Having a feature-packed beard trimmer to hand in the bathroom is an absolute necessity for Australian men. While some men may want to rock either a full beard or the clean-shaven look, the vast majority will sport some form of facial hair that, understandably, needs to be tamed on a regular basis.
Ensuring you give your beard or stubble some regular maintenance can make all the difference between looking completely unkempt or a well-groomed modern gentleman. Fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up the best beard trimmers and stubble trimmers in Australia for men to achieve a perfectly polished look.
In this beard trimmer guide…
What to look for in a beard trimmer
Most men wouldn’t know, but there’s actually a lot to consider when buying a beard trimmer besides the price. You need to consider how versatile it can be, what lengths it can cut your beard or stubble to and, as with most other pieces of technology, how long the battery will last.
These are the four main factors that will guide you to the best beard trimmer for you:
Length of cut
Most beard trimmers should include adjustable length settings. The incremental levels of adjustment usually increase (become more precise) with the price and are more suited to the discerning bearded man who knows and wants an exact 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 0.5mm stubble setting every time; a cheaper one can do the same job.
Some beard trimmers will make it easy to make length adjustments, while some others will come with various guards you need to switch out. If you travel regularly, the former option will no doubt be more beneficial.
Wired or wireless?
Most beard trimmers on the market come with the convenience of both a mains-powered and a wireless option. The vast majority will have a rechargeable battery built-in and a charging port, so you can easily use it at home and when travelling. You may occasionally find some beard trimmers will be wireless only, and these will need to have their batteries replaced.
A wireless beard trimmer, which comes with its own charging station provides the best of both worlds. It will however take up a bit more luggage space if you intend to go away for months at a time. If it’s just a week-long staycation you’re going on, you should be fine travelling without the charger, just be sure you know how long your beard trimmer’s battery will last.
Some beard trimmers can be multi-purpose body trimmers and groomers, so make sure you know what you want to use 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 use one trimmer for your whole body. If you want to trim body hair, we suggest you invest in a dedicated body groomer.
One of the most overlooked areas is their ease of cleaning. Some of the most advanced beard trimmers today have built-in vacuums which are designed to suck up the loose beard hair as it is being cut. This makes for the ultimate in trimmer cleaning, leaving close to zero mess and quick disposal.
Other features to look out for include, a pop-out head for easy cleaning, water resistant or waterproofing for quick cleaning and use in the shower if you wish, and add-ons for other facial hair like nose and ear hair detailing. Also, take note of what the blades are made of. Stainless steel blades are cheap but will become blunt far 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
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Best All-Round Beard Trimmer
Battery: 90 mins
Philips is one of the standout manufacturers of beard trimmers in Australia and the OneBlade Pro is perhaps the best it has to offer. It's incredibly versatile, despite having just the one blade (which does need replacing regularly, unfortunately). But, with a range of length settings and some of the best precision cutting we've seen on a trimmer, the OneBlade Pro is the best there is for guys looking to create perfect looking stubble.
The battery lasts up to two hours and only needs one hour to charge, making it even more convenient.
Small, easy to carry and travel with and incredibly affordable, it's really the only beard trimmer you need to have. If you don't need to trim body hair, you can buy the standard OneBlade for just shy of $70.
Best Trimmer For Durability
Battery: 120 mins
If you really want to up the ante and need a beard trimmer to last you a lifetime, the Philips BT9000 is the way to go. Benefitting from Philips' SteelPrecision technology, combining a metal comb and a strong cutter, you'll have yourself a beard trimmer that can cut through anything.
You don't need to worry about nicks either, thanks to anti-friction coating and with 30 integrated length settings, getting the perfect result is easy. A one hour charge will give you two hours of use and a removable head makes for easy cleaning.
Best For Beard Trimming Newbies
Battery: 50 mins
Braun is another leading name in the men's grooming game, and the Series 3 is perfect for those needing a basic beard trimmer without all the extra gimmicks. With 20 integrated length settings from the integrated blade alone, plus a number of guards included for tackling longer beards, you'll be able to trim your beard into any style you want and you can be guaranteed long-lasting trimming thanks to Braun's Lifetime Sharp Blades.
Additional guards are included to help tame longer beards. The slight downside is that a full charge takes 10 hours, and will give you 50-minutes of continuous use.
Best For Long Beards
Beard Boss Pro
Battery: 120 mins
Another affordable beard trimmer option comes from Remington. The built-in adjustable comb allows for trimming from as short as 1mm up to 35mm, thanks to the inclusion of additional guards and combs. All blades are washable, although the trimmer itself can't exactly survive a shower. You do, however, get a nose and ear hair trimmer that can survive a shower.
For long beard owners, we can't think of many better beard trimmers available right now.
Best Professional Beard Trimmer
Waterproof Stainless Steel
Battery: 6 hours
Wahl is one of the biggest names in professional haircare and is often the brand trusted by barbers in Australia and around the world.
Many of Wahl's beard trimmers are more expensive that most others, but their quality speaks volumes. This waterproof beard trimmer, for example, can be used in the shower if you wish and will happily survive a wash under the tap. A diamond-like coating on the blades ensures the sharpest and most comfortable cutting experience, too.
You're able to trim ear, nose and eyebrow with it too and the battery will last a mammoth six hours from just a one hour charge.
Best Affordable Beard Trimmer
All-in-One Rechargeable Trimmer
Battery: 80 mins
While the majority of Wahl beard trimmers are rather pricey, you can't get much more affordable than $50. And for such a small investment, you get yourself a beard trimmer from one of the best names in the business.
This all-in-one beard trimmer will take care of your beard, ear, nose and body hair and cut them all to perfect precision thanks to a range of guards and carbon-steel blades.
The battery may only last up to 80-minutes, but for $50, you can't ask for much more. If you need a basic beard trimmer just for travelling, this option for Wahl won't steer you wrong.
Best For All Hair Types
The Groom Captain
Battery: 60 mins
VS For Men may not be the first name you think of when it comes to beard trimmers, but their products are genuinely worth your consideration. Affordable and high-quality, there is much to love.
This Groom Captain beard trimmer will take care of your face, nose, ear and body hair, all in one small and ergonomic body. You do need to attach the various heads and guards to adjust the length, but these allow you to cover all beard lengths.
The Essential Beard Trimmer
Battery: 45 mins
Ok, so the MicroTouch Solo is more affordable than the Wahl All-in-One, but considering the Wahl can do more, we see it as more worthwhile option. But, if you're just looking for a simple yet effective beard trimmer that takes care of the most essential grooming needs, the Solo is for you. From its travel-sized body, you're able to trim your beard to various lengths thanks to a selection of guards.
Remove the guards and you have yourself a super-sharp and super-precise trimmer for tidying up your neckline and sideburns.
The battery does only last up to 45-minutes, so you'll likely get three or four trims maximum out of it, but for $40, it's hard to argue with.