January 31, 2023

CritterZone: A productreview

The CritterZone wall unit.

The CritterZone wall unit.

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating the CritterZone.

I was skeptical that a device about the size of a pound of butter could dispel the odors in 22-year-old carpeting that had seen the likes of dozen cats.

But I was pleasantly surprised by the CritterZone Air Naturalizer.

The market is loaded with products that clean, control, and mask odors. Wall to wall carpeting is especially tough due to its padding. Any product used in cleaning must saturate the padding in addition to the carpet. Despite best intentions – professional cleaning, carpet cleaners, diligent spot cleaning, there are days – often the hot humid days of summer – when you walk into the room and, yep, there’s that odor.

The model I received just plugged into the wall outlet. (There’s also a corded model and an adapter for use in the car.) I put it on the low setting, per the instructions, and within a few hours I noticed a difference. According to company literature, the CritterZone provides “indoor air with the continual charge it needs to virtually eliminate odors, allergens, dust, and bacteria. It works in an area of up to 800 square feet.” It’s recommended that old accident locations be “reactivated” by misting lightly with water so the CritterZone can use the moisture to clean them of odors and bacteria. The company says that sun and wind provide outdoor air with the circulation and natural energy it needs to clean itself and the CritterZone does the same similarly with its continual natural charge.

I can’t say I really understand the science behind the process, but it does seem to work on dissipating the old carpet odors. Not so much with the cod I baked one night for dinner. I probably could have turned the device to the high setting, but didn’t think of it till after the fact.

While $89 seems to be expensive, the cost is comparable to two gallons of my favorite cleaner.

The CritterZone should not be considered a substitute for cleaning accidents as they occur. Pulitzer, my problem child, has the occasional mishap, but there’s been no lingering odor from the one accident he had after the CritterZone was plugged in. That was several weeks ago.

There’s a slight humming noise from the fan, but it’s hardly noticeable in living room where the CritterZone been assigned.

Beyond problematic pet areas and odors, the device can be used to combat spoiled food residue, fire or cigarette smoke, kitchen garbage or pantry odors and create healthy air for infants and seniors.

On occasion, the Critter Zone needs to be pulled apart and cleaned with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. An online video shows you how. It’s a simple enough process (pulling off the feet and unscrewing four screws), but there’s no information about how often that should be done. It probably depends on how hard it has to work!

With cats that have soiled carpeting and areas other than their designated boxes, thorough cleaning and odor control are important parts of retraining. And the CritterZone can be an important part of this process.

For more information, visit the CritterZone website.