9 Best Covered & Top Entry Litter Boxes (2019)

best top entry litter box

No matter how big your house is, used kitty litter is always unsightly. Additionally, no one wants it tracked all over the home. Pretty quickly, you look for ways to augment the box with items to mitigate these issues. The first step is usually adding a litter mat to keep tracking down. Soon enough, though, you’ll be looking into covered cat boxes to contains smells and mess. Covered litter boxes are often just the standard plastic litter pans with some sort of topper added. These can be vented, have doors that automatically close behind your cat, or in some rare cases, could be decorative. Top entry boxes take the concept a step further by not only covering the litter in the pan, but by fully containing everything that goes on in there. They often have textured lids that double as litter mats to prevent tracking.

Covered and top entry cat boxes are typically much cheaper than the other options for covering the litter. Litter box furniture enclosures are a great option, but since they are, in fact, furniture, the price tag usually reflects that. Similarly, while self cleaning litter boxes offer superior convenience, they’re both more expensive and have their own flaws.

To make life with your cat’s waste more livable, here are the best covered and top entry litter boxes.

What's the best covered cat litter box?

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  • Large pan good for multi-cat households
  • Filtered hood vent
  • Built-in bag anchor
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  • High back to contain litter
  • Available in seven fun colors
  • Antimicrobial, non-stick plastic
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  • Corner shape saves floor space
  • Carbon filtered ventilation
  • Built-in bag anchor
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  • Ramp greatly reduces tracking
  • Very good odor containment
  • Carbon filtered ventilation
Price: $32.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
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  • Modern look in designer colors
  • Pull out tray
  • Optional built-in sifter rake and scoop
Price: $89.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
  • Modern, attractive look
  • All-in-one kit includes scoop
  • Reusable tarp liner
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  • Tracking mat on lid keeps litter off the floor
  • Large capacity
  • Sturdy construction
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  • Refined design
  • Grooved anti-tracking lid
  • Easily removable lid
Price: $37.39 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
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  • Saves you money
  • Customizable
  • Choose the right size box for your home
Price: $77.82 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan

    Pros:
    • Large pan good for multi-cat households (though multiple pans is preferred)
    • Filtered hood vent
    • High-sided pan
    • Built-in bag anchor
    Cons:
    • Lid latches are relatively weak
    • Some cats will destroy the exposed filter
    • Due to the weak latches, the handle at the top is basically useless
    • Plastic somewhat brittle

    This is the basic, one-step-up improvement over a normal litter pan. The base is a large, deep pan measuring 22.4 inches long by 15.3 inches wide. The carbon filter at the top filters some odor and can be augmented with Catit Magic Blue Air Purifier refills to enhance the odor protection.

    Because the filter is exposed, some cats might mess with and eventually destroy it. The lid hinges on this particular unit are a weak point, but that is perhaps expected at the price point. I owned this model at one point and didn’t have any trouble, though I never tried lifting it while full, either.

    You could skip the lid hinges with this much cheaper, but unfiltered Iris Hooded Litter Box. There’s also this Van Ness option which is also much deeper.

  2. 2. Petphabet Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Box

    Pros:
    • Clear top makes cats afraid of enclosures feel more comfortable
    • Available in seven fun colors
    • Antimicrobial, non-stick plastic
    • High back to contain litter
    Cons:
    • Clear top doesn’t hide mess as well
    • Expensive for what it is
    • No filtered ventilation
    • Packages sometimes missing one or more of the lid locks

    Admittedly, you’d probably choose this one for the designer colors more than anything else. If you must have a litter box in your home, it might as well be something pleasant to gaze upon. This molded plastic pan measures 24.8 inches long by 20 inches wide by 16.5 inches high. That makes it plenty large enough for multiple cats. The plastic is antimicrobial and non-stick, so routine washes will be easy.

    It doesn’t have a door, and that, combined with the transparent top, may make it better for cats who don’t like the dark enclosures. Additionally, there’s no door, so particularly aggressive diggers may find success in pitching litter outside the container. That being said, it’s a high-sided unit, so for the most part, the litter will stay put. The available colors include orange, yellow, red, lime green, light blue, purple, and teal.

  3. 3. Cat Love Space Saver Corner Hooded Cat Pan

    Pros:
    • Corner shape saves floor space
    • Built-in bag anchor
    • Carbon filtered ventilation
    • Large capacity
    Cons:
    • Lid latches are relatively weak
    • Relatively low pan sides
    • Normal box liners won’t work
    • Door may get stuck (but can be removed)

    Ideally, your cat’s litter box will be tucked into a remote corner of your home. In the case of this design, it will literally be tucked into the corner. The shape of this pan allows you to utilize the depth of a room corner to save a little space. The large face of the box contains a sturdy door, which is removable if your cats don’t like it.

    The low step might be good for older cats, but does increase the likelihood of tracking or spilling. Still, you can get the clever corner construction for less than the simple Catit option. This litter box comes in green or gray and measures 22 inches by 17.7 inches by 17.12 inches.

  4. 4. Petmate Booda Clean Step Litter Dome

    Pros:
    • Ramp greatly reduces tracking
    • Carbon filtered ventilation
    • Very good odor containment
    • Virtually dog proof
    Cons:
    • Difficult to dump into a trash can
    • Mixed reviews on size of the actual pan; small for the overall footprint
    • Unique shape makes scooping a challenge with normal scoops
    • Generally flimsy build quality

    Another unique approach is this Booda litter dome. To enter or exit this litter box, cats must traverse a stairway, which ensures that litter can’t be sprayed when digging and significantly cuts down tracking. While the shape presents challenges when using traditional liners or scoops, the absence of a flapping door that doesn’t just exit directly onto your floor could make up for that.

    The overall structure measures 20 inches by 24 inches by 19 inches and comes in this Brushed Nickel color, as well as Pearl and Titanium, though the price seems to vary depending on which of these you choose.

    The Petmate Booda line also includes the Dome Pearl Litter Box, which is a more conventional option.

  5. 5. Kitty A Go Go Designer Cat Litter Box

    Pros:
    • Modern look in designer colors
    • Pull out tray
    • Optional built-in sifter rake and scoop
    • Plastic liners are reusable
    Cons:
    • Expensive
    • Small
    • Cats may pee in such a way that it gets under the liner
    • Drawer liners are expensive (and appear to be unavailable via both Amazon and the manufacturer website)

    Our final entry in the covered litter box category is this refined, modern option. The enclosure here is a high-quality stain resistant plastic that looks even better in person than in pictures. The litter box sits in a slide-out tray to make litter cleaning quick and easy. Inside, there are plastic guards that direct litter back into the pan from digging cats.

    The description on this item says large capacity, but that is debatable. The pan itself measures 13 inches wide by 17.5 inches long by four inches tall, which we think is a bit on the small side, especially for multi-cat households. The overall structure measures 18.43 inches wide by 21.46 inches long by 15.87 inches high. That being said, if you only have one cat, this stylish but small option might be the perfect choice.

    In addition to this Metallic Silver, the Kitty A Go Go comes in Burlwood, Polka Dot, Flower, Glossy Black, and Leopard Print finishes.

    For another modern, integrated solution, you might consider the Modko Flip Litter Box Kit, which features a tall litter box, reusable tarp liner, flip lid, and a hanging scoop.

  6. 6. Modkat Litter Box Kit

    Price: $89.00
    Pros:
    • Modern, attractive look
    • All-in-one kit includes scoop
    • Reusable tarp liner
    • Anti-tracking lid
    Cons:
    • Expensive
    • On the small side
    • Some find that their cats stop burying their litter
    • Some cats won’t use it

    If you’re of the mind that cat litter boxes could use a designer’s touch, this might be the one for you. This has the modern appeal of similarly-pricey-but-beautiful products like the simple human line. The anti-tracking lid allows litter to fall back into the box and also swivels up for scooping.

    Speaking of, the included scoop hangs neatly on the outside of the unit. Though, one could see how pretty quickly the scoop could make a mess on that high-polish exterior. This is almost a perfect cube, measuring 16 inches by 16 inches by 15 inches. The tarp liner on the inside is just a bit shorter and is held in place by a fitted tension band.

    These liners last a good long while and are very reusable, but in the event that they reach the end of their useful life, replacements are available. It’s definitely expensive, but the nicer finish could be worth it to you.

  7. 7. Clevercat Innovations Top Entry Litter Box

    Price: $40.00
    Pros:
    • Tracking mat on lid keeps litter off the floor
    • Large capacity
    • Sturdy construction
    Cons:
    • Pricey
    • Not ideal for cats who can’t jump easily
    • Not the most attractive design

    This fairly simple option combines the toughness of a Rubbermaid-style bin with a textured tracking mat as the lid. The opening is large enough for just about any cat, and the ample box size means there’s plenty of room to dig inside. It only comes in this white color, but looks fairly inconspicuous as far as litter boxes go. The company makes their own liners to ease clean up.

    For about half the price, there’s the very similar Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan, where the anti-tracking lid actually has holes in it so the litter falls back into the pan. The plastic isn’t nearly as rugged, however.

  8. 8. Iris Top Entry Cat Litter Box

    Pros:
    • Refined design
    • Grooved anti-tracking lid
    • Easily removable lid
    Cons:
    • May take awhile to ship
    • Some cats won’t use it
    • Not exactly dog proof

    For roughly one-third the price of the ModKat, Iris makes another modern-looking litter box, this time in the shape of an oval. While the grooved anti-tracking lid doesn’t drop litter back into the box, it does look pretty nice and certainly doesn’t read as a kitty liter box upon first glance.

    It measures 20.47 inches long by 16.14 inches wide by 14.56 inches tall, which is about average for a cat box size. Available colors include this orange creamsicle option and white.

  9. 9. DIY Top Entry Cat Litter Box

    Pros:
    • Saves you money
    • Choose the right size box for your home
    • Customizable
    • Wide array of color and material choices
    Cons:
    • Will require tools and elbow grease
    • Unlikely to have the refined look of nicer purpose-built options
    • If it doesn’t turn out well, you may end up buying a pre-made one, anyway
    • Some cats won’t use it

    You may have noticed that all of these are basically a box with a hole in the top. If you’re thinking you can do that yourself, you’re probably right. There’s nothing stopping you from trying before spending the money on a more-expensive option. Depending on how you want to approach it, you’ll need the following items:

    Simply measure and cut a hole in the lid (nine inches in diameter should be plenty), apply the shelf liner to the top of the lid as an anti-tracking mat, and fill with litter. If you wanted a scoop hook, the 3M Command Wire Hooks are a perfect addition.

    It’s a pretty straight-forward project that shouldn’t take much longer than 15 minutes. If you want a huge litter box, you could go with something like the Rubbermaid Roughneck 50 Gallon Storage Box, but that’s probably overkill and the lid pattern will make it more difficult to cut.

Covered Litter Boxes

The obvious and clear upgrade to the standard litter pan, covered cat boxes remove the mess from view and help to trap odors. They don't completely solve the problem of litter tracking or spills, but they're a marked improvement. The drawback to both these and the top entry boxes later on this list are that some cats hate going in confined spaces, preferring so-called "open air" to do their business.

It's hard to blame them; using a port-a-potty as a human isn't the most ideal situation, either. Nevertheless, if your cat doesn't mind it, your quality of life as a cat owner can be improved with the simple upgrade.

Top Entry Litter Boxes

A modest upgrade, or at least a different approach, to reducing tracking and hiding the mess, top entry litter boxes simply move the entry to the top of the container. This entirely eliminates spills from kicking and digging and goes a long way toward keeping all the litter inside the box.

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