8 Best Dog Clippers | March 2017

We spent 31 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. It's not just people who appreciate decent grooming. Any pet feels better after a haircut, so check out these dog clippers and get your canine companion looking sharp. We've included kits suitable for at-home use and professional models good for veterinarians and groomers. Skip to the best dog clipper on Amazon.
8 Best Dog Clippers | March 2017


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Best Mid-Range
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Best High-End
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Best Inexpensive
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The Oster Outlaw handles every type of coat well and comes with attachments for the face and paws, so you can cut around small contours. It's designed to be quiet and operate with less vibration, so it shouldn't scare your pooch either.
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The FURminator Comfort Pro is more powerful than most models in its price range. It has a 3,600 SPM motor that can handle heavy coats without getting too hot, and it includes six guide combs to ensure you don't cut your dog's hair too short.
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The YaYa CP-8000 is a rechargeable option that performs adequately for the price, but can't compare with the more expensive models. It gets the job done on smaller dogs, but wouldn't be recommended for ones over 45 lbs. and isn't suitable for professional groomer use.
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The Wahl Arco SE has a cute, whimsical design with two paw prints and comes in a choice of five colors. It is a cordless, lightweight option, so you can maneuver it as needed, plus it includes a soft case for storage and transport.
  • glides through coats quickly
  • perfect for the face and feet
  • small blade isn't ideal for big dogs
Brand Wahl
Model 8786-1001
Weight 1.8 pounds
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The Oster A5 is powerful enough to take on the thickest coats. It also has a durable housing that can handle being dropped, in case you are working with a stubborn dog who moves around a lot. Plus it's made in the USA and is the same brand most dog groomers use.
  • comes with grooming shears
  • includes an instructional dvd
  • may get hot with extended use
Brand Oster
Model 078005-314-002
Weight 2.1 pounds
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The Wahl 9791 KM10 may seem expensive at first, but its long-lasting motor is designed to provide up to 10,000 hours of use before failing. It also provides automatic speed control that revs up when it hits thick patches of fur, making it great for every coat type.
  • designed to reduce wrist fatigue
  • feels well balanced in the hand
  • has two manual speed settings
Brand Wahl
Model 9791
Weight 2.1 pounds
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The PepPet Professional CP-9600 is a rechargeable model that has a convenient LCD display that shows the amount of time left before it needs to be charged again. It has an adjustable blade with four length options and a curved ergonomically-friendly handle.
  • one-and-a-half hours per charge
  • good for professional or home use
  • low vibrations won't startle dogs
Brand PepPet
Model CP-9600
Weight 1.2 pounds
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The Andis AGC2 ProClip is powerful enough to cut through the thickest coats without catching on any hairs. It features a detachable blade, making cleaning it a breeze, and the 14' cord allows you to move around your pup as needed without having to grab an extension cord.
  • runs cool and quiet
  • shatterproof housing
  • chrome blades resist rust
Brand Andis (Pet)
Model 22685
Weight 1.7 pounds

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 hotter 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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