Product review: DuraScoop litter scoops

Durascoop cat

Like most cat parents, cleaning the litter box is my least favorite thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do it diligently. It’s important to keep the litter box clean. Many inappropriate eliminatinon problems are caused by a box that isn’t kept clean enough, at least, not from the cat’s point of view.

Since I work from home, I pretty much scoop as soon as Allegra or Ruby deposit something in one of our two boxes (especially if it’s in the one right outside my office). Yes, they have me well trained – and Allegra is the official box supervisor. She always inspects the box after I’ve scooped to make sure I’ve done a good job.

I have yet to find a litter box scoop that I really like. I don’t like plastic scoops, I find that the litter sticks to most of them. I’ve actually been using a metal slotted spoon for many years, it really works well for me.

I was intrigued when I first saw the DuraScoop® litter scoops, and I asked the company whether they’d send me a couple to test.

Durascoop original litter scoop

I received the DuraScoop® original, a jumbo sized metal scoop made from cast aluminum, which, according to the company, won’t bend or flick. I don’t see how it possibly could – it’s pretty sturdy. It has a comfortable grip and the handle is short enough so you can get all around the box without bumping into the sides. It worked well, and what little litter stuck to it came off easily.

Durascoop cat litter accessories

I also received the smaller DuraScoop® Mini, which is also made out of metal and covered with a non-corrosive, powder coated finish. It was easier to maneuver than the larger scoop, and also got the job done well. Litter did stick to this one a little bit more than to the original.

I liked both scoops. I prefer the smaller one for easier maneuverability, but the original also does a great job.

For more information, please visit the DuraScoop® website.

9 Comments on Product review: DuraScoop litter scoops

  1. Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz
    November 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm (8 years ago)

    The cats of Curlz and Swirlz give a Paw of Approval to both these scoops, too! Teri bought both styles (using the smaller one when we travel) and has had them over 5 years and they are good as new still! She will never go back to the old plastic kind ever again (She calls them her ‘garden trowels’, hahameow!)

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  2. caren gittleman
    November 22, 2011 at 10:55 am (8 years ago)

    lol I am laughing at what Layla said “the Rolls Royce of litter scoops” and I have to agree! I think those look superb! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Ingrid
      November 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm (8 years ago)

      They’re definitely top of the line, Caren!

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  3. Layla Morgan Wilde
    November 22, 2011 at 10:15 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, these seem like the Rolls Royce of litter scoops. How sharp is the edge for scraping corners? Sometimes I resort to a metal spatula.

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    • Ingrid
      November 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm (8 years ago)

      It does a pretty decent job with the corners, Layla. The best trick I learned from one of my cat friends is to use a putty knife to scrape litter clumps away from the sides of the box and from corners. Works better than anything else I’ve ever used for that.

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  4. Jenny | Floppycats.com
    November 22, 2011 at 9:26 am (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, my mom has had these litter scoops before and I love how industrial the metal one feels and looks, but when it comes to scooping I have a preferred one – the Litter Lifter – and if they made that sucker in metal, now that would be cool. http://www.litter-lifter.com/

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    • Ingrid
      November 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm (8 years ago)

      If the Litter Lifter were made from metal, I might like it better, Jenny.

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  5. Bridget
    November 22, 2011 at 8:52 am (8 years ago)

    I discovered these scoops a few years ago (original size) and have been using them exclusively ever since. I love them and think they are worth every penny I paid. They clean up nicely, they’re durable, and they allow me to do some serious litter digging to get the deposits left by the cats who firmly believe they must dig to china to bury their deposits.

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for the mini ones, as I could see where they would be useful in the smaller litter boxes.

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    • Ingrid
      November 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm (8 years ago)

      What is it about cats feeling they have to dig all the way to the bottom of the box, right, Bridget?

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