Reviews: 5 Of The Best Clippers For Your Pup

Thinking of turning your hand to grooming, so you can save on those costly parlour bills?

Well you've come to the right place!

In this article we will show you not only the best clippers for all levels of ability, but also give you a step by step guide on how to groom your pup. 

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It's all part of being a pet owner!

Do you visit the dog groomers often with your pooch? If you have more than one dog or one which needs regular attention the costs can soon mount up.

What about grooming them yourself?

You don’t need a degree to be able to smarten up your pup just a bit of practice and we hope you’ll find this article which reviews the best dog clippers and gives lots of tips, useful.

Lets get started..

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About the Product

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Otstar Clippers

  • User friendly
  • Powerful & quiet 
  • Cordless

3.5 out of 4

OMorc Clippers

  • Super quiet
  • Cordless
  • Titanium blade

4 out of 4

Topop Clippers

  • Low vibration
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Safe blade

4 out of 4

Wahl Clippers

  • Bestseller
  • Taper control 
  • Professional motor

3.5 out of 4

Andis Clippers

  • Suitable for feet
  • Professional grooming 
  • Faster groom

4 out of 4

Rision Clippers

  • 3 speed motor
  • Super sharp blade 
  • Low noise

4 out of 4

Thunderpaws Clippers

  • Ergonomic design
  • Professional grade 
  • Easy to use

3.5 out of 4

How to Groom a Dog With Clippers

Bath & Brush

Bathing your dog before you get the clippers out and giving him a good brush will helps remove matts and loose hair which can make the grooming process more difficult.

It will also ensure a more even cut plus make him smell nicer Just remember to dry your pooch thoroughly before attempting to use the clippers.

How to Bath a Dog

Brush your pet before a bath to remove any loose hair and remember to use a cotton ball in each ear to prevent infections.

Only use lukewarm water, hot water can easily burn a dog’s skin and cause larger dogs to overheat The kennel club has a handy guide to dog bathing here

Keep calm most dogs will get used to being bathed although some will always head under the kitchen table when the word is mentioned. Talk to your pooch and reassure them during the process.

Get Your Pup Used To Water

Use proper dog shampoo, there are some lovely smelling ones available and they are milder on the skin than human alternatives. Massage into the fur making sure not to get any into the dog’s eyes.

Rinse well then rinse again, any leftover shampoo in the fur can cause skin irritations.

Blow-dry your dog with either a dryer designed for dogs or on the lowest heat setting of your own hair-dryer. Make sure every bit of hair is dry before using clippers.

Reward your dog profusely, many damp pooches enjoy a mad 10-minutes after a bath so have fun with them.

What Tools Do You Need

Groomers usually have a vast array of tools (see our reviews on the best dog grooming equipment here) However, you can do a perfectly acceptable job with just a few basics:

  • Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Comb
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    Slicker brush
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    Conditioning spray

Here’s the deal;

When purchasing clippers, and grooming essentials it is important to do your research as there are many different types of tools out there, with different price tags. It can be confusing;  

What Type Of Nail Clippers Are Best?

You should always go for a quality stainless steel pair preferably with a comfortable grip.

What Kind Of Clippers Will You Need

If you have a Cavapoo which is a bit fluffy, a basic set of clippers may do the job, however if you have 4 or 5 Labradoodles, you are going to want to spend more on professional quality hair clippers.

If you have a nervous pooch you may prefer clippers which make less noise. Then there is a choice between corded and cordless clippers.

Mains operated shears tend to be more powerful and you won’t embarrass your pup by leaving him half-trimmed while the battery recharges.

Talk to your groomer, read reviews and pick the ones most suited to your requirements.


Here are our top picks – to suit amateurs and professional dog groomers

These are the top of the line brands

Otstar Clippers

The ultra-sharp titanium blade provides safe and efficient grooming, and these come with 4 attachment combs for precision cutting. Even if you are new to pet-grooming you can safely give your best pal a haircut. The quiet motor is ideal for nervous dogs and the lightweight cordless design makes it easy to use.

PROS

  • Ideal for beginners
  • Quiet
  • 5 lengths

CONS

  • Not suitable for heavy coated dogs
  • Some customers  have complained of pulling

OMorc Clippers

This all-in-one pet grooming kit boasts low vibration and quiet motor to help Fido feel at ease. The cordless design makes it easy to use and the sharp blade and various cutting lengths mean it makes short work of even the furriest pets. It also comes with a 1-year warranty for peace of mind.

PROS

  • Low noise
  • 1 year warranty
  • Smooth & efficient cutting

CONS

  • Scissors need to be used first on heavy coats
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    Don't last very long

Top Top Clippers

Cheaper than most professional dog groomer sessions, these value for money shears have a copper axis motor which produces less vibration and noise than many electric clippers. The ceramic blade does not heat up and will not rust and they come with an 18-month warranty and 45-day money back guarantee.

PROS

  • 80 mins use from full charge
  • Quiet
  • 4 attachments

CONS

  • Not very powerful
  • Hair gets tangled

Wahl Clippers

These mains operated dog clipper, boasts a powerful, professional standard motor. Designed to be cope with the majority of pet hair. Made by one of the market leaders, it is lightweight, easy to control and comes with full instructions making cutting you four-legged friend’s hair a snip.

PROS

  • Bestseller
  • Value for money
  • Handy carry case

CONS

  • Get's quite hot

Andis Clippers

These mains operated dog clipper, boasts a powerful, professional standard motor. Designed to be cope with the majority of pet hair. Made by one of the market leaders, it is lightweight, easy to control and comes with full instructions making cutting you four-legged friend’s hair a snip.

PROS

  • Professional standard
  • Ergonomic design
  • Quiet motor

CONS

  • Expensive
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    Get hot quickly

Rision Clippers

This professional cordless dog trimmer will give you and your canine companion an excellent grooming experience in the comfort in their own home. The super-powerful motor is extremely quiet and cuts through hair smoothly plus you get an incredible 5 hours using time on full charge. The lifetime warranty on these clippers is an added bonus.

PROS

  • Long lasting power supply
  • Low noise
  • Lifetime warranty

CONS

  • Doesn't come with oil

Thunderpaws Clippers

Professional grade high quality, stainless steel nail clippers which ensure a safe clean cut. The non-slip handles are designed for ease of use, they have a comfortable grip and the protective guard means no injuries to your pet. Using regularly means saving money on vet or dog groomers bills. The come with a 90-day money back guarantee and lifetime warranty.

PROS

  • Ergonomic design
  • Professional grade nail clippers
  • Protective guard

CONS

  • Leaves claws sharp unless file is used

You Have The Tools, Now What!

This step by step dog grooming guide may help:

Quiet

When grooming your pampered pooch at home it’s best to do it away from distractions to help him feel more relaxed. You may also find quite a few dogs who don’t like the noise of the clippers.

Choosing low-noise clippers will help make the whole experience much more pleasant for both of you. Most of the clippers we reviewed said they didn’t make much noise, but a lot is down to personal choice with some reviews saying they were louder than expected, so once again it is important to do you research when purchasing clippers.

Don't Rush

While trimming either your dogs’ nails or fur. NEVER rush. Especially when you are a beginner it is essential to take your time. Pushing the clippers too fast will leave unsightly lines and may catch the skin.

Clipping a dogs’ nails too quickly can cause stress on the dogs’ nails making them brittle and there is a chance you may cut them too short.  

Make Sure You Don't Hurt Them!

One of the biggest reasons, owners don’t trim their dogs’ nails is fear of cutting the quick. This is an area of the claw which is filled with blood vessels and bleeds profusely when cut. Easy to see in dogs with light coloured nails it can be difficult to determine where it is in dogs with dark nails.

The good news is; most claw trimmers come with a protective guard, and even if you accidently cut the nail a bit short, your dog will be fine.

Here's some information on how to stop dog nails bleeding:

Ouch! That Hurt's!

One thing you don’t want to do when using scissors or clippers is to pull your best pal’s fur. The way to avoid doing this, is to keep both sharp. A sharp blade can easily cut through hair without tugging and pulling which can be extremely painful for you pet.

Also, in some hard to reach places you may need to use the edge of the clippers, which will be impossible with blunt shears. If your tools are blunt, it will hurt your beloved pet and make him unlikely to want to repeat the experience.

Top tip (Always read the instructions when you buy clippers, they are sharp and whilst most have protective guards, can cause a nasty cut if not used correctly)

What type of blade to use – small, medium or large dog? ​​​​​​​​​​

The blade size determines the length of the hair so can be used on any size of dog a short cut can be achieved with a 7F and the number 10 blade should be used for feet and delicate areas like the stomach.  

Different Cuts For Different Breeds

Creativity is wonderful, but most dog-owners prefer their pooch to resemble the breed standard and whilst a close clip all over may be all you can manage at the start once you get a little more practice you may want to try different cuts.

You can find out what your four-legged friend is supposed to look like by heading over to the breeder’s club website but below are some of the most common dog grooming styles:
  • Puppy cut
    The Puppy cut, or Teddy Bear cut are more or less the same. Generally, it is a style where the hair is the same length usually ½ inch to 1 inch all over the legs and body resulting in an extremely cute looking pooch. Only the faces are different, and this depends on the owner’s preference and breed.
  • Kennel Cut
    This a short cut all over the body, head and legs, it is generally used during the summer or when a dog is being kennelled as it is low maintenance and easy to keep clean. Depending on the breed the kennel cut is a great starter cut enabling you to practice and gain confidence.
  • The Top Knot
    Usually seen in Shih Tzus, Maltese and Lhasa Apso dogs. This cut can be any length all over the body whilst leaving, as the name suggests, more hair on the top of the head. Handy for dog that wear bows or to conform with breed standards like the Bedlington terrier.
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    The lamb cut
    This cut leaves longer hair on the legs while being short on the body and is an excellent cut for summer it is often seen on the Airedale Terrier and Schnauzer, although it is a versatile style which looks good on almost any dog.

Breed Cuts & Show Grooming

Of course, we’ve all seen the fancy coats of dogs at Crufts and these vary from breed to breed. Don’t expect to be able to do these when you are just starting. There are plenty of handbooks and video tutorials devoted to specific cuts for breeds such as

  • Poodles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Schnauzers
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    Maltese
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    Sheepdogs
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    Afghan Hounds
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    Bichon Frise

Show-grooming however, takes years of experience and very few professional groomers will attempt this so don’t feel too disheartened. If you are not looking for perfection though give it a try, you’ll soon get the basics.

How To Groom - 5 Simple Steps

Get your pup used to grooming at a young age

The earlier you get your best pal used to grooming the better. Not only will it get him used to the process it will help build a bond and you will gain confidence.

Get him used to standing still for the process, run the clippers over him without being switched on. Grooming your pooch from day one will make the experience easier for both of you.

Make sure the clippers don't get too hot

Did you know; You are more likely to burn your dog with hot clippers than cut them, remember to turn them off and check them regularly and if they feel hot change to a cooler blade, spray on some coolant or switch to another pair if you have them.

Buy a restraint

Trying to hold onto a fidgety dog when grooming with clippers can be a challenge, so a harness is a really good investment to prevent mistakes and injuries.

One direction

No, we don’t mean listen to them on the radio, although you can if you want. It is important to clip along with the growth of your dog’s hair if you want a natural looking, smooth finish. 

Dog hair is unique because it grows in different directions. It is important to get this right and follow the flow of your pup’s fur if you want Fido to look good. It may take a bit longer but will be worth it in the end.

Don't forget the little extras

It is a good idea to clip your dog’s nails, clean his ears and if you are brave express the anal glands (this can be extremely smelly, so you may prefer to pay to have this done)

Last word

Dog grooming with clippers at home isn’t that difficult and is extremely cost effective especially if you have more than one dog. We have reviewed the bestselling clippers

Here’s what we think

  • The best cordless clippers – The ones by Topop have some excellent reviews but are not really suitable for long or thick coated breeds.
  • The best for professional use – Andis clippers provide the quickest cut and make light work of even the thickest fur. They are also the best for matts
  • The best clippers for thick hair – The Rision quiet clippers are a mid-range professional product and are a popular choice for dogs with thick hair

It should take around 20-30 minutes to clip your dog! Ready? Get clipping!