Hair Clippers: Ratings of Sources
Although this is ostensibly a roundup of beard trimmers, several hair clippers that also include beard trimming combs are also tested and reviewed. The picks were made after 51 hours of research, a survey of 550 people and a week of testing the clippers with professional barbers. Testing is extensively detailed and includes performance, comfort, and ease of use and cleaning.
While testing is not well-detailed, it is clear that the review team (as they call themselves) at Groom+Style at least handled these recommended nose and ear hair trimmers. The five trimmers included on this list are all popular models with owners and users, and it's a helpful roundup for details on each trimmer. A more traditional hair clipper with a trimmer attachment is also included here.
As usual, Amazon.com is a gold mine for independent user reviews. Some hair clippers and nose- and ear-hair trimmers receive thousands of reviews; a handful get five or six thousand or more. 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.
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 hundreds of 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 from the manufacturer's website as well.
Target.com sells a little bit of almost everything, including hair clippers. Most models receive at least a few while others get dozens or even hundreds. In addition to the 5-star rating system, reviews are further broken down by ease of use, quality and value.
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 -- you also have to click on the product to see how many it has in total. 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 Walgreens.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.