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There are a couple of things that show a barber’s skill – one of them is how good fades they can do, and the second is how good lineups they can create. And while most intermediate barbers can deliver a decent fade, creating a killer lineup is what really separates the good from the great ones.
Unfortunately, we can’t teach you how to do a lineup the right way or somehow magically give you the experience needed to do so; that’s why we decided to help you out by reviewing some of the best clippers for lineups. We decided to do that because no matter your skill level, if you don’t have the right tools for the job, the results won’t be that good.
But before we jump into the actual hair clippers reviews, we would like to talk about what we are trying to accomplish when we write a review like this one. The first and most important thing is, after testing the product, to not only talk about its strengths but also expose its weaknesses. This is why you will always learn about the weak spots of a product when reading one of our reviews.
The second and also very important thing is that we always choose the products we are going to test and review, having in mind the different needs of our readers. What we mean by that is that we always try to have a wide range of products to choose from, products that would be suitable for people of different skill levels, different budget levels, and different preferences.
So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the top hair clippers on the market today.
Our Top Picks Overview
Best Professional Clipper For Lineups: Andis T-Outliner
Best Clipper For Lineups Overall: Wahl 5-Star Detailer Trimmer
Best Cordless Clipper For Lineups: Andis Slimline Pro Li
Best Premium Clipper For Lineups: BabylissPRO Barberology Silver FX
Best Lineup Clipper For Home Users: Wahl Professional 5-Star Razor Edger
Best Budget Clipper For Lineups: UFree Zero Gapped Trimmer
6 best lineup clippers
Best Professional: Andis T-outliner
For those who know, it probably comes as no surprise that the Andis T-outliner is the best professional clipper for lineups.
Do you remember the last time you went to the barber? Well, now look at the photo above and try to remember if you have seen this bad boy lying around. We bet that 90% of the time, the answer is yes!
But what makes this clipper so good, and the barbers around the world are so crazy about it?
First and foremost, barbers love this clipper because of its durability. When delivering dozens of haircuts per day, you want a clipper that will be able to get the job done and not die on you after a few months. And when it comes to durability Andis T-outliner does a great job!
But no matter how durable the clipper is, it wouldn’t be a good clipper for lineups and edge-ups if it didn’t have the blades to deliver a crisp, accurate finish. Andis T-outliner has T-shaped carbon steel blades that are sharp, durable, and can offer a tight, crisp lineup.
Another pro of Andis T-outliner’s blades is that, probably because of the carbon steel they are made of, they don’t irritate sensitive skin. So if you suffer from bumps and irritation after a close shave, you should definitely give it a try.
Now let’s talk about the motor a bit because, without a good motor, even the best blade won’t be able to deliver a good result.
Andis T-outliner has a very powerful electromagnetic motor that can deliver up to 7200 SPM, and while it is not the most powerful clipper motor out there, it is better than average.
When it comes to the design of the Andis T-outliner, we bet that it hasn’t won any design awards, but with dimensions of 5,5” and weighing just 0.7 pounds, it is very easy to hold and use, even for beginners.
And as promised, now it is time to talk about the… not-so-good things.
The biggest drawback of this clipper (like all Andis magnetic motor clippers) is that it overheats easily. And while this isn’t much of a deal when you are using it at home for one haircut, it becomes a big problem when used in a professional setting. You can read our detailed Andis T-Outliner review here.
- Very Durable
- Blades for Sensitive skin
- Powerful Motor
- Bland Desing
- Overheats Easily
Best Overal: Wahl 5-star Detailer trimmer
If you follow our blog, you probably already know we don’t comment much on the looks of hair clippers and prefer to focus on the things that really matter (like the blades and the motor), but with Wahl’s Detailer, we had to make an exception.
This is something subjective, but we think that the black plastic body it is made of, along with the chrome details (that also add sturdiness), make this hair clipper probably the prettiest on this list.
But looks don’t matter that much, so let’s take a closer look at what makes this trimmer so good.
The Wahl 5-star Detailer has a wide (around 1/4”) stainless steel #2215 T-blade (specially made for this clipper). What makes these blades special is that they are wider than the normal T-blade Wahl uses on other detailers, so you can cover bigger areas in less time, which is very useful on a busy day.
The blades are ultra sharp and can deliver a very close finishing lineup or a bald fade ( if you want maximum performance, you will have to zero-gap them, but even if you don’t, they will be just fine).
Finally, unlike the Andis’ blades, you will have to be very careful when using this clipper because if you apply too much pressure, you can cut yourself or irritate your skin.
But the best thing about this trimmer is its motor. It has a very powerful rotary motor which, unlike the standard electromagnetic motors used in most clippers, doesn’t heat up that much. The biggest drawback with clippers and trimmers that use strong electromagnetic motors like the V9000 is that they overheat quite easily and, because of that, are too hot to handle after a few haircuts in a row.
With this trimmer, though, thanks to its rotary motor, this won’t be a problem. With that being said, don’t expect it to stay cool after a long session. After all, it has an engine, and all engines generate some heat, but the difference with the other hair clippers is huge.
About the ergonomics, the Detailer is a relatively small and lightweight clipper (dimensions:1.75 x 1.75 x 5 inches, weight: 9.6 Ounces) that is both quiet and easy to maneuver, so you’ll be able to do your finishing touch-ups even at the toughest spots easily.
Now let’s talk about the cons.
By far, the biggest con of this trimmer/clipper is the sharpness of its blades, and while in most cases the sharpness of the blades is a good thing, in this case, it is not because they are so sharp that won’t only nick your skin if you don’t pay attention but will irritate you if you have sensitive skin.
Finally, because professional barbers are used to working with heavier and bulkier trimmers might find Wahl’s 5-star detailer a bit hard to handle (this is especially true for guys with big hands). This is not a negative per se but more of a personal preference that we wanted to let you know.
- Nice Design
- Wide T-blades
- Rotary Motor doesn’t heat up
- Small and lightweight
- Very Sharp Blades
Best Cordless: Andis Slimline Pro Li
After talking about 2 corded lineup clippers, it’s time to talk about the best cordless clipper/trimmer for lineups.
With this one, we would like to start by talking about its ergonomics, which is its strongest point and, at the same time, differentiate it from other lineup trimmers.
The first thing you will notice when you take a look at this trimmer is that it is longer than your average clipper at 6.13”. And while it might feel strange, when you get used to it, you will see that it is not that weird and is actually very comfortable.
The second thing that makes this trimmer special is its weight at 0.3 lbs which is half of a relatively light trimmer. We know that many old-school barbers will diss it and say that something that light won’t be able to get the job done, but honestly, it will do. Finally, its grip is very good and will fit perfectly in your hand (especially if you have small hands).
Before moving on to the blades and motor, we would like to touch a bit on the body material of the Andis Slimline Pro. It is made of ABS polymer (plastic) that is both lightweight, durable, and easy to clean and is finished with nickel for a better look.
Now we are done with the ergonomics, let’s move on to the blades and motor of this trimmer. Just like all Andis’ trimmers, this one also has carbon steel blades that are extremely sharp (again, for the closest results possible, you should zero gap them). It has a medium-strength rotary motor that can deliver up to 6000 SPM (if you remember, T Outliner delivers up to 7200 SPM), which is not something spectacular but remember, we are talking about a cordless trimmer (cordless trimmers and clippers are a bit weaker than corded ones).
To be honest, we were amazed by the Lithium-ion battery life of Li because with one charge (2 hours and 15 minutes), it will last for about 120 minutes. We have tested and used many cordless hair clippers and 120 minutes is on the high end, so kudos to Andis. To charge it, you just have to plug it into the charging dock it comes with and let it do its thing. The good thing about the charging dock is that you can just plug it in between haircuts and use it throughout the day.
And if you thought there were no cons, you are wrong.
The first one we kind of already mentioned is the power of the trimmer. It is not the most powerful trimmer, and for sure less powerful than other corded clippers you will see on this list, so if you are looking for raw power, Li won’t do the trick.
Finally, just like the Wahl Detailer, the sharpness of the blades can be a problem as they can nick you or your clients.
- Carbon Steel Blades
- Good Battery Life
- Not a Very Powerful Motor
Best Premium: BaBylissPRO Barberology Silver FX
Many of our fanatic readers would be wondering how a Babyliss Barberology trimmer can be on the list of the best clippers for fades, the best balding clippers, and also the best lineup clippers. Well, the answer is pretty simple; they are freaking great all-around clippers.
And to grab your attention, we will start by letting you know that the motor was made by Ferrari – yes, the same Ferrari that makes the supercars – so you can imagine how fast and powerful it is (7200 SPM).
Now moving on to the blades, they are not made by Ferrari, but they are 360-view titanium-coated T blades, meaning they are not only ultra-durable and sharp but specifically designed to deliver the closest lineups possible.
And if you haven’t noticed, it is a bigger (4.5 x 5.5 x 10.25 inches) and heavier trimmer (1 Pound), with an amazing design. I don’t know if you like the extra blingy stuff, but even if you don’t, you should have one of these in your shop.
Talking of that, what is not that great is the grip of Babylisspro barberology outlining trimmer; we think that BaByliss paid a lot of attention to the looks of this one and didn’t really care about the grip that much. The cylindric shape it has doesn’t offer that great of a grip, and your hand will feel tired after a while.
Finally, the battery life of Gold FX is excellent, and just like Andis Slimline Li, it will last for 120 minutes after 2 hours of charging.
And it wouldn’t be a complete review if we didn’t talk about the cons, so let’s start.
The first one is its price; we are talking about one of the most expensive models on our list, so if you are looking for a budget solution, this is not for you (we are not trying to imply that it doesn’t worth its price, just mentioning the facts). The next thing that we already mentioned is ergonomics. The grip could be way better; as for now, it isn’t the best in its class.
- Ferrari Motor
- Titanium Coated T-blades
- Good Battery Life
- Not Such a Good Grip
Best for home users: Wahl Professional 5-Star Razor Edger
We have chosen this clipper as the best for home users because while it is not as powerful as professional trimmers like the Andis Outliner or Wahl Detailer, it gets the job done. At the same time, it has a lightweight design that a lot of home users will appreciate.
And talking about design, let’s start there and then move on to the rest of the features.
The first thing worth mentioning is that just like the Slimline Pro, the Razor Edger is a bit longer than other clippers at 6.25”. This is a good thing, especially for beginners, cause it helps them reach the most difficult spots with ease.
Finally, its body is made from plastic and has the classic retro burgundy color Wahl likes to use.
Moving on to performance, the Razor Edger comes with the #1060-600 stainless steel blade (T-shaped) that will cut through your hair with precision. What we really like about the blades is that because they are made for edge-ups and lineups, when you get this trimmer, you also get the “Wahl pro tool”, a tool designed to help you easily zero gap the blades. And while it isn’t such a big deal, it shows that Wahl knows what makes a good lineup trimmer and tries to make the life of its users easier.
Like other 5-star models, it is powered by an electromagnetic motor that can deliver some decent cutting power but is nowhere near the Andis Outliner or Wahl Detailer.
But the fact that the motor is not that powerful has some positive sides too. First, this trimmer is a lot quieter than Wahl Detailer, and second, because it is not that powerful, it doesn’t heat up easily as most professional trimmers do.
To be honest, when it comes to the bad sides of this model, we have already mentioned the most important one; it is not as powerful as other “professional” models.
So if you are looking for a hair clipper for your barbershop, we would suggest going with one of the most powerful models on the list. But if you are looking for a good quality hair trimmer for home use, we can safely say that the Razor Edger is a good choice.
- Nice Retro Design
- Sharp Stainless Steel Blades
- Comes With Wahl Pro Tool
- Not Such a Powerful Motor
Best Budget: Ufree Zero Gapped Trimmer
When buying a budget clipper that costs under $50, you should not have great expectations. But with the Ufree Zero Gapped Trimmer, you get more than what you pay for. We are not claiming that this trimmer is at the same level as the Andis Outliner or Wahl Detailer, but it has some cool features that will surprise you.
So, let’s start with the blades. The Ufree comes with a zero-gapped Titanium ceramic T-blade that works pretty well.
And there are two things that are pretty interesting about it. The first is that the blades are pre-zero-gapped, meaning they will offer a close cut without having to spend extra time setting up the blades (which is great for beginners). And secondly, they are made from titanium and ceramic, which means they will last longer and don’t heat up like steel blades.
Its motor is also very interesting as we are talking about a medium-power rotary motor that can deliver up to 6500 RPM. Again a rotary motor on a budget hair clipper is not that common, and it is a pleasant surprise seeing this type of motor in an under $50 trimmer.
And because it is not that powerful and it is rotary, it is a relatively quiet model that won’t annoy you with its noise (the manufacturer claim that the noise is under 60 decibels).
The Ufree Zero Gapped Trimmer is average-sized at 5.55” inches and averagely weighted at 0.8 lbs. Its grip is not as good, as it has a cylindrical shape without any special hand-shaped design, so it will be a bit uncomfortable and tiring to hold for extended periods of time.
We forgot to mention that it is a cordless design with a lithium-ion battery life of 180 minutes after 2,5 hours of charge, which is also impressive for a budget clipper.
Before moving to the bad stuff, let’s talk about the last thing that we liked a lot. This hair trimmer is washable, and you can rinse the blades under water without having to detach them, which will make your life easier.
Now we’ve covered all the basics and good things about the Ufree Zero Gapped Trimmer. Let’s now talk about its bad sides.
The biggest downfall of this hair trimmer is that it simply isn’t as good as the top models on this list when it comes to cutting performance. It isn’t either that precise or powerful and as a result, you will have to pass through the hair again and again to get a decent cut.
Other than that, something we can’t confirm ourselves but is very common amongst low-budget clippers is that the battery will lose its performance after a few months.
- Zero-Gapped Ceramic T-Blade
- Rotary Motor
- Not That Powerful
Lineup Clipper buying guide
Because we don’t just like to suggest a few clippers but also want to educate our readers to make their decisions more confidently, we decided to create a buying guide for the best clippers for lineups.
What we are trying to accomplish with this section is to help you understand what to look for when shopping for a lineup hair clipper and make your own educated decisions rather than depending on an article or somebody else’s opinion.
So, let’s get started:
1) The blades
The first and most important thing you should be looking at when buying clippers is the blades. While the quality and the material of the blades are really important, the most important thing you should be looking for when buying a lineup clipper is to have a T-shaped blade (like all the models on this list).
But what is the difference between a T-shaped blade and a “normal” square one, and why it matters for lineups?
The first difference is that a T-shaped blade’s curved ages make it easier to access hard-to-reach areas like the back of the neck, behind the ears, etc.
The second difference is that because they are wider than your average square blades, they not only cover bigger areas making the haircut faster, but also make it easier to make straight lines which is one of the most important elements of a good lineup.
Finally, T-shaped blades, most of the time, offer a closer cut than your traditional square blades. This is also very important for a perfect lineup as it makes the edges of the cut more precise.
2) The motor
The second factor you should examine when shopping for a lineup hair trimmer is its motor.
There is no black-and-white answer when it comes to the motor of a hair clipper, as it totally depends on your needs.
Let me explain:
A very powerful motor has some advantages, like increasing the power and speed of the blades, giving you a quicker and more efficient cut.
However, there are some common problems amongst very powerful motors, like overheating, high vibration levels, the bulkiness of the tool, and of course, a higher noise level.
So, when it comes to the motor, there is no “one size fits all” answer; instead, you should take into account your own needs and preferences.
For example, if you are a professional barber that will deliver many haircuts per day on all kinds of different hair types, then you should definitely go for a more powerful motor that can handle anything.
On the other hand, if you are buying a clipper for yourself and you don’t have the thickest and most difficult hair type, a less powerful motor will do the job and be more convenient.
The brand is another important factor when shopping for a clipper, and not just because of the brand name, but because of the quality and customer service.
When you buy a clipper from an established brand like Wahl, Andis, or Babyliss, you know that you are buying from a brand that has made many edge-up clippers models through the years and has been trying to improve the quality and learned from previous mistakes. So the chances are you are going to buy a higher quality clipper.
On the other hand, a new brand that just entered the market won’t have the experience or the resources to make a perfect clipper, so their product will probably be less reliable.
Finally, most reputable brands have better warranties and better customer service, so in case something goes wrong, you will be able to get it fixed or replaced with minimum hassle.
We don’t say that this is a rule that applies in all cases as there are new brands that have recently entered the market and are doing a great job (like Ufree that made our list), but in general, it’s better to go with the well-established brands.
4) Cordless or Corded Trimmer / clipper
Just like with the motor, choosing between a corded or cordless clipper has to do with your personal needs and preferences.
Generally speaking, corded clippers are more powerful than cordless models, making them a good choice for professionals that need to deliver many haircuts per day.
On the other hand, cordless clippers are portable, which makes them easier to use as they don’t have a cord that will limit your movement, so you will be able to use them wherever you want.
So, before buying a clipper, think about how you plan to use it and choose either a corded or cordless model based on your needs.
5) The Price
Now that you know exactly what you are looking for, it is time to do your research read some reviews, and when you find some models that fit the criteria, compare their prices.
Try to be as objective as you can, and don’t fall for any marketing tricks. Remember that a good quality clipper will last you for a long time, so don’t rush; take your time, do your research and choose the best clipper for your needs.
This was a long article, and thank you for making it to the end.
We hope that by now, you not only know what are the best hair clippers for lineups but also learned how to decide which one is the right one for you.
If you find yourself in doubt about any of the factors we discussed here, feel free to contact us and get some more insight on how to make an informed decision.