We here at The Manual encourage men to experiment with growing out their facial hair, but simply putting down the razor won’t get you your most handsome and healthy beard. Whether you’re going full lumberjack or sporting some rugged stubble, you’ll need to trim.
Growing facial fur is easy when you have the right tools. Taking a trimmer to your scruff can help a patchy beard look fuller and a bushy beard look neater. It also prevents the hairs from splitting, which is important if you’re growing to new lengths. We’ve put together this list of the best beard trimmers for all of your whisker styling needs.
Best Beard Trimmer
This nine-in-one kit is perfect for the guy who needs options. There are two fixed combs that provide 13 length settings in 2 mm steps. It will trim the fur on your face, cut the hair on your head, grab those runaway nose strands and prune back that stuff sprouting out of your ears. And with those hairy jobs done, this trimmer will allow you to get precise while shaping your mustache and goatee. Go ahead — fade, taper, blend and style sharp lines. It’s easy to clean, and you can use it both wet and dry. The Braun Multi-Grooming Kit MGK3080 is the winning beard trimmer of The Manual Grooming Awards 2018.
- Price: $60
- 13 precision length settings in 2 mm steps
- 60 minutes of trimming time from a one-hour charge
Best Affordable Beard Trimmer
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 five 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. 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.
- Price: $19
- 18 built-in length styles in 1 mm steps (1 mm through 18 mm)
- 35 minute run-time per charge; 10-hour charge
- Two-year warranty
Best Trimmer For Stubble
To achieve that effortlessly cool looking stubble or rugged three-day growth, you still have to trim. Use a low setting, 3 mm to 5 mm will do, and trim your entire beard so that it’s all one length. It’s a cleaner look with the added bonus of making your facial hair appear fuller. This new trimmer boasts ultra-precise settings that will keep your beard perfect around the clock. The floating head and extremely sharp blades work in the hairiest situations when accuracy is most important.
- Price: $45
- Electric length control from 0.4 mm to 5 mm for a total of 15 settings
- 45-minutes of trimming time and a quick charge option for a single stubble trim
- Limited two-year warranty
Best Beard Trimmer for Travel
Super light, fast charging, and relatively cheap are all qualities that make the Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid beard trimmer the best travel trimmer out there today. Not only will this trimmer provide you with the ability to trim your beard to three different lengths, you can also go clean-shaven with the OneBlade’s unique trimmer that, according to the brand, is made up of a “fast-moving cutter (200x per second) with a dual protection system to give you an efficient comfortable shave on longer hairs.”
- Price: $35
- Three beard-length attachments plus the ability to shave cleanly
- 45 minutes constant trim-time after an eight-hour charge
- Blades last up to four months
- Can be used wet or dry
Best Quality Trimmer
This is 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 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 1.9 mm with 0.3 mm increments. From there, clipper attachments allow for 3 mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, and 12 mm adjustments. The set comes with a practical charging station, USB charger, and blade oil.
- Price: $65
- Integrated 1.0 to 1.9 mm blade height adjustments in 0.3 mm steps (3 mm through 12 mm steps)
- Four hours of trimming time from a three-hour charge
- Two-year warranty
Best No-Fuss Beard Trimmer
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 percent 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 how it comes with a full-size trimmer, precision trimmer, two additional detail combs — 3 mm and 5 mm — and a cleaning brush. It also utilizes zoom wheel technology which we like for simplicity sake.
- Price: $55
- 20 built-in length styles in 0.5 mm steps (0.5 mm through 10 mm)
- 80 minutes of trimming time from a one-hour charge
- Five-year warranty
Best Water-Friendly Trimmer
Not everyone likes to take electronics into the tub 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.
- Price: $40
- 19 built-in length styles in 0.5 mm steps (1 mm through 10 mm)
- 30 minutes of trimming time from an eight-hour charge
- Two-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. Last updated by Chase McPeak on August 31, 2018.