Product Type: Remington Beard / Hair Trimmer
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Remington HC365 Hair Clipper
Member Name: Flukepiestalker
Remington HC365 Hair Clipper
Advantages: Better than going to the hairdressers - and a lot cheaper!
Why I bought this particular set:
It is a fact that I would rather go to the dentists than the hairdressers - for a start I never know what to say when asked 'how do you want it cut?'. Even with hours of extensive plastic surgery first, I'm never going to come out looking like Brad Pitt, so generally my answer was 'just make me look smart for work'.
Recently though, I have started swimming (regularly) to get rid of some mid 30's 'podge', so my new answer became 'I'll have a grade 1 all over'. In other words, just shave it all off as it makes it a lot easier (and less time consuming) to 'dry' my hair afterwards, when there isn't any to dry! It also means less drag in the pool.
It then occurred to me - why pay a tenner a pop to get my hair cut (and thoroughly hate the experience) when I could just do it myself, at home (whilst watching the football) with a pair of clippers. So armed with a limited budget and not a lot of clue, I went for a pretty 'basic' option with these. I had heard of 'Remington' before so thought for £25 I couldn't really go wrong. Three sets of 'hair' cuts and I'd be up on the hairdressers fees anyway!
General Observations & Maintenance:
I should mention that I have very straight and baby soft hair (when not 'gelled'), which may give me slightly rose-tinted spectacles when reviewing this product. For me, these clippers just glide through my hair like a knife through butter, but I'm not sure how they would perform on very tightly packed or curly hair.
The clippers design is curved, which makes them easy to hold, though they are very rigid, which make it harder to reach some parts of your head - always check with someone that you haven't missed a bit, before going out in public!
The trimmers are also surprisingly heavy - I dropped them on my foot the other week and I think I still have the bruise - which doesn't make them easy to transport and definitely 'out' when thinking of trips abroad as they will increase your luggage weight quite significantly.
They are easy enough to clean - I tend to run the blades under a tap (without them being plugged in of course) and attack them with the cleaning brush provided (not mentioned below) after each trim and it seems to work.
Advanced Ceramic-coated blades infused with Silica for hardness and resilience - no idea what that means in real terms, but the blades have been strong enough to cut my hair on at least a dozen occasions now and show no sign of wear and tear - I've also run them under the tap a few times to clean them and again, they look as good as the ever did. The trimmers themselves have also been 'bounced' down the stairs on a couple of occasions, and again they show no sign of breaking. Solidly built - which is a really good thing!
Taper level for cutter length adjustment - I think all trimmers tend to come with this - it's a lever at the base of the trimmer which allows the tapering of hair from the top. I think it makes the 'cut' more even and I've certainly had no problems with people telling me I have a 'wedge', which would happen if it didn't work.
Cord / cordless for up to 40 minutes usage - If you are a bloke spending more than 40 minutes cutting your hair, then you have issues. Perfectly adequate. The cord is fairly long too (about 1.5 meters - though not measured), so you can relax on the sofa and watch TV whilst pruning.
Six attachable combs - These are good and easy to fit onto/remove from the trimmer blade. Warning though - they are made of plastic and you shouldn't leave them on the floor as they don't survive being trodden on - I am missing a number 7 because of this. With the swimming - I tend to just leave it as a grade 1 or 2 - as I find anything over about 4 makes me look like a fuzzy microphone. There are grades 1-8 spanning 3-24 mm in length, so you have a decent choice.
Detail trimmer - this is great for around the ears and for doing my 'goatie' and gives very straight lines, though it can be dangerous if not used correctly! I have managed to cut my chin on several occasions using it, so definitely an item to be wary of!
Sectioning clips - never used them and I think have been lost due to being quite small.
Ear guides - again, a bit pointless in my book - I find it a lot of hassle trying to line these up whilst trimming - I'd rather get it over a done with in one big swish!
Scissors - I'm not sure if it was just the set that I got, but I've won sharper scissors from pulling Christmas crackers. These were seriously blunt - so much so that my 2 year old daughter uses them for cutting paper.
Neck Brush, cap, and cape - for that authentic barber shop experience. I'd rather wash off the excess hair in the shower - so again these items have become painting accessories for my daughter!
Combs - not sure why these are included either as I shave off the hair (and thus it no longer needs combing). I suppose if you never owned a comb before now, they could be useful as you don't really want to use these clippers on tangled hair.
Storage case - this is an excellent idea, even if I don't use it (see what happened to my grade 7 attachable comb). Handy for keeping my wife happy too (she hates clutter).
Mine also came with a two year guarantee, but I think it may already be out of that warranty period, or getting very close, and it shows no signs of any ware or tear, so I'm hoping I won't be needing it.
I have definitely made my money back (several times over) by not needing to go to the barbers and, despite my best efforts, are robust enough to last for several years.
The only negative point about these clippers (and a shaved head) is the fact that my wife now thinks I look like a criminal. I keep telling her that hair loss is hereditary in my side of my family and that I am just getting ahead of the game, but it doesn't seem to be working. I fear that they are so good that I may come home one day to find they have been 'lost'!
Summary: A very good purchase
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