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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122 Consumer Reviews for Luuup

Average Consumer Rating: 1.4
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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    This is not the litter box you are looking for.

    We have 5 cats and luckily held on to our old litter box. The box is too small for our longer cats. Also, recommended litter amount is 15 pounds. That's so no wet litter reaches the slots on the trays. If it does, break out the garden house, because you're in for quite a cleaning task. The box, with 15 pounds of litter in it is so short that cats fling litter in a huge arc all around the box. As further proof, Luuup filters negative comments on their Facebook page so you only see happy cats.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Hate it…

    • Sep 1, 2016
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    I literally had to use toothpicks and lots of hot water to get the litter covered sticky waste out of the slots. This litter box does NOT save you time, in fact, does the opposite. I'm not even using it anymore. Waste of money, but I helped to make the sellers rich.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    • Morgantown, WV,
    • Sep 6, 2016
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    I will never again fund a Kickstarter campaign and I'm annoyed at myself for getting sucked into a fancy YouTube video. Bottom line, there is no way to not get litter on the floor. I had the three trays lined up perfectly as instructed but when I picked up the whole thing as one piece, there were lines of cat litter on the floor. It makes a total mess. The concept is wonderful but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy this

    • Richmond, VA,
    • Sep 12, 2016
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    This litter box sucks. All of the wet litter gets stuck in the slots and you have to poke it through. That is so disgusting and I haven't found any way to get it clean. The litter goes all over the place too. I am so sorry I helped to fund such an awful product as this. No litter box is going to work any better than the others. I use premium litter. I have already switched back to a normal litter box.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Not what I hoped for

    • SC,
    • Sep 15, 2016
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    I agree with previous reviews. The urine is the problem. My cat urinates on the side of the box (because the box is small) so I have to shake it and often push it onto the bottom with paper towels before I can empty it because it sticks to the side. And I have to clean out the slats on the bottom with toothpicks and then wash the whole thing with paper towels. Emptying the tray into a garbage bag is not easy without making a mess. I have been laying down several sheets of newspaper, emptying the tray and then wrapping it up and sealing with a rubber band. I still get litter all over the floor. With a regular tray and a scoop I can scoop the litter onto newspaper (thereby not using plastic), or into a large zip lock bag and be done with it. Also, you have to lift up the box with 15 lbs. of litter in it and put the now empty tray underneath. I like the sifting idea but it just doesn't work well overall. I really wanted to like it but I don't. I'm going back to my old litter box.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    NOT

    • Virginia,
    • Sep 16, 2016
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    I don't know who disliked this more, me or my cats. It doesn't save me time. Pee clumps stick to the bottom and the slats, so I found myself wiping and wiping nightly. Then you will have to hand wash the whole thing in a few weeks. My cats are used to a hooded box so that didn't help either. Nightly scooping and litter liner came back. We are all happy again.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Yuck

    • California,
    • Sep 19, 2016
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    The clumping litter, which tends to be damp, gets stuck in the sifting holes. It is a disgusting and nearly impossible task to clean it out, even using an old toothbrush. I am totally unable to use this which I originally invested in and thought was a good idea. I would very much like to return it and get a refund unless you can explain how to avoid this problem.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    • Corpus Christi, Tx,
    • Sep 19, 2016
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    I used to use disposable litter boxes and that was becoming costly. When I saw the Luuup I was excited because it seemed like I would always have a clean litter box, it looked easy to use, and I'd save so much more money.

    I have to say I was severely disappointed when I went to sift the litter. The sifting slots get severely clogged by wet litter so much so I can't use a scoop to get it out. I have to put on rubber gloves and dig it out by hand. Litter still gets on the floor and the litter guard piece doesn't keep litter from getting out.

    The idea of the product seemed solid but they need to find a way to prevent wet litter from being able to stick to the surface and clog the sifting holes. Back to square one on finding something that saves time and money.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Just no...

    • Kansas,
    • Sep 24, 2016
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    I've used every kind of litter box you can imagine, including some that cost hundreds of dollars, and none of them are better than a box and a scoop. Luuup included. You have to put quite a bit of litter in the Luuup to keep it from forming a urine clay mud sludge in the slats. The urine balls also stick to the bottom, not just the slats, which means you have to clean the trays every time. And god forbid you forget to lift off the spill guard ring (not even sure what the point of adding less than 3" to the height of the box is, since it's not enough) and accidentally pick up 2 trays instead of just one. I did. It means that you've just resigned yourself to cleaning up an entire box of litter off of your floor. Did these people never use this thing on cats when they were making it? 4 trays would have solved that problem, no sweat. I am back to scooping and dumping into a litter genie.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Nope

    • MD,
    • Sep 27, 2016
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    I waited for this litter box for months after the Kickstarter. I've had it for a few weeks, and it has never worked properly. First, it is too wide to fit a regular plastic grocery bag around the end, so it's difficult to just dump the clumps out of the sifter. Second, there is no visual mechanism to let you know that you are putting it back together properly. Once I have struggled with getting all the clumps out of the top layer, it is next to impossible for me to remember if I've already flipped it 180 degrees or not. Twice, I have ended up with about 10 pounds of cat litter on my floor. Third, the clumps stick. I have experimented with different litter, more of it, more frequent cleaning, and it just doesn't matter. I still have to scrape and scrub the corners and the grates before changing. Fourth, while it takes up a lot of space, the usable litter pan itself is quite small. It flares out at the top, making it look like it's a large size, but the part that the cats stand on is at least 6" smaller. I can't believe I threw out my perfectly good litter box for this expensive crap that makes me work harder than I need to.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't

    • Columbus, OH,
    • Sep 28, 2016
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    Everyone is spot on. This litter box is more work than any other box I've had previously. Urine gets stuck in the slots which makes the whole sifting aspect irrelevant. You end up having to lift that whole thing which ends up causing a mess. At first, I thought maybe the litter I was using was just not working well with the box but I've now tried several varieties and find the same result. You still have to use a scoop and clean it more frequently than a standard $5 box.

    I feel like the people who came up with this do not have a cat and/or did not test it.

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

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