The 7 Best Fabric Shavers of 2022

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Whether it’s your favorite fall sweater, lived-in linens, or even your sofa, almost any type of fabric can become dull, dreary, and covered with pill balls over time. When your fabric needs freshening, a fabric shaver is just the tool to get it back in shape. We researched the best fabric shavers available with our eye on durability, ease of use, adjustability, safety features, and weight. “You’ll find some fabrics require more pressure or repeated passes with the shaver, so a heavy or awkward one can leave your hands aching after use,” says Katie Berry, a cleaning expert and member of The Spruce Cleaning Review Board.

With this in mind, our top pick is the BEAUTURAL Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover. It’s remarkably effective, contains long-lasting, easily replaceable blades, and it has adjustable heights, speeds, and hole sizes.

Here, the best fabric shavers for any piece of clothing or type of fabric.

Final Verdict

Our top choice for a fabric shaver is the BEAUTURAL Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover for its durability, adjustability, and effectiveness on a variety of fabrics. If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable option, check out the Conair Fabric Shaver. It offers an ergonomic design with three depth settings and has a detachable lint catcher.

Setting Options

Fabric shavers come with a range of setting options, and you should always select the appropriate setting before you begin to de-pill your fabric. You can often choose a depth setting to match your fabric so that you don’t accidentally shave off too much. You may also find shavers with a customizable hole size or speed size. Delicate fabrics will require a slower setting with smaller hole sizes, and the opposite is true for bulkier fabrics. Make sure you read all instructions and other information on your shaver’s packaging before choosing your setting and beginning your fabric shaving project.

Battery Requirements

While some fabric shavers require batteries, they aren’t always included in your purchase. Check your packaging carefully to make sure you have all the batteries, rechargeable batteries, or charging components you need. Of course, with manual fabric shavers, you won’t need batteries or electricity of any kind. You can increase or decrease speed, shorten or lengthen strokes across the fabric, and change direction as often as you desire when working with electrically-powered or manual shavers.

Safety Features

Some fabric shavers have safety features, such as safety locks and protective covers, to keep you from injuring yourself while working with the shaver. Since many fabric shavers feature a blade of some type, your safety is something to take into consideration. Select a shaver with safety features that appeal to you, especially if inexperienced users will be working with the shavers.


When choosing a fabric shaver for travel, be sure to check for travel-friendly features. The shaver’s weight (the lighter, the better!), size or lack of handle (it’s best if it’s small, easily tucks into the device, or if there is no handle at all), and a compact design make for excellent traveling features. These are all important to consider if you’re purchasing a fabric shaver before leaving town, especially for an extended time.


  • Katie Berry, a cleaning expert with 30 years of household management experience, recommends spreading your garment on a hard surface and smoothing it down with your hands until it’s flat. She emphasizes that “the hard surface is important so that the shaver remains in contact with the garment’s surface.” From there, Berry suggests moving the shaver across the surface, pressing lightly so as not to block the shaver’s blades as you go.

    It’s best to practice on a small area first, then once you get the hang of it, move on to the entire garment. Reposition the fabric as you go so that it’s always flat. Working gently in one direction using short strokes is usually the most effective, and it’s best to complete this garment de-pilling process before you throw clothes into the laundry.

  • According to Berry, the best way to clean a fabric shaver varies by model. She adds, “Most have a lid that pops off, and you can just dump out the collected fuzz. Some come with a small brush so you can clean any bits that have collected in the shaver coils, or you can use an old toothbrush.” Always read instructions and tips on your shaver’s packaging to confirm the best way to clean it.

  • Some can, and others cannot. Since pet hair is so thin, not all fabric shavers can pick it up or collect it properly. Before purchasing, check your desired fabric shaver’s packaging to make sure it functions as you need it.

  • Some fabric shavers can be used on cashmere, including some in our roundup, like the Laundress Sweater Comb. Before purchasing, carefully read the shaver’s packaging to make sure it’s safe to use on your desired clothing.

  • According to Berry: comfort. “If you plan to use your fabric shaver often or for long periods, make sure to find one that fits well in your hand and doesn’t feel heavy,” she says. Since some fabrics require more pressure, a heavy or odd-shaped shaver can make the process less enjoyable.

This article was researched and written by KJ Callihan. Callihan has created shopping and other guides for The Spruce, CNET, Finfrock Marketing, AAA Northeast magazine, and more. For this guide, she scrutinized numerous fabric shaver options while focusing on durability, ease of use, adjustability, and safety features. She sought additional guidance from The Spruce Cleaning Review Board member Katie Berry. Berry is a cleaning expert with 30 years of household management experience, as well as over 18 years of writing and managing her blog, Housewife How-Tos.

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