A defuzzer is a device used to remove lint, fuzz or pills from clothing. The product will sometimes be called a sweater defuzzer, a sweater depiller, a lint remover or a clothes shaver. It all depends on the country of origin of the manufacturer. It is essentially a shaver for your sweaters that removes the unsightly lumps and bumps that appear over time or with multiple washings.
Unlike a lint roller, this doesn’t necessarily focus on removing bits of dust and hair that end up on your clothes. It actually removes the lint balls that are still attached so you don’t have to bother removing them by hand and thereby potentially damaging your clothing.
Believe it or not, there are many options to choose from when deciding to buy a defuzzer. They are relatively inexpensive but they have a price range depending on the extra abilities that the device might have. For example, a deluxe model not only can remove fuzz from your clothing, but even your upholstery.
Some models come with a built-in flashlight so you can observe any unsightly spots you might have missed by the shadows they cast under the light. Sometimes these pills are more difficult to see on dark clothing and the light can really help. Most are not huge, heavy or awkward to store and have around the home. In fact, most are light and cordless so that you don’t have to worry about getting tangled up or not having enough of an extension on the cord.
These products are very easy to use. Simply turn on and rub it on the fuzzy clothing or upholstery and it will shave off the unwanted lumps and keep them inside a lint trap, so you don’t have to worry about vacuuming afterward. Usually the container is see-through, so you can watch it fill up as you go along. When it gets full, simply detach the container and empty the contents into a garbage bin.
There are plenty of models on the market, but generally the best ones will have these features. In the past few years, designers have even been attempting to modernize the look of the device. A defuzzer design by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi even managed to make the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list when it first came out because of its unique and useful design and range of colors that the customer could choose from.