Best Hair Clippers – The Wahl 79524 v Philips Norelco QC5170

My hair is cut to the same length all over. It’s done with clippers set to a number two and takes about five or ten minutes. Whilst sitting in the barbers chair with the clippers buzzing in my ear, I thought to myself this doesn’t look to difficult. I could cut my own hair – I just needed to invest in a set of hair clippers.

My barber’s clippers were made by Wahl and so that is where I began my research. If it was good enough for my barber surely it’s good enough for me. Wahl  have been around since 1919 so you could say they are pretty experienced at making hair clippers. The trouble for me was that they make quite a few models of clipper.

wahl 79524I didn’t require anything fancy as all I was after was a ‘short back, top and sides’ so as long as it was reliable and could cut hair, it would be enough for my needs. That is when I found the Wahl 79524.  It had some fantastic reviews and came with plenty of comb settings for different grades of cut.  Things were looking good.

The 79524 also has a few sub ranges such as the Wahl 79524 -1001 and the 79524 – 3001.  Basically, the difference between the models are the number of accessories that accompanies the hair clippers. You pay a bit more for the additional comb settings, scissors, combs and an additional small cordless trimmer for tidying up the sides and neck area.  To be honest you can do this with the main clippers bare blade without a comb cover on it.

philips-norelco-qc5170I was all set to go and ready to purchase, I just wanted to do a quick bit of research into the best methods to cut your own hair. Specifically, to learn how to get an even cut on the back of my head without the help of someone else. It was during this research that I came across the Philips Norelco QC5170 180 degree hair clipper.

Philips is also a trusted brand from the Netherlands. It is a massive multi billion dollar company making products in the healthcare, lifestyle and lighting fields. What got me interested in the Philips QC5170 is it has a trimming head that turns 180 degrees which makes cutting the hair on the back of the head a whole lot easier than a standard fixed trimmer blade.

Choices, choices…Which one do I buy?

I decided to create a simple table and compare the two models…

Wahl 79524 Philips QC5170
Cost From $24-99 to $59.99 From $24-99 to $49.99
Reviews Excellent Very Good
Warranty 5 years 2 years
Ease of use Good Excellent
Cordless Option No Yes


Let’s delve a bit deeper.


Both models were in the same ball park. The price ranges were based on where you buy and the number of accessories that came with. With the Philips, you can get a different model number – the QC5530, which can be washed under a tap. To me there was nothing between the two – They both cost the equivalent of three or four hair cuts at the barbers.

Customer Reviews

Both have some extremely good reviews from customers, but for me the Wahl 79524 edged it here with users commenting on how sturdy the model is, that it’s build to last and cut’s extremely well. Similar comments were made about the Philip Norelco but there were a few comments about the plastic blades not being as sturdy as they could be after a year or two’s use.


Both have pretty decent warranties but Wahl edged it here. To be honest if I get over two years out them, I will be happy as I would have saved a lot of money on barbers fees.

Ease of use

Both looked easy to use but the Philips edged it here with it’s 180 degree head. It looked simple to cut the back of the hair. This is important as I don’t want to keep asking the wife to cut the hair, I want to do it myself.

Cordless Option

Again the Philips edges this one because it does have a cordless option. According to Philips, for every 8 hours of charge you get 60 minutes of cordless action.

So which one did I go for?

It was a tough decision, tougher than I thought it would be. The Wahl has a great reputation and they are obviously built to last. But in the end I went with the Philips Norelco QC5170, simply because of the 180 degree swivel head. That was important to me. I didn’t want to be reliant on someone else cutting the back of my hair for me. If it wasn’t for this element I would have definitely gone for the Wahl 79524 and probably the Wahl 79542 1001.

philips-qc5170The Philips is very easy to handle as you can see from the picture. It’s light weight and fits the hand perfectly and the 180 degree rotating head makes it super easy to cut the back and sides of my hair with no problems. You also don’t have to worry about oiling the blades and the blades are self sharpening too.

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There are a few minor points that could be improved – The charge doesn’t last long when using it as a cordless hair trimmer, so I generally have it plugged to the mains when cutting my hair. Also it doesn’t come with a plastic case like the Wahl does, just the box it arrives in. But for me the ease of use outweighs these points. The Noreclo QC5170 works great and cuts my hair fine, so overall I am very pleased with it.

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