A Good Investment If You’re Patient – Review Geek


1 – Absolute Scorching Rubbish
2 – Sorta Lukewarm Rubbish
3 – Strongly Flawed Design
4 – Some Execs, Tons Of Cons
5 – Acceptably Imperfect
6 – Good Sufficient to Purchase On Sale
7 – Nice, However Not Finest-In-Class
8 – Incredible, with Some Footnotes
9 – Shut Up And Take My Cash
10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Worth: $620.00

Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
Experimenting with the ChouBox computerized litter field has been a fairly good expertise, and its greatest characteristic is well saving me from having to manually scoop the litter field. Nevertheless, for such a excessive value, I want there was a extra feature-rich companion app and higher ideas for serving to your cat acclimate to the ChouBox.Computerized litter bins are costly, however as a cat proprietor, should you can automate the method of scooping the litter field, it’s a worthwhile funding. The ChouBox robotically detects when your cat makes use of the litter field and scoops it shortly after—absolutely the dream!
There are seven whole sensors on the ChouBox to assist detect your cat’s presence and decide when it’s time to scoop. With all this built-in expertise, it’s most likely not a lot of a shock that the ChouBox’s value is steep: $620. Nevertheless, this can be a comparatively new product and the corporate often reductions it. On the time of writing, the ChouBox prices solely $465.
The ChouBox began out as an Indiegogo crowdfunded undertaking, and a number of the opinions are a bit disheartening. Whereas I did expertise a few of what individuals are mentioning of their opinions—just like the ChouBox stopping mid-scoop or saying the bin was lacking—this was whereas the ChouBox was on carpet, which Choueer particularly advises in opposition to as a result of it interferes with the required sensors. My general expertise with the ChouBox was principally optimistic, barring the preliminary disinterest from my cats.
Earlier than moving into the evaluate, I needed to present some particulars about my two cats, Rider and Blaze, for reference. Rider is 10 years previous and weighs roughly 13 kilos. He’s fairly caught in his methods with sure issues, and struggled to regulate to the ChouBox greater than my youthful cat. Blaze is seven years previous and was a runt in his litter, so he solely weighs seven or eight kilos, and he’s the cat you’ll see in a number of footage. It was clear to me that it was simpler for Blaze to maneuver contained in the ChouBox, nevertheless it was loads large enough for Rider—he’s simply obstinate.
Additionally, my cats use Okocat wood-based litter, which I believe has helped with controlling odor typically earlier than testing the ChouBox. Choueer notes {that a} combination of cat litter of fifty% bentonite and 50% tofu sand has provided one of the best outcomes with the ChouBox particularly, however I didn’t encounter any points utilizing my common wood-based litter.
This is What We Like
Handles odors inside the field fairly nicely (so long as they really go within the ChouBox)
Eliminates the necessity to manually scoop
Large 10-liter waste bin
Reminders assist forgetful individuals like me

And What We Do not
Want there have been higher ideas for introducing your cats to the ChouBox
Takes some time for cats to get used to
The companion app may be very bare-bones

Evaluation Geek’s professional reviewers go hands-on with every product we evaluate. We put every bit of {hardware} by hours of testing in the true world and run them by benchmarks in our lab. We by no means settle for cost to endorse or evaluate a product and by no means combination different individuals’s opinions. Learn extra >>

Dimensions: 23.2 in (H) x 22 in (W) x 20.5 in (D)
Entryway Peak: 9.8 in
Entryway Space: 188 sq in
ChouBox Weight: 22 lbs
Inside Globe Diameter: 17.2 in (H) x 18.7 in (W)
Inside Globe Functionality: 3112 cu in / 51 L
Inside Globe Weight: 6 lbs
Waste Drawer: 5 in (H) × 14 in (W) × 17 in (D)
Waste Drawer Capability: 610 cu in / 10 L

Unboxing and Setup: Extremely Easy
Fortunately, there wasn’t a lot to bodily arrange. Once I opened the big sq. field the ChouBox arrived in, I lifted every thing out in a single wrapped bundle. The litter field was already assembled, with blue tape securing the person items collectively. As soon as I eliminated the clear plastic wrapping and ripped off the tape, I discovered all of the little stuff—trash bag bundle, handbook and fast begin information, cleansing brushes—within the waste drawer.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
I do know that the blue tape was there to carry every thing collectively, nevertheless it was additionally a pleasant indicator of the place every bit separated. The litter lure pedal, which is actually a useful step on your cats as much as the litter field, additionally got here wrapped and taped. The pedal is manufactured from three components that match snugly into each other.

With every thing out, I took a take a look at the person items to know the way it all match collectively. The primary physique—or, the underside piece—is the place all of the expertise is. On the underside of the principle physique, there are gravity sensors to detect your cat’s presence, and these received’t work too nicely on mushy surfaces, like carpet. The primary physique additionally accommodates the management panel with a small show, two infrared sensors close to the opening to detect when your cat enters and leaves the field, and the waste drawer.
Then, the grey cat litter ball sits inside the underside piece, after which the white outer piece, known as the bonnet, aligns with the underside piece and will get locked in place. As soon as all of the items have been in place, I needed to discover a place to place it that was shut sufficient to an outlet however not less than a number of inches from the wall in both route. Choueer recommends not placing the ChouBox on carpet as a result of the sensors don’t work correctly, however the one locations in our dwelling we would like a litter field long run are carpeted. That mentioned, I did correctly check the sensors on exhausting flooring in our dwelling through the evaluate.

After the litter field is in its new dwelling, the remainder of the setup is completed on the app. Choueer doesn’t have a proprietary app for the ChouBox, however you need to use the Tuya Good app (Android/iOS) or the Good Life app (Android/iOS). The Tuya Good app is what I noticed within the handbook, in order that’s the app I’ve been utilizing. Nevertheless, to attach your ChouBox to the app, it’s important to plug the litter field in, and I wouldn’t suggest doing that instantly—extra on this later.
The App: It Works Effectively Sufficient
As I discussed, I used the Tuya Good app with the ChouBox as a result of this was the app talked about within the setup handbook. Connecting the ChouBox to the Tuya Good app is much like connecting any Bluetooth machine. I adopted the directions to place the ChouBox in pairing mode, selected the machine when it popped up within the cell app, and arrange my cat’s profiles with their approximate weights.
Once I open the Tuya Life app, I see a button on the house display for Computerized Cat Litter Field and an image of the ChouBox. Tapping this button takes you to the litter field’s particular display, the place you’ll see common stats like most weight, what number of occasions the litter field is scooped on the present day, use frequency on your cat(s), and working averages for what number of occasions the litter is scooped and what number of occasions the waste drawer is emptied on a weekly, month-to-month, and yearly foundation.
On that first display, you’ll additionally see a number of fast motion buttons—Scoop, Flatten, Don’t Disturb, and Lock. When tapped, the Scoop icon triggers a handbook scoop of the litter field, the Flatten icon triggers a handbook flattening of the litter within the field, the Don’t Disturb icon turns off the beeping sound after scooping, and the Lock icon closes up the litter field as a toddler security measure. Then, you’ll additionally see a log with occasions of when your cat entered the litter field, once they left, and the way lengthy they spent within the field.

A lot of the necessary stuff is within the Settings part, which you will get to by scrolling all the best way down and tapping on the Settings icon. You may create a profile on your cat with their identify and weight, and so long as you’re considerably near their precise weight, the ChouBox will be aware your cat’s precise weight each time they use the field.

With the ChouBox on carpet, neither of my two cat’s weights have been correct. I entered 14 kilos for my older, bigger cat—Rider—and eight kilos for my youthful, smaller cat—Blaze. After these preliminary weight entries, the litter field adjusted Rider’s weight to 26.46 kilos and Blaze’s weight to 19.84 kilos, about 12 kilos heavier for every of them.
Beneath the Cats’ Profile menu possibility, there are three choices that don’t do something: Tutorials, Directions, and FAQ. It’d be tremendous useful if there was materials linked to those three menu buttons, however alas. After these three choices, there’s Scoop Setting, the place you’ll be able to swap between Auto Mode, Timing Mode, and Handbook Mode.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
Auto Mode detects when your cat enters and leaves the litter field, and robotically scoops after a specified time between one and sixty minutes (although Choueer recommends leaving this quantity decrease for higher outcomes as a result of if the gravity sensors detect something, that countdown begins over). Timing Mode helps you to set the variety of hours in between every automated scooping, from one hour all the best way as much as 24 hours. As you would possibly count on, Handbook Mode places you in control of when the scooping occurs, whether or not you set off a motorized scooping by the app or do it your self.
I’ve experimented with all the modes and so they’re all nice. Handbook Mode was particularly nice at first when my cats have been nonetheless getting used to the field as a result of it put me in charge of triggering a motorized scooping, and I may be certain that they have been out of the room first. Once I was testing the ChouBox on carpet, Timing Mode was nice as a result of it didn’t depend on the sensors—it simply robotically scooped each three hours. Then, Auto Mode was nice on exhausting flooring as a result of it constantly scooped after my cats went to the lavatory, containing the odor and in addition offering them with a clear field always.
You can too customise the reminder notifications the app sends you. The Empty Waste Reminder will be set between one to 21 days, the Add Cat Litter Reminder can go off after one scooping or after 12 scoopings, and the Empty the Bin Reminder can go off after one scooping or 15 scoopings. Total, utilizing the Tuya Life app is a fairly naked expertise, however every thing you want is there.
Positively Not Love at First Sight For My Cats
My cats didn’t just like the ChouBox in any respect at first. My youthful cat was curious however acquired spooked as quickly as every thing was collectively and shifting. The instruction handbook suggests that you just transfer your current litter field and put the ChouBox as an alternative. That is the very first thing—out of many, many issues—that I attempted to encourage my cats to make use of the ChouBox. Sadly, my cats continued to make use of the previous litter field that I moved to a different room.

It’s most likely price mentioning that I just lately purchased them a brand new litter field in September—three months earlier than testing the ChouBox—and it’s the most important litter field I’ve ever bought. It’s an additional massive rectangle litter field with excessive sides, giving them greater than loads of room. As compared, the ChouBox is a way more cramped expertise. That’s to not say it’s small; it’s really fairly spacious, simply smaller than the large rectangular one.
After a number of weeks of the ChouBox being the place the previous litter field was—and each of my cats constantly selecting to go within the previous litter field—I began attempting to shut the door to the room the previous litter field was in, not less than through the day once I was awake. My youthful cat would cry on the door or stick his paws underneath it, attempting to get in, and my older cat simply appeared to attend till we opened the door at evening.
Since each my cats insisted on utilizing their previous rectangular litter field, I took the white prime piece of the ChouBox—the bonnet—and wedged it within the different litter field. I figured this may assist them get used to the tighter, round within the ChouBox. Through the time the bonnet was wedged within the previous litter field, I’d shut the door to that room each time I remembered. If the door was left open all day, and so they selected their previous litter field, they might not less than should go inside the round space of the bonnet.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
Each cats used the previous litter field with the bonnet within it, however nonetheless refused to go within the precise ChouBox. I purchased Dr. Elsey’s Cat Litter Attractant, an additive to entice cats to make use of a litter field. I attempted spraying Feliway across the ChouBox to assist make it much less scary. I moved a few of their poop and pee clumps from the previous litter field into the ChouBox to get their scent in there. I experimented with these items over the course of three to 4 weeks, and neither one among my cats would use it. Typically, they might go within the ChouBox and toss litter round, however they wouldn’t really go to the lavatory in it.
As a final resort, we let the previous, luxuriously massive litter field get disgusting—like completely disgusting—to the purpose that the underside was virtually one large pee clump. Cats like a clear litter field, so the concept is that should you preserve one field clear and the opposite one soiled, they’ll want the clear one. There have been occasions once I’ve forgotten to scrub the litter field for a number of days and it’s gotten fairly gross, however by no means this gross—and so they nonetheless refused to make use of the clear ChouBox.
After two and a half months of attempting all the above with the ChouBox, I made a decision to chew the bullet and make a whole swap. At this level, they have been aware of the ChouBox, and each of them had gone inside and tossed some litter round. I took the previous rectangular litter field outdoors to the patio the place it was out of the home and the cats couldn’t odor it, however I left all of the litter inside simply in case one among them threw an absolute match and regarded like they have been going to attempt to use the lavatory someplace aside from the ChouBox.
I knew that my cats knew the ChouBox was a litter field, however I wasn’t assured that one among them wouldn’t act out and attempt to go to the lavatory on the ground close to the ChouBox as an alternative of in it, so I took some precautions. Beneath their litter-trapping mat, I put two pee pads all the way down to hopefully save the carpet from any accidents. I vacuumed any extra litter on the encompassing flooring in order that they wouldn’t be impressed to go wherever they discovered litter.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
Fortunately, there have been no accidents—not less than, not on function. My 7-year-old cat acclimated significantly better than my older 10-year-old cat. My youthful cat can also be a lot smaller, round eight kilos, whereas my older cat is round 13 kilos. Whereas my youthful cat appeared annoyed in regards to the state of affairs, he went into the ChouBox, tossed some litter round, and went each primary and quantity two. My older cat, alternatively, had some points.
My older cat likes to pee up in opposition to the excessive sides of a litter field, and the ChouBox is lacking outlined “sides” as a result of it’s a sphere. Due to this, I believe he couldn’t work out the place he needed to pee. Finally, he discovered an okay place and went. The primary time he pooped within the ChouBox didn’t go practically as nicely.
As a result of there’s a gap on the entrance of the ChouBox, it appears pure {that a} cat would put their head out of the opening, proper? Effectively, not my cat. He shoved his face into a bit of crevice at the back of the ChouBox, and pooped together with his butt by the opening, inflicting it to tumble down the litter lure pedal because it fell. Then, to make issues worse, he tried to cowl his poop like regular, which means that he was chucking litter out the opening. Sadly, he did this greater than as soon as, however for probably the most half, he faces the proper route now.
If I May Have a Do-Over, Right here’s What I’d Do
Earlier, I discussed that I wouldn’t suggest plugging within the litter field instantly. If I may return in time to once I first unboxed the ChouBox, I wouldn’t plug it in till my cats had used it not less than a few occasions. I’d put litter in it, put it the place our previous litter field was, and allow them to experiment with utilizing it earlier than figuring out that it moved and made noise. I’d manually scoop it for some time, a number of occasions a day in order that they acquired used to that litter field continuously being clear.
You probably have actually skittish cats, I’d even counsel leaving the components disassembled first, laid out on your cat to analyze every piece. Then, you may put it collectively with out litter inside, go away it for a number of extra days, and at last add litter—all for a extra gradual acclimation course of.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
I used to be manner too excited to place it collectively, get it linked to the app, and see the way it works, however as soon as your cats see and listen to it transfer, you’ll be able to’t take that again. Cats really feel weak once they use the litter field, and most cats most likely received’t react nicely at first to a litter field that makes sounds and strikes. My cats are pretty adaptive. They’ve moved with us a number of occasions and adjusted to new environments nicely, however I believe that letting them use the ChouBox earlier than ever turning it on would’ve made an enormous distinction in how nicely they acclimated to it.
Functionally, This Litter Field Is Fairly Nice
As soon as my cats have been really utilizing the ChouBox, the expertise was nice. Even once I had the ChouBox on the carpet, and the sensors wouldn’t work precisely more often than not, I liked utilizing Handbook Mode and Timing Mode to scoop the field. With Handbook Mode, it’s so good to easily open an app, push a button to set off a motorized scoop, and spare my knees and wrists to scoop the field myself.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
For those who solely have carpeted flooring, the ChouBox remains to be an excellent funding, nevertheless it’s a incredible funding in case you have exhausting flooring. I didn’t check this, so I don’t know the way nicely it might work, however I’d think about that utilizing a tough desk chair mat would mimic exhausting flooring and allow all of the helpful options that come together with correct sensors.
Utilizing Auto Mode with the sensors on exhausting flooring, I may see when my cat entered, once they left, and the cat’s weight. Each time I walked by, the litter was visibly flattened, and I may inform it had gone by a scoop cycle. When the ChouBox was on carpet, I generally had points with it pondering the waste bin wasn’t in there throughout a scoop cycle or in any other case not having a clean scoop cycle, however I’ve had completely none of these points whereas it’s on exhausting flooring.
As I discussed earlier, my older cat likes to pee on the aspect of litter bins. He additionally likes to dig all the best way to the underside, which often means I’ve to unstick the clump from the aspect of the field. I used to be nervous about how nicely the ChouBox would deal with pee clumps on the very backside, nevertheless it does very well. The grey litter ball flips over utterly when it’s scooping, and a slit on the underside of the grey ball permits air to come back in, which causes the anti-adhesive pad the litter sits on to push out and type of come out something that’s sticking to it.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
Though you’ll be able to mute the annoying beep when it’s carried out scooping—and I can’t think about who wouldn’t do that—the motor sounds have been nonetheless a bit jarring to my cats. When the motor goes, it’s slightly below 35 decibels, which is someplace between a loud whisper and light-weight rain. Finally, my cats acquired used to the sounds of the ChouBox scooping. It will wake them up in the event that they have been sleeping on the mattress or the cat tower close by, however they wouldn’t run away or leap down to analyze it.
My youthful cat will sometimes have a second of uncertainty the place he desires to smack it a number of occasions together with his paw, however to be honest, he does this randomly with the plastic wrapping round a pack of water bottles or different random on a regular basis objects. He’s a skittish little man.

Additionally, the ChouBox does an amazing job of maintaining the smells in, whether or not stuff stays within the waste drawer or inside the grey ball for a number of hours between Handbook or Timing Mode. Talking of the waste drawer, it’s fairly large. It may maintain as much as two weeks of waste, although ChouBox recommends swapping out the bag each week. Fortunately, should you neglect, the app will let you already know when the waste drawer reaches max capability.
Cleansing and Upkeep
The ChouBox scoops itself, nevertheless it nonetheless wants common cleansing identical to a daily litter field. The entire footage on this part have been taken after roughly two weeks of use. I began the cleansing course of by placing a contemporary trash bag within the waste bin, and pouring out the litter from the grey litter ball. Because the waste bin is so massive, there wasn’t any spillage once I did this.

Then, to scrub the anti-adhesive pad within the grey litter ball, I used the included brush, paper towels, and water. First, I used the comb to interrupt up a number of the stuck-on clumps, after which went at it with alternating moist and dry paper towels for about quarter-hour. ChouBox doesn’t suggest utilizing any type of disinfectant spray or wipes, as chemical substances like bleach can flip into poisonous gasoline when combined with urine. Fortunately, water does an excellent job cleansing by itself, and the exhausting bristle brushes that include the ChouBox are glorious for sustaining litter mud and moving into small crevices.
My cats use Okocat litter, which is wood-based, and when their pee mixes with this litter, it kinds an nearly congealed consistency. As a result of my older cat pees in opposition to the aspect, this congealed combination ended up getting wedged in a crack on the entrance left aspect of the grey litter ball. I had the sensible thought of utilizing a toothpick to get it out, and this labored fantastically. All of it got here out in a number of swipes inside a minute or two.
Cleansing every thing else was even easier. The white bonnet piece wanted a fast wipe to do away with litter mud across the opening. Then, the underside piece that holds the waste drawer gathered some free litter, so I tipped it over my trash can to empty it, after which wiped it out with a moist paper towel. For the waste drawer itself, deep cleansing it wasn’t a lot completely different than often sustaining it.
Sarah Chaney / Evaluation Geek
The trash luggage that include the ChouBox are type of sq., and so they match completely contained in the waste drawer. There’s a grey door within the waste drawer that strikes out of the best way when the litter field is scooping, and generally litter accumulates on this little grey door. Within the middle, there’s a small silicone rectangle piece you could take away to brush extra litter into the waste bin with the tiny brush that’s included. This tiny brush, in addition to the bigger exhausting bristle brush, are glorious for sustaining litter mud and moving into small crevices.
For additional cleansing of the waste drawer, all it’s important to do is take away the trash bag, dump any free litter particles into the trash, and wipe it down with a moist paper towel. Then, you set a brand new trash bag within the waste drawer, reassemble every thing, and also you’re golden!

Verdict: If You Can Be Affected person, It’s Price It
Total, the ChouBox delivers on its guarantees and I really like not having to scoop the litter field manually anymore. Regardless of my cats not wanting to make use of it at first, they’ve definitely warmed as much as the ChouBox previously couple of weeks. I believe that in the end, they’ll like having a clear litter field always with Auto Mode.
For those who don’t have a spot with exhausting flooring in your house the place you may put the ChouBox, otherwise you’re not keen to purchase a tough chair mat to create a tough floor on prime of carpet, it’s most likely not price it. Positive, you need to use Handbook Mode and Timing Mode, however the sensors received’t work precisely and then you definately’re paying oodles of cash for less than half the options.
Choueer’s return coverage states that the ChouBox needs to be clear and unused, which suggests you’ll be able to’t put litter in it and see in case your cat will use it earlier than deciding to return it. Due to this, I’d extremely suggest fascinated with your cat’s temperament earlier than making your choice. How nicely do they react to modifications? Have you ever tried utilizing a water fountain or computerized feeder with a motor previously? For those who’ve modified their litter or litter field, do they adapt nicely?

Ranking: 8/10
Worth: $620.00

Right here’s What We Like

Handles odors inside the field fairly nicely (so long as they really go within the ChouBox)
Eliminates the necessity to manually scoop
Large 10-liter waste bin
Reminders assist forgetful individuals like me

And What We Do not

Want there have been higher ideas for introducing your cats to the ChouBox
Takes some time for cats to get used to
The companion app may be very bare-bones