In this article, I compare the Andis Envy hair clippers with the Andis Master hair clippers and tell you which one wins and why. The answer might surprise you, but most importantly, it will hopefully save you money.
Cutting my own hair
First, let me just mention that I have been cutting my own hair for about five years now (I do it once a week).
I started cutting my own hair because going to the barber become such a nuisance to me. It got to where I was waiting hours to get my haircut. Many times after waiting that long, I would end up with a mediocre cut (and sometimes even a bad one). Not to mention the fact that I paid for it. This was something I did on a weekly basis, so overtime this got pretty unbearable. One particular day I was so sick of all the nonsense, I thought I would look into trying to cut my hair myself (this was hard for me to do because I always assumed that going to the barber shop would be something I had to do).
Once I got my mind thinking about making a change, I started doing research to see if this was something I thought I could do. I watched all the YouTube videos I could, and was surprised to see how confident people were cutting their own hair and giving themselves similar haircuts to the one I had.
Finally, I got up enough courage to try cutting it myself, and I cut my hair with a pretty basic haircut (just testing the water). But I kept doing these simple cuts to build some confidence and get better at doing them.
As I continued to cut my hair each week, I kept improving. Obviously, the more you do it, the better you get at it. And since I did this on a weekly basis, I got a lot of practice and continued to get better and better.
When I first started out, I was just using a cheap pair of clippers from Walmart (I wasn’t sure how committed I would be cutting my hair each week). In the back of my mind, I thought I might eventually start going to a barber again. But that didn’t happen. I continued to stick with it week after week, and finally reached a point where I needed to upgrade my clippers. If this was something I would continue to do, I needed to get me some better clippers (some clippers that real barbers use).
The haircut I give myself is called a “fade.” Basically, it’s a “1.5 on top skin fade” (that’s what you would ask the barber to do if you wanted my specific cut). However, trying give myself this cut was something I never thought I’d be able to do. But with much patience, and a lot of practice and watching videos, I got pretty good at it.
But I still needed to upgrade my clippers . . .
When I would watch videos of other barbers, there was a common clipper being used for haircuts like mine: the Andis Master.
Naturally, I looked up how much they would be for me to buy and immediately tried to talk myself out of getting them; they were just too expensive. I thought surely there’s a clipper better than my Walmart brand, but cheaper than the Andis Master. And that’s when I found the Andis Envy and decided to give them a try (they were three times cheaper than the Andis Master, but definitely an upgrade from the Walmart brand.
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It didn’t take long to realize how much better they were. I loved them from day one, and I have used them for years now. However, in the back of my mind, I thought that one day I would eventually buy the best ones out there: the Andis Master.
Sure enough, that day finally came when I decided to ask for them for Christmas one year. To put it as honestly and bluntly as I can, I was pretty disappointed when I tried them out. I’ll explain why, but let’s look at each clipper in order to compare first.
The AndisEnvy is a high-speed adjustable blade clipper for all-around styling. It has a powerful motor that generates 7,200 cutting strokes per minute. It has a balanced and ergonomic design that fits nicely in your hand. It easily cuts wet or dry hair – thick or thin. The whisper-quiet, smooth running motor stays cool for long periods of time. It has a single lever to adjust the blade from fine to coarse (000 to 1).
- You can find on Amazon for $30-$40.
- magnetic motor
- steel blade
- adjusts from 000 to 1
- 7,200 strokes per minute
Pros and cons
What I like most about the Envy is the price. I’m a pretty frugal dude, and not only do I save money when I cut my own hair, I also save money using a cheaper clipper.
I have used the Envy for about five years now, and I have never had a problem with them. I use them for long periods of time (sometimes running 20 minutes straight). I have never had a problem with them overheating or shutting down for any reason.
The Envy has the same kind of motor, same kind of blade and blade range as the Master; the only difference is that it’s not as powerful, which might not be a bad thing (I’ll explain later). The Envy has 7,000 strokes per minute vs the Master that has 14,000 strokes per minute.
When you purchase the Envy, it also comes with several guards to accommodate almost any haircut, which is nice.
Here’s the Envy in action (me cutting my own hair):
The only thing I don’t like about the Envy is that it doesn’t have any guide markings on the side to show you how long or short you’re cutting like the Master does.
The AndisMaster is designed for heavy-duty all-around cutting and tapering, and you will almost always find these in a barber shop. It has a high-speed magnetic motor that generates 14,000 cutting stokes per minute. It has an unbreakable, lightweight aluminum housing that will last for years. It has a single lever that adjusts the clipper blade from fine to coarse (000 to 1).
- You can find on Amazon for $90-$100.
- magnetic motor
- steel blade
- adjusts from 000 to 1
- 14,000 strokes per minute
Pros and cons
What I like most about the Master is the markings on the side where the lever adjustment is (there are five marks that show you how low or high you’re cutting); this is extremely helpful (I wish the Envy had that).
I like the durability; it looks almost indestructible, and it will likely last a long time.
I also like the idea that they cut twice as fast as the Envy (14,000 strokes per minute); that’s crazy.
On the downside, however, let’s start with the price. I mean, it’s three times the price of the Envy, and it comes with nothing but the clippers (no guards; no nothing).
The price wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the performance was there, but it’s not. I was so excited to get these as a Christmas gift, my wife must have been really happy thinking she got a great gift . . . until she wasn’t.
They were so much of a disappointment, I took them back to get her money back. I felt bad, and I’m sure my wife was a little hurt, but I couldn’t keep those clippers. They were awful and way too expensive.
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You would think they’d be the best thing ever for the price, especially since the cheaper ones were good, but that was not the case. I thought the Master’s were terrible, honestly.
When I fade my hair, I usually start at the bottom and work my way up (I make the first line just below my temple, and continue to push that line up by lengthening the clipper height). Eventually you reach the length that you want to have on top (for me it’s a 1.5), and you finish off the haircut by cutting the rest of your hair using that guard.
When I tried to do this with the Master’s, by the time I got to where I finish off the top, the clipper had gotten so hot and weren’t working properly. They seemed like they were shutting down, and sometimes not even cutting any hair. They were on! They just weren’t working worth a crap. I don’t know if it’s a design thing by Andis to keep the motor from burning up, but they start shutting down and not working properly once they’re hot, and that only take about 10 minutes.
It probably takes me longer to cut my hair than it would take most barbers, but that’s because (1) I am slow and (2) It takes longer when cutting you own hair. So maybe that’s why I had an issue, I don’t know. What I do know is that the Master’s were not gonna work for me.
I know that most barbers use the Master’s; you see them in almost every barber shop. I also know that most barbers use multiple liners, razors, clippers, etc. on each of their clients. It’s not uncommon for a barber to use three to six different pieces of equipment just for one cut. I’d like to think that most barbers don’t run into the issue that I had, but I’m not sure. It could be because they use so many different machines they never have to use one machine too long. It might also be the case that since the motor is so powerful, it naturally gets hotter as a result. I don’t know; I can only speculate. But what I do know is that they are not for me.
The Envy wins
It should be obvious at this point who the winner is: the Envy wins all day!
I have been using that clipper for about five years now. I can tell you it’s affordable, powerful, and effective (even if it is only half the power of the Master). It gets the job done for a lot less mess money.
When you compare the specs for each clipper, they’re almost identical. The Master is just a lot more powerful. But this does nothing for you if it tends to overheat. And let’s not forget the price! The Master’s are way more expensive.
The way I see it, “Save your money and go with the Envy.” It’s worked really well for me, and I bet it would do the same for you.