Top 10 Best Fabric Shavers (UK 2018)

Don’t you hate it when your favourite jumper gets bobbles on it? The bobbles quickly make your outfits look old and worn out, even if you’ve only worn the clothes a couple of times. It’s very annoying, right?

And have you ever sat down with a pair of scissors in your hand trying to get rid of the fuzz, bobbles, and fluff from your favourite sweater? You might have tried this before, especially if the bobbles show up on that shirt that you love so much.

The good news is you can restore your garments to their former glory with any of the great fabric shavers reviewed in this article. If you’ve never bought a fabric shaver below, take a look at our buying guide below. If you’re ready to skip to the reviews, click on the link below to see our reviews of the best fabric shavers available in the UK in 2018.

Fabric Shaver Buying Guide

What are fabric shavers?

Fabric shavers are small gadgets used for removing bobbles (pilling) from clothes, furniture and upholstery. They are usually handheld electric devices that you run over your sweater or other item of clothing and remove the bobbles. Fabric shavers are a bit like electric shavers, though they have a rotating round head with a spinning blade and a guard to protect the fabric.

Fabric shavers usually work by directing fuzz balls, or lint into a compartment which can then be emptied later.

The fabric shaver is often referred to by other names including lint remover, sweater shaver, lint shaver, defuzzer, debobbler, bobble shaver and bobble remover.

Fabric shavers have several uses:

  • Removing bobbles and pilling from clothes, especially sweaters and woolly jumpers
  • Removing fuzz balls from sofas

Why buy a fabric shaver?

A lot of people assume that once an item of clothing starts collecting bobbles, it’s had it. That simply isn’t true—with a fabric shaver you can make it look just like it did the day you bought it. Fabric shavers are therefore a great way to keep your clothes looking fresh and stop them getting that worn out look.

Fabric shavers are especially useful if you own a lot of woollen clothing, as wool tends to collect lint balls much more than other kinds of fabric.

What kinds of fabric shavers are available?

Some fabric shavers are more powerful than others. A heavy-duty fabric shaver is better for tough fabrics, whereas a less aggressive fabric shaver is better for delicate clothing.

What should you look for in a fabric shaver?

The kinds of features your ideal fabric shaver will have depends a lot on what you will be using the fabric shaver for. Here are some things to consider:

  • Large pill cup: If you’re going to be running the fabric shaver over a large settee or using it on a lot of clothes, you should look for one with a large pill cup, as this means you won’t need to empty it so often.
  • Doesn’t damage clothes: This seems obvious, but you want to make sure you get a lint remover that has been tried and tested and won’t damage your clothes.
  • Safety guard: If you have children, you will want to be extra careful about the kind of fabric shaver you choose. Look for one with an automatic safety protection feature, or a well designed safety guard if you have kids.
  • Rotations per minute: Lint removers with a higher the number of rotations per minute will be able to remove bobbles quicker than those with a lower number of rotations.
  • Battery-operated: This is especially important if you want to take your lint remover with you while travelling.
  • Adjustable distance control: Some fabric shavers allow you to adjust the blade’s distance from the fabric. Shavers with this feature are more versatile and can be used on different kinds of fabrics with better accuracy.
  • Ergonomic grip: Many fabric shavers are designed with a non-slip, ergonomic handle. This is a good feature to have as it gives you more control over the fabric shaver.

Where can you buy fabric shavers?

One of the best places to buy fabric shavers is Amazon.co.uk, where you can find all of the bobble removers reviewed below. You can also buy fabric shavers in John Lewis, Tesco and Argos, or on Ebay.

1. Philips GC026/30 Fabric Shaver

Overview

This is one of the best fabric shavers for clothes in the market today. It’s a battery-powered appliance designed specifically for shaving clothes. It comes with two long-lasting batteries and a user manual that will guide you on how best to use it.

The Philips GC026/30 Fabric Shaver is very easy to use. Even if you’ve never used a lint remover before, it doesn’t take much time to learn how to use it.

One of the features that helped the Philips GC026 fabric shaver make it to our list of the best lint removers for clothes is that it’s designed to handle clothes of various types of materials with different degrees of bobbling on them without causing any damage to the garments. In other words, you can adjust this lint remover to suit the material your item of clothing is made from including cotton, nylon, synthetic materials, etc.

The Philips GC026/30 is designed with a large blade face for effective and fast handling of clothes. An adjustable cap is also integrated into this lint remover to handle fragile outfits.

The shaving head has three different sizes of holes to deal with the various sizes of bobbles on garments. The lint container in which bobbles are stored after being removed from clothes is easy to remove and empty. For cleaning, a useful brush is included in the package.

Features

  • Takes 2 x AA batteries
  • 3 hole sizes and adjustable height for tackling different jobs
  • Comes with a user manual
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Rotation speed of 8800 p/m

Pros

  • Fast
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Sold with batteries included
  • Good value for money
  • Safe to use

Cons

  • Not much suction for pulling bobbles towards the machine
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2. Beautural Portable Fabric Shaver

Overview

This Beautural Portable Fabric Shaver doesn’t come with batteries, which you might not expect considering the price. However, AA batteries are very easy to come by. One unique feature which can be helpful for use on different fabrics is the varying speeds at which the blades can spin. You may want a quicker blade spin for flatter clothing with smaller bobbles.

This is a good all rounder, suited to any household, with a similar shape to many other fabric shavers. Like the Vivreal lint remover reviewed below, this product has been designed with a very simple and neutral colour scheme, which may make it more appealing to men. The protection cap which comes with this model is handy if you live with children who like to pick things up and investigate them, but do be careful not to misplace it as it cannot be used at the same time as the adjustable height cover.

If you prefer to purchase products with more household brand names, then you can do so at a similar price, however this model does do the same job.

Features

  • Runs on 2 x AA batteries
  • 3 adjustable shave heights
  • Small cleaning brush included
  • User manual included
  • Large cutting head

Pros

  • 1-year manufacturers warranty
  • 2 speed settings on switch
  • Effective on multiple fabrics, including carpets
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Batteries are not included
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3. AmazonBasics Lint Shaver

Overview

The AmazonBasics Lint Shaver is very similar in design to the Philips GC026/30 and has some very similar features. You can bring your old clothes back to life using the adjustment cap for certain fabric types, which is explained in the user manual. This Amazon fabric shaver is a really price accessible option for those on a budget and you will get really great results, similar to that of higher priced models.

The slide-off compartment on the front that captures all of the lint and bobbles from your garments is super easy to empty and the little brush is handy for getting any lint out from behind the head.  The mild suction of the extractor fan helps lint to find its way into the front compartment.

One thing which would make this fabric shaver better is if it were designed to take AAA or AA batteries, which are more readily available and often can be bought quite cheaply. Instead it uses C batteries.

Features

  • Takes 2 x C-type batteries
  • 3 hole sizes and adjustment cap to suit different garment types
  • Cleaning brush included
  • User manual included
  • Rotation speed of 8600 rpm

Pros

  • 1-year manufacturer warranty
  • Easy to use and easy to empty
  • Effective results
  • Good value
  • Sold with batteries
  • Safe to use

Cons

  • C batteries not as easy to come by as AA batteries
  • Lint container may become loose over time
  • Suction not the most effective to fill lint container
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4. OMorc Electric Lint Remover

Overview

This is another lint remover which would be a great option for someone who struggles with arthritis as it is easy to grip and use. The OMorc Electric Lint Remover uses 6 blades and has a high spin speed of 8800 rpm, perfect for taking more difficult bobbles from your clothes. You also get an extra blade with this fabric shaver, which means you can use the product for longer without having to purchase new parts.

The OMorc is lightweight, portable and easily disassembled for cleaning, with no tools needed. This would be a great little shaver to pop into your luggage for a trip away to tackle any bobbles – the cheery yellow and white design is perfect for holidays! Although, this may not be the best option for more delicate items – it is better suited to heavier fabrics with a denser surface and the large shaving head is great for larger clothing items.

Features

  • Takes 2 x AA batteries
  • 6 blades
  • 3 hole sizes and adjustment cap to suit different garment types
  • 3 height adjustment cap
  • Cleaning brush included
  • User manual included
  • Rotation speed of 8800 rpm

Pros

  • 1-year manufacturers warranty
  • Easy to use and hold
  • Lightweight
  • Large shaving surface
  • Extra blade included

Cons

  • Placement of 3 of the blades is not great for a lot of fabrics
  • Lightweight, but feels low quality
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5. AMFOCUS Electric Lint Remover

Overview

The AMFOCUS fabric shaver is uniquely shaped with an iron-like handle for ease of use. The plastic chamber where the bobbles are captured is covered in a soft brush which captures extra lint from the surface of the fabric. This shaver can be used while plugged in, or charged in 8 hours, so you can choose which suits you best. The portability and lightweight nature of this model make it the perfect option for popping in your suitcase while travelling for any last minute touch ups to well worn items.

This fabric shaver is a good option for any household and would be well suited to those who may have problems with arthritis, as they will be able to hold it more easily. If used regularly, the lint capture pod can become loose and fall off. This it to be expected given that it’s a cheaply priced fabric shaver, as you do get what you pay for when it comes to electronics and appliances.

Features

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Charging cable
  • 3 extra blades
  • Lint brush pad
  • Mini brush for cleaning

Pros

  • Easy to hold and use
  • Lightweight
  • Effective bobble remover
  • Extra brush for catching loose lint
  • Rechargeable, so don’t need to buy new batteries

Cons

  • Long 8-hour charge time isn’t that efficient
  • Lint container can become loose over time
  • Some items have arrived with an unfused plug
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6. Vivreal Home Lint Remover

Overview

The Vivreal Home Lint Remover looks as though it has been designed with the intention to look more masculine. The black and silver design differs from the bright colours we have seen on a lot of the other models, making this a possible popular option for men. It would not look out of place in the suitcase of a businessman who travels around a lot.

With a powerful motor and sharp spinning blades, your clothes should look as good as new in no time. If you have a lot of varying fabric in your wardrobe, you will enjoy the 3 level adjustable guard, which will suit a huge variety of garments. If you aren’t happy with the performance of your fabric shaver, Vivreal offers a 1-year guarantee in which they promise to replace any faulty items at no cost to the consumer. This product is actually quite effective on carpet bobbles, but do be very careful not to cut the carpet too much and create a noticeable dent.

Features

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Charging cable
  • Adjustable depth guard – 3 level options
  • Large shaving surface
  • Multi-sized holes to suit different fabrics
  • Small brush for cleaning

Pros

  • 1-year manufacturers warranty
  • Free replacement policy
  • Easy to use and hold – easy-grip handle
  • Small and lightweight
  • Neutral coloured design

Cons

  • 8 hours charging time isn’t very efficient
  • Can take a lot of effort to de-pill certain clothing items
See on Amazon

 

7. AVANTEK LR-1 Lint Shaver

Overview

This is another incredible lint remover with the capacity to make garments look new again. The Avantek LR-1 is a battery-powered fabric shaver with two AA batteries included in the package. Once the batteries are inserted correctly in the machine, it’s ready to be used. Simply turn on the switch on the device and it will be ready to get rid of all the bobbles from your clothes.

A mesh cover is positioned over the blade to prevent this appliance from damaging your clothes. It sucks up bobbles through the mesh rather than using exposed blades, so it’s safe to use. When in use, the blade rotates at different angles and picks up and shaves bobbles from your clothes. The removed bobbles are stored under the machine in a little container.

This lint remover comes with a mesh cover that looks like honeycomb. Various sizes of holes are created on the cover to handle different sizes of lint on your clothes. The surface of this machine is well polished to prevent it from causing damage to your garments.

The Avantek LR-1 is made of three alloy blades that are extremely sharp, strong, and resistant to rust. The blades are durable and remove irritating fluff effortlessly.

This device not only removes lint, it also gets rid of bobbles that cannot be seen with the naked eye. You won’t believe this until you open the container where the removed lint is stored and see how much it’s picked up.

The device stops working automatically when the blade cover is loosened or opened. This feature helps prevent children from being injured accidentally, so you have nothing to worry about when the kids try to use it on their clothes.

Features

  • 3 sharp alloy blades
  • Mesh cover to protect you and your clothes from the blade
  • Safety lock that automatically stops the blade if the cover is loosened or opened

Dimensions: Approximately 13 cm long x 6 cm wide x 7 cm high

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Batteries are included
  • Strong suction for sucking up lint and fluff
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Sometimes the battery compartment becomes loose
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8. Qorol Fabric Shaver

Overview

This affordable lint shaver features 3 rust-resistant alloy blades and is suitable for most clothes and upholstery including woollen clothing, sweaters and bedding as well as carpets. It generally works very quickly and effectively, though it may not be as powerful as the NOA Lint Remover or as reliable as the Philips GC026/30. Nevertheless, it has a good amount of suction and can deal with tough jobs well.

Features

  • 3 washable blades
  • Lint storage area
  • Carrying bag
  • Takes 2 AA batteries (not included)

Pros

  • Good amount of suction
  • Works quickly
  • Versatile: can be used on clothes, upholstery and carpets

Cons

  • No batteries included
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9. Flyco Fuzz Off Lint Remover

The Flyco Fuzz Off Lint Remover is a cheap and straightforward fabric shaver that you can use on both clothes and upholstery. It takes 2 AA batteries which unfortunately aren’t included. There isn’t the option to use mains power, so you’ll need to get hold of some batteries to use this lint remover.

This product is easy to use and is generally effective at refreshing clothes. It’s not the most powerful lint remover on the market, and is slower than other products such as the NOA Lint Remover reviewed above. However, it’s good for light fluff removal, is very affordable and has a cute design.

Features

  • Lint chamber for storing bobbles and fuzz
  • Takes 2 AA batteries
  • Single blade

Pros

  • Cute pink design
  • Cheap
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Batteries aren’t included
  • Could be more powerful
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10. SUNMAY Fabric Shaver

Overview

SUNMAY have produced another fabric shaver which is very similar in design to many of the cheaper models. This small and portable lint remover is perfect for those who like to keep their clothes neat and tidy. It is also a super choice for bedding, carpets, curtains and other upholstered items with 3 powerful blades for quick, easy and great results, so it would be great for a busy family household.

The carry pouch is a really handy feature, making it even more suited to travel. You can store all of the accessories alongside the fabric shaver, meaning nothing will get lost or separated. The handy SUNMAY is suited to regular use, which would be perfect for those of us who frequently get bobbles on the inner thighs of trousers. Suited to delicate items also, this product could be used to take bobbles from lace undergarments which can sometimes get covered in fluff from sweatshirts and jumpers.

Features

  • Takes 2 x AA batteries
  • Multi-sized holes to suit different fabrics
  • Storage pouch included
  • Distance ring to adjust height
  • Small cleaning brush included
  • Safety protection – to stop blades when cover is loose or removed

Pros

  • Handy pouch to keep all bits together
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Blades will not work if the cover is removed – safe in a home with children
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • Batteries not included
  • Smaller hole size means can struggle with removing larger bobbles
  • May need cleaning with the brush more regularly due to blockages
See on Amazon

 

Conclusion

There you have it, our list of the top 10 lint removers for clothes. Our number 1 pick is the Philips GC026/30 Fabric Shaver as it works effectively, is reliable and comes at an affordable price. We hope you found this article useful in your search for the perfect lint remover!

 

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