People with dogs have all sorts of opinions on how their dog should be styled. It seems that there is no right way or wrong way, whether it be mohawks or mustaches.
One breed specifically tends to stand out when it comes to styling, and that is the Poodle. With its curly hair and elegant posture, the Poodle is basically the supermodel of the dog world.
If you have one of these dogs, it is likely that you are interested in the best products for styling your best friend.
For this list of reviews, we have scoured the internet to find the best brushes to help you style your Poodle. From precision to comfort, you can find it all here. Let’s take a look at what we found!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
10 Best Brushes for Poodles — Reviews 2020
1. Hertzko Double Sided Brush – Best Overall
Some people think that to get deep into the coat of a Poodle, the brush needs to be all about rigidity. Hertzko is here to tell you that this is not the case. Made with a flexible head, this brush for Poodles is changing the game.
The double-sided head serves several purposes, all of which result in your Poodle looking their best. Whether it be detangling, massaging, or removing loose hair and dirt, this brush serves not only as a styling device but also a cleaning agent. The lack of rigidity mean that it easily contours to the body of your pet.
The bent bristles take this design idea one step further by getting deep into the fur, grooming and untangling the undercoat, making the top coat look that much more healthy. This is all done with the comfort of the animal in mind, as the bristles are bent to make sure that there is no scratching or poking.
Your dog will also appreciate the massaging qualities of this brush. Nothing beats relaxing while updating your look, right? This brush is also designed to promote good blood flow, effectively making it both stylish and healthy.
Some people seem to have issues with this brush in that it requires a great deal of patience. This brush will cut through tangles that other brushes won’t, but you can’t tug on them. You have to slowly brush through the hair — and your pet will be thankful for you doing so.
If you don’t love your brush from Hertzko, no worries! You have a full 30 days to send it back.
2. Safari W6141 Pin Brush – Best Value
This is more of a standard brush than our top pick, but due to its value and quality, we think of it as the best brush for Poodles for the money. This brush doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and fortunately, it doesn’t have to — it just has to brush the hair of your Poodle.
This brush does much more than just style your dog. But while we’re on the topic, this brush is made with a firm back and rounded metal bristles, so it can handle quite a thick coat of fur. While this model is recommended for miniature Poodles, it can be used on standard Poodles as well; the trick is to make sure you are brushing in the direction of the hair growth. If you do this, you will find it much easier to get through tangles but also to get that wonderful stylish look you are aiming for.
Speaking of tangles, this brush does a nice job getting them out. While it styles and detangles, it is also good for spreading around the natural oils of your pet. This will promote healthier hair growth, which will promote fur that is easier to style in the future!
This brush works especially well in conjunction with a de-matting brush.
If there is anything to be wary of with this brush, it is that after a good amount of use, the bristles might start coming out.
When you think of dog brushes, you probably envision this style of brush. The square head and sharp-looking bristles have become a mainstay for dog stylists.
One of the first things that stands out is the overall surface area. With more space, you can have more bristles, and with more bristles, you can get out more tangles and have your dog spend less time getting brushed out. Not only does this brush look bigger than most, it is advertised that way, touting a brush head that is 40% bigger than the industry standard.
The bristles on this brush are bent, which help get rid of old fur and spread natural oils to promote healthy growth of new fur. This brush fears no dog size either. Whether you have a tiny cute dachshund or 100-pound beautiful Poodle, this brush is meant for the health of all breeds. The brush is good for you as well. The handle is grippy and extra long for an ergonomic experience.
Unfortunately, there are instances of the handle coming undone from this brush. It is rare but something to be aware of, especially considering how much this product costs.
4. Miracle 3261 Care Brush
While our first three options are good for both the top coat and undercoat of our four-legged friends, this brush mostly just focuses on what we can see, though with its price point, all you have to do is find another brush to pair it with to get the whole job done.
This holds up well on the top coat of your dog. Made to be soft for both you and your pet, the oval head gives you a good amount of surface area, and the rubber padding behind the bristles not only absorbs some of the harshness of the brush but makes for a decent massage as well.
The bristles on this brush are not bent because it is not meant for detangling and or spreading oils around your pet. This is what is called a finishing brush. It is meant to be the last step once other grooming and stylistic duties have been fulfilled. With that said, it is still a fine brush for the removal of excess fur.
One of the things we have noticed specifically about this brush is that dogs seem to be comfortable with it. Even dogs who are normally a little antsy about their day in the barber shop have a fine time with this brush. Poodle owners specifically mention how great this brush is for their dog.
The only concern here is durability. Sometimes the rubber pad holding all the bristles will just fall out. This seems to be a rare occurrence, though.
5. BioSilk FF8558 Dogs Brush
Made with a two-sided head, this brush is meant to handle at least two of your dog’s grooming needs. One side of the brush has firm metal bristles to get into the undercoat, detangling and removing old hair. This will also spread natural oils, helping promote a healthier coat.
The other side of the brush is bushier and made of nylon bristles. This side is for the top coat. It helps remove old hair but is also used for styling. Because this brush is dual sided, you can easily go from one step of the grooming process to the next.
It is recommended that you brush in the direction of hair growth on your dog. You should also start from behind and move toward the front. This will not only be better for the dog but also make for a more consistent brush and a more stylish result.
This brush works for both little dogs and big dogs, especially Poodles. Both sides of this brush produce a nice massaging feeling, so your dog won’t run away when they realize that it is time for their routine styling.
The only problem with a product in this price range is that sometimes you just don’t know what you are going to get. In the case of this brush, you might get a product that breaks down on you quickly.
6. Li’l Pals W6202 Dog Brush
This brush is similar in looks to our premium pick, which means that it is a style of dog brush you have probably seen before. The big rectangle head is easily recognizable, but how does it hold up performance wise?
The bristles are made of metal and will get down into the undercoat of your dog, effectively maintaining and promoting good hair health. While made of metal, they are plastic tipped to make for a more comfortable experience. The head itself has a little give, making this a softer experience for your pup. The rectangle head means that it covers plenty of surface area and is perfect for long strokes going in the direction of hair growth.
There are a couple of downsides to this brush. The first is that it won’t get your dog’s coat exactly where you want it, and you will need to use it in conjunction with a grooming comb. Considering the lower price point, this just adds an extra step to the grooming process.
The other issue with this brush is that it is meant for puppies and small dogs. Once your Poodle is all grown up, this brush just won’t have the strength to get through that coat anymore. That said, puppies seem to love this brush, and if you can teach a dog from a young age that the brushing process is not only necessary but also relaxing, then you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of grooming ease.
Another issue with this brush is the size. The handle is short, making for a bit of an awkward user experience.
7. Paw Brothers TM31170 Brush
This brush looks heavy duty and seems to be meant for heavy-duty coats of hair. This is what is called a slicker brush. It’s meant specifically for hair removal and the spreading of oils. This brush has a nice wide head and seems like it was made specifically with Poodles in mind.
This brush can get down deep, really brushing out the undercoat of your Poodle, leaving it with a silky smooth finish. You’ll be surprised at how much hair this brush takes up, though of course, it’s better to have the hair on the comb than all over the couch or your clothes!
Because of the metal bristles, this might not be the most comfortable brush for your dog, but it is incredibly thorough, and dogs seem to feel better after being brushed out by this brush. To help with the process, we recommend going slowly with this brush and in the direction of the hair growth. Still, some users have found this brush to be just too stiff.
8. Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Brush
This brush looks like it is a joy to use because of the ergonomic handle and rubber grip. But how well does it work for your dog?
This isn’t the biggest brush on the market, but it is big enough to get the job done even on bigger Poodles. The stainless-steel bristles are strong and help eliminate tangles and mats. Of course, this means you will gather a whole bunch of hair on the brush in the process, but this model has a button that disposes of the hair for you!
The problem with this brush is that while it is designed to be easy for the human to use, it is unfortunately harsh for the dog. The bristles are not tipped at the end and are surprisingly sharp. Some users have reported that their dogs absolutely hate this brush.
9. Poodle Pet Slicker Brush
While this brush has a comfortable-looking handle, it will surprise you with its rotating head, giving you all sorts of flexibility when brushing your dog. The wire bristles are spaced close to each other to pick up maximum amounts of debris and hair, while slicking the hair to promote healthy growth.
This brush is good for de-matting your dog’s hair, though regular use will prevent matting in the first place. The bent tips of the bristles are also tipped so they don’t scratch your dog, though various users of this brush have different accounts of this feature. Some have complained that only half the bristles are tipped, and others have reported that none of the bristles are tipped. Depending on what you get, this will make a world of difference for how your pet feels about getting groomed.
This brush is also small, so it is best for Poodle puppies and miniature/toy Poodles.
10. Paws Pamper Bristle & Pin Brush
This brush looks like it is straight out of the 1800s. Made from wood, this two-sided brush has one side of hard bristles and the other of soft bristles. It is made this way to attempt to be multi-functional. The idea is that this brush can reduce shedding, promote healthy hair growth, and even de-mat your dog! It is also supposed to help eliminate skin irritation. The bristles on one side are made of metal, and on the other side, they are made of boar.
Aside from its looks, this brush finds itself in the position where it is difficult for the human to use, though the pet generally loves it. The hard bristles are strong and don’t allow for easy combing, while the boar bristles are too soft.
When looking for a brush for a Poodle, the first thing you should consider is the comfort of your pet. Yes, you want to have a nice-looking dog by the end of the grooming, but you also don’t want your dog running away every time you pick up the brush. There are other things to consider as well.
Not all brushes are made equal, just like not all dog hair is made equal. Some brushes are stronger in order to make it through thicker coats, while others just last longer. Depending on how much you want to spend and how often you brush your dog, this should be one of your primary concerns.
For the comfort of your dog, we always recommend a brush that has tips at the ends of the bristles. This will make for a much more comfortable experience not only for your dog but also you because no one likes to see their best friend in pain!
How easy is the brush for you to use? Some brushes are designed specifically for the dog’s comfort, while others have your best interest in mind. These two don’t always go hand in hand, though.
One for all?
Will your brush take care of all your hair grooming needs, or will you need to buy accompanying products to fully get the job done?
Shopping for a brush for your Poodle might not be the easiest task in the world simply because there are so many brushes out there. That’s why we put together this resource for you, and we certainly hope it helps! Whether you decide to buy our top pick from Hertzko or want to stick with the value of our pick from Safari, there are many great options out there. Just like a brush for a Poodle, our job is to make your shopping experience a little less hairy!
Featured image credit: Safari Pin Brush for Dogs Small, Amazon
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 10 Best Brushes for Poodles — Reviews 2020
- 1. Hertzko Double Sided Brush – Best Overall
- 2. Safari W6141 Pin Brush – Best Value
- 3. Chris Christensen Brush – Premium Choice
- 4. Miracle 3261 Care Brush
- 5. BioSilk FF8558 Dogs Brush
- 6. Li’l Pals W6202 Dog Brush
- 7. Paw Brothers TM31170 Brush
- 8. Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Brush
- 9. Poodle Pet Slicker Brush
- 10. Paws Pamper Bristle & Pin Brush
- Buyers Guide
- The tips
- One for all?