Why you can trust ZDNET
:ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Being a cat person means I don't have to take my pet outside when it's raining or freezing cold. However, it also means dealing with a dirty litter box and scooping poop daily -- a not-so-fun task.
I used to hate having to scoop my cat Norbert's litter multiple times a day in an effort to keep our house smelling clean. However, I recently made the switch to the self-cleaning Whisker Litter-Robot 4 and it's safe to say it has changed my life (as well as Norbert's).
This high-tech litter robot comes with a price tag of $700 and has options of a Litter-Robot 4 or Litter-Robot 3, as well as useful accessories like litter, a litter trap mat, odor trap packs that further eliminate odor, and more, depending on the bundle.
The Whisker Litter-Robot 4 connects to the Whisker app, which gives you insight into when your cat is in the box, when a cleaning cycle is happening, and when a cleaning cycle is complete, as well as an entire history and your cat's average usage. I never paid much attention to how often my cat was using the litter box during the day, and I feel a lot better now knowing every time he's going and his normal range.
The device even has a smart scale built into the Litter-Robot 4, which automatically records your cat's weight each time they use it so that you can keep track of any concerning weight gain or weight loss.
I've noticed this robot litter box is much quieter than other robot litter boxes I've seen at friends' houses, and it's never scared Norbert away.
After using the Whisker Litter-Robot 4, I will never return to a regular litter box. The insight it gives me into Norbert's overall health and the daily, automatic cleaning makes it completely worth it. I recommend this litter box to every cat owner.