There is a world of difference in the look of a well kept beard and untrimmed beard no matter what the length is.
If you’re not too keen on details, I’ve listed all the trimmers in a compact list below for convenience.
Article Summary: Top 5 Beard Trimmers
- Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
- Brio Beardscape
- Wahl Peanut
- Philips OneBlade
- Wahl Clipper Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Plus
My #1 Pick (What I Ended Up Purchasing)
Why: I chose the Philips Norelco for multiple reasons, firstly, being in the grooming industry I’ve had the pleasure of trying out hundreds of brands when it comes to trimmers and shavers. By far my best experience has been with the Philips line of shavers – they’re basically the Toyota of shavers, super reliable and get’s the job done. When I was researching beard trimmers, the only real negative I saw about this model was the lack of flexibility when it came to creating sharp beard lines – lucky for me I also own the Philips OneBlade which is the PERFECT combination alongside this trimmer to create any beard style you want.
Anthony RomanoGrooming Expert
Introduction: Why You Need a Beard Trimmer
It doesn’t matter if you’re rocking a full viking beard or a simple stubble, both will require some degree of maintenance to look great.
Hands down the best way to shape and maintain your beard is with a quality beard trimmer.
Choosing the right beard trimmer is crucial. Not only will a low quality one result in a bad trim, but you also run the risk of irritated skin and pulled hairs which are painful as hell. Since skin comfort is half the reason we hate shaving, a trimmer that irritates it defeats the entire purpose.
We have put together a list of some of the best on the market.
No seriously, I made this list when specifically looking for a beard trimmer for myself and I’m a huge stickler when buying grooming products.
Beard Trimming 101
If you’re looking to keep your beard looking amazing at all times, follow these guidelines and you will have an immaculate beard that everyone will envy.
The Perfect Beard Set up
Avoid The Following
How To Shave a Beard Neckline
You can have the thickest most beautiful beard in the world but if you mess up the neckline, you’re going to look plain silly and ruin your beard.
This is perhaps my biggest pet peeve when it comes to beard maintenance – when guys trim their neckline improperly.
Good Beard Neckline
Beard Trimmers vs Hair Clippers
One of the first questions I thought to myself when first thinking of buying a beard trimmer was: “Why not just buy a pair of hair clippers?”
and in theory, it makes sense. A pair of hair clippers are most likely going to be more powerful, durable and overall better, right?
Yes and no. Hair clippers will definitely be more powerful and durable, but in practice the size of the head will be too big, and the teeth of the clippers too wide.
They are after all meant to cut the thicker hair on your scalp.
This makes for a very inefficient and uncomfortable trim for the beard area. There was an exception though!
We included the Wahl Peanut into our list because even though it is designed and marketed as a professional grade hair clipper, the size and ease of handling does actually make it a pretty good beard trimmer.
There is one caveat though; it is very powerful (as most hair clippers are) which is sort of a double edged sword.
If you’re confident in your handling of these clippers and the power they provide, and also know the contours of your face like the back of your hand – they’re an amazing option.
But if you’re not so experienced and need a bit of a hand hold and more safety options, I highly recommend skipping the hair clippers and going for a trimmer specifically designed to handle the sensitive areas of your face.
How To Disinfect a Beard Trimmer
As a self admitted hypochondriac, I’d rather buy a brand new beard trimmer than use one that I’m not too sure if it’s clean or not.
For all my fellow health freaks out there, here is how you actually clean and disinfect your trimmer.
How To Disinfect Your Beard Trimmer
There’s a good reason Philips Norelco is perhaps the biggest name in men’s electric shaving and grooming.
Whether it’s their body groomers or electric shavers the Norelco series sets the bar for which all other shavers and groomers should be compared to.
When you get a Philips Norelco you can expect a quality product that will more than likely satisfy your needs, and this is true for the Philips Norelco Beard & Head trimmer.
Honestly, if you’re new to trimming your beard, I always like to recommend Philips because they make the learning curve a lot less painful. If you want a stubble look, this will achieve it, if you want a shorter beard, this will achieve it, if you want to groom and style a large beard, this will achieve it.
I’ve also found the Philips Norelco to be a lot more forgiving in terms of irritation and pulled hairs. If you’re inexperienced and want to learn how to properly groom your beard, I highly recommend this model. It simply is a quality product that get’s the job done.
Key Features: Philips Norelco
Cons: Philips Norelco
First off, I have to mention the packaging and presentation of the Brio beardscape. I know most of us guys only care about functionality and getting the job done, but it is worth mentiontiong the Beardscape has absolutely beautiful presentation.
It feels like you’re opening up a brand new iPhone.
With that said, let’s get to the actual trimming capabilities. The Beardscape feels very well made, once you get it in your hands you will definitely get the feeling that a lot of care and quality was put into the construction.
The charge lasts for hours, which is a huge bonus.
Once you turn the bad boy on, you’ll be surprised at how quiet it sounds. I thought there’s no way something this quiet could cut through my heavy beard, but my doubts were unfounded as the Brio Beardscape handled the job perfectly (while being super silent!).
Now let’s talk about the pitfalls. No product is perfect after all. I found the Beardscape to have slightly too wide of clippers, at times it feels difficult having to navigate in those hard to reach places like below your nose.
It’s not a dealbreaker, it just means you will have to learn to navigate the contours of your face more skillfully when using it.
Every beard trimmer has a “skill curve” you will get used to after awhile.
Key Features: Brio Beardscape
Cons: Brio Beardscape
3. Wahl Peanut
If you’re hardcore about your trimmer, and want something with a strong motor without any gimmicks, this is the trimmer for you.
Wahl has been a trusted name in the barbering world for decades, I know many people that have owned their Wahl Peanut for 5+ years and they still love it.
If you’re looking for a trimmer that won’t quit on you, that you’ll still have years down the road, the Wahl Peanut is a “buy it for life” trimmer made just for you.
This trimmer cuts through hair like butter – but with great power comes great responsibility!
If you’re not comfortable with that much power, I wouldn’t get this trimmer. But if you were blessed with a Zeus like Beard that is as tough as nails and constructed like barbed wire, the Wahl Peanut is the right trimmer for the job.
The Wahl Peanut as the name suggest is very compact and small, it doesn’t come with any thrills or gimmicks, it’s just a darn powerful, high quality trimmer.
Key Features: Wahl Peanut
Cons: Wahl Peanut
So far we’ve reviewed some very heavy hitters. Trimmers that are able to cut even the thickest and most coarse beards, but what if you simply want a nicely trimmed beard, or perhaps a little bit of stubble with a nice line up?
Sometimes the heavy hitting trimmers can be a little rough on the skin and cause a lot of irritation, or they don’t have the precision to get the job done exactly how you’d want it.
Say hello to the Philips OneBlade.
If you rock a shorter beard or simply want to trim to a stubble length and keep it there, there’s no other beard trimmer I would recommend.
You simply cannot get the ease of use and precision the OneBlade offers in other trimmers.
It charges fast, is surprisingly quiet and the best part – it gives you a very even and clean trim, even on the first pass.
If you’re looking for something easy to use and you’re not rocking a crazy long beard, this is the trimmer for you.
Key Features: Philips OneBlade
Cons: Philips OneBlade
Now there is a certain crowd searching a beard trimmer that is “BuyItForLife”.
A trimmer that has such longevity that they could potentially hand down to their grand kids.
Unfortunately brands don’t really make products to last for a lifetime anymore, but if you want something that will last for a very good length of time, Wahl is a very good brand for that.
You can instantly feel the quality of this trimmer when you first get your hands on it. It has more weight to it, it has that quality stainless steel material that you know will last you a very long time.
As for the performance, it is quite a powerful trimmer. If you have a thick beard I highly recommend this trimmer. Overall, I consider this trimmer a “jack of all trades”. It does the job it’s supposed to with crazy bells and whistles.
It will last you a long time (if you take care of it of course!).
A great purchase for the “BuyItForLife” crowd.
Key Features: Wahl Ion Plus
Cons: Wahl Ion Plus