This may not be news for you, but being clean shaven is no longer the only acceptable way to go around. Facial hair is now a standard accessory, and it’s here to stay.
It all started in the 80′. The ‘stubble’ facial hair style secured its position as a beloved facial hair style amongst men. If perhaps not THE most beloved.
The answer is attractiveness. Stubble shows masculinity without having to look like a lumberjack mountain man (not that there is anything wrong with that).
According to a study, a 10-day ‘heavy stubble’ was voted as the most attractive facial hair style for men – surpassing the clean shaven look and the full beard. You can use this to your advantage when you are hunting for booty.
To maintain a stubble, you will require – you guessed it – a stubble trimmer.
“But isn’t a beard trimmer the same thing?”
No. But they are similar indeed.
A beard trimmer is designed to maintain longer facial hair (beards). Whereas a stubble trimmer is designed to perform best at very short facial hair lengths – like the 5 o’clock shadow.
The differences between two include the shortest length setting, length increments, the maximum length setting and design.
Be sure that what you are buying is designed for stubble. Check if you can find the word ‘stubble’ or ‘stubble setting’ mentioned on the box.
How to be sure you get the best stubble trimmer
- Make sure it’s designed for stubble
- It must have a low shortest setting (something below 1 mm for the 5 o’clock shadow and fading)
- And possibly a contour comb (for a more accurate and even trim)
But to make things even easier for you, here is our review of the…
Top 3 Best Stubble Trimmers in 2016
The Conair for Men i-Stubble is an unmatched, “true” stubble trimmer. It sits above the rest for several reasons:
First of all, it has a very low shortest length setting of 0.4 mm (and 15 different length settings that go as high as 5 mm). 0.4 mm is the ideal length for a 5 o’clock shadow – particularly if you have a thick, dark beard.
The unique floating contouring head (the best feature) and ergonomic design guarantee an accurate, comfortable, and even all around trim. (You can also flip the guide down to outline sideburns, goatee, or mustache. You can also get a super-close all-around trim this way if wish).
It uses very sharp and precise electrochemical blades. These can hurt, so be careful when you put the guide down.
It uses a dual nickel–metal hydride (NiMH) battery and provides a 45-minutes of runtime for a 90-minute charge.
It’s also easy to use and lightweight.
The i-Stubble is astoundingly good. This powerful little machine gets the job done in mere minutes. It’s my personal favorite, and I still use it when I feel like rocking the stubble or outline facial hair styles.
Besides not being washable – which should not be a big deal for most – I can’t find any negative points about it.
The i-Stubble is a pure stubble trimmer. If you dislike the short maximum setting (5 mm), consider the trimmers below; but personally, I would keep my stubble trimmer and beard trimmer separate.
- A true stubble trimmer (specialized for 5 o’clock shadows and heavy stubble)
- Low shortest setting (0.4 mm – or even lower by flipping the guide down)
- Low increments (from 0.4 mm to 2 mm = 0.2 mm increments – excellent for sculpting and fading)
- Unique floating contoured head (follows every curve on your face)
- Dual battery and quick charging system (long battery life and fast charging)
- Not washable
- Not an all-in-one trimmer (if that’s what you are looking for)
If you want the perfect stubble, the Conair i-Stubble is your best choice.
Keep things simple and sweet with the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 3500. With an affordable price tag and exceptional performance, it’s a great option to maintain your stubble on a budget.
The trimmer offers 20 length settings ranging from 0.5 mm to 10 mm (with 0.5 mm increments). It comes with a beard comb, stubble comb, cleaning brush, and a power adapter.
It has skin friendly, self-sharpening, titanium blades with rounded tips. Impossible to draw blood.
It uses a nickel-metal hydride battery. Despite not having a Lithium-ion battery, the run and charge time is still roughly the same. For a 1-hour charge, you get 60 minutes of play time.
It’s water resistant. After you are done, you can just wash it under the faucet. (Always handy).
The Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 3500 resonates with simplicity. It comes pre-charged, doesn’t require oiling, and is ready to use right out of the box.
The only thing I find lacking is a contour guide. But at this price, this trimmer is unrivaled.
- Great value for the money
- Low shortest setting (0.5 mm)
- Straightforward, no gimmicks
- Can be washed under water
- No contour comb
- Not the most advanced trimmer
The Philips Norelco QT4014/42 Beard Trimmer 3500 is all you need if you like to things straightforward, efficient and inexpensive.
3. Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 7300, vacuum trimmer with adjustable length settings (Model # QT4070/41)
The Philips Norelco QT4070/41 Vacuum Beard, Stubble, and Mustache Trimmer Pro, now known as the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 7300, is the upgraded version of the Philips Norelco QT4014/42 BeardTrimmer 3500 listed above.
It has 19 length settings – from a 0.5 mm stubble setting, to an 18 mm full-on beard setting – with 1 mm increments. The box also contains a charger, cleaning brush, and two different combs. The trimming comb and the (usually) preferred contour comb. Try them both.
It also features a unique Turbo power boost button, which is useful for thicker areas.
It has a lithium-ion battery that lasts between 50 to 75 mins – depending how much you were (ab)using the turbo button. You can see the battery power bar and current length setting on the led display.
The BeardTrimmer 7300 is an upgraded BeardTrimmer 3500, with an added vacuum cleaning system, contour comb, led display, lithium-ion battery, and more length settings. But it can’t be washed under water and comes with an upgraded price as well.
It’s a solid choice if you alternate between a stubble and full beard. The vacuum system is a time saver – while it does not catch every single hair, it will reduce cleaning time and leave less hair residue on your face.
It’s an excellent all around trimmer – a top choice in fact, if you are after a beard trimmer.
Many will find the additional accessories worth the extra money.
Besides not being washable, this trimmer doesn’t have any actual cons. But in terms of pure stubble trimming – it’s outperformed by the Conair i-Stubble.
- Low shortest setting (0.5 mm)
- Contour comb
- Turbo power boost button (additional motor and fan speed)
- Lithium Ion Battery (75 minutes of fun on a 60-minute charge)
- Vacuum system! (time-saver)
- Not washable
- More expensive
If you often switch between a stubble and a full beard, get the Philips Norelco QT4070/41. It excels in both areas.
That’s all guys.
All three trimmers should satisfy anyone looking to put some stubble on their face. It just depends on what features you value the most.
The trimmers were selected based on performance, popularity, and positive customer feedback.
If you are looking to maintain a full beard rather than stubble, you should check our list of the best beard trimmers.
And that’s it for the best stubble trimmer 2016. If you found this post useful, share it with someone who could also benefit from it.
I hope I’ve made your choice a bit clearer.