Today’s man wants to look sharp, contemporary and well-groomed.
Luckily there is a vast range of excellent products on the market to suit all budgets to help us achieve this.
However, choosing the right product for your needs can be a ‘minefield’. Getting it wrong can result in wasted time, money and a poor end-result.
So whether you need a professional hair clipper for your business, or a ‘quality’ budget trimmer to use at home, I have put together this extensive resource to help you find the right products for you.
What To Look for When Choosing Hair Clippers
If you’ve previously bought a cheap pair of clippers from Wal-Mart or similar, you’ll probably know that doing so was a false economy.
These type of clippers are far inferior to good quality brand-named ones. They tend to be made of cheap plastic, have an average to poor motor, and a blade that ‘hacks‘ rather than smoothly cuts your hair. Plus you’ll be lucky if they last you more than 12 to 18 months!
The Front Runners:
There are 3 leading manufacturers of hair clippers -
There are other brands that also produce half decent clippers, but you really can’t go wrong with the big 3.
With the leading brands you get the reassurance of a solid, reliable cut – every time. Plus a clipper that will give you many years of trusted service!
Every clipper is different, and so is the quality. What I mean is, you need to think about things such as:
- What the clipper housing is made of.
- Is it cheap plastic, or made from valox? (a toughened hard-wearing plastic resin)
- Are the blades guaranteed to stay sharp and strong?
- How powerful is the motor?
It’s always worth checking out customer reviews on a product. Amazon has a great system of providing real customer feedback on every product it sells.
If the clipper you want is sold through Amazon, a quick check of the reviews will soon tell you if you’ve got yourself a winner or a dud. People power!
3. The Motor Makes All the Difference
The size and power of a hair clipper’s motor is generally what sorts the top of the range models from the poor imitations. As long as you have a decent blade in your clipper, a good, powerful motor will ensure the hair is cut smoothly and cleanly without grabbing or pulling it.
Prices are usually dictated by the quality of the blades and the motor that drives them. It is these elements that you should pay particular attention to when making your purchase. Cheaper motors will burn out quicker and provide less power to the cutting blades.
Blades need to be strong and sharp that will last you at least a few years without dropping in performance. Check what they are made from, and if you can easily get replacement blades.
Blades can damage if you drop the clipper and it’s always handy to have a spare one to hand.
4. Ease and Frequency of Use
The right hair clipper for you may depend on your previous experience with using them.
For someone wanting to purchase a clipper for their own use or for the family, there are lots of good quality, mid-ranged priced models that will do an excellent job. The Oster Fast Feed and the Wahl Peanut Clipper are both quality clippers that produce an excellent finish.
If you’ve been using clippers for a while, or you are an industry professional who cuts hair on a regular basis, then the Oster Classic 76 professional hair clipper will be all you need, and has been a long time favorite (including mine) over the years.
Having good accessories for your clipper is a must, and will extend their lifetime for many a year.
All pro clippers and most standard ‘home-use’ clippers should include the following when you purchase them:
- Blade guard – to keep your blades sharper for longer
- Clipper oil and grease
- Comb attachments (although this depends on the model)
- A warranty
I recommend you take some time before buying your clipper. Read my clipper reviews, and based on how much you want to spend, and how often you intend to use it, you should be able to find the right model for you.
Hair Clippers Buying Guide