Whether your hairstyle is short, long, bald or somewhere in between, having a great pair of hair clippers in your arsenal is vital to be able to look and feel your best at all times. It doesn’t matter if you head to the barbershop twice weekly, it always pays to have backup right where you can grab it.
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Although hair clippers may look quite similar to the beard trimmer or electric razor that you probably already have somewhere in your bathroom, their function is vastly different. Clippers come equipped with blades that resemble something like a comb, which are designed to help you trim your hair to the exact length you want, which makes it much easier when working with longer hairstyles.
While most sets of hair clippers look similar enough to what your barber uses, there are a few very important factors to keep in mind when shopping for the best clippers to add to your dopp kit. Read the packaging carefully and take extra care to select stainless steel blades and a good motor (the rotary motor is a favorite among barbers — but a magnetic motor will work for at-home jobs). Also take time to consider whether you want cord or cordless — will you really remember to put your clippers on the charger after you use them?
Whether cord or cordless, magnetic motor or rotary motor, here are a handful of the best hair clippers for men – for every budget, beard and hairstyle.
The Oster hair clipper cuts quickly, handles all hair types, and has a handy pivot motor.
Pros: The Oster hair clipper is quiet, has a steel blade that adjusts between sizes 000 and 1, and comes with three guide combs, blade guard, lubricating oil and cleaning brush. It has an eight foot cord.
Cons: The blades can tug and pull, so be careful when using.
Great for guys on the go, the handy and portable Envy Hair can easily cut wet or dry hair in a hurry and seamlessly packs into a dopp kit.
Pros: The Andis Envy Hair is slightly less powerful than the fade master – with 7200 cutting strokes per minute – but it’s much more compact than its professional counterpart. Amazon reviewers particularly love it for its lightweight, ergonomic handfeel.
Cons: As we noted above, it’s not as powerful as some would like.
One of the most beloved grooming brands on the market, the Philips Norelco doubles as both a beard trimmer and a vacuum hair clipper and is great for short hair.
Pros: Partners or roommates will especially love the vacuum system, which catches hairs before they have a chance to hit the bathroom sink. Note that because the Philips Norelco is a beard trimmer first, clipper second, it’s recommended for shorter hairstyles.
Cons: It’s not ideal for those with longer hair.
This is the trimmer for those on a budget. Considering the Conair haircut kit rings in at $10 – less than a single trip to the barbershop! – its laundry list of features is pretty impressive.
Pros: The corded clipper offers a no-slip grip, handfuls of accessories (think self-sharpening blades, 8 comb attachments and a storage kit), and 5-position taper locking control, each of which ensuring you’ll leave the bathroom looking just as fresh as you would leave the barbershop.
Cons: These don’t work well on thick hair.
Remington HC6550 Cordless Vacuum Haircut Kit, Vacuum Beard Trimmer, Hair Clippers for Men (18 pieces)
This is the perfect trimmer for those with longer hair. Part of the lithium power series, the Remington haircut kit lasts an impressive 60 minutes per charge.
Pros: The haircut kit also comes with a seriously convenient, built-in vacuum that ensures easy clean up after you’re finished grooming. The rest of the kit includes length-adjusting combs, scissors, tapering combs and blade oil (which will help keep the clippers working properly for each and every trim).
Cons: There are issues with it holding a charge, or charging at all.
Another trimmer/clipper combo, what’s great about the Braun BT5040 is that can be used cordless or corded for added convenience.
Pros: Amazon reviewers love it for its multiple micro adjustments and comfortable, ergonomic design. Like the Norelco, the BT5040 is a beard trimmer first and hair clipper second, making it a great option if you have a thicker beard with a shorter hairstyle.
Cons: Some say the tines are too sharp.
The WAHL Clipper Elite Pro is undeniably the most powerful clipper on the list.
Pros: Between its durable powerdrive motor, premium stainless steel attachment clips and precision, self-sharpening blades, it’s arguably the Cadillac of hair clippers – and like all WAHL products, it’s made right here in the US.
Cons: This one is way too loud for some users.
This new retractable shaver and trimmer clocks in at under five ounces, and charges to full strength in 30 minutes for 120 minutes of continuous run-time.
Pros: The secret sauce with this dual-function shaver with a retractable trimmer is its ultra-thin and hypo-allergenic gold titanium foils and staggered, independently floating cutters. Meaning, he gets a close, smooth trim that won’t torture his skin.
Cons: It’s loud. Make that very loud.
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