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Just received this and tested it. I wanted one capable of handling bigger bobbles than the cheap one I already had. This is VERY good! It's taken big bobbles off a heavy knit jumper as shown in the video. There's a supplied partial cover which seems to expose only the smaller, inner holes, presumably for smaller bobbles, but I haven't tested it with the cover on. I was hoping to find out what the cover was for in the manual, but it's rubbish! It basically says - "turn it on to use and don't eat the device."
I have had this for a year now and it's so useful and works brilliantly. Jumpers that have gone a bit bobbly under the arm are magically returned to new! I like white stuff clothes but I'm afraid their jumpers and hoodies don't wear well at all and swiftly need an all over shave with this little tool. I do it not by lying the garment flat on the floor, but over my knee, doing a small section at a time. It seems easier to flatten it across my leg whilst wearing jeans to do this. It fills up quickly with fluff and easily empties. The garment is smooth when finished and miraculously stays this way! Be careful with seems if they stick up proud and avoid these. I took a favourite teal coloured Mango wool jacket to the charity shop as it had gone very bobbly- wish I'd had this tool then, I could have had years more wear.
Ich habe mir dieses Gerät gekauft, weil ich nicht nur meine Wollpullover gerne wieder schön hätte, sondern der Hauptgrund war meine Stoffcouch. Mit den Jahren hat sie ordentlich Fussel gebildet und sieht einfach nicht mehr schön aus, was mich echt nervte. Dieses Gerät macht meine Couch echt wieder schön. Auf dem Bild sieht man, wie viele Fussel auf kleiner Fläche verschwunden sind. Perfekt. Würde ihn immer wieder kaufen.
Terrible. Just made a hole in my expensive jumper. Doesn't remove bobbles effectively. Thought Philips would be reliable - but I will be returning it and getting the one from John Lewis which I have used before very successfully.
This is possibly one of the most satisfying and best value products I’ve purchased; certain jumpers and shirts have now avoided the charity bag. So easy to use and really works well to remove piling from clothes. Just watch my video to see! Only problem is I’ve become a bit addicted to going through my wardrobe finding more clothes to tidy up! It comes with Philips batteries and so far Battery life seems good. Very happy I purchased this :)
Like everyone reviewing here, it seems I’m not alone in wanting to revive an old favourite. My burgundy cardigan has been in my wardrobe for so long that I can’t even remember when or where I bought it. It’s got to be a good ten years old though, and despite washing it carefully (It’s a mix of wool, synthetic and alpaca), the bobbling on it meant it was consigned to only being worn for the dog walk, rather than in its heyday when it was my constant companion in the office.
The Philips fabric shaver comes with two AA batteries. The battery hatch is easy to open and pop them in. Slide the switch down and you’re in business. One criticism I do have here is that both the battery hatch and the lint collection drawer are quite easy to accidentally catch, and come open with even the lightest touch. There were a couple of instances where the lint tray was accidentally pinged open when I changed the angle I was using the shaver at, and it deposited all the lint shavings onto my cardigan. Frustrating!
I experimented with a cheap cardigan first, and it coped well with the chunky wool. It did take a couple of passes to get the bobbles off, but I was pleased with the results.
Then it was onto the beloved burgundy cardigan. I could hear the motor struggling a bit, which surprised me, as the wool of this cardigan is much thinner than the cheap cardigan. I tried a few different motions, but I don’t think any one was better than the next. As you can see from my photos, I took a good few sessions to get rid of the worst of the pilling. Probably my fault for leaving it so long to try lint shavers! After about ten minutes, I stopped, because I’m pretty sure that’s the best I’m going to get from this little device. There’s still a bit of low level pilling, which I was a tad disappointed by, but it has left me with a far more wearable item. It is no longer something which is relegated to wearing on the dog walk.
Overall, I like it. It does feel very lightweight and plasticky in the hand, and it didn’t remove 100% of the bobbles, but it does mean that I have a wearable cardigan again, so from that point of view, it’s mission accomplished.
My old one of several years decided to go kaput. Was initially surprised at the cost of these ‘de bobblers’ probably about double, since I last bought one. I liked the look of this one in black and even though a bit more than other colours, decided to buy. (Annoyed somewhat that in writing this review it’s actually cheaper than when I bought last week!) First of all, It did not arrive by 8pm on the delivery day. Left it till late the next day before enquiring. Response was reasonably quick. Said it had been posted on the 5th March, it was now the 9th. Advised me to wait rest of week and then contact them if it did not turn up. They also gave me a tracking number. I tried tracking myself, Royal Mail, but it said they would advise me once it was in their system when it would be delivered. A bit confusing!! Anyway it arrived today. Well packaged, in pristine condition. Looks good, and although quite light, it feels quite sturdy. My old one had broken half way through de bobbling a very expensive cardigan. I have learnt a long time ago not to press down hard as if you do this you run the risk of putting a hole in the item of clothing. So I put in the Phillips batteries ( a bonus) that came with it and started. It may be well to point out at this point, that you need to take the plastic circular cover off!! I thought it wasn’t working very well until I noticed I hadn’t done this! Well, wow! It’s good, it’s very very good! I ran it lightly over the wool, backwards forwards, side to side and in circular motions, in next to no time I was done. My cardigan looks great, like new! The little carton that fills up with the fluff had to be emptied once while I did it, and once again at the end. Quite a little mound of fluff! There was a bit left in the carton clinging to the edges, which I’m sure if you really wanted to could be washed out and dried before putting back on. Overall very pleased, with product. Beats my old one hands down. Looks good. Probably a bit baulky for travelling, but it’s not something I would take away with me anyway. Would recommend and buy again, but hopefully not for a while!!
We purchased this product as we weren’t really satisfied with the performance of the non branded one we already had at home. We are expecting and having a few second hand baby clothes which I wanted to remove bobbles off. The Phillips one works really well and I even went over the few clothes again that I had taken the bobbles off with the out old one and heaps more came off. I am happy with this Phillips product as it is working so much better than the non branded one we used before. Can only recommend this product and it did not damage any of the clothes like my old one has done before.
Only let down is that it requires batteries, I would have preferred a rechargeable product.
I had this for almost 4 years now and it's still going strong and works just as well as when I first got it. This fabric shaver is absolutely great and does an amazing job at removing bobbles, fluff and fabric pills. I use it on my tweed jackets, jumpers and even beddings and it works very well.
As you would expect using the fabric shaver is straight forward and easy. It comes with a tiny cleaning brush and the shaver has a compartment that collects all the fluff and bobbles. The compartment can easily removed and you have access to the fan/blades making the cleaning process easier.
it's made well making it quite durable in terms of performance, however I am not sure about the build quality and if it would survive multiple drops. It would have been great if Philips made it rechargeable and included a charger but I'm not really complaining because the battery does last a long time. Also while it is comfortable to hold and use I just feel its design could've been a little bit more agronomic. Despite this it's still a brilliant product and think it's good value. Hope this helps.
I'm giving 5 stars for a combination of reasons especially the discounted price. It's easy to use and no risk of making holes in the garment which has happened plenty of times using a razor in the past. Some larger items can take a long time, depending on the material. I just finished a very thick jumper that had exceptionally large bobbles. This took me over 1 1/2 hours but it looks new again and no longer for just wearing around the house. Hats and gloves take no time at all. But best of all for me I feel I am doing something to combat fast fashion and landfill reducing the need for repeat purchases. A high percentage of items we donate end up in landfill. One thing, there is no safety switch, so if you push the on switch by mistake it will still operate with the head off and blades exposed. Not sure of the battery usage, I've used 4 AA so far but have defuzzed quite a lot of items. There are no gimmicky LED lights on the device etc which is a plus.