- #1 – Panasonic ER-GB80-S
- #2 – Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200
- #3 – Remington PG6171 The Crafter Beard Boss Style and Detail Kit, Platinum
- #4 – Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All In One Trimmer
- #5 – Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer, ER-GB40-S
- #6 – TRYM II
- #7 – Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100, 5 attachments, QG3330
- #8 – Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler
- #9 – Braun BT 5090 Precision Beard Trimmer
- #10 – Wahl Wireless Men’s Beard, Ear and NoseTrimmer Kit
The Best Beard Trimmers for perfect grooming sessions.
A decade ago, facial hear was reserved for hippies, hobos and tattooed biker gangs. To walk into a Monday morning board meeting, with a trimmed and oiled stubble would have been incongruence. Hell, even blasphemous.
Cut to 2016, facial hair has become a lifestyle choice that the world can’t have enough of. It is accepted everywhere from boardrooms to weddings. There’s tons of literature on everything from selecting the most happening beard trend to following your favorite celebrity beard styles.
But the fact is that, with a good beard comes great responsibility. There is a thin line between looking manly and looking uncouth, and that line is left unabridged by the right set of grooming tools. At the forefront is of this lineup, are beard trimmers.
Beard trimmers are like oxygen for a bearded man. You’ve got to sleep with one under your pillow. Depending on whether your facial hair grows like the beanstalk or sprouts in fragments, you may have to decide between trimming once every two days or once a week. In either case, the best beard trimmer can make all the difference.
Going trimmer shopping isn’t exactly like buying cheerios, though. They come in a horde of different sizes, shapes and tech. Buying one that best suits you is crucial to be able to get your styling right.
Irrespective of whether this is your first attempt at growing a beard or you are looking to go from Dumbledore to a sparser turf, then we have just the thing for you.
What maketh the best beard trimmers?
Before you get lost in the beard trimmer labyrinth, here are a few factors that will help you narrow down on your choice sooner than you’d expect.
Power Source: Beard trimmers can be corded or cordless. In other words, they have a plug-in point or are powered by a rechargeable battery. While most people think about the obvious advantages, like portability and trimming without the hassles of a cord, it also means that you have to ensure that the cordless one stays charged when you need it the most. Some cordless trimmers have a charge time of 10-12 hours. Better not be caught one that sputters and dies as you turn it on.
Size: Blade trimmers are travel essentials. So look for something that can slip into a corner of your travel bag or grooming kit. The last thing you need is an oversized contraption that juts out of the bag like a sore thumb.
Blade maintenance: The term ‘blade maintenance’ is actually a misnomer. Because you don’t need to get the beards sharpened even though that’s what it sounds like. Blade maintenance is a sophisticated way of saying blade cleaning. Trimmer blades are designed to last for life. A desirable feature though, would be to look for a blade that is waterproof and can be rinsed under a tap for an easy cleaning session.
The Tech: Oh you’ve got to see some of the tech that latest beard trimmers boast of. The Philips 9000 for example, projects a red laser light on to your skin, essentially showing you, where to cut the hair according to the beard style you choose. While that may seem straight out of Star Trek, there are tons of other features in beard trimmers. The ones that matter are trimmer speed, trim lengths, accessories for trimming body hair, interchangeable beard heads and vacuum.
Brand: Everybody has their favorite tech brands. You can’t drag my dead body away from an Apple product. Similarly, if you are brand loyal, then this is one factor that you ‘may’ consider. Personally, I would rate all the other factors above it, because most of the brands in the men’s grooming products industry are quite reliable.
Price: Last but not the least, what are you comfortable spending for trimming some facial hair? That may sound like a crude way to describe it. But that’s what it all narrows down to. Some people would say that I don’t mind spending $150 on a trimmer. Others would cringe at the thought of spending more than $50.
Did you manage to get so far? That’s awesome because without further ado, let me show you my pick of the top 10 best beard trimmers in the market. I have considered all the above mentioned factors while making the choice and also analyzed the average public feedback or customer rating for these trimmers.
#1 – Panasonic ER-GB80-S
The Panasonic ER-GB80-S trumps one of the most popular beard trimmers from Philips to become the #1 rated and most awarded men’s beard trimmers in the world. And it is no mean feat.
The ER-GB80-S features a stylish ergonomic design in black and silver with a rubberized grip for comfortable handling while making the most delicate adjustments. With 39 adjustable clipper and trimmer settings that range from 0.5 to 20.0mm in 0.5 mm increments, there is very little that you cannot do with it. It switches seamlessly between a beard and a body hair trimmer thanks to the multiple attachments and combs that come with the package.
When you want to perfect your sideburns and moustache, a slide-up trimmer pops up to save the day. The ER-GB80-S provides 50 minutes of continual trimming on a single full charge and can be extended further by plugging in.
The 45º Blades are sharp and perfectly designed for a wide range of beard maintenance.
- 39 built in trim and clip settings
- 3 combs and attachments for body hair
- 50 minutes of trimming on a full charge and can be plugged in
- Slide-up trimmer for sideburns
- 45º Blades for perfect grooming
Verdict: Must buy! If you are looking for a complete package that can trim and clip to precision, look no further. The Panasonic ER-GB80-S is an investment that will last for long.
#2 – Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200
Highlighted by Philips’ proprietary lift and trim technology, the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200 makes a powerful addition to the list of the best beard trimmers. It boasts of an integrated vacuum system that sucks in the trimmed hair as you continue to groom.
Out of the box, the 7200 looks pretty much like most of the trimmers from the Philips Norelco range. It has a stylish and ergonomic design in dual tone. The compact size makes it comfortable to grip.
The lift and trim technology guides the hair to the trimming blades for an even and smooth trim every time. The blades are precisely angled and double sharpened to ensure a crisp cut. Made of durable stainless steel, these are self-sharpening and eliminates the need for frequent blade changes. People with sensitive skin will love the rounded edges on the comb attachments that make it gentle on your skin.
There are 20 built-in settings to choose from, each in 0.5mm increments. This lets you tailor your trim to perfection. The Philips Norelco 7200 is washable to clean and remove the hair that is sucked in by the vacuum system.
- Sleek and stylish
- Self-Sharpening blades
- Integrated vacuum system
- Lift and trim technology
- 20 built in settings
- Up to 80 minutes of trimming on a single charge
Final Verdict: It’s a tad behind the Panasonic ER-GB80-S. But the Philips Norelco 7200 is a very worthy addition to the list of the best beard trimmers. It packs in some very impressive features including a longer runtime.
#3 – Remington PG6171 The Crafter Beard Boss Style and Detail Kit, Platinum
The Crafter is the flagship offering from Remington’s ‘Beard Boss’ range of men’s grooming products and it is one of the most advanced beard trimmers in the market now. Although it has a barebones design as compared to the earlier models we reviewed, it more than makes up with a slew of impressive features.
The Remington PG6171 Crafter is an 11-piece beard trimming kit that contains a nose and ear hair trimmer, detail trimmer, six comb attachments and a mini foil shaver addressing all your grooming needs in a single package.
It features titanium coated blades that trims even the thickest beard with ease. And when the trimming demands an additional boost, activate the turbo mode that is like beard trimming on steroids.
The PG6171 Crafter boasts of 180 minutes runtime which is more than double that of Philips and Panasonic. If it is fully drained, just 5 minutes of charging gives you enough power to last one full shave. That is an impressive addition by Remington.
Completely waterproof, you can use the crafter in the shower without a worry. To top it all up, it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.
- Titanium coated blades
- Turbo mode
- Complete kit
- 180 minutes runtime
- 5 min power charge
- 60 day money back guarantee
The Final Verdict: The Remington PG6171 Crafter is in league of its own. If an extended runtime features on the top of your wish list, grab this kit. It’s a full body grooming kit disguised as a beard trimmer. Great value!
#4 – Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All In One Trimmer
The Wahl 9854-600 All In One Trimmer has a very similar design and feature set like our previous model, the Remington Crafter. The only major difference is the slightly lesser runtime. But it also costs much lesser than the Crafter.
Wahl has been one of the leaders in the men’s grooming industry and the 9854-600 is one of their most popular products. It has a very minimalistic and innocuous appearance that is boosted by some very robust features.
For starters, the package is exhaustive. In addition to the extra comb attachments, it also ships with blade oil, a trimmer blade, T-blade, detail blade and a styling guide. At the heart of the 9854-600 is a powerful Lithium Ion battery that gives it a whopping 120 minutes of runtime on a single charge. Like the Remington, the Wahl also has a 1 minute quick charge system that gives you enough power for a single full shave.
The motor is one of the finest in-class and provides two times the torque as compared to other beard trimmers in this price range.
- Most comprehensive body grooming kit
- Multiple blade attachments and comb attachments
- Powerful lithium ion battery
- 120 minutes of runtime on a single charge
- 1 minute quick charge system
- Motor that gives double the torque
The Final Verdict: With a very attractive price tag for an all-inclusive body grooming kit, the Wahl gains a competitive pricing advantage that the other brands lack. It does have a few minor niggles. But nothing that can be a deal breaker.
#5 – Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer, ER-GB40-S
The Panasonic Milano, also known as the ER-GB40-S is a completely waterproof beard trimmer that allows you to trim, edge and style in the shower. You heard that right. It has a unique design with an integrated water drainage system that makes cleaning a breeze.
The Milano ER-GB40-S borrows the stylish design from the more popular and our #1 rated model, ER-GB80-S. It has the same ergonomics with a rubberized grip which gives you a firm grip if you are using it in the shower.
It is compact sized and can fit in easily into your grooming kit during travel.
With the three comb attachments, the ER-GB40-S offers 19 trim length settings in 0.5mm increments. The blades are hypoallergenic stainless steel and provide a flawless cut every time. The best part, is that you can also use the ER-GB40-S with shaving cream. If you ever need to transition from a stubble to clean shaven, the Milano has you covered.
The nickel–metal hydride battery with the 15 hour long charge time is a let down to this brilliantly designed beard trimmer, especially, since it has a runtime of only 50 minutes.
- Beautiful mélange of color and ergonomics
- Compact sized
- Completely waterproof
- Hypoallergenic stainless steel blades
- Dry and wet trimmer
- 19 trim length settings
If you like the added convenience of being able to trim or shave in the shower or use a shaving cream, then there is no better choice than the Milano ER-GB40-S. It is the only dry/wet trimmer in this list of best beard trimmers that is completely submersible. Great innovation from Panasonic and completely worth the price.
#6 – TRYM II
Listed as Amazon’s choice on the shopping portal, the TRYM II enjoys an unprecedented popularity among the younger demographic thanks to the most stylish design for a beard trimmer till date. But it provides great value that goes beyond the aesthetics.
The TRYM II looks futuristic. It has sleek and glossy no-button casing that can rival the most stylish smartphone you’d buy. Dock it on the charging base and it scores high on the glam quotient.
The newer version is updated with compound metal blades that give you a precise and crisp cut. Also, the blades are longer lasting than the previous model, which translates into lesser hassles of blade replacement.
The TRYM is a complete body grooming kit with four separate attachments for a goatee, body, moustache and stubble. The attachments range from 1.8mm to 9mm in length.
If customer ratings are to go by, the TRYM performs flawlessly and even better than many higher priced models.
- Extremely stylish and glossy design
- Looks futuristic with the battery dock
- Compound metal blades for the perfect cut
- Four separate attachments for goatee, body, moustache and stubble
The Verdict: With an insanely cool design that looks straight out of an Apple factory, the TRYM II is a great addition to any bathroom. While it may lack the bells and whistles of some of the higher priced models, it is perfect for a casual beard trimmer who does not fuss over the tiniest of details.
#7 – Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100, 5 attachments, QG3330
As manufacturers clamber for more visibility on the supermarket aisle, it pays to have a feature packed trimmer with multi-grooming capabilities and a throwaway price tag. That’s precisely what the Philips Norelco Series 3100 is. This is the bestselling beard trimmer on Amazon and is one of the most popular offerings from Philips.
If you have seen other models from the Philips Norelco range then you will be surprised at the minimalist and stark appearance of the Multi-groom Series 3100. It has an all-black matte casing with an ergonomic design, nevertheless.
It includes 5 different attachments for details, nose trimming, beard, moustache and hair, making it the most cost-effective full body grooming kit.
There are 18 different trimming settings in 1 mm increments allowing you to tailor your stubble to the T. The lowest length is 3mm and the highest is 20 mm. The Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 has a runtime of 35 minutes on a full charge and is voltage compatible around the world. This makes it an ideal travel trimmer.
You do not have to bother about cleaning the blades either. The blades on the 3100 are completely washable.
The Best Features
- Cheapest beard trimmer with five attachments
- 18 trimming settings in 1mm increments
- 35 minute runtime on full charge
- Voltage compatible around the world
- Washable blades
The Verdict: The Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 is the best budget beard trimmer in the market. It is the bestseller on amazon and has a great customer rating. If you are cash strapped, then look no further.
#8 – Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler
Gillette takes aesthetics to new heights with the Fusion Proglide Styler. This three-in-one styler with a blue and black eye-catching design will accentuate your bathroom vanity counter with its impressive profile. The package also includes a neat organizer that lets you store all the accessories together.
But it’s not mere eye candy. With an under $20 price tag, this is one of the best beard trimmers in the market.
The Proglide Styler will amaze you with its ergonomic design and compact form. It is easy to grip and maneuver even on the thickest beard. This dermatologist recommended styler is the gentlest on the skin among all beard trimmers from Gillette, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin.
This is a three-in-one styler that can trim, shave and edge and features Gillette’s most advanced blade system that is thinner, it can reach even the hard-to-reach areas for precise and crisp cuts. Once you are done trimming the beard and the sideburns, just turn the blade around to use the precision edger to complete your styling.
Completely waterproof, you can use the Proglider Styler even in the shower without worrying about electrocution.
The Best Features
- Stunning black and blue casing with an ergonomic design
- Gillette’s proglide system blades
- Three in one styler for trimming, edging and shaving
- Budget priced
The Verdict: With more than 90% positive customer reviews and a great feature bundle highlighted by the most beautiful design among beard trimmers, the Gilette Fusion Proglide Styler rates among the best beard trimmers.
#9 – Braun BT 5090 Precision Beard Trimmer
The Braun BT 5090 is an upgrade to the Braun Cruzer, which is one of the most popular beard trimmers from Braun’s BT range. The upgraded version features a new design and some bells and whistles which make life easier for the user.
With an all-plastic Silver and black combination body that looks stunning, the BT 5090 is undoubtedly, the best looking beard trimmer from Braun, who are not very famous for their design skills. Instead, it makes up with a very user-friendly design that puts the button for the detail trimmer on the front part of the casing.
Press and slide it up to get your details correct after a trim. Release the button to lock it into place again. This is called the Slide and Style system by Braun and can even be used with the optional comb attachments. There are 25 settings for different styling lengths which puts it on par with our #1 rated beard trimmer.
The blades are sharp and durable and it will probably outlast the main trimmer unit itself.
Powering the BT 5090 is a dual battery system which lets you use it corded or cordless. One hour of charging time gives you almost 40 minutes of runtime, which is excellent.
The Best Features
- Aesthetically pleasing design from Braun
- User friendly design
- Slide and Style function
- 25 settings for trimming
- Sharp and long lasting blades
- 60 minutes of charge gives you 40 minutes of runtime
With a barebones design, the Braun BT 5090 is overshadowed by some of the more feature rich trimmers in the market. But don’t be thrown off by the lack of features. If a solid beard trimmer is what you are looking for, then here’s one of the best ones.
#10 – Wahl Wireless Men’s Beard, Ear and NoseTrimmer Kit
Wahl has been introducing some amazing new products in their budget-priced multi-grooming kits and this Wireless Men’s Beard, Ear and Nose Trimmer Kit is one of the latest additions to the range. It retains Wahl’s signature all-silver design with minimal clutter on the casing.
Once you look beyond the great styling, the Wahl Wireless kit features powerful carbon and steel blades that will glide through even the toughest of body hair. Precision ground for enhanced durability, these blades will stay sharp for years without the need to replace them.
The Beard & Mustache Comb allows you to complete your styling with ease without looking for optional accessories.
The Wahl Wireless Kit also doubles up as a nose and brow trimmer and has three optional comb attachments that allow edging and detailing.
It is powered by a rechargeable battery which gets charged easily and offers enhanced runtime.
- Clean and minimalist design
- High carbon steel blades
- Three in one styler with optional attachments for edging and detailing
- Rechargeable batteries
The Final Verdict: Sometimes, all you need is a barebones beard trimmer without any bells and whistles attached. The Wahl Wireless Kits is the perfect example of this. It is basic, but it does what it is supposed to do. You cannot go wrong with it.