This £15 fabric shaver revived all my bobbly jumpers and coats

Natasha Harding
·4-min read

From Cosmopolitan

If wearing your jumpers and winter coats every day for the last few months has caused them to bobble, you might want to familiarise yourself with fabric shavers. 'A what?' you might ask. Here's the 411 on the handy wardrobe staple, what it does and the along with the specific model (Philips fabric shaver) that converted me once and for all.

Now, we've all read those forums that suggest using your regular razor to remove pilling from clothes but, for those who have actually tried it, it doesn't take long before you have to start pulling at the garment to have the desired effect (and you likely don't want to be unnecessarily tugging at things like jumpers in case it causes them to stretch). The solution? A tool designed especially for removing bobbles. Enter: the fabric shaver.

Do fabric shavers really work?

For those playing at home, fabric shavers are essentially handheld devices (powered by either batteries or a power cord) that use an inbuilt motor to rotate multiple blades underneath a blade shield which, when held to clothes, removes excess bobbles and lint. Neat, huh?

I've always been kind of sceptical of these devices, having dabbled with a few in the past before, ultimately, discarding them as mere gimmicks, but there's one that's changed my mind - the Philips fabric shaver.

But rather than me prattling on about the details, you'd likely prefer to see the before and after pics first:

Before using the Philips fabric shaver:

Photo credit: Cosmo UK
Photo credit: Cosmo UK

After using the Philips fabric shaver:

Photo credit: Cosmo UK
Photo credit: Cosmo UK

The difference is undeniable. So, in answer to the question, I can't vouch for all fabric shavers working but I can vouch for this one.

About the Philips fabric shaver

The Philips fabric shaver is powered by 2 x AA batteries, making it super quick and easy to take in your handbag, without the faff of recharging after each use. It's also relatively light weight and a comfortable size to hold.

According to the brand's website, this specific model is also kitted out with multiple blades that "rotate up to 8800 rounds/min for effective and quick removal of the fabric pills from your garments". Plus, it comes complete with a height adjustment cap for more delicate garments.

Photo credit: marketlan - Getty Images
Photo credit: marketlan - Getty Images

While appearances aren't really that important for something like this, it's worth noting that the model is avaialble in three different colour ways: pink/lilac, blue, and black. It might seem like a needless detail but, on reflection, it could be a good way to distinguish yours from your housemates' because, trust me, in our house this shaver really does the rounds.

How do you use it?

For a close shave, remove the height adjustment cap (as I find it far more effective and my jumpers/coats aren't particularly 'delicate'), hold the shaver above the jumper or item of clothing in question and flick the 'on' switch at the side.

Using circular motions, slowly move the shaver across the top of the item, focusing longer on areas with more bobbles. As you go, you can hear the rotating blades getting to work on the bobbles, making a satisfying zipping sound as it gobbles them up.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Every now and then, you'll need to empty the lint collector at the bottom, which easily slides out and can be tipped into the bin before clicking back into place.

How much is it?

As fabric shavers go, you can spend as much or as little as you like. The Philips style is mid-tier pricing, costing £15.98 on sites like Amazon. Of course, if you want to spend more, there are plenty of spennier options out there but, for what I use a fabric shaver for, I'm very happy with this one. There are also a slew of cheaper options to shop but, in my experience, I'd rather pay a little bit more for the confidence of knowing it'll work.

Is it worth it?

With a 4.7/5 rating on Amazon and over 62,700 reviews, this shaver is generally regarded as a pretty good buy, for both the price point and results. At less than £16, this one-off purchase is cheaper than taking your jumpers to the dry cleaners every season so, yes, I'd say it's worth it. Especially considering it will effectively make your winter clothes look practically new again, saving you £££ on replacing items that you love simply because they've started to look a little tatty.

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