, those who pledge money in exchange for “perks” (products) are limited to a 10 day window from the time that they make a purchase to ask for a refund—and their perks will be canceled. Since the product comes in contact with pet waste, there is not an option to return your delivered Luuup for a refund.

Does The Luuup Stack Up To Real-World Litter Box Problems?

“We love our cats, but we hate dealing with their litter boxes,” says Luuup co-founder Dini Petty in the first few seconds of their explainer video.

If you’re a cat owner, it’s hard to disagree. Even in the best of circumstances, litter boxes need to be placed somewhere that’s easily accessible for regular cleaning—but not so out in the open that you’re staring at it mid-meal.

And, again, that’s in the best of circumstances. If your cat has litter box quirks or weird requirements that you’ve come to understand only through NATO-level negotiations, your litter box setup and routine might confound the casual observer.

However, according to cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, many of the litter box issues you might be experiencing have more to do with placement and cleanliness than your cat’s own quirks.

For example, Galaxy suggests that boxes with a lid are less comfortable for cats, as they’ll feel trapped in the enclosed space. Your best case scenario? Multiple boxes scooped on a daily basis.

While the Luuup does accomplish allowing cats to not feel trapped, due to it’s open top, Galaxy also suggests that cats prefer litter boxes that are located in “socially significant areas”—which, again, means not pushed into the far corner of a dark room. Some cat owners looking to follow this suggestion to improve litter box behavior might be less inclined purchase Luuup, as the lid-less litter box does keep your pet’s waste within view. If you’d like to try Luuup, but want litter to be less visible, check the video below for a solution.

What about cats that kick their litter so aggressively as to cause spray? While I haven’t tried this method with Luuup, I’ve had success placing my cat’s litter trays inside a larger plastic storage bin after cutting a hole in the front for entry, as shown above.

Are There Other Products Like Luuup?

Luuup take an inventive approach to solving litter box problems, but it’s not the first of its kind. Martha Stewart Pets offers a similar sifting litter box for $29.99 (plus shipping). However, it’s worth noting that Stewart’s product receives some pretty poor reviews. Here’s what customers are saying about it:

  • Urine causes litter to clump in the sifting holes.
  • Wet clumps fall through to the next pan while sifting.
  • Litter gunks up the sifting holes, meaning that the trays have to be sprayed clean every time.
  • Any litter that does not sift through gets on the floor and surrounding area when trying to nest trays.
  • Because the product is used with pet waste, it can’t be returned.

Since Luuup has yet to ship out, the only review we can draw from is the video shared by their beta tester. While he didn’t appear to have any of the issues customers experienced with Martha Stewart’s design, we also can’t confirm that these problems won’t crop up.

The Bottom Line On Luuup

The Luuup appears to be an ingenious way to bypass the task of daily scooping while helping cat owners keep their furry friend’s boxes fresh and clean. Does it mean that Luuup is truly the smartest, cleanest litter box that you’ll ever buy? That’s really a matter of personal preference.

The sifting litter tray could offer a welcome convenience to multi-cat (thus multi-box) households by relieving the need to stoop over boxes and comb through litter for tiny lumps. Additionally, Luuup’s uniquely rounded corners and large slots make it appear as if some of other problems, such as clumps getting stuck in grates, might be less likely to occur.

With that in mind, if your cat regularly has poor aim or dirties the lip of his or her litter box, cleaning Luuup might end up being more trouble than it’s worth.

While the jury is still out on whether Luuup is the smartest and cleanest, one thing is certain: Luuup pushed back their initial ship date. Again, this isn’t uncommon, but it can still be frustrating for consumers.

Bottom line: Since Luuup is set to be released so soon, we might hold off purchasing this product until they fulfill their commitment to those who’ve already pledged funds.

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34 Customer Reviews for Luuup

Average Customer Rating: 1.6
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 2 4 stars: 2 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 4 1 stars: 25
Bottom Line: 15% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Avoid at All Costs

    I was skeptical from the start as to how on earth this could possibly be sanitary. Well, it's not! It's impossible to keep some used litter from falling through all over your floor. Used litter gets clumped in the slots and then those dirty parts go right down on your floor - unless you scrub it every time you change it. Who does that, though? One small mistake like forgetting to rotate a tray while changing means ALL of the litter gets dumped all over your floor.

    Better hope nothing distracts you while changing it, ever. You are supposed to keep at least FIFTEEN pounds of litter in it at all times for it to be effective (so the waste doesn't stick to the tray). That's not a problem for me, but for some that is a lot of weight to handle while bending over a litter box, and it still doesn't keep it from getting clogged up. And you still wind up having to scrape it with a scooper. We gave it a chance for two months, figuring we would get used to it and eventually think it was great. Nope. We just got more and more tired of dealing with it. In my opinion, best you avoid it altogether. We are back to a regular, old fashioned litter box as of today.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Works great - but buy two.

    • Ohio,
    • Dec 1, 2016

    When I first bought the Luuup my complaints were similar to many of the ones above - sticky residue in the slots, hard to clean. I quickly realized, however, that all my problems were solved if I used two sets together. First I stacked all 6 pans together. Then I designated one pan as the top pan. After I sift the top pan I set it aside and lift the top two together and put them to the side. Then I put my top pan on top of the remaining two, pour the litter back in from the other two, and set those two underneath. This way only one pan comes into contact with the vast majority of the waste and it's okay if a little is left clinging to the sides because I'm not stacking it under anything. Generally, any sludge in the slots has dried out by the next time I sift, though occasionally I'll poke it with an old sifter to get it in the trash first thing. I have three cats and my litter area has 4 litter boxes. None of the other litter boxes have seen more than marginal use since getting the Luuup. It takes me 5 minutes a day or less, stays smelling fresh, and the cats love it. Yes, if you use it as intended there are some issues. Buy two, however, and it's pretty awesome.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Okay, but needs work.

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Nov 18, 2016

    When I saw this litter box on a Facebook post I thought they were great and ordered two. I do like them, but there are some flaws that need to be worked out.

    For one thing, regardless of how careful you are, there is always litter that falls out of the bottom and when you lift the box to rotate the pans, there's a pile on the floor. So, the 'lack of mess' is not an accurate description.

    Second, the pans themselves need something that prevents clumps and feces from sticking to them. Like maybe a teflon coating. It defeats the purpose of just lifting, sifting, and tossing the waste when the waste sticks to the pan.

    Therefore, I'm only giving them three stars. The concept is great; execution is flawed.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Just terrible

    • WA,
    • Nov 14, 2016

    I was so excited when I saw the Kickstarter campaign and I shared it with a friend also. We both hate it so much! I switched to my old box, he is using it as a regular litter box. To top it all off, this was my friend's first Kickstarter backing and both he and his wife, now think Kickstarter is a scam.

    My experience:

    1. They say in the instructions that you need 3"-4" of litter. Had I known that, I wouldn't have even considered it. My kitty hates to get her feet sinking, so she ends up barely getting in. You know what that means? That her butt is hanging outside the litter. She would pee outside the box every other day. Drove me crazy.

    2. Tried to use less litter (I think about 2"), and not sure if it's just my litter, but a little bit of pee started seeping in under the box.

    3. Like so many people mentioned: the clumps of litter stick to the walls of the box; had to clean and sanitize it every day.

    4. Because the box has so much litter and the walls are not tall enough (even with the guard), my cat would throw litter everywhere. Her litter box is in the same closet with my shoes, so imagine how it is to run out the door in the morning and discover you have litter in your shoes.

    My poor little kitty, when she would end up peeing outside the box would feel embarrassed and scoop litter from inside the box to cover it all up. I actually spied on her a few times. The whole process of slowly waddling her way through all the litter and then trying to cover everything up used to take her double than with a regular litter box.

    Never again! It was a painful experience for both my kitty and me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Waste of Money

    • OK,
    • Nov 14, 2016

    Wish I'd read these reviews first. Then I wouldn't have wasted the money for purchase and shipping of this product. What a disappointment. I encountered the same problems as the reviewers above. When I sift the litter the urine/litter sludge blocks the slots and is very difficult to clear. When I try to dump the sifted tray some loose litter from the clumps always scatters all over the floor. And litter manages to make it's way through all 3 trays to the floor. The clumps of very wet litter stick to the box and leave it very nasty to clean. And the box is not deep enough for my cats, so twice in the first week a cat has peed over the side of the box.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • High Hopes - DASHED

    • Tampa, FL,
    • Nov 9, 2016

    I too was part of the Indiegogo campaign and ordered fairly early. I waited 6 months to receive the box. I eas very excited, but the excitement quickly turned to disappointment. Our cat (now deceased) was one to urinate on the side of the box rather than the middle, therefore everything stuck to the sides instead of sifting through the bottom.

    I still like the concept, as we did use much less litter, but until they find a way to create the trays with a non-stick surface, stay away!

    I had to take the top tray outside at least twice a day to use the garden hose to clean it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Nightmare

    I too was duped into thinking this was going to end my letterbox grievances forever. In theory, it seemed true but it was too good to be true. What a disaster. Everything the other disappointed commenters say is true. It's a nightmare. Using clumping litter, the urine still sticks on the side and sometimes the bottom, creating cement-like goo in the slats that need to be picked out or high-pressure hosed out. Litter everywhere, not hygienic at all. Forget it, do not get this box, it is unusable. I can hardly stand thinking of all the wasted plastic that we're throwing away, not to mention the money. That's my last Kickstarter too.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • No, do not get this.

    I had previously used the Little Robot (which I love, pricey but it works) but moved to a smaller home and did not have a convenient place to put it.

    I thought this Luuup product sounded good and "donated" to the Indiegogo project and had two delivered. Mistake number one. NO RETURNS!

    No matter how deep I put the litter, there is always something sticking to the slots. My 3 cats are deep diggers and I swear some pee has even leaked thru the bottom. Since this always happens, I have resorted to just scooping the box instead of sifting as it is intended.

    And yes, you must have a large can nearby to deposit when sifted. And a third hand to scrape the litter off the bottom.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Huge Let Down

    Don't buy it, $10 pan from Kroeger's will do better. Litter will stick to the pan, sifting trays spills litter on the floor beneath the box every day.

    This box is a nightmare. Customer service hasn't been a great help so far. Save your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Ugh

    • Ohio,
    • Oct 26, 2016

    I was so hopeful when I ordered 2 of these through Kickstarter and after waiting months longer than anticipated I am SO disappointed!

    As others have said they are a nightmare. Picking up the tray to sift through 12-20 lbs of litter is not for anyone with back problems.

    Having to clean urine sludge out of the slots is a million times worse than scooping. The litter makes its way through the nested pans to the floor underneath.

    They are just a mess. Don't waste your money! I would give zero stars if it would let me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Worth the wait.

    • Sonoma County, CA,
    • Oct 26, 2016

    I was a late supporter of the Kickstarter campaign, I've never funded one before and was worried it would be a waste. The video sold me, though!

    They started to ship a month ago and I went online to look at reviews. Some were pretty negative so I started to worry. I went on to their website and saw that they have a list of FAQ now to address things that have come up in the real world. The most important thing I learned is that you need to fill the litter box deep. Folks run into problems if their little diggers hit the bottom.

    I use World's Best litter and I wasn't sure if that would be heavy enough to work well. So I filled the Luuup box 4 inches deep per the instructions. My little digger was very happy with that and the spill guard worked well. Sifted the box this morning for the first time and it was SO EASY! It really did work as simply as the promotional video and with the World's Best there wasn't any dust.

    My life just got a lot easier.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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