For many of us, living in isolation means learning how to do tasks that we’ve previously outsourced to others, especially when it concerns grooming. While some might think it’s safe to go to the barbershop right now, it’s still the perfect time to learn how to cut your own hair, whether it’s a buzzcut, undercut, or just a quick trim.
The good news with these quarantine haircuts is that you don’t need a boatload of products to nail the look. You just need a hair clipper to quickly cut large chunks of hair and a trimmer to clean the edges of your mane.
To make sure you can use them for more than just one haircut, don’t store them in your bathroom. “That’s because the moisture from hot showers can cause the blade to rust,” Hung Nguyen, who works at Fellow Barber in New York, tells The Manual. “This can lead to your clippers not running properly, or worse, snagging when you try to run it through your hair. Instead, store them in a dry area near the bathroom.”
Ahead, we found the best hair clippers and trimmers available in 2020.
Andis Master Cordless Clipper
Socially distancing from our barbers has been difficult to say the least. If you’re going to cut your own hair at home, we highly recommend Andis’ cordless clipper, which is a favorite among professional barbers for its long battery life, sleek design, and adaptability. It’s durable enough to run through thick, coarse hair without any nicks, but can also gently trim fine hair. It’s been a lifesaver for influencer Phillip Holmes, who uses this daily to keep his lineup sharp. Yes it’s expensive, but it’s an investment that’s built to last, which is why it’s a winner of The Manual 2020 Grooming Awards.
Gamma Plus Ergo Clipper
Ergonomic means efficiency and comfort, and that’s just what Gamma Plus’ clipper does. Running at 10,000 strokes per minute (for comparison, regular models run at 2,000 strokes), this Italian-made gadget is surprisingly quiet given its power. It also has a two-hour battery life, which is plenty of time to cut and shape your mane.
Remington Virtually Indestructible All-in-One Grooming Kit
Looking for a multi-purpose clipper at a great price point? Grab Remington’s taxi-colored cutter, which comes with five clip guards, and a beard attachment so you can shape your mane and facial hair in one go. While it’s smaller than most of our other favorite clippers, it definitely punches above its weight class. We found that it can still cut hair relatively quickly, and without any snagging.
Oster Classic 76 Universal Motor Clipper
Barbers call this clipper a beast for a reason. A sturdy body and a 45-watt motor (similarly priced clipper motors average about 15 watts) allow it to plow through even the curliest hairs with speed and ease without any nicks or cuts. Perfect if you want a quick quarantine buzz cut. Beware though, its motor is as loud as it is powerful.
Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold Pro Electric Head and Face Razor
Great for guys who want a shaven-head look, but don’t want to use a wet razor shave, Skull Shaver’s latest offering features a four-head blade that can cut closely without damaging skin. Better yet, it’s water-resistant, so you can use it right after hopping out of the shower, and its detachable blade makes for easy cleaning.
Philips Norelco Hair Trimmer Series 5100
Incredibly versatile, this Philips product doubles as a hair trimmer and clipper with a slightly rounded blade for a more even cut. We love its built-in precision lengths at 0.2 mm increments, which are incredibly easy to adjust. It also features a 70-minute battery life after a one-hour charge.
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