BEST FOR: Novices
Wahl Hair Clippers For Men
If you’re just starting out with clippers and are looking for something simple that gets the job done, this easy-to-use device is a solid choice. Its ten colour-coded guides mean you can switch between length settings quickly, while the high carbon and steel blades ensure a precise cut. An ergonomic handle and integrated thumb grip add comfort and control.
BEST FOR: Something Cool
Philips Hair Headgroom
Phillips’s Headgroom is one of the best-looking models out there. An asset to your bathroom shelf, it has a 180º rotating head, 13 length settings and a precision comb for shorter trims. The Headgroom also suits sensitive skin, as the rounded tips prevent irritation.
BEST FOR: Speedy Trims
Remington Quick Cut Hair Clipper
This dome-shaped device is designed for quick touch ups. With curved edges to get to those difficult spots, it accurately follows the shape of your head to deliver a smart trim in no time. It also boasts a ten-minute charge feature and a handy storage case.
BEST FOR: A Traditional Corded Model
Philips Series 500 Pro Hair Clipper
Wireless clippers might offer you more flexibility, but professional barbers will tell you there’s nothing wrong with a standard corded model. This classic clipper features a copper motor coil, seven click-on combs and durable, steel blades that cut the hair at skin level, resulting in a sharper trim. The addition of the textured handle ensures a good grip.
BEST FOR: Long Hair
BaByliss 7785U Clippers
BaByliss’s clipper has been crafted with Japanese steel blades and features 45 cutting lengths, meaning it’s a solid option for those with thick or long hair. High-powered and precise, the super sharp blades leave you with a smooth, even cut while the digital screen lets you easily control the taper setting.
BEST FOR: Add Ons
Braun 9-In-1 All-In-One Clipper
If you’re looking for a does-it-all kit, opt for this smart clipper-trimmer, which comes with nine separate add-ons. The main device is powered by an AutoSensing Motor that cuts through both thick and thin hair, with two adjustable combs to help achieve the look you’re after. As a bonus, you can also use the Braun All-In-One Clipper on your face and body.
BEST FOR: Battery Life
The Remington-T clipper boasts over 300 hours of battery life from a single four-hour charge. Completely waterproof, use it in the shower to streamline your grooming routine. A precision stubble comb means it can be used on your beard as well. In a rush? A five-minute charge gives you enough power for one trim.
BEST FOR: A Solid All-Rounder
Wahl Ultimate Cordless Clipper
With its four-level LCD display, quick charge function, snap-on blades and eight attachment combs all for under £80, Wahl’s Ultimate Cordless Clipper is a solid all-rounder that won’t break the bank. Plus, it comes with a spotlight trimmer to use on your ears and nose.
BEST FOR: Buzz Cuts
BaByliss Men Crew Cut Yourself
The Crew Cut Yourself is one of the best devices for an at-home buzz cut. The twin blade cutting system leaves you with a short and even one-length cut, while the five guide combs deliver an ultra-close finish. Once used, remove the blades and wash under the tap before simply clipping them back in when dry.
BEST FOR: Your Wallet
Wahl Home Cut Hair Clipper
The affordable Wahl Home Cut Hair Clipper is reliable and easy-to-use. It comes with six guard attachments and a set of self-sharpening blades, as well as scissors for any tricky angles and a barber’s comb. It’s not shower-proof or washable, but it does have a handy cleaning brush to use when dry.
CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? ALEX GLOVER - MASTER BARBER AS ADAM ATELIER, KNOWS THE QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF...
How often will you be using it?
If you are shaving your head every few days, it’s better to get a more heavy-duty clipper.
How much do you want to invest?
Generally the more you spend, the more reliable the equipment, but no matter what your budget, do your research ahead of time and read up on the models you’re considering.
Are you planning to use it on your beard as well?
If so, opt for something with added extras, like a beard comb, or that states it can be used for personal grooming as well as on your head.
How short do you want your hair to go?
Shaving all over is one thing but, if you want to recreate a barber-cut short back and sides at home, you’ll need a guarded clipper.
Do you want mains powered or cordless?
If you do your grooming in the bathroom, cordless is your best bet. Opt for mains powered if you’re always forgetting to charge your devices.
Brave enough to go for an at-home fade while barbers remain shut? Here are Alex’s top tips...
- Give yourself a consultation. Think about the desired look and plan your moves. Remember that you can always go a little shorter but you cannot put the hair back on your head if you go too short, too quickly.
- Watch a few YouTube videos to get an idea of the movement your hand should make – this will ensure consistency.
- If your hair is quite grown out, clip the back and sides with a grade eight clipper to remove bulk first. Do not go all guns blazing with a grade zero!
- Start in reverse for the safest results. That means you should work down from the longest settings to the shortest.
- Don't go too high. Flick away from the parietal ridge to maintain a slight corner to the haircut.
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