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Best Dog Shedding Brushes: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide for 2021

There's no getting around it, virtually all dogs shed to some extent. And cleaning up all that loose dog hair can become quite a nuisance, especially if your dog is a heavy shedder.

The good news is, you can get control of the shedding, save yourself hours of seemingly endless cleaning, and enjoy a relatively hair-free home.

And one of the best ways to do this is by brushing your dog properly and regularly. This can both improve your dog's coat and remove the old hair before it falls off.

But which brush (or de-shedding tool) should you use?

With so many options available, it can be hard to pick something that actually works and one that is right for your particular dog. There's a lot of options to choose from!

Fear not. We've researched and tested the most popular dog shedding brushes in the market, to find the best of the bunch based on things like effectiveness, quality and value for money.

Let's take a look at which brushes made our list.

Top 5 Best Dog Shedding Brushes (2021 Updated)

Your dog is unique, and so are his grooming needs. So in our list of top rated shedding brushes below, you will find de-shedding options that are suitable for virtually any type of dog.

Whether your dog has short, long, thick or fine hair, has sensitive skin, loves being brushed or can't stand it. We've tried to include something to suite every dog.

Here's a summary of our top 5 picks for 2021:

Our Top Picks

Best De-Shedding Tool

The FURminator is a very effective, high quality de-shedding tool that removes up to 90% of loose hair on most dogs. It comes in six sizes to suit virtually all dog hair types and lengths, has an edge guard to reduce skin irritation, and there's a fur ejector feature for easy cleaning - see full review.

Best All Round Shedding Brush

Slickers are great all-round brushes for medium to long hair breeds and are ideal for removing mats, knots and tangles, as well as old fur. The Hertzko slicker is our favorite because it works really well, is affordable, has an ergonomic handle and comes with a self-cleaning button - see full review.

Best for Thicker, Longer Coats

The GoPets Dematting Comb is especially suited for removing mats, tangles and old fur from thick, longer haired breeds. It comes with a silicone gel handle and a rounded, double sided stainless steel comb that gently removes dead fur from both the topcoat and undercoat - see full review.

Simple and Effective for Shorter Haired Dogs

This is the original de-shedding tool and, while it lacks the bells and whistles of some on our list, it's ideal for short or smooth-coated dogs, especially those without an undercoat. If you're looking for a simple, effective and affordable deshedder, this is well worth a look - see full review.

Best Alternative to Regular Brushes

Some dogs can't stand being brushed, or have really sensitive skin, which is where the Delomo pet grooming glove comes in handy. The silicone tips on the end of the gloves massage your dog's skin and remove his loose fur, in the most gentle and stress-free way possible - see full review.

Our Top Picks

Best De-Shedding Tool

The FURminator is a very effective, high quality de-shedding tool that removes up to 90% of loose hair on most dogs. It comes in six sizes to suit virtually all dog hair types and lengths, has an edge guard to reduce skin irritation, and there's a fur ejector feature for easy cleaning - see full review.

Best All Round Shedding Brush

Slickers are great all-round brushes for medium to long hair breeds and are ideal for removing mats, knots and tangles, as well as old fur. The Hertzko slicker is our favorite because it works really well, is affordable, has an ergonomic handle and comes with a self-cleaning button - see full review.

Best for Thicker, Longer Coats

The GoPets Dematting Comb is especially suited for removing mats, tangles and old fur from thick, longer haired breeds. It comes with a silicone gel handle and a rounded, double sided stainless steel comb that gently removes dead fur from both the topcoat and undercoat - see full review.

Simple and Effective for Shorter Haired Dogs

This is the original de-shedding tool and, while it lacks the bells and whistles of some on our list, it's ideal for short or smooth-coated dogs, especially those without an undercoat. If you're looking for a simple, effective and affordable deshedder, this is well worth a look - see full review.

Best Alternative to Regular Brushes

Some dogs can't stand being brushed, or have really sensitive skin, which is where the Delomo pet grooming glove comes in handy. The silicone tips on the end of the gloves massage your dog's skin and remove his loose fur, in the most gentle and stress-free way possible - see full review.

1. FURminator deShedding Tool - Our Top Pick

FURminator is one of the most popular and trusted brands in the pet hair care industry. The company launched in 2002 and has since earned 10,000's of positive reviews from customers across the globe, who swear by them.

And that's because they work. I have tested the FURminator deShedding tool (along with popular alternatives) on all of our dogs and found that it is the best all round deshedding tool for both long and short haired dogs alike. The stainless steel edge reaches right down to the undercoat to remove up to 90% of loose hair from your dog's coat, so it gets the job done.

And it does so without causing irritation to your dog's skin. Which is due to the gentle curve in the stainless steel blade, the edge guard that prevents digging into the skin and the various size options available that cater to different size dogs.

In total there are six sizes available to suite different dog sizes and coat types:

  • Small breed (short and long hair)
  • Medium breed (short and long hair)
  • Large breed (short and long hair)

I also found that the FURminator deShedding tool is super easy to use. Which is due to how quickly it gets the job done, how comfortably it fits in the hand with its ergonomic design, and the "FURejector® button" that expels the dead hair you remove at the push of a button.

So this is definitely my top rated deshedding brush.

It works beautifully for practically any dog, the quality of the tool is high, and the company stands behind their products. So if you ever do have an issue or aren't happy with it, the company has a money back guarantee in place.

With that being said, this is not the cheapest option going. And it may not be the best option for dogs with ultra sensitive skin or those that are prone to mats and tangles.

Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Works incredibly well on most dogs
  • Very high quality 
  • Six sizes available
  • Easy to clean
  • Trusted, established company
  • Money back guarantee

Cons

  • It is not the cheapest option
  • Not for dogs with overly sensitive skin
  • Doesn't remove mats or tangles as well as some other deshedding tools on our list

2. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush - Best All Round Shedding Brush

The Hertzko Slicker Brush features a comfortable anti-slip handle, and fine bent wires that penetrate deep into your dog's coat to remove loose fur, without scratching her skin.

Unlike tools such as the FURminator, the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush doesn't just remove loose hair from your dog's undercoat. It also eliminates knots, mats and tangles from even the thickest haired breeds, which effectively gives you more "bang for your buck".

The other thing I liked about this brush is that it is very easy to clean, thanks to a button that detracts the wires, so that you can simply wipe away the loose hair as you go.

I also like the fact that this is just as much of a "brush" as it is a "deshedding tool". Which means that it not only removes dead hair, but it helps to spread the natural oils of your dog's coat around, which can lead to a healthier, better looking coat. Something which (in and of itself) leads to less shedding in the long run.

So this is definitely a better option for dogs with thick, woolly, medium to long hair that is prone to knotting. And it's perfect if you only want to use ONE tool (instead of multiple deshedding tools and dog brushes for different dog grooming sessions).

With that being said, it's probably not the best option for shorter haired breeds or those with finer hair. I also want to point out that this is one of the cheaper shedding brushes in the market. Which doesn't mean it's rubbish (or it wouldn't have made this list), but the quality is a bit hit and miss if customer reviews are anything to go by.

Some Amazon reviewers claim they are having to hold the button down to keep the wire bristles from detracting during use, which obviously isn't cool. The good news is, if you buy through Amazon you can easily get a refund if you happen to get a dud.

Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Works well on medium to long hair dogs
  • Removes knots, mats and tangles
  • Easy to clean
  • Very cost effective

Cons

  • Less effective on short haired breeds
  • Can cause irritation if you brush against the flow of your dog's coat hair
  • Some potential quality issues with the retractable bristle component

3. GoPets Dematting Comb - Best for Thicker, Longer Coats

The GoPets Dematting Comb is especially suited for thick and/ or longer haired breeds. For example the German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute or Chow Chow. And the reason is because of its ability to cut through stubborn mats and tangles that other dog brushes would struggle with.

This comb features a high quality double sided stainless steel comb and silicone gel handle that is comfortable and easy to grip. One side of the comb has 12 teeth for cutting through knots, while the other side of the comb has 23 teeth to remove finer hairs from the undercoat.

Although it may sound a little scary, this comb is actually quite safe when used properly.

The part of the "teeth" that come into contact with your dog's skin are smooth and rounded, so they do not cause irritation. While the inside of the teeth (the part that does the work) are sharp, so they cut through problem mats, knots and tangles with ease.

It's also safe in that, you can start with the wider (12 tooth) end and then use the more narrowly spaced (23 tooth) end to finish the job. So you won't be pulling at your dog's coat while getting the job done.

This is definitely a great, simple and high quality deshedding and dematting tool in one. But it really is only for dogs with a super fluffy coat as I mentioned earlier. And it's not really a brush or purpose built de-shed tool either. So you are going to see maximum results by using this in conjunction with something like a pin brush or pin and bristle brush combo for example.

Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Excellent for removing loose undercoat hair, as well as mats and tangles on thicker, longer fur
  • Quality, durable design
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee
  • Portion of company profits goes to animal charities and rescue organisations

Cons

  • Not suitable for shorter hair breeds
  • Won't remove as much dead hair as a purpose built deShedding tool like the FURminator or slicker brush
  • Can cause "pulling" on your dog's hair if teeth are blunt or if used on severe knots

4. SleekEZ Original Deshedding Tool - Simple and Effective for Shorter Haired Dogs

SleekEZ is a simple deshedding tool removes dead hair from your dog. That's it. No fancy bells and whistles, just a dog hair remover in its most simplest form. Think of of it like a "no frills" version of the FURminator.

The tool features an ergonomic timber handle with a patented wave pattern blade that removes up to 95% of loose hair. And it comes in three sizes: 2.5 inch, 5 inch and 10 inch.

This is definitely a worthy contender to any other deshedding brush in the market. Because it works well, it's very durable (given the simple design and quality craftsmanship) and depending on where you buy, more cost effective compared to other dog brushes/ tools.

It is also made in the United States and comes with a lifetime replacement warranty, which provides further peace of mind. So while it may not be as fancy as some alternatives, it is a great option to consider.

With that being said, there are a couple of drawbacks to the SleekEZ shedding tool in comparison to its obvious competitor- FURminator.

First of all, I found that it doesn't work as well on longer haired breeds. The product creator (Jennifer Tipton) was an equine dentist before creating this, so this brush was probably designed with horses in mind (super short, smooth coats). The teeth are just too short to reach right down to the undercoat which is probably its biggest drawback.

Second, it doesn't have any edge guards in place like the FURminator and similar designs have, which means it could easily dig into your dog's skin around the edges in certain areas.

Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Quality, simple and durable design
  • Removes hair on carpet and fabric and is ideal for shorter haired dogs
  • Made in the United States
  • Cost effective
  • Lifetime replacement warranty

Cons

  • Not very effective for longer hair breeds or breeds with thick coats
  • Missing some useful features that comparable deshedders have like longer teeth options, ergonomic handle and fur eject button
  • Could dig into your dog's fur around some areas given the sharp blade with no edge guards

5. Delomo Pet Grooming Glove - Best Alternative to Regular Brushes

These gloves are similar to a curry comb and are definitely not the best deshedding option on the list.

However, they are ideal for SOME dogs. That is to say, dogs that will not tolerate regular deshedding dog brushes and tools.

I have a Fox Terrier cross who we rescued and he has major trust issues. So literally anything other than my hand and he is freaking out. And since using your hand to remove loose undercoat hair isn't very effective, I decided to try the Delomo Pet Grooming Glove and found that it works beautifully.

He doesn't freak out and I am able to remove a ton of dead hair from his coat. What's more, he actually looks forward to it! He comes to me, wagging his tail in excitement when I put these on, which is a huge win in my books.

The glove features 255 silicone grooming tips that gently massage and penetrate your dog's coat to remove unwanted hair from his coat. The hair sticks to the glove and washes away super easy too, so it's effective and easy to clean. There are two color options (blue and red) and one glove size fits all, which makes it easy.

If your dog doesn't mind being brushed, then this is probably not the way to go. But it's the ideal solution for any dog with super sensitive skin or who hates being brushed, either for anxiety reasons or due to tenderness that a regular brush might aggravate. 

Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Good alternative for dogs that can't handle regular shedding brushes/ tools
  • Good for massaging your dog and helping to spread his natural coat oils
  • The gloves are washable

Cons

  • Not the best overall deshedding tool
  • Not as easy to clean as some other brushes on this list

Buyer's Guide - Selecting the Right Brush For Your Dog

When it comes to selecting the best shedding brush for your dog, the two most important factors to consider are her coat and the product itself.

Getting a handle (no pun intended) on these will make the buying decision that much easier for you, and you will have a brush that is perfect for your dog.

Let's start with the first important buying factor- your dog's coat. This matters because the "best" shedding brush for one breed will not be the same for another.

To understand what type of coat your dog has, simply ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it a long or short coat?
  • How thick or thin is the coat?
  • Am I always brushing out knots, tangles and mats?

That's all there is to it really. By answering these few simple questions, you will be a lot closer to selecting the perfect shedding tool for your dog.

For example, German Shorthaired Pointers, Jack Russells and Dobermans have short, smooth coats that are relatively easy to maintain year round. So the FURminator or SleekEZ will be the perfect option for any of these breeds.

On the other hand, German Shepherds, Black Russian Terriers and Afghan Hounds have long, thick coats that are prone to matting and knotting. So the Hertzko Slicker Brush or GoPet Dematting Comb is going to be a much better option if you had to buy just one brush.

It's also a good idea to consider your dog's temperament and whether or not she has any pain around the area you are going to be brushing. Because if she hates being brushed or is in some sort of pain, the wrong brush will only make matters worse.

Not to mention, if your dog has super sensitive or irritated skin, you'll probably want to avoid the majority of shedding tools and dog brushes. Because you could easily end up making the condition worse and cause further shedding as a result.

Either way, when a regular deshedding tool isn't going to cut it for your dog, this is where something like a grooming glove is worth considering. Because it is typically much gentler, more tolerated by dogs that hate brushing and causes less irritation.

Once you know which type of brush is best suited to your dog's coat, it's time to settle on the actual brush you want to buy. Which is really just a matter of selecting the brand/ product you like that is within your budget, checking reviews and finally, choosing the right size brush for your individual dog. And since I've already given you a list of our top picks, this part is simple.

Bottom Line

There you have it, folks! I've tried many different tools, combs, rakes and brushes for shedding over the years, and these are what I would consider the best of the best.

And remember, it's not always a matter of which is the "best shedding brush" but rather, which is best for your unique dog. Which is why we included options to suit virtually any coat type, and a buyer's guide to help you make a more informed buying decision.

Best Dog Shedding Brushes: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide for 2021
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3 thoughts on “Best Dog Shedding Brushes: Reviews and Buyer’s Guide for 2021”

  1. Thanks so much for all the info. I have been reluctant to buy some of the more expensive brushes just because of the price. I’m on disability and live well below the poverty level. If the brush doesn’t work, I’m out of a lot of money. I now know which brush to get. Thank you so much for a very informative article.

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  2. I came looking for the best reviewed one and there’s a lot of Cons on all of these brushes. You mean to say there’s not one brush out there that has one minor Cons or less?

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    • I guess some of my reviews are more critical than others out there, but I feel that’s a good thing as it helps people make a more informed choice about what’s right for them. Also, the “cons” don’t necessarily make it a bad product, they just make the brush more or less suitable for the dog based on their coat type and length.

      Either way, I believe all five brushes are great for different circumstances, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the list.

      Thanks for commenting, I hope this helps.

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