Dyson dog dryer?

November 7, 2010 at 11:13 am 12 comments

The engineers at Dyson have come up with a new dog grooming attachment for their popular vacuum cleaner line. The tool is an adjustable brush that sucks the hair and dander it removes from the dog into a vaccum cleaner. The Dyson Groom tool will retail at GBP40 (US$64) and it reportedly fits most of the company’s vacuum cleaners. Unfortunately it will only be available in the UK retailers for the time being.

Photos of the Dyson Groom have been published at UK techie sites PocketLint and GizMag. I’ve posted a few below, check out the links for more.

While the Dyson Groom tool is a pretty nifty idea, I think that the company has the potential to create a much handier tool for dog owners.  Dyson’s airblade is a high-tech hand dryer that “… uses sheets of clean air traveling at 400 mph to literally scrape water from your hands like a windshield wiper.” According to Dyson’s specs it does the job efficiently too, using about 80% less energy than heated air hand dryers.

A portable, hand-held version of Dyson’s air blade would be a great dog dryer. I’m guessing that there’s a market for a blade of fast, non-heated air that scrapes water, loose hair and other debris off wet dogs. And while the airblade’s $1,100 price may seem a bit high, a good dog dryer retails for $300-600 and I would guess that with time, prices would drop as they do with most tech tools. Besides a portable hand-held air blade could also be used to sweep and dry horses, cars and maybe even floors (if a wide body model was available).

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  • 1. landauer  |  November 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve had the opportunity to use the Dyson Airblade to dry my hands, and I must admit that it is creepy in how effective it is.

    It’s a different sensation because it’s not the “ow my hands are hot,” before “Oh, finally, I can feel the evaporation” sort of experience you get from the usual dryers. Most of your skin is very near dry very soon after you pull them out.

    The one downside is that the interface is not large enough to do the usual “let me rub my hands together to spread the remaining water and it’ll dry faster” move. And thus, there will be some water left in the deep crevices if you don’t do a second pass with your fingers spread.

    It’s also a little tricky to get your hands in and out without touching the machine. Certain germaphobes won’t like that. Overall though, it’s an 8/10 for me, the normal hot air devices being a 6/10.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  November 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the ‘hands-on’ review Christopher ;-)

  • 3. Jean  |  November 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I bought a fairly powerful professional groomer’s force dryer for Chandler, because he seems to think he is a Labrador when it comes to water. It is probably the best money I’ve ever spent on dog supplies. Water gets blasted out of his coat, leaving him just slightly damp. It also removes mud and most other muck, except for the extremely persistent things that get tangled in his britches and tail. It also is useful for removing loose fur and dander, and will generate a cloud of flying fur if he is shedding. I will also admit that I used it once to blow leaves out of the garage.

  • 4. SmartDogs  |  November 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I got one as a birthday gift back when I had the Leonbergers. It’s a wonderful tool – though it blows so much hair off that I only use it outside.

  • 5. maryna  |  November 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Go Dyson go. Two more terrific innovations from Dyson

  • 6. Eleanor Herrick  |  November 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I have been using the Dyson hose to vacuum my dogs for years. I’d definitely buy the groom tool. I have a forced air dryer I never use, probably wouldn’t spring for that.

  • 7. Mike  |  November 10, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I would love love love to get an air dryer for my long-coated Akita, who otherwise takes a day and a half to dry, but she hates the sound of an electric motor and will run as far away as she can get the moment I turn anything on. Haven’t had any luck desensitizing her to it, either, so far.

  • 8. Rick  |  November 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    This sounds like a great tool If it works as well as it’s described, I’ll definitely get one.

  • 9. Rob McMillin  |  November 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Our luxe new gym has Dyson Airblades in the restrooms. Very slick.

    Second the comments from others about dogs being frightened by the noise. Maddy would likely flee in terror.

  • 10. Bamm  |  November 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I love the Dyson air blade and have been working on something for dogs. As for the dogs that are sensitive to the noise, consider an extra long hose with a remote on/off switch. You can put the dryer in the other room -up to 20 feet away and remotely turn it on and off.
    The only issue I have with the Dyson blade is the noise is deafening!

  • 11. JackPDB  |  December 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    That was always my question about the Dyson products. They show you in the commercials how powerful and effective the motor is, but never give any clear idea of how much racket it makes. Now I know. Thanks, Bamm and Rob!
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  • 12. Dog Dryer  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This is a great tool for my dogs you could really see how handy and effective this dog dryer tool.

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