Wahl Detailer Review

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Focused on Wahl’s hair clippers, many people forget that the brand also has quite a few professional hair trimmers in stock.

The Wahl 5 star Detailer is the most popular of them, no doubt about that.

Combining a stylish body with a T-wide blade and powerful output, it’s the tool of choice for many barbers.

A variation – the Wahl professional 8290 Detailer, adds some other perks you’ll love.

Let’s take a look at both models in a thorough Wahl Detailer review. To be fair, I prefer the 5 star, though recently I’ve been toying with the 8290 professional:

My review on the Wahl Detailer: both 5 star vs 8290 versions

Overview of the Wahl 5 star Detailer trimmer

You'll love it for theseBut you won't like these
  • Stylish looks
  • Can irritate skin
  • Strong rotary motor
  • Have to be careful with the T-blade
  • Crisp, sharp outlining
  • Guard compatibility issues
  • Relatively lightweight

The body of the Wahl 5 star Detailer

If you’re familiar with Wahl’s 5 star series, you surely know the color preference there. Sporting a burgundy body, mixed with a chrome finish and white parts, the Detailer trimmer adheres to the color scheme.

It’s 5″ in size and weighs around 6.9 oz. The material is hard plastic, with the chrome finish on the top ensuring some extra sturdiness.

The body of the Wahl Detailer trimmer is classy and elegant.

It’s clear what Wahl are shooting for with this 5 star hair trimmer – elegance and stylishness. Many trimmers are powerful enough, but score low in terms of attractiveness. The Wahl Detailer combines both and you’ll be delighted to hold it in your hand. Something to remember: it’s made for 110/120V outlets.

As for accessories, you’ll get three Wahl trimmer guides (1/16″, 1/8″ and 1/4″), clipper oil, a cleaning brush and a red blade guard.

Inside the Wahl Detailer trimmer

The 5 star Detailers are furnished with a powerful rotary motor. This gives you just enough cutting strokes per minute to achieve fast, crisp trims and detailed work. Trimmers with rotary motors somehow manage to stay slightly cooler than electromagnetic models. You’ll be delighted to find out the Detailer warms up, but will never get too hot.

What defines this Wahl barber trimmer is the unique T-wide #2215 blade.

Made of stainless steel, it’s around 1/4″ wider than your usual T-blades. It’s also the reason why you can cover larger areas and trim quickly.

The 5 star Detailer trimmer is great for anything from beard or mustache trims to professional outlines or crisp, piece of art edge ups. Check this video for a quick demonstration:

With easy to maneuver, lightweight body, you can really get flexible with your trimmings. You can zero gap the Wahl Detailer T-blade if you wish.

This will make it cut even closer and sharper. By rule, Wahl blades are easier to zero gap compared to Andis blades, like the GTX T-Outliner ones for example.

Wahl 5 star Detailer vs Wahl professional 8290 Detailer

Let’s do a comparison in this Wahl Detailer Review. The 8290 Detailer trimmer is an offshoot of the 5 star model. At a glance, you’ll see a very clear difference. The professional Detailer hair trimmer ditches the burgundy. Instead, it sports a black and grey body with a shiny chrome look.

Cosmetics aside, there’s two main things that distinguish the professional Detailer from its 5 star version.

First, the 8290 Detailer on Amazon.com has a narrower T-blade. Instead of the wide #2215 Detailer blade, you get a #1062-600 one. If you want to perform trims on smaller, more delicate areas, it would be easier to maneuver with it.

Aside the width, the narrower T-blade performs exactly the same crisp, fine cuts and trims. Here it is:

The Wahl professional 8290 Detailer trimmer blade is smaller than the 5 star one.

Second, this Detailer trimmer comes with Wahl’s so called “Pro set tools”. The set will help you adjust the barber trimmer to your liking. You will find a zero overlap tool for sharper edge ups too.

Beyond this two things and the black color scheme, there really is no need for a separate Wahl professional Detailer review. It performs absolutely the same as the 5 star trimmer.

Some drawbacks of the Wahl Detailer hair trimmer

Compared with the benefits you get from this model, its shortcomings aren’t that serious. Yet in the name of objectivity and to make this Wahl Detailer Review reliable, I should mention them.

The T-wide blade of the 5 star Detailer can get really sharp, twice so if you decide to zero gap it. If you have sensitive skin, you should be very careful. Don’t press too much when you’re performing your trims, otherwise you’ll irritate your skin.

As I mentioned, you’ll get three Wahl guides in terms of accessories. The problem with the wider Detailer T-blade are its specific dimensions. It will be rather hard for you to find other Wahl guards, especially bigger ones. Its narrower than traditional Wahl clipper combs, despite being wide for a T-blade.

Last but not least, if you have very big hands, the lightweight, compact body might be a tad inconvenient for you. However, I have to say you must have really large hands for this to become a serious problem.

Final verdict

In my humble opinion, the Wahl Detailer is Wahl’s top hair trimmer. While not as popular as, say, Andis T-Outliner trimmer, it’s still a great choice. Usual Andis trimmers might be more powerful, but they overheat easily. The Detailer will stay rather cool and reasonably quiet.

Lightweight and stylish, it’s a perfect tool for barbers and casual users alike. Very lucrative in terms of price too, it won’t break your bank.

In case you prefer a narrower T-blade, get the professional Detailer. If not, you know what to do. Hope this detailed Wahl Detailer Review gave you all the info you need.

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Good points

  • Stylish looks
  • Strong rotary motor
  • Sharp outlining
  • Lightweight

Bad points

  • Can irritate your skin
  • Careful with the T-Blade sharpness
  • Guard compatibility problems

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