Goldendoodles are affectionate and adorable dogs. Since they were first bred in the 1990s, they’ve become immensely popular, especially for their distinctive coats, which range from curly to straight. Because they’re a low-dander, non-shedding breed, they’re great if you have allergies, but they also need to be groomed regularly. So which brush will help you groom your Goldendoodle quickly and efficiently?
To help you pick out the best brush for your Goldendoodle, we bought and tested quite a few dog brushes. Our favorite models made it onto this list of the 10 best brushes for Goldendoodles, and each model has a full review comparing price, size, bristles, handles, durability, and ease of cleaning. If you’re wondering what makes a great Goldendoodle brush, stick around for our handy buyer’s guide. You’ll be perfectly grooming your Goldendoodle in no time!
A Quick Look at The Winners of 2020:
The 10 Best Brushes for Goldendoodles:
1. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush – Best Overall
Our top pick is the Hertzko FBA_881314705702 Self Cleaning Slicker Brush, which is easy to clean and well-designed for Goldendoodles.
This light 3.2-ounce brush has curved wire bristles that do a good job penetrating medium to long coats. For simple cleaning, you can retract the bristles using a button. The non-slip handle has a comfort grip design and a thumb rest.
When we tested this brush, we found that it was very effective on Goldendoodles, easily grooming the undercoat on thicker coats. If your dog has a thinner coat, this may not be the brush for you, as the bristles may be too hard. This brush won’t last forever, and you may need to hold the button down to keep the bristles out. The slicker brush is very well-priced given its effectiveness and quick cleaning.
2. FURminator Slicker Brush – Best Value
If your budget is smaller, you may be interested in the FURminator 104009 Firm Grooming Slicker Brush, which we believe to be the best brush for Goldendoodles for the money.
This very inexpensive brush comes in two sizes and has a dual flex head that better conforms to your dog’s body. It’s designed for medium and long curly coats. There are straight bristles on one side and bent bristles on the other, so you can adjust for different types of grooming. We also enjoyed the ergonomic handle.
We found this brush somewhat flimsy, with a handle that wasn’t very well-attached. It’s also more difficult to clean and weighs a slightly heavier 6.2 ounces. But given the low price and choice of bristles, it’s a great value.
This light 3.68-ounce brush has nine sharp teeth on one side and a rounded 17-tip undercoat rake on the other. The brush is fully waterproof, and there’s a nice ergonomic handle. The sharp teeth actively thin the coat, so you’ll need to be careful using it.
With sharp teeth, this brush takes a bit more skill to use. It’s also not fully durable, with a plastic handle that’s not very solidly glued to the metal brush head. RUBOLD offers a great 100% satisfaction guarantee.
4. Oster Combo Brush
Another good option is the Oster 078279-102-001 Combo Brush, which is inexpensive and lightweight but less effective on Goldendoodle hair.
This four-ounce brush, which is designed like a classic hairbrush, conveniently offers two grooming options. One side is equipped with dense nylon bristles and the other has metal round-tip pins. There’s also an ergonomic handle with a grooved grip.
We found the handle comfortable to hold, but the bristles fell out quite easily. This brush may not be strong enough to fully groom a Goldendoodle.
5. Miracle Care 3261 Slicker Brush
The Miracle Care 3261 Pet Slicker Brush offers wire pins but no shine-inducing bristles and doesn’t feel particularly durable.
This heavier 6.1-ounce brush, sold at a moderate price, has a soft pad and angled, flexible wire pins so that you can groom thoroughly. There’s a cushioned handle, and the brush head is conveniently wide.
We found this brush to feel somewhat cheaper than its price. The pins, which may be too sharp for your dog, come out easily, and the brush head inconveniently detaches from the handle. With no soft bristles, there aren’t multiple grooming options.
6. Andis 80585 Grooming Tools
Another low-cost option is the Andis 80585 Premium Pet Grooming Tool, which is light and comfortable to hold but has sharp, less effective pins.
This compact 3.2-ounce brush has a square head and a soft, anti-slip handle. The metal pins are fairly sharp and don’t have protective rounded tips.
This brush has a cheaper feel and may fall apart fairly quickly. The pins are too sharp for sensitive skin and thinner coats, and the brush can be difficult to clean. There also aren’t multiple bristle types, with no smoothing synthetic bristles.
7. GoPets Pin and Bristle Brush
The GoPets Professional Double Sided Pin and Bristle Brush is a pricier, heavier model that offers both pins and bristles.
This heavy eight-ounce brush offers double-sided grooming, with metal pins and dense nylon bristles. The pins have rounded metal tips that have been molded on during casting for added durability. There’s also a comfortable gel-filled silicone handle.
When we tested this brush, we found it to be not very durable. The metal bristles fall out while grooming thicker coats, and the gel quickly begins to leak from the handle. The rubber pad may also break or split with use. GoPets does offer a great 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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8. Paw Brothers TM31170 Slicker Brush
The Paw Brothers TM31170 Hard Pin Slicker Brush offers extra-long metal pins that work fairly well on thick coats but aren’t especially durable.
This moderately-priced brush has a sturdy non-slip handle and a square head. There are one-inch stainless steel pins without rounded tips that do a fairly good job penetrating Goldendoodle coats.
These pins are too long to be sturdy, catching and falling off frequently. The brush can be difficult to clean, and the tips may be too sharp for your dog.
9. Groomist DISCO205 Dog Brushes
The Groomist DISCO205 Dog Brush has combined metal pins and nylon bristles. Though it’s moderately-priced and has a sturdy handle, it’s not very effective on undercoats and may be too small for adult Goldendoodles.
This 5.6-ounce blue and silver plastic brush has plastic-tipped metal pins and nylon bristles on the same side. The handle is comfortable and feels durable.
When we tested this brush, we found that the nylon bristles made the coat look shiny and smooth but didn’t reach the undercoat or help with shedding. The bristles break easily, and the brush head is fairly small.
10. Conair PGRDSSS Dog Slicker
Our least favorite model is the Conair PGRDSSS Dog Slicker, which has a clunky design and doesn’t groom very effectively.
This lightweight 3.2-ounce brush is sold at a low price but has an unattractive design. There’s a comfortable gel handle, and the brush head has small plastic-tipped metal pins that won’t irritate your dog’s skin.
We found these pins not strong or long enough for thicker coats, and the brush may be too small for full-grown Goldendoodles. The brush doesn’t remove very much hair or groom particularly well.
Now that you’ve seen our list of the best dog brushes for Goldendoodles, it’s time to start shopping. But which design will work best for you and your dog? Keep reading to learn more about your choices.
Goldendoodles, which are a cross between golden retrievers and standard poodles, were originally bred to be hypoallergenic. They’re a good choice for allergy-prone owners because they don’t shed and are low-dander. However, this also means that you’ll need to groom your Goldendoodle more often, as the undercoat won’t shed on its own.
Metal Pins or Plastic Bristles?
What bristle options would you like to have? Most dog brushes are equipped with metal pins or soft plastic bristles. Some are double-sided, offering the flexibility of both types of bristles, and others combine the two types into one side of the brush.
If you choose a model with metal pins, you may want to pay attention to the pin length, which will determine how well you can groom a thick coat. The longer the pins, the better they’ll groom a thick Goldendoodle coat, but these pins may also be less sturdy. You may also want to make sure your pins are made of a durable, rust-resistant metal like stainless steel.
Another major consideration for metal pins is their tips. If the tips aren’t rounded, they may be sharp and irritating to your dog’s skin, particularly if your dog has a thinner coat. Rounded tips may be plastic or metal, but the most durable type is made of metal that’s been welded, rather than glued, on.
Most synthetic bristles are made of nylon, which is durable and soft. These bristles work well on thinner coats and do a good job shining and smoothing coats. You may appreciate this option after you’ve thinned and untangled your dog’s coat using metal pins. You’ll probably want to choose a model with well-attached bristles that won’t fall off while you’re grooming.
Some dog brushes, like our premium pick, the RUBOLD RUB001 Dematting Tool, feature sharp teeth that thin your dog’s coat by cutting some of the hair. If you choose this type, you may need more grooming expertise and will want to be careful not to cut your dog’s skin.
If you groom your dog a lot, you’ll want a brush that’s comfortable to hold. Many of the models we reviewed here have cushioned, ergonomic handles and some also offer non-slip grips or thumb rests. Keep in mind that brushes with gel-filled handles may be prone to leaking.
Many of these brushes don’t come with warranties, but some offer great protections like 100% satisfaction guarantees. If you’d like to have your brush protected, you may want to choose a model with a warranty.
The results are in! Our favorite model is the Hertzko FBA_881314705702 Self Cleaning Slicker Brush, which offers effective wire bristles that retract for simple cleaning. If you’re looking to save money, the FURminator 104009 Firm Grooming Slicker Brush offers great value, with a dual flex head and a good ergonomic handle. Are you shopping for a premium dog brush? Take a look at the RUBOLD RUB001 Dematting Tool, which has an undercoat rake and sharp teeth that thin as they brush.
With the help of a great brush, you can keep your Goldendoodle well-groomed without spending too much time or money. But with so many models available, finding that perfect brush can be a chore. We hope this list of 2020’s 10 best brushes for Goldendoodles, complete with detailed reviews and a handy buyer’s guide, helps you shop confidently and efficiently. Your next great dog brush is right around the corner!
By Kate MacDonnell
Featured image credit: Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush, Amazon
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- A Quick Look at The Winners of 2020:
- The 10 Best Brushes for Goldendoodles:
- 1. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush – Best Overall
- 2. FURminator Slicker Brush – Best Value
- 3. RUBOLD Dematting Tool – Premium Choice
- 4. Oster Combo Brush
- 5. Miracle Care 3261 Slicker Brush
- 6. Andis 80585 Grooming Tools
- 7. GoPets Pin and Bristle Brush
- 8. Paw Brothers TM31170 Slicker Brush
- 9. Groomist DISCO205 Dog Brushes
- 10. Conair PGRDSSS Dog Slicker
- Buyer’s Guide
- Goldendoodle Grooming
- Metal Pins or Plastic Bristles?