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We know all too well how real the pet hair struggle can be. We’ve got drawers and closets full of solutions to show for it: multiple kinds of lint rollers, various vacuums and attachments, specialty brooms, and more. Carpet rakes can be one of the most effective tools for pulling hairs out of carpets and rugs. But there are a lot of options—so we’ve taken matters into our own hands to find the best carpet rakes for pet hair for your household.
We assembled a team of Rover testers with extra fluffy pets and tried out each of the products in our list below. We checked out both long- and short-handled rakes and rated them on a few different qualities:
- Ability to pick up pet hair
- Ease of use
Our testers noted whether these worked better for short-pile or long-pile carpets, as well as their effectiveness on different types of dirt and pet hair.
Best Overall Carpet Rake for Pet Hair: LandHope Rubber-Bristled Push Broom
This long-handled sweeper features an army of flexible rubber bristles and a squeegee-style edge to help you turn up the pet hair your vacuum can’t reach—in impressive quantities. Our tester was relieved to find it cleans easily in water. It’s not the best tool for gathering the loose hair it dredges up into piles, though, so you’ll want to partner it with a vacuum or vacuum hose for a truly hair-free carpet.
While the handle could be sturdier—it breaks down into sections for easier storage/shipment, which creates flex points—the tool is easy to store anywhere you already keep a broom or vacuum, or in smaller storage areas if you take it apart.
- Effective on short-fiber carpets
- Easy to clean
- Breaks down into smaller pieces for storage in tighter spaces
- Adjustable handle: 31.9, 45.3, or 59 inches
Jaimee’s take: “Very clean! It picked up both carpet and dirt very effectively on a short-fiber carpet. It took one to two passes over each section of carpet. It’s easy to clean and is similar to other carpet rakes where you use it as a tool to collect piles of hair which you then need to vacuum or sweep into the garbage. I found it tricky to get ALL of the hair from the pile generated unless I went over it with a vacuum hose.”Find on Amazon
Best Budget Carpet Rake: Furemover Pet Hair Carpet Rake
The Furemover could be the Landhope’s less expensive cousin. It operates like a push broom, but instead of sweeping, its rubbery bristles pull impressive amounts of pet hair from your carpet’s depths, while a squeegee edge is meant to help you scoop it into a pile.
The Furemover’s telescoping handle might be a little sturdier than the Landhope’s. But as our testers found is the case with most rubber-bristled carpet rakes, you’ll likely need another tool, like a broom or a vacuum hose, to pick up all the hair that’s revealed.
- Two-in-one: Rubber bristles sweep pet hair, squeegee cleans liquids and spills
- Adjustable-length handle, from 36 to 60 inches
- Suited to shorter-fiber and flat carpets
Christal’s take: “It pulls out EVERYTHING. But I found myself laboriously brushing the same area trying to drag the fur to the edge of the rug so I could then sweep it up.”Find on Amazon
Best Carpet Rake for Combination Surfaces: Lebrush 2.0 Pet Hair Remover for Carpets
The long-handled Lebrush carpet rake has a dual-sided brush. One side is flatter, like a lint brush, and the other has silicone-coated metal bristles. Our testers found the lint brush side works very well with short fiber rugs—so well, in fact, they had to clean it after every couple swipes with the handy mini brush that’s included.
The bristles were effective on longer-fiber rugs, but primarily where pet hair was longer than the carpet’s pile. And as with most of the long-handled rakes, you’ll want to have another tool like a vacuum on hand to clean up the fur and crumbs you unearth.
The Lebrush was also a surprise winner for removing larger dirt—especially cat litter.
- Dual-sided lint brush and carpet rake combo
- Comes with mini brush to clean the rake
- Comes with vacuum adapter for picking up finer dust while raking
Christal’s take: “Very easy and convenient to use! Our vacuum filter was 50% less full than usual after raking the carpet out. I’d be happy using this regularly as it makes me feel most confident and comfortable after using.”Find on Amazon
Best for Upholstery or Clothing: ChomChom Pet Hair Remover
The ChomChom is a legendary lint roller that some pet parents like to use on carpets as well as their clothes and furniture. It uses a textured fabric—not sticky tape—to trap pet hair, which means it’s environmentally friendly and reusable, with no refills or batteries required.
Our testers found it excellent as promised for clothes and furniture but “effective but inconsistent” on rugs and carpets. Pet parents with flat carpets are likely to have the most success, but the small device still takes a lot more passes to clean a carpet than the larger bristle-style rakes. We recommend it for clothes, furniture, and carpet touch-ups or hard-to-reach places.
- A solid upholstery and smaller surface area tool
- Self-cleaning; it collects hair and lint in a compartment in back
- Reduces waste from traditional sticky paper lint rollers
Christal’s take: “This product is better for upholstery and smaller surface areas. It worked wonderfully on a velvet blanket that had cat fur and lint all over it. Note: Hair does get trapped in the corners and you have to dig with your fingers to get it out. It’s not ideal for cleaning perfectionists.”Find on Amazon
Best Long-Handled Rake for Short Pile Carpet: Lilly Brush Mighty Pet Hair Detailer
Skip the bristles—this carpet rake is all squeegee, and it’s not less effective for it. Our tester found it cleaned effectively with just one or two passes over each square foot of carpet, leaving massive hair piles behind for pickup. Bonus: there’s no need to pause to clean out the rake.
The Lilly Brush is sturdier than the LandHope broom, since the handle is a single piece, which is good, since it also needs a little more pressure to push around and get it to work effectively.
- Efficiently gathers hair from short-pile carpets
- Sturdy, one-piece handle
- Stores where you store any broom or vacuum, and the bottom piece unscrews as well
Jaimee’s take: “It’s more or less a squeegee for your carpet. It leaves rolls of hair on the carpet that you’ll need to pick up. The company says that you should be able to collect them by hand. However, I found it tricky to get ALL of the hair from the pile created unless I went over it with a vacuum hose.”Find on Amazon
Best Handheld Carpet Rake for Small Areas: Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaner
This eco-friendly carpet cleaner comes as a set, with two handheld tools and two smaller credit-card sized scrapers—and all of them work effectively. The tool gathers hair and dirt into rolls on the carpet, which you can then either vacuum up or pick up by hand. It took one or two passes to clean an area, but it’s small, about 4 inches wide, so how efficient that is for you will depend on the size of the area you’re cleaning.
Note that this carpet rake isn’t a good pick for finer fabrics, like upholstery, where it might snag. For that, stick to the ChomChom.
- Good for smaller carpets or stairs, challenging for larger areas
- Easy to store
- Set includes two handheld rakes and two smaller scrapers, so you can put one anywhere you need it
Jaimee’s take: “It works extremely well to pull up hair off of a carpet. It gets some dirt as it goes as well. It’s essentially like a brush or a tiny garden rake for your carpet: small and handheld. It’s easy to see which areas need to be raked, since you’re so close to the ground.”Find on Amazon
How We Chose
The carpet rakes featured here were selected based on a combination of our own hands-on testing and a comprehensive look at customer reviews across a wide variety of retail platforms. We tested carpet rakes for their ability to pick up pet hair, their efficiency at that job, and how easy they are to use and store.