Pros: Makes your pet smell fresh and clean. Easy to use.
Cons: Battery not included. Cost. Smell?
For over a year I have considered purchasing the Sharper Image Ionic Bath Pet Brush, but simply could not justify the cost ($39.95). I recently decided that picking up my 50 pound lab/border collie mix, and plopping her into the bathtub once a week, is just too hard on my already mucked up back. It isn't simply manipulating her into the bathroom, and then the tub. It is bending over to wash her, and then blowing her dry afterwards with my blow dryer. The Sharper Image Ionic Bath Pet Brush does not alleviate the need to bathe her completely of course, but it certainly cuts down the number of baths we both have to endure. I also considered what it would cost me to take her to the groomer, and compared that to the one time cost of this brush.
When I am home, Lacy is in the house with me, by my side, but when I am at work, she is in the backyard, and can get quite dirty, and a little smelly. The Ionic Pet Brush promises you that your dog or cat will smell like it just came from the groomers with simply a 5 minute brushing. I also want my furniture to smell nice, so that was a consideration in my purchase also.
So what is it?:
As I am not tech-oriented at all, I won't even attempt to explain it. Instead, here is how the manufacturer describes how/why it works.
Inside the handle, patented Zenion Effect technology electronically generates a stream of ion-rich air. Odor-reducing ozone flows through air ducts in the wide brush plate to leave your pet smelling fresh and clean. The firm but flexible bristles comb away tangles, dander and debris, and condition the coat to a healthy luster:.
Sharper Image offers two different sizes of the brush. One they indicate is recommended for cats, puppies, and small dogs, and the other, larger, wider one is for large dogs. Regardless of which brush you select, the price is the same, and both come with brush plates that can be changed as you wish. One is for long fur; one for short.
The bigger brush is 9 1/2" x 4 1/2" and weighs 24 ounces.
The smaller model is only 2 1/4" wide.
If you want/need to clean it, you can just pull out the fur that is in the brush. You can also take off the brush plate and rinse it under running water, or soapy running water, whichever you prefer.
It does require a 9V battery, and unfortunately they don't include it (for $39.95, they can throw in a battery; grrr). Anyway, they note the battery will last up to six months, but I'm sure it depends on how frequently you use it. They do have an auto shutoff after five minutes, and this does extend the battery life.
There is a one year warranty on this product.
As I mentioned above, I had this Ionic pet brush on my epinion's wish list for probably a year, ambivilent over whether or not to spend the money. Normally I purchase online rather than hassle with traffic, parking, etc., but when I decided I wanted to buy the brush, I couldn't decide whether to get the small one, or the large one. I have a Siamese, her son, a long-haired half Siamese, and a (long-haired) Mainecoon, as well as my 50 pound lab/border collie mix. I knew the smaller one would be appropriate for the cats, but they are strictly inside, so I didn't desperately need the brush for them. My dog is not real small or real big. Anyway, I went to the Sharper Image brick and mortar store closest to me. I was able to look at both, and feel both. It was clear to me that the large one is for good sized dogs, and I could get either for my dog, but the smaller is definitely better for my cats. The feel of the smaller one was more comfortable for me because of my carpal tunnel syndrome, so that is the one I opted to purchase.
So I drove home anxious to try it out on my four victims, oops, sorry, my four pets. I easily put in the 9V battery. I turned on the brush-just pushed a small button that flashes (green) on and off when in use. I noticed a slight smell; not offensive, just different. I also noticed a slight purring sort of sound (the air going through the brush plate). My dog was so happy with the brush. She is a dog who craves affection and attention, petting, you name it, so this was just one more way to get the love and attention she needs and wants. The brush makes her smell great, and softens her fur, and makes it shiny additionally. She even flips over when I've finished her back so I can brush her on her other side. She must find the brush very soothing as she seems to fall asleep after I brush her with it. My Siamese enjoyed it also. My senior Mainecoon ran away at first, and then decided it was fine, so after the initial testing, she has been fine. Nikko, my half Siamese (a rather skittish cat) is a little afraid of it still, but in time I think he'll come around also.
Where can you find it?:
Well you can hassle as I did with one of the brick and mortar stores, or you can purchase online.
Final thoughts and recommendations:
I wish I had purchased this brush a year ago. Giving my dog regular baths is really time-consuming, hard on my back; I get soaked, not to mention the bathroom. The Sharper Image pet brush allows me to cut down baths considerably, and yet still have a great looking-great smelling dog, and the fact that she loves it is icing on the cake! I recommend the smaller brush for anyone with cats or dogs up to 50 or so pounds. If you have a very large dog (and don't have carpal tunnel or the like), go for the large brush. This was a very worthwhile investment, and I am giving it 4 1/2 stars!
UPDATES: It has been three months now, and Lacy still adores this brush. She is as excited about being brushed as she is about treats and going for a walk. She rolls over in every which direction so I can cover every area of her dogly body. My neighbors now want one also, but haven't gotten around to going to Sharper Image. They should just buy online. In the meantime, they borrow mine! It keeps Lacy smelling nice for much longer between her baths
About 6 months ago I adopted a second rescue dog-she is a three year old Shar-Pei/lab mix. She also enjoys the Sharper Image Ionic Dog Brush, and is very difficult to get in the tub. She dislikes water, so this brush keeps her smelling nice and fresh. Her fur is short all over other than a ruff around her neck/head. Anyway, because she and Lacy love this brush, the sound, the feel I used it on Mika last week. I noticed a growth on her leg. I kept an eye on it for a week to see if it would go away. It changed in appearance regularly so after a week I got her in to her vet. He thought it was just a fatty deposit, but when he did a fine needle aspiration he saw that it was a mast cell tumor (malignant).
Yesterday they operated, and because I caught it so soon thanks to this brush, I'm hoping for the best possible results.
Oh, right now I noticed on the Sharper image website that it is on sale for $19.95 until July 31, 2005.
Thanks for reading!