Mid-October update: We dissected the Pro Alloy so you can get a better idea if it’s a good purchase. Head over to our Andis Pro Alloy XTR-related articles.
What makes the Andis Pro Alloy XTR stand out?
Andis has always made some solid hair clippers for professionals. But, there is always room for improvement. Luckily, Andis has listened to what the barbers and stylists have been asking for over the years and put together what they hope will be the future of their line of professional clippers. The Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper takes everything that was good about Andis clippers in general and added some interesting improvements. Let’s go over what’s different about these. Key Features:
- Beveled Blade
Rocking the Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper away from the head as you start cutting is essential to mastering the fade.
Having a beveled blade makes it fool proof to get the right angle as you cut so that line can be removed much easier as you taper up the sides.
When you’re doing dozens of haircuts a day, you need the clipper to feel like it is an extension of your arm. In other words, you want to feel like it isn’t even there.
The Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper is the most comfortable version to come out in a while that just feels good in the hand.
It won’t lead to any hand fatigue at the end of a long day.
- Smooth Lever
When you work in a busy shop, seconds taken off of each haircut means more money in your pocket.
That’s why I love clippers with a smooth lever like the Alloy.
You can adjust the level accurately using one hand so it doesn’t slow you down.
- Long Cord
I know what you’re thinking.
How is a cord a plus when there are so many good cordless clippers out there?
I guess I am just old school, but sometimes I like having a cord when I have a favorite clipper that is my workhorse.
By giving you a long cord, it gives you a lot of power and flexibility.
- Strong Guards
After a mishap in barber school due to some weak guards, (long story, remind me to tell you sometime) I have been deeply suspicious of using plastic guides and usually opting for fixed blade clippers.
These magnetic guards are super strong and show no sign of popping off involuntarily.
The housing is made from a very durable material that can withstand the bumps and scrapes that inevitably happen in a busy shop. Think your current clipper can survive a fall onto the bare ground?
If you’ve ever dropped your clipper and I am sure you will, then it is nice to know that it can take a beating while delivering the goods at the same time.
- Runs Cool
The name is an indication how this is meant to resist heating up. XTR means Extreme Temperature Resistance which features a patent pending technology to keep the temperature lower by about 35% less than other brands. There is less heat caused by friction which means a cooler blade.
It vibrates quite a bit less to reduce the heat and to make it run quieter and more comfortably.
Compare it to the Andis Master and it is night and day as far as overheating goes.
- More Torque
The major downside of oscillating electromagnetic motors is that they don’t offer much torque. This is the force required to power the motor. As it faces resistance it require more torque to perform. With the XTR, it has more torque than you would expect from a non rotary motor.
This means it can handle cutting different types of hair easily. Thick, wiry hair can be cut easily with the XTR and even wet hair doesn’t slow it down.
Is the Pro Alloy XTR the best fading clipper out there?
I have always been of the opinion that the 5 Star Wahl Senior is the best at giving tight fades. I will have to reserve judgment for now, but all signs are pointing to the Andis XTR being the king of the fade, and may even topple the Senior off of that top post for me. The beveled blade could be a game changer since it will make giving a good fade that much easier without any extra learning curve to get it right.
This could easily be the best clipper for new barbers just getting into the game. When you are just starting out, you don’t have the experience yet to feel your way around a haircut. Fades are especially hard to do if you don’t know how to rock your arm out to get a nice, blended line.
The beveled blades take a lot of guesswork out of the equation so it is easier for a new barber to see results that you get from a more experienced hand.
The beveled blade is very comfortable for the customer since the tips don’t poke into their skin when you are moving the clipper over their head.
If your customer is a bit sweaty or the skin is not totally dry, then traditional blades can end up sticking making it harder to glide across the skin. A beveled blade doesn’t have as much surface area against the skin so it won’t stick.
It’s no secret both me and Ryan massively respect Andis. Sure, we lean towards other brands for our main hair clippers, but that’s just personal preference. Andis have proven themselves to be a major player both in the casual clippers industry and in the professional barber hair clippers niche. Not many companies can take pride in over 80 years of history!
Recently, the company raved around introducing an adjustable clipper of a new generation. It would run on a patented XTR technology, short for Extreme Temperature Reduction. This is pretty interesting to see, as some of Andis current models do tend to run a bit hotter than usual hair clippers.
Knowing their target audience
Andis aren’t a brand that’s fresh off the boat. They know their audience and what people expect to see in the company’s higher grade professional hair clippers. The Pro Alloy XTR on Amazon.com adjustable hair cutter aims to fill the niche between casual buzzers and the transition into pro territory.
The absolute biggest downside to using any Andis electromagnetic motor clippers was that they tended to heat up over the course of a work day. This meant that you either had to be spraying them down with Kool Lube all day, or have to buy an extra set of clippers to use while you let the Andis cool down. The Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper makes is able to stay much cooler. To the point that you kind of forget that overheating was a thing with Andis clippers.
Ask any barber about Andis products in general and the one complaint you’ll hear from almost all of them is the fact that they generally tend to run hot.
They do have some rotary style motor driven clippers but for the most part they all use the same electromagnetic motor. Hopefully, one day the can replace the older models with this new XTR motor and the overheating will be a thing of the past.
The XTR technology is perfect for busy barbers who will benefit from both less vibrations and a cooler surface of this black-colored beauty. At the same time, though, the hair shaver is also well suited to casual users. Priced attractively, doing pretty fine in the design apartment, and powered by a new generation of buzzer technology? Andis really kill two birds with one stone here.
As always with Andis hair clippers, this adjustable clipper is made in USA. In addition to it being an adjustable blade clipper, buyers will fetch a cool set of nine attachment combs. Sizes range from 1/16″ to 1″ and – I almost forgot, the blade is made of nothing else than high quality carbon steel. Adjusting from 000 to 1, it seems like a good hint at awesome fading action if you’re interested in that.
Sticking to the standard, Andis Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper also comes with a blade guard and oil included.
So what’s the feedback?
As the Pro Alloy XTR entered the shipping phase only recently, it hasn’t accumulated a lot of reviews and shoutouts yet. The Pro Alloy XTR clipper on Amazon.comhas a few overly positive reviews. Buyers praise the hair cutter’s ergonomics, blade quality and ability to stay cool.
A word of caution: the Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper is only compatible with Andis blades, so you can’t mix it around, unlike some other hair clippers.
Of course, we’re onto the case too. XTR is a technology that we don’t want to miss out on. I’m not sure whether it would be me or Ryan breaking down the fine details of this juicy set of adjustable hair clippers. In any case, rest assured that the Pro Alloy XTR will find its place among our other professional hair clippers reviews.
Buying a set of clippers when you are new to the barber game can be intimidating. Especially since there is so much choice. While we believe these are an ideal first clipper, they may not be for everybody. Still wonder if these will be the right clippers for you to start out with? Ask us any questions and we will definitely get back to you to help you out!
UPDATE: The XTR has been around for a bit since the writing of this article so I would like to add a few notes. If you click the links above for the Amazon reviews, you will see the raves about it. It is performing better than expected and offers up a whole new level of comfort. Even after months of use it still is holding up!
Do you have any questions about the Pro Alloy XTR that didn’t get answered in this review? Add a note below and I will get back to you ASAP!