Best Pet Hair Remover Tools - Consumer Reports (2024)

I didn’t understand the plight of pet owners until I adopted a pet of my own. Silently I judged my dog- and cat-owning friends for the pet hair they always had on their clothes and furniture (and on my clothes when I visited, too). If they just cleaned more, they could keep their homes fur-free. How wrong I was.

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  • ChomChom Roller Analan Lilly Brush
  • Other Tools We Tried
  • How We Evaluated

I scheduled a robot vacuum to clean my floors every day to no avail; there was hair in the exact spot I knew was clean 10 minutes ago. Even with the reusable lint roller I keep by the door (sticky lint rollers work too, but think of all that waste), I found stray hairs on my clothes after I looked at my black shirts in the natural light.

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My velvet couch, which was once pink, had sections that were more gray and white where my cat especially enjoys rubbing his body. With some dogs and cats shedding even more than usual in the spring, it’s an issue that only gets worse this time of year.

For my own self-interest and to help you take control of your own pet hair sitch, I put six pet hair remover tools to the test. Three of my colleagues also tried each tool at home on dog and cat hair (one of them had seven cats’ worth of hair to clean up). After removing Maine Coon hair from velvet and polyester-linen blend pillows, a low-pile carpet, a polyester camisole, and a rib-knit sweater, I found the best tools for the job.

Editor’s Choice

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ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover

No competition, this handheld tool is the best option for upholstered furniture.

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Prices from: $27.99

Best for Hard-to-Reach Areas

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Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover

A compact tool for quick, small fur clean-up.

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Best for Clothes

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Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer

Tidies up clothing better than the rest.

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Prices from: $14.99

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The ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover was the favorite of all our home testers.

ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover

Prices from: $27.99

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Easy to clean tool: Yes

Picks up hair: Yes

Redeposits hair: No

Performance: If you can only have one pet hair remover tool in your cleaning toolbox, this is the one. The ChomChom was a favorite with my at-home evaluators and the best performing in our formal lab tests. What sets this tool apart is that it’s the only tool that gathers and picks up all of the pet hair it touches. After just three forward and backward swipes to velvet and linen-polyester pillows, they were left almost completely free of hair, minus a few stragglers.

I was surprised to find that it was the best tool to use on carpet too, even though crouching low to use it wasn’t the most comfortable position. No other tool left the carpet as hair-free as the ChomChom. Two of our three at-home evaluators and I liked this tool so much that we bought it for ourselves post-evaluation.

It was tricky to clean clothing with this tool. You have to hold the clothing taut for a smooth swipe, and it’s a bit too bulky to maneuver around small areas. On the knit sweater we evaluated all the tools on, the nylon material of the ChomChom got caught on the surface, so no pet hair was picked up at all. It fared much better on the polyester camisole.

Ease of use: Cleaning the tool was a breeze, too. A single button on its handle opens up the compartment that holds all of the pet hair. Some got stuck in the corners of the compartment, but freeing those wasn’t difficult.

One evaluator who has carpal tunnel syndrome noted that this tool required significantly less pressure to work, which meant that her condition wasn’t aggravated as it was with a few of the other pet hair removers. “This was super comfortable and easy to use. The instructions were a no-brainer and more importantly, it worked wonderfully. It’s essentially a self-cleaning tool, minus opening up the compartment to empty the bin, and that was super easy, too.” said Karen LaCasa, a senior client systems analyst at CR.

Best for Hard-to-Reach Areas

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The Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover is good to have on hand to reach pet hair stuck in between couch cushions and other tight spaces.

Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover

Prices from: $16.99

Product details

Easy to clean tool: Tricky, but running it under water helps

Picks up hair: No

Redeposits hair: Yes

Performance: The Analan is a triangle-shaped pet hair remover that has three uniquely sized ridged sides, and it did very well in our evaluations. The rubber material created a static attraction with the velvet pillow so that it was able to pick up all of the cat hair we applied to the surface. This was the only surface where it picked up hair. On the polyester-linen blend pillow, it bunched up the hair in easier-to-pick-up piles. Ditto for the carpet, where it did a great job gathering up the hair in neat piles, but we did notice some redepositing of hair on subsequent swipes as it became stuck on the ridges.

As for the performance of the individual sides of the tool: not much difference to note. As far as the at-home evaluators and I could tell, the size of the ridges didn’t affect the tool’s ability to gather the cat hair. They could prove helpful in removing embedded hair from sturdy, textured surfaces, though when I tried to clean the knit sweater with the Analan Pet Hair Remover it caught on the fabric often (beware of delicate sweaters). The smooth camisole was easier to clean as long as I held the material taut. The results weren’t perfect, so this isn’t the tool I’d keep in my bag for on-the-go cleanups.

Ease of use: The hole in the center of the triangle allows for a comfortable grip and switching from one side to another was easy. Because the ridged surfaces are so small, cleaning a large area like a whole upholstered couch takes a significant amount of time. Small areas of a couch that are difficult to reach with larger tools, like in between cushions and along the edges of the seat, are easier to reach with the Analan.

Because a lot of hair sticks to the tool’s rubber material, cleaning the pet hair remover is a bit tricky. Rinsing under running water was helpful to rid it of some stragglers.

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A little thicker than a credit card, the Lilly Brush is easy to use on the go.

Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer

Prices from: $14.99

Product details

Easy to clean tool: Yes

Picks up hair: No

Redeposits hair: Yes

Performance: The Lilly Brush is another rubber-edged tool that’s handy for small areas, but it’s not the most effective for large surfaces. Unlike the Analan tool that has ridged sides, the Lilly Brush has flat sides that, in our evaluations, turn out to be a disadvantage. Because the surface is flat, it doesn’t do much for the hairs that are a little embedded into the material being cleaned. As with every tool other than the ChomChom, it didn’t pick up any of the pet hair, instead making neat piles of hair along the cleaned surfaces.

It performed about as well as the Analan on the velvet and polyester-linen blend pillows but struggled significantly on the low-pile carpet. With every swipe, about half of the hair was left behind and the few bunches that were formed were deposited on the next area I tried to clean. Our at-home evaluators noticed the same thing on their couches.

Though it required more swipes than some of the others, it produced the best results on both the camisole and the knit sweater. By taking the small extra step of removing the pet hair that gets stuck on the rubber before an additional swipe, you can even avoid redepositing hair on a clean area of clothing. This fact, plus its small, easy-to-carry size and shape, make this a tool I’d keep in my bag for quick hair cleanup I notice on an outfit after I’ve left home.

Ease of use: Our evaluator with wrist issues wasn’t fond of this tool. It required a significant amount of downward pressure to really work, which exacerbated her wrist pain, so much so that she commented that she would have returned it if she had purchased the tool on her own.

I didn’t run into that problem, but I didn’t think it was as comfortable to hold as the Analan Pet Hair Remover. Getting the tool clean was easy, though. A quick rinse under running water removed all of the hairs that couldn’t be removed by hand.

Other Pet Hair Remover Tools We Tried

There were three other pet hair removal tools we evaluated. One of them did very little for us, while the other two made our at-home evaluators nervous about the potential damage they could cause to upholstered material, antique rugs, and clothing.

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The metal teeth on this tool pulled the fibers of nearly all the fabrics we tried it on.

Uproot Clean Uproot Cleaner Pro Pet Hair Remover

Prices from: $19.99

Performance: The Uproot Clean Uproot Cleaner Pro Pet Hair Remover has two sets of metal teeth to pick up hair from upholstered surfaces. It worked really well but also snagged on nearly every surface we tried it on. According to the instructions on the packaging, you should hold the tool at a 90-degree angle when cleaning “fine-haired fabrics,” but in our evaluations, it still snagged on the polyester-linen blend pillow cover, the carpet, and the knit sweater in this position. The instructions list the surfaces it should not be used on, including wool, knitted fabrics, and silk, which is helpful.

Our at-home evaluators didn’t feel comfortable using this on their more delicate furnishings, either. Catherine Roberts, a CR writer, said: “On the gray woven fabric of my couch, it did seem to snag a bit, and I would worry that a more delicate weave might easily be damaged by the snaggly teeth of this tool. I was worried about my green chair for this reason, although that seems to have been unfounded, probably since the weave of the velvet is so tight that snagging wasn’t possible. It worked well pulling cat hair off the velvet as well, so no real complaints there. Still, it’s not my first-choice tool because of the potential for fabric damage, and I would certainly not use it on my delicate rag rug for fear of it ripping up rug fibers.”

Ease of use: Removing the hair from the metal teeth is easier than expected and the tool requires no pressure at all to remove even the embedded hairs from upholstered material. It’s worth noting again that this is not a tool you want to try on any delicate fabrics, no matter how badly you want to remove embedded hair from them.

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The Mr.Siga Pet Hair Removal Rubber Broom re-deposited nearly as much cat hair as it gathered up.

Mr.Siga Pet Hair Removal Rubber Broom with Built in Squeegee

Prices from: $19.98

Performance: The Mr.Siga Rubber Broom is a tool that can only be used on rugs, carpets, and floors. Upon first removing this pet hair remover from its packaging, the first thing I noted was the strong rubber smell coming from the product. It’s certainly one you want to let air out for a day or two before you start using it.

With all of the hair that was re-deposited on the carpet with every swipe, it’s hard to say that this pet hair remover is worth having at home. Even when we cleaned the rubber bristles in between swipes, there wasn’t much hair gathering or picking up going on. It did dislodge a significant amount of dirt and debris that was trapped in the carpet fibers but did little more than bring them up to the surface.

Ease of use: The long metal pole is adjustable, but it isn’t comfortable for use on couches or clothing. Dirk Klingner originally liked the idea of the broom-like tool but was disappointed with its performance and found that it was difficult to clean. Our two other home evaluators found this tool to be a waste of time since they still had to vacuum their rugs after using it.

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The metal teeth on this long-handled tool snagged on the carpet we tried it on.

Uproot Clean Uproot Cleaner Xtra Pet Hair Removal Broom

Prices from: $49.99

Performance: The second of our long-handled tools, the Uproot Clean Uproot Cleaner Xtra didn’t fare much better than the Mr.Siga Broom. Like the handheld pet hair remover from the same brand, it has two sets of metal teeth and needs to be used at different angles depending on how delicate the rug to be cleaned is.

It did an okay job making small piles of pet hair that were easy to pick up, but re-depositing was an issue if we didn’t clean the hair from the metal teeth between swipes and it tugged on the carpet fibers significantly. For carpets you don’t mind treating a little roughly, it could be beneficial, at least to bring embedded pet hair to the surface where a vacuum will be able to suction it up easily, but beware of using the tool on any antiques.

Roberts was shocked to find red and blue fibers from her antique handmade rug mixed in with all of the pet hair it removed. “At first I thought, WOW, this rake is doing so much better than the Mr.Siga at pulling up fur. But then I picked up a clump of the fur, and while there was definitely fur in it, there were also blue and red fibers. The thing was destroying my rug!”

Ease of use: The handle is long and adjustable, but the tool cannot be used on anything other than rugs and carpets. Like with the Mr.Siga Rubber Broom, vacuuming is still necessary to totally clean rugs after using the tool.

How We Evaluated Pet Hair Remover Tools

To evaluate pet hair removers, we applied large amounts of Maine coon cat hair (the same hair that’s used in our vacuum testing) to five different surfaces: a polyester-linen blend pillow cover, velvet pillow cover, low-pile carpet, polyester camisole, and knit sweater. After working the hair into the material so that it did not just sit on the surface, we tried each tool three times and made note of how they performed and how easy they were to use. We also sought the help of three dog and cat owners at CR who put the tools to work in their own homes.

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Jodhaira Rodriguez

Jodhaira Rodriguez is a multimedia content creator at Consumer Reports. Before joining CR, she tested and wrote about cleaning and organizing products and major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers at Good Housekeeping. In her free time, you’ll find her reading, listening to true crime podcasts, or working on her latest hobby of the month.

Best Pet Hair Remover Tools - Consumer Reports (2024)


What is the best tool to remove pet hair from a car? ›

Brushes, gloves and lint rollers are quick solutions to a pet hair problem. However, if you prefer to use a vacuum, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is a handheld vac with powerful suction that effortlessly removes cat or dog hair from your car interior.

Do pet hair removers really work? ›

Here's what other real-life shoppers had to say: “I was surprised how well these actually work!” writes verified purchaser, Thom*o. “When I used these the first time, it looked like there was a whole cat's worth of hair stuck to them! They work great with bulky items like blankets and with regular clothing.

What picks up dog hair the best? ›

The Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover Brush is our best overall pick because its unique, three-sided design offers several ways to clean in a compact, ergonomic shape. During our testing, we were able to quickly pick up embedded hair after just a few swipes.

What do detailers use to remove pet hair? ›

Rubber Pet Hair Removal Brush

Use this Car Pet Hair Remover Brush to remove pet hair from carpets and fabric upholstery. Brush has 1" black rubber bristles, overall length is 10." A must-have accessory for the professional detailer.

How do you clean a house full of pet hair? ›

  1. Get a good vacuum designed for pet hair;
  2. Get a good hand-held mini-vac and mount it on a wall near where the animals mostly hang;
  3. Get a good steam cleaner;
  4. Get at least 6 lint rollers (the kind where you strip off sticky sheets when full of hair) plus refills. ...
  5. Get dust cloths that attract dust and fur;
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How do you remove embedded pet hair from a car? ›

Lint rollers or Velcro hair curlers

However, if you're looking for something that will pick up even the most stubborn and embedded pet hair in your car then a lint roller will be your best solution. Roll the velcro tips or lint roller along your car's upholstery and any stray pet hairs will stick to it.

What is the best way to remove dog hair from car upholstery? ›

Use fabric softener

Fabric softeners contain chemicals that break the static bond between a hair and fabric, making fur easier to remove. Simply mix a little fabric softener with water in a spray bottle, then spray the solution onto your upholstery.

Does fur Daddy Sonic pet hair Remover really work? ›

It does a good job of removing pet hair but wish it had suction power. I added a photo to show how much hair it picked up in less than 5 minutes. It does make a difference and it's easy to use. It works!!

Does vinegar get rid of pet hair? ›

Vinegar is a great ingredient to have around the house for cleaning – and that includes pesky pet hair. We recommend adding roughly half a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse-wash cycle of your wash. The vinegar serves to relax the fabric fibers and release the hair.

Do dryer balls help remove pet hair? ›

Don't have dryer sheets available? Not to worry. Dryer balls can be an effective alternative to help reduce static and minimize pet hair from sticking to your clothes.

How do you get rid of stubborn pet hair? ›

10 top tips for removing pet hair from your sofa
  1. Give it a vacuum. ...
  2. Rub it with a rubber glove. ...
  3. Spritz it with a fabric softener. ...
  4. Wipe it with tumble dryer sheets. ...
  5. Go over it with a lint roller. ...
  6. Run some tape over it. ...
  7. Use a damp sponge. ...
  8. Slide a pumice stone over it.
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How do I keep my dogs hair from getting everywhere? ›

There's Dog Hair Everywhere: How To Control Dog Fur For Good
  1. Groom Your Dog Regularly. ...
  2. Vacuum Daily. ...
  3. Clean Bedding. ...
  4. Sweep or Mop Floors. ...
  5. Don't Forget to Dust. ...
  6. Keep Pet Hair Removal Tools Handy. ...
  7. Give Your Dog Designated Sleeping Areas. ...
  8. Put Clean Clothing Away.
Mar 20, 2020

What is the strongest hair removal? ›

"Because using lasers offers a more targeted treatment, they reduce the potential of irritation or bumps that may be associated with shaving or waxing," board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick explains. "Additionally, laser hair removal provides a more long-term solution than shaving or waxing."

Does white vinegar dissolve pet hair? ›

Vinegar is a great ingredient to have around the house for cleaning – and that includes pesky pet hair. We recommend adding roughly half a cup of white vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse-wash cycle of your wash. The vinegar serves to relax the fabric fibers and release the hair.


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