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Andis pet clippers are a top brand in the grooming business. They’ve earned this reputation by being reliable, high-powered, and durable. In fact, many professional groomers use Andis clippers every day.
Andis makes clippers with a variety of styles and features to meet the needs of both professional and home groomers who have dogs, horses, and livestock of various coat thicknesses and textures. To help you decide which Andis clippers are right for you, we’ve highlighted the important features of a few of our favorites.
In this review:
- Best Andis dog clippers
- Andis pet clippers for horses and livestock
- Is Andis better than Wahl?
- What to look for when comparing Andis pet clippers
Best Andis dog clippers
Andis professional dog grooming clippers
- Ideal for all coat types, but curly coats and heavy coats in particular.
- 2-speed rotary motor works at 3,400 and 4,400 strokes per minute.
- Engineered to stay cool and run quietly.
What we like
We used these Andis AGC dog clippers the last time we groomed our dog, Hobbes. We like the overall balance of features in the professional Andis UltraEdge dog clippers. These clippers are high quality without setting you back as much as more premium options. In fact, they’ll pay for themselves within two or three grooming sessions.
Andis indicates the Ultra Edge clippers are great for all coat types, but Andis specifically categorizes them as ideal for curly and thick coats. These super-duty clippers come with shatter-proof housing and a 14-foot heavy-duty cord to give you plenty of reach while grooming.
These Andis pet clippers come with a detachable #10 UltraEdge blade that is interchangeable with all of Andis’ UltraEdge and CeramicEdge blades.
What we’d change
Use extra caution when using professional tools. High-speed, powerful clippers tend to get hot with continual usage. Andis recommends using Andis Cool Care blade spray to prevent burning your pet or pausing grooming. This spray not only lubricates and disinfects the blades, but also cleans hair from the blade teeth with its high-pressure nozzle.
As with most professional clippers, these do not come with attachment combs, so you’ll need to purchase these separately if you’d like to lengthen the cut.
Andis cordless dog clippers
- 3 hours of run time on a single charge.
- The lithium-ion battery and powerful rotary motor cut through any coat type.
- 5 speeds, adjustable from 2,500 to 4,500 strokes per minute.
- Equipped with a size #10 CeramicEdge blade. Runs cooler and stays sharper than steel.
What we like
Unlike some cordless clippers, you won’t lack any power with the Pulse ZR II. These are professional-level, heavy-duty clippers that are engineered to provide groomers with the precision needed to easily trim any coat type thanks to the powerful rotary motor and lithium-ion battery.
These are also the longest-running clippers that we have come across—running for up to three hours on a single charge. And if you need longer, you can easily remove the battery from the casing and swap it out for a fresh one. When you’re ready to recharge, the clipper charges in a charging stand.
The Pulse ZR II comes with a #10 CeramicEdge detachable blade which, according to Andis, runs cooler and stays sharper than steel. The blade is also compatible with all Andis UltraEdge, CeramicEdge, and Show Edge blades.
What we’d change
They are a bit heavier than some other models that are not professional level. At 8.13 inches and 1.10 lbs., it is possible that the Pulse may be uncomfortable to hold if you have small hands. They also might not be ideal for small dogs or trimming in hard-to-reach areas.
Also, unlike some cordless clippers that can be used while plugged into a charging cord, these clippers cannot be used while the battery is charging. To get around this limitation, you can purchase a spare battery, which can charge on the base alone without the clippers.
The other downside to these amazing clippers is the price; you’re paying for super-duty quality, reliability, 5 speeds, and power, as well as the versatility that comes with a cordless clipper.
Andis heavy duty dog clippers
- Super-duty 5-speed motor for variable power and maximum versatility; 2,500 to 4,500 strokes per minute.
- Delivers professional grooming for all coat types, Andis categorizes the Excel for curly/heavy coats;
- Quad force blade drive lasts two times longer than standard blade drives
What we like
We chose the Excel for its blade drive power that works through all coats types, as well as its five speeds. The variance in speed allows the groomer to use lower speeds for cooler running and clipping around sensitive areas and higher speeds for a smoother coat finish.
These Andis 5-speed dog clippers come with a detachable #10 CeramicEdge blade to keep the blade running cooler for longer. Andis hardens their blades to keep them sharp and adds a chrome finish that inhibits corrosion. The blades are interchangeable with all Andis CeramicEdge and UltraEdge detachable blades as well as Oster A5 blades.
The clippers have a soft grip, anti-slip housing. They weigh 0.80 lbs. and are 6.63 inches long. They come with a 14-ft. power cord and a one-year limited warranty.
What we’d change
Some reviewers had problems with the power and speed buttons. Some indicated that the buttons broke or would not turn on when pressed and others indicated the location of the buttons on the clipper was poorly placed.
These Andis dog trimmers are powerful, top-of-the-line clippers and the price reflects their quality. For the occasional groomer who doesn’t need to work through tough, thick coats, these may be overkill. In that case, we’d recommend the clippers below.
Andis dog trimmers for light and medium coats
- Quiet operation for pet comfort.
- Powerful rotary motor clipper kit for grooming dogs with heavy coats.
- Detachable ceramic blade runs cooler and stays sharper.
- Built to withstand years of use.
- Break-resistant housing and 12' heavy-duty cord.
- Kit includes durable hard storage case and 4 attachment combs sizes 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" for longer cutting lengths.
What we like
The Andis EasyClip Pro-Animal clippers are a good mid-range option for the home groomer who desires quality and reliability, but who doesn’t need a super-duty clipper for thick coats. It’s a step down from Andis’ professional line of clippers, but a step up from basic models. It’s a “best of both worlds” kind of clipper.
The EasyClip operates quietly and the detachable #10 CeramicEdge blade keeps the blades running cooler for longer. The blade is also interchangeable with the steel UltraEdge blades. We like that this kit has guide combs, so additional blades may not need to be purchased to achieve a variation in cutting length.
The EasyClip is well-balanced and weighs 14 oz. It’s built to withstand years of use with its break-resistant housing and 12-ft. heavy-duty cord.
What we’d change
This clipper has a 12-ft. cord, which is 2 ft. shorter than the majority of Andis professional models.
Also, at 3,700 strokes per minute, these have the potential to heat up with extended use. We’d recommend using Andis Cool Care for longer sessions.
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Andis pet clippers for horses and livestock
- Extra wide, detachable UltraEdge T-84 blade to cover a larger area in one pass.
- Super two-speed rotary motor for professional performance (3,400 & 4,400 SPM).
- Detachable blade design for ease of changing and cleaning.
What we like
The Andis AGC is a professional-level clipper. The extra-wide T-84 blade is ideal for clipping horses and other large animals but may be too large to clip a small dog comfortably. In this case, swap the blade for an Andis #10 CeramicEdge blade and you have a clipper that can trim a variety of animals.
The powerful AGC runs cool and quiet and is encased in shatter-proof material to withstand bumps, bangs, and drops. The heavy-duty power cord is 14-ft. long, so you can easily reach around large animals.
This clipper comes with blade oil, the extra wide T-84 blade, a durable, hard storage case, and a USB thumb drive that contains an instructional video.
What we’d change
These clippers are 7.13 in. long and weigh 1.10 lbs., making them slightly heavier than some other Andis clippers.
Some reviewers suggest these clippers did not work easily through their horses’ extremely thick winter coats, but clipped the summer coats just fine.
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Is Andis better than Wahl?
Wahl and Andis are two of the top pet clipper brands. You can find a variety of styles, price points, and features from both brands that will meet the needs of both professionals and home groomers.
Wahl tends to create more clippers geared toward the home groomer. These clippers tend to be lighter but with slower speeds. They also make more cordless clippers, which are easier to hold and use. These features make grooming easier for the novice groomer who will only use the clippers occasionally. However, the clippers tend not to work as well for dogs with thick or curly coats. One Wahl model we like is the Wahl KM Cordless clippers.
Andis, on the other hand, tends to cater to professional groomers by making high-powered, heavy-duty models which are usually corded to deliver steady, constant power for clipping a high volume of animals. Due to their heavy-duty features, they tend to be heavier and are able to withstand regular use or trimming thick coats. If you want to invest in one set of clippers that will last you a while and don’t mind paying a bit more, start your search with Andis.
What to look for when comparing Andis pet clippers
The most important aspect to consider when beginning your search for a pair of Andis clippers is your pet’s coat quality.
Thick or matted dog coats require a steady, high-powered clipper. In this situation, look for a heavy-duty clipper that powers through tough spots. Curly coats also require a bit more power, but you have a little more flexibility in this area. See our guide to the best dog clippers for thick or matted fur for some good options.
Thin to medium coats allow for the most versatility in clippers. These coats will not require a heavy-duty trimmer. In this case, a less powerful pair of clippers should work fine and you’ll be able to save yourself some money. If you want your clippers to last longer or if you’ll be clipping often, stick with a quality pair and pay a bit extra.
Below are some other aspects to consider.
Cord vs Cordless
Often groomers with less experience find cordless clippers to be easier to manage. However, cordless clippers can be finicky when it comes to battery operation and recharging. Also, cordless clippers tend to offer less power. If you believe a cordless set is right for you, check out our guide to the best cordless dog clippers.
Most pet clippers are engineered to run quietly, but some are quieter than others. If your dog is skittish around clippers, look for a set that is specifically identified as being quiet. Look at reviews to see what customers say about the noise level.
Although not completely necessary, multiple speeds can be helpful. Slower speeds (around 2,700 spm) are ideal for finishing, detailing work, or when working through matted patches of fur. Faster speeds (3,400+ spm) are great for overall body clipping and to get the job done quickly. However, faster speeds mean the blades will heat up more quickly. Although there are exceptions, if the clipper speed is not mentioned in the clipper specifications, it tends to be left out because the speed is not impressive.
Most Andis pet clippers are made with rotary motors. Rotary motors are high-powered and allow for more strokes per minute. They cut all hair types, wet or dry. They are great for high-volume, heavy-duty cutting. But they also have the most complex design and parts will need to be replaced more often.
Andis has created at least one clipper with a brushless motor, which is engineered to run cooler, quieter, and provide more torque and power than a rotary motor. Brushless motors have fewer moving parts, making them long-lasting and reliable.
Another motor you may see in Andis animal clippers is a pivot motor. This motor is still high-powered but runs at a lower speed. It’s great for thick, coarse hair. It’s engineered to run cool, quiet, and last a long time.
Professional clippers usually come with detachable blades, so they can be removed for cleaning, exchanged for a different blade length, or swapped when they become warm. Steel blades tend to stay sharper longer, while ceramic blades run cooler. These detachable blades can be sharpened, while most at-home grooming clippers come with fixed blades that can’t easily be sharpened.
Most Andis clippers come with a #10 blade, which cuts to 1/16th of an inch. This is great for the underbelly, ears, and face. But you may need to purchase guide combs or a long blade such as a #7F blade to obtain a longer length.
The cost of the clippers is important to most consumers. Prices can range from as cheap as $30 to as much as $400. Consider the age-old saying: You get what you pay for. Clippers that only cost $30 to $45 probably won’t do well on curly or thick coats, and you’ll probably have to replace them more often.
Also, consider how much wear and tear you’ll be putting on the clippers. The more often you use them or the thicker the coat, the higher the quality of clippers you should consider. It helps when you consider that each grooming session you do at home saves you $60 to $100 at the pet groomer.
Grooming will be easier if the clippers feel comfortable in your hands. Heavy clippers or ill-shaped clippers can lead to wrist fatigue, dropping the clippers, or injuring your pet. Notice the weight and if the clippers are marked as ergonomic.
Professional-level clippers rarely come with other accessories besides blade oil. Clippers intended for home use often come in a kit that includes oil, a cleaning brush, and guide combs. The guide combs come in handy when you need to change the length of a cut for a particular part of the body but don’t want to change the blade.