BarkBox vs Super Chewer: Must Read Before Choosing

Filed in Dog Subscription Boxes by on February 22, 2022

BarkBox vs Super Chewer

Are you debating whether you should sign up for BarkBox vs Super Chewer?

While both subscription boxes are owned by the same parent company, BARK, there are some key differences that will make a difference to your dog.

In this article, I’ll give you an overview of both boxes, as well as how they compare on price, contents, shipping, and more.

Short answer: Super Chewer is slightly more expensive than BarkBox, but it will be a better choice for power chewers that tear up their toys easily.

What are BarkBox and Super Chewer?

First, let’s start with an overview of both subscription boxes and what comes in them each month.

What is Bark Box?

Photo of Toy Poodle with BarkBox toys

My dog with some of his BarkBox toys

BarkBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers fun toys, treats, and chews for your dog directly to your door. Every box is designed around a unique theme, and all their toys are designed in-house to match that month’s theme.

A few examples of BarkBox themes include Slobber Party, Sniffin’ Safari, Chewrassic Bark, and Knights of the Hound Table.

BarkBox Coupons

  1. Double Stuffed Upgrade on your first BarkBox! (value $35) (Valid from 3/1/23 to 3/31/23 on 6 and 12 month plans)
  2. Free Extra Toy Exclusive Offer! Get a Free Extra Toy in every box when you sign up for BarkBox! (Valid from 7/7/22 until supplies last on 6 and 12 month plans)
  3. Free YETI dog bowl when you sign up for BarkBox! (value $40) (Valid from 7/21/22 until supplies last on 6 and 12 month plans)

Some of their boxes have also been themed around popular movies like Spiderman: No Way Home, as well as sports franchises like BarkBox NCAA and BarkBox NBA.

If you receive your goodies for the month, and your dog isn’t happy with one of their products, you can also make further customizations to your monthly box based on toy preferences and the size of your dog.

What Comes in a BarkBox?

Every month, without any customization, your box will contain:

  • 2 fun toys
  • 2 full-size bags of treats
  • 1 chew

The size and style of the toy will depend on whether you have a small, medium, or large dog. Some toys work well for all sizes, while some toys are only made for specific dogs, so your box may vary based on your customization.

What is Super Chewer?

Super Chewer Unboxed

An unboxed Super Chewer package

Super Chewer is another monthly dog subscription box under the BARK umbrella. Every month, durable and fun toys, chews, and treats are delivered to your door, also with a unique theme every month for your box.

Their themes will typically correspond with whatever the BarkBox theme is for the month, but they do differ occasionally.

Super Chewer Coupons

  1. Get a FREE upgrade ($45 value) on your first Super Chewer box! While supplies last! (Valid from 1/26/23 to 4/30/23 on 6 & 12 month plans)
  2. Free Extra Month (Valid on 6 & 12 month plans)
  3. Limited Edition Welcome Gift: Get a YETI dog bowl ($40 value) with your first box of tough toys and meaty treats. (Valid from 7/13/22 until supplies last on 6 & 12 month plans)

A few examples of Super Chewer themes from the past are Sit, Stay, Spa Day, Fall Hike, Ski Lodge, and Deep Space.

Some of the Super Chewer boxes also get pop culture and sports themes, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Just like BarkBox, you can also customize your box to better suit your dog’s size and toy preferences.

What Comes in a Super Chewer Box?

Every month, without customizations, your box will come with:

  • 2 durable toys
  • 2 all-natural chews
  • 2 full-size bags of treats

While the size and style of toy can differ depending on your customizations, all the toys that you receive are designed to be durable and hold up against tough chewers.

Note: there is now a Super Chewer Lite plan where you can get a half-sized box with 1 toy, 1 chew, and 1 bag of treats for $19.99/month plus tax.

Price of BarkBox vs Super Chewer

Price is a major factor for many people who are deciding on the right subscription box, so let’s go over the total monthly cost of BarkBox vs Super Chewer. Overall, Super Chewer is more expensive than BarkBox, but there is a good reason for that.

Price of BarkBox

With BarkBox, you pay for the subscription monthly, and if you commit to multiple months, you’ll receive a small discount. After your first purchase, you can also pay for multiple months upfront, and they will prorate you an additional discount.

The current BarkBox price breakdown is:

  • 12 months: $22 per box ($19.50 per box if you pay the full $234 upfront after purchase)
  • 6 months: $26 per box ($23.16 per box if you pay the full $139 upfront after purchase)
  • 1 month: $35 per box

Price of Super Chewer

Super Chewer works on a similar model as BarkBox. You pay monthly, but if you commit to multiple months, you’ll receive a small discount. After your first purchase, you can also choose to pay for all your boxes upfront for an even larger discount.

The current Super Chewer price breakdown is:

  • 12 months: $30 per box ($24.92 per box if you pay the full $299 upfront after purchase)
  • 6 months: $35 per box ($30.50 per box if you pay the full $183 upfront after purchase)
  • 1 month: $45 per box

As mentioned earlier, there is a Super Chewer Lite option now where you pay $19.99/month for a half-sized box with 1 toy, 1 treat, and 1 chew.

Type of Materials Used

Besides price, the toys and the materials used to make them are the other main difference between BarkBox vs Super Chewer.

Toys in BarkBox

The toys in your BarkBox will vary every month, and they’ll depend on some of the customization options that you chose. Each one is designed in-house with dog enrichment in mind, and this often includes plush toys that are filled with fluff.

While plush toys are great for many dogs, power chewers destroy these toys quickly.

Toys in Super Chewer

The toys inside the Super Chewer box were designed with tough chewers in mind. Because of this, every toy, no matter your customization options, will be made from durable nylon and rubber.

Even their toys that appear to be plush toys actually have a durable rubber center instead of fluff.

While they are meant to withstand rougher play and tug time, they aren’t indestructible. Super Chewer (and BarkBox as well) makes it easy to replace the toys that didn’t stand up to your tough chewer with a liberal replacement policy.

Super Chewer will replace your toys with no questions asked and no proof needed.

I made a Youtube video discussing the differences discussed above:

Treats and Chews in BarkBox vs Super Chewer

Photo of Happy Howie's Beef Burger Chew and Caledon Farms Plaque Busters sent by BarkBox

Some BarkBox chews I received for my dog

Both subscription boxes come with 2 full bags of all-natural treats that are always made in the U.S. or Canada. There’s no wheat, soy, corn, or filler in their treats, and they use organic ingredients whenever possible.

With both subscription boxes, you can alert them of any allergies that your dog has, and they will provide you with alternative treats when necessary.

Their chews are made in the U.S, Canada, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. BarkBox comes with 1 chew in every box, while Super Chewer features 2 meaty chews in every box to satisfy the power chewers.

Shipping Policies

For both subscription services, your first box will be processed within 2-3 business days, and then delivered 2-8 business days later if you’re in the contiguous United States.

If you’re in Canada, Puerto Rico, Alaska, or Hawaii, your box can take 4-12 days to arrive.

After your first box, BarkBox and Super Chewer will ship out on the 15th of every month and will take the same time frame as the first box to arrive.

Shipping on both boxes is free within the contiguous United States and costs $8 per box if you live in Canada, Puerto Rico, Alaska, or Hawaii.

Cancellation Policies

For both services, auto-renewal is set up for all their subscription plans. This means that, if you don’t cancel your subscription before the term ends, you will automatically be charged.

Any boxes that are already being processed at the time of your cancellation will be sent out.

You can disable the auto-renewal in your online account, and you can do it as soon as you sign up to prevent unwanted future purchases.

Customer Service

BARK, the parent company of BarkBox and Super Chewer, has a reputation for providing excellent customer service.

While they don’t have a phone number that you can call, they have a highly responsive live chat and they’re responsive to emails as well.

BarkBox and Super Chewer also monitor their customer reviews and respond to customers directly with solutions to make their experience better.

Both boxes offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If your dog doesn’t like a specific treat or toy, or if your dog destroys a Super Chewer toy, they will replace the product with no questions, no time limit, and no evidence required.

Conclusion on BarkBox vs Super Chewer

Well, I hope I have given you the key differences between BarkBox vs Super Chewer. Both boxes are excellent and made my list for best dog subscription box.

Both boxes provide imaginative new toys and treats designed with fun themes that your dog will enjoy every month.

Because they’re both created by the same parent company, they each have a reputation for good customer service and good quality products.

Ultimately, the choice on which subscription box you should get will come down to your dog’s play style.

If your dog is a tough chewer that goes through most toys quickly, then Super Chewer will be a better choice for them. If your dog loves their plush toys and has no issues playing with any toy you give them, BarkBox might be a better solution.

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  1. Juanita Johns says:

    My German Shepherd received his first Super Chewer Bark Box on his 7th birthday.
    He’s so happy with it and especially his Alien Head toy.

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