Review: Bamboo’s FurBuster De-Sheds All Skepticism
Several dog posts ago, Dave reviewed the phallic-looking FURminator, which introduced me to the wonderful world of branded de-shedding tools. Seriously, how do you come up with the FURminator? To be honest, I was always skeptical of them, having seen looped video footage in a few pet stores of all these other de-shedding brushes, combs, mittens, etc. It’s kind of like watching QVC. No wait, it’s worse. It’s kind of like watching that obnoxious guy with the colored beard bragging about KaBoom, OxyClean or whatever the latest cleaning solution trend is on the horizon. Like one simple spray and wipe is going to remove that oil spill that’s been sitting in your grout for days, ha! Right.
I do trust Dave’s review though, but it’s always better to try products out for yourself. Enter: Bamboo’s FurBuster. Now, marketing-wise you could actually make something cool of this, like a FurBuster commercial with the Ghost Busters theme song or something, but I digress. FurBuster is yet another de-shedding tool that I thought wouldn’t quite work with Beary. He’s a small dog and has very thin, long puppy hair that gets tangled and matted real easily.
The instructions say to brush your dog’s hair prior to using the FurBuster, which is probably the best advice you’ll ever want to remember lest you want to ruin your dog’s fancy shag. Interestingly enough, the FurBuster actually does work flawlessly like it advertises on the packaging and on Bamboo’s site. The kit comes with three detachable blades, depending on your dog’s size. And unlike previous versions, this de-shedder also has a nice ergonomic handle, which makes de-shedding a breeze. However, I will say this: it works a lot better on bigger dogs of the spaniel variety. I actually did wind up testing the FurBuster on Shannon’s parents’ springer spaniel, Spanky, and it made his coat feel a lot cleaner and softer several minutes afterward. The best part was that neither Spanky nor Beary minded the de-shedding process.
And now for the really cool part: we will be giving a free Bamboo Deluxe Grooming Set away in an upcoming contest, so check back for that and your dog, too, could be strutting around your neighborhood with a clean, soft coat =)
Pros: Comes with different blades depending on your dog’s size. Easy to use. Nice handle. You can even use it on your cat.
Cons: It’s not a miracle tool that will substitute grooming. You won’t see the results as much as you’ll feel them.