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Best Hair Clipper Buying Guide

Updated on August 9, 2014

How to Buy a Hair Clipper

As you may already know, buying a hair clipper or trimmer can be both time consuming and challenging since there are so many brands and models to choose from. So how do you choose? How do you get the clipper/trimmer that suits your needs.

Let me state here that the perfect machine does not exist, but you can get one that's good enough to do what you want. So let's take a look at what you can consider when deciding to buy a hair clipper/trimmer.

The Amount you are willing to Spend

One of the first things you should consider before buying a clipper is how much money you are willing to spend. I always look at quality first before looking at the price and most times the quality clippers cost more. Does this mean that lower priced clippers are bad quality? not necessarily but you do get what you pay for. After all you do want a clipper that will last you a long time, so if you are able don't be afraid to spend a little extra to get a quality clipper

How much money do you want to spend?

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To Cordless or not to Cordless

Many people seem to be going the cordless route, but is it the right choice for you?

The advantage of a cordless clipper is that it more flexible than a corded one, meaning you are not limited to where you can use it and there is no cord to cut in you way as you use your clipper.

On the other hand, you do lose a little power; although the more expensive ones rival the power of corded ones and you must ensure that the battery is always charged.

Corded clippers are generally more reliable than the cordless ones but you do give up the flexibility.

Decide on what is more important to you.

Do you want your clipper cordless?

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The Voltage

If you travel a lot or based on the country you live in, you should consider the voltage of the clipper. Most clippers sold in the U.S are 110 volts and some countries don't have 110 outlets ; they have 220. You can easily combat this by getting a small travel step down transformer or buying a 220v clipper.

What voltage do you want 110v or 220v?

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Do You Really Need a Clipper

Before buying a clipper decide on what type of hair you will be cutting. There is a difference between a clipper, trimmer and shaver, although there are all in one machines. Clippers are used to cut a lot of hair like hair on your head, while trimmers are used for cleaning up the edges, and doing detailing. Shavers on the other hand are designed to help remove hair as close to the skin as possible.

So determine what type of hair you will be trimming; hair on your head, your beard, your side burns, nose hairs, hair o your back etc. because not all clippers are created equal.

What Type of Machine you Need?

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What About the Motor?

The clipper motor is the heart of the machine.You should choose a clipper motor based on the amount of hair and how thick it is and how fast you want the cut done. Professional barbers and stylist will need to buy clippers with powerful motors in them like pivot or rotary motors because of the different hair types they have to cut and relatively short time. For home use, you can still use powerful motor clippers but there's nothing wrong in getting magnetic motors. Some good magnetic motors that are reliable and durable are the v5000 and v9000 motors. Generally, lower priced clippers usually have weaker motors installed in them, so consider this when making your decision.

What type of motor do you need?

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These Feature are Nice!

Many people are not like me, I don't care too much about features but for some, that's their cup of tea. Some clippers have some very cool features like wet/dry. what this feature does is allow you the option to use the clipper in or out of the shower. Others have adjustable speed features which comes in handy when you need more power to cut thick hair. There are a whole lot of feature on different clippers, so be sure to check them out before making a decision.

Are feaures important to you?

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Blade Material and Maintenace

Some clippers are are equipped with self sharpening and lubricating blades so it practically maintains itself. Other clippers have to be lubricated with oil occasionally. This might not be a problem if you don't mind doing a little work to keep your clipper in top shape.

There are different types of materials used to make clipper blades such as: stainless steel, ceramic, chrome finish to name a few. Ceramic blades differ from metal blades in that they do not conduct as much heat and stay cooler longer. The down side to ceramic blades is that they tend to break a lot frequently than stainless steel ones so take that into consideration before making your final decision.

What type of blade do you prefer

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