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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100 Consumer Reviews for Luuup

Average Consumer Rating: 1.5
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Bottom Line: 11% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Better than scooping

    • South Central, PA,
    • Nov 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    We have four cats, all of whom use the Luuup litter box. I sift out the debris early morning, mid-afternoon and before I go to bed.

    I use the clumping litter that is sold in the Aldi store, putting a whole container and about a quarter of another one in the pan. That makes the litter about 3 and 1/2 inches deep.

    Yes, it does sometimes stick on the side, but it is easily wiped off with a paper towel. Only once in the past week did some wet litter get stuck in a grate at the bottom. It was easily washed out and dried. It only takes a few minutes to have a clean litter pan with the Luuup system.

    I like it and so do the cats. It does take some getting used to, but with a little extra care, it can be an improvement over scooping.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Wasted money

    The Luuup litter box has a nice appearance, but the litter leaks out of the bottom tray all over the floor. The soiled clumping litter gets stuck between the slats, so you have to pick it out. YUK! I even bought the recommended litter, but it still gets stuck. DO NOT waste 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

    Bad litter box

    • Redmond, WA,
    • Oct 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This litter box is worthless unless you want to spend twice the time of any other litter box in keeping it clean. The holes get clogged up, and it does not work like it says. Half the time the litter comes out the bottom no matter how you put them together.

    The company will not accept returns on your cat box EVER. They will tell you that you are not using the right kind of cat litter and change it around to another one if you choose one that they suggest. Everything is your fault for it not working correctly. Even if the cat doesn't like going into the box!

    Do not use this company or purchase this from them you will be sorry.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Useless

    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
    • Oct 22, 2017
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    I dealt with these boxes for over a year. After my cats tipped it over for the third time and I had to spend an hour cleaning up the huge mess it made, I finally just picked these up and threw them straight into the garbage. The sifting was only good for the first few days I had it, or after I took it outside to hose them. They leak litter out through the slots, no matter how carefully you stack them. So you always have litter on the floor. I have two large male cats, and there was more litter around the box than in it.

    So unless you have an 8 lbs female cat and plan to put a box under it, don’t bother.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not impressed!

    So far I am not impressed at all with this product! I bought it to see if the product lives up to its expectation of what they promote in this product. So far, the litter that does not clump gets stuck in between the cracks and then what? How to clean that? And if you miss placing the top one correctly to the bottom, it all goes on your floor. There is no solid bottom one. Awful! I will not be recommending this product to anyone!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Messiest disaster litter box ever

    I sifted the litter the first time, and after getting rid of the waste into the trash, there was still waste stuck to the bottom of the first tray. I had to take 3-4 steps more than just scooping out of a cheap tray. Then I went to get rid of the litter and go back to my original $5 litter box and scooper, and the litter went all over the floor, and I had to clean that up as well. I went straight to the garbage outside with my Luuup. I'm going to send my second unopened Luuup back for a refund.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Does not work as advertised!

    • New Jersey,
    • Sep 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Given you can't leave reviews on the site or their Facebook page (very sneaky), I am leaving my review in as many places as I can find online.

    This system does not work as advertised. Clumps of litter stick to the sides and you have to scrape them off in order to dump them out. Clumps also get stuck in between the areas of the tray that the litter sifts through which ultimately ends up getting on the floor. In addition, two times in less than two weeks my trays did not line up correctly even though they were stacked correctly and ALL the litter sifted through right to the floor.

    This system has been an absolute nightmare and the fact that their support team is denying me being able to return the product after less than two weeks of use because I don't have the original box is absurd. I can simply buy another box and send it back; I'm even willing to pay the 15% restocking fee just so I don't lose the full $50+ I paid for the system. Terrible customer service and a terrible product.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Poorly executed

    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
    • Sep 28, 2017
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    After using Luuup for a month, I realized why the litter box failed years ago before it was being re-invented. I experienced the same issue as everyone else here, pee clumps stuck on the (curved) side of the trays, stuck in-between the slots at the bottom of the trays. In short, it takes more time and effort to clean this damn thing than a traditional shake and scoop litter box.

    I think it comes down to the material utilized for the trays; if it were constructed with a smoother, hydrophobic material, the pee clumps will be probably able to slide off the trays. But the mat (soft-touch) material basically helped the clumps to stay stuck on the trays. I have tried filling the trays "fuller" and hoping the kitty pee will have more material to clump before hitting the trays, but yeah, no joy.

    Good idea on paper, poorly executed. Will not recommend what-so-ever!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Some real problems

    • Tacoma, WA,
    • Sep 26, 2017
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    I so badly wanted this to work for our multi-cat household. And to be honest, once all three Luuup boxes are cleaned (and I do this twice a day), the house smells way better than with the old-style boxes because with these, you really do clean off the dried feces and urine that could otherwise hide under the cat litter.

    But here are the problems:

    First of all, it's very hard to tell if you got all three nested boxes lined up properly (alternating side tabs), and with the open slots of the top pan held firmly closed by the pan underneath. Any slip-up here and you can end up with 10 pounds of cat litter on the floor.

    Secondly, the hype is just not honest. "No scooping" isn't really correct. True, you no longer scoop with a hand-held scooper, but the entire top pan becomes a giant scooper. And the cat waste doesn't magically fly into the outside garbage container, you have to somehow get it into a bag you will dispose of which will then carry the waste to its final destination (presumably outside or in the garage). The picture and video conveniently have a bag-lined open-top household garbage pan ready to catch the waste. Come on! Are you really going to dedicate an inside open-top garbage pan to cat waste? If you live in a city that bans grocery stores giving out free plastic bags, you're going to have to come up with a way to carry the waste outside, and the cheapest, most environmentally friendly solution I could come up with is using purchased large paper lunch bags for this, but that means you'd better have a pretty good aim.

    I've been lucky with the sticking clumps; a slightly wet paper towel does get it all off for me. But with four cats and four boxes (three Luuup and one "old style"), I'm really spending MORE time and work now cleaning the cat boxes than when we only had one big one and a hand-held scooper. Yes, the house smells better now, but that's because I'm doing more, not less, work!

    And for all that, IT'S EXPENSIVE!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Do not get duped by Luuup

    This product does not work. The spaces clump with liter and waste, the litter box stinks with the smell of waste and plastic, and the box is a pain to use, period. The litter spills to the floor, and I spend more time sweeping up litter, cleaning the clumps and dissipating the new funk smell!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Horrible!

    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • Aug 22, 2017
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    I'm always looking for an improved litter box and was gullible and tried this one. It is terrible! The concept sounded good, but even though I tried the "best" litter they suggested and have it nested correctly, I end up with some litter leak underneath, but that's not the worst part. Where my kitty pees, it sticks to the curved sides and does NOT want to come off. I've had to do far more work when emptying this than with multiple other litter boxes I've tried.

    I have to chisel out the litter from the curved parts and spray wash the box. Ugh!

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

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