The 10 Best High Velocity Dryers for Dog Grooming

Best High Velocity Dryer for dog grooming

We all know getting your dog dry after a wash can be an ordeal. Many dogs run away as fast as they can once they have been doused with water, leaving a trail of suds, droplets and wet fur all over the house. A good dryer will leave your dog looking and feeling great. Of course, different dryers suit different needs and the aim of this article is to help you find the best high velocity dryer for dog grooming that fits your budget and your dog’s fur.

It may seem a bit odd to invest in a hair dryer especially for your pet, when you’ve probably got a perfectly functional hair dryer at home! But I promise, there are many reasons why a specialized dog hair dryer is worth the spend. We have put together a list of the best hair dryers for dogs. While we are going to be focusing mainly on high velocity dryers, we will also highlight our pick of the best hand held dryers, and dryers which are mounted on stands.

Read on to find out which is best high velocity dryer for you and your dog. 

What is a dog “hair dryer” exactly?

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Dog hair dryers are designed to safely and effectively remove water and moisture from the dog’s coat. Because dogs often have thick, multi-layered coats, they need extra power and air force to penetrate the thick fur. While most human hair dryers get very hot, most dog hair dryers do not reach a high heat. It is not safe to apply heat directly to a dog as it can cause overheating and severe discomfort.

How do they work?

Dog hair dryers don’t actually “dry” the fur, in terms of applying high heat. Instead, air pressure removes the moisture from the fur by force. The strong air-flow doesn’t harm the dog, it’s just strong enough to get through the thick layers of fur, and down to the skin. As mentioned before, while many dog hair dryers have different heat settings, the heat rarely goes beyond 70 degrees Celsius. You can even opt for no heat at all, which is handy for warm months and sensitive dog skin.

What kinds of dryer are there and how do you use them?

High velocity dryers are used by manually holding the hose, while the motor stays put on a surface. You can manually dry the dog by directing the hose, and controlling where the air flow goes, (keeping it away from eyes and ears). These dryers have a powerful air flow and speed.

Using dryers

Handheld dryers are straightforward, and are used just like human hair dryers. These are great for small dogs and for tight storage availability

Stand dryers are mounted on a stand, and are set up to be above or facing the dog, and can be moved and altered throughout the drying process. The dog stands under or in front of the dryer and is dried with a steady flow of air, instead of being dried manually with the owner directing the hose, (although, some stand dryers do have a hose option for manual drying). These types of dryers are often used by professional groomers as they can stand above the dog on a grooming table and it leaves the groomer’s hands free for brushing and clipping.

Why buy a hair dryer specially for your dog?

The air pressure blows away any loose particles. So, using a dryer on your dog after washing is a great way of reducing pet hair deposits on your floors, clothes and furniture and keeping dander at bay.

Keeping the dog’s skin and coat dry after washing is also a good way of preserving the grooming and brushing you have done, as dry fur is less likely to become matted and have dirt and particles stuck to it – which is more likely to happen if the dog goes adventuring while he is still wet.

Dogs with fluffy, delicate fur benefit from a proper blow dry because it allows the fur to maintain a groomed, tidy appearance. Making sure your dog is dry after a wash is also great for you, as it prevents streaks of water and dog fur being strewn over your home.

What to look for in terms of construction and features

Material – Plastic hoses which are subject to warm air can sometimes be prone to breaking or warping. Make sure the model you select has a durable hose, models with this feature will always state this on the specifications list.

Build Quality – If you are opting for a high-velocity dryer with a stationary motor and hose, then make sure the body of the machine (the casing around the motor) is strong and protective. The longer the motor lasts, the better, and a protective casing will ensure this.

Hose length – If your dog is large, look for a model with a long hose, so you can easily move around the dog and get into all the tricky places.

Variable Speed – Dryers with variable speeds are great because you can change the speed/pressure according to the delicateness of the part of your dog you are drying. You will want to take the speed down when drying the dog’s face or around any sensitive parts.

 

Find the best high velocity dryerfor dog grooming for you

Here is our pick of the best high velocity dog grooming dryers on the market, with a rundown of the key features.

Go Pet Club Pet Grooming Hair Dryer

Power : 2400W

Voltage : 110V

Air Speed : 25M/S – 50M/S

Temperature :  30 – 50 degrees Celsius

This dryer has been designed to suit sensitive and skittish dogs, as it features low-noise technology. This model comes with different attachments which allow you to get deeper into the fur for maximum drying.

This a real all-rounder, and is suitable for dogs of many sizes. You can dry smaller, more delicate dogs with the lower speed setting, and sturdier dogs with the higher one. There are also 2 temperature settings, which are between 30 and 70 degrees Celsius.

Pros

  • Comes with handy attachments
  • Settings for different temperatures and air-flow pressure
  • Reasonably quiet
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not as quick to dry dog fur as some other models

BTM 2800W Blaster Dryer

Power : 2800W

Voltage : 240V

Air Speed : 25M/S – 50M/S

Temperature : 35 – 70 degrees Celsius

This yellow and black dryer packs more of a punch than the previous model mentioned, as it offers 2800W of power. The strong power is ideal for big dogs with thick, layered fur. The attachments are handy as you can switch them around according to which dog, and which areas need to be dried.

This model is louder than others, which might be a no-no for certain dogs. But if your dog tends to be unfazed by noise then it will be fine. Most dogs will get used to the sound after a while. The different air flow and temperature settings gives you the option of adjusting the drying settings to suit your dog. The dryer has a safety cut out to prevent overheating and some users who use it for prolonged periods of time find it cuts out sooner than they’d like. But for most regular users this should be fine.

Pros

  • High power ensures fast drying
  • Easy to reach difficult places due to flexible hose and attachments
  • Can be used to dry vehicles after washing
  • Different temperature and air-flow settings

Cons

  • The noise might be too loud for sensitive dogs
  • Motor cuts out to prevent overheating so not good for prolonged use

K-9 III Dog Grooming Dryer

K-9 III Dog Grooming Dryer

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This is a very comprehensive, powerfuldryer (which of course is reflected in the price).As you’d expect, dogs with very thick hair tend to retain more of the moisture and are harder to dry. But even the thickest hair is no match for this dryer, as the high-powered air flow gets right down to skin level.

There are two speeds available, to suit different types of dogs and coats. The force of the air flow is probably best kept away from dog’s faces and ears as it’s very strong and your dog might not appreciate a heavy gust of air being blown into his eyes! But it’s ideal for bodies and less sensitive areas. The high price-point of this product might be a bit much for every day, home use, but it’s a good choice for professional groomers, or owners with several dogs.

Pros

  • Choice of 1 or 2 motors depending on air-strength preference
  • Effectively and quickly dries dogs with thick fur
  • High powered
  • 2 extra attachments provided for different nozzle tips
  • Clippers can be attached to motor for extra grooming

Cons

  • Not as affordable as other models
  • Quite large and heavy

Voilamart 2800W Pink High Velocity Pet Dryer

Power : 500W – 2800W

Voltage : 110V

Air Speed : 25M/S – 50M/S

Temperature :  35 – 75 degrees Celsius

This pretty, pink pet dryer from Voilamart has a whole lot of great features for its low price-point. The noise-muffling technology, plus the silencing cover keeps this dryer at a low hum, which won’t bother or scare your pet.

The hose is a generous 2.5M which means you have a wider working space. The 3 extra nozzles provided are different shapes and sizes, so you can swap them around according to the thickness of the fur, and the area of the dog you are trying to dry.

Pros

  • Long hose (2.5m)
  • 2 speeds and 2 temperature settings
  • Extra nozzles
  • Noise-muffling filter and a silencing cover
  • Affordable
  • Long-lasting motor

Cons

  • Some users have noted that the hose can sometimes become unattached

Flying One Force Dryer with Heater

Power : 1800W

Voltage : 110V

Air Speed : 2800FPM

Temperature :  27 – 71 degrees Celsius

This is a good choice for anyone who wants the sturdiness and versatility of a high-quality dryer, without breaking the bank.

The hose is a whopping 10feet, so you have quite a lot of flexibility and movement when drying large dogs. The long hose also allows the air temperature to be bought closer to room temperature during the long journey from the motor and out the tip.

The hose is strong and break-proof as any good dog dryer hose should be. The motor is encased inside a very strong metal outer frame, which is great for the longevity and durability of this model. This is an excellent all-round dryer at a very reasonable price.

Pros

  • Reasonably affordable (mid-range)
  • Light and easy to transport despite strong outer
  • Sturdy construction
  • Adjustable heat and speed settings
  • Additional nozzles and attachments provided

Cons

  • The motor can get a bit hot after long usage and must be turned off for a while to cool

Euroeshop 2800W Dog Pet Grooming Blaster Dryer

Power : 2800W

Voltage : 220V – 240V

Air Speed : 38M/S – 48M/S

Temperature :  43 – 60 degrees Celsius

I think this would be my number one recommendation because the price is low, yet the construction and features are to a very high standard.

It has the standard 2-speed and 2-temperature versatility for customized grooming sessions. This model has a removable, washable filter which is a big plus, as not many models have this feature. Being able to wash the filter is great for the general upkeep of the machine.

The design of this dryer has been very well thought-out. Thanks to the dual mounted legs you can use the machine vertically or horizontally. The temperature of the air is warm but not hot: great for sensitive dog coats and skin.Some people have commented that this model is very loud, while some people have found the noise to be just fine, so it all depends on you and your dog.

Pros

  • Washable filter
  • Powerful air flow
  • Can be used vertically or horizontally
  • Mild, warm temperature
  • Comes with extra nozzles
  • Quiet motor
  • 2 speeds
  • Stretchy hose for versatile use (stretches to 2 meters)
  • Adjustable heat levels
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Although the motor has been designed to be quiet, some users have found the noise is too much for more sensitive dogs

Metro Air Force Quick Draw Dryer

Power : 950W

Voltage : 120V

Air Speed : 18,000ft/min

Temperature :  No heating element – Uses room                                                                                                                                               temperature air

This is a very light model, weighing in at just over 3 pounds, so it’s ideal for those looking for a dryer they don’t need a forklift to carry from storage to grooming space. The power isn’t as forceful as other models, but it’s certainly sufficient for smaller, less densely-coated dogs. One commenter on Amazon mentioned they use it on Angora rabbits, which is a good demonstration of how gentle it can be, if necessary. This model does not have a heating mechanism, it draws in room temperature air instead, which is a safe option if you want to avoid anything that heats up. I would recommend this one if you have small dogs like Pomeranians or terriers, but not for thick-coated, large dogs.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Hose stretches to 6ft
  • Sturdy, steel construction
  • Dries small to medium dogs very efficiently
  • Mid-range affordability

Cons

  • Not the best choice for large dogs, a stronger model would be better
  • Too loud for sensitive dogs as it doesn’t have muffling features

Hand held dryers

These dryers look like regular hair dryers for humans, but are designed and marketed for dogs. While not as powerful or effective as the high velocity dryers these are great for hands-on grooming and drying. You can give the dog a quick dry by directing the dryer directly to the desired spot. Of course, they don’t take up as much room as the high-velocity, motor-and-hose models, so are great for small or limited storage situations.

Wahl Pet Hairdryer (with stand)

Wahl Pet Hairdryer With Stand

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This is a super affordable hand held dryer with a powerful motor. The temperature can be changed at the touch of a button, and there are 3 different heat settings, as well as a cool-down option.

Some users have noted that the highest heat setting is too hot for dogs. Not sure why the manufacturer would set the maximum temperature so high but just be aware of that, and stick to the lower settings. The stand is adjustable, so you can direct the airflow where you like, whilst keeping your hands free to brush and groom your pet. This would be great for those on a tight budget who want a sturdy dryer to get the job done quickly, without the bulk.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Can be used in the hand, or kept on the stand so you can groom while the dog dries
  • 3-heat versatility (no heat/cool option available too)
  • Removable, washable filter
  • Concentrator nozzle directs the air into the fur to the roots
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Highest heat setting is too hot for most dogs

Stand dryers

Stand dryers do what the name suggests…the dryer is mounted up on a stand, so the dog can stand beneath the dryer. These are great for professional groomers as the dog can be situated on a grooming table, with the dryer aimed above.

XPower Pro Finish B-16 Stand Dryer

XPower Pro Finish B-16 Stand Dryer

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This dryer is ideal for professional groomers – the price-point is high for domestic use, (unless you are very serious about your dog-drying procedures!). The 5-foot stand is great for placing above dogs on tables, and can be moved around easily on the wheeled feet. The construction is sturdy and resilient, made with very strong ABS plastic. The dryer can be cleaned and maintained very easily, which ensures a long life and consistent use.

Pros

  • Very quiet
  • Head is rotatable can be moved to different angles
  • Sturdy legs with wheels for moveability
  • 2 heat choices
  • Variable speeds
  • Made with durable ABS plastic casings for longevity
  • Very powerful

Cons

  • Very expensive for home use
  • Some users have had issues with the heat, or lack thereof

Pedigroom Professional Dog Grooming Dryer/Blaster on Stand

Pedigroom Professional Dog Grooming Dryer Blaster on Stand

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This model offers the best of both words, as it can be used as a hands-free stand dryer, or, the hose can be attached for a more thorough, hands-on drying session.

There are 2 choices for heat, wind speed and power which is great if you have more than 1 dog, you are a professional groomer, or you simply want the choice to alter the drying factors according to your dog’s needs at the time. I would recommend this for those looking for a decent stand dryer but don’t want to shell out for the more expensive models.

Pros

  • 2 power settings
  • 2 heat settings
  • 2 wind speed settings
  • Low noise
  • Comes with extendable hose
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Adjustable height
  • More affordable than some other stand dryers

Cons

  • Some users have noted that the nozzle comes off easily

Final thoughts on how to choose the right dog hair dryer

If you are still struggling to decide which dryer is right for you ask yourself the following questions. These are the most important factors to take into consideration before purchasing a dog hair dryer:

  –   What kind of fur does your dog have? Is it thick and multi-layered, or is it more flowy            and easier to penetrate?

  –   Is your dog afraid of loud noises? If so, find one that has a muffling feature

  –   How big is your dog? If he or she is tiny and delicate, then a low-pressure model would          be better than a high-velocity dryer which might be too forceful

  –   What is your budget?

  –   How do you intend to store the dryer? Some can be quite bulky, so check for a suitable          place in your home to store it before bringing one home

Before your purchase a dog dryer, set your budget, then research the models out there that fit into your price range. Make sure the construction is sturdy, with a durable hose and strong casing around the motor, to avoid annoying breakages. If your dog is small and delicate, I would choose a lighter-strength dryer with a low temperature. If you have a large, double-coated dog, then one of the high-velocity dryers with a long hose would be the best choice, and there are some very affordable options.

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