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Best Hair Clippers For Men [2019]

Best Overall: Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit
While it doesn’t have the most advanced features or the fastest/strongest motor, this is one of the most dependable and trustworthy clippers for the price. When compared to other models, this was the best bang for your buck/cut.

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit

  • Strongest Wahl Motor To Date
  • Precision Ground Blades
  • 8-Foot Power Cable

Budget Pick: Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit
For the stay-at-home parent where the do-it-yourselfer, this is one of the easiest kits in the world work with. The color-coded guides make identifying the right size guide combs ultra-simple. Pricing wise, nothing remotely came close to this one.

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit

  • Color-Guide System Quickly Identifies Guide Size
  • 60 Minute Run Time On A Single Charge
  • Works Locally And Internationally

Best Cordless Hair Clipper: Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit
For those who don’t like cords, this is one of the most powerful all-in-one cordless systems on the market. The lithium powered battery last for more than an hour while ensuring one of the fastest, most efficient cuts from a cordless clipper.

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

  • 8 Attachments (3 Guide Combs + Detail Combs)
  • Self-Sharpening Surgical Steel Blades
  • 70 Minute Run Time On A Single Charge

How We Picked

More and more people are looking for ways to save money. One of those ways is by handling their own haircuts. Of course, is not as easy as you might think, especially without the right equipment – which brings us to hair clippers.

Hair clippers give you the ability to cut and style your hair just like you want. Of course it will take time to learn how to use them, but with some practice, you can create some unique and personalized styles all of your own in the comfort of your own home. One of the biggest questions that we’ve encountered is what type of hair clipper should be purchased. In most cases, hair clippers are interchanged with trimmers and/or shaving systems. But hair clippers are built for one purpose only – cutting hair. Some will give you the ability to do detail work, but their first function is cutting hair.

Today, we’re going to show you the ten best hair clippers for men. There are plenty of options to choose from but these continually performed the best when compared to the others. To help you understand how we chose these hair clippers, we’ve included a buyer’s guide with all the information you need to make the right decision. We even went as far as to answer some of the most frequently asked questions concerning hair clippers.

#1 Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (8ft)
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 10
  • Storage: Premium Plastic Case

Starting out our list of the best hair clippers is the Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit. Wahl has been around for quite a while, creating some of the most dependable and trustworthy hair care products on the market today.

The Elite Pro HP comes with an 8- foot power cord that gives you plenty of length to work with (the industry standard is 6 feet). Being that it is corded, it can feed more power to an already strong motor. However, Wahl has included its strongest motor to date in the Elite Pro HP, giving it a 15% power boost over their already strong Powerdrive Heavy Duty motors.

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit blade

Next, the blade system is a self-sharpening system which keeps the blades razor-sharp. Wahl didn’t skimp on the blades either, including high-quality precision ground blades that they claim can cut hair 40% faster than other clippers. When time is of the essence, this is a great feature to have.

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit unboxed

Wahl also includes 10 different guide combs with an ultra-secure clip system. The guide combs have been strengthened and are reportedly 70% stronger than the non-premium Wahl combs.

For storage, Wahl has included a premium plastic case that can hold your clippers and all of the accessories, including lubricating oils and other cleaning chemicals. The case is very durable and built to protect your equipment. Looking at it, it looks sturdy and manly. It’s all black, with a heavy-duty carrying case that includes a locking latch plus a nylon bag for all of your guide combs.

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit guards

And finally, the Elite Pro HP comes with a limited lifetime warranty for home users only. Wahl stands behind their products, but make sure that you follow all of their recommendations/guidelines for warranty claims. These clippers are not designed for international and/or overseas use as they only work with 110v outlets.

What We Like

This is one of the most powerful hair clipper kits we’ve seen yet. The Powerdrive Heavy Duty motors were already powerful, but these make those seem kind of weak. While we don’t have a test subject with a line of hair, we’re pretty sure that they could cut through the most anything.

Overall

For those looking for a powerful motor with a self-sharpening blade system while keeping costs down, then look no further than the Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit. It’s a little heavy when compared to other hair clippers, but it’s extremely durable and equipped with a high-powered motor and strengthened set of guide combs. Plus, the 8-foot cord is 2 feet longer than the industry average, giving you more freedom than some other comparable hair clippers.

Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit

  • Strongest Wahl Motor To Date
  • Precision Ground Blades
  • 8-Foot Power Cable

#2 Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Cordless
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 12
  • Storage: 6” Soft Case

Next, we’re going to look at a cordless option from Wahl. The Color Pro Cordless is not limited by a power cord, but rather battery life. But it’s not really limited because you get up to 60 minutes on a single charge, which is more than enough for most cutting sessions. And, if you do run out of power you can simply plug it in and keep on going. While the motor is not part of the Powerdrive Heavy Duty series, it can handle most hair situations just fine. But, if you do run it for a long time (30+ minutes) it can begin to get warm/overheated.

Again, the blade system is a self-sharpening system that keeps the blades razor-sharp. However, the blades are not high-quality precision ground blades like the Elite Pro HP above, instead opting for a more quality-conscious blade system. The blades are detachable for easy cleaning and/or maintenance.

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit guards

This kit comes with 12 different color-coded guide combs making it easy to identify the proper cut depth every time. But, the kit also comes with nine other accessories to make this an all-in-one kit at an amazing price. Also included are a blade guard, barber comb, styling comb, scissors, cleaning brush, blade oil, left ear taper, right ear taper, and a storage case. The case isn’t anything fancy, but it can hold everything in one compact package. It would be nice if it was a little bigger, but it works great when you’re traveling.

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit accessories and bag

The Color Pro Cordless comes with a five-year limited warranty that is valid in the United States only and it cannot be used in a professional setting. In fact, Wahl even gives you a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren’t fully satisfied with. And finally, it is built to work both in the states and internationally as it’s compatible with voltages between 110V to 240V, but the warranty is only good for those who’ve used it in the states. Make sure that you follow all the recommendations/guidelines for any warranty claims to Wahl.

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit unboxed

What We Like

For starters, this is a cordless hair clipping system that has a long run time (60 minutes). Next, the color-coded system makes it easy to identify the right links without having to look at each individual cutting guide.

Overall

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or an on-the-go traveler, the Wall Color Pro Cordless Haircut Kit is a great option. It’s extremely budget friendly and the color-coded guide system makes it easy to identify the right size/depth of cut without fumbling through each guide. And, it works locally and internationally.

Wahl Color Pro Cordless Complete Haircut Kit

  • Color-Guide System Quickly Identifies Guide Size
  • 60 Minute Run Time On A Single Charge
  • Works Locally And Internationally

#3 OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper back

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (8ft)
  • Blades: Detachable
  • Guide Combs: 3
  • Storage: None

OSTER is another brand that’s been around for quite a while. In fact, they are a heavy competitor with Wahl. Which is why they’ve got a spot on our list of the best hair clippers for men.

This comes with an 8-foot power cord, giving you plenty of room to work. OSTER has built a Whisper Quiet™ motor that is extremely strong and yet quiet at the same time. The Fast Feed® system ensures that it’s not going to bog down and/or overheat.

OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper blade

The blade system is not self-sharpening, instead opting for replaceable and/or removable blades. Of course, accessing the blades is simple by just removing a couple of screws. The blades are made out of stainless steel and designed to prevent rust and/or corrosion.

The major feature of this clipper system is the Pivot Motor. It’s a 3-axis pivot system that keeps the blades right next to your skin, making it great for nooks and crannies. Some competing models have a fixed blade/motor system that leaves “slight gaps” where this can prevent/avoid that altogether.

OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper guards

While most other competitors offer more guide combs (8 or more), OSTER opted for three instead (1/2″, 3/8″, and 1/4″). They do include a blending guide as well. For the most part, this will handle most clipping needs. While we’re here, they also include a blade guard, lubricating oil, and a cleaning brush.

OSTER tends to stray from storage options and they didn’t include a storage option with this kit either. For us, this is a big “whoops” from a brand that is considered mid-level/upper-level. For the price, they could have included a soft carrying case to keep everything in one place.

OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

They do offer a one-year limited warranty on the clippers themselves. The warranty will cover defects in material and/or workmanship only. And finally, this is designed for use in the United States only as it only works with 110V outlets.

What We Like

The Pivot Motor system makes it easy to cut even the oddest of shaped heads. The motor is extremely quiet (“Whisper Quiet”) but extremely powerful too.

Overall

If you’re looking for something a little more professional, then the OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper is the perfect choice. In fact, OSTER calls this one of their commercial clippers. It’s extremely dependable and durable, without any overheating issues. The Whisper Quiet™ motor is significantly quieter than other competing models. While it is a little more expensive, it’s built for heavy-duty use.

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OSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

  • Adjustable Pivot Motor System For Extremely Close Cuts
  • Fast Feed® System Ensures A Quick Cut
  • Works With Wet Or Dry Hair

#4 Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Cordless
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 3
  • Storage: Carrying Pouch

Here’s another cordless option that we’re pretty impressed with. The Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit is extremely powerful, using lithium-ion batteries to power this beast. In fact, you can get up to 70 minutes on a single charge. If you do run out of power during one of your cutting sessions, just plug it in and you’re good to go. The motor cuts through most hair with ease and doesn’t seem to struggle during long sessions; however, due to the small size of the unit, it does get warm if your sessions go longer than 30 minutes.

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit side

This has a self-sharpening blade system to keep everything razor-sharp. The blades are comprised of surgical stainless steel and built to withstand abuse while resisting rust and/or corrosion. The blades are easily removed by unscrewing two screws for easy cleaning and/or maintenance.

While the kit only comes with three different calm attachments, the clipper itself has multiple length settings to give you a total of 14 different length options. It also comes with an adjustable comb, foil shaver, nose trimmer, ear trimmer, detailed trimmer, beard and stubble combs, and a carrying pouch.

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit power plug

For the most part, this is more of a do-it-all system, rather than just a hair clipper. It will work great for cutting hair but it also works well as a detail shaver for beards and mustaches while also handling the harder areas like nose, ear, and even the groin area.

Remington provides a limited two-year warranty that covers this trimmer against any defects due to material or workmanship issues. They also include a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with your product for any reason.

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit measurements

What We Like

Motors that are driven by lithium-ion batteries tend to be extremely strong and that’s the case with the Remington All-In-One. From start to finish, the battery provides constant power without fading as it starts to die. The motor cuts through almost any type of hair without any issues, even handling wet hair.

Overall

For the price, it’s hard to argue that you’ll find a better all-in-one system. Even though you only get three guide combs, you end up with the ability to cut at 14 different lengths using the adjustable blade system. The lithium-ion batteries provide unwavering power while the motor plows through all types of hair.

Remington All-In-One Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

  • 8 Attachments (3 Guide Combs + Detail Combs)
  • Self-Sharpening Surgical Steel Blades
  • 70 Minute Run Time On A Single Charge

#5 Remington Shortcut Pro Haircut Kit

Remington Shortcut Pro Haircut Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Cordless
  • Blades: Removable
  • Guide Combs: 9
  • Storage: Carrying Pouch

Next, we’re going to look at a “uniquely” designed hair clipper. The Remington Shortcut Pro looks like it got cut off and got fat. It’s more of a palm-styled cutter with a curved blade system. However, this is extremely ergonomic and makes it easier on those “close cuts”. And, it’s 57% wider than most clippers on the market right now which means fewer passes before you’re done.

Remington Shortcut Pro Haircut Kit in action

It’s powered by another lithium-ion battery from Remington and you can expect about 40 minutes on a single charge. If it does lose power, just plug the charging cable in and keep on cutting.

The blades are not self-sharpening, but rather they are removable for easy cleaning. If you don’t want to remove the blades, you don’t have to as it is equipped with a washout port too.

Remington Shortcut Pro side

In total, this kit comes with 14 pieces. Nine of those pieces being guide combs to ensure an accurate and detailed cut every time. You’ll also get lubricating oil, cleaning brush, and a carrying pouch.

Finally, this device is covered by the Remington limited two-year warranty that covers you from any material defects and/or workmanship issues. Plus, you get a 30-day money back guarantee if you are completely satisfied with the clipper.

Cleaning the Remington Shortcut Pro

What We Like

This is one of the most unique trimmers we’ve seen yet – but it works! It feels odd in your hand initially but it starts to become more comfortable fairly quickly. It is easier to use than traditional clippers, but we’re not sure if we would switch over to it permanently.

Overall

For a lightweight, hand-held clipper, Remington has outdone themselves. Most anyone could use this and produce a great haircut without needing to go to the barber. The lithium-ion battery lasts about 40 minutes which is sufficient for most cutting sessions. Compared to other clippers, it’s a little pricey and it doesn’t look like a traditional clipper which may be off putting for some.

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Remington Shortcut Pro Haircut Kit

  • Unique Shape And Design
  • Ergonomically Curved Blades
  • 40 Minute Run Time On A Single Charge

#6 Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut Kit And Beard Trimmer

Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut Kit And Beard Trimmer

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (6ft)
  • Blades: Detachable
  • Guide Combs: 8
  • Storage: Polycarbonate Case with Rubber Grip

This clipper comes with a 6-foot power cord which matches the industry standard. It feeds power to the Super Power Motor from Remington which is 4x stronger than their HC1080 motor.

The precision ground blades are removable and easy to clean. Plus, they work with Remington’s patented POWERCUT blade system that ensures they don’t wiggle out of place during your cutting session.

Remington Virtually Indestructible Clipper with removable blade

You get 8 guide combs in this kit plus several other accessories including scissors, lubricating oil, and a heavy-duty carrying case. The carrying case is extremely rigid and built to protect your equipment, especially while on the go.

Remington Virtually Indestructible Clipper Blades

Remington offers a two-year limited warranty that will protect you from manufacturer defects and/or workmanship issues. They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the product. This product is designed only to work with 110V outlets so you cannot use it internationally.

Remington Virtually Indestructible Clipper internals

What We Like

This is built for heavy-duty use. Remington built this with a high-impact polycarbonate casing to protect from bumps and bruises, while also giving you a comfortable grip. The motor is designed to chug through just about anything you can put in front of it and in a protective case is built like a freaking tank.

Overall

If you need a lightweight clipper that can survive a few accidental drops while still performing flawlessly, then the Remington virtually indestructible clipper haircut kit is perfect for you. It may not have the same features as some of the other competitors such as self-sharpening blades, but for the price, it’s worth every penny.

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Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut Kit And Beard Trimmer

  • Super Strong Motor Cuts Through Anything
  • Highly Protective Casing
  • Precision Ground Blades

#7 Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit

Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (9ft)
  • Blades: Detachable
  • Guide Combs: 6
  • Storage: Soft Faux-Leather Carrying Pouch

It comes with a 9-foot power cord which is extremely long when compared to other clippers. Instead of just one motor, this has dual motors that absolutely obliterate any here standing in its way. The precision ground blades are not self-sharpening but can be removed rather easily for cleaning and/or maintenance.

Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit on sink

Included in the kit are 6 guide Combs and a few other accessories including left and right tapers, styling comb, scissors, cleaning brush, blade guard, lubricating oil, and a zippered carrying case.

Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit in action

Again, Remington stands behind their products with a two-year limited warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee. As this only works with 110V, it is not built for international travel without a specialized adapter.

Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit Removing Hair Box

What We Like

The vacuum system is what sets us apart from other clipper kits. It will capture up to 90% of the hair that is clipped leaving you a whole lot less to deal with when you’re done. The storage bin is rather large and can normally handle most cutting sessions without needing to be emptied.

Remington Vacuum Clipper Measurements

Overall

For the clean freaks, this is a dream come true. These clippers have one of the longest power cords at 9 feet almost giving you the same freedom is a cordless clipper. The dual-motor design makes thick hair seem like cutting paper with scissors. Even though this doesn’t come with certain features like self-sharpening blades, the vacuum easily makes up for this.

Remington Vacuum Haircut Kit

  • Vacuum System Picks Up 90% Of Clipped Hair
  • Large Clipping Bin Lasts Whole Session
  • Dual Motors For Extreme Cutting Power

#8 Wahl Chrome Pro Haircut Kit

Wahl Chrome Pro Haircut Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (7ft)
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 13
  • Storage: Hard Protective Case

The Chrome Pro has a 7-foot power cord which is slightly longer than the industry average for clipper cord length. It uses their proprietary Powerdrive Heavy Duty motor that chugs away without getting overheated even during long cutting sessions. The blades are self-sharpening and can easily be removed for cleaning and maintenance. Unlike most of the others we’ve reviewed, this clipper also has an adjustable taper lever making it easy to blend and fade as well as cut and trim.

Wahl Chrome Pro Haircut Clipper Powerdrive

This kit comes with 13 different guide combs that work with their secure-fit system to prevent wiggling and/or uneven cuts. You’ll also receive other accessories such as scissors, cleaning brush, lubricating oil, and a hard protective case.

Wahl offers a five-year limited warranty on all of their clippers but only for home use and if used in the United States. Wahl stands behind its products with a five-year limited warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee. This product is not designed to work with international voltages; it will only work with 110v wall outlets.

What We Like

This kit comes with everything but the kitchen sink. It’s a 24-piece haircut kit with trimming attachments for your hair and your beard. The adjustable taper lever makes fading issues a thing of the past.

Overall

If you want a pro-quality haircut without a pro-quality price, then the Wahl Chrome Pro Haircut Kit is just what you need. They’ve included all kinds of accessories to ensure a clean, goof-proof haircut every time. For the price one haircut, you could have everything you need to do it yourself.

Wahl Chrome Pro Haircut Kit

  • 24-Piece Accessory Kit
  • Heavy-Duty Carrying Case
  • Taper Lever For Smooth Fades

#9 Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100

Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100

Specs:

  • Power: Cordless
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 1
  • Storage: Hard Plastic Carrying Case

For those who are on-the-go most of the time, you’ll like our next recommendation. The Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100 is designed with portable power on the mind. The lithium ion battery gives you up to 120 minutes of run time on a single charge. Recharging the battery will only take one hour and you can still use it while it is charging.

Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100 blade

It is equipped with self-sharpening titanium blades that are built for durability. While stainless steel is good, titanium is stronger, lighter, and thinner. Cleaning the blades are super easy as you simply remove the comb and brush off any debris. At times, you may want to do a deep clean by removing the blades too.

Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100 cutting sides

There are not a lot of pieces that come with this kit: hair clippers, charging cord, adjustable guide comb. It comes with a hard plastic carrying case for easy portability, but it is almost not needed. The guide comb has 23 adjustable settings and 1 mm increments, reducing the need for multiple guide combs.

Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100 length adjustments

It comes with a two-year limited warranty that protects it from manufacturer defects and/or workmanship issues. Plus, it works internationally as it can work with voltages between 110V and 240V.

Cleaning the Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100

What We Like

This is a simple hair clipper built for the road warrior. There is not much to worry about with this as everything is built into three parts. The fully adjustable guide comb makes on-the-go cuts super simple.

Overall

For those looking for a cordless option that can actually handle on-the-go haircuts, your search is over. These lithium powered hair clippers are built to last, incorporating titanium blades and a simplified guide comb system. Sometimes, simplicity is the best way.

Philips Norelco Hair Clippers Series 7100

  • 1-Hour Recharge Time
  • 1-Piece Fully Adjustable Guide Comb
  • Lithium-Ion Battery With 120 Minute Run Time

#10 Wahl Self-Cut Haircutting Kit

Wahl Self-Cut Haircutting Kit

Specs:

  • Power: Corded (8ft)
  • Blades: Self-Sharpening
  • Guide Combs: 12
  • Storage: Hard Carrying Case

And finishing out our list is the strongest Wahl clipper we could find. It comes with an 8-foot power cord giving you all the space in the world to work with. Wahl included their Ultra-Max Power Heavy Duty / Ultra-Quiet Motor in this model and it will plow through anything without the loud buzzing associated with most other clippers. They included self-sharpening precision ground blades which they razor-sharp for a long time.

Wahl Self-Cut Haircutting Kit used for haircut

This is a 22-piece haircutting kit with 12 guide combs that utilize the secure-fit system to stay in place no matter what you do. The kit also includes a cleaning brush, lubricating oil, specialty attachments for left and right ear tapers, and a 7-inch hard carrying case.

You can rest easy with the five-year limited warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.

What We Like

This is amazingly quiet considering how powerful the motor is. The secure fit system locks the accessories/attachments in place and they don’t accidentally slip out during any of our cutting sessions.

Overall

This is an ultra-compact, ultra-powerful, ultra-quiet clipper kit that will make your cutting sessions a breeze. It almost seems like Wahl made a “professional” clipper for home use only.

Wahl Self-Cut Haircutting Kit

  • Strongest Wahl Clipper Motor
  • Extremely Quiet Operation
  • 22-Piece Accessory Kit

Buyer’s Guide To Find The Best Hair Clippers For Men

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what’s the right pair of hair clippers for you. So, we’re going to break down the most important features and functions to help make your decision even easier.

Motor

The motor is the heart of your hair clippers. The stronger the motor, the better it will cut to thicker hair. Also, the stronger the motor, the faster it will oscillate which means smoother cuts (no snags/pulling). An underpowered motor can get bogged down and pull at the hair rather than cut the hair and it can get overheated faster.

Cordless clippers tend to be weaker than corded clippers. This is simply due to the fact that cordless clippers cannot produce as much voltage and/or power. So, if you decide you want a cordless pair of clippers, look for an extremely strong and fast motor with a large/long battery life.

Corded/Cordless

Corded clippers will always be more powerful than cordless clippers simply because they receive a steady supply of power at a much higher voltage rating. This inherently gives them the advantage over cordless clippers.

However, cordless clippers aren’t limited by the length of the power cord either. When working with hair, a cord can get in the way and create problems. If you aren’t careful, a cord can even pull at you while you are cutting and cause you to make a mistake that might not be would be fixed.

Cordless clippers are limited by the amount of time the battery will last. If the battery is dead, then they will not work. If you’re in a rush, this can be a problem. Most rechargeable batteries take at least thirty minutes to recharge before they can be used.

And finally, cordless motors tend to get hotter faster than corded motors as they aren’t as efficient/powerful. We’ve already addressed it above, but the underpowered motor cannot oscillate as fast and/or power through thicker hair without bogging down. A corded motor is always going to outperform a cordless motor in heavy-use situations.

Blades

Some blade systems are fixed and cannot be adjusted. These types of clippers generally use adjustable guides and/or combs to maintain the proper depth of cut. However, there are some blade systems that are adjustable directly. We will discuss this more in the “guides” section.

Most hair clippers have auto-sharpening systems that keep the blades razor-sharp. However, the quality of the blades can affect the quality of your cut. If the blades are made out of a cheaper material, it can rust and/or corrode leading to premature wear and or tugging/snagging.

Even if you have an auto-sharpening system, you still need to make sure to perform regular cleanings and/or oilings. Doing this will help to extend the life of your blades and maintain a razor-sharp cut.

Guides/Depth Of Cut Options

Guides help to maintain the right depth of cut so that you don’t overcut any specific area. Guides are generally rated in sizes (in inches and/or millimeters) and can be attached to the clippers rather easily. It’s important to make sure that the guides are not flimsy and/or cheap and that they attach securely (no wiggling).

While here, make sure that you have enough guides with enough length options to manage your cutting needs. Some hair clipping systems come with a few guides whereas others are loaded up with guides. In most cases, it’s best to err on the side of too many rather than too few.

Accessories

For the most part, guides will be the most common accessory that you will have to deal with. As such, the easier it is to switch out guides, the more you will enjoy your hair clippers.

Other accessories that might be included with your hair clippers would include blades, brushes, lubricating and/or cleaning oils, batteries and chargers, extension cords, and even a carrying case. Make sure that the hair clipper system you want has all the accessories that you need before you make your purchase.

Maintenance

Maintaining your hair clippers will require proper lubrication, cleaning, and blade maintenance. Some models make it easier to maintain your clippers with auto-sharpening blade systems and even self-lubricating systems.

Unfortunately, almost every pair of hair clippers will require lubrication. If you are using them professionally, you will need to oil them at least once a day. If you are using recreationally/at home, then you will need to oil them at least once a month. Oiling your blades will help to maintain them, prevent rust and corrosion, and slow down premature wear.

Over time, blades will get dirty and/or dinged up. Cleaning your blades is an absolute necessity. Most systems are fairly simple in that you remove the blades, remove the debris, clean them with a special solution, dry them off and put them back. Doing this will help to extend the blade life and ensure a razor-sharp cut.

Blade maintenance is when the blades have lost their edge and you need to sharpen them. If they’ve developed rust and/or corrosion, you’ll need to use a specialized cleaning solution first. Then you’ll use a whetstone to grind down the edge until it is razor-sharp again. In some cases, a razor blade cannot be restored and will need to be replaced; this is still blade maintenance.

Storage

When looking at hair clippers, make sure that there is a storage system of some type. Most will come with a bag/carrying case or a hard case that will store the clippers and their accessories.

A storage system will help keep everything in one place and easy to find/manage. While it may be a little cheaper to purchase one without a storage system, it makes more sense to spend a few extra dollars for a system built to hold your clippers and all of their accessories.

Safety Features

As you’re working with a cutting device, it’s important that you have some safety features built in for your protection. Some blades have rounded edges that will still cut but won’t cut your skin. Some include guards to protect from next and/or cuts and others have features that prevent overheating to protect from accidental burns.

Warranty

While no one wants to think that their equipment will break, it’s going to happen. So, make sure that you read the fine print and/or details. How long is the warranty and what is covered? If a company is not willing to warranty their product for more than a year, this can raise some questions. Most of the time, the lowest priced hair clippers will have a very questionable warranty. Don’t be duped/tricked into a questionable purchase just because the price is “right”.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Clippers For Men

Q: What is the difference between clippers and trimmers?
A: Clippers and trimmers are very similar in design and purpose. However, clippers are generally used on longer hair while using clipper guides/cutting guides to help limit the depth of cut. Trimmers tend to be used on shorter hair and beards while using trimmer guides/cutting guides. At times, these two can be intertwined functioning as both Clippers and trimmers with the right guides. However, clippers don’t tend to oscillate as fast or have thin cutting channels which are needed for detail work.

Q: What does zero gap mean?
A: Clippers and trimmers use two different blades to produce a picture-perfect cut. One of the blades is considered to be stationary/non-movable. The other blade moves/oscillates creating the cut. Zero gap is when the blades are flush with each other, creating an ultra-close cut; most clippers do not have a zero gap blade system. However, some clippers have merged over into trimmer territory and to have a zero gap blade system. Basically, if you want an ultra-close “trim”, you’ll need to find a zero gap blade system or use a trimmer.

Q: What are hair clipper guides?
A: Hair clipper guides are used to help the user cut at a specific depth without messing up. They have channels that are a certain depth, ranked by size and/or number. When clipping your hair, it’s important that it’s not spotty and/or wavy. Without clipper guides, it would be easy to leave uneven patches that would need to be fixed.

Q: Do clipper blades need to be oiled?
A: This depends on how you are using your clippers. If you are using your clippers professionally, then you should be willing them at least once a day. If you are using them recreationally/at home, you could get away with oiling them once a month. Clippers tend to need to be oiled more frequently than trimmers. When you oil your clippers, you should use 2 to 3 drops of oil each time. After you’ve done the oiling, clean off the excess and you are good to go.

Some people will attempt to use different types of oils to save on costs. Do not do this as other oils could cause corrosion and premature wear. Instead, only by oil made specifically for clipper blades.

Q: Do clipper blades need to be cleaned?
A: Yes, you should clean your clipper blades after each use. Cleaning your blades is rather simple.

First, you need to remove the blades from the clippers. Second, you should brush off any debris (i.e. hair, chemicals, dandruff) using a brush to remove anything stuck on or in the blades. Next, you should use a chemical wash to help remove any rust and/or golf from the blades. After that, dry the blades off with a clean towel and make sure that there aren’t any remnants of dust and/or dirt. Finally, reassemble the clippers and apply oil to the blade.

Q: Do clipper blades need to be sharpened?
A: Most clipper blades have an auto-sharpening feature that helps to keep the blades ready/sharp. But, if the blades are not cleaned and oil properly, it could wear them out prematurely causing them to become dull and useless. If your clippers do not have an auto-sharpening feature, then you would have to manually sharpen them and/or replace them with new blades.

To sharpen your blades manually you will need a magnet to help hold your blade to protect you from getting hurt. Next, you will use a whetstone or sharpening stone and rub the blade side to side at a slight angle. Next, you will use another whetstone or sharpening stone with a finer grit and rub the blade side to side at a slight angle again. After you’ve done this, you simply put the blade back into the clippers and then apply clipper oil to the blades. Once oiled, run the clippers for a few minutes to evenly distribute the oil and smooth out any rough edges and remove any leftover debris from the sharpening process.

Q: Do I need to replace the blade if it starts pulling hair instead of cutting it?
A: It’s possible, but first you should check to make sure that it has been oiled properly. If the blades are not functioning properly due to a lack of oil, they would slow down and/or grab at the hair rather than cut it. If the blade still pulls at the hair instead of cutting it, then the next step would be checking to make sure the blades are sharp enough. If the blades aren’t sharp and/or damaged, it would best to replace the blades. This should fix any pulling that is occurring while clipping.

Q: Are corded clippers better than cordless clippers?
A: Generally speaking, corded devices tend to be more powerful and dependable than cordless devices. Corded devices work with voltage up to 110V or 220V depending on location. Cordless devices tend to work with voltage up to 20V. That means that corded devices tend to work with 6x the power. As such, they have stronger motors they can spin faster without getting overheated.

However, cordless clippers don’t have cords hanging everywhere which can get in your way while working. Plus, a cord can only reach so far before you’re limited in reach. For most users, a corded pair of clippers will outperform a cordless pair in most every category.

Q: Will clippers bought in the states work overseas?
A: If you bought a pair of clippers that work on 110 voltage, then your clippers will not work overseas unless you have an adapter. Most overseas voltages operate in the to 220 to 240 voltage range which would overpower your clippers. Even so, they would not work simply because they don’t plug into the power outlets without a special adapter either. If you travel a lot and need a pair of clippers that will work overseas, buy a pair of clippers that are designed for multi-country use or buy a second pair.

Q: Can I use clippers on my dog/cat?
A: Most clippers are designed to work with human hair and nothing else. Animal hair tends to be much thicker requiring a wider cutting channel. If you’re wanting to cut animal hair/fur, then you should look for a set of clippers specifically made for dogs/cats.

Conclusion

With so many hair clippers for men, it can be hard finding the perfect one(s) for you. Which is exactly why we put together this list of hair clippers for men. We’ve looked at a ton of hair clippers for men and these are the ten that we felt made the cut.

The hair clippers for men that we chose were budget-friendly, durable, dependable, consistent, well-built, and well-reviewed. We feel that these will work great for you too. But if not, we’ve included a buyer’s guide that shows you what to look for when comparing hair clippers for men. Equipped with that information, you should easily be able to find the perfect set of hair clippers for you. We even included some of the most frequently asked questions to make this the easiest purchasing decision possible.

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