This is a decent enough scooper for light duty or level grass but will not work well in deeper grass, rocks, or other vegetation. The springs may pop off. The bags are thin and require a rubber band to stay in place, which the seller generously includes with the purchase. If used without the bags, this scooper will be difficult to clean.
Best Pooper Scooper for Dogs for 2020 (21 Tested)
The reality of owning a dog is that they poop a lot, with the average dog going multiple times a day. Most dog owners can agree that one of the more unpleasant tasks of caring for your four-legged family member is picking up this waste and disposing of it. Not doing so could potentially be breaking the law, particularly if you don’t own your own land or dog run. Dog waste can carry diseases and is one of the main sources of contamination for natural water sources such as lakes and streams. If your dog has free run of your property or yard then you know it can be a lot of work to pick up all the land mines before the lawn mower or your shoe does! A good pooper scooper can make this task fast and easy.
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when choosing the best pooper scooper
Nomad Pets Tidy Turd Pooper Scooper Set
OUT! Dog Poop Scoop and Rake + Refill Bags
Petmate 71034 Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Pooper Scooper
Spotty Metal Tray with Rake
Nature's Miracle Non-Stick Advanced Jaw Scoop
jumbo (32" high)
Precision Pet by Petmate Little Stinker Heavy Duty Pooper Scoop
Flexrake Standard Poop Pet Scoop/Spade with 3-Feet Aluminum Handle
Dogit Jawz Waste Scoop
Mr. Peanut's 27" Pooper Scooper Pack
Yangbaga Metal Pet Poop Tray and Rake
Newbo Pooper Scooper with 40 Black Poop Bags
Doody Digger Pooper Scooper
Pik-a-poo 7 One-Handed Pooper Scooper
large (31" high)
GoGo Stik, The Totally Clean Pooper Scooper
Just Run Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags
Four Paws Dog Rake Pooper Scooper
DogBuddy New Pooper Scooper
medium (5.9" x 4.8")
large (7.1" x 5.9")
Bully Tools 92730 14-gauge 4-Inch Box Style Trench Shovel
True Temper Forged Round Point Shovel
Jibber Gear The Natural - Extra Long 48" Handle
tines are 3/8" apart
HOW TO CHOOSE A POOPER SCOOPER:
Consider where and how often you will be using this tool. Do you need something compact you can take on a walk or to the dog park or is this a tool you’ll primarily be using on your own property, where portability is not a concern? Do you need a scooper that will make it easy to clean up waste without bending down or would one of the models without a long handle work for you? Some dog owners are unable to reach the ground easily due to injury or other condition and therefore a longer handle will make it easier to scoop. Some of the jaw-style scoopers require gripping a handle or trigger to open and close the scooper and this may prove difficult for those with a limited range of motion or strength in their hands.
The cost and environmental impact of your clean-up method and materials are also considerations when choosing a good scooper. Many of the models on the market rely on the use of plastic bags to avoid contact with dog waste. Unfortunately many of these will necessitate a bag for each pile of waste being scooped. The best scoopers that rely on bags for waste collection will allow multiple uses.
We’ve narrowed our reviews into two categories for the best pooper scoopers:
Rake & Bin style: Two-piece scooper usually including a bin/tray and rake/shovel component
- Not as portable
- Better for cleaning up more than one pile
- Not as destructive to grass and landscaping
Jaw-style: A one-piece scooper usually comprised of two hinged pieces that scoop waste
- Typically more portable than two-piece scoopers
- Often rely on the use of bags to keep waste out of hinge mechanisms
- May be more difficult to clean
While a pooper scooper can eliminate the need to use a bag to pick up poop with your hand, it’s important to remember that most scoopers will still need to be cleaned particularly if they malfunction or jam. The appeal for many of using pooper scoopers is that you will not use as many plastic bags, which are not always an environmentally friendly choice. However, for occasions where you would use a single bag anyway on walks or at the dog park, a scooper that relies on the use of bags merely makes it possible for you to scoop dog waste without using your hand but will not cut down on the use of bags. A rake-and-bin style scooper can be used to clean up multiple messes with one bag or without one altogether.
Rake-and-bin style scoopers may not be as portable or lightweight as the jaw-style scoopers but they are often more durable, often made with steel and wood handles, resembling garden tools. These also tend to be easier on your landscape as you have more control over how much turf or grass is being scooped up along with the dog waste.