Barbering guide for beginners

Whether you are looking to upgrade your barbering electricals, are curating a new barbers kit, or are simply curious to see what other trimmers are available, keep on reading as we share our ultimate guide to clippers and trimmers. Here at Salons Direct, we stock a fantastic range of bestselling professional clippers and trimmers suitable for all budgets, so you can be sure to find the right one for you.

The Ultimate Guide To Barbers Clippers and Trimmers

What is the difference between a clipper and a trimmer?

Trimmers are most commonly used for trimming around any edges and for precise shaping. Trimmers are perfect for creating definition on shorter hair looks and are the go-to tool of choice for more technical work. Hair clippers, on the other hand, are more versatile in what they can be used for. Typically, clippers will come with a number of interchangeable blades for cutting hair into different styles.

Should you choose a cordless or corded clipper or trimmer?

There are disadvantages and advantages to both cordless and corded clippers or trimmers, and you will need to weigh these up in order to make a decision that is right for you.  Cordless tools are best suited to mobile barbers as they can be easily transported from place to place.

Cordless tools are also great if you are tight on space and manoeuvrability. That being said, cordless electricals will need charging more frequently and may not last a full day in the salon with one charge. This is an advantage of corded tools, as they will not run out of battery in the middle of a styling session. However, you need to be near a plug socket, and the cord may become annoying if it gets in your way.

The best clippers and trimmers from leading barbering brands

Several brands have garnered a status as the most popular clippers and trimmers. These include Wahl, Andis and BaByliss.  Perhaps you already own a clipper from one of these leading barbering electrical brands and are looking to upgrade to something new? Keep on reading as we discuss some of our recommendations from these bestselling brands and more.


You can count on Wahl to bring you quality barbering electricals at a competitive price. Our Wahl Clippers and Trimmers range includes cordless and wired tools with styles to suit all your barbering needs. If you want to learn more about Wahl, check out this brand Q&A.

Wahl Icon Clipper

Wahl Icon Clipper

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The Wahl Icon Clipper is an excellent allrounder for cutting, tapering, fading and blending. Featuring innovative electromagnetic motor technology, the V9000 motor has up to 40% more cutting power while running 18°C cooler than previous motors.

Key Features

  • Super lightweight – Weighs just 437 grams.
  • Comes with a 3-metre professional-length cord as standard.
  • The convenient thumb lever adjusts the taper (1-3.5mm) & texture without changing blades.

Clipper includes

Good to know: The Wahl Replacement Standard Blade is the recommended replacement blade for this model.

WAHL Super Trimmer

WAHL Super Trimmer


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Boasting a smooth and quiet yet powerful rotary motor, the rechargeable Wahl Super Trimmer trims for up to 100 minutes after charging. Featuring a chrome-plated Star Blade that quickly pulls on and off, changing your blade has never been quicker or easier.

Good to know: The replacement blade for this unit is the Standard Blade.


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Andis clippers and trimmers have long since been respected for their reliability and ergonomic design. Want to learn more about Andis? Discover our brand Q&A with Andis.

Andis Master Cordless ClipperAndis Master Cordless Clipper


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For flawless fades, choose the new cordless version of the Master®, renowned for its cutting precision and state-of-the-art technology. Featuring the Iconic Master® Adjustable Carbon-Steel Blade and a high-speed motor, you’ll fall in love with this clipper instantly.


  • High-Speed Motor with Constant Speed Technology.
  • Lithium-Ion Power with Cord/Cordless Flexibility.
  • Premium Charging Stand.
  • 90 Minutes run time.

Andis CTX Corded Clipper/Trimmer

Andis CTX Corded Clipper/Trimmer

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If you’re looking for a hybrid clipper/trimmer, the Andis CTX Corded Clipper/Trimmer could be the perfect solution. This lightweight all-in-one clipper/trimmer with a powerful motor delivers 8,000 SPM.


  • Lightweight at only 3 oz. – 20% lighter than comparable products.
  • Snap-on precision blade for easy cleaning.
  • Dual voltage for worldwide use.



BaByliss is best known for its electrical grooming products both in the professional and consumer markets.

BaByliss Pro Gold Super Motor Cordless Trimmer

BaByliss Pro Gold Super Motor Cordless Trimmer

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The BaByliss PRO Gold Super Motor Cordless Trimmer is a heavy-duty professional trimmer. Offering excellent cutting performance and precision, long-life lithium technology this powerful trimmer won’t let you down when performing precision cutting.


  • 30mm & 40mm interchangeable zero gap adjustable blades.
  • 6mm & 10mm comb guides.
  • Japanese steel blades.


BaByliss Pro Gold Super Motor Cordless Clipper

BaByliss Pro Gold Super Motor Cordless Clipper

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The Babyliss Pro Gold Super Motor Cordless Clipper not only looks exquisite on your workstation but it also serves a 120 min run time, meaning that you can perfect your trim without worrying about a failing battery.


  • Cord/cordless use.
  • Japanese Steel Blades.
  • Lithium Battery.
  • 3-hour charge – 120mins run time.
  • Brushless motor.
  • Five-position taper control.

Comes with

  • 6 x comb guides.
  • Cleaning brush.
  • Oil.
  • Charging Stand.

Good to know:  Replacement blades: BaByliss PRO Graphite Fade Blade BaByliss PRO Graphite Replacement Blade


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Perhaps a less familiar brand? Discover the Italian brand, Gamma+, which creates innovative barbering electricals.

Gamma+ Protege Combo Pack Trimmer & Clipper

Gamma+ Protege Combo Pack Trimmer & Clipper

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This fantastic bundle means you get the best of Gamma+ in clipper and trimmer form! The Gamma+ Protégé Combo Pack Trimmer & Clipper are professional modular clippers and trimmers with a rotary motor featuring Japanese steel and movable blades to achieve different styles.

Clipper features:

  • 45mm Japanese steel Taper blade with shallow steel inox movable blade.
  • Fully charged in 150 minutes.
  • Universal 4-hole tight blade support.
  • Set of 5 interchangeable magnetic combs from 1.5 to 13mm.

Trimmer features:

  • 40mm Japanese steel blade with stainless steel movable blade.
  • Micro adjustment of cutting blade from 0.8 to 0mm.
  • Removable top for a more precise cut and to cool the blade.
  • Full charge in 2 hours.
  • Cleaning and maintenance kit.


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