Best Pooper Scooper for Dogs for 2019 (21 Tested)

Best Pooper Scooper for Dogs for 2019 (21 Tested)

  • 16 min read
  • Last Updated: 03/01/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

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.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best pooper scooper

Nomad Pets Tidy Turd Pooper Scooper Set

3/10

Can be used with or without bags

Comes with 20 bags

Lightweight

Squeeze mechanism requires strong grip

Plastic handle holding top and bottom components may break

Bags require rubber band to hold in place

Cheaper construction

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw-style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
24" long
COLOR CHOICES
1

OUT! Dog Poop Scoop and Rake + Refill Bags

3/10

Large bin

Rake also has smooth side for scooping or raking dog waste

Handle is flimsy and weak with 3 joints that come loose

Inside lip on bucket makes loading difficult

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
Extends up to 33"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Petmate 71034 Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Pooper Scooper

1/10

Pivoting bucket handle

Use with or without plastic bags

Handle can be shortened or lengthened

Waste bags included, secured with hooks

Snap-together joints on handles can untwist and weaken over time

Flimsy construction

Does not hold up well with rugged or rocky surfaces

Bin is very small

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
Extends up to 32"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Spotty Metal Tray with Rake

5/10

Lightweight construction

Two handles snap together for storage

Sturdy handle

Very small tray

Aluminum bends easily

For smaller dogs only

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Wood
aluminum
SIZE
36.75
COLOR CHOICES
1

Nature's Miracle Non-Stick Advanced Jaw Scoop

4/10

Lightweight

Antimicrobial plastic

Springs are weak

Jaws may not work in taller grass or rocks

Plastic construction can be brittle and break

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw style
MATERIAL
Plastic
metal
SIZE
medium (27" high)
jumbo (32" high)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Precision Pet by Petmate Little Stinker Heavy Duty Pooper Scoop

4/10

Powder-coated steel for easy cleaning

Hooks and nested design for easy storage

Telescoping handles

Welded joints for bin can weaken

Weak telescoping joints in handle can break

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Plastic
steel
SIZE
up to 44"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Flexrake Standard Poop Pet Scoop/Spade with 3-Feet Aluminum Handle

6/10

All-aluminum construction

Non-slip vinyl grips

May need additional screws to hold together

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Aluminum and vinyl
SIZE
36"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Dogit Jawz Waste Scoop

5/10

Jaw style comes in either street or grass option

Contoured rubber grip

Can be used with plastic bags or by itself

Plastic can become brittle and snap

Springs are weak

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
25.5"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Mr. Peanut's 27" Pooper Scooper Pack

3/10

Non-slip grip handle

Includes 12 rolls of poop bags

ABS plastic

Flimsy plastic construction

Weak springs

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
27"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Rake-and-Bin Style

Yangbaga Metal Pet Poop Tray and Rake

9/10

Stainless steel

Bin stands upright on its own

Easy to clean

May be difficult to scrub clean due to texture

Plastic handle joints may weaken

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Metal and plastic
SIZE
Rake (27.8")
Spade (31")
Bin (38")
COLOR CHOICES
1

Newbo Pooper Scooper with 40 Black Poop Bags

3/10

Includes scooper, carabiner and bags

ABS material

Compact

Requires stooping down

Should not be used without bags

Best for small dog messes

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw-style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
9.8" x 4.3" x 3"
COLOR CHOICES
4

Doody Digger Pooper Scooper

1/10

Made in the US

No moving parts

Can be used with any bags

Tube can become clogged very easily

Difficult to clean

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Alternative
MATERIAL
High-density polyethylene
SIZE
45"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Jaw Style

Pik-a-poo 7 One-Handed Pooper Scooper

6/10

Ergonomic trigger grip

Nylon

Adjustable scoop head

Flashlight

Cannot be used without bags

May not work with multiple pick-ups

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw-style
MATERIAL
Plastic
nylon
aluminum
SIZE
medium (28" high)
large (31" high)
COLOR CHOICES
1

GoGo Stik, The Totally Clean Pooper Scooper

7/10

Can be used with grocery bags

Long handle

Optional set includes scoop with handle

Ergonomic grips

Plastic blade can break especially on paved or rough surfaces

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
medium (25"-36")
large (37")
COLOR CHOICES
1

Just Run Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags

7/10

Completely biodegradable

Leak-proof

Assembly required for each pick-up

Not for larger dog messes

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Paper
bamboo
SIZE
6.5" x 8.8"
COLOR CHOICES
1

J Tou Portable Dog Scissor Pooper Scooper Claw Rake Set

7/10

No assembly needed

Sturdy plastic

Can be used on grass, concrete or gravel

90 Bags included

Requires stooping to ground

Bags required for usage

Not idea for multiple pick-ups

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw style
MATERIAL
ABS plastic
SIZE
10" x 3.3" x 1.8"
COLOR CHOICES
1

Four Paws Dog Rake Pooper Scooper

2/10

Metal bin and rake

Weak handles

Flimsy aluminum

Wood composite product

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin/ jaw style hybrid
MATERIAL
Wood
aluminum
SIZE
33.5" high
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best for Joggers

DogBuddy New Pooper Scooper

8/10

Integrated waste bag compartment

Expandable compartment

Clips on leash

Better for smaller to medium sized dogs

Bags required for use

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Jaw style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (5.3" x 4.1")
medium (5.9" x 4.8")
large (7.1" x 5.9")
COLOR CHOICES
3

Bully Tools 92730 14-gauge 4-Inch Box Style Trench Shovel

9/10

Commercial grade 14 gauge steel

Welded construction

Fiberglass handle

Closed back

Heavy

May tear up grass or sod

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Steel and fiberglass
SIZE
medium (4")
large (6")
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Budget

True Temper Forged Round Point Shovel

8/10

Cushion end grip

Hardwood handle

Deep rounded area for waste

Pointed tip allows for more precise scooping

May still need rake for difficult messes

Heavy

May tear up grass or sod

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin style
MATERIAL
Forged steel
fiberglass
SIZE
45" handle
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Overall

Jibber Gear The Natural - Extra Long 48" Handle

9/10

Works for most surfaces

Also ideal for other animal waste

No poop bags needed

Made in the USA

Will need to be treated for rust resistance

Must lift tines upwards to keep waste from rolling back out

Not suitable for use in snow or ice

TYPE OF SCOOPER
Rake-and-bin
MATERIAL
Wood
steel
SIZE
48" handle
tines are 3/8" apart
COLOR CHOICES
1

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.