The 9 Best Dog Clippers

Updated February 19, 2018 by Jeff Newburgh

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Although grooming your dog yourself may seem like a daunting task, one of these handy clippers can help to make the job much more efficient and easy to accomplish, while also keeping your pet pampered and looking its best. We've included kits suitable for at-home use as well as models fit for veterinarians and professional salons alike. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best dog clipper on Amazon.

9. Oster Outlaw

The Oster Outlaw handles both the precision and bulk clipping of almost any type of dog coat. The kit also includes a handy pair of grooming shears for quickly shaping your pup's face and paws, allowing you to cut around small contours using minimal force and vibration.
  • 10-piece guide comb set
  • instructional dvd included
  • power switch is a pain to use
Brand Oster
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Wahl Arco SE

The Wahl Arco SE boasts a cute, whimsical design that features 2 paw prints, and availability in your choice of 4 attractive colors. The included soft zippered case provides for easy storage and portability of its blades, guide combs, and rechargeable battery packs.
  • comes with a cleaning brush
  • good for grooming face and feet
  • small blade isn't ideal for big dogs
Brand Wahl
Model 8786-1001
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Oster A5

The Oster A5 has a detachable blade-changing system that makes it super easy to handle a variety of coat types from many animals, including dogs, cats, and livestock. Its durable housing withstands potential drops when working with nervous and fidgety dogs.
  • one-year warranty
  • cryogenically treated blades
  • can get hot with extended use
Brand Oster
Model 078005-314-002
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Cyrico Turbo

The Cyrico Turbo delivers a total of 5 available speed settings. Its backlit LED indicator is designed to alert you when the time comes to clean and oil its steel and ceramic blades, so you never have to worry about potential overheating or clogged hair.
  • 3 sizes of adjustable blades
  • price is affordable
  • not as durable as its competition
Brand cyrico
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Andis AGC2 ProClip

The Andis AGC2 ProClip has been designed with a completely shatterproof external housing and includes an extra-long 14-foot power cord, giving you plenty of mobility to groom around your pup from all angles. Its built-in locking switch prevents accidental shutoff.
  • chrome blades are rust-resistant
  • stay-cool design
  • it's on the heavy side
Brand Andis
Model 22685
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

4. PepPet CP-9600

Suitable for both home and professional use, the PepPet CP-9600 features a convenient LCD on its base that shows the amount of operation time remaining. The combination of its mobile ceramic and fixed stainless steel blades helps to ensure its precision and sharpness.
  • one-and-a-half hours per charge
  • also comes with a power adapter
  • instructions are a bit confusing
Brand PepPet
Model CP-9600
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Wahl Motion

The Wahl Motion includes everything you need to groom Fido efficiently from head to paw. Its blade set offers 5 different sizes that glide effortlessly through a variety of coat types, allowing you to perform both full body clippings and touch-ups at the same time.
  • runs very quietly
  • removable scissor grip handle
  • corded and cordless operation
Brand Wahl
Model 41885-0435
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Oster Volt

Powered by its lithium-ion battery, the Oster Volt delivers 2 consecutive hours of uninterrupted cordless operation on a single charge. The magnetic motor's relatively slow speed of 2,400 strokes per minute keeps its internal components cool during periods of extended use.
  • blades made from high-carbon steel
  • lightweight and ergonomic design
  • good for horses and livestock too
Brand Oster
Model 078004-000-000
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Furzone 614

Ideal for use on large breeds or livestock, the Furzone 614 is a lightweight precision tool equipped with a powerful, quietly-operating brushless motor that ensures stress-free cutting. Its multivented design keeps the blades running cool during long grooming sessions.
  • ergonomic grip reduces wrist fatigue
  • sturdy aluminum head
  • 2700 strokes per minute
Brand Furzone
Model 614-RED
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

A Buzz Cut For Fido

Dogs and humans alike suffer from the constant presence of dog hair. For the dogs, the suffering is contained mostly to the hottest half of the year, which is only exacerbated by the strange fact that dogs don't really sweat. Instead, they release body heat through panting and drooling, which I also tried to do one summer to a very alienating effect.

Another of our furry friends' natural responses to the heat is the delicate art of shedding. Ask any dog owner and they'll agree that there is an art to it. Somehow, our brilliant little buddies manage to get their hair through every crevice, into every drawer and onto every article of clothing. If that isn't an art, I don't know what is.

Fortunately, these dog clippers present a solution to both the problem of the overheated dog and that of the hairballs on your favorite shirt. They work in a very similar fashion to the clippers you might find at your local barber shop, albeit with a few specific alterations to maximize their friendliness toward man's best friend.

Any set of hair clippers operates by sliding two rows of sharpened teeth past one another. The principal is similar to that of a pair of scissors, but instead of crossing one another at an angle, these little teeth remain in constant parallel to one another as they pass like ships in the night. The motion is also self-sharpening, so maintenance is next to nil.

Before you go using your own clippers on your dog, you should know that the problem with using human hair clippers on a dog is twofold. Firstly, hair clippers for people might not have what it takes to handle the thicker manes of some hairier breeds, which could clog and break your personal clippers in a matter of minutes. Secondly, the sounds and intensity of vibrations produced by human clippers stand a good chance of spooking even the least gun-shy animals, and cutting a dog's hair is hard enough when they just stand there. Get one of these guys moving, and you won't get any cutting done.

Becoming The Barber

I've cut my own hair for a long time, going so far as to painstakingly use a double-mirror method to cut a straight line along the bottom of my neckline. It wasn't easy work, but I got pretty good at it after a while. Still, I didn't dare call myself a barber.

If you want to achieve anything more flattering than a military shave for your dog, it'd be wise to do a little research into cutting techniques for your breed and whatever ways other stylists have discovered to keep the animal still and cooperative. For the novice like you or me, there can't be too much information, so a set of clippers that comes with a manual and guide book, or better yet, a DVD tutorial, ought to shimmy right up toward the top of your list.

It is possible, however, that you already have some experience in grooming your pup. Perhaps you've done it all his life, or even for the lives of several dogs through the years. For people with your level of experience, you're probably better off keeping it simple and getting a set of clippers that looks like it'd feel comfortable in your hand and that can handle your breed's hair.

That last point is worth emphasizing. Even among these stronger clippers, not every model can handle every dog's hair follicle; some are just too thick and coarse. Double check that your breed or mix is on a list of dogs whose hair won't cause a problem for the kit to which you're most attracted.

It's Grooming Time

It's tough to put an exact date on the popularization of dog grooming. Short haired breeds in ancient Egypt seem to have been pets to the aristocracy, but their images in hieroglyphics don't appear to need very much in the way of grooming.

We do know that in 17th century France, in the court of Louis XV, the poodle was the official dog in the royal court, and that these years marked the first recorded evidence of dog grooming parlors. A few rare European texts through the next couple of centuries mention dog grooming on occasion, but the animals didn't see that much care until they became the pets of a middle class comfortable enough to afford their grooming, a class that wouldn't develop in the United States until after the second world war.

The first electric hair clippers cut their way into history just before this, when Frank Wahl left home to serve in the Spanish-American War and his nephew Leo took over the business. He toiled away for several years until he finally patented his first set of clippers in 1919.

These days, you can't throw a stone in an affluent neighborhood and not hit a dog grooming salon with a pun for its name: Doggie Styles, Fairy Tails, Oh For Pet's Sake, Wizard of Paws, and Asbury Bark (located in Asbury Park, NJ) are just some examples. All of these grooming salons have one thing in common: they're absurdly expensive, and you can save yourself a ton of bones by doing the grooming yourself.

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Last updated on February 19, 2018 by Jeff Newburgh

A dedicated writer and communications professional spending his days lost in the intricacies of both proposal and freelance writing. When not sharing the knowledge of both fully and self-insured medical benefits to employer groups of all industries within California, Jeff Newburgh can be found at home spending time with his family and 3 dogs, pondering the next chew toy to be thrown, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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