BOT BATTLE: PETKIT Pura X vs. Litter-Robot 3

Two of the leading self-cleaning litter boxes on the market face off head-to-head to help you decide which one is right for you and your cat!

When it comes to keeping your home clean, there's no doubt that having a cat can add to your workload, especially when it comes to dealing with their litter box - things can get messy fast. This is where self-cleaning litter boxes come in handy- and in today's market, there are plenty of options to choose from.

So which one is the best? In this blog post, we'll be comparing the PETKIT Pura X Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box against the Litter-Robot 3. We'll take a look at both their features, as well as their price tags, to see which one comes out on top.

Tale of the Tape

Litter Robot 3

Dimensions

24 x 24 x 34 inches

Weight

28 Pounds

Material

Plastic

Wi-Fi Enabled

yes (cONNECT MODEL)

Warranty

2 year

Return Policy

90 day

Country of Origin

USA

PETKIT Pura X

Dimensions

20 x 21 x 25 inches

Weight

37.4 pounds

Material

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

Wi-Fi Enabled

yes

Warranty

1 year

Return Policy

30 day

Country of Origin

China

PETKIT Pura X Litter Box Review

Litter boxes are a necessary evil for any cat owner, but they don’t have to be an eyesore in your home. Luckily, there is the PetKit Pura X Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box.

This litter box is sleek and modern with a design that will make it look right at home in any room of your house or apartment. The best part about this self-cleaning litter box is that you never have to touch dirty cat litter again!

It features a built-in sifting system which automatically separates clumped waste and dumps it into the hidden drawer below so you can easily dispose of it without ever having to scoop poop yourself.

Pros

  • Sleek design that won't look out of place in any room
  • Saves time and Litter
  • PETKIT App allows you to control litter box and monitor your cat's data

Cons

  • Not suitable for very large cats
  • Requires daily maintenance to empty out drawer with multiple cat homes
  • Some customers have reported that the sifting net gets jammed easily

The PETKIT Pura X is a self-cleaning cat litter box that has many pros. It is sleek and modern with a design that will make it look right at home in any room of your house or apartment. It also saves time and the amount of litter you need to us.  


However, the PETKIT Pura X does have some cons. It requires daily maintenance to empty out the waste drawer if you have multiple cats in your home. And with it's smaller opening, the Pura X is not suitable for large cats. 

Litter Robot 3 Review

Litter-Robot 3 is a self-cleaning litter box that uses an innovative sifting system, which separates the waste from clean litter and deposits it into a drawer for quick and easy cleanup. This automatic litter box also includes programmable timer settings, so you can set your Litter-Robot to work while you're away at work or on vacation.

The Litter-Robot 3 Connect version is also Wi-Fi enabled and can be operated using the free Litter-Robot app, which gives you real-time status updates on your litter box and allows you to control the cleaning schedule, as well as monitor your cat's litter box usage.

Pros

  • The Litter-Robot 3 is very easy to set up and use.
  • The Connect model comes with a helpful app that allows you to operate it remotely.
  • U.S. company with good customer support

Cons

  • The Litter-Robot 3 is one of the most expensive automatic litter boxes.
  • The robot can be easily disrupted by cats and may stop working.
  • It requires a lot of litter to function properly.

Overall, the Litter-Robot 3 is a great product that can really make your life easier. However, it does come with a few drawbacks, such as its high price tag and the potential for disruption by cats due to its sensors. Despite its issues though, the Litter Robot 3 is the most popular and has the highest customer satisfaction rating of all automatic litter boxes.

Ranking Factor Breakdown

DiditBot scans the internet to read hundreds of reviews written by actual customers to rank the products we review. That way you're getting an accurate rating rather than the opinion of one person who most likely got the product for free in exchange for a positive review. In this head to head battle we use testimonials from real customers to judge these two automatic litter boxes in 6 rounds to give you the best information before you make a purchase.


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Round 1: Size

PETKIT Pura X dimensions
Litter Robot III Dimensions

The PETKIT Pura X Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box is a more affordable option compared to the Litter-Robot 3. It is also smaller in size, making it a better option for those with limited space.

However, the Litter-Robot 3 has a larger waste drawer that can hold more waste. This is more of an issue for multi-cat families since the PETKIT Pura X would have to be emptied every day, whereas the Litter Robot 3 could wait to be emptied for 2-3 days.

The Litter Box 3 is also more popular among cat owners with big cats. It has a larger opening and more room inside for your cat to maneuver about in.

Round 1 Goes To: Draw

Because size is a personal preference, we can't give a percentage rating. If your cat is large or have multiple cats and you have the room, you may want to opt for the Litter Robot 3. However if you're looking to conserve space and have a single, smaller cat; the Pura X might be the better option for you.


Round 2: Safety

Litter Robot 3 cat safety

In terms of your cat's safety, both units have sensors that detect when your cat enters and leaves the litter box along with additional sensors to keep your cat safe.

The XSECURE feature of the PETKIT Pura X includes a variety of redundant sensors intended to safeguard your cat. These sensors include an infrared sensor that detects when your cat enters the box, a weight sensor that activates the cleaning cycle when your cat leaves the box, and an anti-pinch sensor that prevents the lid from closing if your cat is still inside.

The Litter Box 3 has a number of sensors as well including an infrared sensor that detects when your cat enters the box, a weight sensor that activates the cleaning cycle when your cat leaves the box, and a safety sensor that prevents the robot from moving if it senses an obstruction.

Round 2 Goes To: Draw

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

Both units are extremely safe. We have yet to see a review where a customer reported their cat was harmed by either the Pura X or the Litter Robot 3. If we had to pick, we would give the slight edge to the Pura X because of the XSECURE feature but your cat should be safe with either automatic litter box.


Round 3: Cleaning & Maintenance

Petkit Pura X waste drawer removal
Litter Robot 3 cleaning

The cleaning process of the Litter Robot 3 is a little more difficult and time consuming than cleaning the Pura X. With the Litter Robot 3 you have to empty the litter, unplug the machine, take off the bonnet, detach the globe, empty the waste drawer, hand-wash all the parts, and then wait for them to dry before you can reassemble. The entire process can take up to 30 minutes.

On the other hand, customers have noted that cleaning the Pura X is rather straightforward. The "Empty Litter Button" is pressed to release the remaining litter into the waste drawer. After it's finished, you simply remove the top cover to access and remove the litter cylinder, which lifts out easily. Then you take off the sifting net, wash the components and reassemble.

Both manufacturers recommend you do a deep cleaning at least three times per year or every 1-3 months depending on your cats habits or number of cats using the unit.

Round 3 Goes To: PETKIT Pura X

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

Another close round but we're giving this one to the Pura X based on the customer experiences we've read. Cleaning either one isn't exactly anyone's idea of a great time but it is a necessary task and our info tells us the Pura X is slightly easier to maintain than the the Litter Robot 3.


Round 4: Odor Control

Petkit Pura X odor control
Litter Robot 3 odor control

The PETKIT Pura X Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box and the Litter-Robot 3 both do a good job of controlling odors, but there are a few small differences. The Litter-Robot 3 has a charcoal filter to help reduce smells, while the Pura X has filters along with a built-in odor removal spray that fires a fine mist of liquid to counteract foul odors. Some owners have said it is virtually odorless, even when standing right next to it.

Another difference is the Litter-Robot 3 has a slotted cover to allow for better airflow and to prevent odors from building up, while the PETKIT Pura X has a solid lid and is more confined.

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

Round 4 Goes To: Litter Robot 3

In terms of actually controlling smells, both units do a great job- you're not likely to notice any difference between the two. However, if you're particularly sensitive to smells or want the absolute best odor control possible, the Litter-Robot 3 is the way to go.


Round 5: Noise Level

Petkit Pura X noise level
Litter Robot 3 noise level

The Litter Robot 3 is equipped with an acoustic insulation panel to reduce sound. While the PETKIT Pura X uses a silent motor that has been designed to not disturb your pet or disrupt your home environment.

Round 5 Goes To: PETKIT Pura X

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

While both are quieter than most automatic litter boxes, the Pura X has a slight advantage over the Litter Robot 3. The measured noise level of the Pura X is 47 dB while the Litter Robot 3 has a noise level of 55 dB (for reference 55 dB is equal to that of a refrigerator). This means that the Litter Robot 3 is slightly louder than the PETKIT Pura X so if your cats are noise sensitive, the PETKIT Pura X would be a better option.


Round 6: Performance

petkit pura x litter box
litter robot 3 cat box

The Litter Robot 3 works similarly to the PETKIT Pura X. Whenever your cat has done its business, the internal drum will make one full rotation and sift out the used litter from fresh litter. The clumps are dropped into a waiting bag while fresh liter is left at the base and ready for more of your cat’s poo.

The Litter Robot 3 is a self-cleaning litter box that uses a rotating drum to sift out clumps of used litter from fresh litter. This leaves fresh litter at the base of the box for your cat to use again. The clumps are dropped into a waiting bag, making it easy to dispose of them.

The PETKIT Pura X uses a rotating inner drum and slotted scooping fence to separate cat droppings from litter. Solid waste that is captured by the scooper fence is then dropped into the 5-liter capture tray underneath. Reportedly, this can store a weeks’ worth of droppings for single-cat owners. However, most customers find they need to empty more frequently.

Round 6 Goes To: Litter Robot 3

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

While both automatic litter boxes work similarly, we give the round to the Litter Robot 3 biased on the customer reviews we've read. Overall, it seems that the Litter Robot 3 performs better and has less issues than the Pura X when it comes to separating waste from the litter. That said, both have much higher ratings than other automatic litter boxes that use a rake system.


The Winner Is...

PETKIT Pura X

Litter Robot 3

The PETKIT Pura X and the Litter Robot 3 are two of the most popular and highly rated automatic litter boxes on the market. However, there are some differences in terms of cleaning and maintenance requirements, noise level, odor control options, as well as price point. The best option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

For our purposes though, the Litter Robot 3 nudges out the Pura X on the final scorecard. While it was a close battle, we give the win to the Litter Robot 3 due to it's longer track record, customer service and overall customer satisfaction ratings.

With that said, neither model is perfect and customers of both have reported issues with owning and maintaining them. It is also worth mentioning that both are expensive so if you are on a tight budget neither unit may be worth the cost.

Battle Recap

Litter Robot 3

Design

DRAW

Safety

draw

Maintenance

Odor Control

Noise Level

Performance

Overall Rating

PETKIT Pura X

Design

DRAW

Safety

draw

Maintenance

Odor Control

Noise Level

Performance

Overall Rating

March 14, 2022

December 29, 2021

January 4, 2017

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