Wahl Detailer trimmer has a sleek body that is a real eye-candyHow many times have you bought hair trimmers based on good reviews only to discover their flimsiness, barely chugging motor after a prolonged use, and blades that dull after a couple of months?

Even worse, you forced yourself to use them due to sunken cost fallacy.

Unfortunately, you soon find out that only a few trimmer brands are worthy of your consideration at all. And Wahl is right at the top of that pile, as you will find out in this Wahl professional Detailer review.

You may already know that buying an electric trimmer is a tricky thing, but the real trick lies in getting barber trimmers, even if you are not a barber!

Detailer trimmers seemingly have so few features to worry about – motor, casing, and blades. All together they are unified in one simple purpose – cutting hair effortlessly, safely, and flexibly.

For a modest, almost identical cost, Wahl’s 5 star Detailer trimmer and Wahl Professional Series Detailer 8081 will indeed offer you a professional hair-cutting tools. Ones that are robust, sharp, and incapable of cutting skin no matter how you decide to manipulate them.

Overview of the Wahl 5 star Detailer

Wahl 5 star Detailer trimmer’s body fits conveniently in your hand

Right from the onset you can tell that you are dealing with serious devices. Not overly designed like some trimmers that desperately try to capture your attention, Wahl knows what they are doing – functionality and elegance take primacy over unnecessary novelty.

The moment you take a hold of them, you can feel the sturdiness and proper allocation of weight. Definitely not something you would notice with a dime-a-dozen Walmart trimmer. The length of both is adequately suited for both large and small hands.

Blades & Guides:

The real difference between Wahl professional 8290 Detailer trimmer blade and that of the 5 star is the width of the bladeAs you are dealing with professional hair trimmers, you can be assured that blades are sharpened to a keen edge. Although Wahl Detailer is marketed heavily as “professional use only”, that doesn’t mean that you have to be a barber for a living. On the contrary, if you are an average trimmer user, you will enjoy using it for a long time without the need to replace the T-blades for years to come. That alone will ensure that these Detailer trimmers will pay for themselves.

However, if you are a professional barber with a busy daily workload, it would be wise to purchase extra blades.

Both Wahl Detailer models will give you three guides to work with – 1/16”, 1/8”, and 1/4”. You will also get three booklets – Manual, Wahl Clipper Guide, and Troubleshooting Guide – each cover all aspects needed for a long, smooth hair-clipping experience. From proper maintenance procedures using the included oil, to best ways to cut your hair by using different adjustments and guides.

Performance and power – Wahl Detailer hair trimmer

The performance of both 8290 Detailer and the 5 star Detailer is truly exceptional and they definitely deserve the moniker -professional detailers. Even with heavy work load they don’t suffer from overheating and they don’t generate overbearing noise. For an average user, this is as good as you can get, but for a barber these are must-buy features to be considered.

In short, the T-wide blade sharpness in conjunction with the powerful motors makes these 5 star Detailers and Wahl’s 8290 Detailer trimmer a joy to use. No longer will you need to go over lines multiple times to achieve the desired result. You will find that even going twice over the lines will be unnecessary and more of a habit you’ve created by using previous, inferior tools.

Wahl Detailer trimmer isn’t without its flaws..

Wahl's guards you'll get in the package when you get the Detailer professional trimmerAdditionally, you will find that these professional Detailer trimmers can be used for a close shave of facial hair, but its main positive – sharp T-blade – may turn out to be somewhat of a flaw considering that it may irritate your skin. You know best how sensitive your skin is, so you should take that into account.

On the other hand, you can avoid this issue altogether by pressing the Detailer trimmer lightly on your skin so that you leave a slight stubble. The default setting of the T-blade on both models also ensures that the contact on the skin isn’t too harsh. In short, you should experiment in order to achieve the best results. The important thing is that the baseline is more than enough to work with.

Compare: Wahl 5 star Detailer vs Wahl professional 8290 Detailer

You can’t go wrong in buying either of the models, especially given the negligible price difference. However, there are some details between them that do stand out.

5 star hair trimmer8290 professional
Length: 5”

Weight: 6.9 oz

Color: red accent

Blade: T-blade, but slightly larger

Accessories: (3) Wahl clipper combs (1/16”, 1/8”, and 1/4”), oil, cleaning brush, instructions, and red blade guard.

Length: 5”

Weight: 6.9 oz

Color: dark grey

Blade: T-blade

Accessories: (3) attachment comb cutting guides (1/16”, 1/8”, and 1/4”), oil, cleaning brush, instructions, and red blade guard.

As you can see, the difference between the two models is barely noticeable, so no wonder they almost cost the same.

5 star 8081 vs 8290 - review of both Wahl Detailer modelsChoosing the red Wahl 5 star Detailer or the dark grey Wahl professional 8290 Detailer is a matter of preference, but the slightly larger Wahl Detailer T-blade on the Wahl’s 5 star series may settle your purchasing decision. Although, this is a factor that only a highly experienced and skilled barber would entertain, and even then it would be based on the preferred style of trimming. After all, if something is larger it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily superior.

Some may even prefer them to be heavier, as 6.9oz (200g) can be considered ultra-compact, but do keep in mind that they are designed for professional use. Imagine a barber working all day with twice that weight. It would make a huge difference, and not one that would be positive.

In the end, in order to distinguish the professional Detailer from its 5 star version you will have to ask yourself which one appeals to you visually, and if you think that a larger T-blade would benefit you more in the long run. Both of the Wahl’s hair clippers offer superior efficiency and flexibility.


There is something that you should take away from this Wahl Detailer trimmer review that goes beyond these excellent trimmers themselves, and that is – specialization.

Generic electronics manufacturers like Panasonic, Electrolux, Philips, LG, Samsung, etc. have a vastly superior brand recognition thanks to their long-standing manufacture of every appliance and machine you can imagine.

Yet, they all fail in comparison to Wahl Detailer when it comes to hair trimmers. In fact, Wahl often offer models that are more expensive, not even marketed as professional, don’t last as long, and don’t offer nearly the same robustness and efficiency as Wahl’s barber trimmer models.

This stark difference is only possible due to specialization. Wahl mastered the electric hair-trimming technology like few others, and you would be unwise to overlook them just because the Wahl brand is unfamiliar to you, or not as familiar as other brands.