BarkBox Review: Classic and Super Chewer Subscription Box

Updated on May 27, 2019
KCO profile image

Katy is a frugal, loving dog owner looking for great stuff for her pups. She scours the stores and the internet for great products.

Barkbox Review

Barkbox is a dog subscription box with toys and treats. It's fun for both dogs and their humans, but it's hard to know what to expect before you receive the first box. Some versions of the subscriptions require a 6 or 12-month commitment, so you want to know if it's worth it before you enter a credit card number.

I'll give you the honest, practical review of BarkBox, so you don't have to risk any of your own money.

BarkBox subscription review for Large Dog Box and Super Chewer.
BarkBox subscription review for Large Dog Box and Super Chewer.

Barkbox Review: Large Dog

My two large dogs were kind enough to "share" a BarkBox subscription for a few months. We have one dog who is an aggressive chewer, so we upgraded to the Super Chewer box for him. Find that review further below.

Check out what we thought about the classic box:

Toys (2 in each box)

We love toys at our house! Some hold up for weeks and others are shredded immediately. Having the variety and a constant supply was great.

Most of the toys we received were plush. About every other box had a non-plush toy like a rope or puzzle toy.

Treats (2 in each box)

We don't usually buy dog treats. They were nice to have but inflated the price of the box with something we didn't use much. Something to consider when deciding to sign up.

All treats from Barkbox are organic so we didn't have anything to worry about. They let you put in allergies for your dog when you sign up, so the treats you receive don't have of those ingredients.

Chew (1 in each box)

You only get 1 chew per box so they had to fight over this one.

The dental chews were really helpful for our dog that won't chew on bones. Normally he has no interest in chewing anything so his teeth suffer, but there was enough of a flavor with these chews that he wanted to lay down and attack it until it was gone.

Example of Super Chewer toy.
Example of Super Chewer toy. | Source

Super Chewer Review

Super Chewer is a Barkbox option that sends durable toys for aggressive chewers. It's $8-9 more per box, depending on the subscription length (see prices in the table below).

Instead of the stuffed toys, your pup will get rubber and tough rope. There's no fluff to pull apart. These toys really do stand up to a good chewer!

More Durable Plush Option for Classic Boxes

At no additional charge, you can get more durable plush toys for the Classic box. But the option isn't available on their website. You have to ask for it from customer service. The easiest way to do this is via chat. A rep can add that on to your subscription immediately.

Barkbox Tip:

Ask customer service to add the "more durable plush toys" option to your Classic subscription at no cost.

Is BarkBox Worth It?

You want to know whether subscribing to BarkBox will be worth it before you pull the trigger. There are two things to consider: the cost per item and how much money you're willing to spend on your dog.

Cost Per Toy/Treat

Each box has 2 toys, 2 treats and 1 chew. The amount you're charged for a box is less than all the items would retail for together. So, it's definitely a good deal compared to buying them outright. See the table below for subscription options and what comes out to on a "per item" basis.

Blowing the Dog Budget

As any wise person with a subscription service will tell you: a good deal doesn't matter if you don't need the item. Or in this case, if you have way too many dog toys!

Barkbox Subscriptions and Prices

Classic (6 mo)
Classic (12 mo)
Super Chewer (6 mo)
Super Chewer (12 mo)
Total Cost: $150
Total Cost: $252
Total Cost: $204
Total Cost: $348
Cost per Box: $25
Cost per Box: $21
Cost per Item: $34
Cost per Box: $29
Cost per Item: $5.00
Cost per Item: $4.20
Cost per Item: $6.80
Cost per Item: $5.80

Can You Cancel Barkbox at Any Time?

No, you can't cancel your Barkbox subscription at any time. This is the real danger of Barkbox. Why? You're locked into paying every month until your subscription is over. They aren't as upfront about that as they could be, so I think some people get sucked in. Please understand that by signing up you're committing to the whole subscription period.

Beware: The Auto-Renewal!

Pay attention because there's another trap: Your subscription will renew automatically if you do nothing.

If you're like me, you signed up for BarkBox and meant to reassess at the end of the subscription. But if you forget, it will automatically be renewed for the same length. So, if you weren't happy with the service or have just accumulated too many dog toys (that's us!), you'll be locked in again.

© 2018 Katy Medium

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)