Having pets in your space can be the best thing ever, but having their hair everywhere is… not. And nobody loves their furry friends more than Taylor Swift and her three famous cats, but we’re sure even celebrities have a tough time removing their hair from every surface in their homes. That’s why it’s helpful to have pet hair remover tools on hand for anytime you need to spruce up your space.
“If my plan is to remove fur from floors and furniture, a vacuum cleaner made for sensitive ears or good old fashioned rubber or bristle broom works,” muses Vivian Zottola, MSc, CBCC, and Applied Anthrozoologist at the Center for Behavior Studies. “[A] low decibel or low volume vacuum with attachments [works best] to get into those nooks and crannies, and [so does] something sticky like a lint brush.”
To be able to fairly judge the 21 products that were brought in, seven of our pet-loving team members came in to evaluate these tools against everything from pillows and clothing to washing machines and more. Read on to discover which pet hair removers got the PEOPLE Tested stamp of approval.
Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush
The sides have mini grooves that effectively remove embedded hair
Despite its high quality, this tool is reasonably priced
You can use this tool on armrests, pillows, and more to tidy up smaller, hair-littered spaces
This small but mighty tool from Analan beat out the other competing products for many reasons, but its dependability was what really sold our tester on it. “It was clear from the first few wipes that it was working exactly as it advertised,” they shared, later stating how easy it was to remove embedded hair. “It was satisfying to see how well it performed.”
The tool’s triangular shape allows you to use its differently-grooved sides to dig out even the most lodged hairs, and its easy clean up process makes this product a standout. Its small size makes it easy to store in a car compartment or even your pocket for quick, on-the-go cleans, but that’s not to say it’s inefficient for around the house. In fact, this product is recommended for use on smaller surfaces like pillows or chair armrests – wherever your furry friend likes to lounge.
However, due to its small stature, this tool would not be ideal for bigger cleans. While it’s possible, it would be quite labor intensive, and there are better tools out there for cleaning large surfaces. But for a quick pick up, the Analan is your new best friend.
Price at time of publish: $16.99 (orig. $23.99)
Type: Tool | Material: Plastic, non-slip coating | Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.78 in. | Weight: 7.05 oz.
Evriholder FURemover Pet Hair Removal Broom
This squeegee-like tool has a handle that can be extended from 3 to 5 feet
Budget-friendly price tag
We were able to easily extract embedded hairs from high-pile carpets and rugs
The Evriholder tool is mash up between a broom and squeegee and is ideal for those tough to clean rugs and carpets. For a combination of two cleaning tools, the $17 price tag makes this product hard to beat. Equipped with rows of unflagged rubber bristles at the end of the tool, picking up hair in thick rugs has never been easier. “When using it on a high pile rug, the hair came up in a ball that was easy to pick up,” our tester recorded. Cleaning the tool was made simple due to the rubber bristles attracting the hair into a large clump, so it could be easily extracted from the broom.
The only grievance with this budget-friendly option was the length of the handle. “When using it on my hands and knees it felt too long, but when standing it felt too short,” the tester shared. It depends on personal preference, but the ability to extend or shorten this handle should minimize the discomfort for anyone who’s interested in the Evriholder tool.
Price at time of publish: $16.99
Type: Broom | Material: Plastic, unflagged rubber bristles | Dimensions: 36.9 x 1.65 x 7.9 in. | Weight: 14.72 oz.
Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls
The hair removal process is hands-free; just throw a few in the dryer with your clothes
These woolen balls cut down the overall dry time of your clothes
As reusable alternatives to single-use dryer sheets, this product is environmentally friendly
Perhaps the most unconventional of the list, these Smart Sheep dryer balls are made from 100 percent premium New Zealand wool and have a textured surface to pick up the stray pet hairs that stick to your clothes. This pack comes with a set of six dryer balls, and it’s recommended to use three of the wool balls for a small load of laundry and five to six for larger loads. Our tester was amazed by the results, sharing that it was “a completely hands-off way to get pet hair off of clothing.”
In addition to this, these wool balls will cut down on your clothing’s drying time as it absorbs water and is an eco-friendly alternative to single-use dryer sheets. If you’re looking for a hands-off pet hair removal process for your clothes or bed sheets, then this product from Smart Sheep is calling your name.
Price at time of publish: $16.95 (orig. $19.95)
Type: Dryer balls | Material: 100% premium New Zealand wool | Dimensions: 7.8 x 7 x 2.8 in. | Weight: 10.88 oz.
Best Deep Clean
Lilly Brush Pro Pet Hair Tool Kit
This kit includes two blade-like cleaning tools, making it the only set to make the list
You can use either tool to get into those hard-to-reach areas that pet hair accumulates in
Two is better than one! This tool kit is not only a crevice-cleaning set complete with one wide “blade” and another spatula-style tool, but it was a standout product for deep cleaning during our tests. The 14 inch spatula is perfect for reaching down into hard-to-clean areas, like in between car seats, and the wide blade is equipped with a finger strap for more control over the hair removal process.
Our tester was amazed by how easy it was to clean typical problem areas. “I was really surprised at how handy the crevice tool was (although the handle was really so much longer than it needed to be). It got all the way into the folds of the chair between the seat and the back.” Though that handle is a bit long, it comes in handy in tight spaces.
Price at time of publish: $32.95
Type: Tool kit | Material: Rubber, plastic | Dimensions: 17.6 x 15.67 x 0.79 in. | Weight: 9.14 oz.
Best for Furniture
Uproot Cleaner Pro Reusable Pet Hair Remover
This tool left both carpets and rugs snag-free after testing
Due to its faceted (dull) blade, it doubles as a carpet scraper and lint remover
It can be used on upholstery, as well
The Uproot pet hair remover is built like a carpet scraper but can serve many functions in your home. This tool’s grooved metal edge is designed to collect not only pet hair, but dust and lint as well as it moves over your fabric surfaces. Being that this reusable tool is designed for crevices in your furniture, our tester said that “Someone who is constantly cleaning pet hair off furniture would love it.”
Our tester advises users to be careful if using this on clothing, however, as the metal areas of the device could be potentially damaging to fine fabric. But when it comes to furniture, have a field day!
Price at time of publish: $23.99 ($31.99)
Type: Tool | Material: Metal | Dimensions: 6.6 x 5 x 0.37 in. | Weight: 2.08 oz.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Pet Hair Remover
While there are many types of pet removers out there, we took to the PEOPLE Tested lab to try a very specific few: rollers, brushes, brooms, and tools. We’ve found that certain products, like handheld tools, work best on furniture and in hard-to-reach places, while brooms are ideal for rugs or carpets. And when it comes to clothing, our tests showed that it’s hard to top the wool dryer balls. Pinpointing the type of tool you’ll need for your space will help take the guesswork out of picking a pet hair remover.
Sometimes you just really need a small tool to throw in your bag when you’re on the go and you spot those few stray hairs. Or maybe you’re having friends over and you need a quick fix for your couch before friends sit there and become covered in cat hair. Knowing the areas you need to clean the most regularly and what you do in those spaces is another important aspect to consider when looking for a remover tool.
Probably the most important consideration of all is your pet. Oftentimes cats and dogs require different care tools, which is why it’s crucial to know what kind of fur your companion has and its shedding tendencies. If your furry friend tends to shed often, then you may need a bigger tool for larger (and more frequent) clean ups than a pet with little shedding, that only needs a touch up here and there.
How We Tested Pet Hair Removers
Each of the 21 products that were tested in the PEOPLE lab were evaluated on design, performance, and ease of cleaning. Our testers began by bringing in clothing, pillow cases, and furniture covers from their homes with their pet’s hair already on them, and synthetic hair was provided as a prop to simulate hair on other surfaces. Depending on what the product was designed to clean, such as floors, furniture, or clothing, they were tested accordingly. After rating them based on sheer looks and design, they were tried on different surfaces and then cleaned and rated on a scale of one to five for each of the aforementioned categories.
How do you remove dog hair from fabric?
If you have dog hair stuck on machine washable and dryable fabrics, try placing the items in the dryer for a few minutes before washing. It’s easier for the dryer to capture the dog hair in the lint trap, where it’s easy to remove. Toss Smart Sheep Dryer Balls or dryer sheets in with the fabrics, both aid in capturing the hair.
If the fabric can’t go in the dryer, OXO Good Grips Furlifter Pet Hair Remover is a reusable brush that works better than a lint roller to remove dog hair stuck on clothes and other fabrics.
How do I get embedded dog hair off my couch?
For embedded dog hair, it’s best to use a two-step method to remove the set-in fur. Start by putting on a pair of disposable rubber gloves and wiping the entire couch down with your hands. You’ll be able to loosen and remove most of the hair. Dig in between the cushions and into hard-to-reach corners. After you’ve removed as much hair as possible, use an upright or handheld vacuum with an upholstery attachment to go over the entire couch and all cushions to pick up the remaining hair.
How do you clean pet hair removers?
Each pet hair remover is cleaned differently, so check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific remover. For some, you simply need to pull the collected hair out of the remover. Other pet hair removers may be wiped down with a damp cloth or rinsed in the sink after use.
Will pet hair removers work on suede or leather furniture?
The pet hair removal methods for suede are similar to other fabric furniture. Use clean or disposable rubber gloves to wipe up the fur and remove it from the furniture. You can also vacuum suede furniture using your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery setting. Many pet hair removers have the potential to damage leather furniture. Since pet hair is less likely to stick to leather, simply wipe the furniture down regularly with a soft cloth or vacuum to remove any stray pet hair.
Will pet hair removers work on different types of flooring?
Yes, two of the pet hair removers on our list – the Uproot Cleaner Pro and the Evriholder FURemover Broom — are convenient tools for removing pet hair from floors. For embedded pet hair, the Uproot Cleaner Pro works as a carpet scraper to get pet hair out of carpets. The FURemover is a rubber broom with rake-like qualities that can sweep up and trap pet hair from tile and hardwood floors and rake it out of carpets and rugs.
Why Trust PEOPLE
Alyssa Brascia is a PEOPLE commerce writer covering beauty, fashion, home, and lifestyle products. She has previously written commerce content for Dotdash Meredith brands like InStyle, Shape, and Southern Living. For this article, she compared the features, benefits, and uses of some of the most popular pet hair removers. Based on our testers’ experiences, she compared products based on factors such as price, versatility, size, method of hair removal, effectiveness, gentleness, ease of cleaning, and environmental friendliness. Brascia also spoke with an advanced animal trainer and behaviorist Vivian Zottola for her insights.
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