If you are tired of going to an overpriced barber to get a fade that doesn’t work for you, then you aren’t alone. Plenty of men are discovering that it is better for both their look and their wallet if they become their own stylist.
However, to give yourself a good fade, you need a good clipper set, otherwise, your fade is going to look terrible.
In this article, we are going to help those of you getting into hair cutting by showing you a list of the best clippers for fades. Personally, we would recommend the Wahl Professional Super Taper II Hair Clipper for those of you in a hurry.
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Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper
When something has the word “professional” in its name, you know it is going to be good. That is definitely the case with the Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper.
This is a clipper that has received endorsements and recommendations from many professional barbers (this is something that the manufacturer Andis proudly boasts about). While it isn’t the absolute clipper set around, it is an extremely high-quality option that we have no issues featuring on our best clippers for fades review list.
For starters, this is an extremely precise hair clipper, which is obviously a big part of what makes it a great option for doing some killer fades. The clipper is highly adjustable and can go from as low as 0000 (1/125th of an inch) to a more modest 000 (1/100th of an inch).
So, regardless of your own personal preferences, you are going to be able to do a good fade that closely adheres to your head and that is just as thin as you like it. Just based on this precision alone, you can probably already see why this is a favorite of so many barbers.
It is also just a very solidly built and powerful clipper set. When you pick something like a pair of clippers, you want to feel some heft and feel like you are using a quality product. Nothing is worse than picking something up and feeling like you are using a piece of cheap plastic.
Thankfully, this is not the case with the Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper. The clipper is made from a mixture of very solid carbon steel and strong aluminum. This durability is sorely needed because the Andis is also very powerful, with its magnetic motor capable of generating close to 15,000 SPM (strokes per minute).
Another important criterion to use when assessing a clipper’s quality is how easy it is to control. You don’t want to have to stop and try to fiddle with a clipper when in the middle of cutting your own hair.
Thankfully, this is also not an issue with the Andis as it has an extremely convenient side switch that you can easily reach with your thumb. This lets you change settings on the fly, which means that there is a minimal disruption in your rhythm.
One small issue that somewhat holds the Andis back is that some of the screws in the clipper come loose and start to rattle. This can be fixed quite easily with a screwdriver and a tutorial (there are many in-depth ones online), but it is still annoying.
- Made from a mixture of strong aluminum and durable carbon steel.
- Powerful; delivers close to 15,000 SPM.
- Easy to reach controls.
- Very versatile and precise.
- Does occasionally suffer from screw rattling.
Wahl Professional Super Taper II Hair Clipper
One of the more well-known brands in the world of hair cutting is Wahl. They make a wide variety of different hair cutting products; these can range from beard trimmers to electric shavers to hair clippers.
Given their reputation for quality and their prominence, we had to feature at least clipper option from Wahl on our best clippers for fades list (though we will review more). Their clippers tend to be pretty high-quality workhorses that can do just about any hair cutting job that you need them to do, including fades.
To start off the review, we have to talk about the absolutely amazing combo of precision and power that the Wahl Professional Super Taper II Hair Clipper brings to the table. It comes with 8 different comb attachments, with the smallest size being 1/8 and the biggest being 1.
The blade itself is extremely sharp and it is made with the sort of quality that one would expect to find on a clipper in a high-end barbershop. The power of this clipper comes from its motor, which is a top of the line v5000 motor.
The motor, when combined with the blade quality, creates a powerful, accurate clipper that can do whatever job you put in front of it. A word of caution is necessary here, as the power of this clipper can be difficult for newcomers to handle. Practice a bit with it before using it on your hair or you could easily end up with a bad haircut or something worse.
Something that might really shock and impress you regarding the Wahl is its price. Given what we have said so far and given that this is a professional quality hair clipper, you might assume that it is going to cost an arm and a leg. However, that is not the case at all.
The Wahl Professional Super Taper II Hair Clipper is actually very reasonably priced, and most people should be able to get it without impacting their wallet too much.
- Comes with a wide variety of useful accessories.
- Extremely powerful v5000 motor.
- Very reasonably priced, especially given the quality.
- Can do a bunch of different hair cutting jobs.
- A bit awkwardly shaped.
- Requires a bit of experience to use properly.
Liberex Professional Cordless Electric Fade Hair Trimmer
For the next review on our best clippers for fades list, we want to show you that you can do basic hair care on a budget. While we have looked at some clipper options that are relatively affordable, we also recognize that everyone operates on a different budget.
So, we want to look at an option that is going to be affordable for everyone, while also still maintaining at least decent quality. The perfect clipper for this job is the Liberex Professional Cordless Electric Fade Hair Trimmer. This is a good clipper that is also very inexpensive. This makes it a great option for those who want good hair care on a strict budget.
Since this is the first real budget option on our list, we have to talk about what that means exactly. Obviously, because it is less expensive, you can’t really compare it to many of the other options on our list. The simple realities of price dictate that clippers from pricier brands like Andis and Wahl are going to have more options, but that doesn’t mean that the Liberex is bad by any means.
To give you an example what we talked above, despite being so affordable, the Liberex still has a very high-quality head. It is made from solid steel and it delivers a very consistently close shave. You don’t have to worry about the clipper getting caught up in thick hair or anything like that.
It has the power to comfortably do most hair cutting jobs.
It is also a fairly accurate clipper as well. It fits nicely in your hand and it is very easy to guide. When combined the various comb attachments that come with it, you should be able to get a pretty good fade that fits your specific style preferences.
- Cheapest option on list.
- Fairly powerful.
- Well-made clipper head.
- Light and easy to grip.
- A bit underpowered compared to other entries on the list.
- Could use more comb attachments (it only comes with 3).
Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper
While Oster doesn’t have quite as many clippers out there as a brand like Wahl, they are just as famous and just as well-respected. So, we knew that we had to include one of their clippers on this best clippers for fades list. While we had a few options to pick from, we ultimately felt that the Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper was the best clipper from Oster and so we are going to take a look at this.
The Oster has so many great features that deserve to be mentioned in this review that it is a bit difficult to know where to start. Probably the best place to start is by talking about how powerful the clipper is. The Oster is equipped with a very strong, powerful motor.
It lets the Oster easily go through hair, regardless of how thick it is. The power also gives the clipper some versatility as well. You can, of course, use this clipper for fades, but you can also use it for other jobs as well.
Something that is equally as important as power is precision, which the Oster also does very well. Two things help to make the Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper an accurate and precise clipper. First off, it comes with various different combs, which are great for different jobs and different parts of the head.
Secondly, the Oster comes with a very ergonomic design. It fits extremely nicely in your hand and it glides easily over the contours of your head. This helps to ensure a smooth, accurate shave. It also works to ensure that you don’t mess up your fade.
Finally, we also want to mention that the Oster helpfully comes with some great extras like lubrication oil, a blade guard, and some other extras that aren’t essential, but that are a nice little bonus.
- Powerful clipper.
- Very precise; delivers the exact fade that you want.
- Comes with various useful comb attachments.
- Comes with some nice extra items.
- Does seem to get caught on hair sometimes.
Wahl Professional Cord/Cordless Magic Clip
For the final review on our best clippers for fades list, we are going back to a brand that you have already seen once before on this list, which is Wahl. If you think back to that review, you will remember how we talked about how Wahl is a very prolific brand when it comes to hair cutting products, so you probably aren’t surprised to see them appear again.
While all Wahl products are going to share certain elements in common due to being from the same manufacturer, there are enough differences between these two Wahl clippers for us to justify giving the Wahl Professional Cord/Cordless Magic Clip its own review.
To start off, the most glaring difference is that this is a cordless model (you can plug it in and use it with the cord if you want). This is strange because as you might have noticed from other reviews on our best clippers for fades list (and if you have ever gone to a high-end barber), professional-quality clippers are almost always corded. So, it is a bit of a surprise to see a clipper that fuses the quality of corded models with the convenience of cordless ones.
Usually, cordless models of just about anything have a reputation for being less powerful than their corded counterparts, but that isn’t really the case here. The Wahl Professional Cord/Cordless Magic Clip isn’t noticeably less powerful than its corded Wahl counterparts. Also, much like every other Wahl clipper, the Wahl Magic Clip is extremely precise, which is great for getting the perfect fade.
- As powerful as other Wahl clippers.
- Lack of a cord adds some versatility and convenience.
- Keeps that signature Wahl precision.
- Designed to fit easily in your hand.
- The pricier of the two Wahl options.
How To Buy The Right Clipper On Your Own
Hopefully, you were able to come away from our best clippers for fades list with a clipper that is going to work for you. Regardless of if you found a clipper or not, we do have one more section of this article to show you before you click off.
In this buying guide, we are going to talk about some of the main criterion that you should use to evaluate a clipper. Even more so than our review list, this part of the article is really going to be geared towards people who are brand new to hair cutting and therefore have absolutely no clue what they are looking for when it comes to hair clippers.
While getting a fade doesn’t require quite as much power as say shaving off a large beard or a large amount of hair, you still don’t want to get an underpowered clipper. Underpowered clippers can catch on hair or require multiple passes to get hair shaved down to your preferred length, which can obviously mess up your fade.
So, while you shouldn’t be concerned with getting the absolute most powerful clipper around, you should still make sure that the clipper that you are buying isn’t weak in the power department.
The power of a clipper is usually measured in SPM or stroke per minute.
Anything above 10,000 should be more than good enough for your needs, especially if you aren’t trying to do anything particularly fancy. In terms of pure cutting power, we think that the best clipper that we reviewed on our best clipper for fades list was the Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper. However, all the other clippers are fine when it comes to power output.
Precision And Accuracy
Given the topic of this article, probably the most important thing that you need to consider when buying a clipper is accuracy. Fades aren’t the most difficult hair style to pull off, but they do require more precision than many other styles out there. So, even more so than power, you need a clipper that can give you the precision that you need to get a really good fade.
Sadly, measuring the precision of a clipper isn’t anywhere near as simple as measuring the power output of one. There is no equivalent to SPM that you can quickly look at to get an idea of how accurate a particular clipper is.
Instead, you have to look at other factors. For starters, take a look at the quality of the clipper head and the comb attachments. These should give you a rough idea of the quality of the cut that you are going to be getting.
Something else to consider is the overall design of the clipper itself. A clipper that is somewhat light and with an ergonomic design (meaning that it fits nicely into your hand) is going to be a lot easier for you to use, especially if you are new to hair cutting. If the clipper is easier to use, then you are going to have an easier time giving yourself a precise fade.
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