Shaving your head can be done in a number of different ways. One of the alternatives to having to use a head razor is to go with the best balding clippers. These electric devices are specifically designed not only for shaving heads but also to get that bald cut.
Compared to using razors, this are so much more convenient as the best ones have the power to go through even thick hair with one pass. This saves you a lot of effort as well as time. Plus there’s less risk of nicking yourself in the process.
Our list of clippers below are what you want to consider if your goal is to maintain a bald head.
Andis T-Outliner Trimmer with T-Blade (04710)
Best Balding Clippers: Designed for that real close and fine shave when you want to outline edges as well as do fades, this Andis trimmer is our top pick when it comes to maintain a clean bald head.
This is one of the most popular units around and you’ve probably seen a few barbers use this. Much smaller and lighter than most of the other units, this is a corded device that is very efficient both for balding as well as shaving your moustache and beard.
It comes with a wide T-blade which you’ll be using to get a clean shaved head. Do note that unlike many of the other units in our review here, this doesn’t come with attachments. This means that you won’t have the ability to cut your hair in different precise lengths since there aren’t any combs that fit into the T-blade.
If you do want the flexibility of being able to shave your head sometimes and have a buzz cut or trim your hair during others you may want to consider the Andis Outliner II. This one comes with comb attachments and can likewise be used for shaving your head. However because it has a shorter blade, it does take a bit more time to get that bald look.
Overall, this reliable trimmer is our top pick it is very precise and cuts very close. Among our picks it comes as close as you get to using a razor for shaving your head.
Wahl Professional 785110 5-star Series Balding Clipper
This is another option that comes close to the results of using a razor on your head. That’s one of the reasons a number of barber shops also use this.
As its name states, this is a balding clipper. And as such its specialty is to get you as close a shave on your head. This unit comes with a powerful motor that allows it to shave through hair that you’ve grown. It is bigger in size compared to the Andis above, but also has one feature that the Andis doesn’t, it stays cool.
If there’s one flaw or drawback with the Andis T-Outliner above is it does tend to heat up after a while. This one on the other hand doesn’t have that issue. As such there are no overheating issues to worry about.
Aside from the heating factor, there are a few other reasons that may make you choose this unit over the Andis above:
- It is cheaper.
- It takes less time to get a full shave because of its better speed.
- You get a couple of length options, 1/16” and 3/16”, thanks to the included guide combs.
Equipped with a powerful motor and faster than most of the other balding clippers around, this is a good inexpensive option for anyone who plans to shave their head on a regular basis.
Wahl 79600-2101 Cordless Clipper
Cordless Hair Clippers: Should you want something that doesn’t limit you to the length of the power cord of require having a AC socket around, this lithium ion rechargeable hair trimmer is a good option.
This device comes with 14 different comb guides that allow you to shave your head in 5 to 10 minutes, less once you’ve done it a few times.
We like the amount of power the motor delivers through the blades considering it runs on battery power which often doesn’t provide as much as corded units.
The comb attachment you’ll be using for balding will be the shortest one which gives you the 1/16” length. This gives you a close shave though not totally bald all the way to scalp. It does however do a great job so you get an even cut at all times.
The variety in the guide combs lengths also allows you to go up to as long as 1” should you decide to change your look every now and then.
Equipped with a long 2 hour run time on a full charge this lets you charge less often. Plus, there’s a quick charge feature where you can leave it plugged in for 10 minutes to give you a quick cutting session.
Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro
This device comes with a unique rotating head that makes it easy to get to all of the different areas of the head. Since the shapes of each of our skulls are different, this allows you to follow the contours of your head much easily.
This is a reliable unit that lets you cut all the way to bald thanks to its head shave attachment. The balder attachment is literally made to give you a 0 mm length cut so you as close as possible to getting a clean cut.
You can of course let it grow out a bit on other occasions. This cordless clipper lets you do that as well. By taking off any attachment, you can give yourself a 0.5 mm head shave, which comes to around a buzz cut look.
This unit comes with a precision comb as well as larger comb so you can change hairstyles every now and then going to 1 mm all the way to 15 mm long.
Equipped with a lithium ion battery, it has a maximum running time of 60 minutes, and requires an hour to fully charge from a low battery status. One feature we like is that it lets you use it as a corded or cordless unit.
Balding clippers are a different type of hair cutting device because they’re not only powerful enough to go through different types of hair but also have the ability to get as close as possible to the skin without the blade nicking the scalp.