It’s not surprising to see why beard trimmers have gained in popularity over the past few years. They have quietly replaced the humble razor as the preferred styling tool of choice for men with beards who are proud to show it off.
What isn’t so easy is choosing the right beard trimmer to suit your face and needs. Attending to a beard or stubble is a fine art and can have a major impact on a man’s overall look, so it’s imperative to choose wisely. In the end it could mean the difference between looking like a seedy old man or David Beckham.
With a little help from the experts, we’ve compiled eight of the best beard trimmers today that’ll help keep the rugged masculine look sans the stranded-on-an-island one.
Beard Trimmer Essentials
Most men wouldn’t know, but there’s actually a lot to consider in a beard trimmer besides how cheap you can find one. Price plays an important factor in features but knowing whether or not you need these features to begin with is the key to picking the right one.
These are the four factors that will guide you to the right beard trimmer:
Beard Length: Most premium beard trimmers above the AU$50 mark will include adjustable length settings these days. The incremental level of adjustment usually increases with price and is more suited to the discerning bearded man who knows and wants an exacting beard/stubble length every time.
Know your own beard (long, medium, short, stubble) and choose your trimmer accordingly. An expensive trimmer with 25 length settings is pointless if you’re just using the short stubble setting every time – a cheaper one can do the same job.
Cord or Cordless: Most beard trimmers these days come with the convenience of both, with batteries built in and a charging port for the convenience of travel and charging. If you buy cordless, be prepared to have to replace batteries occasionally.
A cordless trimmer which comes with its own charging station provides the best of both worlds. It will however take up a bit more luggage space. Also note, avoid trimmers with built in Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries as these have a shorter charging life span than lithium-ion batteries. After extensive use and charge cycles, you’ll find that trimmers with built-in Ni-Cd batteries will last 30 seconds before they’re flat.
Trimmer Purpose: Some beard trimmers can be multi-purpose body trimmers so know what you’re using it for as the accompanying attachments could be for shaving heads or other regions other than the soft contours of the face. We don’t recommend you guys mix the two regardless.
Trimmer Features: One of the most overlooked areas of beard trimmers is their ease of cleaning. The most advanced trimmers today have vacuum features which are designed to suck up the loose beard hair as it is being cut. This makes for the ultimate in trimming leaving close to zero mess and quick disposal.
Other features to look out for include a pop-out head for easy cleaning, water-proofing for quick cleaning and add-ons for nose and ear hair detailing. Also take note of what the blades are made of. Stainless steel is cheap but will blunt quicker than titanium coated blades. If you go stainless, it just means you’ll need to lubricate the blades more often to prevent a dull trim.
Where To Buy Beard Trimmers
Besides the online market, there’s plenty of of physical stores men can head to in search of their ideal trimmer. If you’re not a fan of international adapters then definitely go for the latter option. It might cost slightly more than online buying locally but it’s guaranteed you’ll have a warranty and a locally designated charger.
If you want to keep your stubble at a regular length and go for a more rugged day to day look then this MB-200 from Remington is great value. It has nine different length settings that can even keep your barnet trim if you like a close cut on top. An adjustable zoom wheel means you don’t need to worry about constantly changing guards, whilst it’s self-sharpening titanium-coated blades eliminate the need for frequent maintenance.
How a trimmer feels in your hand can really impact your overall aesthetic, and this is an area Pure Enrichment are intelligently exploring with there TRYM Lithium model. Its curved shape is designed to feel slight in your hand so that you can focus more on precision. For your money, you get an 11-piece kit including four different sized guards, blade oil and a battery that allows you to go cordless for up to 80 minutes.
As well as your jawline and cranium, hair has an unfavourable habit of popping out your nose and ears, so it’s good to have multiple tools or just one that looks after it all. This Beard Trimmer from Hatteker does just that. It comes with nine cleverly thought out, interchangeable heads that cover everything from intricate moustache trims to hair removal around and inside your ears.
German electric razor manufacturer Braun has always been keen to offer alternatives to metal blades for men with a more sensitive complexion. But recently they have been making products for men who want to keep a bit of growth, like this MGK3060 trimmer. It comes with four guards that can create up to 13 different length settings, useable anywhere on the body, and a charge will have you covered for up to 40 minutes at a time.
If you feel like you spend more hours cleaning up hair rather than making yourself look better, then this VPG6530 model from Remington is set free up a fair bit of prep time. It’s been designed with an in-built vacuum system that acts as a Dyson for the face when shaving – which for many men will be a relationship changer! It comes with one adjustable blade that can cut between 2-18mm and a lithium battery that has an hour’s worth of performance after charge.
Philips have really stamped their authority on the beard trimming market over the past ten years, mainly thanks to their innovative technologies that enhance day-to-day shaving. Take this BT5210 for example, it can cut as low as 0.4mm, thanks to blades that literally lift hairs away from your skin before cutting them, perfect for those who are sensitive to repeated shaving friction. Its self-sharpening blades are 100% stainless steel, and it also has an impressive 70-minute battery life.
Andis has built a solid name for themselves through their clippers but prove here that they can create tools for more refined grooming styles as well. These Slimline Pro Li Cordless T-Blade Trimmers are sleek, feel great in the hand and are perfect for outlining and designing your facial hair. They also feature a rechargeable battery with a hefty 2-hours of life post charge.
If you’re someone who is always on the move and requires something a more solid and durable machine day in day out, then you could do a lot worse than this Slimline Pro from Andis. It’s a balanced, ergonomic trimmer made for outlining, designing and dry shaving. Its powerful cordless lithium battery can also deliver up to two hours of performance after only 15 minutes charge.
Traditionally, trimmers have never seemed to like cutting wet hair, and taking an electric device into the shower wasn’t highly recommended! That was until Panasonic entered the market. Their shower trimmers, such as this ER-SB40-K, are what the men had been screaming out for for years, shaving hours of our shaving time. It shaves dry or wet beards, can cut between 0.5mm and 10mm (with 0.5mm intervals) to maintain constant, perfect length and even has a multiple speed motor. Add to that a clever locking system so that it can be stored in bags/luggage with peace of mind and you’re onto a real winner.
Undoubtedly the king of beard trimmers and clippers award goes to WAHL, who have been involved in the barbering industry since 1919. Their models are made from the best materials and ultimately do the best job. This Lithium Ion Beard Trimmer is a great example, it comes with three heads for designing or close shaving, features stainless steel blades and feels super tactile when in your hand.
The second offering from WAHL on this list is their ultimate all-rounder – the Barracuda. As well as providing 13 interchangeable blades that help you keep on top of your preferred facial hair length, you can also safely use it under water in the shower. It comes with a practical hold all pocket and could be one of the shrewdest buys you make this year.
Picture this, you’ve had your feet up for a few weeks, travelling around letting your hair get out of control – and now you must return to a more presentable, work-friendly version of yourself. Enter the Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Beard Trimmer from WAHL. Not only is it a wonderfully elegant object to have sitting in your bathroom, but it also acts as a T-Blade, trimmer, detail shaver and will have your nose and ears feeling fresh and smooth. Plus, its 4-hour battery will get you from caveman to superman in no time in one swift session.