Having one of the best beard trimmers to hand in the bathroom is an absolute necessity. 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 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 in Australia for men to achieve a perfectly polished look.
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 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: Most beard trimmers should include adjustable length settings these days. 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 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 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.
Cord or Cordless: Most beard trimmers on the market come with the convenience of both a cord and cordless 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 cordless only, and these will need to have their batteries replaced.
A cordless 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 (unless you charge it fully before you travel). Also note, avoid those with built-in Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries as these have a shorter charging life span than a lithium-ion battery. After extensive use and charge cycles, you’ll find that some with built-in Ni-Cd batteries will last 30 seconds before they’re flat; AKA horrible battery life.
Trimmer Purpose: 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.
Trimmer Features: 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 trimming 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 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.
Beard Trimmer FAQ
Set your beard trimmer to its longest setting and start with the longest hair length. To remove excess bulk, go against the direction of the hair growth. Repeat using shorter trim settings until you are satisfied with the result. Titanium is stronger and has higher corrosion resistance, while steel stays in shape for longer and less expensive. If you want a compromise, find blades made of steel with titanium coating. A pre-trimming routine is especially important for those with sensitive skin. Start with washing and conditioning your beard, then letting it dry naturally. Apply beard oil as you normally would, then wait for an hour or so before trimming.
How do I trim my beard?
Which blade is better for trimmers: titanium or stainless steel?
What is a good pre-trimming routine?
Set your beard trimmer to its longest setting and start with the longest hair length. To remove excess bulk, go against the direction of the hair growth. Repeat using shorter trim settings until you are satisfied with the result.
Titanium is stronger and has higher corrosion resistance, while steel stays in shape for longer and less expensive. If you want a compromise, find blades made of steel with titanium coating.
A pre-trimming routine is especially important for those with sensitive skin. Start with washing and conditioning your beard, then letting it dry naturally. Apply beard oil as you normally would, then wait for an hour or so before trimming.
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Philips OneBlade Pro
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.
Philips BT 9000
Best for durability
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
With 39 integrated length settings, 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 8 hours, and will give you 80-minutes of continuous use.
Best for long beards
Persevere, however, and you'll be rewarded with an incredibly precise cut at virtually any length you can think of. A two-hour charge will give you an hour of use, and you even get a travel pouch included. How handy.
Wahl Waterproof Beard Trimmer
Best for professional quality
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.
Wahl All-in-one Rechargeable Trimmer
Best affordable beard trimmer
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 $30, 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.
VS Groom Captain
Best for all hair types
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.
An absolute essential
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 $29, it's hard to argue with.