Andis Styliner 2 & M3

by | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Andis Styliner series feature professional hair trimmers fitting into a medium-budget. The models aim to deliver smooth shaving and perform neat linings.

In this review, I’ll take a look at Andis Styliner 2 trimmer, an affordable groomer. However, I’ll also peek at the more expensive Styliner M3 with its ultra durable magnesium body.

Part of the same product line, these two groomers differ from each other a little, yet adhere to standard Andis quality.

Enough intros – time for the real deal, starting with an Andis Styliner 2 review!

Overview of Andis Styliner 2 trimmer

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  • Smooth shaves
  • Comb customizations lacking
  • Strong electromagnetic motor
  • Semi-versatile application
  • Doesn't heat up much
  • So-so blades
  • Neat price

The Styliner 2 body

Yet another entry in the list of Andis barber hair trimmers, the Sty liner 2 is slightly bulkier. At 5.75″ and 0.80 lbs, it’s bigger than Andis T-Outliner trimmer, for example. The casing is made of hard plastic (polymer) and as you can see, it’s clad in black:

What I really like about the Andis Styliner is the textured material. Not that the brand’s tools slip, but the textured coating is an advantage in terms of ergonomics. It really feels great.

You’ll also get a standard length 8-foot cord with a convenient hanger loop. Keep in mind the Styliner II operates on 120V/60hz. If you plan on using it with other frequencies, think of grabbing a converter.

You’ll receive only clipper oil with this model. Unlike the T-Outliner, Andis liners don’t have a lot to do with trimmer guards.

Inside the Andis Styliner 2 trimmer

You have to give it to the brand: even their hair trimmers perform high in terms of power. The Styliner II comes with an electromagnetic motor cutting at 7200 strokes per minute. That’s quite mighty considering this is a trimmer. It’s also Andis’ standard in the niche.

The stainless steel blades come with fine-cutting teeth. They are more than capable of doing smooth shaves, dry shaves and outlines. Soft beard trims, hairline edgeups and around-the-ear edges are something the Styliner 2 does pretty well. Don’t expect them to be ultra sharp, though.

This trimmer’s steel blades are also suitable for people with sensitive skin. Except if you put too much pressure when trimming, they won’t chew or nick the trimmed areas. You can also shave with the grain to further avoid irritation issues.

Styliner M3: an overview

Speaking of the brand’s liners, Andis M3 is a one of a kind addition to the series. There’s a reason, and that reason is its body made of magnesium. Spectacularly tough, it’s pretty close to being indestructible. The casing is just a little bit heavier than the Styliner II, but what a difference in durability it makes!

The Styliner M3 blades and motor are exactly the same as is Styliner brother. However, there’s something that the Andis M3 does way better than all other Andis barber trimmers:

Its extremely silent and cool operation.

No other groomer from the brand can get close to what this magnesium trimmer offers you. It’s the single most pleasure-filled way to groom your neckline, beard, sideburns or ear area. Without any doubt, a great pick despite it’s higher price.

Issues with the Andis liners series

Two things I want to mention here. First, the lack of proper comb customization. Sure, trimmers and guards haven’t been that much of a thing, ever. At the same time, with other hair trimmers (except the lonely, no-comb Oster T-Finisher) you can grab some easy accessories.

What you should be more concerned about are the Styliner blades. Both the Styliner 2 trimmer and Andis M3 will require of you to do some adjustments if you want to use the blades to the fullest. Otherwise you’ll get a little bit of bland action.

Whether you decide to adjust the Andis blade just a little, or go full zero gap…Your choice. If you fret about tinkering around with your Andis trimmer, don’t worry. Here’s a short video guide on how to zero gap your Andis Styliner 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQoyzkcWNH0

Andis Styliner 2 vs Andis T-Outliner

This question has probably come to your mind already. Given the popularity of both Andis barber trimmers, which would be a better pick?

As always with nuanced product comparisons, there’s no answer that can be set in stone. It really depends on what you need them for. For example if you want to do fading haircuts, an Andis T-Outliner, or better yet – the GTX version, is the tool you need. For soft finishes, a Sty liner 2 will do the job.

An M3 Styliner beats everyone in both the looks and durability department. Just compare Andis M3’s shiny magnesium casing with the standard T-Outliner:

Once again, I remind you of a very important operation-related difference. Andis Liners stay way cooler than the T-Outliner series. They are also a tad quieter. If these two factors are important to you, the Style liner 2 should be your pick. The M3 is even quieter and will never overheat.

The T-Outliners also work better with extra combs/attachments. Indeed, they are a bit more versatile and you can perform more tasks with them. Their carbon-coated blades are also sharper.

Final verdict

Both the Styliner II trimmer and the Styliner M3 are a sensible choice. They’re barber-grade groomers perfect for smooth trims and some detailed work. They excel in precision cuts, yet you might find their blades a bit lacking in comparison with a GTX T-Outliner, for example.

With a little bit of adjustments, however, both tools will cut at a premium level. I really want to praise the Andis M3 trimmer. You won’t get any trimmer sturdier, quieter and cooler than this piece of art.

In case you decide to go with the cheaper offer – Andis Styliner 2, don’t worry. This one is perfect for quality trims too. You’ll do more than fine with it.

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