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Guide To The Best Beard Trimmers In 2016 And Beyond

Want to cut through the crap and find the best trimmer to give you the exact beard you want?

You’re looking for real reviews, honest feedback, no commercial interest.

You want to know the features to care about, and what are just marketing gimmicks.

And most of all, you don’t want to spend 2 hours sorting through every single product listing on Amazon or another online shop.

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Well, we’ve been in the beard industry for over 3 years now, from running a variety of websites that received 100,000+ visitors/month to serving bearded men across the nation with our natural beard products.

We know a thing or two about beard products, and we’ve talked to a TON of guys about what they love and what they hate. And yeah, we’ve tried just about everything out there, too.

Short on time and just want the best? We can support a man on a mission. Here’s an interactive table with our picks for the top 5 best beard trimmers.

Top 5 Beard Trimmers in a Sortable Table

Beard Trimmer

Length Settings

Max Length

Corded? 

Price

Buy Now

Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100

philips norelco beard trimmer

18

18mm

Cordless

$$

Panasonic ER224S

14

20mm

Cordless

$$

Trym II

4

9mm

Cordless

$$

Andis T-Outliner

1

(length

guards

sold

separately)

1mm

Corded

$$$$

Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

remington beard trimmer

11

16mm

Cordless

$$

If you’re interested in taking a deeper look at what you should be buying and why, let’s have a little chat.

How To Choose The Right Trimmer (What To Look For)

Guy-2-Beard-Trimming-2There are a million trimmers on the market.

It’s hard to pick the right one. And really, does it matter?

Uh, yeah. It does. A lot, actually, so don’t just go to the pharmacy and buy the cheapest thing.

I was sent a certain beard trimmer to review. Unfortunately the company was more about marketing than actually producing good products.

As I trimmed, I quickly realized that you had to hold your hand 100% still and straight to get an even cut. The guide was horrible. If you tilted your hand, the blade would pretty much get down to stubble, even though it was set on a centimeter or something.

Basically, ruined my beard and I was pissed.

So yes, it matters. Not to mention you don’t want to waste money, pull hairs, etc.

LENGTH OPTIONS

So, first of all, I love to get trimmers with lots of length options.

Your need of this will depend on how you trim your beard, but I like to work it pretty well and use varying lengths to fade it from the neck upwards, and then as I get toward my sideburns (I keep my hair shorter on the sides than most of my beard).

It’s so helpful to have a trimmer with increments of 1 mm or so. Really allows you to fade and get the exact length you’re looking for.

Also good if you like to experiment and try different lengths and styles. The Panasonic ER224S and the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 are great for this, both have a ton of length options and very small increments.

POWER

While most trimmers these days are moving toward being cordless, you may well want the power and consistency of a corded device.

The majority are good with the convenience and flexibility of a cordless model that only plugs in to charge, so this is typically not a huge concern, but if you’ve got a really heavy beard, or are very sure you do not need to bring it traveling, for example, a corded trimmer like theAndis can deliver power and consistency that a cordless literally can not match.

It’s basically barber shop quality if you go for corded.

BLADES

I haven’t found a massive difference when it comes to blades of the major manufacturers, but there are certain things like self-sharpening blades in some of the newer models that are really handy.

You don’t want to have to take apart your trimmer, put in new blades or sharpen the old ones (unless you love doing this kind of work). It’s obviously a huge hassle.

If you go with one of the major brands, you’ll likely have no trouble. I have, however, seen some new brands enter the market and while some could be great, I have a feeling many are just copying successful brands, and therefore are focused more on stealing sales away than making a great product.

I haven’t been burned by bad blades before, but certainly keep an eye out for cool things like maintenance free blades – you can get away without oiling them on some models, which is pretty cool.

CHARGING TIME AND BATTERY LIFE

This is a pretty big differentiator actually when it comes to trimmers.

It’s pretty standard to require 8 hours for a charge that lasts 30 to 60 minutes. I’d say that’s the standard benchmark.

So when you see something like the Remington PG6025 that charges quickly and gives you 65 minutes of runtime, that’s a major boost if that sort of thing is important to you.

Don’t want to keep it charging ALL the time because you never know when you might need it? Get one that charges quick and lasts forever.

Some of these things leave a lot to be desired when it comes to their charging stands/bases, so it can get pretty annoying leaving them out charging all the time. Definitely a big factor.

FEATURES

Notice I said features and not gimmicks.

The worst example of this is the new trimmer that has a “laser level” to help you get a straight line when you trim the edges of your beard.

Looks cool in the marketing materials when the laser is across the guys face and they’ve photoshopped a perfect edge on his beard.

But in practice, this sort of thing usually fails miserably and just ends up costing you more for nothing.

There are, however, some features which actually do make sense. For example the QT4070 has a vacuum feature that eliminates quite a lot of the mess that comes with trimming a shorter beard. While it doesn’t catch 100% of the hairs that are trimmed, it will vacuum up many of them and deposit them into a small trap, which is easily opened to empty.

Some trimmers use a “turbo boost” button, too. This can be useful if you have a thicker beard, though I sometimes wonder why they can’t just make the standard speed a bit better and do away with the button. Perhaps there’s an engineering answer to the question, but the boost can give you cutting power for sure.

Last one we’ll mention here is waterproofing. There are a number of trimmers that can be run under water with no harm. You can literally trim in the shower, but more likely you’ll use it to make cleaning a breeze. You’ll love running it under the tap instead of using that crappy little brush they always give you to clean the blades.

Reviewing The Top 5

For the men who simply wanted to select the best and not get the rest of the back story, there was a table above listing our top 5 beard trimmers. In this section, we’ll be taking a little bit of a deeper dive into each of our selections to give you our reasoning, and help you pick the right one.

Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100

This is probably the best all around trimmer.

It will please a fairly diverse set of people, particularly because of the large amount of length settings. You’ve got options going from 1 mm to 18 mm, with a 1 mm interval. Therefore, you’ve got basically full control of how your beard looks when it comes to a length and fading perspective.

Take off the guard and you’ve got your standard .5mm stubble length, which is a very close shave.


 

The power is good, you get a ton of options when it comes to add-ons, Philips Norelco makes a TON of good beard trimmers, and it’s actually really well priced somewhere around $20-$25 typically.

While it’s not going to super charge it, you can actually use this plugged into the wall if you need a quick trim and you haven’t got a massive charge…it won’t start up from dead if you forget to plug it in, but if there’s a bit of charge, you may get a few more minutes of trim time if it’s plugged in. Nice to have that flexibility!

It’s got a longer charge time and about 35 minutes of battery life, which is not top of the line, but for the price and the amount of versatility you get with this thing, more than half an hour is plenty of time to trim even the most intricate of beards.

Oh and it’s got self-sharpening, self-maintaining blades that don’t require oil or upkeep. Nice. 

And if all of that doesn’t make you clickAdd To Cart, how about the fact that it’s waterproof, which means you can wash it off under water?

Versatile and pretty good quality. If you want to join the millions of men who own one of these (literally, they sell like 30,000-40,000 of these per year on Amazon alone), click the button below and pick yours up at the best price.

Our #1 Top Ranked Beard Trimmer: Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100

philips norelco beard trimmer

Panasonic ER224S


This is the first trimmer I ever bought, and remained my go-to trimmer until I dropped it (twice) and broke the guard. I keep meaning to call Panasonic and get a replacement because it’s a great trimmer.
I’ve just got so many trimmers now and rarely use them now that I’ve got a longer beard that I haven’t got around to it.
But as I said, this has a special place in my heart as a trusty, inexpensive facial hair shaper.
panasonicer224s

It also gets a pass on one of my most important criteria – length settings. From stubble to 20 mm, you’ve got all you need. Only has 14 settings, so not quite one per millimeter, but pretty close.

The blades cut well, and the only time you’ll feel a snag is when you’re running on empty (which is the case for pretty much all trimmers). It charges in 8 hours but gives a pretty good 50 minutes of battery life. And the great thing about this is that charging is NOT a big deal like in some trimmers.

I suppose it depends on the layout of your bathroom, but the charging base for this is actually a stand that sits directly in your plug. You plug it in, and it gives you a little shelf that you stand the trimmer up in to charge. So no cord, no stand on your bathroom counter. Stays out of the way on the wall.

You’ll need to oil and clean this one, but the blades stay sharp for at least 3 years (that’s how long I’ve had mine) without doing much more to them than oiling once in awhile.

But speaking of oiling and cleaning, one of the best things about this unit is that you can rinse it under water to clean it. It is so much easier, and gets it so much more clean than using that little brush they give you. You may need to use it for touch ups and stuff, but water does a good and fast job of getting most of the hairs cleaned away.

Finally,the ER224S has a pop-up precision trimmer. It’s like a mini foil shaver. You just take off the length guard, flick it up with your thumb, and turn the power on. It’s useful for small amounts of precision work, though you’ll probably find that it works well to get the couple of stray eye brow hairs that start creeping inward and threatening to give you a partial unibrow.

Overall, great trimmer, very inexpensive, and pretty well equipped.

Our #2 Top Ranked Beard Trimmer: The Panasonic ER224S

Trym II

I just got one of these a couple months ago to try out. I remember when it came on the scene, it was the BEST looking trimmer out there.

But I wasn’t sure it was more than that. I mean, could it actually cut my hair?

Well, for nearly a year the only time I used a trimmer was on my head, because I let my beard grow quite long.

trymii

But it was actually this trimmer that I used to take nearly a year’s worth of growth and cut it down to almost nothing.

It was a very painful experiment, and I’m still waiting impatiently for my beard to grow back, but it’ll happen and it was important for me to test out our products with a short beard so I know how best to serve the large range of beard styles our customers have.

And yes, it did the job.

The only downside is that it only comes with 4 length guards (1.8mm, 3mm, 6mm, & 9mm), which means it doesn’t offer a lot of flexibility if you’re looking to fade.

However, it’s the most attractive trimmer on the market, and it does really cut hair well.

It’s not a big deal to leave it on the counter because it doesn’t look ridiculous or in the way, and therefore it’s always charged when I need it (the base is the charger). I cut off a large beard, got a haircut in, and then gave my son a buzzcut, so it’s definitely got some decent juice and battery life.

No fancy cleaning functions on this guy, although the head clips off, which does make it easier to get in with the brush and get all the hairs out, keeping it looking fancy longer.

There’s no one thing about this trimmer that makes it stand out, but it does all the little thing well, and it’s usually under $30 on Amazon, which is a steal.

The sleekness feels good in the hand, and I dare say it’s a bit quieter than some of the other’s I’ve tried.

Be careful when using without the guard, it is VERY sharp. This is good, but it can also be dangerous if you’re used to more rounded, “friendly” trimmer blade assemblies. I learned this the hard way recently, so don’t make the same mistake!

This is just plain overall good and looks nice. Gets a B grade across the board with an A in design, and at the price, it quietly takes our third place ranking.

Our #3 Top Ranked Beard Trimmer: The Trym II

Andis T-Outliner

When it comes to corded clippers, Andis is one of the leaders in the industry.

If you don’t need to bring a trimmer with you while traveling frequently, and if you don’t mind the potential unruly nature of a cord while grooming your beard, there are a few reasons you might want to check out a corded option.

First of all, the motor and power delivered to the blades is going to dwarf anything that runs with a battery. There’s a reason why when you go to the barber, he’s likely using a corded trimmer.

andistoutliner

Not only will you get a better trim thanks to the efficiency of the blades, but there’s less of a chance that the blades will pull or tug your hair.

The consistency is key, here, because even with a great cordless trimmer, if the battery starts to die and the blades slow down, you can definitely get pulls which is annoying, potentially painful, and doesn’t help you when you’re going for a clean trim.

Because the power is going to be constant as it’s coming from the wall socket, consistency is a major benefit.

The T-Outliner is also great for edging and cleaning up things like your neck and cheek lines.

You can even adjust the blades, so you can choose between an ultra-close shave and just a very-close shave without using guards.

Speaking of guards, that’s one of the drawbacks, is that it doesn’t come with any.

However, you can typically get a set that work specifically with this model for under $10, so just add that to your cart before checking out on Amazon and you’ll be good to go.

A lot of corded, high-quality trimmers will set you back up to and even over $100, so getting a pair at about half that price is a great idea.

Our #4 Top Ranked Beard Trimmer: The Andis T-Outliner

 

Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

This piqued our interest for a number of reasons.

First of all, as we were figuring out which ones to get and try out, this jumped out at us because it’s the best selling “hair cutting tool” on the entirety of Amazon.

They’re doing close to 50,000 units/year on Amazon ALONE.


Obviously something must be going on here.

Second, it’s an all-in-one unit, which means you’ve got beard grooming guards, precision trimmers, and even a nose/ear hair attachment. All on the same handle. Just clip one off and attach another and you’ve got a full grooming experience.

Third, it’s on the better end of the price spectrum. This changes daily on Amazon, but usually less than $30.

You get 10 length settings and 8 different attachments, which is the perfect set up, as we’ve discussed time and again above (more options and versatility!).

This one isn’t waterproof, but all the attachments are, which is what you will take off to clean, anyway. So it’s about as waterproof as all of it’s competitors, it’s just that they didn’t need to make the body waterproof since you just snap off the attachments.

And here’s what you get:

  • Full-sized Trimmer,
  • Foil Shaver
  • Nose, Ear & Detail Trimmer
  • Hair Clipper Comb (8 length settings)
  • 3 Beard & Stubble Combs
  • Storage/Travel Pouch
  • Charger

Now, the tradeoff here is that it’s not QUITE as good of a motor as the others, so it will give you a good trim but not the absolute best.

However, for this price, and the fact that you’ve got a 65 minute battery life (on the high end of battery performance), means that you make up for it with practicality.

It’s obviously a plastic device and can feel a bit light compared to others on this list. It may not hold up as well as some of the more expensive options.

You’re basically deciding between massive functionality on a budget, and potential longevity and quality here. But being the best seller, and being generally useful, it takes the last spot on our Top 5 list.

Our #5 Top Ranked Beard Trimmer: Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit

remington beard trimmer

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