Most dogs require daily maintenance to keep their hair silky smooth and tangle-free. You know how annoying a tangle can be to remove — not just for you but also for your dog.
This article showcases 10 reviews of the best dog detangler sprays on the market today, to help you determine which is right for your particular breed of dog. Our buyer’s guide will offer tips and considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a detangler, since there are many options available on the market and it can be frustrating trying to figure out which one is ideal.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Dog Detangler Sprays – Reviews 2020
1. The Stuff Dog Conditioner – Best Overall
The best overall detangler is The Stuff since it makes combing out the tangles and mats in your dog’s coat an easy task. You can use it on all types of animal coats, not just dogs, and the silicone formula provides a protective barrier that repels dirt, dust, and urine. It also prevents tangles from forming in the first place, which will save time in the long run.
We like that it is pH-controlled and adds shine to a dog’s coat. Don’t get the spray in your dog’s eyes, however, since it will cause irritation. You will also want to protect your flooring when spraying the detangler because it will make the floor slick. It is easy to clean up with detergent if you do happen to get some on the floor, though.
For best results, use The Stuff after bathing your dog, while their fur is still wet. You can apply it directly to any mats and comb the hair smooth. Also, there isn’t a strong odor when using this product.
2. BioSilk Therapy Detangling Spray – Best Value
The Biosilk is the best dog detangler spray for the money because it is suitable for all dogs and puppies older than eight weeks, and it comes at an affordable price. What’s nice is that the formula is enriched with vitamins that work together to restore moisture to your dog’s coat. It is also pH balanced, paraben free, sulfate free, and safe to use with topical flea and tick treatments.
The results from this detangler is a natural shine and silky texture on your dog’s coat. It is easy to use, but you do want to avoid getting this into your dog’s eyes. Spray your dog from the back of the ears to the tail, and then massage and brush the coat to remove all tangles and mats.
On the downside, the fragrance of the Biosilk may be too strong for some people and their dogs, though the residual smell does decrease over time and leaves a nice lingering scent. The Biosilk doesn’t detangle as effectively as The Stuff, which is why it didn’t reach the number-one spot on our list.
The Burt’s Bees bundle comes with a detangling spray and a double-sided hemp brush that work together to reduce tangles in your dog’s coat. The spray has a refreshing lemon scent and includes lemon oil to prevent buildup and linseed oil to coat and protect the fur. The formula is pH balanced for all dogs and puppies and is free of sulfates, harsh chemicals, and colorants.
The eco-friendly brush is made from bamboo and other recycled materials, and we like the soft hemp bristles that are gentle at removing shedding hair and the rounded pins that work at removing tangles.
When grooming your dog, spray this detangler on the area to comb out. It will make it easier to get the brush through the hair and reduce your dog’s stress of being groomed. The downside with this dual product is that it is pricey, which is why it isn’t number one or two in this review line-up.
4. Tropiclean Tangle Remover
Tropiclean is made from 97.5% natural ingredients that work to remove tangles and reduce brushing time. It is affordable and ready to use and will reduce static and frizz while leaving the coat shiny and smooth. It’s best to use the detangler after bathing your dog. Simply massage it into the coat, and then brush to remove tangles. There’s no need to rinse when done.
The scent is a light and refreshing sweet pea that is not overpowering and keeps your dog smelling lovely for days. It is made in the U.S.A. and is safe to use on dogs and cats older than 12 weeks. On the downside, it doesn’t do as well at preventing tangles as others on this review list.
5. Wahl 4-In-1 Calming Pet Shampoo
This is an affordable four-in-one formula that cleans, conditions, detangles, and moisturizes. It is pH balanced, alcohol free, and paraben free. It can be used on dogs and cats, though take care to avoid contact with the eyes, since it can be irritating. You use it like any other shampoo, lathering it up in your dog’s coat, rinsing well, and then toweling dry. Comb or brush your dog immediately to remove tangles and mats.
Since there are chamomile and lavender present in the shampoo, it produces a calming effect for you and your dog, so grooming time is more enjoyable for both parties. Also, we found that you don’t have to use a large amount of this product at once because it has a higher concentration of the coconut sudsing agent.
The Wahl does leave the dog’s coat soft and shiny, but it doesn’t provide natural oils to keep the skin from becoming dry and flakey, especially on sensitive-skinned dogs.
6. COWBOY MAGIC Concentrated Detangler
For a deep conditioning detangler, we found that Cowboy Magic does a great job at restoring moisture while helping detangle mats within the coat. It leaves a silky shine and repels future dust, dirt, and sand from the hair.
You can use it on wet or dry coats, and it does not need to be rinsed out. We found that it doesn’t leave an oily residue nor contain alcohol that can dry the hair. Unfortunately, it does have a strong floral scent that can be overpowering to some.
On the positive side, this detangler can be used on humans as well as other animals, such as cats and horses. You don’t have to use a large amount of the product to get results, which is an advantage because it comes in a small bottle that makes it a little pricier.
7. Vet’s Best Mist Dog Detangler Spray
This detangler is made with natural ingredients, such as sage, aloe, and cucumber, and it has been formulated by veterinarians. We like that it works well to detangle hair and helps soothe dry, itchy skin. If you have a dog with irritated skin, as well as tangles, then this formula will do well for them.
You can use it daily or at any time to freshen your dog’s coat between baths. The fragrance is nice, and there is no oily residue left in the hair. It doesn’t do as well at repelling dirt and grime and feels tacky at on the fur until it dries, but once completely dry, it adds a nice luster even to brittle coats.
8. BarkLogic Dogs Detangling Spray
The Barklogic works when sprayed on wet or dry fur and works to detangle, as well as condition. It is sulfate, phthalate, and paraben free, making it hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. It contains aloe and flaxseed, both of which promote coat and skin health.
You can use this detangler daily to freshen your dog’s fur and help get a softer coat. You don’t need to rinse out this product, and it works well after baths too. It has a light tangerine scent that doesn’t overpower the senses. We like that it is gentle enough for puppies, though the product is somewhat watery, and you have to use a large amount to get the desired results.
9. Pet Head Fur Ball Detangling Spray
The Pet Head is made from sunflower seed oil, wheat protein, fatty acids, and vitamin E and is formulated to detangle knots and mats in your dog’s fur. However, we found that it doesn’t do as well on curly hair.
It has a nice scent and is pH balanced and eco-friendly, so it is safe if your dog happens to lick or swallow any of the product. It leaves the coat shiny and soft, but the design of the bottle makes it difficult to get a good grip while spraying. We also found that the sprayer is temperamental and does not work effectively all the time.
10. John Paul Pet Detangling Spray
Last on our list is the John Paul Pet, which is made in the U.S.A. and is an eco-friendly product with no parabens. This product does well at conditioning, since it contains 13 conditioning agents and soothes and calms itchy skin.
It is a good product to use between baths because it can be applied to damp or dry coats. We found, however, that it can be irritating to dogs with sensitive skin due to the tea tree oil, lavender, and spearmint extract. Plus, the scent has a strong, almost cologne-like smell that can be overpowering to the human nose, so it may be too much for your canine friend to enjoy.
This detangler does soften the fur initially but does not last very long and doesn’t detangle as effectively as others on this list.
In order to decide on which detangler will do the best job, you need to keep a few things in mind. Ideally, a detangler should do as advertised and detangle your dog’s fur. Some will even offer extra nourishment to the coat and skin.
Factors to consider when buying a detangler spray
If you are environmentally conscious and/or prefer to not use harsh chemicals on your dog, then you will want ingredients that are natural and paraben free and don’t contain any harsh chemicals. Some will be formulated with more nourishing moisturizers and can be dual-purpose, so there is no need to buy two different products.
After removing the tangles, the ideal finish is a soft and smooth coat with no oily residue. Most detanglers are not meant to be rinsed, so having a good finish is important.
Most sprays are affordable, especially when you consider the time that you are saving, and there should be no need to purchase extra tools other than a brush or comb. Also, a good detangler will make it easy to comb your dog, which will reduce grooming stress.
We love our dogs smelling nice and fresh, but we also don’t want to get a headache from the smell. And imagine what your poor dog is going through if the scent is overpowering for you. It’s also nice if a scent stays on your dog longer than one day.
- Humid areas can cause frizzy fur.
- Long-haired breeds tangle easier than short-haired.
- Matted hair occurs more often in areas of friction, such as under the collar, abdomen, and lower legs.
- Severe mats can attract debris that can become embedded in the skin.
- Even small tangles can be painful for your dog.
- Human care products don’t always work as effectively on dogs, since their fur is different and requires a different formulation.
- Test a small area on your dog before applying to the full body in case your dog has a skin reaction.
When looking to buy the best detangler, it can be overwhelming since there are many products available. We hope that our reviews list narrows down the field to help you make an easier decision.
Our top choice is The Stuff, which detangles and removes mats easily and effectively while leaving the coat shiny and soft. The best value is the Biosilk, which is offered at an affordable price while still being able to detangle and leave the fur smelling fresh in between baths. If cost isn’t an option, the Burt’s Bees detangler comes with a two-sided brush that makes grooming your pet an easy task while being 100% safe for your pet.
We hope that you find the best detangler for your dog so you can have great results when detangling and brushing your dog’s fur.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dog Detangler Sprays – Reviews 2020
- 1. The Stuff Dog Conditioner – Best Overall
- 2. BioSilk Therapy Detangling Spray – Best Value
- 3. Burt’s Bees Natural Detangling Spray – Premium Choice
- 4. Tropiclean Tangle Remover
- 5. Wahl 4-In-1 Calming Pet Shampoo
- 6. COWBOY MAGIC Concentrated Detangler
- 7. Vet’s Best Mist Dog Detangler Spray
- 8. BarkLogic Dogs Detangling Spray
- 9. Pet Head Fur Ball Detangling Spray
- 10. John Paul Pet Detangling Spray
- Buyer’s Guide
- Factors to consider when buying a detangler spray