The Best Hair Clippers for Home Use

The Best Hair Clippers for Home Use

Our pick

Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602

Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602

The best home hair clipper

With a powerful motor, the best guide combs we’ve seen, a long cord, and terrific build quality, this model will satisfy most home haircutters’ needs.

Buying Options

$60* from Best Buy
$40 from Bed Bath & Beyond

May be out of stock

$44 $39 from Target

You save $5 (11%)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.

Were we to take up regular home haircutting, this is the clipper we’d reach for first. The Wahl Elite Pro’s combs are a rigid-but-smooth ABS plastic that doesn’t bend when pushed against a scalp, and they stay seated and straight on the blade better than any other set we tried, thanks to a metal retaining clip on the back. They add great value, considering that replacement combs of equal quality for a competitor cost about half the price of this entire clipper kit. The taper lever on the side of the clipper didn’t slip from vibration, which we’ve experienced from other clippers we’ve used in the past. We also liked the Wahl Elite Pro’s thick and extra-long 8-foot power cord. The hard plastic carry case, along with a relatively nice pair of shears with a cover, round out the experience.

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Runner-up

Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer

Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer

Great for those who cut their own

The smallest and most comfortable unit we tested, and one of the quietest, it’s especially handy for those who choose to cut their own hair.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

The small, easy-to-handle Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer is a close runner-up that’s especially suited to people who want to cut their own hair. This model is lightweight, has rubberized grips along the sides, and is truly palm-sized, making it far easier than any other model we tested to maneuver and hold in a loose grip, even with fingertips, as is often required when clipping one’s own hair. It comes with quality, rigid-plastic guide combs that seat securely, though the tips are fewer and slightly more dangerous than our main pick’s. This model also has a thick-but-pliable 8-foot power cord, and a powerful-but-exceptionally-quiet motor—one of our test haircut subjects questioned its effectiveness solely for that reason (“It’s too quiet to really be cutting hair, right?”) The carrying bag also isn’t as useful as that of our main pick. At about a third of the price, though, those downsides may be forgivable for many people.

Upgrade pick

Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

A pro-level classic for heavy use

A barbershop classic, the Fast Feed is pro-grade but still affordable, well-suited for those who sport a close buzz or fade and need frequent touch-up trims.

Buying Options

$112 from Sally Beauty

A mid-priced pro-level option, the Oster Fast Feed, is worth it for anyone who wants 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. Its motor is extremely powerful and pleasingly quiet, and it can be used all day without heating up, which is not true of our other picks; its razors are sharp and easily replaced when needed. The Fast Feed’s thick plastic housing is lightweight but able to withstand drops, and the taper lever on the side is firm enough to hold tight, yet adjusts easily with a thumb. Its distinctive hum is instantly recognizable to anyone who has sat in a barber’s chair. A clipper like this may be worth the investment for a house full of people who need regular haircut maintenance.

Also great

Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper

Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper

The easy clean-up option

Our concerns about build quality are checked by this unit’s unquestionable ability to suck up hair clippings, making it ideal for those who like regular maintenance trims with the least amount of clean-up hassle.

Buying Options

$35 from Amazon
Buy from Target

May be out of stock

The Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper turned out to be a surprise hit for its signature feature: a built-in vacuum that sucks up small clippings. It’s not the best possible model for most people due to its flimsy power cord and plastic housing—we could see it shattering if dropped on a tile floor. Still, it’s worth considering for those who like to do weekly maintenance trims but hate the prospect of sweeping up hair. One tester said that feature alone made it his favorite.

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Our pick

Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602

Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602

The best home hair clipper

With a powerful motor, the best guide combs we’ve seen, a long cord, and terrific build quality, this model will satisfy most home haircutters’ needs.

Buying Options

$60* from Best Buy
$40 from Bed Bath & Beyond

May be out of stock

$44 $39 from Target

You save $5 (11%)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.

Runner-up

Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer

Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut and Beard Trimmer

Great for those who cut their own

The smallest and most comfortable unit we tested, and one of the quietest, it’s especially handy for those who choose to cut their own hair.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

Upgrade pick

Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

A pro-level classic for heavy use

A barbershop classic, the Fast Feed is pro-grade but still affordable, well-suited for those who sport a close buzz or fade and need frequent touch-up trims.

Buying Options

$112 from Sally Beauty

Also great

Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper

Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper

The easy clean-up option

Our concerns about build quality are checked by this unit’s unquestionable ability to suck up hair clippings, making it ideal for those who like regular maintenance trims with the least amount of clean-up hassle.

Buying Options

$35 from Amazon
Buy from Target

May be out of stock

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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