Best Cat Litter Tray/Pan Reviews 2018

In this article, I review the best litter pans or litter trays and I have also produced a top 10 buyer rated list of these, which you can view below. The classic "litter pan" is an affordable and basic choice for a cat litter for your home.

Litter pans have been around for a very long time. They are the open style of litter that you will find in many homes up and down the country. They are affordable and that makes them an ideal choice if you have multiple cats, or are on a tight budget.

It is worth noting that these are open pans or trays and as such do not have any type of cover. There are some basic trays, trays with high sides and also trays that fit neatly into a corner. I have included all of these different types in my list below.

As they are open it makes it faster to scoop litter. They do however need to be cleaned more regularly as everything, including any cat poop, is always on view. They are better suited to an area of the home that is quiet and out of view.

Most vets will always recommend this type of open top litter pan, rather than an enclosed box. The reason for that is that an open top litter pan helps prevent behavior issues associated with tight spaces, and also with a cat's stronger sense of smell.

Many cats, but not all of them, simply do not like getting into a small or confined area. This behavior does vary a lot between individual cats. What is actually more important is that cats have a very sensitive and strong sense of smell.

They are also fussy creatures and simply will not go to the toilet in an area with a very strong scent. So for example in an enclosed box that has not been cleaned, the smell will be very strong and the cat will avoid that.

With an open top pan style, this is not as big a problem as there is nothing confining the smell.

Top 10 Buyer Rated Litter Pans

Just below I have created a list of the top 10 litter pans. These are based on real life buyer ratings. I collected these ratings from a variety of online websites and stores, and then worked out the average buyer rating.

The list below shows those with the highest rated being shown first.

If you click on any of the links, you can then read a summary review on each of the individual pans. Please note the buyer rating is shown in brackets and is the score out of 100%.

As you can see the top 10 on my the list all get very high buyer ratings, so in many cases it is more about the style you like and the price you can afford to pay.

No 1 Rated - Petmate 22040 Giant Litter Pan, Bleached Linen

Overall buyers rate this Petmate model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 96%. This one is highly recommended by many online websites as their best in class.

There are thousands of reviews for this pan and it is one of the biggest sellers currently available on the market. It is a large pan that holds more than 30 pounds of litter, so ideal for large cats or multiple-cat households. It also has useful storage compartments built in to it.

96%
Buyer Satisfaction

This pan is made of plastic and has an antimicrobial agent that helps fight against the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. It measures 34.7 x 19.8 x 10 inches and weighs 4.7 lbs.

PROS

  • 87% of all buyers give this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this was a great box for larger cats
  • A great choice if you own a cat that pees over the side or back of a litter box
  • Buyers liked the two storage compartments on the side, ideal for things like the scooper, wipes, deodorizer or disposable bags
  • Great for multiple cats, large cats as this really is a JUMBO sized box

CONS

  • Only 1% of buyers gave this a bad review which is extremely low
  • It is big so takes up a fair amount of space

No 2 Rated - Petmate Giant Litter Pan

Overall buyers rate this Petmate litter pan with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 94%. It is another slightly different model from the same Petmate brand as the one above.

This pan is made from a tough durable plastic. It is ideal for large or homes with multiple cats. This is also a large tray with high walls.

These help contain the cat waste and reduce scatter. Like the one above this holds over 30 lbs. of litter.

94%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 25.56" x 18.3" x 10.02" and weighs 2.4 lbs when empty.

PROS

  • 84% of all buyers gave this one a full 5 star review
  • Buyers really liked the raised sides as it helped reduce the amount of litter scattered when cats were covering up and digging in the litter
  • Buyers said this was a very good choice for either large cats, or for homes with more than one cat
  • Buyers also said that the rim around the edge made the pan easy to lift especially when it was full of litter
  • They also mentioned that the entrance is low and that made it easier for older and smaller cats to get in and out

CONS

  • 2% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said the sides were not high enough if you own a cat that tends to pee high

No 3 Rated - iPrimio Ultimate Stainless Steel Cat XL Litter Box

Overall buyers rate this iPrimio model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 94%. This is an expensive option and that is mainly down to the fact that it is made from stainless steel.

That makes it non-stick and many buyers like the idea of that type of surface. As it is made from metal it will not absorb any odors unlike many of the boxes that are made from plastic.

For many potential buyers this is a good choice, though the stainless steel may not be for everyone's style and personal taste.

94%
Buyer Satisfaction

This box is a big one and as it is metal it is also not easy to stain and it is rust proof. It measures 23.5 x 15.5 x 6 inches and weighs 5.8 pounds. There are no sharp sides on this litter pan either.

PROS

  • 74% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this is a good choice if you have 2 or more cats as it holds plenty of litter
  • Buyers said that unlike their previous plastic boxes, this one did not retain any smells and was easy to clean
  • Buyers also advised to avoid scraping the coating when scooping and if you did that, the coating does an excellent job
  • Buyers loved the size of the pan

CONS

  • 6% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • A few buyers said this is not non-stick as the teflon coating scrapes off and that makes litter hard to remove
  • Some said it was too expensive
  • Some buyers said the sides were just too low

No 4 Rated - KittyGoHere Senior Cat Litter Box

Overall buyers rate this KittyGoHere model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 92%.  This litter pan has been specially designed for older cats, or for any cat suffering from arthritis.

It is at the higher end of the price point when it comes to a pan/tray style of litter box. It combines a couple of features which are a wide and low entrance, and also it is big enough so as your cat can easily turn around in it.

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 24 x 20 x 5 inches and weighs 2 pounds. Many potential buyers are put off by a plastic pan that costs $30-40. Those who have bought it though say it is worth the investment as the low entry point, and the width and breadth make it very easy for cats who may be suffering from something like hip dysplesia and arthritis.

PROS

  • 85% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Almost every single buyer said this was a great choice for their senior cat or for their cat who was suffering from any type of joint pain or disability
  • Buyers said the box was big enough that no part of the cat had to touch the sides and that helped their cats a lot
  • Buyers said this was a good choice for cats who were very fussy about wanting to be in a large litter box.

CONS

  • Only 1% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • A few buyers said this was just too expensive though they appreciated the comfort for their cat
  • A couple of buyers said they wished the sides were higher

No 5 Rated - Nature's Miracle Advanced High Sided Corner Litter Box

Overall buyers rate this Nature's Miracle model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 92%. As the name would suggest this tray has two important features.

It is designed to fit into the corner of a room and it has high sides that help prevent litter scatter. The corner shaped litter boxes are useful for anyone who is limited for floor space. The color on this one is quite different as is a graphite color with a subtle sparkle.

More importantly though the surface is non-stick for easy cleaning.

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

It is from a very popular pet brand, and also has an odor blocking anti-microbial protection applied to the inner surface of the pan. The box measures 26 x 23 x 10" and weighs 2.3 pounds.

PROS

  • 76% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers liked the high 10" walls as they helped keep the litter inside the box when the cat was digging
  • Buyers said they liked the way this fitted into the corner as that helped keep the litter box out of the way
  • Buyers said this is a large box so ideal for all sizes of cats, however as it was designed to fit in the corner, they got the benefit of a larger box but out of the way

CONS

  • 2% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said the litter stuck to the sides too easily

No 6 Rated - Van Ness Pureness Giant Cat Litter Pan

Overall buyers rate this Van Ness model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 92%. This one is pretty new to the market, but it appears to be selling like hot cakes.

This is pretty much a basic litter pan designed for larger cats or homes with more than one cat. It has a very highly polished finish, that is odor and stain resistant, and that of course makes it easy to clean.

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 22 x 16 x 6.5 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds.

PROS

  • 74% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this was a good choice for older cats as one side is lower and that makes it easier for the cat to get into the box
  • Buyers also said that this was a huge box and that the sides were high enough to prevent litter scatter
  • Most buyers said that a 20 lb bag of clumping litter was enough to fill this pan at the right depth
  • Buyers said this was one of the easiest boxes to clean

CONS

  • 2% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said they thought the grade of plastic was poor

No 7 Rated - Suncast Litter Pan

Overall buyers rate this Suncast model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 92%.  This a an extra large box with a low front entry.

Like many on this list that makes them ideal for larger cats, older cats and indeed for homes with more than one cat.

It is made from a durable resin plastic and that makes it pretty easy to keep clean.

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

The box measures 24 x 18 x 10 inches and weighs 15.6 pounds. The box is well designed and the sides and bottom are smooth for easy and quick cleaning.

PROS

  • 77% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • This is a good choice for anyone who owns a cat with a bad aim
  • The box is made from a sturdy and strong plastic
  • The huge majority of buyers liked the overall appearance of the box
  • Buyers said this was good at not picking up any cat waste odors

CONS

  • 11% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said that they got the wrong color

No 8 Rated - PetFusion Easy Clean Cat Litter Box

Overall buyers rate this PetFusion model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 90%. This box has been both FDA and EPA tested for safety.

It also has a non-stick coating and that helps a lot when it comes to cleaning out the cat litter box. This is a large box so suitable for larger cats or if you have more than one cat in the home.

90%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 22.6 x 18.1 x 8.0 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds when empty.

PROS

  • 79% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this is very well made with thick and high walls
  • Buyers also loved the fact that the box was coated as that helped a lot when it came to changing out the litter
  • Most buyers said this was a large box and great if you happen to own a cat that is a furious digger

CONS

  • 5% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said the opening was either too narrow or too high up for their cat

No 9 Rated - Catit Cat Litter Pan with Rim

Overall buyers rate this Catit model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 80%. This one sells really well as many people like this Catit brand.

It has a rim and that is designed to help keep the litter from spilling out of the pan.

It has a deep flat base design and raised back to also keep litter inside the pan.

88%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 22.2 x 16.3 x 11.3 inches and weighs 2.4 pounds when empty. It is 8" high at the front and 11" high at the back

PROS

  • 74% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said that this design means very litter gets spilled and as such there is very little tracking to worry about
  • Buyers liked the fact that the rim could be detached and you could then add liners easily
  • Buyers said this was sturdy and very well made

CONS

  • 5% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Some buyers said that the box split at the sides after several months
  • Some buyers said the plastic was not that flexible

No 10 Rated - Nature's Miracle High-Sided Litter Box

Overall buyers rate this Nature's Miracle model with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 88%.  This one also has high sides to help prevent litter spill.

This one according to the manufacturer also has a non-stick surface that makes cleaning the litter box a great deal easier.

It also has an easy clean spout.

88%
Buyer Satisfaction

It measures 23 x 18.5 x 11 in and weighs 1.85 pounds.

PROS

  • 68% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said this is a good size but certainly not huge
  • Many buyers said this is a good litter box for kittens as it is the right size and allows plenty of movement for them
  • Buyers liked the fact that it is a one piece box, so no seams to worry about

CONS

  • 5% of all buyers gave this one a bad review
  • Buyers said the front was too low and their cats could easily pee out the front

Litter Pan/Tray - FAQ

In this section I always like to try and answer genuine concerns and questions from people who are considering buying a litter tray (pan). Hopefully this information can help you make up your mind if this style of litter box is really suitable for your needs.

Q. Will my cat use a litter pan?

Almost every cat will be happy to use an open top litter pan. If they have been trained from kittens then this open style id something that most cats prefer. Humans made the change to using enclosed boxes rather than cats. They did that to try and cover up unsightly poop, and also to help contain odors.

Cats however are very comfortable using an open pan style.

Q. Are litter pans suitable for disabled, elderly or very large cats?

Yes they are generally speaking. All the other types of cat litter boxes have either a flap of some kind or are top entry boxes. The top entry boxes for older cats is a major problem, and some of the side or front entry enclosed boxes can also be a problem for old or disabled cats.

These simple trays or pans are much easier for them to access.

Q. Will dogs be able to get access to cat poop?

This is a good question. This is for me the big down side with using a pan or tray style of cat litter box. Unless this type of litter box is placed in a room where the dog can't get into, then a dog will easily be able to get at the cat poop.

The only alternative to being placed into a room is very regular cleaning, but that can be hard to do all of the time.

I have also done an article here on how to stop your dog eating cat poop, which I think is worth a read, if you are having that problem.

Buying Tips for Litter Pan Trays

Hopefully you now have enough knowledge to make the best buying decision for your own personal needs. If not, here are a few buying tips just to keep in mind, when it comes to purchasing a top entry cat litter box.

Value for Money

If you need to buy one right away, then it is just a matter of picking the one that you like and making the purchase. It is always a good idea to check on any offers that are available online, or even for things like a clearance sale in a pet store.

In my list above I have shown the prices currently available at Amazon. Generally speaking these are competitive, but they do change so always keep a close eye on those. They also have special offers that run at certain times of the year so be on the look out for those.

Remember the benefits of a Litter Pan or Tray

There are quite a few benefits of using this type of box, and I have summarised those below:

  1. They are usually the cheapest option when it comes to buying a litter box
  2. This style of tray or pan is recommended by vets as they help avoid any spacial issues that may get caused with your cat
  3. They are ideal for kittens and as a first litter
  4. The open style is also better for cats as they really do not like strong smells, which can happen with en enclosed box

Knowing you cat's habits

Before buying a tray or pan style box, it is really good to understand your cat's toilet habits. Some cats tend to dig a lot, some are furious diggers and some barely bother at all. For real diggers it is essential to get a tray with high sides and a high back

Some cats are also high pee-ers and for those cats high sides and back are also really important. For olders cats a low front is also important as that allows them to get inside the litter box.

In conclusion I believe that the litter pan or tray is as good as any other type and are often a better choice for anyone with an anxious or timid cat. They are certainly the most affordable option and work with any type of cat litter.

Enda
 

I was blessed growing up surrounded by cats, forming a strong connection to these amazing and intriguing creatures that I could never shake. After dedicating many years to learning the science and theory behind feline behavior, I completed my studies and was finally able to understand a great deal about cats and their strange ways. If you’re struggling with a cat who has an issue with litters, or not using a litter, then you’re in luck because that's my specialty. I believe your kitty deserves to be helped with compassion and determination. My mission isn't just to help you though, it's to empower YOU to control and connect with even the most unruly of cats (don’t worry, there’s no such thing as a cat that can't be helped.

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