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Best Hair Clippers For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get Great Hair Clippers at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Conair HCT300RGB Combo CutWahl 79520-3101 Groom ProWahl Homepro Color-codedWahl 79530-400 Power-Pro 15 PieceWahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro
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Average Price
 
 
 
 
 
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8.4
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Features Needed
Complete Kit
- 20 Piece
- 21 Piece
- 25 Piece
- 15 Piece
- 24 Piece
Light Weight
Powerful Motor
Features Not Needed
Cordless with Rechargeable Battery
Cordless with Replaceable Battery
Includes Detail Trimmer
Professional Grade
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Home haircuts can save you a lot of money. The challenge is finding clippers that function well but don’t break the bank. It makes sense to choose one that offers all the tools you’ll need for everyone in the family. That usually means a kit including several clipper guards of varying lengths, a brush for cleaning the clipper blades, a small bottle of oil for maintenance and a good pair of shears for trimming around the ears. 

Power

Weak motors can cause clippers to catch painfully on the hair, especially for people with thick, coarse hair. Choosing a model with sufficient power sometimes means choosing one with a power cord. Check customer reviews carefully on battery operated models to be sure they have sufficient power to cut without catching.

Selecting Grade

Professional clippers are heavier and more sturdy than home models because they need to trim thousands of heads and endure hours of use. The clippers you choose should be good quality, but they won’t face the same abuse that salon clippers see. Plus, the extra weight of heavy-duty clippers might be cumbersome for a nonprofessional. For this reason, there’s no need to pay for professional grade. You’ll save money and be more satisfied using a model designed for home use.

Design

Ergonomics may matter to you if you have several heads to trim. While not a vital part of operation, consider the ergonomics involved in the model you choose. If you’ll be using the clippers on several heads in a row, you’ll want a handle that is curved to fit the shape of your hand.

Other Things to Know

Hair clippers come in three different power options.  The most popular is a corded option that plugs into the regular outlet.  You can also get a clipper that is cordless with either regular or a rechargeable battery.  You will pay a premium for a good cordless rechargeable.  Watch out for cordless ones with replaceable batteries because some of them aren't as powerful and you have to keep buying batteries.  We recommend getting a regular corded model because it provides plenty of power and you're probably never going to use it when a outlet isn't around.

Another great add on that many kits come with is a detail trimmer.  It's a really good idea to buy a set that has this so you can perfectly line up side burns and around the edges.

Using Clippers

The level of satisfaction you experience when using at home clippers depends on using them correctly. Those who don’t take the time to read and follow instructions can run into trouble. With that in mind, follow these tips when using home hair clippers:

  • Use clippers on dry hair only.
  • Use the cape that comes with the kit, or a plain bed sheet to keep falling hair off the sitter’s clothing and body.
  • Use guards shorter than No. 4 can lead to sunburn on the scalp.
  • When using a guard, work against the grain of hair growth in an upward motion.
  • Use a slow and steady motion in narrow passes.
  • Start with the longest guard to become familiar with using the clippers, and then choose the length you’ll ultimately use.
  • Clean clippers after every use with rubbing alcohol then brush a thin coat of oil on the blades before storing.
  • Use cornstarch and a brush to remove hair clippings left on the skin. You could also plan for a shower immediately after the cut to remove these annoyances.
Brands and Pricing

Wahl is by far the most popular brand of home hair clippers. Andis and Conair also offer clippers for the home at reasonable prices. Expect to pay between $25 and $40 for a good quality kit that includes everything you need. 

Features You Need
Complete Kit, Light Weight, Powerful Motor
Features You Don't Need
Cordless with Rechargeable Battery, Cordless with Replaceable Battery, Includes Detail Trimmer, Professional Grade
What You Should Pay
Between $24.00 - $27.00
Top Of The Line Price
Over $125.00