Keeping your beard well trimmed is essential to earning respect from your peers but trying to maintain your beard with anything less than the best beard trimmer can be extremely frustrating.
So how do you know which beard trimmer to buy? There are a few things to consider when choosing your model:
Beard Trimmer Shopping Guide
- What length your beard is
Do you keep your beard long, medium, or short? Your beard trimmer should have the appropriate setting. If you’re thinking about changing up your look in the somewhat near future you should purchase a beard trimmer with settings for all three options.
- The purpose of the trimmer
Are you only going to use your trimmer on your beard or are you also going to be shaving your head with it?
- Features of the trimmer
Do you just want the basics or are you looking for something with a little extra finesse? Some features that can make your life much easier include pop up nose and ear detailing. You can also get trimmers with a vacuum function to keep your hair from getting all over the place.
- Cordless or corded?
This one is really all about personal preference. Cordless beard trimmers tend to be a little more expensive but the cost difference isn’t usually large enough to matter much.
Top 10 Beard Trimmers 2016
1. Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion
The Remington MB4040 is a high quality cordless trimmer with 9 settings ranging from 1.5mm to 18mm. It also comes with three attachments for different styles: goatee, stubble and beard. The self sharpening blades are made out of titanium for ultimate durability and are also surprisingly easy to clean.
You’ll also love the 120 minute battery life that gives you enough time to trim even the most unruly of beards.
2. Philips Norelco BT9285/41 9100
This beard trimmer features a self sharpening chromium blade with two sharp edges: one for regular trimming and one for precise trimming. The Philips Norelco BT9285/41 9100 also has 17 length settings in 3 intervals: 0.2mm increments from 0.4mm-2mm, then 0.5mm increments from 2mm-5mm, and lastly 1mm increments from 5mm-7mm.
You will get one full hour of use before you have to recharge this beard trimmer. It is also easy to clean but should not be used in the shower.
3. Panasonic ER-GB40-S
With 19 length settings ranging from 0-10mm at 0.5mm intervals, the Panasonic ER-GB40-S makes it easy to alter your look on a whim. The blades are made of high quality hypoallergenic stainless steel, ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. An entirely waterproof design makes this a great option if you want to trim your beard in the shower.
Unfortunately this cordless beard trimmer’s battery will only last 50 minutes but this time period is long enough for most men.
4. Wahl 9854
If you enjoy taking your time with your grooming routine this is the trimmer for you, featuring a lithium ion battery that will keep it charged for a full three hours. The Wahl 9854 also comes with six combs for different lengths ranging between 2mm and 10mm as well as four blade attachments: standard trimmer, dual shaver, ear nose and brow detailer, and a T-blade trimmer.
Most of the parts can be removed for easy cleaning but the Wahl 9854 should not be submerged in water and is therefore not a good choice if you like to trim while you’re in the shower.
5. Panasonic ER-GB80-S
The ER-GB80-S is an upgraded version of the ER-GB40-S Beard Trimmer, designed to be an excellent all-in-one body shaver. It has a shocking 39 built in length settings ranging from 0.5mm to 20mm in 0.5mm increments and three comb attachments: A comb( 1-10mm) B comb( 11-20mm ) and body grooming comb( 1.5mm ). You’ll also get some extra precision from the pop-up trimmer, designed for detailing sider burns and your chin/neckline.
If you enjoy trimming in the shower you’ll be happy to know that the ER-GB80-S is fully waterproof. It’s also remarkably easy to clean.
6. Braun cruZer 6
This 3 in 1 system is excellent for shaving, trimming and styling. It only offers 4 trimming lengths between 1.2mm and 6mm but the blade does have a second side which is specially designed for precision trimming. The entire thing is waterproof for easy shaving in the shower.
7. Wahl 9818
Featuring a high quality stainless steel blade and four style attachments(standard trimmer, a T Blade for hair cuts, a rotary head for ear/nose hair and a detail shaver, the Wahl 9818 is a high quality cordless shaver with a full four hours of battery life. It also features 17 length options between 0.5mm – 25mm.
8. Panasonic ES-LV95-S811
The ES-LV95-S811 5 features a five blade system with three optional foils for different hair types including a Life-Tech Foil which lifts and cuts beards that lie flat and a Slit Foil for long beards. A 14,000 cycles per minute linear motor and swivel head make it easy to reach even the most difficult spots. It is also entirely waterproof, making it an excellent option for anyone who likes to shave in the shower.
9. Braun Series 7
With 10,000 micro vibrations and three shaving settings for different skin types make the Braun Series 7 one of the best beard trimmers out there. It also features ActiveLift, a patented technology which lifts flat-lying beard hair so it’s easier to cut, and an OptiFoil to allow for maximum closeness. The Braun Series 7 takes about an hour to charge and has an hour of battery life. It is safe to use in the shower.
10. Remington Foil F5800 Titanium X
High quality titanium blades, independent foils and a pivot head make this beard trimmer both simple to use and highly effective. The F5800 Titanium X also comes with a pop-up trimmer for ear/nose hair and other hard-to-reach spots. Its battery lasts for one hour on a full charge.
Any one of these beard trimmers will make it much easier to take proper care of your beard. If you’re still not sure which one is right for you take some time to read through the different reviews before you make a decision.