Saturday, October 16, 2010

NBR: The Flowbee Fiasco

So remember when Johnny got his hair cut? And I mentioned that John wanted us to cut it ourselves?

Well, John's clippers broke, unfortunately, but John thought that cutting Johnny's hair with a Flowbee would be easy (win!). Plus, he could use it on his own hair and not leave clippings all over the bathroom counter (double win!). So he ordered a Flowbee.
Of course, the second it arrived, we had to pull it out of the box and try it out. Do you remember the "Suck 'N Cut" from Wayne's World? Yeah, that's what it is. It consists of clippers that are connected to a hose which is then plugged into a vacuum cleaner. The idea is that the vacuum sucks the hair up and the clippers cut it. There are guards that attach to the clippers so you can adjust the length of hair that is sucked up and clipped.

When we pulled it out Johnny was definitely fascinated by the hoses.
John, on the other hand, was ready for the cutting action of the Flowbee to commence!
And here's what we ended up with:
So... he purchased a cheap pair of clippers. And is back to normal... a little short, but  normal.
Needless to say, the Flowbee will be up for sale on Craigslist soon.


  1. Hi Kelly! John & I are pals on FB, sharing many similarities. My daughter turned 10 mos. today. I can't believe your little guy already started walking!
    So I wanted to share my experience: Instead of the Flowbee, I bought the Robocutter, and after almost 2 years, I can tell you it actually does work well. I use the lowest setting, so it looks like the photos of John here, but not uneven. I bought it off amazon, and the one I got comes with its own collection device, kind of like a little vacuum. It has a rotary cutter, so I think that is why the trim stays even. Needs lubricating pretty frequently, but very basic. I think it might just be exactly what you all hoped the flowbee would be!
    It was kind of costly, over $100, but since I've used it dozens of times, it has been more than worth it to me.

  2. The Flowbee gets 4.5 out of 5. If something screwed up, it was probably not the machine but the tool using it instead.