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This is a Lithium Ion powered Grooming Station which basically means it can be used to trim facial hair and short hair cuts.
There are ton of cheap hair and beard trimmers out there and we've usually always owned at least one set to trim my husband's and my son's hair. They've mostly been fine to start with but pretty quickly the batteries tend to fail and they just lack power. When our last set died I looked high and low for a better option and came across the lithium Ion range from Wahl.
According to the manufacturer Lithium Ion gives 2 x the torque and 3 x the run time than a typical Wahl trimmer. It also holds charge better so you can charge it and find it has held the charge next time you get it out to use it. It takes 1 hr to charge and will then run for 150 minutes.
It is a smaller trimmer than many we've had which makes them a bit easier to use and lighter.
It's also possible to do a 1 minute charge to get 5 minutes of usage which is handy if you need to tidy up but forgot to charge it.
It comes with 4 interchangeable cutting heads and 7 comb guides.
They call this a grooming station because it comes with a plastic tray into which you can arrange the arts. In practice this is the weak part of the kit as it is little more than a flimsy bit of plastic with shaped slots for each of the heads. Every other kit we've had has had a proper case for safe keeping so this seems somewhat less well organised than others. Not easy to travel with either so getting a case is a good idea if you go away and want to stay neat and tidy. The size of it makes it ideal for travel.
The kit is about £30 and is good value. it would be a great gift for someone as an upgrade to an older style of trimmer. It works really well.
When it comes to personal grooming, and electric clippers, Wahl is a premium brand. I bought the Wahl 9855-800 set some four years ago now, and it's still going strong!
**Price and Availability**
You can purchase the Wahl 9855-800 on Amazon now for just under £24, I paid £29.99 for it, so it's come down slightly. I think this is a good price, if you factor in how much a men's cut in a barber's is these days (around £8 - £10 for a buzz cut around here and £15 - £20 for a style), you'll easily recoup the money in a matter of months.
It's available online primarily but I have seen it in Argos, Boots and Salon Services (formerly Sally).
**What's in the Box**
You get the Wahl 9855-800 unit itself, which has a rechargable battery and AC charger, 5 trimmer heads including a very small sideburn / detail trimmer, a comb, a cleaning brush for the head of the clippers, a small pot of oil to keep the blades lubricated and a presentation stand.
It also comes with a warranty card which has to be filled out and returned and a full set of UK instructions.
I have to say it's a dream to use even nearly five years on, this set I purchased to cut my now-husband's hair and he was so pleased with the results he even trusted me to cut it for our wedding day three years ago!
All you need to do is charge the unit up (or you can run it straight from the mains), a full charge will give you 60 minutes of cutting (even after all this time I get an hour of strong cutting from the Wahl 9855-800), clip on a comb (you can use it without, if you prefer the skinhead look!!) and away you go. I tend to give my hubby a no3 on the sides and trim the top with a no4 using the scissors to neaten it off. I then remove the comb and use the trimmer to do his sideburns and neck. It always gives a great finish.
I already have! Since we purchased ours, my dad has bought one too (he was previously using a Boots own brand trimmer, but the Wahl 9855-800 is far far stronger and gives a much cleaner cut with no pulling to the hair).
It stores neatly, and is easy to clean with the supplied brush (the trimming combs are washed easily in soapy water), and maintain with a drop of oil (four years on our oil has run out so we use a drop of olive oil which is just as good and keeps your hair sleek to boot!)
For the money I really can't argue with the results, this must have saved us an absolute fortune over the years in haircuts and it means that if my hubby has a last minute work meeting, then he can be sure that he always has neat and tidy hair and doesn't have to wait for an appointment at the hairdressers.
Overall I can't see any reason not to give this five stars out of five - it's affordable, it works well, and it has combs for all manner of hairstyles. I will certainly be sticking with Wahl, but for now I can't see why the Wahl 9855-800 won't last me another four years of monthly use. Highly recommended.
The Wahl 9855-800 Duo Beard & Detailer Reachargeable Trimmer offers rechargeable functionality, giving it a portable edge over standard hair trimmers. This precision trimmer can run for 60 minutes on a full charge. The high-carbon steel blades stay sharp through prolonged use and the soft-touch ergonomic grip gives you great control while grooming. The 6-position comb guide and detail trimmer for head detail give you a large variety of options to treat and maintain your hair. A convenient storage stand neatly holds all the separate pieces, so you don't have to worry about losing one in the bathroom. The silver and black Wahl 9855-800 trimmer and kit is ideal for removing unwanted body and facial hair.