Let’s be honest – beards rock. They exude confidence, they show individuality, and they’re physically attractive to a lot of people. I shudder when I look back at the days when I had to be clean-shaven for work; thankfully those days are long behind me. And because beards have only recently become an accepted part of society, we now have the freedom to get more creative with our look.
But, really, any facial hair style can look terrific – whether it’s a goatee or a full beard – but it needs care and maintenance. The best way to do that? With a proper beard trimmer.
We now present you with the best beard trimmers of 2017, starting with the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200
Before we begin, it’s important to note that your ultimate buying choice doesn’t have to be based on the order in which we’ve listed each trimmer. The fact is, they’re all good and what you choose should be based on what attributes you value most. No product is perfect.
What To Keep an Eye On To Get the Best Beard Trimmer
Keep these things in mind when you’re choosing the trimmer that’s right for you:
- Power – More power means more torque which means more whiskers trimmed in one pass.
- Battery life – Convenience comes with a long battery life and recharge time.
- Value – Simply put, what you get for the price tag.
- Practicality – Practical is a beard trimmer that’s washable and saves you time. Or, has a rechargeable clipper because the corded ones take up too much drawer space. OR, has dual voltage if you travel internationally.
- Easy to clean – The best clippers have detachable cutting heads that can be removed and cleaned, which helps you to maintain a sterilized cutting blade.
All of the above provide a general, rough idea of how to make a smart buying choice. Ask yourself how you’re going to use your trimmer. In the shower? To trim other parts of your body? After you’ve spent some time narrowing down exactly what you want, compare it with our list of the top beard trimmers for 2017.
The 5 Best Beard Trimmers of 2017 Review
So, gentlemen, here they are, the 5 best beard trimmers of 2017:
No mess, no stress. With the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200, you’ll get both because its unique design comes with an internal vacuum that makes for a clean shaving experience. And who wouldn’t pick a clean sink over the alternative once the job is done?
The 7200’s integrated vacuum system promises to catch up to 90% of your stray hairs thanks to a high-velocity motor and fan system that provide powerful suction to lift and capture maximum hairs. But the vacuum system isn’t the only reason this trimmer is a go-to choice.
With its lift and trim technology and self-sharpening blades, the Philips Norelco 7200 lifts and guides hair for a more efficient cut. The blades are double-sharpened to cut more hairs with every pass, which makes for faster trimming.
The lift and trim technology also make for a more uniform trim. Because it can guide more hair, it’s perfect for those who have very thick or bushy hair. Moreover, the comb attachment has rounded tips to evenly capture and trim hair without irritating your skin.
Dialing in your perfect length is made easy thanks to 20 built-in length settings, allowing you to select your preferred length setting by turning the zoom wheel. Lengths are displayed from 0.5 mm to 10 mm.
Convenience is further provided by the trimmer’s self-sharpening blades that eliminate the necessity of blade changes that can be a hassle and expensive. You’ll never have to change blades again, and the 7200’s blades sharpen on each side to further ensure a clean, precise trim.
Long-lasting power is provided by an advanced lithium-ion battery that delivers maximum power for high-performance trimming. The battery is designed to provide 80 minutes of cordless use before you’ll need to charge it, which makes it the best cordless trimmer on the market. Better yet, you’ll only need to charge it for one hour to get back the full 80 minutes. You can also use the Philips Norelco 7200 while it’s charging and it includes a battery indicator to let you know when it’s charged, charging, or needs to be plugged in.
When you need to get those harder-to-reach areas after your trim, you can add defining details (or trim your mustache) by clicking on one of the 3 mm or 5 mm precision combs on the trimmer.
Cleaning up after you finished is already easier thanks to the integrated vacuum system – you’ll love how your sink looks when you’re done – and cleaning the trimmer itself involves simply rinsing the blades under water and emptying the chamber. The 7200 comes with a cleaning brush that enables you to whisk away any loose hairs while helping to extend the life of your trimmer.
Philips Norelco backs its trimmer with a two-year warranty that’s extended to five years. All you need to do is register your trimmer on www.norelco.com/register.
Also, here’s a video of the 7200 if you want to take a closer look:
- Self-sharpening blades
- Integrated vacuum system
- Easily washable (attachments only)
- 20 built-in length settings, including a 0.5 mm stubble setting
- Long-lasting power
- Vacuum reduces the exposed blade area, making detail trimming more difficult than with some models
What We Love
Whether you’re maintaining a touch of stubble of a great beard, the Philips Norelco Trimmer 7200 delivers. You’ll have less mess when you’ve finished thanks to its integrated vacuum system, while it has long-lasting cordless power.
Who It’s Best For
The Norelco 7200 is a fine all-around trimmer. But we think it works at maximum efficiency on beards that consist of fine to medium hairs, while perhaps not as good on coarser hair.
This bad boy was born to run. With its powerful Lithium Ion 2.0 technology, the Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer provides up to four hours of runtime, a whole lot of torque, and a one-minute quick charge feature for three minutes of use. That’s a handy feature to have if the battery runs out in the middle of your trim.
Make no mistake; this is Wahl’s top of the line beard trimmer. It was originally released in 2011 but has more than held its own against more present-day beard trimmers. It’s an all-purpose tool that has the power to shave, cut, trim, and detail, and comes with Wahl’s patented blade design. And its shaving heads and guide combs allow you to groom from head to toe if that’s your wish.
When you put the Wahl Lithium 9818 in your hand the feeling is one of strength. It’s made from stainless steel and doesn’t feel nearly as fragile as cheaper models (and it’s built to last). Yes, it’s heavier than other trimmers, but you know it’s not going to shatter into a million pieces if you drop it on the floor. You also know that it’s designed to withstand heavy, prolonged use.
Your Wahl Lithium 9818 set comes with the groomer head, a detail shaver head, a rotary shaver head, six position guides, eight t-blade guides that go from 1 mm to 18 mm, as well as a comb, a brush, cleaning oil for the blades, and a travel pouch.
Another benefit of owning this trimmer is its versatility. It works well on your beard, but is also good for trimming eyebrows, nose and ear hair, neck hair – you name it. We do, however, recommend using a quality body groomer for trimming that dips below the head and neck. Cheap trimmers may also come with a wide array of features, but unless they have the power to deliver they’re not going to create a pleasant shave (think of hair tugging as the trimmer passes through). Faster, more efficient motors – such as the one powering the Wahl Lithium 9818 – cut the hair instead of pulling it out.
Some other goodies that come with the Wahl Lithium 9818 include a power cord that stretches to 6-feet in length. There’s an indicator light on the body of the trimmer that will flash if the charge dips below 15%. The charger is multi-voltage and allows you to charge the trimmer while traveling internationally.
- Solid construction, doesn’t feel cheap
- Attachments snap on and off easily
- Holds a charge for a long time
- Perfect size for trimming in hard-to-get areas
- Plenty of attachments to choose from
- Users have reported issues with the power switch
- Some complaints about the guides not being well-made
What We Love
You have to love the battery on the Wahl Lithium 9818. You can do a whole of trimming before you need to charge this trimmer, and its quick-charge function provides a final bit of trimming before it needs a serious charge. It’s also a very versatile trimmer.
Who It’s Best For
It works best on shorter beard hair and stubble but can cut through longer hair as long as you go slow.
Andis products are sold in 90 countries worldwide, and its trimmers are the favorite of barbers everywhere. The T-Outliner trimmer is remarkably versatile and also qualifies as the best corded beard trimmer on the market (it comes with an 8-foot cord) as well best professional beard trimmer thanks to its ubiquitous use by barbers.
The primary feature (among many features) of the T-Outliner is its T-blade, which is a wider blade that allows for close and precise cutting. If you’re looking to create designs in your facial and head hair, this trimmer is for you because it cuts so precisely. But it also features a high-speed motor that provides plenty of power and enables you to finish trim work quickly. Better yet, the motor – while powerful – is quieter than the motors on other trimmers.
The pros like it because it’s ideal for all-around outlining and fading and it’s great for dry shaving, which many customers prefer and isn’t something many other trimmers can handle – at least not well. The blades are adjustable and the clippers have a wide blade that cuts thin and allows you to complete the job with fewer strokes. Whether you’re trimming your beard, neck, mustache, or edging around the ears, the Andis T-Outliner gives you the cut you need. While it’s not cordless, the 8-foot cord provides enough range to make it feel like it’s cordless.
Note: You need to purchase comb attachments separately for the Andis T-Outliner. The attachments come in a 4-comb set and allow you to trim your beard to the length you like.
Because the blades are made of high-quality carbon steel, they’re hardened for long-life cutting. The overall durability of the trimmer is another positive with reports that the trimmer lasted as long as five years. It might not last as long for professional barbers, who subject their trimmers to rigorous daily use, but you get the picture.
- It’s great for dry shaving
- Great for outlining thanks to its sharp carbon blades
- Powerful motor is effective for heavy trimming, but also quiet
- The cord is handy, but can get in the way
- It doesn’t come with attachments.
What We Love
The Andis T-Outliner is a precision trimmer that’s favored by the pros and you can count on a neat trim every time. It’s incredibly versatile, sturdy, and provides a firm grip.
Who is it For
This trimmer works well for a variety of styles and hair lengths, including longer hair that causes problems for other trimmers. As far as an everyday grooming tool, it’s hard to beat.
You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Andis. Not only have they built high-quality products for over 90 years, but they also specialize in equine and livestock trimmers, too. If you need a cutter, trimmer, or other similar product, Andis has you covered.
Make no mistake; the Braun BT5070 gives you flexibility. It has two detachable trimming combs and 25 different length settings; so, whether you’re looking to trim your full beard or go for a designer stubble look, this trimmer has you covered.
Let’s take a closer look:
The Braun BT5070’s blades are engineered to last the lifetime of your trimmer while providing you with the precise kind of trimming that’s essential for maintaining a good look. Made of stainless steel, the blades are ultra-sharp and can cut through long or thick hair without tugging or pulling. They’re good for all types of facial hair – full beards, goatees, stubble, etc.
The two detachable trimming combs, as mentioned, provide the flexibility you need. The precision comb (1-10 mm) allows you to put the finishing touches on your trim, while the long-beard comb (10-20 mm) gives you more range to maintain a longer beard if that’s your objective. This range makes the Braun BT5070 the best trimmer for long beards.
Let’s take a second to talk about the importance of beard combs. If you’re serious about keeping your beard well-groomed, a beard comb is a must. Yes, you can buy a cheap comb off the rack at your local grocery or drug store, but it’s kind of like buying a cheap pair of running shoes to train for the Boston Marathon. Plus, you also need to condition your beard with beard oil to achieve maximum results and to help avoid the dreaded beard itch.
As many experts will argue, not combing your beard at all is preferable to combing it with an el-cheapo. That $2 comb will tug and pull at your beard and produce an impossible mass of split ends. They also break easily, so the money you think you’re saving in the short-term will quickly add up to a bigger expense in the long run.
But back to the Braun BT5070. It also comes with a small 1 cm trimmer that slides out of the top of the unit and is ideal for trimming hard-to-reach places such as around your nose and mouth. The trimmer is powered by a battery that provides 50-minutes of trimming before needing to be re-charged (it also comes with a power cord if that’s your preferred method of trimming. You’ll also get a cleaning brush, blade oil, and pouch.
- Multiple settings allow users to retain their ideal beard link without problems
- The battery lasts a long time when used in the cordless mode
- Quiet motor
- Some reviewers say that the motor isn’t powerful enough
- Doesn’t provide the kind of skin-smooth shave other trimmers do
What We Love
You have to love a trimmer that provides so many length settings. It makes maintaining your personal length – the one that allows you to truly rock your beard – a whole lot easier.
Who is it For
It’s ideal for men with longer beards because customers say that it trims long hairs without creating rough edges and split ends.
This trimmer makes our list for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s the best budget beard trimmer thanks to its oh-so-reasonable price tag of right around $20. And you get a lot for what you pay for: five attachments for versatile styling, 18 built-in length settings, and chromium self-sharpening blades that ensure long-lasting performance.
Indeed, the Multigroom Series 3100 truly is an all-in-one trimmer and allows you to groom your beard, mustache, nose, and hair without switching trimmers. It comes with a full-size trimmer, detail trimmer, nose trimmer, beard and mustache comb, and hair comb. But Philips has been in the men’s grooming game for a long time – with no shortage of success – and it’s not a surprise that they’d come up with a quality trimmer for those on a tight budget. At this price, you could buy an extra trimmer to keep at the office or take with you when you travel.
There are many things to like about the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 besides its affordability and versatility. It’s completely washable, for one, and can be used for wet and dry shaving. Its precision detail trimmer allows you to get into smaller, tighter spaces to create fine lines and contours. You can trim pesky nose and ear hairs that can ruin how you look if you’re not careful.
As mentioned, the chromium steel blades are built for the long-haul and will give you years of high-performance. The trimmer’s combs and tips are well-rounded and without edges that can produce skin irritation, especially when removing hair in sensitive areas such as the nose and ears. It’s even good for removing hair from other parts of your body.
The Multigroom 3100 has a motor that’s faster and more powerful than those on many, more expensive, trimmers and it comes with a battery that holds a charge for up to 35 minutes. It takes about 10 hours to bring it back to full charge. It also comes with a power charging cord and is adaptable to international voltage.
The 3100 is backed by a two-year warranty and, depending on who you purchase it from, also has an additional 45-day risk-free trial.
- Attachments allow for complete trimming
- Up to 18 length settings
- You can’t charge it while you’re using it
- It takes a long time to bring it back to full charge
What We Love
It’s simply hard to beat a multi-faceted trimmer at this price. You can do a lot with the Multigroom 3100 and your initial investment will seem like pennies on the dollar because of its durability.
Who is it For
The Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 works well with almost any beard length and texture. It comes with a guard that we recommend using to avoid potential nicks and cuts.
What is a Beard Trimmer Exactly?
Seems like a strange question to ponder after we’ve just given you a rundown of the best beard trimmers out there, but we want to be clear: a beard trimmer is not a stubble trimmer, electric shaver or hair clippers. Here are some key differences:
- A beard trimmer works best at lengths between 5 and 15 mm.
- A stubble trimmer works best between 0.5 – 5 mm. Check out our review of the best stubble trimmers if you decide to go that route.
- An electric shaver is for, well, shaving close. Really close. If you’re looking for a high-quality electric shaver, click here.
- Hair clippers are just that – clippers – and don’t work very well for detail work such as beard trimming. If you need clippers, take a look at our review of the best hair clippers. And the following video nicely breaks down the difference between clippers and trimmers:
Something else to keep in mind: Anything above 15 mm doesn’t work very well because your hairs don’t have enough strength to stand on their own after a certain length. At that point, maintaining a longer beard is best served by using a comb and clippers (even scissors) to get the best result.
How Were the Trimmers Selected?
Did we try every beard trimmer on the market? No – we don’t have the resources or the mammoth amount of time that would be required to do so. However, we did a ton of research based on positive feedback from actual customers, what trimmers work best for certain situations, and personal experience using the product. We’re confident that the list we’ve presented is strongly representative of the highest quality trimmers available today.
What are your experiences with beard trimmers, either those listed here or others you’ve tried? We’d love to hear from you in our “Comments” section. Or, if you have a question, we promise to respond promptly.