I've used traditional litter boxes in the past but they are not environmentally friendly and not sanitary. This automatic litter box is much more environmentally friendly, sanitary, convenient, and efficient than a traditional litter box. It more than pays for itself. Ensuring proper drain hose alignment, checking/refilling solution/granule levels, and cleaning the water level sensor is the only real maintenance necessary. It's ranks high with my Tesla Model S all-electric car and iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum as one of the best/hassle free products I've ever bought. I bought two of these CatGenie boxes to split between two cats. Also, I keep an eye on these using a Nest Dropcam if I'm away from home for a long time. From time to time I've run into an issue with a box needing to be reset, when I'm away, before the process of draining. The box will beep if this happens which I can hear in real time through my Dropcam. I've found resetting the power to these boxes using a Belkin WeMo power outlet adapter resolves any issues I rarely run into when gone for extended amounts of time.