Hi there! My name is Jane, and over the years I’ve personally trimmed my dogs’ fur whenever they become large hairy furballs. As you might imagine, I’ve had some ups and downs with equipment, and I’ve made multiple purchases over the years to find the best dog grooming clippers for me. As such, I fancy myself to be a bit of an expert now, but it wasn’t always this way!
One thing I had trouble with starting out was finding reliable dog clipper reviews. Each review seemed like it was written hastily, with little to no useful information that I could use. I just wished that somebody knowledgeable was around to tell me everything I’m about to tell you back when I was still looking. After trying out quite a few brands and types of dog hair clippers, I’ve narrowed them down to what I feel are the best dog trimmers you should buy to fit your specific needs.
Since there are so many clippers out there, it can be overwhelming going through them one by one. This review will cover the products you should be looking to get, from top brands such as Oster or Andis clippers. My goal with this review is to make this process as painless and smooth as possible for you because I remember how frustrating this was for me too. We also explain the key factors we considered for each clipper below. Without any further ado, let’s begin the review!
Andis UltraEdge AGC2 – Best Overall
In the world of professional dog grooming, Andis’ name is synonymous with trust and quality. The UltraEdge AGC2 is the flagship model, and this 2-speed dog clipper can reach up to 4,400 strokes per minute to slice through the thickest coats. Its reliable shatter-proof housing and heavy-duty cord means it will last many years before needing a replacement.
Capable of running at either 3,400 or 4,400 strokes per minute, the AGC2 Super’s 2-speed motor offers you the versatility to tackle both big and smaller grooming jobs. The quiet motor is also less likely to scare your dog, and a relaxed dog is infinitely easier to groom.
The AGC2 Super comes included with a SuperEdge #10 steel blade. It is also compatible with all other blades in the entire lineup of Andis blades, and even blades from the Oster A5 series. You have the option to select various sizes, length, and material quality to fit your preferences and grooming needs.
Most clippers only have 8-10-foot-long power cords, but the AGC2 has a superior 14-foot cord. Not only is the cord longer, but it is thicker and more durable and will be sure to last you many years.
Speaking of durability, the other components of the AGC2 are durable as well. The AGC2 Super has, in addition to its heavy duty cord, a shatter-proof housing that can withstand the bumps and falls that dog clippers are sure to experience, especially when grooming a restless dog.
One drawback to using a heavy-duty set of clippers such as this, is that the blade will heat up if you use it for a long time. Fortunately, Andis provides cooling oil for cases like this, but you may want to consider buying a second blade so that you can swap to it mid-grooming session if need be.
Furthermore, a high-quality product demands a premium price, and the Andis AGC2 Super dog clippers are not cheap. Extra blades also cost $20-40 each, which can inflate the cost if you need different blades for numerous dogs. However, in the long run, we feel that grooming your dogs by yourself will save you an arm and a leg in costs compared to paying a groomer to do it for you, so the price may be justified.
Oster A5 Turbo – Best Professional-Grade Clippers
In the world of professional grooming, you cannot mention Andis without mentioning Oster, and the A5 Turbo is Oster’s flagship product. For nearly all grooming tasks, the 2-speed motor on the A5 Turbo will make quick work of it.
What makes a clipper powerful is the motor inside, and the A5 Turbo’s motor can run at 3,000 and 4,000 spm. The high setting should be capable of tackling all but the toughest of grooming jobs, and the low setting is ideal for easier jobs or for trimming sensitive areas.
Oster is the creator of the universal detachable blade system which allows blade compatibility between all Andis and Oster blade types. In fact, most professional-grade clippers today utilize this technology to give you nearly unlimited cutting options for your needs or preferences. And of course, the A5 turbo makes use of this time-tested feature.
Though it is not exactly budget-friendly, the Oster A5 Turbo is surprisingly affordable as a professional-grade product. At this price point, it provides excellent value relative to its cutting ability and high-quality build and features.
As is common with most other professional-level clippers with powerful motors, expect the blades to heat up after a while. It should be par for the course to keep spare blades and cooling sprays on hand to manage the heat and keep your dog cool and calm.
Wahl U-Clip 9484-300 – Best Value
When it comes to affordable clippers that won’t break the bank, the first name that comes to mind is Wahl. And Wahl’s U-Clip 16-piece dog grooming clippers certainly fits that bill as well. If your dog(s) have medium to fine coats, then you are in luck. At such a low price point, even using the U-Clip kit just one time will pay for itself. It is the ideal choice for buyers that are on a strict budget but also need a high-quality dog hair trimmer.
The Wahl U-Clip has a proprietary “Super Shunt” motor design that lets it run at 7,200 strokes per minute, delivering super speeds that will cut all but the toughest coats. Despite the high speeds it operates at, it is still quiet enough so that your pup will not feel irritated or scared.
Considering its power and versatility with the included 16-piece kit, you will get your money’s worth using it even one time. Obviously you will use it more than that, and as such it is one of the best (if not the best) value dog clippers on the market. It comes included with a comb, scissors, an apron, seven blade guards, and an instructional DVD.
Furthermore, rather than a detachable blade, the Wahl U-Clip has an adjustable blade that can be adjusted to #10, #15, and #30 lengths. You can use this 3-in-1 system to help you adjust on the fly, and it removes the need to purchase additional blades which would inflate the cost.
Unfortunately, one downside of the U-Clip is that it only has one speed setting. The Super Shunt motor is efficient and powerful, however there are times when you want to reduce its 7,200 SPM, such as when you are clipping sensitive areas like a dog’s feet, groin, and face.
Wahl Bravura – Best Cordless Dog Clipper
With a 90-minute battery life, the Wahl Bravura is the best set of cordless dog clippers on the market today. Also, due to its Constant Speed Control you will not experience any slowdowns when its batteries are depleting, unlike most other cordless models. You want to have a consistent clipping experience, so having constant speed ensures your blade does not bind nor hurt your dog. Additionally, the included 5-in-1 adjustable blade is powered by a 5,000 spm motor. All of these add up to one great product that is a cut above the rest.
Not only do you have the freedom of not being tied to a power outlet, the Bravura has a powerful lithium-ion battery that can provide 90 minutes of continuous power that does not falter thanks to Wahl’s Constant Speed Control system. Other cordless clippers tend to suffer slowdowns around the 60-minute mark, which can cause the blade to get caught on your dog’s fur.
The motor found in the Bravura is efficient and powerful, capable of operating a 5,000 strokes per minute which is an ample cutting speed to tackle the toughest grooming jobs. Despite having all of this power, the blades are kept quite cool compared to other models which run significantly hotter during extended use.
Similar to other Wahl clippers, the Bravura comes with an adjustable blade as opposed to the usual detachable design. The five settings you can switch between are: #9, #10, #15, #30 and #40, providing 0 to 2mm of trimming length. Six blade guards are also included with the clippers for longer cuts.
Unfortunately, we found that the blades found on the Bravura are quite thin compared to professional grade blades from the likes of Andis and Oster. You can expect them to dull faster, so you will have to do some upkeep of your own by oiling them frequently during use (every 15-20 minutes or so) to extend its lifespan and keep them trimming smoothly.
Since the Wahl Bravura is a premium product, is are not cheap. However, the 5-in-1 adjustable blade does allow you to save some money on buying additional blades, and if you take good care of it and use it properly then it will last you a long time.
Andis Power Groom+ 63360 – Best Dog Clipper for Thick Coats
For tough grooming jobs, you need an equally tough clipper. The appropriately named Andis Power Groom+ should be your go-to clipper thanks to its heavy duty 5-speed motor as well as break-resistant housing. The rotary motor provides 2,500 and 5,000 spm to efficiently handle grooming jobs both big and small. Additionally, this clipper is compatible with the blades from the Oster A5 series of blades, as well as entire Andis family. If your current clipper just doesn’t cut it anymore, you should look into getting the Andis Power Groom+.
Utilizing a rugged 5-speed motor that can generate between 2,500 and 5,000 spm, the Power Groom+ can handle virtually any cutting job. The lower speeds are ideal for trimming finer coats and for dealing with sensitive sections on your dog. The higher speeds are suited for trimming rough, thick, or matted fur.
These clippers feature the same detachable blade system that other professional-grade models have. If you wish, you can swap to Oster A5 blades or blades usable by the entire Andis family, such as the CeramicEdge, UltraEdge, and ShowEdge series.
Not only is the motor powerful on the Power Groom+, the shatter-resistant housing is extremely durable as well. If you have a large, restless dog that loves to bump into you as you are grooming, know that the unit is well protected if you accidentally drop it (but don’t make it a habit). Furthermore, it has a 14-foot heavy-duty cord with a useful swivel design that reduces the chances of tangling or ripping.
The Power Groom+ has a useful built-in memory that stores the last speed it was set on into its settings. Meaning, the next time you turn it on, it will pick up where you left off the last time you were grooming. This is not a necessary feature, but it is one we grew to love during those long sessions where we had to keep putting down the clippers and then turn it back on again, which would normally reset the speed.
If you are not a fan of corded clippers, you can purchase the Andis AGR battery pack (not included) to operate cordlessly. Unfortunately, this will limit you to a single speed since the speed settings can only be found on the cord pack that the unit comes with.
A heavy-duty clipper requires a powerful motor, but that also means it generates a lot of heat during prolonged use. You will need to have spare blades, cooling spray, or the Andis CeramicEdge blades on hand to help manage the heat. Also, this is quite a large set of clippers and is bulkier than other models. Those with smaller hands might have an issue with this, and holding the Power Groom+ for extended periods of time can be exhausting.
ShineMore Clipper Kit – Best Dog Clippers with Accessories
When browsing dog clippers, it can be easy to overlook the other tools that can help your pet look clean and tidy. Fortunately, the ShineMore grooming kit can cover all your bases. We wouldn’t be mentioning it if the clipper isn’t high-quality, but in addition to that it includes a steel comb, nail file, trimming shears, and nail clippers. In other words, it has everything you need to pamper your furry friends all in one product.
You might be thinking, “Uh oh, usually these all-in-one products cost a lot!” Thankfully, your wallet is safe since it is less than $30. The included accessories are very high-quality and not some flimsy throw-away junk either.
The ShineMore clipper comes with adjustable ceramic and titanium blades, and these are high-quality as well. They look nice, feel nice, and are intuitive to use. You can adjust the blades between 0.8 and 2mm, and they stay sharp and cool even during longer sessions.
The cordless design of the ShineMore clipper makes it easy for you to maneuver it to hard-to-reach areas. You can expect the lithium-ion battery to last longer compared to the NiMH batteries often found in cheap electronics.
Though these clippers are fantastic for the price, they are not as powerful as the other professional-grade clippers found on this list. If you have a larger dog with thick coat, or plan on using it for extended cutting sessions, you should probably look another product.
Dog Clippers Buying Guide – Top Factors
Motor and Speed Settings
The component that powers your clipper is the motor, and it serves as the determining factor as to the power and speed of the unit, which is measured in strokes/rotations per minute (SPM or RPM). Clippers can have one, two or even up to five-speed settings, with two-speeds being the norm. A quality motor helps the clipper operate quietly and remain cool as you are clipping, both of which serve to keep your pet calm.
Grooming professionals favor two to five-speed hair clippers. This allows more options for the various types of coats they will encounter, and the fastest speeds are necessary to trim the longest and thickest fur. However, sensitive areas like the face and groin will still need to be trimmed using a lower speed, so low speed is something that should not be overlooked.
Blades and Accessories
When it comes to blades, the most important considerations are durability and sharpness. A blade needs to trim evenly, without hurting or irritating your dog’s skin, and should remain sharp for a long time. Due to the various sizes of dogs, clipper blades also have many different sizes. Special attachments provide unique benefits, for example skip-tooth blades are used for rough pre-cuts, and fine-tooth blades are used for finish cuts, whereas wide T-blades are often used on larger dogs.
Ceramic and steel blades are the most common varieties, and both have their uses. Steel is very durable but heats up fast when used at high speeds. On the other hand, ceramic maintains its sharp edge for longer and keeps cool, but is not as durable as steel. Some special coatings or materials can be found on these blades, such as silver for its anti-microbial properties, carbon to maintain sharpness, or chrome for corrosion resistance.
Dog clippers are available in corded and cordless versions. Typically, battery-operated (cordless) clippers are not as powerful due to their lower energy consumption. This, in addition to their limited battery life, means cordless devices are better suited for quick trims rather than an extended grooming session.
Like it or not, the most powerful dog grooming clippers are always corded. Stronger motors require more power to generate the fastest speeds needed for shearing through thick coats. Since cordless clippers typically last one hour before they need to be recharged, you can rely on a corded clipper for longer sessions.
You can find dog clippers for as low as $25, and higher-end models can be as expensive as $200. You can get a mid-range product in the $25-$60 range, but these units will not have variable speed settings or the most durable blades. As you move up in price, you can expect to get additional features like variable speeds and superior blades which help you groom faster and more efficiently.
If you want to use the best dog clippers (the ones that are recommended by professionals) then you are looking to pay around $120-$200. For professional-level 2-speed clippers, the price is around $120-150. However, for the best of the best, the 5-speed clippers, you will have to fork over between $170-$200. That is not factoring in attachments or extra blades for your specific needs. Expect to pay $20-$40 for each brand-name blade you buy.
The Best Dog Clipper Depends on How Big Your Dog Is
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all approach to this, and different breeds need different setups.
I own a standard poodle and he needs to be clipped with a heavy duty clipper. My tool of choice is the Andis PowerGroom dog clipper to deal with his thick coat, and its worked very well other the years. With that said, most clippers actually can handle various coats, however what we’re looking for is convenience and how optimal it is. For example, it could be easier to use a smaller setup, like the AGC two-speed, if you mostly clip smaller dogs.
The biggest thing to be aware of in your setup is the size of your blades. You must pick the appropriate blade size and this depends on how long you want your dog’s hair to be – the smaller the size number, the less it will cut. As an example, the popular #10 that is frequently offered will leave your dog’s coat at 1/16”.
To trim a poodle, the ideal blade would be something like a #3/4 to a #7 (this leaves 3/4” to 1/8” of fur) on the body section, and a #10-30 (1/16” to 1/50” long) for more closely trimmed areas.
Also keep in mind that every brand of dog hair clippers use universal blades, meaning that a blade from Oster can work with Andis or any other brand, and vice versa.
Reference Size Chart
|Size||Hair Length (in Inches)||Hair Length (in Millimeters)|
|3 3/4||1/2”||13 mm|
|4 1/2||5/16”||7.9 mm|
|8 1/2||7/64”||2.8 mm|
The Harsh Truth About Home Grooming
If I’ve given off the impression that grooming your dog is easy, please forgive me. To be frank, it’s actually pretty difficult, initially. That’s the key word. However, once you have some firsthand experience, you will realize how economical and doable this whole process is.
But, as a beginner, depending on the size of your dog, you are faced with a task that will likely take several hours to complete the first time you do it. Don’t let this scare you. Embrace the challenge and develop an incredibly useful skill while you’re at it. Be prepared!
Prior to starting your first clip, here is a checklist of things you should have on hand to ensure the best clipping experience for yourself and your dog(s).
- Clippers! (Duh!)
- Clipper oil
- Ear-cleaning tools if necessary
You don’t need to overdo it the first time. Some people have actually spread the grooming process over a few days (I’m sure your dog will forgive you). Just make sure you have some time available each day to work at it if you do decide to take this approach.
Finding the Best Clippers for Dogs
Whew, you made it to the end! I’m sure that was a lot of info for you to take in, so I want to close off with just a summary of quick points so that hopefully you can retain some information.
- Ceramic blades are heat resistant, and metal blades can get quite hot over time. If heat is a concern, use ceramic instead.
- All of the clippers listed on this page are highly versatile and can work on dogs of many sizes and breeds. It’s hard to go wrong with Oster and Andis.
- Only a powerful clipper can trim through dog hair. Don’t settle for a low quality brand, you’ll only end up spending more money when it inevitably fails you and you have to spend more money on a quality clipper.
- If you’re confused about the blade sizing chart, perhaps pay a visit to a local groomer and they will no doubt be happy to assist you.
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