If you’re going to give yourself a proper buzz cut—or any sort of touch-up, for that matter—you’re going to want one of the best hair clippers. Right now, there are dozens of terrific options, whether you’re a DIY newbie or an every-two-weeks veteran. (If you’re a bald-headed guy, you might want to check out an electric shaver, given how nicely they’ll leave your head looking post-cut.)
Once you’re armed with the best-in-class, rechargeable hair clipper of your choice, we’d recommend browsing some celebrity buzz cuts for inspiration and then committing the beard-to-ratio rules to memory. After that, feel free to refer back to GQ‘s at-home buzzcut guide before taking those clippers to your own hair (or your roommate’s, partner’s, kid’s…). To help you avoid any DIY fiascos, we rounded-up our favorite hair clippers, all of which are available right this very moment, leaving you plenty of time to clean yourself up before your big Zoom call next week.
Best Overall Hair Clipper: Panasonic hair clipper
Panasonic’s hair clipper is an investment, but well worth the spend. This is one of the sturdiest devices, outlasting any drops or checked-luggage abuse. It has some of the fastest blades in the game, at 10,000 rpm, and it’s cordless, with a 50-minute run time. You can achieve dozens of different lengths with the adjustable clipper, and the carbon-fiber and titanium shell looks sleek in its upright charging stand.
Best Full Clipping Set: Wahl hair cutting kit
The clipper set you remember owning in college, or from when your mom shaved your head in high school, is also the web’s best-selling. The self-sharpening steel blades on Wahl’s professional model are as durable as any you’ll find in the barbershop, but helpfully labeled for beginners (with 21 pieces for added customization).
Best Professional Barber Clippers: Andis Master cordless hair clipper
Yes, it’s expensive, but this is the holy grail of hair trimmers. It’s got a satisfyingly hefty and waterproof stainless steel body, a powerful motor, and the lithium-ion battery delivers 90 minutes of cordless use after just a quick one-hour charge. The best thing about the Andis master blades is their ability to cut through all hair types. This clipper can cleanly shear the most coarse, unruly hair—as well as thin hair—with precision. If you’ve got especially coarse hair, the device can be “zero gapped”, which is to say it can be aligned to cut hairs with some serious oomph.
Best Vacuum Clipper: Remington vacuum-blade hair clipping kit
You can’t overstate the magic of a vacuum-ized hair clipper. Remington’s also comes with 11 different blade guards for fading and tapering (though those tools are probably best left to the professionals). The fixed combs cut between 1.5 and 25mm, and it’ll run with or without its power cord charger. Plus, that vacuum head to keep things tidy.
The Best Ergonomic Clipper Blade: Mangroomer palm-held hair clipper
With nine guards, Mangroomer’s palm-held clipper delivers a customizable clip as it glides beautifully over and around your dome. The ergonomic design makes it easy to buzz the back and sides, unlike the awkward fumbling that some clippers require. And, for what it’s worth, cutting with this guy is actually lots of fun; it’s the device to get if you plan on being bare-headed forever.
The Best Corded Clipper: ConairMAN hair clipping kit
Between the scissors, clips, combs, and full set of guards to control cutting length, this set does everything. It also includes two other devices for detailing your facial hair, as well as snipping errant eyebrows, nose hairs, ear hairs, and the lot. The clipper itself is corded, just like at the barbershop, so it isn’t great for taking on the road, but if you’re looking for home use, these will serve you well.
The Best Travel-Friendly Clipper: Wahl Peanut
Pack the Wahl Peanut in your bag for touch-ups and styling on the go; At only 4 inches long and weighing just 4 ounces, it totes easily and doubles well as a cheek and neckline detailer, should your weekend beard need a dusting-off. The storage case is sold separately, but you can still pick up the whole rig for under $100.
The Best Bargain Clipper: Philips Norelco hair clipper
Philips Norelco has built an all-around powerful and reliable clipper, with up to 40 length settings (0.4-20mm) and three interchangeable guards. It has a 90-minute battery life after a 1-hour charge, and helps lift low-tilted hairs so that nothing slips past its teeth. And when you compare price with capabilities, it’s one of the best buys of the batch.
Best Tool for Clean Edges and Detailing: Andis cordless T-blade outliner
Andis’ cordless T-blade trimmer is essential if the task at hand is a cleanup of your edges: from dome to sideburns to neckline, this thing draws the cleanest lines. Typically, this is for guys who want periodic cleanups between visits to the barber, or who trim their hair to a uniform, low length at home but also want to mind the details. Plus, it’s Andis, which means top-tier barbershop quality.
Wahl’s got three entries on this list for a reason: when it comes to at-home touch-ups, it’s tough to beat the brand’s salon-approved pedigree. The Elite Pro is exactly what is sounds like—a babershop-level clipper with an excellent overall build, an extremely powerful motor, and extra-sharp precision blades, all backed by a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry about it going kaput right before your next trim.
Remington’s high-quality hair clipper is one of the best on the market because of the attention it pays to the needs of at-home DIY barbers. Its rubberized grip and compact size make it easy to maneuver while a removable blade system ensures clean-up is equally breezy. Its motor is impressive but remarkably quiet, whirring along at a low hum that won’t wake your roommates—or the kiddos passed out on the living room couch.
Oster is a perennial barbershop staple, so it’s little surprise that its adjustable clipper gets the job done at home, too. Though it comes with just four combs, its razors are sharp and well-suited to buzzing it all off or tightening-up a once-crispy fade. Best yet, it’s built for ridiculously long use so it won’t sputter out on you middway through. It’s a little pricier than some of its counterparts but well worth the investment, especially if you’re chasing that telltale just-back-from-the-barber look but can’t muster the energy to book an appointment.