The 11 Best Dog Brushes of 2024, Tested by Pet Parents

Smooth, tangle-free fur is possibleIn This Article Dog owners are used to having loose hairs all over their floors and furniture

Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 03:31:06 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 03:31:06

Smooth, tangle-free fur is possible

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Dog owners are used to having loose hairs all over their floors and furniture. A good pet hair vacuum can help you control the problem, but a quality dog brush can help you get ahead of the shedding.

We tested 22 dog brushes on our pets, including slickers, rakes, dematting tools, and rubber massagers, to find out which ones left our pups smooth, tangle-free, and ready to play. 

These are the best dog brushes PEOPLE (and dogs) Tested.

Of all the dog brushes we tested, the Furminator Deshedding Tool was an overall favorite. It feels well-made, with a grippy ergonomic handle and durable stainless steel teeth. The teeth removed a substantial amount of loose hair from the undercoat of the dog we tested it on. They moved smoothly without tugging on the skin and got all the way down to the roots of the hair.

This brush didn't get caught on any tangles or cause any pain that we noticed. In addition to loose fur, it picked up some dandruff. The process was quick and efficient, and the dog seemed to enjoy his grooming session!

As far as human comfort, this tool feels good in the hand and is easy to maneuver. It's also a perfect size for reaching all around your pup's body. (There are actually multiple sizes available, so you may want to order a smaller or larger version depending on how big your dog is.) The Furminator is also a breeze to clean — just press the eject button to release the captured fur. Though the price is a bit steep, we think it's warranted based on the high-quality, effective design.

Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 2 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

On a budget? The Essentials Curry Grooming Brush is a solid choice. It's made of rubber, so rather than metal bristles, it has little massaging nodes that run through your dog's coat and gently remove excess fur. This tool isn't ideal for longer, thicker coats, as it doesn't do much in terms of getting rid of mats. But it does a great job of picking up loose hair that would otherwise end up on your floor.

We found this brush easy to hold and appreciated that the rubber loop on the back secured our grip. In addition to regular dry-brushing, you can use it during bathtime to lather shampoo. This product is a steal — and honestly, we'd probably pay more for it.

Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 2 inches | Bristle Material: Rubber

If you're willing to spend a bit more on your fur baby's at-home grooming routine, the Big G Slicker Brush won't disappoint. This tool is clearly well-made: It has a comfortable ergonomic handle and curved metal bristles that do wonders combing through a dog's coat. We tried it on a curly-haired pooch, and it had no problem working through tangles and getting deep into the undercoat.

Though the bristles don't have protective tips, they seemed to be gentle enough and didn't appear to cause any discomfort. When you're finished, you can expect your dog's coat to be smooth, soft, and fluffy. The price of this brush might be hard to justify, but if it's within your budget, it's a great investment.

Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 2.5 inches, 6 x 3.5 x 3 inches, 9 x 2.5 x 2 | Bristle Material: Metal

The best slicker brush we tested comes from Ruff 'N Ruffus. We found the handle incredibly comfortable and appreciated the grippy, non-slip design. The bristles are stainless steel with protective beads at the tips to prevent uncomfortable scratching on your dog's skin.

This tool was easy to maneuver and did a great job removing mats and loose fur. After the grooming session, the dog we tested it on had a much softer, smoother coat. He seemed to enjoy it, too, based on the enthusiastic wag of approval. This slicker is also a breeze to clean — just press the button to retract the bristles and release the captured fur. Considering the affordable price, we'd definitely recommend it to just about any dog owner.

Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 3.5 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

We also liked the Furminator Grooming Rake. This solidly constructed tool has a non-slip ergonomic handle and wide stainless steel teeth that spin around for easy maneuvering. We tried it out on a German Shepherd, and it powered through some pretty stubborn knots without bending or breaking.

Bear in mind rakes aren't deshedding tools. However, this one has long enough teeth to get all the way through a dog's thick coat and capture loose fur. It's a great option for removing and preventing tangles a few times a week. And thanks to the wide teeth, cleaning off the captured hair is super easy.

Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

This dual-sided brush has sturdy stainless steel bristles with rounded tips on one side and soft nylon bristles on the other. You can use the steel side to work through mats and detangle knots on longer-haired dogs, then flip it over to smooth and soften their coat.

The cushioned handle is comfortable to hold, making the entire thing easy to maneuver from either side. This two-in-one tool is certainly handy, and we appreciate the affordable price point. The only downside is that the nylon bristles are a little tricky to clean, as hair really gets stuck in them.

Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel, nylon

When you need to get mats out of your dog's coat, reach for the Gopets Dematting Comb. This rake-style tool has a solid rubberized handle and durable stainless steel teeth. One side has fewer teeth for working through mats and tangles, and the other has more densely packed teeth for raking through the undercoat and helping with deshedding.

We were pleasantly surprised by how well it worked for dematting and detangling — and it didn't appear to hurt the dog at all in the process. This tool also picked up a remarkable amount of hair when we used it to comb through the undercoat. It was a breeze to clean by hand too. Other than the steep price, we have no complaints.

Dimensions: 9 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

You'll be glad to have this dog brush on hand during shedding season. It has a durable, non-slip rub -

ber handle and sharp stainless steel teeth. (Though the dog we tested it on didn't seem bothered, we were a little concerned that the teeth were too sharp and could create abrasions on the skin.) The rake-style design picks up so much loose hair. It's a great choice for daily use and before bathtime.

The long, narrow head is somewhat awkwardly shaped in that it's hard to maneuver around some body parts and may not be ideal for smaller dogs. But it worked really well on larger areas and the thickest parts of the dog's coat. We also liked that the head detaches, which makes cleaning easy.

Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

You're wise to brush out your dog's coat before bathtime, and this tool is up for the task. It's made entirely of rubber and has soft (yet not too flimsy) tips that work through your pup's hair while massaging and stimulating their skin. It's also waterproof, so you can use it dry before the bath, as well as in the bath as a shampoo-lathering device.

We found this brush user-friendly and easy to maneuver. It has a loop on the back for your finger to help it stay in place, and the small size allows you to work all around your dog's body. Though it doesn't remove mats, we were impressed by how many loose hairs it picked up — and how much more came off in the bath compared to when it wasn't used. To clean this tool, all you need to do is run warm water over it.

Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches | Bristle Material: Rubber

This grooming glove was also a hit during our tests. It comes in a set of two, so you can use just one or wear both at once. The silicone bristles are soft yet strong enough to really get into your pet's coat and loosen up fur and dander. Though they aren't great for detangling, they also help stimulate the skin, so it's almost like giving your dog a massage.

The gloves are comfortable and have adjustable velcro wristbands to ensure a secure fit. After using this product, the dog's coat was softer and shinier, and we noticed an overall reduction in shedding. They're a little tricky to clean since hair sticks to the silicone, but considering the affordable price, we really can't complain.

Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1 inches | Bristle Material: Silicone

This pin brush from Chris Christensen looks a lot like a human hair brush — and could probably be used as one — but it's perfect for dogs with double coats. The sturdy yet lightweight design has a wooden handle and stainless steel bristles with smooth tips to prevent discomfort. It's an ideal size for brushing all over your dog's body, and the narrow oval shape makes it easy to work through the tail and hard-to-access areas.

We found this brush very effective at not only detangling but also collecting excess fur. While there's no release button, the fur comes off really easily when it's time to clean it. The price is slightly steep for a dog brush, but in the end, we think it's a good value.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 4 x 2 inches | Bristle Material: Stainless steel

The different types of dog brushes include rakes, combs, slickers, soft-bristle brushes, pin brushes, rubberized massagers (a.k.a. curry brushes), and silicone gloves. According to Dr. Matejka, the right option will ultimately depend on your pet's coat and what you're trying to achieve when brushing them. "Some dogs may benefit from specific grooming devices, such as shedding blades or deshedding tools to help reduce excessive shedding," she says.

Many dog brushes and grooming tools have stainless steel teeth or bristles, which are usually very effective at detangling and deshedding. As with the Ruff 'N Ruffus Slicker Brush, some have protective silicone or rubberized tips to make them a little gentler on your pup's skin.

"Dogs with thick or curly hair may benefit from a pin brush, which has longer bristles to reach the undercoat and remove loose fur," says Dr. Matejka. There are also options with soft bristles like the Hartz Groomer's Best Combo Dog Brush that help smooth the coat and distribute natural oils in your pet's hair.

When browsing grooming tools, consider your dog's hair length. "Dogs with short hair can usually be groomed effectively with a rubber brush or grooming glove, while dogs with longer hair may require a slicker brush, which can penetrate deep into the fur and remove tangles and mats," says Dr. Matejka.

Frequently Asked Questions

We researched the best dog brushes available today and selected 22 to try firsthand. First, we carefully examined all components of each tool, including the head, bristles, and handle. Next, we tested them out on at least one dog, starting on their backs, making our way down to their legs, then the tail, and finally, the underside. If the brush was also intended for use during a bath, we tried that out too.

We rated the dog brushes on a scale of 1 to 5 (worst to best), based on the following qualities:

Theresa Holland is a freelance commerce writer for PEOPLE covering a variety of topics from beauty and fashion to home and pets. For this article, she interviewed veterinarian Dr. Carling Matejka, on what to look for when choosing a dog brush. She also consulted our testing insights where we evaluated 22 different dog brushes on a variety of coat lengths and temperaments.

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