How To Choose The Best Top Entry Litter Box

The best top entry litter box choices are reviewed extensively on this page.  We have reviewed the five most popular boxes.  We aim to give you the information you need to make a decision that is right for your pet and home.

These litter boxes have similar qualities but consider whether you would prefer the box to have a matte plastic or shiny plastic finish, to have a litter scoop included and so on. The litter box becomes part of your home decor, just like the cat bed. The boxes reviewed here would suit any decor as they are neutral in color, streamlined in design and do not scream "litter box".

Our Choices With Reviews Are:

  1. Frisco Top Entry Litter Box - Best Overall Choice

  2. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan - Budget Option

  3. IRIS Top Entry Litter Box - Great Box, Superior Design

  4. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox- Solid Option - Higher Cost

  5. Arm and Hammer Top Entry Litter Pan - Good Choice Budget And Efficiency

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The Best Top Entry Litter Boxes - Reviews


#1. Frisco Top Entry Litter Box

Why have we chosen this box as the best? All of the boxes reviewed here are very good. For you it may come down to a personal preference of design or a particular feature.

The features that we like in this box are:

  • The lid is textured and acts to trap the litter from traveling any further than the box. A disclaimer here.  It depends on your cat, the size and whether he jumps straight out of the box as to how well the litter is contained.  Advisable to have a litter mat nearby until you can assess for yourself.
  •  The dimensions are 23.2 x 15.4 x 15 inches making it a decent size for the cat to turn around inside without being cramped.
  • It is made from plastic that is recyclable and is BPA free. We love the fact that it is able to be recycled and we are not adding more plastic to an already stressed environment.
  • This box is prefect for the diggers and flingers and good for keeping dogs out also.
  • The inside floor is smooth making it easy to scoop.
  • It is made in the USA
  • Note : The box is 15 inches high so if you are thinking of this box for a kitten, you will needs to assess the kitten's ability to jump that height.

5 of 5 Stars

2. Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

Petmate Top Entry Litter Pan

This box was designed to keep dogs from digging in the cat litter. If you have a large dog he may be able to put his head in the box, however he would have to fit his head and neck down into the box, fifteen or so inches, to get at the litter. That would be no easy task for most dogs. It’s difficult to say that a litter box will be entirely dog proof as it depends on the size of your dog and how persistent they are.

The measurements of the box are 15.07 inches  x 20.29 inches x 15.2 inches.

Top entry litter boxes make cleaning easier because the litter will not be flung out of the box as kitty navigates to the desired location, location, location.

The lid is textured which makes it easier for kitty to jump onto and land in an organized fashion plus the lid has a grating so that any stray bits of litter will fall back into the box.

It has a large opening suitable for cats of all sizes. You may want to think twice about this box if your cat is elderly and has trouble jumping. My cat is elderly but is still pretty good at jumping so this won’t apply to all elderly cats.

The handles are built in which is convenient (they won't break) and this makes the box easy to pick up.

The lid is hinged however the top can be still be removed for easier cleaning and there is a molded hook on the outside of the box for the scoop.

The scoop does not come with the box.

There was previously a raised section in the floor of the box that potentially could have made scooping difficult. That has (in 2017) been addressed and the surface is flat.

4.5 of 5 Stars

3. IRIS Top Entry Litter Box

IRIS Top Entry Litter Box

The word attractive and litter box don’t usually go hand in hand however this box is attractive. It isn’t immediately obvious that it is actually a cat litter box.

It has an included litter scoop that hangs from the side of the box.

The lid also has grooves to help catch any litter that may be stuck to kitties paws as he leaps from the box.

There are 11 different colors to choose from so if this litter box is on display you will be able to find something to fit with your home decor.

If you are wondering about size, a 20 lb male cat has used this box successfully.

The measurements are 16.14" x 20.47" x 14.56". The opening is approximately 10.5" x 9".

There is not necessarily a need for liners using this box as the interior is easy to clean but any large liner could be used.

The entry into the box is somewhat of an enticement for the cat as we know how they love exploring new places.

4.5 of 5 Stars

4. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox

Cat litter box enter from the top

This is a great box. It measures 20”x 15” x 15” with a 9” diameter entry.

It has a textured top to catch stray bits of litter before kitty jumps off. This works well for some cats however there’s always that exception to the rule and some cats explode out of the box and with that comes some of the litter.

The lid snaps on so it can’t be knocked off when the cat jumps up. The plastic is a thick and sturdy, matte plastic.

The plastic is matte as mentioned above. Some people prefer a hard shiny plastic as it can be easier to scoop and clean. Just something to think about. The matte plastic may be more friendly in the rough and tumble of everyday life and less easy to scratch than a shiny plastic.

The bottom of the box is totally flat, an important point when scooping.

When positioning the box, place the end of the box that has the entrance hole, towards a wall to make it difficult for dogs to get to and put their heads through the hole. We can outsmart those doggies.

Not everyone chooses to use liners however Clevercat do make them for this box, so there is always that option.

4 of 5 Stars

5. Arm and Hammer Top Entry Litter Pan

The dimensions of this box are 15 inches x 20 inches x 15 inches. It is a rectangular shape rather than square.

The top entrance opening is approximately 9’ diameter. This is a fairly standard size opening however the IRIS  has a slightly larger opening.

The floor of the box is smooth and flat for easy scooping.  A totally flat floor makes scooping easier.

There is a little hook on the side for holding a scoop but the scoop is not included.

The finish is matte plastic. There are liners available separately for this box.

Not everyone uses the liners however it is good to have a choice if you do decide to use a liner.

The lid has a grate that can be seen in the photo which will enable any litter on the lid to fall back into the box when opened. The lid is sturdy and snaps into place to prevent the lid coming off when cats are exiting the box.

This is a very good top entry litter box at a good price and is good value for money.

4 of 5 Stars

Our Recommendation is...

#1 Frisco Top Entry Litter Box

There are three essential considerations: Functionality, Design and Cost.

The Frisco Top Entry Litter Box  hands down fulfills all three requirements and is our recommendation.

Overall Rating :  5 / 5

What Are The Benefits Of A Top Entry Litter Box?


Top entry boxes mean less litter tracking.  Kitty can go to town digging and flinging. Some litter may still escape on paws.  Most boxes have either a grate on the top of the box, so that litter falls back into the box or else the lid has a textured top so that litter will rub off kitty’s paws (that's the idea) and stay on the top of the box.


They are especially good if you live in an apartment or have limited space because firstly they don't take up much space and secondly there are some very attractive models, especially if it is on show.


A top entry litter box is easier to carry and move around to another location compared to an uncovered litter box.


Top entry boxes definitely are a deterrent to dogs. Some large dogs may persist and have success however they will have to really persevere.


Cats have privacy with a top entry box.

How To Train A Cat To Use A Top Entry Litter Box

Now you have the new top entry box. Drum roll! What will kitty think?
It can be a big deal for kitty, changing litter boxes, so be prepared and don’t try to make too many changes at once.
Your cat may simply make the change with no fuss, that would be great. As we can’t guarantee that, it is better to take some precautions to make the transition easier.


Put both boxes side by side for a few days until kitty has made the transition and no longer views the new box with disdain or totally ignores it.


Put some litter from kitty’s old box into the new box. You see kitty, we are clever too. Cats have a keen sense of smell and kitty will know that this is his litter so it will be an okay, safe place to visit.


Make sure the new box is nice and clean and leave the old box to get a bit dirty. A dirty trick, I know but we know kitties like clean

NO GO says Kitty!

If your cat still refuses to use the box after trying the above steps then try this.

Pick up your kitty and gently place him on top of the box. Let him have a look around and let him jump off by himself.

Still no go? Try taking the lid off the box.

Making Your Own Top Entry Litter Box

Making your own box by just cutting a hole in the top of a store bought tote box, usually raises two points.

  1. The store bought tote box would need to be very sturdy and
  2. The entrance would need to be cut and sanded to get rid of rough edges - certainly doable, just not practical for everyone.

Kitty Got itchy Feet? Traveling Kitty

Are you thinking of taking your cat traveling in a motor home? Cats can travel. It may not be the norm but someone will be planning on taking kitty on an adventure. A top entry box would be ideal for traveling and easy to maintain because mess is the last thing you need in a confined space.

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