When it comes to getting rid of pet hair at home, the process can be a losing battle when it comes to clothes. The FurZapper that Michael Sweigart and Harry Levin of Ocean County, New Jersey developed addressed this concern in its basic concept. As explained by the creators of “Shark Tank” (per CNBC Prime), the simple yet innovative product helps pet owners keep dog and/or cat hair off their clothes using a gel-like silicone disc and sticky that is placed in both the washer and dryer to send as much hair as possible down the drain or into the lint trap respectively. After Lori Greiner’s lucrative $600,000 offer to Sweigart and Levin, the duo’s success skyrocketed with their deal and appearance on the show.
Shortly after the episode aired, FurZapper’s official Instagram account reported that business had surged and overwhelmed the company’s ordering system. Pet hair removal devices quickly became popular with online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and were featured on The Rachael Ray Show. It was also reported shortly after the product appeared on “Shark Tank” that FurZapper’s total revenue reached $4 million in total revenue (via app), which was attributed to the increase of the success of the ABC series. Levin and Sweigart can consider themselves another “Shark Tank” success story.