Taking your dog on a trip to the dog groomers can not only be a bit expensive, but for some dogs can also be a stress inducing ordeal that makes life really unpleasant! If that’s the case for you and you’re reading this article you’re likely looking for advice on the best dog clippers to buy so that you can save some money and save some anxiety – from both you and your dog!
We have a Bedlington Terrier so I get the whole grooming thing completely! We’ve tried a whole load of clippers over the years so I hope this guide to buying a good one is helpful.
What to look for in dog grooming clippers
You’ve decided you want to give grooming your dog at home a go and so the first thing you need is some clippers right? Should be simple enough! Before you dive straight in and buy the first set, here’s some things to consider:
- does it come with different blades? Or different guard sizes? Do you need to buy them separately?
- what kinds of fur coats is it good with, thick, thin, wiry? – check the reviews. Depending on your dog breed there can often be different blades to buy.
- is the shaver corded or cordless
- how noisy are they? They might freak out your dog if too noisy so look for quiet dog clippers
- how does it cope with a long grooming session? Many models can overheat so be wary of that. It may not be a worry if you have a small dog but a large dog will take longer and needs to be able to handle that.
When grooming your dog my advice is to try and stick with what the professionals use no matter what tool you’re buying – these are tried and tested and if your budget allows this is almost always the best option.
Best dog clippers – my reviews
Fully updated in 2020!
Wahl Multi Cut Mains Dog Clipper Set
Best budget dog clippers
This set from Wahl is one of the top rated dog clippers around at the moment and when you consider the cost of them it’s really saying something.
It’s a corded trimmer set which I personally like as it means the power is consistent and it comes with 4 different sized comb attachments for the clippers which give the variable length when trimming.
You also get an instructional dvd so if you’re a complete beginner this would really help you out! It’s all packed together in a nice little carry case too.
Reviews of these dog clippers are really favourable with people complimenting how quiet they are and that they are easy to use. Not complicated at all!
- Instructional dvd
- fairly quiet
- easy to use
- can get hot if on for too long
Andis Agc Super 2-speed Professional Animal Clippers
Best professional dog clippers – top rated
Andis is the set to have if you’re after a professional standard set of pet clippers. It’s recommended by both home users and professional dog groomers alike and they are an excellent set. Unfortunately the price tag reflects that, however if you regularly go to the groomers it won’t take long to recoup the costs, even less if you have more than one dog, and you’ll have a long lasting bit of equipment too. (See my in depth review here)
The Andis is a really lovely set of clippers and my personal favourite of the ones I’ve tried. Because they are so well made and cut so well, that I can groom my dog in half the time and so I’ve found they don’t overheat. So if you’re new to it all and taking your time with grooming then you can know they’ll not get too hot. When I’ve had clippers in the past that did this I’d end up with a half clipped dog while I waited for them to cool down! Not a good look!
You only get one size blade with the base set which is a No 10 size – it leaves 1.6mm of hair, fairly short!
- professional grade equipment
- long lasting
- very quiet
- excellent and quick results
- on the expensive side
- only one blade included – if you need other sizes you need to get them separately
Masterclip Pedigree Pro Professional Dog Clipper Set
Best value dog grooming clippers
Another set that is on the higher end of the price scale, although not quite as high is this one from Masterclip.
It’s a really good quality set and comes with 4 comb guards as well so no need to be buying more for different lengths. You get all that you need in one set. For the price you get a seriously good value set that is edging towards the professional dog hair clippers.
It has a two speed motor, is corded and also comes with a 2 year warranty so you can be sure that if something goes wrong they should be able to sort it. (See my in depth review here)
- 4 guard combs included
- 2 year warranty
- on the expensive side
Omorc Rechargeable Cordless Dog Clippers
Best cheap cordless dog clippers
This is my favourite of the cordless dog clippers that are rechargeable and cheap. The set is a really good value kit including a whole heap of accessories too so if you’re a beginner with no grooming tools it would be a good starter set.
You get the clippers and 4 or 6 guide combs which allow you to cut the hair to different lengths, some scissors and a metal comb. Being small and rechargeable is a plus with these as they are good to have on hand should you need to do a quick cut one time.
I’ll be honest, there are a tonne of this style of clippers on Amazon – they seem to be a generic Chinese made model. I advise checking the prices and reviews to make sure what you order is reliable but I imagine they are all pretty similar.
I got these as a spare pair when I was getting my main set repaired and I’ll admit that they are nowhere near as good as the Andis, but they do the job and would be good to test out if you wanted to try grooming yourself without a big outlay.
- comes with accessories so a good starter set
- slightly cheap feel to them
- noisier than more expensive sets
- not sure how long they’ll last!
When looking for dog clippers reviews it’s important to bear in mind that we’re all coming from a different place with different breeds, temperaments (both ours and the dogs!) and experience. I do recommend going for the professional clippers for dogs if you can but if you can only stretch to the cheap dog trimmers then give those a try – you won’t have lost much!