Pet Product Reviews: Grip n Groom Brushes

Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the inventor of the Grip n Groom brush for letting me not only be the first person from the public to officially review them, but for taking time out of his very busy schedule to do a phone interview with me. Pictures were taken by me. I was not compensated in any way for this review, just given the brushes to test out and gave an honest opinion.

Current colors, green, blue and pink
Current colors, green, blue and pink

What’s so special about these brushes?
Well, I will get to that, first and foremost I want to talk a bit about the man who invented them.

Who is he?
His name his Randy and he ex-humane officer and ex-Marine but most importantly he’s an inventor.

How did the brushes come about?
It all came about after knowing some groomers who complained of their wrists hurting after a long day of grooming and he set out to make something that would elevate the pain, something everyone even children can use.

Where did the design come from?
It came when a paper towel roll came slightly unraveled, looking at it the idea came to him and he went to his shop to make a mold of it.

What makes these brushes so special?
Well, they come in three different styles.

The pink one has bigger pin like bristles, which remind me of a regular human brush

Top/Front of pink brush with pin like bristles
Top/Front of pink brush with pin like bristles
Side view of pink brush
Side view of pink brush
Close up of pink brush
Close up of pink brush
Side view of the Green brush with wire bristles
Side view of the Green brush with wire bristles
Back view of the green brush
Back view of the green brush
Top view of the green brush
Top view of the green brush
this also happens to be my favorite shade of green :)
this also happens to be my favorite shade of green ūüôā

the green has the usual small wire bristles that pet owners are used to seeing in pet stores and at groomers, helps take out winter coats and

the blue (plus) has a double row of  dematting pins used for taking out mats from winter coats and the rest are the wire bristles.

This is the blue (plus) brush it has large pins and hooked wires
This is the blue (plus) brush it has large pins and hooked wires
Side view of the blue (plus) brush
Side view of the blue (plus) brush
Back of the blue (plus) brush
Back of the blue (plus) brush
Close up of the blue (plus) brush, cat hairs not included
Close up of the blue (plus) brush, cat hairs not included

¬†Another cool thing about these brushes are their size, as you can get to hard to reach places that handle brushes have a hard time getting to. Even though it’s a smaller brush, the over all bristle area is only about an inch smaller than traditional brushes.

Since it’s small it’s great for kids to learn how to brush their pets.¬†¬†Randy has had a lot of positive feedback from people who have Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia; they love how easy it is to hold these brushes because handles are hard and painful to hold for long amounts of time, not to mention the amount of pressure you need in order to actually brush your pet.

This is less imitating than normal brushes
This is less imitating than normal brushes
This is how I hold it and make a petting motion, the older boys love it
This is how I hold it and make a petting motion, the older boys love it
No, seriously what pet will be afraid of this?
No, seriously what pet will be afraid of this?

When pet owners walk to a pet with a handle brush, they see it coming, These brushes blend into the hand which make them less invasive when brushing, when you walk to a dog of cat who hate brushing, a handle brush actually looks like a big yard rake coming at the

There are 3 different ways to hold them,¬†but I’ve found a way that is not listed and pretty comfortable for me.

Traditional Grip, Thumb Grip & Two Finger Grip
Traditional Grip, Thumb Grip & Two Finger Grip
This is how I hold it.. maybe it's because I'm a leftie
This is how I hold it.. maybe it’s because I’m a leftie

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I have 4 cats total, 2 of which have short hair, one has a mixture and the other is a long haired Norwegian.

3 of 4 enjoy the blue plus the most, the Norwegian tolerated it for about 30 seconds, but let me brush her longer with the pink brush.

Buggy approves
Buggy approves
Buggy *really* approves
Buggy *really* approves
Boo gives his approval sniff
Boo gives his approval sniff
Bubby wants to know why I laid it on him
Bubby wants to know why I laid it on him

How big is it?
At this time it only comes in one size -3 1/2 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches wide.

Verdict:

I must admit I’m partial to the blue plus brush, with the combination of wire and pin bristles, the smallness and the way I hold it I could brush the cats until the fall asleep.

Pros:
It’s small, compact, easy to get the hair off and gets a ton of hair off of my shorter haired cats. Which I couldn’t do with a traditional comb or brush. I’ve been through countless brushes and combs on my cats to find someone everyone will like or tolerate, this has been the winner by far.

Cons:
I’m one of those people who easily loses things, because these brushes are smaller, I fear I may lose one.
It’s not in stores yet! – But – if you would like to reach out to the inventor, his is more than willing to work with anyone who wants to sell the brushes online or at a brick and mortar store.

If interested you can reach him at http://www.mercuryinnovationsllc.com/

 

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