Remington Virtually Indestructible HC5855 Review

Inside the Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer is a powerful magnetic motor protected by a high-impact polycarbonate casing.

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Our Verdict

The durable, compact Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper has a comfortable grip and a high-impact casing. Its affordable price looks even better when you consider all its features and accessories.

For

  • The Remington Virtually Indestructible is backed by a 60-day moneyback guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty, the best warranty protection of all the clippers we tested.

Against

  • The kit’s storage case is oddly shaped and is too small to store all the clipper’s attachments. Further, it doesn’t look like the same case that is pictured on the product’s box.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper comes in a 15-piece kit that includes blade attachments, maintenance tools, a styling comb and a beard brush.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper comes in a 15-piece kit that includes blade attachments, maintenance tools, a styling comb and a beard brush.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible kit has nine blade guard combs with cutting lengths ranging from 1/16 inch to 1 inch.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible kit has nine blade guard combs with cutting lengths ranging from 1/16 inch to 1 inch.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible kit comes with useful styling and maintenance accessories.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible kit comes with useful styling and maintenance accessories.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper has a durable 8-foot cord. A long cord gives you lots of room to move when you cut hair.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper has a durable 8-foot cord. A long cord gives you lots of room to move when you cut hair.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper has an impact-resistant polycarbonate casing.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible clipper has an impact-resistant polycarbonate casing.
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We picked the Remington Virtually Indestructible as our best value hair clipper because it’s affordable and built to last.

We picked the Remington Virtually Indestructible as our best value hair clipper because it’s affordable and built to last.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible is 5 1/2 inches long and weighs 12 1/8 ounces.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible is 5 1/2 inches long and weighs 12 1/8 ounces.
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It’s important to find a clipper that fits comfortably in your hand. We like the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s compact design.

It’s important to find a clipper that fits comfortably in your hand. We like the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s compact design.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible’s strong polycarbonate casing houses a powerful magnetic motor.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible’s strong polycarbonate casing houses a powerful magnetic motor.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible comes with some of the best consumer protection we’ve seen – a limited lifetime warranty.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible comes with some of the best consumer protection we’ve seen – a limited lifetime warranty.
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From front to back, we like the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s solid construction.

From front to back, we like the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s solid construction.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible has a curved, ergonomic design and comfortable nonslip rubber grips.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible has a curved, ergonomic design and comfortable nonslip rubber grips.
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The Remington Virtually Indestructible’s steel-coated blades are self-sharpening.

The Remington Virtually Indestructible’s steel-coated blades are self-sharpening.
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The Virtually Indestructible features Remington’s POWERCUT removable blade system.

The Virtually Indestructible features Remington’s POWERCUT removable blade system.
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Precision ground blades, like those on the Remington Virtually Indestructible, cut faster and more consistently.

Precision ground blades, like those on the Remington Virtually Indestructible, cut faster and more consistently.
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Textured grips on the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s sides keep it from slipping out of your hand.

Textured grips on the Remington Virtually Indestructible’s sides keep it from slipping out of your hand.
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Our volunteers were good sports as we tested electric clippers on their hair.

Our volunteers were good sports as we tested electric clippers on their hair.
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Using the right guard combs is important when you make big changes to someone’s hairstyle.

Using the right guard combs is important when you make big changes to someone’s hairstyle.
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Home haircutting kits often come with scissors, but we recommend purchasing a higher-quality pair separately.

Home haircutting kits often come with scissors, but we recommend purchasing a higher-quality pair separately.
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We recruited eight volunteers to receive haircuts in our lab, including several of our colleagues and children.

We recruited eight volunteers to receive haircuts in our lab, including several of our colleagues and children.
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Blending and fading took concentration as we gave our volunteers haircuts.

Blending and fading took concentration as we gave our volunteers haircuts.
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You need a good sense of humor to let your mom test clippers on your hair at work.

You need a good sense of humor to let your mom test clippers on your hair at work.
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We put 10 sets of electric hair clippers to the test in our lab to help us choose our top picks.

We put 10 sets of electric hair clippers to the test in our lab to help us choose our top picks.

Inside the Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer is a powerful magnetic motor protected by a high-impact polycarbonate casing. Its precision-ground blades are aligned using Remington’s POWERCUT Blade System, and its blade guards attach easily and securely. The clipper itself is easy to clean, and its design is compact and functional. While it may be a bit short for a larger hand, it gives you a comfortable, nonslip grip. It looks more industrial than the Wahl Comfort Grip Pro, but it’s similarly sized and shaped.

The only real drawback we found with the Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer was its case. The zippered storage pouch we unpackaged looks nothing like the one pictured on the clipper’s box. The case we received was long, narrow and oddly-shaped. More significantly, it wasn’t quite large enough to easily house the clipper and all its accessories – nine guard combs, a blade guard, blade oil, a styling comb and a beard brush. One of our haircut volunteers thought the beard brush was made for the grill, but it’s functional, sturdy and handy. Although there’s no hair removal brush in the kit, we didn’t consider it a deal breaker.

The Virtually Indestructible’s motor is powerful and quiet, and its quality lives up to its name. Its questionable case aside, the clipper is unquestionably one of our favorites, especially given its impressive performance and affordable price.

The blades are self-sharpening, removable and coated with steel. Remington says their performance is twice that of comparable clippers. Although proving that claim was beyond the scope of our testing, we agree that these clippers are fast. They were clear leaders for speed in our testing and cut cleanly through both fine and thick hair.

Remington is a leader in terms of customer service. The company provides customer support by phone, direct email and traditional mail, and we spoke with several helpful representatives. We experienced only very brief hold times and received courteous, knowledgeable support.

It’s important to note that at just 5.5 inches in length, this clipper may be short for users with larger hands. Also, its motor warmed more than others during our lab tests. When we subjected each clipper to a 12-minute run test – the length of an average men’s haircut – we felt a little more heat from the Remington Virtually Indestructible than we experienced with comparable clippers. However, we weren’t worried about it in terms of a possible defect. Remington’s lifetime warranty gives you one of the best warranties available for electric hair clippers. The Wahl Elite Pro has the only other lifetime warranty in our lineup, and its protection has more limitations.

Its MSRP matches that of the Philips Norelco Hair Clipper we tested, but that’s where the similarities end. While the Remington Virtually Indestructible is powered by a rugged, 8-foot cord, the Philips Norelco is cordless and much less industrial. The Remington has many more features and accessories, and we preferred its ergonomic, nonslip grip. The Philips Norelco is shaped more like an electric shaver and was harder to maneuver when we cut our volunteers’ hair.

The Virtually Indestructible isn’t the least expensive electric hair clipper in our lineup, but we give it a solid recommendation as the Best Value. We’ve nicknamed this clipper our workhorse, and it has plenty of power.