How Do I Choose the Best Grooming Clippers?

Malcolm Tatum

Choosing the best grooming clippers for a pet requires more than simply going with the first set of clippers that are available. A number of factors must be considered in order to choose the right ones and be able to keep your pet looking clean and well kept. When considering different brands of grooming clippers, think in terms of the size, weight, configuration, and cost of those clippers in order to identify the best set.

Electronic clippers may be used to trim a dog's fur.
Electronic clippers may be used to trim a dog's fur.

The configuration or design of the grooming clippers is very important. Essentially, you want a set of clippers that is right for your pet. Some work very well for animals with shorter fur, while pets with longer fur will require a different type of clippers. You also want to think in terms of how the clippers are powered. While many clippers are corded and can make use of house current for operation, some also come with battery capability, something that you may find very convenient. If in doubt, ask a veterinarian about the type of clippers that are appropriate for your pet, and focus your attention on brands that fit his or her basic description.

Grooming tools may include pet nail clippers.
Grooming tools may include pet nail clippers.

Also keep in mind that the size and weight of the grooming clippers can make a huge difference in the ease of use. The idea is to choose clippers that fit well into the hands, making it easier to control them during use. Since many animals have a limited amount of patience with the grooming efforts of their owners, being able to manage the clippers quickly and accurately will help to minimize both the frustration your pet experiences and your own as you try to keep the pet still during the grooming effort. A set that works well and can be managed with one hand means you still have the other hand to help calm the pet and prevent it from getting away in the middle of a grooming session.

The cost of the grooming clippers is also an aspect to consider before making a final purchase. While it is possible to buy an inexpensive set of clippers, keep in mind that they may or may not last for an appreciable period of time. Many pet owners find that going with clippers that come with multiple attachments and blades, and are constructed of more metal and less plastic are a much better buy over the long-term. This is particularly true for owners who have several pets with different types and lengths of fur. Compare prices between different sets of grooming clippers that offer the benefits necessary, then go with the one that has the right combination of quality and cost for your needs.

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