Oster clippers are a classic in the world of haircutting. Sturdy, strong, and powerful, it’s not hard to see why so many barbers turn to these for a good amount of their haircuts.
Today, we’re going to be taking a look at two Oster clippers: the Model 10 and the Classic 76. Although these have a fairly similar look and similar specs when you’re just seeing the numbers, small differences can add up quite a bit when you’re using these things over the course of a career.
You need to be absolutely certain you’re getting the right clippers for the job, or you’re going to be kicking yourself for a long, long time. So, which is better—the 10 or the 76? In the end, it’s a pretty tough call.
Why Go for Oster?
Before we get down into the nitty-gritty differences between these two highly successful clippers, it’s first useful to have a look at just why, exactly, people opt for Oster.
They’ve got a lot going for them, that’s one thing for sure. For over 120 years now, Oster has produced some of the sturdiest, most powerful products in the industry. These things are heavy-duty. They’re built for professional barbers who take this stuff seriously—not just amateurs messing around!
Both of the Oster clippers we’re going to be talking about use the same universal speed motor, which is pretty efficient, although it does have a tendency to run hot and loud. The clippers themselves are sturdy, fall-resistant things, with super high-quality steel that’s been tested and tempered in all kinds of conditions.
These products are not going to give out on you at a critical moment, which is what makes Oster so great.
|Classic 76||blades #000 and #1|
|Model 10||blades #000 and #1|
Who Should Use These Clippers?
Oster clippers are solid tools, and they’re primarily meant for people who take their hair cutting seriously. They work on both head hair and facial hair, and they do their job very well.
Although these clippers probably aren’t worth it to you if you’re a novice, it’s worth mentioning that you’re not actually going to hurt yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing with these. Oster clippers are extraordinarily safe, and you probably wouldn’t be able to so much as nick yourself if you tried.
It’s just that some of the drawbacks we’ll talk about in a bit might make these clippers somewhat non-deal for casual use. They’re meant to handle any kind of hair you can throw at them, and most people probably don’t need something quite so sturdy.
Both Clippers Come With the Same Stuff
Both the Model 10 and the Classic 76 come with pretty much the same stuff out of the box (with the exception of the clippers themselves, of course). They come with a blade guard, lubricating oil, and cleaning brush, and the 76 also comes with clipper grease.
They also feature the same universal speed motor and come with two detachable blade clippers—the #000, and the #1. These two blades will let you take care of a pretty wide variety of haircuts.
The #000 is a great choice for close fades, coming in at just 1/50” away from the scalp. This makes it great for close fades. The #1, meanwhile, is perfect for bulk removal and medium fades. It clips at 3/32”.
Note that you’re by no means limited to these two blade lengths, but they are the ones these clippers come with. If you want to go any longer or shorter, you can easily just search up some of the different blades Oster offers (and there are quite a few).
Bottom line, you shouldn’t feel limited to just the two blades these two clippers come with. They’re some of the most useful blades, but both clippers can have access to the full range of Oster products.
Drawbacks to Both Products
Both of these two products do come with a couple minor drawbacks, though there’s probably nothing that will completely scare you off.
First of all, as mentioned before, these clippers run loud and hot. The loudness is especially an issue as you’re changing blades. It gets quieter once you stick one on, and the type of blade you’re using makes a big difference when it comes to this. Still, it’s not exactly whisper-quiet. You’re dealing with an extremely powerful motor, meant for clipping through inches of solid dreadlocks. These things don’t necessarily have an “inside” voice.
Both of these clippers also tend to start getting pretty warm around the 15-minute mark. They both come with steel blades, after all—not ceramic. Because of that, it might be worth your while to get a blade cooler, since nobody appreciates hot steel against the back of their necks.
Finally, you’re also going to need to regularly apply lubricant if you want to keep these blades running in tip-top shape. Kind of annoying, but that’s the price you pay for this kind of premium quality.
The Model 10 is Smaller
Alright, now enough about the similarities—let’s get down to which of these you should really be investing in!
The first thing we’re going to look at is size. Although both of these products have a fairly similar size and weight, the differences here can end up having a pretty big impact when you really get down to business.
The Classic 76 is 2 inches wide, 2 inches thick, and 7.5 inches long, and it weighs 2.1 pounds. The 10, on the other hand, is a little smaller than that. It’s a little shorter, and it weighs just 1.6 pounds. While a half-pound difference might not seem like that much on paper, keep in mind that this makes the 10 almost 25% lighter.
Not bad, considering both of these products have the same blades and motor!
What Size Means for Performance
Size really does matter when it comes to clippers. The Model 10’s slightly smaller design means that a lot of barbers find it just a little bit easier to use. It readily shifts positions in your hand, which a lot of users find useful.
Keep in mind how much you’re going to be using this thing. It might well pay off to have a set of clippers that can move more easily in your hands—though of course, this is a personal preference.
Prices Are Similar
There isn’t a huge difference in these two products when it comes to price. They’re not exactly cheap, to be sure, but you’re paying for quality. If you’re a professional barber, remember that these tools are your livelihood—it pays to make an investment.
The Model 10 actually is ever so slightly cheaper. But we’re only talking a couple dollars’ difference. If you’re considering a high-quality clipper, that shouldn’t be enough to sway you one way or another.
Different Charging Cord Lengths
Another small difference in these two products is in the lengths of their charging cords.
The 76 is 9 feet long, while in the 10, Oster decided to go a foot longer to get a full 10 feet. Just why the company chose to do this is not exactly clear. True, some people have issues with cord length when they’re working—but if consumer reviews showed that people wanted a longer cord, why not just update the original model?
This difference in cord lengths is probably the most puzzling difference between these two clippers, and it likely doesn’t make any difference to you whatsoever, unless your outlet is for some reason a foot too far away from where you work. It might also account for the marginally higher price of the Model 10.
At this point, you might be starting to wonder why Oster even bothered making these two products with such small differences between them. True, there definitely is some difference in handling, but that’s about it.
Although we’re not really going to be talking about any more practical differences in these two items, the aesthetics of a purchase still make a big difference to a lot of people.
While it’s obviously not possible to say whether one product objectively looks better than another, the differences in the overall look of these two products are undeniable. The Model 10 is every inch the Old Western barber shop type. It’s black and silver, with and old-timey font and a distinctly classic feel.
Funnily enough, the so-called “Classic” 76 actually looks a little more modern. It’s still not the uber-sleek style you might expect from high-quality technology, but if the 10 is Old West, the 76 is Space Age.
At least, it is in a lot of its styles. The 76 has a lot more variety when it comes to color, though. The Model 10 just has that one look: silver and black. The 10, meanwhile, comes with 12 different colors—everything from “wooden” to “vibrant” (a bright, splotchy orange, red, and green). So if you’re looking for a little more excitement in your clipper’s style, you’ll probably want to consider the 76.
How the Crowd Reacts
Although you can’t necessarily compare the quality of two products based on popularity alone, it’s still interesting to see how the crowd reacts to things.
Both the 10 and the 76 have pretty much the exact same type of feedback, with a very similar breakdown. This is pretty unsurprising, considering how closely these two products resemble each other.
The big difference in user response to these two products isn’t in reviews, but in popularity. The Oster Classic is actually almost 20 times more popular.
The Final Verdict
All things considered, the Oster Model 10 and Classic 76 are extremely similar products. They’re both sturdy, powerful tools meant for dealing with even the thickest hair types, and they should last pretty much any consumer for a long, long time.
For the most part, these two clippers have extremely similar specs. They come with the same accessories and blades, and their prices are almost identical. The 10’s charging cord is one foot longer (10 feet instead of 9), and the 76 is by far the more popular of the two models right now.
The biggest difference is in size. The 10 is slightly smaller than the 76, which makes it easier to move around in your hand. It’s also lighter, which could help your hand from getting sore.
The other big difference is in aesthetic. The 76 comes with 12 wildly different colors, while the 10 opts for a more old-timey, black-and-silver look.
The differences are small but significant. Choose carefully, and get the clipper that best fits your needs!