As lockdown continues further into 2021, that pre-Christmas haircut is probably starting to feel like a distant memory. If you’re looking to keep your hair and beard in tip-top condition, now might be the time to invest in your own tools.
Whether you're rocking light stubble or full-grown viking facial fuzz, you need to find the right beard trimmer for the job. Every beard is unique, so our trimmer edit will help you find what works for you and your lifestyle.
Just want to know what to buy? Here are the best beard trimmers we’ve tested:
Best Beard Trimmer: Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Less Mess Vacuum Trimmer
Best Waterproof Beard Trimmer: Wahl Aqua Blade Beard And Stubble Trimmer
Best For Beginners: King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer
Best For Multiple Trimmer Lengths: Panasonic ER-GB86 Wet&Dry Ultimate Beard Trimmer
Best Budget Buy: Vo5 Beard Trimmer
Which Beard Trimmer Is Best For You?
Trimmer Length Range
Most trimmers come with attachable combs that can range from 0.2mm to 30mm, so that you can cut your beard to a range of lengths. Others have adjustable combs built in that you can change with a wheel or a touchscreen.
Some trimmers will come with additional extras to make your shaving experience easier. Whether it’s additional precision blades, travel and storage cases, or even beard oil, check out what else is on offer when you buy to get the most out of your bundle.
If you like to spend your time perfecting your beard in the morning, you’ll want a long battery life to keep up with your intricate shaving routine.
The devices we have on this list will last anywhere between 50 minutes and three hours, which should keep you going over multiple shaves. We typically take around 25 minutes to sculpt our facial fuzz.
Battery life is one thing, but you also need to look out for how long it takes to get back to 100% charge. The trimmers on this list can take anywhere between one minute for a quick charge (in case of a hair emergency) and one hour to regain their juice.
On top of this, some razors below can be used with the cord still plugged in if you never want to worry about charging it back up, while others have the option to use without the cord if you want more freedom to move around.
According to Craig Meggs, barber at Ruffians, the most important things to look for in a new trimmer 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.”
Meggs suggests looking out for an adjustable blade head to get the perfect blend across your beard. It might cost a bit more, but he reckons it’s worth it.
How Often Should You Trim Your Beard?
“A beard is easy to keep sharp if it’s trimmed regularly," says Meggs. "Every three days should be fine. The more frequently 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.”
Meggs also recommends using a beard oil to keep it looking shiny and nourished.
How We Test
Our panel of 60 men, with varying beard lengths and styles, tested beard trimmers over a two- to three-week period. They judged how effectively they cut hair, the battery life, noise levels, how easy they were to clean and store, and overall performance.
The Best Beard Trimmers to Buy in 2021
Best Beard Trimmer
Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Less Mess Vacuum Trimmer
Providing a precision trim on everything from moustaches to sideburns, this lightweight trimmer will cut untamed beard hair in just one stroke. There’s no mess either, as the built-in vacuum chamber sucks in cut hair, and detaches for easy cleaning.
This was voted best overall from our testers for its ability to create a smooth finish, no matter what your desired facial hair style. Our panel was also pleased with how quiet it was and how long the battery lasted.
Features: Vacuum trimmer
Trimmer length range: 0.5-10mm
Accessories: Cleaning brush, precision trimmer
Battery life: 75 minutes
Best Waterproof Beard Trimmer
Wahl Aqua Blade Beard And Stubble Trimmer
Coming with 16 attachment combs, this beard trimmer can tackle an array of beard lengths and styles. Our testers appreciated how lightweight it was to use, with some describing its design as intuitive - thanks to its trim, shave and edge features.
Testers also said it was quick to achieve their desired style and only tugged slightly on thicker beard hairs. It’s also waterproof with a grippy rubber handle, so you can save time on your morning routine.
Features: Shaver, trimmer and body groomer
Trimmer length range: 0.2-25mm
Accessories: 16 attachment combs, beard comb, storage pouch, blade oil, cleaning brush, charger
Battery life: 180 minutes
Best For Beginners
King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer
This trimmer keeps things ultra-simple with just three comb attachments that can handle 11 different lengths. It features a sliding adjustment feature too, making it fast and easy to swap between length settings. Testers liked the accuracy of the cut it provided, with all agreeing they were happy with the results. It can be used as a hair trimmer to quickly neaten up your hairstyle, too.
Features: Suitable for beard and hair
Trimmer length range: 0.5-21mm
Accessories: 3 comb attachments, cleaning brush, charger
Battery life: 50 minutes
Best For Multiple Trimmer Lengths
Panasonic ER-GB86 Wet&Dry Ultimate Beard Trimmer
For those that are constantly chopping and changing their look, this trimmer features 58 cutting lengths so it can adapt with your style. Testers were impressed with how sharp the blade remained during the trial, leaving their beards looking neat and tidy throughout. Our panel also agreed that it was comfortable to use at all angles, including those hard-to-reach areas such as underneath the jawline. It can be used on your hair too (if you’re feeling brave), making it a multi-purpose 2-in-1.
Features: Travel lock, suitable for beard and hair
Trimmer length range: 0.5-30mm
Accessories: Travel pouch, cleaning brush, blade guard
Battery life: 50 minutes
Best Budget Buy
Vo5 Beard Trimmer
This no-nonsense trimmer provides a precise cut with one comb attachment ranging from 2-14mm. It’s also battery operated, making it a great choice to use on your travels or if you want to de-clutter the side of your sink. Testers appreciated how lightweight and quiet it was in use, and the majority were happy with the end result. At just under £15, this is a real bargain.
Features: 7-position comb guide
Trimmer length range: 2-14mm
Accessories: Oil, cleaning brush
Battery life: Battery operated
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