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How to choose between Pilo 1 and Pilo 2

Thinking about purchasing a fabric shaver? Read this quick comparison between Pilo 1 Fabric Shaver and Pilo 2 Fabric Shaver to find out which model is a better fit for you.

What is a fabric shaver?

Fabric shaver, debobbler, or lint remover – call it what you will! This gentle, yet powerful tool provides a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of old textiles that look worn out due to lint and pilling. Steamery’s Pilo 1 Fabric Shaver and Pilo 2 Fabric Shaver are among the most powerful shavers on the market today. They work on all kinds of fabrics and are suitable for use on garments, home textiles, and furniture.


Pilo 1 and Pilo 2 are each equipped with sharp precision razor blades and a powerful motor. Both fabric shavers efficiently shave off lint and pilling and make your old textiles look brand new again, although Pilo 2 has been enhanced in several areas compared to its predecessor. The second-generation Pilo has three additional razor blades and a larger nozzle that makes it easier to cover a larger surface area in less time.


Both Pilo fabric shavers are charged using a USB charger, but Pilo 1 has a Micro USB plug on the other end of the charging cord, while Pilo 2 has been upgraded with a more modern USB-C plug. The charging time has also been improved significantly with the newer model. Pilo 2 charges twice as fast as Pilo 1 and can be used for twice as long before charging. In addition, Pilo 2 can be used while it is charging.

Fuzz container

The size of the container that gathers the fuzz from the shaved textiles also affects the overall efficiency of the fabric shaver. Pilo 2 has been equipped with a larger container that does not need to be emptied as often. The motors will start slowing down when too much fuzz is hindering the blades, which can happen quickly when you are shaving larger items. So, the larger container on Pilo 2 can be a big plus if you want to avoid the hassle of frequently cleaning out the fuzz while shaving.

Design aspect

There are of course some obvious differences in the appearance and design of these two fabric shavers. Pilo 2 has been designed with a unique, geometrical silhouette that allows it to stand upright in two different positions. It was carefully sculptured this way to fit in like a piece of art on the shelf that adds to the interior aesthetic of your home. Pilo 1 cannot stand up on its own in the same way and is better kept stored in its box or in a drawer to prevent it from rolling off the shelf.

All in the details

To provide a clearer overview, here is a side-by-side comparison of the specifications for both fabric shavers:

  Pilo 1
  Fabric Shaver
  Pilo 2
  Fabric Shaver
  Operating time   50 minutes   2 hours
  Charging Time   5 hours   2.5 hours
  Razorblades   3   6
  Warranty   1 year   1 year
  Weight   170 g   152 g
  Dimensions   83 x 83 x 92 mm   67 x 67 x 93 mm
  Power   5W   5W
  Charging   USB/Micro USB   USB/USB-C
  Cleaning brush   Yes   Yes
  Use while charging   No   Yes

Choosing the right fabric shaver

Both fabric shavers will quickly and effectively remove pilling from your textiles. As this comparison shows, Pilo 2 has been upgraded in many areas, but Pilo 1 will also deliver satisfactory results that can completely transform your old textiles. As long as you don’t mind emptying the container a few extra times, Pilo 1 is still an excellent choice that will get the job done.

The point of using a fabric shaver is to prolong the lifespan of your textiles. Much too often, sweaters or home textiles are thrown away once they start developing pilling. Using a fabric shaver to shave off the excess fibers is a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of any garment or piece of furniture so they can last for years and years to come.

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