Buying a set of hair clippers and cutting your own hair can save you a lot of money. You can pay for the clippers with just the savings from skipping one or two professional hair cuts. It’s also not as hard as you might think to cut your own hair, especially since most models come with a set of comb attachments that help cut hair in varying lengths and many have adjustable blades to help vary the lengths even more.
As opposed to electric shavers, hair clippers do not shave, they cut or trim hair using paired blades that oscillate back and forth. They typically will cut the hair to a very short length, but if you want a closer cut or more control for grooming around the neckline, ears, or trimming your beard then you might look for hair trimmers which are designed for that trim work.
Professional models will cost a lot more – often over $100 – and have powerful motors that let them cut through thick, wet hair. They probably aren’t needed by most people who will do just fine with a more affordable pair of clippers, costing less than $50, with a less powerful motor. This also helps prevent mistakes since the more powerful ones can get away from you more easily.
Below we review and rank the best hair clippers and also the best hair trimmer.
Our choice for the best hair clippers is the Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit. Rated highly by almost everyone, it is also very affordable at just $24.99. It comes with all the components you need to cut hair at home including nine guide combs varying from 1/16 to 1 inch in length, trim guides for your ears and eyebrows, scissors, combs, hair clips and a cape. While the motor is not quite as powerful as professional salon models, it provides more power than most other affordable home units which is perfect for inexperienced users. It cuts hair very nicely with no pulling and you don’t have to go over the same areas again and again.
The Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper is our pick for the best professional hair clippers. The only reason we didn’t rate it higher is because it is expensive at about $120 and it also has a lot of power which can lead to more mistakes if you are not use to handling it. However, it is built to last so it will give you a decade of use or more. It also has enough power to cut through wet and/or thick hair with ease.
One negative is that it does not come with any comb guides, so you need to purchase them separately if needed. Overall we highly recommend the Oster Classic 76 Professional for professional stylists or experienced home users, but for beginners at home you might want to start with a cheaper model with less power.
Another solid choice is the Remington HC5850 Virtually Indestructible Haircut Kit available for under $32. It is smaller and lighter than the Wahl Chrome Pro, but it also has a bit less power. One thing we really like about it is the lifetime warranty. It comes with a 10 foot cord, 8 guide combs (although no tapered ones), barber scissors, cleaning brush, oil bottle, barber cape, and blade guard.
The cheapest hair clippers on our list is the Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20-Piece Complete Haircutting Kit which is available for less than $18. Despite its low price, users praise its ability to cut hair and it scores a 4.4 star rating on Amazon from over 1000 reviewers. It is also the best-selling unit on Amazon. It comes with 8 color coded guide combs, left and right ear guide combs, scissors and blade oil.
If you want balding clippers then we recommend the Wahl Professional 8110 Balding Clipper which costs about $42. While not quite getting the same effect as using a razor blade to shave your head, this thing has extremely sharp surgical blades which trims your hair down to the equivalent of about 48 hours after shaving your head. It includes 2 cutting guides of 1/16 inch and 3/16 inch.
Be aware this Wahl model is not for styling, just for balding. You also must be careful with it because you can easily cut yourself due to the sharp blades.
In addition to clippers to cut your hair you might need a trimmer for tidying up around the ears, sideburns, and neck. So if you want a combo kit then we recommend the $46 Andis Promoter+ Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit. It comes with over 20 additional accessories, including guide combs, that you need to get the job done any way you like.
Best Hair Trimmer
Our choice for the best hair trimmer is the Andis Professional 04603 Outliner II Personal Trimmer which sells for about $49. Designed for outlining and fading it works great to trim necks, beards, mustaches, and around the neck. It also works great at dry shaving, although it doesn’t come quite as close as a razor blade. It does not come with any guide comb attachments, but you can buy sets for it which are perfect for trimming a beard.