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When asked, most hairstylists advise against a DIY haircut—and with good reason. Unless you’re a trained professional, the end result might be the complete opposite of what you originally planned. But, if you find yourself at home and in need of a simple trim or quick buzz, it might be easiest (and most wallet-friendly) to do it yourself.
Before you get started, it’s important to have all the tools you need. “Be prepared with your clippers, size guards, a mirror, and a towel or cape,” says celebrity hairstylist Mia Santiago. Once you’re armed and ready, Santiago suggests starting with a higher-numbered guard on your sideburns first to ensure you won’t be cutting your hair too short. “If you think it’s too long, work your way down to the next guard until it’s right for you.”
With these tips in mind, explore our roundup of the best professional hair clippers.
Best Overall: Andis Slimline Pro Lithium Ion T-Blade Trimmer
“I’m a big fan of Andis,” says Santiago. “The adjustable blade is a big help when blending your fade.” Reviewers agree: The T-blade trimmer allows the user to cut clean outlines and designs. Plus, the sleek design and cordless feature make practicing over and over a breeze.
Best Lightweight: Wahl Lithium Ion Multi-Groomer Chrome
A powerful battery and lightweight feel make this clipper a standout choice. Reviewers like the versatility of the guard sizes as well as the sharpness of the blade. And with a little over three hours of run time, you can take your time to perfect your look.
Best All-in-One: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
A dual cut plus a stainless-steel blade equals a precise trim every time. And don’t be overwhelmed by the number of accessories (23!)—this clipper is meant to be the answer to all your hair trimming woes. It can be used pretty much anywhere—just remember to use the appropriate guards.
Best Waterproof: Hatteker Mens Beard Trimmer Cordless Hair Trimmer
Everything about this clipper is adjustable—from the tunable blade to the precision dial to the guide combs. But, hands down, its most useful feature is that the entire tool is waterproof—so you can bring this in the shower with you.
Best for Beginners: Braun All-in-One Trimmer
The easy-to-use accessories—including a nose and ear trimmer—and additional razor blade make this kit ideal for those who want a touchup or a clean shave. And with its autosensing technology, it automatically adjusts its power based on the thickness of your beard.
Don’t forget to take your time. Your first buzz won’t be perfect—neither will your second or third. But, practice makes perfect, so spend some time exploring all the features of your clipper and its accessories.