If your dog has an extra-thick or unruly coat – think German Shepherd or Poodle – you know that a cheap pair of clippers just won’t cut it.
For dogs with longer or thicker coats, there are few things you need when looking for clippers:
- Durable blades
- Quiet design
Many at-home clippers just don’t make the grade, but there is one model that breaks the mold: The Oster A5 Turbo.
The Oster A5 is a professional-grade model with two speeds and enough power to make quick work of just about any type of coat.
If you’re looking for clippers that give you more control over speed and provide you with professional, precision cutting quality, the A5 Turbo may be a good fit for you.
Oster A5 Turbo Features Run-Down
- 2-speed motor delivers 3,000 SPM or 4,000 SPM (strokes per minute)
- Detachable blade system
- Includes #10 blade
- Comes with blade oil, cleaning brush, clipper grease and replacement carbon brushes
- Cryogenically-treated blades
- 1-year warranty
Our Oster A5 Turbo Review
The Oster A5 is a heavy-duty, professional clipper, which means it can stand up to just about any type of coat. It’s so powerful, it can be used on other animals – like livestock and cats.
There’s a lot to love about these clippers, but they aren’t perfect (no clippers are). Let’s take a closer look at what the A5 Turbo has to offer.
Two-Speed Universal Motor
The A5 Turbo has a two-speed, universal motor that isn’t easily bogged down. The ability to choose between two speeds gives you more power over how quick and efficient your clipping sessions are.
- On low, these clippers deliver 3,000 strokes per minute.
- On high, these clippers deliver 4,000 strokes per minute.
Switching speeds is easy – just flip a switch. The high-speed setting is ideal for full body clippings, while the low setting is ideal for precision grooming tasks.
At higher speeds, you can even trim thick coats in far less time than other clippers that only have one speed.
The universal motor is quiet, too, so you don’t startle your dog with each grooming session.
The motor does have a tendency to get hot after a few minutes of use, which may or may not be uncomfortable for you.
The A5 Turbo is equipped with a machined, cryogenically treated blade for enhanced durability and better performance.
Blades that are cryogenically treated tend to be harder and more durable, which means you’ll get more use out of these clippers.
Durable blades mean fewer replacements, which saves you money in the long run.
Oster’s blades are designed to glide through your dog’s coat, and will even cut heavily matted hair with ease.
This model comes with a #10 blade, which is ideal for most grooming tasks. The A5 Turbo also features a detachable blade system, which makes it easy to switch blades for different tasks.
This model is compatible with:
- Cryogen-X blades
- Take Down Quick Wide blades
- Elite Cryogen-X blades
The nice thing about the detachable blade system is that you can switch blades in the middle of grooming without wasting too much time.
Compatible with Blade Guides
While the A5 Turbo does not come with comb guides, you can purchase them separately and use them with this blade.
Guide combs are great for beginner at-home users and when you want a longer length. These combs ensure that the hair is trimmed to a precise length and add an extra layer of safety for your dog’s skin.
Most dog owners prefer to use guide combs because they provide a foolproof way to trim a dog’s coat without getting too close to the skin. They are well worth the extra cost if you prefer to keep your pup’s coat a certain length.
The A5 Turbo doesn’t come with as many accessories as other clippers, but it does come with everything you need to get started.
The A5 Turbo comes with a handful of helpful accessories, including:
- Blade oil
- Cleaning brush
- Clipper grease
- Replacement carbon brushes
The blade oil and grease keep the blade working in tip top shape, while the brush helps remove stray hairs and debris that may get caught in the teeth.
The only thing missing is a case, which – unfortunately – is not included with this clipper.
Who is the Oster A5 Turbo For?
The A5 Turbo is a good choice for any animal owner. These clippers are excellent for dogs, but they also work well on cats, horses, goats and other livestock.
The A5 is a good option for:
- People who need powerful clippers
- Those who want more than one speed setting
- Breeds with thick and/or long coats
- Dogs who need full-body trims
- Professional quality
- Two speeds for precise or full-body grooming
- Easy to use
- The included blade is great for most grooming tasks
- Compatible with comb guides (sold separately)
- Comes with helpful accessories to maintain the clippers
- These clippers get hot
The only complaint with these clippers is that they can get hot after a few minutes of use. Considering the quality and cost of these clippers, you would expect them to stay cool during use.
Oster’s A5 Turbo clippers are easy to use, powerful and offer two speed settings to accommodate most grooming needs.
There are a few small complaints with this model, most of which are easy to overlook. Some people may not like the fact that these clippers do not come with a storage case. No comb guides are included either, which may be a minor inconvenience for some.
There are comb guides available, but you have to purchase them separately (they’re cheap).
The A5 Turbo’s tendency to get hot after a few minutes of use may also bother some users. But this is a common problem with at-home clippers. They don’t get so hot that you can’t use them, and wearing gloves can help prevent any discomfort the heat may cause.
Overall, the A5 Turbo is a great option for anyone who needs professional-quality clippers with multiple speeds.