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12 Best Tried and True Japanese Carpet Rollers in 2022 (Nitoms, Yamazen, and More)

Sometimes you have a mess to clean up but don't want to drag out the vacuum cleaner. So you go for an adhesive carpet roller, but which one is the best?


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites for the best lint rollers available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them. We looked at 10 sticky tape rollers, and 2 washable ones.
We focused on 3 things:


  1. Adhesive strength
  2. Ease of use
  3. Case design


We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese lint rollers available online. And at the end, we have even more cleaning products to recommend!

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  • Last updated: 06-01-2022
Table of Contents

Compare the 5 Best Japanese Adhesive Carpet Rollers

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Nitoms Colocolo Colorful 1

Nitoms

2
Nitoms Colocolo Flooring Small Size 1

Nitoms

3
Nitoms Colocolo Flooring Joint Tray (Long-Handled Type) 1

Nitoms

4
Iris Ohyama Carpet Cleaner Regular Diagonal Cut 1

Iris Ohyama

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Sarasa Design Sarasa Carpet Cleaner 1

Sarasa Design

Name

Colocolo Colorful

Colocolo Flooring Small Size

Colocolo Flooring Joint Tray (Long-Handled Type)

Carpet Cleaner Regular Diagonal Cut

Sarasa Carpet Cleaner

Features

mybest's Top Choice! Great at Cleaning, and a Stylish Case!

The Simplest and Most Versatile Carpet Roller

The Best Carpet Roller with an Adjustable-Length Handle

Recommended to Easily Clean Clothes and Bedding

The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Carpet Roller

Price$16.05$13.38$11.30$13.86$22.07
Japaneseニトムズコロコロ コロフルニトムズコロコロ フロアクリンSニトムズコロコロ フロアクリン ジョイントトレイアイリスオーヤマカーペットクリーナー レギュラーサラサドットコムカーペットクリーナー
Adhesive strength2 oz.0.2 oz.0.2 oz.0.6 oz.0.1 oz.
Ease of sheet useAAAA+A+
Case designA+ABDA+
Universal sheet?YesYesYesYesYes
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5 Best Japanese Adhesive Carpet Rollers

We picked out some of the most popular products and tested them for effectiveness and ease of use.

Then, based on our tests, we ranked the top 12 Japanese lint and carpet rollers available online.

Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.

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Japaneseニトムズコロコロ コロフル
Adhesive strength2 oz.
Ease of sheet useA
Case designA+
Universal sheet?Yes
2
Japaneseニトムズコロコロ フロアクリンS
Adhesive strength0.2 oz.
Ease of sheet useA
Case designA
Universal roll?Yes
3

NitomsColocolo Flooring Joint Tray (Long-Handled Type)

$11.30

Japaneseニトムズコロコロ フロアクリン ジョイントトレイ
Adhesive strength0.2 oz.
Ease of sheet useA
Case designB
Universal roll?Yes
4
Japaneseアイリスオーヤマカーペットクリーナー レギュラー
Adhesive strength0.6 oz.
Ease of sheet useA+
Case designD
Universal roll?Yes
5

Sarasa DesignSarasa Carpet Cleaner

$22.07

Japaneseサラサドットコムカーペットクリーナー
Adhesive strength0.1 oz.
Ease of sheet useA+
Case designA+
Universal roll?Yes

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Kurukuru Soujikko Carpet Cleaner from Im (Aimu) advertised strong adhesive powers, but it didn't live up to that in our tests. However, the roll is marked and notched to make it easy to find where to tear, and each sheet has a little extra length, so there's no leftover dirt on the new sheet.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Nitori's Carpet Cleaner is cheap to buy, and the quality matches the price. The case is hard to open and the soft plastic bends easily and looks a bit cheap. The sheets aren't particularly easy to tear off either. But it's certainly inexpensive.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Gekikoro Sugowaza by Lec had some unique design features, such as the markings on the tape to indicate the direction of rotation and tearing location. We found opening the case to be complicated and the sheets didn't work so well. On the other hand, it's good value for money.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Azuma's Patapata Adhesive Roller is actually worth buying just for the handle and case! They're attached to each other, so you open it by just flipping the cover up, and it will never get lost. 


Unfortunately we have nothing good to say about using the sheets. Since the size is compatible with other companies' products, why not use different rolls in this handle?

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

We liked the look of the Cleaning Products System Carpet Cleaner from Muji.  The case can be used in either direction, and its simple design is unique. But the sheets were hard to use and tore in the middle sometimes.

Compare the 2 Best Japanese Reusable/Washable Carpet Rollers

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Yamazen Dream Korokon 1

Yamazen

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Kojit Magic Gel Roller 1

Kojit

Name

Dream Korokon

Magic Gel Roller

Features

mybest's Top Choice for Reusable Rollers! Picks Up Large Pieces Easily

The Best Reusable Roller on a Budget

Price$11.90$17.20
Japanese山善ドリームコロコンコジットマジックゲルローラー
Adhesive strength0.3 oz.0.3 oz.
Ease of washingDD
Case designAA
Spare roll included?YesNo
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2 Best Japanese Reusable/Washable Carpet Rollers

2 Best Japanese Reusable/Washable Carpet Rollers

We also decided to look at two Japanese reusable and washable carpet rollers. If you want something you can reuse thousands of times, take a look at our results!

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Japanese山善ドリームコロコン
Adhesive strength0.3 oz.
Ease of washingD
Case designA
Spare roll included?Yes
2

KojitMagic Gel Roller

$17.20

Japaneseコジットマジックゲルローラー
Adhesive strength0.3 oz.
Ease of washingD
Case designA
Spare roll included?No

How We Tested the Carpet Rollers

We put each of the products through 3 tests.

Test ① Did It Pick Up Dirt Well?

Test ① Did It Pick Up Dirt Well?

First, we tested how the effective the rollers were at picking up debris. 5 ounces of cereal (to mimic tiny and large pieces) were scattered on a carpet, and each product was rolled over it 10 times. The resulting number shows how many ounces of debris remained after use.

Test ① Did It Pick Up Dirt Well?

We found that sheets which could be used on many surfaces had the best adhesion, in spite of the fact that they were gentle on flooring such as tatami mats. Nitto products all performed well, as did the reusable rollers.

Test ② Was it Easy to Use?

Test ② Was it Easy to Use?

Next, we checked to see how easy each product was to use. For the sticky tape rollers, we looked at how it was to tear off the old sheet and expose a new one. We ranked them on a scale of D to A+.

Test ② Was it Easy to Use?

The diagonally-cut sheets were definitely the easiest, but ones with markings to show where to tear were also acceptable.


For the reusable rollers, we considered how easy it was to wash off the debris.

Test ③ Was the Case Designed Well?

Test ③ Was the Case Designed Well?

We ranked each product's case for how easy it was to remove the product, and how nicely it stored it. Products ranked B or higher could be used without difficulty. Products graded D or C were hard to use.

Test ③ Was the Case Designed Well?

Our favorite case to use was Azuma's, because it's attached to the roller, but we liked some of the designs of the others better as far as looks go.

How to Choose a Carpet Roller - Buying Guide

We recommend considering 4 points before buying an adhesive roller.

① Choose the Right Level of Stickiness

① Choose the Right Level of Stickiness

The stickier it is, the more dirt it will pick up quickly, but something that's too sticky can damage some types of flooring. 


You want to be extra careful when choosing a product for tatami mats, laminated flooring, or rubber floor mats. You can buy rolls made especially for these types of flooring. If you plan to use the roller on carpet, super-sticky is the way to go.

② Consider How Easy it is to Use

② Consider How Easy it is to Use

Not only should it work well, but it should be quick to remove used sheets (or to wash if it's that kind.) Look for something that has marks or perforations to make it easier to tear off the dirty sheet and expose a clean one. 


Even if it picks up debris well, if it takes time to get the next sheet ready, your chores will take longer than necessary.

③ Take the Case into Account

③ Take the Case into Account

Where are you planning to keep the roller? Hidden away in a broom closet? In a drawer? Right next to the sofa for easy reach? This will determine how important the case appearance is to you. 


You also want a case that is easy to open and close, because if it's too much trouble to put the roller back in the case, it'll get dirty unnecessarily. For storing it out in the open, we like a case that stands up and can be used from either side.

④ Take into Account the Cost of Replacing the Rolls

④ Take into Account the Cost of Replacing the Rolls

If the holder is a standard size, you'll be able to use replacement rolls from any manufacturer. In Japan, the standard length of a roll is 160 mm (a bit over 6 inches) and the inner diameter is 38 mm (1 1/2 inches.)

④ Take into Account the Cost of Replacing the Rolls

You can also consider a reusable roller. We evaluated two this time. They can be washed, which takes longer than tearing off a new adhesive sheet, but they can then be reused thousands of times. This makes them super cost-effective!

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