BarkBox Reviews 2020

BarkBox Reviews 2020
9.2 Total Score

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Barkbox Reviews 2019

Our BarkBox reviews share all the important aspects of this subscription box for dogs – including what they offer, any available coupons, monthly unboxings, and more! 

Want to see more possiblities? Check out our list of pet subscription boxes to find the best options for all kinds of pets and price ranges!

Monthly Dog Toys + Treats!

If you have a dog, you know how much they love new toys and treats. BarkBox is one of the most popular pet subscription boxes that provides your furry friend with fun items every month! These include toys, treats, and chews. Not only is it a fun gift for your dog, but the retail value is always higher than the price you pay.

BarkBox Reviews - Pricing

I figured it’d be a cute gift for a good friend’s dog Charlie (and would be fun to unbox with them), so I subscribed to see how they’d like it. That said, my BarkBox reviews will share my monthly unboxings, any savings opportunities, and more about their subscription.

What Does BarkBox Offer?

I’ll start off this initial review with a little information about BarkBox. Each box comes with products that are tailored around adorable monthly themes and customized for your dog. Your dog will receive at least two all-natural bags of treats, two innovative BarkBox toys, and a chew—all for $35 per month. If you subscribe for a six-month period, it’ll be much cheaper at just $25 per box!

The products you receive are curated based on your dog’s size, treat preferences, chewing habits, and so on. Plus, they have creative monthly themes that the products are centered around. You can always preview these themes beforehand. They also don’t skimp on quality either—BarkBox treats are healthy and all-natural. In addition, their toys are high-quality and safe for your pet.

BarkBox Plans

When you sign up for BarkBox, you get a few different customization choices. First, they ask your dog’s name and what size toys they like to play with (small, medium, or large). Next, they ask if your dog is allergic to beef, chicken, or turkey. They’ll give you an allergy-friendly box if so. Finally, you choose a monthly, six-month, or annual plan and create a BarkBox login to finish up your order (the $5 deal shown in the picture below is only temporary). You can also choose to add another toy to your dog’s box for $9 extra.

Super Chewer

Even though there are a few customization features available for the regular plan, BarkBox offers a special Super Chewer box as well! This is built for dogs that destroy toys quickly, which means they’re more durable and will last longer. I discovered in BarkBox reviews on Reddit that they offer a free tougher toys customization option in the regular box, but these will only be a little bit tougher. They won’t be suited to dogs who destroy toys within days, which is why the Super Chewer box is a great option.  

BarkBox Reviews Super Chewer

You’ll receive two toys, two full-sized bags of treats, and two chews (one extra chew than the regular plan) with the BarkBox Super Chewer option. The price of this subscription is a little more expensive at $39 per box with the monthly plan, $34 per box with the six-month plan, or $29 per box with the yearly plan.

One of the best parts is that they guarantee their toys will last—they even promise to replace any toy that gets destroyed for free! In a few BarkBox reviews, a large dog destroyed the toys too quickly and the owners complained, but later they commended their customer service for replacing them.

Charities + Donations

Many pet subscription boxes have some type of program that donates to charities or helps animals in need in some way. BarkBox does as well! They partner with a variety of organizations through affiliate programs. With each new subscription that’s purchased through special coupon codes for each organization, they give a $25 donation to that organization!

BarkBox Reviews - CouponsBarkBox Coupons + Deals

BarkBox offers all kinds of deals and coupons. For example, they’re offering a great Valentine’s Day deal – your first box for $5 with a 6-month or annual subscription! They also have a monthly coupon available for a free box with your order. “Pitbull” is the code for this! 

Although this BarkBox coupon is being offered at the time I’m writing this, they change very often. My monthly reviews will always share updated deals and coupons.

Similar Subscription Boxes

BarkBox isn’t the only pet subscription box out there! We even created a list dedicated to the best ones. As you can see from our pet subscription boxes list, there are plenty of options for your furry friends! Although there’s no BarkBox for cats, you’ll be able to find a few cat subscription boxes on this list if you’d like to get a gift box for your cat as well.

In addition, I’ll be comparing a few of the most popular pet boxes to BarkBox in the following few paragraphs.

Pet Treater vs. Barkbox

Pet Treater is another popular pet subscription box. Unlike BarkBox, they offer boxes for cats as well as dogs. Although I don’t have any Pet Treater reviews as of yet, I’ll be trying this subscription out very soon, so stay tuned! They have cheaper boxes as well ($15 per month regularly or $25 per month for the deluxe box). You can choose a box with just treats, just toys, or a mixture of both. The smaller box will include 3–4 items and the deluxe box includes 5–8 items.

Pawpack vs. BarkBox

Like BarkBox, these dog subscription boxes provide all-natural treats and toys. Pawpack is a bit cheaper at $29.99 per box if you choose the monthly plan. They have a few different box types to choose from. The best part is that a portion of each box goes to a pet-related charity—you can even pick which one at checkout!

Although many BarkBox reviews mention their charitable donations, they don’t allow the subscribers to pick the charity as Pawpack does.  

Bullymake vs. BarkBox

Bullymake is a subscription dedicated to power chewers and is comparable to the Barkbox Super Chewer box. It even costs the same price ($39 per box). It comes with 2–3 tough chew toys and 3–4 treats, which is similar to what BarkBox offers. Bullymake reviews are very positive and most of them say that their toys always last. In addition, Bullymake offers a 14-day durability and satisfaction guarantee, though this isn’t much compared to the BarkBox lifetime guarantee.

Pupbox vs. BarkBox

If you have a puppy, Pupbox is a great choice. Although BarkBox can work for them, it might be better to have a subscription box dedicated to puppies. Many Pupbox reviews praise this subscription! One unique feature they offer is training guides with each box in addition to the 5–7 products (including treats, toys, chews, and accessories). This is great if you haven’t owned a puppy in the past and need help with training. As for pricing, it costs $39 per month. Plus, the products are customized for your puppy based on their age and characteristics.

BarkBox App

Another difference between all of these pet boxes and BarkBox is that BarkBox has apps! They’re one of the only subscription box companies I’ve discovered that creates apps as well.

These aren’t really relevant to the subscription box, I just thought it was interesting. One allows you to customize pictures of your pets and their other app is like Tinder for adopting dogs in your area!

BarkBox Reviews: Small Dog

My first order was easy to place, and it shipped a couple days later. Since I subscribed in early December, our first box was the holiday-themed box! I didn’t peek to preview the theme online so it’d be a surprise when we opened it. Shipping was relatively quick, and it arrived in a cute blue box.

This first box was incredibly adorable—it was a Barkbox Grinch theme! The Grinch is one of my favorite Christmas movies, which is probably why I thought it was so cute. The box came with six products.

Grinch + Fred Toys

First off, the box came with two adorable toys. A Grinch and a Fred one! You probably won’t know who Fred is if you haven’t seen the new Grinch movie (which you absolutely need to). He’s an adorable reindeer character. I accidentally chose the large toys selection when purchasing the subscription, but he still played with them and loved them!

Stink, Steak, Stunk + Merry Turkey or Whatever Treats

The second most important aspect of this BarkBox review is the treats! Our first box came with two bags of treats. One was named “Stink, Steak, Stunk” and the other were treats called “Merry Turkey or Whatever.”

BarkBox Reviews - Treats

He’s a pretty small dog, so these two bags should last a good amount of time.

Koha Turkey Chew

Like the treats, Charlie went crazy over this chew toy. It’s pretty big for his small size, so this one will also last him for a while.

BarkBox Reviews - Chew

Max’s Antler

This is the final product that I’ll be sharing in this BarkBox review. These antlers were the cutest thing! Although he didn’t let them stay on for long, and I couldn’t get a good picture, they were adorable for the short amount of time that they did. He looked like a hairier version of Max! Other than these antlers, he loved everything in his first box.  

Is BarkBox Worth It?

To sum up this review, I’d definitely say BarkBox is worth it. My first box was adorable, plus Charlie loved all of his new toys and treats! The price was a pretty good deal for everything that came inside. Since I’ve only tried one box so far, I look forward to seeing what they offer next month. My future Barkbox reviews will share more of my unboxings and all the goodies inside, as well as updated information on the new deals and coupons they offer!

Positives
  • Adorable monthly themes
  • Receive a variety of high-quality dog products and treats
  • Great customization features
  • Special Super Chewer box for heavy chewers
  • Many useful coupons and deals like extra treats or box discounts
  • Allergy-friendly boxes
  • Numerous positive BarkBox reviews

Negatives
  • A bit spendy for some people
  • Toys in the regular box are easily destroyed

9.2 Total Score

Pricing
8.8
Product Variety + Quality
8.9
Box Value
9
Monthly Themes
9.5
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