Clipper Review: Comparing all CORDLESS dog clippers and trimmers

With so many cordless models to choose from these days it can get a bit overwhelming working out what the differences are, and which cordless clipper is right for you.

We review all the best selling cordless clippers below to help you choose the best match for your needs, whether you're a professional groomer clipping 5 dogs a day 5 days a week, trimming one dog at home between going to the groomer, or looking for a cordless clipper model rated for horses.

All these following models of cordless clippers and trimmers are reviewed below:

ANDIS models: Andis Pulse ZR II, Andis Excel Cordless and Andis Pulse Li5 | WAHL models: Wahl KM Cordless, Wahl Creativa (Bravura), Wahl Arco, Wahl Lithium Pet Pro, Wahl Figura Mini and Wahl Brav Mini | HEINIGER models: Heiniger Opal and Heiniger Saphir | CODOS CP-9200 | SHERNBAO Mini.

 

Before you start

Before you jump in, keep in mind clippers and trimmers are NOT the same.

Trimmers come in two sizes, mini and midi, and are usually used for lighter, shorter areas of coat such as paw pads, faces and around the genitals. Trimmers rated for horses would be used for fetlocks and feathers, and areas like the muzzle and bridle path, but not for full body clipping. 

Clippers however are for full-body clipping and come in 4 levels. Light use, medium duty, heavy duty, and super duty. Super duty being the top level, telling you the clipper would be rated for all coat types including wool, fleece, double, non-shed, matted and more. Some super duty level clippers are also rated for horses.

Andis Pulse ZR II Cordless Clipper

This is the best selling, highest rated cordless clipper Andis makes. Available in original black and in limited edition designs. A unique 5 speed model for maximum user control. Same, fast, top speeds as a standard 2 speed clipper, plus 3 extra, lower speeds for delicate, sensitive or injury prone areas. Lower speeds give the added benefit of reduced blade heat up and quieter running.

Rated Super Duty for all dog coat types. Also rated for horses and cattle. Batteries are lithium-ion, removable and replaceable. Comes with 2 batteries and a case included. Each battery has up to 3 hours cordless run-time (depending on speed selected), from a 2 hour recharge. At the base of each battery there's a charge indicator so you don't get a surprise and run-out of charge mid-clip.

The charging station charges batteries individually, or the entire clipper. Comes with hard-sided storage carry case with handle and moulded compartments inside for storage and transport. 

A5 model that fits the widest range of blades and accessories. Comes with one #10 blade or #40 blade (#40 blade included with Vet Pack only).

Fits all brands of standard blades, from size #50 to #3, for coat lengths under 1mm to over 1cm, available separately. Fits all brands of universal comb attachments for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cms, available separately. Also fits Andis equine, showedge and livestock blades, including the popular T10 and T84 horse blades, available separately. 

Browse the range:

Andis Pulse ZR II - Black >
Andis Pulse ZR II - Limited Edition Flora >
Andis Pulse ZR II - Limited Edition Galaxy >
Andis Pulse ZR II Vet Pack - Black (with #40 blade>

Andis Excel Cordless Clipper

The newest cordless model from Andis. Available in turquoise. A 2 speed model with new-tech brushless motor, and smaller, slimmer housing, making it the lightest cordless clipper in its class at 340 grams. Also a smaller size compared to other super duty models, yet still fits all standard blades and accessories.

Rated Super Duty for all dog coat types. Dual-mode, runs corded or cordless. 1.5 hours / 90 minutes cordless run-time from a 70 minute charge. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside (battery not removable / replaceable). Does not come with a case.

A5 model that fits the widest range of blades and accessories. Comes with one #10 blade included. Fits all brands of standard blades, from size 50 to size 3, for coat lengths under 1mm to over 1cm, available separately. Fits all brands of universal comb attachments, for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm, available separately. 

Find out more: Andis Excel Cordless >


Andis Pulse Li5 5-in-1

Discontinued model. A 5 in 1 clipper and trimmer in one, with it's own unique adjustable blade. Rated for trimming all dog coats. Rated Medium Duty for full-body clipping for dogs with lighter, easier coats, and for all breeds of puppies before they get their adult coat. Comes with adjustable blade and 6 combs for coat lengths 0.25mm to 2.5cms. Midi-size clipper/trimmer (note trimming and full-body clipping are not the same). Lithium-ion battery.

Model no longer available however replacement blades available while stocks last

 

Codos CP-9200 4-in-1 Trimmer

Trimmers come in 2 sizes, mini and midi. Codos make a very affordable, midi-size cordless trimmer, model CP-9200. This is the newer model, with a longer-life, lithium-ion battery, longer 2 hours cordless run-time, and shorter 1.5 hour charge time than the old model. 

Model 9200 replaces the old model 6800, which had a 50 minute run-time, 3 hour charge time, and old tech nickel-cadmium battery type with a shorter battery lifetime. Note the old Codos blades and accessories do not fit the new model.

The Codos is not a full size, full rated clipper, but has a surprising amount of power for its small size and low price. More powerful than the old 6800 model. Can be used as a full-body clipper for all breeds when puppies, before they get their adult coat. Also rated Light to Medium Duty for full-body clipping for adult dogs with lighter, thinner, easy-clip coats only. Not rated for full body clipping for all coat types, or for difficult coats. Rated for trimming for all coat types. Popular body trimmer for cats, and very popular with Vets also, for clearing wound sites and targeted mat removal.

A 4 in 1 trimmer with its own adjustable blade. Does not fit standard blades or accessories. Comes with 1 blade and 2 comb attachments included, for 8 coat lengths from 1mm up to 1.2cm. Replacement blades available, made for this model only. Longest coat length possible is 1.2cms.

Find out more: Codos CP-9800 >


Heiniger Opal 

Heiniger's latest cordless model. Available in a turquoise blue design. The Opal is a 2 speed cordless clipper with a new-tech brushless motor. Like other brushless motor clippers, that makes it lighter and quieter, and the motor runs cooler with less vibration. The Opal weighs 415 grams.

Rated Super Duty for all dog coat types. Also rated for full body clipping and trimming for horses. Cordless battery run-time of up to 4 hours (on low), and up to 3 hours (on high), with a 60 minute charge time.

Comes with a lithium-ion rechargeable, removable, replaceable battery. This model comes with 1 battery, and no case, although the laminated cardboard case it comes in is sturdy, and will last with care.

A5 model that fits the widest range of blades and accessories. Comes with one size 10 blade included.

Fits all brands of standard blades, from size 50 (coat length under 1mm), to 3 (coat length over 1cm), available separately. Fits all brands of universal comb attachments, available separately. Also fits all Andis equine blades.

Find out more: Heiniger Opal


Heiniger Saphir

Heiniger's most well-known cordless clipper for dogs. Available in purple. The Saphir is a single speed clipper. High torque yet lower speed to handle difficult coats but with slower blade heat up.

Rated Super Duty for for all dog coat types. Also rated for full body clipping for horses. Cordless battery run-time of 1.5 hours / 90 minutes, with a 60 minute charge time.

Two battery and case options available. Either with 1 battery and no case, or with 2 batteries and case included. Both options come with one size 10 blade included. If you start with the Saphir with 1 battery, extra Saphir batteries are available for separate purchase later.

A5 model that fits the widest range of blades and accessories. Fits all brands of standard blades, from size 50 (coat length under 1mm), to 3 (coat length over 1cm), available separately. Fits all brands of universal comb attachments, available separately. Also fits all Andis equine blades.

Find out more about the Heiniger Saphir with 1 battery or Heiniger Saphir with 2 batteries and case 


Heiniger Style Mini

Trimmers come in two sizes, mini and midi. The Mini is the smallest of Heiniger's trimmer range. Ideal for delicate or injury prone areas, for exact work and creative trimming, as well as toy and small breeds. 

Narrow, fixed length blade: 30mm wide with a trimming length of 0.3mm. Comes with comb attachments for coat lengths from 3mm to 6mm. Fast speed yet very quiet operation. Small and light. Just 120 grams.

Cordless run-time of up to 80 minutes from a 60 minute recharge. Rated for trimming all dog coat types, for cats, rabbits and horses. Not for full body clipping.

Comes with one blade included. Being a trimmer it has its own unique blade. Replacement blades available. Maximum coat length 6mm (using supplied comb attachments) (unless trimming free-hand).

Find out more: Heiniger Style Mini


Heiniger Style Midi

The Midi is the larger of Heiniger's cordless trimmer range, larger than a Mini but smaller than a full size clipper like the Saphir or Opal. Ideal for trimming delicate or injury prone areas such as paw pads, face and sanitary trims. Like the Mini, Heiniger's Midi trimmers have that same unique holding angle for more accurate trimming with less user fatigue. Well balanced in the hand.

Medium width, adjustable length blade: 46mm wide with 4 lengths from one blade, adjustable from 0.5mm up to 2.5mm. Also comes with comb attachments  included for coat lengths 4mm, 8mm, 12mm, 16mm and 20mm (2cm). Fast speed yet very quiet operation. 

Cordless run-time of up to 100 minutes from a 60 minute recharge. Rated for trimming all dog coat types, for cats, rabbits and horses. Not for full body clipping except for lighter, easier coats.

Comes with one blade included. Being a trimmer it has its own unique blade. Replacement blades available. Maximum coat length 20mm (using supplied comb attachments), unless trimming free-hand.

Find out more: Heiniger Style Midi


Shernbao Smart Mini Trimmer

Trimmers come in two sizes, Mini and Mini. Shernbao makes a very affordable, mini size, cordless trimmer also called by the model number, PGT-410. Great when on a budget and popular with home users. Very small, light and quiet. Just 98 grams.

For trimming dogs and cats. For delicate, injury-prone areas that are difficult to trim will full size clippers. Not for full body clipping, or for thicker fur. The price reflects the quality so don't expect the same longer battery lifetime as professional models which tend to cost 2 to 3 times as much. Better for occasional home use for one or two dogs, rather than professional use. 

Comes with one blade included. Replacement blades available (the blades also cost less than other models of trimmers). Has its own unique blade. A narrow, mini-size blade, about 30mm wide, with a cutting length of 0.25mm for trimming of delicate, small, or injury-prone areas. Use free hand for any length.

LED displays battery charge level. Just under 1.5 hours charge gives 1.5 hours cordless run-time. Note this model has a USB cord not an NZ plug, so when charging, use a power brick such as your phone charger brick, or charge directly using a standard USB port on a computer, or plug in to a USB port on a power board.

Find out more: Shernbao Smart Mini Trimmer PGT410G


Wahl KM Cordless

Wahl's only Super Duty rated cordless clipper, the KM Cordless is a popular model. Available in coral (a bright orangey-pink). A 2 speed clipper with a brushless motor. Like all new-tech brushless motor clippers, this makes it lighter and quieter, yet more powerful. Weighs 385 grams.

Rated Super Duty for for all dog coat types. Also rated for full body clipping for horses. Can run corded or cordless. Cordless battery run-time of 2 hours from a 60 minute charge time. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside (note battery is not removable / replaceable). When recharging, clipper needs to be turned off and plugged in to charge (if plugged in and being used, battery will not charge).

A5 model that fits the widest range of blades and accessories. Fits all brands of standard blades, from size 50 (coat length under 1mm), to 3 (coat length over 1cm), available separately. Fits all brands of universal comb attachments, for coat lengths from under 3mm to over 3cm, available separately. Also fits all Andis equine blades.

Find out more: Wahl KM Cordless

 

Wahl Creativa

The Wahl Creativa replaces the older Wahl Bravura model. Trimmers come in two sizes, Mini and Midi. Wahl's Creativa is a cordless, midi size trimmer, with adjustable 5 in 1 blade. Available in Berry, a pinky-purple colour. Larger than a Mini - such as the Wahl Brav Mini - but smaller than a full size clipper - like the Wahl KM Cordless. Weighs 288 grams

Ideal for trimming delicate or injury prone areas such as paw pads, face, stomach and sanitary areas. Also a popular model for full body shave-downs for cats. Not rated for full body clipping for all dog coat types, but will handle full-body clipping for puppy coats before the adult coat comes through, and for lighter, easier, thinner adult dog coats. Also rated for trimming horses, for bridle paths, ears, fetlocks, muzzles.

Comes with two lithium-ion batteries, each with up to 75 minutes cordless run-time from a 50 minute recharge. 

Comes with one adjustable blade included (5 lengths) plus 4 comb attachments, for 9 coat lengths total. Replacement blades available. Has its own unique blade: midi-size blade, about 46mm wide, with an adjustable cutting length giving 5 lengths from 0.7mm to 3mm (or use free hand for any length). Comes with 4 comb attachments for coat lengths 12mm, 9mm, 6mm and 3mm. Longest coat length possible is 12mm unless using free hand.

Find out more: Wahl Creativa 


Wahl Arco

Wahl's Arco is also a 5 in 1 trimmer like the Creativa, and also a Midi size cordless trimmer. Available in lime green. The Arco's also known as the Arco SE or Moser Arco overseas. Weighs 224 grams.

Ideal for trimming delicate or injury prone areas such as paw pads, face, stomach and sanitary areas. Also a popular model for full body shave-downs for cats. Not rated for full body clipping for all dog coat types, but will handle full-body clipping for puppy coats before the adult coat comes through, and for lighter, easier, thinner adult dog coats. Also rated for trimming horses, for bridle paths, ears, fetlocks, muzzles.

Comes with two NiMH batteries, each with up to 80 minutes cordless run-time from a 75 minute recharge. Note that this battery type should be fully discharged, then fully recharged each time to extend battery lifetime. When storing, batteries should be discharged and recharged every 3 months.

Soft sided zip-up case included. 4 comb attachments included. Adjustable blade gives the equivalent of a size 9, 10, 15, 30 and 40 blade for coat lengths from 2mm to 0.6mm. The included combs give coat lengths of 3mm, 6mm, 9.6mm and 12.2mm. Unless used freehand, the longest coat length is 12.2mm. The Arco has a unique blade. Replacement blades are available. 

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Wahl Lithium Pet Pro

A budget friendly, light use, cordless clipper and trimmer in one. The Wahl Lithium Pet Pro is rated for trimming all coats, however only rated for full body clipping for light, easy coats.

Clippers come in 4 levels - light use, medium duty, heavy duty and super duty - to match the dog's coat type (a non-shed wool or fleece coat for example would require heavy to super duty level for full-body clipping). This clipper is rated light  to medium use so doesn't haven't the power for full-body clipping for thick, difficult or non-shed coats - however is rated for all coat types for trimming, such as paw pads.

Runs corded or cordless. The lithium-ion rechargeable battery is housed inside the clipper (not removable / replaceable) so you plug the clipper in to charge the battery. Up to 100 minutes run-time (1 hour 40 minutes), from a 1 hour 40 minute recharge. LED display tells you battery charge level.

Comes with its own unique blade and with 4 comb attachments, for coat lengths 3mm, 6mm, 9mm or 12mm. Unless used freehand, longest coat length is 12mm. Does not fit standard blades or combs. Replacement blades available. Comes with basic plastic case for storage. Also comes with free scissors however note the quality of these are rated for light, easy coats only for light trimming and may not last.

Find out more: Wahl Lithium Pet Pro


Wahl BravMini+ Trimmer

Smaller companion to the midi-size Bravura (updated model: Creativa), the Wahl BravMini is a mini-size cordless trimmer. The BravMini replaces the Wahl FiguraMini. Available in blue.

A small, light trimmer ideal for delicate, difficult, injury-prone areas such as paw pads. Also rated for trimming horses, such as muzzles, fetlocks and bridle path. Also used for targeted knot removal for cats and rabbits (not for full body clipping or shave-downs). Weighs 132 grams and just 14cms long (similar size in the hand to most mini trimmers).

Single-length, narrow blade about 30mm wide, leaves the coat 0.8mm. Own unique blade to fits this model. Comes with an adjustable comb included for coat lengths from 3mm up to 6mm. Longest coat length is 6mm unless used free-hand. Replacement blades available.

Rechargeable, NiMH type battery housed inside (battery is not removeable / replaceable). Up to 100 minutes cordless run-time (1 hour 40 minutes), from a 120 minute recharge. Note the NiMH battery type best fully discharged then fully recharged every use to extend battery lifetime. When in storage, best discharged and recharged fully every 3 months. LED indicator light shows you when to recharge.

Find out more: Wahl BravMini+ Trimmer