A balding clipper is a versatile grooming tool that can be used in either a personal or professional setting.
The best balding clippers should not only be able to cut through hair easily but also be safe to use, provide an ergonomic handle for complete control, and demonstrate surgical precision – like the Wahl 8110 balding clippers.
In this review and guide, we not only go over some of the most popular balding clippers available on the market, but we also explore a few considerations you should think about before making your purchase.
Best Balding Clippers Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Wahl Balding Clippers
One of the best professional balding clippers for daily use will be the Wahl Professional 5-Star Balding Clippers.
Relying on their V5000+ electromagnetic motor, this balding clipper can cut through the hair of any thickness with absolute ease.
Operating at 120 volts, this corded balding clipper won’t degrade as it gets older thanks in part to the precision-engineered device.
Unlike so many other balding clippers on the market, this balding clipper by Wahl allows you to change out the cutting blade to any one of the several available on their online shop.
This isn’t to say that the cutting blade included on the #8110 balding clipper isn’t good – in fact, it’s great. The included cutting blade (#2105) is a 6×0 blade that is made from surgical-grade titanium.
When going over your scalp, the cutter will trim the hairs to skin level, giving you a bald and irritation-free finish.
If the precision of the blade wasn’t enough, the lengthy 8’ cord allows for plenty of mobility should you be using this clipper either privately in your own bathroom or in a professional barbershop.
The cord is coated with a chemical-resistant finish ensuring that it doesn’t crack or dry out with time.
Wahl sells the 5-Star Balding Clippers in two varieties:
- Single unit
If you are purchasing this for personal use, we suggest that you opt for the kit as it includes attachment combs, blade oil, brushes for clipper maintenance, and a styling comb.
Single unit offerings are best for barbershops where attachment combs, blade oil, etc. are already on-hand.
- Provides a reliable and surgically close cut
- Ergonomic grip for better control
- Terrific construction
- Not for use in other countries (120V)
- Cord may be annoying for personal use
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2. Best Professional Clipper: Andis Master Hair & Balding Clipper
Competing directly with the offerings from both Wahl and Oster will be Andis.
Founded in 1922, Andis is a leader of a variety of handheld grooming tools including clippers, shavers, and of course, the trimmer.
While not marketed directly as a balding clipper, many men in countless forums including BodyBuilding, Badger & Blade, Reddit, and others rave about the quality of the cut that Andis delivers to the scalp with the Andis Master Clipper…
…and it’s easy to see why.
With a cutting blade made from carbon steel, powered by an electromagnetic motor, this little trimmer can slice through your hair at a staggering 14,000 strokes per minute.
That’s 6,800 more strokes per minute than their equally popular Andis T-Outliner Trimmer.
What does this mean for you?
Whether you are buying for professional or personal use, the Andis Master Clippers will make quick work when cutting hair off the scalp.
In addition, the high rate of strokes per minute allows for smoother fades and effectively zero-chance of pulling on the hair.
As mentioned earlier, this trimmer was made for more than just your scalp; men also like to use this on their facial hair as it can cut the hair to skin level without causing any mild irritation or even razor bumps.
Now you might be wondering why we included this one versus the Andis T-Outliner Trimmer?
While the T-Outliner trimmer features a wider head, a respectable 7,200 stroke-per-minute electromagnetic motor, and is priced half of what the Andis Master Clippers cost, we were unable to find any attachment combs that could work with that particular trimmer.
When you make the upgrade to this clipper over the T-Outliner, you also unlock a variety of features that you may find important.
Most notable will be, of course, the attachment combs, but also with the Master Clippers, you get a cutting blade that can be replaced and zero gapped – making it perfect to use as balding clippers.
Lastly, its weight.
While the case is made from lightweight aluminum, the Andis Master Clippers are quite heavy at 20 oz. (or 1.25 lbs.). If buying for personal use, this likely isn’t a big deal. But if you are a barber looking to upgrade your cutting tools, this increased weight may cause fatigue for the first week or so – especially if you are used to handling a lightweight trimmer all day.
- One of the highest strokes per minute
- Quality craftsmanship should last for years (Made in the USA)
- Able to use modern magnetic attachment combs (sold separately)
- Rather heavy for a pair of hair clippers
- Expensive compared to others
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3. Most Versatile: Oster Classic 76 Hair & Balding Clipper
While Andis and Wahl often take over the mindshare when it comes to brands that barbers associate with, a worthy contender when it comes to getting a wickedly good cut on your scalp is the Oster Classic 76.
Evoking that old-time barbershop feel you remember as a kid, the Oster Classic 76 features a cylindrical body coupled with some classic branding opposite of the cutting blade.
While not nearly as ergonomic as the Wahl 5-Star Professional Clippers nor the Andis Master Clippers, the Classic 76 can (and will) make quick work of your scalp.
The slightly longer (9’) cord sends power to the universal (electromagnetic) motor.
Like the Andis Master Clipper, the Classic 76 is heavy. Weighing a stout 1.5 lbs. – it may require some additional reps at the gym in order to not get fatigued during the day.
One thing that the Classic 76 has going for it that many other balding clippers are lacking will be the cutting combs.
The Oster Classic 76 can work with a variety of cutting blades. Therefore, if you want a cut on the blade that is surgically close, opt for the 00000 (that’s 5 zeros) detachable blade. It can cut down to 0.2mm (or 1/125”) in length. A hardly noticeable stubble that is akin to using a cartridge razor (without the irritation, of course).
The Oster Classic 76 is also rather versatile; with a variety of attachment combs, you can easily use this when cutting hair of any length along with some light body grooming (chest, back, and armpits only – we wouldn’t recommend this around the groin region).
- Can work with a variety of cutting blades
- Strong electromagnetic motor delivers a quick and close cut
- Classic design aesthetics give it an old-barbershop feel
- It’s really heavy
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4. Best Cordless: Andis Pro Foil Shaver For Bald Heads
Found in both barbershops and provided bathrooms is the wildly popular Andis Pro Foil Shaver.
This lithium-ion battery-powered shaver in a compact 5 oz. body provides ultimate mobility when it comes to shaving all the hair off your scalp.
With an 80-minute battery run time, it has one of the longest battery lives out there allowing you to focus on removing the hair from your scalp rather than worrying about battery power.
But here’s where it gets a little better:
In the event that you are in the middle of shaving your head and the battery runs out, unlike most foil-based shavers (such as Braun or Panasonic), you can still operate this shaver when plugged in – a welcomed feature, especially for professional barbers.
While we did see some concerns raised in reviews that the foil head on this model is subject to damage, especially if dropped, in true Andis form, you can easily buy an inexpensive replacement head for this razor.
On the inside of the device, Andis relies on a rotary motor. This shouldn’t be confused with a rotary shaving head (this one here is foil). As we outlined all key differences between both foil and rotary shavers in this post, the most important takeaway is that a foil shaver, like the Andis Pro, will cut much closer than your typical rotary head with very little irritation.
While the close-cut may be worrisome for some men, especially those who suffer from razor bumps or ingrown hairs, feedback from men with thick and coarse hair were more than happy with the results from this little shaver.
Lastly, the features on the Andis Pro Foil Shaver. Instead of trying to be a grooming tool that does several things, this foil razor is very simple in both design and features.
With a simple on/off switch, there are no adjustments possible when using this. When using as a balding trimmer, this will likely not be an issue. But if you want to also use this on your facial hair once done, there are no attachment combs that come with this device, limiting you to just a clean-shaven look.
- It’s an affordable small and compact little shaver
- One-dimensional making it a very specific grooming tool
- Long battery life gives it great mobility
- Only cuts to one size
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5. Most Affordable (Cheap): Wahl Super Taper II Hair & Balding Clipper
Featuring the same motor as the Wahl Balding Clippers also reviewed (v5000), the Wahl Super Taper is a great little trimmer to not only use as balding clippers but also for general hair cutting.
If you aren’t looking to go all the way down to the skin level, the Wahl Super Taper includes eight attachment comb cutting guides – giving you much greater control than just simply using the metal cutting blade.
But for those men interested in the Super Taper’s clipping closeness, you can adjust the side lever to cut anywhere between 1mm and 3mm.
While not as surgically close as the Andis Master Clipper or Wahl 5 Star Balding Clippers, the 1mm length is still good.
Powering this electromagnetic motor, you have an 8’ chemical resistant power cord.
The Super Taper II itself weighs about a pound, putting it just below the Andis Master Clipper (in weight).
Lastly, the body design for the Super Taper II is extremely ergonomic, allowing it to rest into the palm of your hand comfortably.
- 8 attachment combs
- Ergonomic body
- Not surgically close cut
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6. Best Personal Clipper: Remington HC4250 Personal Balding Clipper
Designed specifically for shaving your head, the Remington HC4250 is one of the best handheld balding clippers currently available.
What sets this clipper apart from all the others on our list is the curved-head design. This unique power curve blade allows for not only a closer cut of the hair, but also one that is efficient with a head that is 57% wider than standard hair clippers.
Able to make quick work of even the coarsest hair types, it features nine blade settings that can range anywhere between 1.5mm and 15mm – giving you greater control over your preferred style.
The Remington HC4250 features a somewhat slow charging lithium-ion battery (4 hours to completely charge) that provides 40 minutes of run time.
Should you happen to get a dead battery in the middle of cutting your hair, the Remington HC4250 can be powered via a corded connection.
Another nice feature for this balding clipper compared to others reviewed is its ability to be washed. Once you are finished cutting your hair, you just simply run the clipper end under the water for easy cleanup.
- Specifically designed for head use
- Wide-curved blade makes cutting quick
- Wide array of cutting settings
- Long time to charge
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7 Tips for Finding the Perfect Balding Clippers
Consider the following when buying balding clippers:
1. Cutting Length
Whether you are using a balding clipper for personal or professional use, by far, one of the most important features will be the trimming length. Well-made balding clippers can be zero gapped to cut down to skin level. This allows for more precise work for fades, edges, and lines.
Beyond a skin-level cut, the addition of attachment combs and a taper lever allow for greater variety in length.
2. Motor Power
Balding clippers come in a variety of different motors, which include the following:
- Electromagnetic Motor: The most popular motor type found in professional-grade balding clippers are electromagnetic motors. These motors offer a high-blade speed, resulting in a lower chance of tugging or pulling while making for a much smoother cut – perfect for fades. Magnetic motors also have fewer moving parts when compared to other clippers, allowing them to have a much longer life.
- Pivot Motor: Found in trimmers like the Andis Pivot Pro, pivot motors have a much lower blade speed – however, they have a higher power draw. Pivot motors are ideal when cutting naturally thick hair.
- Rotary Motors: These motors are often found in consumer-marketed products rather than in barbershops. Rotary motors may get hot when used for an extended period and are not well-suited for heavy use. However, for personal use, the performance of the rotary motor will be acceptable.
If you want a closer cut than your standard hair clipper, consider brands that offer a shallower set of teeth that are set close together. You can see this demonstrated in the diagram below; the Wahl Balding Blade is significantly different:
Professional balding clippers from brands like Wahl and Oster have replacement blades available for greater customization in performance. Replacement blades are also great should you accidentally drop the trimmer and damage one of the teeth. You can expect to pay about $20 to $25 for a new blade.
4. Corded vs. Cordless
- Corded: Delivers high-performing and consistent results. You will often find corded balding clippers in barbershops.
- Cordless: Perfect for personal or infrequent use. Charge and run time varies depending on the battery type.
5. Ergonomic Handle
An ergonomic handle can give you much better control when holding the clippers. If you want to execute detailed fades or designs, then a balding clipper with a centered weight balance coupled with a body that is easy to hold and fits snuggly into your left or right palm will be ideal.
Additionally, an ergonomic design allows for greater all-day comfort for professional barbers.
6. Attachment Combs
The addition of attachment combs will be great for many uses. Whether for light body grooming or doing a weekend cut on the kids’ hair, an attachment comb extends the versatility of the balding clipper.
Some balding clippers offer some level of water resistance or waterproofing. Waterproof balding clippers make it easier for you to clean the blades after cutting. Simply rinse it under water to clean the blade of any debris. Just make sure the device is unplugged.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.