Andis MVP Detachable Blade Clipper
Barbers & Stylists: Become and MVP with this Andis Clipper.

A Review of the Andis MVP Clipper

For years, I have been a big fan of the Oster 76 Detachable Blade Clipper — it’s an authentic workhorse in the barbering business. Until now, I have not found a clipper that would make me want to put my Oster 76 in a drawer. My brand-new favorite is the Andis MVP Detachable Blade Clipper (model number SMC-2).

The folks at Andis have really outdone themselves this time. The new MVP features a 2-speed powerful rotary motor that makes an easy task of cutting wet or dry hair.

In addition to the MVP’s exceptional cutting ability, I love the ergonomic grip. The clipper is very easy to hold (unlike the 76 which can be a bit unwieldy at times). Also, unlike the 76, the Andis MVP is whisper quiet and has no cooling fans which blow the hair around (which is not a problem while cutting in wet hair but can be if you’re doing clipper-over-comb work in dry hair).

At around $140, the Andis MVP Detachable Blade Clipper clipper is a bit pricey, but for a clipper of this quality, the price is justified. I always recommend investing in the best tools possible — for barbers and stylists, they are your livelihood. My only real complaint about the clipper is that it does tend to run a bit hot after a long period of continuous use, so I have switched to using the cooler-running CeramicEdge blades. Having shaved literally hundreds of heads during a recent St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser with this clipper equipped with ceramic blades, I can say it does hold up well and run cool.

Included in the box are 2 Andis UltraEdge blades (sizes #1 and #000) and a new two-year warranty.

If you already have made a significant investment in blades, the MVP also works with Oster 76 blades (as well as the Andis detachable blades, of course). With the #000 blade, you can also use this clipper with any number of universal comb attachments to give you greater flexibility in cutting lengths.

I highly recommend this clipper for any barber or stylist who performs a great deal of free-hand clipper work. This clipper would also be a good investment for the home user who wants a lightweight quality clipper that will last for years. I combine this clipper with the excellent Andis Improved Master and Andis T-Outliner Trimmer for the best performing haircutting kit available.


  • Powerful 2-speed motor.
  • Easy to hold.
  • Lightweight.
  • Very quiet.


  • Can run hot.


  • Powerful two-speed detachable blade clipper.
  • Clipper cuts wet or dry hair.
  • Ergonomic, lightweight, and easy to handle.
  • Includes two UltraEdge blades (#000 and #1) and two-year warranty.

The Bottom Line

The Andis MVP Detachable Blade Clipper is a powerful, lightweight, detachable blade clipper that is one of the best I’ve ever tested. It is now one of the “must-haves” in my haircutting toolkit. This clipper is powerful, ergonomically designed, lightweight, and quiet and it can move through a lot of hair quickly (as a Guinness World Record holder, I know something about speed) without sacrificing quality. Investing in great tools can improve your efficiency and help you produce better men’s haircuts.

Clipper Blades and Guards Sizes and Lengths – Cutting Hair by Numbers

Amongst professional products, there are three major clipper brands — Oster, Andis, and Wahl. Each clipper uses either detachable blades or guides combs, and it’s quite common for a client to ask for a haircut length using a clipper guard number (e.g., “Give me a number two on the sides.”). But wait. Each company’s clipper blade or guard number isn’t always the same length as another company’s number. To make things easier, we’ve created a list of common hair clipper blade and guard sizes.

1. Oster Clipper Blade Sizes

Oster Clipper Blade Sizes
Oster Detachable Blade.

Following are commonly used blades on the Oster 76 (and similar) detachable blade clippers:

Blade – Length:
00000 – 1/125″
0000 – 1/100″
000 – 1/50″
0A – 3/64″
1 – 3/32″
1A – 1/8″
1.5 – 5/32″
2 – 1/4″
3.5 – 3/8″
3.75 – 1/2″

2. Andis Clipper Blade Sizes

Andis Clipper Blade Sizes
Andis Detachable Blade.

Following are commonly used blades on the Andis BGR (and similar) detachable blade clippers:

Blade – Length:
00000 – 1/125″
0000 – 1/100″
0000A – 1/75″
000 – 1/50″
0A – 3/64″
OA FD 3/34″
1 – 3/32″
1A – 1/8″
1 1/2 – 5/32″
2 – 1/4″
3 1/2 – 3/8″
3 3/4 – 1/2″

3. Wahl Clipper Guard Sizes

Wahl Clipper Guard Sizes
Wahl Clipper Guard.

Following are commonly used guides on Wahl home and professional hair clippers:

Guide – Length:
1/2 – 1/16″
1 – 1/8″
1 – 1/2 – 3/16″
2 – 1/4″
3 – 3/8″
4 – 1/2″
5 – 5/8″
6 – 3/4″
7 – 7/8″
8 – 1″
10 – 1 1/4″

4. Speed-O-Guide (Red Guard) Guard Sizes

Speed-O-Guide Guard Sizes

Check out the size chart below for Speed-O-Guide clipper guards used by many barbers:

Guard – Length:
000 – 1/32″
00 – 1/16″
0 – 3/16″
0A – 5/16″
1 – 7/16″
1A – 9/16″
2 – 11/16″

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