The Well-Groomed Guy: The Top 5 Best Beard Trimmers to Tame your Whiskers

Best beard trimmers

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?

However, 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 tool for your facial hair, we’ve put together this list of the best beard trimmers.

1. Best Budget Trimmer: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100

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 baseline package–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.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $18.99
  • 18 built-in length styles in 1mm steps (1-18mm)
  • 35 min run-time per charge/10-hour charge
  • Two-year warranty

2. Best Quality Trimmer: Beardscape by Brio

Beardscape by Brio

The iPhone version of a beard trimmer. It’s sleek, easy to use, and has quality components. The blades are ceramic and titanium to provide a sharp and low-friction cut. The Beardscape sports five speed settings to adjust cut type and plenty of length adjustments to give you the trim you’re looking for. An LED screen displays speed setting, battery life and cleanliness of blades to — just like a smart phone — keep you up to date on notifications. 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. Thankfully this trimmer is also super practical. It has built-in blade adjustment settings to trim stubble from lengths of 1.0 to 1.9mm with 0.3mm increments. From there, clipper attachments allow for 3, 6, 9, and 12mm adjustments. Comes with a practical charging station, USB charger, and blade oil.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $64.95
  • Integrated 1.0 to 1.9mm blade height adjustments in 0.3mm steps. Clipper attachments allow for 3, 6, 9, and 12mm adjustments.
  • 4 hour run-time per charge/3-hour charge
  • Two-year warranty

Related: The Manual’s Guide to Shaping a Beard

3. Best Travel Trimmer: Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 3500

Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 3500

This is both a great travel trimmer and an everyday bathroom staple for someone looking for a simple, get-the-job-done trimmer at an affordable price. It delivers a precise and customizable trimming experience without multiple attachments. It’s simple functionality utilizes a single beard comb with zoom wheel technology. Why is it great for the road? We like this trimmer because of it’s small size, lack of attachments, and it’s adapter can handle 100-240v outlets. Traveling poses a significant grooming challenge to most men and we want you to look your best without lugging around a behemoth taking up a ton of room in your suitcase. Even with it’s simplicity, this trimmer still supports a fine-tuned trim with 20 built-in length styles in 0.5mm steps.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $34.95
  • 20 built-in length styles in 0.5mm steps (0.5-10mm)
  • 90 min run-time per charge/1-hour charge
  • Two-year warranty

4. Best No-Fuss Trimmer: Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 7200

Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 7200

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 90% 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 shave for 80 minutes. If you’re shaving for 80 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 five-year warranty and that it comes with a full-size trimmer, precision trimmer, two additional detail combs –3 and 5mm– and a cleaning brush. It also utilizes zoom wheel technology which we like for simplicity sake.

Takeaway details:

  • Price $54.95
  • 20 built-in length styles in 0.5mm steps (0.5-10mm)
  • 80 min run-time per charge/1-hour charge
  • Five-year warranty

5. Best Water-Friendly Trimmer: Panasonic Wet and Dry Trimmer

Panasonic Wet and Dry Trimmer

Not everyone likes to take electronics into the shower with them, but if you enjoy shaving in the shower or just want a trimmer you can easily wash clean in the sink, check out Panasonic’s wet and dry trimmer. This trimmer has a little more weight and size compared to other trimmers on this list, which could be a positive or negative depending on the user. Again, we like the simplicity of this trimmer as it utilizes a single beard comb with zoom wheel technology and can be quickly rinsed off. It also comes with an AC charging stand and cleaning brush. 

Takeaway details:

  • Price $49.99
  • 19 built-in length styles in 0.5mm steps (1-10mm)
  • 30 min run-time per charge/8-hour charge
  • 2 year warranty

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 brands 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 March 1, 2017 by Hendrik Broekelschen.