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For animal lovers, pet hair and pet hair removal are just a fact of life. It’s one of those small inconveniences we accept as part of the doggy deal alongside muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor and slobbery kisses when you know exactly where that mouth has been. That said, dog hair removal tools get to be pretty important in your life as a pet owner.
My pet family includes two dogs and four cats, so we’re dealing with a whole lot of pet hair on our floors, furniture, and clothing, not to mention car seats and car interiors. After a lifetime of pet parenthood and many years working in doggy daycare, I’ve become somewhat of a snob about dog hair removal tools. This list of tried-and-true dog hair removal tools has something for everyone, from premium appliances to some simple household hacks.
Whether you’re dealing with long hair or short fur, these tools will help you get the best dog fur in your home.
13 Dog Hair Removal Tools
A classic among dog hair removal tools. Relatively inexpensive and easy to use, the only downside is that these handy rollers don’t stand up to de-hairing the entire living room in one go, and are best suited to small jobs like cleaning off your work clothes on your way out the door.Shop on Chewy
Helpful Review: “I am a nurse and wear scrubs everyday – pet hair sticks to my uniform like nobody’s business. Every other brush usually takes 3-4 paper strips before my pants look presentable. Only need 1 of this brush and 3 strokes – bam most of the hair is gone . Plus the roll is thick!”
Looking for a less expensive hack? Sticky tape wrapped around your hand will remove pet hair from carpet, clothes, furniture, and soft surfaces.Find on Amazon
This thing is like a lint roller on steroids, definitely a pet parent must-have. With a 43″ long handle and a giant, super-sticky roller, it works sort of like a duster, only it really traps hair. We like it for furniture, and also for low-pile carpets and rugs. Note that it’s not great for a deeper or shag carpet.
Helpful Review: “This does exactly what I was hoping! Wake up, make bed, roll on bed, hair gone! I use on couches, chairs, stairs etc. as well! And the used tape is not hard to pull off….just hard to find the little corner where you start pulling….after that it’s a spiral pull off so not difficult at all.”Shop on Chewy
A dog grooming tool and surface cleaner all in one, this has the added benefit of looking like some kind of science fiction prop. Just pet your dog with the glove to give her a shiny coat, and then pick up stray hair from the furniture with the same petting motion. If you’re a cat owner, this soft mitt will bring on the purring and collect the cat fur in one fell swoop.
Helpful Review: “My dog loves this glove. I’m able to give a good massage while combing through his coat while collecting his fur. Works best if I use a cupped hand when combing his coat so it collects all the fur inside the palm surface.”Shop on Chewy
This is one of my personal favorite dog grooming tools and fur remover brushes for quick clean-up around the house.
Two types of rubber pet hair capturing bristles are included. Larger bristles can be used to brush your dog’s coat and remove loose fur, and the finer bristles are perfect for brushing hair off upholstery. Plus, it comes in cute colors!
Helpful Review: “There was so much cat hair building up on the carpeted cat tree…. it was impossible to take off with the vacuum. This brush did the trick! Also works great on blankets, rugs, anyplace where you would normally vacuum. Haven’t tried it on the cat yet – but it works well everyplace else!”Shop on Chewy
Rubber brooms like this are a staple in doggy daycare for their strong hair-gathering ability. The sweeper version of the FURemover is effective on several surfaces, so you can de-hair the carpeted living room and the tiled kitchen in one go, and the long handle means you can work the pet hair out of your rugs from a standing position.
After you clean up after your dog, you can use the broom to scrub the bathroom tile or wash the car!
Helpful Review: “I love this broom because it works great on every type of flooring: carpet, tile, vinyl, Mexican tile, wood, even concrete. In fact I’ve bought several, to keep handy throughout the house and garage. I know that it works great for windows too. Hard to reach ones as well as extra large.”Shop on Chewy
This is a cute little dog grooming tool with stiff-but-gentle rubber bristles that remove loose hair and stimulate dogs’ skin for a healthy, shiny coat.
I use ZoomGrooms regularly for gentle brushing, and at bath time to help work shampoo through my dogs’ coats.
Helpful Review: “I bought 4 different brands of these types of brushes for my pit bull and this one is by far the best! It really gets the hair off and minimizes the hair in my house. Not only does the brush side work, but the back (flat side) also gets hair off. I found that the brush loosens the hair so it lays on the dog…then I use the back flat side of the brush to wipe the hair away. I love it and it feels really good to the dog.”Shop on Chewy
I love a wearable tool, and pet hair removal mitts are affordable and effective for gathering pet hair off of fabric. I don’t know what magic material these gloves are made from, but they have soft have little nubs that pick up pet hair and are easily cleaned by rubbing two mitts together in opposite directions.
Mitts are great for removing hair from more delicate clothing, as the soft material means your clothes won’t be pulled or pilled from abrasion.
Helpful Review: “My little mess makers leave fur all over my upholstery and carpet. This mitt helps lift fuzzies off the sofa that the vacuum leaves behind. Good for a quick tidy when you don’t have time to bring out the vacuum.”Find on Amazon
The Cadillac of pet hair removal tools, and my fantasy appliance, the Dyson Animal has powerful suction and best of all, a tangle-free turbine tool to remove dirt and hair from carpets and upholstery.
There are other competent pet hair vacuums on the market, but this bad boy is the dream.
For more stories about the best pet hair vacuums, see some of our other articles about these hard-working machines.
Helpful Review: “I cannot believe this vacuum. It’s fantastic. Have horses and dogs (husky hair everywhere!!!) We literally have to vacuum our house every single day. We have three vacuums (canister and uprights) throughout the house for different flooring/furniture. I can literally ditch them all as this is light, powerful and really gets the dog hair out of everything, even fleece jackets that haven’t been dog-hair free in years. Stairs, furniture, clothing, ceiling fans, etc. all vacuumed with ease.”Find on Amazon
The Rotator is a quality everyday vacuum that gets the job done, and it’s often on sale, so keep checking back. If you’re not ready to splurge on a Dyson, the Shark Rotator is the vacuum for you.
Though it’s not billed as being specifically for pet hair cleanup, it gets rave reviews from pet owners for its hair-annihilating properties. It’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, and easy to clean (I speak from experience: this is a major plus when you’re talking clouds of pet hair!)
Helpful Review: “So I got this today and gave it a quick run on a recently vacuumed carpet. It worked pretty well and overall build quality seems good. I’m coming from a Dyson Pet & Allergy model which recently died. I’m looking forward to getting quite a bit of use out of this unit.”Find on Amazon
If the Dyson Pet is the Cadillac of pet hair vacuum cleaners, then this is the Porsche of dog grooming tools: compact, powerful, efficient, and worth every penny.
The Furminator helps keep your dog’s coat in great shape and reduces shedding by removing loose fur from the undercoat before it has a chance to hit your furniture. Used appropriately on the right dog, it can help prevent excess hair mess and minimize your need for other tools on this list.
Helpful Review: “I will never be without a Furminator ever again, it’s an absolute must-have in my grooming regimen. I have a 45-lb Australian Shepherd and an 18-lb Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose long hair would be a nightmare to deal with without my trusty Furminator.”Find on Amazon
There’s also a great option for cats, too.Shop on Chewy
11. Chomchom Roller
I can’t get over how adorable this hair roller’s design is. You won’t have to deal with replacing adhesive rolls because this pet hair roller employs a patented brush system. With gentle back and forth rolls, you’ll collect pet hair in an easy-to-empty dust receptacle. Bonus: this product doubles as a lint remover!
Helpful Review: “After the first swipe I literally gasped. The ChomChom works. I have a corgi and corgis shed between 40-50 lbs of hair per day… at least it feels that way. The ChomChom gobbled up the hair better then my vacuum with a rotating brush did. I can use my sofa again. I got it today, and I immediately ordered a second one to give to my mom who dog sits. The product feels very sturdy. If I had anything negative to say, it would be that cleaning it out is a little messy.”Shop on Chewy
You’ve got to hand it to the manufacturer for telling it straight on the packaging: “It’s not pretty, but it works!” You can use this handheld, sponge-like dog hair remover tool to clean up pet hair in hard to access places like the back seats in your car or the corners of a couch. Reviewers rave about how effective this product is.
Helpful Review: “Since you are basically rubbing a rock over your clothes I wouldn’t use this on fine or delicate garments. It worked great on my work tee shirts, denim and sweatshirts. Test it in a small non-visible part of your clothes first, just to be sure. No matter how much we vacuum some hair somehow manages to creep onto our clothes. This works for me.”Shop on Chewy
Hypoallergenic and waterproof, this double-sided glove helps deshed during your furry friend’s bath time, but also works on fabrics and furniture to remove pesky pet hair.
Helpful Review: “My dog sheds so much during the spring so this was well worth it. Fairly inexpensive compared to other options. It worked really good, my dog had shiny and smooth fur after use.”Shop on Chewy
Also, you can simply put on a pair of basic rubber cleaning gloves, get them just-barely-damp (or even go dry), and go to town on your fur-covered sofa, rug, or pants.Find on Amazon
This video will give you a quick demonstration of how it works:
If you’re anything like me, at a certain point you just roll over and accept the dog hair that creeps onto every surface in your home. Still, it’s helpful to have a toolbox to turn to when cleaning time rolls around.
Check out more dog hair removal tools in the articles below.
- 10 Best Dog Brushes for Shedding
- 11 Best Dog Brushes for Everyday Grooming
- How to Get Dog Hair Out of the Car: Hacks and Products to Get the Job Done
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