Though most things in life aren’t black and white, there are some universal truths that we just don’t try to deny. One is that a good beard trimmer is a bearded man’s best friend. There are a lot of myths surrounding beards, but one of our all-time favorites is that growing a beard is easy and low maintenance. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Don’t get us wrong, a good shave takes a lot of time and skill, but beards (good ones, at least) take a lot of time and patience in their upkeep, and your beard trimmer is your number one tool for the job. The only problem is that there are just so many trimmers out there that it seems like for every style beard, there are a dozen dedicated trimmers help keep it looking great. But we’ve had a beard or two in our day, so take our word for it. These are the beard trimmers you’re best off choosing from.
One of the most popular and well-rated trimmers on the market, the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 is priced right at $19 and features a full-sized trimmer, precision trimmer, nose trimmer, beard and mustache comb, and a hair comb, which means you have a trimming tool for literally everything. It also features a rechargeable battery that’ll last up to ten hours on one charge, and self-sharpening chromium steel blades with rounded tips to ensure long-lasting performance and no pesky shave bumps. For what you’re paying, you’re getting way more than enough to get the job done.$20
The Remington HC5850 bills itself as “virtually indestructible,” and it’s not far off. This no-frills hair cutting tool features 15 different pieces, including eight sizing combs and a blade guard to help give your beard any style cut you could ever want. The POWERCUT precision blade system and stainless steel blades help ensure a smooth and even cut, and the quiet Super Magnet Motor helps deliver more power to the blades than a traditional trimmer, meaning it can cut through damn near anything. It’s basic, but it’s everything you need with none of the bullshit.$30
The Beardsman kit is 100% the real deal, engineered specifically to help keep your beard game on point. It features three different-sized beard combs, as well as a beard brush and a pair of high quality stainless clippers for those hard-to-reach places. The zoom wheel is particularly handy because it makes adjusting to different sizes (for clean fades, trims, etc.) near effortless. The best thing about it is that it was designed not just for the smaller stubby beards, but also the big unruly-looking ones—it’s a one-stop shop for every beard and every man.$42
One thing that separates the BeardScape from its competition is that it utilizes a titanium static blade and an all-ceramic moving blade, which is four times harder than the typical stainless steel. That means your blade stays sharper longer, and delivers a precision cut every single time. The BeardScape Beard and Hair Trimmer also features adjustability from 1.0mm to 1.9mm, making it ideal for every type of trim. It also has five adjustable speeds, from 5,000 to 7,000 RPMs, and is an absolute monster for every type of hair. It’s LCD screen will also tell you what setting you’re on, how much battery is left, and even when it’s time to oil it. It truly is a bearded guy’s dream.$65
What makes this particular trimmer worth its weight in gold is that it also features a unique vacuum system that actually sucks up all the annoying stray hairs that usually fall into the sink, floor, or on the counter when we’re trimming up. It also features 18 built-in length settings to manage everything from strict stubble (there’s seriously a 1/64th inch stubble setting) to full-on burly beards. It’s a little speedy, but for what it offers, we don’t really think there’s another beard trimmer out there that can touch it.$155
If you can’t exactly afford to drop $140 to scoop up the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer, the Remington HC6550 is an excellent alternative that, at only $60, gives you a lot of what you’d get from the BeardTrimmer with just a little less pomp. It features nine cutting tools that’ll trim anything from 1.5mm to 25mm, as well as titanium-coated blades that cut through any kind of hair you can grow at it. Its huge lithium ion battery can provide 60 minutes of continuous runtime on just a four-hour charge, it can operate cordlessly and corded, and in case you’re wondering, yes, the vacuum is awesome.$60
Wahl makes some of the world’s best hair cutting tools, and their Lithium Ion Slate Stainless Steel Trimmer is truly a thing of craftsmanship and beauty. Aside from its sleek stainless steel design, the Stainless Steel Trimmer features four individual heads, including a dual shaver, ear/nose trimmer, a precision trimmer, and a t-blade, as well as 12 independent combs from sizes 1/16” to 25mm. It’ll run for 240 minutes on one charge, but also features a one-minute quick charge for people who need a quick trim but don’t have time.$64
Do not let the price on this trimmer deter you. Conair is a brand synonymous with quality, and we’d bet good money on the craftsmanship of this classic corded trimmer. No battery means no charging needed; just plug it in and go. It also comes with a detachable stainless steel blade for easy cleaning, two jawline combs, and a five-position beard comb. Simple, inexpensive, and straight to the point.$13