A lot of people confuse clippers with trimmers, and indeed they are similar, but they aren’t the same. Where as trimmers are designed to be extremely accurate, and “trim” with pin point control, clippers are their big brother, and clear much more of the landscape.
You use clippers when you want to create a general look, for instance a fade, as opposed to sleek looking symmetrical facial architecture. For men who don’t have time worry about accuracy, these are going to be your go to tool, whether that be for shaving or fading your head, or to just cut down the amount of body hair you have on other parts of your body. If your trying to trim down your facial hair, I recommend going with an electric razor instead.
Because hair clippers are such a general purpose tool, they don’t require as much attention to detail, or to be as precise as trimmers. Yet, you are still going to want to know some general attributes. To help make that job easier, here is our list of the best hair clippers on the market, along with our guide to making the best purchase possible.
|Oster Professional Single Speed||Corded||9 feet power cord Detachable Blade||$$$||4.8|
|Wahl Professional 8500 Senior||Corded||Includes 3 cutting guides (1/16 inch - 3/16 inch)||$$||4.3|
|Oster Classic 76 Detachable Blade||Corded||Blade Guard, Cleaning Brush||$$$||4.5|
|Wahl 84701 Professional||Corded||8 guiding attachments Comes with styling comb||$||4.6|
|Combo New Oster Classic 76 Limited Edition Hair||Corded||10 piece Set Extremely close cut||$$$||4.9|
|Wahl Professional 8110 5-star||Corded||2 cutting guides (1/16 inch - 3/16 inch) Include comb, guard, oil||$||4.4|
|Conair HC1100AM I-Pro Professional Super||Lithium Battery||Large selection of attachments||$||4.5|
|Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit||Corded - 83 inches||8 attachments 120V||$||4.4|
|Oster 76 and T-finisher Trimmer Combo||Corded||Extremely Durable 8 Adjustments||$$$$||4.7|
Top 5 Hair Clippers
Wahl Professional Super Taper II
Taking the crown on our review list is the Wahl Professional Super Taper II. This clipper has everything you need in a clipper, starting with the necessities. Its corded, with a very long length, so you’ll never have trouble moving around your target. It also comes with the necessary attachments, with 8 adjustments, ¼ inch, 1/8 inch, 3/8 inch, ½ inch, 5/8 inch, ¾ inch, 7/8 inch, and 1 inch attachments. We think quarter inch adjustments are the correct increments to see a noticeable difference in hair length. Another important attribute is these clippers are extremely durable, with very little metal, they can see heavy use and still last more than a decade if properly maintained. Wahl has a great reputation for building sturdy products. Finally, the price, at a shade under $50 at most stores is perfect. Wahl has cheaper clippers in the $25 range, but these should last twice as long and are twice as nice.
Oster Classic 76 Limited Edition
Coming up at number two, is the Classic 76 by Oster. One of the main attributes that you look for in a clipper is its ability to handle a lot of abuse, for a long period of time, and keep on ticking. Oster has by far the sturdiest clippers on the market, and this 10 adjustment set is the best of the bunch. Another fine point, is that typically the heavier the item, the more durable it is. Unless of course, that clipper is made up of high quality steel. Although still quite heavy, these Osters are much lighter than similar, high quality clippers. Out biggest negative however, is the price. At 150, even if these are some of the best clippers on the market, are way outside the price range of most people, and only professional barbers will consider these as potential product that they can purchase.
Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro
This is Wahls best entry level clipper, and perhaps the most popular clipper on the market today. At less than $20, this is a super affordable tool which gets the job done, but its packed full of features as well, including guided combs, a 6 foot 120v cord, 13 attachments, scissors, combs, . It is also built with good materials considering the price tag, with high carbon steel blades, and a soft grip. Our biggest beef with this clipper, is the noise. It is LOUD, and its construction is very shoddy, which is disappointing coming from Wahl. If your purchase a faulty set, it can break within a month, and the plastic attachments are way too flimsy. Still, you get what you pay for.
Conair HC1100AM I-Pro Super
Ranking fourth on our list is Conair’s best mid level clipper model, the I-Pro. This clipper has the standard 8 adjustments 1/8”-1”, and an extremely good motor that is going to cut your hair down to the scalp without yanking any hair or leaving any strands. It’s also one of the quietest motors on the market. Why does this clipper rank fourth on our list? Because its battery operated, which is a huge negative since they tend to break and die much sooner than corded clippers of the same price range. Like, corded clippers can last a decade of heavy use, battery clippers will last 6 months to a year. There is also a high level of faulty battery operate clippers, and despite these ones coming with the appropriate adaptor, the maximum battery life will continue to shorten the longer you use it.
Bringing in the rear is the T-Outliner from Andis. This particular clipper is mid range priced, and allows for adjustment all the way down to 1mm, so not quite short enough to bald. Overall, it’s very high quality, but does suffer from running hot if you use it too long. We would also like to see clippers wider than 5 cm, but these are a bit of a hybrid trimmer as well, and might be the best hair clippers if your looking for versatility.