Best Dog Shedding Brush: ShedMonster vs FURminator vs FurGOpet & More

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Hair, hair, everywhere! Sound familiar? If you find yourself continually vacuuming because of your dog’s massive amounts of shedding, then you’ve come to the right place.

Article Overview

What Is A Dog Hair Remover?

Whereas dog brushes simply groom your dog’s fur, a dog hair remover physically extracts excess hair.

Nothing can eliminate 100% of the shedding. However, many of the brushes we reviewed claim to remove up to 90% of your dog’s shedding fur.

Why Use A Dog Shedding Brush?

  1. Removing excess hair helps canines stay cooler during the warmer months
  2. They keep the house and your clothes hair free
  3. A dog shedding brush can eliminate tons of clean up time (read our article on best dog vacuums to learn more about the best tools for cleaning up hair)
  4. It keeps pet’s coat looking spiffy

Best De-Shedding Tools

We chose the best de-shedding tools based on price, customer reviews, brush quality, ease of use, and more.

FURminator Review


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The FURminator claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%. It comes in a variety of sizes for short and long-haired dogs, making it easy to find the best style for your pet.

Unlike others in this article, the FURminator has a “FURejector” button to remove the loose hairs from the tool for no-hassle cleaning.

The tool’s hair ejection feature comes at a higher price tag, and some buyers report the brush breaks. However, this brush is the top pick of most consumers versus the competition.

FURminator also offers a shampoo designed to reduce shedding.

Author’s Experience

I’ve been using this on my Sally, my hound mix, for more than 3 years and love it. It works great for her coat. I make sure I am gentle when I brush her and let the brush do all the work. The FURejector is convenient at helping remove all the hair collected.



  • Many brush options/colors for different breeds and sizes
  • Ergonomic comfort shaped rubber handle
  • Button cleans and removes loose fur from the tool
  • More expensive
  • Some complaints of the brush breaking


Oster Shedmonster Review


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The ShedMonster by Oster is our second choice for the best dog brush for shedding. It offers two different brushes depending on your dog’s coat: fine/short hair or medium/long. This one product can de-shed, de-mat, and de-tangle, all in one brush.

The ShedMonster also claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%. This brush works great on Labrador Retrievers and other breeds with thick undercoats.

Author’s Experience

I’ve used this brush on labs before, and it works great. I like how sturdy the brush is. It does a good job de-shedding. Since the teeth are not as sharp as the FURminator, I’m not as worried about the possibility of applying too much pressure.



  • Buyers have given it many positive reviews
  • Stainless steel teeth that are curved to brush deeply into coat
  • No-slip handle with ergonomic shape for easy grip
  • Claims to decrease the amount of shedding by 90%
  • Great value and inexpensive relative to competition
  • No hair removal button to clean the brush
  • The reviews for the short hair brush suggest it removes less hair than it claims


FurGOpet Review

FurGoPet Deshedder#3

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Pet owners rave about the FurGOpet. It successfully removes your dog’s undercoat and loose hair to decrease the amount of shedding.

The FurGOPet comes in two sizes: one for smaller pups under 20 pounds and cats, and one for larger dogs. The smaller one is blue, and the larger one is yellow.

Both are a great value (around $20) and have solid reviews. Like the others, it claims to decrease shedding by 90%.



  • Claims to decrease the amount of shedding by 90%
  • Buyers are pleased with their purchase
  • Sells for a lower price than many competitive products
  • Some users report that it gives “brush burn” easily
  • Smaller sized brush than people expect


  • Smaller Dogs (less than 20 pounds and cats) –  $11.30
  • Larger Dogs –  $13.90

Honorable Mention: Pet Portal Slicker Brush

Pet Portal Slicker BrushView on Amazon

We had the chance to test out this brush in exchange for an honest product review. We tried it out on a 20 pound, short-haired dog, and it did a good job of removing some excess hair.

The bristles retract with the click of a button, making cleanup a breeze (just wipe away the hair). However, the dog was very squeamish and didn’t like the sharp stainless steel bristles’ feel.

There are some reports of the brush pins bending easily and then not retracting back properly. Overall, it’s a good brush with a comfortable handle, but perhaps better used on dogs with thicker coats.



  • Self-cleaning
  • Ergonomic rubber grip handle
  • Comes in two colors (black/green and white/blue) and sizes for large and small dogs
  • Designed and sold by family-owned U.S. business
  • Comes with 5-year guarantee
  • Brush bristles can be sharp and bend easily
  • Smaller sized brush than people expect


Best Pet Vacuum To Clean Up Shedding

Now that you’ve got your dog’s coat cleaned up, unfortunately, the floor and sofa are covered in hair! Based on our personal experience, we highly recommend this handheld Black & Decker Pet Hand Vacuum. It always gets all our dog’s hair cleaned up around the house in no time.

If you are looking for a canister, upright, or stick vacuum instead, check out our full pet vacuum reviews to find the best way to keep your house clean.

Can You Stop A Dog From Shedding?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for dog shedding, but there are some non-shedding dogs. You can help eliminate a good portion of the loose fur on your shedding dog by following these tips.

When the weather cooperates, we suggest that you use these shedding tools outside. This will keep the hair you brush off away from your couch or carpet (which defeats the purpose, right?).

Dog Hairbrush vs Dog Shedding Brush

Doesn’t a dog hairbrush do the same thing? No.

Dog hairbrushes help keep the hair in good condition. The hairbrush also removes dirt and spreads natural oils throughout your pup’s coat keeping your furry friend healthy.

Brushing also gives you time to check your dog for fleas and make sure the coat is in beautiful condition. For this reason, it’s essential to groom your dog regularly, too. Should you run into matted hair in your dog, we have a guide to take care of the problem.

Which dog shedding brush do you find most effective, and why?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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July 23, 2020 4:17 pm

I have a springer spaniel with a show cut. He is a bench Style. What type of shedding tool would you recommend for him? A Furminator?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 24, 2020 4:18 pm
Reply to  Diana

I would recommend the FURminator deshedding tool for long hair for your dog. I’ve used my FURminator for years and love it.

July 10, 2020 5:01 am

Deshedding Brush and Deshedding tools both are the same? Which one is the best deshedding brush not tools?

John Ivy
October 29, 2019 3:32 pm

We have
Pekingese and have never found a brush that actually works. So we have to trim our dogs every couple months. The under coat just can’t be removed. These these Pekingese pups have perfuse coats and it is impossible to keep them groomed. Any ideas. That will actually work?

October 2, 2019 9:12 am

Hi, I have a 4yr old mixed (German Shephard & Pitbull). After reading your review and some of the comments, still not sure what would be the best item to purchase for his short hair shedding. Thank you in advance for your help.

September 27, 2019 8:50 pm

I have two Eng Bulldogs and the Furminator works great de-shedding their short coats. Q: Can the dogs skin underneath the fur sufferer any damage with normal use (apprx twice week) with the Furminator? The metal teeth are very sharp and I try not to press down at all when combing them.

August 5, 2019 12:31 pm


Sadie Cornelius
August 7, 2019 10:42 am
Reply to  LUCY

Lucy, any of the brushes we mention above should work for your Dalmation but just make sure you get one for short hair and larger dogs. You might also try a de-shedding shampoo or conditioner.

July 14, 2019 10:33 am

I have a mix pup. I was told she was mix of black lab, Shar pei, ridgeback, pitbull. So she has a thick coat (lab), coarse on top (ridgeback) soft on sides. She has what I call a turkey neck because of all the excess skin (Shar pee) the pitbull part I think is reflected in her body stance and shape and strength! With that all said, what kind if brush or brushes should I use? Also, the ridgeback in her gives her a real coarse back, can I use the same brushes for this and should I comb in both directions (with and against the fur?) She sheds like crazy and has sensitive skin as well. Help. Thanks.

Jen & Phantom Stoney

Yvonne Matson
July 8, 2019 9:08 pm

Just bought the Shedmonster and I couldn’t be happier! Really wish I’d bought one at first, as this is my 3rd type to try. Couch saver!

Elise Hanson
June 13, 2019 5:02 pm

Hi, Kimberly. I have a 12 year old black lab and she sheds like crazy! Which brush it the best for removing that hot undercoat as I live in South Carolina? Thank so much.

May 16, 2019 3:13 pm

Thank you for great articles. As a pet trainer i appreciate someone else gathering all this information and making it easier to access, especially in such a great and easy to read platform!

January 30, 2019 9:14 am

Doesn’t the Furminator cut the coat – despite the claims? The teeth edges seem sharp, and there are mixed opinions online.

I can’t decide which tool to get for my mixed breed. The Kong curry works well, but it doesn’t seem to reduce shedding, as she still leaves tufts of hair everywhere whenever she shakes or is touched.

La Quetta Ray
December 19, 2018 12:18 am

I have a Chi mix and she sheds quite a bit, but my Chiweenies shed really bad all year round. So Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are not nonshedding dogs. Although our Pure Breed Dachshunds shed very little, and every Chihuahua I’ve seen that’s not hairless really sheds badly. I’ve been told by Groomers that FURMENATORS aren’t as good as some other types talk to Groomers and Groomers at Petco or Pet Smart and they will tell you and show you what they use and Prefer. So I’m going to order from Amazon the best ones recommend to me at this point and put Salmon Oil on their dog food every day. It decreases shedding too after being on it for a few months.

Glenda Lawrie
October 9, 2018 2:26 pm

I have a Golden Retriever that needs a brush after her bath. I don’t know what to buy?

August 31, 2018 11:11 am


I have an American bully who sheds like know other which brush would work best for him? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

Emily N Larson
September 3, 2018 6:38 am
Reply to  Lenna

Hi, I’m a professional groomer.
I have a pit bull, the only brush that works well on her is a rubber curry brush. I like Top paw or Kong brand.

May 14, 2018 11:12 pm

I have a short haired white Rat Terrier Besenji mix 30 pounds. She sheds an incredible amount all the time. She does not have a lot of hair and you can see her pink skin on a lot of her body except her back. What tool would work best on her? Do frequent baths help? Should you brush her wet or dry and how often. The brushes look look they could hurt? My husband hates all the white hair everywhere.

Emily N Larson
September 3, 2018 6:52 am
Reply to  Kimberly

Hi. I have a rat terrier mix as well and am a professional pet stylist. The shedmonster or a Coat King brush (Similar to shedmonster) and a rubber curry, such as Kong or Top Paw brand, would be best. Since her hair is already pretty thin, I would probably go with the rubber curry first and see how that works for you and her. It will be nice and gentle for her skin and coat. You can use the curry brushes wet or dry, but i would not use the shedmonster or coat king wet. As for bathing, what works for each pet can be a bit different. I would start with bathing every 6-8 weeks if the only issue is shedding hair, and adjust accordingly. Too much bathing can strip their oils and make them dry/itchy or bring on other unwanted skin issues. Yet, some pups need more regular bathing to help wash away allergens or keep other skin conditions under control. Hope this helps!

June 26, 2018 12:57 pm
Reply to  Kimberly

Could this be some health or nutrition problem? In my experience heavy shedding is seasonal, not year-round. Limit her exposure to the sun, definitely, and I would have my vet take a look. Maybe it as simple as changing type of food or adding a supplement. Hope this helps.

Esther Camacho
June 19, 2020 3:27 pm
Reply to  Cynthia

I have a Rat Terrier too of almost 5 pounds and mine is just like Cynthia’s. The same things she described above happen to mine. On my side, my dog is so tiny that I am looking for an effective tool that helps me with the deshedding. I have hair every day everywhere. I think it is something of the breed, not a sickness, because I’ve done everything and in eleven years that I have her the shedding is the same. What tool would be good?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 19, 2020 3:53 pm
Reply to  Esther Camacho

Personally, I use the FURminator on my dogs. It is pricey but I’ve had it for years and it is particularly useful on my hounds who shed the most out of my pups.

December 8, 2017 7:12 am

My heart breaks for the dog in the video. He obviously is scared or sad. I have never seen a dog keep his head hung so low. This video is sad to watch!

susan angley
August 19, 2018 4:29 pm
Reply to  Kari

I think its because he is a very eldery dog..

October 5, 2017 6:13 am

I have a pekingese and a Samoyed. Any recommendations.

July 10, 2017 10:08 pm

Furminators used to have changeable teeth but no more. Now if it is dropped and teeth get chipped, the handle and all must be replaced. Pure greed.

March 23, 2017 5:50 pm

I tried the Slicker brush to try one on our dogs and to have a few friends try on their dogs. 50% like it fine and the other 50% are freaked out by the feel of the wire bristles. In our house, one dog loves it the other hates it. We will keep using it though because I do really like that you do not have to touch the fur so much!

Louise H
July 11, 2017 3:41 pm
Reply to  Michelle

Try not to press down on the skin, it will work well without doing it. The dogs that don’t like it will tolerate it then. Just don’t make it hurt. I use these for grooming from Chihuahuas to Pomeranians in my doggie business.

May 31, 2017 3:38 am
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

Would love an update because I have a lab/golden retriever/mutt mix (mostly looks like a yellow lab but her hair is a little longer than typical labs, but not as long as typical golden retrievers) and she sheds a ton!!! After reading your reviews, I was about to buy the shed monster, but then I saw your reply so it made me hesitant…how’s your dogs shedding doing now that it’s getting hotter? Are you still using the shed monster? Thanks for the reviews!

July 10, 2017 10:14 pm
Reply to  Brittany

We had a Lab/Golden also but she looked like a black Golden Retriever and was as sweet as a dog could be – like our present Borador (half black Lab/half Border Collie. They both like to be “Furminated” as it is soothing to them.