BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription Box Review – Welcome Box
BarkBox is the most popular dog subscription box. They now offer a Super Chewer Box version for dogs who are destructive. If you have read any of my dog subscription reviews, you will know that my Rottweiler, Nyx, is an expert at finding the weak points in toys and tearing them apart, so this seemed perfect for her. (For reference, Nyx weighs about 86 pounds right now.)
My helper strikes again. I like how he’s just casually laying there, halfway in the box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Large Super Chewer, $39 a month, welcome box.
The Subscription Box: Super Chewer BarkBox
The Cost: $39 per month on a month-to-month plan, save with longer subscriptions!
The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size (choose “Small but Mighty” for 0-20 pounds, “Middle Weight” for 20-50 pounds, and “Large and in Charge” for dogs 50+ pounds).
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There was an information card detailing some of the items in the box.
There was also a welcome brochure, which all new subscribers receive.
Happy Howie’s Beef Burger Treat (1 oz) – Value $5
This is made in the USA and is free of wheat, corn, soy, and nitrates. It is supposed to last for a long time without being torn apart but I have known some dogs in my day who were up to the challenge. It’s nice to get a few smaller items like this to round out the value of the box.
Treat Simple Delicious Prime Rib Dinner (5 oz) – Value $6
The bag of cookies on the right is what was in the center box – these are oat-based dog biscuits. They are gluten free and soy free and the beef in these is sourced from the USA. These are also made in the U.S. Sadly, Nyx can’t have any grains so I will have to pass these on, but the ingredients should work for most healthy dogs.
Nana’s Natural Chicken Jerky (3.25 oz) – Value $8
This has either undergone a packaging change or is a slightly different product than the one linked to (but the brand name and weight are the same). It is hard to find Barkbox treats outside of the Barkbox shop because so many of them are customized or exclusive to the box. The chicken in these is sourced in the USA and they are also made in the USA, with chicken as the first ingredient. I like that they use sweet potato as a carbohydrate source.
Sawmill Creek Smokehouse Pig Ear Chew – Value $3
Here’s another smaller chew. I like that it is individually wrapped with a label instead of being loose in the package as happens with some dog treats in subscription boxes. Based on watching dogs chew similar things in the past, I would pay close attention until you are sure how your dog will chew this, but it can be safely swallowed and will pass through (and trust your dog to chew it until it is soft enough to swallow).
Benebone Rocking Dental Chew (bacon flavored) – Value $13
This is a nylon chew with bacon flavoring infused in it. I let Nyx have this for a little while last night and she thought it was wonderful. She managed to do a little damage but no more than you would expect for a hard nylon chew. And the best part is, it didn’t aggravate her IBD.
Max the Marching Penguin – Value $12
This is natural latex rubber (though it is made in the USA). It also has a strong chemical smell (which may be the natural rubber smell after being enclosed in the box for so long). I’m going to wait for the scent to dissipate before giving it to Nyx. It is really strong. I fully expect this to hold up, though! It also has an opening at the bottom if you want to put peanut butter or treats or something in there.
Here is Nyx with one of the toys from this month. Notice the Angus photobomb in one of them!
Verdict: I calculated a value of $47 for this month’s Super Chewer BarkBox. That is a good value for a dog subscription box and pretty much in line with values I’ve seen in the regular BarkBox. I like the distribution of items (some tough toys, some treats, some chews) and I think the toys are well thought-out in terms of longevity. I am not sure what is going on with the smell of the penguin toy but I think it will air itself out pretty soon and be fine. Overall, though, I think this was a quality box that may be worth it if you have a destructive dog.
What do you think of the February 2017 Super Chewer BarkBox dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?