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The 10 Best Men’s Hair Clippers Deliver Even Buzzcuts and Pro-Level Fades

For cleaner cuts, ditch your beard trimmer for one of these powerful cordless hair clippers.

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There are a few grooming devices that every man should own, and a good hair clipper is one of them (right up there with an electric shaver and beard trimmer).

Men’s hair clippers are usually more powerful than beard trimmers, and as such, can mow through denser patches of hair with precision, without pulling or tugging on those precious hairs atop your head. That doesn’t mean you need to buy an expensive, barbershop-caliber clipper, especially if you’re only going to buzz yourself at home once or twice a year. However, it is because of those few times a year that you need a reliable hair clipper in the first place—so that you get the job done seamlessly and evenly each time.

Read on for the 10 best men’s hair clippers, none of which offer the same list of benefits. What they do share, however, is an army of fans, including me. But first, some suggestions on how to begin your search.

The Expert: I’ve been a grooming journalist for more than eight years. I love trying new products, speaking with brand representatives, helping readers perfect their self care, and offering my own skin and hair up as a petri dish. My hair clipper game picked up steam with the pandemic, when I got in the habit of buzzing myself, rotating between five or six of the models below with each trim. Now I’m on the grow-out but am keeping a couple clippers on hand for when I have finally had enough bad hair days. My writing has appeared in nearly every US men’s media outlet, including GQ, Men’s Journal, Robb Report, and Gear Patrol.

What to Consider When Buying Men’s Hair Clippers

First and foremost, you want customization, from design to process. No hair clipper is the universal best for everyone—though some come close. Ultimately, it comes down to how frequently you plan to use the device, how thick your hairs are (and how dense your overall hair is), as well as how detailed you want your cuts to be. What you need at home is vastly different from the options a professional barber needs. You might only be giving yourself a buzzcut a couple times a year, whereas others are giving their friends, partners, or children a fresh fade or a cleanup every couple weeks. In the latter case, investing in a professional-grade device is likely more justified. No matter where your needs fall, evaluate a clipper’s guard options (like outlining “T” blades), as well as the range of trimming lengths, be it the ability to “zero gap” the device for a naked fade or use a half-inch guard for a high clip.

Convenience is another factor. Having a cordless clipper is most ideal, especially if you’re giving yourself a buzz. You also want something with a fast charge and a generous battery life. Typically, you’ll find clippers with a 40- to 60-minute run time on a full charge; that’s more than sufficient if you’re managing periodic at-home clips. And some cordless clippers can be used while they’re plugged in, too. Plus, even if your device needs a few hours to juice up, it’s easily solved with an overnight charge.

Best of all, there is a great product for every budget; even the low-cost picks tend to carry a good warranty. However, if you do shell out more, you’ll have sturdier, heftier shells; higher-powered, sharper blades; and better quality overall. That’s not to say the lower cost picks are low in quality; you can feel the difference, though, in how it hums or how hefty it is.

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How We Evaluated

I used one primary standard to select 10 of the best men’s hair clippers: That all the models are great at-home options—whether you’re doing a DIY buzz or helping refresh someone else’s hair.

It can be a little difficult to standardize a list of hair clippers, because some use millimeters as measurements, and others use inches or even industry-standard clipper settings. There’s lots of talk about voltage and which countries these can be used in. I picked all cordless options to better standardize this list. And though some of the more powerful clippers out there demand a plugging in, there are some barber-caliber cutters on this roster that will mow through thick, coarse, coiled hair. (And I denote those.)

I have more or less disregarded cutting speed as a measurement for comparison, though. Some clippers boast about how many thousands of hairs their product can cut in a second. That’s shorthand for the device being powerful, but nobody is going to cut 65,000 hairs in a single second, so I’ll spare you the confusion here. Instead, I paid attention to customization options, charge duration, cost, and warranty. (Note that some retailers offer separate warranties than the manufacturer itself; you have to decide which warranty to pursue. In the specs below, I list the manufacturer’s warranty, not the retailer’s.)

For guard options and trimming length, I use the standard unit of measurement that each brand does, which means some are in millimeters and others in inches. Hopefully, those are both simple to envision in your head, given that clippers tend to keep everything under or around an inch. But, if it helps, here’s a simple brushup:

1.5 mm = 1/16 in.
3 mm = 1/8 in.
12 mm = 1/2 in.

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Best Overall
Panasonic ER-GP80 Professional Cord/Cordless Hair Trimmer

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 50 min
  • Trimming Length: 0.8 mm–15 mm
  • Guards: 3 combs (3–4 mm, 6–9 mm, and 12–15 mm)
  • Warranty: 2 years

Panasonic’s clipper can sense the hair in its path and adjusts its intensity accordingly. This alone makes it one of the most customizable options and in a way no other features can top. That said, its ergo-friendly design and ability to mow through dense mops makes it a favorite among barbers, yet it’s also easy enough to navigate at home, thanks to its lightweight, half-pound body.

  • Trimming sensor adjusts for the task at hand
  • Great for thick hair
  • High-quality blades
  • Lightweight

  • High price point for non-professionals
Best for Thick, Coarse Hair
Wahl Cord/Cordless Senior

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 70 min
  • Trimming Length: Up to 3/16 in.
  • Guards: 3 combs (1/16–3/16 in.)
  • Warranty: 2 years

Although this model is hard to find new or unused, it’s extremely reliable when well maintained over time. (So, do not hesitate to buy it used. Even the “new” appearing ones on Amazon are often rebuilt or restored.) It is powered by a V9000 motor, up from the brand’s old standard V5000. That’s more or less a 40 percent increase in oomph, which yields much less tugging and pulling on coarse, coily, and thick hair textures.

  • Powerful, no-pull motor
  • Best pick for longevity
  • Lever for taper and texture

  • Hard to find new or unused
  • High cost even if used
Best Rotary Hair Trimmer
Conair for Men Even Cut Cord/Cordless Circular Haircut Kit

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 2 hours
  • Trimming Length: ⅛–½ in.
  • Guards: 2 adjustable guides (⅛–½ in.)
  • Warranty: 5 years

If you keep one uniform hair length year round—minus any fading or fancy handiwork—then you should consider Conair’s circular trimmer, which works in the same way as a rotary face shaver. Choose from five options for a uniform length, then zoom the device all around your head to easily and quickly finish the job. One suggestion, though: This one works best with short hairs that stand up on their own. It’s not going to give hairs any lift as it cuts. So, don’t count on it for your initial mowing down; it’s best as a maintenance tool once the hair is already super short.

  • Easy for self clips; cuts in every direction
  • Best for basic, uniform buzzing

  • Only works effectively as a maintenance device
Best Hair Clipper and Beard Trimmer Hybrid
Hatteker Hair Clipper and Beard Trimmer Kit

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 1 hour
  • Trimming Length: 0.8–15 mm
  • Guards: 4 combs (3-mm intervals)
  • Warranty: 1 year

Although beard trimmers and hair clippers should be kept separate, Hatteker is one brand that devises most of its trimmers for the duality. So, if you like to grow your hair out but tend to buzz it, say, once or twice a year, then consider investing in this one; it will suit your beard and body needs wonderfully in the meantime. It also has a nice LED battery display and comes with all types of device heads for head-to-toe detailing.

  • All-in-one functionality
  • Amazon customer favorite

  • Nebulous warranty
  • Poor customer service
Best Hair Clipper for Beginners
Wahl Color Pro Rechargeable Hair Clipper Kit

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 1 hour
  • Trimming Length: 1/16–1 in.
  • Guards: 8 combs (⅛-in. intervals)
  • Warranty: 5 years

I think this kit should be in every home, especially if you’re the parent of an oft-buzzed child. The color-coded guard system makes it easy to remember which length you prefer to clip and even gives children a sense of personalization despite the at-home cleanup. It comes at a low cost, delivers high-quality, and is the easiest device for beginners or clueless cutters to navigate. This kit also comes with two combs and barber scissors, which are also beneficial for your at-home arsenal. All of it can be stored inside the included the carrying case, too. Although this device is slightly less powerful than its corded counterpart, you’ll notice no difference in the results.

  • Easy to use
  • Best value
  • Great warranty and customer service

  • Low-quality frame
Best Head-to-Toe Trimmer Kit
Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000
Philips Norelco
$44.95 (25% off)

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 5 hours
  • Trimming Length: 1–16 mm
  • Guards: 14 combs (head to toe, with fade options)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Similar to the Hatteker kit above, Philips Norelco’s device is a true all-in-one pick. You can swap out any of its guards for nose trimming or groin maintenance, or target your head hair with a T-blade outliner, clipper guard, or angled fade combs. It takes customization to a max, and that this device “does it all” is what’s so impressive. But that doesn’t mean you should buy it if you only need a hair clipper. You can use it as one, if you buzz but once or twice a year. However, you’ll find better performance if you invest in a dedicated clipper.

  • All-in-one functionality at an approachable price
  • Long run time
  • Hard shell storage vessel makes it easy to tote

  • Best as a beard and body trimmer; secondarily a hair clipper
  • Hard for DIY buzzes
Best Body Hair Clipper
Panasonic ER-GK80-S Body Hair Groomer

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 50 min
  • Trimming Length: 0.1–12 mm
  • Guards: Adjustable guard (3–12 mm)
  • Warranty: 2 years

If you arrived to this roundup in search for a body hair clipper, then that’s why we’ve got Panasonic’s ER-GK80-S on this list: It won’t buzz your hair, but it can manage the hair under your arms, around your groin, and all the way down your backside. I like using it to snip untameable flyaways atop my head, too.

  • V-shaped design makes it easy to clip behind the back and without any pinching in sensitive areas
  • Doubles as a T-outliner for clean, straight edges

  • Not for clipping hair on the head (except as an outliner)
Best Professional-Level Hair Clipper
Andis 12470 Master Cordless Lithium Ion Hair Clipper
$188.31 (28% off)

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 2 hours
  • Trimming Length: 0.2–2.4 mm
  • Guards: Sold separately
  • Warranty: 1 year

This kitten purrs, and it’s got some serious heft, too. At nearly two pounds, you can feel the quality inside this machine. It’s a barbershop favorite for its high-quality engineering, though it’s not an easy one to buzz yourself with, for the same reasons. And because it’s professional grade, the device can be zero-gapped (meaning you can essentially shave all the way to the skin if you set it properly), and it cuts through coarse hair like a hot knife through butter.

  • Can be zero-gapped
  • Great for thick hair

  • Heavy and hard to self-administer
  • Guards not included
  • Expensive
Best T-Outlining Hair Clipper
Andis Slimline Pro Lithium Ion T-Blade Trimmer Black

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 2 hours
  • Trimming Length: Up to ½ in.
  • Guards: 4 combs (⅛–½ in.)
  • Warranty: 1 year

Two Andis picks back to back? Indeed: The barbershop-staple brand also has one of the best at-home T-outlining devices, too. The Slimline Pro draws those clean lines around the edges (and on your beard, too). And like the Master Cordless above, this outliner can also be zero-gapped for the freshest, barely-there-est lines.

  • Can be zero-gapped
  • Great for thick hair
  • Perfect for detailing straight, defined edges

  • Limited use beyond edgework
Best Hair Clipper for Tapering
BaBylissPro Barberology GoldFX Clipper

Key Specs

  • Battery Life: 2 hours
  • Trimming Length: 1/16–½ in.
  • Guards: 8 combs (1/16 in. intervals)
  • Warranty: 2 years

Some might say we saved the best for last. BaBylissPro is another barbershop favorite brand, and this clipper is prestigious enough without considering the stunning gold-plated design. It can be zero-gapped for skin-close shaves, has a Ferrari-designed engine for some serious coarse-hair mowing, and has a five-detent taper trigger that overrides human error and keeps the device steady. That being said, it’s pretty heavy duty for a simple at-home task, but it makes a great gift for anyone with a good eye and trusting touch—whether their barber skills are school- or self-taught.

  • Can be zero-gapped
  • Five-detent taper control
  • Great for thick hair

  • Steep investment for casual users
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