The Oster Classic 76 is the top of the line when it comes to hair clippers, according to reviewers. It's made to withstand the daily rigors of salon and barbershop life. Experts say the powerful universal motor makes light work of cutting even the thickest hair -- whether it is wet or dry. It's encased in sturdy Valox plastic resin housing that gives it a hefty feel and ensures its durability. Users are also pleased with the heavy-duty cord, which isn't easily tangled. The Classic 76 has an interchangeable blade system with 13 sizes (ranging from 1/2-inch to 1/125-inch) available for various hair lengths. The kit includes two blades (additional blades and comb guides must be purchased separately), a blade guard, blade oil, clipper grease and a cleaning brush.
Reviewers say the Oster is a bit too cumbersome for do-it-yourself hair stylists since its size and weight make it hard to maneuver around your own head. Still, several at-home users say they use it to cut the hair of their children or spouses. If you prefer a lightweight hair clipper, the Wahl Chrome Pro Deluxe (*Est. $40) gets good reviews. The Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper (*Est. $75) is another alternative. It is nearly (though not quite as) powerful as the Classic 76, but costs less, weighs less and is quieter.
We found the most reliable analysis of the Oster Classic 76 at Amazon.com, where more than 150 owner-reviewers discuss its durability, ease of use and overall quality. The men's hair guide at About.com recommends the Classic 76 based on years of professional experience. We found additional feedback at GaltTech.com and Buzz-Cut.net.
More than 150 users at Amazon.com rate and review the Oster Classic 76 hair clipper, giving it a high overall rating. Reviewers say the powerful motor can cut through the thickest hair with ease and that the blades produce precise cuts. Several comment on the expense, but most say that the clipper is worth the price even though it is on the heavy and bulky side.
Review: Oster Classic 76 Hair Clipper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Jan. 2012
Dave Alexander, men's hair guide at About.com, includes the Oster Classic 76 in his list of the best haircutting tools. Alexander says that the Oster is the best detachable blade clipper on the market and a top choice among professional stylists. It works well in both wet and dry hair, but it tends to blow air into the stylist's face. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: My Recommendations for the Best Haircutting Tools, Dave Alexander
GaltTech.com calls the Oster Classic 76 a "top-rated professional hair clipper." It has a powerful motor and is indestructible. However, editors rely on user reviews and discussions with hair stylists for analysis, rather than personal testing.
Review: Hair Clipper Reviews and Buying Guide, Editors of GaltTech.com
The reviewer at Buzz-Cut.net, a special-interest blog about hair clippers, compares the Oster Classic 76 to a Hummer, saying that it has plenty of horsepower and strength to cut even the thickest hair. However, it isn't recommended for novice do-it-yourself hair stylists due to its price. It's also very heavy and loud.
Review: Review: Oster Classic 76, Editors of Buzz-Cut.net
The author of HairClippersProfessional.net reviews a few top-rated hair clipper models. He says that the Oster Classic 76 is his favorite by far. It has a powerful motor that makes light work of cutting through thick hair. He also points out its durability, saying that it lasts for years.
Review: Oster Classic 76 Review, Unknown Author