Best hair clippers 2020: 10 buys for home haircuts

Buy a pair of the best hair clippers and give yourself a trim while your barbers is closed. These ones are easy to use (and in stock)...

Best hair clippers: Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow PRO Technology Hair Clipper in use
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Check out these best hair clippers below for some top recommendations if you want (read: need) a hair cut from home. Whether you hate growing out your hair and would like something for a quick fix, or, you usually cut your hair yourself (we salute you!) but are after an upgrade. These hair clippers (below) are all high performing and easy to use, though we do suggest getting a helping hand from a sibling, parent, partner, or housemate if possible. Check them out...

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What is the best hair clipper?

We rate the Philips Series 5000 Trim-n-Flow Pro Technology Hair Clipper as our best buy. It's easy to use, cordless, waterproof and it comes with three heads. You can use it to trim your hair to any length from 0.5mm to 28mm, and it's comfortable to use. 

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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.

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. 

Best professional hair clippers: Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircutting Kit 79602-017X

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3. Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircutting Kit 79602-017X

Best professional hair clippers: complete with all the accessories, too – scissors, cape and more

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Lengths: 0.5mm to 8mm
Heads: 10
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Comes with lots of accessories – scissors, cape etc+Grades 0.5 to 8+Self-sharpening blades+Comes with a styling guide
Reasons to avoid
-Corded-Not washable

This Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircutting Kit is frequently used by professional barbers, while it's equally as easy to use at home. It's corded – the majority of professional-level hair clippers are – while it's also quite hard to clean since it's not washable, just a note. Other than that it's super powerful and boasts a durable motor. Not just that but 10 attachments come included, and you can use it to cut hair from grades 0.5 to eight. Self-sharpening blades and secure fit guide combs – these are 70 per cent stronger than standard ones – as well as high-quality accessories come included. We're talking scissors, a barber comb, haircutting cape, a storage case, a guide comb bag and more. And, it comes with a Wahl styling guide to help you trim your hair from home. 

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

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4. 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.

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

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5. 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.

Best hair clippers cheap: Braun HC5010 Hair Clipper

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6. 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.

Best hair clippers Wahl: WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper

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7. WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers Wahl: for a very smart finish on your face or head

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Length: 1mm - 3.5mm
Heads: 4
Reasons to buy
+Professional +2-in-1 – for face and head use+Rust-resistant blades+Great for thick hair types or for removing lots of hair
Reasons to avoid
-Corded

The WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper is the UK's best selling professional mains clipper. This WAHL hair clipper is powerful, durable and also corded. With an impressive V5000 motor, it's designed to take on even the thickest and unruly of hair – head or face. With a thumb adjustable taper lever for taper and texture, it's very easy to use. No switching blades necessary and you can choose a cutting length from 1mm to 3.5mm. Talking of blades, the ones that come with are rust-resistant and chrome plated. It's particularly great for removing lots of hair – maybe you are going for a big change? In the box comes four attachments.

Best hair clippers for beginners: Hatteker Professional Hair Clipper

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8. Hatteker Professional Hair Clipper

Best hair clippers for beginners: easy to use and inexpensive

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Length: 0.5- 24mm
Heads: 6
Reasons to buy
+Can be used on hair, beard or face+Easy to use+LED indicator for battery+Long-lasting battery
Reasons to avoid
-A little basic

Boasting a titanium ceramic blade, the Hatteker Professional Hair Clipper is easy to use and it gives great results. It comes with three different attachments for different use – one for your hair, another for your beard and the last for details (moustaches, sideburns). Featuring a precision dial with five cutting lengths from 0.5mm to 2.5mm, you can achieve a wide variety of hairstyles using this hair clipper. It also comes with six guide combs from 3mm to 24mm. It's completely washable so can be used in the shower, while it has one power button and an LED indicator light to show battery percentage. With a run time of up to 2.5 hours after 90 minutes of charging, it's a great pick.

Best hair clipper under £50: Philips Series 3000 Hair Clipper

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9. Philips Series 3000 Hair Clipper

Best hair clipper under £50: for use on your head and face

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Length: 0.5mm - 12mm
Heads: 4
Reasons to buy
+Easy to grip handle+For use on head and face+Stainless steel blades+Long cord
Reasons to avoid
-Corded

The Philips Series 3000 Hair Clipper is great. Not only is it super affordable, but it's easy to use and durable, too. With a linear motor to allow constant, durable cutting power as well as strong, stainless steel blades that will last time and time again, this hair clipper will do anything but irritate your sensitive skin. Not only that but its blade is adjustable from 0.5mm to 3mm, and it comes with four attachment combs to reach grades zero to four. While it is corded – which is expected for the low price tag – it does have a long, 2.4-metre cord and it boasts a textured handle which is easy to grip. The best part? It can be used to shape your hair and beard. Two in one.

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

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10. 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.

How to buy a pair of 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.

How to cut your hair with a hair clipper

We've popped a few tips for cutting hair with a hair clipper below, from Braun

  • Cut the sides first, then the back, and lastly around your neck
  • Work from the bottom of your head to the top
  • Tilt the blade at an angle to create an even fade
  • Have a hand mirror nearby check that it's even on the sides
  • Use the same guard length on the back and sides first
  • Once you have gone over your head once, switch to a lower guard and do the bottom to fade
  • Lift your hair when going around your temples and earlobes

See our guide on how to cut your own hair for more info. 

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