The 5 best balding clippers for shaving your head

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Ah, receding hair. The bane of us, men. As a diffuse thinner, I’ll tell you a secret you probably already knew anyway, though:

Nobody really cares about our bald heads. 

That’s right. I’ve experienced it myself — and you will see for yourself too. No need to fret about it.

Everybody will care if you don’t shave these balding patches, though. These aren’t cool. Not at all.

Normally, I’d advise you to grab Wahl’s 5 star Balding clipper and be done with it.

However, different cutting strokes for different balding folks, right? So I’m giving you quite a few choices. Just pick the best balding clippers that fit your style.

Note: Oster 76 and Andis BGRc are detachable blade clippers. I recommend you also grab a #00000 blade with them (leaves hair at 1/125″/0.2mm or less!) 

  • Philips Norelco QC5580/40
  • Electric motor
  • Motor power:
    ★★★½
  • Blades:
    ★★★★
  • Easy to use:
    ★★★★★
    Self-sharpening blades, washable parts & cordless!
  • Price: $$$
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  • Wahl 5 Star Balding
  • Electromagnetic motor V5000 
  • Motor power:
    ★★★★
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Easy to use:
    ★★★½
  • Price: $$
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  • Andis BGRc
  • Rotary motor
  • Motor power:
    ★★★★½
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
    Ceramic blades stay cooler and last longer.
  • Easy to use:
    ★★★★½
  • Price: $$$+
    Cordless version also available.
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  • Oster Classic 76
  • Single speed motor
  • Motor power:
    ★★★★★
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Easy to use:
    ★★★½
  • Price: $$$+
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  • Wahl Peanut
  • Rotary motor
  • Motor power:
    ★★★★
  • Blades:
    ★★★★
  • Easy to use:
    ★★★★★
  • Price: $$
    Cordless version also available.

In this article:

  • What are the best balding clippers reviewed in 2017
  • What are balding clippers and how they work?
  • Reasons for selecting exactly these clippers for balding men

Best value for price balding clippers:
Wahl Balding clipper

There’s a reason Wahl’s Balding clipper is so popular. An extremely powerful set close cut hair clippers, these come with the trademark Wahl V5000 electromagnetic motor. Outshining any regular pivot motor, the V5000 guarantees faster, more precise shaves.

The Wahl blades cut incredibly even, resulting in a cut equal one to two day’s hair growth. That’s the closest you’ll be getting with any other stock blade – around 0.1/0.2mm. The clipper weighs 1 lbs and measures 6.25″, a bit bulkier than some other bald head clippers.

This set of clippers for shaving your head is also a part of Wahl’s 5 star series. You receive guaranteed quality as the brand has reserved this product line for their top notch models only.

Quiet in terms of operation, with a durable body, produced in Illinois. This fantastic hair cutter deserves the spot for the best budget clippers for a bald head. You can read our full Wahl Balding clipper review too.

Main prosMain cons
  • Strong V5000 motor
  • Heavy
  • The sharpest blades out there
  • Requires some skill
  • Very lucrative price
  • Blades can nick scalp

Easiest to use & maintain balding clippers:
Philips Norelco 5580/40

Another set of extremely close cut clippers, the Norelco 5580/40 comes with self-sharpening blades made of stainless steel. Do you find oiling and maintaining hair clipper blades a hassle? These are your best friend, then.

You can take the Norelco 5580/40 apart and wash its parts for even easier maintenance. No other shaving clippers will require so little of you. If you like clean cuts with zero string attached, these are your hair clippers for bald men.

This Philips balder comes in a cordless mode for flexible, mobile hair shaving action. A strong Lithium-Ion battery guarantees you 60 minutes of uptime.

It feels good to have balding clippers that don’t require charging after every shave. With its lightweight design, the Norelco 5580/40 is undoubtedly the most compact and convenient bald head shaver you can find.

I’ve got to admit, however: the Norelco blades aren’t as sharp as Wahl’s contestant when it comes to smooth shaves with balding clippers. However, they will be more gentle to your scalp, which is an important tradeoff.

If you’re interested in more in-depth information on it, you can read our Norelco QC5580/40 review.

Main prosMain cons
  • Self-sharpening blades
  • Cuts not as close as Balding clipper
  • Very easy to use & flexible
  • Average motor power
  • Close cuts powered by cordless action
  • Somewhat fragile

Best Andis balding clippers:
Andis BGRc ceramic clipper

Hands down. This is the most exquisite way to rock the bald looks with style and elegance. Andis BGRc are one of those rare ceramic hair clippers.

The ceramic blades are of unmatched quality and sharpness. They are way more durable than steel blades. Less maintenance worries for you, more focus on a truly professional slick bald shave.

If you want to nail an extremely close shave, grab an additional #00000 CeramicEdge blade. It’ll leave your hair at 0.2mm!

The BGRc shaving clippers are also 10% lighter than other professional models like the Wahl balder with their 0.90 lbs weight. Their body is also quite durable, made of high grade polymer.

Andis BGRc comes with a powerful rotary motor suited for any stylist’s needs. Combined, the ceramic blades for shaving your head and motor type guarantee both quiet and cool operation. You won’t have these Andis balding clippers heating in your hand as they are 70% cooler than other models.

You can get Andis BGRc in corded or cordless mode. Whichever you choose, rest assured: no other electric clippers will give you such an elegant way to shave your head bald. Read our thorough Andis ceramic review here.

Main prosMain cons
  • Ultra sharp & durable ceramic blades
  • Expensive
  • Powerful rotary motor
  • NiCD battery tech a bit old
  • Easy maintenance
  • No lever for blade adjusting

Best runner-up clippers for bald heads

In a way, the Wahl Peanut clipper is similar to Norelco 5580/40. It focuses on a compact design and aims to provide you with a flexible shaving experience. You can easily maneuver the Peanut for a more versatile approach to buzzing your head down.

No, really: this little clipper for bald heads is a mere 4 oz. Its body? A miniscule 4″, easily outshining any other balding clipper with its size!

Like the Andis BGRc, you get a rotary motor here. Its powerful operation is supplemented by sharp stainless steel Wahl blades. They are very precise and will cut very close to your scalp.

Unlike the Balding clipper’s blade hazards, though, you needn’t concern yourself with overly sharp Wahl blades here.

An important strong point of the Peanut hair trimmer is its price. A real deal, even its cordless version won’t break your bank. This doesn’t mean it compromises on quality here.

Again, though, the overall sharpness of the blades pales in comparison with Andis BGRc or Wahl’s 5 star balding clipper. However, you get a mobile, compact cutter for those head shaves at home.

You get a very potent set of Wahl close cut clippers for your head shaving needs, as our full Peanut review finds out.  

Main prosMain cons
  • Compact design
  • Can feel too small
  • Powerful rotary motor
  • Lacks the output of others
  • Very precise cuts

The Oster 76 classic hair clipper is the most durable and long-lasting electric clipper you’ll see. While not a hair clipper for bald heads per se.

Their precision and the evenness of the cut are spectacular. You won’t have to worry about going through your scalp twice to ensure you’ve left everything smooth. The 76 will deliver smooth bald cuts with its precise, cryogenically tested detachable blades that rival the BGRc ones.

My colleague here Ryan has likened the Classic 76 Oster professional clipper to a Harley Davidson. Just make sure you once again get a #00000 blade for these 0.2mm cuts!

This is true: their vintage design screams class and adheres to the long-lasting American barber traditions. A fall-resistant, ultra durable body makes sure the powerful “engine” inside remains untouched no matter the circumstances. And the universal motor inside that housing?

Nothing can beat it and I’m not exaggerating. There’s a reason why this smooth shaving clipper is barbers’ favorite tool.

Any 76 Classic clipper owner will tell you: once you buy a set of these, you’re set for quite a few years ahead. With baldness here to stay, the 76 is a very wise investment, even though its price might initially seem a no-go to you.

Just keep in mind that this professional balding clipper can heat up quite mightily. This can be solved by using a cooling spray to chill things a bit. Check out Oster 76 classic review to learn more about its potential.

Main prosMain cons
  • Most long-lasting clipper
  • Heavy
  • Cryogenically tested blades
  • Balding clipper function a side one
  • Barber-grade cutting action
  • Hot & noisy

What exactly are balding clippers?

Obviously, balding clippers come with special blades that cut closer than normal ones. The difference is that most of the blades you’ll need here are either #0000 or #00000. In short, cutting at either  1/100″ (0.25mm) or 1/125″ (0.2mm or less.)

Most of the usual hair clippers come with adjustable blades. They switch between #1 (3/32″ or 2.4mm) to #000 (1/50″ or 0.5mm.) As you yourself know, this doesn’t nail the slick bald looks.

This is why I don’t recommend you getting the usual hair cutters. Sure, they’ll shave close, but they won’t get as closer as you wish.

As I mentioned, with detachable blade clippers be sure to get an additional Oster or Andis close-cutting blade.

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