Does your pup have a fringe to envy Pete Wentz? It might be time to invest in a set of dog clippers. The best dog clippers are usually cordless, with blades that stay sharp and low vibration to keep your dog calm. If you're on the lookout for the best dog grooming clippers for home use, your search is over. We've spent hours combing the web, and here are our picks for Australia's top dog clippers.
How we picked
Reviews are sometimes hard to come by with pet products like dog beds or clippers. But as dog lovers, we dedicated ourselves to digging up the dirt. Usually we'd start with CHOICE, Australia's biggest consumer advocacy group. They haven't reviewed dog clippers, so we headed over to ProductReview.com.au to see what Aussie dog owners thought.
While we added a few of the top-rated dog clippers to our list, we still weren't satisfied with the selection. It was time for some virtual window shopping to check what was available in Australia. After having a nosy at the major retailers, we took a second pass, weighing up quality, ease of use, and cost against consumer reviews. That's how we ended up with our guide to Australia's top dog (clippers).
Features to consider
Has hunting for dog clippers left you scratching your head? We've broken down the most important features, so you can spend your time on tummy pats instead.
Most dog clippers have stainless steel blades. While moisture can cause rust, stainless steel contains a small amount of chromium for a strong, easy-care blade. On the other hand, stainless steel heats up quickly. This can be a problem if you're in a warmer climate, or if you're using dog clippers for an extended period.
To stop your blades getting too hot, you can take frequent breaks, or try a clipper with ceramic blades. Ceramic takes longer to heat up than stainless steel, so ceramic blades stay cooler for longer. While we didn't find any ceramic-only clippers, 3 of our picks have combination ceramic and stainless blades.
Products in the higher price range also have cooling features to help with this problem. The Wahl Bravmini is designed to produce less heat, and their KM-SS boasts a fan-cooled motor. If you have two or three dogs, or just one very large dog, a pricier set of clippers may save you time waiting for blades to cool.
Just like a fancy set of cook's knives, it's a good idea to get the blades on your dog clippers professionally sharpened every so often. Sharper blades are more efficient, which prolongs the life of your clippers. Like chef's knives, sharper blades are also safer, affording tidier results with less effort.
Across our research, most clippers were cordless with rechargeable batteries. Cordless clippers give you greater freedom of movement when dealing with stressed-out or unruly pups. Not all clippers let you recharge during use, so check for this feature if you've got a lot of grooming to do. Some clippers also come with 2 battery packs.
The downside of cordless clippers is you're restricted by battery life. If your dog's on the larger side, or you do a lot of grooming, a corded set of clippers could be a better choice. Batteries can eventually lose their 'oomph,' so plug-in dog clippers may also last longer over time.
Noise and vibration
If your dog is easily startled, a run-in with the clippers can be a recipe for disaster. Several of the products we found boast lower noise levels to help reduce stress. It's also important to wash and brush your dog regularly, so there's a smooth surface for the clippers to glide through. Keeping clippers sharp can also help with tangle-free grooming.
Many clipper kits come with scissors and grooming tools to prepare your dog's coat for a trim. Some also include blade oil to keep your set in better condition. You'll also find clippers with an array of attachment combs. These combs are usually in an assortment of measurements to guide the length of your trim.
We found a wide variation between product warranties, from 1 year "technical support" to lifetime warranties and everything in between. While a cheaper set of clippers might do the trick, products over $100 generally had longer warranties. Given that longer warranties often reflect quality, pricier clippers may work out cheaper in the long run - especially if you keep them in good nick with professional sharpening.
Ease of use
It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of dog grooming, so clippers with more features aren't necessarily better. If you're a beginner, or just hate complicated tech, simple dog clippers are your best bet. Clippers from bigger brands tend to have fewer features too, which may mean you're paying for the quality of the product rather than quantity of functions.