What We Like
Simple and compact
Removes hair quickly and thoroughly
Reusable with no maintenance
What We Don't Like
Doesn’t work on all surfaces
Trying to keep your home clean with pets can feel like a never-ending battle (I know; I have both a cat and a dog) which is why products like the ChomChom Roller are so appealing to pet owners. This reusable pet hair removal device is like a lint roller, but you don’t have to constantly peel off sticky hair-covered sheets. Are you intrigued yet?
The Spruce Pets wanted to see if the ChomChom was a viable way to get pet hair off furniture, blankets, and other household surfaces, so I put it to the test in my apartment, which is frequently plagued by pet hair, despite my best cleaning efforts. Here’s what I found.
Design: Simple and effective
When I first saw the ChomChom, my reaction was something along the lines of, “Is this it?” The gadget is compact and unassuming with a plain white exterior. It comes in a cardboard shell, but beyond that, it doesn’t even have any branding on it!
To use the ChomChom, roll it back and forth quickly across a fabric surface in short strokes.
The T-shaped device has a handle you hold onto, and when you flip it over, the roller itself is covered in a red fuzzy material interspersed with a few rubber pieces that stick out about half an inch. To use the ChomChom, roll it back and forth quickly across a fabric surface in short strokes—the protruding rubber piece stops the roller from making a full rotation. I loved how simple this product is—it’s straight to the point with no unnecessary bells or whistles.
When you’re done, simply hit the “eject” button on the back of the handle to open the dirt compartment. This is easy to do, but I didn’t love that you have to manually scoop out the dirt, dust, and hair. It would be nice if it came with a small tool to help clean out the compartment.
Cleaning Performance: Unbeatable, but not on all surfaces
I was simply amazed at how well the ChomChom picks up pet hair, dust, and other debris. For my first test, I used it on a blanket that the cat particularly enjoys napping on—believe it or not, the cat actually sheds a lot more than the dog, and he typically leaves patches of gray hair on his preferred sleep spots. There was quite a bit of hair on the blanket in question, but in one pass, the ChomChom removed the vast majority of it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was!
Next up was the couch. In a smart purchasing decision, I bought a gray sofa, so the cat’s hair isn’t readily visible on it—but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. It took me about two minutes to go over one of the cushions using the ChomChom, and the dirt compartment was plenty full by the time I was done. Again, 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.
I was simply amazed at how well the ChomChom picks up pet hair, dust, and other debris.
However, I found that the ChomChom isn’t great on all surfaces. In general, the fabric you’re using it on needs to be pulled taut. Otherwise, the ChomChom doesn’t perform well. So, for example, I tried using it to remove hair from a sweatshirt, but it wasn’t all that effective, as the fabric kept moving around. Similarly, it didn’t do a good job taking hair off the cat’s bedding, which is quite squishy. I had to pull the fabric taut before going over it with the ChomChom.
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Portability: Stash it anywhere
While the ChomChom is a little bit bigger than your standard lint roller thanks to its T-shaped frame, it’s still quite portable. It fit perfectly into my “junk drawer” for storage, and I think it would fit in most glove compartments if you wanted to use it to get pet hair off car seats.
Traditional lint rollers are probably the biggest competition for the ChomChom, but these two hair-removal tools excel in different areas.
It would probably be too bulky to carry around in your purse, but because it’s not great on clothes, there’s really no reason to take it with you on the go.
Need something to keep in your purse? Check out our guide to the best lint rollers.
Price: Always on sale
The price for the ChomChom Roller is around $25. That may seem a little high for the extremely simple design, but if you think about how much it costs to buy a new lint roller every few months, chances are you’ll save money investing in this hair removal device.
Competition: It depends on your needs
Lint Roller: Traditional lint rollers are probably the biggest competition for the ChomChom, but these two hair-removal tools excel in different areas. Lint rollers are great for removing hair from clothing, but it would be wasteful to use one on a whole couch—you’d go through so many sheets! While the ChomChom isn’t great for clothing, its reusable design makes it the perfect option for cleaning furniture, blankets, and other large areas.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Vacuum: While easy to use, you do have to manually move the ChomChom back and forth across your furniture. If you prefer a less tedious approach, you might like the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Vacuum, which I also tested. It does an equally good job removing pet hair with less “elbow grease” required on your part.
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Unbeatable for quick hair cleanup.
You’ll still have to keep a lint roller around the house to get dog hair off your pants, but the ChomChom Roller is the superior choice when it comes to cleaning furniture, blankets, and other large areas that are covered in pet hair. Its low price, ease of use, effectiveness, and reusability make it a must-have in my book.
- Product Name ChomChom Roller
- Product Brand ChomChom
- UPC 856957004000
- Price $24.95
- Product Dimensions 7.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 in.
- Warranty 1 year, limited