The Best Hair Clipper

After long hours of research and the analysis of around thirty models, we have selected the best hair clippers of the moment. Of these, our preference is definitely the Philips Series 7000 HC7460 / 15 . Thanks to its good grip, its varied cutting heights and its fast charging time, it combines efficiency, simplicity and versatility. All at a low price!

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Our choice, Best inexpensive

Philips Series 7000 HC7460 / 15

This low-cost model is distinguished by a wide choice of cutting heights, unparalleled load and range, and a comfortable grip. It is equipped with many functions ensuring an impeccable cut.

If you are looking for a practical mower that is simple and offers a wide range of cutting heights, then this model is the one for you. It is equipped with a digital display with touch-sensitive adjustments and locking of the chosen height (between 0.5 and 40 mm), a memory function which keeps the last cutting height to avoid a new programming at each use. , and a Turbo mode which increases the cutting speed against thick hair.

Currently, this model is unfortunately out of stock on the majority of online stores. While waiting for its replenishment, you can turn to the older version HC5450 / 80 , which, although a little more basic, remains a quality mower appreciated by consumers. 

Best midrange

Wahl Elite Pro Kit

Appreciated for its many very practical accessories for a result “like at the hairdresser”, this corded clipper with fine and precise blades seduces by its quality and the precision of its cut.

It offers safe and efficient mowing thanks to its Secure-Fit attachment system and EasyGlide blades. With the 10 cutting guides, you can opt for a cutting height varying from 0.6 mm (without shoe) to 25 mm. Powerful and efficient, it works on mains, and stands out for its quality and precision. 

Best high end

Panasonic ER-1611

Equipped with an ultra-powerful motor, it embeds very precise carbon fiber blades, a reliable battery and autonomy and an ergonomic grip. It can be used on dry and wet hair.

Renowned for its material quality and precision, it features a very powerful linear motor ensuring a regular and homogeneous cut, while remaining relatively silent. It works on mains or wireless, and can be used on wet hair. In addition, it is very ergonomic. The choice of cutting height is on the other hand a little smaller (from 3 to 15 mm), and will suit rather the followers of short cuts. 

Cheap alternative

Wahl Color Pro 9649-016

Appreciated for family use thanks to its playful and intuitive clogs, it offers a very decent choice of cutting height in addition to offering precision clogs for the contour of the ears.

Easy to use, it is particularly appreciated for its playful cutting guides indicating each height via a specific color. This system is ideal for family use, since everyone’s preferences will be easy to remember! It works on battery or mains, and includes many very practical accessories, including two precision clogs for a clean and precise contour of the ears. 

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How did we make our choice?

To maintain your hairstyle without going through the hairdresser box every month, the clipper is the ideal solution. But given the multitude of models on the market and the sometimes unexplained price differences between different devices, finding the mower that meets your needs and your budget can become a real headache.

This is why it is important to know the criteria to take into account before proceeding to the purchase of this hair accessory. Here are those which, in our opinion, should be checked:

  • Cutting height : presented in the form of combs, the combs determine the possible cutting lengths (often up to 25 or 40 mm). There are cutting guides with manual adjustment, using a wheel, or via a touch screen. The pitch , linked to the guide, ensures the precision of the cutting length. Some models opt for deviations every 2 millimeters while the more upscale will offer an adjustment every 0.6 millimeter. 
  • The blades : the most qualitative (but also the most expensive) are those made of titanium and ceramic. Stainless steel, which is more affordable, will be ideal for tighter budgets. Also note that some blades are self-sharpening and / or self-lubricating, and do not require any maintenance. Also make sure that the blades are of a suitable width (a good width decreases the cutting time, but sometimes a lack of precision is felt if they are too large).
  • Power : if you opt for a wireless model (more manageable), remember to check the autonomy as well as the charging time of the device (it can sometimes go up to 20 hours!). If you choose a corded mower, make sure that the cord is long enough to maintain comfortable freedom of movement. The ideal is that it can be used both on battery and on mains. 
  • Ergonomics : as we have just mentioned, the maneuverability of this type of device should not be neglected. Good grip, balanced weight and thoughtful features will make cutting easier. And, if you prefer to do your cut on damp hair, make sure the device is waterproof 
  • Accessories Combs and scissors can come in handy when finishing or even when cutting. Certain more precise heads make it possible to ensure the finishes on the contour of the ears. Sometimes the models offer the possibility of shaving your beard , your body or even your nose and ear hair thanks to specially dedicated cutting guides. However, this versatility should not take precedence over the quality of the haircut. 
  • The motor : the more powerful (and faster) it is, the more efficient the cut will be. Hair clippers usually have an AC motor with variable power. Ideally, an engine should run at a minimum of 700 rpm, but some high-end devices can go up to 10,000 rpm. Unfortunately, this criterion is only rarely indicated in the characteristics of the product.

After having listed more than thirty models of hair clippers currently available on the market, we have refined our preselection using these many criteria. 

We then used a multitude of opinions and specialized sites in the field to finally present our selection of the 4 best hair clippers available on the current market.

And, for a neat look at the top, we invite you to take a look at our reviews of the best beard trimmers and electric razors !

Our Pick: Philips Series 7000 HC7460 / 15

Philips Series 7000 HC7460 / 15

This low-cost model is distinguished by a wide choice of cutting heights, unparalleled load and range, and a comfortable grip. It is equipped with many functions ensuring an impeccable cut.

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Currently, this model is unfortunately out of stock on the majority of online stores. While waiting for its replenishment, you can turn to the older version HC5450 / 80 , which, although a little more basic, remains a quality mower appreciated by consumers. 

Easy to use and ergonomic, this inexpensive mower already has it all. It offers a very wide choice of cutting heights (from 0.5 to 42 mm), which are easy to select and lock via the very intuitive digital interface. Fast and precise, it has unparalleled charging time and autonomy, and can also be used wirelessly or on mains. 

With its three shoes, it allows you to adjust the cut to no less than 60 heights (ranging from 1 to 42 mm)! These lengths are separated by a step of 0.2 millimeter, enough to achieve a very precise cut. Without a comb you can do a 0.5mm mow, and although some users do note some weakness in the hoofs, this mower is still of very good quality overall.

 Round-tipped stainless steel blades have the advantage of being self-sharpening, which helps ensure long-term cutting efficiency. In addition, the team mower with DualCut technology developed by the brand for a faster and more precise mowing. It also incorporates a Turbo function, which automatically increases the cutting speed on thick hair.

Where this mower scores a second big hit is in its quick charge time. After only 1 hour, it provides 120 minutes of autonomy. Alongside its competitors, you will quickly see that it is a real feat. In addition, you can use it both on battery and mains. 

In terms of ergonomics, Philips does not disappoint since this model incorporates intuitive and tactile control buttons indicating precisely the selected cutting height and allowing you to lock it, all via a digital display. It is also equipped with a memory function, which keeps the last cutting height to avoid a new programming at each use.

On the other hand, your cut must be carried out on dry hair. This clipper is not waterproof, it is impossible to use it on wet hair.

In the end, this intuitive mower with easy handling clearly stands out from the crowd. Thanks to its many choices of easily programmable and lockable cutting lengths, its excellent ergonomics which facilitates cutting as well as its remarkable charging time and autonomy, it is undoubtedly the best choice, and at a low price! 

The best mid-range hair clipper: Wahl Elite Pro Kit

Wahl Elite Pro Kit

Appreciated for its many very practical accessories for a result “like at the hairdresser”, this corded clipper with fine and precise blades seduces by its quality and the precision of its cut.

Although it is not well known in Europe, Walh is an essential brand across the Channel in the field of razors and trimmers. The Elite Pro kit is distinguished by its many accessories including 10 very solid cutting guides up to 25 mm, by its thin and efficient blades, or the power of its engine and the precision of its cut. This is a wireframe model. 

Supplied with 10 guides, it offers cutting lengths from 1 to 25 millimeters, or mowing at 0.6 mm without a guide. Note that these guides have a Secure-Fit safety system, which allows secure attachment to the blade for a smooth cut. In addition, you can adjust the cutting length without changing the guides thanks to its adjustable thumb lever.

Featuring high-precision, self-sharpening EasyGlide, carbon steel blades, this device is designed to cut hair quickly and efficiently. And the power of its engine, highlighted by users, is also surely for something!

Unlike most mowers, the Wahl Elite Pro is corded. While this criterion may turn some off, it helps ensure a powerful cut that never falters. On the other hand, this powerful engine unfortunately makes it quite noisy. Note that the mower is also considered quite heavy, and that it diffuses quite noticeable vibrations. But, despite a slight lack in terms of ergonomics, it remains appreciated for its overall quality.

Finally, where the kit becomes interesting is in the accessories. There you will find, in addition to the trimmer: premium cutting scissors with blade cover, a hairdressing comb, a cutting guide pocket, a cape for haircutting, a storage pocket, a blade cover trimmer, cord reel, blade oil, and cleaning brush. Just that !

In the end, although some may not like the wired system, we think it is an excellent choice. Supplied with a multitude of accessories and offering many cutting lengths, it will be particularly appreciated for its power, its cutting efficiency and its material quality. 

The best high-end hair clipper: Panasonic ER-1611

Panasonic ER-1611

Equipped with an ultra-powerful motor, it embeds very precise carbon fiber blades, a reliable battery and autonomy and an ergonomic grip. It can be used on dry and wet hair.

Equipped with a powerful and constant motor, this model is equipped with three shoes to make cuts varying from 3 to 15 mm. Usable on mains or wireless, it has a fast charging time and good battery life. Appreciated for its blades and quality workmanship, it can cut dry or wet hair. 

What sets this mower apart from the competition above all is its very powerful linear motor, which offers a speed of 10,000 rpm. Here, regardless of the state of charge of the battery or the density of the hair, the engine power will remain constant. This of course ensures a fast, homogeneous and precise cut! And, despite its powerful engine, it is quite quiet. 

Offering six cutting lengths with three attachments ranging from 3 to 15mm, this is by no means the most versatile model. For very short lengths, a thumbwheel allows the cutting length to be easily adjusted from 0.8 to 2 millimeters in five levels. This model will therefore be suitable specifically for rather short hair or should be used in addition to a comb. 

the mower is equipped with a titanium coated carbon fiber X-Taper blade, ensuring an ultra-precise cut. It is also the first trimmer in our selection that can be used on dry or wet hair, depending on your preference. 

Regarding the battery, Panasonic is not left out since with only 1 hour of charge, you left for 50 minutes of use. The mower can be used on mains or cordless. An LED indicator will alert you to the state of charge. 

Finally, its handling is pleasant. With an ergonomic design and a “soft-touch-grip” handle for a firm grip, it easily achieves a perfect and precise mowing both for the finishes and for the rest of the cut. Supplied with three shoes, an AC adapter, a cleaning brush, lubricating oil, and a charging stand, it is quite complete.

Ultimately, the Panasonic ER-1611 is aimed at connoisseurs and lovers of short and precise cuts. It is efficient and of exemplary material quality. Easy to learn, it does not encumber itself with sometimes futile features. In short, it is an excellent quasi-professional material which seems to amply justify its higher price. 

An inexpensive alternative: Wahl Color Pro 9649-016

Wahl Color Pro 9649-016

Appreciated for family use thanks to its playful and intuitive clogs, it offers a very decent choice of cutting height in addition to offering precision clogs for the contour of the ears.

Not only fun thanks to its color-referenced cutting guides, this mower is also versatile and practical. It allows you to cut your hair from 1 to 25 mm, and is equipped with two precision clogs intended for the more delicate contours of the ears. Usable on battery or mains, it has a very decent autonomy of 60 minutes. In short, a must-have at a low price for fun family use!

Walh offers with the Color Pro an entry-level model that is both practical and efficient. Equipped with eight combs each bearing a color for easy, quick and intuitive use, it provides a cut from 1 to 25 mm. This color code is particularly appreciated for family use, since it makes it easy to remember the guide to use on each member of the household! 

Self-sharpening, removable, underwater-washable blades ensure a clean and precise cut, although sometimes it is necessary to pass through the same spot several times before having a perfectly homogeneous result. And, in terms of accessories, we particularly appreciate the two precision ear clogs (one for the right, and one for the left), which allow precise and easy finishes.

Once again, the mower can be used on battery or mains. If its use on battery is considered very practical and always powerful, note that the charging time for 60 minutes of autonomy amounts to 20 hours! An LED indicator will notify you of the charge status. 

Quite quiet and easy to handle and handle, the model is supplied with a storage pouch, a pair of scissors, a comb, a brush and a maintenance oil for the blades. In short, we are already facing quite a bit of equipment!

All in all, the Color Pro trimmer offers quite decent performance for a small price. We particularly appreciate its ergonomics, its use with or without wire, its precision shoes and its playful cutting guides. However, some users note that these are, in the end, quite bulky – especially when traveling frequently. 

Honorable mentions 

Remington Genius HC5810 : Equipped with self-sharpening ceramic blades and 10 combs offering an adjustable cutting height from 3 to 40 mm, this mower stands out for its quality and cutting precision. Handy and easy to use, it works on mains or battery, with an autonomy of 50 minutes for 90 minutes of charging. It is also appreciated for its quality of manufacture and its many accessories.  

Babyliss E751E : thanks to two cutting guides, this model offers you a choice of 32 heights ranging from 3 to 36 millimeters, with an accuracy of 1 millimeter. Its self-sharpening and self-lubricating steel blades are equipped with WTech technology to ensure a fast cut and better hair capture. Where the shoe pinches is in its longer charging time and its use only on battery. Note that its usual price is around 20-30 €, which still makes it an interesting model.  

Philips Series 5000 QC5580 / 32 : ergonomics is clearly the strong point of this small model. This swivel head mower is designed to be fully grip and to make cutting very easy. With 14 cutting heights (from 0 to 15 mm), it will be particularly suitable for very short hair. Note that its price seems to us currently a little overestimated. 

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