Poodles are fantastic dogs, of course, but when it comes to hair care, they’re definitely one of the more high maintenance breeds. Their soft, curly coat may be plush and posh, but it also needs care on a daily basis, and a trim at least every 4-6 weeks to keep them looking fantastic. Unfortunately, this can also mean that many poodle owners spend a large amount of money paying for professional grooming services; learning to groom your pooch yourself, however, not only lessens the load on your pocketbook, but allows your pup to have a spa day in the comfort of their own home. Where to start, you ask? Let’s begin with a look at some of the top pet grooming clipper brands out there today.
This fast running, two speed clipper is great for owners that have a lot of grooming to do – those who have several poodles or are clipping a Standard, for example. Oster has a great reputation among professional groomers, but would be perfect for beginners as well! When purchased new, the clipper also comes with a size 10 blade, and it’s worth a mention that Oster blades in general hold sharp edges longer than some other brands, and include AgION coating that reduces bacteria or mold growth on the blade.
- Smooth running and moderately quiet
- Extremely durable – they tend to last for years when regularly maintained
- Moderately priced ($125 on Amazon)
- Some users note that the blade gets hot during longer grooming sessions, requiring more frequent blade changes or blade cooling agents
- Needs regular maintenance in the form of oiling/greasing internal parts
Without the inconvenience of a cord, these clippers are particularly portable, allowing poodle owners to get down to the business of trimming wherever their heart desires! The unit comes with a charging base and high capacity battery pack, but since the running time tops out at around one hour with the clippers running continuously, this might not be the best bet for larger dogs or multi-dog grooming days. They’re almost as fast as the Osters, however, with a single blade speed of 3800 spm, and the 4X4 blade drive is meant for heavy duty use (great for those extra shaggy pups!).
- Easy to hold and relatively quiet, since it has no noisy fans or vents, so ideal for nervous dogs
- Versatile and convenient – don’t need to worry about having a power outlet nearby
- All blades detach completely from clippers for easy cleaning
- Shorter running time than corded clippers
- Some users report the battery stops holding charge well once the unit is older
- More expensive than other clipper brands ($238 on Amazon)
A cost-effective option for those just learning how to trim their pups properly, this clipper set comes with everything a poodle parent needs to get started; rechargeable clipper and charging unit, maintenance supplies, cutting guides of different lengths, and an instructional DVD. The lightweight body is easy to hold in hand, and the continuous run time is approximately 45 minutes before the clippers need recharging. The blades are removable for easy cleaning.
- Great all-in one option for beginning groomers
- Cordless option is convenient for mobile grooming
- Lower priced ($56 on Amazon)
- Some users don’t find it powerful enough for thick or heavily tangled coats
- Shorter cordless running time
- May heat up with long use
An all-purpose, versatile clipper that’s popular among many poodle owners, this is one of the most powerful units on the market, with running speeds of 3400 spm (low speed) and 4400 spm (high speed). These clippers include the manufacturer’s 4X4 blade drive which cuts easily though heavy coat to make those marathon grooming sessions as easy as possible for poodle lovers. The motor is also whisper quiet, since it’s sealed within a protective housing, and needs little to no maintenance over its lifetime. Andis also has the largest selection of blade styles among all clipper manufacturers.
- Powerful and versatile
- Extremely quiet
- Ideal for long grooms or heavy coats
- Priced moderately ($146 on Amazon)
- May not be as convenient as cordless models
- Some users have reported that the clipper housing gets too warm after extended use or with older units
Because our curly-coated furry friends do need such regular attention, your best bet is to find a brand and type of clippers that suit your unique situation, your budget, and, of course, your dog’s personality. Finally, it’s never a bad idea to ask your pup’s professional stylist or your veterinarian for a recommendation on clipper brands either. Happy haircutting!