The 7 Best Pooper Scoopers of 2021

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Dogs are awesome, and there’s no better way to get unconditional love and cuddles on the couch. But there’s no way around it: They also come with poop.

Cleaning up dog poop isn’t fun, but having the right tool can make it easier. It’s key to choose a product that’s portable (if you’re taking it on walks) and that’s the right size for you. If it’s too short and you’re tall, you’ll be stooping as you pick up piles all over the yard.

Here are some of the best pooper scoopers we’ve found to make the job quick and clean so you can spend more time with your BFF.

Our Top Picks
Just squeeze the grip on this jaw scoop to pick up deposits from any surface.
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Rake deposits into this swivel bin like you're using a broom and dustpan.
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This portable scooper attaches to a leash for poop pickups when you’re on walks.
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This simple rake is an easy solution for flat, grassy, or sandy areas.
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Hinged heavy-duty scooper is made of no-rust all aluminum and can carry the biggest loads.
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This long tube relies on gravity to move piles from one end to the bag at the other end.
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Solid metal, retro-looking scoop makes fast work of the litter box.
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Best Overall: Nature's Miracle Jaw Scoop

Nature's Miracle Jaw Scoop

Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.8 x 27.5 inches (medium), 6.7 x 7.64 x 32 inches (jumbo) | Weight: 1.63 pounds (medium), 2.08 pounds (jumbo)

What We Like You
  • Works on any surface

  • Easy to clean

  • Comes in two sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Needs a separate container

This sturdy scoop lets you pick up waste from any type of surface and then deposit it into another container. Just squeeze the grip and pick up the deposits with the jaw-like bucket, and close.

Some users say they keep a special trash can just for dog waste and then toss it once a week. Others use this to gather waste into a doggy septic tank system. It comes in two sizes (medium and jumbo). The medium is best for small and medium sized dogs, while the large is best for larger breeds and deposits. The larger size can be unwieldy for smaller people and harder to use.

Made of hard plastic, it has a non-stick surface that is easy to hose off. The scoop has an antimicrobial treatment to help with germs and smells.

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Best with Bag: Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Backyard Waste Pickup

Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Backyard Waste Pickup

Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 32 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds

What We Like
  • Works on all surfaces

  • Handle extends to 32 inches

  • Don’t need special bags

What We Don't Like
  • Not for large dogs

You don’t need a separate bag when you go to clean the yard with this pooper scooper. It includes a rake and a swivel bin that snap together for easy storage. The rake works on all sorts of surfaces including grass, pavement, and dirt. Just line up the bin like you would a dustpan and rake in the deposits.

The bin has hooks on both sides so you can securely attach bags. You can buy special ones sized to fit or use the disposable plastic bags that come from grocery stores. Once you’ve filled it up, just tie it off and toss it away. The handle extends as long as 32 inches, so there's less stooping for taller pet owners.

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Best Portable: DogBuddy Pooper Scooper

DogBuddy Pooper Scooper

Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.9 x 2 inches (medium), 5.9 x 7.1 x 2 inches (large) | Weight: 7.04 ounces (medium), 11.68 ounces (large)

What We Like
  • Attaches to a leash

  • Comes in two sizes

  • Can use grocery bags

What We Don't Like
  • Harder to use in grass

If you’re kind of icked out by the idea of using a poop bag and want an added layer of separation, this portable scooper works kind of like your hand. Wrap a poop bag around the plastid mitt, scoop the poop, and then pull the bag out and knot it. The DogBuddy hooks on a leash so it’s easy to take along on walks. You still have to bend over but you don’t have to get so close to the pile or feel it.

There are two sizes and both are very lightweight. Medium is for small and medium breeds and uses standard-size poop bags, while large is for larger breeds and requires larger bags. It comes in light gray or neon green. Regular plastic grocery bags also work for both scoopers. However, because it has no teeth, it can be harder to use in grass.

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Best Budget: Four Paws Wire Rake Scooper

Four Paws Wire Rake Scooper

Dimensions: 29.5 x 5 x 6.13 inches | Weight: 15.68 ounces

What We Like
  • Good for grass and sand

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to clean and store

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t work on concrete

If you’re only picking up poop in grass or on sand, this simple metal rake is an easy solution. Just run it through the grass, then scoop and lift. It works best on flat areas and can’t be used on concrete. It’s also not ideal for grass with vining roots because the tines will get caught on it.

The rake is easy to hose off and clean and is rust-resistant. It has a padded rubber grip to make cleaning up easier and more comfortable. It may not work as well for the tiniest of dogs because small deposits might fall through the cracks, and taller dog owners may have to stoop a little because it’s just under 30 inches high. But it’s lightweight, slim, and easy to store.

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Best for Large Dogs: Activedogs Best Ever Dog Poop Scooper

Activedogs Best Ever Dog Poop Scooper

Dimensions: 38 x 8 x 8 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

What We Like
  • Heavy duty

  • No rust

  • Family-owned, U.S. business

What We Don't Like
  • Have to choose between flat or rake

This heavy-duty hinged pooper scooper is manufactured in the United States by a family-owned business in Wisconsin. The company got started when one of the owners had their welding shop make this scooper to clean out 18 dog kennels daily, and it’s been going strong for years. One of the best features is that you can open it as wide as you need to and the shovel can handle even the largest of deposits.

The scoop is made of no-rust aluminum with 38-inch handles so there’s no stooping. You have to choose between a teeth-style edge for surfaces like grass, dirt, or gravel or a flat style for hard surfaces like concrete or wood. The handles are covered with molded rubber for comfort and there’s a bucket sold separately.

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Most Unusual: Doody Digger Pooper Scooper

Doody Digger Pooper Scooper

Dimensions: 45 x 4 x 5 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds

What We Like
  • Can use any bags

  • Made of recycled material

  • No moving parts

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t work well on hard surfaces

With no moving parts, the concept for this scooper is pretty simple. Use the business end to pick up piles, then hoist the contraption until it’s almost vertical. The piles slide down the tube into the bag that’s Velcroed on the other end. It relies on gravity to do the job.

The plastic is made from recycled material. You can buy bags specifically designed for this product, but pretty much any type of bag fits. Because of the pointy plastic end, it works better on grass than hard surfaces. You can squirt it with the hose if it gets dirty, but fans say there’s little contact so it stays relatively clean. Depending on how much cleaning you’re doing, it can get unwieldy if you try to use just one hand for a long period of time.

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Best Litter Box Scoop: DuraScoop Jumbo Cat Litter Scoop

DuraScoop Jumbo Cat Litter Scoop

Dimensions: 13.25 x 5.5 x 1.75 inches | Weight: 8.64 Ounces

What We Like
  • Solid metal

  • Jumbo size

  • Cool retro look

What We Don't Like
  • May have rough edges

If the only poop you’re scooping is in a litter box, this is a very popular choice. Made of hand-polished cast aluminum, the sturdy scoop is extra large so you’ll make quick work of your kitty business. Because it’s solid metal, it’s hard to break or bend it. It’s also resistant to rust and flaking.

The ergonomic design and soft, non-slip handle makes it easy to use. Plus we like the retro look and the cool colors. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose between mint green, watermelon pink, and sky blue. The company will just send you a random color. Just note that this scoop is on the large side.

Final Verdict

Our top choice was Nature’s Miracle Jaw Scoop (view at Chewy) because you just easily squeeze to pick up piles from any surface. Another great choice is the Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Pooper Scooper (view at Chewy) that uses a bag for easy clean-up.

What to Look for in a Pooper Scooper

Size

If you don’t want to bend and stoop, choose a device that is long enough for your height. It may not matter if you’re picking up the occasional pile. But if you have a week or two’s worth of deposits from a couple of dogs, you’ll be glad you have a product with a long handle. 

Portability

Are you planning on using the scooper to take on a walk or to use in your backyard? Some products are heavy and awkward and would be way too bulky to take with you. Others are lightweight and easy to clip to a leash.

FAQ
  • How do you clean a pooper scooper?

    By the very nature of its function, a pooper scooper is going to get dirty. Some scoopers don’t make direct contact with piles, however, because they have a bag in the middle. Others do a lot of dirty work. In most cases, they just need to be squirted off with a hose. You can let them air dry or pat them dry with an old towel, especially if they’re metal and you want to make sure they don’t rust.

  • Do pooper scoopers work on grass?

    Scoopers with rake-like edges work better on grass than those with flat sides. That allows the tool to reach down between the grass blades to grab piles. However, some types of runner-type grasses like St. Augustine can be a little harder because the runners get caught in the rake.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

This article was researched and written by Mary Jo DiLonardo, who has covered animals and pets for several decades. Mary Jo has fostered more than three dozen puppies and is always searching for the healthiest and most effective products, foods, and treats for them. She has also cleaned up after all of them!

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