Introduction to Electric Beard Trimmers
An electric beard trimmer is a great tool that is used by men who want to grow facial hair like a beard or a goatee, but want to have it looking clean, neat, and symmetrical. If you have ever tried to trim your beard manually with scissors, you know how difficult it can be to try getting your beard looking straight.
Depending on your facial structure and hair growth, most electric trimmers allow you to set different lengths so you can gauge what hair depth works and looks best for your face. You can set the blade for a close trim on your face or you can adjust the blade to have a fuller and thicker beard. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose, because with an electric trimmer the beard will always come out looking sharp.
Knowing how to choose a beard trimmer can be a daunting task. The 3 most important characteristics you need to think of are the precision, the craftsmanship, and the price. After these are met, 2 options you can look for are the cordless and the professional beard trimmer.
A cordless beard trimmer is an excellent option because you can easily groom your beard anywhere. This is best if you need to tidy up quickly and you’re on the go. You can carry it in your bag and trim your beard anywhere. You can even get a quick edge right in your office a few minutes before an important meeting.
A professional beard trimmer has the advantage of having very sharp and precise blades and will give you that fresh-out-of-the-barbershop look. They are great for cutting thick facial hair and have powerful motors that will give you a clean and quick cut or edge outline. As far as the price goes, they are not that expensive. They may cost $5-$10 more than a similar non-professional beard trimmer. For the price they’re basically a steal for the improvement in performance they bring.
Now for some reviews of the best electric beard trimmers money can buy:
Top Rated Electric Beard Trimmers
Wahl Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmer
This is one of the top trimmers in the market for 2015. It’s a cordless beard and mustache trimmer uses carbon steel blades that will stay sharp and give you a decent trim every time. It’s the Wahl brand, so you know the craftsmanship is good.
For basic beard trimming, the functions work very well. You can just use the basic adjustable beard trimming head or the straight trimming edge without any of the plastic heads to meet most of your needs. The battery can hold its charge for a long time, so you don’t have to worry about it dying on you when you take it on long trips. You only need to charge it about once every 3 weeks.
This is a very durable and dependable trimmer that will last you at least 5 years; even if you drop it. In some cases, it will last you more than 10.
Panasonic Cordless Mustache & Beard Trimmer Wet/Dry
This is a good cordless electric trimmer that includes an adjustable dial with nineteen 0.5 millimeter settings, which will take care of most beard and mustache trimming needs without requiring additional combs. This trimmer is wireless and operates under wet or dry conditions. So you can use it pretty much anywhere you go.
If you’ve been looking for a trimmer to use in the shower, this is the one you should buy. It simply saves time and energy in that you don’t need to worry about cleaning your hair mess after you’re done trimming. The cutting blade is excellent, although it is not as wide as older Panasonic models, but you still get betters results in a quicker time.
The only setback to this trimmer is that it doesn’t give you the closest possible trim. It is made only for the millimeter settings that are available on this trimmer. If you want a close to the face trim, then you may want to get the Andis Outliner trimmer.
Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300
I love this trimmer because it comes with an integrated vacuum system that captures hair inside the trimmer handle as you trim your beard. You can say goodbye to cleaning up messy hair-covered sinks. The high-performance blades require no oil and they still remain sharp. This is basically a maintenance-free beard trimmer. It also comes with a power button that increases the motor speed in case you have a thick beard and want to get through the trimming process quicker.
The trimmer is a pleasure to hold in your hand since it’s very well ergonomically designed. The craftsmanship and build quality are solid – it doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. The trimming length is adjusted using a rubber coated adjustment wheel that is easy to reach on both sides of the trimmer. There are length indicators on the side, and the LCD screen displays the adjustment size in millimeters to help provide a precise cut to whoever wants it.
The integrated vacuum does a decent job at collecting hair, but it’s not perfect. It works well for shorter hair, but for longer beards, it will not pick up every hair. Overall, it seems to significantly contain the mess. Another issue is that due to the blade guard design, you will face difficulty trimming right under your nose. It gets close, but not close enough for a perfect trim.
Remington Titanium Mustache and Beard Trimmer
If you want a cheap cordless beard trimmer that gets the job done then this one is the one for you. Don’t expect it to last more than 5 years though as Remington trimmers are not reliable. If you drop it, it’ll break. For everything else, this is an excellent beard and mustache trimmer. To help you sleep better at night, Remington offers a 2-year warranty.
This particular trimmer has good quality blades. The titanium blades will allow you to get a clean cut without pulling out your hairs. It’s very easy to use and the titanium blades never require oil or lubrication. It has an adjustable wheel to adjust the cutting length to 9 different settings, a removable head to trim edges and a strong motor for a clean, smooth trim. It can hold its charge. You can take it with you when you travel without worrying about taking along the charger.
Besides the fact that this trimmer is of the Remington brand, the other setback is that it’s not for close trims. The adjustable lengths go from 1.5 mm to 18 mm. And as with all trimmers that use Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) batteries, the battery charge will deplete over the years, making your trips to the beard trimmer charging station more and more frequent.
Hope this gave you a good idea on the best beard trimmer to buy for your specific needs. Below is a fantastic YouTube video that shows you how to trim your beard.