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was going to opt for the Babyliss Super Clippers, but then came across this set of ...
7 October 2014
I don’t normally do reviews. I’ve been strimming my own hair for 20 years now and I’ve only had two sets of clippers, first Babyliss, then Wahl, each lasting about 10 years. No complaints on either. The last set were getting understandably blunt and I thought I’d try a cordless set.
I did plenty of research, was going to opt for the Babyliss Super Clippers, but then came across this set of Panasonic clippers. I’ve always liked Panasonic, my last 3 TVs have been Panasonic. The reviews were few yet good, I liked the way you could flick up through four basic settings without a guard comb 0.8mm, 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0, and rapid charge. So, on the basis that Panasonic make quality products and despite the price I decided to treat myself late summer. BIG mistake!!
First time I used them I set them on 0.8mm and went over the wood. I went over it, and over it, and over it, and over it. It just kept leaving stray long hairs all over the place. And to make matters worse, I found afterwards (never use a mirror) that they had nicked me in three places (never had a nick with clippers in 20 years) and had trickles of blood running hither and thither which I had smeared all across my head and neck as I ran the cretinous instrument back and forth. I looked like Peter Griffin (Family Guy) after he’d been in a fight with that huge chicken. Next time I used them about a fortnight later I set them to 1.2mm – no nicks, but despite the fact my hair was still very short I had to go over it 7 or 8 times and there were still stray longer hairs which I kept finding my hand magnetically drawn to. Same thing a couple weeks later after about 20 mins of effort (again). They’ve remained in their dinky little stand ever since. I went back to my 10 year old corded set and I kid you not they were far better.
To add insult to injury, they took about 3 weeks to arrive and when they did they had come all the way from Israel ffs. Now I don’t have a problem with the people of Israel, not at all, but as with many governments I don’t like their policies and would certainly not have bought them had I known their source. Incidentally, it appears that particular seller has now stopped selling these clippers.
I don’t wish to put a downer on Panasonic, I genuinely like their products, that’s why I bought these, and they do have some nice features and are light and quiet, but if they don’t do the job, they don’t do the job – and this particular set definitely don’t do the job. I had to go over so many times it felt like my head had been sandpapered. What's the point in having a rapid charge or multiple settings if they are rubbish? Might as well try using them switched off, or cutting your hair with a comb. I’m wondering if they have something wrong with them, I can’t believe Panasonic would knowingly chuck such rubbish off the production line. I’d give them 0/5 if I could. Probably too late to get my money back too because I had so many other things to deal with I didn’t get round to contacting Amazon so I’ll chalk it up as an expensive experience..
So there you have it, if you buy a set you may well be luckier than I, but if you are not and you have read this, well then you only have yourself to blame.
I did what I should have done in the first place, I ordered a set of Babyliss Super Clippers from John Lewis, less than half the price (£50) and a five year guarantee! Charged them up and just now used them for the first time. Hair was at about a ‘6’ length (couldn’t be bothered to cut it) and cut it down to a short ‘2’ (autumn’s here). Marvellous! Like a hot knife through greasy butter. Two swift run overs and done in prob less than 3 mins. Not a stray hair anywhere. As it should be.....