By January 18, 2011

3M Scotch Fur Fighter Hair Removal Tool for Cars Review

One of the best parts about moving 1200 miles by car: being able to bypass all the TSA backscanner bullshit and other nonsense associated with air travel.

One of the worst parts? Traveling with two dogs who shed a lot, especially under stress.

Did I mention the car was barely three months old and still had that “new car” smell?

So, when we arrived in our new home I was highly motivated to get rid of all the dog hair in my car. I had put a blanket down in the back, but Porter likes to drive and jumped in the front seat every time I got out of the car.

I bought 3M Scotch’s “Fur Fighter” hair removal tool to help me out.

I bought the “automotive” version, which uses the same grippy-paper technology as the “home” version. The car version is wedge-shaped to help you get in between the part of your seat where the bottom and the back meet.

The ergonomics of the tool is about the only positive thing I have to say about the Fur Fighter.

Now, it might be because my MazdaSpeed3 has a really textured upholstery, but the Fur Fighter didn’t work for shit. I tried varying techniques, including hard and light pressure, fast and slow strokes, and straight and circular movements. It reminded me a lot of prom night: a lot of work, but I didn’t get what I needed.

I was hoping for an easy to use and effective tool for cleaning the dog hair off of my car seats. Unfortunately the 3M Scotch Fur Fighter didn’t get the job done. I think the design is handy, but I would not recommend this to anyone.

You are far better off taking the money you’d spend on the Fur Fighter and buying some clear plastic shipping tape. A loop of tape around your hand will be much more effective.

Interestingly, the 3M Scotch site lists Amazon.com as one of their premier online retailers of the Fur Fighter. However, as of this writing Amazon no longer sells this item directly. I don’t know if this will change, but I thought it was interesting that you couldn’t buy this item from Amazon.com — only their affiliates.

Not recommended.

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