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Scooping the poop has to be the least pleasant aspect of owning a dog. Let's face it, no one enjoys it, but even the best dog trainers haven't managed to train dogs to do it themselves.


It’s not simply having to pick up the poo but the whole ... routine.

A poo bag holder certainly isn't an essential item, but it is a great option to ensure you're always prepared for that last minute dog walk.


If you have a dedicated poo bag dispenser maybe you would be less likely to leave them at home on a dog walk.


Couple walking their dog on the beach

Table of Contents

Buying Guide for Poo Bag Holders

Features to Consider

Our Pick of the Best Poo Bag Holders

Alternative Solution

Our Verdict



BUYING GUIDE FOR POO BAG HOLDERS


There’s a whole range of products available on the market attempting to make the scooping the poop process easier and quite frankly, more hygienic.


Dog poo bag holders are designed to store your clean bags keeping them ready for when you need them, dispense them quickly and in some cases hold your used poo bags too.


Many long hours were spent researching this buying guide, attaching and reattaching holders, extracting bags whilst clutching the dog lead, refilling with rolls, unzipping, unscrewing and generally putting all the holders through their paces on dog walks.


It's nasty work, but someone's gotta do it!

A range of dog poo bag holders tested including BecoPocket & Earth Rated


FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Before you read on, here's a quick look at the features that we think you should bear in mind when buying a poo bag holder.


Attachment – The dispenser needs to leave your hands free so should fasten to either your lead or clothes.


Most include a carabiner or a velcro strap, so it really depends how you prefer to bring along the poo bag holder.


Release of bags - This needs to be super smooth. No point struggling to release a bag or worse still pulling several bags out at once.


We're looking for dispensers that not only fit a standard roll but which allow the roll to spin freely.


Easy to fill – Whether it unscrews or unzips, the holder needs to be easy to refill but also secure as we don't want it to undo mid-walk and the your precious bags to spill out!


Material – Let's face it with the British weather we ideally want a waterproof container.


Our review features plastic, fabric, metal and eco-friendly sustainable materials.


Used Bags – Some dispensers offer the option of an integral hook to carry knotted (used) poo bags until you come across a dog waste bin.


This added extra was a game changer for us.


Here are some of our favourite solutions to cleaning up and carrying poo-on-the-go.




OUR PICK OF THE BEST POO BAG HOLDERS


1. BEST OVERALL Earth Rated Poo Bag Dispenser

The Earth Rated poo bag dispenser is awarded top spot in our review due the sheer simplicity of it's design.

A cockapoo on a dog lead with an Earth Rated dog poo bag dispenser

Sometimes, simpler really is better and this pill-shaped plastic dispenser beat off the competition.


Although it's designed to be used with Earth Rated's own brand of poo bags, like most holders, it can be refilled with any standard style poo bag rolls.


The screwtop design simply twists apart and a new roll pushes in.


A spindle in the base helps secure the roll letting it unwind freely.


With your bags in place, fasten to your lead, belt loop or coat via a velcro strap, which can be loosened or tightened as needed.


The velcro strap is strong and won't detach mid-walk and the oversized design of the access hole made removing the bags easy.


Better still, a handy hook at the back cleverly holds your knotted dog poo bags until you find a suitable waste bin.


So no more swinging those nasty stinky bags!


Their dispenser is available with two rolls of 15 (scented or unscented) dog poo bags to get you started.


Reasons to Buy

+ Hook for attaching used bag

+ Price-less than £10

+ 2 rolls of poo bags included

Reasons to Avoid

- Only available in green


2. BEST MULTI-USE MalsiPree Poop Bag Dispenser

The MalsiPree fabric poo bag holder is a close runner up.

A dog lead with a MalsiPree fabric dog poo bag holder attached with two velcro straps

A roll of poo bags slips into the fabric pouch and it zips shut.


The bags are dispensed through a round rubber slot on the side.


Generally, if you struggle tearing bags from the roll, we feel that a fabric soft material dispenser let's you push against the roll to give you more leverage.


The dispenser has been improved considerably since the previous model.


The bag upgrade includes a design change to the dispensing hole, an extra attachment point, a hook to hang used bags from and a rubberised zip which doesn't rattle whilst walking.


All great improvements to their humble holder.


So you are spoilt with three options available for attaching the bag holder - a metal carabiner, a yellow velcro strap or two velcro straps to attach to the lead itself (as shown in the photo).


We liked these straps as you have more options for positioning the holder anywhere on the lead and the velcro was strong enough to stop it moving.


The used poo bag hook works well keeping your hands free and your nose further from nasty niffs.


This clever little poo bag holder is really affordable and easy to use, shame it didn't include some free poo bags like many of the dispensers.


Reasons to Buy

+ Fabric is light and less rigid

+ Great redesign

+ Options for attachment

Reasons to Avoid

- Only available in black

- Over £10

3. BEST FOR LATE NIGHT WALKS Yuchiya Dispenser with Torch

If storing your poo bags wasn't enough this natty little holder has an integral torch for late night walks.

Our test of a dog poo bag holder with a torch for night time dog walks

Doubtless this would be a great addition if you walk late at night and struggle to locate your dog's poop.


This pill-shaped holder comes in a lovely shade of blue with a roll of matching blue poo bags and the metal carabiner is grey to match the shaded top.


The torch is bright but we're not sure how long it will last.


The replacement of the batteries could be tricky given such a small opening.


The yellow on/off button seemed a little flimsy but admittedly it worked well in our tests.


Reasons to Buy

+ Integral torch

+ Pleasant colours

+ Under £10

Reasons to Avoid

- Difficult to replace batteries

4. BEST COLOUR CHOICE Metal Poo Bag Holder

The second holder from the Yuchiya stable and the only metal holder to make our feature.

A dark green aluminium dog poo bag holder with a bag showing on a dog lead

A cylindrical holder, the central tube is aluminium and the ends are plastic attaching to your lead via a carabiner or velcro strap.


Initially this caught our eye because it's available in a range of beautiful colours including this dark green.


The aluminium shell seems fairly scratch resistant although it's a pity they didn't provide a metal carabiner as the plastic one seems a little flimsy.


Alternatively they offer a bungee cord which can be used to attach the holder and carry used poo bags so you can walk hands-free.


We felt that unfortunately the convoluted design made a simple task unnecessarily complicated.


Doubtless the bungee works, but on our first few outings we spent considerable time trying to work the cord!


Nevertheless, without the bungee, the holder works well and looks stylish.


Each of the 5 colours available arrives with a roll of 15 poo bags so you're ready-to-go.


Reasons to Buy

+ Choice of colours

+ Attachment options

+ Roll of bags included

+ Under £10

Reasons to Avoid

- Complicated bungee cord

- Plastic carabiner


5. BEST DESIGN Beco Poo Bag Dispenser

Beco are renowned for their range of poo bags so like Earth Rated, they should know a thing or two about carrying poo bags.

The Beco Pocket dog poo bag dispenser in pale green with a cockapoo

Made from plant fibre plastic the Beco Pocket is sustainable and biodegradable, so big ticks for saving the planet (David Attenborough would be proud!)


It's not just the great eco-credentials we liked, the holder is a beautiful elliptical shape so eye-catching.


The Beco Pocket dispenser incorporates a wrap-around elastic band style fastening.


Whilst Beco refer to it as 'bungee style', I'm more inclined to think cheap hair band.


The band wraps around any size of lead or belt and it's strong enough that your holder stays in place on your dog lead, bag or belt as your walk.


Nevertheless we found the band tricky to attach especially those of us with big hands and short fingernails.


The poo bag dispenser is available in four colours green, pink, blue and natural and arrives with a roll of 15 bags so you’re all set.


Reasons to Buy

+ Eco-friendly

+ Doesn’t swing on your lead

+ Under £10

+ Roll of bags included

Reasons to Avoid

- Tricky to attach

6. BEST FOR BAG SEPARATION Simpletome Dog Poo Bag Holder

This is the second of the fabric style poo bag holders to feature in our round-up.

A Simpletome black and orange fabric poo bag holder on a teal dog lead

As with the MalsiPree bag featured earlier, this waterproof bag holds a standard roll of poo bags.


The design is similar in style to the previous version of the MalsiPree bag.


The fabric bag is not as rigid as the plastic versions so you can apply pressure either side of the opening to help release and tear your poo bag.


The carabiner is fairly small so tricky to fasten to a thicker rope style lead but easier on a flat lead.


We also found the first bag awkward to initially feed through the hole.


Unlike the MalsiPree bag, this zip isn't rubber so rattles a little when walking - a small point but may be annoying.


We chose black but it is available in three colours – grey, black and pink and arrives with a roll of 15 poo bags.


Reasons to Buy

+ Fabric is light and less rigid

+ Choice of colours

+ Roll of bags included

+ Under £10

Reasons to Avoid

- Small carabiner

- Awkward to feed bag through

- Zip rattles


7. AFFORDABLE AND INNOVATIVE Long Paws Poop Porter

I love the expression ‘Poop Porter’ and this offers a very different solution to the poo bag holder dilemma.

The Long Paws Poop Porter attacket to a dog lead with empty and full dog poo bags attached

A innovative alternative to a bag, the Poop Porter simply clips to your lead to stow empty and full, knotted poo bags.


Essentially a lightweight piece of plastic with two different sized holes.


The smaller of which is designed to hold a few unused poo bags and the larger hole is big enough to secure knotted used poo bags well away from your nose!

We found the larger hole worked well, securely holding a couple of used poo bags.


However the smaller hole was very tight and we struggled to thread more than two poo bags through.


In our case, two poo bags wouldn't be enough for a dog walk.


A simple idea but could benefit from a few design improvements.


Reasons to Buy

+ Innovative, simple idea

+ Carries used poo bags

+ Under £10

Reasons to Avoid

- Only holds 2 poo bags

8. CHEAPEST DISPENSER Amazon Basics

The Amazon Basics dog poo bag dispenser is supplied free when ordering 300 or more Amazon Basic poo bags.

Amazon Basics poo bag holder in black with plastic hook

It's the only holder featured to use a rigid plastic hook as opposed to a carabiner or velcro strap.


Unfortunately we found it almost impossible to undo the rigid plastic clip (hence the holder isn't pictured on a lead).


Once unhooked it’s equally impossible to reclip on your lead.


So whilst it’s free when you buy Amazon Basic poo bags, we found the current fastening fairly useless.


If you persevere and attach it, I'd suggest leaving it in place!


Other than that, it's a compact little pill-shaped dispenser which grips the roll of poo bags well with spindles both top and bottom.


We didn't experience any issues either dispensing the bags or refilling them.


So if you can manage to attach it to your lead - it's great value. Available in black and white.


Reasons to Buy

+ Free with 300 poo bags

+ Secure

Reasons to Avoid

- Difficult to attach


ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION


If you've looked through our best dog poo bag holders and nothing takes your fancy how about a Dicky Bag?


The Dicky Bag is essentially a small neoprene bag designed to dispense poo bags from the lid and more importantly store used dog poo bags in the base.

A Dicky bag in camouflage design showing dog poo bags inside

Designed in Cornwall, the Dicky Bag simply attaches to your coat or belt via the integral clip or velcro loop.


It has a range of clever design features including airtight seams, unique odour protection seal, renewable fragrance discs and what's more it's machine washable.


We tested the Dicky Bag on dog walks for over a month and loved it.


Read our full and in-depth review here - Click to read more..


Available in a range of 5 different sizes from extra small to extra large, there's a bag to to suit all breeds of dog and size of poos !


Reasons to Buy

+ Innovative idea

+ Carries used poo bags

+ Hands-free solution

+ Odour-free solution

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive option


OUR VERDICT


The Earth Rated dispenser is simple, does the job and is a great price. If you're more inclined towards a fabric poo bag holder we'd suggest the MalsiPree dispenser with its zip opening and hook for used bags.


Special mention goes to the Beco Pocket. Whilst we found the Beco Pocket awkward to attach, we loved the use of eco-friendly materials and the choice of colours.


If you haven't had enough of reading about dog poo, please checkout our review of the best dog poo bags on the market - Best Dog Poo Bags Review - The Scoop on the Poop



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