Home Buyer’s Guide
How to choose the best dog dryer for your home
Whether you're a DIY groomer, or you just need a powerful tool to blow out your husky's undercoat and reduce shedding in your home, we've got you covered. Read on to learn a little bit more about the world of dog hair dryers!
While this guide is centered around the K-9 Dryers line of products, the facts and topics can be applied to any potential dog dryer purchase.
What’s in this guide?
Dog Dryers: Types & Uses
Fluffers & Minis (Single Motor)
Fluffer and Mini Dog Dryers tend to be physically the smallest types of dog dryers available. The smaller size tends to make them flexible and portable.
If you're a hobby groomer and are learning or practicing at home on a smaller dog pal, a Mini or Fluffer is a perfect place to start. You'll have reduced drying times, but these units are designed for grooming the small breeds, not trying to blow dry a whole golden retriever.
At K-9 Dryers has developed the Mini K-9 and K-9 Fluffer to be small, portable, and effective. Performance is about 40% less that of our high-volume large breed models. And with a variable speed knob, you can easily set the correct air flow for your dry or fluff to perfectly style your pup.
Another benefit is lower power draw. Low power means less chance of a power drain or tripped breaker, and in our experience Minis and Fluffers have worked well in pretty much every home instance we've seen.
Dual Motor, Low Amperage
The next step up for the home groomer is a "dual inline" motor model. Dual inline motors have less amperage needs, and similar to the Mini/Fluffer models are less likely to create issues with your cirtuit breaker. Low amp dryers in particular draw about 15% less power from the outlet, while pushing out a higher volume of air.
Dual motor, low amp dryers are going to be your most flexible option. While they may take slightly longer for a larger dogger pal, it'll work great for them AND flex to a smaller breed. If you want flexibility and have dogs of different sizes, dual motor is a great way to go..
K-9 Dryers model K-9 I is a great example of a dual motor, low amp dryer. It'll give you great flexibility, more power than the Mini/Fluffer style, and you'll be able to get a great dry on dogs of various sizes.
Dual Motor, High Power
On the other hand, if you have the option to draw more power (or perhaps you have a more modern home that's been wired for higher power needs), a high power, dual motor dryer is just awesome. You're getting into the pro level, where you'll push a ton of air at the highest temperature when compared to other options.
The K-9 II and K-9 II Variable is great for pros and home alike, especially if you have a husky, german shepherd, or another breed with thick undercoat. You'll make short work of a dryoff or blowout with a dual motor, high power unit.
Buyer Beware: Watch for This
False Advertising in Dog Dryers
It's time for us to get a bit nerdy with the details. We've seen competitors mis-advertising their products, or exaggerating the
results possible based on airflow and wattage - which it's good to learn a little bit more about as you shop for your dog hair dryer. Follow these tips to avoid being taken advantage of.
Horsepower vs Wattage
If you see a dog dryer with a HP or Peak HP label pause to do a little math or compare it to our charts below.
HP = Horse power which is roughly 746 watts.
Peak HP = The highest HP spike a motor can physically perform - but not necessarily able to sustain.
Calculating Actual Power
The calculations below are for typical outlets found throughout the world:
USA 120 volts x 15 amps = 1,800 watts (2.4 HP)
USA 120 volts x 20 amps = 2,400 watts (3.2 HP)
EU/World 220 volts x 16 amps = 3,520 watts (4.7 HP)
3+ HP Dog Dryers
When you see any HP rating greater than 3 on a product label - particularly in the USA, that claim is misleading.
There is no regulation on labeling requirements, and motors do not work at 100% efficiency. Due to the wattage required, a 3 HP labeled can’t possibly sustain 3 HP in actual use. Be skeptical of dog dryers claiming “Peak HP” or “HP,” as their sustained HP is likely much lower than advertised.
For dog dryer advertising 3 HP or more, review their voltage and amperage, and you can do the math for yourself to uncover actual wattage and HP ratings.
It’s for this reason we’ve chosen not to put HP ratings on our machines - just watts consumed. It’s a more honest representation of performance.
Max Speed Claims
Measuring max speed in Feet per Minute (FPM) rather than the more correct Cubic Feet per Minute (CPM) is also another confusing label that dog dryer manufacturers use to mislead customers.
Advertising that ONLY addresses feet per minute lacks the true capacity of air- volume - because airflow has depth. FPM claims ignore this and misrepresent the true amount of airflow possible.
It’s easy to push a small amount of air quickly, but it’s ineffective when drying a dog. Pay close attention to FPM claims and read deeper to see if they share true airflow data using CPM.
Service & Support
Who is standing behind your investment?
All too often we hear from our customers about how they bought two or more cheap dryers hoping it would just work-out before joining the K-9 Dryer family. Why?
Because overseas and cut-rate manufacturers lack decent support. Every dog dryer will need three things from time to time:
Parts, Support, and Service.
Before you buy, make sure your dog dryer has an easy way to locate parts, such as filters and hoses.
You may also want to see if they have a listing of serviceable parts and a network of repair shops who can make sure you’re never without your dryer (a critical factor when you’re running a dog grooming business!).
Finally, ensure they have support documentation and customer service. Nothing is worse than getting a dog dryer, and realizing you don’t know how to finish setting a part of it up. That’s wasted time you should be spending on your business instead of trying to make your dryer do what it should do out of the box.
That’s where we TRULY excel.
Here’s where we’ll take a minute to brag a bit, because the issues our new customers experience with their old vendors motivates our team BIG-TIME. Our leading support team takes great pride in providing the best dog dryer experience the world has to offer.
Whether that means making sure we answer all your questions, ship your product on the same day an order is placed, or standing behind our quality guarantee by honoring our warranties, we are here to serve our dog groomer family.
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Stats for Nerds
The moment you’ve been waiting for…
Data geeks, rejoice! We’ve shared statistics below for you to make your own comparisons about the models available. We hope you’ll agree that K-9 Dryers are the absolute best dog dryer available today - and we look forward to earning your business!
|K-9 Fluffer||12 in / 30 cm||8.5 in / 21 cm||11 in / 28 cm||12 lbs / 5.5 kg||All|
|Mini K-9||12 in / 30 cm||8.5 in / 21 cm||11 in / 28 cm||12 lbs / 5.5 kg||All|
|K-9 I||20 in / 50 cm||8.5 in / 21 cm||11 in / 28 cm||20 lbs / 9 kg||All|
|K-9 II||20 in / 50 cm||8.5 in / 21 cm||11 in / 28 cm||20 lbs / 9 kg||All|
|K-9 II Variable||20 in / 50 cm||8.5 in / 21 cm||11 in / 28 cm||20 lbs / 9 kg||Blue/Purple|
|K-9 III||17 in / 43 cm||16.5 in / 42 cm||11.5 in / 28 cm||25 lbs / 11.3 kg||All|
|K-9 III Variable||17 in / 43 cm||16.5 in / 42 cm||11.5 in / 28 cm||25 lbs / 11.3 kg||Blue/Purple|
|Name||Switch Type||Outlet||Hose||Flat Blower Tip||Flat Blower Tip|
|K-9 Fluffer||Variable||No||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|Mini K-9||Hi/Lo||No||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|K-9 I||Two On / Off||Only 120 volt||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|K-9 II||Two On / Off||Only 120 volt||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|K-9 II Variable||Variable||No||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|K-9 III||Two On / Off||No||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
|K-9 III Variable||Variable||No||10 ft / 3 m||Yes||Yes|
Warranty and 0% financing
|Name||Manufacture Warranty||Addon Warranty||Financing|
|K-9 Fluffer||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|Mini K-9||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|K-9 I||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|K-9 II||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|K-9 II Variable||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|K-9 III||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
|K-9 III Variable||2 Year||4 Year||Yes - 0% Interest|
Certifications and international options
|Name||Voltage 120||Voltage 220||CSA||CE||International Power Cord|
|K-9 II||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes - 75 Options|
|K-9 II Variable||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|K-9 III||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes - 75 Options|
|K-9 III Variable||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Name||Volume CFM||Max Heat||Watts||Amps|
|K-9 Fluffer||20-120 cfm||95 F / 35 C||1140||9.5|
|Mini K-9||114 cfm||95 F / 35 C||1140||9.5|
|K-9 I||186 cfm||120 F / 49 C||1782||14.5|
|K-9 II||218 cfm||135 F / 57 C||2040||18|
|K-9 II Variable||20-218 cfm||135 F / 57 C||2040||18|
|K-9 III||245 cfm||120 F / 49 C||2098||18|
|K-9 III Variable||20-245 cfm||120 F / 49 C||2098||18|