The Best Dog Grooming Clippers You Absolutely Need in 2017

By on March 20, 2017

All dogs need to be groomed and most get clipped at one time or another. But are all dog clippers the same and can the same clippers be used on all types of dogs? What are the basic characteristics of the best dog clippers and what should you look for when buying clippers?

We will answer all of these questions in this review beginning with the components of the best dog grooming clippers on Amazon. Then we will look at six specific types of dog clippers and which one is the best in each category. The categories we will consider are:

  • Professional Groomers
  • Dogs with a Double Coat such as many of the herding group – Corgis, Sheppard and Cattle Dogs
  • Dogs with Wire Hair Coats such as many of the terrier group – Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Blue Sky Terrier
  • Dogs with Long Single Coats such as Pekinese, Lhasa Apso,
  • Owners on a Budget
  • Best Clipper for all Purposes

Regardless of category you want a quality pair of clippers that can last you for many years and that will do the job efficiently, attractively and quickly. The purpose of your clipper makes a big difference in which one you need and would be best for your dog. A dog with a double coat needs a clipper that is different from a terrier that only needs a trim.

The factors involved in choosing your clippers include:

  • Speed: Single or double
  • Noise
  • User-friendly
  • Corded or cordless
  • Maintenance required
  • Price

Each of these factors makes a difference depending upon which category of user you are.

For the Professional Groomer:

The best choice is the Oster Classic 76 Universal Motor Clipper with Detachable 000 & 1 Size Blades. Powerful, fast and efficient, this is the choice of both professional groomers and show dog groomers.  It runs about $109 and change. For our full review of this clipper click here.

Dogs with a Double Coat such as many of the herding group– Sheppards and Cattle Dogs:

These dogs need a heavy duty clipper but one that also will “strip” the undercoat as well as clip the top coat. The best choice here is the Wahl Switchblade Professional Variable Speed Pet Clipper Kit. The cost of this unit is $139.99. Click here for our full review.

Dogs with Wire Hair Coats such as many of the terrier group – Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Blue Sky Terrier

The wire hair dog has what is known as a broken coat. The best tool for the majority of the coat is a stripper. You need a clipper and blade that is small and gentle enough for precise facial work and edging. The best clipper for these dogs is the A-5 Oster Golden 2 Speed Clipper for about $107. Click here for our full review.

Dogs with Long Single Coats such as Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso

The heavy duty clipper needed for the double coat is overkill here. These dogs need finer razor heads and can have a less powerful motor. The best choice here is the Wahl 8451 5 Star Magic Clip Hair Clipper. The cost of this clipper is around $45.00 to $55.00. Click here for our full review.

Owners on a Budget

For those of you who need a good “all round full service clipper on a budget try the Wahl Professional Animal Deluxe U-Clip Pet Grooming Kit, This 16 pieced kit meets every need for between $30 to $50.00. Click here for our full review.

Best All Round Clipper

If money is not an issue but you just want the best all round clipper available there will be a lot of debate around the answer. Cost, use and versatility all go into deciding which of a multitude of clippers the best all is around. In our view this is the Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal ClipperIt is also a very expensive clipper at about $120 – 130.00. Click here for our full review.

These are, in our opinion, the best dog clippers for these specific uses. Cost, speed, cord or no cord, noise, close crop, thick double coat – all of these are considerations when you make a decision about the best dog clipper and grooming tools for you.  All of these recommended models boast ease of use, long lasting quality when corded or not, sharp blades and quiet operation. Most run a little over $100 with the exception of the budget oriented version.

If you are going to groom your own dog take your time deciding which clipper is right for you. What kind of dog do you have and what kind of coat do they have? How much can you afford to pay for a clipper? Are you going to show your dog or do you want to become a professional groomer? How you answer any and all of these questions will determine which of these grooming tools will be the best one for you.

For a more complete review of each of these suggested “best of the category” groomers click on the link at the end of the section on each clipper. This will take you to our complete review of those specific clippers.