Top 10 Beard and Stubble Trimmers - Updated 03/10/17
There’s no doubt that nowadays, beards are probably more popular than they’ve ever been (at least since Viking days, when people didn’t have much choice).
One consequence is that you end up seeing a lot of bad ones. I can’t count how many guys I see on a daily basis, walking around looking super scruffy. The worst even look borderline homeless...
That’s not the look we’re going for.
However, beards done right can look incredible. From David Beckham to Conor McGregor, the most stylish men in the world all rock badass beards.
The question then is “how can you get the same result?” Preferably, without paying an expensive stylist to trim it every 3 days or so.
Enter beard trimmers.
A good trimmer allows you to keep your neck and cheek line in check, find the perfect length to suit your face, and grow just the areas you want to.
But finding a good trimmer isn’t always easy. Particularly with the market being so flooded.
Table of Contents
- Top 5 Beard Trimmer Rankings
- Top 10 (6-10) Rankings
- Wahl's Best Trimmer - 9818
- Philips Trimmer Top Dog - BT7215
- Panasonic ER GB60 K- Wash & Trim
- Braun's Finest - BT5070
- Phillips QG3330 - Value King
- Panasonic GB40 - Great Body Shaver
- Remington MB4045A - Style Award
- Philips 9100 Series - Advanced Technology
- Remington PG6025 - Simple and Effective
- Wahl 9860 - Inexpensive Starter
- Buyer's Guide
- Common Questions
Top 5 Best Beard Trimmers 2017
|Timmers Name||Battery Life||Washable||Rating|
|Wahl 9818 (Editors Award)||4 Hours||Washable attachments||97%||Check Price|
|Philips Norelco BT7215/49||80 Mins||Washable attachments||94%||Check Price|
|Panasonic ER-GB60-K||50 Mins||Yes||86%||Check Price|
|Braun BT5070||50 Mins||Yes||86%||Check Price|
|Philips Series 3100 - QG3330||35 Mins||Yes||82%||Check Price|
That’s where we come in.
To help simplify things for you, we’ve put together our list of Beard Trimmer Reviews. We’ve ranked a load of trimmers, and put together our list of the best 10.
In this this guide, we’ll talk about which trimmers offer the best value for money, which are the best for sensitive skin, and which you can take on vacation with you.
So put down your razor and get ready to become the owner of a glorious new beard!
Top 10 Best Beard Trimmers 2017 (6-10)
|Trimmer's Name||Battery Life||Washable||Rating|
|Panasonic ER-GB40-S||50 Mins||Yes||80%||Check Price|
|Remington MB4045A Beardsman||2 Hours||Washable attachments||78%||Check Price|
|Philips Series 9100 - BT9285/41||60 Mins||Yes||78%||Check Price|
|Remington PG6025||50 Mins||Yes||75%||Check Price|
|Wahl Groomsman - 9860-700||30 Mins||Washable attachments||72%||Check Price|
Of all the trimmers we’ve looked at, the Wahl Lithium Ion has the sharpest blades, the longest charge, and is the sturdiest of the bunch. I’ve got one of these and overall, it’s definitely the best trimmer I’ve ever used.
I also know of some barbers who use this model as their professional beard trimmer in the shop, so clearly I’m in good company!
It’s not the cheapest trimmer we’ve reviewed here, but neither is it the most expensive, and considering just how good it is, the Wahl Beard Trimmer represents real value for money.
- Best Electric Beard Trimmer - Editors Award -
- Wahl’s Lithium Ion battery means it charges to full from flat in 1 hour. It can run for 4 hours off a single charge!
It generates massive torque and power. This means it doesn’t pull your hairs, it cuts them instead. It also means you could also try shearing a sheep or trimming a hedge with it (just kidding).
If you’re in a rush you can make use of its Quick Charge Feature. Charge it for just 1 minute and get 3 minutes of trimming time. Perfect for hurried mornings.
Extremely sturdy design.
5 Year Warranty.
Comes with 4 Different Trimmer Heads and a total of 13 Different Guide Lengths. So you can get your beard exactly how you like it.
What Makes It Different?
There’s a couple of things that really make the Wahl different from its competitors. The most obvious of these is its battery life.
With the Lithium Ion battery you get an incredible 4 hours of shaving time off a 1 hour charge. This definitely makes it the best cordless beard trimmer. No other model on this list charges that fast.
Not even close.
The cutting power is also sensational. It’s seriously annoying to have a trimmer that does a better job of plucking your beard hair than it does shaving it. It’s also seriously painful.
But the incredibly fast motors and sharp blades of this trimmer mean that this isn’t an issue.
It’s very sturdy too, which is often an afterthought. But is very important considering how easy it can be to drop one of these while trimming. Dad likes to say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!”, but in this case, that isn’t true. Guess that’s how they can get away with the 5-year warranty.
As I pointed out above, this is my trimmer. So there’s a good possibility that I’m biased. But I’ve also spent a great deal of time using this trimmer, so if there was anything markedly wrong with it, I would know.
But there isn’t, because by and large, it performs amazingly well.
I use it every 3 or so days just to keep my beard in check (mine tends to grow quite quickly). Due to the sharp blades, it never takes more than a couple of minutes, and I’ll use the detail trimmer and shaver if I need to keep my cheek or neckline in check.
Thankfully, I’m a bit more organised these days. But previously I’ve made good use of the 1 minute charge feature too. So I can attest to its effectiveness.
Not perfect, but still an excellent trimmer. This is overall the best model we’ve looked at, combining sensational cutting power, with an incredible battery-life and excellent durability too.
- Cuts through even barbed-wire tough beards no problem.
- Great Battery Life.
- Sturdy Design.
- Loads of trimming attachments and options.
- Not waterproof.
- Blades are extremely sharp. There’s a chance you could cut yourself unless you’re careful.
The second place on our list goes to the Philips Norelco 7200. When I tell you we were impressed with this trimmer, I’m really not doing it justice. This is a phenomenal option from Philips and combines some really useful (and unusual) features with the excellent fundamentals you would expect from a good trimmer.
- The Vacuum King -
- The Norelco 7200 comes with lift & trim technology. This picks the hairs up prior to shaving so they’re easier to catch the first time around, saving you time. And that’s something we all need more of.
The Integrated Vacuum System catches 90% of hairs as they fall. This means less mess. So your girlfriend will have 90% less to shout about!
Self-Sharpening Blades make every trim quick and easy. And you’ll never need to replace them either.
It has a huge 20 Different Length Settings!
Handy Zoom Wheel makes changing the razor’s length incredibly easy.
Get 80 minutes of use out of a 1 hour charge. You can also use it while plugged in.
What Makes It Different?
The thing that really separates this trimmer from the others we’ve looked at, is the fact that it’s a Vacuum Beard Trimmer. This just makes cleaning the trimmer far easier than it would be otherwise and can really save you time.
There’s also a ton of different length options with this model, which are always nice to have!
Having to clean your trimmer is something that 99% of people forget to consider when buying one. But it’s something you’ll wish you remembered when it finally comes time to!
One of the things that makes the 7200 a real pleasure to use is that it’s so easy to clean. With the Integrated Vacuum System hoovering up 90% of your cut hairs, you won’t have to clean this model nearly as often. And when you do, it won’t be as messy either.
I have a friend who uses one of these and he loves how it allows him to easily maintain a 5mm stubble. He uses it every day, just for a couple of minutes. He barely cleans the thing and told me that it isn’t painful (doesn’t pull on his hairs) like his previous model did.
According to his (very biased) opinion, it’s the best beard and mustache trimmer he’s ever used.
Very impressed with this trimmer. The all-round specs are great, it’s got plenty of cool features, and comes with a really handy Vacuum System too.
- Although the vacuum works great, it does sometimes get in the way while shaving.
- Probably better for stubble than large beards.
The primary thing the Panasonic model brings to the table is ease-of-use. Not only is using the trimmer easy, but because it’s waterproof, cleaning it takes next to no effort either.
- Wash & Trim -
- This model takes advantage of Panasonic’s 45 Degree Blades. These trim your beard from the perfect angle, meaning no razor burn or irritation.
- Comes with a ‘quick-adjust’ dial and 2 comb attachments. Combined, these give you a total of 39 different trimming options. So you can get the exact look you want.
The Ergonomic Handle makes using the Panasonic easy-as-pie.
It provides 50 minutes of use from a single charge. You can also use it plugged in if you’re after a longer shave.
Its LED Indicator lets you know how much battery you’ve got left. So you know exactly when to plug it in for a charge.
Completely Washable, so it’s super-easy to clean.
What Makes It Different?
The 45 Degree Blades make trimming extremely easy. Another nice touch is the battery life indicator, which makes it harder to forget to charge it.
But the main difference between this and other trimmers is just how easy it is to use. The unit itself takes no effort to wash and with its adjustable trimming guides it’s so easy to find your ideal beard length and then just trim as much as needed.
I picked this model up for around $50 in March of last year just to try it out, and although I liked it, I pretty much haven’t used it since taking it for a spin in the first week.
That’s not to say it’s not a great trimmer because it is. I just found that, because I generally wear a longer beard, the power of the Wahl Lithium Ion made it a better option for cutting through all that hair.
If I was more of a stubble man though, I’d probably value the convenience and precise combs of the Panasonic over the Wahl’s sheer cutting ability.
It basically comes down to whether you like a longer beard or more of a 5 o'clock shadow look.
If the latter, this is a phenomenal option, and deserves much more attention than I gave it when I initially got my hands on it.
Don’t let my preferences put you off. This is super-convenient, easy-to-use, and offers a fantastic trim. If you’re after designer stubble, then look no further.
- Extremely comfortable to use.
- Waterproof. So easy to wash.
- LED Battery Indicator.
- Ton of attachments for perfect stubble.
- Not the most powerful.
- Battery is good, but not the best.
The Braun BT5070 really stands out. It looks great, packs plenty of cutting power, and has more length options than a tape measure.
- Best Braun Trimmer -
- It’s got incredibly sharp blades with Stainless Steel Trimming Elements. These cut effortlessly through your beard rather than pulling on it, and are designed to last the life of the trimmer. So you never need replace them (put that dough to better use).
Ni-MH Batteries charge fully in just an hour and give you 50 minutes of continuous use.
Comes with 2 Detachable Trimming Combs, and 25 length settings.
Works while plugged in, in addition to cordless; makes using it so easy.
Has a Slide-Out Detail Comb for those tricky areas.
It’s Fully-Washable. So no need to blow on it or anything, just rinse it under the sink and you’re done!
What Makes It Different?
Whether you’re looking to craft the perfect stubble, or just trim your beard so you don’t look so much like a Hell’s Angel, Braun has you covered with this model. It’s so good because it’s got the subtlety to function as a precision trimmer, while at the same time being powerful enough to easily cut through thick beard hair.
The best of both worlds.
I used to own one of these. ‘Used to’ being the key phrase here.
I liked it very much too. Unfortunately, one day, I made the catastrophic error of leaving it round a psychopathic (now ex) girlfriend’s apartment.
She decided, in a fit of rage, to smash it to bits (she was surprisingly strong) and that was the end of my beloved trimmer (TMI? Sorry, but I had to tell someone...).
It was beloved, because using the BT5070 was great. It trimmed my beard quickly and accurately, the battery charged fast, and I could wash it over the sink.
It also never pulled on my beard hairs (a pet peeve of mine), like some trimmers tend to.
It also never pulled on my beard hairs (a pet peeve of mine), like some trimmers tend to.
I’d thoroughly recommend the Braun. In fact, the only reason I ever got another trimmer was because this one was destroyed by Miss Trunchbull. So if you can avoid similar disasters, this should last you a long time.
- Great for trimming stubble and longer beard hair.
- Really good value.
- Wash under the sink.
- Will not pull your hair.
- Battery is ok but not great.
- Clearly incapable of withstanding a direct attack from a nutcase. So the durability, considering this is a man tool, might need work.
The Multigroom is a really solid trimmer. You can use it to style a thick beard, or to give yourself some cool designer stubble. But its most impressive feature isn’t any of that. The best thing about the 3100 is its price.
- Best Value, by Far -
- Comes with 5 different Styling Attachments. From a detail trimmer, to a stubble comb.
Choose from a total of 18 Length Settings. Whatever length you’re after, you can get it.
Its Chromium Self-Sharpening Blades mean it’ll keep its edge for a long time, even If you have a manly beard. No need to constantly replace them.
The Rechargeable Battery gives you 35 minutes of charge. Unless you’re sheering sheep that’s plenty of time for most of us.
The Multigroom is fully washable. So cleaning is as easy as sticking it under a tap. No more messing around with a cloth!
What Makes It Different?
Although the main thing that separates the Multigroom from the other trimmers is the price, don’t think of it as a poor-man’s product. The 3100 comes with a multitude of different options and settings.
There’s several different razor heads and the blades are extremely sharp. This is a great option for the price-conscious beard connoisseur.
Up until very recently, I had never tried this trimmer out. The reason was simple - I figured, despite the impressive Amazon reviews, that a trimmer that cheap just wouldn’t be any good.
Then I found out that my brother owned the Multigroom, and he loved it.
Let me tell you something about my brother. He’s cheap. Not in a bad way (sorry bro), but if he can, he’s always looking to save money.
To save money in the long-term though, he doesn’t buy anything for himself that’s clearly crap. He knows he’d just end up having to spend more money to replace it.
When he told me the Multigroom was excellent, I went over to his place and tried it out.
Well... I don’t think I’ll be swapping it for my Wahl trimmer any time soon. But he’s not wrong. The 3100 does everything it says on the box, has plenty of shaving power, and more versatility than you can shake a stick at. It’s a great budget option.
The Multigroom is an absolute steal for the price. And would still be a reasonably good trimmer if it cost twice as much.
If you’re on a budget of any kind, or just frugal with your hard earned cash, it would be a great option.
- Sensationally good value.
- Extremely sharp razors.
- Tons of different combs and blades.
- Wash in the sink.
- Battery life isn’t the best.
- Not the most powerful we’ve looked at (but for less than half the price of some of the others, what do you expect?)
The GB40 is a stylish and extremely portable razor from Panasonic. The best thing about it though, is that you can immerse it completely in water and still use it.
- Best Body Shaver -
- Its Stainless-Steel Blades are set at a 45 Degree Angle, which Panasonic claim is the optimal angle to trim your beard as smoothly as possible.
Boasts 19 Different Precision Settings. So you can get the perfect look. It’s also easy to adjust.
You can use cordless, or plug it in for a longer charge.
Can be used in the shower and completely immersed in water.
Extremely Easy-to-Clean, comes with a built-in Water Drain filter.
Battery provides up to 50 Minutes of shaving time.
What Makes It Different?
If you’re the kind of guy who’s often in a rush in the morning, then there’s no better way to save time than by using a trimmer in the shower.
Being waterproof, the GB40 can also function as a body hair trimmer, so if you’ve got a chest like Austin Powers (guilty), you can keep it under control by trimming it in the shower every couple of of days.
At first, I was a little hesitant to actually use this model in the shower. I know it’s advertised as being fully waterproof, but I was having visions of a toaster-in-the-bath scenario and wasn’t entirely convinced.
Upon using it though, it worked great. I was very impressed with how comfortable it was, which is particularly crucial if you’re going to be using it in a rush with no mirror.
It also functioned perfectly for me as a body hair trimmer.
The main selling point of the Panasonic is definitely the fact that it’s completely waterproof. Putting that aside though, it’s still comfortable, trims without pulling your hairs, and the blades are sharp.
All in all, a great choice, particularly for those who’re thinking about using a trimmer in the shower.
- Comfortable to use.
- Use as a body trimmer, even in the shower!
- Cuts well.
- Battery could be better.
- No way to tell how much charge is left.
The Beardsman combines great cutting ability with a cool ‘classic’ barbershop look. The copper finish gives it an almost 1950’s vibe and the combs give you plenty of freedom when it comes to picking your exact look too.
- Most Bad-Ass Looking Trimmer -
- This razor’s blades are tipped with Titanium, making them incredibly sharp and long-lasting.
Its Lithium Battery provides a massive battery life of up to 2 hours! It fully charges in just 4 hours so you can easily charge it for one afternoon and have enough battery for 2 or 3 weeks.
Comes with 3 different attachable combs. These allow you to find the perfect length for your beard.
Has a super-easy ‘Zoom’ wheel. So you can quickly and easily adjust mid-shave.
The Detail Trimmer makes those delicate touches much easier to pull off. It’s much more convenient to trim your mustache with this than it is the full razor.
The Beardsman comes with a retro ‘copper’ finish.
What Makes It Different?
For me, this is clearly the best looking trimmer here. Plenty of people might not care how their trimmers look, and if you asked me whether it was really something I was interested in, I’d tell you no.
But it’s different when you actually see the trimmer in front of you. It’s just gorgeous.
To go along with being easy on the eyes, it’s easy to use due to the zoom wheel, and it cuts well too.
I haven’t got this one. So I had to go to a friend’s to try it out.
As I said, the thing that impressed me straight away was how it looked. But it also did a good job trimming my face.
When I asked my friend about it, he told me he’d been using it for about a year, he had no complaints, and most importantly it kept him from looking like Zach Galifianakis.
So he thought it was great.
Clearly the standout feature of the Beardsman is the way it looks. And if you’re a fan of that barbershop aesthetic then you might want to pick it up just for that.
It’s far from a one trick pony though. The Remington offers super sharp titanium coated blades and plenty of options for adjusting to the perfect length.
- Looks incredible
- Large battery life
- Easy to use
- Sharp Blades
- It’s called the Beardsman
- Even though the battery is large it charges fairly slowly
- Not waterproof
I imagine this is what trimming your beard will be like in the future. Rather than guessing where to cut for the perfect cheek-line, you’ll just turn on the laser, and it’ll point you to the ideal spot.
- Sci-Fi Trimming -
- The Norelco 9100 uses a pop-up laser guide (yes that’s right...a laser, but not the kind that burns/kills you) to mark your optimal trimming position. So theoretically you get a perfectly symmetrical beard.
It has Self-Sharpening Blades (don’t ask me how they work) so you’ll never have to maintain the edges.
The Lithium-ion battery charges in just 1 hour and give you 60 minutes of cordless shaving time.
It’s dual ended. With a wide end for the main surface area and a narrow side for those difficult-to-reach parts too.
It’s incredibly precise, with 17 different length settings and a tiny 2mm between each. So no matter how picky you are, you’ll get just the length you like.
It’s completely washable.
What Makes It Different?
Well….mostly the laser.
But this is also a high-quality trimmer even if you completely disregard that feature. It’s got great blades which automatically sharpen and has a good charging time to battery life ratio too. Even when/if you forget to charge it and it’s completely out of battery, you can just plug it in and use it.
The detail comb is excellent as well.
I bought this trimmer specifically for this review. I’d considered picking it up before, and I’d always been a little intrigued with the laser feature, so I bit the bullet and got ahold of one.
All-in-all, this is absolutely one of the better trimmers here. But the laser guide isn’t quite as good as I hoped it’d be. That doesn’t mean it’s just a gimmick, but it didn’t work quite how I’d like.
This is a phenomenal option, it has one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen on a trimmer and the specs are top of the line. But because it’s so high-tech, it’s the most expensive model here. So that’s why it only made it to number 8 on our list.
- Laser is ridiculously cool
- Impressive build quality
- Self-sharpening blades
- Plenty of power
- Laser isn’t as good as I was hoping
The Remington PG6025 is extremely impressive. While it doesn’t have the most incredible specs, or features straight out of a James Bond film, it’s got plenty of battery life, and more attachments and length options than you can shake a stick at.
- Simple, But it Works -
- The Remington’s surgical blades are Self-Sharpening, making them long-lasting and guaranteeing you plenty of use.
Comes with 8 Different Attachments to fulfill your every grooming need. These are also Fully Washable so keeping them clean is extremely easy.
Hair clippers are adjustable by 2mm increments. So you can keep your beard the exact length you want it (or at least within 2mm).
The Lithium Powered Battery gives you up to 50 minutes of cordless shaving. If that’s not enough you can plug it in to get even longer.
The shaver and all its accessories fit into a handy Travel Pouch that comes with it. So it’s easy to take on vacation and you’ll never forget any of the attachments.
Maintains full power for the entire length of the charge. Doesn’t begin to lag towards the end.
What Makes It Different?
I wouldn’t say it’s massively different to any of the other trimmers here. It’s got no standout features, and unfortunately doesn’t come with a laser….or even a rocket.
But as we’re reviewing trimmers, rather than Sci-Fi gadgets, it doesn’t really matter.
As a trimmer though, the Remington is really impressive. It glides smoothly over your face when being used and shouldn’t pull any of your hairs out.
It’s also very cheap, so perhaps it’s not surprising that they couldn’t come up with the money to attach a propeller to it.
I have previously used one of these and have nothing but good things to say about it. However, I do have a friend who bought one (actually after asking me for advice), and the battery on his died after just 2 months.
He was able to get a replacement easily. And obviously nothing similar occurred with mine. But I wonder if reliability might sometimes be an issue with this model.
That’s the only reason we put it at number 9, because my personal experience with this model was great. And with the price being as low as it is. I consider it phenomenal value.
No personal complaints with this model, and trimming with it is very enjoyable (doesn’t pull on my hairs), but possible problems with reliability might put some off.
- Very inexpensive
- Tons of attachments
- Fully washable
- Trims well
- Potentially issues with the battery
- Not better than the Multigroomer, and costs the same
Our final trimmer is almost Wahl’s answer to the Philips Multigroom we looked at earlier. It’s cheap, comes with plenty of different attachments, and does a great job of trimming your beard too.
- Inexpensive Wahl Alternative -
- The Groomsman Pro has High Carbon Steel Blades which are precision ground. This means the blades are extremely sharp, and will only have to be sharpened occasionally.
Tough, solid body means it’s very durable. So don’t worry, it’ll survive a bit of rough treatment.
Fully Rechargeable Battery.
It comes with 4 different trimmer heads. Including attachments for your nostrils and those hard-to-reach areas too.
Comes with a ton of trimmer guides. So you’ll get the exact length you’re looking for.
There’s a cleaning brush and oil for easy maintenance.
What Makes It Different?
The price is great, and it’s a genuine bargain when priced so low. It’s also very sharp which makes keeping your beard in check very easy (as long as you sharpen it occasionally).
The cleaning brush and oil are a nice touch, and are easy to forget about when you’re looking at the specs of a trimmer. However, maintenance is massively important and by including these little items, Wahl has made it so much easier.
It also makes an excellent body-groomer.
As you probably know, I am a real fan of Wahl products. My favorite ever trimmer is by Wahl and I really love the build-quality they bring to their products.
I can’t say the Groomsman is the best trimmer I’ve ever used, but it’s priced very economically and will take on most grooming jobs you throw at it just fine.
Something I really do like about it is the inclusion of a ton of different combs and attachments. A lot of people consider these gimmicky, and that’s fine because nobody actually has to use them. You can stick them straight in the trash after you buy if you want. But, you’ll probably find they come in handy more often than you expect.
A nice alternative. Has a great deal of versatility and looks good too. Although it’s probably better for someone who’s after more of a thick stubble look than those of you who want to manage your Biker Beards.
- Easy to carry around with you - very portable
- Comes with maintenance gear
- Like all Wahl products this is very solidly built
- Battery could definitely be better
- Doesn’t cut nearly as well as some of the pricier models.
There’s a massive number of Beard Trimmers on the market, and each has a whole host of different features. Having so much choice is good, but it can make it difficult to decide which features are absolutely essential, and which are nice, but not totally necessary.
So we’re here to help.
Are the Attachments a Gimmick?
This largely depends on the model. The short answer is that no, they’re not.
But of course, you’re still going to find some trimmers with pointless attachments and overly fragile trimming combs. If you make the mistake of buying a crappy trimmer, it’s likely to come with plenty of useless add-ons (to help push those impulse buys).
have to say that personally, I’ve never used a nostril trimmer and I don’t know anyone who has. So it being such a common attachment is a bit of a head-scratcher for me. Maybe no one wants to admit they shave their nose hairs.
Generally though, most attachments that come with a decent trimmer are well-made and designed with a specific purpose in mind. In other words, the manufacturer came up with the attachment because customers were having a hard time using the trimmer in a certain way, and it’s designed to solve that problem.
So generally the attachments are well worth having.
Wet and Dry, What Does It Mean?
Simply whether the shaver be used with water, i.e in a shower. Nearly all of the high end razors are waterproof, which means you can rinse them under the tap to clean them without worry, however Wet&Dry shavers can be used to shave in the shower.
Should I Get a Waterproof Trimmer?
Once again, this is something that comes down to personal preference. If we put aside the subject of using the trimmer in the shower, a waterproof trimmer allows you to wash and clean the unit much more easily than you can otherwise.
This can be a big time-saver, and it’s nice to just throw it under the sink rather than having to try and blow the hairs out.
But for those of you who always dry trim, it’s probably not going to be a dealbreaker.
Charging and LED Indicators
Charging time, along with battery capacity are some of the biggest concerns with portable grooming products.
Lot’s of long time users have horror stories about how their trimmer just wouldn’t hold a charge, or would take 3 days to charge and last for 2 minutes.
Some trimmers come with built-in LED Charge Indicators. These tell you how much battery your trimmer has got left, so you don’t forget to charge it, as long as you pay attention to the LEDs that is.
It’s very important before buying, that you consider your daily routine, and just how organised you are.
You need to assess (honestly) how often you forget to charge your stuff, and how likely you are to remember to plug in a trimmer.
If you’re the kind of person who normally forgets these things, then you’re much better off paying a little more and getting a trimmer that charges quick and has plenty of capacity too.
Otherwise, there’s no doubt that the day you need it most, when you’re in your hotel room getting ready late for a friend’s wedding, you’ll find the thing completely out of juice.
I used to be like this, and part of the reason that I love the Wahl Lithium Ion is because of it’s 1 minute charge feature.
I can’t tell you how many times I was grateful for it!
But if you’re super-organised, and never really forget to put trimmers or electric razors on charge, then you could save a little money and go for a product with less battery life.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it. But it’s an option for you.
Can I Take a Beard Trimmer on a Plane?
- Yes, you can. In both the US & the UK you can take beard trimmers onto a flight. You can bring them in carry-on luggage too, so if you feel the urge for a trim mid flight (or think the flight attendant’s hot) you can spruce yourself up to look your best.
- There’s a common misconception that you can’t take electric beard trimmers, or electric razor-type products onto flights, and I used to think the same thing. I think the misconception comes from the fact that you obviously wouldn’t be allowed to carry something like a cut-throat razor in your pocket. The difference is that a cut-throat is potentially a serious weapon. Whereas electric razors are a whole lot less threatening.
- But because of the word ‘razor’ people are concerned that relatively harmless electric razors might be lumped in with their far more dangerous manual cousins. Fortunately, our governments are smart enough (for once) to tell the difference.
Which Trimmer is the Best For Stubble?
- If you’re looking for that designer stubble look, a good beard trimmer is the perfect tool to get it done. There’s tons of great stubble trimmers on our list. But overall the best option is probably the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200. It won’t just give you those precise cheek and neck lines, but it’ll also hoover up the vast majority your trimmed hair too. So you’ll look good, and won’t have to do any cleaning up either (major plus in my book).
Can I use these to trim my pubic hair?
- Yes, you can. In fact, I’ll most commonly use a beard trimmer or something similar to tidy up my nether regions.
- It’s quicker than doing it manually, and doesn’t leave any cuts either. Based on other comments I’ve seen online, I’m not the only one.
- Of all the trimmers we look at here, the Panasonic ER-GB40 would be ideal if you were looking for the best body hair trimmer for men (and hairy women). It’s comfortable and you can use it in the shower, which saves you getting pubes all over your bedroom floor (your mom will thank you).
Can I use a trimmer if I have sensitive skin?
- If your skin’s really sensitive, then a trimmer is probably the gentlest thing you can use. Unlike a manual razor, the chance of cutting yourself is pretty minimal.
- Also, using a beard trimmer means you’ll never have to worry about razor burn again, which is pretty sweet too. Razor burn early on in my shaving experience was the bane of my existence.
- The only possible downside is that trimmers with blunt blades can pull on your beard hairs. This is seriously painful and enough to make you want to throw it at the wall. But you can avoid this issue altogether by ensuring your trimmer has sharp blades. If it does, this won’t ever be a problem.
Can I use these in other countries?
- As I’m sure you know, some razors are completely incompatible with the voltage used in other countries. So even if you’ve got the appropriate socket, they just won’t work. From personal experience, I can tell you it’s incredibly frustrating to plug your trimmer in on vacation, only to find that it won’t work. If you ever wondered why your electronics weren’t working even when you had the appropriate adapter, incompatible voltage is probably the reason. Not every trimmer we mention here supports dual voltage. Here’s a quick list of the ones I know do work in the 1xx to 2xx volts range:
- #1 Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Groomer
- #2 Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200
- #3 Panasonic Hair and Beard Trimmer
- #5 Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100
- #6 Panasonic ER-GB40-S
- #8 Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 9100
The others don’t.
So if you take a lot of vacations, your best best would be to either buy a trimmer that supports dual voltage. Or, if you really love one that doesn’t, you can pick up a travel adapter instead. But they’re big and sorta heavy - not my cup of tea.
It’s your call.
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