At The Manual, we encourage men to experiment with growing out their facial hair. There’s a burgeoning forest growing beneath your skin, so why suppress it? That said, a wild, unkempt beard is only a good look if you plan to lose your mind while looking for gold in the Yukon. And besides: trimming your beard is easy. To help you find the right machine for your face, we’ve put together this list of the best beard trimmers.
1. Best Budget Trimmer: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100
Generally, we recommend paying a few extra bucks for high-quality products. However, we realize that some men just aren’t in the position to shell out $50 for a trimmer. If you’re a man of modest means, or if you only plan to have a beard for a short time, we suggest giving the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 a shot. For under 20 bucks, you’ll get a trimmer with 18 length settings and 5 different attachments. Trim your beard. Shave your mustache. Get rid of the annoying wisps of hair at the base of your neck. Heck, take care of those pesky nose hairs if you must. A fully-charged battery lasts up to 35 minutes–not bad for dropping an Andrew Jackson on this thing. While this trimmer will get the job done for most men, fellas with thick beards might consider a more substantial option.
2. Most Attractive Trimmer: TRYM II
If you’re the kind of fella who works hard to cultivate a stylish bachelor pad, we recommend that you go with this sleek number. Just look at it. It’s reminiscent of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey (and was probably used to shave the apes in the first act). Of course, it’s pretty silly to purchase a trimmer based on looks alone. Thankfully this trimmer is also super practical. It has very strong blades, a charging station, four trimming attachments that can achieve a beard length of 1.5 to 9 mm, and it comes with a one-year warranty. And at just $30, this baby is also pretty dang affordable.
3. Best Travel Trimmer: Wahl 9918-6171 Groomsman
Traveling poses a significant grooming challenge to most men. You want to look your best, but you don’t want a trimming behemoth taking up a ton of room in your suitcase. We believe that this fine Wahl trimmer is well-suited to travel, thanks to its small size and handy travel case. We like this trimmer because it can either be plugged in or operate on battery power — whether you’re in the woods or the Holiday Inn, this simple little machine will keep your beard looking good. It also comes with a six-position trim guide, with lengths ranging from ⅛” to ½”.
4. Best No-Fuss Trimmer: Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 7300 Series
One of the lamest parts of trimming your beard is having to clean up the stray beard hairs all over your bathroom sink. It’s not an overwhelmingly difficult task, but sometimes it’s enough to deter guys from trimming their beards in the first place. This trimmer has a handy vacuum feature that actually sucks up many of your beard hairs as you trim, helping reduce the amount of cleanup. You’d think that the vacuum would compromise the performance, but you’d be wrong — after just an hour’s charge, this beast can still shave for 75 minutes. If you’re shaving for 75 minutes, however, you’re probably a Wookiee, and we recommend against shaving lest your Wookiee brethren shun you. Anyway, we also like this trimmer’s 1/64” stubble setting.
5. Best Overall Trimmer: Wahl’s Best Beard Trimmer
For the best of the best, we again turn to Wahl. Rated the best beard trimmer for comfort and precision by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, this puppy has a great size, weight, and the trimmer head is just the right size to allow for excellent maneuverability. With a T blade and a detail trimmer, this guy is perfect for general trims or more precision, and it comes with three adjustable guide for trimming beards to 1/8″ to 1/2″ long. Lest we forget: this is perhaps one of the most comfortable trimmers out there: say goodbye to all that pesky pulling and tugging you get from other trimmers. We’re perhaps most impressed with the trimmer’s extraordinary lithium ion battery, which can achieve full charge in an hour or a sufficient quick charge in just one minute. And did we mention how nice it looks?
From our point of view, these are some of the best beard trimmers out there. We think you’ll be satisfied with any one of these bad boys. If not, you should be able to send it right back and try something else. After all, most beard trimmer makers are looking to make their customers happy. Do you have a beard trimmer that you like better? Feel free to tell us about it on Facebook.
Article originally published June 11, 2015. Updated April 20, 2016 by Lisa Dunn.