Actually growing a beard is only half the battle. Once those hairs get beyond a certain length, they start to get unruly, and even the best beard-styling products are only going to get you so far before it’s time to bring out a good power tool (and we do love power tools).
Enter the beard trimmer. Using a good trimmer on the regular may be all some men need to keep their facial beasts under control. Others may — depending on how fast their hair grows — want to use one between visits to a barber, managing style on a daily basis. Either way, there are a range of options; from value-priced to expensive; from simple solutions to those with major horsepower. Most include comb attachments to cut hairs to specific lengths, allowing for elaborate shaping and styling. Cordless models offer convenience with as much power as you should need. Here are some of our favorites.
Best Value Trimmer: Andis Trim N Go
This little value-priced trimmer packs quite a punch for thirteen dollars. It features an ergonomic grip, as well as comb attachments to get three-day, five-day, or seven-day growth looks; as well as 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch sizes. It’s cordless, operating on a single AA battery, so we’re not anticipating the most powerful shave, but it’s certainly an easy, travel-ready option.
Best Trimmer for Stubble: Philips Norelco OneBlade Face
The Oneblade is almost like the cartridge razor you’re used to using every day, but on steroids. The handle is easy to hold, and the head pivots, allowing it to easily follow the contour of your face. The winner here, though, is the replaceable blade. It not only can be used to completely shave facial hair, but with the addition of 1mm, 3mm, or 5mm combs, you can achieve anything from a 5 o’clock shadow look to longer stubble. The dual-sided blade also means you can work from either the inside or outside to trim and shape. Use it wet or dry, the Oneblade features a rechargeable battery that last for about 45 minutes per charge. It’s great for sensitive skin, too; since it doesn’t shave as close as traditional cartridge razors, you’re less likely to get razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or irritated skin.
Best Trimmer for Shaping: The Beard Club PT 45 Trimmer
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Other Trimmers We Love
Wahl Lithium-Ion Vacuum Trimmer
We can’t talk about trimmers and not talk about Wahl. The brand is the first choice of many professional barbers, and offers a wide range of products for the home user. We like the neatness of this vacuum trimmer: Suction pulls hair into a chamber as you trim, rather than letting it spread all over you and your bathroom. We also like the interchangeable heads. The first is a traditional trimmer, while the second is a rotating trimmer to get after those nose and ear hairs. It works corded or cordless; 90 minutes of use for a 90-minute charge. The kit includes 12 guide combs and a 10-position adjustable guide to achieve a variety of lengths.
Still one of our favorites, Bevel’s trimmer packs form and function into one handsome package. Snap on the T-Blade for easy styling. Use it for creating precise lines with cleaner, closer, and faster cuts. It also allows for increased control when fading, outlining, and trimming hard-to-reach areas. The trimmer’s blade itself adjusts easily, requiring no tools. A full charge lasts up to eight hours, with 180 days standby time.
Braun Series 9 9390cc Wet and Dry shaver
The Braun Series 9 brings German efficiency directly to your beard. The foil shaver provides a close, gentle shave; while it’s flexible, lockable shaving head allows access to hard-to-reach areas. Five totally precise shaving elements capture more hair in one stroke for a flawless shave: the lift-and-cut trimmer, coated with titanium, will even cut hairs that are lying flat on your face. The direct and cut trimmer catches hair growing in different directions. A skin guard and two of Braun’s trademarked OptiFoil components protect skin throughout the
Don’t like shaving without cream? No worries. Shave dry or use water, foam, or gel for a smooth glide. The 9 is totally waterproof, so it’s also easy to clean under the faucet. It also comes with a station that cleans and charges to keep your shaver in like-new condition every day.
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