Andis T-Outliner Trimmer

by | Sep 28, 2016

If you go around a few barbershops in your neighborhood, chances are you’ll see a few Andis T-Outliner hair trimmers there.

A medium budget take on what a trimmer for men should be, this seemingly unpretentious machine might surprise you with its potential. Don’t think of the T Outliner as a pure barber trimmer only, though.

It’s a perfect choice for any casual user, too. So without spending too much on an introduction, let’s see what this T-blade hair trimmer offers you.

Preface: I’ll also do an Andis T Outliner vs Andis Outliner 2 comparison as a lot of people wanted to know more.

Overview of Andis T-Outliner Trimmer

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  • Cuts close and with precision
  • Can get really hot to the touch
  • Awesome for dry shaving
  • Slightly uncomfortable on/off switch
  • Sharp, quality & adjustable blades
  • Better GTX option
  • Good for sensitive skin

The body of Andis T Outliner trimmer

So here we have it, the trademark trimmer of Andis. Does it live up to the hype? What exactly does it feel like? Let’s first take a look at Andis T Outliner’s body.

As you can see, we have a grey, hard plastic casing with an attractive switch on the lower part of the body. While there definitely are sturdier models than the T Outliner, it scores above average in this regard.

At 5.5″ and 0.70 lbs, it’s a standard-sized trimmer. The model is ergonomic enough to guarantee you a stable, comfortable grip when you start working with the sharp Andis T blade.

The T Outliner is for corded use only, coming with a 8-feet long cord. That’s just enough coverage to allow you mobility, no matter if you’re a casual user or a barber.

Note: in most cases, you won’t receive any guards with the hair trimmer!

The T Outliner blades & motor

Beneath the hard plastic case lies an electromagnetic motor, cutting at 7200 strokes per minute. A pretty good performance, this guarantees you fast trimming and more than enough power.

Especially if you’re looking to do more extensive trims, you’ll find a solid, heavy-duty ready choice here.

To ensure smoother hair cutting action, Andis tend strengthen their products’ blades with carbon. The T-blade of the T Outliner trimmer follows the same formula.

Its carbon-steel blades are manufactured to be extra tough and work through high volumes of hair without pulling on it. They’re also quite sharp, so be careful not to sink their teeth too deep in your skin.

Note: If you want to zero gap the Andis T-blade, be careful. As with other Andis blades, doing a zero gap on the T-blade can be challenging for beginners. Watch this video to learn how to do the blade adjustment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emO5YokK1Rk

What can you use Andis T blade for?

Andis T-Outliner hair trimmer is widely revered with a reason. You can use it for anything from outlines, to neckline cleanups, beard or mustache trimmings, edge ups…Combined with an Andis Master or another hair clipper for fades, it allows for artistic fades too.

A very important benefit of the T-Outliner is how precise, close and gentle it cuts. If you are prone to bumps, red spots or even rashes, this is hands down one of the best hair trimmers for sensitive skin. As long as you are careful with the angle you trim yourself and don’t go overboard with the zero gap, of course.

If you decide to use the T-Outliner with a T-blade for beard trimming, I advise you to throw preshave oil in the mix. It will allow for an even smoother, pleasure-filled experience. This Andis hair trimmer is also perfect for dry shaving, something other trimmers have some difficulties with.

For those who’re looking for a balding clipper, you won’t find a complete solution with the T-Outliner. However, it will cut surprisingly close, so shorter buzz cuts are totally doable.

Some weaknesses of Andis T-Outliner hair trimmer

No product is perfect and Andis T-Outliner definitely has some things you need to be aware of.

First of all, it scores badly in terms of heating up. That’s a common issue with some of Andis barber clippers and trimmers. Some say it’s the byproduct of the high number of cutting strokes per minute, powered by the electromagnetic motor.

In any case, expect overheating problems with the T-Outliner trimmer if you go for longer haircuts or trimmings. This can be easily solved, though.

You can either rest a bit to let the blades/body cool off, or use blade wash like Andi’s own Blade care disinfectant. I can’t give you an exact threshold, but around the 13-15 minute mark you will feel the T-blades heating up.

The second thing that might be a problem for some is the body design of the trimmer. The hard plastic is not an eye-catcher for sure.

What might be frustrasting for you would be the on/off red switch on the lower part of the T-Outliner Andis trimmer. Compared to other models it’s a little bit unintuitive.

Andis T Outliner vs Outliner 2

It’s important to note that there’s a Andis Outliner II, a different variation of the standart T blade trimmer. In fact, herein lies the difference. The professional Outliner 2 trimmer doesn’t have a T blade at all. Look at it:

As you can see, the Andis T Outliner 2 blade is square instead of keeping to a T-shape. It’s smaller, narrower than the standard T Outliner. The teeth are also a little larger.

In other words, for trimming longer lines, the Outliner 2 wouldn’t work as great. However, it’s way better for dry shaves – the smaller blade equals easy maneuvering and less risk of nicking your skin.

I’d recommend the Andis T Outliner II for rookies and people who would use it mainly for shaving/trimming on a dry skin.

Aside from the blade size/shape, both trimmers are the same – in weight, size, 7200 SPM magnetic motor and overall performance.

Final verdict

Andis T-Outliner with T-blade is, overall, a great hair trimmer for men. It lives up to its reputation and will be perfect for you if you:

  • Want a quality Andis trimmer on a great price
  • Seek a not-so-complicated, yet powerful hair cutting tool
  • Have sensitive skin and want to do close trims
  • Want to do detailed work (outlines, fades, edgeups and others)

That said, I recommend you to give the Andis GTX T-Outliner a thought too. Especially if you’re looking for a fading trimmer, it’ll be a better choice. Just remember both models suffer from the infamous overheating issue and keep that in mind.

But as I said, there’s no perfect product. For their price, both T-Outliner models are a great sidekick to your grooming routine. Trim happily!

Andis T-Outliner Trimmer

Andis T-Outliner Trimmer
7.9833333333333

Price

9/10

    Easy to use

    10/10

      Blades & Motor

      9/10

        Body & Design

        7/10

          Noise

          8/10

            Heat

            6/10

              Good points

              • Precision cutting
              • Dry shaving ready
              • Blade quality & adjustability
              • Sensitive skin friendly

              Bad points

              • Heats a lot
              • On/off switch
              • Better GTX version

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