Nowadays, having a quality dog dryer is a must. Whether you are a professional or occasional groomer, you can find gazillions of supposedly best dog dryers to pick from on Amazon and other websites.
Names and brands sound confusing, they go from K9 Dryers, MetroVac, Shammy, B-Air, Flying Pig, Kool Dry, and many more. Most of these will proudly affirm that they have the absolute best hair dryer for dogs so let us help you spot what’s true from what’s pure misinformation.
For the casual or professional groomers in a hurry, here are the best dog dryers in 2017:
- K-9 III Dog Grooming Dryer — Professional Dog Dryer
- Metrovac’s Air Force Commander — Forced-Air Dog Dryer
- BPD-1 Bear Power 2 HP High Velocity Dryer — Quieter Force Dryer
- Flying Pig High Dog Stand Dryer — Stand Dryer
- EasyClip Quiet Air Dryer by Andis — Handheld Dryer
To make it easier for you, we are first detailing the most important characteristics to consider when purchasing a safe and efficient dog dryer; while also giving you the best model for each category.
How To Pick The Best Dog Dryer
The very first step to decide on when searching for the best dog dryer for your own use is to exactly find out how you’ll use it. Are you going to use it for occasional grooming of your dogs, or is it for your own grooming salon?
Regardless of the usage, there are features to look for when buying a top quality dog dryer.
- Durability — Make sure the materials used are going to hold up to your usage, avoid metallic-based dryers as they may rust or even amplify the sound of the motor it is housing.
- Storability — Dog dryers come in so many shapes and forms, more than you probably think. So whether you go with a handheld dog dryer, a stand dryer, a cage dryer, or a mount dryer, make sure it suits your needs (storability, weight, mounting hardware, etc.)
- High Air Flow — Unlike human hair dryers, the doggy counterpart should not expel a too hot air flow. Instead, dog dryers must provide enough air pressure to remove the water from the dog’s fur. That way, dogs’ sensitive skin remains intact.
- Variable Speed — If you only breed one type of dog that has one type of fur, pick the right single-speed dryer and you’re good to go. Now if you are a groomer dealing with different breeds, coats and sizes, you do need a variable speed dog dryer so you can adjust the air flow depending on the coat type you are drying. Variable speed dog dyers tend to be the best choice anyway because they offer a quieter experience with the lower speeds but still provide you with the versatility you need to deal with any type of hair.
- Non-Heated Air — Like explained above, dog hair dyers do not technically *dry dog hair*. Confusing I know. Dogs have a sensitive skin, undercoat and hair, so a too high heat would burn them. The motor itself will warm the air up enough for pet grooming use, there is rarely a need for an auxiliary heating element. It is clearly unsafe to dry or groom your dog with a human hairdryer.
- Quality Hose — Air pressure and heat can crack or break a low quality dog dryer hose, especially with an intensive use. Dog dryers with a heavy-duty spiral-wound hose last a lot longer but cost a little more; their longer life makes these a worthy investment.
- Quietness — A metal housing amplifies the noise a lot more than a polymer housing that tends to absorb noise. Unless you go for a crappy dog dryer, engineers usually understand how dogs react and offer a decently quiet final product. You have to be realistic too. No dryer will ever be fully silent, so simply look for a dog dryer mentioning the use of a proprietary technology or some sort of modern silencing technology.
- Easy-To-Clean Air Filters — Even when you know how to do it, this is not something we just think of doing often. Make sure the filters are easy to change or clean so when you do it, you don’t take a full day off for it. Ideally, you want air filters than can be cleaned or changed using no tools at all.
- Horsepower — Ignore horsepower claims with dog dryers (ie. 2HP, 4HP…) because although most manufacturers claim how great and high their horsepower is (2P, 4P, etc.), there is very little use for it since to draw great horsepower, you need at least 30 amps where most only handle 12 amps.
- CFM — So if I ignore horsepower, what should I look at? Cubic Feet per Minute and Linear Feet per Minute. These pretty much mean how fast the dog dryer blows (fills) one cubic feet with air. This is the true measure you should care about as it is what gets the water off the dog’s fur.
Designs and Types of Dog Dryers
A bit like shoes, there are several types of dog dryers available out there. And like shoes, there is no absolute best, just a dog dryer that is more suited to your usage and grooming habits.
Depending on the type of dog dryer you want to go for, you will see that each type comes usually in a given design.
- Handheld dog dryers are handheld (yes, really), light and mobile
- Low pressure dryers are usually mounted in a cage or standing
- Forced-air dryers have a handheld nozzle, and the motor on the floor
Some may have stands, wall or under table mounting and hands-free drying contraptions. It is a matter of personal preferences and how your room is laid out.
Top 5 Best Dog Dryers
There is no perfect dog dryer, each has its very own upsides and downsides. The one type of dog drying system that comes close to doing everything professional pet groomers need is a variable-speed forced-air high-velocity dog dryer. We definitely avoid recommending human-style dryers as they are not adapted and suitable for dogs’ skin and sensitivity.
1. K-9 III Dog Grooming Dryer
— Simply The Best Professional Dog Dryer
Not for the casual user, this professional grooming dog dryer is heavily priced for a reason: it will save you a lot of time and effort, even with the most difficult types of coat out there. Coming with two motors, the power this dog dryer is able to deliver is unrivaled in its category.
The obvious consequence of such a powerful dryer is that we wouldn’t necessarily recommend you to dry a dog’s sensitive areas with it. It is definitely adjustable but even then, you are better off with a smaller dryer for special areas like a dog’s face or genitals. The hose seems fragile so be careful when you open the package for the first time, and every time you store it.
Other than that, this is an overall wonderful product for any professional groomer who is after a long-lasting dryer for dogs. The K-9 III Dog Grooming Dryer comes in several colors and also has a couple of downgraded models if you cannot afford this beast.
Users confirm that a giant Newfoundland dog can be dried within 20 minutes including with a quality undercoat drying.
2. Metrovac's Air Force Commander
— Close #2 High Pressure Dog Dryer (Best Value For Money!)
Often referred to as forced-air dryers or high velocity dog dryers, these models are the best and most-efficient dog dryers, they are fast at drying both the undercoat and outer coat of all dogs, regardless of their coat type. We’ve got an article reviewing the best force dryers, too.
One or two small reverse vacuum motors are used to blow air through a hose and nozzle to force the water off the coat, and stretch the hair by flattening it to the skin. Because high-velocity dryers are becoming the most populars, they now come standing, mounted or armed!
Forced-air dog dryers rarely have an added heater and do not need one. They actually should not have one. The high-pressure and extreme air flow are enough to penetrate the thickest and most knotted hair to get rid of the wetness.
However, as you can imagine with such high velocity dog dryers, you must be careful with sensitive area such as genitals, ears and eyes. This is where having a variable-speed dog dryer helps as you can be gentle on sensitive parts, and more efficient on difficult areas.
The number #1 advantage of the high-pressure dog hair dryers is that they save you loads of time.
The Metrovac’s Air Force Commander Dog Dryer is by far the best pick with adjustable speed and controls enabling you complete check over the airflow. It is made of rugged and durable steel, and offers an easy to change air filter and dual mounted legs that allow the dryer to be used vertically or horizontally. The air expelled is warm but will not burn the dog’s skin since there is no heating element. The perfect pick at a reasonable price!
3. B-Air Dryers Bear Power 2 High Velocity Dryer
— Cheaper Force Dryer For Dogs
If you are after a cheaper option offering a little less settings and controls, the B-Air Dryers Bear Power 2 High Velocity Dryer is a nice value for money high-velocity dog dryer. Not the best but at this price you cannot fault it for it.
Thick-coated pets will enjoy the low speed setting that you can use with of the four nozzles delivered with the B-Air: brush, cone, fluffing, and slot nozzles. Unlike most forced-air dryers for dogs, the B-Air has a little less force and can therefore offer a quieter motor (still noisy) which is ideal for dogs suffering from anxiety or high levels of stress (if you have one, make sure you also get silent dog clippers, too.)
Customer feedbacks all over the web are good, not ecstatic, but most definitely good enough for you to buy it. Most complaints pertaining to the B-Air Dryer’s lifespan. Quite a few occasional and home groomers said that it lasted only few months. Obviously, these are just a minority but it’s important to know it before buying. You may be better off with a pricier dog dryer that will last you for several years.
4. Flying Pig Stand Grooming Dryer
— Amazing Low Pressure Dog Dryer
Also called carpet dryer, stand dryer, or cage dryer, this particular type of dog dryer is composed of a large blower that produces a lot of air flow at a very low pressure. This is a gentle way to dry sensitive dog coats.
Many low pressure dog dryers come with an auxiliary heater to warm up the air flow and dry the fur faster. A little safety note here. Dogs have a much more sensitive skin, you want to avoid any additional heating technology or system, including air heaters, when drying dog hair. They may not bark or complain, but you will still damage their skin; and many dogs died from overheating because of the cage dryer.
Have some chilled water available at all times for the dogs and make sure the room temperature is warm enough and these guys will dry pretty quickly with no need for an auxiliary heater. If there is a heating setting or switch, just turn it off unless you know what you are doing.
The Flying Pig Stand Grooming Dryer is made by a pet-grooming leading manufacturer, Oster, and offers a sturdy dryer with a heating element that you can turn off (perfect!) and an ideal design to use on your grooming table or as a cage dryer. For added safety, there is a special overload switch preventing it from overheating.
Funny note about this product, on Amazon there is a review of someone who left it running 24/7 for 11 years to, I quote, control condensation on a liquid nitrogen gas fitting for a vital piece of research equipment. Top quality!
5. EasyClip Quiet Air Dryer by Andis
— Decent Handheld Dog Dryer
Definitely inexpensive, these so-called dog dryers are honestly not really built for dogs. They are usually human hair dryers with a new dog-focused packaging and marketing, but the product remains relatively the same.
With an average of 10 to 20 CFM (cubic feet per meter), these are low pressure dryers that may have you take ages to dry your dog completely, let alone a Newfoundland ha!
Costing up to $90, these hair dryers for dogs will most certainly be the first choice for a lot first-time buyers or occasional groomers. And although I understand their choice, they could get a much better forced-air dryer for a similar price.
If you decide on using these, make sure you use the least warm temperature setting just to remain safe for the dog you are drying.
The EasyClip Quiet Air Dryer from Andis is probably the best in this category. Like we said, we don’t recommend these handheld dog dryers but we understand that the cost can be a tipping-point for some of you so this dryer by Andis does a decent job, seemingly the best in this category.
If you have the budget, try to pick one of our recommended force dryers since they are the safest options on the market.