Reviewers say the Wahl Chrome Pro is a great option for novice at-home hair cutters. Most reviewers say it clips cleanly and well, although there are a few durability concerns. The Chrome Pro comes in kits of varying sizes, with everything you need for a home cut including a cape -- but many of the accessories are only so-so; it's the clippers, and their value, that are the true draw.
Safe for beginners. Despite its name, the Wahl Chrome Pro's motor isn't as powerful as professional clippers. That's not necessarily a bad thing; it's still strong enough to get the job done, and novices don't have to worry about it getting away from them.
"The carbon steel blades provided a smooth cut and the clippers ran cool and quiet," writes Dave Alexander, About.com's guide to men's hair. Others, however, feel the heat, like an Amazon.com user who writes that "within 10 minutes the body of the machine started getting extremely hot." There are also complaints that the clipper is loud when used with the long comb guards.
More isn't always better. The Chrome Pro comes with nine guide combs (No. 1/2 and No. 1 to No. 8, or 1/16 to 1 inch), trim guides for your ears and eyebrows, styling combs, scissors, hair clips and a cape. And it includes the requisite oil, grease and brush for maintenance, and a storage case to keep it all together.
Although Alexander has some good things to say about the clippers themselves, he says the guide combs are "among the cheapest and flimsiest" he's encountered. The clippers themselves, however, draw lots of praise for being easy to use, in spite of their relative weight and bulk.
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At Amazon.com, more than 830 users give the Wahl Chrome Pro an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Owners say that it's easy to use, even when cutting your own hair, and like that it comes with a large assortment of accessories and attachments. Some say it's particularly loud.
Review: Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
Dave Alexander, About.com's guide to men's hair, tried the Wahl Chrome Pro out in a professional environment and describes it as "a capable performer." He's less complimentary about the accompanying accessories.
Review: A Review of the Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro Complete Haircutting Kit, Dave Alexander, Not Dated
About 40 users posting to Walmart.com give the Wahl Chrome Pro hair cutter -- available here in a 27-piece kit -- a 4.4-star rating. Most say it's a good value and clips cleanly but that using it with longer hair is a learning experience.
Review: Wahl Chrome Pro Home Haircutting Kit, Model 79520-3501, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2014
At BestBuy.com, about 60 reviewers assign the Wahl Chrome Pro an overall rating of 4.6 stars. Most like the attachments and say it works well, but they also admit that the Chrome Pro is loud and heats up quickly.
Review: Wahl - Chrome Pro 25-Piece Haircutting Kit - Chrome/Black, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of May 2014