The world’s tiniest professional hair trimmer.
That’s how I would introduce the Wahl 5 star Hero trimmer. It’s not a marketing gimmick.
A mere 4.25″, this neat machine caters directly to people who want something maneuverable, compact and easy to setup. It’s also perfect as an at home use hair trimmer.
In this Wahl Hero review you’ll learn the most important things about it. I’ll also compare it to other popular trimmers so you can decide what suits your needs best.
Overview of the Wahl 5 star Hero
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Wahl 5 star Hero: tiny, yet presentable
As I already mentioned, Wahl heroes are remarkably compact at 4.25″ and 4.6oz. This is way less than your usual pro trimmers that sport 5″+ bodies and weigh close to twice as much.
Design-wise, the Wahl 5 star Hero trimmer is a little different than the usual 5 star series color scheme. Here’s how it looks in full size:
In trimmers like the Detailer or cordless clippers like the Magic Clip, Wahl always stick to a burgundy/white color mix. The Hero t-blade trimmer features more mundane and clean looks. It preserves a sense of stylishness nevertheless.
As accessories, you’ll receive 3 T-blade guards (1/16″ to 3/16″), a red blade guard, clipper oil and a cleaning brush. The big news is that you’ll also get a dedicated tool for performing blade zero gaps. The machine runs on 120V/60HZ.
A hidden potential: how the Wahl Hero trimmer surprises
You wouldn’t expect such a compact trimmer to sport a powerful rotary motor. Yet this is exactly what happens with this model. The Heroes use exactly the same motor as the higher priced Detailer, however they manage to run cooler.
Check this showcase video to get a better feel of how they perform:
The adjustable 1062-600 T-blade is standard-sized. It will serve you well for all standard trimming purposes, including edging and some lineups. This is the same blade the Professional Detailer has, actually.
A key to additional potential is the zero gapping tool you’ll receive with the Hero trimmers. You can bring the blade closer to unlock sharper trims. The difference here is that you needn’t experiment by yourself: Wahl give you the proper tool to achieve a close-cutting blade.
Comparison with other popular professional trimmers
There’s no perfect trimmer. It’s always about the specific needs you have.
Given its compact body and standard-sized T blade, the 5 star Hero trimmer is great for smaller areas. Think about goatees, mustaches, ears, some fine edging touches too.
It’s simple. The smaller the surface you want to trim, the better this model will suit you. The 5 star Hero blade is narrower than the blade you’ll find with the 5 star Detailer trimmer.
If you want to go for necklines or some assistance to fading clippers, you’ll do better with the 5 star Detailer or a GTX T-Outliner. Similarly, an Oster T-Finisher will yield better results for hairlines.
The Heroes rely on their maneuverability. With smaller areas, it’s a blessing. If you need to trim bigger areas, though, their tiny body might be more of a nuisance.
Price-wise, the Hero T blade trimmer WA8991 is cheaper than most other barber trimmers.
A few drawbacks
While this model is crazy convenient, it’s also somewhat fragile. Be careful how you treat both it and its guards. It’s not as sturdy as a T-Finisher or a T-Outliner.
Something I’d like to point out is the blade – especially when zero gapped, it can get quite sharp. This is a similar issue to the Detailer blade, actually. Keep an eye on it and don’t apply too much pressure when trimming to minimize the risks of skin irritation.
Lastly, while the 5 star Hero will remain cooler than other models like the GTX T-Outliner, noise levels can still remain high. However, there’s a catch: this happens mainly when you put the guards on.
I’ve encountered this with my Wahl Super Taper clipper too. Seems like the plastic guards amplify the otherwise normal sound.
All said and done, the Wahl 5 star Hero trimmer is your top pick for smaller surfaces. If you want something lightweight, very maneuverable and easy to setup, you’ll love this tiny fellow.
While not as versatile as other barber trimmers, the Hero packs quite a punch beneath its clean design. Not to mention a price that’s quite more lucrative than other contestants.
Ready to design the perfect goatee or take care of some edging work? The 4.25″ Heroes are waiting for you to pick them up!