Review : Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper #01690

If you are looking for a professional hair clipper that will virtually last forever and never show any signs of decreased performance then stop searching… you might have just found it!

The Andis Fade Master is designed for heavy duty hair cutting, fading and tapering; It’s best for professionals who want quality bald fades and close-cutting, detailed work.


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Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper
Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper

  • Best for extra close cutting, fading and tapering hair
  • Powerful Magnetic motor clipper operating at 14,000 strokes per minute.
  • Adjustable blades (Fade Blade) with marked notches on the side
  • Can Achieve Hair Cut lengths as low as 0.2mm (#00000) without changing blades.
  • Blades can be zero gapped
  • Comes with extremely sharp edge Carbon steel blades
  • Unbreakable Housing
  • Product of the USA
  • 1 year Manufacturers Warranty
 
 

Overview

Andis is a well known name in the hair cutting and grooming business.

They have been producing electric clippers since 1922; that’s over 95 years of invention and innovation which of course translates to constant improvements leading to quality products.

The Andis Fade Master hair clipper stands out in appearance and performance and is one of the iconic products of Andis.

It is squarely targeted at the professional market and very popular among professional barbers.

Andis market the Andis Fade Master hair clipper as an “adjustable hair clipper best for extra close cutting, fading and tapering hair”

The Andis fade Master is quite similar to the Andis Masters. The blade is the only thing that separates both from each other.

The Andis Fade Master comes with a surgical blade ( size 00000 to 000), which gets close to the scalp for for extra close cutting, fading and tapering.

The Andis Masters is for all around hair cutting and tapering (size 000 to 1). Same clippers, different blades.

This article is about the Andis Fade Master with the surgical fade master blade.

 

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Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper Review

The Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper review below contains a detailed overview of the good and not so good points about the Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper in regards to its Functionality, Features, Performance, Build Quality, Accessories.

Besthairclippers.info also looks at a summary of collection of reviews by current users of this particular type of hair clipper.

You will if you have been following our hair clippers reviews blog note that all our product reviews are quite detailed and cover all the important features and aspects of the product.

 

 

 

Product Description 

The Andis Fade Master with Fade Blade Hair Clipper (01690) is the stuff of sci-fi movies at first glance!

It has a tough chromed aluminum housing that combines well with the black on/off button on the side and a black power cord to give it an exquisite, contrasting shiny finish.

The blinding shimmer is the first thing you will notice once you receive the Andis Fade Master hair clipper!

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Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper – The blinding shimmer is the first thing you will notice

The motor and blades are solidly cased in a chromed and thoroughly polished aluminum housing that is unbreakable and very durable guaranteed to give you years of relentless service.

The Andis Fade Master is a little bit on the heavy side, but despite its heaviness it snugly fits into the hand like a glove.

The blade adjustment lever on the side allows you to choose how much hair you want to snip or leave giving you total length control.

Switching the Andis Fade Master on and off is a cinch thanks to the conveniently placed single thumb controlled sliding button.

You can also fine tune the buzzing into a low purr using the screw on the other side (opposite the adjusting lever and on/off button side).

The Andis Fade Master works exceptionally well right out of the “gift packaging” and continues to do so for a long time with minimal to no maintenance requirements at all.

If you are looking for a home or professional clipper that will virtually last forever and never show any signs of decreased performance then stop searching… you might have just found it!

 
 

Features At A Glance

  • Mirror Finish Casing
  • Tough chromed unbreakable aluminium housing
  • comes with a surgical blade (size 00000 to 000)
  • Notched blade adjustment lever
  • heavy duty professional cord
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Hanging Hoop

 

 

 

Design Features

Below are some of the key features of the Andis Fade Master.

 

Hair Clipper Type

The Andis Fade Master is a professional adjustable electric hair clipper.

It is a  heavy duty corded clipper that’s built to deal with any type of dry hair (course, medium or fine) with unwavering surgical precision and performance.

With a flick of the thumb, you can instantly adjust your cutting length

The blade adjustment lever on the side allows you to choose how much hair you want to snip or leave giving you total length control.

The Fade Master scores very high on versatility and it’s an all round clipper that is perfectly suitable for tapering, fading and just about any type of “hair grooming” on your body.

 

 

Motor Type & Size

One thing that really stands out about the Fade Master clipper is the quiet and cool yet steady and fine cutting action (thanks to the powerful magnetic motor and surgical blades).

The Andis Fade Master is driven by a very powerful 120V magnetic motor which operates at 14,000 cutting strokes per minute (spm) to give you a clean and precise cut.

This is way more powerful than the the usual ones normally fitted to other Andis hair clippers and most of Wahl’s models too including the pivot motor of Clippers such as the Oster Fast Feed clippers which tend to run at 7200 clipper strokes per minute (SPM)

Don’t worry your head too much with these technical details; what they basically means is that the Andis Fade Master is a reliable gadget that will never fail!

The motor is strong enough to produce optimal power during the clipper’s lifetime. This ensures your grooming will always be perfect and there will never be any snagging or painful hair tagging… ever!

The magnetic motor driving the Fade Master is compactly installed in the aluminum housing.

The metal casing, paired with such an insane electromagnetic motor does eventually result in a heated casing. after using it on a stretch for 15 minutes long.

Most professional barbers simply rest it a bit, or simply resort to using the “Andis Cool Care” to cool the device down.

Getting a can of “Andis Cool Care” would really help things along though.

 

 

Hair Cut Length Settings

One thing that really stands out about the Andis Fade Master hair clipper is the quiet and cool yet steady and fine cutting action (thanks to the powerful magnetic motor and surgical blades).

It’s the kind of hair clipper that would turn a scary werewolf into a skinny whimpering greyhound in a flash!

You will also like the fact that you can use the Andis Fade Master without combs and still get a perfect faded cut or taper if the zero gapping is professionally done.

The blade adjustment lever on the side allows you to choose how much hair you want to snip or leave giving you total length control.

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Notches On the Andis Fade Master blade lever adjuster allows for more precise blade adjusting

The blades can be adjusted from coarse size #000(1/50 of an inch or 0.5mm) to fine Size #00000(1/125 of an inch or 0.2mm) to give you those professional fades (including shadow fades) without much effort.

The adjustable levers on most adjustable clippers can only move from position A to position B with their levers (e.g Oster fast feed hair clippers). If you take a closer look at the Andis Fade Master adjustable lever, you’ll see gradual positions, allowing for more precise blade adjusting.

That’s the exact reason why the Andis Fade master is a top clipper for fades.

The Fade Master scores very high on versatility and it’s an all round clipper that is perfectly suitable for tapering, fading and just about any type of “hair grooming” on your body.

The sharp carbon steel blades are run by the powerful 120V magnetic motor that allows you to enjoy up to 14,000 strokes per min for that extra smooth close shave.

 
 

Blade Type & Sizes

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The hair clipper features ceramic edge blades that stay cooler than traditional blades. These features make for a safer and more versatile clipper.

The Fade Blades fitted on the Andis Fade Master are made of carbon steel with a surgical sharp ceramic edge.

This makes the blades tough to handle any kind of hair cutting or shaping business and still maintain cool temperatures even after long abuse.

You can also fit the blade for the Andis Masters on this hair clipper but the Fade Blade is more preferred because of it’s all round performance.

The Fade Master Blades are designed for close cuts and they can be adjusted to give you the perfect low tapers or fades.

See Video below for difference between the Andis Master and the Andis Fade Master

 

Andis Master Vs Andis Fade Master

 

As expected you need to take care of your blades if you want it to continue serving you for a long time.

It therefore goes without saying that protocol must always be followed every time you put the clippers to use.

This means adequate blade lubrication (before, during and after use) as well as proper tightening and subsequent cleaning after every use before putting them away.

Remember to always take care of the blade edge when storing your Andis Fade Master clipper because of the delicate ceramic teeth edges therefore it would be great to invest in a small storage bag in addition to a blade guard.

 

 

Cord Type & Length

Unlike cordless battery powered rechargeable clippers that juggle on the power output and overall performance, the Andis Fade Master clipper is a corded electrical hair clipper.

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Andis Fade Master comes with 8m of Heavy duty cord

The fact that this clipper is plugged in to the power source for the entire haircut ensures that there is a steady supply of juice to keep the motor running at optimum levels for the entire period of use.

This guarantees you get 100% high quality service every time.

The other thing to consider with corded clippers is the length of the power cord and the availability of replacements.

Looks like Andis thought of everything because the power cord on the Fade Master is 8m long, which is enough to allow the average barber to move around the client seat with ease.

You can also find a replacement power cord that is very easy to fix for a veteran DIYer although there’s still no shame in having your handy man fix it for you or taking it back to the store technician and have it done there.

 

 

Weight & Dimension

For such a powerful tool, the Andis Fade Master sure is a small piece of equipment.

The clipper measures 6″ and weighs 1.25 lbs which is slightly heavier than most home use hair clippers.

The weight should not be a problem as the clipper fits snugly into the palm of the hand and the weight helps give the impression that this clipper is solid and packed with the right amount of power to get the job done.

 

 

Electrical Requirements

While using this clipper, you will not have to worry about re-charging the battery, or having the problem of a weak or dead battery, which will eventually make you get a replacement.

The Andis Fade Master hair clipper is an american made product and as such operates at 120 volt, 60 frequency cycle AC electrical current to run effectively.

Note: Due to the power rating, the clipper is most suitable for residents of the US and Canada.

If you are purchasing this hair clipper in the USA to use outside of the USA in another country, you are most likely to need a step down transformer which steps down from (220v to 110v) and also steps up the electrical frequency from 50Hz to 60Hz…. This is an extra expense to the cost of the hair clipper.

If you intend to use the hair clipper in the United States or in a country operating at 110v 60Hz…. you do not need any transformer or special adaptor to use the device.
 

 

Accessories

Included in the Andis Fade Master hair clipper kit are also the following accessories.

 

Guide Combs

Unlike some of the other professional hair clippers like the Wahl Senior, The Andis Fade Master does not come with any Guide combs

What we advise you to do is simply get the Andis Magnetic Guide Combs Set. They’re magnetic and will fit your Fade Masters perfectly for more secure, tighter cuts.

They are long-lasting and are essentially the best guards on the market. They also fit some other hair clippers such as the Oster fast Feed hair clippers

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The magnetic hair clipper combs will help you achieve whatever look you are going for

With the guide comb set, you will be able to achieve whatever look you are going for.

The 5 set of purple magnetic guards includes sizes 1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ (or 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Andis sizes).

 
 

Storage

The Andis Fade Master is small enough to fit into a drawer but it does not come with a storage box which is in line with most professional hair cutting tools.

You may need to buy a small storage bag to prevent the blades from being damaged (scratches or chipped teeth)

The Andis Fade Master however comes with a ring at the end of the handle (where the clipper joins with the power cord), which can be used to hang the clipper on a hook for storage (with the power cord rolled up nicely of course).
 

 

Additional Accessories

Apart from the fact that you can purchase Andis Magnetic Guide Combs Set to enable you achieve varied hair styles, you can effortlessly convert your Andis Fade master into a standard Masters hair Clipper.

You can do this by exchanging the blade #00000 you find on your Andis Fade Master with a Andis #000 blade. You can purchase a Master blade size #000 to use with your Fade Master clippers which effectively converts into a standard Andis master’s Model.

 

 

Performance

All the parts of the Andis Fade Master seamlessly come together to create the perfect hair cutting and styling tool.

The combination of a powerful magnetic motor and tough sharp blade makes the Andis Fade Master an industry leader in performance and endurance. You will always get the desired results every time!

Due to the low vibrations, there’s less tremor in your hands while handling the Andis Fade Master clipper thus giving you more control

The blades’ sharpness guarantees precise cuts and tapering, regardless of hair type and density. If you want an extremely close-cutting cutter and you do a lot of bald fades, this is the clipper for you!.
 

Build Quality

The aluminum housing is a “tough nut” and it is designed to last a very long time since it’s also chromed and stainless/rust resistant.

Every part (including the powerful magnetic motor and the carbon steel Fade Blade) is firmly screwed into place to give you that perfect easy buzz and low vibration with virtually no clatter at all.

The Fade Master gives you more operating power without feeling like a jackhammer! The smooth ergonomic curves allow you to have a solid grip on the clipper to give you steady aligned cuts and well controlled finer trims.

All materials used to construct the housing and the motor components are of high quality, thoroughly tested, durable and manufactured in the USA. This saves you money and lots of headaches in the long run.

 

 

Noise

Andis Master is slightly noisy and there’s little you can do about that. However, compared with other professional clippers like the Oster 76, it will run relatively quiet.

You can also fine tune the buzzing into a low purr using the screw on the other side (opposite the adjusting lever and on/off button side).

The Andis Fade Master operates with minimal noise and less vibration when everything is properly screwed into place which includes fine tuning the power screw (this MUST be done before first use).

 

 

Ease Of Use

The Andis Fade Master is a professional hair clipper and as such there’s a bit of a learning curve to master its use.

The problem is that the Andis Fade Master is fitted with surgical blades which are very sharp.

If you are not skilled and you use the clipper in the closed position…that is size #00000… you are most likely to nip the skin with it.

You can leave it in the open position which is size #000 or purchase a Master blade size #000 – 1 to use with your Fade Master clippers… and once you are skilled then fit the surgical blades.

If you’re a total beginner, you might feel overwhelmed and you might prefer easier options like the Oster fast feed.

While a bit demanding, the Andis Fade Master hair clipper will make it worth your time in the end, once you master its use.

 

 

Cleaning & Maintenance

The Andis Fade Master is extremely easy to maintain and clean.

It will take you 20 minutes to 30 minutes on average to do a thorough cleaning on the Andis Fade Master with Fade Blade hair clipper.

The easiest way to clean your blades is dipping them (while the clipper is running) into a shallow tray/bowl of cleaning oil (Andis Clipper Oil) and all hair should simply come off.

The rest can be taken care of using an old tooth brush or a small brush then you can dry the blades using the aforementioned piece of dry cloth.

Note: avoid the lubricating oil going into contact with the motor and always ensure any excess is again wiped off with a piece of cloth.

Also make sure your clipper is well lubricated before, during and after use before storing it. This will ensure it lasts longer and it continues to give you good service throughout the years. Replace any worn out or broken parts immediately they’re discovered.

Here’s a video to give you a head start in maintaining your Andis Fade Master clipper:
 

Maintaining Your Andis Master Clipper

 

 

Replacement Parts

The Andis brand and in particular, the Andis Fade master hair clipper is quite popular among professional barbers which makes it easier for you to easily find replacement parts for this clipper.

The surgical blades (Size #00000) fitted on the Andis Fade Master hair clipper can also be easily replaced with the ones fitted on the Andis Masters (Size #000)

You can also easily purchase and use other hair clipper guard types to achieve various hair length settings using this particular hair clipper.

 

 

User Ratings

The customer reviews on Amazon are extremely positive, with over 89% of reviewers giving the Andis Fade Master a minimum of 4 stars, citing top performance, quality construction, and ease of use.

If you’re one of those guys who can never buy anything without checking out a few customer reviews then good for you!

The average consumer ratings on the Andis Fade Master range between 3.7 and 4.2 out of a possible 5.

One of the biggest issues with the Andis Fade Master hair clippers is the fact that after about 15 minutes of continuous use… the device does gets hot as a result of its powerful motor and its metal casing. This as pointed out earlier in the review can be resolved by purchasing the “Andis Cool Care” to cool the device down.

As expected, a lot of its negative reviews only come from non professional users who have bought defective secondhand Andis Fade Master hair clippers online (of course most of the customers reported missing teeth or a rattling annoying motor… nothing about the actual clipper’s performance!).

All reviews from consumers who bought new clippers or secondhand clippers in good condition only sang praises for the Andis Fade Master clipper which is totally expected.

Belo are some of what users have to say about the Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper:

This is a way different level of cutting hair. If you do fades, this machine will be perfect if you’re a person that pays attention to detail. 😉
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Great product, we all use it everyday, all day in the Barbershop. Really Myself as well as every barber in my shops use this product as their main clippers. I have three pair in use all day (they do get hot) and I have them all adjusted to different levels, so those finest and most difficult fades become even easier!. They are strong and powerful and will cut through dry and wet hair. They are dependable and will make all the cuts you need !
Awesome clippers, cut awesome, and they really do a tight fade every single time. Very happy with this product.
Been using this bad boy for quite some time ever since I took the initiative of cutting my own hair. Its a bad ass clipper with fade adjustment, just the right type of blade for me. Sleek design and chrome for eye candy, rough blades for my thick brushy hair, it holds up and well.

The only thing is … if you take long to cut your hair, it will get hot, so give it breaks if you find yourself taking a long time. Cleaning is very simple as I believe (and hope) it is water sealed tight, I can flush the blades very easily and cleanly. Its saved me tons of money now that I cut my own hair. Beautiful blade, thus far.see more user reviews here

Click To Read More About What Users Are Concerned About Here

 

 

Buying The Product

Thinking of buying the Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper? Below are details of what comes in the box, the warranty and the price details.
 

What Comes In The Box

andis fade master hair clipper reviewWhen you open the box containing your Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper, you should find the following:

  • 1 x Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper
  • 1 x Fade Blade (extra blade not included)
  • 1 x Blade Guard
  • 1 x Lubricating oil for the blades
  • 1 x User Guide

Note: Combs are not included

 

 

Warranty

 
The Andis Fade Master comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

The warranty is much less than that of most home user hair clippers which tend to come with up to 2 years of Warranty, however it is in line with what the industry offers for professional hair clippers.

It should be noted that the Manufacturers’ warranties may not apply in all cases, depending on factors such as use of the product, where the product was purchased, or who you purchased the product from.
 

 
 

Price & Value For Money

The Andis Fade Master is not all that expensive and that’s the beauty of it.

A good second hand clipper in good condition or a new one will cost you somewhere in the range of $80 to $100 with a 1 year warranty.

Most of the accessories like replacement Fade Blades, lubricating oils or coolants will cost you about $20 (or less) and so will the 5-piece set of combs.

The Andis Fade Master hair clipper represents good value for money

 

Andis Professional Fade Master Hair Clipper with Adjustable Fade Blade, Silver (01690), Andis Co

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Final Thoughts

So there you have it… the Andis Fade Master is the perfect hair clipper for all types of haircuts and users at an unbeatable price.

The Andis Fade Master is totally a thing of beauty matched by top notch performance to become an obvious #1 choice.

If you’re looking for effortless styling and barbering services as well as ease of use (that still lets you achieve professional hair cutting or styling finishes) then you can thank your lucky stars for stumbling upon this review because the Andis Fade Master with the Fade Blade is the answer to your prayers.

The carbon steel blades will let you go through any type of hair and still get that perfect hair cut whether you are a DIYer or someone is doing the trimming for you (professional or otherwise).

Another thing worth mentioning is the chromed aluminum housing that gives the clippers a smooth glossy finish that makes the Andis Fade Master beautiful to look at and easy to clean.

The Andis Fade Master is best for tapering and fading but especially the fading (and/or styling). It can fit into both professional (in a salon or barber shop) and armature (home/ DIY) scenarios with ease. The Fade Master will quickly turn regular visits to the barber shop into one of those once in a while easy to forego appointments.

Please Note: Due to the sharpness of the blade, the Andis Fade Master is only recommended for use by experts to avoid skin injuries (whether at home or at the barber shop). Don’t use it on armpit either!

 

Pros - What We Like
  • Easy to use (single-hand thumb controlled power on/off and lever adjustment for varied trimming depth)
  • Easy to clean (detachable blades and easy to wipe chromed housing)
  • High performance
  • Works well with almost all types of hair
  • Versatile (tapering and fading)
  • Durable, unbreakable housing
  • 1 year Manufacturers warranty
  • Made in the USA
Cons - What We Dont Like
  • No blade guards.
  • Slightly heavy
  • Overheats
  • Not dual voltage – Adaptors needed outside the USA

 

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5 thoughts on “Review : Andis Fade Master Hair Clipper #01690

  1. Hi, i have a miniature poodle which i’m going to start grooming at home. He hates going to the groomers and is very well behaved for me when i clip him at home, just wondering what the best clippers would be for him? Andis seem to get very good reviews but so do Oster. i have been looking at the Andis super 2 speed? any information would be great.
    Many thanks 🙂

  2. I just bought the andis outliner 2 & I’m really having a hard time making it sharp like the barbershops any suggestions

  3. Dont know what the difference is and need to make a choice in what clipper to buy !
    Yeah you dumbass I need to know why the fade masters are better ? Do you not understand the question

  4. I am looking for a commercial (professional) dog clipper that runs cool and has quick release blades. Has a 300 to 3500 strokes a minute. I don’t want to use a screw driver to change sizes. What brand or model would you recommend?

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