Best hair clippers: 6 top buys for an at-home haircut

Tidy up your hair with help from the best hair clippers. These top buys are super easy to use...

Best hair clippers: Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper in use on man
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Investing in a pair of the best hair clippers? Barbers aren't opening until July 4th at the earliest, so if you've been rocking an outgrown do since March and are desperate for a trim, look no further.

It will come as no shock to some that buying the best hair clippers is the hard task, while actually clipping your hair is rather easy. Providing you buy a decent pair, of course. The best hair clippers should ideally be cordless for easier use, they should come with a huge range of length settings and include heads – or combs – in the box to make this job easier. See our top six recommendations below.

Head over to our health and beauty page for more product recommendations when it comes to cutting and styling hair.

How to buy the best hair clippers

Cordless
Consider whether the hair clipper you're buying is cordless or not. It goes without saying that cordless options are easier to use, however you do then have the faff of charging – and remembering to charge – them. If you are buying a cordless model, bear in mind both battery life and charge time.

Length settings
All hair clippers will have a range of length settings so that cutting your hair is made easy. Think about what length you'll be using before buying and ensure that the hair clipper you choose has that particular length setting. Essentially, the more length settings, the better the hair clipper as it can be used by several people – siblings, friends – if they need it.

Heads
Some hair clippers come with heads – or combs – to make this job an easier task. While these can be difficult to store, they do make cutting your own hair, whatever length it may be, effortless and rather hard to mess up.

The best hair clippers 2020

Best hair clippers for men: Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow PRO Technology Hair Clipper

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1. Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow PRO Technology Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers for men: for a fast and even hair cut, there's no other option

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Lengths: 0.5mm to 28mm
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+Washable+Great for thick hair, too+Comfortable to use
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

We rate the Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow as the best hair clipper you can buy for two reasons: it's incredibly easy to use and has 28 easy lock-in length settings. The built in Trim-n-flow PRO technology inside this hair clipper means it works to cut your hair so it flows away from the blades to make the job easier. It can also cut through any hair type and it works twice as fast as other Philips clippers. No matter if you prefer 0.5mm or 28mm, this hair clipper can offer everything. It also includes a stubble comb at 2mm for shorter hairstyles and beards, and you can use the Turbo button to make an easy job of thicker hair. It's also cordless – charge it for just one hour for a whole 90 minutes of cordless use. You can also use it plugged in.

  • Buy the Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow

Best hair clippers cordless: Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240 and Hair Clipper

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2. Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240 and Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers cordless: this Braun model is sharp, fast and efficient

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Lengths: 0.5mm to 20mm
Heads: 4
Reasons to buy
+Washable+Long battery life+Trims beard too+Several attachments+Comes with razor included

The best hair clipper come beard trimmer you can buy is without a doubt the Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240 and Hair Clipper – it's 2-in-1, it features 39 length settings and it's cordless. This 2-in-1 device rids the need for storing and buying two separate products, while it can offer a decent shave on both your face and head. Featuring a precision wheel to select the length you'd like, this hair clipper has 39 length settings from 0.5mm to 20mm. These go up in 0.5m increments. Featuring a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, this hair clipper is cordless so can work for 100 minutes before running out of charge. It takes just one hour to fully recharge and if you're in a hurry, five minutes of charging will last you one clip. In the box comes a range of attachments including a short comb for maintaining shorter to medium hairstyles and an 11mm to 20mm comb for longer hair. And it comes with a Gillette Fusion 5 ProGlide razor for touch-ups and hard to reach areas. 

  • Buy the Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240 and Hair Clipper

Best hair clipper for fades: BaBylissMEN Japanese Steel Digital Hair Clipper

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3. BaBylissMEN Japanese Steel Digital Hair Clipper

Best hair clipper for fades: an easy to use hair clipper with 45 length settings

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Lengths: 45
Heads: 8
Reasons to buy
+Washable+Cordless+LED screen+Great for fades+8 comb guides
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best for long hair

The BaBylissMEN Japanese Steel Digital Hair Clipper makes an easy job of getting that perfect fade in your at-home haircut. Boasting Japanese steel cutting blades, this hair clipper benefits from offering 45 different cutting lengths. Eight click on comb guides come included, too, and fading your hair is easy thanks to this hair clipper's taper control. This lets you twist through five settings between 0.6mm and 3mm. These short lengths are ideal for creating the perfect fade. With a handy LED screen built-in, this hair clipper can show you how much battery it has left before needing to be charged, whether it's locked or not and what taper setting it's on. Cordless for easier use, this hair clipper has a lithium-ion battery that can hold 160 minutes of power from a two-hour charge. There's also a 20-minute quick charge for 20 minutes of use.

  • Buy the BaBylissMEN Japanese Steel Digital Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers to shave head: Wahl Five Star Balding Clipper

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4. Wahl Five Star Balding Clipper

Best hair clippers to shave head: want to shave it all off? This is the best clipper to do so

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Lengths: 0mm
Heads: 1
Reasons to buy
+Close shave+Great for skin-tight fades
Reasons to avoid
-Corded-Only good for one length

An easy to use piece of kit, the Wahl Five Star Balding Clipper does exactly what it says on the tin. Why pay someone to remove all of your hair every two weeks when you can do it yourself at home? Yep, this hair clipper is only suitable for those who want to go bald as it comes with one 0mm head. It features a chrome fine-precision blade for a super close cut, and it can be used for both full head balding and skin-tight fades. It's corded, which is a slight disadvantage, but what it has in wire it doesn't lack in power. It's easy to use – a V5000 oscillating armature motor powers this thing making it sturdy and durable.

  • Buy the Wahl Five Star Balding Clipper

Best hair clippers cheap: Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper

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5. Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers cheap: easy on the wallet and even easier to use

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Length: 3mm to 24mm
Heads: 1
Reasons to buy
+Comes with appliance oil
Reasons to avoid
-Basic-Takes a while to charge

The Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper is our pick of the best cheap hair clipper you can buy. Although it has a low price tag, it performs pretty well and is made by a leading brand. This hair clipper makes an easy job of cutting hair from 3mm to 24mm and offers nine length settings. It comes with one head, a brush and some appliance oil. Safe to say it's a little basic, but, it still gets the job done. Featuring a nickel-metal hydride battery inside, this hair clipper is cordless but it takes a while to charge. Eight hours of charging gives for 40 minutes of cordless use.

  • Buy the Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers under £100: Braun 9-in-1 All-in-One Trimmer MGK5080

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6. Braun 9-in-1 All-in-One Trimmer MGK5080

Best hair clippers under £100: this great piece of kit is a hair clipper, beard, face, nose and ear trimmer AND a body groomer

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Lengths: 0.5mm to 21mm
Heads: 7
Reasons to buy
+Completely waterproof – can be used in the shower+Can do everything!+Comes with a free Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor
Reasons to avoid
-Maybe a bit confusing for some

The mega Braun 9-in-1 All-in-One Trimmer can trim, clip and groom all of the hair on your body! And it's completely waterproof so can be used while showering for less mess. With 13 length settings and four combs included, this 9-in-1 clipper/trimmer/groomer offers a safe shave from 0.5mm to 21mm. It also has a special built-in motor to work with long, thick and dense hair, this device can tackle any type of hair. This motor also ensures a constant cutting speed. Featuring a Li-ion+ battery inside, it can work for 150 per cent longer than most clippers and it lasts for a whopping 100 minutes from just one hour and five minutes of charging. Oh, and it has a five-minute quick charge option for one trim.

  • Buy the Braun 9-in-1 All-in-One Trimmer

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