In recent years, the demand for high-quality hair clippers for home use has surged. Whether driven by the convenience of at-home grooming or the desire to maintain personal style without frequent trips to the barber, finding the right hair clippers is essential. With numerous options available, choosing the best clippers can be daunting. This article explores the top hair clippers for home use, considering factors such as performance, ease of use, and value for money.

Key Features to Consider

When selecting hair clippers for home use, several key features should be taken into account:

  1. Blade Quality: High-quality, sharp blades are crucial for a clean and efficient cut. Look for clippers with stainless steel or ceramic blades, which offer durability and precision.
  2. Motor Power: A powerful motor ensures that the clippers can handle various hair types and thicknesses without pulling or snagging.
  3. Adjustable Settings: Versatile clippers with multiple length settings and attachments provide greater control and customization for different hairstyles.
  4. Battery Life: For cordless models, long battery life and quick charging capabilities are essential for uninterrupted grooming sessions.
  5. Ergonomics: Comfortable, easy-to-hold designs reduce hand fatigue during extended use.

Best Value Hair Clippers

An Easy, Color-By-Numbers Choice

Tested charge time: 12-plus hours | Tested runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes | Weight: 22.4 ounces | Clipper lengths included: 1/16-inch, 1/8-inch, 3/16-inch, 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 7/8-inch, 1-inch, plus left/right-angled ear guards | Zero gap possible: No | Warranty: 5 years

Best for:

  • Infrequent buzz cuts
  • All amateurs, given the easy-to-use color-coded guards
  • Dual corded or cordless use

Skip if:

  • You need a fast charge
  • You need a nicely graduated skin-tight fade

I remember my mom buzzing my hair (and both of my brothers’) with the corded version of this tool growing up. And I promise that nostalgia isn’t guiding the pick here; instead, it’s Wahl’s brilliant decision to color-code its guards, making it visually easier to change between clipping lengths or to recall the one you use each time. (It’s much easier to remember that you buzz on “yellow” than to remember “#5” or “5/8 inch.”)

Gutweniger, who often cuts with other Wahl devices, also raved about this one and trusted it enough to use regularly on her customers at the barbershop. She loves its sturdy guards, which don’t bend or bow as you move them around the head. And she isn’t bothered by its 12-hour charge time—which, to my frustration, extended to 15 or 16 hours before I realized that the charging light doesn’t ever turn off or change its color once complete. Instead, the 75-minute runtime is enough to keep heads buzzed for months on end, with a simple overnight re-up.

Her main strike against it though is the omission of any trimming options between 0 and 1/16 inch. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing for most home users, it does mean you can’t really fade anything from a bare shave; instead you would want to start with 1/16 inch. Speaking of fades, another positive for this tool is its pair of left and right-angled ear guards, which allow you to cleanly fade around the ears, just not from a bare shave. All this for just $40 or so—brilliant.

Best Professional Hair Clippers

A Barber Favorite

Tested charge time: 4 hours | Tested runtime: 1.5 hours | Weight: 10.7 ounces | Clipper lengths included: 1/16-inch, 1/8-inch, 3/16-inch, 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, plus five detent taper controls | Zero gap possible: Yes | Warranty: 2 years

Best for:

  • Power, precision and durability
  • The cleanest tapering and closest cuts
  • The guy who brings his own clippers to the barbershop (although not all barbers like this)

Skip if:

  • You just need a simple no-frills buzz cut
  • You need anything above a 3/4-inch clip

“Cutting-wise, they’re smooth and quiet; these are professional guards,” Gutweniger says of these durable, barber-favorite clippers. She is a recent owner of a BaBylissPro device, and this one got the most mileage out of her testing. In my years as a grooming writer, I have come to think of BaBylissPro as the barbershop favorite, seeing that it’s got a fervent fandom among the experts I tap for their wisdom (or for their fancy fades on my own dome).

Best Hair Clippers For Design

Sleek, Powerful Performance

Tested charge time: 2 hours | Tested runtime: 3.5 hours | Weight: 18.4 ounces | Clipper lengths included: 1/8-inch, 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 7/8-inch, 1-inch | Zero gap possible: Yes | Warranty: 1 year

Best for:

  • Those who want a single high-quality device for facial hair and head hair alike
  • Design lovers—this one is a beaut
  • Fresh lineups between proper haircuts

Skip if:

  • You need a device that travels light and easy
  • You need a wide range of medium hair clipper lengths (anything above 1/2 inch)

This is one beautiful machine, with its magnetic guards and its digital display and 0.1 mm incremental trimmer adjustments. You’ll get dual beard trimming and hair clipping use from it, too, and you can take things all the way down to a zero gap if you need skin-tight cutting (be warned, that’s a task best done by the pros). Sometimes the design is to its detriment, since that sleekly graduated body lends itself to being more easily dropped, and if those magnetic guards are installed incorrectly, they are difficult to remove—so be sure to install them correctly.

But beyond those minor gripes, Bevel’s pro-grade device is a rarity in this space; it’s one of the few non-tentpole names to enter this field and perform among the best of them. (And it is inarguably the most beautiful device of the bunch.) Since Bevel’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble in 2018, though, it’s becoming harder to consider Bevel an outsider anymore. Rather, this quality is baseline for them, and this multitasking tool is one of the best upgrades you can make in the grooming realm.

Best Hair Clipper For Fades

A Top-Notch Multitasking Grooming Device

Tested charge time: 2.5 hours | Tested runtime: 17.5 hours | Weight: 8 ounces | Clipper lengths included: 1 mm to 3 mm in 0.2 mm increments; 3 mm to 7 mm in 1 mm increments; hair clipping guards at 2 mm, 4 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm; plus 2 left/right-angled ear guards | Zero gap possible: No | Warranty: 8 years

Best for:

  • Those who want a single device for head-to-toe grooming needs
  • Packing for travel, with its 17.5-hour runtime
  • Style customization, given all of the different attachments

Skip if:

  • You want the most powerful mower possible
  • You need lots of dedicated hair clipper lengths (this one excels at shorter lengths and then graduates between larger gaps for its medium clipping lengths)

I’ve said many good things about the Philips Norelco Series 9000 tools in the past—also our best overall pick for the best beard trimmer—but there are more kind words to say yet. In addition to being the most customizable grooming tool from beard to toe, this one also manages quite well for the head, according to Gutweniger’s testing. While the device doesn’t offer as many cutting options for hair clipping (since it cuts up to 7 mm in small intervals, but then jumps to 9 mm, 12 mm and 16 mm), what it lacks in length options it makes up for in customization. This includes the ease of fading hair around the ears with its two angled trimmer guards, as well as the ability to graduate in 1 mm increments with its fixed dial-adjusted guards.

Gutweniger noted all of this in her hands-on evaluation, as well as the importance of having extremely sturdy, reinforced guards to ensure an even clip, which the Series 9000 does have. “It sits very nice in the hand, is easy to use and has a USB charger, which I find amazing for travel,” she says. Plus, it has a killer 17.5-hour runtime (no joke), on just 2.5 hours of charge. Who can compete with that?

Top Hair Clippers for Home Use

1. Wahl Elite Pro High-Performance Haircut Kit

The Wahl Elite Pro is renowned for its robust motor and precision-ground blades, which provide superior cutting performance. The kit includes a range of premium guards with stainless steel clips, ensuring durability and a secure fit. The clippers offer a smooth and comfortable cut, making them ideal for both beginners and experienced users.

Pros:

  • Powerful motor
  • High-quality, self-sharpening blades
  • Comprehensive accessory kit

Cons:

  • Slightly heavier than some other models

2. Philips Norelco MG7750/49 Multigroom Series 7000

This versatile grooming kit features a full metal motor and reinforced cutting guards, ensuring longevity and precision. The DualCut technology provides maximum cutting efficiency, and the battery life is exceptional, with up to 5 hours of run time on a single charge. The MG7750/49 is not just for haircuts but also works well for beard trimming, making it a versatile choice.

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • DualCut technology for precision
  • Multi-purpose with numerous attachments

Cons:

  • Attachments can be confusing to use at first

3. Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit

The Remington HC4250 is designed specifically for self-haircuts, featuring an ergonomic design that fits comfortably in your hand. Its extra-wide curved blade follows the contours of your head for an even cut. The cordless model offers up to 40 minutes of runtime, and its compact size makes it easy to maneuver.

Pros:

  • Compact and ergonomic design
  • Extra-wide curved blade for easy self-use
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Shorter battery life compared to some other models

4. Andis Master Cordless Clipper

For those willing to invest in a high-end option, the Andis Master Cordless Clipper offers professional-grade performance. Its powerful rotary motor and adjustable carbon-steel blade provide unmatched cutting precision. The lithium-ion battery delivers up to 90 minutes of runtime, making it suitable for longer grooming sessions.

Pros:

  • Professional-grade performance
  • Durable and high-quality build
  • Long battery life

Cons:

  • Higher price point

5. Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper

The Oster Fast Feed is a favorite among both professionals and home users due to its powerful pivot motor and adjustable blade lever. It works efficiently on both wet and dry hair and is relatively quiet. The ergonomic design ensures comfort during extended use, and its adjustable blade allows for easy customization.

Pros:

  • Quiet and powerful motor
  • Adjustable blade lever
  • Suitable for wet and dry hair

Cons:

  • Corded design limits mobility

Choosing the best hair clippers for home use depends on individual needs and preferences. The Wahl Elite Pro offers a comprehensive kit with powerful performance, while the Philips Norelco MG7750/49 provides versatility for full-body grooming. For those seeking an easy self-haircut experience, the Remington HC4250 is an excellent choice. The Andis Master Cordless Clipper delivers professional-grade results, and the Oster Fast Feed combines power with quiet operation. By considering the key features and your specific grooming needs, you can find the perfect hair clippers to maintain your style from the comfort of your home.

How I Tested The Best Hair Clippers

Since there are plenty of terrific hair clippers out there, I homed in on some of the best options from top brands and started with cordless picks as a baseline, since that’s a major factor for home users. Since I’m not a barber myself (and can’t just go buzzing my head over and over in a quick enough manner to fit this project), I called in the devices and assessed them for their runtime, charge time, guard options, detailing options and general power.

Then I handed them off to my own trusted barber, Evelyn Gutweniger, who got acquainted with them for a couple weeks and applied her studied perspective to each tool (but with amateurs in mind). She cared mostly about details like reinforced guard heads and having a broad range of cutting intervals. She found some tools too heavy or unwieldy for solo use, or simply not up to snuff in terms of quality. The ones she liked best, she used more readily on her own customers with a variety of hair types and style preferences. Together, we looked at the following things most closely when casting the winners list.

Ease Of Use

I kept in mind that the use case here is primarily for at-home, DIY buzz cuts (or those administered by your roommate, mother, girlfriend, boyfriend, whoever). Professionals have plenty of resources and opportunities to get acquainted with pro-grade tools, which they are using a thousand times more often than the guy who buzzes his own hair every couple months or so. Mostly, then, ergonomics and general navigability are top of mind here—can those buzzing their own blind spots manage with these clippers?

Customization

While hair clippers are much more straightforward than, say, beard trimmers in terms of their range of capabilities, it’s still important to find a device that offers creative options. I considered factors like the range of clipping lengths offered by its guards, and whether those guards are sturdy enough to deliver an even clip every time. And for those who need it, can the tool perform things like zero gapping (a blade realignment that allows you to trim directly on the skin) or taper cleanly from a skin fade up into a graduated fade? This isn’t always demanded by consumers; some may just want a single uniform buzz cut, but even then they should have a range of length options.

Power And Runtime

Don’t get too hung up on the marketing speak that brands use to sell how powerful their tools are. Things like “hairs cut per second” or “blade revolutions per minute” don’t really mean anything to most of us. Instead, you need a device that doesn’t lose momentum as it cuts through thick patches of hair—and generous battery life is always a bonus. My top picks all finished with at least 75 minutes of cordless runtime (up to 17.5 hours, for the Philips Norelco Series 9000). Gutweniger doesn’t give much consideration to charge time, since all you need to remember is to charge a device the night before using it, and it should have enough juice to last you a month or three in cleanups.

How To Pick The Best Hair Clippers

If you want to buy one single device to cater to your hair cutting needs, then here’s how to frame the search, according to Gutweniger.

Styling Preference

Gutweniger notes that most people who buy clippers for at-home use are strictly using them for a simple buzz cut. So a high-end tool might not be necessary, and even battery life might be overrated, since it’s easy enough to charge the device the night before you plan to use it. Most will last an hour or more fully charged, so since you’re not using the tool daily like you might with an electric shaver, that means you don’t need a long battery life. Also, if you plan to travel with the device often, then a smaller size and lighter weight might be more important to you. (Although who is really buzzing their hair that often on the go?)

Sturdy Guards

Sturdy, reliable guards are crucial for the best hair clippers. Nothing is worse than buzzing your hair and then realizing you have very uneven results. This usually happens when a device’s guard heads are flimsy and easily compromised by your hand’s pressure. Surprisingly, the price of a device doesn’t always speak to its guard durability. The least expensive clippers on this list (the Wahl Color Pro Cordless Clipper) have perhaps the best guards of all. Pro tip: “It’s important that the guard stay in place, and that people check that it’s actually on before use,” says Gutweniger.

Ergonomics

Weight and product design are two contributing factors to a device’s navigability around your head, specifically when it comes to buzzing the backside of your hair. “It could be difficult to hold a heavier device correctly in the back, so it might be easier when it’s a lightweight device,” Gutweniger says. She adds that even the barbers who are the best at fading hair have difficulty cutting their own hair in the back—so don’t hesitate to call in a friend in order to get the most even and presentable results (and to have them clean up your neckline).

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