If you've committed to the bearded lifestyle, it's time to graduate from a regular razor and invest in a good beard trimmer.
With so many different brands and styles on the market, it can be hard to figure out which beard trimmer is the best one for you, your wallet, and your facial hair.
We've come up with this list of the top ten best beard trimmers to help take some of the guess-work out of it!
BEST BEARD TRIMMERS FOR MEN
1- Wahl Clipper Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Plus Beard Trimmers for Men
Though this Walh Clipper, is the most expensive trimmer on the list, it's worth the price. It comes with everything to meet your grooming needs. The all-in-one grooming kit comes with 4 different multi-purpose attachments that allow you to maintain not just your beard, but your sideburns and neckline when you need a quick touch-up between haircuts, as well as hard-to-reach facial hair like nose and ear hair.
- Multi-purpose attachments: Each grooming kit comes with a T-blade for beard and hair trimming, a rotary detail head for nose, ear, and brow trimming, and a detail shaver head for extra precision.
- Self-sharpening precision blades: Whether you use your trimmer once a week or once a month, Wahl's patented technology ensures that your blades will never go dull, giving you a precise cut every time.
- 12 T-blade guides: Each grooming kit comes with 4 facial hair guides and 8 hair cutting guides that help you to control just how much you want to take off. They easily pop on and off of your T-blade and can be cleaned with the provided cleaning brush.
- Blade oil: While self-sharpening will keep your blade sharp during use, applying a small amount of Wahl blade oil, included in the grooming kit free of charge, between uses will keep your blades from rusting.
- Rechargeable: 1 minute of charging gives you 3 minutes of use.
2. Philips Norelco Beard and Hair Trimmer BT5210/42 - cordless grooming
The Philips Norelco Trimmer, is a slightly more affordable beard and hair trimmer. Made of stainless steel, it offers a clean look and its built-in rotating wheel allows you to adjust the length of the blade with no messy attachments.
- Lift and trim technology: This razor is designed to lift each hair as you trim, ensuring an even cut.
- Built-in precision length settings: The rotating wheel on the front of the razor allows you to choose from 17 different lengths from 0.4 mm-7 mm.
- Double-sharpened blades: Not only are these blades self-sharpening, but they are double sharpened to ensure that you will never experience razor burn.
- Battery life: For every hour of charging, the razor will be ready for 70 minutes of cordless use. If it dies in use, simply plug it in and keep shaving.
3- Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer BT7215/49 - cordless grooming
If you need a trimmer that will leave you with more length than the Philips Norelco BT5210/42, try the BT7215/49.
Its rotating wheel allows you to adjust the blade from 0.5 mm to 10 mm. You may wonder why, it's more expensive than the 49--that's because it also offers a new vacuum system that catches your beard hair before it hits the bathroom floor.
The women of your household will certainly appreciate it when their bathroom doesn't look like an unswept barbershop!
Integrated vacuum system: The built-in motor and fan create a suction, pulling in up to 90% of trimmings.
Built-in precision length settings: The BT7215/49 offers 20 easily adjustable settings to ensure that your beard will be the exact length you want it to be.
Battery life: For every hour of charging, you will get 80 minutes of cordless use.
Mustache trimmer: The kit comes with an attachment perfect for maintaining your 'stache
4. Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver
The Philips Norelco OneBlade is certainly one of the simplest beard trimmers on our list, although, it is not the cheapest. However, it is easy to use, easy to clean, and the replaceable blades mean never worrying about an expensive razor going dull.
- Trimming Length Settings: This beard trimmer and shaver offers three different length settings, allowing you to trim, edge, and shave
- Water resistant: The entire product can be washed with water, and there is no risk of rust
- Contour: The base of the blade provides mobility so that blade, itself, will follow the contours of your face, allowing for a smoother shaving process
5. Philips Norelco Multi Groomer MG3750/50-13
You don't always have to dish out a big chunk of change to get a quality beard trimmer and this Philips Norelco Multi Groomer, proves it. This 13-piece set can tackle beard trimming, hair trimming, and precision trimming!
- 3 steel trimmers: These customized trimmers will take care of all of your specific grooming needs
- Trimming guides: Each kit comes with 3 hair trimming guides, 3 beard trimming guides, and 1 stubble guard that allow for adjustments between 1 mm to 16 mm
- Rechargeable battery: 5 minutes of charging will, according to reviews and manufacturers, allow for 20 minutes of use
- Non-corrosive attachments: Each steel attachment can be washed with water for easy, rust-free cleaning
6. Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer, ER-GB40-S, for Beard
The Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer comes with accessories and features that are unbeatably convenient and handy, from the rubberized grip handle to the charging stand!
- Wet/dry operation: This beard trimmer will work just as well without shaving cream as it does with it, allowing you to pick the option you find most comfortable
- Quick adjust dial: Turn the built-in dial and find 19 settings from 1 mm to 10 mm
- Water drain: This unique easy-open water drain allows you to quickly clean trimmings from the razor
- Hypoallergenic blades: This beard trimmer is ideal for sensitive skin
- Charging stand: Easily store and charge your trimmer with the sleek charging stand
7. Andis Professional T-Outliner Beard/Hair Trimmer with T-Blade, Gray, Model GTO (04710)
This Andis Professional T-Outliner is made specifically for close shaves or neat, all-around outlining. It is a high-quality outliner that provides barbershop quality detailing!
Carbon steel T-blade: The T-blade is somewhat adjustable and can be zero-gapped, giving you an extremely close and clean shave.
8-foot cord for long reach
Contoured handle: The design of the trimmer is meant to fit perfectly in your hand.
8. TRYM II Cordless Rechargeable Hair, Body, Mustache, and Beard Trimmer
This incredibly sleek all-in-one trimmer offers style and savings, beyond the many benefits of the trimmer, itself, this company prides itself on its customer service, available to you 7 days a week.
- Trimming attachments: This kit comes with 4 attachments, allowing you to trim body and head hair in addition to your beard and mustache
- Charging dock: Easily charge your trimmer on any countertop
- Cleaning: You will receive cleaning oil and a clipper brush with your purchase
9. Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit, Trimmer (8 Pieces)
This Remington All-in-1 Grooming Kit is a great product for anyone who is considering growing and maintaining facial hair but isn't ready to commit to a more expensive set. Even if you decide the beard isn't for you, you still have a trimmer with 8 different hair trimmer guides!
- 3 attachable blades: This kit comes with a full-size trimmer, detail trimmer for your ears and nose, and a detail shaver to help create clean lines
- Adjustable haircut comb: This attachment gives you 8 different length options for hair and beard cutting
- Beard and stubble combs: 3 attachments allow you to choose between 3 mm, 6 mm, and 9 mm
- Rechargeable battery: Allows for up to 65 minutes of shaving time
- Washable attachments: All attachments are washable with water and no worry of rust
10. Gillette Fusion ProGlide Men's Razor Styler 3-In-1 Body Groomer and Beard Trimmer, Mens Razors/Blades
Gillette Fusion 3-In-1 Trimmer is definitely our best recommendation for beard enthusiasts on a budget. This razor runs on AA batteries, so there's no need to remember your charger. It's perfect for a man on the go!
- 1 replaceable razor head: Use the razor head as is for a clean shave or with attachments for a trim. Replace every 1-3 months, depending on usage
- 3 interchangeable combs: Customize the length of your facial hair between 2 mm, 4 mm, and 6 mm
- Waterproof parts: This Gillette razor can be used with water or dry, so you can shave in the shower or in front of the mirror
- Precision trimmer: Rotate the razor so the back side is facing out and use it for detailing and creating clean lines
- Battery operated: Use 2 AA batteries for an estimated 1-1.5 months of use before replacement of batteries
What do you need to look for in a Good Beard trimmer?
If you've just started growing a beard and you're not sure whether you want to keep it, using a regular razor or one of our cheaper options listed above are probably your best bet. However, if you know the beard is crucial to your look, it's time to get serious about finding a beard trimmer that suits your needs.
There are a lot of things to consider when investing in a beard trimmer, and an expensive product with great reviews might not always be the best option for you. Before you make any decisions, we'll walk you through some of the most important things to know to make an informed choice.
All-in-One Grooming Kits:
You've probably noticed that a lot of our top choices are considered "All-in-One" kits, which typically lets you know that you'll be able to use your trimmer on more than just your beard. However, if you want your all-in-one kit to include attachments for the hair on your head or hard-to-reach facial hair like those pesky hairs poking out of your nose, make sure you read through the product description all the way.
Some grooming kits, like the Gillette razor we've listed above, are marketed as all-in-one grooming kits, but don't actually cover everything you might want to use a razor for. They might have attachments for beard detailing, but not nose hair. Or, they might have attachments for nose hair, but no hair trimming guides that will allow you to clean up your haircut between visits to the barbershop. Make sure you know what you're getting when you open up that package.
Alternatively, there's really no point in spending money on in all-in-one kit if all you need to do is shape up your beard. Don't spend extra money on products that will sit in your medicine cabinet until you finally decide to throw them away!
One more thing: don't cut your own hair without knowing what you're doing. Remember, you can't put it back on your head once it's laying in the bathroom sink! Plenty of websites, like Ask Men, offer tutorials on self haircuts, so do a little research first: https://www.askmen.com/grooming/appearance/how-to-cut-your-own-hair.html
Stubble Trimmers and Beard Trimmers:
A lot of beard trimmers, like the Remington Grooming Kit we've listed above, come with attachments that will allow you to take your beard down to stubble if you're looking to change it up. Any trimmer that allows you to adjust the settings as low as 0.3 mm will help you achieve that five o'clock shadow.
For a longer, but still stubbled look, you will want to find a kit with settings of 5 mm or less. We suggest beginning at 5 mm to 6 mm if you're curious about stubble but not ready to commit fully. That way, if you like it and think you might want to take it even shorter, you can readjust to a lower setting and keep going. If you don't, you haven't completely undone weeks or months of growth, and it won't take as long to regrow your full, luscious beard!
Because we like flexibility and variety, we do tend to lean towards kits that can tackle a range of facial hair lengths. That being said, it's important to understand the difference between a stubble trimmer and a beard trimmer.
Stubble trimmers are exactly what they sound like--trimmers that are only equipped to tackle stubble. Don't expect that a stubble trimmer will do you any good on a longer beard. If you try to shave or shape a long beard with a stubble trimmer, the trimmer will break, at worst, or do very little to your beard, at best. Consider your bead a craft, and the trimmers your tools. You wouldn't use a tool for a job it wasn't designed to do, right?
Beard trimmers are necessary to maintain short, medium, or long beards. Think anything longer than stubble. A good rule of thumb: short beards are between 2 and 5 mm, medium beards are between 6 and 10 mm, and a truly hearty, long beard might need settings up to 20 mm.
You might see other dudes with incredibly long, well-maintained beards and think, "That's way too much work for me." Don't be fooled into thinking that stubble is easy to maintain, either! Stubble requires more frequent attention and can be difficult to master, which is why we suggest taking a look at GQ's stubble guide:
Trimming Guide Combs or Built-in Adjustment:
This one really comes down to personal preference. We're big fans of both, but there are some things to consider when deciding what's best for you.
Trimming guide combs are separate attachments that are locked into place over the razor. Some kits come with a large variety of guide combs that allow for several different lengths, which you'll want if you prefer to experiment with different lengths or if you need a very specific setting. Kits that come with three or fewer guide combs tend to offer lengths between 3 and 10 mm, with no half-mm options. Make sure you know what you need and what you're getting before you make your purchase.
Well-made guide combs are meant to pull hair outward to ensure an even cut. When they work well, they're great. Some guide combs, however, are poorly made and will leave you with an uneven beard or even a broken attachment. This is where reading customer reviews will come in handy. If you see the same complaint over and over again regarding the trimming guide combs, consider it a red flag.
Built-in adjustment wheels are convenient and mess-free. You don't have to lug around a packed grooming kit or worry about losing the guide comb you like best. You're still going to have to check the settings available, however. Some beard trimmers with built-in adjustment wheels, like the Philips Norelco BT7215/49, offer up to 20 different settings that are likely to satisfy your needs. Some, however, offer only three or four settings.
When it comes to choosing your desired settings, keep in mind that trimming a long beard down to a medium or short beard will require several intermediate settings before you reach that closer look. Trying to tackle a 10 mm beard on a 4 mm setting will likely clog your razor before you can get anything done. It's going to take patience, and, more importantly, it's going to take a few different settings from the start.
You'll notice that several kits come with a variety of attachable blades. The most common blades are full-size blades or trimmers, T-blades, and detail blades or trimmers.
Full-size blades, also referred to as shaver heads, are the most crucial to maintaining the length and shape of your beard. If the biggest thing you need a beard trimmer for is to, well, trim your beard, this is the blade that will be the most important.
T-blades are used to create really clean lines. This can become especially important if you want to keep a short, very clean beard.
Detail trimmers can also help you contour the shape of your beard, but it won't guarantee perfect lines like a T-blade will. T-blades are long and narrow, while detail trimmers are typically quite small. They can help you shape your beard, but they can also tackle nose, ear, and eyebrow hair.
When and how to use these blades will come down to your desired look. For more information on how to shape your beard, check out this article from The Manual:
The Finer Details--Battery Life, Self-Sharpening Blades, and Materials
Settings and blades are probably the most important thing to consider when picking out a beard trim or grooming kit, but there are other details that you might want to understand in order to get the best bang for your buck.
You might read a review that says, "This battery is supposedly rechargeable--but it only holds a charge for 20 minutes," and think that you won't mind having to regularly charge your beard trimmer before each use. But think about the reality of that situation.
You're packing for a trip. You forget your charger, and your trimmer won't last more than one full shave even when it's fully charged. The whole vacation, you have an unruly beard!
Not a big into travel? That's fine! You probably still leave your house for work or entertainment, though, right? So what if you're getting ready for a date, you have ten minutes before you need to leave, you want to give your beard a quick trim--but your trimmer is dead and can't be used while it's plugged in. And it takes hours just to get a charge.
These things would probably get on your nerves, right? This is why battery life is important.
Most rechargeable razors run on lithium-ion batteries, which are built to last longer than nickel-metal hydride batteries (which you will occasionally see). You're going to want a lithium-ion battery that can still be used while it's plugged in for those times when you really can't wait for a recharge.
There are also beard trimmers that run on your everyday AA batteries that need to be replaced, rather than recharged. It's not very common (the Gillette All-in-One is the only one on our list), and there are definitely pros and cons to using replaceable batteries. The bad thing, obviously, is that you'll have to keep buying batteries. The good thing is that lithium-ion batteries won't live forever, either, and most of the time when your rechargeable battery dies, that's the end of that product.
All of the Philips Norelco models have self-sharpening blades, and many other brands are adopting this method, too. That's because it just makes sense. A dull blade is going to wreck your day and your beard (and possibly your skin). Dull blades are safety hazards, and you want to avoid them at all costs.
Self-sharpening blades aren't going to stay perfect forever, but they are typically going to last longer than blades that aren't designed to take care of this feature, themselves.
Most quality beard trimmers will be made from stainless steel, although carbon steel blades are typically sharper. The reason manufacturers tend to prefer stainless steel is that it is more durable and less likely to rust or corrode in damp places (like your bathroom).
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do beard trimmers work?
Beard trimmers are different from regular razors because they are motorized. The elliptical movement of the blade allows for a more uniform trim, and as long as your blades are sharp, they are typically safer to use on skin than a standard disposable razor.
How to clean a beard trimmer?
Many kits come with tools for cleaning, such as small brushes that are used to sweep away fine particles of hair from the blade and inner workings of the body.
If you are doing a larger trim, you will likely have to clean as you go. This can be as simple as removing any attachable pieces and shaking away the hair to cutting clogged hair away from the body or blade with trimmers.
After each use, you will need to clean your beard trimmer thoroughly to maintain its quality. Begin by brushing away the majority of the hair. If there appears to be hair remaining, cotton swabs can reach into deeper crevices and pick up what's left.
Remember that not all beard trimmers are waterproof. The ones that are will typically provide that information on the packaging or in the user manual. If your trimmer is waterproof, you may run water over it to remove hair.
Finally, unless your trimmer is explicitly oil-free, you will want to apply special beard trimmer oil to the blades to protect them from corrosion.
How to sharpen a beard trimmer?
If you have a beard trimmer that is self-sharpening, you may not have to worry about this for a long time.
If not, you will need a sharpening stone, purchasable online and in some stores. Hold the blade at an approximate thirty degree angle above the stone, and run the blade over the stone in a forward motion. You will want to see a shine to the blade before turning it over and repeating the process.
Be careful not to damage the blade or injure yourself.
How to use a beard trimmer properly?
Never use a beard trimmer blindly. If you are trimming your own beard, do so in front of the mirror.
Make sure you are familiar with the attachments and adjustable guides. Attach the pieces you need properly.
Move slowly in an upward direction with your trimmer. Moving in an upward direction will cause the hair to stand up, which will guarantee an even shave. Keep in mind that changing the direction of your motions can potentially change the amount you are cutting off. Also, keep in mind that pressure will make a difference, too. Try to maintain even pressure throughout the trimming process.
Make sure your lines are even and the length is roughly the same on both sides. Running your fingers through your beard and pulling it straight out to examine will help you to determine if it's even. Of course, this isn't an exact science, but if it looks even to you, it will probably look even to everyone else.
Clean and oil your trimmer between each use before safely storing it in a dry place.
What's the difference between a beard trimmer vs. an electric shaver?
A beard trimmer is not meant to get close to the skin and will leave you, at the very least, with stubble. An electric shaver is used to achieve a clean-shaven look.
The reason for this is that electric shavers have rotating blades that are designed to get close to the pores and remove skin from the uppermost pores. Beard trimmers are designed to hover over the skin.
Can a facial hair trimmer be used for body hair?
You can use a facial hair trimmer for your body hair, but it's not advisable. The size and shape will not be ideal, and you want to consider both safety and hygiene. If you want both a beard trimmer and a body hair trimmer, consider getting an all-in-one kit that has an attachment specifically designed for body hair--and try not to mix them up!
Can a beard trimmer be used to shave my head?
It can! It's just going to take a little patience. Using a beard trimmer on your head will take longer than using a trimmer specifically designed for head hair.
What are the most popular beard styles?
Facial hair is very "in" these days, and you have a lot of options that will leave you looking cool and stylish. There are some beard styles that have served the test of time:
Full beard: This is the style that might make you think of lumberjacks and mountaineers. It's long, full, and really noticeable. The big difference between you and a man of the wilderness is that you have the time and luxury to keep your full beard looking well-groomed. Don't just let it grow however it wants.
Light or close-cut beard: This category can fall between five o'clock shadow and full-but-short. It's a classy look that is easier to maintain than a full, long beard.
Mustache and Goatee: This look is very hip right now, especially if you want to get a little cheeky and add some wax to your mustache for a curl!
For a longer list, check out HONE's top ten choices for beard styles:
Final Verdict: Our Top Choice:
Wahl Clipper Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Plus Beard Trimmers for Men
Every beard trimmer on the list has its pros and unique features that make for a quality product, but our favorite, hands down, is the Wahl Clipper.
Why? Because it comes with everything you could possibly need in a grooming kit! It's so much more than just a beard trimmer, and the attachable trimming guides are versatile and suited for all lengths.
It also has a great charge time, and though some users have reported eventual damage or breakage, it's guaranteed to last a long time. Plus, Wahl's five-year warranty guarantees that you'll get your money's worth! $54 for at least five years of use is not bad, at all.
If you were looking for a cheaper option, our top choice for budget trimmers is the Philips Norelco Multi Groomer MG3750/50-13. For less than $20, you get 3 trimmers, hair trimming guides, 3 beard trimming guides, and 1 stubble guard that allow for adjustments between 1 mm to 16 mm. Plus, the battery life is pretty great for a budget trimmer, and you get a 45-day trial. If you don't like it, you can send it back!
Hopefully, this article has helped you learn a little about beard trimmers and brought you closer to a decision on what will work best for you.