Hair Clippers: Ratings of Sources
As usual, Amazon.com is a gold mine for independent user reviews. Some hair trimmers, beard trimmers and nose- and ear-hair trimmers receive thousands of reviews; a handful get five or six thousand reviews. While some comments are extremely brief or speak to issues like shipping or Amazon.com's service, many others are detailed and offer pros and cons and lifestyle tips. Quite a few reviewers come back after weeks, months or years to give updates on durability.
Walmart.com carries a full line of hair clippers and trimmers. While none get the sheer numbers of reviews that hair clippers do at Amazon.com, many do get hundreds or thousands -- plenty to give a good overview of how the clipper performs. In addition to the standard up-to-5-star rating, users can say if they would recommend the clipper to a friend.
Although BestBuy.com is best known for selling electronics, it offers a respectable array of personal care appliances -- including hair clippers. Quite a few of these earn more than 100 reviews. Reviewers can also say if they would recommend the product. While the overall star rating includes only BestBuy.com customer reviewers, links are provided to read reviews on the manufacturer's website as well.
Target.com sells a little bit of almost everything, including hair clippers. Most models receive at least one or two reviews, while others get several dozen. In addition to the 5-star rating system, reviews are further broken down by value and effectiveness. Reviewers can also say if they would recommend the clipper to others.
Dave Alexander is About.com's guide to men's hair. This is a roundup of his favorite tools for a variety of grooming tasks, and he says he uses each of the recommended models every day, but most of his reviews are limited to a line or two, only a couple link to longer reviews. Some of these products have also been discontinued or updated.
SallyBeauty.com sells a few hundred different types of clippers, trimmers and accessories. Most receive just a handful of reviews from shoppers. Each model receives brief user comments, plus individual ratings for value and how well it meets user expectations. Reviewers also note whether they are professional stylists and barbers, or not.
Most of the hair clippers sold at Folica.com have a few user reviews, although some have a couple of dozen. Reviews tend to be brief, but to the point, with owners offering pros and cons, and many noting whether or not they are professional or home barbers.
The user reviews posted at Drugstore.com are on the brief side, but there are enough of them to make this retail website a valuable source of feedback. Standout models have at least a 4.5-star rating out of 5 possible after 10 or more user reviews.