The Age of Bearded Men is upon us yet again! The trend of sporting facial hair, once worn only by hipsters of Brooklyn, has gone mainstream now, with beards getting a nod of approval (or indifference) in the modern office settings too. A beard can make you look fantastic and ultra macho no doubt, but it does require a certain level of maintenance (not as high as shaving everyday, so one can’t really complain). This is where you need a good beard trimmer to maintain that royal beard of yours, there is really no other choice but to make sure you have a proper beard trimmer at home.
What exactly is a proper beard trimmer though? What features does it possess? How much money needs to be spent to get a proper beard trimmer? Can you use them for other body parts as well? Below is a consorted list of top 5 beard trimmers, to help you pick what is best for you!
TOP 5 BEST BEARD TRIMMERS 2015
We based our research on the performance of beard trimmers against certain factors – battery life, cutting range, ease of use, water resistance and price. Below are the results of our research:
1. Philips Norelco QT4070/41 Beard Trimmer 7300
Battery Life – For 1 hour of charging its Lithium Ion battery, the Philips Norelco gives you 50-75 minutes of beard trimming which is excellent when compared to other brands like Conair and Braun which take up to 16 hours to charge the batteries completely! However, the runtime for Philips Norelco QT4070 depends on how much you use the Turbo Power Boost button (excellent feature for trimming those thick beards) given in the trimmer.
Cutting Range – There are a total of 18 different length settings which give you a beard cutting range of 0.5 mm (1/64″) to 18 mm(23/32″), making it a perfect tool for trimming beard of all types and lengths.
Ease of Use – The blades will never require oiling or washing as they are self sharpening, so zero maintenance required. Apart from this, the Philips Norelco 7300 trimmer boasts of an incredible additional mechanism, the Integrated Vacuum System, which sucks up the hair residue while trimming, thus ensuring that no hair falls down on your floor or sink.
Water Resistance – Unfortunately, the Philips Norelco 7300 cannot be washed under water, but that is because the blades do not need any washing or maintenance.
Price – Currently priced at $49.95 (at Amazon.com)
Additional Features – Contour Comb, Integrated Vacuum System, LED Display (to indicate battery charge)
2. Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All in One Trimmer
Battery Life – Powered with an extremely powerful Lithium Ion battery, the WAHL trimmer can give you up to 4 hours of trimming for 1 hour of charging! Apart from this, there is also a “1-minute quick charging” option which allows you to trim for 5 minutes when you are in a tearing rush.
Cutting Range – It has three bear guide combs with lengths 3 mm (1/8″), 6 mm (1/4″) and 9.5 mm (3/8″) respectively, and six position guides ranging from 2 mm to 12 mm (5/64″ to 15/32″).
Ease of Use – It has a no-slip rubber grip which gives you a better control over it, however, it is noisier and shakes too much when compared to other trimmers in its range. This is primarily due to its powerful motor, which generates twice the torque as compared to others. This also makes it more tiring on prolonged usage.
Water Resistance – It cannot be washed under water, but again it is not supposed to be. You get a blade oil with the pack which is to be used to clean and maintain the blades.
Price – The WAHL 9854-600 trimmer is currently priced at $34.97 at Amazon.com
Additional Features – 3 beard guides, ear nose and brow detailer, dual foil shaver, T-blade trimmer with three guide combs.
3. Panasonic ER-GB40-S Cordless Moustache & Beard Trimmer Wet/Dry
Battery Life – Unlike most modern chargers, the Panasonic GB40S still uses a Nickel-Metal Hybrid battery which gives a trimming time of 50 mins on 15 hours of charging. Most off putting feature of this trimmer.
Cutting Range – It has 19 different length settings which range from 1 mm (3/64″) to 10 mm (13/32″), with 0.5 mm (1/64″) increments.
Water Resistance – Most appealing feature. It is completely water proof and boasts of a special water drainage system, which makes for a convenient tool if you like to shave in shower or want to wash off the hair residue after trimming.
Ease of Use – It has stainless steel Hypo Allergenic blades for precise cutting and trimming, and a firm grip rubber handle which is necessary if you are using it for wet trimming. However, the pack has specific directions which asks you to wash and oil the blades every time you use the trimmer! Talk about high maintenance.
Price – Currently priced at $32.99 at Amazon.com
Additional Features – Stainless Steel Hypo-Allergenic blades, Firm Grip Rubber Handle, AC Recharge Stand, Cleaning Brush and three Comb attachments.
4. Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion Powered Men’s Rechargeable Moustache, Beard and Stubble Trimmer
Battery Life – Contains a powerful Lithium Ion battery, which gives a runtime of about 2 hours on charging for 1 hour.
Cutting Range – It offers 9 different length settings ranging from 1 mm (3/64″) to 18 mm (23/32″). It also has three different attachments mean for three different kind of beards – Beard attachment (meant for full length, thick beards), Goatee attachment (useful in outlining goatee, precision beards, side burns) and a Stubble attachment (for maintaining a stubble). It is advisable not to use the Beard attachment for creating a stubble, as you will most likely cut yourself!
Ease of Use – It has a superb combination of washable titanium blades along with a powerful motor which give it double the torque than other models in its range to give you a quick, neat shave or trim. Apart from this, the three different heads meant to give different kinds of beards are pretty cool too.
Water Resistance – The titanium blades and the trimmer overall, are perfectly water friendly and hence, can be washed and cleaned under water easily.
Price – Exceptional value for money. It combines a low price tag along with its washable features, long lasting Li-ion battery and titanium blades. Currently priced at $32.23 on Amazon.com.
Additional Features – Cordless, 3 additional attachable heads, Self-sharpening blades
5. Braun Cruzer 6 Beard and Head Trimmer
Battery Life – Boasts of a dual battery system, that makes trimming easy even while trimming thick, tough beard hair. It gives a modest run time of around 45 minutes on a 1-hour charge.
Cutting Range – It can be set up to trim beard for 6 different lengths ranging from 1 mm to 11 mm using its adjustable beard comb. Also, contains a hair comb for cutting hair ranging from 10 mm to 20 mm.
Ease of Use – It is lightweight, has very low vibrations and noise levels. It also has a small precision trimmer, specifically designed for convenient beard styling, even in hard to reach areas.
Water Resistance – It comes with a completely sealed body which prevents dust or moisture from entering the trimmer, and hence can be washed and cleaned easily.
Price – Currently priced at $44.99 on Amazon.com
Additonal Features – Manscaping friendly, Two adjustable clip and lock combs, Low battery alert feature
While buying a beard trimmer, you need to set your priorities in order and pick the beard trimmer which suits your top most priorities in the best possible way. So, if you are looking fro a budget trimmer, go for the Panasonic ER-GB40S. However, if you want a solid, sturdy trimmer and are ready to compromise on the water-friendly feature and long battery recharge time, no trimmer beats the WAHL 9854-600. Our pick for the best beard trimmer 2015 though, will have to be the Philips Norelco 7300. It has incredible features, has been ergonomically built, and delivers all the promised goods at a good price.