My favorite electric hair clipper

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I feel funny asking questions about a hair trimmer on BoingBoing, but I was literally just trying to figure out which one to buy (there are nine trillion of these on amazon now)…Does this one work well using just the bare blade, or is it solely for use with the various guards?

How is it for beard trimming?

What are you planning to use it for? I’ve had similar devices and they’ve all cut hair without the guard. Keep in mind, though, that I’m using it to trim my mustache hairs and to maintain the line on my beard on my neck and on my chin. It might not work well if you’re doing something more complicated.

I had a trimmer with aa NiMH battery, and it would go dead between uses. I replaced it with another that has a LiON battery, and it holds a charge for weeks. Don’t get a trimmer without a LiON rechargeable battery.

In our family, we cut our own hair. We use this:

With every haircut, this must be put on the blades first or you’ll risk burning the motor out fast:

We have been using our clippers for at least 15 years, probably closer to 20. We change the blades out about once every two years.

The plastic guards are useful for beginners, or if you just want to cut your own hair on your own head to one length, eyes closed, hoping you get it all.

Wahl has always worked best for me and my beard. They have a huge range of “fence” depths to choose from also.

If you’re looking for LiON, this is the best one:
Best LiON


My wife cuts my hair. We had tried all kinds of clippers, usually on the cheap side. Around 10 years ago we got an Oster Classic 76 and a collection of blades and some oil.
These are by far the best we ever used. Yes they cost more, but in my mind it’s better to get the right tool once rather than going through cheaper options multiple times through the years. Cutting hair or having someone else cut your hair with these is really pleasant, fast, and easy to cleanup. With these it always takes less than 5 minutes to get the job done.

Oster '76 is what the professionals use and they last if taken care of.

Almost everything else is junk that will need be replaced over and over if you cut your own hair.

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