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Other reviews have argued that the Babyliss 7435U rotary hair trimmer is a rubbish gadget. I think that this is a bit unfair. It's important to remember that with this trimmer it requires a bit of practice and it's important to follow the instructions regarding cutting technique. There are also one or two other important factors that might determine whether this trimmer can give you a decent haircut.
I've used a couple of hair trimmers in the past and they were of the conventional type - those with the straight cutting edge. The problem with the straight bladed trimmers is when it comes to shaving the back of the head. Unless you have someone willing and brave enough to help you it can be a bit tricky. That's one reason I decided to give this circular innovation a try. I seem to remember the manufacturer's blurb suggesting that this device would make shaving the back of the head a lot easier.
On first sight and touch it seems to be a well designed device with a nice weight to it. It's easy to grip firmly in one hand, which means you can position it around all areas of your head including the back of your head. I would suggest that this rotary trimmer is only really suitable for cutting your hair if you want it short all over and of the same length. There are two circular graded attachments that snap onto the round body of the trimmer providing 6 cutting grades in total. Grades 1 to 3 can be found on one attachment and grades 4 to 6 on the other. Once an attachment is clipped into place you have to twist it whilst using a safety lock in order to get the setting you want. I generally only use the 1 to 3 attachment for the shortest hair cut. I would imagine it being very difficult to get an even cut using grades 5 or 6.
As mentioned earlier using the trimmer requires practice. It's important to use a circular motion as you move the trimmer around your head rather than a sweeping motion from one side to the other. As a precaution you might want to use one of the higher grade settings for a longer cut first. Then if you make a mistake you can go to a shorter grade and repair or hide the damage. After the first trim you might miss some longer hairs but you just have to keep going over the same area carefully until all stray hairs are cut short at an even length. I can get quite a good finish to the top and sides of my head... almost professional.
However, I would say that this rotary trimmer is most suitable for people with rounder heads as opposed to angular heads... if you know what I mean. More suitable for a Wayne Rooney type than a Ronaldo I would say (not that I could ever imagine those two cutting their own hair). I am more like a Ronaldo (in terms of head angularity rather than good looks and football skills). To extend this theory further the trimmer is probably better suited to younger heads as a child's head tends to be more round than an adult's. Here it's also worth mentioning that the trimmer represents a safe way to cut as opposed to using scissors. However, getting back to head shape, I have found it particularly difficult at times to achieve an even cut length at the back of the head, especially just above the nape. This is unfortunate as I can easily reach the back of my head with this trimmer and cover the whole region. But once or twice whilst attempting a number 2 cut I unintentionally made a spectacular zigzag bald patch at the back. The only way to repair such damage was to adjust the attachment to the lowest grade possible and go extremely short all over. Hence I spent a week looking like a prison inmate. So in order to cut your hair at the back with this trimmer you'll probably still need assistance from a willing friend/partner. Of course if the mullet ever comes back in to fashion (which I doubt) or if you're a WWF wrestler then this won't be a problem because you would no doubt leave the back to grow long.
There is an extra straight bladed trimmer (as pictured) included in the box. This is to trim those parts that the rotary trimmer can't reach such as around the ears or doing your sideburns if you're Bradley Wiggins fan. This small trimmer has quite a small cutting head of about 1 inch in length, but works really well. It comes with its own grading attachment with grades 1 to 6. It requires two small batteries that were supplied with the unit upon purchase from Argos. It's important to keep both trimmers well oiled before use if you want them to be durable. A small bottle of oil comes with the kit for this purpose. You will also receive a small pair of ordinary scissors, a long slim plastic comb that inevitably breaks in half and a rather crappy nylon bag to store everything in.
Cleaning the trimmer is quite straight forward although a little awkward at times. After a trim I tend to give it a gentle tap and then wipe the interior with a damp cloth. You won't get rid of every hair but regular cleaning and oiling is important to make sure the blades don't get clogged.
The hair trimmer is easy to charge. The power cord can be fitted easily and safely into the charging point and the plug is not too bulky. After the first charge, subsequent charges take only an hour or so and each charge should last you seven haircuts at least.
The BaByliss 7435U hair trimmer cost me £44 from Argos. At the time of writing they are now selling a newer version - the 7545U for the same price, but I'm sure many of the points outlined in this review will still be relevant. The BaByliss 7435U certainly has it's good points but it may not be the ultimate solution for a DIY haircut - in fact I don't think there is one yet. It didn't really solve the problem I wanted it for - to provide an easy method for cutting hair at the back of the head. However, I still try, and I'd still probably recommend this trimmer... at least for round heads on a budget.
I originally bought one of these when they first come out, i liked the design and shave my head fortnightly. It looks very practical and easy to use. Now im not knocking Babyliss because in general they are a very respected brand especially in the "hair" industry.But however this product stop functioning correctly after 4 months. I look after my belongings by cleaning and maintaining them regularly. Inside there are 2 rings of metal teeth that clip your hair by moving in opposite directions, they stopped moving. I tried to fix the problem but no good.
Before it broke i loved it and the practability made it even faster to cut your hair, especially the back of your head.So i decided to buy another one which cost around £25. The same problem happened!! plus the new one was not keeping its charge either. That one lasted 6 months tops.There is a serious manufacturing problem with this product, which is a shame. I currently use a Remingtons which cannot be knocked at all, its the standard shape clipper at a very reasonable price and has never let me down.
When the clippers broke, for a while i was using the beard trimmer to cut my hair which was great. The only problem with the trimmer was it runs off 2 AA batteries and after 1-2 uses drains them like water down a sink.
ALL in all, this product cannot be trusted and will probably let you down over a period of half a year. As cool as the design looks, it keeps your trimmings inside the clipper and after several usages will damage it. my personal opinion, look elsewhere.
I bought this to be able to cut my grandson's hair as my daughter wanted to cut his hair but was a bit scared to use the scissors on him, but when my boy was younger I used to use the hair trimmers on him as you get a good even cut all over and in summer a number 2 for the boys is great for keeping their hair in order and they can run around playing football without their hair getting sweaty or greasy. It's neat and tidy and cool for them.
My son still likes to keep his hair short too and usually has a number 2 setting as well with his hair clippers, but its not always a close crop, sometimes its hard to get an even cut at the back of the nape as it's the place you cannot see and its hard to judge whether you have cut it properly or not, so he usually has to get one of us to do the last bit at the back, but not anymore as he bought a Babyliss 7435U hair trimmer and can now do it himself, without asking me to get the back of his head.
The Babyliss is a handy size, round and a trendy style for men, it is black and orange and the trimmer can be easily held in the hand and run around the head of hair, for an even cut.
There are six different length hair settings and you don't have to oil it like the usual hair trimmers.
It costs around £39 which is a little expensive, but then it saves on having to go to the barbers shop which is about £5 and upwards for a hair cut.
I like the style of the trimmers as I haven't seen round ones any where before, they fit in the hand and are easy to grip, not like the trimmers which can be awkward to use and the hair guard can slip off if you are not careful. They are sturdy and a good design.
I also like the idea that you don't have to oil them, as the other brands of hair clippers usually come with a tiny brush and a little tube of oil, which gets the guards and blades slippey and if your not careful and you get it everywhere.
For value wise after the initial cost these hair cutters will save you money as you won't have to go to the barbers again, for men they are great and make good presents as they are easy to use and can just be run over the head for a quick hair cut, before going out.
There's no messing about . The clippers collect the hair and its easy to empty.
It comes in a stylish box and you get a comb and scissors and a trimmer for sideburns too. The batteries are also included which is another bonus.
Altogether a good hair cutting package. Its rechargeable too and so you can take it on holiday with you even if you go camping, you can charge it up before you set off and use it whilst your away.
As a boys gadget its well worth the money, my son loves it and it gives a good tidy hair cut.
The shape is unique to fit into the hand and its easy to use, just run it over the head and its done.
It can be bought at Tesco's, Amazon, Littlewoods and other retail outlets.
I bought this product for my husband last year and it has made cutting his hair so easy and hassle free, firstly he can do it himself now so i don't have to do it, secondly it is so easy and straightforward to use.
You simply attach the guard depending on what length you want your hair, then you simply switch on and using circular movements all over the head it cuts your hair.
It is comfortable to hold and fits into your hand easily, allowing usage to be comfortable and stress less.
It is easy to clean after use with all the tools included in the box, and it stays sharp for a lot longer than other clippers.
It comes with a holder and charger and does not take up much room to store, it also comes with a small pair of trimmers for beard which are like mini clippers and are very good also.
Like many fellas i too went through a phase of shaving all my hair off, in an attempt to follow that cruel thing called 'fashion'. But every time i had my hair shaved at my local barbers, it cost me around £8 or risk losing my ears and letting my partner shave it. Lol.
So after seeing an advertisement for the Babyliss Easy Cut, on TV, I went to Argos and bought one for £49.99. My intensions were to use the Easy Cut to neaten up my hair, shave off bits that grow faster than others and to 'whizz over' my head on nights out.
When i got the product home i was quite impressed. It was very durable, had a unique clipper blade plus looked and felt a quality hair clipper. It also came with a separate beard trimmer and a kit consisting of; a comb, a pair scissors, different trimming grades, oil and a cleaning brush. I thought it was well worth the money for what you got. The clipper was cordless and due to the self-guiding grades, i was able to use it on myself.
Being cordless i had to initially charge the Easy Cut before use, with the charger that came with it. Once charged I easily fitted a grade to the Easy Cut and set it to grade 2, with a simple twist.
The Easy Cut clipper is fairly quiet, emitting nothing more than a slight hum, whilst in operation. The clipper does vibrate a lot, much more than a standard set of hair clippers and prolonged use can make you fingers go numb. Its cutting ability is very poor, making the end results barely noticeable. Actually apart from massaging my head, the Easy Cut failed to cut any of my hair. I asked my brother to try it and he did manage to shave some of his hair. However, when he got to the crown of his head, the self-guiding grade didn't fit to that part of his head correctly and left him with long tuffs.
On a more positive note, the beard trimmer worked quiet well. Like the Easy Cut, the beard trimmer too came with an adjustable grade setting, number from 1 = closest shave to 8 = Long stubble. However, unlike the Easy Cut the beard trimmer isn't rechargeable and needs two AA batteries. As a set, i would expect both to be powered the same way and I can't understand why Babyliss has made them different
Though it looks cool it doesn't shave your hair and for £49.99 i would expect it to do its job. My advice for other consumers is to avoid this product and purchase a much cheaper, traditional style hair clipper, priced between £9.99 to £29.99.
Thanks for reading - also if anyone reading has used the Easy Cut V2 could you please tell me if it works any better.
In my opinion it doesn't do what it says in the ads or what it says on the box. It does not cut evenly. It is not easy to use. On battery power it is weak and goes flat long before you finish the job.
For about 12 years I've cut my own hair to between grade 2 to 6 using traditional clippers from Phillips. I've become quite adept at it! As my old clippers are getting a bit tired I decided to try the Babyliss Easy Cut.
Straight out of the box it feels of reasonable quality. It needs a full 16hr charge before first use, which I did. And I lubricated it using the supplied oil as instructed. After the full charge the first thing I noticed was that it appeared to run quite slow and laboured as if it was running low. I noticed that if you plug it in it runs much faster than on a fully charged battery.
As far as the cutting goes, well for me it is next to useless! Starting with hair that had grown out to a good bit over a grade 6 I decided to try a grade 4. I followed the instructions about using it in a mixture straight sweeps against the hair direction and in circular movements. I ended up with very patchy, clumpy hair. Some had been cut shorter than grade 4 and there were clumps that seemed to have not been cut at all. I think if I'd spent a lot longer it might eventually have got rid of the clumps, but I would still have been left with the short patches.
Then the next problem became apparent. A full charge is nowhere near enough for a full cut! So you end up having to plug it in. It runs faster and therefore cuts a bit quicker but it is still uneven and slow. An added problem is that the plug goes in the side of the handle, which actually makes it difficult to hold. And the cable constantly gets in the way and tangles around the cutter.
I ended up resorting to my trusty old clippers to rescue me from an embarrassing haircut. Lucky I still had them! I found that I had to go to a grade 2 (pretty short) before I got to the bottom of the short bits. So the Babyliss used at grade 4 had cut patches of my hair to grade 2.
I'm off to buy another set of proper clippers!
I like to keep my hair short and neat but not shaved completely off so this means going to the hairdressers ever 2 - 3 weeks for a trim costing 10 pounds each time not to mention the hassle of trying to get an appointment to fit in with hours etc. I decided to invest in a pair of clippers as I thought I would recoup the money within a few weeks on the savings I would make with not going to the hairdressers. I had always put off buying a hair clipper to do at home in fear I would end up looking like Grant Mitchell but when I seen the advert for the BaByliss easy hair clipper it sounded like it was perfect for me.
When the easy cut arrived I was excited to try it out straight away but it needed to be charged for 16 hours before you could use it so I duly plugged it in and waited until the next day.
Unlike traditional clippers the easy cut is circular in shape meaning it fits into the palm of your hand and you can just go over your hair in circular motions without having to worry about going in a straight line from front to back. They also come with a separate precision trimmer to use on your sideburns and fringe.
It has six different length settings to choose from and promises to give an even cut everytime. Hair that is cut is collected in the clippers so no mess to sweep up from the floor. They also auto lube themselves so sounded like the perfect low maintenance item for me.
The first time I used these clippers I was absolutely horrified with how they cut my hair. They are far from easy to use and after going over my hair multiple times I was left with different lengths and patches all over my head. Some parts were noticeably shorter than the grade 4 id chosen, in fact I would go so far as to say they were bald while other patches looked like they hadn't been cut at all.
In the end I had to go to the hair dressers to get her to fix my hair and she did this by shaving my hair all off which I hate as I don't suit it and I spent two weeks looking like a football hooligan.
I was so disappointed with these clippers, from watching the advert they looked like the easiest things in the world to use but after my experience I looked at some reviews and seen that mine is by far what the majority of experiences with these clippers has been and I'm shocked BaByliss would even release these clippers as they are.
I definitely wouldn't recommend these to anyone and it just goes to show that you should read the reviews before rushing into buying something. It's a shame because the idea is great in theory but awful in practice.
I bought mine for 39.99 but i see they can now be bought for 30 if anyone is brave enough to try them.