Review

Review: earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo

It’s that time again!  Review time!  Today is all about the earthbath Hypo-Allergenic shampoo.  As always, I will be going over the ingredient deck list, the pros and cons, and where to buy.  Like my previous shampoo (and conditioner) reviews, I am going to be referencing my bottle that I purchased for this review.  earthbath is designed to be natural, non-toxic, and environment-friendly.  Quoting directly from my bottle, “This product contains no: DEA, parabens, phosphates, synthetic dyes, or perfumes… The sudsy runoff is completely safe and will not harm kids, lawns, or other living things.”  earthbath is also a cruelty-free brand, which believe it or not is hard to find in pet products, so YAY!  One more side note, I purchased this product myself, with my own money.  No one is paying me to give this review, this is 100% my own opinion. 🙂

Now, let’s talk ingredients.  This so far is the shortest ingredient deck list I have seen on a product, and I could not be more thrilled!  Again, using the bottle that I purchased we have purified water, extra-mild renewable coconut-based cleansers, aloe vera, xanthan gum, and olive oil squalene as a preservative.  That’s it.  Nothing else.  For those wondering xanthan gum is a thickening agent and is also a stabilizer to help prevent ingredients from separating (Google).

Moving on to the product itself, there is no fragrance, in my opinion, it literally smells like nothing.  It is mostly clear, with a slight, slight yellow tint, and is on the thicker side for consistency.  The directions on the bottle explain to shake well to mix the natural ingredients together before using, and once spread onto the coat, it does not run off easily, giving plenty of time to lather the product into the coat.  It suds up nicely, and washes the coat well.  I have no issues rinsing the product and do not feel any residual product on the coat.  I do notice, however, that after drying, the coat feels soft and plush, but again, I don’t feel any residue or greasiness.  Also, with this shampoo, I feel I don’t have to use a conditioner.  Having used quite a few hypo-allergenic shampoos, none of them left the coat feeling super soft after drying.  One last thing to mention is the coat smells clean, but not fragranced, after the bath.  My dogs do not have any odor, just clean.

Overall, I do not have any cons for this product.  I tried to be as critical as possible, but I cannot give a negative remark for this product.  It cleans beautifully, lathers perfectly, has a short and good ingredient deck list, is biodegradable (forgot to mention that earlier), and is cruelty-free.  My most sensitive dogs have not had any negative reactions to this shampoo, and I could not be more pleased.  I have yet to try other shampoos from this brand, but they are for sure on my list!  This has to be one of my favorite shampoos that I have tried not only for my own dogs but for clients dogs as well.  What are some of your favorite dog shampoos?  What do you think of earthbath, and have you tried this shampoo?  Let me know in the comment section down below!  Also, any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave them as well!  I would love to hear from you!  Till next time!  PS. I’m trying to shorten my posts, but let me know if you like the long posts, or try to keep them on the shorter side like this one!

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Various locations to purchase, none of the following links are affiliate links.  And these are just base prices, not including shipping and handling.

Amazon.com

Chewy.com

Petco

Pet Edge

PetSmart

Ryan’s Pet Supplies

Review

Review: Lambert Kay Fresh ‘N Clean Oatmeal ‘N Baking Soda Conditioner

freshncleanoatmealconditioner001-0908After doing the review on the shampoo of this line, I only saw it fitting to follow up with a review on the conditioner.  Just like my previous reviews, we are going to discuss the pros and cons, the ingredient deck list, some of the claims, as well as the consistency and application of this product.  To make this perfectly clear, this product was not sent to me, I purchased this product with my own money, and have been using this product for years.  Lambert Kay products are made in the USA but they are not a cruelty free brand.

Now, first thing I will go over is the ingredient deck list.  I know this may be tedious or unnecessary for some, and if that is the case for you, please feel free to skip ahead.  I have had some of my pet parents ask about the ingredients in certain dog shampoos and conditioners that I use, so I feel including and going over the ingredient deck list is a necessary step.  First up with have purified water, followed by hydroxyethylcellulose, a thickening agent.  It is a plant-derived ingredient used in many beauty products, cleaning products, and household items, and raise no flag of concern (Wikipedia).  A conditioning agent of Cocamidopropyl PG is next, which is a coconut derived ingredient.  Most of the times, when you see an ingredient starting with coca, it usually means that it is derived from coconuts.  There have been many mixed reviews on the use of coconut derived ingredients in products.  The most information I found on this ingredient is that it could be a very mild skin irritant, but nothing more serious than that.  Citric Acid, a natural pH adjuster, then a humectant which is glycerine follows the conditioning agent.  A humectant, just in case you were wondering, is used to help preserve moisture.  Fragrance is the next ingredient down on the list, and I hate when companies do this.  From my research, when a company just uses “Fragrance” as an ingredient, there are usually multiple ingredients used, but not required to list.  So you are not going to be aware what is used to make the fragrance.  Next we have oat extract as an anti-irritant, sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) as a deodorizer, and soothing agents such as Vitamin E and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.  The last three ingredients include coloring agents, a coat strengthener of hydrolyzed wheat protein, and a preservative.  As I have stated in the shampoo review of this product, I do not like the fact that the preservative isn’t listed, as it could be a form of formaldehyde, but being the last ingredient on the deck list it means it has the least amount in the product.  Overall, I have no huge concerns over this product, and am not weary of using it on my girls or my clients dogs.

Now lets go on to some of the claims of this product.  Reading and quoting directly from the bottle I have, this conditioner contains natural colloidal oatmeal (clearly) for dogs with sensitive, itchy, or irritated skin, it says it controls coat and skin odors naturally with baking soda, conditions coats and helps remove mats and tangles, and has a scent that lasts up to 2 weeks.  The directions of use are pretty simple, after shampooing and rinsing your dog, you apply conditioner along the dog’s back, work the conditioner into the coat, adding more if needed, and then rinse thoroughly.  Since I have the gallon size of this product, I would need to dilute mine, following the directions on the back, before applying to my dog.  As in the claims, it can be used as a detangler, applying the conditioner at full strength to the mat or tangle, working in briskly with fingers, then combing through.

Moving on to the consistency, scent, etc, it has very much the same scent as the shampoo, a strong clean laundry fragrance, however it is slightly sweeter..  It reminds my almost of yogurt, as odd as that sounds.  Coloring is exactly the same as the shampoo, a milky, almost cream color, and opaque.  The consistency is much thicker, having more sustenance, but still easy to work with.  Even if the product is not diluted, I have no issues spreading this along my dog, and easily working it into the coat.  After rinsing the coat, I don’t feel any residue, then after drying the coat feels soft without feeling heavy.  I’m able to work through a dry coat without issue for brushing, and the coat smells of clean, fresh laundry.  As with the shampoo, I have noticed the scent lasting around 3 days, and then my dogs not smelling of anything, but not smelling dirty or feeling dirty.  Again, my dogs are indoor dogs, only going outside to go potty.

In the end, I would recommend this product, but like with the shampoo, I would not recommend this conditioner if you are highly sensitive to fragrance, because it is immensely strong.  I also would not recommend this shampoo on dogs with extremely sensitive skin, even though the claims say it is suited for them, simply for the fact of the fragrance, because it will cause skin irritation.  However, dogs that are itchy, but not sensitive would do great with this shampoo!  Lillith, my older girl, has more sensitive skin, but not to the extreme, and this shampoo and conditioner helps her not be so itchy, and her coat comes out super soft and shiny.

So like with any product, do your own research, and come to your own conclusions.  If this conditioner seems up your alley, I would recommend going into a store that carries it, smelling it there, and purchasing it if you are still interested.  If you go home and try it, it is a bit easier to return than having to deal with the online hassle of returns if it ends up not working out.  Researching multiple sites, some of which I will have linked down below on where you may purchase this item, this product has over 4.5 out of 5 stars, so I am not the only one who feels this is a great product.

Ryan’s Pet Supplies

PetEdge

Chewy.com

PetCo

Amazon

Hopefully this review was helpful, maybe you learned something new or found a new product to try.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.  Have a shampoo or conditioner that you swear by, let me know!  I love finding new products to try out!  Also, please leave any suggestions on what posts you would like to see, or if there are any products you would like me to try out and review, like I said, I always love finding new products.  Till next time!

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Review

Review: Lambert Kay Fresh ‘n Clean Oatmeal ‘n Baking Soda Shampoo

freshncleanoatmealshampoo001-0901The Lambert Kay Fresh ‘n Clean Oatmeal ‘n Baking Soda Shampoo is a shampoo that I have been using for YEARS, and have a strong loyalty to.  We are going to go over some of the pros and cons of this product, the ingredient deck list, some of the claims of this product, as well as the price and where to purchase this product.  Also, from my research Lambert Kay is NOT a cruelty-free brand.  Meaning, they either test their ingredients or the final products on animals.  Also, from 6 different sites, the ratings of this product was over 4.5 stars out of 5.

Referencing my bottle, which is the Gallon Professional Size, it claims that this formula “combines the soothing aid of natural colloidal oatmeal, the deodorizing power of baking soda, and the hydrating benefits of Vitamin E and Aloe for dogs with sensitive, itchy, or irritated skin.  Wheat protein strengthens, repairs, and protects the coat.”  Basically, it is great for dogs with dry and itchy coats.  It also claims that the Tropical Breeze Scent lasts up to 2 weeks.  Now, for me, the shampoo does not have a “Tropical Breeze Scent.”  It reminds me more of a fresh laundry scent, and other people that I have spoke to about this product agree.

Now let’s go over the ingredient deck list.  On the bottle it lists the ingredients as purified water as the first ingredient.  Next we have Natural Derived Cleansing Agents, which include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.  Now if you read last weeks First Impressions post, which I will like here if you have not, we have already discussed both Cocamide MEA and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.  Both of those ingredients are derived from Coconut Oil, and stir up quite a bit of controversy.  Without having to repeat what I stated in my First Impressions post, there has been evidence linking these ingredients to cancer during animal testing, you can read more about that here. “Sodium laureth sulfate, an accepted contraction of sodium lauryl ether sulfate, is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent,” (Wikipedia).  It has been deemed safe by the United States as well as Australia, and from my reading and understanding, can be a mild skin irritant.  Following that we have a thickening agent of Sodium Chloride, aka salt.  Next is fragrance.  Yep, just fragrance.  From multiple different sites, when a product just have “fragrance” listed on the bottom, it is usually a compound of many ingredients, and they do not have to specify what ingredients they used to make the fragrance.  Oatmeal Extract is used as an anti-irritant, and then Sodium Bicarbonate, or Baking Soda, is used as a deodorizer.  Soothing agents such as Vitamin E and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice follow, then Coloring Agents, Emulsifier, Natural pH Adjuster of Citric Acid, Coat Strengthener of Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, and lastly Preservative.  A slight cause of concern is the preservative ingredient.  Some preservatives contain a form of formaldehyde, which is very common in not only dog shampoos but human shampoos as well.  Again, with everything, do your own research and form your own conclusion on whether or not you would use this shampoo on your own pet or clients pets.

Now onto my thoughts.  As stated previously, the smell reminds me more of a fresh laundry scent rather than a tropical breeze scent, and it is potent.  If you or your dog is sensitive to strong fragrances, I would not recommend this product.  However, like the claims state, the scent lingers, helping your dog smell fresher, longer.  Now, I don’t agree up to 2 weeks, but my girls smell fresh for about 3 to 4 days after their bath.  The shampoo is opaque in color, and more of a runny formula, more viscous, but not watery.  It still has some thickness to the product, but is easy to work into the coat without dissipating.  Once on a wet coat, it lathers and foams beautifully, being able to work over the entire coat with ease.  Rinsing off the product, I have found no issues of residual product, the coat feels squeaky clean, but not greasy or heavy.  After drying, the scent is not as potent as the product in the bottle, but still strong.  Using just the shampoo, the coat feels clean, smells great, and soft.  The heavy fragrance to this product is really only my main cause for concern, or weariness for my dogs.  I have been able to use this shampoo on dogs with dry, itchy skin with no skin reactions or irritations, but I would not feel comfortable using this shampoo on dogs with sensitive skin.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this product, and have continually purchased this product throughout the years, and would recommend this product as long as you and your pet are fine with strong fragrances, and your pet does not have sensitive skin.  This shampoo is used at the grooming facility I work at, and it is a shampoo I need to order in large quantities and often, so hopefully that all says something about the product.

Lastly, we are going to go over the price points and locations to purchase.  Now, living up here in Seattle, I have been able to find it in a pet shop called Pet Pros for around $11, and I have also seen it in PetCo.  If you need to buy a large quantity of it, say you work at a grooming facility of some sorts, I would stick with more of a wholesaler type of shop such as Ryan’s or PetEdge.  I found some gallon sizes offered on Amazon, and I would NOT recommend purchasing those sizes from there.  They ranged around $50-$60 the last time I checked, when you can get a gallon around $36 on PetEdge and Ryans.

Ryan’s Pet Supplies

PetEdge

Chewy.com

PetCo

Amazon

I will mention, that if you are concerned about the fragrance, I would find a pet shop that carries the product in store in order to smell it.  If you end up liking the fragrance, purchase the product, and if it ends up not working out, it is easier to return the product.  Well, I hope this review was insightful and informative.  Any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.  Till next time!

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Review

Review: The Stuff

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Image from Amazon; https://www.amazon.com/The-Stuff-16oz-Conditioner-Detangler/dp…

Today let’s talk about… The Stuff. Yes, The Stuff. It is a hypoallergenic, non-toxic leave-in conditioner. The claims, reading from the bottle I have, is that it is a coat conditioner, it helps shorten grooming time, it is a tangle remover and preventer, helps removes winter undercoat, repels dirt, dust, and urine, is pH controlled, and is suitable for all breeds. The Stuff is made in the USA by T*H*E Laboratories, Inc. I have been using The Stuff for almost 2 years now, and hopefully that says something about the product. Now, it does have a few drawbacks, but let’s talk about the pros that I have found with this product.

 

The way that I use it, that I have found works best, is to spray it into the coat after bathing and towel drying, but before velocity drying. Giving it time to sink into the hair follicles, I feel, helps utilize this product with the coats. It has a very light clean, almost lemon scent, but the smell dissipates after drying. Using this product, I have noticed a huge difference in drying time, as well as coat condition. Drying time is shortened, and the coat is left soft and shiny. I have also noticed that the coat is much easier to brush out. The reason I give these notes, is because I have done many side by side comparisons using 2 dogs from the same family with the same type of coat. One set I’ve tried this one was two Shetland Sheepdogs. I bathed the dogs at the same time, with the same shampoos, towel dried them, then sprayed one of them with The Stuff, and the other I did not. I then had one person dry one, while I dried the other. The one I had, which had The Stuff sprayed into his coat, was dry before the its brother. After brushing both dogs, my dog had a much softer and shinier coat, which even the pet parent recognized. I have done this experiment around 5 times now, and the results after the 2 time were more than conclusive for me. I cannot speak for the repulsion of dirt, dust, and urine or the product being pH controlled.

Another way I like to use this product is with matts. If I have a dog that is not fully matted, but maybe has a few tangles on his tail and maybe one on his ear, before the bath I will spray some of The Stuff onto those tangles, then lightly brush the product into the coat. I will let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then give the dog a bath. After the bath, I will concentrate a spray on the tangles, work it in with my fingers, then again, let it sit. When the dog is fully dried, brushing out the tangle is a breeze. Just a small side note, this product does not leave the hair greasy or oil. It melds in with the hair follicle and softens the hair without adding weight, texture, or grease/oil.

The price point for this product is right on the money, if you order it from a wholesaler, such as Ryan’s Pet Supplies or Pet Edge. Looking on Amazon at the time of writing this, The Stuff for 16oz Ready to Use is around $16, with Prime free shipping. However, that same size is $8.79 on Ryan’s Pet Supplies and $5.99 on Pet Edge, but you still need to factor in shipping. There is also the concentrated version, which you can dilute yourself, and even though you may be spending a little more upfront, you end up with more product in the long run at a lower cost per ounce. Another plus side to this product, is you do not need to use much, which extends the life of the product. A couple of sprays over the coat, and lightly rubbing it in will suffice.

Now, lets talk about the couple of draw backs. If this product lands on smooth floors, such as tile or linoleum, it will cause the surface to be extremely slick. There is a caution on the back of the bottle explaining this, so I am very appreciative of that. However, the second draw back of this product, is that there are no ingredients listed. I have searched Amazon, Ryan’s Pet Supplies, Pet Edge, as well as T*H*E Laboratories website, where they have a .PDF file with information about The Stuff, but not an ingredient deck list. I do not know why they do not have their ingredients listed on the product or the website, but that can raise some red flags to certain pet parents. I trust this product, I use it on my own dogs as well as clients dogs, and have yet to have an issue or cause for concern. As recommended with any new product, do a patch test and see how it interacts with the dogs skin and coat.

So in the end, would I recommend this product? Absolutely. The pros of this product, along with the immediate noticeable difference, makes this product well worth it. The softness and shine of the coats, along the added bonus of decreasing drying and brushing time, makes this product a necessity at my place of business. I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any product recommendations, things you would like me to test out and review, feel free to leave them in the comment section down below, along with any questions, comments, or concerns. Till next time!

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Andis, Clippers, Review

Review: Andis UltraEdge Super 2-Speed Clippers

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Image from Andis.com, https://small-animal.andis.com/product/ultraedge®-agc®-super-2-speed-blue/?item-no=23275

Today is all about the Andis UltraEdge Super 2-Speed Clipper.  Just like the previous clipper review, I have had my pair for several years now, which allows me to go into further detail than other clippers I am going to be reviewing in the future.  I will discuss some of the claims of this clipper, the specs, maintenance, and overall opinion, whether I would recommend or not.

Just like with the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clippers, I will be referencing PetEdge.com, RyansPet.com, and Andis.com for product information, because I no longer have the box that went with my clippers.  The Andis UltraEdge, also known as the Andis Super 2-Speed AGC or AGC2, is a two speed clipper, with the first speed at around 3,400spms (strokes per minute) and the second speed at about 4,000spms.  Comparing it to the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper, it is faster.  The claims are that the clipper is quiet and the rotary motor stays cool.  It weighs 1.10lb and has a 14 foot cord, the same as the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper, but the body is just over 7 inches in length.  This clipper comes in a variety of colors, blue being the standard, as well as fuchsia, blaze orange, lime green, purple, and red.  The silver and pink editions of this clipper are unfortunately discontinued.

I have owned this pair of clippers for about 3 years.  I use to have a pair a long time ago, when I first started grooming, but unfortunately they were stolen.  However, that should show a little insight to the fact that I gladly repurchased this clipper.  This clipper has a more round casing, making it very easy to hold as you would a pencil.  It sits comfortably in the crevice between my forefinger and thumb.  The casing has not heated up while working for me, and switching out the blades are simple.  The lever can sometimes get stuck, so I just use a pair of tweezers to flip the hinge.

andisultraedge0811-001The maintenance with this clipper has been low and simple for me.  I have yet to replace the cord and have had no issues with the switch because it sits more on the underside of the clipper when holding it.  I’ve noticed with the switch itself it is much more sturdy compared to the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper.  Same with the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper, I tend to use these about 4 days a week, grooming anywhere from 4-6 dogs a day.  Now, obviously I do not use both clippers at the same time, but I do switch them out, using the UltraEdge for one month, then going with the AG+ clipper the next.  If using this clipper in a high volume environment, I recommend replacing the blade drive every month.  It is the same blade drive model used on the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper, the Andis Blade Drive 4×4.  If you want a more in depth tutorial on how to change out your blade drive for this clipper, I have a video posted on YouTube.  Click here to be taken to the video, it is much MUCH easier to change than the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper.

One problem that will most likely arise in the future, is the cord going out.  Like I previously stated, my cord has not acted up yet, but replacing the cord is not very costly.  The replacement cord is called the Andis Cord for AGC/AGP, and it is around $12 on RyansPet.com.  They are not very expensive to replace with a sharpener, especially if you bring the part yourself.  I’ve spent around $20 with my sharpening guy to get a new cord from him and have him replace it.

A slight downfall that I have noticed with this clipper, and I mean slight, is that it tends to heat up the blades a little quicker than the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper, however that is due to the fact that it is a bit more powerful and faster.  It is not an issue for me when working.  The only other thing, is that hair tends to get stuck in the crevice between the blade and the casing.  There is a foam pad on the interior of the drive cap near the blade, which hair gets sucked into, sticking to the foam pad and working its way towards the blade drive.  So, if using this clipper at high volume, you want to be cleaning out that hair weekly to make sure hair doesn’t get caught underneath the blade drive.

andisultraedge0811-002Overall I would recommend this clipper, it is not crazy expensive in price, if you know where to buy, and my pair has lasted over 3 years (knock on wood) without any hiccups.  However, reading up on other reviews, this clipper lands from 3 1/2 stars to 4 stars out of 5.  I’ve noticed in some of the reviews mentioning of the blades heating up super quick, as well as the clipper not lasting long.  Other reviews I’ve read, people swear by this clipper.  So, as I have said in the welcome post, always do your own research before purchasing a product.  Always get multiple opinions before settling for a pair.

Also, disclaimer:  This post is not sponsored.  I bought this pair of clippers myself, over 3 years ago.  None of the links are affiliate links, I provide them solely for ease and your benefit.  Any questions, comments, concerns, or any recommendations, please leave them in the comment section below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!  Till next time!

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Places Where to Purchase (price not including tax, shipping, or handling)

Amazon: $151.95

Andis: $299.88

Chewy: $154.95

PetCo: $154.89

PetSmart: $179.77

Pet Edge: $154.95

Ryan’s Pet Supplies: $154.95

Sources:

“Andis Super 2-Speed Ultraedge Special Edition Clipper W/ #10 Blade – Blue/ Se.” Ryan’s Pet Supplies. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2017. <http://store.ryanspet.com/AND23275>.

“PetEdge.com – Andis UltraEdge 2-Speed Clipper with #10 Blade – Clippers & Blades.” PetEdge. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&page=C35456610F7C42BFA1CA25328F1F0BBB&closeLiveSearchOverlay=TRUE&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B5863B3A4316EFB3&menuLinkSelected=none&wec-locale=en_US>.

“ProClip AG 2-Speed+ Detachable Blade Clipper.” Andis. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <https://small-animal.andis.com/product/ultraedge&reg;-agc&reg;-super-2-speed-blue/?item-no=23275>.

Andis, Clippers, Review

Review: Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper

finishedclipperToday I am going to be talking about the Andis 2-Speed AG+ Clipper.  I have had my pair for several years now, which allows me to go into further detail than other clippers I am going to be reviewing in the future.  I will discuss some of the claims of this clipper, the specs, maintenance, and overall opinion, whether I would recommend or not.

Researching several websites, RyansPet.com, PetEdge.com, as well as Andis.com, the general consensus is that it is powerful, lightweight, and quiet.  It is a 2-Speed clipper, with the first speed at 2700spms (strokes per minute) and the second speed at 3400spms.  Referencing to PetEdge.com, because Andis.com did not have this information, the clipper weighs 1.10 pounds, is about 6 3/4″ in length, and the cord itself is about 14 feet.  Brand new, the clipper comes standard with a #10 blade, Andis of course, an extra blade drive, a tube of blade oil, as well as a one year limited warranty.  If you want further information on the specs, all the sources will be linked below.

After having my pair for several years, I would say the maintenance on this clipper is fairly low.  I use mine about 4 to 5 days a week, grooming anywhere from 4 to 6 dogs a day.  Since I work with high volume, it is recommended I change my blade drive every month.  With that being said, changing out the blade drive on this clipper is a process.  You unfortunately have to take off the entire casing, then remove the lever pieces in order to get to the blade drive.  There are a total of 8 screws that you will be removing in order to switch out the drive.  After this review, click here to go to the page detailing on how to change it out.

bladedriveremovedThe other things I have had to replace/fix is the cord and the switch.  The cord is stationary on the clippers, meaning it does not swivel or pivot at the base.  Unfortunately, this can cause serious bending towards the base of the cord, causing strain.  The problem that I have had, is the clipper will go in and out of operation.  However, in about the 5 years I have had my pair, I had to replace the cord once, and that was about 6 months ago.  Researching the costs of the cord, I found it generally ran around $12, and was able to find on sites such as Ryans, Pet Edge, and Amazon.  Look for “Andis Cord for AGC/AGP.”  I have known people that have been able to replace it themselves, on that I always trust my sharpener, which that cost varies from sharpener to sharpener.  The switch is the second part to cause trouble.  I am left-handed, so where my thumb rests when I hold my pair lands directly on the switch.  Personally, I enjoy the placement of the switch, because it is easy to turn on and off.  However, that placement can also be a downfall.  I have had problems where the switch starts acting up, where second speed is stuck at first speed.  I have still be able to use my clippers at one speed, it is still operating around 2700spms, but it is not ideal.  This, just like the clipper cord, is an easy fix.  I have had to get my switch fixed once by my sharpener, and didn’t cost me more than $20.

Now that I have talked about some of the slight issues with this clipper, I will talk about some of the positive in my opinion.  The casing is not round like most clippers, but square and the casing is slightly textured, making the clipper easier to hold in my opinion.  The lever is a push lever to lift the blades on and off, and I haven’t had any issues with that.  Lastly, the price, I feel, cannot be beat.  Researching some clippers on the Pet Edge and Ryan’s Pets magazines, this is the best priced clipper for the power.  The lowest I found was around $124, and if you are just starting out with grooming, and do not have a lot of money to invest, I feel this is truly the best clipper to invest in.  Currently I have this clipper as well as the Andis UltraEdge, and I still use it interchangeably with the other clipper.  The price, longevity, and the low cost of maintenance, is well worth looking into.  Reading other reviews from various sites, this clipper overall is rated around 4 stars out of 5.

If you are interested in further information about this clipper, or interested in purchasing, I will list several sites I have found it on, along with the corresponding prices (at the time of post).

Also, disclaimer:  This post is not sponsored.  I bought this pair of clippers myself, over 5 years ago.  None of the links are affiliate links, I provide them solely for ease and your benefit.  Any questions, comments, concerns, or any recommendations, please leave them in the comment section below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this review was helpful.

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Places Where to Purchase (price not including tax, shipping, or handling)
Ryan’s Pet Supplies: $123.97
Pet Edge: $123.95
Amazon: $110.04
Andis: $272.50
PetSmart: $140.04
Petco: Didn’t offer this exact pair
Chewy.com: $110.04

Sources:

“Andis 2-Speed AG Clipper W/ #10 Blade.” Ryan’s Pet Supplies. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <http://store.ryanspet.com/AND12485>.

“PetEdge.com – Andis AG Plus 2-Speed Clipper with #10 Blade – Clippers & Blades.” PetEdge. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&page=C35456610F7C42BFA1CA25328F1F0BBB&closeLiveSearchOverlay=TRUE&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B5863B3A43134FB3&menuLinkSelected=none&wec-locale=en_US>.

“ProClip AG 2-Speed+ Detachable Blade Clipper.” Andis. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 July 2017. <https://small-animal.andis.com/product/proclip®-ag-2-speed-detachable-blade-clipper/?item-no=22215>.