Poodles come in all kinds of colors and sizes, and so do their brushes. Given how complex the Poodle coat is, it isn’t a surprise that finding the right brush for grooming them will take time and consideration. But since finding the time to do that kind of thinking and shopping doesn’t come easy, we checked out the best brushes for Poodles for you!
These reviews of 10 of the best Poodle brushes enable you to quickly read through and decide if one sounds like it is the right brush for you and your Poodle.
A Quick Look at Our Favorites (Updated 2023)
|Best Overall||Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog Slicker Brush||
|Best Value||Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush||
|Premium Choice||Resco Wrap Comb for Dogs||
|Four Paws Magic Coat Professional Series Slicker||
|Poodle Pet Slicker Brush||
The 10 Best Brushes for Poodles
1. Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog Slicker Brush — Best Overall
|Size:||10 x 5.8 inches|
The best overall brush for Poodles is the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog Slicker Brush. It is self-cleaning, so it removes the hair from the brush at the push of a button. This slicker brush does a great job at removing mats and tangles while being gentle on your Poodle’s sensitive skin. It has a non-slip handle for your comfort while brushing, and it’s designed to reach your Poodle’s undercoat.
However, the flaws of this brush are that it is a little pricey and you need to hold the button down while brushing so the bristles don’t retract.
2. Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush — Best Value
|Type:||Pin and nylon bristles|
|Size:||14 x 2.67 inches|
|Color:||Purple and black|
The best brush for Poodles for the money is the Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush. Not only is it well-priced, but you actually get two brushes for the price of one. One side is a pin brush made with stainless-steel pins for removing tangles. The other is a nylon bristle brush, which helps distribute natural oils for a silkier coat. The handle is ergonomic for a comfortable brushing session for you.
However, it is relatively large, so it might not work for Toy Poodles. Also, some brushes might lose the bristles from the pin brush side after a while.
3. Resco Wrap Comb for Dogs — Premium Choice
|Size:||6 x 3 inches|
The Resco Wrap Comb for Dogs is available in four different options: medium with 1.5-inch pins, combo with 1.5-inch pins, coarse with 1.5-inch pins, and combo with 1-inch pins. The handle is made with anodized aluminum and is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The pins are tapered and rounded, making it gentle for your Poodle’s skin, and are nickel-plated. This comb also prevents static.
The one disadvantage is that it is quite expensive, and some people might find it too big for their hands (and maybe their dog).
4. Four Paws Magic Coat Professional Series Slicker — Best for Puppies
|Size:||5 x 5.75 inches|
The Four Paws Magic Coat Professional Series Slicker Brush is designed to be gentle just for puppies. This slicker brush helps brush through and prevent mats and tangles and is meant for dogs with delicate coats and sensitive skin. It helps remove shedding fur and stimulates the skin, which will give your Poodle a healthier coat. The handle is rubberized, so it’s comfortable and non-slip.
Unfortunately, the brush might be a little too big for some puppies. Also, this is a slicker brush, so you might find the bristles to be a little sharp.
5. Poodle Pet Slicker Brush
|Size:||5 x 2.5 inches|
|Color:||Purple and white|
Poodle Pet’s Slicker Brush is a brush that even has Poodle in the name. Each wire bristle is angled and coated with a plastic tip to prevent scratches and discomfort. Using this brush will help remove mats and tangled fur, as well as shedding fur in the undercoat. The handle is a texturized rubber, so it won’t slip while you’re brushing, and it has a hole on the end that can be used for storage by hanging it.
The product page advertises this brush as having a rotating head, which it does not. And even though the bristles are coated, you might find them to still be too sharp for your dog.
6. Poodle Pet Dematting Fur Rake
|Color:||Purple and white|
The Poodle Pet Dematting Fur Rake is great at tackling mats in your Poodle’s coat, with 2.5-inch stainless-steel blades. The handle is made with comfortable texturized rubber and has a hole on the end, so it can be hung up for storage. It can be safely used on wet and dry hair on any pet with a long coat.
The problem with this rake is that the blades are sharp, and you might risk cutting yourself and your dog. Also, it does effectively cuts mats but can also cut the curls.
7. Glendan Dog Brush
|Size:||3 x 3.94 inches|
|Color:||Light blue and black|
The Glendan Dog Brush is cute with an attractive light-blue-and-black bone design. The handle has a hole for storage and rotates 360 degrees so you can change the angle of the brush for easier access to different areas of your Poodle. The bristles are flexible and can help massage your dog’s skin for better circulation. It is designed for dogs that shed.
However, it is fairly small and will work better for smaller Poodles. Plus, the pins tend to bend quite easily, and it can be difficult to clean the hair out of the brush.
8. Poodle Pet Detangling Pet Comb
|Size:||8 x 2 inches|
|Color:||Purple and white|
The Poodle Pet Detangling Pet Comb works at de-matting, combing, and detangling your Poodle. It has both long and short stainless-steel teeth, making for an effective comb and de-matter. It works well on Poodles and almost any other pet that you might have. The handle is a comfortable fit in the hand and is made with rubber, so it won’t slip.
There are a few flaws with this comb, though. One is that the teeth are long, and the comb is rather large, so it might not work for small Poodles. Plus, it isn’t always effective at removing really bad mats.
9. iPettie Pet Hair Dryer With Slicker Brush
|Size:||4 x 4.7 inches|
The iPettie Pet Hair Dryer With Slicker Brush is a unique brush! It’s a combination of brush and blow dryer, so it is designed for use after your Poodle’s bath. It has two heat settings: The high temperature is at 176°F, and the low temperature is at 140°F and less than 60 dB, so it should be quiet enough for your pup. The slicker brush has wide gaps between the bristles for easy brushing. The stainless-steel pins are covered with a protective tip to prevent scratches. It has a filter that is easy to clean out, and it will automatically turn off if the temperature gets too high.
However, it is rather expensive and quite large, as is the handle, so if you have a small dog and small hands, it might not be too comfortable to use. It also takes quite a long time to dry a dog, particularly a Poodle with plenty of curly fur. Some dogs might also not enjoy the temperature of the blow dryer and might find it too hot.
10. Paw Brothers Slicker Dog Grooming Brush
|Color:||Black and red|
The Paw Brothers Slicker Dog Grooming Brush is available in at least four sizes and styles: It comes in large, extra-large, small, and medium, as well as long and soft or hard pins. Each pin is stainless steel, and the tips are coated in plastic to prevent scratches. The handle is non-slip, and it’s a sturdy and well-made brush for your Poodle.
Unfortunately, it is expensive, particularly for a relatively ordinary slicker brush, and the long pins make it a challenge to clean out the hair. Like many slicker brushes, it can be prone to scratching your dog’s skin.
Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Best Brush for a Poodle
Before you choose the brush, check out this guide. We go over a few points that might make your decision a little easier, so hopefully, you’ll find the best brush for your Poodle.
Size of the Brush
The size of the brush that you purchase will depend on the size of your Poodle. The smaller the Poodle, the smaller the brush needs to be. Always double-check the listed measurements. You shouldn’t rely on the images provided by the company because they aren’t always accurate. You should also look at any photos that customers have posted, as those should give you a much better idea of the size.
Type of Brush
The type of brush that you get needs to be compatible with your Poodle’s coat. These are typically a slicker brush, pin brush, comb, and shedding brush. The slicker brush is probably the most common tool used on Poodles. If your Poodle tends to get many mats and tangles, you’ll also probably want to invest in a detangling comb or rake.
Keep in mind that Poodles don’t tend to shed as much as other breeds. You’ll want to be careful using any kind of shedding tool, like the Furminator, as it could pull your Poodle’s hair out by the roots, causing your pup pain and potential skin problems.
Most brushes tend to have ergonomic rubber handles designed to be comfortable in your hands and prevent slipping. It’s important to double-check the handle before you purchase the brush, particularly if you have a Standard Poodle, since you’ll be brushing for a while and you don’t want sore hands or a brush that constantly slips.
The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog Slicker Brush is our favorite overall because it’s self-cleaning — at the push of a button, the hair is instantly removed from the brush. The Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush is well-priced, and you get two brushes for the price of one. Finally, the Resco Wrap Comb for Dogs is expensive, but it is sturdy and well-made and is an excellent anti-static comb.
Hopefully, these reviews of 10 of the best Poodle brushes have brought you closer to finding the perfect brush for your pup. Your Poodle’s comfort and healthy curly coat are essential parts of being a Poodle owner.
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