You’re going bald, and decided to take our advice and shave it all off. In order to do that, you’ll either need to go the old fashioned razor blade route, or take the easy path and use clippers. As a fellow balding person, I’m always trying new ways to get the best look out of my scalp and what little hair I have left. When it comes to clippers, I’ve been using them for years. Here are my favorites.
1. Wahl 5-Star Balding Clipper
My clippers of choice, the Wahl 5-Star Balding Clippers get the job done more effectively than any other pair I’ve used. They’re also priced quite reasonably to boot. These clippers are designed specifically for shaving your head down to the skin, and the difference between them and regular hair clippers is noticeable with really low numbered guards, or no guard at all.
Furthermore, these are some serious heavy duty clippers; they’re heavy, durable, and last for years. My only knock on them is that they aren’t cordless and they aren’t dual voltage: I almost burned the motor out on a trip abroad.
- Close Cut
- Excellent Value
- Can be a bit loud
2. Oster Classic 76 Universal Motor Clipper
A strong contender, these clippers are a top of the line option that you’ll find in many salons and barber shops. With comparable if not even better durability to the Wahl 5-Star and the ability to hit a similarly close shave, these clippers are an extremely good option. The only reason they aren’t our top choice is because they are quite expensive for features you can find w/the much more reasonably priced Wahl Five Star.
- True Professional Grade
- Powerful Motor
- Suitable for many uses
- Very Heavy
3. Wahl 5-Star Cordless Magic Clip
Wahl quality, at Wahl prices, and also cordless…how isn’t this first on the list? I love these clippers and own a pair when I need portability; however, these are not ‘Balding Clippers’. That means the cut is not as close. If you need the closest possible buzz, stick to either the Balding Clipper or the Oster Classic. Furthermore, these are also noticeably lighter, which while convenient when using, feels a little less durable than the corded balding clippers.
However, despite their shortcomings vs our very top pick, they still beat out many of the other clippers we’ve used on value, quality, portability, and price.
- Doesn’t get as close to the skin
4. Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro
If you’re worried you may struggle with regular shaped clippers, the Remington HC4250 is a great option for an easier to handle clipper: it’s cordless, and basically fits in the palm of your hand. It gets a nice close shave as well, though it’s not quite as good at any styling that isn’t pretty much “shave it all off”. It isn’t as rugged as the products above it on the list, and there have been reports of it not lasting as long as the corded clippers with professional grade motors. Overall, still a great option, especially if ease of use is near the top of your list.
- Good value
- Easy for DIY shaving
- Not versatile
- Less durable than competitors
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are the best hair clippers not cordless?
When it comes to hair clippers, a strong motor is synonymous with quality. Unfortunately, the more powerful the motor, the more energy it draw. Making professional grade high powered clippers like the Wahl 5-Star Balding Clipper or Oster 76 cordless would result in a hair clipper you’d have re-charge far too often.
Q: If I’m just looking for clippers to shave my head, are these still good?
I reviewed these clippers from the perspective of balding men. The priority for the ranking is how well these clippers perform for men who want to cut their hair as short as possible. However, the top three on the list, in particular the Oster Classic 76, are quite good for general styling as well. You can’t go wrong with either of the three.
Q: How often do I need to replace my clippers?
Clippers that are well taken care off: rinsed thoroughly, dried properly, and blades oiled regularly should last for years. Rusting on the blade is the main reason I’ve replaced clippers: the motors of the top rated options here rarely run into issues even after years of use.
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