Andis Master Review

by | Sep 27, 2016 | 5 comments

Andis are an absolute giant when it comes to hair clipper brands. Famous for their high-end barber hair cutters, they have chosen the Andis Master clipper as a poster boy for the company. Zero surprise here. There’s a reason it’s our best pick for fading clippers and a part of our list with the best hair clippers for men. This model’s design and powerful operation helped it earn its reputation among barbers and casual users alike.

Andis Master Review: Professional Barber Clippers

You'll love it for theseBut you won't like these
  • Great design
  • Rather heavy
  • Extra tough aluminium body
  • Additional combs not included
  • Top choice for fading clippers
  • Overheats
  • Made in the USA
  • Very powerful motor

Andis Master’s design: a legend

Ready for my review about Andis Master? I doubt another professional clipper has such a distinctively designed body. The Master clipper features a stylish, elegant and 6″ long body made of aluminum. It’s not only gorgeous with its exquisite chrome-colored looks. The Master’s body is also extremely durable, owing its toughness to the extra strong metal housing.

Andis Master clippers: strong corded action with an extra tough aluminium case.

Many people fret over dropping their clippers and damaging them irreversibly. No such danger with this Andis barber clipper. It’s absolutely fall-resistant – but that doesn’t mean you should drop your tools anyway!

Undoubtedly, Andis Master is a heavy electric clipper. It’s no small baby with its weight of 1.25 lbs. However, you can’t expect such a heavy-duty clipper to be lightweight anyway. What ultimately matters with professional tools are ergonomics. And despite it’s heaviness, there’s no denying the Master clipper is a good fit for any hand.

What’s beneath: Andis Master clipper parts

This hair cutting machine features Andis highest line of electromagnetic motors. Once you plug it in (120V/60Hz), the Master’s motor runs on 14,000 cutting strokes per minute. To add some substance to this simple number: consider your haircuts done twice faster, or even more.

The cutter will go through any hair powered by its roaring electromagnetic engine, and it will do so lightning fast.

The motor’s spectacular power is supplemented by carbon-coated, stainless steel blades. Andis Master blades adjust from #000 to #1 length, you just need to use the side lever. That’s something I want to especially turn your attention to. Look at its lever here:

Usual adjustable clippers can move only from position A to position B with their levers (Wahl hair clippers, for example.) If you take a closer look at the Andis Master adjustable lever, you’ll see gradual positions, allowing for more precise blade adjusting.

That’s the exact reason why this Andis model is a top clipper for fades.

The blades’ sharpness guarantees precise cuts and tapering, regardless of hair type and density. Remember to oil the Master clipper blades to ensure they run smoothly and they will serve you for a long, long time.

Relatively quiet for a barber hair clipper

I’m writing this review with all honesty so I won’t lie to you: if you expect a humming hair cutter, look elsewhere. Andis Master will be slightly noisy and there’s little you can do about that. However, compared with other professional clippers like the Oster 76, it will run relatively quiet.

To add to this, the noise you’ll hear from a Master clipper is somewhat of a pride to many barbers. The sound of this model is so specific that it’s, paradoxically, turned into an unspoken benefit for professionals.

Pain points of the Master clipper

Like any clipper, the Master also suffers from a few shortcomings. The biggest issue you’ll have will be with the Master clippers heating up. It’s something that any barber clipper will suffer from, but it can still be uncomfortable.

Two reasons for this. First, you have the extremely powerful electromagnetic motor. With its 14,000 strokes per minute it accumulates just enough energy to heat up. When you throw in the all-metal housing of the Andis barber clipper, no wonder it’ll get hot to the touch.

If you want something that stays cooler, Andis’ newest barber clipper – the Pro Alloy XTR might suit your taste.

The Master won’t overheat after a quick 5 minute usage, but you will feel the heat at around the 15 minute mark for sure. You can either rest a bit, or simply resort to using the lucratively priced Andis cooling sprays. So and so you should clean and disinfect your hair cutting machine.

Another thing you want to keep in mind is the fact that this is a professional Andis hair clipper.

There’s a bit of a learning curve here. If you’re a total beginner, you might feel overwhelmed and you might prefer easier options like the Remington HC4250.

While a bit demanding, the Master will make it worth your time in the end, though. So unless you’re really reluctant to try out something more pro, I suggest you don’t worry too much about it. Here’s a video to give you a head start in using your Andis Master clipper:

Important tip for Andis Master accessories

Unfortunately, you won’t receive any Andis guards with the Master. You have to purchase these separately if you want more freedom in terms of hair cutting lengths. If you need Andis Master combs, I can’t recommend the Andis Magnetic guards enough!

They are long-lasting, will attach themselves to the clipper blade more securely and tightly, and are essentially the best guards on the market. There’s a reason why users of other clipper brands like Oster’s Fast Feed purchase these.

The 5 set of purple magnetic guards on includes sizes 1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ (or 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Andis sizes.) They will make your Master experience even better.

Final verdict

The final thing we can say about this Andis Master review, it is an absolute classic in the niche of professional hair clippers. Few other models can take pride in being such a great hair clipper for fades.

No other cutter sports such an elegant, aluminum body and clean design. The Master’s sheer power and flexibility make up for its heavyweight body and heating problems.

If you want something powerful, sturdy and a clipper that will last you for a long, long time…this should be your pick. You can go over this Andis Master review or ask your local barber about it. They know what’s up with this model and the classy haircuts it’s capable of performing.

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Andis Master




Easy to use


Blades & Motor


Body & Design






Good points

  • Design
  • Tough aluminium body
  • Insanely precise cutting
  • Born in the USA
  • Great fading clipper

Bad points

  • A bit heavy
  • No additional combs included
  • Tends to get hot

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