Our review compares hair clippers on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which hair clipper they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 525 Australians for their feedback on the hair clipper(s) they’ve purchased or been given and used in the last three years.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
Remington was rated five stars for ease of use, performance, value for money, design and overall satisfaction, with four stars for battery and charging performance.
Born out of the firearms company, Remington has gone on to produce a wide array of personal grooming products, including hair clippers. Its range starts with the Personal Haircut Kit, which features hair clippers with an adjustable taper lever and premium chrome finish, along with 13 accessories to help get the cut and finish you’re after.
Those after something a bit more serious might consider the Power X6 Hair Clipper, which includes a Precision dial wheel to help you select from 72 lengths, with Comfort Glide adjustable combs to help you find your look, in addition to a 90-minute cordless use run-time, LED display, washable design and anti-slip grip.
If you’re looking to go back to the woods, the Ultimate Series may be the one for you, with the RX5 and RX7 featuring five cutting heads that can cut as close as 0.2mm to give you the streamlined look. The RX5 is waterproof for easy cleaning, and features a 50-minute run-time, pop-up detail trimmer, LED indicators and comes with a travel pouch to take your good looks with you.
VS Sassoon was rated five stars for battery and charging performance, with four stars for design, value for money, performance and overall satisfaction, and three stars for ease of use.
Known for its range of haircare products, VS Sassoon offers a wide range of hair clippers to choose from. Those who are go a decent amount of time between haircuts may be interested in the Rugged Commander Hair Clipper, a corded model that features 50 precision settings, ear taper combs, turbo power boost for thick hair along with a real rubber non-slip grip to ensure you stay hands-on.
The Super Clip XTP features 70 precision settings, a lithium-ion battery that is capable of a 75-minute cordless runtime (or can be connected to mains power for additional runtime), self-sharpening stainless steel blades and taper control to help give you a precise cut and blend.
Wahl was rated five stars for performance, with four stars in all other categories, including design, ease of use, value for money, battery life and charging performance as well as overall satisfaction.
Wahl has been operating for more than 100 years, with the American brand providing a variety of clippers, trimmers and razors for all your grooming needs. The top-of-the-line Legend hair clipper features longer teeth to accommodate thicker hair, with an extended taper lever providing cutting lengths between 0.7mm and 1.7mm. It also comes with eight guide combs, blade guard and an LED indicator to help you keep an eye on your charge time.
The Taper 2000 Corded Clipper features an angled Taper Blade to help you achieve the look you’re after, along with a V5000 Vibrating Motor with 6,000rpm to cut through long and thick hair. It also features a 3m cord, and 40mm cutting width and four guide combs.
Braun was rated five stars for battery life and charging performance, with four stars in all other categories, including ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction.
One of the most well-known brands in the grooming market, German brand Braun has been operating for nearly a century and offers plenty to help you look and feel good. Available at most electronics retailers and grooming stores, Braun usually sells ‘all-in-one’ styling kits with beard trimmers that feature hair clipping capabilities – ideal for anyone looking for multifunctional clippers that can take care of the hair on your head and face. Braun also offers beard trimmers with hair clipping capabilities.
The MGK7221 All-in-one trimmer features a lithium-ion battery that has 100 minutes of trimming runtime, with a 5-minute quick charge if you’re after a quick trim, with a one hour charge time if you’re looking for multiple trims. It also features a washable and waterproof design to help you keep it clean, with adjustable combs that cut between 0.5 to 21mm.
Philips was rated three stars across all categories, including design, performance, ease of use, battery life and charging performance, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Dutch electronics giant Philips offers multiple hair clipper models, including the Series 5000 and Series 9000. The Philips Series 5000 Washable Hair Clipper has 28 length settings to choose from, ranging between 0.5mm and 28mm, with a 75-minute runtime on an eight-hour charge time. It’s also washable, and even features a beard comb to tackle more than just the top of your head.
The Series 9000 features self-sharpening blades, 60 length settings – ranging from 0.5 to 42mm – that you can choose from the user control button, a 120-minute runtime with a one-hour charge time on its lithium-ion battery, and even comes with a travel pouch to take on the go.
Kmart was three stars in the majority of categories, including ease of use, performance, battery life and charging performance, design and overall satisfaction, with four stars for value for money.
Kmart seems like a one-stop shop for absolutely everything these days, from vacuums to fridges, strollers and yes, even hair clippers. The cult department store has a couple of affordable options you might want to consider, especially if you want a quick haircut at home.
The range includes Kmart’s Cordless Haircut Kit, which comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, plus four trimming combs (3mm-12mm), stainless steel blades and a 12-month warranty. There’s also the 22-Piece Hair Cut Kit, which contains seven trimming combs (3mm-25mm), a taper control lever and left and right ear guides.
If you want your hair clippers to last longer, you can’t go past regular maintenance. Maintenance kits include things like blade oil and clipper spray. The same goes for beard trimmers and electric shavers, many of which now also come with hair clipping functionalities. There are three main steps to proper maintenance:
These steps may seem excessive if you’re just giving yourself a quick crew cut, but they will ensure your clippers perform better for longer.
The maintenance kit will likely come with instructions, but oiling the clippers is probably the easiest and most important thing to do to maintain your clippers. Applying a few drops on the middle of the blade into the teeth, and a couple on the sides will lube up the blades nicely. Turning the blade on will then let the oil set in.
But keep in mind that it’s also a balancing act – too much oil will result in sticky residue, and too little will dry out the blade and can eventually cause it to be near useless for cutting hair. Oiling requires a little effort but goes a long way in extending the life of your clippers.
Before you cut your hair, cleaning the blade area is a good step to ensure hygiene – especially if you’ve been using the same pair of clippers to cut Skip’s fur, too! Most kits come with a brush and cleaning kit, but using your own methods such as an old toothbrush can also prove sufficient. A little bottle of air to blow into the blades can also help. Brushing hair and other bits from the blades can allow the blades to operate more smoothly, extending the life of the clippers.
Although not as essential as if you were working in a barbershop, clipper spray can again go a long way in extending the life of your clippers. Clipper spray keeps the blades from overheating, which is great if your mop is giving the clippers a good workout. Its usefulness doesn’t stop there though; the spray also disinfects the blades, which is useful if the clippers are servicing the whole family or household. For less than $20, the spray should last you a good while and will go miles in ensuring your blades stay healthy.
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This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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