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Litter-Robot III Open Air

AutoPets, originally Automated Pet Care Products, Inc., was founded in 1999 by engineer Brad Baxter. Desperate to find a solution to scooping his cats’ litter boxes, Baxter sought to create the best automatic self-cleaning litter box. The Litter-Robot made its market debut April 2000. Their enthusiastic team has created a safe and reliable automatic self-cleaning litter box that really works. It’s efficient, eco-friendly, and requires only minimal attention much like the robot vacuums that can be found at


Once your cats are finally done playing and you manage to open the box, you will find:

  • The LRIII Open Air assembled
  • Carbon filter (already inserted on the waste drawer)
  • AC adapter
  • 3x Drawer Liner
  • Manual Instructions
  • Quick Guide Reference


Made from tough recyclable plastics and industrial-grade components, the Litter-Robot is a quality appliance that’s built to last. 

Each year has brought improvements to their products and their company. With the advancement of the Litter-Robot from Classic, to Bubble, and now to Open Air. They are confident that their unique designs and patented litter-sifting technology will benefit any cat owner and continue to lead in the automated pet care products industry. 

At AutoPets, they champion environmental sustainability throughout a product’s life cycle. The Litter-Robot is proven to decrease waste by saving pounds of clean litter from your garbage and landfills.

Furthermore, with more than 125,000 customers, over 15 years in business, and three versions of the Litter-Robot on the market, you can be confident that AutoPets have developed the best solution for pet parents to never have to scoop again!

AutoPets wants you to try the Litter-Robot in your home with confidence, therefore, your purchase is covered by a 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Free yourself from litter box scooping and see how the Litter-Robot really works! If you’re not completely satisfied with the Litter-Robot for any reason, return it within 90 days for a refund. See complete details here.

The Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box makes caring for your cat easier. The first major update to the highly successful Litter-Robot platform. The Open Air is the culmination of the latest technology and 15 years of customer feedback.


There are 7 buttons in total on the control panel. 4 vertically lined up and 3 small ones on the bottom. The first button on top is the ON/OFF button, below the buttons “Cycle”, “Empty”, “Reset”.

CYCLE: Allows you to start a cleaning cycle manually.

EMPTY: Allows you to empty the globe to change the litter or clean the unit.

RESET: Push this button to stop unwanted actions and return the globe to centered position.

The 3 small buttons at the bottom are “timing”, “cycling” and “ready”.

TIMING: Displays a red light when the unit is activated to start a cleaning cycle.

CYCLING: Displays a yellow light when the Litter Robot is cleaning

READY: Blue default light indicating the unit is ready to be used.


Once your cat exits, a timer counts down, allowing waste to clump before a cleaning cycle begins automatically. As the globe slowly rotates, the patented sifting system separates the clean litter from the clumps.

The clumps are then dropped into a carbon-filtered drawer and the globe returns to the home position. Therefore, leaving a clean litter for the next use.

The enlarged entryway and litter chamber, along with the self-adjusting cat sensor, accommodate cats weighing 5 lbs or more.


Fully assembled: 29.2? H x 24.1? W x 26.7? D
Waste drawer: 12 3/4? W x 15.5? L x 5? D
Oval shaped entry opening: 15.2? H x 10.7? W
Room for the cat’s head inside the globe: 15? to 17?
Widest point inside the globe: 20? across
Depth of globe: 20? front to back




Flashing blue light lets you know when the waste drawer is full, so there’s no more guessing.


Prevent kids and cats from unnecessarily pressing buttons. (which could also change your settings or cycle the unit)


Choose a 3, 7, or 15-minute delay from the time your cat uses the Litter-Robot until it performs a cleaning cycle.


When activated, for a period of 8 hours, your unit will only cycle when the button is pressed manually to prevent disturbances.


Illuminates the litter chamber in low light conditions for elderly cats.

BACKUP BATTERY (Sold Separately):

The Backup Battery provides up to 48 hours of operation if power is interrupted. Estimated operation time is based on 10 cleaning cycles per day, which is typical for two cats, but results will vary.

My Thoughts


They say to gradually introduce the Litter-Robot to cats and place it side by side with the old box. But my cats refused to check out the new litter, instead, they kept using their old Rubbermaid boxes. Therefore I decided to simply remove the old boxes altogether. Out with the old and in with the new. After about two days everyone was well adjusted to it. 


I have four cats and I change the bag every second day. Litter Robot bags can be pricey and grocery store bags are just a bit too small. I found Great Value 34L kitchen bags work perfectly. A box of 80 is only $5.97.


Aside from changing the bags, the only cleaning I have done is to cycle the litter and wipe the inside with a towel sprayed with cleaner. Super easy. Litter-Robot also provides instructions to take the globe apart for a good washing, but so far that has not been necessary.


I had a 15KG box of clumping kitty litter that I used to fill the Litter-Robot with initially. I have put in a few cups full here and there to replenish, but I still have 3/4 of that box left. Whereas I used to go through a box a week. This has essentially cut litter use by 75%.

Prior to receiving the Litter-Robot I was using big Rubbermaid containers as litter boxes and I had to scoop them every day. Now I never touch the Litter-Robot and my box simply cleans itself. It’s heaven sent!


  • Comes fully assembled.
  • It works reliably and effectively.
  • Thick rubber litter lining that handles your cat’s scratching.
  • Adjustable wait time for a cleaning cycle from 3-7-15 minutes.
  • Light indicator to empty the waste drawer.
  • You can use any 34L trash bag in the waste drawer.
  • It saves in cat litter.
  • Suitable for multiple cats.
  • New larger design suitable for bigger cats.
  • Blue LED night light.
  • Easy to change litter with a push of a button.



  • High price (CAD $598.67)


Yes, it sounds crazy to purchase a litter box for this price, but this is a long term investment. And honestly, it’s worth every penny! You’ll get you’re money back in no time just in the amount of litter you save.


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  1. Mariella Yu says:

    Seems like a cool idea but you’d have to train your cat to use it from when they’re a kitten. I’m pretty sure if I tried to get my cat to use this now he’d just look at me like “are you serious???”

  2. Cindy says:

    Hello, Can you let me know where can I buy this? I’m in Toronto Canada

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