Nature’s Miracle VS CatGenie

UPDATED Jul. 2020
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CatGenie and Nature's Miracle are highly popular litter boxes that outclass their competitors in many aspects. In this CatGenie vs. Nature's Miracle comparison, we offer a thorough analysis of their most important features and discover which of them is slightly better than the other.

CatGenie
Self-Washing, Self-Flushing, Litter-Free Cat Box
VS
Nature's Miracle
Premium Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Highlights

CatGenie
CatGenie’s key features include:
  • Fully automated cleaning, waste disposal (flushing), and maintenance;
  • 3 cycle start options: manual, automatic, and cat-activated;
  • Cat motion sensor that informs the device when to start and pause the cleaning cycle;
  • Special Washable Granules used instead of litter, which are dust-free, eco-friendly, and pet-safe;
  • Unique sanitizing liquid that kills odors and germs;
  • Automated GenieHand that scoops the solids;
  • Hopper chamber with an impeller, where solids are liquefied;
  • Control panel child lock, which prevents children and cats from accidentally pushing buttons.
  • Price: $239.97
Nature's Miracle
Nature’s Miracle offers the following features:
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Automatic self-cleaning
  • 3-in-1 odor control
  • Anti-microbial system
  • Battery backup
  • Sleep timer
  • Modern design
  • Completely safe
  • Price: $145.95

Compare Features

CatGenie
Type
Self-Washing, Self-Flushing Cat Box (Open-Top, Hood Bought Separately)
Design
CatGenie is a gray-and-white litter box in the shape of a toilet bowl, consisting of a base, brim, bowl, and a canister-like construction that contains the electronic elements. It features an automated hand that scoops the solids and the bowl has drain holes that allow the liquids to fall into a reservoir with odor-killing sanitizing liquid. It is an open-top litter box, but a custom-designed hood can be bought separately if your cat likes privacy.
Dimensions
CatGenie measures:
  • 24.5 inches in length;
  • 19.25 inches in width;
  • 21 inches in height;
  • 230 square inches in usable cat space (basin).
Installation Process
CatGenie needs to be hooked up to a cold water line and waste-water drain and plugged into an electrical outlet. The process should not take longer than 15 minutes and it is explained in details in the CatGenie setup manual. All necessary supplies are provided in the package, excluding a pair of pliers. Although the manufacturer claims that a plumber's assistance is not needed to complete the installation process, inexperienced users may need the help of a professional.
Scooping Proces
CatGenie fully eliminates the need for scooping.
Noise Level
CatGenie's cleaning cycle lasts less than half an hour. For 26 minutes, the noise it emits is rather quiet and cannot be heard through closed doors. During the cycle, there are 3 brief periods when the sound of water draining can be heard. It is no louder than a washing machine, but it can bother cats that are particularly sensitive to noise.
Durability
CatGenie is mostly made of durable plastic, with the exception of pins that are made of aluminum and the motor that is made of heavy-duty materials. Its solid construction and high-quality materials guarantee that it can last for years to come.
Odor Control
Since CatGenie flushes the waste and thoroughly cleans the granules and the bowl with water and sanitizing liquid during the cleaning process, odors are only present from the point when the cat does his or her business until the point when the cleaning cycle takes place. Unfortunately, the granules are not absorbent and do not minimize odor. It is recommended to program CatGenie to start the cleaning cycle 10 or 30 minutes after the cat uses it to keep the bowl odor-free.
Recommended For
CatGenie is best suited for cats aged 6 months or older and weighing up to 20 pounds. Cats aged 8 weeks to 6 months should use CatGenie with supervision.
Suitable For Multiple Cats
Litter Compatibility
CatGenie does not use litter. It exclusively uses proprietary Washable Granules.
Recommended Liners
CatGenie does not require the use of liners.
Cleaning & Maintenance
With CatGenie, the cleaning process is fully automated and the same goes for maintenance. You only need to purchase SaniSolution cartridges containing sanitizing liquid used for cleaning and maintenance cartridges that are used every 2-4 months to thoroughly clean hard-to-reach spots. With both types of cartridges, you only need to pop them in and CatGenie does the rest.
Training Considerations
CatGenie is an unusual litter box and the acclimation period can last anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on your cat’s personality. To help your cat get used to CatGenie, you can place treats and toys in and around CatGenie, praise your cat when he or she explores the new litter box, and wait until you introduce your friend to the strange sound of the cleaning cycle. At first, you should keep the old box next to CatGenie, but you should stop cleaning it, so your cat can naturally move on to the new, clean box.
Safety Considerations
CatGenie is completely safe to use. There are no shock hazards or sharp elements to worry about, all surface that your cat comes in contact with are smooth and non-toxic, the sanitizing liquid and granules are pet-safe, and the device pauses the cleaning cycle if your cat jumps into the bowl mid-cycle.
Cost
$239.97
Money-Back Guarantee
CatGenie comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Warranty
CatGenie comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
Nature's Miracle
Type
Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Design
Nature’s Miracle litter box is a veritable spaceship for cats. Its modern and attractive design will go well with any type of environment you decide to place it in. It might seem a bit intimidating at first due to its numerous components, but it is much easier to use than it appears. It only comes in mono black, which gives it an added degree of elegance.
Dimensions
Nature's Miracle is designed for smaller and medium cats. It measures:
  • 28.1" in length
  • 17.6" in width
  • 10.1" in height

The litter tray measures 14" x 14"

Installation Process
Nature's Miracle is easy to set up. All you have to do is prepare and insert the waste receptacle, fill it out with litter, and attach the paw-cleaning ramp. You can also set the clock and program the sleep timer at some point, but the box will function perfectly fine even withouth these settings.
Scooping Proces
Nature’s Miracle is a self-cleaning litter box. Having said that, you will still have to scoop the smaller litter clumps manually.
Noise Level
Nature’s Miracle features a motor, which moves the rake during the automatic cleaning cycle, so it will produce some noise. You should not put it in your bedroom if you are a light sleeper.
Durability
Nature’s Miracle is made of pet-friendly materials and it does not feature a lot of delicate parts in spite of its complex construction. If properly maintained, it can last for years without any mechanical or electrical problems.
Odor Control
Nature’s Miracle sports a 3-in-1 odor control system featuring a tightly closed waste receptacle with a replaceable carbon filter that acts as a sponge for unpleasant odors.
Recommended For
Nature’s Miracle is designed for smaller and medium cats.
Suitable For Multiple Cats
Litter Compatibility
Nature’s Miracle can work with pretty much any hard clumping litter, but the company recommends using its proprietary brands.
Recommended Liners
Nature’s Miracle does not require the use of liners.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Nature’s Miracle requires weekly cleaning and you should also clean it thoroughly once a month. All the components can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild detergent. Do not use any abrasive or overly aggressive cleaning chemicals or scouring pads. All the removable components (apart from the top housing) can be immersed in water. The litter tray should also be cleaned only once per month, not every time you refill it with litter.
Training Considerations
Your cat might be timid around Nature’s Miracle litter box at first, so you may want to consider introducing it into his or her environment without removing the old box. You can also turn auto-cleaning off until your cat is better adjusted to the sound/action. Stop cleaning your old litter box and allow your cat to make the switch gradually.
Safety Considerations
Nature’s Miracle is perfectly safe for your pets thanks to its motion-activated sensors on both sides of the litter tray. If the sensors have picked up movement in the last 10 seconds, the auto-cleaning cycle will not activate. Additionally, if the automatic rake detects an obstacle during the cycle, it will immediately switch directions.
Cost
$145.95
Money-Back Guarantee
Nature's Miracle does not come with a money-back guarantee
Warranty
Nature's Miracle offers a limited 1-year warranty that protects you against any defects in materials and workmanship.

Compare Ratings

CatGenie
FINAL RATING
8.5/10
Design & Size
Materials & Durability
Odor Control
Cleaning & Maintenance
Ease Of Use & Comfort
Value For Money
Nature's Miracle
FINAL RATING
9.5/10
Design & Size
Materials & Durability
Odor Control
Cleaning & Maintenance
Ease Of Use & Comfort
Value For Money

Compare User Reviews

CatGenie
  • Submitted By Lisa Frankel on 05/28/2018
    Does what it is supposed to do but the cleaning cycles take forever and my kitty hates noise, so I have to start the cycles manually and keep the doors closed so she doesn't get annoyed or scared. It really isn't noisier than a washing machine, but it is still noisier than I would like it to be.
  • Submitted By John Robertson on 05/02/2018
    Surprisingly, my 2 cats (both 8 months old) took to it right away. I didn't even have to use any particular tricks, I just threw their 2 favorite toys inside the bowl and left a few treats on the brim. We've been using it for 2 months, no problems so far, hope it stays that way.
  • Submitted By Daniel Grant on 04/21/2018
    I am pretty disappointed. When I saw this litter box, I was like, wow, this seems awesome! But then I bought it and the setup was so annoyingly complicated, it took a month for my cats to get used to it, and it smelled pretty bad at first because I tried not to turn it on that often so my cats don't get scared. It works ok, but I expected so much more.
Nature's Miracle
  • Submitted By Joan Cox on 12/08/2018
    It gets the job done, cleans itself and it even comes with a little mat for cats to brush their paws instead of spreading litter all over the house. I experimented with a few different types of litter and found the sweet spot that prevent s odors and keeps our pets comfortable. In spite of all this, I still think the price is a bit too high.
  • Submitted By Rebeca Thomas on 08/04/2018
    It’s amazing when it works. However, the little rake keeps on jamming and getting blocked, I’m not sure am I doing something wrong here, is there too much litter inside or what?
  • Submitted By Mark Lee on 05/22/2018
    Well, I did have unrealistic expectations here, but still... Nature’s miracle box still makes some noise, so it’s not good to put it anywhere near your bedroom or rest area. Additionally there’s also some litter around it at all times, but still way less than with my previous choice.
  • Submitted By Jayna Matthews on 02/24/2018
    Excellent little device! My cats just love and it didn’t take them much to make a complete switch.

Winner

Nature's Miracle is one of the most sophisticated self-cleaning cat litter boxes developed under the corporate umbrella of Spectrum Brands. It was designed to make your life easier, your home cleaner, and your pets much happier. Read all about this litter box and its capabilities in our comprehensive Nature's Miracle review.

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