Skip the Barber: These are the Best Hair Clippers for Men
Get that damn hair under control.
The best men’s hair clippers should be a key part of your dopp kit. Yes, of course you can go to your local barber to get things under control when needed, and when a barber is a safe option. But hair trimmers for men are specifically designed to keep you looking less like the explosively hirsute Tormund Giantsbane and more like a meticulously trimmed Robert Downey Jr. And that’s the goal here, regardless of whether your hairstyle is short, long, bald or somewhere in between.
Although hair clippers may look quite similar to the beard trimmer or electric razor that you probably already have somewhere in your bathroom, their function is vastly different. Clippers come equipped with blades that resemble something like a comb, which are designed to help you trim your hair to the exact length you want, which makes it much easier when working with longer hairstyles.
While most sets of hair clippers look similar enough to what your barber uses, there are a few very important factors to keep in mind when shopping for the best clippers to add to your dopp kit. Read the packaging carefully and take extra care to select stainless steel blades and a good motor (the rotary motor is a favorite among barbers — but a magnetic motor will work for at-home jobs). Also take time to consider whether you want cord or cordless — will you really remember to put your clippers on the charger after you use them?
Whether cord or cordless, magnetic motor or rotary motor, here are a handful of the best hair clippers for men – for every budget, beard and hairstyle.
The Best All-Around Men’s Hair Clippers
An investment trimmer that lasts pretty much forever and is waterproof for in-shower use, this one enables you to groom and trim stubble as well as short, medium and long beards, and tend to body hair, nose hair, and ear hair. It comes with 4 combs and lets you choose between 13 precision settings. The battery lasts 60 minutes on one charge.
This trimmer comes loaded with 12 attachments: A full size steel trimmer, an extra-wide hair trimmer, a steel precision trimmer, a nose and ear hair trimmer, a body trimmer, as well as an adjustable beard trimmer comb and 4 hair trimmer combs. The steel blades are self-sharpening; the battery run time is 60 minutes. The narrow shape of the full-metal precision trimmer lets you get as detailed as you want. And this thing is waterproof.
This beast of a trimmer runs for 6, yes 6, hours on a single charge. It comes with 25 attachments for every possible grooming eventuality. You get a metal trimmer, a foil shaver, a detail metal trimmer, a nose and ear trimmer, an extra-wide hair trimmer, 6 hair trimming guards, 3 beard trimming guards, 2 stubble trimming guards, 1 adjustable beard comb, 1 body shaver, 2 body trimming guards, and a cleaning brush. It works on both short and long beards, as well as stubble, and even goatees.
If you're a guy with a mustache, sideburns, goatee, or very precise stubble, you need this shaver. It's low-noise, which is always a welcome feature. It has four attachments to trim, detail, groom, and shave. Plus you can trim nose, ear, and body hair. And it's got a 2.5 hour run time, one of the longest you can find. You can use it in the shower as well.
The Best Men’s Hair Clippers for Precision Work
You think the back of your head is sensitive? Try nicking your balls. This Wahl trimmer features an innovative dial the extends or retracts a plastic guard so that you can tier your pubes if you want. (We find it most useful for distinguishing groin from stomach without napalming the whole thing.) It's waterproof, so you can keep the mess in the shower and, with a few splashes, down the drain.
This clipper, from the brand beloved by barbers, is ideal for outlining, designing, and dry-shaving. It's powered by a lithium-ion battery, and you get 2 hours of run time on a single charge. It's slim, easy to handle, and perfect for detailed work on hair, beards, and mustaches.
Not only does this sleek lithium trimmer look like it belongs in an upscale barber shop. But it comes with 4 comb attachments and you can use it either cordless or with a cord, depending on your needs. The battery life lasts up to 3 hours. It's perfect for ultra-specific cuts, outlines, or fades.
This heavy-duty, pro-grade high-speed magnetic motorized clipper delivers an astonishing 14,000 cutting strokes per minute. You get a smooth, even cut. This corded clipper is best for the confident guy, who knows what he's doing and gets the job done. It's easily adjustable for all types of hair, and even works for fades.
The Most Tricked-Out Men’s Hair Clippers
The first thing you notice is that this sleek trimmer doesn’t have length attachments. However, it has an adjustable dial that lets the blade cut a few different lengths. Because it cuts close to the skin, it's a solid choice for precision work, including lineups and edging, and great for coarser hair. Plus, its battery life is stellar: Four hours.
How cool is this thing? It's got a detachable set of scissors as part of the handle, that's how cool. It has stainless steel blades with integrated cutting length adjustments from 0.7 to 3 mm. That's precise. Very, very precise. It has a 90 minute run time, and this German beauty will last you forever.
The Best Men’s Hair Clipper for Thick Hair
The Best Cordless Men’s Hair Clippers
This hair clipper comes with eight different attachments to trim your beard, head, body, ear, and nose hair. You get 60 minutes of power on one charge. You can adjust the blade from 0.5 to 21mm for any haircut you want, and this clipper effectively gets rid of hair on your chest, crotch, and under your arms.
Designed for very close trims, this clipper gives you clean, crisp, detailed designs. It has three trimming guides, has a 60 minute run time, and weighs just 5 ounces. This one is intended for guys who are more experienced with trimming their hair.
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