As most pet owners know (unless you’re the owner of one of these breeds that don’t shed) the downside to owning a pet is their near-constant shedding. Getting pet hair off your clothes, carpet, furniture, and out of your car can become an all-consuming challenge. But the right pet hair remover can make the job a lot simpler. You might even be able to wear that black shirt again.
We purchased 21 pet hair remover tools and tested them in our New York Lab The Lab, evaluating their performance, design, and ease of use. A group of volunteer testers used these products on chairs, clothing, pillowcases, and flooring that was covered in synthetic cat hair to see how each pet hair cleaner performed on a variety of surfaces. Where possible, we tested on real pet hair, using items that testers brought from home.
Our favorite pet hair remover, the Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush, has three edges with gear-shaped teeth to effectively comb through all types of fabric and remove pet hair. It also has a comfortable handle and can easily be rinsed off in the sink after each use. But we found several pet hair removal products that might work better depending on your needs and where the loose fur tends to collect.
Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush
Effective for deep, embedded hair
Comfortable to hold
Confusing user manual
The Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush is our best overall pick because its unique, three-sided design offers several ways to clean in a compact, ergonomic shape. During our testing, we were able to quickly pick up embedded hair after just a few swipes.
The multi-sided Analan has three different serration sizes, with the widest serrations designed to allow for quick scraping of larger surface areas. Tighter serrations help snag hair from stubborn surfaces where pet hair sticks most. You can also clean in sequence, attacking the same area with gradually finer serrations to pick up big messes, then capture the excess. The corners can be used to wedge pet hairs out of crevices.
The triangle shape and handheld size of the device make it easy to grip and position in a variety of angles. Plus, since it's essentially a plastic wedge, with no crevices or nooks of its own, cleaning the Analan is as simple as rinsing it off in the sink.
While the Analan was convenient, comfortable, and extremely effective, its handheld size gave it a substantial limitation, since you can only scrape a few inches at a time. For most fur cleanups, the Analan was perfect, but you might want to seek a larger pet hair remover if your goal is de-furring rugs or other large items.
Price at time of publish: $24
Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.78 inches | Material: Plastic and rubber
Evriholder FURemover Pet Hair Removal Broom
Cleans both carpet and hard flooring
Hair sticks to rubber head
This cross between a broom, rake, and squeegee is a powerful tool to keep in your pet hair removal tool kit.
The versatile tool is effective across hardwood, tile, carpeting, and vinyl to remove pet fur. On smooth floors, it works better than a traditional broom and dustbin because it traps the fur in its teeth, but be wary of stray hairs that may not easily come off its teeth after cleaning. The telescopic handle adjusts from 3 to 5 feet, making it easy to sweep under a bed, sofa, and other hard-to-reach places.
The squeegee side of this broom also offers more cleaning capabilities, such as tidying up around your dog's water bowl or wiping nose-printed door panes. The brush head can also be removed for easy cleaning and storage.
Price at time of publish: $17
Dimensions: 36.9 x 1.65 x 7.9 inches | Material: Rubber bristle head
Evercare Pet Hair Extra Sticky Lint Roller
Easy to refill and remove sheets
Picks up large amount of pet hair in one swipe
Don't have to touch pet hair when removing sheets
Does not feel extra sticky
You can't go wrong with having a sticky lint roller in your pet hair cleaning regime, and this roller by Evercare Pet is a great choice.
With one swipe, it can pick up a large amount of hair, and the sticky surface rolls smoothly over clothing and upholstery. This roller has a plastic handle that's contoured to fit comfortably in your hand while in use helping you tackle loose fur from all angles. This roller device is also easy to refill and you have the option to purchase it as a package with two extra lint rolls.
Price at time of publish: $12
Dimensions: 9.45 x 4.29 x 2.52 inches | Material: Plastic
Best for Furniture
ChomChom Pet Hair Remover
Eco-friendly alternative to disposable lint rolling sheets
Quickly cleans upholstery
Intuitive to use
Hair can become caught in dust bin
Awkward location for bin release button
When you need to clean pet hair off of your furniture or blankets in a hurry, the ChomChom Roller should be your go-to. It looks like a lint roller, but instead of sticky tape, you’ll find textured red fabric underneath the hood. Roll it over your intended target a few times and the pet hair will almost instantly disappear. The product is more efficient than a traditional lint roller removing the need to stop and remove a sticky sheet every few swipes. And it's 7.5 inches wide, so you can cover large areas fairly quickly.
We found it works best on upholstery but is also suitable for clothing, blankets, and jackets. Keep in mind that it works better on items that are taut, so if you want to use it on clothes or bedding, hold the item tight while using it.
The roller is not as easy to empty, requiring manual scooping to get all the hair out of the dust bin area. The release button for the dust bin is also located in a position on the handle that made it inconveniently simple to open unintendedly. However, this minor design flaw does not detract from this roller's obvious efficacy at removing pet hair quickly and easily from the furniture in a space.
Price at time of publish: $32
Dimensions: 7.5 x 3 x 2.5 inches | Material: Not listed
Best for Carpets
Uproot Cleaner Pro Reusable Pet Hair Remover
Works well in crevices
Easy to clean
Does not snag carpets
Not best for delicate fabrics
A similar style of this reusable pet hair remover tool went viral on TikTok earlier this year for a good reason. This tool picks up hair quickly and the tool instantly starts to pile it into a clump for easy removal. This tool's scored edge makes it a great option for high pile and density carpets, where pet hairs are easily trapped. The grip is comfortable to use and the double edge offers more flexibility in how you can hold it. While Uproot Clean has many tools designed for different pet hair cleaning needs, we found that this tool was great at cleaning crevices. It could easily catch hair between a baseboard and carpet or between couch cushions.
We would not recommend using this tool on delicate or fuzzy, knit fabrics as they could be snagged. It's an effective device for high-traffic areas in your home, where you know pet hair accumulates, but we would not recommend trying to use it as an all-area tool. It's quite labor-intensive and does require several swipes to fully pick up all the hair in one spot. While this tool may require a bit of elbow grease and attention to detail, we love its effectiveness and comfortable handle, making it a great option for carpets around your home.
Price at time of publish: $32
Dimensions: 6.6 x 5 x 0.37 inches | Material: Not listed
Best for Laundry
Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls
Shortens dry time of laundry
Natural fabric softener
Easy to maintain
Not best for delicates
Dryer balls not only cut down on your clothes dry time but also are a great way to remove pet hair without adding any extra work to your cleaning routine, and these dryer balls by Smart Sheep are impressively effective at removing hair in a full load of laundry. Wool dryer balls work by adding extra air circulation to a dryer cycle, resulting in short dry times and removing static that results in fabric cling and remaining pet hair.
These dryer balls are a great option for pet owners who have blankets, towels, or other machine-washable items that pet hair frequently clings to. While wool dryer balls are a great option for natural fiber clothing, they may not be best for drying delicate clothing and spandex materials. In addition to being a great pet hair remover, these dryer balls act as a natural fabric softener, so there's no need to use additional liquids or dryer sheets in your laundry. They also require no upkeep and can be used in over 1,000 loads before needing to be replaced.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 7.8 x 7 x 2.8 inches | Material: New Zealand wool
Best for Travel
Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer
Rounded and corner edges
Picks up large amount of hair
Not best for clothing
If you frequently travel with your dog in the car or even on planes, this tiny pet hair detailer by the Lilly Brush Store is a great tool to have with you. This detailer also can be clipped to a keychain, so you never leave home without it. Its simple, yet effective design allows for easy cleaning of tight corners and broad swaths of fabric. Although this detailer was great on taut fabric, such as upholstery, we would not recommend it for removing hair from clothing.
In our testing, the detailer picked up a large amount of hair after just one swipe and balled it up neatly. Although it's recommended that you clean this tool with a damp cloth, we found it effective to rinse it in a sink, if there are some stubborn hairs stuck on the rubber. We recognize that this tool's small size does require more effort for cleaning large areas, but for quick, everyday messes, we think it's more than sufficient. Whether you need to quickly clean upholstery in a rental home, or wipe off your car's upholstery, this tool is a great on-the-go option.
Price at time of publish: $15
Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 0.75 inches | Material: Plastic and rubber
Best for Cars
Lilly Brush Pro Pet Hair Tool Kit
Great for deep cleaning
Finger strap on wide detailer
Awkwardly long handle on crevice tool
Cleaning and detailing a car's interior is already a hassle, and it can be an even bigger project if you have furry passengers. This pro detailing kit by the Lilly Brush store makes removing pet hair from your car completely hassle-free. The wide detailer tool allows you to quickly swipe pet hair off of seats and floor mats. The finger strap also gives you added security while working and makes it more comfortable to grip the tool. The detailer tool has both rounded and sharp corners, so it works across multiple surface types and angles.
The crevice tool in this kit is great for those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies between and under seats. It has an extra-long 14-inch handle, so you can reach deep into cracks. Similar to the Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer we featured as our Best for Travel pick, this tool is easy to wipe off with a damp cloth, if there are hairs stuck on the rubber.
Price at time of publish: $33
Dimensions: 15.75 x 6 x 0.75 inches | Material: Plastic and rubber
Our top pick is the Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush because it’s easy to use, works on many surfaces, including rugs (which can be a challenge when it comes to pet fur removal), and is inexpensive. If you're looking for an affordable cleaning option, the Evriholder FURemover Broom will clean carpets and upholstery, and double as a squeegee for tile and vinyl floors.
Whichever pet hair remover you pick, remember that consistency is key to success; the more you use your pet hair remover of choice, the less hair you’ll have to remove from your furniture and clothing. Of course, you’ll also want to groom your cat or dog regularly to stop the problem at its source.
How We Tested the Pet Hair Removers
After purchasing 21 pet hair remover tools, we tested them in The Lab in Brooklyn, New York to evaluate their performance, design, and ease of use. A group of volunteer testers used these products on chairs, clothing, pillow cases, and flooring covered in synthetic hair to see what surfaces they were most effective on and what surfaces they didn't clean at all. Some of our testers brought in slip covers with real pet hair from their homes. Each tester was asked to rate their product on a scale of 1 to 5 based on its performance in each of the tested categories. For products that were specific to laundry, we also had a washer and dryer on site. To test the design of each product, testers used the product on the surface that it's described to be best for and considered its comfort of use. While testing each product's effectiveness, we asked our testers to consider whether it took multiple passes to pick up all of the hair on an item, or if the product easily picked up all hair without issue. Lastly, we asked our testers to clean the products as directed and consider how efficient cleaning the product would be in a typical household. To further enhance our testing insights, we asked testers to also consider whether they'd use the product in their own home, if they'd recommend the product to a friend, and how the product could best be used.
What to Look for in a Pet Hair Remover
What type of pet hair do you deal with on a regular basis, and how much of it is there? These are the primary questions to ask yourself when you’re choosing a pet hair remover. If it’s just a bit on your clothes and sofa from time to time, then a roller, like the Evercare Pet Hair Extra Sticky Lint Roller, is your best bet. If, however, you’re looking to clean your entire house from massive shedding, then you may need a vacuum—or even multiple tools for different surfaces.
When determining which size product you need, consider where you’re going to be removing pet hair most often. If you want to get in small spaces or take it on the go, opt for something nimble and light. If, however, you’re trying to cover a lot of territory—such as all the floors in your home—you'll probably want something bigger.
Some pet hair removers do double duty by tackling other cleaning tasks, too. For example, some will work on your windows, while others vacuum dust and dirt as well. If you don't mind having a tool that specializes in just pet fur, then we recommend looking for one that can tackle several surfaces and objects, such as our best overall pick, the Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush, which performed well on carpet, upholstery, and clothing during our lab tests.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This piece was originally written by Anne Fritz, who as the proud owner of a lab-hound mix and—more recently—a rescue puppy, has spent over a decade learning how to remove pet hair from her life. Fritz likes using the FurZapper because it’s easy and brainless to toss it into the washing machine along with the rest of her family’s wash.
This article was updated by Emma Phelps, an Updates Writer for The Spruce Pets, with a new product list of fully tested products. These pet hair remover products were tested in The Lab by a group of volunteer testers and evaluated for their performance, design and ease of cleaning. Phelps has previous experience writing pet product reviews and also has grown up with newfoundlands and labrador retrievers. She is no stranger to removing pet hair from clothes, furniture, carpets, and bedding.