Beards rock. I still remember when I had to be clean shaven every day at work. Thankfully, those agonizing times are over. Now that beards are an accepted member of society, we can be more creative with our look.
Any facial hair style can look terrific – either a simple goatee or a full beard – but each and every style requires maintenance. This task is best done by using a proper beard trimmer.
Below we’ve listed and reviewed the – in our humble opinion – current top beard trimmers. We’ve also highlighted the most important features and pointed out any flaws we’ve found.
What to keep an eye on to get the best beard trimmer
- Power (more torque means it will get more whiskers in one pass)
- Battery life (a long battery life and quick recharge time spell convenience)
- Value (what you get for the price tag)
- Practicality (washable beard trimmers save your time)
That is a general, rough way to look at it. To be more specific, ask yourself: “What do I want to get out of a beard trimmer?”, “Do I want to use it in the shower?”, “Do I want to trim other parts of the body (manscape) as well?”, “Is a quality result my only concern?”.
After spending a little time figuring out what features you want to see in your beard trimmer, prepare for the review of the…
Top 5 Best Beard Trimmers of 2016
No mess, no stress. With the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200 you’ll get both because this 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 provides 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 steel blades, the Philips Norelco 7200 lifts and guides hair for a more efficient cut. The blades are double-sharpened to cut more hairs in every pass, which makes for faster trimming.
Philips Norelco’s lift and trim technology also makes for a more uniform trim. Because it has the ability to guide more hair, this trimmer is 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 of to further ensure that clean, precise trim you’re looking for.
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. Better yet, you’ll only need to charge it for one hour to get it back to 80 minutes. You can also use the Philips Norelco 7200 while it’s charging. The trimmer includes a battery indicator to let you know when it’s charged, charging, or when it needs to be plugged in.
When you need to get to 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’ve finished is already easier thanks to the integrated vacuum system – you’ll love how your sink looks – but cleaning the trimmer is a no-hassle matter of simply rinsing the blades under water and emptying the chamber. The 7200 comes with a cleaning brush that enables you to brush 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 simply by registering your trimmer on www.norelco.com/register.
- Less mess thanks to an integrated vacuum system
- Self-sharpening blades
- Easily washable (Attachments only)
- 20 built-in length settings, with a 0.5 mm stubble setting
- Long-lasting power (1-hour charge for 80 minutes of runtime)
- Exceptional overall performance
- Vacuum reduces the exposed blade area, making detailed trimmer harder than some models
Whether you are maintaining a touch of stubble or a great beard, the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200 delivers.
Do you want power? Pick Wahl. The Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All In One Trimmer is the choice for those who are after power, sturdiness, and quality.
It comes with a: charger, beard comb, cleaning brush, blade oil, trimmer blade, T- blade, detail blade (nose, ear, and brow), dual shaver, three beard guide combs, a six position guide, and a must-have styling guide. Yep, it has it all.
The lengths of the three beard guide combs are 3 mm (1/8″), 6 mm (1/4″), and 9.5 mm (3/8″). The six position guide ranges from 2 mm to 12 mm (5/64″ – 15/32″).
The trimmer uses an extremely long lasting lithium ion battery. For a 1 hour charge, you get at least 2 hours of trimming time. That is an unsurpassed deal of runtime compared to other beard trimmers. It also features a 1-minute quick charge if you happen to be in a hurry.
Wahl has a reputation for making long lasting, reliable, and quality products – without that cheap plastic feel.
The Wahl 9854-600 motor is unmatched – twice the torque compared to similar products. It arguably provides the most power among cordless trimmers.
The highlights of the Wahl 9854-600 are potency and battery life. More power equals cutting more whiskers in one pass, speeding up your job. And a 2-hour battery life is… well just convenient.
While it excels at trimming beards, the detail blade attachment may not be up to par. You may be better off with a separate nose and ear trimmer. On the other hand, the dual shaver attachment works surprisingly well.
The Wahl All In One Trimmer is not washable under water. It’s also noisier and has more vibration compared to other trimmers. These characteristics can make it more tiring after prolonged use. But power always comes at a price.
- Immense power (twice the torque compared to most other beard trimmers)
- Unrivaled long lasting lithium-ion battery (1-hour charge for a 2+ hour of runtime)
- Sturdy and quality design
- All-in-one trimmer
- Not washable
- Extra noise and vibration
With its massive power, the Wahl 9854-600 perfect for thicker beards. And due to having-it-all, ideal if you intend to do more than just beard trimming.
Dreaming of trimming your beard in the shower? The Panasonic ER-GB40-S is precisely what you want. It’s completely waterproof and has a special water drainage system, making cleaning is effortless.
It comes with an AC recharge stand, cleaning brush, and three comb attachments. The trimmer has 19 length settings. Starting from 1 mm (3/64″) to 10 mm (13/32″), with 0.5 mm (1/64″) increments. It also features precise stainless-steel hypoallergenic blades and a firm grip rubber handle. The grip is essential for cutting in the shower. You can also use it with shaving cream.
Unlike most other trimmers, it still uses a nickel–metal hydride battery. The battery lives for 50 min on a 15-hour charge. This lengthy recharge time may be off-putting for some.
Trimming in the shower can be pretty convenient. The Panasonic ER-GB40-S is also durable, pleasant to look at and easy to use. A satisfying beard trimmer all-around.
The only issue the trimmer has is the battery charge time, which reaches a whopping 15-hour mark.
That shouldn’t be a problem for most. As long as you don’t forget to put it in the recharging stand after use – so by the next time it’s fully charged – it’s impeccable. The best choice for wet trimming.
- Completely waterproof
- Solid, durable and magnificent all-around
- Hypoallergenic blades
- Appealing look
- Long battery recharge time (15 hours)
If you want to trim in the shower, or just quickly wash off the hair residue after you’re done, this is it. The Panasonic ER-GB40-S Cordless Moustache & Beard Trimmer the best trimmer in wet conditions.
The Remington MB4040 is a unique beard trimmer. It includes a low price tag, water-friendliness, and a long-lasting lithium-ion battery.
It also comes with three different attachable heads.
The beard attachment works best when trimming well, beards. It’s designed to power through thick facial hair. The goatee attachment is for outlining your goatee, sideburns, and other precise work. And the stubble attachment performs best at maintaining a stubble. Unless you want to cut yourself, don’t use the beard attachment when creating stubble. The stubble attachment has finely pitched teeth that protect you from cuts. It gives a three-day stubble look.
Unless you want to cut yourself, don’t use the beard attachment when creating stubble. The stubble attachment has finely pitched teeth that protect you from cuts. It gives a three-day stubble look.
The trimmer offers nine length settings ranging from 1 mm (3/64″) to 18 mm (23/32″).
The Remington MB4040 beard trimmer has titanium blades. It also supplies double the torque compared to similar models on the market.
It also shines with its 2-hour plus lithium ion battery, and ability to be washed under water (which is always convenient).
On paper, this trimmer does not have any particular flaws. It performs particularly well. But some owners complained the battery has shortened its life after a few months use.
- Long lasting battery (2 hours of runtime)
- Titanium blades
- Some users have reported battery issues after a couple of months
The Remington MB4040 is a superb option if you are on a budget – it has an exceptional cost to value ratio.
The TRYM II is an all-in-one hair, body, mustache and beard trimmer. Also, it used to be an Amazon best seller. If you are on a budget and are looking to trim more than just your beard, the TRYM II is perfect. This lovely thing looks like something from the future.
It comes with a charging base, AC adapter, cleaning brush, oil and four attachments. 1.5 mm (1/16″), 3 mm (1/8″), 6 mm (1/4″), and 9.5 mm (3/8″). Not a ton of options, but it should cover the basic lengths.
The trimmer uses unique sharp compound metal blades. The blades provide an excellent cut, won’t tug hair, and will last.
It comes pre-charged. One charge should last you for weeks! Subsequent recharges are 8 hours long. Do not forget to place the trimmer on the charging base after you’re done.
With its Apple-esque and minimalist design, the TRYM II can be a pleasant addition to your bathroom. It may lack extra length settings for really sculpting and fading your beard and may not be washable, but it looks fantastic and is backed by outstanding customer support. Best of all, for the money it’s an impressive all-in-one instrument.
- Modern, clean, sleek design
- Titanium blades
- All-in-one tool
- Special compound metal blades
- Cannot be washed under water (except for the blades)
- Lacks extra length settings
- Long battery recharge time (8 hours)
If you are on a budget and are looking for a holistic solution about your hair in general, the TRYM II is a great option.
You don’t have to take the numbers literally. Buy on the premise of what attributes you value the most. Remember that no product is perfect. You can find at least one flaw for every possible product on the market.
Also, note that beard trimmers are not shavers. They often go only as low as one millimeter in length. If you are after an electric shaver click here.
If you are more interested maintaining a stubble facial hair style (a.k.a. the “5 o’clock shadow”), however, you might want to take a look at our review of the best stubble trimmers. Stubble trimmers perform better at shorter facial hair lengths (5 mm and below).
The reviewed trimmers were chosen based on popularity, performance, feedback and personal experience. Since no major contenders came into the game this year, (apart for minor changes) the list remains the same as last year – for the moment.
I hope you enjoyed our beard trimmer reviews. If you have anything to add, leave a comment below. We are always happy to hear your opinion.
Good luck our bearded friend.