Rated 4 out of
Performance is good-- but be wary of battery cover and reservoir sliding off!
There are many cheap fabric shavers available online, but given the wavering reviews in reliability I decided to choose a more expensive option from a major brand.
The primary consideration for my overall rating rests on the performance of this product. This fabric shaver removes medium-size bobbles and significant fuzz on jumpers quite well. The shaver struggles on the first few passes with very large bobbles or fine fuzz.
However, you must develop a technique which depends on the knit, weight, and type of fabric. Gliding the shaver carelessly or quickly across a garment won't give you the best results. Use an ironing board if possible in a very well-lit area. I also recommend looking at the garment from odd angles or wearing it-- if you're detail-oriented, you may spot pilling you couldn't see before. Additionally, move the shaver slowly with the grain of the fabric. More often than not, you must pass over an area several times to restore fabric to a like-new state.
The reservoir for fuzz and bobbles will fill up very quickly. Fuzz also sticks in the rotating blades which will slow rotations per minute [RPM]. If you hear the pitch of the motor dropping (meaning slower rotation), turn it off and clean the blades. At this price, you don't want to burn out the motor.
There are a few quality control and/or design flaws. The battery cover slips off with the lightest touch. The reservoir slips off quite easily too - not so great when you're shaving a jumper and fuzz flies everywhere!
After a great deal of shaving (at least 6 garments and 20 minutes per garment), the motor seems to be working at a lower RPM. However this could be related to low battery power.
The small brush included with the shaver is very useful at removing fuzz from crevices in the shaver head and around the blades.
The two year warranty only covers manufacturing defects and not general wear. The blades-- mounted on a thin plastic disc-- feels fairly insignificant in my hands. Exercise caution when handling this as it may be prone to breakage.
Overall, this is a good investment if you use it wisely, but mind the slippery covers.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of
Powerful, Shaves well, Runs long time on batteries, easy to hold
Won't work (shave anything) if the guard is on. It seems like the blades are too close to the shaving head so it slows down and stops.Works better without protected guard cover but, watch out not to nick or cut your garment. I turned it off, removed batteries and then unscrewed and removed the screen top. Put batteries back in and turned it on and it RAN FASTER and it was SMOOTH AND QUIET. I watched, it really moves .But when I reassembled it again it sounds like an electric razor. Loud! To improve the item I think you should Flatten the guard out to improve contact with fabric. The lint retainer is a little thin so it needs to be extended along with the handle for more space and grip. Enlarge the Head to 2.5 to 3 inches, to cover more space and I will used less batteries and time. Other than the above suggested improvement, I LOVE MY Shaver. DOES A GREAT JOB WITH EASE. IT HAS A LOT OF POWER and well worth the money. If it holds up to the TEST OF TIME, it will be on all my gift list.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 1 out of
Used it twice before it stopped working
The first time I used this fabric shaver, I was impressed. It did the job nicely. The second time I used it, all was going well until the silver blade guard flew off in mid-use, while the twirling blades were exposed. I immediately turned the shaver off and replaced the guard, but the shaver would not ever turn on again. I replaced the batteries; still no go.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of
Brilliant, does just what it says!! 5* product and worth getting
Date published: 2017-04-19