Pet Dehairing Tools Review
The Hair Collection Tool from Furminator promises to remove pet hair from clothing and furniture. It’s ready to go straight out of the package and very user-friendly, just roll it over fur-covered surfaces. When you turn the knob as you’re cleaning, it traps fur in a chamber that’s easy to open up to discard the hair.
Bissell’s Pet Hair Eraser is basically a handheld mini vacuum with two nozzles — a soft, contoured rubber nozzle that lifts hair and dirt; and a hard nozzle intended to clean dry messes like kibble and cat litter. The wide mouth allows it to lift this debris very efficiently. It includes a 16-foot cord that you plug into an outlet to power it, and it is shaped to fit into hard-to-reach areas.
The Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer is another remover designed to work on multiple surfaces including car interiors, carpets, and upholstery. Here’s another brush that’s pretty much self-explanatory and ready-to-use right away with no set-up. Just lightly press the rubber edge to the cleaning surface and start scraping in short strokes. It does not have any sort of fur trapping or storage component, so once you’ve swept all the fur into one pile you just pick it up and discard it with your hand.
From JW Pet, the GripSoft Pet Hair Magnet sort of functions as a squeegee but to remove fur. It’s a 7-inch wide rubber blade that’s triple-grooved to pick up hair with a sturdy handle for easy operation. Again, using this isn’t rocket science — take it out of the package and start dragging it along a fur-covered surface and wipe away the fur with your hand to discard. But there are illustrated instructions on the back to help you along if needed.
Unlike the other tools, the FurZapper doesn’t require any rolling, swiping, or vacuuming — you just throw it in the laundry. It’s potentially a quicker solution that’s nice for the busier pet owners. It comes in packs of one or two, and when it’s in the washing machine, the sticky material is supposed to pull the hair off of clothing or other materials so the hair will either cling to the zapper or get rinsed down the drain. Then add it to the dryer, where the zapper is supposed to collect even more fur that will either stick to its surface or be deposited in the lint trap.
The Chom Chom Roller is built to be used on pretty much any fabric that collects pet hair. Just note that you shouldn’t use it on smooth surfaces (like hardwood flooring), very thin pilled carpet, wet surfaces or litter, or directly on people or pets. It works by creating an electrostatic charge that lifts and attracts hair. Unlike a lint roller, you don’t push it forward in long strokes; instead you roll back and forth in short strokes. The backwards motion will push the hair into a collection compartment that you flip open to empty.
Should I get it?
The Furminator isn’t a super complicated hair removal tool, but overall it was pretty reliable and worked to get most off the hair off a couple of different surfaces. However one downside is that it can leave marks on clothing.
The Bissell is designed with pet owners in mind, and we love how thoroughly it picked up fur, litter, and other particles. In particular, it was perfect for cleaning stairs as well as a comforter, both surfaces where the vacuum tends to leave a lot of fur behind. Our only complaint is that when it was time to empty all the debris that had accumulated, the litter got stuck inside and it needed to be shaken a lot to come out.
The Lilly Brush will be really helpful if your pets like to sleep on your bed or if you travel around with them often. We found it useful for cleaning a comforter; and it’s also especially designed for removing fur from cars. However it did not work for us consistently on every surface and left quite a bit of fur when we tried it on a chair.
The JW Pet GripSoft was extremely effective on carpeting, pulling up lots of hair the vacuum failed to catch that had built up over time. On blankets and upholstery we did not have the same luck, and after going over them a few times, there was still visible hair remaining. It had a tendency to drag blankets around which would prevent the blade from sticking.
The FurZapper is super easy to use and even though it can make fur stick, it won’t actually get stuck on clothes. It’s also reusable so you can just wash it by hand and add it to your next load of laundry. But after taking it out of the wash, we couldn’t find any hair on the zapper. So we can’t say whether it successfully loosens fur from clothing as promised.
Once you get the hang of the Chom Chom roller we think it’s easy to use and well-made. It worked on many different surfaces — including a couch pillow, dog bed, and denim coat — and was very effective at collecting lots of fur.