Best Cordless Hair Clipper Reviews – (Ultimate Guide 2019)

Best Cordless Hair Clipper Reviews – (Ultimate Guide 2019)

Last Update: May 16th 2019 / by Hair Styler Mag

Welcome gentlemen! Please come on in – wipe your feet, hang your jacket by the door and get comfy while I give you our 2016 round up of all you’ll ever need to know to navigate the best cordless hair clippers on the market.

Wireless clippers or trimmers are a fantastic edition for any gent, be it in their bathroom cupboard collection, or packed away with the toiletries for trips away. Whether you’re looking to self style that hair-do or beard, or if it’s just to tidy up around the edges to keep you looking your freshest, the practicality of wireless clippers makes them a real must have.
Whether you’re looking for a truly professional standard, or if price is priority, we cover all of them in our cordless clippers review list.

Best Cordless Hair Clipper Reviews – (Ultimate Guide 2019)
Philips Norelco QC5570/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Plus
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4.5 out of 5
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Braun Cruzer 5 Hair Clipper 1 Count
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4 out of 5
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Our #2 Rated
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Wahl 79600-2101 Lithium Ion Cordless Clipper
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4.2 out of 5
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Panasonic ER-GS60-S Self-Hair Clipper Wet/Dry
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4.3 out of 5
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Wahl 85910 Cordless Designer Clipper
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4.5 out of 5
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Our #5 Rated
Philips Norelco QC5570/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Plus
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We were all really big fans of the rotating head on this option, allowing for 180° of movement to help you with those tricky bits like the back of your head, and around the ears.

The battery life is impressive too, a lithium ion battery gives you over an hour of use before charging, making this one a strong contender for portable use. Other features include over a dozen different length options, a nifty pocket-sized design, and self-sharpening razors.

 On the downside, it doesn’t have an expensive feel when it’s in the hand, the materials are quite light and flimsy. Also, while the motor is a clear cut-above the bottom dollar options, it isn’t the most powerful, resulting in a slightly slower cut.

Overall the product receives rave reviews from most users, and given that its price places it nearer to the entry level, it’s a really good starter option. If you’re considering trying to groom yourself at home for the first time, then this is a really safe bet, though it might seem a little “light-weight” to all of the self-grooming pros out there.

Braun Cruzer 5 Hair Clipper 1 Count
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Next up is the Cruzer 5 Hair Clipper from Braun . This little number is very minimal, and simple to use, which suits my personal taste perfectly! Plus it doesn’t come with tonnes of unnecessary, alien looking extras, as the majority of them often do. 

As far as the battery life is concerned, this one wasn’t the best. It seems that on average it needs to be recharged every 5-6 uses or so, roughly 40 minutes of full power use. It can be a pain if you’re rushing out the door for work with a half shaven face! My solution would to keep the charger plugged in nearby, and to connect it after each use so as not to lose track.

Other than this though we found that the Braun Cruzer works pretty well indeed, and it’s perfectly simple to clean. Sitting nearer to the lower end of the price spectrum, this option is excellent value for money.

Wahl 79600-2101 Lithium Ion Cordless Clipper
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Being a bit of a stickler for design, we were really drawn to the sleek chrome design of this option. Though in actual fact the product is kind of plasticky and fragile, so don’t drop it on the bathroom floor!

The main selling point of the Wahl 79600 for me has to be the seemingly eternal battery life. Generally for cordless items like this, the battery life can be a problem, so this is certainly one of the most impressive in that respect.

 The motor is powerful, and the blade cuts through my head or face hair more quickly than cheaper options that I’ve tried, giving a more professional / salon-like experience. Plus it comes with accessories for your head, face, eyebrows and more. Sitting roughly in the middle of the road for price, I wasn’t at all disappointed with the performance of the Wahl 79600.

However there is one major set back to beware of here guys, and it’s when it comes to the cleaning. Unlike many of the other small cordless clippers here, this one isn’t ready for quick cleaning. This means unscrewing components, and taking the clippers apart for regular cleaning and maintenance, which you might well find a chore.

Panasonic ER-GS60-S Self-Hair Clipper Wet/Dry
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The Panasonic ER-GS60-S can be safely used in the shower, which is pretty handy, and also means you clean the clippers while you use them. Personally I’ve found, especially when life is really busy, that personal grooming can be a bit of a chore; so I really appreciate not needing to spend more time on cleaning my equipment than I spend actually using it.

The clipper cuts really well, and the blades are easily adjusted for a range of hair lengths. It does feel a little clunky at first, but it’s comfortable and simple enough to use, ever for an amateur (Oh and here’s an amateur how-to guide). Though the overall design isn’t particularly inspiring, and the extra pieces and attachments are a little cheapy.

Again the overwhelming problem that overshadows the good points of the Panasonic Self-Hair Clipper is the battery life. For me when I think of cordless clippers, my mind immediately imagines what a great travel tool they are. I wouldn’t feel safe travelling unshaven if these were all I had to rely on though.
In the worst case scenarios we’ve found clippers that need 30 minutes or so while of charge before you can use them. With these though you might find the need to reschedule your life around them. These take not far short of two hours to fully charge, and even then the battery certainly isn’t fit for professional use.

Wahl 85910 Cordless Designer Clipper
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Next is one of our personal favorites at Hair Styler Mag, the Wahl 85910 Cordless Designer Clipper. Sitting at the upper end of the price range doesn’t always mean anything, but the difference here was clear, and the Wahl model really ticked all the boxes for me.

The design has a more permanent feel than other options on the market, probably because it looks less like a personal travel tool and more like what you’re used to seeing in the barbers. Plus in reviews online there are plenty of barbers recommending this model, even for professional use.

It cuts quickly, and effortlessly through my hair, and is a great shaving tool. Cleaning is no hassle at all, plus it charges really quickly, and lasts for hours of use. So there are really no complaints at all from us, strong recommendations all round for this one.

All of this said, it is a pricier model than the others by some jump, and this might understandably make some a little hesitant. All I would say though is that this product is a pleasure to use, and without any of the usual limitations.

What’s Your Hair Type?

Different hair types work well with different clipper models, different blade types, and even different motors, so be sure to take this into consideration.
Thin, light hair won’t require the same power clippers that long thick hair will to cut through. Likewise if you have an afro-caribbean hair type, some models will work better for your hair than others.

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How Often Will You Use It?

Are you looking for something to give you a little tidy up once a month or so, or looking for your daily one stop grooming product? If it’s the first thing, then perhaps you don’t want to spend an arm or a leg. If you want to shave your head twice daily, groom your beard, and use your clipper for all over body use, it might be worth investing a little more.

How Much Could You Save?

How much does your yearly haircut budget usually come to? If you go once 6 weekly for a $10 trim, then maybe it isn’t worth the hassle of learning a new skill, and making the investment. If you usually have your hair cut very regularly though you could be saving yourself a small fortune over a lifetime.

All the Things You Can Do With It!

Your new clippers will be able to replace your hairdresser / barber regime, and maybe your friends will even be grateful for your purchase. The best clipper models that we feature at the HairStyleLab can be used for head hair, face hair, eyebrows, beard grooming, as well as body hair.

Types of Cordless Clipper

It’s no surprise if you’re in unfamiliar terrain when perusing through the volumes of cordless clippers on the market, which is why we’re here to help. Below are some tips facts about the different types of cordless clippers out there, so you know what you’re looking for.

Which Motor?

There are three main types of clipper motor available, here is a summary of each:

Pivot Motor

slower blade speed, great power, good stamina

The pivot motor packs a strong punch, and is good for all day use, though the blade cuts a little more slowly.

Works best for thick, heavy, even damp hair.

 Magnetic Motor

fast blade speed, good power, poor stamina

Ideal for at home, occasional use. The fast blade speed makes for a faster, easier, and smoother cut than the pivot motor, but it heats up quickly and as such is generally used for cheaper models.
Works best for thin, drier hair.

Rotary Motor

A decent balanced volume of speed and power, with great stamina

The rotary motor offers the best for all worlds, and as such takes the main role in professional cutting.
Works best for a diverse range of haircuts, right through the day.

Which Battery Type

While there are many models out there using standard rechargeable batteries, there are also plenty with more state of the art battery technology. Which is best for you depends on your personal needs.
If you do require a more long lasting battery then be sure to check out the clippers using Lithium Polymer, or Lithium Ion batteries. They last much longer, and have a longer life-space than traditional rechargeable battery units.

Which Hair Type

If you’re an at home user, then be sure to keep in mind your specific hair type in mind before buying a clipper. Depending on if you have light or heavy, thin or thick, or if you have an ethnic hair type, then you should be conscious that the cordless clipper of your choice is suitable. Different motor speeds are good at different functions. If of course you are a hair professional, then you need a motor and clipper that can cater to diverse hair-cutting.

Maintaining Your Cordless Hair Clippers

If you’ve just purchased your first set of hair clippers, you’ve probably used them a handful of times, disregarding the slow build-up of grime and dirt, hoping it will fall away in the night. Sadly this is not the case, and you’ll probably have to get to grip with learning how to maintain your new clipper. 

Just so you know, this isn’t necessarily the case, and if you really despise this sort of task then there are certain ways around it. Firstly you can get self-sharpening blades, which sharpen as they’re used thanks to the blades angle. You can also find models that are water resistant, and have easy release features for quick and painless cleaning under the tap.

Here are some things you might want to look out for though in any case.

Check Regularly for Dirt, Hairs, and Rust

Every couple of uses or so (preferably every use to be honest!) you should remove the blade guards, and at very least make sure the hairs have been removed, that no dirt or grime is trapped, and that there is no rust on the blade. If there is rust then you’ll need some cleaning solution, or if dirt is trapped then you might want to take it apart and give it a quick brush. 

5 Must have features for a clipper

Generally, all hair clippers are intended to work on all hair types. While this may be true, thick black hair requires more power and sharper blades in order to achieve a sleek cut. You may often see the brands Wahl, Andis, and Oster as the top favorites in barbershops as many stylists swear by them.

Before you decide which is best, you must ask yourself a few questions first.

  • What’s your level of experience?
  • What accessories would you need?
  • Who are the clippers for?
  • Will the hair clippers be used for home or professional use?

Answering these questions first will help you determine what you need exactly and help you proceed to the best features of a clipper. Consider clippers that provide adjustable flat head screws to minimize the noise and speed up trimming.

Here are the 5 Must-Have Features for a Clipper!

1.    Sharp Blades

The construction and quality of the blades are important for thick black hair. Many hair clippers have extremely sharp blades that are able to cut through pretty much anything. Those with black thick hair need sharp blades if they want to achieve a sharp trim. Clippers must have detachable blades to cut in various lengths, depending on the size of the blade.

Blades must also be in excellent condition with both durability and reliability. Using the best blades should require minimal maintenance while keeping sharp edges with optimal functionality. Consider a high-quality carbon steel blade that is also adjustable. Some clippers have a fairly dull blade that might pull hair during the process.

2.    Strong Motor

The motor is important for every clipper as it indicates how well the performance of the unit is. The motor must be powerful enough to cut through thick, curly hair. Powerful motors often have a higher price, but this will also determine the quality of the clippers. There are three options when it comes to the type of motor that will work best for black hair. This includes:

·       Rotary Motor

The rotary motor is also known as a universal motor, due to its powerful performance.

·       Pivot Motor

The Pivot motor is the most powerful motor within the three, though it may also be the slowest.

·       Magnetic Motor

The magnetic motor is an excellent choice for black hair, especially when it comes to its speed. Magnetic motors provide a consistency in power with a high blade speed. The motor tends to operate at high speeds to ensure smooth, sharp cuts. Thick black hair will have no issues as the blade will cut well from the magnetic motor. Magnetic motors produce about 14,000 cutting strokes per minute with ideal accuracy. It is ideal for cutting thick hair.

3.    Guides

Most high-quality hair clippers provide attachment and/or comb guides that range from 0.8mm – 1 inch. Accessories can be expensive when purchased separately. This is important to consider as the customer will decide the length of their hair to be cut. Professional-grade hair clippers have more accessories aside from the clippers which could increase the quality. Others have special equipment that helps make them more portable.

Each hair style requires different lengths, so having your guides ready will come in handy. From the accessories, attachment combs, tools for maintenance and cleaning is also a must. Choose models that offer special warranties that make accessories replaceable if damaged.

4.    Heavy-duty Casing

The exterior of the clipper is an important feature for all hair clipper models as this plays a huge role in the durability of the product. The housing must be able to absorb heat. It must also be stylish and aesthetically pleasing as some models tend to have an out-dated look. Casing types must also be resistant to sudden impacts, especially if dropped. The housing should be designed in such a way that will make the device safe and user-friendly.

5.    Portability

A majority of the top hair clippers are relatively portable. Technically, hair clippers are compact enough to travel with. However, some devices are simply too heavy to move freely and use on the daily. Some models also become overheated when used in medium-long periods of time. This will affect portability and efficiency as well.

Blade Sharpening

As mentioned this isn’t necessary for all clippers and blades, but in most of the cases, you’ll have to sharpen your blade occasionally. For this, you’ll need a honing stone / Waterstone, a magnet to hold the blade still, and a cloth. Simple! Place the blade teeth facing down on the magnet, and glide the honing stone down along it. When finished apply some oil before wiping them completely dry with the cloth.

Clipper Oil

Clipper oil is a must for all clippers, and is often underestimated in its capacity to keep your clippers working their best.

Neglecting to oil your clippers can result in a sloppy, inconsistent cut that leaves you wondering whether the entire tool might be broken. In the case where you’ve neglected to oil your blade, this is probably the problem. The oil helps the clipper to reduce the friction which causes it to overheat, as well as fending off rust, and preventing a blockage. This applies for nose hair trimmers as well.

Bottom Line

We hope our cordless clipper reviews have been informative in your online search for the best cordless hair clippers. We have far more great info around the site for you to check out about other types of clippers (balding and pro for example), technical information, self-cutting tutorials and more.