Top Beard Trimmers – Six of the Best
What to Look For
There are so many products on the market, choosing which one is best for you can be tricky, so here are a few things to consider before you make your purchase:
What do you want to use it for?
This may sound a bit silly, but different devices have various features and attachments e.g. ear/nose hair trimmer or shaver head.
Do you just want to groom your beard and mustache, or would you prefer one device for the whole body?
Do you want the stubble look, or are you going for the full beard?
Beard trimmers vary in the length settings that they provide, so make sure that the one you opt for has the length options that you require.
If you want a rechargeable,cordless device, the operation time from a full charge may be important - also whether there is a quick-charge option in case you forget.
Alternatively, do you want a device that can be used either cordless or corded?
Whilst it is always best to trim your beard dry, it is much easier to keep the trimmer clean if it is waterproof and can be washed under a tap.
As a rule of thumb, for peace of mind I would always opt for a well-known and respected brand where possible, and look out for money back guarantees and warranty details.
A Closer Look at the Products
This budget trimmer set at the lower end of the Philips Norelco range consists of:
- Multigroom 3000 Device
- Steel Trimmer
- Steel Precision Trimmer
- Nose and Ear Hair trimmer
- 3 Hair Trimming Guards
- 3 Beard Trimming Guards
- Stubble Guard
- Storage Bag
- Cleaning Brush
The device has a built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery which gives 60 minutes use from a full 8 hour charge, but which has a 5 minute quick-charge feature to give one full trim, just in case you have forgotten.
The trimmers are made from tempered steel, are self-sharpening for a long life, and can be rinsed clean without the fear of rusting.
The device itself, however, is not waterproof and is designed for dry use only.
The full sized trimmer can be used to trim the edges of the beard in clean, straight lines and the precision trimmer can be used for more intricate detail.
The trimming guards are used by attaching them to the full sized trimmer, to give an even trim to the hair.
The lengths range from 1mm (1/16") using the stubble guard, through 3mm, 5mm and 7mm beard guards to 9mm, 12mm and 16mm hair guards.
The rotary nose and ear trimmer attachment is easy to use and efficient at the job, to safely trim the hair without risk of cutting these delicate areas (to be used for hair outside the ear canal only).
The whole lot comes complete with a zipped storage bag to keep all the accessories together, and a cleaning brush.
The Norelco Multigroom comes with a 45 day money back trial and a full 2 year warranty.
Considering the online purchase price of around $18, you can't go wrong with this all-round, versatile product from a well-known and respected Brand.
There is no doubt that this is a classy looking product, with its sleek, modern design.
The slightly curved shape adds to the look whilst making it comfortable to hold in use.
The charging base is equally good-looking and the device can be charged using the base or directly from the charging cord if desired e.g. for travelling.
The device comes with 4 trimming attachments to trim hair evenly to lengths of 1.5mm, 3mm, 6mm or 9mm, for use on the face, head or body.
The set is completed with a small bottle of blade oil and a cleaning brush.
It is intended for dry use only, and none of the parts should be cleaned with water, but with the brush provided.
All in all, if you are after a stylish looking product at a reasonable price, and the limited trimming lengths are fit for your purposes, then this would be a good purchase at around $30.
The Norelco 5100 Series comes with a hair lift comb, 2 hair clipping combs and a cleaning brush.
It has a lithium-ion battery with a fully charged run time of up to 70 minutes from its one hour full charge.
It may also be used corded, whilst plugged into the power socket, for added convenience.
There is a battery status light to indicate when the trimmer is charging and when it is fully charged.
There are 17 built in length settings ranging from 0.4mm - 7mm for beard trimming and 7mm - 13mm for hair or long beard trimming.
The length is determined by simply selecting the desired setting on the integral wheel as shown in the picture, in conjunction with either one of the trimming combs.
With this device there is no need for multiple accessories and trimming combs, just one for short hair and one for long hair.
The self sharpening steel blades have rounded blade tips to minimise the risk of irritation, even for sensitive skin.
The trimmer is waterproof and can be rinsed clean under a tap, but should be used dry.
The product comes with a 45 day money back guarantee and 2 years warranty.
This is a very convenient and easy to use trimmer, reasonably priced not to break the bank at around $45. Great value for money for a good quality product from a reputable Brand - and well recommended.
The 9-piece Remington Beard Boss Perfecter kit consists of:
- Remington MB900 Trimmer
- Foil Shaver Head
- Precision Comb Attachment
- 5 Fixed Length Comb Attachments
- Zipped Storage/Travel Pouch
The Beard Boss has a rechargeable lithium battery, which is fully charged in 4 hours, and has a 5 minute quick charge function for one trim.
It also has 2 power modes, normal or turbo for particularly thick beards or areas of dense facial hair.
The battery lasts for up to 5 hours operation at normal level (reduced if used in turbo mode).
There is a travel-lock function to ensure that you don't accidentally run down the battery whilst on the move.
The precision metal comb attachment has length settings from 1.0 - 5.0 mm, easily selected by use of the wheel.
The further 5, fixed length combs provide lengths of 1.5, 3, 6, 9 and 12mm, and are easily interchanged by snapping onto the head.
The trimmer can be used without a comb attachment to cut hair close to the skin for detailing around sideburns etc.
It has self-sharpening blades to maximise their life, and the t-blade shape and design make them great for precision work.
A separate shaver head is provided for close shaving around the jawline and neck.
The whole device is 100% waterproof and although the trimmer is best used on a dry beard, the shaver can be used wet if preferred, and cleaning is easy - just rinse under a running tap and dry.
The whole set comes complete with a travel case, cleaning brush and small bottle of blade oil.
Taking into account the many features included with this versatile product, it is priced competitively at around $60 online currently, and would make a great gift.
The Wahl Slate Stainless Steel Trimmer model 9864 is made in the USA for the USA market and consists of device, t-blade, shaver, rotary ear/nose trimmer and precision detailer head, plus 12 guide combs.
The set is completed with a stand and a zipped travel/storage case.
The lithium ion battery is fully charged in just one hour for up to 4 hours use and features a 1 minute quick charge for 3 minutes use to give added convenience in a hurry.
It features an LED display to indicate when the battery is low and when it is fully charged.
The fixed-length guide combs range from 1/16" (1.5mm) to 1" (25mm) to accommodate a large range of lengths.
The blades are self-sharpening, made from carbon and stainless steel for long-lasting performance, with a good-looking slate finish.
The full sized, floating dual headed shaver with long hair cutting bar provides a close shave wherever required, e.g. for neck and jawline.
The rotary ear/nose trimmer head is great for safe trimming in these delicate areas, and provides added flexibility of use for the device.
The precision head is great for detailing around nose and sideburns etc. to help you get a clean, precise and professional looking finish.
This quality product comes with a 5 year limited warranty and 60 day money-back guarantee, so you can't go wrong at around $65 online.
The Panasonic ER-GB70 model electric beard, mustache and hair trimmer includes device, 2 comb attachments, AC adaptor, cleaning brush and blade oil for maintenance.
The rechargeable Ni-MH battery provides a full charge in one hour for 50 minutes cordless use, but the device may also be used whilst plugged into the mains, so you never have to worry about forgetting to charge it.
There is an LED display on the handle to indicate battery status.
There are 39 trim lengths ranging from 0.5mm - 20mm, easily selected using the marked dial, and the trimmer blade is optimally angled at 45 degrees for the best trimming edge.
The body is ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip and rubberized to maximise control.
The two interchangeable comb attachments are easily clipped into place over the clipper head to give even trimming, and selected depending on hair length required.
Made from hypoallergenic steel, the blades are safe to use on sensitive skin with minimal irritation.
The device also has an integral slide-up trimmer for precision detailing around beard edges and sideburns etc. and it is washable under a running tap, for quick and easy cleaning.
If you are in the market for a complete hair and face trimming product that you can use in the comfort of your own home, this would be a good choice.
Currently available at around $100 it would not take long to pay for itself, when compared to the cost of trips to the barbers.