Gentlemen, it’s likely been a while since you were able to sit in a barber’s chair and walk away feeling freshly groomed. And while some may be embracing a woodsier, shaggier, ’70s-inspired look, we’re guessing plenty of you are going a little crazy without regular, fresh cuts.
While there’s no replacing the experience of easing into a sleek barber’s chair, surrounded by the bustle of other humans and the scent of Barbicide, there are other ways to get the job done. We’ve rounded up some popular clippers for those feeling unkempt enough — and adventurous enough — to attempt resuming their regular routines at home. The tools below will help keep you feeling presentable all over.
This clipper from Andis has two major selling points: its sheer power and its undeniable elegance. The charging cradle fires up the lithium-ion battery of the cordless clipper in just an hour; the clipper then delivers over 90 minutes of nonstop power. An LED light indicates battery levels, so there’s no guessing involved.
This tool functions on a high-speed rotary motor, with the speed of its carbon steel blades exceeding 7,200 SPM (strokes per minute). Constant speed technology means that the clipper won’t drag or stall. This Master® is built from lightweight and incredibly durable — unbreakable, even — aluminum. Want a coarse cut? How about a fine trim? The blades are adjustable, gents, so you can maintain your preferred pre-quarantine look. (Though there’s nothing to say you can’t get a little experimental!)
Real talk: it’s important to groom more than just the hair on your head. Manscaped is a company with an important mission, providing a select range of grooming products for men while working with the Testicular Cancer Society to promote self-care and personal health, adopting an entertaining approach to educating men on early detection and self-screening.
The handsome Lawnmower 2.0 features a 6,000 RPM motor. The trimmer’s QuietStrokeTM technology allows it to handle all manner of hair textures (even coarse and ultra-curly) without tugging, all while the SkinSafeTM technology in the replaceable ceramic blade module prevents it from nicking and snagging. This is one safety-centric little tool that can work wonders in your grooming arsenal.
Maybe it’s the nostalgia of the classic barbershop experience that gives us a certain affinity for retro-inspired grooming tools. This Classic 76 from Oster, made in the USA, has a vintage barbershop aesthetic that will send you right back to the days of tagging along to appointments with your father or grandfather, waiting with a lollipop in the corner.
This classic clipper honours the company’s 120-year heritage. It’s a heavy-duty professional-grade clipper that boasts exceptional power, an ergonomic design to offset fatigue, and a convenient hanging loop. This clipper comes with a detachable Cryogen-x blade system (the clipper includes 2 at purchase, though there are 13 blade sizes available), a blade guard, blade oil, clipper grease, a cleaning brush, and instructions. This is the tool you’ll need if you want to take your home grooming routine to professional levels.
While the Oster Classic 76 may harken the past, the Bevel Trimmer is all about the future. This limited-edition tool is shaped like a little sci-fi rocket, and in its minimalist charging stand, it serves as a beautiful accessory worthy of prime placement on a vanity. It also boasts a futuristic kind of power, with up to 8 hours of consistent use before requiring a charge. The tool-less blade adjustments mean no hassle with screwdrivers, and the soft-touch grip with 360° non-slip handling all make for a smooth, painless experience. This is the trimmer to go for if you’re all about sharp, precise lines.
The Bevel Trimmer comes with a blade, blade oil, microfibre bag, brush, and charger.
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Once you’ve finished cutting the hair and grooming below the waist, it’s time to pay some attention to that jawline. The Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 7200 features an integrated vacuum system to make the trimming experience as mess-free as possible; it catches up to 90 percent of cut hair, with a high velocity motor and fan system working in tandem to suction, lift, and capture any shavings. This Beardtrimmer is all about efficiency; it features innovative “lift and trim” technology, meaning it lifts and guides hairs, while the self-sharpening steel blades are double sharpened to cut more hairs per pass. Furthermore, the Norelco features 20 built-in length settings with a turn of the zoom wheel, allowing you to maintain your desired level of scruff, no matter how long you’ll have to wait for your next trip to the barbershop.