By now, virtually everyone has heard of the Flowbee Precision Haircutting System. It has been around for a few decades. At first, many treated the product like a joke, laughing at the idea that any haircutting system hooked up to a vacuum could possibly do a good job. But they are no longer laughing because Flowbee manages to deliver.
My son-in-law wanted this system for Christmas a couple of years ago. I really wasn’t keen on buying it for him. However, I finally broke down and made the purchase. He's been using it to cut his hair ever since.
How Does Flowbee Work?
You hook the Flowbee system up to just about any vacuum cleaner. The suction of the machine pulls the hair up to whatever desired length you choose. Then you cut it. Repeat the action throughout the hair until you complete your haircut. The system uses spacers to make certain that you can’t cut your hair too short. You always get the length - from a half-inch up to six inches - that you want.
The manufacturer claims that “the system is so simple and precise, you can give yourself a perfect haircut every time.” My son-in-law certainly seems to get a good cut each and every time. It even provides the tools that you need to get the perfect cut over and around the ears as well as the neck.
It may sound like the Flowbee Precision Haircutting System would be a lot of trouble to hook up and operate as well as to clean. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The system is simple to hook up to just about any vacuum as long as it has three horsepower or eight amps. Flowbee's easy to follow instruction manual makes certain that you don’t ever make a mistake. Within 10 minutes, your haircut is complete and you are done. There is no mess to clean up because all of the hair goes directly into the vacuum.
The manufacturer guarantees that Flowbee will do “hundreds of precision cuts,” as long as the blades are changed regularly. However, let me offer a word of caution here. Flowbee’s blades cannot be sharpened. They must be totally replaced, which adds a bit more expense to the overall cost of the machine. (Editor's note: The thought of trying to cut one's hair with a vacuum system that has dull blades sends shivers up my spine!)
If you lose a spacer or another Flowbee part, don’t panic. The manufacturer carries spare parts for all of its machines; past and present.
Can I Use Flowbee to Groom My Pet?
Yes, if you use the pet attachment. However, be aware that your pet must be shampooed and have his or her hair brushed thoroughly before using the Flowbee Precision Haircutting System. The hair will not cut properly if it is matted. The manufacturer also suggests that you don’t try to cut more than half an inch of hair off a pet in a single sitting.
My son-in-law grooms my Shih’ Tzu with Flowbee and it does an excellent job. However, I should note that we keep her hair relatively short all year long so I can’t attest to how it handles dogs with longer hair. And, obviously, your pet must not be afraid of vacuum cleaners!
Where Can I Purchase It?
Flowbee can be purchased in certain specialized retail stores. However, the bulk of these systems are now purchased online. Several websites carry the system, including Flowbee's own site.
While I probably wouldn’t purchase this system for myself, I’m glad that I fulfilled my son-in-law’s Christmas wish. He loves it. I also have to appreciate the fact that I have easily saved several hundred dollars in dog grooming expenses since I gave him the machine. It probably paid for itself within two to three months.
I give this product six out of 10 stars. It would have ranked higher if the blades could be sharpened, but having to totally replace them from time to time seems like a manufacturer-concocted expense. I have to deduct one star for that.