Facial hair is in. It’s been at the peak of popularity for several years now and still is, but good beards are hard to find and even harder to achieve.
Take a walk around town and you’ll come across many beards, but many men seem to settle for second-best. Your beard should adorn your face like a finely-trimmed crown, not a pick ‘n’ mix from a barbershop floor.
At Beardicure, we always stress to leave your beard untouched during the growing process - that’s understandable. Trimming your beard down during the grow phase is also not going to work out too well for you. But refusing to let a trimmer touch your beard for months on end? Some might call that reckless.
Once you’ve braved the wilderness of your 4-6 week growing phase, it’s trim time. It’s the day you’ve been growing for, so why should you not take advantage of it? It could be time constraints or lack of motivation, but personally, I don’t get it.
Growing a beard saves you a 20-minute shave session every day - surely you can allow for 15 minutes once or twice a week. As for motivation, the thought of looking like a badass Viking should keep you going.
If you’ve got a beard, you’ve probably put yourself ahead of your clean-shaven comrades confidence-wise. You shouldn’t be aiming for just above-average, however. Set your sights to become the elite of the beard-growing world and aim for facial hair perfection.
These members of the beard-growing elite all have one thing in common. They’ve got good beard trimmers. So, what do you have to do and which beard trimmer is right for you? We at Beardicure have rounded-up the top 9 beard trimmers for your ease. Take your pick and get your facial hair looking its very best.
Why Invest in a Beard Trimmer?
Why settle for a borderline-average beard? It’s the same question, right? A standard beard grow can look epic, but for many, the future is pretty bleak. A beard trimmer is your golden ticket to facial hair glory.
A beard trimmer will transport you to a new realm of beard possibilities, unlocking a myriad of styles for you to try out. If you’re in need of some inspiration, have a look at our top beard styles for this season - all of which can be achieved with an electric beard trimmer.
Many men who suffer from sensitive skin opt for a beard-grow just to get away from the daily shave. This is completely understandable, as there’s nothing worse than developing a constant itchy shave rash. It could be the case, however, that a beard simply isn’t your style. Sadly, some people just have too much going on with their face to pull the beard look off.
Don’t worry - this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to smooth skin forever. With a beard-trimmer, you can find a style that works for you and find the right length for your face. Even if a full-length beard doesn’t work for you, you might find that maintaining a certain length of stubble does. This way, you can get the best of both worlds - no shaver rash and minimal maintenance.
What Should You Look for in A Beard Trimmer?
Most beard trimmers will do the trick, but there are some key features you should keep an eye out for. With these, you’ll be able to make sure you’re getting the highest value for your money.
1. Is it Adjustable?
If you want to maintain just one length, you might as well save yourself the cash and try out some scissors, because you’re missing out on one of the biggest beard trimmer features. For the style-chasing gentleman, however, adjustable heads are the best beard trimmer option for you.
They’ll allow you to chop and change your style, adding gradients and really definitely your overall look.
2. Is it Multipurpose?
For the man on the move, a multipurpose beard trimmer will allow you to target other annoying facial hairs such as nose hair. Some on the list below come with specialized attachments for this. If you’re ambitious, a few on the list below will even work for cutting your head hair, making them an added asset for the bald male.
3. Is it Waterproof?
For the man who likes to multitask, a waterproof beard trimmer is an essential feature. More and more of us are cutting on time by shaving in the shower, so waterproofing really comes in handy.
You’re not gonna have to clean those stray hairs out of the sink any more, either.
Waterproofing also makes beard trimmer far easier to clean, so bear this in mind when you check out the list below.
4. Is it Mains or Battery-Operated?
This is an important distinction, but it’s largely down to personal preference. Mains-powered beard trimmers will be more powerful, but they’re also going to come with an intrusive cable attached to their base. Don’t even think about taking these in the bath or shower, either.
Battery-operated beard trimmers, however, are good-to-go for shower use, as long as they’re waterproof. Sadly, most of them will run out of power pretty quickly. They’re my personal preference, but just make sure they’re rechargeable or you’ll be slinging out dollars left, right, and centre on new batteries.
Our 9 Favorite Beard Trimmers
As mentioned, we’ve compiled a list of our top 9 beard trimmers. Take a look through the list and features below and see which one will work best for you.
We’ve included items at a range of prices so regardless of your budget, you’ll find something that meets your needs.
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1. The Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100
First up in our list - the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100. Philips are renowned for making fantastic male grooming products and have subsequently dominated the beard trimmer market.
High Performance and Safety
The Norelco 3100 offers a high performance close shave, making a huge difference to your overall look. Also with added safety features, you don’t have to worry about those painful moments of getting your skin caught in the blades.
Pick Your Length
The Philips Norelco 3100 gives you ultimate control over your look. It comes with an adjustable guard accurate to 1mm, so you can set your length and rest assured that that’s what you’re going to get. The guard, which clicks into place over the main trimmer head, measures from 1mm all the way to 18mm, which means it’ll work on everything from the finest stubble to impressively long beards.
As mentioned in the section above, you should always look for a beard trimmer that’ll offer you maximum value for your money. The Philips Norelco does exactly that. It comes with an additional head for detail trimming stubble, an attachable nose-hair trimmer, a head hair trimming guard and two combs for keeping your hair in check.
The Philips Norelco is battery-operated and pushes 35 minutes of life before requiring a recharge. After this, it needs a 10-hour charge to get back to its full capacity, but if you’re only using it a few times a week, it only needs to be charged once over that period.
The Philips Norelco is completely waterproof, meaning you can use it in the shower to your heart’s content. Hell, you can even take it to the beach if you want to.
Waterproofing will make it really easy to clean, as will the detachable heads. No nonsense, just a great beard trimmer.
2. The Philips Norelco Multigroom 5100 Grooming Kit
The second one our list is yet another Philips model. The older cousin to the 3100, the Norelco 5100 packs all of the original benefits with a bit more punch. As the newer model, it comes in at a slightly less modest price, but it’s worth every cent.
Overkill isn’t in the Philips Norelco 5100’s dictionary. The beard trimmer comes with 7 unique adjustable tools which can be fitted onto the head of the main trimmer. Covering everything from heard hair to the hair down under, this beard trimmer has definitely got you covered - no matter your requirements.
In addition to the beard guards and combs that come with the kit, there’s also an attachment for head hair. Spend out on this reasonably-priced item and trips to the coiffeur will be a thing of the past.
Have your style the way you want it with this beard trimmer. Gone are the days of maintaining a short length of stubble with the neck trimmer on the back of your standard shaver. As with the 3100, the Norelco 5100 comes with 18 adjustable lengths so you can craft one truly unique beard.
Never Lose Sharpness
Beard trimmers usually start out great, then gradually get worse with time. It’s understandable - all things are subject to wear and tear. The Norelco 5100, however, is donned with self-sharpening blades so you’ll never lose that high level of precision on your cut.
Impressive Charge Time
Unlike its younger cousin, the 3100, the Norelco 5100 packs a punch with charging time. Kitted-out with a lithium-ion battery, this beard trimmer pushes out 60 minutes of us after the same amount of charge time.
Do you suffer from particularly thick hair? If you’ve used beard trimmers before, you know that this doesn’t only wear the battery down quickly, but it also makes for a particularly rough trim. The Norelco 5100 is the answer to your problems. With an added turbo-boost feature below the power button, you’ll blast through even the most stubborn of beards.
3. The Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Beard Trimmer
A new contender enters the arena. Perhaps the biggest competition Philips face in the beard trimmer market, Remington have pushed out some particularly impressive products. One of their most recent is the PG6025, complete with full grooming kit. Coming in at a price slightly lower than the comparable Philips Norelco 5100, this model is a viable option for the modest budgeted man.
Remington’s Most Powerful Model
Remington don’t hold back with their electronics and the PG6025 is no exception to that rule. Equipped with a lithium battery similar to the newer Philips models, the PG6025 provides your hands with all the power that they need for a smooth, reliable and controlled shave.
With this, you’ll also get 65 minutes of continuous shave time. Obviously you won’t need that unless you’re pushing one serious face mane, but it’s still an added 5 minutes on the Philips model that could come in handy.
Consistent High Quality
With beard trimmers, you often know when they’re nearing the end of their charge life. One tell-tale sign is the blades moving so slowly that they actually start to hug your face. If you’ve been unlucky enough to have one die on you, you’ll know that these things grip like angry crabs.
The Remington PG6025, however, is the answer to this problem. It provides a consistently high level of power regardless of the remaining battery life. You’ll still be warned when it’s running low on juice though, so you’ll have plenty of time to finish up your routine.
The Complete Package
The Remington beard trimmer comes as part of a full set, including ear and nose trimmer head, detail trimmer head and several adjustable hair clipper attachments. It even comes with a handy travel pouch, which makes it ideal for the man on the move.
4. The Panasonic Milano ER-GB40-S Beard Trimmer
Panasonic are well-known for their range of kitchen appliances and other electrical goods, but they also boast an impressive hold on the male grooming market. If you’re looking for a reliable centerpiece for your grooming routine, the Panasonic Milano is an all-in-one solution that you need to know about.
This model goes to show that you don’t need heavy market presence to deliver a great model. The Panasonic Milano has won awards for its 45-degree stainless steel blades, which provide users with the highest-quality cutting edge possible. With this beard trimmer, you’ll have precision for beard, mustache and hairline trimming that’s second-to-none.
Built-in Adjustable Height Settings
The Panasonic Milano comes equipped with a built-in electronic dial system that provides extreme ease of use when switching between lengths. 1mm each, the 19 separate length settings will offer you the flexibility to design your style how you want it.
Lightweight, Ergonomic Design
The Milano is an incredibly lightweight beard trimmer with a rubber grip to provide you with maximum comfort during your beard trim routine. It can also be cleaned in a matter of seconds under a tap.
As we mentioned before, many men are choosing to groom in the shower for a one-stop-shop morning routine. The Panasonic will make an excellent addition to this, as it’s waterproof and fully designed for in-shower use. No more washing and drying your beard before hopping out of the shower and shaving over the sink.
Complete With Accessories
The Panasonic Milano comes complete with an AC charging stand, so you can plug it into your wall socket and not have to worry about leaving it loose on the floor or work surface. It also comes with a beard and mustache brush, which can easily be packed into the included travel bag for transportation wherever you need to go.
5. The Braun BT5050 Beard Trimmer
Braun are marketing this model as a ‘cutting machine’ and for good reason. The Braun BT5050 is an impressive addition to their already defined range of beard trimmers. It’s slightly above the average price mark for the items on this list, but it more than makes up for it with raw power and performance. Braun are the world’s #1 shaving brand, so they certainly know what they’re doing.
Long Battery Life
The Braun BT5050 is supported by dual batteries, which provide the user with 50 minutes of continuous battery life. Whether you’re boasting a longer beard style that needs trimming once a week, or stubble that needs to be maintained every other day, this beard trimmer has got your back (and face).
Blades For Life
Ultra-sharp stainless steel trimming blades make this beard trimmer a popular choice. Whereas other trimmers often wear out and show a steady decline in performance over time, the Braun 5050 is engineered to provide a consistently sharp shave for the lifetime of the trimmer.
Never Run Out of Power
The Braun 5050 is designed to cover all bases. There’s nothing more frustrating than trimming one side of your beard to a shorter length and losing power. Your options are either to wait around an hour or brave the rest of the trim with some scissors and a steady hand.
The Braun 5050, however, is both battery and cord-operated. This means that if the batteries die, all you have to do is plug it into the mains electricity and you’re good to go again.
Precision Dial for Consistent Length
The Braun 5050 provides users with precise length and exact edges - two of the key aspects of any great facial hair look. Regardless of whether you’re looking for stubble or full-on beard, two of the detachable beard combs will give you the assistance you need.
The precision comb, which handles lengths of 1-10mm, is perfect for shorter beard styles. The long beard comb, however, has got you covered for anything from 10-20mm. That’s pretty long.
6. The Remington MB4040 Lithium-powered Beard Trimmer
Angling for a shorter look? The Remington MB4040 is probably what you’re looking for. A newer installment to their popular range of grooming products, this trimmer is geared specifically for men looking to boast a fine layer of stubble.
Multiple Blade Cutting System
The Remington MB4040 comes complete with titanium-coated blades that are both self-sharpening and self-oiling. That’s a whole load of effort that this trimmer has already saved you.
The titanium coating ensures that the blades are going to last you as long as possible, whilst delivering an efficient and powerful trimming experience. The precision blade is ideal for accuracy when trimming those tight spots, whereas the wide blade is fantastic for overall length maintenance. The blades are also manufactured by machine grinding as opposed to stamping, which offers a far smoother experience that’s much more gentle on the skin.
Stubble, Goatee and Beard Trimmers
The Remington MB4040 also features 3 separate trimming heads to meet your requirements, no matter how specific.
Depending on your needs, you can select between the detachable stubble, goatee, and beard trimming heads. The beard trimmer features wider teeth, ideal for blasting through thicker beard hair and maintaining length. The goatee trimmer features precision blades for crafting fine lines around your facial hair, and the stubble trimmer has fine-cut teeth to maintain that 3-day stubble look, every day.
Quick-Charging and Long Living
The Remington MB4040 peaks at full charge after only 3 hours and can provide you with 120 minutes of continuous, reliable use. The built-in powerful motor of this beard trimmer offers superior strength that’ll cut through even the most stubborn of facial hair without any problems. In case of any issues, it’s also backed by a 2-year warranty.
7. The Wahl Beard Battery Trimmer
It might not look like much, but this baby packs a punch. Although it doesn’t come with all of the fancy extras that some on this list do, it’s reliable and, if treated well, will be the only beard trimmer you’ll ever need. Wahl have a long history of creating reliable products and this one is no exception. It’s also one of the most affordable options on this list, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Battery-Operated and Long-Lasting
Although this product is 100% battery-powered, it’s power usage is incredibly efficient. Reviews from several verified customers have stated that the batteries included have even lasted them up to 7 months. That’s crazy.
The Wahl beard trimmer takes AA batteries which evidently won’t need changing all that often. Stock up upon purchase and this product will give you a sustained beard trimmer experience for many years to come.
Attachable Beard Guards for Precise Trimming
This Wahl beard trimmer comes with an attachable base for easy storage, as well as a variety of beard guards and combs for ease of use. Attach the beard guard, set the length required, and you’re good to go.
8. The Panasonic ER224S Beard Trimmer
Regardless of how thin, thick, or disobedient your beard hair may be, the Panasonic ER224S can tame it into gorgeous facial hair. As they’ve described themselves in adverts, Panasonic have taken their long Japanese heritage and knowledge of making swords into crafting the perfect steel companion for the modern male. Make beards, not war.
All of Your Grooming Needs Covered
Whether you’re after a short, medium or long-length, the Panasonic ER224S beard trimmer can provide what you’re looking for. Attachable trimmer heads allow you to nail all kinds of look, including sideburns, goatee, mustache the full-on man beard. If your face isn’t the only region blessed with bountiful hair, this trimmer has got you covered, too. Due to its high-quality precision blades, the Panasonic ER224S beard trimmer can also be used for full-body grooming.
This impressive piece of male grooming equipment delivers an impressive grooming experience with fast-action spring-loaded blades. These help to ensure that you have a close and comfortable trim, allowing you to sculpt your beard hair with startling accuracy.
Kind on the Skin
Trawling your face with an inexpensive beard trimmer isn’t a fun experience. If you’re not careful, you can even create tiny lacerations in the skin which can increase the chances of infections. That’s before we even mention shaving rash.
The steel blades on the Panasonic ER224S, however, are 100% hypoallergenic, meaning they’ll be kind to your skin and will deliver a non-irritating and smooth shaving experience from start to finish. To maintain this high level of performance, Panasonic even throw in a bottle of blade oil.
Use at Home or on the Go
The Panasonic ER224S provides you with the flexibility to use it wherever you require. Its freedom of use comes from both it being a rechargeable cordless beard trimmer. When it’s running low on battery, simply plug it into the wall socket and you’re good to keep going. Both the main battery and wall charger are included in the purchase.
Taking Care of Your Beard Trimmer
Despite the wealth of oils, shampoos and conditioners now hitting the male grooming market, beard trimmers are still your number 1 tool for achieving and maintaining your best look. Using your beard trimmer on a regular basis will keep your facial hair in check and make sure your style doesn’t become unruly.
Regular use, however, means semi-regular maintenance. Like any other machine, beard trimmers need to be taken care of to ensure they work properly.
Here’s what you need to do:
1) Keep Your Clippers Well-Oiled
The key to keeping your beard trimmer in top condition is oiling it regularly. Many of the beard trimmers that we’ve mentioned above already come with a small bottle of oil to keep the blades moving smoothly. If your beard trimmer doesn’t come with it, however, it can be picked up for a low price online or at your local store.
Add oil to your beard trimmer by applying a few drops to the blades once or twice a month. It doesn’t take much effort and it’ll keep your trimmer in top working order for much longer.
2) Clean the Blades Often
This isn’t essential, but if you’re looking to hold onto your beard trimmer for a while, it’s certainly a good idea. After every use, clean any loose hairs from the blades using a small brush. If your trimmer doesn’t come with one and you don’t have one handy, a piece of folded tissue will do.
Trapped hairs can jam into the mechanics of your beard trimmer and impact on its functionality. If it has to overcompensate to make up for the excess trapped hair, it’s likely to drain battery much more quickly.
3) Keep an Eye Out For Rust
If you don’t maintain your beard trimmer, it’ll start to show signs of wear after time. These, especially dust, can have a significant impact on performance. If you notice brownish areas developing on your beard trimmer, this is oxidization and essentially means that you need a new blade.
Although a rusty blade will probably still trim your beard hairs, it’s going to damage the ends which can leave you with an unhealthy, untidy-looking beard. Replacement blades are relatively cheap in comparison to the cost of the original unit, so it’s worth spending out to keep your beard in top condition.
4) Oil Old Blades Before Use
This one’s a rookie mistake - if you haven’t trimmed for a while and don’t oil your blades before use, you’re in for a pretty rough time. For sporadic trimmers who don’t maintain beard length all that often, it’s a good idea to oil blades prior to grooming.
5) Remove Any Excess Build-Up
If you really want to make sure your beard trimmer lives for its full lifespan, you should put them into a small container of charcoal starter, then turn the blades on for 10-20 seconds. This will help to remove any excess build-up that standard cleaning couldn’t. After doing this, however, be sure to re-oil the blades, as the process will likely remove any original coating.
So there you have it - your guide on finding the best beard trimmer. We’ve listed some of the best trimmers on the market above, but one of the easiest ways for you to find one that works for you is by trying a few out. Pick the one that works for you and give it a go. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Have you got a beard trimmer that you love? If we haven’t mentioned it, let us know in the comments box below!