Ask any barber their favourite cordless trimmer and the Andis Slimline Pro Li will definitely be in the top three. And hopefully after reading this review it will be in your top three too. We aim to take out the trial and error when you invest your hard earned money in a new set of trimmers.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features of this sensational little machine, starting with:
Andis Slimline Pro Li Body
Although slightly longer than the Andis T Outliner at just over six inches long, this machine still only weighs a mere 136gms, which is around half the weight of the Outliners. The beautifully designed slimline body can take some getting used to, if you are more familiar with a wider bodied machine. You will soon realise that a lot of thought has gone into the design, making them comfortable to use for long periods.
The body is constructed from a tough polymer called ABS. This polymer has impact resistance built in resulting in a stylish, sturdy and very elegant shell. When you first hold the Andis slimline Pro Li, you’ll notice how smooth it feels and you can definitely tell it is not made from cheap materials. Another reason for using the ABS polymer is to make the clipper as lightweight as possible. Important in a busy barber shop.
The Andis Slimline Pro Li Motor
Under the hood of this stylish exterior is one of the fastest and most powerful rotary motors you’ll find in any cordless clipper. Rotary motors are very durable and with this one operating at 6000 strokes per minute, you get an amazing ‘power to weight’ ratio. These rotary motors are much more powerful than their electromagnetic counterparts, which you find are fitted on many trimmers. This helps by giving you much more torque, which gets through any type of hair. So you don’t have to worry about the Slimline Pro Li lacking the power to get the job done.
“I’m a professional barber and I’ve been using many trimmers, some of them double the price of this one and still not getting the job done like this one. I fully recommend this amazing trimmer”
Andis Slimline Pro Li Blades.
The quality and precision of the blades are what you’d expect from a market leader such as Andis. With this quality and the powerful motor, the Slimline Pro Li is one of those trimmers that can achieve the closest of shaves. This makes them a favourite among barbers when doing skin fades. The carbon steel blade is so sharp, you’ll get sharp crisp lines. These trimmers can also be zero gapped if you want to get even closer. But a word of warning even if you don’t zero gap these blades, they are very very sharp.
Andis Slimline Pro Li Battery.
The powerful Lithium-Ion battery gives you a whole 2 hours of run time from a 2 hr 15 min charge. What this means is that this little machine will run and run all day, before you really need to charge it again. Of course it comes with a charging stand to keep it topped up in between line outs.
The On Off Switch.
The on off switch is located right around where you thumb sits, so is very simple to operate. It works by sliding and works really well and is easy to turn on and off.
6.13″, 0.3 lbs. Tough ABS polymer.
Rotary motor @ 6000 SPM
Andis D8 T-blade.
Lithium-Ion, record-breaking 2 hours.
4 guards (1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″)
- Very lightweight but great power to weight ratio
- Cordless but can also be used on the cord
- Durable and stylish polymer body
- 2 hour run time from its Lithium Ion battery
- Blade stays cooler than the Andis T-Outliners
- Blade can be zero gapped
- Amazing for line outs or touch ups.
- Although being lightweight is a PRO, it can also be a CON. If you are used to using a heavier, wider clipper they can feel a little strange until you get used to them.
- Can be a little sharp for inexperienced barbers. Don’t apply too much pressure
- The clipper need proper maintenance to keep them in top condition
When we are talking trimmers, most barbers will tell you the same thing. Andis are the best in the market. Andis have been producing quality products for the barbering industry since 1922. And with the Slimline Pro Li they have hit the mark again. As I said in the introduction, this little clipper must be in the top three trimmers available today. In fact these clippers are a real threat to the dominance of the T Outliners. They give you a stylish and classy look backed up with tremendous cutting power for such a lightweight cordless clipper. And if you throw the 2 hour run time into the mix, what you have here is a powerful and good looking piece of equipment which would look good on any barber’s station.