The decision to grow facial hair is never a light one, even if it’s just for the month of Movember. Whether it’s a goatee, mustache, a chinstrap beard, designer stubble, or a soul patch, you’re going to need a specialized tool to keep it from getting too bushy or less ‘hobo’/’wildman’ looking. In short, if you want to maintain a good appearance and maintain control of your facial hair, you’re going to need a beard trimmer. However, there is a wide selection of beard trimmers to choose from which can discourage the best of us. To help you out, we took the time to trim away the products that didn’t do beards any favors and came up with a list of the best beard trimmers that do.
Top 10 Beard Trimmers Of 2018 Reviewed
1. Wahl Groomsman Beard and Mustache TrimmerBest Beard Trimmer Cordless
The Wahl Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmer feature high carbon steel blades that stay sharp for a long time, an ergonomic shape for a comfortable grip, and seven trimming lengths to create whatever look you want. The trimmer also comes with guide combs, jaw blender, a storage base, a cleaning brush, and blade oil. This cordless unit runs on rechargeable AA batteries and lithium-ion batteries. And it does have a pretty decent runtime.
What makes this so ideal is that you can charge the unit while using it so you don’t have to wait so long. Plus, you can even use this to trim other areas of the body. It’s gentle enough to be used on delicate areas. However, it is noisy and the included stand is quite cheap looking. In addition, the LED light stays red even when fully charged so you don’t really know when it’s fully charged.
- Sharp, smooth trim
- Corded charging
- Comes with lots of accessories
- Can be used on other parts of the body
- LED light stays red
2. Philips Norelco Multigroom 3000Best Beard Trimmer For Long Beards
The Philips Norelco Multigroom 3000 features tempered steel blades that won’t break, dull, or rust. The unit is an all-in-one groomer so it comes with several attachments like a steel precision trimmer, nose, and ear trimmer, 3 hair trimming guards, 3 beard trimming guards, a stubble guard, a cleaning brush, and an accessory storage bag. The battery is lithium-ion and runs for 60 minutes on a single charge.
The unit comes with a 45-day risk-free trial and a full 2-year warranty. This beard trimmer is truly solidly built and easy to clean. For the price, you really get more than your money’s worth. However, it is quite noisy and there’s no charging light indicator. It also does not have a low battery indicator. And expect to do a lot of cleanup after using this trimmer. Hair flies everywhere.
- Long battery life
- Easy to clean
- Plenty of accessories
- Causes hair to fly everywhere
- No charging light indicator
- Slightly noisy
3. Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Grooming KitBest Beard Trimmer For Stubble
The Remington PG6025 is another head-to-toe grooming tool. It comes with 4 trimming and shaving attachments plus length adjustable combs to help you take care of all your hair trimming in one go. The blades are made of self-sharpening surgical steel. The attachments are all washable which makes cleanup a breeze. This unit runs on lithium-ion batteries which can keep your unit trimming for up to 70 minutes.
And, unlike the other picks, this comes with a charging indicator. However, the foil shaver attachment isn’t efficient. While it does provide you with a clean shave, it takes a couple of passes to do so. Another thing we disliked is that the instructions are lacking. If you’re not familiar with some of the attachments, you’re left to figure out on your own which is for what. And we do wish this came with a stand, just for convenience’s sake.
- Long battery runtime
- Washable attachments
- All-in-one grooming tool
- Lacks instructions
- No stand
- Not efficient
4. Panasonic Milano All-in-One TrimmerBest Beard Trimmer For Sensitive Skin
The Panasonic ER-GB40-S is a cordless wet/dry beard trimmer that does away with all those comb attachments. It features only one comb attachment with 19 beard guide settings that range from 1 to 10 millimeters. It comes with a water drain which allows you to run water freely through the trimmer for easy cleaning. The stainless steel blades are honed to a 45-degree angle for efficient beard trimming.
And you can take off the comb attachment to use the trimmer for grooming the rest of your body. This unit runs on a Ni-MH battery that requires 1-hour charging and up to 50 minutes runtime. You also get a charging stand with the unit which has a charging indicator light. However, you can’t use the unit while charging and there’s no indicator to let you know when it’s done charging. In addition, without the comb attachment, it’s not as good at trimming hairs.
- Wet/dry beard trimmer
- Easy to clean
- Beard guide settings
- No indicator when the battery is done charging
- Can’t use the trimmer while charging
- Without the attachment, the trimmer isn’t as good at cutting hair
5. Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + BodyBest Beard Trimmer And Body Groomer
The Panasonic Norelco OneBlade Face + Body is a trimmer designed for cutting, edging, and shaving all lengths of hair. It comes with 2 blades – 1 for your face and 1 for your body. Like the other Norelco, this one is also a wet/dry trimmer. Another highlight of this unit is the click-on skin guard which provides extra protection for trimming/shaving sensitive areas. You do get 4 stubble combs with this tool ranging from 1 to 5mm.
The body comb has a length setting of 3mm. One thing that we really do love about this trimmer is that it is specifically designed to follow the contours of your face and body so shaving and trimming are more effective and comfortable. However, the Li-Ion battery does take a while to charge – 4 hours. And there’s no charging light indicator or a light that lets you know it’s done charging. The replacement blades are very expensive. And it’s not really that good of a shaver. But if trimming is all you need, then you should be good with this one.
- Follows the contours of your face and body
- Wet/dry trimmer
- Skin guard for the extra protection of sensitive areas
- No charging light indicator
- Takes 4 hours to charge
- Does a good shaver
6. Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer 9818
This Wahl 9818 is a stainless steel groomer that features Lithium-Ion 2.0 technology. You can get as much as 4 hours of run time with this battery, twice the power, and you can even do a one-minute quick charge to run the groomer for 3 full minutes. Aside from that, this battery has an auto charge off feature so you never have to worry about overcharging.
The trimmer comes with a series of heads and guide combs (13 length settings in all) that allow you to trim the hair from head to toe. There’s a detail shaver for outlining, a detail trimmer for goatees and beards, and an ear/nose/brow trimmer. The entire body of the groomer is stainless steel. However, it is quite expensive. The shaver attachment isn’t quite as good at giving you a close shave. And it’s only good for facial hair which is surprising at this price point.
- Lithium 2.0 technology
- Different accessories
- Body is made entirely of steel
- Quite expensive
- Shaver attachment doesn’t perform as well compared to others
- Not for body hair grooming
7. Wahl Professional Peanut ClipperBest Beard Trimmer For Barbers
The Wahl Peanut Trimmer is intended for professional use so if you’re a newbie, this is definitely not for you. But if you’ve been clipping your beard for decades, you might be interested in this commercial grade product. Don’t let the small size fool you. This might comfortably fit in the palm of your hand but it packs a punch.
The 7-foot chemical resistant cord ensures your movements aren’t restricted, allowing you to easily angle the unit when trimming various areas. It comes with 4 cutting guides, a red blade guard, a cleaning brush, oil, and instructions. However, it only has a small selection of attachments – the four it comes with – which limits its versatility. And it can sometimes bog down when cutting long hair.
- Professional grade tool
- 7-foot cord
- Powerful motor
- Limited versatility
- May bog down at times when cutting long hair
8. Andis Outliner II TrimmerBest Beard Trimmer And Styler
The Andis Outliner II Trimmer is your best bet for fades and design work. You can easily trim your neck, beard, mustache, and edging around the ears using its close-cutting blade. The contoured housing ensures that the tool feels comfortable in your hand. The carbon-steel blades are specifically designed to last a good long while. However, the unit gets hot after 5 minutes of running. Replacement blades are expensive. And it is a bit on the heavy side.
- Perfect for fades and design work
- Feels comfortable in the hand
- Powerful motor
- Runs hot
- Replacement blades are expensive
- A bit heavy
9. Brio Beardscape with Travel Case
Unlike the rest of the beard trimmers on this list, the Brio Beardscape features a low-friction ceramic blade which is harder than stainless steel. It uses an extra large Li-Ion battery that runs up to 4 hours on a single charge. It also has a quick charge feature and can reach a full charge in 3 hours.
Aside from the case, this unit comes with 5-speed settings and 8 size guards so you can trim any beard length you desire. And while it does come with a charging dock, we love the fact that you can still plug it in and use it if that’s what you require. However, the blade assembly is difficult to reattach after cleaning. The case does not fit all the accessories that came with the trimmer. And it doesn’t come with a narrow cutting blade for trimming a mustache.
- Ceramic blade
- Long battery life
- 5-speed settings
- Difficult to reattach blade assembly
- The case is too small to fit all accessories
- No narrow cutting blade for trimming the mustache
10. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 3100
The Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3100 is a cordless trimmer that features 10 built-in length settings in one comb which makes your grooming more efficient. No need to switch between attachments with this one! The blades are self-sharpening steel. The battery is Lithium Ion which has a run time of 90 minutes. The blade tips are rounded to prevent your skin from getting irritated when trimming.
The head is easily washed. And the body of the unit is ergonomically designed which helps make maneuvering the tool to get those hard-to-reach places so easy. However, to fully charge the unit, it’ll take a full 8 hours. This is only designed for trimming facial hair. And this is not for people who keep their beards pretty long.
- Holds a charge pretty long
- Rounded blade tips
- 10 built-in length settings
- Long charging time
- Not for full body grooming
- Not ideal for trimming long beards
Beard Trimmer Buying Guide
Your beard is only as magnificent as you can groom it. There’s a pretty thin line between a bearded hottie and a scruffy hobo. Naturally, you want to be the alpha male, not the crazy mountain man, right? Well, the key to maintaining control of your facial hair is to trim it. Just like your head of hair, facial hair can develop split ends which can cause wiry and untidy growth. It can also prevent healthy beard growth. So, if you want to make sure things don’t grow wild, it’s best if you invest in a beard trimmer.
Now, there are various types of beard trimmers available. Wet beard trimmer, dry beard trimmer, cordless, corded, adjustable speed, etc. Obviously, buying a beard trimmer isn’t going to be a quick decision. Lots of thought must be put into it if you want your beard to stay awe-inspiring. So, if you’re in the market for one, you’re going to need all of our help. Hence, the guide. Let’s begin, shall we?
What do I need to look for in a beard trimmer?
Your beard trimmer should be able to do a number of things. It should be able to cut through the thickest and coarsest of beards. It should be able to produce clean edges. And it should be able to handle shaping and detailing your current beard into many different designs. Below is a list of factors that contribute to these capabilities.
You’ll want a blade that cuts, not pull. And you’ll want one that holds an edge far longer. There are several different materials used to make the blade. Carbon steel blades are the sharpest and hold an edge longer. But these are prone to rust. Stainless steel isn’t as vulnerable and can provide smoother cuts even through thick hair growth. However, they dull faster and the stainless coating can wear down.
Titanium-coated carbon steel does a good job of striking that balance between performance and durability. And then there are ceramic blades which are excellent in getting the job done. However, despite their premium quality, these can be fragile if not taken care of properly. Our number one pick, the Wahl Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmer, features high carbon steel blades. The Brio Beardscape with Travel Case, on the other hand, uses low friction ceramic blades.
You can’t expect your beard trimmer to do wonders if it breaks down after several uses. Take note of any plastic parts that might easily break, especially if dropped. Even better, look for trimmers with solid metal parts like the Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer 9818 that will be sure to last for a good long while.
Ease of Maintenance
Just like you want to maintain the appearance of your beard, you’re going to want to maintain the performance of your trimmer. Any decent beard trimmer should come with the cleaning tools and lubricant it requires to properly maintain it between each trim. The different parts – blade, blade guard, etc. – should be easy to take out and clean before getting put back together just as easily.
Yes, you initially bought your beard trimmer to keep your beard growing right. But is that really all you want to use it for? Some people prefer multi-use tools like the Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Grooming Kit which means they’d want to purchase a beard trimmer that can also be used to trim hair in other parts of the body. A multi-use tool will feature a wide range of length settings to enable you to trim hair from various parts of your body. Having several length options available can also help you switch out between beard styles which is especially useful if you haven’t found the look that suits you best.
Slim, Ergonomic Design
Naturally, you’ll want your beard trimmer to fit comfortably in your hand and the controls easy to reach. But you’ll also want the tool to not cover most of the area you’re trying to trim. A slim design allows you to monitor the area you’re trimming.
Motor Power and Speed
As we’ve mentioned, we want a beard trimmer that can cut through the thickest hair without pulling. This means you need a motor with enough power that won’t get coarse hair bogged down between the blades. If you want a versatile trimmer, you’re going to want variable motor speed which will allow you to change the speed of the trimmer when cutting through sections of hair on different parts of your body.
Beard guide or blade guard?
A blade guard determines the length of the hair that you want to achieve. Each blade guard comes with a number which lets you know how much hair will be left after your trim it. The higher the number, the longer the length of the hair left on your body. Basic beard trimmers will come with a blade guard or two. Some beard trimmers have done away with blade guards and instead use adjustable beard guide settings.
Instead of switching out the blade guard to get your desired length, there’s a dial that you can turn to determine length starting from 0 which is stubble all the way to 20 or possibly higher. These are ideal for those who don’t want to be troubled with changing out blade guards and storing the accessories away. The Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer is one good example.
Should I go cordless or corded?
Going corded or cordless is all about convenience, availability, and preference. A corded beard trimmer will require you to have an outlet nearby. However, you may have to navigate around the cord while you’re trimming your beard. And you might feel frustrated with how difficult it can be to trim certain angles due to the limited cord length. Plus, most of them can only be used for dry trimming.
However, they do have more “oomph” compared to cordless beard trimmers. If your dead set on getting a corded unit, the Wahl Professional Peanut Clipper comes with a 7-foot long cord.
Cordless beard trimmers, on the other hand, are very portable and convenient. You don’t need to worry about getting entangled with the cord. And you never have to worry about having an outlet nearby. However, power is limited to a cordless unit. Some good quality cordless beard trimmers will run for a significant amount of time. However, not all will have a decent runtime. Others may fade or just stop running without any warning at all.
When choosing a cordless unit, make sure to also check the charging time. Some like the Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer 9818 will have a quick-charge feature that will let you use the trimmer for a few minutes while others will require a lot of hours before they’re ready for use.
Wet or dry trimming?
This question is best answered by when you want to do your grooming – before or after your shower. Dry beard trimmers are typically used before you take a shower. This type of trimmer is also ideal if you have an intricate beard design. A dry beard is easier if you need to do a bit of careful fading or blending. You’re also more likely to see stray hairs.
If you like trimming your beard after your shower, then a wet beard trimmer should be your choice. Because the hair is wet, some won’t need shaving cream or any lubricant. Plus, you can easily wash away trimmed hair from your body.
If you have a beard that has a uniform length, then you’ll also benefit from using a wet beard trimmer. But if you like being unpredictable, some models like the Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer do switch between the two modes.
While choosing your beard trimmer is going to take some time, your beard will thank you for your patience and thoroughness. And so will the ladies.