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Guide: Comparing all corded dog clippers to help you choose

We have 19 corded clipper models to choose from, including clippers by Wahl, Andis and Heiniger. Choosing between models can be tricky. This guide compares corded clipper specifications and also explains the key features, benefits and differences between each corded clipper to help you choose the best match for your needs. 

First-up, here are the specifications compared. Below the chart are the reviews for each model:

specifications chart comparing all corded dog clipper models including andis wahl and heiniger


Comparing Andis Corded Clipper Models

Andis AGC clippers

AGC 2 Speed, AGC Super 2 Speed, AGC Brushless 2 Speed, and AGC Brushless Super 2 Speed

A very popular model. Often tops our best sellers list as the #1 selling corded clipper. The old AGC 2 Speed and Super 2 Speed have been replaced with the new Andis AGC Brushless 2 Speed and Brushless Super 2 Speed.

The new AGC's have a brushless motor and are the lightest corded clipper at only 299 grams. Being brushless the motor runs quieter, with less heat, yet offers more power and torque for difficult coats. Brushless motors do not need the brushes replaced for lower maintenance, and have a longer motor lifetime.
The AGC is rated Heavy Duty (2 Speed) and Super Duty (Super 2 Speed), for all coat types, including difficult and matted coats. The Super Duty - available in Fuchsia, Lime, Cobalt and Burgundy - have a higher top speed than the 2 Speed (the 2 Speed is rated high-level Heavy Duty), so the Super Duty is the more popular choice for very difficult or badly matted coats.

The AGC is an A5 model that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all brands of A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). Comes with a ceramic 10 blade included.


Andis AGC dog clipper blueAndis AGC Dog Clipper Black

AGC Super 2 Speed in black
AGC Brushless Super 2 Speed in Burgundy, Lime, Cobalt or Fuchsia 

Andis EBC

EBC and EBC II

An A5 model clipper made for home users as it comes with a starter kit for a range of coat lengths. Rated medium to heavy duty for all coat types, but do keep in mind difficult or knotted coats will need good coat prep before clipping, otherwise for difficult coats an upgrade to the AGC or Excel is recommended.

Available in a single speed (EBC) or 2 speed (EBC II) model. Both are black. Both come with a starter kit including a steel 10 blade (1.5mm coat length), and set of comb attachments that clip on for coat lengths from 3mm to 13mm.  2 speeds with power in reserve for thicker areas of coat. Knots should be removed before clipping when longer coat lengths are desired, or use the 10 blade by itself to go under knots and mats to remove them, leaving the coat short.

The EBC and EBC II are A5 model clippers that fit all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all brands of A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length) to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 

Andis EBC Single SpeedAndis EBC II 2 speed clipper
 

Andis Excel 2 and 5 Speed

The Andis Excel range comes in 2 models and 5 colours. The Excel 2 is a 2 speed in Silver or a pale, shell Pink. This is a run-out model that's being replaced soon by the upgraded Excel 5. The Excel 5 is a newer-tech 5 speed model, available in Gloss Black, Magenta (a very bright, hot pink) or the multi-coloured Confetti. Both are rated super duty for all coat types, including matted and difficult coats.

The Excel 5 model has the same top speeds as a 2 speed clipper, but adds 3 extra, lower speeds. The lower speeds reduce blade heat, noise, and vibration for sensitive areas, and areas where skin is thinner and vibration is more noticeable against the bone, such as the legs, feet and face. 

Aside from the extra speeds, a key point of difference with the Excel is its smaller size, without a reduction in power, while still fitting all standard blades. It's a slim, tapered clipper in the hand and is also shorter. Popular for smaller hands or fans of smaller clippers. About 3.5cm wide at the slimmest area of the housing, and 15cm long (excluding the blade), compared to an average corded clipper that measure around 18cm long and 4.5cms wide at the slimmest part of the housing.

The Excel 2 and Excel 5 are both A5 model clippers that fit all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all brands of A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 

 

Andis Endurance

A unique corded clipper being the only model with a swivel cord, reducing cord wear and tear, and cord twisting during use. Comes in a bright turquoise colour. With the newer-tech brushless motor, the motor lifetime is extended, and means fewer parts to maintain. A brushless motor also runs quieter with less heat, is lighter, yet offer more power and torque (the Andis AGC is also a brushless motor range). 

A curved, ergonomic housing with matte, anti-slip grip panels down the sides. 2 speeds. Being brushless, Endurance has extra torque and power on demand for difficult, thick or matted areas. Rated super duty for all coat types even difficult or matted. Comes with a steel 10 blade included.  

The Endurance is an A5 model clipper that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all brands of A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 


Comparing Wahl Corded Clipper Models

Wahl KMSS

A popular, affordable model for home users which comes with a starter kit for longer coat lengths, avoiding having to buy comb attachments separately. An entry-level, single speed clipper. Rated medium duty for full-body clipping for lighter, thinner, easier coats (also rated for trimming all coat types, but note that trimming and clipping are not the same). 

Comes with a starter kit with steel 10 blade and comb attachments included for coat lengths from 1.8mm to 13mm. Good coat prep recommended to get best results from this model. Best to upgrade (see the KM2 or KM5), if the dog has a knotted or difficult coat type. It may not be the lightest or quietest model in the KM range, but the lower price does reflect that. Good value for the money.

The KMSS is an A5 model clipper that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all brands of A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 

 

Wahl KM2

A level up from the KMSS. The more popular of the two bought for home use as it handles more coat types than the KMSS. Also a lower-cost back-up clipper for groomers to keep on hand for when their main clipper is out of action. Similar motor to the KMSS but with a higher, second speed for thicker coats.

Rated heavy duty for the majority of coat types. With good coat prep the KM2 can handle full body clipping for all coat types, or for difficult or matted coats upgrading to the KM5 is recommended. Similar motor to the KMSS so if a lighter, quieter clipper is a must, upgrade to the Wahl KM5 instead.

Comes with a steel 10 blade included. An A5 model clipper that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 


Wahl KM5

The most popular model bought by groomers from Wahl's corded range. Almost as popular as the Andis AGC. Rated super duty for all coat types including difficult and matted. A level up in motor from the KMSS and KM2. Fully sealed, not air or fan cooled, runs quieter and is lighter (a KM5 weighs 365 gms vs KM2 at 600gms). 

A 2 speed corded clipper in purple (limited edition models sometimes come in other colours, grey was a recent edition in the KM5). Comes with a steel 10 blade included. An A5 model clipper that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm). 


Wahl KM10

The top of the Wahl corded range. A brushless motor clipper and Wahl's only brushless corded. Rated super duty for all coat types, even matted and difficult coats. The brushless motor runs quieter, is lighter, and offers more power and torque for even very thick areas. Less maintenance (no brushes to replace) and a longer motor lifetime. The lightest yet most powerful Wahl corded. Weighs just 348 grams. 

2 speed corded in sky blue. Comes with a steel 10 blade included. An A5 model clipper that fits all brands of A5 blades and universal accessories. Fits all A5 blades from size 50 (under 1mm coat length), to size 3 (over 1cm), and all universal comb attachments (for coat lengths under 3mm to over 3cm).