As anyone who works in the barber and hair-styling business knows, it is one thing to cut hair where you get longer, visible, manageable strands, but if you are using hair clippers you inevitably end up with a whole lot of tiny bits of hair everywhere, no matter the precautions you may take.
One obvious solution to this mess comes in the form of suction right at the source – the hair clippers themselves, so we end up with the novelty of vacuum cleaner hair cutters!
Find out if Remington hair clippers with vacuum are worth the compromise in order to reduce your cleaning workload.
How the Remington Vacuum Trim Works?
When companies introduce novel technology into the market, it has a tendency to not work as it should in the 1st generation of the product, but this was definitely not the case with the first Remington vacuum hair clippers.
The Remington HKVAC2000 represent the 2nd generation of their vacuum hair clippers and they are certainly an improvement upon the first one in every way.
By including a miniature suction fan inside the chassis of the Remington HKVAC2000, all that tiny hair that would otherwise disperse all over your table, floor, and neck area, is now neatly stored inside a small tray. Once you are done with the hair trimming, you simply pull out the tray and dispose of the collected hair, preferably under a splash of water in the sink.
The whole process is well thought out thanks to its simplicity. All you have to do is lightly pull at the bluish chamber near the black base and you are done.
With that being said, as with all things in life, you can’t expect it to work 100% as intended. Meaning that the Remington vacuum trims won’t collect every single tiny strand of hair. However, you will notice a drastic improvement over hair trimmers that have no vacuum feature at all. We would estimate the hair vacuum efficiency at around 85%.
Body and Design of the Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Clipper
Drawing inspiration from previous successful products, the Remington HKVAC2000 is a beautiful fusion of functionality and elegance. Combining the blue hue of the transparent hair storage where you can see the amount of hair collected, with the black, ergonomic chassis, you get a vacuum cleaner hair cutter that is easy on the eye and easy to use thanks to its ergonomic grip.
Additionally, the weight of mere 1.85 pounds will ensure that your arm doesn’t get tired after a prolonged use. Although the main body is composed of black, polished plastic, it is sturdy enough for the Remington HKVAC2000 to be called a robust product, one that will serve you for years to come.
Even the suction fan is stylized in blue.
The stainless steel blades offer a solid cutting performance, but the titanium-coated blades on the Remington HC6550 model offer an improvement that you should consider if you intend to use vacuum hair cutters on a regular basis.
The dual motor system performs well, while not significantly elevating the noise level due to the cleverly designed suction fan.
What’s in the Box: a Look at the Vacuum Clipper Accessories
Unlike some other manufacturers who offer nothing but the hair clippers (looking at you Andis), the Remington HKVAC2000 vacuum hair clippers come with a rich set of accessories totaling to 18 items:
- 6 length-altering combs that maximally increase your hair-styling flexibility
- Barber scissors
- Styling comb
- Maintenance oil
- Cleaning brush
- Left and right tapers
- Large storage pouch
- 3 clips for sectioning
- Blade guard
Considering the modest price, the Remington HKVAC2000 vacuum hair clipper set is impressively generous and covers all of your hair-clipping needs straight out of the box.
However, you can tell by this generous offer that these vacuum clippers are mainly aimed at average users, instead of professional barbers who most likely already possess all the accessories they need for their daily work.
Whatever the case may be, it is hard to not appreciate such a comprehensive Remington HKVAC2000 vacuum hair clipper set.
Let’s Cover the Remington HKVAC2000 Vacuum Hair Clipper Set Flaws
In the end, a hair cutter with vacuum may be a convenient way to significantly reduce the cleaning effort, but how does it perform?
First, let’s consider its durability. Hard plastic is known to be sturdy and easy to clean, but be mindful that it can crack on the drop of a hat. And we mean that literally. Just like with smartphones, the hard plastic casing is prone to cracking if you drop it at an unlucky angle.
Thankfully, the ergonomic design of the body will reduce the chance of that happening considerably.
As for the actual performance, Remington praises its “innovative” dual motor system that takes care of the suctioning and cutting, but the fact remains you no longer have a dedicated motor unified in one purpose – just cutting the hair. There has to be a compromise somewhere.
Consequently, vacuum hair cutters are not as powerful as dedicated clippers without the vacuum, although the Remington HC6550 comes very close.
In short, these vacuum clippers are more than sufficient for home usage, especially with such a generous set of accessories, but shouldn’t be considered for professional use.
If you are a professional barber, look for more powerful and expensive models. Furthermore, it may not make sense to consider a vacuum clipper at all considering that the daily hair mess is unavoidable and is accounted for as a cost of doing work.
However, if you are an average user, what is there to not like?
You get the most comprehensive hair clipper accessory set you will ever need, you get a well-implemented vacuum feature that makes life less messy, and you get a vacuum clipper that does its job well.
If you take all of that into account, the Remington HKVAC2000 is a bargain that is hard to miss, and could be a great gift as well.