Three Things to Consider Before Buying Hair Clippers

Even if your hair just needs an occasional touch-up, a good pair of clippers can go a long way.

Guy getting a haircut with clippers
Keep your hair looking good with a pair of clippers.Unsplash

If you (or your kids, or your roommates) have a head of hair that’s getting a bit shaggy, it may be time to drop a little bit of money on a tool that will help you keep hair looking sharp. If you learn how to use one correctly, a hair clipper can virtually pay for itself because it means fewer trips to the barber. But there are so many kits available and options can be a bit overwhelming. When you’re shopping, consider each model’s battery life, power options, adjustment levels, and even the size of the guards.

Philips Norelco MG7750/49 Multigroom Series 7000, Men's Grooming Kit with Trimmer for Beard, Head, Body, and Face - No Blade Oil Needed
This model is waterproof.Philips

You never know what you’re going to need to trim. Maybe you’ll want to tighten up the sides of your head one day, buzz the back the next day, and take care of your nose and ear hairs. A versatile kit is ready for anything. Look for one that has all of the attachments you’re going to need, keeping in mind you can also use it for things like trimming beards and mustaches.

Wahl Professional 5-Star Magic Clip Cord Cordless Hair Clipper for Barbers and Stylists - Easy Fades and Haircuts with Long 90+ Minute Run Time for Professional Barbers and Stylists - Model 8148
This kit has eight guard attachments and a taper lever.Wahl Professional

If you’re going to be cutting a lot of hair, or want to fine-tune your look, it may be worth investing in professional-grade clippers. These clippers will slice are sharper than most models, comfortable to hold, and may include some advanced features like a tapering lever for smooth fades.

Surker Mens Hair Clippers Cord Cordless Hair Trimmer Professional Haircut & Grooming Kit For Men Rechargeable LED Display
This device works for up to six hours on a single charge.Surker

If you’re not a fan of power cords, check the battery life on the clippers you intend to buy. A good pair should provide you with hours of usage on a single charge. If you travel a lot, that means you should be able to save space by leaving the charger at home. If you want the best of both worlds, some clippers work both cordless or corded, which is a great option to have.

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