If you are serious about growing and maintaining you facial hair then a beard trimmer is a necessity.
The advanced technology allowed us to have cordless beard trimmers that run up to one hour or more.
You have plenty of options when looking for a beard trimmer but in this article I will review only those that are worth talking about and that have some important features.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A BEARD TRIMMER
Before you buy a beard trimmer ask yourself how are do you want to use it. Is it only for the facial hair or other parts of the body?
A multi-use beard trimmer has a lot of length settings and accessories and enable you to trimm your beard, head and body.
CORDED OR CORDLESS
Cordless trimmers have more flexibility compared to corded trimmers because there is no wire that you have to avoid all the time. Cordless trimmers can reach up to one hour of trimming time after one charge.
The main advantage of corded trimmers is in the fact that they provide a little bit more power compared to the cordless ones. Also you don`t have to worry about the battery running out.
If you decide to go for a cordless trimmer it is important to know how long the battery will last before it needs to be recharged.
For corded trimmers you need to make sure the wire is long enough for you to move in the bathroom or wherever you will use it.
Attachments are important because they will allow you to choose from different styles and lengths for your beard (goatee) or include a stubble guide attachment that is very popular among men.
YOUR BEARD LENGTH
You need to make sure that the trimmer you choose supports the length of your beard (medium, short, stubble). It is important to choose one that has multiple length settings.
WET & DRY USE
One of the more important feature of a good beard trimmer is the ability to be used in shower or with shave gels, lotions and foams. Waterproof trimmers are also very easy to clean because you can simply wash them to remove the excess hair trimmings. This is a feature that will make your life a lot easier.
Titanium, chromium and stainless steel blades are longer lasting than other types of blades. The more expensive beard trimmers have double edged blades that provide better cutting precision.
If you are on the road a lot, a lightweight and compact trimmer is the product for you. Travel-friendly beard trimmers must have a longer battery life and at the same time they need to be easy to recharge.
Here are 4 products that are on the top of the market and will allow you to take the beard trimming to another level:
Wahl Clipper Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Plus Beard Trimmers for Men (Affiliate Link)
This is probably one of the best cordless beard trimmer with self sharpening blades. The Lithium-Ion technology allows for twice the torque of most competitive models. It is well balanced but it can be a little slippery if your hand is wet.
The 9818 model includes a detail trimming blade for shaping your beard and goatee. It also includes three more stainless steel detachable blades: the standard T-blade for a general use, the detail shaver used for outlining and an nose/ear/eyebrow trimmer.
If that was not enough the Wahl kit also includes 12 guide combs, that will allow you to choose from 13 cutting lengths ranging from 0 (1/16”) to 8 (1”). One downside of this trimmer is that the smaller combs are not very stiff.
The battery will last for about four hours after one single complete charge. There is one nice feature that will allow you to get three minutes or trimming with only one minute of charging.
The Wahl Clippers are probably the most complete beard trimmers for men and it is reasonably priced.
If you want a product that can do anything from beard trimming, stubble detailing, to head or body grooming then this is the product for you.
Philips Norelco Beard and Hair Trimmer BT5210/42 (Affiliate Link)
The Philips Norelco BT5210 is another good hair trimmer for people that like the limited attachments and zoom wheel.
Like the previous product this is a cordless trimmer with rechargeable lithium-ion battery and self sharpening steel blades.
The biult in zoom wheel allows it to handle more cutting lenghts and shorter (1/64 inch to ½ inch). If you are looking to trim body hair or use it as a hair clipper this product comes with two hair combs and a body comb.
One of the more convenient feature of this beard trimmer is the waterproof feature. This makes it very easy to clean but it cannot be used in bath or shower.
After one hour of charging it runs for about 70 minutes but the most important thing is that it can be used while plugged in.
The BT5210 does a great job when it comes to trimming hair, whether is your beard or body hair.
Remington MB4045B The Beardsman Beard Boss (Affiliate Link)
If you decide you want a versatile trimmer for a reasonable price I suggest you take a look at the Remington MB4045B. This is also a good choice for a long beard if you don`t want to pay for a Wahl.
This product comes with a single blade and 18 legth settings, plus three combs (stubble comb which can trim from 1mm to 5mm in 0.5mm, a medium comb 1.5mm to 18mm, and an XL comb 20mm to 35mm – great for long beards).
Like the previous products this one has a detail beard trimmer that allows you to do the shaping work easily.
The design is sleek making the trimmer easy to hold and makes no compromise in regards to the function or the form.
The long lasting battery will allow for a cutting time of two hours to achieve the style you desire.
Remington is a known brand on the market. They produce high quality grooming products at friendly prices. Men that have longer beards and lower budgets will appreciate this beard trimmer.
Philips Norelco QP2520/70 OneBlade (Affiliate Link)
You probably already figured out that this is an unusual beard trimmer. The OneBlade dual edge feature allows you to use the same product for trimming, edging or shaving, although this cannot replace entirely a normal razor.
The Philips Norelco QP2520/70 OneBlade delivers a very comfortable shaving because it does not scrape the skin.
This trimmer is slim and will make you feel like you are using a wet/dry shaver rather than a trimmer. The blades have to be replaced every four months if you use them twice a week.
This product includes three combs: 1mm, 3mm, and 5mm; this makes the product great for a stubble rather than a long beard.
The battery is a nickel-metal hybride instead of the lithium-ion that most trimmers use. That makes it a little bit more weak. Most people consider that the low price will compensate for that drawback.
All in all this is a great unit for people with sensitive skin and very short beards.
Out of all the trimmers that I reviewed, the Wahl Clipper Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Plus Beard Trimmers for Men is definitely the most popular choice. The reasons for that are simple:
- Long battery trimming time (1 minute charge feature)
- Many accessories that allow you to do so much more with it
- Self-sharpening blades