- 1 The best home hair clipper
- 2 Affordable and dependable
- 3 A pro-level classic for heavy use
- 4 A smaller clipper
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In order to retest our existing clipper recommendations against a new crop of competitors in 2020 and 2021, we had to navigate supply fluctuations—the pandemic had prompted a dramatic increase in demand for at-home haircutting supplies. And as more people continue to cut their own or others’ hair at home, their needs and preferences have shifted somewhat: Many are choosing to upgrade from minimal, occasional-upkeep-only tools to more-powerful clippers that have more add-ons. In this guide, we include picks both for novices and for those more experienced in cutting hair at home. We also recommend a smaller, quieter model that’s ideal for cutting your own or kids’ hair.
Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Hair Clipper Kit
The best home hair clipper
With its terrific build quality, powerful motor, excellent guide combs, and long cord, this model will satisfy the needs of most people who cut hair at home.
To regularly give haircuts at home, we’d reach first for the Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Hair Clipper Kit. The combs are made of a rigid yet smooth plastic that doesn’t bend when pushed against a scalp. And thanks to a metal retaining clip on the back of the combs, they stay seated and straight on the blade better than any other set we tried. They also add great value, considering that a competitor’s replacement combs (of equal quality) cost about half the price of this entire clipper kit. In our testing, the taper lever on the clipper’s side didn’t slip from vibration (something we’ve experienced with other clippers). We also like the Wahl Elite Pro’s thick, 8-foot power cord. This model’s hard-plastic carry case and a relatively nice pair of shears round out the package.
Wahl Color Pro Plus Haircutting Kit
Affordable and dependable
This clipper provides a similar experience to cutting with our pick, but the Color Pro Plus comes with less-rigid guide combs, which some testers found a bit flimsy. It does have an advantage over the pricier Wahl Elite Pro: Color-coded combs make it easy to quickly grab the one you want.
In our testing, the Wahl Color Pro Plus Haircutting Kit was a close contender to the Elite Pro. The biggest difference between them is that the Elite Pro’s guide combs are more durable. Whether you favor the Color Pro Plus’s all-plastic, color-coded guide combs over the Elite Pro’s stiffer, metal-plated, black plastic combs is ultimately a matter of preference. The Color Pro Plus is more playful-looking and slightly larger in the hand, and it has a different grip style. But it’s just as useful as our pick. The Color Pro Plus tends to be sold out for longer periods than the Elite Pro, and it has historically suffered more price fluctuations. At this writing, the Color Pro Plus can again be reliably found in stock, for roughly half the cost of the Elite Pro set we recommend.
Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper
A pro-level classic for heavy use
A barbershop classic, the Fast Feed is a pro-grade tool that’s good for those who sport a close buzz or fade and need frequent touch-up trims.
The mid-priced, pro-level Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper is well suited for those who want to maintain buzz cuts and fades: It’s a classic found in many barber shops because it’s built to withstand all-day use for years on end. The clipper’s distinctive hum is instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever sat in a barber’s chair. The Fast Feed’s motor is extremely powerful yet pleasingly quiet, and this clipper can run all day without heating up (which is not true of our other picks). Also, this model’s razors are sharp and easily replaced when necessary. (Note that this model comes with far fewer guide combs, just four, than our other picks do.) The Fast Feed’s thick plastic housing is lightweight yet able to withstand drops, and the taper lever on the side is firm enough to hold tight but adjusts easily with a thumb. A clipper like this may be worth the investment for a home full of people who need regular haircut maintenance.
Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer
A smaller clipper
The smallest, most comfortable unit we tested is also one of the quietest. This Remington trimmer is especially handy for those who choose to cut their own or their kids’ hair. It doesn’t have the most varied guard options, though: A close shave is more difficult, since the smallest guard is ⅛ inch.
The easy-to-handle Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer is especially ideal for people who want to cut their own hair. This model is lightweight, has rubberized grips along the sides, and is truly palm-sized. As a result, it’s far easier than any other model we tested to maneuver and hold in a loose grip, even with fingertips (as is often required when you’re clipping your own hair). This clipper comes with eight rigid-plastic, quality guide combs that seat securely (though they have fewer tips, slightly sharper in feel, than our main pick’s combs do). This model also has a thick but pliable 8-foot cord and a powerful—but exceptionally quiet—motor, making it a solid choice for cutting kids’ hair.
Source: The NY Times
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