Best Dog Hair Grooming Clippers In 2021/2022: Complete Guide

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When it comes to choosing the best dog hair grooming clippers, there are many options to consider.

Not only do you have to pick a clipper, but you have to make sure to get the right blades or guide combs for cutting, and consider your dog’s coat in the process.

What we’ve aimed to do in this guide is list a few of our top rated options, and provide you with some easy to read guides, reviews and comparisons that might make your choice a little easier.

Let’s jump into it!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

* Additional Note: before buying a corded or cordless clipper, please consider the skill, competency and knowledge required to adequately and safely groom a dog with clippers.

Strongly consider employing a professional animal groomer to do it if you are uncertain or not confident with what you are doing)

 

Best Dog Hair Grooming Clippers: Complete Guide

Our top picks for the best dog hair grooming clippers across the different types of clippers are:

 

Some other popular or commonly used clippers that might draw more mixed reviews, or varying experiences using them might include the:

 

Best Dog Hair Grooming Clippers: Reviews & Other Clipper Guides

Clipper Guides

Best Cordless Dog Hair Grooming Clippers

Best Electric/Corded Dog Hair Grooming Clippers

Best Heavy Duty Dog Hair Clippers For Thick, Long & Matted Hair

Best Dog Hair Clippers For Short, Fine & Thin Hair

Best Dog Hair Clippers For The Face, Ears, Feet, Paws & Light Touch Ups

Best Dog Hair Clippers For At Home Use

Best Professional Dog Hair Clippers

Best Quiet & Silent Dog Hair Clippers

Best Cheap & Affordable Dog Hair Clippers

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Double Coat

Best Dog Hair Clippers For Small Dogs

Best Dog Hair Clippers For Large Dogs

 

Clippers For Different Dog Breeds

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Golden Retriever

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Labradoodle

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Goldendoodle

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Pomeranian

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Tibetan Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Bernese Mountain Dog

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Husky

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An American Eskimo Dog

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An Old English Sheepdog

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An Australian Shepherd

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Great Pyrenees

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Cockapoo

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Labrador

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Border Collie

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A St Bernard

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Havanese

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Jack Russell Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Maltipoo

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A King Charles Cavalier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Cavoodle

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Newfoundland

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Dandie Dinmont

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Bearded Collie

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Chow Chow

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An Afghan Hound

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Keeshond

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Sealyham Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Samoyed

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Pekingese

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Rough Collie

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Shetland Sheepdog

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Silky Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Schnauzer

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Scottish Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Welsh Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A West Highland Terrier (Westie)

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Portuguese Water Dog

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Maltese

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Lhasa Apso

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Lakeland Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Kerry Blue Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Fox Terrier Or Irish Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An English Springer Spaniel

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An English, Irish or Gordon Setter

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Cocker Spaniel

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Cairn Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Bichon Friese

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Poodle

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Shih Tzu

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Bouvier Des Flandres

Best Dog Hair Clippers For A Bedlington Terrier

Best Dog Hair Clippers For An Airedale Terrier

 

Clipper Reviews

oneisall Dog Shaver Clippers Review Guide

Andis ProClip AGC2 Professional 2 Speed Dog Clippers Review Guide

Andis Dog Hair Grooming Clipper Guide & Reviews

Andis AGC2 Electric Clipper Review Guide 

Andis Super AGR+ Cordless Pet Clippers Review Guide

Andis ProClip Pulse Ion Adjustable Blade Cordless Pet Clipper Review 

Andis AGRV Power Groom+ 5-Speed Detachable Clipper Review

Andis Pulse ZR Cordless Clipper Review

Andis Easy Clip Whisper Adjustable Blade Pet Clipper Kit Review

Andis Easy Clip Versa Pet Clipper Kit Review

Andis SMC Excel 5 Speed Detachable Blade Dog Clippers Review

Andis Easy Clip Groom Detachable Blade Pet Clipper Review

Andis Happy Hour 5 Speed+ Detachable Blade Clipper Review

Andis AGC 1-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper Review

Andis Super AG2 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper Review

Andis AG 2-Speed+ Detachable Blade Clipper Review

Andis Pro-Animal MBG-2 Clipper Kit Review

Oster Dog Hair Grooming Clipper Guide & Reviews

Oster A5 Golden Animal Clipper Review

Oster Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Pet Clipper Review

Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper Review

Oster A6 Cool Comfort Pet Clipper Review

Oster A6 Slim Clipper Review

Oster Pro 3000i Cordless Pet Clipper Review 

Oster Golden A5 2-Speed Animal Clippers Review

Oster PowerPro Cordless Clipper Review

Oster Power Max 2-Speed Clipper Review

Wahl Dog Hair Grooming Clipper Guide & Reviews

Wahl Deluxe U-Clip Pet Clippers Review Guide

Wahl U Clip Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Professional Animal KM10 Brushless Motor Clipper Review

Wahl Bravura Cordless Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Motion Lithium Ion Cordless Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Basic Pet Clipper Kit Review

Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Cordless Dog Clippers Review

Wahl Pro Ion Cordless Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Pro Series Rechargeable Clipper Review

Wahl Deluxe Pro Series Pet Clipper Review

Wahl Pet Pro Clipper Kit Review

Wahl Professional Animal Power Grip Clippers Review

Wahl SS Pro Animal Clippers Review

Wahl KM 2 Speed Animal Clipper Review

Wahl KM2 2 Speed Animal Clipper Review

Wahl KM5 2 Speed Animal Clipper Review

Wahl KM10 Brushless Animal Clipper Review

Wahl Chromado Cordless Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Figura Cordless Pet Clippers Review

Wahl Arco Cordless Pet Clippers Review

 

Clipper Comparisons

Andis AG vs AG2 vs AGC vs AGC2 Comparison Guide

Andis Pulse Ion vs Wahl Cordless Animal Clippers Comparison Guide

Andis Pulse Ion vs Pulse ZR vs Super AGR+ Comparison Guide

Andis Pulse ZR vs Supra ZR Cordless Clipper Comparison Guide

Andis Super AGR+ vs BGR Cordless Clippers Comparison Guide

Wahl Power Grip vs SS-Pro vs KM Animal Clippers Comparison Guide

Wahl Bravura vs Arco vs Figura vs Chromado vs Motion Cordless Animal Clipper Comparison Guide

Wahl KM vs KM2 vs KM5 vs KM10 Clippers Comparison Guide

Oster Volt vs Pro 3000i Cordless Animal Clipper Comparison Guide

Oster A5 Turbo vs Classic 76 Clippers Comparison Guide

Oster A5 Turbo vs Andis AGC2 Dog Clipper Comparison Guide

Oster Turbo A5 vs Golden Dog Clipper Comparison Guide

Oster Turbo A5 vs A6 Dog Clipper Comparison Guide

Andis vs Oster vs Wahl Dog Clipper Comparison Guide

 

Clipper Blades & Guide Combs

Best Pet Clipper Blades and Combs Review

Wahl Animal Clipper Blades Review

Andis UltraEdge Animal Clipper Blades Review

Andis CeramicEdge Animal Clipper Blades Review

Andis UltraEdge vs CeramicEdge Clipper Blade Comparison

Andis ShowEdge Animal Clipper Blades Review

Oster Cryogen-X Animal Clipper Blades Review

 

Best Dog Hair Grooming Clippers: Buyer’s Guide

Which Dog Clipper Blades To Get For Cutting Your Dog?

The clipper choice is important, but so is the clipper blade or comb choice.

Some blade manufacturers may tell you what blades or combs to use on different breeds in the product description, blade charts or individual breed grooming guides.

Two examples are:

Andis have a blade chart where they suggest blades for different breeds and for all breeds in general:

Sanitary Prep – 10

Pads – 15 to 5 /8″ Wide

Body, Slightly Matted – 5, 5FC

Body, Very Matted – 7, 7FC

Body, Very Heavy Coats – 7

Legs – 3¾FC, 5 /8″HT, ¾”HT, Combs or Scissor

Feet (Except Poodle), Beards, Mustaches, Furnishings –  Combs or Scissor

 

Oster also have a blade chart where they suggest blades for different breeds.

 

Wahl vs Oster vs Andis Dog Hair Clipper Blades & Combs

You can read more about the different Wahl, Oster and Andis blades and clipper combs here:

Best Pet Clipper Blades and Combs

 

How To Cut & Groom Your Dog?

One thing to do to learn how to cut a specific breed of dog is to type into Google ‘[Dog Breed Name] Clipping Guide’. 

Another good search might be ‘How To Cut A [Dog Breed Name] With Clippers’. 

You can read different guides and watch videos.

Note that different different dogs can have different cuts for different styles or looks.

You might do a general cut, or a show cut for example.

But, there are many other cut styles as well depending on the breed.

If you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to cutting, it’s best to go to a professional groomer.

Definitely stay away from doing anything like completely shaving off your dog’s fur unless medically advised to do so (especially if they have a double coat as it can permanently ruin the coat), or anything else which can negatively impact the dog’s health or well being.

It’s also important to watch out for matting and knots in the fur (using a de-matting comb before clipping can be helpful or using a high power/high torque clipper to get through the knots), and things like skin tags that might get caught in the clipper blades.

Clipper combs, and grooming scissors are often used to cut and finish off cuts when grooming as well.

 

How To Find Out What Each Dog Clipper Blade and Clipper Comb Does?

Good dog clipper brands should have a ‘blade chart’ that tells you what length each blade cuts to, what parts of the dog’s body to use them on, what type of fur to use them on, and which breeds to use them on.

For example, you might search for the ‘Andis blade chart’ to see what each Andis detachable blade or comb is capable of doing.

You can also refer to the individual blade or comb product description to see what the blade or comb is used for.

 

Compatibility Of Dog Clipper Blades & Combs 

Different clippers are going to be compatible with different blades.

Read the clipper product description for the types of blades that come with, and work with that clipper.

For example, right now the Andis AGC2 is compatible with Andis detachable blades like the CeramicEdge and UltraEdge, but also the Oster A5 blades.

Most detachable blade clippers are compatible with universal clipper comb sets like the ones offered by Wahl.

This might change from model to model though – so confirm compatibility at your time of purchase.

 

Cutting Dog Hair On Different Parts Of The Body

You usually use a finer clipper blade on the face, ears, paws, sanitary areas and tail – these are considered touch up or lighter cutting areas. For example, you might use an Andis #10 blade on the face and ears

You usually use a broader teeth blade on the body and legs. For example, you might use a 7 or 7FC blade on the body

 

Refer to the blade chart for blades and combs to use on different parts of the body.

For example, for all breeds and mixed breeds where Andis haven’t identified that breed elsewhere in their blade chart, they suggest considering the following blades for the following body parts and coat types:

Sanitary Prep – 10

Pads – 15 to 5 /8″ Wide

Body, Slightly Matted – 5, 5FC

Body, Very Matted – 7, 7FC

Body, Very Heavy Coats – 7

Legs – 3¾FC, 5 /8″HT, ¾”HT, Combs or Scissor

Feet (Except Poodle), Beards, Mustaches, Furnishings –  Combs or Scissor

 

Cutting Different Types Of Dog Hair

Dog hair can come in all types, lengths and thicknesses.

It can be fine, short, thin, curly, straight, coarse, matted, thick and even double coat (vs a single coat).

Refer to the blade chart for blades and combs to use on different parts of the body.

Two examples are

Andis’ 7 & 7FC detachable blades might work well on very matted hair

Oster’s Size 3 Skiptooth and Size 5 Skiptooth blades might work well on curly hair

 

Light vs Heavy Duty Dog Hair Cutting

You can already see that clipper blade choice is important for light and heavy duty dog hair clipping.

But, the clipper is important too.

The clipper product description should mention what sort of clipping it is good for.

For example:

Light Dog Hair Clipping – cheap electric clippers like the Wahl Deluxe U-Clip might suit light clipping, and also cordless clippers like the Wahl Cordless Clippers (Motion, Bravura, Figura etc.)

Heavy Duty Dog Hair Clipping – clippers with strong motors, drives, power and torque are better for heavy duty clipping. Examples are the Oster Golden 1 Speed, Wahl KM, Wahl KM10, Wahl Power Grip, Andis AGC2

 

Light dog clippers are quite common, but you can read more about Heavy Duty Dog Hair Clippers in this guide.

 

Cutting Different Dog Breeds, & Cutting For Different Looks/Styles

As mentioned above, blade charts, product descriptions or individual breed grooming guides published by the blade and comb manufacturers usually tell you which blades to use on which dog breeds.

The breed specific grooming guides also tell you how to achieve different looks and styles using different blades.

 

Cutting Two Or Several Dogs With Different Types Of Fur At Once

Say you have one dog with soft and fine fur, and the other with coarse and thick or matted hair.

In this instance, it helps to have a versatile multi speed clipper for all coat types, and have that clipper also be compatible with detachable blades.

This way you can adjust the speed and blades for the different fur types. 

 

Blade Care, & Clipper/Blade Overheating

It’s good practice to get blade oil for your blades to maintain them.

In addition, clipper and blade overheating can be an issue for some people. To combat this, you might:

Buy a backup detachable blade and alternate so you give one a chance to cool down while you use the other

Use the clippers in intervals instead of continuously for an extended period

Use blade oil/coolant on the blades

Use blade combs so the warm blade doesn’t touch your dog’s skin

Keep the clipper speed down for thick and matted coats so the clipper and blades don’t get too hot. Make sure you have a higher power and higher torque clipper though in this instance

If your clipper body heats up, check with the manufacturer it’s not defective, and use gloves for some added protection if you need to

 

Picking A Dog Hair Clipper For Your Dog

Apart from the blades or combs on the clipper, the clipper choice itself is important.

If you put all the individual features aside for a second, you want to make sure of these key things:

The clipper is compatible with the types of blades and combs you need to cut your dogs fur (refer the clipper product description for blade compatibility, and the blade charts for each clipper brand to see what each blade does)

The clipper has enough speed, power and torque to cut your dog’s hair (for thick, long and matted fur dogs especially). Being able to change the speed is good for different coat types, but you also want the base power and torque to get through matted or thick coats. 

 

What Other Features & Things Should You Look Out For In Dog Hair Clippers?

You may like to look out for the following considerations and questions about a clipper you buy:

What thickness of fur is the clipper for? Thin, medium or thick hair?

What types of coats and dog breeds can the clipper be used on? Poodles, terriers, spaniels, all breeds?

How many speeds the clipper has (SPM/strokes per minute)

What the maximum and minimum speeds of the clipper is

How much does the clipper weigh

How long is the clipper

What shape is the clipper when you grip it – circular, or squarer?

How long is the clipper cord

How long is the warranty that comes with the clipper? What is the duration, and what are the conditions of the warranty and return policy?

What sort of motor does the clipper have – rotary, electromagnetic, brushless?

What sort of blade drive system does the clipper have?

Does the clipper have any technology that keeps the power and torque of the drive motor consistent through the cuts?

What comes in the clipper kit – does it come with a blade, blade oil, storage case etc.?

What extra blades might you need to buy with the clipper

What blades the clipper is compatible with

What guide combs the clipper is compatible with

Does the clipper come with any extra features like an ON locking switch?

Is the clipper a 2 in 1 corded and cordless clipper?

 

Additionally for cordless clippers, you might ask:

What type of battery does it have – rechargeable lithium ion, rechargeable NiMH, or replaceable AA?

How long does the battery last for on full charge?

How long does the battery take to charge?

Does the battery charge on a charge stand or directly through a charger cord?

Is the battery in built into the clipper, or is it removable?

 

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