Andis Fade Master

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Andis Fade Master is a very specific clipper. On first glance, it looks just like the traditional Master. However, there’s a subtle, yet very important difference between them.

This time I’ll do an unconventional review. Quite a few of you wrote to us that you’re interested in how the Fade Master compares to other popular clippers. That’s why this post will be structured like this:

  • An Andis Fade Master vs Master comparison

  • Fade Master vs Oster Fast Feed comparison

  • General remarks in a Fade Master review

I’ll try to be as concise as possible and cover all questions you might have!

Andis Master vs Fade Master:
What’s the deal?

As I mentioned, on the outside, both models look the same. You can easily question why exactly is there two so identical cutters.

It’s all about the blades. This is the big difference between the Masters and the Fade Master clippers.

The Fade Master blade adjusts from #00000 to #000. This is 1/125″ to 1/50″ (or 0.2mm to 0.5mm.)

The standard Master, however, has a blade that adjusts from #000 to #1. This is 1/50″ to 3/32″ (or 0.5mm to 2.4mm.)

Here’s how the blades look. On the left (top on mobile), you have the #01591 Fade Master blade. On the right (bottom on mobile), it’s the #01556 Masters blade. Notice the difference in the teeth.

What does that mean?

The difference in the adjustable blade seems subtle. However, it can transform how you use the clippers – and for what. Here’s my personal thoughts:

  • The standard Masters are amazing for fades. The Fade Master’s close-cutting blade, however, is better if you want to focus on bald fades.

  • You have to be more careful with the Fade Master blade. As it shaves so close, you can easily poke/nick your (or your client’s) scalp. You shouldn’t apply too much pressure.

  • If you want an all-around cutting clipper including bulk hair removal, go for the standard Master clippers (you can read our full review here.) The Fade ones wouldn’t do as great.

  • I wouldn’t recommend the Fade Master clippers for beginners. It’s a bit tougher to work with and I’d wait until you’ve “warmed up” with other models.

Of course, these are only my own recommendations. AD the Barber also shares similar sentiments in his video comparing the two models:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVCK9-NER7s

Oster Fast Feed vs Andis Fade Master

We did an in-depth comparison between the standard Masters and Oster’s model a few months ago. Comparing the Fade Master and the Fast Feeds is quite similar.

If you want a deeper analysis, just read our thoughts there. If you want a summary, here it is:

The Fast Feeds are quieter, lighter and run cooler. They’re better for home users or traditional haircuts.

The Fade Master is heavier (1.25 lbs vs the Feeds’ 1 lbs), tends to heat and can be somewhat noisy. It’s better for professionals who want quality bald fades and close-cutting, detailed work.

While neither are optimal for bulk cuts (the standard Master would be better for that), the Fade has a 14 000 strokes per minute electromagnetic motor. This is way more powerful than the pivot motor of the Fast Feed clippers.

In addition, the Feeds are cheaper and come with four combs. You don’t get any guards with the 01690 Fade Master hair clippers.

A review of Andis Fade Master

With comparisons out of the way, let’s focus on the model itself.

As I mentioned, the Fade Masters follow the same design and looks as the original model. You’ve got aluminium housing that is fall-resistant. In fact, it’s near unbreakable and perhaps the toughest casing of all professional clippers.

The clipper measures 6″ and weighs 1.25 lbs. This puts it on the heavier side, but that’s the trade off you pay for having such a durable hair cutter.

As an adjustable clipper, the Fade Master lets you customize your cutting length. Same as the standard Master, the side lever is the most versatile among all barber tools.

You can gradually set the cutting length which is incredibly convenient for getting tight tapers and fades done. The blades are made of carbon-coated stainless steel for extra sharpness and durability. You can zero gap them for ridiculously close cuts.

Same as the Master clippers, the Fade has a 14 000 strokes per minute electromagnetic motor. This outshines other Andis motors (running on 7200 SPM usually) and most of Wahl’s models too. Extreme power for extreme cuts.

Some things to keep in mind

That said, the Fade Masters can’t escape the standard model’s fate. Yes, once again it’s the overheating. The metal casing, paired with such an insane electromagnetic motor is a formula for regular heat.

As we’ve elaborated before in our reviews, this is quite expected for heavy-duty professional clippers. You should consider getting a cooling spray like Andis’ Cool Care to use while working with this cutter.

In addition, you won’t like the fact that you receive no guards with the Fade Master clipper. Other pro models like the Wahl Senior at least include a few combs.

What I advise you to do is simply get the Andis Nano purple guards. They’re magnetic and will fit your Fade Masters perfectly for more secure, tighter cuts.

Final verdict

I hope I shed some light onto when and why would you pick Andis Fade Master over other similar products. It’s all about your needs: this clipper tends to lean on the situational side of things.

If you want an extremely close-cutting cutter and you do a lot of bald fades, grab it and practice your art. If you want an all-purpose machine, though, just stick to the standard Masters.

That said, the Fade is yet again an outstanding offer from Andis. The design they implemented for the Master series is simply amazing. This is an electric clipper that should last you a long, long time.

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