Proper grooming is one of the most effective ways to manage dog shedding, and a good quality air blower can really help you take things to the next level.
Knowing what to look for when choosing a dog hair dryer, however, can be difficult. Especially if you've never bought one before. So in this post, I'm going to show you what I look for when choosing a dog dryer, along with my top picks, to help you decide what's best for your dog.
To sum it up: the most important factors to consider when choosing an air blower for your dog include how powerful the blower is, the heat settings and how loud it is. Based on these, and other factors I'll elaborate on shortly, my top pick is the Shernbao SHD-2600P Dog Blower.
Before we dive deeper into the products I like most, and why, let's first consider the pros and cons of using a dog hair blower and the main factors to consider before buying.
The Pros and Cons of Using a Dog Hair Blower
The main advantage of using a dog hair blower is that it can remove a lot of excess hair from your dog's coat after bathing and do so in a very efficient manner. Especially if you have a thick, double coated dog like a Husky or Saint Bernard for example.
Even if you have a short coated dog though, a good quality blower can remove a lot more dead hair, and save you a lot more time, in comparison to brushing alone.
The other good thing about using a blower is that it helps ensure your dog's coat is thoroughly dry before brushing. Which is important because brushing a wet coat is more likely to pull at your dog's otherwise healthy hair, and may worsen any existing mats or knots.
In contrast, air blowers are gentler, and can result in a much more thorough grooming session which, in turn, can help remove and prevent mats, knots and tangles.
Lastly, it's worth using a proper dog blower instead of a regular hair dryer because proper dog hair blowers are less likely to overheat your dog's skin and are powerful enough to get the job done. Most good dog dryers come with either no heat, or adjustable heat, settings to make them safe to use for your dog and are far more powerful than using a regular hair dryer.
What are the disadvantages?
The main disadvantage of using a dog hair blower is the cost.
Most good dog blowers cost upwards of $100, and some even cost several hundred dollars, so this may not be a viable option depending on your budget.
They also tend to blow loose hair everywhere. So a blower may not be suitable unless you have a yard or somewhere you can use it that won't fill your home with hair.
Main Factors to Consider Before You Buy
Here are the main factors I consider when selecting a dog blower:
- The brand: Regardless of the features and price, you want to make sure you're buying from a company you can trust. To determine this, I like to consider how long the company has been established, learn as much as I can about them, and see what others are saying.
- Type of dog blower: There are different types of dog blowers on the market. The most common is a portable blower, which is similar to a vacuum except it blows air instead of sucking. And there are also cage and stand blowers, which are designed to dry your dog's coat without you having to manually do the work, and blowers that are attached to a brush.
- Airflow and HP: One of the most important things to consider when choosing an air blower is how powerful it is. Most dog blowers are between 100-300 CFM (cubic feet per minute), which is a measure of how much air they blow, and between 3-10 HP (horsepower) which is how powerful the electric motor is. The higher the number in both, the more powerful the blower is, so this is an important factor to consider.
- Noise levels: How noisy an air blower is won't effect how well it performs, but it can make a big difference to your dog. A noisy air blower can scare some dogs and make them less willing to stay still while you're grooming. And you ideally want to make the grooming experience as pleasant for your dog, and easy for you, as possible. So how quiet the air blower is, is something I always consider.
- Heat settings: Many dog hair dryers have adjustable heat settings ranging from no heat at all, to warm. Using a low heat setting may be useful to dry the coat faster and prevent chills if you live in a cold climate, especially since most people use these outdoors. But I typically avoid the heat function unless needed. Either way, a good dog hair blower should never produce hot air, as this could potentially burn a dogs skin and hair.
- Value for money: Another important factor to consider is the value for money aspect, which is a general comparison of the features and benefits of the air blower that are important to you, versus how much it costs, which can help you decide which one is best.
In the next section, I'll walk you through each of my top picks, and provide you with a summary table under each review, to help you compare and decide which one is best for you.
Best Dog Blowers - Top 5 Picks for 2021
I researched and tested the most popular dog blowers on the market and, using the factors I explained in the previous section, narrowed down the list to what I believe are the top five.
Here's a summary of my top five picks:
- Shernbao SHD-2600P Professional Dog Blower - Top Pick
- SHELANDY Dog Grooming Blower - Most Affordable
- Flying One Dog Hair Dyer - Best Overall Value
- Shernbao DHD-2400F - Most Powerful
- iPettie Pet Hair Dryer with Slicker Brush - Best Brush Dryer
Let's take a closer look at each of these air blowers in more detail, to help you compare the differences and decide which one, if any, is going to be right for you.
1. Shernbao SHD-2600P Professional Dog Blower - Top Pick
Shernbao's SHD-2600P is a great all-round portable air blower for dogs with virtually any type of coat. Whether your dog has a long, short, single or double coat, this will help remove the loose hair.
At the core, the SHD-2600P contains a 5.0 HP copper wire motor that puts out 210 CFM of airflow, making it plenty powerful enough to get the job done, and given the heat resistant design of the motor, it's also more durable than the average air blower.
It also comes with adjustable fan speed and heat settings, which is ideal, as this gives you full control over how much heat the blower produces and how noisy it is. With the flip of a switch, you can take it from 55°F to 131°F (approx. 12.7°C to 55°C) which is a safe and effective temperature range.
There's also an adjustable fan speed dial that allows you to control how much air the blower is putting out, which is ideal because you can turn it down if your dog is sensitive to the noise of the machine, or dial it up if you want more power.
The lowest setting produces just 50 dB (decibels) which, according to this dB comparison chart, is about the same noise level as moderate rainfall. Also, given the length of the flexible hose (4-8 ft), you can move the blower away to make it even more quiet for your dog.
Other noteworthy features include the ABS insulated casing which is designed to reduce the amount of heat the blowers casing produces, special heat resistant hand grips, three different nozzles you can attach to the air hose, and an easy-to-clean air intake filter.
On the flip side, it's not the most powerful air blower on the list. It's plenty powerful enough to get the job done, but if you want the most bang for your buck in terms of power, there are better options to consider and I will be walking you through these shortly.
Either way, if you're looking for a great all-round dog hair blower, this is an excellent choice. It gives you everything you need and more, and it's reasonably priced for what you get.
Portable air blower
Adjustable (55°F to 131°F)
2. SHELANDY Dog Grooming Blower - Most Affordable
The SHELANDY Dog Grooming Blower is a simple, durable air blower that's ideal if you just want a low cost machine that will get the job done.
It comes with an adjustable airflow dial and two heat settings so that you can adjust the heat and noise to suite your dog. As well as a cleanable air filter, 73 inch flexible hose and four unique blower attachments designed to help you remove as much loose fur as possible.
Aside from the addition of a comb attachment, none of these features really make it superior to the other blowers on this list.
However, this is (hands down) the most affordable air blower at the time of writing. And I also like that the company places an emphasis on safety. This air blower comes with internal overheat protectors, so the power-supply is automatically disconnected within half a second if either the motor or heater overheats. So the main benefits are the price and safety aspect.
That being said, there are a couple drawbacks to this model.
First, while it's not as noisy as the average vacuum cleaner, and it does depend on the fan speed setting you select, this is not the quietest machine I've come across. So if you're looking for the most quiet air blower, there are better options.
Second, this is not the most powerful air blower out of those that made this list. It uses a 3.2 HP motor and pushes out 65 mph -135 mph which is good, but far from the most powerful.
That said, there is a special attachment you can get that allows you to connect two of these air blowers together, and use them simultaneously. Which effectively doubles the power of the machine. This only caveat is that this attachment isn't sold on Amazon, you need to get it from the company website, and it costs about $40 as of writing.
Portable air blower
65 mph -135 mph
Adjustable (95°F to 100°F)
3. Flying One Dog Hair Dyer - Best Overall Value
The Flying One dog hair dryer (made by the brand Flying Pig) is a great machine and came very close to beating Shernbao's air blower as my top pick.
Where it excels is that it produces up to 240 CFM of airflow, which is the highest out of the three air blowers we've looked at so far, and it's more efficient because it uses a smaller 4.0 HP motor.
The Flying One also comes with a 10ft flexible hose, which is longer than any other air blower I've come across. This extra hose length can make a big difference too, because it saves you picking the air blower up as often and allows you to keep it further away from dogs that don't like the noise.
The other thing I like about this is that it gives you don't have to use heat. It comes with three temperature settings - no heat, low and high which ranges from 81°F to 160°F. So if you're looking for a good quality blower without the heater function, this is worth checking out.
Overall, I really like this one because it's powerful, highly efficient, and flexible thanks to the length of the hose, and it gives you more control over the heat settings.
Like anything, there are drawbacks though.
And the main one is that it's not the most quiet air blower around. So it may not be ideal if you are looking for a super quiet air dryer. They do make up for this with the longer hose though, because this allows you to keep the air blower further away from your dog. Which in turn could actually make the blowing process even quieter than the others (with shorter hoses) depending on how you set it up. Either way, this is a top air blower and I highly recommend it.
Portable air blower
Adjustable (81°F to 160°F)
4. Shernbao DHD-2400F - Most Powerful
Shernbao's DHD-2400F is the most powerful dog hair blower on the list. It's similar to my top pick (the SHD-2600P) in many ways, but this model boasts a 6.0 HP dual motor that outputs a whopping 320 CFM of airflow, which is quite impressive for a portable air blower.
And what's equally as impressive is that it's also very quiet. Depending on the fan speed you select on the dial, it runs from 50-85 dB, which is about as quiet as it gets for a pet air blower.
The only real downside is that there's no heater, it just blows air at about the current ambient temperature. Some people actually prefer this though, and either way would really only be a drawback if you're using it in cold conditions.
All in all, if you're looking for the most powerful, high quality portable dog hair blower, this is the one I recommend. It's ideal for larger dogs and those with thicker, longer coats. And given that it runs so quiet, it's even suitable for dogs that don't like loud noises.
Portable air blower
Not adjustable (no heat)
5. iPettie Pet Hair Dryer with Slicker Brush - Best Brush Dryer
The iPettie Pet Hair Dryer is basically what you'd get if you crossed a hair dryer with a slicker brush.
A slicker brush is a type of dog brush that is made up of thin, tightly packed wires that are slightly angled to help remove mats and loose hair from your dog's coat. Slickers are one of the most widely used dog brushes and work well on medium to long coats. And this one comes with a button that ejects the old fur it has collected, which makes it easier to clean.
Just below the slicker is an air outlet which is designed to dry your dog while you brush. It comes with three heat settings that range from 100°F - 140°F (approx. 40°C to 60°C) so it's not as hot as a human hair dryer, and is considered safe to use for dogs.
The main benefit of using this over a regular dog hair dryer is that it combines the brushing and drying into one, which could save you some time. It's also the most affordable option on the list, so it could save you some money too.
On the other hand, this is definitely not the best tool for heavy duty deshedding or drying your dog in the shortest time possible. So if you have a larger, thicker coated, heavy shedding dog then I personally wouldn't recommend this.
Also worth mentioning is that brushing your dog's coat while it's still wet is something I am not a big fan of. Because it's typically better to brush your dog when his coat is dry, especially if he has a thicker, longer coat and especially if he has mats or tangles.
So if you are going to use this, it may be worth brushing your dog first to remove any mats and towel drying him after the bath. Then, when you do brush with the iPettie, do so gently and carefully, especially if your dog has a longer, thicker coat.
Also, I personally wouldn't use anything other than the lowest heat setting on this brush. Because even though the iPettie is designed to be safe at any setting you choose, I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to things like this.
2-in-1 (slicker brush and dryer)
Not specified (very low)
Less than 60 dB
Adjustable (100 °F - 140°F)
Is Deshedding Your Dog With a Blower Safe?
It's perfectly normal to remove the old, dead hairs from a dogs coat. And using an air blower is considered to be a safe and effective method of both drying and deshedding your dog.
In fact, in some respects, using an air blower can actually be gentler compared to towel drying your dog, because an air blower won't tug or pull at your dog's hair, it simply blows it dry.
That said, there are some important things to consider when it comes to safety.
The first is the heat setting on the air blower. You definitely do not want to dry your dog's coat with an air blower/dryer that produces hot air, as this could potentially cause your dog harm. Most dog hair blowers (at most) produce warm air or do not have a heater at all, and the ones that do have a heater often have adjustable settings so that you can adjust it to suit your dog.
On this same point, it can be just as important to avoid blowing excessively cold air onto your dog, especially while he is wet and if the ambient temperature is cold, as this could end up causing your dog to get unnecessarily cold or even hypothermic.
The other thing to consider is that, if the blower is too loud, this could damage your dog's hearing and/or cause him undue stress, which isn't good and may lead to excessive shedding.
Lastly, while most dog blowers are safe to use, high pressure air can cause injuries in general. So it's important to avoid using air blowers that aren't designed for dogs, and to always follow the manufacturers instructions in order to ensure your dog's safety.
To sum it up, it is safe to use an air blower for grooming and deshedding, but it's important to use the right type of air blower and consider things like the temperature and noise levels.
How to De-Shed Your Dog With an Air Blower
It does depend on which air blower you own as to how it should be used but for the most part, the process is fairly straightforward. You just need to set the air blower up according to the manufacturers instructions, which normally only takes a few minutes or so, plug it into a suitable power source, and use it to blow the old hairs off of your dog's coat.
In order to get optimal results though, it's best to follow a simple three-step process which involves bathing, blow drying and brushing. Together, this process can remove a lot more dead fur from your dog's coat, so let's take a closer look at how it works.
- Bathing: The first step is to bath your dog with a good quality deshedding shampoo. A good shampoo will loosen the old fur on your dog's coat, without drying out his skin and hair, so this is an excellent way to prepare your dog for a thorough blow dry.
- Blow drying: Once you've bathed your dog, you ideally want to take him outside and let him shake off the excess water from his coat. Then, bring out the air blower and work your way over your dog's coat, starting the air blower on the lowest fan speed and temperature settings. Adjust the settings as needed and watch the old hair fly off of his coat.
- Brushing: Once your dog is bathed and dry, most of the heavy lifting has been done. At this stage, all you need to do is brush your dog using a suitable brush for his coat type, and this will remove any old fur, mats and tangles from his coat. You may even like to brush while using the blower, as this can help you get even better results.
That's it. It does depend on the individual dog, air blower and the settings you use, but the whole process typically only takes about 30 minutes or so. And by following these simple steps, your dog will be clean, smelling beautiful and dropping less hair in no time.
Here's a helpful video I found if you want to learn more:
Other Ways to Effectively Manage Shedding
There are a number of ways to manage shedding, but I've found that the most effective revolve around simple things such as proper diet and grooming.
Diet is particularly important when it comes to shedding, so it may be worth speaking with your veterinarian about ensuring your dog's diet is optimal. Not only can the right diet help ensure your dog is healthy and thriving, but some dog foods and supplements are made specifically to help improve your dog's skin and hair, which in turn can reduce shedding.
See the following guides to learn more:
The next most important thing when it comes to reducing shedding is proper grooming, which itself can be broken down to bathing and brushing.
Bathing your dog with a good quality deshedding shampoo once every two to four weeks (depending on the dog) can make a big difference. A good bath can immediately loosen and remove the old hairs which, as a result, means less hairs floating around the home. Avoid bathing too often though, or with harsh shampoos, as this can dry out your dog's skin and hair.
Brushing is something you can do on a regular basis, apart from diet, is likely to have the single biggest impact on reducing shedding. And the reason is because it removes the loose fur from the coat and massages your dog's skin, which helps distribute his natural coat oils. The key, however, is to choose the right brush for your dog based on things like coat length, whether or not he has a single or double coat and how heavily he sheds.
The last point I want to make here is that, even if you do an amazing job of managing the shedding, you may still notice some hair around the home. Which is perfectly normal since virtually all dogs shed hair to some extent, even if you're doing everything right.
This is why some people, especially those with allergies, get a dog hair vacuum cleaner, or use an air purifier designed to reduce the amount of dog hair and dander floating around the home. Because these can help keep your home as hair-free as possible.
Using an air blower for grooming and deshedding isn't essential, but if your dog sheds heavily, a good dog hair blower can make a big difference and reduce the amount of time it takes to dry and de-shed your dog. Which is likely why many professional groomers use them.
Whatever you decide, I hope you found the tips and reviews in this post helpful, and that it helps you decide which dog dryer, if any, is right for you and your dog.