Portable and lightweight
Made with natural ingredients
Gathers most, but not all, pet hair
Tough for larger dogs or numerous dogs
Gonzo Natural Magic Pet Hair Lifter
We purchased the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
My husband and I adopted our dog, Harry, in the hopes that “hypoallergenic” meant entirely non-shedding. And while it does, for the most part, we do still end up with puppy hair all over the house—especially when my brother brings his shedding dogs over to play. It’s not that I don’t love shedding dogs—I love all of them!—but I do like furniture that’s free of dog hair. I equally love wearing black without the burden of minuscule, yet many, little flecks of hair.
Enter the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter. This tool claims to pick up pet hair better than a vacuum, so I put it to the test to see how it worked. Keep reading for my honest thoughts.
With Harry, we don’t need a full-on pet-hair cleaning system. But since he does shed a bit, and our little visitors shed quite a lot, we needed some kind of solution to make pet-hair cleanup simple. The Gonzo sponge does just that.
With a simple swipe, the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter picks up those annoying little strands I can’t pick up on my own—and it does so in large quantities. A sweeping motion with moderate pressure on clothing, our couch, or really any pet-hair-covered item removes those strands swiftly. It almost absorbs them in the sponge, so I can gather the strands then toss them all in one fell swoop—instead of individually picking them up (and failing, then getting frustrated) every time.
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter reminds me of a lint roller, except it’s significantly more eco-friendly.
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter reminds me of a lint roller, except it’s significantly more eco-friendly. Instead of tossing it after one use—the go-to for most lint rollers—this sponge is reusable. As long as I clean off the hair I pick up, I can use it like it’s new day after day. And, adding to the eco-friendly side of this sponge, the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter is also made with all-natural materials, which makes me feel better given there’s a bit of a sticky substance on the sponge exterior (obviously to pick up the hair, but I do love knowing it’s natural and safe!)
Not only does it work on clothing and furniture, but it also collects pet hair stuck in floor crevices, carpet, bedding, or really anything pet hair can latch onto.
The only time I feel like the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter isn’t up to the task is when we’ve watched my brother’s dogs for a weekend or a week. By that point, the hair is just about everywhere, and there’s only so much hair this little sponge can pick up at once. I’ve learned it’s best to use it intermittently to spot clean a smaller area versus waiting to do a full cleanse at once. Plus, when the sponge does get a bit dirty, I gently wash it with soap and water to spruce it up for the next clean (although wait until it’s fully dry before using).
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of dog is this best for?
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter works great for most dogs, although it requires a bit more upkeep if you’re trying to stay on top of pet hair from a larger dog (given it’s a small sponge, and they have more hair to pick up!) It collects the tiny little hairs from my poodle-mix, Harry. It also lifts the hairs of my brother’s terriers, as well as my mother-in-law’s golden retriever.
How often do you have to clean it?
I pick off the hair after each use but don’t actually do a full clean—with soap, water, and drying—until after a major cleanup spree, such as those long weekends of dog sitting when pet hair abounds across my home. It gets a bit dingy after those cleaning sessions, so soap, water, and drying do the trick to help it bounce back.
What surfaces does it work on?
This is yet another great thing about the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter. Not only does it work on clothing and furniture, but it also collects pet hair stuck in floor crevices, carpet, bedding, or really anything pet hair can latch onto. In fact, I’ve even found it helps me collect those inevitable dust bunnies while I’m cleaning, too! The manufacturer even recommends it for cleaning computer screens, baseboards, walls, blinds, auto interiors, and more.
Should you use it dry or wet?
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter works when dry, not wet. If it does get wet, let it fully dry before using it.
Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter vs. OXO Good Grips FurLifter Furniture Brush
Gonzo’s sponge may be great, but it’s not the only pet-hair solution on the market. The OXO Good Grips FurLifter Furniture Brush is similar to most lint rollers, except it’s designed for pet hair. The OXO FurLifter features micro bristles for intuitive fur lifting. It also has a self-cleaning mechanism in the cap to ensure repeat use (unlike most use-then-toss lint rollers). The OXO FurLifter does come at a higher price point than the sponge—around $20 versus the sponge at $8—but that’s largely because of the self-cleaning system. With the Gonzo sponge, users have to clean it themselves.
A quick, affordable, and eco-friendly pet hair fix.
If you need a quick and affordable pet-hair fix, the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter is a great place to start. It won’t clean up every single hair, particularly with bigger and heavily shedding dogs, but it does work well for smaller dogs—or if you’re able to keep up with regular cleanup.
- Product Name Pet Hair Lifter
- Product Brand Gonzo Natural Magic
- UPC 0 10572 06300 6
- Price $8
- Weight 1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 2.75 x 5.75 in.