Best beard trimmer (for trimming beards)
With beards still extemely popular amongst young and older men alike, a beard trimmer is now as essential as a shaver, if not more so.
A good trimmer needs to give an even cut, and adjust easily for different gradients and blends. Increasingly, us chaps like to shave in the shower, so waterproofing is a must. Even if you don't prefer the bath-based approach, waterproofing also makes them far easier to rinse clean.
It's worth laying out more on a beard trimmer - especially if you consider how much you'd spend having a barber do it each week. Yes, there are also plenty of acceptably good options that cost a lot less, but pricier defuzzers last longer and tend to be more versatile, letting you trim body hair. Some, at a push can even do your head - good news for baldies on a budget.
We've looked at contenders from Braun, Philips, Remington and beyond to discover the cream of the beard-trimming crop. Choosing the winner was - aha haha ha! - "a close shave." Ha-ha. Ha. Hmm.
Braun BT5050 Beard Trimmer
Just released, and in with a bullet as our number one beard trimmer, this has 25 very precise length settings chosen via a pleasingly tactile dial that can then be locked so you don't accidentally switch settings while navigating your facial fuzz.
It's "washable" as opposed to waterproof, so shouldn't be used in the shower, but other than that there's nothing to fault here for the price. We found it gave a very smooth and unform trim and it's powerful and sharp enough to use on your head, if you want.
Great performance, great design, extremely self explanatory product name. What's not to like?
Price: £43.86 | Buy Braun BT5050 Beard Trimmer
Wahl Lithium Blitz Beard Trimmer
Wahl makes the clippers found in many a barber's shop and as such its hair-shortening expertise is beyond doubt.
The Lithium Blitz doesn't have fancy adjustable length wheels or buttons - you just put on a comb of suitable length from the selection of 12 bundled with it.
That's rather old fashioned, but it works a treat, and you get the feeling, based on Wahl's heritage, that it'll keep on trimmin' for quite some years to come.
The battery lasts for up to four hours. That seems kind of excessive but it is good news for anyone recently rescued from a desert island after seven years or so.
Philips Click and Style Shave and Stubble
Considering this used to be £100, it is now a bit of a bargain, for the bearded.
Perfect for those who often mix and match between clean shaven and a bit of stubble, the Click and Style comes with a head for trimming and a foil for shaving, so you only need one razor for both jobs at least in theory.
If you're shaping that stubble then there's a choice of five lengths, each with a distinct style and it can be used with shaving foam, for a comforting full face shave. It's waterproof so you can take it in the shower and you'll bag about a 40-minute shave after an hour of charging. We're not convinced about its full-shave capabilities, but it's a fine trimmer, now going cheap…
Philips BT9280 Laser Guided Trimmer
Projecting a precision-enabling red line on to your mug may seem a bit ridiculous, but Philips has to justify charging 75 quid for this thing somehow. To be fair, as a beard trimmer it is very good indeed: waterproof, easy to clean, with 17 precision length settings. It does the business.
Also, even if you're not into turning your beard into a series of precision-lined, geometric shapes, the laser is undeniably useful for lovers of very neat sideburns.
Price: £74.99 | Buy Philips BT9280 Laser Guided Trimmer
Braun Wet and Dry Multi Groomer
This one is designed to do everything - face, head, body, bobbly bits on jumpers probably. Perhaps as a result, we didn't like it as much as the Braun Beard Trimmer when it came to, yes, beard trimming.
It feels less pleasing in the hand and has a less satisfying range of ultra-precise length increments, although having said that it's more than proficient at its tasks, and is fully waterproof unlike the beard trimmer. More expensive also, though.
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler
It may look a little rudimentary and have a stupid name, but the Gilette ProGlide Styler 3-in-1 is actually an excellent tool for daily beard maintenance.
As you can see, it's your standard Fusion powered razor, but with an additional head, along with three combs of differnt lengths, for trimming - a third blade around the back handles edging.
We wouldn't recommend it for shaping a beard that you've not touched for a month, and it's got nowhere near as many precision settings as many of the devices here, but for the price it's a great beard maintenance tool.
Hilariously, Amazon is offering it in "frustration-proof" and standard packaging, with the implication being that the latter is a massive pain in the arse to open - which it is, as it happens, so fair enough.
Remington Touch Control Beard Trimmer
This tech-packed trimmer not only features 175 length settings and a touchscreen, it has a battery that’ll let you style your fuzz for 50 minutes non-stop.
The Touch Control system gives you greater control of your trim, letting you control the speed and length, and trimming performance is generally excellent.
Philips Beardtrimmer Series 7000
Another fine piece of beard trimming gadgetry from Philips.
This time there are no lasers. Boo!
But instead, you get a vacuum cleaner!
It’s not quite as exciting, but it is arguably more useful, sucking up your face hairs as you get on with your grooming. There's also a turbo boost button when extra suction and cutting action is required.
This doesn’t cut quite as fine as the 9000, but it’s great news for those wanting to cultivate their beards – with the ability to dial in a lengthy maximum of 18mm.
Price: £75 | Buy Philips Beardtrimmer Series 7000
Another fully waterproof shaver, this can be used with shaving cream if you so desire, and the Water-Through Head means that when you want to give it a clean, you just run it under water – which, if you’re in the shower each time, is pretty easy.
A simple mechanical dial adjusts the length of trim from a barely-there 1mm up to 10mm. It’ll go for about 50 minutes on a full charge.
Wahl Lithium Ion Grooming Station Li+
As far as its trimming abilities go there are no standout features, but what is impressive about this beardy gadget is the battery technology found inside. Thanks to Lithium Ion – the kind you’d normally find in smartphones - the Wahl Grooming Station not only weighs less than your average trimmer, it can also go on for an impressive 150 minutes before a recharge, and if you somehow wake up in the morning with a dead battery, it’ll handily give you enough for one full trim with a 1 minute charge.
Price: £39.99 | Buy Wahl Lithium Ion Grooming Station Li+