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.