UK Review of the Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Hair Trimmer Set

This particular 9916-1117 trimmer from the Wahl brand, is a huge best seller. There are quite literally tens of thousands of reviews on this particular product. It is classed as a hair trimmer, but has been built to cut and trim beards, stubble, facial hair, necklines and sideburns.

The attraction is clearly the low price point of around £16. There are plenty of these type of trimmers on the market, but this is certainly one of the cheaper ones. Overall buyers rate this Wahl model at 3.9 out of 5 stars.

That is not the highest rating ever seen, but is is good for a trimmer at this low price point. So, let's have a closer look at this hair trimmer from the Wahl brand. It certainly has a lot of very useful features.

Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Rechargeable Hair, Beard and Moustache Trimmer Set

Short Description of the Wahl 9916-1117 Trimmer

Here is a short and concise introduction to this hair trimmer. This can be used to deal with any facial hair, including the hair on your head, to making neat edges, trimming stubble, beards and sideburns. That makes it overall a pretty useful type of trimmer.

A key thing in its favour is that it is cordless. It takes an hour to give you a full charge. It means you can then use it anywhere and at anytime. That makes it handy both for home use and for travel.

It has a range of cutting lengths from 0.5 mm - 13 mm. Again something within that range, will suit most people. The blades cut well and it is from the very good Wahl brand.

How Buyers Rate the Wahl Groomsman

Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman

It is of course very important when considering any trimmer purchase, to read as many reviews as you can. After all, that is why you are reading this one.

We also think it is important not just to read our review, but to get some general feedback, from all buyers.

As I mentioned earlier, you should be able to find this one for under £16. 

Below we have summarised what the thousands of available reviews and what buyers have been saying about this stubble and beard trimmer. To keep this simple, we have rated by percentage, how many stars actual buyers have awarded this shaver from the Wahl brand.​

We have shown those in the chart below. At the time of doing this there were over 3,500 reviews to base these figures on. That is a ton of reviews, so the summary below should really help.

49 %
22 %
11 %
6 %
11 %

So at a glance you can now see, that 49 out of 100 buyers rated the Wahl trimmer as a 5 star product. Around 71% rated is 4 stars or higher. These are good ratings, though there are more poor reviews, than we normally like to see.

It is also worthwhile pointing out, that the number of low 1 and 2 star reviews are pretty high with a combined total of around 17%. We will have a look at why they thought this was the case. You will find that in the Pros and Cons section of this article.

To sum up the overall average, with over 3,500 buyer reviews available, this Wahl trimmer has maintained a consistent rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars (78% satisfaction)

Below we have included a more detailed specification on this trimmer. More importantly though we have also included the "Pros & Cons" of this trimmer, and what real life buyers actually had to say.

Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Specification

As a potential buyer, we believe it is worthwhile to check out exactly what you are getting for your money, when buying any trimmer.

It is a sliver/black colour.

This arrives in one of those horrible hard plastic packages, which can be a pain in the ass to open.

Inside that you will get:

  • The 9916-117 trimmer​
  • 4 guide combs including a multi-position guide comb
  • Battery and charger
  • Clipper oil
  • Clipper cleaning brush
  • A comb

You can see this laid out in the image below.

Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman specification

Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Set Pros and Cons

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Like any product there are usually good and bad points. We here at the Shaving Emporium prefer to advise our readers of both sides of the argument, before making any conclusions.

It is also worth pointing out that some people will always have a moan or a rant, others say it is great and give it a poor rating, and some people say it is rubbish and then rate it highly.

We try and apply a common sense approach to reading reviews. Some of them are clearly left by some strange people, but we have always found that if you look carefully enough, you get some really useful information. It is that which we have summarised below.​

As I pointed out already, there are around 11% poor reviews on this model. (400 out of 3500) 71% of the reviews were 4 star or higher, so that is represented in the table below:


  • Most buyers said this trimmer performs just as well as more expensive trimmers
  • There are plenty of choices for thickness thanks to the adjustable head sizes
  • At this low price point, the quality is good and the charge is pretty fast
  • Very easy to use and also easy to maintain - the odd clean and a dab of oil does the trick
  • This is handy for the odd trim as and when you need it


  • Some buyers said this was just a cheap and nasty trimmer
  • Poorly made and nips the hairs on your face
  • Stopped working after a few months

Our Pros & Cons Summary

Many trimmers cost around £40-80. These cost £16. It is fair to say that generally you get what you pay for. When we checked these out, we found them to be just OK at doing the job they were meant to. Just in terms of value for money, it is hard to argue with a £16 price point.

Video Review of the Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Set

We searched YouTube for any videos on this Wahl trimmer. There were not that many, but this one will give you an idea of what you are getting. Warning - the music is awful.

Our Recommendation on the Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman Rechargeable Hair, Beard and Moustache Trimmer Set

90 %
Value for Money

This shaver sells in its thousands. That is because of the price mainly. It is also a good brand name. It is also cordless, and has enough features to make it a very useful trimming tool

However, if this is not the trimmer for you can check out our top 10 list of trimmers by clicking here.

Here at the Emporium we have given this Wahl trimmer 90% in terms of value for money. There are of course many higher quality trimmers than this one on the UK market. You would however have to pay 2-3 times more money, to be able to buy one of those. For this price point, this one is hard to beat.

The Wahl 9916-1117 Groomsman has plenty of features and good reliable cutting blades. It charges quickly and that makes it portable, ideal for travel or holidays.

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