Best Dog Clippers of 2021
The oneisall Dog Clippers clipped themselves to a top spot with ease. Upon opening the kit's package, we were met with an intuitive set of straightforward directions that answered all of our immediate questions. The blade quality and cutting ability reign superior to the rest of the cordless options we tested. The size, weight, and shape of the clippers, along with their noise and vibration level, is just right. The battery charging and life are exceptional, cleaning is simple, and the accessories included are just what we needed and nothing more.
The quality of the build on the oneisall could perhaps be improved slightly. After performing our drop test, where we dropped the clippers from 2 feet above a yoga mat, we had small issues with the blades being offset. That said, with a quick adjustment to the alignment of the blade, we were able to fix the issue. The body of this clipper is also somewhat slick, so it doesn't feel as sturdy in hand, but this is minor compared to the benefits of this well-rounded option.
Measured Noise Level: 61.5 decibels
Topping the list for quality is the Andis EasyClip Pro. Of all the clippers we tested, we recommend these to the dog grooming aficionado that deals with regularly cutting different fur types and lengths. The Andis excels in all aspects of grooming, whether on long, thick hair where there are occasional mats, to short, thinner hair. These clippers fit well in hand, the texture helps with grip, and the cord has just the right length and flexibility for maneuvering around your pup. The blade is also easy to remove, and the comb attachments fit all our needs just right.
Upon opening this kit, we were pleased with how well the clippers and accessories fit in their case but were surprised by the lack of scissors, comb, and blade brush. At this price-point, we were also disappointed by the lack of blade height control on the clipper, although this can be solved with the attachment combs. If you're looking for a silent and still model, this may not be the right option, but if you want to use a professional level clipper on your best friend, look no further.
Measured Noise Level: 63.2 decibels
The Wahl Pet-Pro Clipper won't break the bank and will cut efficiently on all types of dogs. The power of these clippers is intense, and it shows when clipping on long, thick fur and hair. The build of the clippers feels sturdy, and they have a good feel in hand. We found no issues with the cutting effectiveness, despite there only being one speed, even after our drop test. The included accessories fulfilled our needs and didn't leave us wanting anything beyond what is in the package.
These clippers are on the heavier side, and after a while, we had to take a break as the cord is relatively stiff and makes it hard to maneuver. The noise level is the highest of the clippers that we tested, and the excessive vibration hurt our hand after 20 minutes of consistent grooming. The manufacturer also recommends not removing the blade. That said, if you're looking for an efficient and effective set of dog clippers, your wallet will thank you for choosing the Wahl Pet-Pro Clippers.
Measured Noise Level: 73.8 decibels
The PettingPal Dog Grooming Clippers pack extended battery life and features like no other that we tested. The battery life is the longest of any in our review, with a 4-5 hour run time. Features that we appreciated are the three speed options, a battery level display, blade height control, an oil level indicator, and a charging indicator light. The accessories included also stand out, with a unique charging station and two blade width options, easily adaptable and unlike any other clippers we tested. Our decibel reading was elementary, but these were noticeably the quietest of the bunch.
Other cordless models in our testing have better cutting effectiveness than the PettingPal, and we wished for more success with long, thick hair. That said, packed with features and accessories, this kit is sure to get the job done. Just make sure to trim longer hair with scissors before putting these clippers on the job.
Measured Noise Level: 56.6 decibels
In just 15 minutes, it became evident to us that the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series is a great option for grooming at a moment's notice. These clippers are the fastest charging of all the clippers we tested, and if you plan to cut numerous dogs fur or have a surprise window of time to get your grooming finished, you'll be pleased with their quick charging ability and battery life. When testing the clippers on long, thick hair, we had no issues, and you can even adjust the blade height on the fly with the control right at your thumb.
These clippers feel good when holding and cutting, but the slick material makes them easy to drop when maneuvering around. Like the other Wahl brand clippers we tested, these too come with a warning on the maintenance and an urge not to remove the blade. If your dog is triggered by sound, be aware that these also had the highest noise level of the cordless models, although the vibration levels did not match that detail. However, if you need quick charging dog clippers with reliable cutting effectiveness, you've met your match.
Measured Noise Level: 60.6 decibels
The OMORC Dog Clippers are a reliable option for just about any application. They cut well on all types of hair, are particularly sturdy, and are packed into a lighter weight package than the other corded contenders. For a corded model, the OMORC clippers are exceptionally quiet, which was a surprise, as some testimonials noted different findings. The combs included exceed all the other kits we tested with eight total, ranging from 3mm to 25mm.
When testing the ease of cleaning, we ran into an issue: although the kit comes with a blade brush, it lacks oil. As with a few others, tools are necessary for maintenance, and we had some trouble removing the blade the first time around. The cord on the clipper is long, but we found its rigidity makes it hard to maneuver. Still, if you're looking for a powerful, corded clipper that's packed with accessories and is light and quiet, then look no further.
Measured Noise Level: 73.9 decibels
If you're simply in need of a touch-up or quick trim on short hair, the Wahl Easy Pro is a good bet. Its cutting ability is acceptable on shorter hair, and the weight and feel of the clippers is better than most. The noise and vibration levels are average when compared to the entire group, and the range of combs are easy to snap on and off.
The feel and the accessories of the Easy Pro seem lower quality than others, but from our testing posed no issues. The battery life is the shortest of the cordless models at just one hour run time, and the time it takes to charge was longer than any other model — 12 hours. As with the other Wahl clippers, the manufacturer also suggests not to remove the blade and head, and reviewers have claimed issues occurring after removal. Despite a few issues, these clippers are a fine choice if you plan to keep up with quick trims.
Measured Noise Level: 67.8 decibels
The Yabife Dog Clippers are a functional and impressively affordable option that comes packed with accessories. They are one of the quietest models we tested and don't have excessive vibration even with their light weight. The ease of cleaning on these clippers is a highlight, and they're one of the few that suggest the entire clipper is washable with water.
When clipping long, thick hair, the blades of the Yabife became stuck immediately, but when we focused on a smooth and short coat, we noticed increased efficiency. We also found that removing the blade was easy, but a more unintuitive step led us to confusion: the blade height must be set to 2mm to place the blade back on the clippers. If you're not looking to break the bank and are trimming short hair occasionally, these will do the trick.
Measured Noise Level: 71.3 decibels
Why You Should Trust Us
Our expert dog clipper tester, Kyle McCann, has years of experience trimming and shaving his dogs with fur ranging from long to short and thin to thick. Growing up with dogs, both helping him in the field as retrievers and in the home as man's best friend, he is no stranger to the importance of a trim, clean-cut. Depending on the season, clippers find their way into Kyle's bag of tools on a monthly basis, and he's spent more hours cleaning the leftover fur than he cares to mention.
We spent countless hours comparing and scoring the products in this review for a showdown, completing a handful of grooming sessions on various fur types. To test our dog clippers, we started by carefully analyzing them for features, strengths, and weaknesses that might differentiate them from one another. This gave us a good idea about the overall quality of each clipper, its ability to cut a variety of fur types, and the overall price to performance and quality ratio.
Analysis and Test Results
In our hunt to find the best dog clippers, we conducted extensive research on the available options beforehand and then picked some of the most viable options. We compared their clipping ability, power and battery quality, aesthetics, ergonomics, and the included accessories. When breaking down each clipper's score, we performed meticulous tests and weighted the results based on importance (cutting effectiveness being the most heavily weighted) to come up with our final results.
When considering a new set of dog clippers, the blade quality, cutting prowess, and available speeds are of top importance. The clippers that we tested range in their blade material, from fully stainless steel to combinations of stainless steel and ceramic. Some only offer a single speed of varying RPMs (rotations per minute), and others have variable speeds that can be changed on the fly. We rated each clipper based on its effectiveness on a variety of fur types and the effectiveness of multiple speeds, if applicable.
With these metrics in mind, the oneisall, Andis EasyClip Pro, OMORC, and Wahl Pet-Pro all performed exceptionally well. Our theory that corded clippers would perform best in cutting effectiveness proved to be mostly correct. In comparison, the oneisall and Andis clippers have a combination of stainless and ceramic blades, which worked smoothly. On the other hand, the OMORC and Wahl clippers are fully stainless steel and very well built.
Trimming your furry friend is no short task, even on the smallest of pups. Proper grooming requires an extended period of time with a set of clippers in hand, reaching for hard-to-get spots, and maneuvering in every direction. In our testing for ergonomics, we noted the weight and size of each clipper, how it fit in our hands, any build features that helped with grip, and, if applicable, how maneuverable the clipper was with its cord.
Between weight and size, there's a sweet spot: if light and small, you'll typically notice a shorter battery life but will have comfort for a longer period. The Wahl Easy Pro is just such a product — a compact and lightweight clipper that can be held for a long time but has short battery life. With a larger, heavier clipper, the characteristics are nearly the opposite; you'll find a larger motor and battery, which typically leads to more power and can be helpful when cutting a larger dog or thicker and longer hair, but will tire your clipping hand out faster. The Andis clippers are larger and heavier, but the speed and cutting effectiveness are a clear pro that outweighed the cons.
Shape and texture also have a sweet spot that you'll want to consider. Some clippers that we tested, like the Wahl Easy Pro and Wahl Lithium Ion Pro, have grooves built-in to assist with grip, and we found these to be easy to hold when maneuvering around. The impressive on-the-go features of the PettingPal Grooming Clippers are well-placed and right at our fingertips where they should be. The Andis is covered in a grippy material, making it easy to keep control even with a less-than-psyched pooch to contend with.
Battery and Power
Our clipper selection offered two power sources: corded and cordless with a rechargeable battery. In our research, we found that the corded models held more of the prosumer and professional standards. Their features are built for long-term and frequent usage, but a cord can pose its own complications with maneuverability. On the other hand, the cordless models range in their battery quality for both the charging and run time. Some cordless models also boast the ability to be used while plugged into the charger.
For the cordless options, we took into account both the time it took to get to a full charge and to drain the battery fully. The Wahl Lithium Ion Pro has an impressive 15 minute charge time and 2-hour battery life, which is 10x faster charging than its runner-up, the oneisall with a 2.5-hour charge time and 2.5-hour battery life. If you have numerous dogs to trim or a large dog with thick fur that takes longer than normal, these are great options. The PettingPal clippers have a run time of between 4-5 hours with a 3-4 hour charge time, which is excellent for longer cuts.
We didn't forget about the corded models. Although a cordless option may seem like a more convenient choice, when evaluating a simplistic approach with no frills and no worries about a degrading battery, the corded models should not be dismissed, and the Andis scored the highest for this metric.
Ease of Cleaning
The lifetime and overall effectiveness of your clippers are based in part on your ability to clean and properly maintain them. There are a few primary things to analyze here: how difficult the clipper is to disassemble and whether it can be rinsed and brushed off easily. It's inevitable that your clippers will become filled with hair, and that will cause them to become less efficient without proper blade cleaning, so the harder the process, the less likely you will be to maintain your equipment properly.
The oneisall, PettingPal, Andis, and Yabife models are very simple to clean. Both the head of the clipper and the blade remove easily, which is an essential step in unclogging your clippers and cleaning behind the blade. Once removed, the only clipper that can be rinsed with water is the Yabife, and we found this to be a simple and efficient process. All the clippers were simple to oil and brush from the exterior, although the models not mentioned above had exceptionally difficult blades to clean. Also, keep in mind that the Andis clippers did not come with a brush to clean the blades.
Features and Accessories
Depending on the final cut you're going for, whether short, long, intricate, between tight places, or on sensitive areas, each clipper touts specific features and accessories. We looked at the on-clipper features that included blade height controls, battery level displays, and the color options available. Each kit included an array of attachable and useful accessories that ranged from guards and separate blades to cleaning accessories, cutting accessories, and even a few with carrying cases. The most feature-filled and accessory packed kits were not always the best clippers in other metrics, but when considering usability for the entire package, this piece of the evaluation was crucial.
Interlaid features like an LCD screen for displaying clipper speeds, battery life, and even maintenance reminders are featured on the PettingPal clippers. Others like the oneisall and Yabife feature onboard battery displays and blade control. All kits featured guards for different lengths of hair, with the OMORC offering eight height options — essential for different parts of your pup's body. The quality of cleaning and cutting accessories ranged, with the oneisall, Yabife, PettingPal, and OMORC models featuring the highest quality build feel, but the cutting effectiveness was entirely positive across all of the kits.
Noise and Vibration
The less noise and vibration, the better the experience for most dogs. To keep them from getting spooked and feeling uncomfortable, we prefer clippers that don't exceed 65db (decibels), but some dogs don't mind the sound at all. As for vibration level, this can be a nuisance to both the dog and your hands after an extended time grooming.
In our testing, our theory that cordless clippers would be quieter proved to be true. The oneisall, PettingPal, and Yabife were exceptionally quiet even when at their highest speed, but the OMORC corded model surprised us with a similar noise level to most of the cordless clippers. In terms of vibration, there were a few that irritated our hands after a few minutes of grooming. The standout was the PettingPal Grooming Clippers, which had nearly undetectable vibration for both the dog and our hands — impressive indeed!
After in-depth research of some of the best clippers available online and some rigorous hands-on, side-by-side testing, we feel confident that this review can help guide you to the best dog clippers for grooming your furry friend. We paid close attention to cutting quality, accessories, noise levels, and price to performance ratio to help you make an informed purchase. Happy grooming to you and your best friend!
— Kyle McCann