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Hair clippers shave the hair on the scalp, cut precise contours and are a cost-effective alternative to a visit to the hairdresser in the medium term. Hair clippers are easy to use and with a little practice, simple short haircuts can be cut quickly. With the right hair clippers, you can easily shave your hair at home.

With our hair clipper test 2021 we want to show you which hair clipper is best for you. We have compared both short and long hair clippers and want to show you their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to make your purchase decision pleasant and uncomplicated.




The most important facts

  • Hair clippers can be used for simple applications like short haircuts or contouring and save you a trip to the hairdresser.
  • You should buy the right clipper for your needs. You can get decent clippers for as little as 30 euros. However, we advise you to pay more attention to the quality and your wishes than to the price.
  • After shaving, it is important to clean your clipper thoroughly and occasionally sharpen the blades with the right maintenance oil to ensure the longevity of your clipper.

The Best Hair Clippers: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for hair clippers

In the following sections, we want to help you decide which factors to use when choosing from the huge selection of hair clippers.

The most important features that you can use to compare hair clippers with each other include:

In the following sections we explain what each feature is about.

Blade material

The most important criterion you should consider when buying a hair clipper is the material of the blades. There are different types of blades, each offering different advantages and disadvantages.

The material for the blades differs in quality, range of application, durability and in the way they can be cleaned. In addition, higher quality blades also have an impact on the price.

Blade material Features
Stainless steel A commonly used material for shear blades because it is robust, rust-free and inexpensive.
Ceramic They are particularly sharp and are easy to maintain.
Carbon titanium These blades are accurate and clean when cut, but are quite expensive.

Cutting length

Short hair clippers usually cover a cutting length between 3 and 10 mm.

The length of cut is an important criterion for specifying the choice of clippers. The cutting length also differs depending on the type of device. With most short hair clippers, the cutting length starts at around 3 millimetres.

Long-hair trimmers can even shave a cutting length of up to 45 millimetres. The length of cut you need also depends on the tasks you are using your clipper for. Different types of clippers have different cutting length ranges.

Cutting levels/comb attachments

The cutting levels or the chamber attachments of a hair clipper determine how short you cut the hair. Therefore, you should pay special attention to whether the appliance has the right cutting levels or chamber attachments. Nowadays, many hair clippers have a variety of settings in terms of cutting levels and chamber attachments.

Many hair clippers have an internal device in the appliance where you can slide out the clipper blades. Most hair clippers also have a device for comb attachments. We recommend hair clippers with several comb attachments so that you can determine the cutting length even more precisely.

Operating time

Hair clippers either work with a mains cable or are battery-operated. There are also many devices that are hybrids that cut with both a mains cable and a battery.

Battery-operated hair clippers can be used anywhere when they are charged. Hair clippers with rechargeable batteries usually also have mains operation.

We recommend that you buy hair clippers that run on batteries because they are more flexible without a cord. The battery life of hair clippers starts from 40 minutes upwards. If necessary, you should also pay attention to the charging time of a battery-operated device in addition to the battery capacity.

Decision: What types of hair clippers are there and which is the right one for you?

We have compiled the most important criteria when buying a hair clipper and now want to summarise which types of hair clippers there are. There are two main types of hair clippers:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Short hair clippers Solid devices can be purchased for a small budget. They are also suitable for many common short hairstyles Short hair clippers are not particularly good for longer hair from 50 millimetres upwards.
Long hair clippers Long hair clippers cut longer hair and full beards very thoroughly. They also have a wide variety of settings long hair clippers are not good for short hair and are more expensive than short hair clippers.

In the following sections, we will briefly explain the two types of clippers.

Short hair clippers

Short hair clippers

A short hair trimmer is cheap to buy and easy to use. Average short hair clippers have a cutting length of up to 30 millimetres. In addition, you can cut many simple short hairstyles with such a clipper and save yourself a trip to the hair salon.

Advantages
  • Saves you the effort of going to the hairdresser"s
  • Low purchase price
  • Suitable for many short hairstyles
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for long hair
Long hair clippers

Long hair clippers

If you also want to cut longer hair or full beards, you should go for a long-hair trimmer. Long hair clippers have a cutting length of up to 50 millimetres and you can usually extend the cutting length with a variety of comb attachments.

Compared to short hair clippers, long hair clippers are comparatively expensive and not very suitable for short hair.

Advantages
  • Perfect for longer hair and full beards
  • Variety of cutting length settings
  • Large number of comb attachments
Disadvantages
  • Not designed for short hair
  • more expensive than short hair clippers

Guide: Frequently asked questions about hair clippers answered in detail

Who is a hair clipper suitable for?

In principle, hair clippers are suitable for anyone who wants to save a trip to the hairdresser's shop. A standard hair clipper can be used to cut simple short hairstyles. But also corrective cuts can be done quickly and easily with a hair clipper.

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Here you can see a typical hair clipper. Which hair clipper is right for you depends on your preferences and intended use.
(Image source: Unsplash / Alexander Andrews)

There is a difference between using a hair clipper in a home setting or in a professional setting such as a barbershop. The differences are also reflected in the price, whereas you don't need a professional hair clipper for occasional use at home.

However, you should know in advance what exactly you want to shave with a hair clipper so that you have an accurate picture of your desired device before you make your purchase decision.

How do I use a hair clipper?

While everyone wants to cut their hair beautifully, no master has fallen from the sky. You may not be completely comfortable with your new device before your first shave, but a few more uses will familiarise you with your clipper.

Before you cut your hair, you should stay calm and not be nervous, because cutting your hair with nervousness is not a good idea.

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A guest gets his hair cut by a hairdresser, but you can also get your hair cut by someone else at home.
(Image source: Unsplash / Firza Pratama)

Before you start shaving, you should first dry your hair. Then set your clippers to the right length. It's important to feel your way carefully, because once you've cut your hair, you can't correct it.

In order to achieve the same length everywhere, the clipper should be positioned so that the end of the comb is touching the head and the tip of the clipper head is also pointing towards the scalp.

To achieve the best result, you should shave against the direction of your hair growth. Finally, use the trimmer to refine the contours around the neck and ear.

Can I also use a beard trimmer for my hair?

Basically, you can use a normal beard trimmer to shave the hair on your head or body.
Beard hair is thicker and more curly than head hair.

However, beard hair trimmers are not explicitly designed for this purpose. They differ from conventional hair clippers in terms of blade shape, blade material and cutting width.

The blades of beard trimmers are usually finer, as beard hair is thicker and curlier than head hair.

But beard trimmers also differ from hair trimmers in size, weight and shape, and we advise you to buy a hair trimmer as well as a beard trimmer.

What should I look for when buying a hair clipper for children?

For children, you should make sure that you use hair clippers that are quiet, as children's sense of hearing is very sensitive.

In addition, a clipper that is too loud is very stressful for children and they may become frightened or restless. This makes it harder for you to cut their hair. Apart from that, the same buying criteria apply as for an adult.

How much does a hair clipper cost?

The price of your hair clipper depends primarily on the purpose for which the hair clipper is needed. It also depends on the budget and frequency of use.

It would be helpful to think about how and for what purpose you want to use your clipper and how much you want to spend on the clipper.

Type price
Hair clippers from 30 euros
Professional hair clippers from 100 euros

Cheap devices for occasional use can be had for as little as 30 euros and are sufficient for simple applications. For more demanding conditions and more options, you should invest around 50 euros upwards. Good professional hair clippers can be found in a price range starting at over 100 euros.

What are the alternatives to hair clippers?

As mentioned above, you can also use your beard trimmer for other parts of your body if you don't want to buy an additional device and you accept the disadvantages of a beard trimmer.

Wet shavers can act as a complement to hair clippers.

An alternative to hair clippers are classic razors. They are cheaper to buy and more precise when cutting, as they can fit closer to the skin than hair clippers. However, they are more expensive in the long run, as you have to factor in the price of hair mousse/hair gel and new blades.

How do I clean a clipper?

Cleaning a clipper is quite easy and you can clean any clipper in a few minutes. You should follow the steps below:

  • Switch off the appliance and unplug it from the mains
  • Remove the comb attachment, rinse under running water and dry
  • Sweep away the hair around the comb blades with a brush
  • Open/remove shaving head, remove hair, if possible rinse blades and shaving head with water
  • Lubricate blades with maintenance oil

Of course, each appliance is slightly different and you should familiarise yourself with your clipper before cleaning it for the first time.

What grease/oil should I use on a hair clipper?

Using oil is very beneficial for the longevity and hygiene of the blades. However, not all oils are suitable for maintaining the blades. We recommend that you use oils that are specifically designed for clipper heads or that are recommended by the manufacturers of your clipper.

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