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Finding the best clippers and trimmers

Lauren Salapatek | July 10, 2011 | 10:33 PM

Whether it's just a trim or an actual haircut, owning the proper clipper will allow you to freshen the look of your male clients. MODERN investigated the hottest clippers in the beauty industry from Centrix, CHI, Oster Professional, Andis and Wahl. Take a look:

Finding the best clippers and trimmersCENTRIX
Name of clipper: Cat Clipper to Trimmer
How long it's been on the market: Eight years
Special features: This rechargeable cordless clipper cuts through any thickness of hair. The on/off power band is ergonomically designed for either right- or left-handed stylists. The two non-slip rubber finger grips keep the clipper secured in the hand. Two stainless-steel clipper and trimmer blades allow for precision hair cuts or trimming of napes, mustaches or beards. The Cat Clipper also comes with three slip-on guides.
How it's different from other clippers? The Cat Clipper to Trimmer converts from clipper to trimmer with just the snap of a finger-it's two tools in one.

Finding the best clippers and trimmersANDIS
Name of clipper: e.logica Clipper/ Trimmer Combo
Launch date: June 2010
Special features: The kit includes both a clipper and a trimmer.
How it's different from other clippers? A portion of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations that help preserve rainforests worldwide. With more than 14,000 cutting strokes per minute, it's ideal for all-around styling, tapering and texturing. Its comfortable, slip-proof soft touch surface allows for control and manageability. The close-cutting T-blade is ideal for trimming around ears, outlining, necklines, beards and mustaches.

Finding the best clippers and trimmersOSTER PROFESSIONAL
Name of clipper: Outlaw
Launch date: August 2010
Special features: The Outlaw, with a newly designed, high-powered detachable blade system, has a powerful two-speed rotary motor, streamlined body style, and can use all detachable Oster blades. How it's different from other clippers? It's just as powerful as other heavy-duty clippers on the market, with a very quiet motor.

Finding the best clippers and trimmersCHI
Name of clipper: CHI Turbo Super Charge Clipper
Launch date: September 2010
Special features: Adjustable lever provides various cutting options without changing the blades. This heavy-duty clipper also has a voltage switch on the side.
How it's different from other clippers? Strong and durable, it can shape wet or dry hair. Combined with eight comb attachments, precision styling can be achieved.

Finding the best clippers and trimmersWAHL
Name of clipper: Sterling Eclipse
Launch date: July 2010
Special features: It's a 3/4-sized clipper with full-size power. The Eclipse has been a Wahl top seller for years, but the new Lithium-Ion technology makes it different.
How it's different from other clippers? The Lithium Ion technology offers consistent power and no battery memory. It extends the time between charges and offers Quick Charge capabilities, to bring the units back to full power faster.

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