It's been a long year, and standards might have slipped a little bit in lockdown, but it's about time you got that shaggy lockdown beard trimmed down to a reasonable level. And yes, you could get it seen to by a professional, but we're making the case for a DIY approach – with the right bit of kit, of course.
We know that, just like your hair, every beard is unique, so our beard trimmer edit helps you find what works for you and for your lifestyle. Crucially, there are a few things you need to know to avoid facial topiary catastrophe and, of course, how to actually use the best beard trimmers like a pro. Let's get to it.
Which Beard Trimmer Is Best For You?
It always helps to do a little research and comparison when looking at getting a new toy, and there are a few things you need to consider when it comes to buying your beard trimmer.
From battery life and clipper lengths, to recharge times, extra accessories, and precision tools, there's a lot to think about on your new beard trimmer. According to Craig Meggs, barber at Ruffians, the most important things to look for are manoeuvrability, adjustability and, of course, price.
"Beard trimmers vary in size and durability. It’s best to go for smaller, lighter-weight beard trimmers that come with a cordless rechargeable option, which will help both speed and accuracy. Depending on the beard length you are trying to achieve it is best to select one with multiple guards that are removable. The sliding all-in-one beard trimmers, have a tendency to slip and change the length. An adjustable blade head is also good for refining the blend between guard numbers. They will cost slightly more but it is definitely worth it."
How Often Should You Trim Your Beard?
Well, this is entirely dependent on how short you want your stubble, or if you even want any stubble at all. If you're after the clean-shaven look, it's probably going to have to be every day, or that five-o'clock shadow will creep up your cheeks, and you'll be back to square one.
Maintaining any length of beard requires regular upkeep, and trimming approximately every three days should keep you looking fresh. Leave it any longer and according to Meggs you risk letting your beard go out of shape.
“Maintaining a beard is easy to keep sharp if it’s trimmed regularly," says Meggs. "Every three days should be fine. The more frequent you maintain the less time you will spend on it in the long run. If left too long between trimming the shape will disappear and it will take longer to achieve the desired result.
"I would also recommend using a daily beard oil to nourish and maintain a healthy, shiny looking beard.”
The Best Beard Trimmers to Buy in 2020
Best Affordable Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 40 minutes
Accessories: 13 different length settings (0.5 - 21mm), ear and nose trimmer
OK, there are a few premium razors in this list, but let's talk about a budget one for those looking for value.
This one from Braun is less than £20 on Amazon right now, but don't let that put you off, as it's packed full of useful accessories that will make your shaving time a lot easier.
With an ear and nose trimmer, four combs that cover 13 different lengths, and a plug converter included, there's plenty of reasons to be impressed with this offer right now.
It also has a pretty solid battery life, lasting 40 minutes on an hour's charge.
The Best Equipped Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 60 minutes from an hour and a half charge
Accessories: 13 different length settings (0.5 - 21mm), ear and nose trimmer
Sometimes it's not about the actual razor itself; sometimes you're more concerned with the accessories you get with it. If you're a tinkerer like us, you might want to spend some time perfecting your beard's edge and get it looking as sharp as possible, which is where this Hatteker model comes in.
It has a staggering amount of extra stuff, 16 in total, to perfect your facial fuzz every day of the week.
It includes 1 adjustable beard trimmer comb for a full-size trimmer, 4 hair trimmer combs for beard trimming or hair cutting, and 1 adjustable combs for a precision trimmer, as well as a nose hair trimmer, and larger clippers to cleave off the longer hair.
Also very good for clipping hair all over your body if you're into a bit of manscaping, gents.
Best Tidy Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 60 minutes from 2 hours charge
Accessories: Two lengths up to 6mm
You might not normally associate the word "vacuum" with a decent beard trimmer, but this particular model has a little case inside the handle that will catch all the shaved hair and hold it for disposal rather than pinging them all over your bathroom sink.
This is a totally underrated feature as we *HATE* cleaning up after we have shaved, so any device that makes that part of shaving easier gets a recommendation from us.
Its also no slouch when it comes to shaving, as it has self-sharpening blades and will get 60 minutes of use from 2-hours of charging.
Best Advanced Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 70 minutes from an hour charge
Accessories: 12 different length settings (0.4 to 7 mm), ear and nose trimmer
Remember when Dr Evil invented the most cunningly dangerous creatures on the planet: Freaking Sharks with freaking lasers on their freaking heads? Well Philips have done something similar with its Series 9000 trimmer.
It's added an actual freaking laser to enhance your precision when finishing off those sharp edges of your beard, and it will definitely make you feel like a Bond villain.
It's also reduced by £45 right now in the sale, because Bond Villains sometimes have to save money, too.
Best Discounted Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 60 minutes from an eight-hour charge
Accessories: 39 different length settings (0.5 - 20 mm in 0.5 mm increments), Free Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor
Like we said, you can invest heavily in your beard trimmer and get the very best of the best, or you can pick up a model like this for much less and still get a premium shave.
Considering the lower price, there's a staggering amount of customisation with this razor, with more than 39 different lengths available depending on how long you want that fuzz.
Our only complaint is that it takes quite long to charge from 0-100, getting just 2.5 hours use out of 90 minutes plugged into the wall. And it does take an epic eight hours to get a full charge, so plan ahead if you're thinking of picking this one up.
Best Limited Time Offer Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 90 minutes from a one hour charge
Accessories: One clipper to adjust the shave length between 0.4 mm - 20 mm
We all want to save a bit of money right now, but this deal takes the biscuit, and it's only running for a limited time so grab it while you can.
It's been reduced by £30 in the Amazon sale (from £65 down to £35) and is a banging price for what you're given.
Customise your beard length with up to 40 different lengths, and you even get a free travel pouch with it too.
It lasts a while too, with a battery length of 90 minutes on an hour charge, not too bad for a £30 razor.
Best Customisable Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 2.5 hours from 90 minutes charge
Accessories: 1 Precision Dial from 3mm to 8mm, 5-degree-turntable blade from 0.5mm to 2.5mm, 6 guide combs(3mm, 4-6mm, 7-9mm, 10-12mm, 16-18mm, 22-24mm), beard comb
One of the most important things you need to look at when buying a new device is what you get alongside the trimmer: its accessories.
This Hatteker device will get you all sorts of additional extras, from a beard comb to tame those stray whiskers, to scissors, extra clipper lengths and a travel pouch so you can take it out and about - when the lockdown lifts at least. You get a lot of extra stuff with this razor, making it totally worth the price you pay.
The Fastest Charging Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 90 minutes from 30 minutes charge
Accessories: 20 precision length settings in 0.5 mm
One of the worst things to happen to you is to run out of battery on your trimmer in the morning rush and have to venture into the world with an uneven beard. Seriously, who has time to plan ahead? But this particular trimmer is great because it charges super quickly thanks to the Li-ion Battery Fast USB Charge feature.
You'll get 90-minutes use out of a full charge, which only takes half an hour, so you can plug in and get trimming in no time at all in a pinch.
Not only that, it has loads of attachments and settings to help you precisely shave down the edges of your beard and get it all completely even along your jaw and cheeks.
Best Premium Beard Trimmer
Battery life: 180 minutes from 60 minutes charge
Accessories: 12 guide combs from 0.2-25mm
This particular razor could very well be the top-end option for all your grooming needs, though it does come with a top-end price to match.
For a shave under £100, the Wahl razor has 12 different comb-lengths so you can style to your heart's content while giving you one of the closest shaves you can find from an electric razor.
But the truly impressive feature is the battery and charge time. If you need a quick trim in the morning or before your next video chat, plug in the device for just one minute and get three minutes use straight away so you can tidy up.
And if you need a bit longer, you can get 180 minutes of use from just an hour plugged into the wall.
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