The Best Deshedding Tool for Your Dog

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The Best Deshedding Tool for Your Dog

We're going to cut right to the chase. The Furminator is hands-down the best deshedding brush out there. 

When we took this baby for a test drive, it took just a couple of minutes to accumulate a disturbingly large pile of dog hair from our test doggo, a short-haired mutt named Mattie. We're serious; it was was downright unsettling. Unlike her owner, Mattie was completely unperturbed by the process. She sat quietly for the duration and even rolled over when we were done on one side. She really seemed to enjoy the grooming process.

Now, deshedding brushes are specifically designed to remove loose hair from your dog's coat. They are typically composed of a very fine-toothed comb and a handle—that's it. For a while, our tester was using the SleekEZ Deshedding Grooming Tool, which worked well, but didn't trap Mattie's brushed-off fur. This meant she had to use it outside or her house would be full of dog-fur dust bunnies. Unless you lived out in the country (like she does) this would be a deal-breaker, as your neighbors probably don't want your dog's fur all over their lawns.

So, even though she could brush Mattie outside with abandon, she would much prefer to keep grooming inside, if possible. That means that as far as she was concerned, the best part of the Furminator is that it traps the hair that you brush off the doggo. You have to physically remove it from the brush with a release button, so even if you're brushing away a lot of fur, it's not drifting all over the house or forming tumbleweeds that you're going to one day find under your couch. It also makes it easy to take Instagram-worthy photos of your dog next to a pile of fur just as big as she is!

Let's get into the specs. The Furminator is available in five different sizes and for long- and short-haired dogs. That way, you're sure to find a brush that's just right for your pup. It's made of stainless steel—which is very durable—and has a deshedding edge that gets through your dog's topcoat to get the loose hair in its undercoat. Even though the edges are sharp, they are nowhere near long enough to make it to your doggie's skin, so there's no chance of scratching her by accident. It also has an ergonomic handle, so long grooming sessions are easy on you, as well as your dog.

The company behind the Furminator boasts its ability to reduce shedding by 90 percent. We're not quite sure if it's that good, but it definitely made a huge difference for our tester and Mattie. There's less dog hair around and Mattie's owner doesn't need to vacuum as often.

Online reviewers share our enthusiasm for this deshedder, calling it "ridiculous," "easily one of the best investments I've ever made," and "BUY THIS DAMN BRUSH!! DO IT NOW!!! Mother of GAWWWWWD!!!"

There are other deshedding brushes out there, and they work, but they don't work as well as the Furminator. Spring for one—it's totally worth it.

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