Guide to Buying Andis and Oster Dog Clippers
Choosing the Right Dog Clippers
I've been grooming dogs part-time for about five years now, so it's safe to say I know my way around a pair of clippers. Over the years, I have tried several different models and learned their advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, this guide will help you find the best clippers for your dog's specific needs.
When it comes to clippers, two brands run the game: Andis and Oster. Both are high-end brands, so both will be covered in this article, although I have had more personal experience with Andis.
If you have personal experience with any of the models mentioned or you believe that there are clippers that should have been mentioned, please leave a comment to help others.
I have owned several Andis clippers over the years, and they're the ones I tend to see being used most by other groomers. Andis makes incredibly durable clippers that will last practically forever.
Clippers are an investment—they will save you grooming costs for years to come. However, they come in a range of prices. You should let how frequently you plan to use your dog clippers determine the amount of money you are willing to invest.
Andis is hands-down one of the best names in the business when it comes to dog clippers, and they continue to impress with new products and great customer service. All of the clippers I have seen from Andis have detachable blades (handy if you have dogs with different coats), so I did not include that in my descriptions. Here's a list of my top three, ending with my favorite.
3. Andis Two-Speed Pet Clipper
These clippers (featured in this article's pictures) are very quiet and can cut through just about anything. As anyone who has tried using human-hair clippers on animals can tell you, dog and cat hair is much tougher than ours, so anything besides high-quality equipment will jam up. You can alternate between two speeds on this clipper—2,700 and 3,400 strokes per minute (spm).
This clipper comes with a #10 UltraEdge blade (this is Andis's stainless steel line). If you are only cutting your own dog's hair, this should be fine. If you intending to cut hair for more than 20-minute stretches, beware that the blade can heat up. When this happens, you can either turn it off and let it rest on a cold surface or use a cooling spray. Alternatively, you can buy a CeramicEdge blade, which heats up more slowly.
As for the durability and use of this clipper, it comes with a 14-foot chord and sturdy body.
Conclusion: This is truly a heavy-duty dog clipper that will last you for years. I highly recommend it for larger breeds.
2. Andis PowerGroom
The Andis PowerGroom is one step above the normal two-speed. While they weigh the same amount, the PowerGroom functions much faster (though only at one speed) at 4,500 spm. The PowerGroom also has the benefit of coming with a #10 CeramicEdge blade instead of a stainless steel one.
Other than that, it is very similar to the normal two-speed. It is very quiet and can run hot if you run it for extended amounts of time. To solve this, you can purchase Andis's Cool Care Plus or a similar cooling spray.
Conclusion: The Andis PowerGroom clipper definitely lives up to its name. The lightweight and powerful tool makes grooming a breeze. However, you must determine whether the added speed is worth the approximately 50 percent increase in price.
1. Andis AGC Two-Speed Pet Clipper (A.K.A. The Super Two-Speed)
This is my favorite clipper from Andis. It is lighter than either the normal two-speed or the PowerGroom, and you can really feel the difference in your wrists after a while.
What's more, these clippers are so quiet that you can trim your dog or cat's fur without it even flinching—perfect for sensitive animals. It also runs at a remarkably cool temperature, though the blade can still get hot with time.
What's more, it does not cost much more than the PowerGroom!
Conclusion: The AGC two-speed is an incredibly versatile and durable dog clipper. It is great for dogs that require a quieter clipper.
There are many groomers who swear by Oster clippers, but I have not used any personally. The first clippers I purchased were Andis—I was very satisfied, so I just stuck with them, and they have yet to do me wrong. But Oster also has many great reviews all over the Internet, so here are the two most highly-rated clippers and what I have heard about them.
2. Oster Turbo Two-Speed Clipper
This clipper has changed very little in the past few decades. Many groomers today first encountered the Turbo in college and have just stuck with it. It has two speed settings, 3,000 and 4,000 spm. Like the Andis clippers, these come with a #10 blade and can get hot with use.
Conclusion: The A5 Turbo is a straight workhorse and is virtually indestructible.
1. Oster Powermax Two-Speed Clippers
Some reviews have had problems with the durability of these clippers. They are rated more lowly than any of the Andis models, but at four out of five stars, their rating is not terrible. They are quick (3,700 and 4,200 spm) and as as lightweight as the Andis two-speed or PowerGroom. Unlike the old-school Oster Turbo, this clipper is also contoured to fit your hand. Surprisingly, both the Powermac and Turbo have comparable prices.
Conclusion: Great clipper for at-home use, very lightweight and powerful for the toughest coats.
Which Brand is the Best? Andis vs. Oster
With over 1,200 votes, Andis came in as the fan favorite with over 60 percent of votes.
I restarted the poll to get a more current view, and Andis has grown slightly in popularity, sitting at approximately 65 percent of votes.
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How to Choose Your Blade Size
Large and small dog breeds may require different setups.
I own a standard poodle and he requires a heavy duty clipper. I use the Andis PowerGroom dog clipper for his thick coat, and it has been working great for about two years now. Granted, most clippers could work for any dog, but it might be more convenient to have a smaller setup, like the light-on-the-hand AGC two-speed, if you mainly trim smaller dogs.
What really differs in your setup is your blade size. You select your blade size depending on how long you want your dog's hair to be—the lower the size number, the longer the hair. The #10 is offered with all of the clippers listed above because it's the most commonly used blade (it will leave your dog's hair 1/16" long).
For a poodle, you will want to use a #3/4 to a #7 blade (leaving 3/4'' to 1/8'' of hair) for the body and a #10-30 (leaving hair 1/16'' to 1/50'' long) for the more closely shaven parts.
It's also helpful to know that every clipper brand uses universal blades, meaning a Andis blade will work with Oster and visa versa.
Blade Size Chart
Hair Length (in Inches)
Hair Length (in Millimeters)
Home Grooming: What to Really Expect
Now, I'm not trying to burst your bubble, but I must warn you: While incredibly economical, grooming your dog at home is not easy. Regardless of the clipper set up you have, this is still a tough job.
The reality is that, depending on the size of your dog, you could have a project that takes several hours to complete.
So be ready!
Before starting a clip, be sure to have the proper equipment on hand and set up properly. Here is a quick checklist:
- Dog clippers
- Clipper oil
- Ear-cleaning supplies if needed
- Appropriate shampoos
- Plenty of free time
You don't want to break off more than you can chew when clipping your dog. Some people even prefer to space the clip out over a few days. It can be a really physically demanding process, so make sure you give yourself the necessary space and time before committing.
Final Thoughts and Feedback
So after reading and responding to literally hundreds of comments, I wanted to address some common questions and misconceptions. And please keep the comments and questions coming so this process can be ongoing—your input is greatly appreciated.
1. Ceramic blades stay cooler then all metal blades. Don't hesitate to go with ceramic.
2. The clippers on this page will work for a wide range of dog breeds and sizes. Both the Andis and Oster lines will get the job done.
3. Clipping dog hair requires a high-powered clipper, settling for cheaper brands won't work. So don't waste your money!
4. If you have blade size questions specific to your breed or desired clip, ask your local groomers and they should be glad to help you.