Keeping dogs looking and feeling great requires more than just love and cuddles! You’ll need a good set of clippers to keep Fido comfortable and clean, especially during the warm summer months. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the best dog clippers on the market today. We’ve chosen a range of consumer and professional-grade grooming tools to recommend to you. You’ll find all our recommendations below, along with helpful buying advice to make your decision easier.
|PetTech Professional Dog Grooming Kit||Cordless||$|
|Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Cordless Dog Clippers||Cordless||$|
|Andis Professional Animal Clipper||Corded||$$|
|Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Lithium Clipper||Cordless||$$$|
|Andis UltraEdge Super 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper||Corded||$$$|
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Best Dog Grooming Clipper Reviews (2018)
This PetTech Professional kit isn’t quite professional-grade but we think it’s the least you can pay for a decent setup that performs well on most (if not all breeds). This is what we’d classify as a light-duty trimmer. It’s good enough for the occasional trim on thin to medium coats, and lasts longer than anything else under $50. It’s covered by a lifetime warranty, too! While you’ll probably want a nicer unit with more power and a sturdier build eventually, it’s always nice to know that even your budget set of clippers isn’t disposable.
Don’t buy this for any kind of heavy-duty, intensive use, though. It bogs down more easily than our more expensive recommendations and is built pretty lightly as well. We suggest it as a budget alternative for smaller dogs without heavy coats. If you can afford to spend more, though, we suggest doing so.
These Wahl cordless clippers are our top recommendation for less than $100. There are certainly nicer cordless sets (see the Wahl Bravura below) but this is a nice upgrade from the PetTech without putting much more strain on your wallet.
We like the Wahl set because it offers some noticeable upgrades over the PetTech. For one thing, this set of clippers is made in the USA, which is almost always (and definitely in this case) shorthand for better quality control and materials. That’s certainly true in this case! The overall design is also better. This is marketed as a heavy-duty grooming set, and while we definitely think the Bravura is an even better choice for the thickest coats and largest breeds, the Pro Series should be good enough for the average dog owner on a budget who wants to go cordless. It doesn’t bog down as easily and the materials are a lot hardier compared to the PetTech.
However, if you’re not that attached to going cordless, so to speak, we do think the Andis model below is the best choice for the average dog owner. It’s more reliable and more powerful. If you’ve got a particularly large breed with a heavy coat, and want to stick to cordless clippers, you’ll want to go for the Wahl Bravura below.
This Andis Professional model is our recommendation to the average buyer. It’s powerful, user-friendly, and extremely reliable. This is a clipper you can use on a regular basis for years without running into any issues. Of course, if you want to use a cordless model, you’ll want to check out one of the Wahl models. For most people, this is a perfect balance of convenience, user-friendliness and performance.
While this is far from the priciest Andis model we recommend (and actually quite reasonably priced), it’s truly professional-grade. It’s powerful, it’s fast, and it’s very reliable. We especially like the all-enclosed design that runs quiet and cool without fans or vents that clog up with hair. You can clip the thickest, most difficult coats with this without any problem. The nicer Andis model gives you more finesse and flexibility, but we think this is as nice as most folks need in a corded package.
This Wahl Bravura kit is our top cordless recommendation. Since it’s more powerful and more reliable than the cheaper cordless models we recommend, we suggest it to anyone who’s set on going cordless who can afford it. It’s more adjustable, has a longer runtime, and is made in Europe to an excellent degree of quality control. You can certainly get away with the cheaper Wahl for light-to-medium duty work on most breeds, but this is the best bet for going cordless with trickier breeds like poodles and large, thick-coated dogs.
This Andis corded model is our ultimate recommendation for a dog grooming clipper. It’s overkill for the vast majority of buyers, but certainly worth the price to commercial users and folks who have several dogs/cats to keep groomed. This one is somewhat similar to the cheaper Andis model above, but adds an extra speed and a heavier build for even more professional-grade performance. Having an extra speed is particularly handy around joints and other tricky areas. This one goes through all types of coats like butter and we haven’t found anything to complain about with it–aside from the very steep cost. Don’t buy this unless you know you’ll get your money’s worth, but consider it if you have a very challenging breed or several pets to keep groomed.
Decide On Your Budget
You can pay anywhere from $50 to $500 for dog grooming clippers, depending on the brand, model, and format. Figure out how much you can afford to spend up front. Most folks don’t need to spend more than $100 or so. However, if you’ve got several animals, or are dealing with a breed of dog that’s large and covered in thick, tricky fur, you’d do well to invest in something high-end that’s up to the challenge. We suggest that owners of poodles, huskies, or other such high-maintenance breeds go for something higher-end, between $100 and $300. We don’t think there’s any reason to pay more than that, though. There aren’t any really noticeable improvements between $300 clippers and $500 models.
Know Your Breed
As we’ve mentioned above, a lot of choosing the right set of dog grooming clippers comes down to suiting the breed of dog you’ve got. Know your breed well, and know what a typical trim will entail. Is it a quick job, or an entire afternoon? Is it going to be impractical to tackle with a cordless tool, or is it the sort of thing where you can be done and dusted in the time it takes to unwind a cord and wind it back up again? What kind of clipping do you need to do? All one length, or different contours like on poodles? Answering all these questions up front will help you make a more informed decision.
Corded Or Cordless?
We’ve already talked about how different breeds are better suited to cordless or corded tools, alternately. It’s important to think about which format you’ll prefer working with, since choosing your power source is one of the biggest decisions to make. Cordless tools are obviously the most convenient, and that’s why they’re so popular. They allow you to clip practically anywhere, which is especially handy with dogs who aren’t necessarily going to cooperate by staying still by an outlet. The downside is that cordless tools have a limited runtime which may not be enough to get through every grooming job. They also don’t have quite the industrial power of corded models, though the nicest lithium ion models can come pretty close. As a general rule, we suggest that owners of smaller and medium-sized breeds with light-to-medium coats go for cordless models if they want the most flexible solutions. Any others should probably stick with corded.
We hope you’ve found our guide to the best dog grooming clippers helpful and informative! If you’ve seen one or two models here that look like they’re up your alley, go ahead and click on the links in our reviews. That’s the best way to check current prices, see full lists of features, and more. Or, visit our homepage to find links to the rest of our buying guides.