After 31 hours of research evaluating 90 products, we picked Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper #76023-510 as our top choice.
Not everyone is into shelling out piles of cash every couple of weeks for a trim at the barbershop. Whether you’re a mom looking for easy ways to trim your kids hair or you’re a guy into cutting your own hair (and if you're new to the self trim, check this Esquire guide to making it happen – or this YouTube video if you’re more of a visual learner), you’re going to need to find the best hair clippers.
There are motor, blade, and comb differences between these, but you’ll want to look for what you expect and how you plan to use a hair trimmer before looking for blade lengths. You’ll find that nearly every hair trimmer has enough accessories to get the job done.
It’s time to start thinking about all the money you’ll save with the best hair clippers for giving great haircuts every time.
Home or pro model: Professional model, definitely.
Corded or cordless: Corded and you get the standard 8' cord.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: The rigid but smooth ABS plastic combs feature secure-fit stainless steel clip guides and are 70% stronger than the normal Wahl combs. You get 10 guides ranging in size from 1/16″ up to 1″ with the blending 1/2 and 1 1/2 guides as well. Really, what more could you need?
Motor: Wahl is known for it powerful motors and this is the strongest of them all. It has 15% more power than Wahl’s Powerdrive premium motor. If you're doing serious hair work or have the most unmanageable hair, get these.
What else do you get: Along with the clippers, you also get a styling shear, barber’s cape (28″ x 40″), cord wrap, and an extra durable storage case.
The tapered, self-sharpening blade cuts hair 40% faster. It's smooth enough that it won't snag on even the thickest hair types. The blades are so good that there's even a 5-year warranty on them. Nice, right?
The MSRP is over $80 which is more than reasonable for the quality you're going to get. What's better is that you'll find them on Amazon for under $50 - along with Prime shipping.
When they say these are 70% stronger than other clippers, they're not kidding. Now, that's way more power than most people (here meaning anyone who doesn't work with hair professionally) need.
But, if you have a large family with short hair needs, you're doing a shave-a-thon, or you simply want the strongest and best clippers to last your entire life, this is the product for you.
They're strong and secure with plenty of guide combs and a super strong motor. That does make them a little heavier than other clippers, but they're still an average size, don't make too much noise, and aren't prone to heavy vibrating.
The taper lever on the side makes it easy to create fades.
Did you want anything more? Hmmm how about a nice price for the high-end, pro, clippers? You got it. If you've got a need for something heavy-duty, these are the clippers to try.
Home or pro model: Although they look a little whimsical, these clippers are definitely a professional model.
Corded or cordless: These come with a standard-length cord, but they make a cordless version as well if that's what you need.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: You get guides that allow you to cut at different lengths:
Motor: Do not be fooled by the compact size of these clippers, inside is a powerful, rotary electric motor. This isn't child's play.
What else do you get: Inside the box, you'll find blade oil, a cleaning brush, and a red blade guard along with your clippers. You also get a 1-year warranty.
You get a single blade though, replacements are available (but expensive). That said, as long as you oil it before use, you can work with the one you get for years.
You might be tempted to think these are expensive at just under $45, but remember that you're not paying for mini-clippers, just compact ones.
If you judge these clippers by their appearance, you'll be making a huge mistake.
Yes, the body design will make you feel as though you're playing with a toy. And it's true that these are only 4" long and weigh only 4 ounces. But these are merely compact; they're not a mini model.
These are exceptionally good for close cuts and even shaves.
We would obviously suggest them for travel, except the blade (which is strong and sharp) does need to be oiled before use which means it's not totally convenient unless you're happy toting the whole kit with you. If you are, we strongly recommend these - stylists and home users alike truly love these clippers.
Home or pro model: They're a professional model and a terribly good-looking one at that.
Corded or cordless: They're corded - and it's a standard barber-length around 8'. You will need to treat it carefully.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: You might think it's a little crazy, but you're not going to get any of those here. What you will get is a single lever that adjusts between 000 and 1" sizes. How easy is that?
Motor: The crazy strong electromagnetic motor cuts at 14 000 constant strokes per minute even when trimming thick piles of hair. If you need anything stronger, well, you'll end up paying a lot more.
What else do you get: Well, nothing really. But you're getting a fine piece of grooming equipment that will last forever.
The single carbon-coated steel blade may never need to be changed, plus it's adjustable between 000 to 1" sizes. It's strong, sharp, and all you need.
We realize it's not exactly cheap, but it will last forever as long as you care for the cord. You may want to opt into the 2 or 3-year protection. Oh, and it comes with Prime shipping.
The aluminum casing on these clippers make them both good-looking and virtually indestructible.
They're definitely a professional model, and awesome at precision cutting. We especially recommend them for fades and outlines.
Although they don't come with combs and accessories, the side lever makes it super easy to control the length on the blade. But, while we're on the subject of the blade, we have to tell you that it's critical to oil the blade before and after use to keep it cutting cleanly for as long as you need it.
Now, the casing, which adds to the good looks and strength, can make this run hot when using it for extended periods. But, at the same time, it's not super loud. What more could you need?
Home or pro model: These are professional clippers.
Corded or cordless: They're attached to an 8' cord (which is standard) that's chemically resistant.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: You only get two, rounded guide combs with these clippers - 1/16″ and 3/16″. To be fair, these are made for bald cuts, though, so you shouldn't need more.
Motor: The strong V5000 electromagnetic motor operates at 120 volts/60 hertz. It's plenty powerful and while it's no quieter than other motors, it's also not louder.
What else do you get: These balding clippers come with a small bottle of blade oil, a red blade guard, and a cleaning brush.
The #2105 surgical steel 6x0 blade is really quite sharp and can cut your hair to somewhere between .1 mm and .2mm.
These are wonderfully affordable at less than $50 with Prime shipping. And, they'll last a lifetime if you care for them properly.
These clippers don't come with a lot of bells and whistles, but you shouldn't really expect a lot of frills from a set of hair clippers obviously aimed at creating bald looks.
However, these clippers are very good at what they do. It's even good at the things other clippers tend to compromise - like it's average weight and size, it's average sound level, and the easily accessible blade level.
These cut quickly. They cut cleanly. They don't cost a fortune - and they'll last for a very, very long time. Need we really delve deeper? Didn't think so.
Home or pro model: It's a home model, which makes it remarkably easy to use these clippers.
Corded or cordless: This is cordless for easy manuverability - though you can use it with the power cord if you need.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: You get 9 Remington combs with this kit, which really do offer a lot of options. They are:
Motor: The lithium battery lasts for 40 minutes, but needs a 4-hour charge. That said, it does provide quite a kick, though the internal motor really isn't strong enough to cut through super long or thick hair.
What else do you get: You'll get a cleaning brush, lubricant oil, and charging adapter, along with all the combs and the clippers themselves - and it all fits inside the included carrying case.
The extra-wide, precision-ground, stainless steel, curved blade allows you to cover plenty of area quickly and comfortably as it contours to your head. As long as you maintain your clippers, this blade will last for a long, long time.
The MSRP for this set is $60 which is quite a reasonable deal for what you get. But you can sometimes find it on Amazon for $50 - and it comes with Prime shipping.
These hair clippers for home use may look a little short and stubby, but that only makes them easier to hold while giving yourself a haircut. And if you are really planning to do it yourself, you should consider these as they're very good at doing so.
And, as silly as that shape is, that along with the rubberised grip gets the job done.
Now, they aren't great for the longest or thickest hair, but the wide blade does cut smoothly. Besides being compact and lightweight (which makes them suitable for travel), they're almost stupidly easy to clean - you can just run these clippers under the faucet and all the attachments remove for faster and easier cleaning.
The lithium battery doesn't last terribly long, but it is sufficient for an all over trim, especially given that the combs don't allow for a long tailored cut.
And, but the time you factor in the price and everything that comes with these hair clippers for men, you'll see the obvious value for money here.
Home or pro model: Professional - make no doubt about it.
Corded or cordless: Corded and you get an ultra-durable, thick 9' cord with it (that's longer than average).
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: In addition to the detachable blades (available for different lengths), you get:
Motor: The heavy-duty, single-speed, universal motor holds up under all day use. It may not be the quietest out there, but it's not going to have a meltdown.
What else do you get: You also get a blade guard, lubricating oil, clipper grease, and a cleaning brush.
These clippers use detachable blades and you get two antimicrobial, cyrogen-x blades, the #000 (1/50″) and #1 (3/32″) - you'll need to swap these interchangeable blades out to achieve different lengths, though you can use the guards if you don't need a whole lot of variation.
The blades do detach easily with just a screwdriver and you can purchase additional blades (13 sizes are available).
Yes, this is one of the more expensive hair clippers, but it is designed for professional use. And, while it isn't included in Prime, it does come with free shipping.
These professional hair clippers from Oster take the cake when it comes to smooth cutting, even on thick hair. They’re made to last as they’re made from valox material (also used in car production).
They use detachable blades which have an antimicrobial treatment to make them more hygenic for use on different heads. Blades are easy to remove for cleaning – and you absolutely want to do that regularly.
Many of the reported issues with these (or other clippers) are due to lack of maintenance. But, all parts are serviceable and replaceable. There is also a clip for hanging and the on/off switch is very easily accessible.
Although these are professional hair clippers, they’re super easy to use and they cut through thick and wet hair efficiently. But, you should know that they’re on the heavy side. They’re hardly the quietest hair trimmers either. And then, there’s the price.
Still – they’re totally worth it if you take head shaving seriously, and it never gets hot in your hands, even if you're using it constantly.
Home or pro model: It's a home model, but it feels like so much more.
Corded or cordless: Corded; the cord is a little shorter than average at 6'.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: You get a whole bunch of comb attachments here:
Plus, you get left and right ear tapers. And, all of this is color-coded so you don't have to think too much.
Motor: The high-speed, relatively heavy-duty PowerDrive motor allows for a clean, no-snag cutting experience.
What else do you get: Expect a small bottle of blade oil, a barber comb, a styling comb, a pair of scissors, plus a blade guard and ear trim guard - all tucked into a solid storage case.
The self-sharpening, high-carbon, stainless steel blade is precision-ground to last longer than other blades. You shouldn't need to replace it for years. You can adjust the blade length with the side taper lever.
You’ll pay $20 to $25 for the complete set and you get a 5-year warranty with that, which is pretty freaking amazing.
These Wahl hair clippers for men are perhaps one of the best deals you’re going to find. In addition to the brand name, you’re going to get everything you need in one box.
All of the attachments are color-coded to make it easy to use this machine. You will need to do a little unscrewing to clean and oil the blades, but it’s not a whole lot of work.
There are a few users that have reported issues with these Wahl hair clippers out of the box, but it appears that the manufacturer is responsive and ready to make the Wahl experience a pleasant one.
Now, you won’t get a super-long cord (they are designed for home use), but you do get a 5-year warranty. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to work on those fades and blends for a long time before they heat up. Luckily, these clippers are good at that.
Home or pro model: This is really a home-use model, but even pros call it semi-pro; it's somewhere in the middle. We maybe would use it in a barber shop, but if you only pull it out professionally every now and again, you could get away with it.
Corded or cordless: Corded, and it comes with a standard 8' cord.
Combs/guards, attachments, and settings: Includes 4 guide combs:
Motor: The 12-amp "whisper quiet" pivot motor is twice as powerful as a magnetic motor - and you'll know it by the lack of both sound and heat.
What else do you get: In addition to the clipper, combs, and blade, you also get a blade guard, cleaning brush, and lubricating oil - all of which come in handy.
The high-quality stainless steel blade adjusts from 000 (very close) to 1" (medium length). There's an adjustable lever, so you don't need to manually change them out. You shouldn't need to replace often either - as long as you care for your clippers and blade.
You should expect to pay less than $70 for this. We’ve seen it as low as $58 recently on Amazon, but it normally sits closer to $65. As an added bonus, there’s a one-year warranty included with this middle-of-the-road set of clippers.
Need a super easy set of hair clippers you can use as you step out of the shower? We seriously suggest these Oster clippers.
These are easy to clean and even easier to use. The pros with this set of clippers are screamingly obvious.
These Oster hair clippers are super quiet and lighter than most clippers. More than that, the 3-dimensional pivoting head does an amazing job at cutting wet or dry hair. It's great at cutting through thick hair - give it a go on that fro, you won't be sorry.
It all boils down to the powerful motor, which has the added benefit of not heating up too quickly. All of this is cased in a thick and firm, but textured casing that's able to withstand a few clumsy moments.
The blade adjusts easily through the comfortable side lever to control a fade decently. Plus, you can get a short buzz cut without adjusting the blade. And, you get all of this at a more-than-reasonable price.