Looking for the best beard trimmer to meet your needs can be a bit perplexing at times, as there seems to be so many choices out there. We have had a look at several of the latest facial hair trimming devices on the market, and we’re going to highlight what we think are the top five.
But before we consider which ones are our picks, we are going to break down what defines a great beard trimmer. We’ll highlight key features that you need to look for before spending money on one.
Key Features to Look for Before Buying
1. Comb settings
Comb settings are an important feature as this determines the length of your beard. If you’re going to keep a thick, long beard, you need to make sure your shaving device has the appropriate settings. In similar fashion, if you want the “stubble” look, you’re going to have to make sure that there are length settings small enough for you to get the length you require.
In some models, you can even get a detachable head that is specific for the stubble look, so make sure you keep an eye out for this if you are going to have this type of beard style often. All the electric groomers featured in this article have multiple settings to adjust your length. Typically, they have 6 to 19 lock-in settings, and this provides a variety of lengths to suit all styles.
2. Styling features
If you are just looking after a regular beard, without making any fancy patterns, you’re not going to be heavily invested in the ability for multiple attachments. Just detaching the comb and making the edges of your beard neat with the regular attachment will suffice.
If however, you’re looking to keep a goatee, or a stubble beard, you may be interested in making sure the machine you buy has the ability to adapt with your style. The best beard trimmers that cater for this either have detachable heads, so you can interchange between the regular head and ones for your specific style, or have a dedicated levels that you can adapt to give you the look you want. Whatever trimming product you choose, make sure your choice fits the style you are looking for.
The best trimming devices are easy to maintain or clean. The last thing you want is to use a poorly maintained hair trimming device that will snag while you use it, and depreciate in quality over time. So maintenance and/or cleaning features will need to be looked at carefully.
Some are washable which helps with getting those hairs out with ease. Some are supplied with their own oil that you need apply every so often, and some even have self-sharpening blades. Depending on your needs and use, you can easily cater for different requirements.
For instance, if you’re going to be keeping a beard occasionally, maintenance factors may not play a vital role in the overall choice of trimmer. However, if you’re going to be using it every day, you may want to pay particular attention on how low maintenance a particular trimmer is. Cleaning it out every day can get a bit tiresome, no matter how good the shave it offers.
4. Corded or Cordless
This is also an important consideration to highlight depending on how and where you use your trimmer. If you have a shaving socket in your bathroom, and you’re never going to be using your shaver outside your home, then a grooming product that is corded may not be a huge disadvantage.
If however you don’t have a suitable shaving socket in your bathroom, or you’re going to be on the road a lot of the time, then choosing a cordless beard trimmer might be the best option. Some even come with docking stations or a pouch to keep all your various accessories together in one place, as well as the ability to always keep your shaving gear on charge constantly. Make a note of your requirements, and choose your device accordingly. All the beard trimmers in our article are cordless and come with a charger or pouch for storage.
All the models we’ve selected below are priced between $25.99 and $69.99, and the range of features varies between each item. Some are just dedicated mustache and beard trimmers, and some have additional features such as nose/ear trimmer attachments, or the ability to cut your hair. In this review, all the products featured are primarily designed and marketed as beard trimmers first, so when looking at the cost, keep this in mind.
Our Top Five and Reviews of Each
We are now going to go through five of the best facial trimming options that we’ve found, taking into account of the key features we have just highlighted. Here are the reviews.
Remington MB4040 Titanium Mustache and Beard Trimmer Review
What we really like about this trimming product is its versatility. With 9 lock-in settings, and three detachable heads for beard, goatee or stubble styles, it provides the potential to create a great number of styles, no matter what the occasion.
A lithium ion battery makes sure you can get a full 120 minutes of quality cordless time, and a fast motor also makes this beard trimmer particularly suitable for those with thick, tough hair. We are also big fans of the rubberized body. This makes this specific product a delight to handle, particularly when your hands are wet as they inevitably are after a typical grooming session.
Maintenance is as simple as it can be – the titanium blades are self-sharpening and self-oiling. This product comes with the added bonus of having a two year warranty, providing that extra peace of mind. The list price for this portable grooming item is about average, so it is suitable for those looking for a reliable workhorse dedicated to facial hair care.
Philips Norelco G370 All-in-One Grooming System Review
This is an “all-in-one” system that also provides a outstanding degree of flexibility, as not only is it a beard trimmer, it also can be used to take care or unruly nose and ear hairs, shorten the hair on your head, and even occasionally shave with the mini foil trimmer tool.
It also has 9 lock-in settings like the Remington MB4040, however unlike the Remington it only provides 35 minutes of cordless operation. This may not be a problem for many, but if you’re thinking about taking the trimmer on the road a lot without its charger, you should take note.
The attachments are fully washable, and the blades are self-sharpening, making maintenance an easy task. It also comes with a convenient storage pouch that keeps everything together easily. This is the cheapest beard trimmer we have reviewed, and not only that, it’s has a multitude of functions at offer. It certainly leads the pack in terms of value for money.
Wahl Trimmer All-In-One Lithium Ion
This is another “all-in-one” system that is very adaptable for multiple uses, not just beard trimming. Many additional options are similar to that of the Philips Norelco. In particular, the shaving attachment is a more extensive foil shaver compared to the Philips Norelco’s “mini-foil”. So if you’re planning on doing a lot of shaving, and an all-in-one solution is what you want, this shaving solution might be your best bet.
This beard shaving and sculpting device also has a lithium ion battery, so if you travel a lot, or you need to use your shaver for extended periods of time without a charger nearby, this will be an ideal choice.
What is particularly special about the charging system is the option for a one minute “quick charge”. This enables you to just charge for a minute to give you 4 minutes of shaving – handy if you’ve forgotten to charge it over the weekend and you’re in a rush to get to work!
It has a 6-position beard length setting, so less than the 9 the previous two feature, but this shouldn’t be a problem for most people as it covers a wide range of lengths. Blade oil is provided for maintenance. It is also priced slightly more than the Remington, however not by much so if you want an all-in-one at an average price, this may not be a bad choice at all.
Panasonic Milano Series ER-GB40-S Hair & Body Trimmer Review
This is the most expensive beard trimmer of the 5 here, but it is not without its features. It has 19 length settings so for those who want that added choice, then the Panasonic would be ideal. It also sports a unique water drain cleaning system that makes this item truly washable and easy to maintain.
You can also use this trimming product on wet skin – it is not just washable purely for maintenance purposes like the some of the other trimmers on sale. A rubberized grip also makes this handing this item a breeze in the wet.
It is a cordless electric groomer, but does not sport a lithium ion battery. However an average trimming time of 30 min is realistic and adequate for most. This is the best beard trimmer for use in wet conditions.
It is however, the most expensive out of the five reviewed here. So unless wet trimming is something that you’re going to be doing all the time, you may want to look elsewhere. Having said that, it certainly is well suited to its specialist role.
Braun Cruzer 6 Beard & Head Trimmer Review
This offering is a dual purpose trimmer for the head and facial hair. There are 12 length settings in total, 6 for the beard and 6 for the hair. For longer beards, you can easily just use the hair settings.
The Braun is completely sealed and waterproof so you can use it in the wet, and just rinse it after you’re done. In addition, it comes with a unique dual battery system that maintains it torque when cutting through thick hair. So for those who have tough, thick hair, this may be an option.
It does not use a lithium ion battery, but the cordless running time is closer to 40 minutes, which is above average for other non-lithium ion trimmers. Maintenance is simple with just the requirement of washing after use.
In terms of pricing, it is above average, and the second most expensive electric trimmer we have reviewed. Having said that, its simplicity in approach and the dual purpose nature of the personal groomer may be worth the extra premium for those who would like to trim their beard and their hair.
It may not have all the additional additions such as nose and ear removal attachments, but for those who want a no-nonsense beard trimming gadget that is easy to clean and maintain, this might be a great candidate.
So there you have it – our review on the top five best beard trimmers on the market today. There may be other facial grooming trimmers out there, but we have picked this top five as they suit all budgets, are from well known brands and have plenty of features to suit most needs.