Need a Haircut Yet? Well, These Are the Best Hair Clippers You Can Buy Right Now

Owen Gough
·13-min read
Photo credit: Amazon
Photo credit: Amazon

From Esquire

As the UK descends into a second lockdown and pubs, restaurants and barbers close once again, you might be looking at your barnet in the mirror and wishing you’d booked in a last-minute chop before Christmas. It might only be a four-week lockdown -according to BoJo anyway- but a month without the tender loving care of a pro barber might cause your hair to start acting up again.

Fortunately for you, Black Friday, one of the biggest tech and gadget sales periods of the year, is right around the corner (27 November), and we know exactly how to take advantage and grab yourself a good deal on a top-end hair clipper, just so you can get the job done yourself.

Historically, the Black Friday weekend has been a chance for people to make a mad dash to their local shopping centre and manically scramble over the hugely discounted TVs as if their lives depended on it. However, life in lockdown is more civilised, and you can simply look for your shopping online at your own leisure, never having to venture into the battlegrounds.

The offers have also improved, particularly on home grooming products like beard trimmers, electric toothbrushes and, what we are most interested in here, hair clippers.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

What To Look For In A Set Of Hair Clippers

If you're going to cut your own hair, you need a tool designed for cutting the hair on your head. That means no making do with a beard trimmer, or 'borrowing' your partner's bikini line trimmer (for innumerable reasons).

The best men's clippers are designed to cut hair evenly and accurately, without leaving bushy patches or uneven sections. They'll generally have a larger cutting area, more robust blades and come with an array of guards – and, on the more expensive versions, an adjustment lever or dial – so you can trim to your desired length.

If you're not moonlighting as a barber, then steel blades should more than do the job (some pros prefer ceramic clippers as they're tougher, hold an edge for longer and stay cooler if you're using them for extended period).

Whether you go cordless or not is a personal choice – if you travel, or like to walk around the house depositing hair as you go, then battery-powered clippers make sense – but most decent hair trimmers will perform as well whether they're plugged in or not.

Ultimately, the most important things to look out for when it comes to a good hair clipper is long battery life, a decent array of additional extras and clipper lengths, and the price. Everything else is sort of down to your own preference, but we will get more into that below.

The Best Hair Clippers For Men 2020

The options below are our favourites available right now and will all have some sort of heavy discount applied over the next month, so you can pick up a more snazzy clipper at a better price.

There's options available for every budget and for whatever function you require, whether you're after cheap hair clippers that you'll bin once lockdown lifts, an all-in-one grooming tool that will do the job everywhere else you've got hair, too (and we mean everywhere) or the same clippers that the world's best barbers use. Because if you're going to cut your own hair, you should have a tool that's going to do the job properly.

Some of these clippers have very limited stock or longer expected delivery times, but we do update this page regularly to find even better deals or websites that can guarantee delivery more quickly, so make sure to check back to make sure you'll find the best clippers for you.

The Esquire Pick: Phillips 7000 Hair Clippers - Save £10 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 100 minutes after one hour's charge

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 1mm-16mm (grades 0-5)

Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, cleaning brush, storage pouch

Worldwide voltage: Yes

You shouldn't be using a beard trimmer on your head – but you can use a set of clippers on your beard, if you get the right ones. Most are too bulky for edging or details, but Philips' smart 7000 series comes with stubble and beard hair attachments, which will let you get a nice edge on your cheekbones, moustache and neckline.

It's no slouch higher up, either, thanks to self-sharpening blades and Philips' DualCut tech, which promises to blast through hair twice as fast as its competitors. You even get nose and ear hair attachments.

The Best Budget Hair Clippers

Battery life: n/a

Corded/cordless: Corded

Guards: 0.8mm-19mm (grades 1-6)

Accessories: Cleaning brush, scissors, oil, barber’s comb, blade guard

Worldwide voltage: No

For less than the price of a haircut, you can get yourself a set of budget hair clippers and do the job yourself.

If Wahl's more expensive clippers are the professional barber's choice, the brand's entry-level trimmer is perfect for at-home tidy-ups, as it packs a lot of what makes them great into a keenly-priced package. It's powerful enough for touch-ups and you get six attachments – from 0.8mm to 19mm – so you can clip your hair to different lengths depending on if you want the Walter White look or that mid-series Jesse Pinkman vibe.

The Best All-In-One Hair Clippers - Save £23 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 100 minutes after one hour's charge

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 0.5mm-21mm (grades 0-7)

Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, detail trimmer, body hair trimmer, soft bag, cleaning brush, Gillette razor

Worldwide voltage: Yes

Designed to get rid of hair anywhere – seriously, anywhere – Braun's 9-in-1 hair trimmers will have your as hairless as a triathlete, should that be the look you're after, courtesy of its lifetime-sharp blades and attachments that deal with body hair, beard hair and head hair. But it's not a blunt tool (arf arf) – with 13 length settings available, you'll be able to execute detailed haircuts, or just a lockdown buzzcut.

If you do fancy the cueball look, it comes with a Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor, to get a properly close shave. We'll let you decide where you use that one. But please do be careful.

The Amazon Pick - Save £7 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 2.5 hours after 90 minutes of charging

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 1mm-16mm (grades 0-5)

Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, cleaning brush, storage pouch,

Worldwide voltage: Yes

Amazon's best-selling clippers (and best-reviewed) are an all-in-one, head-to-toe hair solution that you can even use in the shower. The precision dial and turnable blade mean you can trim to your desired length without any bathroom yoga – handy if you don't have a willing accomplice to do the wispy bits on your neck – and the two-and-a-half-hour battery life means they're perfect for travelling. Once we can actually travel again safely.

The Best For a Quick Cut - Save £3.90 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 90 minutes on one-hour charge

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 3mm-28mm (grades 1-10

Accessories: Travel pouch, cleaning brush, barber’s comb

Worldwide voltage: Yes

This model has all the features you’d want –multiple clipper lengths, a precision set of scissors and a comb– but it also a few bonus ones that that you never knew you needed.

Number one is a special setting that cuts through thicker hair twice as fast, with a “turbo” mode to chop dense mops in one smooth motion. It’s power efficient even in this lawnmower-alike mode, so you’re not blasting through the battery.

Speaking of the battery, it will last up to 90 mins on an hour of charge and it can be taken away from the cord, so you don’t have to set up a makeshift barbers shop near a plug socket.

The Best Clippers for Total-Body Grooming - Save £23 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 60 minutes

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 0.4mm-10mm (20 lock-in settings)

Accessories: Nose trimmer

Worldwide voltage: No

There's no point in giving yourself a painstakingly perfect shave if you're going to let your pesky nose hairs run amok.

The Phlips Series 5000 is a great product on its own – not only is it super adaptable, but its innovative Lift & Trim Pro system somehow lifts the hairs to the level of the self-sharpening blades to help you achieve a consistent shave. It's also waterproof, features a battery indicator and a adjustable zoom wheel.

But it's the handy Series 1000 nose, ear and eyebrow trimmer that sets it apart, helping you to cultivate a cleaner look for less.

The Professional's Choice of Hair Clippers

Battery life: 120 minutes (or 12 minutes on 15-minute quick charge)

Corded/cordless: Corded

Guards: 1.5mm-26mm (grades 0.5-8)

Accessories: Travel pouch, cleaning brush, cape, scissors, oil, barber’s comb, blade guard, nose clipper attachment

Worldwide voltage: No

When you're barber's busy at the back of your head tidying up all the baby hairs, odds are he's got a Wahl in his hand. The pro's choice, Wahl's clippers are bombproof and full of smart features like self-sharpening blades, extra-strong combs and an electric motor so powerful you'll swear you've got a Tesla roadster in your hand.

Do you need all that if you're just going to be shaving your head once a week? Possibly not. But you can guarantee that these hair clippers won't pack up mid-cut and leave you with half a shaved head.

The Best Hair Clippers for Fades - Save £26 in the Black Friday Sale

Battery life: 100 minutes after one hour's charge

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 0.5mm-20mm (grades 0-7)

Accessories: Nose and ear trimmers, detail trimmer, body hair trimmer, soft bag, cleaning brush, Gillette razor

Worldwide voltage: Yes

First, a caveat – ask any barber and they'll tell you not to try a fade at home. However, after three months of not being to get a professional haircut, we've all either tried it, or are seriously considering it. If you fancy the challenge, Braun's beard and hair trimmer will ensure you're well armed, since they offer 39 different length settings in 0.5mm increments. That means if your hand does slip, it should at least be easy to undo your new undercut.

The Most Stylish Hair Clippers

Battery life: 60 minutes

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 0.8mm-36mm (grades 0-10)

Accessories: Oil, cleaning brush, storage pouch, USB

Worldwide voltage: No

With its graphite grey casing, titanium-coated blades and digital LED display, the Carrera 622 is a stylish, understated choice in a market beset by bulk and bad colour schemes.

It comes with a pair of combs plus the ability to dial in more specific lengths using the integrated adjuster, which gives you enough flexibility for everything from all-overs to fades, and the razor sharp blades won't rust or tug. The round charging base (sold separately) also guarantees that it'll look good on the sink.

The Precision Hair Clippers - Save £32 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 100 minutes

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: 0.8mm-14mm

Accessories: Different heads and guides, storage pouch

Worldwide voltage: No

A 12-in-1 machine designed to deal with any hairy situation you throw at it. The extra heads and comb guides include a precision trimmer, a nose trimmer, a detail trimmer, a foil shaver and a body groomer, along with an assortment of others. Cutting hair off your body isn't complicated, but it's imperative to be able to control precisely how much you want. to get rid of at a time.

The device is 100 per cent waterproof and easy to clean, and the Japanese steel ensures that snags and rust won't be an issue. What's more, the powerful lithium-iron battery is fast-charging, meaning that a 20 minute charge can delivery 20 minutes of cordless power.

The Best Hair Clippers for Travel - Save £18 in the Black Friday sale

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

Worldwide voltage: No

An on-the-go shaving kit might not be your priority right now, but this is the perfect option for any man who wants to keep up their grooming routine while travelling. Oh, what's that? You don't have a grooming routine? There's no shame in that, just step this way.

Inside the Wahl-branded carry case you'll find a quality no-frills cordless trimmer, an assortment of cutting lengths and combs, a bottle of moisturising beard oil and a wooden handled brush with soft nylon/boar bristles to help groom your facial hair into place. Sorted.

Best Hair Clippers for Reliability - Save £20 in the Black Friday sale

Battery life: 85 minutes

Corded/cordless: Both

Guards: Grades 0.8 (left and right ear tapers)

Accessories: Taper guides for shaving around ears, hard storage case

Worldwide voltage: No

Babyliss is known for bomb-proof grooming tools, and its premium hair clippers are built as ruggedly as you'd expect. Even if they're also gold. You get precision-engineered Japanese blades, a extra-powerful lithium-ion battery that offers up to 85 minutes cordless clipping, and taper guides for those tricky bits around your ears. They also come with all the combs you'd ever need, as well as a hardy, zip-up box to store them in. All that, plus a five-year guarantee. That's more peace of mind than you get from a trip to Mr Toppers.

Best Hair Clippers for Those Hard-to-Reach Bits - Save £20 in the Black Friday sale

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

Worldwide voltage: Yes

If you've ever shaved your head before, you'll know how difficult it is to get every last bit of hair. There's always one spot you miss and which you notice the second you leave your house (and then can't stop playing with all day).

Phillips's DIY hair clippers make getting to every inch of your head simple, thanks to a rotating head – no more dislocating your shoulder trying to reach your neck hairs – and a zoom wheel that locks in the perfect length, so you can even try fades without having to switch guards. Its stainless steel blades are also rounded, as are the combs, which is kinder to skin than traditional clippers.

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