Best Pet Hairdryers 2019 – Buyers Guide

All dogs need walking, and as much as you try to prevent it, all dogs are also drawn to mud, water and general dirt.

Washing them is usually easy enough, but when it comes to drying, sometimes a rub with a towel just won’t do. Yet you still need something quick before they run off and start drying themselves all over the carpets and sofa, or catch a cold.

A dedicated pet hair dryer can do the trick. They can be more powerful than human hair dryers, and catered towards dogs in terms of heat output, noise and size. Finding the best option for your four-legged friend can be difficult, though.

It will depend on their size, how much noise they can cope with, the space you have to dry them and their fur type. If you are a professional dog groomer or have several pets, then this can further complicate your choice.

There are quite a few dryers not worth the time and money out there, so we have narrowed the choice down to find the ones you should be considering.

The Best Pet Hair Dryers – Our Top Picks

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Gravitis 2800W Stepless Speed Grooming Blaster Blower
  • Weight: 4.6 Kg
  • Dimensions: 50 x 30 x 30 cm
  • Power: 2800W
  • Hose Length: 2.5m
  • Heat Settings: 30 – 55 degrees C
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Pawhut Dog Pet Grooming Hair Dryer
  • Temperature Settings: 2
  • Wind Speed: 2
  • Noise Level: 60dB
  • Power: 2800W
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Wahl Pet Hairdryer & Stand
  • Dimensions: 14 x 28 x 21 cm
  • Power: 1800W
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Best Pet Hair Dryers

Gravitis 2800W Stepless Speed Grooming Blaster Blower

This pet grooming blower comes complete with a 2.5m hose and 4 different attachments so that it can be used for your dog or cat no matter what their breed. The noise eliminating covers and noise assimilation sponge ensure that your pet will not be startled by loud noises when the machine is in use. With adjustable airflow speed and temperature control ranging from 30 to 55 degrees Celsius, you can be sure that you can find the right settings to get your pets looking their best for any occasion.

This dryer is both lightweight (4.6kg) and small enough to be portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go!

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Adjustable temperature and airflow

We dislike

  • Can be fiddly to change attachments

Final Verdict

A powerful yet lightweight dryer that can dry your pets in minutes, perfect for cats because of the low noise level.

+ Specifications

  • Weight: 4.6 Kg
  • Dimensions: 50 x 30 x 30 cm
  • Power: 2800W
  • Hose Length: 2.5m
  • Heat Settings: 30 – 55 degrees C

Pedigroom Professional Dog Grooming Dryer

If you are after the best pet grooming hair dryer, then anything by Pedigroom is a good bet.

This model is one of the ultimate dog grooming dryers available, with two temperature settings, two heat settings and two wind speed settings so you can adjust everything to suit the dog’s fur, size and if they are on the nervous side.

It is low noise so is great for use in a professional dog grooming parlour, or in the home if you have a lot of pets to look after. The hose is extendable between 92cm and 300cm, and with wheels and a height adjustable stand, it can be positioned wherever you want. Just put the brakes on, and it won’t move about, no matter how much you have to chase the dogs around.

There are more powerful options available, such as blasters, but for anyone wanting a pet dryer for home use or just as a backup in a salon, you can’t get a much better option. As a bonus, it is also eco-friendly, so won’t use too much power no matter how much it is used.

We like

  • Great adjustability
  • Easy to assemble and manoeuvre

We dislike

  • Finds drying a lot of fur/big dogs a challenge

Final Verdict

Not the absolute best out there, but for anyone wanting it for semi-professional/home use, you can't get much better without spending a fortune

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 95 x 55 x 78 cm
  • Colours: Pink or purple
  • Weight: 15kg

Wahl Pet Hairdryer & Stand

The Wahl pet hairdryer with stand is a basic pet blowdryer that is cheap and cheerful. It does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to dry your pet, hands-free to detangle your pet’s fur as you dry. It is quite powerful with 1800 watt motor and quick drying technology which can be used as a handheld or as a stand blowdryer.

It comes with three heat and speed settings as well as a cool shot button to dry with cool air. The controls are placed neatly down the side of it so all controls can be easily reached in the stand and as a handheld. This model comes with a concentrator nozzle, removable air filter, and rubber feet.

Dryer is separate to the stand but is very easy to assemble.

We like

  • Hands Free
  • Concentrator nozzle
  • Three heat and speed settings
  • Cool shot

We dislike

  • Not powerful enough for massive pets

Final Verdict

This is a great multi-purpose option for all types of pets. It’s simple and does exactly what it says on the tin.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 14 x 28 x 21 cm
  • Power: 1800W

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Wahl Pet Hairdryer and Stand user manual

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Pawhut Dog Pet Grooming Hair Dryer

Designed with professionals in mind, this dryer is on the quieter side, comes packed with features to use across breeds and is a great price that won’t break the bank.

It is very powerful, and water flies off the pooch in a mist. Which means you definitely have to prepare ahead and keep the room clean. The temperature isn’t that hot, but this is a good thing for a product of its type.

We say it is on the quieter side because it is still noisy. But it’s definitely not the noisiest we have ever reviewed. With any dryer, the key will be to introduce your dog slowly. Even if they are usually pretty bold and brave, it is a big thing to deal with.

The noise is to be expected with such a powerful motor, though. If your main aim is getting your mud and water-loving dog dry as quickly as possible, then it is a solid choice.

We like

  • Price
  • Powerful motor
  • Three attachments included to cater to particular furs

We dislike

  • Maybe could provide slightly warm dog-friendly temperature air

Final Verdict

Efficient drying and gets the job done in quick time. The noise is around the level of a vacuum cleaner, so bear in mind if your dog is on the nervous side

+ Specifications

  • Temperature Settings: 2
  • Wind Speed: 2
  • Noise Level: 60dB
  • Power: 2800W

ATOM Professional Dog Dryer

The Atom Professional Dog Dryer is a salon style dryer for pets but can be used in your own home. It has a powerful motor and has a 1000 watt single fan motor and a 1000 watt integrated heating element to dry your pets quickly and easily. It has adjustable heat settings to suit your own personal needs and helps you to create different finishes and styles. It is of professional quality and comes with variable speed settings, again allowing you to create the best finish.

The Atom comes with a long extendable hose (2 meters) so you can dry with ease.

We like

  • Heavy duty
  • Used by professionals
  • Variable tempertures

We dislike

  • None!

Final Verdict

This is a good, heavy duty pet-dryer that is suitable to use at home and for all kinds of pets. It is good value for money and definitely worth buying.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 1000W
  • Hose Length: 2m

Help and Resources

Pet Hair Dryer Buying Guide

Types Of Pet Hair Dryer

  • Portable: If you are at home or an on-the-go dog groomer, then this type will be best for you. They are easy to move around and set in any environment, and often come with long hoses to make it easier to dry all areas of your pet. Many are high velocity for quicker drying times
  • Stand: These models will likely look just like a human hair dryer, but come complete with stands which make them easier to manoeuvre around a grooming table. As your client sits still, the dryer will often reach above the dog, so your hands are free to carry on grooming

Noise

Your dog may be quite nervous and scared of the sound the vacuum cleaner or washing machine makes. Or, they may be inquisitive and love to know where the sound is coming from. Either way, they will probably be slightly unnerved by the sound and look of a pet grooming dryer at first.

Catering the noise produced to your dog is important, to ensure they will comfortably sit still and also not get too agitated. There are some models out there which will be fine for nervous dogs, but take note of other reviews and specifications too.

The noise may be particularly important if you will be drying several dogs with the one model, such as if you are a professional – Bernie the Mountain dog may be fine, but Polly the poodle could find it overwhelming.

Power Levels

Just as not every dog likes the same noise levels, power could also be an issue. Some won’t even mind strong wind, whereas others may prefer a gentle breeze. It will also allow you to cater to different fur lengths and breeds.

Changing the power and speed may also make a difference to the noise created.

Storage

Unless you are a professional who can keep the stand by the grooming table at all times, you are going to have to have the space to store the dryer. Take note of the dimensions and size, plus any attachments which will need to be kept safe.

Attachments

Talking of additional accessories, you may find a dryer which offers brush and comb attachments as well as different sized nozzles handy. This will allow you to dry several fur types, from long to short hair, as well as different sized dogs.

You may also find that your pet has a particular preference to which is used as they can offer varying amounts of power.

FAQs

Can I Use A Human Hairdryer To Dry My Dog?

You may think they do the same thing, so what is the point in buying a dedicated pet grooming dryer?

Firstly, human alternatives get far too hot. Fur needs to be dried right near the skin to be fully dealt with, but this heat coming into contact with your dog’s skin can be dangerous. They already have high body temperatures naturally, so any further heat could cause irritation and rashes.

They are also often not as powerful or regular as a pet version. Dedicated dryers can blast away dirt, sand and water continuously, without losing power or performance. If your dog has thick hair, this is particularly important.

In short, it isn’t recommended. If you need to wash your dogs frequently then a dryer could be a bit of a lifesaver.

What Else Can I Use My Pet Hairdryer For?

Purchasing an item which seems pretty restrictive may be a concern, but they aren’t just used to dry dogs. Horses, cats and other pets of reasonable size could also be dried, and they are also effective in blasting away shedding pet hairs or dried dirt if you can’t wash your dog often.

Other reviewers have commented that they also use theirs to dry their car, motorbike and other items in their home such as windows.

How Noisy Are Pet Dryers?

Every model will be different, but generally, they are around the level of a vacuum cleaner. Quieter ones will be in the range of human hair dryers.

Are There Any Pet Drying Tips?

  • Always start on the lowest setting and increase from there. This will help introduce your dog to the noise, but also not aggravate their skin or hair
  • Keep your distance at first too, so they aren’t overwhelmed, and the breeze is gentle. Particularly important if you aren’t their owner
  • Try to brush your dog’s fur while drying, especially if they have long hair, to prevent future knots or possible issues
  • Don’t blow the air onto sensitive parts of the dog, such as near the eyes and ears
  • Use positive reinforcement to train your dog and let them know that drying is a good thing, and also make sure water is available at all times