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Dryer guide: How to compare and choose the right dryer

AllGroom currently stocks 16 models of dryers across 3 brands: Vortex, Shernbao and MetroVac. Each dryer offers different levels, features and benefits to match your grooming needs. From handheld and fluff dryers, to stand dryers and high velocity blasters. Here’s a run-down of each model, what they are used for, and help comparing and choosing the best match for your needs. Also see Dog dryer terms & tips you need to know before you buy >

 MetroVac Dryer being used on a Spoodle

Velocity Dryers

Also called Blowers, Blasters, or Forced-Air dryers

Velocity dryers are powerful, higher-output dryers that "blast" water from the coat for very fast drying times. The high-speed airflow helps remove excess water, separate tangled fur strands, straighten the coat, remove stuck undercoat, and fluff the coat for a clean and attractive appearance.

Single Motor vs. Dual Motor: Exploring the Options

Pet velocity dryers come in two main variations: single motor and dual motor.

  • Single Motor Dryers: These models are equipped with a single motor responsible for generating the airflow. They tend to be quieter and more compact, making them suitable for home use and for pets that might be sensitive to noise.

  • Dual Motor Dryers: Dual motor dryers, as the name suggests, incorporate two motors for enhanced power. These dryers are more robust and can dry the pet's coat even faster. However, they are generally louder and are often favored by professional groomers who require heavy-duty equipment. As dual motor dryers have two motors, they will also require two sets (so 4 total) of carbon brushes when they eventually need replacing. 

Ideal CFM Range: The Power Behind the Dryer

When shopping for a pet velocity dryer, the cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating is a crucial factor to consider. CFM measures the volume of air the dryer can blow out per minute, and it directly influences the drying efficiency.

A recommended CFM range is between 130 and 400 CFM. Higher CFM values signify greater airflow power, which translates to faster and more effective drying. Depending on your pet's size and coat thickness, you can choose a dryer within this range to ensure optimal performance.

Single Motor Velocity Dryer Models: 

Shernbao Blaster dryer with stand option shown also

Shernbao Blaster Dryer With Heater 

Efficiency Meets Affordability 

The single motor design of the Shernbao Blaster Dryer delivers an impressive airflow that effectively dries your pet's coat in no time, with an impressive max airflow of 250CFM. This dryer is ideal for pet owners who value a quieter grooming experience without compromising on performance. The integrated heating element adds an extra layer of comfort to your pet's drying session. The gentle warmth helps relax your pet while promoting faster drying and straightening of the coat for an effortless styling experience. Tailor the drying process to your pet's specific needs. With a fully adjustable airflow dial and an on/off heat setting, you have complete control over the intensity and temperature of the air, ensuring a personalized and comfortable grooming experience. For space saving and portability purposes, pair this dryer with the matching wall mount or dryer stand for the most convenience. 

Metrovac Air Force Commander 2 Speed Dryer

Your Go-To Solution for Precision Grooming

Precision and control are at your fingertips with the Air Force Commander 2 Speed Dryer. This versatile tool boasts two-speed settings, allowing you to customize airflow to suit specific grooming needs. Whether it's a delicate touch for sensitive areas or a burst of power for a thorough drying session, this dryer has you covered with an air speed of up to 130CFM. This dryer uses lukewarm (no heat) airflow heated by the engine to effectively blow water from dog's coat. Its lightweight design and ergonomic handle enhance maneuverability, enabling you to achieve flawless results with ease. Dual mounted legs allow the dryer to be used vertically or horizontally, so it can be used as a table or floor dryer. The handle makes it easy to carry, while the long and flexible 3m hose, wheels and 3 different nozzles (air concentrator, air flare and rake) make it even more comfortable to use. Available in Original OrangePink or Purple. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Commander 2 Speed Dryer is a testament to MetroVac's commitment to grooming excellence.

Metrovac Air Force Blaster Dryer

Power and Performance in Your Hands

The Air Force Blaster Dryer redefines the concept of power and performance. Its robust motor delivers an astonishing airflow rate of 130CFM, drastically reducing drying times for even the fluffiest coats. In addition to its 2 stage dual fan motor, this dryer features variable speed control, a 10 foot heavy duty commercial hose, neoprene blower nozzle, air flare, and a 12 foot conductor cord to give you maximum mobility. Despite its remarkable power, this dryer operates with a surprisingly low noise level, ensuring a stress-free grooming experience for your furry friends. Extremely durable and impact resistant thanks to it's sturdy metal housing. Proudly made in the USA. 

Metrovac Air Force Blaster Radiance Dryer with Heater + Wall Mount

Unleash the Power of Efficiency

Efficiency meets innovation with the Air Force Blaster Radiance Dryer. Equipped with a built-in heater and wall mount feature, this dryer is a game-changer for groomers seeking quick drying times and space optimization. The variable temperature and speed controls ensures optimal drying conditions for various coat types, while the wall mount frees up valuable floor space in your grooming area. Easy to clean filter opens by unscrewing the back flap with a butterfly screw. With a max airflow of 229CFM and a max temperature of 60°C, this dryer provides a safe yet efficient drying experience. Extremely durable and impact resistant thanks to it's sturdy metal housing. Proudly made in the USA. 

Dual Motor Velocity Dryer models:


Metrovac Air Force Master Blaster Dryer

Unleash Unrivaled Drying Prowess

Prepare to be amazed by the Air Force Master Blaster Dryer's unmatched drying prowess. Engineered to perfection, this dryer offers a blend of power and precision that sets new standards in the grooming industry. The twin-motor design delivers an exceptional airflow rate of 400CFM, making it the most powerful dryer we stock. Just flip the switch and this high-speed dual motor dryer literally "blasts" water off the wettest dogs fast and efficiently. You can choose to have one or both motors running, then adjust the speed accordingly to the requirements of your pet. No heating element ensures you dry the coat, without damaging itPowerful when you need it and gentle when you don't, it's the perfect tool for all your furry clients, big or small, long hair or short. It includes everything you need for quick and efficient drying services: a heavy duty 3 meter commercial hose, neoprene blower nozzle, air-flare and a 12 foot conductor cord. All steel construction provides ultimate durability and years of trouble-free use. The Master Blaster's durability and reliability underscore MetroVac's dedication to producing top-tier grooming equipment, making it a cornerstone of any professional grooming toolkit.

Shernbao Typhoon dual motor dog grooming dryer with flexible hose shown on plain white background

Shernbao Typhoon

Unmatched Power and Value in One

The Shernbao Typhoon Dryer is designed to deliver powerful and precise airflow, making the drying process faster and more effective. Boasting a max blow force of 320 CFM, its dual motor configuration ensures that your pet's coat is dried thoroughly while maintaining a comfortable and stress-free experience for both you and your furry companion. The integrated heating element introduces gentle warmth, creating a soothing and pleasant atmosphere for your pet during the grooming session. Tailor the drying experience to your pet's needs with adjustable airflow and heat settings. This flexibility ensures that your pet is comfortable and relaxed, regardless of its coat characteristics. For added convenience, pair this dryer with the matching dryer stand or wall mount.

Shernbao Super Blaster velocity dryer with flexible hose

Shernbao Super Blaster

Sleek Design and Stylish Housing

Introducing another exceptional dryer - the Shernbao Super Blaster. Unlike the Typhoon, the motors in this model are positioned in tandem, creating a sleek and more compact housing. Its elegant graphite (dark grey) housing adds a touch of style to your grooming setup. While this version doesn't include a heating element, it's cleverly designed to naturally warm the air as it passes over the motor during operation. This means that the air gradually warms up as you use it, ensuring your pet's comfort during the entire drying process. Adjusting the blow force is a breeze with the handy dial, allowing you to tailor the experience to your pet's needs. Weighing in at just 6 kilograms, this dryer remains light and manageable without sacrificing power. Speaking of power, this model packs a punch with a maximum airflow of 300 cubic feet per minute (CFM), ensuring thorough drying for even the most luxurious coats. For added convenience, pair this dryer with the matching dryer stand or wall mount.

Vortex Dual Pro model velocity dryer for dog groomers shown on stand with flexible hose

Vortex Dual Pro Dryer with Stand

Unleashing Dual Motor Performance

The dual motor setup ensures a robust and consistent airflow that rapidly dries even the thickest coats. This feature makes the Vortex Dual Pro Dryer an excellent choice for both professional groomers and pet owners with multiple pets. The integrated heating element provides gentle warmth, contributing to a relaxing and comfortable grooming experience for your pet. The heat not only aids in drying but also contributes to a straighter coat, which provides the prefect canvas for a great groom. Customize the grooming session to your pet's specific needs with the adjustable airflow and heat settings. Features 3 heat levels: off, low or high, and a dial for adjusting the blow force, with a max speed of 78 m/s (metres per second). This versatility allows for optimal comfort and effectiveness, regardless of your pet's coat type. The included stand offers a convenient and secure way to position the dryer during grooming sessions, adding to the overall usability and convenience. Whether you're a professional groomer or a dedicated pet owner, the Vortex Dual Pro Dryer's power and precision help achieve salon-quality results from the comfort of your home. 


Stand / Fluff Dryers

What fluff dryers are used for

Stand dryers, often referred to as fluff dryers, are invaluable tools that can revolutionize your pet grooming routine. These dryers serve various purposes, from completely drying a wet coat, finishing off the face and feet, to achieving a perfect finish, stand dryers excel in versatility. They can serve as stand-alone tools to completely dry a coat, or as finishing touches after using a velocity or blaster dryer. Some stand dryers teeter on the edge of velocity dryer capabilities, offering high-speed airflows that can be dialed down for hands-free use. This adjustability is particularly beneficial for dogs sensitive to noise or air pressure, making the grooming experience more relaxed and pleasant. One of the standout advantages of stand dryers is their ability to facilitate line-brushing while drying. This combination enhances efficiency and grooming quality by ensuring a well-groomed appearance during the drying process, and helps to straighten the coat for a perfect grooming canvas. Additionally, fluff drying against the direction of coat growth lifts the coat and adds desirable texture while drying, resulting in a beautifully groomed pet.

Fluff dryers are available with integrated stands or can be purchased separately, depending on the model. The flexible configurations allow for hands-free operation with a rigid hose, or for initial blasting using the flexible hose. Rigid hoses feature smooth sides and directional nozzles, enabling controlled and directed airflow that minimizes coat whipping. It's essential to note that stands aren't universally compatible, necessitating the alignment of stand and dryer brands. Depending on whether you're using twin motor or single motor dryers, the requirements for stands can vary, further emphasizing the importance of the right match.

Fluff / stand dryer models

Metrovac Top Gun Stand Dryer with Heater

Elevate Your Grooming Game

For those who aspire to take their grooming endeavors to the next level, the Top Gun Stand Dryer with Heater is a remarkable choice. This professional-grade dryer offers unparalleled drying efficiency and versatility. The adjustable stand allows you to position the dryer at the perfect height, minimizing strain during grooming sessions. The variable speed and heat controls give you full command over the level of blowing power and heat used. It allows you to set the strength of the dryer through several different controlscreating a customized grooming experience tailored to each pet’s individual needs. With its powerful motor giving a max airflow of 234CFM and integrated heater, you can achieve salon-quality results in record time. Extremely durable and impact resistant thanks to it's sturdy metal housing that comes in a matte black finish.

Vortex 5 dog grooming dryers shown in in pink on the vortex stand with rigid hands free hose fitted and also shown in purple by itself with the flexible hose and nozzle attached

Vortex 5 Dryer

Unveil the power of the Vortex 5, a single motor dryer that captures attention with its enchanting purple or candy pink metal housing, embellished with sophisticated black detailing. Choose your grooming preference by opting for this dryer with or without its convenient stand. For those seeking a hands-free solution, the stand is equipped with a rigid hose that adds a touch of seamless efficiency. Additionally, the hands-free hose is also available as a standalone option.

Driven by a single motor, the Vortex 5 offers an array of features tailored to enhance your grooming experience. Delight in the freedom of 5 distinct heat settings and 5 air speed settings, each capable of independent control. This versatility empowers you to curate your drying process, allowing combinations like high heat with low air speed. Balancing power and ease of use, this dryer weighs a manageable 6.5 kilograms. With a remarkable maximum power of 2,200 watts, it ensures swift and efficient drying, while the impressive maximum air speed of 150 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and a blow force reaching 50 meters per second (m/s) guarantee thorough and meticulous results.


Shernbao Cyclone Dryer

The model of choice for home users, pets on the road, and dog show exhibitors, this compact powerhouse offers remarkable efficiency. Its modest size belies its significant drying capabilities, substantially reducing drying time when compared to traditional towels or standard handheld dryers. Available in a selection of periwinkle blue or bubblegum pink housing, adorned with crisp white detailing on the handle and control panel, this model adds a vibrant touch to your grooming routine. Designed to effortlessly integrate into your grooming setup, it seamlessly fits the Shernbao dryer stand, available separately. The stand is accompanied by a rigid, hands-free hose, delivering a hands-free convenience that streamlines the grooming process. Versatility is at your fingertips with the option to toggle the heat on or off, while the airflow adjustment dial allows for tailored air circulation.

Remarkably lightweight at just 4.2 kilograms, it's an ideal blend of power and portability. Boasting a maximum power of 1,800 watts, this dryer provides rapid and efficient drying, further augmented by a maximum airflow of 140 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and a robust blow force of 80 meters per second (m/s).


Shernbao Super Cyclone dryer in dusky pink and turquoise colours shown by themselves with a flexible hose and nozzle fitted and shown on a dryer stand with a rigid hands free hose fitted

Shernbao Super Cyclone Dryer

Experience the epitome of grooming excellence with the Shernbao Super Cyclone Dryer with Heater. This extraordinary tool boasts a dual-layer housing, available in a captivating dusky rose-pink or vibrant turquoise, accentuated by sleek grey detailing. Choose your grooming journey by opting for this dryer with or without its dedicated stand, with the option to acquire the Shernbao stand separately for added convenience. The stand arrives complete with a rigid, hands-free hose that enhances your grooming process. Engineered with a single motor, the Shernbao Super Cyclone Dryer with Heater offers impeccable control over air force. The air speed dial provides you with the ability to tailor the drying experience to your preference. The integrated heater can be toggled on or off, dynamically adjusting to match the selected air speed, ensuring that higher speeds are accompanied by warmer air. With a maximum temperature of 45°C, the Shernbao dryer ensures a comfortable and effective drying process. Moreover, the air is naturally warmed by the motor the longer it's in use, maintaining an optimal drying environment.

With a weight of 4.7 kilograms, this dryer achieves a harmonious balance between power and manageability. Its maximum power of 2,600 watts delivers remarkable efficiency, complemented by a maximum airflow of 180 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an impressive blow force of 90 meters per second (m/s).


Home-use, Portable & Handheld Dryers

Handheld dryers aren't exclusively reserved for home users; they also hold immense value for grooming professionals seeking ultimate control in their craft. These compact devices offer groomers a level of control that's invaluable for close-up work and line brushing, all without the bulk or weight associated with managing a flexible hose. Their capabilities extend to spot-drying intricate areas like paws, ears, and legs, where precision is paramount.

Whether you're a professional groomer looking to perfect intricate details or a pet owner aiming to expedite drying without sacrificing precision, handheld dryers provide the ideal balance of control, convenience, and efficiency. Embrace the versatility of these compact tools to elevate your grooming experience to new heights.

Metrovac Air Force Quick Draw Compact Dryer

Compact, Convenient, and Capable

For groomers seeking a compact yet capable drying solution, the Air Force Quick Draw Compact Dryer is the answer. Its lightweight and ergonomic design make it a breeze to handle, while the powerful motor ensures efficient drying results. This dryer is the perfect companion for mobile groomers, home groomers, pet parents, or those with limited space. In a convenient, ultra-compact size, it's highly efficient motor produces 10 times more blowing power than a human hair dryer. Great for drying small and medium sized dogs, as well as specific areas of larger breeds. Built without a heating element to safely dry all pets without coat damage, the air is gently heated by the engine so it is always lukewarmPortable and lightweight frame, yet extremely durable steel construction is built to withstand years of use. Features variable speed controls to adjust airspeed and noise level from 0-100%Includes a 6 foot hose and 12 foot power cord, table mounting hook and a shoulder strap for easy carrying and mobility. Also comes with convenient attachments like an air concentrator and air flare tool designed for excellent results in less time.  


Vortex Handheld Pet Dryer

The lighter-weight, comfortable, easy to use Vortex hand held single motor pet dryer with heater is ideal for finishing areas that are still wet after using a velocity dryer, or for general home use, smaller dogs, thinner coats, cats and spot-drying areas on larger / double-coated dogs such as drying wet paws and legs. Powerful cascade single motor with 2 adjustable heat settings up to 55°C, and 2 adjustable wind speed settings with maximum power 2,200W