The Best Hair Clippers for Men

Hair Clippers. Use them right, and they are handy tools to keep your last month’s hair cut looking fresh. Use them wrong, and you’ve got some explaining to do when you get to the hairdressers.

But a good workman is only as good as his tools (that’s how the saying goes, right?), which is why we’ve sought the expertise of Denis Robinson, creative director at Ruffians. With our combined help, you’ll be able to buy the perfect pair of clippers for you and avoid giving yourself a cut that resembles a badly mown lawn.

How to Pick the Right Hair Clippers for You

Hair clippers can either be wired or cordless and usually come with a host of accessories, some of which are more essential than others. Here are some questions you should be asking yourself when buying the perfect set of clippers for you.

Should I Choose Wired or Cordless Clippers?

In this day and age, cordless clippers are going to be able to serve up just as much power as the wired variety, not to mention the benefits they provide in manoeuvrability and ease of use. If you want to give yourself a professional cut, there is only really one option. “I always go for cordless,” says Robinson. “Working in the shop I find them easier to manoeuvre. But also what I discovered through cutting my own hair during lockdown was that cordless is a total boon when you’re spinning around looking in two mirrors. When cutting your own hair you will be changing hands and angles a lot and leads getting in your face is just a nuisance.”

What Do I Get If I Spend More on My Clippers?

Choosing a pair of clippers can be confusing at times because there are so many blade types and materials, ranging from different grades of steel, titanium and even ceramic, out there. Like most things though, ultimately you get what you pay for. “Pricier clippers have one main thing above their cheaper relatives and that is a more powerful motor,” says Robinson.

“Companies like Wahl for instance will sell clippers for approx £25 to £35. I would say that they’re like those electric scooters people are now commuting on – they look good and get you where you’re going, but they’re not very fast and not particularly stable. The professional level clippers are like a BMW: good horsepower, safe and strong and will run well for a long time if cared for and serviced well.”

Robinson says that while different brands have different price points, top of the line professional clippers will cost somewhere between £125 and £200.

How to Maintain Your Clippers

Spending a lot of money on a set of clippers is one thing, but if you don’t put some time in for maintenance too, it’ll be money wasted. But don’t let that scare you, maintaining your clippers isn’t the same as being asked to open up the bonnet of a BMW and fix what’s going wrong under the hood. Just by doing some basic things you can ensure years of faithful service.

“The main thing that I always say is clean and oil your clippers,” says Robinson. “When you buy a set they have a little dusting brush and oil in the kit. It really helps to get a smooth cut if you dust the hair build up off the blade during the cut. And definitely once you’ve finished dust all the hair detritus off and then use a little oil on the blades. If you leave a number of weeks between uses, I would also suggest applying a little oil before you switch them on. Once you’ve turned them on, use the blade adjustment lever to move the blade up and down to allow the oil to move over the full range of the blade. This ensures a smooth cut and protects the blades.

“I would also recommend taking the base blade and cutting blade off around once every two months and cleaning out the hair that has got trapped inside the clipper. This build up can slow the clippers down and make them snag while using.”

Other Things to Consider When Buying Clippers

Of course there are other things to consider when choosing a good pair of clippers. Battery life, clipper lengths and even weight are all important factors. Some things are going to be more important to you than others. Robinson, for example, places great weight on the, ahem, weight of his clippers.

“I always choose clippers in the upper price bracket. I believe it’s a false economy to purchase cheaper ones as they need replacing more frequently,” says Robinson. “The priority for me is weight. You can purchase good clippers that are lightweight and those that are more solid and weightier. I choose the heavier ones personally as I like the feeling of substance in my hand.”

Men’s Health Lab Approved

Any products in our list that have this badge have been put to the test with our panel of 145 men for a three-week period.

They rated how easy the clippers were to use, assessing the quality of the design and the attachments, as well as the final results. We also asked a small panel of barbers and hairdressers to give their opinion, so we could find out what the professionals thought too.

The other tools featured have been selected by the Men’s Health team, based on their own experiences and insider know-how on all things grooming.

The 21 Best Hair Clippers for Men

Whether you have a limitless budget or a few coins to spare there’s a set of clippers for you below.

    Best Hair Clippers: Remington T-Series Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper MB7050


    T-Series Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper MB7050

    This multipurpose tool can be used on the body and beard, as well as on your hair. We appreciated how easily it created a fade haircut and its cordless design makes it a doddle to manoeuvre around the head, especially when you’re cutting your own hair.

    It’s comfortable and lightweight to hold too, and gives a precision cut. We found it quiet in use, easy to clean and there’s a lock function to avoid it accidentally going off in your washbag.

    Key specifications
    Battery Life: 300 mins
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 0.5-8
    Accessories: 1 foil shaver attachment, 1 precision stubble comb, 9 hair and beard comb attachments, travel pouch, cleaning brush, oil, styling guide

    Best Hair Clipper with Nose and Ear Trimmer Options: Wahl Ultimate Clipper


    Hair Clippers for Men, Ultimate Clipper Head Shaver with Nose Hair Trimmer for Men, Professional Quality, Cordless

    A great all-rounder to keep in your gym kit, these clippers feature an LCD charge indicator to let you know when you’re out of juice, alongside a vast array of attachments for both the nose and ears.

    Our panel found the self-sharpening blades mowed through hair in one go, managing to get into even hard-to-reach areas. Furthermore, 93% were able to achieve their desired look, with one tester raving that they were the best clippers they’ve ever used.

    Key specifications
    Guards: 3-25mm
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Battery life: 100 mins
    Included accessories: Spotlight trimmer, storage pouch, 8 comb attachments, scissors, barber comb, cape, blade oil and cleaning brush

    Best Hair Clipper for Battery Life: BaByliss Men Super-X Cordless Clipper


    Super-X Metal Series Cordless Hair Clipper

    We all have a busy schedule. So if you find you frequently forget to put your clippers on charge, opt for these. Quick to fully power-up, they lasted for a mega three hours once charged.

    With an impressive array of attachments, they handled neatening-up facial hair like a pro, while 90% were happy with the job they did on head hair, too. Simple, speedy and straight-forward to use, they tackled hard to reach areas, without being too noisy.

    Key specifications
    Guards: Grades 0.5-8
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Battery life: 180 mins
    Included accessories: 10 comb guides, left and right ear taper guides, USB charging stand, storage pouch

    Best Hair Clipper for Range of Lengths: Philips Series 9000 Pro Precision Hair Clipper HC9450/13


    Series 9000 Pro Precision Hair Clipper for Total Control and Precision with 400 Length Settings – HC9450/13

    This innovative digital swipe interface allows you to pick between 400 length settings (yes, you read that right) starting from a tiny 0.1mm for the ultimate customisable at-home trim.

    The durable self-sharpening titanium blades cut through hair easily for 93% of our panel, while all testers liked the premium feel of the design, which left 80% happy with the finished look of their hair. Comfortable to use for all, they also made styling tricky areas such as the back of the head a piece of cake.

    Key specifications
    Guards: 1-42mm
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Battery life: 120 mins
    Included accessories: 3 comb attachments

    Best Hair Clipper for Customisation: Remington X5 Power-X Series Hair Clipper


    X5 Power-X Series Hair Clipper

    Giving you the choice of 72 lengths at the twist of a dial, this customisable tool was a favourite among our panel for its dead-on precision, that cut easily and accurately through hair at the desired length.

    Simple to get to grips with, 86% found the angle they were shaving at didn’t dramatically affect the cut length, helping keep errors to a minimum. Though they don’t have the longest battery life on our list (see BaByliss for that one) that didn’t deter our testers.

    Key specifications
    Guards: 1-35mm
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Battery life: 75 mins
    Included accessories: Comfort glide adjustable comb, micro face hair and beard comb

    Best Battery-Operated Hair Clipper: JML Microtouch Titanium Trim


    Microtouch Titanium Trim – Extendable, at-Home Hair Trimmer and Body Groomer

    If you’re looking for a battery-operated option, these clippers made it easy to style hair. 80% of testers said it was simple to move around the back of the head, while 83% were pleased with their end result. Some would have preferred a rechargeable battery option but, for the price, we think these are a solid choice.

    Key specifications
    Guards: Grades 2-8
    Corded/cordless: Cordless
    Battery life: Battery operated
    Included accessories: 5 comb attachments, cleaning brush, 2x AA batteries

    Best Hair Clipper For Precision: BaByliss Men Japanese Steel Digital Hair Clippers


    Japanese Steel Digital Clipper



    Made from Japanese steel and a twisty control panel to change the cutting length (rather than multiple attachments), this tool is quick and precise to use.

    The fancy digital screen also lets you know how much battery is left and what taper setting you’re on for effortless styling. We found it easy to create a fade, thanks to the 45 length options available, and were happy with the final results.

    Key specifications
    Battery Life: 160 mins
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 1 to 8
    Accessories: 8 comb guides, hard storage case, cleaning brush, adaptor, instruction booklet, oil

    Best Home Hair-Styling Kit: Wahl Rapid Clip Rechargeable Hair Clipper


    Rapid Clip Hair Clipper, Hair Clippers for Men, Rechargeable, Lithium Ion Clipper, Men’s Head Shaver, Professional Quality, Cordless Clippers, Close-cutting Clipper

    Here’s a full hair grooming kit for someone who’s serious about home styling – 80% of the barbers and hairdressers we spoke to would use this kit on clients. Praised for its sharp blades, manoeuvrability and comfort when holding, we loved the results of our finished cut.

    The wide choice of accessories are easy to attach and use, while the large storage bag keeps them all safe when you’ve finished. We would have appreciated the attachments to be labelled with the hair length grading system, but otherwise there were no complaints.

    Key specifications
    Battery Life:
    120 mins
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 0.5 to 8
    Accessories: 10 comb attachments, right/left ear taper combs, storage pouch, scissors, barber comb, styling comb, blade oil, cleansing brush

    Best Hair Clipper For Beginners: Wahl Colourpro Cordless Clipper 9649-017X


    Colour Pro Cordless Clipper, Hair Clippers for Men, Head Shaver, Men’s Hair Clippers with Colour Coded Clipper Guides, Clippers for Family Hair Cuts, Easy Home Haircutting.

    If you find the number of attachments that come with your clippers overwhelming, this set comes with a handy colour-coded system, so you can easily attach the correct comb for your hair length.

    The included scissors and barber’s comb are good quality too, so achieving your desired style is simple and quick on both kids and adult hair. All our hairdressers and barbers said they would use this kit on clients, too.

    Key specifications
    Battery Life:
    60 mins
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 1 to 8
    Accessories: 8 colour-coded attachment combs, left/right ear taper combs, blade guard, scissors, barber comb, soft storage case, blade oil, cleaning brush, charger

    Best Corded Hair Clipper: Philips HairClipper Series 5000 HC5100/15 Hair Clipper


    Series 5000 professional hair clipper HC510013

    We found the steel blades on this clipper precise and sharp, doing the job in just one swipe, and they didn’t go blunt towards the end of the trial.

    It was quick to style hair too, thanks to accurate grading lengths, and the attachments were easy to swap on and off. The long cord didn’t hamper styling, but it may prove more difficult if you’re cutting your own hair.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    Corded/cordless: Corded only (2.8m cord)
    Guards: Grades 1-8 but no grade 8
    Accessories: 7 hair combs, styling comb, scissors, cleaning brush, oil

    Our Pick: BaByliss PRO Cordless Clippers

    Grooming by BaByliss PRO Cordless Clippers



    If you’re going to cut your hair like a pro, then you need a pro pair of clippers. Our choice: the BaByliss pro cordless clippers, which feature a high frequency pivot motor for supreme power and an advanced lithium battery for a power performance.

    Take a closer look and you’ll see that these clippers also have Japanese steel blades, meaning they look the business too.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    120 minutes from 3 hours of charge time
    Corded/cordless: Cordless (but come with 3m professional cord)
    Guards: Grades 1 to 6
    Accessories: 6 comb guard attachments, oil and cleaning brush, charging stand

    The Best Budget Hair Clippers: Wahl Home Cut Hair Clippers


    9155-2217X Home Cut Hair Clipper (222717966)

    Maybe you’re getting a better deal than us, but coming in at £10.99 these basic Wahl clippers are cheaper than going to your local barber for a haircut. Okay, so these aren’t the clippers to turn to if you have a red carpet engagement to attend, but they are perfect for at-home tidy-ups.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    Corded/cordless: Corded
    Guards: Grades 1-6
    Accessories: cleaning brush, scissors, oil, barber’s comb, blade guard

    The Best All-In-One Hair Clippers: Braun 9-in-1 Clippers

    Braun 9-in-1 All-in-one Clippers



    These clippers from Braun are cutting hair anywhere on your body. If you want a one-stop shaving device, these are the clippers to go for.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    100 minutes after one hour’s charge
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 0 to 7
    Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, detail trimmer, body hair trimmer, soft bag, cleaning brush, Gillette razor

    The Amazon Pick: Hatteker Professional Cordless Clippers

    Hatteker Professional Cordless Clippers



    We know a thing or two about clippers, but so do shoppers at Amazon, and these are the site’s best-selling (and best-reviewed) model.

    Why? Well, they’re an all-in-one, head-to-toe hair solution that can even be used in the shower. While their precision dial and turnable blade mean you can trim to your ideal length without needing anyone else’s help.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    2.5 hours after 90 minutes of charging
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 0-5
    Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, cleaning brush, storage pouch

    The Best Hair Clipper For a Quick Cut: Philips Series 5000 Hair Trimmer

    Philips Series 5000 Hair Trimmer



    These clippers feature a special setting that cuts through thicker hair twice as fast, with a “turbo” mode to chop dense mops in one smooth motion.

    Battery life: 90 minutes on one-hour charge
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: Grades 1 to10
    Accessories: Travel pouch, cleaning brush, barber’s comb

    The Best Clippers for Total-Body Grooming: Philips Beard, Hair & Stubble Trimmer


    Philips Series 5000 Lift & Trim PRO Beard Trimmer BT5502/13



    We get it, you need a set of clippers to keep your hair and beard under control, but no-one should have a beard that begins inside their nose. Phillips beard, hair and stubble trimmer also includes a nose hair trimmer to make sure that never happens.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    60 minutes
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: 0.4mm-10mm (20 lock-in settings)
    Accessories: Nose trimmer

    The Professional’s Choice of Hair Clippers: BaByliss MEN Super Clipper

    BaByliss Men

    Super Clipper 7475DU

    BaByliss Men


    Look at them. Just look at them. These are part clippers, part work of art that have been made with precision engineered, hardened Japanese blades to deliver exceptional cuts each and every time.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    85 minutes
    Corded/cordless: Corded or cordless
    Guards: Grades 0 to 8
    Accessories: Comb guides, cleaning brush oil

    The Best Hair Clippers for Travel: Wahl Beard Care Kit Hair Trimmers

    Wahl Beard Care Kit Hair Trimmers



    Now we are able to travel the world again, it’s important to keep your trim looking fresh away from home. Wahl’s Beard Care Kit fits inside a stylish carry case, and is ideal for on-the-go use.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    60 minutes
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: 0.5mm-13mm
    Accessories: Trimmer, beard brush, beard oil, moustache comb, oil, cleaning brush, 6 position combs, no 1 – 3 attachment combs

    Best Hair Clippers for Those Hard-to-Reach Bits: Philips Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper with 180 Degree Rotating Head


    DIY Hair Clipper with Rotating Head QC5570/13

    We’re not going to lie to you, shaving you hair by yourself can be a bit of a nightmare, but you can make it a whole lot easier with Phillips’s DIY hair clippers. The rotating head on these mean you won’t have to start break dancing to get to hard-to-reach areas.

    Key specifications
    Battery life:
    60 minutes on a one-hour charge, plus 10-minute quick charge
    Corded/cordless: Both
    Guards: 3mm-15mm (grades 1-5)
    Accessories: Oil

    Best Hair Clipper for Travel: Remington HC4250

    Remington Quick Cut Hair Clippers with 9 Comb Lengths Curved Blade for Rapid Hair Trimming Detailing with Storage Pouch – HC4250, Black/Red



    Want one length all-round? Remington’s HC4250 hair clipper uses a large curved blade to cut your hair at a uniform close trim, helping you keep your hairline, sideburns and neck neat and tidy. It charges quickly and comes with nine fixed comb settings.

    Best Portable Hair Clipper: WAHL Pocket Pro Hair Trimmer

    WAHL Pocket Pro Hair Trimmers, Beard Trimmer for Men, Male Grooming Set, Men’s Stubble Trimmer, Cordless Trimmers, Facial Hair Trimming, Battery Powered Black

    Costing under a tenner and weighing in at under a kilo, this battery-powered hair clipper is the most wallet-friendly gadget in our list and, featuring self-sharpening carbon steel blades and lengths between 0.6-14mm as standard, it makes for the ultimate low-fuss hair clipper.

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