Whether you are looking to find a good clipper for personal use or are starting your own dog grooming business, you need one that performs well and offers the features you desire. Getting the right clippers will give you a professional-looking cut every time.
There are clippers on the market that range from basic to having many bells and whistles.
To ease the stress of choosing the right one, we’ve created a reviews list of the top 10 dog clippers. There’s also a buyer’s guide with tips and features to consider before purchasing.
A Summary of our Favorites in 2020:
|Andis ProClip 2-Speed|
|Wahl Animal Motion|
|Oster 2-Speed||1 Year||4.30/5|
|Wahl Animal Bravura Lithium||1 Year||4.20/5|
The 10 Best Professional Dog Clippers:
1. Andis 2-Speed Professional Clipper – Best Overall
The Andis is a great choice for all breeds of dogs with varying coats. You can get a smooth cut with either thick or thin hair. This is a quiet pair of clippers that use 120 volts and have two-speed adjustments. We like the detachable blade design that makes it easy to change and clean the blades.
Other nice features include a 14-foot heavy-duty cord, a locking switch so it won’t accidentally turn off, and a cool-running smart design that doesn’t require a fan or vent. It does 3,400 strokes per minute (SPM) at low speed and 4,400 at high speed. It is lightweight at 1.10 pounds, and the included size #10 blade is UltraEdge carbon steel, which delivers a smooth finish.
On the downside, the Andis does not come with attachment combs or a storage case. These clippers have a one-year manufacturer warranty.
2. cyrico Dog Grooming Clippers — Best Value
The cyrico is the best professional dog clippers for the money because it comes with many accessories and features. There are five speeds to choose from, and even at the highest speed, these are quiet. This is a rechargeable pair of clippers that will run for four hours on full battery, though they do take three hours to recharge again.
A great feature that makes these easy to use is the intelligent LCD reminder. When the blades need oiled or if it becomes stuck with hair, the LED screen will provide a notification. They will also automatically shut off when the blade is overloaded.
The accessories included are four attachable combs in varying sizes, two pairs of scissors, a metal comb, oil, oil comb, and charging base with charging cord. On the downside, these do not have the required power to cut through thick dog hair, though they can do a great job with finer haired dogs. For this reason, these did not make the number-one spot on our list.
The Wahl Professional offers a lightweight clipper that is ideal for trimming a variety of animals. It is a cordless model that will run for approximately 90 minutes before it needs to recharge. The LED light indicates when the lithium-ion battery level is getting low, and we found that the average charge time is 45 minutes.
This comes with five different guide combs, a charging stand with charging cord, a cleaning brush, oil, a soft storage case, and a removable finger grip. The Wahl has 5,500 SPM and offers a five-in-one blade technology that adjusts the blade to five different sizes, ranging from #9 to #40.
The clippers are made in Germany and come with a one-year warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Unfortunately, these clippers aren’t meant for a full-body cut and are better suited for trimming due to the short life of the battery, which is why they are number three on our list.
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4. Oster Animal Dog Pet Clipper
This is a nice option with a detachable blade system, making it fast and easy to change blades. There are two speeds: the lowest runs at 3,000 SPM and the highest at 4,000 SPM. We like that all Oster blades are compatible with this model.
The cord is 12 feet in length, and the Oster can cut through thick hair easily while running quietly. It comes with 10 detachable combs, a standard #10 blade, oil, cleaning brush, and a soft case to hold everything. Oster provides a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you decide these clippers aren’t for you.
On the downside, the blade does become hot if used for a long period of time.
5. Wahl Animal Bravura Cordless Clipper
These lightweight and compact clippers are ideal for trimming and finish work for all dog breeds, as well as cats. They do well for light bodywork on small to medium-sized dogs but can’t handle heavy-duty hair cutting. They are also cordless and run on a lithium-ion battery.
When these clippers are fully charged, the runtime is 90 minutes, and it takes about 60 minutes to recharge. If you do not have time to wait, you can plug them in with the cord and finish your work. The SPM is 5,000.
The five-in-one blade system is a great feature that saves time from having to change a blade. The adjustment range is from #9 to #40. It comes with six guide combs, a cleaning brush, oil, a charge stand with cord, and a soft storage case.
The Wahl comes with a 30-day guarantee and a limited warranty.
6. Andis Detachable Blade Clipper
The Andis is a two-speed clipper, with a low speed of 3,400 SPM and a high of 4,400. It also has a detachable blade design so you can change the blade faster. The long 14-foot cord makes it easy to maneuver around the dog while you work.
These clippers are good for all types of coats and breeds, and this model is compatible with all Andis CeramicEdge and UltraEdge blades ,so there is a wide variety to choose from to get that perfect cut. The company offers a one-year warranty. This unit cuts very well but does not come with any accessories or a storage case, and it is higher priced.
7. Hansprou Dog Shaver Clippers
A unique feature with this model is that there is a dial on the handle so you can adjust the cutting level of the blade in a matter of seconds and get back to work. It comes with four guard combs to add even more variety to trimming length.
These clippers offer a detachable blade design to make switching blades effortless and have a low vibration when running, about 50 decibels in sound. The blade features a 35-tooth cutter head, allowing it to remain sharper for a longer period of time.
On the downside, these Hansprou clippers only have one speed and don’t cut thicker hair as easily as the others on this list. They do come with a two-year warranty, but no other accessories.
8. oneisall Cordless Pet Grooming Clippers
These clippers are cordless, lightweight, and easy to use. They offer two different speeds and will run for five hours on a full charge, then take three hours to recharge. We like the LCD display that shows how much charge is left, as well as all the many accessories.
Included are six guide combs, a cleaning brush, a comb, scissors, oil, a charge base, and a cord. The affordable price of these clippers, along with the accessories, will set you up to be able to trim as soon as the product is delivered.
The oneisall clippers do well with trimming fine hair but have a difficult time with thicker, matted hair, becoming clogged easily and stalling. On the upside, they have a five-speed knob to adjust the depth of cut within one blade, allowing more versatility to getting the cut you prefer.
9. AIBORS Dog Clippers
These clippers have a 12-volt rotary motor to help cut through thick, coarse hair. They use a titanium-ceramic blade that helps reduce overheating and 35 teeth to increase cutting capability. They also have a feature that allows you to adjust the blade depth from 1.0mm to 1.9mm, and they come with four different sizes of guide combs.
The AIBORS has other accessories, including stainless-steel scissors, a comb, and a cleaning brush. The cord is 10 feet long but unfortunately, is not heavy duty. These clippers can cut through different thicknesses of hair, but on the finer hair, they don’t cut as smoothly. We found that it can be difficult to get a finished, professional edge. There’s also only one speed setting.
10. YIDON Dog Clippers
These affordable clippers comes as a grooming kit with all the essentials needed to get started trimming your dog right away. They are cordless and will last up to three hours on a full charge and then take three hours to recharge. On the plus side, you can still use them while they are charging.
These clippers have a higher vibration and are noisier than others on this list. The blade is a titanium ceramic that is detachable, making it easy to change and clean. There is a five-level blade adjustment, and they come with four guide combs.
The YIDON clogs easily with long hair, so it is more ideal for short-haired dogs. If you have a long-haired dog, you would need to cut the hair with a pair of scissors first. The cord is thin and flimsy, so care should be taken to not damage it. These clippers are good for beginner groomers, but not that suitable for professionals.
This portion will cover tips and considerations to keep in mind when browsing the market for dog clippers. Knowing what features are available will help you narrow down what you need in order to make your job easier and stress-free.
Features to Look For
Speed: Clippers that are set at one speed may be fine if it is appropriate for the specific dog breed that you own, such as one with shorter, finer hair. But they may not be effective if you need to cut a coarser-haired dog. Having a second speed will give you more power, but the clippers can also heat up faster. Being able to vary your speed gives you more control to provide a tidier finish.
Blade: There are ceramic blades that take longer to heat up, so they are ideal for when you have a great deal of work ahead of you. These tend to be more expensive, however. Titanium blades are more cost effective but can become hot quickly.
Corded vs Cordless: Most people think that cordless is the best option, since it is convenient and you have more range of motion to reach difficult areas, but the batteries can deplete fast and take quite a while to recharge. Cordless clippers are ideal for trimming and finishing.
Corded clippers generally have more power and can last indefinitely, though they will be heavier and less maneuverable. It will depend greatly on the type of hair you will be cutting. Not all cords are created equally and typically come in different lengths. Heavy-duty cords are ideal, since the cord is flipped around and abused frequently. So, the more durable the cord, the longer it will last.
Guide Combs: These are useful when you want to get an even trim around your dog’s body, as they snap on and come in different sizes. Certain clippers will offer a set of guide combs to start with.
Home Use or Professional Use
Are you purchasing a clipper for your new dog grooming business or so you can trim your own dog’s hair? This will determine the type of clippers you should purchase. If you are doing it just for your own dog, then you need to find clippers that suit their breed.
Size and Weight
The more compact and lightweight your clippers are, the easier they will be to maneuver, and it will also decrease arm and wrist fatigue. Most designs today are easy to grip and comfortable to hold for long periods. On the downside, lighter clippers will also vibrate more, which will be felt in your hand, and the dog you are grooming will notice it too.
You want a set of clippers that are easy to maintain and clean. Those with detachable blades are ideal. Using the recommended oils for your clippers will keep them sharp and working correctly, though you should use the type recommended by the manufacturer. Certain clippers will come with a cleaning brush and oil, which is a nice feature.
Some dogs are more sensitive to noise than others, especially from something coming near their bodies. Clippers that vibrate less will be quieter and should be used on dogs who are more skittish about being groomed.
Everyone has a budget, but you also want a quality pair that will perform to your expectations. If you buy cheap clippers, they may not last as long as something more expensive. On the other hand, there are certain clippers that are affordable and are good for starting out or for personal use.
Tips for using clippers:
- Do not use your dog trimmers on humans — they are made to cut dog hair, which is thicker.
- Always read the instruction manual, and know how to use and care for your clippers.
- Check the blade frequently to make sure it is not overheating, so you don’t burn your dog.
- For a smooth finish, trim the hair in the direction of growth.
- Blades that are dull will jam up easier and not leave a pretty cut.
- Hair that is washed and free from tangles is easier to trim.
Our reviews guide showcases the top 10 clippers, listing their pros and cons and giving you general information about their functionality. Limiting the list to 10 clippers hopefully reduces the stress of having to look for a pair all on your own.
Our number-one pick is the Andis ProClip, which is powerful and able to cut through all types of coats while providing a smooth finish. The best value is the cyrico because it offers many features and accessories at an affordable price. The Wahl Professional is the premium choice on the list, since it offers power and a five-in-one blade technology for easy adjusting of cut depth.
As you narrow your search even further, keep in mind the benefits and the drawbacks of each so you can find the perfect pair of clippers that are within your budget yet are good quality, so your investment is worthwhile.
Featured image credit: Andis UltraEdge Super 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper, Amazon
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- A Summary of our Favorites in 2020:
- The 10 Best Professional Dog Clippers:
- 1. Andis 2-Speed Professional Clipper – Best Overall
- 2. cyrico Dog Grooming Clippers — Best Value
- 3. Wahl Animal Cordless Clipper — Premium Choice
- 4. Oster Animal Dog Pet Clipper
- 5. Wahl Animal Bravura Cordless Clipper
- 6. Andis Detachable Blade Clipper
- 7. Hansprou Dog Shaver Clippers
- 8. oneisall Cordless Pet Grooming Clippers
- 9. AIBORS Dog Clippers
- 10. YIDON Dog Clippers
- Buyer’s Guide
- Features to Look For
- Tips for using clippers: