Thirty years ago, if you wanted a set of clippers of this quality you went to a hairdressing supplies wholesaler at the top of Shaftesbury Avenue in London. They then cost £30 a set. My clippers got lost many moves ago and I've suffered through various "home clipper" sets since. I've just had my first hair cut and beard trim with these clippers and I'm delighted.
I normally clip my beard down to all but nothing by using the clippers set to their shortest with no guard. For my hair, I set the clippers to their longest, but still no guard. It's the best haircut I've had in years and it took less than half the time of a cut with the "home clippers" - important when you can't keep your arms above your head for long.
The packaging is flimsy, but that's because these clippers are built to be in constant use (last time I went to a barbers they were left plugged in and slung over a hook ready to be picked up. The fact that they're the real deal salon style clippers is borne out by the leaflets packaged with - what would I want with cut-price salon insurance?
One reviewer was concerned about the amount of vibration evident within the body of the clippers. Had they read the accompanying leaflet they'd have discovered that while the clippers leave the factory perfectly calibrated, accidents in transit can knock them slightly out of alignment. There then follow the instructions for realigning the clippers to the minimal vibration (little more than a cat's purr).
These clippers cost a few quid more than "home clippers", but the extra expense is far outweighed by the quality and comfort.