The Definitive Guide to the Best Beard Trimmers

Save Money, Save Time: The Best Beard Trimmers on the Market Today

For many men, the biggest appeal of growing a beard is the thought of no longer having to waste the time or subject themselves to the pain and irritation that comes with shaving. While the bearded look may eliminate some of the unpleasant aspects of shaving, the truth is you’ll still have to spend some time on your beard if you don’t want to look like a bum—that is, unless your goal is the full-on gnarly beard look ala Gandalf or Tom Hanks in Castaway (and if that’s the case, why bother reading this?).


The rest of us are left with having to do a bit of work to maintain the look and shape of our facial hair follicles, which is where finding the best beard trimmer comes in. Forget dogs—a high quality beard trimmer is truly man’s best friend, or at least for those of us lucky enough to grow a great beard (check out our guide to growing a good beard). The best beard trimmers can mean more than the difference between looking like a stud or a slob, as they can also help save you time on the trimming and potentially even on the clean-up as well. It very important to know how to maintain your beard, from how to trim it to keeping it healthy with a first-rate beard oil like these here or an outstanding beard balm.

A good beard trimmer should provide plenty of control and offer enough choices of length to give you the proper fade. You obviously need a trimmer that cuts evenly to keep your beard properly groomed, but with so many different options out there, deciding on the best beard trimmer is really a matter of personal choice that depends in part on the style of your beard and the shape of your face. Be sure to check out our articles on the best beard styles and best black me beard styles.

Essentially, finding the right trimmer comes down to choosing which features are most important and how much you’re willing to pay for them. Whatever your preference may be, we’ve done the hard work for you, performing extensive research and narrowing down the hundreds of different options into a list of what we consider to be amongst the best beard and mustache trimmers on the market today. From full-on technological masterpieces with touch screens and other fancy gadgets to more basic products without all the bells and whistles that simply get the job done—all the trimmers you’ll find below have been fully tested and deemed to meet Prim and Prep’s exacting standards.

No matter whether you’re looking for the best stubble trimmer or something to help you tame your unruly full beard, you definitely can’t go wrong with any of the trimmers that made our list. Norelco surely ranks amongst the best manufacturers, with its products taking up nearly half the spots on the list, but you’ll also find excellent trimmers from other popular brands like Wahl, Panasonic, Remington and more. So read on for honest beard trimmer reviews and find the product that can keep you looking like a champ instead of a chump (or worse yet, a chimp).


The Hands-Down Best Beard Trimmer on the Market


#1 Norelco Multigroom All-in-One Grooming Kit

Norelco Multigroom All-in-One Grooming KitIn truth, we could probably just end the list here—the Phillips Norelco Multigroom is simply that good. That being said, like all products, it does have a few little flaws and might not be the best beard trimmer for everyone. Still, any search for best beard trimmer reviews will return you hundreds, if not thousands of users extolling the virtues of the Norelco Multigroom, of which there are many. This is definitely the best beard trimmer on the market today in our opinion, as there is almost no category where it doesn’t stand out.

As the name states, the Norelco Multigroom is really an all-in-on grooming kit. Featuring an adjustable beard and mustache comb with 18 different length settings, the Norelco Multigroom can help you achieve virtually any beard style imaginable, no matter how long or short. Heck, you could probably even use this thing on your head. However, we’d probably recommend you upgrade to the Multigroom Pro for this purpose, as it features an additional hair clipper comb with 18 more length settings.

Norelco all in one stubble combStill, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can achieve with the Multigroom. In addition to being the one of the best beard and mustache trimmers, the Multigroom also ranks among the best stubble trimmers thanks to the addition of a detail and stubble comb with another 12 length settings from 1 to 12 mm that allows you to achieve that perfectly manicured five o’clock shadow look with ease. But we’re not done yet, as the Multigroom also features a 21 mm detail trimmer for shaping those fine lines, plus a detail foil shaver to provide the final finishing touches.

Of course, when it comes to grooming, some men may require a bit of help in other areas, which is why the Multigroom also features a nose hair trimmer. Yes, you read that right—a beard, mustache, head, stubble and nose hair trimmer all in the same fantastic package. Not only that, but the Multigroom also performs decently in terms of battery life. With approximately 35 minutes of use time on a single charge (or 50 minutes with the Multigroom Pro), it provides more than enough time to take care of your trimming needs many times over. However, the battery life pales in comparison to many of its competitors. Still, if the battery ever does die before you finish, you can always just plug it in and use it like a corded trimmer.

All in all, the Multigroom cuts evenly, is incredibly easy to use and should last for years thanks to the high quality construction and self-sharpening chromium blades. All that being said, one of the other reasons we chose this as the overall best beard trimmer on the market is the price. With most stores carrying the Multigroom for less than $20 or the Multigroom Pro for less than $50, you’d be hard pressed to find a better all-around product that offers so much functionality for such an affordable price.



The Best of the Rest

Our decision to place the Norelco Multigroom in a category of its own was really based on the fact that it is probably the best all-around trimmer, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a number of other excellent options out there. Not every man needs or wants all the options and features that the Multigroom comes with, plus there are several trimmers that outperform it in terms of size, ease or convenience of use and a number of other categories. Below you’ll find beard trimmer reviews for what we consider the best of the rest, all of which are either as good or even better than the Multigroom in certain aspects and are definitely at least worth a consider.

#2 Best Battery Life: Wahl 9867 Lithium Ion Beard and Stubble Trimmer

Wahl 9867 Lithium Ion Beard and Stubble TrimmerIn terms of size and how it feels in your hand, the Wahl Beard and Stubble Trimmer ranks slightly above the Multigroom in our book. This trimmer is plenty small enough to fit in your carryon luggage, while still offering enough functionality for even the most demanding consumers, as it features a basic trimmer plus an adjustable guide comb with seven different lengths.

The sleek design not only looks good, but also ensures this trimmer fits perfectly in your hand, while the no-slip rubber hand grip provides outstanding control. Still, where the Wahl Beard and Stubble Trimmer really shines is when it comes to the battery.

Featuring the same type of high-efficiency lithium ion battery that you’d find in laptops and smartphones, the Wahl 9867 outperforms basically all its competitors in terms of battery life. In just one you can fully charge the battery, which will then provide an amazing 3 hours of running time. No other product we tested even came close to the Wahl in this category. In fact, if you’re not using it daily, you’ll soon find you can go weeks or even many months before you’ll need to recharge it.

Of course, there may always come the day when you’re in desperate need of a quick trim, only to discover that the battery has finally died. With the Multigroom, you can simply plug it in and use it like a corded model, but what do you do when you’re in a hurry and there is no plug-in near a mirror? With the Wahl 9867 you’ll never have to worry about that problem, as charging it for even a minute will give you more than 5 minutes of precious battery life—allowing you to get job done in a pinch whenever, wherever you need.

You can usually pick up the Wahl 9867 for somewhere between $20 and $30, which seems even more like a bargain when you consider the fact that it comes with a full five year warranty so you know its guaranteed to last. Overall, we highly recommend this trimmer for anyone looking for an easy to use trimmer that you can both take anywhere and eliminates ever having to worry about a dead battery. Still, this isn’t just the best beard trimmer in terms of battery life, as it performed well in all of our tests.


#3 Best Beard Trimmer for Clean-Up: Norelco 7300 Series Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer

Norelco 7300 Series Vacuum Stubble and Beard TrimmerThe Norelco 7300 Series Beardtrimmer (formerly known as the QT4070) offers plenty enough options for most purposes, as it features 18 adjustable length choices. As a basic beard trimmer, this product can definitely get the job done, although we found the head a bit too big or bulky to make it very useful for details, touch-up or fine trimming.

That being said, it’s still a decent all around trimmer, providing plenty of battery life and functionality for most average users. In truth, the Norelco 7300 Series performs most tasks adequately, but doesn’t really stand apart from the competitors except for in one key area.

We all know what a pain in the butt it can be having to clean up after beard trimming or shaving, as those little hairs seem to get just about everywhere. However, you’ll never again have to worry about that problem with this trimmer, as the Norelco 7300 Series features a built-in vacuum. Yep, a vacuum!

As soon as you turn this baby on, the vacuum starts sucking, ensuring all those hairs that are trimmed off end up being caught inside the trimmer instead of spread out all over the sink and elsewhere. For any man who’s ever ended up with hair on their toothbrush or had to listen to their wife nagging about the hairs they leave everywhere, finding a way to eliminate some of the mess associated with male grooming can be a top priority. If this sounds like you, you can probably just stop reading this now, as you probably won’t find a better option than the Norelco 7300.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks, such as the fact that the adjustable guard is actually built-in, meaning it may not be able to get as close or provide those fine details you want. Still, for men like myself that seem to constantly lose things, the idea of built-in guards may not be such a bad thing. The same thing goes for those that either don’t need or already have a product to take care of the finer styling details.

The only other common complaint we’ve come across is that this trimmer isn’t quite as powerful as others. Nonetheless, it does feature a turbo setting that boosts both the cutting and vacuum speeds, albeit while also significantly cutting down on the battery life.

This model also features a lithium ion battery, albeit at only about 75 minutes of usage time per full charge, it outperforms the Multigroom but still falls far behind the Wahl 9867. However, it only makes sense that you’d get less run time considering the fact that the battery has to power both the trimmer and the vacuum.

With a price of around $50 to $60, it’s probably not surprising that you’ll have to pay a bit more for the vacuum function as well. Overall, we definitely recommend this trimmer for those that are looking for speed, ease and convenience. It may not pack quite the power or options as some of the other models, but the vacuum alone is enough to make the difference for many people.


#4 Most Technologically Advanced: Remington Touch Control

Remington MB4550T Rechargeable Men's Mustache and Beard Trimmer with Exclusive Touch ControlFor the more tech-savvy among us who are looking for a trimmer that has all the bells and whistles, the Remington Touch Control is right up your alley. This trimmer features a digital touch screen that allows you to customize the speed and length instantly. Not only that, but the digital control allows for much more flexibility and precision, giving you an unmatched 175 different choices of length.

The Remington Touch Control comes with your standard wall charger, but also features a USB plug to allow you to charge from your laptop or other device as well. Overall, this product works quite well, even if it does suffer from the fairly common problem of being a bit too bulky for the more delicate tasks. As a general trimmer for men that don’t need a lot of fine trimming or detail work, the Remington Touch Control is definitely up to the task.

However, in truth we found the touch screen to be way too gimmicky. While it’s great to be able to choose precise measurements up to 0.1mm apart, the sensitivity on the screen makes it quite hard to actually adjust by such small measurements (it’s also probably unnecessary, but that’s another story altogether).

This trimmer also suffers from battery life problems, as many people report the battery lasting only a few minutes after only a couple of months of sporadic use. The fact that the guard isn’t removable also makes it hard to clean, while the fact that it can be used with the guard unlocked just opens up the possibility for huge mistakes (one of our staffers had to shave off his whole beard due to this issue).

Still, there are plenty of men who swear by this one as well, so if you like the idea of a trimmer with a bunch of fancy tech gadgets, by all means go ahead and get this one. Still, you should expect to pay at least $50 for it, and in our opinion, there’s better options out there for that price.


#5 Most Precise Control: Phillips-Norelco Beardtrimmer 9100 Series

Phillips-Norelco Beardtrimmer 9100 SeriesA beard trimmer… with a laser? While it may not have a touch screen or USB charger like the Remington Touch Control, we still almost chose the Phillips Beard Trimmer 9100 as the most technologically advanced, because after all, it’s a beard and mustache trimmer with a frickin’ laser! There is no doubt that this is the best beard and mustache trimmer with a laser guide on the market (in fact, it’s currently the only one).

With 17 length settings, a beard comb, detail comb and a two-sided cutting head with different sizes, the Beardtrimmer 9100 Series easily lives up to Norelco’s reputation for producing some of the best beard and mustache trimmers on the planet. This product feels great in the hand, has decent battery life with around 60 minutes per charge, is 100% waterproof and cuts quickly and evenly. However, where the Beardtrimmer 9100 really excels is when it comes to precise control, as the laser guide shows you exactly where the blades will cut—allowing you to create whatever style you wish in a snap. The length settings can be adjusted in 0.2mm increments, which allows more precision styling that most other products as well.

We’ve yet to read a beard trimmer review for this product that didn’t mention how useful the laser guide was and it’s no surprise that this trimmer has already become the go-to for several of our testers. Unfortunately the Beardtrimmer 9100 comes in near the top end of the range in terms of price, as it will usually set you back around $55 or so. That being said, it does come with a full two-year warranty and should be able to get the job done for many more years than that. So, if you’re sick of those annoying little screw ups and nicks that keep your beard from looking its best, reach for the Beardtrimmer 9100, the only laser guided trimmer in the world.


#6 Best Waterproof: Panasonic Milano Series

Panasonic Milano Series ER-GB40-S Hair & Body TrimmerWhile many products advertise themselves as being waterproof, including the aforementioned Beardtrimmer 9100, there are very few products that we would actually trust well enough to use in the shower out of fear of ruining it. However, when it comes to being waterproof, you can actually believe the hype attached to the Panasonic Milano Series trimmer.

While we don’t know many men who try to tackled delicate trimming jobs in the shower, that’s exactly what you can do with the Panasonic Milano if you’re feeling confident. Panasonic advertises this as a wet or dry trimmer, allowing you to use it wherever your heart desires. Not only that, but cleanup is also a breeze as you can simply just run the head under water to clean out all that stubborn stubble. The trimmer features a special water hole, which allows water and hair to drain straight out the bottom.

This trimmer has 19 adjustable length settings from 1 to 10 mm, which makes it great for those with longer beards to trim, as the guard on many other trimmers can only be adjusted to 7 or 8mm long. The Milano Series both looks great and feels comfortable in the hand thanks to the rubberized grip, and at only around $50, it offers decent value for the money.

However, it also has one huge drawback and that’s how long it takes to charge the battery. Many men have reported needing more than 48 hours of charging before the first use and often as much as 20 to 24 hours for subsequent charges. You’ll get about 50 minutes of battery life per charge though, so as long as you always remember to place it in the charging station after you use it, this probably shouldn’t be too big of an issue. Still, while many other trimmers no longer need oil, you’ll also need to oil this baby up in three places before and after each use.

If you can get over these issues though, the Milano Series is still a pretty decent product—especially if shaving in the shower is what you’re after. In terms of waterproof products, this is probably the best beard trimmer in its category, and while it may have a few issues, there are many men who might just find this product perfect.


#7 Best Corded Trimmer/Clipper: Wahl Peanut

Wahl PeanutAlthough numerous trimmers we’ve listed can be used while plugged in, some people still find they prefer an old-fashioned corded trimmer like those barbers use. In truth, we tend to stay away from these products, as they are really more intended for the hair on your head than that on your face. Nonetheless, if you do find yourself wanting a quality corded trimmer, you could do a lot worse than the Wahl Peanut, which provides professional cutting power in a small, lightweight and easy to use package.

The biggest issue we found with this trimmer is the lack of guard options, as you’ll really only have four different choices of length—most of which are too long for beard trimming. Still, for basic trimming without a guard, this product can definitely still do the trick. There’s not really much else to say about this one, as it is your most basic corded trimmer. While it may not have a lot of bells and whistles, what it does, it does extremely well. So, for men who like the idea of a beard and head trimmer in one, the Wahl Peanut is one of your better options—especially considering it usually costs less than $40 or $50.


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1 thought on “The Definitive Guide to the Best Beard Trimmers”

  1. Nice article. I always used straight razors before and never tried trimmers, but your article made me struggle and now I will go to amazon and get one to give it a try! Thanks!

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