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Dogs and cats are sweet bundles of love. Make that sweet bundles of love covered in fur...lots and lots of fur. 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, which results in pet hair removing becoming your new hobby. Fortunately, once you have the best pet hair removers on hand, you can be on course to a pet-hair free existence, and even wear your black and white clothes again.
Read on for the best pet hair removers to get your clothing, furniture, and more fur-free.
Best Overall: FURemover Evriholder Duo Broom with Built-in Squeegee
This cross between a broom, a rake, and a squeegee is an essential item in your pet hair removal tool kit. It works on hardwood, tile, carpets, and more to help remove the pet fur. On smooth floors, it works better than a traditional broom and dustbin because it traps the fur in its teeth. On carpeted floors, use it to comb out the hair that has gotten lodged in the fibers, then give it a once over with a vacuum for hair-free floors.
You can even use it on upholstery—and the other side works as a squeegee to clean windows and glass. The telescopic handle adjusts from 3 to 5 feet, making it easy to sweep under your bed, sofa, and other hard to reach places.
Best for Carpet: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
When you have a house full of pets, you know just how important a stellar vacuum can be for keeping your house in guest-ready shape. The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum leads the pack when it comes to pet-friendly vacuums. It's a bit of an investment, but one you’ll never regret. The Dyson has some of the strongest suctioning power around, and this Ball Animal version comes with a powerful turbine tool specifically manufactured to get under couches and in small crevices. It can pick up even the lightest of pet hair. The self-adjusting cleaner head can go from carpet to hardwood instantly, and the HEPA filtration system is perfect for pet owners who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Dyson products come with a 5-year warranty against defects, so you know you’re making a safe purchase. This vacuum is perfect for homes with a lot of area rugs since it cleans evenly on any surface.
"Its first major test was the carpet in the bedroom, which we purposefully didn’t vacuum for a few days. We knew it had a fair amount of pet hair and dirt on it, but we were still surprised when the canister was practically filled to the brim with hair. The low-pile carpet was clearly hiding quite a bit of grime, but the Dyson’s powerful suction and self-adjusting cleaner head were powerful enough to pull it out." — Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
Best for Furniture: ChomChom Roller ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover
When you need to clean pet hair off of your furniture or blankets in a hurry, the ChomChom Roller is 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. At 7.5 inches wide, you can cover even large areas fairly quickly.
Note that it will work better on items that are taut, so if you want to use it on clothes or a bedding, hold the item tight while using. The one downside to the ChomChom is you’ll need to empty out the pet hair and other debris yourself, but it's a small price to pay for deep cleaning.
"I was impressed at how easy and efficient the product is to use, and there’s no need to stop and remove a sticky sheet every few swipes like with a lint roller." — Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester
Best for Quick Clean Ups: Gonzo Natural Magic Pet Hair Lifter
Dog and cat owners swear by this sponge made out of natural material for its seemingly magical ability to wipe cat fur off of sofas, chairs, and other furniture. You simply wipe the dry sponge that’s about the size of a small paperback book across your furniture and it pulls the hair off. You’ll need to remove the fur from the sponge when you’re done and occasionally wash it with soap and water. (Always be sure to let it dry thoroughly before using again.) Its small size makes it ideal for getting into the crevices of furniture and it’s equally good for your car or clothes.
Best for Laundry: FurZapper 2-Pack- Pet Hair Remover for Laundry
Pet hair is so impervious it can even stay on your clothes through a spin in the washer and dryer. That’s where these FurZappers come in. You simply toss the sticky, squishy disk into the laundry with your clothes and it goes to work, helping to attract fur from your clothes to it. From there, the fur gets rinsed down the drain in your washer or stuck into your lint trap in the dryer (it’s not only safe to use in both, it’s recommended). Two words of caution: Don’t use with fabric softener and be sure to clean your lint trap after every use—you’ll be amazed by the amount of hair it traps when you use these.
Best for Clothes: Brellavi Pet Hair Remover
If you shy away from wearing white clothes thanks to your black-haired pet or black clothes thanks to your white-haired pet or any color combination in between, get ready to expand your wardrobe. This pet hair remover brush has legions of fans singing the praises of its ability to quickly remove hair from clothing and other surfaces. Simply wipe the brush in the direction of the arrow—at most you’ll need two passes—and watch as your clothes turn hair free. Then, when you’re done, pop it in the self cleaning base that strips the hair off the brush for easy disposal.
Best for Car: Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
Even pet owners who don’t regularly transport their four-legged friends may wind up with fur in the car as it’s transferred from their clothes. The Fur-Zoff lives up to its tagline, “it’s not pretty but it works;” it looks and feels like an oversized pumice stone. To use it, you drag it over your upholstery and it grabs the pet fur and pulls it into a pile you can throw away. While it works well on car interiors, it can snag more delicate fabrics, so be careful using this one on silk drapes or clothing.
Best for Travel: OXO Good Grips Furlifter Pet Hair Remover For On-The-Go
Anyone who has gone on vacation only to find an errant pet hair in their suitcase will appreciate this Furlifter from OXO. You wipe it on your clothing and the micro bristles do all the hard work, grabbing the pet hair from your outfit. Pump it into its self-cleaning base and you’re ready to do another pass. When the base is full, just open it up over a trash can. At 7 inches long, it’s small enough to stash not only in your suitcase, but also a purse, glove compartment, or desk drawer.
Our top pick is the FURemover Broom (view at Amazon) 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 a deeper clean, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum (view at Amazon) will clean carpets, upholstery, and more.
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.
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 small roller or brush may be fine. 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,
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This piece was 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. Anne 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.