The Best Dog Grooming Kit -
All The Tools, Supplies & Equipment
A dog grooming kit is essential for any savvy dog owner to maintain the health and happiness of their dog.
We’re talking about those matted dreadlocks your long-haired dog can get behind their ears or the snagged nail that needs a quick snip. Having the flexibility and the tools on hand to deal with such things at home is very welcomed for most dog owners.
Likewise, perhaps you just love the process of grooming your dog in general! It is certainly a special bonding experience that you can have with your dog. (2) It is for us and our dogs! So, in today’s article, we will cover a general guide to grooming tools, the best kits available in Australia, and our overall best choice for you.
What makes us such experts? Well, we teamed up with veterinarians and professional groomers to form an independent panel and research some of the best dog grooming kits available. After months of testing literally several dozen options and plenty of discussion, we finally agreed to this list. But before we share out list of the must-have grooming kits, we'll consider what makes dog grooming accessories great. So let’s dive in.
Quick Picks - The Top 3
Our Number 1 Pick -
FANTASON Professional Pet Grooming Kit
- Wireless clippers
- Suitable for all breeds
- Great value for money
Runner Up -
Pet Union Professional Dog Grooming Kit
- Wireless clippers
- Rechargeable batteries
- Two pairs of scissors
Third Choice -
Scaredy Cut Silent Clipper
- No electrical clippers
- Silent cutting for anxious dogs
- Money back guarantee
- Different packs for different needs
A Guide to Dog Grooming Accessories
It’s a bit confusing when you start searching for a dog grooming kit, isn’t it? There is a whole myriad of products that these kits contain and you may not be certain as to which products you actually need for your dog.
Our team of independent experts have seen it all and share a rundown of what you can expect in a decent set of dog grooming products.
So, we are starting off with a grooming product that is not particularly essential to all breeds but is completely essential to a select few, dog clippers. Clippers are great for shaping super curly fur, as well as providing relief from heavy undercoats with certain breeds (if your vet recommends it). Breeds like Poodles, Bichon Frises, and Portuguese Water Dogs are the key target market for a great pair of clippers. (3)
When searching for clippers, you want to pay attention to a few key things. One is the material of the blades. Most clippers will come with standard stainless steel blades. They are strong and durable for frequent use. The stainless properties of the steel resist rusting over time. The moisture and oils of your dog’s fur can rust and decay cheaper metals.
That said, a more premium experience for your dog could be the ceramic blade clippers. Ceramic blades stay cooler for longer whilst clipping your dog. They are also generally a lot sharper than stainless steel without special attention from a honing service. That said, stainless steel is the more common option for most due to the reasonable price point.
A decent set should come with various clipper attachments to help you adjust the size and edge of the clippers.
No grooming kit is complete without a decent, tensile comb. You need a good comb to guide your haircuts, but also to get through any matting or knotting in your dog’s fur coat. Most dog grooming combs have variable width between their teeth. Perhaps the area you are combing and/or the curl pattern of your dog’s hair requires different comb types.
According to our panel of professionals, wide-tooth combs are better for dogs with very curly hair, whereas fine-tooth combs are completely fine for silky and straight-haired dogs.
The standard comb you are likely to get in a grooming kit is a straight, stainless steel comb. As we mentioned with the clippers, stainless steel is ideal as it lasts longer than plastic would. It is rare to see plastic combs in dog grooming sets but it does happen.
There are special dematting combs too. These tend to have cerated edges and a curved look to them. The curved claw-like structure helps to tease out the matted fur. They look quite aggressive but only a gentle hand is needed for this to work.
Dog grooming scissors are a must for all at-home groomers. Sure the clippers are faster but they lack precision. Scissors can also help soften the harsh edges with your cuts. There are a few different types of scissors:
Straight scissors are the standard straight-edged blades that help with most of your chopping needs. A decent dog grooming kit will at the very least have these. Scissors can come with rounded tips that are a bit more beginner friendly as they protect your dog from getting nipped by the sharp end of the blades.
Thinning scissors consist of one full straight blade and one serrated blade that serves to thin your dog’s coat. This is a great alternative to thinning with clippers. Thinning with clippers can be a bit dramatic. Using thinning scissors allows for a softer look to your dog’s hairdo!
Curved scissors are ideal for following the smooth curved lines of your dog’s body. You need them most in areas like the legs, torso, and also possibly the face and forehead. Curved scissors are somewhat of a luxury in grooming sets but they are wonderful if you can find them!
Nail Clippers & Grinders
Simple but essential! Nail clippers and nail grinders have a very different shape and strength to human toenail clippers, so it is always best to use tools for grooming dogs specifically. A decent pair of dog nail clippers or grinders can save you a lot of strife should a rogue nail appear.
Best Dog Grooming Equipment 2023 Reviewed
So, we have the basic components of a complete grooming kit. What kits do our team of independent experts recommend you buy in Australia? Here we are going to review the very best options for your pooch. These are the kits that impressed us the most with their ease of use, price point, and of course, comfort level for you and your dog.
What sets this product apart from the rest?
FANTASON has packaged a really fantastic collection of grooming supplies in this all-encompassing kit. Let’s start by breaking down the clippers. Interestingly enough, FANTASON has included clippers that have both titanium blades and ceramic blades. The ceramic side is the moveable side. I was able to ensure that they stayed super-sharp for a long time without causing too much overheating.
The motor is powerful, shearing through the thickest of doggy fur. Therefore, many breeds will get on with these clippers. Whilst the clippers are wireless, they have a lithium battery that needs recharging. A handy LCD display will let you know how much battery life you have left. There are four adjustable comb attachments for the clippers too.
The FANTASON Professional Pet Grooming Kit being tested by our independent expert team.
Due to the power of the clippers, this grooming kit is suitable for a wide range of breeds. Breeds with dense fur like my little guy, a Poodle, as well as Bichon Frises will be just fine with the FANTASON Grooming Kit. This versatility is why our panel of independent experts agreed to place this set at the top of our list. It’s the ideal choice for all dogs!
Onto the secondary items and you get one of everything you need. The simple straight stainless steel scissors are perfectly fine for giving your dog a haircut. There is also a pair of nail clippers and a rasp to shape and file your dog’s nails. The comb with a fine-tooth end and a wide-tooth end is extremely useful. A cleaning brush and oil for the maintenance of the set is a great addition too.
We are a little disappointed that there wasn’t a set of thinning scissors included in the pack as they are very useful when grooming your dog at home. But as you will soon see, options like our number two and number four choices include them! And we forgive FANTASON because the price point is truly fantastic. All of our expert testers raved about this set and at such a reasonable price, you would be hard-pressed to find a better option!
The Pet Union kit is the perfect all-in-one! It is comprised of 12 pieces for all your grooming needs. Starting with the clippers, these are ergonomically designed to fit nicely in your hand as you clip your dog’s fur. It has a low vibration so the noise won’t startle your dog too much. They in fact claim it to be “whisper quiet”.
A fantastic feature our team of independent experts love about the clippers is the rechargeable battery. Many clippers use lithium batteries so recharging the clippers yourself with the charger provided is hugely helpful. The clippers are completely wireless and come with four different guide combs. The blades of the clippers are a premium titanium steel, leading to a longer-lasting product.
ThePet Union Professional Dog Grooming Kit being tested by our independent expert team.
Onto the scissors and the Pet Union kit contains two pairs of scissors; a straight pair and some thinning scissors. Both are stainless steel, sharp, and effective on light to medium density fur.
For your dog’s nails, there is a trusty pair of small nail clippers included in the kit. There is also a rasp/file to file down your dog’s nails if needed. Filing your dog’s nails can be more labour intensive but it does produce soft results that are less likely to harm your dog compared to clippers.
There is one long metal comb included in the Pet Union set that is relatively fine-toothed. This brings us to the cons. The reason this is a runner up and not the winner is because of its lack of versatility, unlike our number one kit from FANTASON. The manufacturer says that this kit is ideal for light-medium duty work.
The dense fur of a Portuguese Water dog will likely be too much for this kit. We’d say that the FANTASON is better value for money overall because of its flexibility in use on several different breeds and coat types. The Pet Union draws its price point from the high-quality of the clippers which we think is worth it. But in the grand scheme of things, these grooming tools are only suitable for a certain type of dog.
Breeds who would suit the Pet Union set are Terriers, Retrievers, Spaniels, Shiba Inus, and Border Collies.
Firstly, can we just appreciate how wonderful a brand name “Scaredy Cut” is! We love a good pun.
The Scaredy Cut is made for anxious dogs who can’t handle the buzz of clippers - however “whisper quiet” they may claim to be, like our second choice. The principle of this set is that you create your own clippers by using the scissors and clipping combs. Simply attach the comb guides you want to use and snip for a buzz-free experience.
The Scaredy Cut Silent Clipper being tested by our independent expert team.
The main pack contains 16 pieces: 1 pair of scissors, 7 combs, 2 comb organisers, 4 rubber finger inserts, 1 grooming guide, and 1 storage bag. Unlike other kits on this list, we think the rubber inserts are a fabulous addition because then you can adjust the finger holes to suit you. The pink storage bag is neat, compact, and stylish.
That’s the main kit but I love that Scaredy Cut offers variations on this set. I was able to choose a pack that contains a dematting comb since matting is a frequent issue for my pup. The left-handed set is a blessing for the lefties out there who need it, as some members of our independent team pointed out. There are also options to include a scissor sharpener to hone the scissors at home or a tiny trim scissor for super-precision snipping.
The Scaredy Cut is not the cheapest set in the world but it is good value for money. The manufacturer offers a money back guarantee if you are unhappy with the product for any reason.
Again, there are no nail grooming accessories here which is a bit disappointing. A pair of nail clippers and a file would make this set complete. That is a nitpick though. Overall this is a wonderful, no-fuss, clipping set for anxious, scaredy dogs.
If you’re just in the market for a reasonably priced set of grooming scissors, look no further than the Gimars kit. This colourful set is the ideal addition to your grooming equipment. Not all dogs need electric clipping, so this set is for you!
Titanium-coated stainless steel blades ensure the longevity of the set, staying sharp over time. All of the scissors have rounded tips for additional safety. This is why we highly recommend this scissors kit for beginners.
The Gimars 4CR Stainless Steel Dog Grooming Scissors Kit being tested by our independent expert team.
Enclosed are a pair of thinning scissors, curved scissors, straight scissors, and smaller 5.1inch straight scissors for more precision work. There is also a storage sleeve and metal comb to complete the set. Like our number three choice, we would have loved to see some nail clippers here too, but we recognise it is purely a scissor kit.
Another con is the comfort of the product. Some of our expert panelists report that the finger holes are a little small so this is best for those with small-medium hands.
That said, at such a great price, this scissor set is very complete. If you don’t need a clipper, this set won’t let you down.
So we spoke about dogs that may not need clippers. What about those of you who want a focus on the clippers? If the quality of the clippers in your dog’s grooming kit is the most important to you, we recommend the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro.
These clippers are phenomenal. The four adjustable clipping combs means you can customise the cut to your dog’s needs. The manufacturer claims that these powerful clippers work on dogs of a multitude of breeds, from Terriers to Poodles to Shiba Inus. And after using them to trim down my boy, I can say they work fabulously.
The Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Cordless Dog Clippers being tested by our independent expert team.
This is due to self-sharpening blades and strong motor. That said, they say this product is best used on fine to medium hair clipping. It can handle some double coat clipping but not to the same effectiveness.
The motor may be strong, but not too noisy. They use a low-noise mechanism to keep from startling your pooch.
This wireless clipper can last two hours of continuous use and has the ability to quick charge for an extra boost of power. With a simple quick charge of 15 minutes, you get eight more minutes of use.
So, do they offer anything in this set outside of the clippers? Well yes! There is a pair of straight scissors, a plastic comb, and a hardy black case. These aren’t the highest-quality but this is a clipper set first and foremost. The scissors and comb will work but may not be as durable as the other kits on this list, like our number one and number four options.
Cons would be that to charge these in Australia, you would need a voltage converter to make them work. This is also the most pricey kit on the list with the least amount of accessories and items, so that is worth bearing in mind. The clippers are truly the focus here. However, in that vein, we love that Wahl offers a 2-year warranty on the product to give you peace of mind.
That said, if you want an amazing clipper set, you can’t go wrong with the Wahl model!
While we would all love to be able to only get our dogs groomed professionally, sometimes a quick touch up at home is needed. The process of grooming your dog is an intimate experience. Dr. Neil Marrinan told PetMD about the importance of trust when grooming your dog.
PRO TIP: “Your dog must be able to count on the reliability of your behavior, which means practicing a home grooming ritual regularly and incrementally (getting her used to being touched in sensitive spots, for example) and offering positive rewards (treats and attention) as you go,” Marrinan said. (4)
Once you have the right tools, it is best to have grooming routine. This involves bathing, brushing, nail clipping, clipping fur, and more precise hair cutting if you need to. If you set a regular routine to do this, your dog will get used to being groomed and may even enjoy it!
- “Why It’s Worth Having Your Dog Groomed Professionally”. June 04, 2021. American Kennel Club. Retrieved May 28, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/why-its-worth-having-your-dog-groomed-professionally/
- Erb, H. September 25, 2015. “A Bonding Opportunity: Groom Your Dog”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved May 28, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/groom-your-dog/
- Finlay, K. May 2, 2015. “6 Dog Breeds That Require a Lot of Grooming”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved May 28, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/dog-breeds-that-require-a-lot-of-grooming/
- McCarthy, C. February 17, 2016. “DIY Tips for Grooming a Dog at Home”. PetMD. Retrieved May 28, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_diy-tips-for-grooming-dog-at-home