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Best Dog Clipper Reviews and Buyer’s Guide


Just like people, dogs have hair, which we call fur, and, just like people, dogs need their fur trimmed from time to time and that’s why we have specially designed dog clippers that professional dog groomer’s use or you can use yourself at home.


There are lots of different types of dog clippers on the market and which type of dog clippers will be the best dog clippers for your dog will depend both on the breed of your pet and on the type of grooming that would like to do.

If you have a dog that has a fairly thin coat, you won’t need a heavy-duty clipper; a fairly lightweight clipper will be fine. If you have a dog that has a long heavy coat, on the other hand, you may need a set of heavy-duty, rotary clippers to give you the power you will need to cut through the thick fur.

The type of trimming that you may want to do can vary a lot too. If you only need to lightly trim the hairs around your dog’s feet and tail once in a while, you needn’t go to all the expense of buying professional grade dog clippers, a relatively cheap pair of lightweight dog clippers will suffice. However, if you want to trim and style your dog’s fur to show standards, then it would be advisable to spend the extra money on professional grade dog clippers.


Keeping a dog’s fur well-trimmed is important, not only for looks but for your dogs’ well-being as well. If your dog’s hair gets too long it becomes matted, it is more likely to attract parasites and, in long-haired dogs, it can become unbearably hot for them in the summer.

Taking a dog to professional pet groomer to have your pet’s fur trimmed can be very expensive, but with a good set of dog clippers you can do it yourself at home and it’s not as difficult to do as you might have thought.

If you’d like to find out how to trim your dog’s coat at home and learn more about the dog clippers that are on the market right now, read on, and you will find our reviews of the some of the top rated dog clippers, tips on how to cut your dog’s hair and some helpful advice on how to choose the best dog clippers for your pet.

We also have tips and advice on how to clip your dog’s nails too. If you’d like to learn more about clipping your dog’s nails, please take a look at our Best Dog Nail Clipper Reviews.

I. Best Dog Clipper Recommendations

1. Our Pick of The Best Overall

The ARCO SE Professional Cordless Pet Clipper Kit is perfect for full body clipping of small and medium sized dogs and for fine finishing work on trimming the faces, feet of all types of breeds. These best dog clippers are extremely quiet and they feature the very efficient Wahl 5-in-1 blade system.

One of the things that we like about this clipper kit is how easy they are to handle. They are lightweight, ergonomically designed and they don’t vibrate too much in your hand. That all adds to a set of clippers that are easy to control and that aren’t too hard on your wrist.

The Wahl ARCO SE Professional Cordless Pet Clipper Kit is powered by two rechargeable battery packs that will give you around 80 minutes runtime on each battery and the recharge time is just 75 minutes. The blades simply snap on and snap off, which makes the clippers also easy to clean, and it also makes it easy to change blade sizes when are cutting your dog’s hair.

Overall, we rate the Wahl ARCO SE Professional Cordless Pet Clippers as ones of the best lightweight, cordless dog clippers for small dogs and for fine hair cutting on any type of breed.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to handle
  • Low vibration
  • 5 blade sizes
  • Great for fine, precise work

Things We Disliked

  • Not suitable for very long or thick fur
  • It can get a bit warm with extended use

2. Dog Clipper for All Breeds and Thick Fur

The AndisUltraEdge AGC Super is a heavy duty rotating motor dog clipper that will handle thick coats and it is perfect for breeds like spaniels, terriers and poodles. Despite having the power to cut through thick fur and even matted fur; these dog clippers are surprisingly quiet.

This model has 14-inch heavy-duty cord, so there is plenty of room to manoeuvre around your dog and get the job done without having to keep moving your pet. It has two speeds and the detachable blade design makes blade changes and cleaning easy.

The AndisUltraEdge AGC Super is the dog clipper of choice for many professional dog groomers. They are high-speed clippers that last and you can use them with a full range of different types of Andis blades, including UltraEdge, CeramicEdge and ShowEdge blades. They are comfortable to hold too, which is down to the thick barrel design of the handle and the cool running of the motor.

Andis dog clippers are famous for the durability of their blades too. The UltraEdge Size 10 Blade that comes with these clippers hardened for long life and it has a chrome finish that will prevent corrosion.These are great, heavy duty dog clippers that will make grooming a long haired dog or a dog with a thick coat a fast and easy job.

Things We Liked

  • Smooth and cool when running
  • Cuts long hair very easily
  • Low vibration
  • Cuts well, even at the low speed setting
  • Work well on matted hair

Things We Disliked

  • A little bit on the heavy side
  • Some people report that these clipperscan get hot

II. Features to Look for in Dog Clippers

If you have a good pair of dog clippers and you keep your dog’s hair well-trimmed, it will save you money that you would otherwise have to spend on expensive professional dog groomers and it will make your dog a lot more comfortable too. If you have never bought dog clippers before, here are the main features that you should look for when you are buying a dog clipper for your pet.


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Easy Maintenance

Dog clippers do need to be looked after and kept clean, so check to see how easy they are to take apart for cleaning and oiling. Some people complain that dog clippers get hot when they are in use, but that is often simply because they have not been kept clean and the blades have not been lubricated.

Look for cool running clippers

Having said that clippers not being cleaned can cause them to heat up, some clippers do run cooler than others. Cool running dog clippers don’t rely on fans and vents to them cool, which can get clogged up with dog hair, so they will run for longer periods of time without the motor getting hot.

Ergonomic design

Clipping a dog’s hair can take some time, so having clippers that have been ergonomically designed will make them a lot easier to hold. This is especially important if you have more than one dog that will need its hair clipping, or if you are a professional dog groomer who will be using the dog clippers for long periods of time.

Detachable, rust resistant blades

Dog clippers will have rust resistant blades that are detachable. If the blades are rust resistant they will last longer and stay sharp for longer too. You need detachable blades for ease of cleaning and so that you can change the blade size if you need to.

Quiet operation

Some dog clippers can be very loud and that noise can frighten dogs, so look for dog clippers that are low-noise and check customer reviews for comments about how much of noise the clippers make.

III. Short Reviews for 5 Top Rated Dog Clippers

1. ProClip Super 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper, Professional Animal Grooming, AGC2 (22360)

The ProClip Super 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper is professional standard dog clipper that won’t upset even the most sensitive dogs. This clipper is suitable for use on dogs of most breeds with a broad range of coats. It’s a cool running clipper, so you should be able to use it for extended periods of time without any problem and it has a long, 14inch heavy-duty cord for ease of movement when you are working.

This model comes with an UltraEdge Size 10 Blade, which is detachable, and there lots of other sized blades that will fit this clipper too.

This is a two-speed dog clipper, which is the type that the professionals prefer, and it has the power to cut through long and matted fur. The ProClip Super 2-Speed Detachable Blade Clipper, Professional Animal Grooming, AGC2 (22360) dog clipper is a high-quality product that won’t let you down.

Things We Liked

  • Versatile – It can be used on most breeds of dog
  • Quiet running
  • Professional quality dog clippers
  • High quality blades
  • Easy to hold and Easy to use

Things We Disliked

  • Despite being called cool running, this does get warm after a while
  • Some people may prefer cordless dog clippers
  • The clipper is quite heavy

2. Andis 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper

The Andis 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper stay cool and quiet throughout the grooming process because they cut at relatively slower speed and so heat and noise are reduced significantly. Additionally, it offers the groomer the choice of changing the blades and cuts at two speeds of 2700 and 3400 strokes/minute. These dog clippers are suitable for use on most breeds of dogs and you can use a wide range of blades, such as all Andis ceramic edge, UltraEedge blades or Oster blades, which makes this clipper very versatile indeed.

The Andis 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper is a heavy-duty, two-speed clipper that has been designed specifically to cut through heavy coats easily. You can use the low speed for general grooming and switch the faster speed when you need to cut through thick fur. It’s another cool running dog clipper, so there aren’t any vents or fans that could become clogged with hair and its rotating motor keeps it quiet too. These are nicely made dog clippers that would be perfect for a long-haired breed of dog.

Things We Liked

  • Detachable blades
  • Cuts smoothly and easily through thick fur
  • Two-speed, quiet motor
  • Long cord and Very quiet

Things We Disliked

  • Different sized blades have to be purchased separately
  • It’s quite heavy to hold

3. Andis AGC 2-Speed Pet Clipper with No.10 Blade

The Andis AGC 2-Speed Pet Clipper with No.10 Blade is easy to use, low heat and low noise dog clipper that will be suitable for most breeds of dogs. Theses clippers are very easy to use, so it’s relatively easy for even a beginner to achieve a smooth haircut, which would explain its popularity amongst both amateurs and professional dog groomers.

The clipper comes with an UltraEdge Size 10 Blade, which is a well-made blade that has an anti-corrosion finish, and you can use other sizes of blades in this clipper too, but you would need to purchase those separately.

The two-speed motor runs quietly and, because it is a cool running motor, it doesn’t have fans and vents that could be clogged up with fur, which is a definite plus for this dog clipper. However, even the best dog clippers with cool running motors will get warm if you use them for extended periods of time.

This dog clipper is powered by a cord, but the cord is a good size, so it doesn’t get in the way when you are grooming a dog. The clippers are quite heavy, but so are most of the good quality dog clippers.

Overall, we rate the Andis AGC 2-Speed Pet Clipper with No.10 Blade as a solid and reliable dog clipper.

Things We Liked

  • Quiet motor
  • Good, clean cutting cation
  • Cuts through thick fur easily
  • Good quality blade
  • Comfortable to hold

Things We Disliked

  • May be too heavy for some people
  • The blade can get hot with prolonged use
  • Not the most powerful dog clippers we have ever used

4. Professional Heavy Duty Pet Grooming Clippers, Pet Grooming Kit for Thick Hair Dogs, Cats, and Horses

The Professional Heavy Duty Pet Grooming Clippers from UpMagic are powerful, cordless dog clippers that would be suitable for most breeds of dogs. This dog clipper is powered by 2200mA Li-lion battery, which will give you about 5 hours of use on one charge and it takes about 3 hours to recharge the battery.

The clippers have a powerful motor that runs quietly and is quite capable of dealing with thick and matted fur. The blades are ceramic and stainless steel and the clipper comes with three different sizes of blades. The ceramic and stainless steel design of the blades helps keep the cutting edge sharp and it also reduces the build-up of heat when the blades are in use.

The UpMagic Professional Heavy Duty Pet Grooming Clippers are quiet, which the manufacturer says is due to the imported German motor they use and the stainless steel and ceramic blades. The clippers don’t vibrate too much, which makes grooming a dog much easier on the hands.

We rate these dog clippers from UpMagic as one of the best rechargeable cordless dog clippers that we have seen to date.

Things We Liked

  • Quiet and smooth
  • No cord to get in the way
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Battery lasts well
  • Powerful enough to cut through long, thick fur

Things We Disliked

  • Not truly heavy duty clippers
  • Fur can build up on the blades if you don’t keep it clean

5. Wahl Dog/Pet Home Grooming Lithium Ion Pro-Series Rechargeable Clipper Kit #9766

The Wahl Dog/Pet Home Grooming Lithium Ion Pro-Series Rechargeable Clipper is a cordless rechargeable dog clipper that has some very neat features. It is powered by a battery that will last approximately two hours, so while it may not be as long lasting as some cordless dog clippers; it is more than enough to groom one dog. The flip-side to that is that the battery only takes fifteen minutes to recharge.

One thing we did like about this Wahl dog clipper kit is that comes with a good range of accessories, including colour guide combs that make it easy to get the right coat length for your dog. This clipper also has self-sharpening, snag free cutting blades and you could use these dog clippers for full body grooming of most breeds of dogs.

The Wahl Dog/Pet Home Grooming Lithium Ion Pro-Series Rechargeable Clipper is quite light and the motor runs smoothly and quietly. The fact that these dog clippers are cordless also makes it easier to groom a dog, because you get much better angles when you are cutting dog’s hair.

While these rechargeable dog clippers may not be suitable for professional dog groomers, they certainly would make neat and reliable dog clippers for the home.

Things We Liked

  • Powerful, but not too heavy
  • Fits nicely into the palm of the hand
  • Cuts easily through matted fur
  • Quiet motor
  • Good accessories

Things We Disliked

  • Relatively short battery life
  • Not as powerful as corded clippers
  • The plastic guards are a bit tricky to put on

IV. How To Use a Dog Clipper

The best time to begin using dog clippers on your pet is when the dog is still a puppy. This ensures that the dog will get used to having their hair cut as early as possible and so, when you are clipping their coat, they will have better and that helps to avoid injuries or mistakes.

Before you use new clippers, the first thing that you should do is read through the dog clipper user manual at least twice ensuring that you mark the key points to remember. Here are some tips on how to use dog clippers.

When you are using clippers, ensure that you keep the blade tip down against the skin of the dog and then hold it back up at an angle. This means that if the blade is short, then the angle is big, and vice versa. When going through the hair, it is advisable that you start near the head of the dog and follow it backwards, going in the direction of the hair, towards the rear of the dog and down to the dog's legs. This will ensure that you get smooth, clean cut and you do not end up with chop marks and lines in the fur.

The size of the dog clipper blade is usually measured by the manufacturer based on how long the blade will leave the coat when going against the lay of the hair. Most good dog manufacturers will provide a chart, which will show the recommended blades for the various different breeds. If the blade is longer, there will be more finishing touches required using a pair of scissors. This means that when you want to avoid the use of scissors, then you have to hold your blade closer to the dog's skin to get a shorter haircut. However, if you want a longer haircut for your dog, use a No. 10blade, which also is suitable for shaving the eyes, sanitary areas, and the armpits.

To avoid the blades of dog clippers getting too hot or jamming, it is important that you spray the blades with a coolant or oil, both before you start clipping, and several times during the clipping. To do this, remove any loose hair from the blade first and wipe it over with a cloth. Then, with the blades running, spray on a little bit of oil, which will lubricate the blades and help to jeep them cool.

Before beginning to clip your dog’s hair, allow the blade to run and touch it to ensure that it is not too hot as this could burn the dog and cause a lot of pain and discomfort. If it is hot, use the cool care spray to reduce the heat on the blade. All dog clipper blades will get hot with prolonged use, so it is very important that you take breaks during the clipping and you regularly check how hot the blades have become.

V. How To Cut Dog’s Hair

You might also want to do a bit of research before you clip your dog’s hair just to see what your breed of dog should look like. You can, of course, be creative if you like, but is usually best if you follow how your breed of dog would usually have their cut, especially when you are a beginner at dog grooming.

The first thing that you have to do before giving your dog a haircut is giving them a bath and brush their coat to untangle the clumps of hair that often makes grooming more difficult for you and potentially painful for the dog.

A lot of dogs will get nervous about having their hair clipped, so it is important that you do everything you can to keep your dog calm. Talk to your pet, stroke him, and keep giving him encouragement throughout the process. If your dog does become agitated, it is usually best to not to try to force the issue, because if the dog won’t sit still, it will make clipping much harder and you might injure your pet. Leave it for a while and let your pet calm down before you try again.

Collect all the tools that you need for a haircut such as a dog clipper, comb and brush. Ensure that the choice of clipper you are using the right one for your dog’s hair and check the blade size against the clipper manufacturers guidelines.

When you bring the clipper closer to the dog's skin and clip the dog's hair, for most breeds it is advisable to leave at least an inch of fur from the skin to maintain protection from the elements. As you clip your dog’s hair, try not to pull at the hair, because that will hurt your dog in just the same way as it would hurt you if someone pulled your hair.

Begin clipping from behind the ears of the dog and work backwards towards the rear of the dog and down to the legs. When doing this, ensure that you do not move the clipper along the fur too fast as this might leave lines. Brush the dog every so often to ensure that you are getting a smooth, clean cut. Hold the dog firm to avoid any movements that could otherwise lead to injuries.

When clipping a dog’s hair, it is important that you keep checking the clipper to ensure that it is not too hot. Turn the clippers off on a regular basis and touch them to check the temperature. If they are too hot, you can either use a spare blade if you have one, or you could simply spray on clipper coolant and wait for the blade to cool down.


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Clip the head and the face of the dog very carefully by placing the clipper flat at the top of the dog’s head with the spokes of the blade facing the rears. Then pull the dog clipper backwards to push the fur away from the dog’s upper brow. Then proceed to clipping the muzzle by beginning at the bridge of the nose and then pull it downwards towards the mouth. Using a comb as a guide, clip between the dog’s eyes ensuring that the spokes of the blade face in towards the nose and progress towards the nose, taking care to avoid any movements that could cause mistakes or injuries

Wrap your arms around the muzzle of the dog and point the dog’s head up at towards the ceiling. Then place the guide comb on the dog’s chin run the clipper towards the throat ensuring that the blade spokes face the throat. Then hold the tips of the ears and trim so that the fur rests above your fingers, repeating this along with the edges of the dog's ear. Cut the hair inside the ears of the dog using a smaller clipper taking caution not to touch the ear canal. Reward your dog by giving them a break every few minutes during the haircut and give them time to stretch and move around. Additionally, give them treats during the breaks and praise them throughout the process. Brush them neat after a complete haircut

VI. Conclusion

There is a wide range of styles and models of dog clippers that are available in the market today. Making the right choice of a dog clipper that offers 100% efficiency and performance is a challenging task, especially if you have no idea what you are looking for.

We have reviewed the top five dog clippers along with their features and the reasons why we think they are amongst the best dog clippers on the market today.

One thing that you have to note is that making the right choice of a dog clipper that meets your needs is important to ensure that your dog gets the best haircut possible and looks great. The information that we have provided in this buyer’s guide offers you with a good insight into the way to use a dog clipper.

Another thing that you have to note is that before giving your dog a haircut for the very first time, it is important that you go through the operating and safety instructions for your dog clipper. This is to ensure that you familiarise yourself with the operation of the dog clipper before you actually use it on your dog.

Practice holding the dog clipper to establish the best grip while grooming your dog. Get the dog used to the sound and feel of the dog clipper so that they are not uncomfortable when you are giving them a haircut.

Finally, before clipping your dog’s hair, ensure that you wash them and brush them to get rid of tangles on their coat. This is to make sure that the cut is smooth and the clippers do not pull the dog's hair, which would cause them pain and distress.