Does Shed Pal Really Work?

Does Shed Pal Really Work?
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Does Shed Pal really work?It’s no wonder most pet owners want to try Shed Pal. Pet shedding is a hassle – fur gets everywhere in the home and it is so hard to clean up. For people that don’t have time to vacuum every surface of their house every day to keep it fur-free, a shedding pet can be a nightmare.

The creators of Shed Pal took frustrated dog and cat owners into consideration when they designed this nifty hand-held vacuum cleaner for a pet.

Overview
The Shed Pal is supposed to be an owner’s new best friend – it is one of the products made to make a person’s life easier by adapting on two things in daily life: a vacuum cleaner and a brush. Shed Pal uses a gentle suction technology on the pet’s skin in order to suck out loose fur without harming the pet itself while giving them the same sensation of being brushed. This is to assist in clean-up of shed fur because it stores it all in a cylinder that can be emptied upon being filled. Because it is handheld and cordless, the Shed Pal can go anywhere to help you chase pesky pets.

The Claim
Shed Pal is designed like a brush to run over a dog or cat’s coat in order to suck up loose fur that they are about to shed. With its U-shaped brush and massaging nubs, Shed Pal claims to be able to pick up the hair shedding from the top coat as well as all the hair that is buried under in the bottom coat. Shed Pal is supposed to stop fur shedding before it leaves the pet’s back but suctioning it up – like a lint roller for a pet.


The Hype
The Shed Pal has a lot of talk surrounding it, being a product that, in theory, really helps out the average pet owner who doesn’t have enough time to clean their entire house of pet fur. The Shed Pal’s talk, however, is mostly negative after consumers have found themselves dissatisfied with the product.

The Cost
A Shed Pal runs for around $15 from various online stores, or $20 on the product website. All that comes in the Shed Pal is the cordless cleaner itself and that’s it – making it what would seem to be a pretty good deal all things considered if the product worked properly.

The Commitment
The Shed Pal doesn’t take much commitment – just turn it on and suck away! Because the Shed Pal is a cordless device, it is easy to take wherever you need and use it accordingly. There are no special steps or instructions to the Shed Pal, so simply go on and use it as you would any other brush/vacuum combination!

Evaluation
The Shed Pal is supposed to be a pet owner’s best friend, but it is a borderline useless product that should never be marketed to the public again. Users of the Shed Pal have all complained that the product doesn’t actually work on their pets the way it says it will, and most even go so far to say that it doesn’t work on pet hair at all. The fur gets trapped in the mechanism and doesn’t allow the Shed Pal to function properly, making it both a poorly made and ineffective product in the long run.

Furthermore, the Shed Pal is falsely advertised because, in the product directions, it is specifically stated that the Shed Pal is not to be used as a vacuum while brushing the pet, defeating the entire purpose of the product. The Shed Pal is a total waste of time and money.

Final Shed Pal Review

The Shed Pal is not a product worth twenty dollars, or even five. It is cheaply made, ineffective, and overall a bad product. While this could have been great for all pet owners, the design clearly did not have enough thought put in to it. For this, the Shed Pal is not a worthwhile product by any sense of the word.

Our Recommendation
Stay far, far away from using a Shed Pal. This product will just put you out twenty dollars on what you could have used to buy your pet a new wire brush and a lint roller for your furniture. The Shed Pal is no more than a failed attempt at making money quickly without stopping to create a quality gadget. If you’re still desperate for a dog fur fix, try out our review of ShedMonster as a possible solution.

What do you think? Does Shed Pal work or not?


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J January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

have to agree with the write up here.
I bought one of these and it’s rubbish! It nearly fell apart after the first use!
This thing also eats batteries!
Don’t waste your money people

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Beth April 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

dang it. i wish i would have found this site before today… i ordered one of these this past weekend. i figured it wouldn’t hurt for the price. ordering it was a hassle. during the order confirmation, they kept trying to get me to upgrade this product and buy a bunch of other products i didn’t want or need. i was just about to give up on the ordering when it finally went to the final screen.

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Beth April 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This is the same Beth who wrote about wishing I had found this site before ordering this product. At the time of the last review, I had only ordered it, not receive it. I opted for the extra $6.99 for the additional Shed Pal and toy because I figured the $6.99 was at least worth the cost of the toy. Anyway, today it finally arrived. I am highly disappointed. It is much louder than they advertise it to be. The two of my cats I tried it on was too afraid of the sound. Not a single hair was gathered in about a total of 3 minutes of brushing them. I tried it on my long haired dog. Still no hair was gathered. Finally I tried it on my short haired dog. Again, no hair was collected. The only hope I have for it to gather hair is going to be on my chinchilla, but I figure it is too loud of her sensitive ears. Plus she is not the kind of pet who likes to sit still long enough for this product.
My final review: this product is a WASTE OF MONEY. It might be ok for collecting loose fur off of furniture, but so is a Handy Vac. The only positive thing I can say about this is I also received a $15 gift card for the Telebrands website. I would still rather have the ~$24.00 back I spend on the product and shipping and processing.

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April July 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

Beth, I also stupidly tried to use this on my cat-he was terrified! It is WAY too loud for use on cats or any other skittish animal. I had been searching forever for an easy way to remove all of my cat’s excess fur, and I thought this was going to be the answer. Joke’s on me, I guess.
I also tried this on my large, fearless dog. She was not frightened by the noise, but it didn’t even work! It picked up a few stray hairs-less than what I could remove with a plain old dog brush. I could tolerate the noise if it actually did what it claims to do.

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Mike Doherty July 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

The need to groom your pet and control their loose dander is a constant worry and source of irritation for pet owners. I often find tumbleweeds of cat hair in the corners of my apartment. For a small cat, this thing has a lot of hair! But the Shed Pal is not the answer. I know someone that has one, and I know my cat would hate it. Basically, it’s like using a dust buster on your pet. And a poorly made one at that. In my experience, the textured gloves work best. Your cat feels like it’s being stroked and petted, and a considerable amount of hair transfers to the glove instead of your furniture, clothes, or carpet. Don’t bother with the Shed Pal.

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LS August 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

They really know how to make some false advertisements to mislead people. When I first saw this product, I figured it was kind of strange. After all, pets are typically super afraid of vacuum cleaners of all kinds, so why would they want what is the equivalent to a mini vacuum sucking up their fur right off of their bodies? I would imagine it would be a stressful experience for the animals. I am glad that this review has shed some truthful light on this product so that I can tell fellow dog owners to not bother with it.

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Betty May 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm

I have used the shed pal on my smaller dogs-Jack Russell-Rat Terriers. My Jack Russell love it and it gives her a good massage on her back and hips. She just sits and laps it up. The only thing that I had trouble with is the rubber inside the shed pal. It took off quiet a bit of hair. i don’t think I would recommend it for long hair animals because it isn’t really built for all that long hair. I am going to order another one just for the massage for my older dog. Wish you luck!!!!

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christy June 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm

NO STARS HERE ITS A PIECE OF CRAP PLEASE DONT ORDER IT ITS MADE IN CHINA THET RIP YOU OFF DONT BUY IT MY DOG WERE SCARED OF ITS LOUD AND DOESNT DO LIKE IT SAYS IT DOES I CANT EVEN GET RID OF MY STARS!! BUYER BE WARE!

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Suzanne June 25, 2017 at 12:58 am

Mine took 6 weeks to get to me from China. It is a piece of plastic crap. The on/off button I could see wouldn’t work even before I put the batteries in. TOTAL RIP OFF.

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Kathleen August 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Okay. I saw this advertised on Facebook for $24.99! It looked like a good idea so I googled around and found it for $8.99 and free shipping at Walmart. Decided to try it. Arrived on time in a good package…very professional looking I might add. So, got around to trying it. The instructions for the battery insertion are wrong…WARNING BELLS. Plastic is very cheap I was afraid I was going to break the notch on the battery compartment. I started with my year old kitten. Noise didn’t seem to be a problem and she apparently liked the massage part but no hair went into the cup! There was hair stuck on the outer rubber (much like a massage glove would have) but then this went flying through the air when I attempted to remove it. What a piece of crap and I wish I checked this site first. I really think the pet vacuum tools are the way to go if your pet cooperates. Going to see a lot of these at Good Will.

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Karen Carlson September 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm

This product is indeed worse than useless! My cat was very afraid of it at first, after much work, I got him used to it & he allowed me to use it on him! What a mistake & what a betrayal of his trust! First of all it didn’t work at all on him… no hair vacuumed. None! Even worse, it tangled his hair making mats that hurt him & were very hard for me to work out. It had to be worked out, I could not leave him like that. Just out of curiosity I tried it briefly on my dog who was very trusting & accepting. Again a mistake. He has relatively short hair but it tangled it into mats also. I paid $20 for this! I am a widow on Social Security who really could not afford this. A warning: save your money & trouble! Very bad product!

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