Best beard trimmer 2022: from stubble to long beard care

Use the best beard trimmers, clippers and shapers to maintain a well-tended beard or on-trend perma-stubble

A man looking in a bathroom mirror, trimming his beard using one of the best beard trimmers
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In my opinion, the best beard trimmer is a modern-day essential. Crafting an attractive beard, be it a bushy hipster flex or a more sculpted number, takes time, patience and a good trimmer. The modern man needs the latest tech in his armoury to deal with such hairy issues, and, more fundamentally, he needs it to ensure he doesn't look scruffy when video conferencing with his work-from-home colleagues. 

Beard trimmers can also be used to cut hair elsewhere, of course – although you might want a pair of the best hair clippers if you are not intending to sport The Rock's hair-do for the next few months.

If you're looking for regular beard management or the occasional trim, what is the best beard trimmer/shaper? These ones are the sharpest, to put it bluntly. As with the best electric toothbrushes, you should never pay full price for a beard trimmer; they are always on sale.

If you're looking to fully upgrade your grooming routine, then you might want to check out the best body groomer for all-over hair removal, or, if you want to remove your facial hair completely then you'll want the best electric shaver.

How to choose the best beard trimmer for you

When considering a beard trimmer there are several things to consider. The first one is length: some trimmers are only suitable for short beards, while others come with a range of heads or guards that can be used for bushy beards. 

Most trimmers can be used for body hair and the hair on the top of your head too, but if you want anything other than a skinhead, you'll again want a trimmer that's capable of longer length settings. 

Charge time may matter if you’re constantly on the move, and often these things take 8 hours or more to fully juice up. Realistically, that shouldn't be a problem if you only trim once per day, but if you suffer from beard maintenance anxiety, you might favour a trimmer with an emergency 'quick charge' feature, giving a full trim after just a few minutes charging.

Watch out for consumables – while many trimmers have self-sharpening blades that last forever, some need oiling, and some even require regular replacement. 

As with electric toothbrushes, our biggest tip is: never pay the RRP on higher-end beard trimmers: grooming gadgets are regularly discounted, as reflected in our handy pricing widgets.

The best beard trimmers you can buy today:

Philips BT9000 PrestigeT3 Award

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The classiest trimmer in all of beard kingdom

Specifications

Max length: 10mm (with guard)
Battery life: 120 minutes
Charge time: 60 minutes
Emergency charge: Yes/five minutes
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Feels premium
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Attractive design
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Cuts hair very well

Reasons to avoid

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Not great for long beards
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More expensive than rivals

Although it doesn't have a fricken' laser like its sibling later on this list, the Philips BT9000 Prestige is the classiest looking beard trimmer we've ever clapped eyes on. That's thanks to its steel body, steel blades and heavy-duty rubber grip. Heck, even the battery life indicator is neatly integrated into the base of the trimmer.

Thankfully, the BT9000 Prestige isn't just a looker, because in our review we found it offers an equally classy shave. There's a robust steel dial that quickly adjusts the blade length from 0.4mm to 5mm, or throw on a plastic guard and cover the 5.4mm to 10mm lengths.

Designed primarily with neater beard-scaping in mind, it neatly whips away whiskers without any snags or pulls. That steel cutting head is brilliantly contoured, thanks to “anti-friction skin follower” technology, and managed to get into those awkward or hard-to-reach areas where many rivals fall down.

We found the battery life is excellent too, and the 'power sensor adaptor' automatically adjusts the speed of the motor depending on how hard it works, allowing it to plough through longer sections without getting bogged down like cheaper trimmers we've tried.

Although we wouldn't recommend submerging it in a bubbly bath, it is supposedly 100-percent waterproof and performed perfectly well when we tested it in the shower. The easy flip-back shaving head also makes rinsing out any fine hairs really easy, as there's no fiddling around trying to clip a cheap plastic head back on.

Yes, it's pricey for a beard trimmer, but it feels premium and like it's built to last. Keep on top of blade maintenance (oiling them after cleaning) and this is one trimmer you won't be throwing in the bin after a few months of heavy use. 

Before you buy, be sure to check our Philips discount codes to bag the best deal.

Philips OneBlade Pro QP6520/30T3 Award

Great for perma-stubble and shorter beards

Specifications

Max length: 10mm
Battery life: 90 mins
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge?: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Accurate edging
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Cutting comb included

Reasons to avoid

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Blade needs replacing regularly
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More expensive than regular razor blades

The Philips OneBlade is an odd-looking thing, with what appears to be a large Mach 3-style blade instead of the familiar cutting comb (although with the Pro models you get a cutting comb too). 

The main selling point here is the absence of razor burn: if you’ve found other trimmers leave your face a fiery red, we think you will find the OneBlade considerably more gentle. You'll want to stand near the sink, use it in the shower, or keep a cordless vac nearby, mind: as we found the way the head vibrates sends cut stubble all over the place.

The dual-sided blade is designed to cut more precisely than a comb and we find they last about 6 weeks to 3 months before needing to be replaced. That's somewhat less than Philips' claim of 4 months, but the replacement heads aren't especially pricey or hard to find.

The battery runs for 90 minutes on a one-hour charge and it can handle beards up to 10mm via its adjustable comb head. We'd say it is suited to shorter trims on the whole – it's most ideal for those who favour neither beards nor a smooth visage: it does perma-stubble brilliantly.

There are a number of versions of the OneBlade available at Amazon and elsewhere, and particularly if you suffer from facial irritation, they are all excellent.

The hardware of the non-'Pro' versions does have more of a tendency to wear out, however. That's because rather than having an integral, adjustable comb for different lengths, they use interchangeable combs.

Braun Beard Trimmer 7T3 Award

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This premium beard trimmer can tackle 20mm beard trims or super close shaves

Specifications

Max length: 20mm
Battery life: 100 minutes
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge?: Yes
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Huge array of cutting lengths
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Precise blades
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Long battery life
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Compact size

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic feel
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Charging via two-pin plug

There are slightly cheaper beard trimmers out there but the Braun Beard Trimmer 7 feels like good value for money, earning its place pretty high up on this list. It is small, light and easy to use. During our review we found the tough blades shave cleanly and feel like they are built to last.

Granted, we didn't find the quality of the main body massively impressive, and some of the included shaving attachments feel like gimmicks, but stick with the main blades and the two plastic guards and you can achieve some great results, both on the face and, if you know what you are doing, on top the head too.

During our review battery life was solid and the unit is waterproof enough for easy rinsing to clean, just beware that you’ll need a two-pin adaptor if you don’t have shaving sockets in your bathroom and actually want to charge the thing. 

Remington B5T3 Award

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A trimmer for the grizzliest beards

Specifications

Max length: 18mm
Battery life: 60 minutes
Charge time: 120 minutes
Emergency charge: No (but you can use it when plugged in)
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Trims long beards
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Decent run time
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Reliability issues
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Hard to reach awkward areas

The Remington B5 borrows the rotary dial set-up of rivals, which we find makes adjusting the length of the built-in comb really easy. It also boasts one of the best spread of lengths we've seen in a single comb mechanism, covering 0.4 to 18mm.

When set to its shortest setting, the Remington B5 does a good job of slicing whiskers down to a fairly even trendy perma-stubble, but the large comb does make it difficult to reach tricky spots, like those on neck or just underneath the jaw. 

But for not very much money, it feels like a good buy, although it doesn't come with the nose/ear trimmer attachments like other rivals we've listed here. Bottom line: it's good for really thick beards but lacks the finesse for shorter or more lavish facial hair designs. 

Braun Beard Trimmer BT3040T3 Award

5. Braun Beard Trimmer BT3040

Best budget beard trimmer

Specifications

Max length: 20mm
Battery life: 60 mins
Charge time: 8 hours
Emergency charge?: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable trimming
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39 lengths, up to 21mm
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Not bad for head and body hair

Reasons to avoid

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Slow charging

We’re big fans of Braun shavers, clippers and trimmers: they’re rock solid, last forever and do the job without any fuss, and they tend to be pretty cheap too. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder to keep your beard looking its best, the BT3040 is well worth a look: with two combs and precision length settings you get 39 different lengths to play with, from five o’clock shadow to a luxuriantly long 21mm. 

That means it can double as a hair clipper too, and Braun also bundles a Gillette Fusion ProGlide for precision edging. It’s not the fastest to charge - it takes about eight hours to charge from flat, and needs charging again after an hour - but we think it’s an excellent all-rounder.

Philips Series 9000 BT9299/13T3 Award

One of the best beard trimmers a man can get

Specifications

Max length: 7mm
Battery life: 60 mins
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge: Not as such but charges quickly
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Reliable, comfortable trimming
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Easy to do detail and edging
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Never needs oiling
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100% waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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Only for the shorter beard
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What is that laser for?

Our lifestyle editor has had one of these for 5 years and used it – usually in the shower – multiple times per week. And yes, admittedly the battery did eventually die (it now only works when the power cable is plugged in, although that in itself is a feature that some trimmers lack), but we can't really fault it for the price.

The headline feature here is an actual laser, which projects onto your face so you can cut extra straight lines in your beard. Needless to say, this is utterly useless, so let's ignore that and press on to the non-headline features.

For shorter beards (up to 7mm), there's nothing to beat the 9000 Series. It goes through even wiry neck hair with ease, edges neatly, yet there's never any danger of being cut or suffering irritation.

That's despite the fact that you never ever need to oil it or replace the self-sharpening blades. Because it's 100-percent waterproof you can use it in the shower and it's very easy to clean. 

Bottom line: because Philips wanted this to have a premium feel, they put a laser in it. But the good news for beardies is that they also made it as good as a beard trimmer could be. The only bum note is that if you have a beard longer than 7mm, you can't use this, unless you 3D print a longer comb attachment or something.

Babyliss iStubble Beard TrimmerT3 Award

7. Babyliss iStubble Beard Trimmer

Ideal for beards that need to be short and perfectly styled

Specifications

Max length: 5mm
Battery life: 90 mins
Charge time: 16 hours
Emergency charge?: Yes (90mins)
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Very accurate
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Emergency quick charge

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for bushy beards
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Full charge takes time

As much as we hate the fashion for adding an “i” prefix to make things sound modern, the iStubble is a smart shaver indeed: its trimmer guard is motorised, enabling you to set the length perfectly. 

You can expect around 45 minutes use from 90 minutes of charging, and if you forget to charge it completely there’s enough power for a single shave after just five minutes - although a full charge does take 16 hours. 

It’s not suitable for Santa or hipsters - the maximum cutting length is 5mm - but if you prefer your beard to be short then the iStubble is one of the best shavers to keep it that way.

Wahl Beard TrimmerT3 Award


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8. Wahl Aqua Blade Beard Trimmer

More combs and accessories than you'll know what to do with

Specifications

Max length: Long
Battery life: 180 mins
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge?: Yes (1 minute)
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Super-fast emergency charge
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Lots of accessories

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly basic
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You'll lose the accessories

Wahl's excellent emergency charge system is just one reason to get excited about this trimmer, because it delivers enough power for a quick trim in just one minute - perfect for when you inevitably run it flat and need a last-minute shave before work. 

On top of that, it comes with a staggering 16 guide combs, which means you can go from a 0.2mm super close shave, all the way up to a proper barbershop hair-do tidy up if you really want to. There is also the obligatory nose hair trimmer, detailer head for fancy beards and a foil shaver for getting that "smooth as a baby's bottom" look to your cheeks and chin. 

Panasonic ER-GD60 i-Shaper 3-in-1 Beard TrimmerT3 Award

9. Panasonic i-Shaper ER-GD60

The best beard trimmer for precision styling

Specifications

Max length: 10mm
Battery life: 50 mins
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge: Not as such but charges quickly
Washable: Blade only

Reasons to buy

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Multiple attachments
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Precision styling
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Ergonomic handle

Reasons to avoid

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Regular oiling required

We were a bit sceptical of this Panasonic trimmer at first, as it's unlike any trimmer we've used before, but after getting used to it (that does take some time) it's quickly become one of our favourite grooming tools.

Why is it so difficult to get used to? As you can see from the image, you don't hold it like a traditional trimmer, as the cutting blades are in-line, rather than perpendicular, to the handle. This results in a lot more visibility while trimming, making it easier to create clean edges to your stubble. This is also aided by the long and sharp cutting blades.

If you're after more precision, the Panasonic comes with a detail attachment, which essentially covers 2/3s of the blade, and makes getting to those hard to reach places easier. As well as the detail attachment, you'll also get an adjustable comb with 20 cutting lengths from 0.5 - 10 mm. This makes getting your stubble the perfect length a breeze.

Unlike the Philips above, however, you do need to oil and replace the blades. Panasonic suggests oiling after every use, which is a bit of a hassle. It also has quite a plasticky quality but then, to be fair, these things all do.

Philips BT7202/13 Series 7000T3 Award

10. Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer

Excellent trimmer that cleans up after itself (allegedly)

Specifications

Max length: 10mm
Battery life: 60 mins
Charge time: 1 hour
Emergency charge?: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Very good performance
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At least tries to catch cut hairs

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t catch all hair by any means
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RRP is too high (but it is often discounted, so no worries)

I used to carpool for work, and one of my colleagues would always jump in the passenger seat and immediately fire up his electric shaver - something I wasn't happy about until I realised he was leaving his DNA everywhere and framed him for a series of murders. If only he’d bought the Philips, which has an integrated vacuum system to catch most of the facial fallout. It promises to catch 90% of your cuttings (albeit in lab conditions), so that should mean less cleaning up after each cut. 

In my experience, you still need to clean up after, just as you do with any other beard trimmer. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that, as with its 'laser-guided' trimmer at #1, Philips has again come up with a trimmer whose 'bonus feature' is a pure gimmick to catch your attention.

On the other hand, also like the laser-trim-o-matic, this is an excellent beard tamer, so long as you aren't too fussed about its headline feature. The lockable cutter has 20 settings from 0.5mm to 10mm and you’ll get around an hour of shaving from a single charge. Also as with the laser one, don’t pay the RRP as it’s frequently available for much less.

Remington MB050 Durablade Hybrid TrimmerT3 Award

11. Remington MB050 Durablade Hybrid Trimmer

This affordable hybrid trimmer-cum-shaver does the job

Specifications

Max length: 6mm
Battery life: 60 mins
Charge time: 4 hour
Emergency charge: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Remains sharp for 5-years
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USB charger
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Grippy handle
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Compact
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Closer shaves than most trimmers

Reasons to avoid

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Don't expect a 'fine' shave
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Not very powerful trimmer

The Remington Durablade is another favourite grooming tool of ours. It's a hybrid trimmer and shaver, which has both positive and negative points.

The Durable is capable of a closer shave than many of the trimmers on this list, it's lightweight, and you never need to replace the blades.

But, while it does undaboutable offer a closer shave, it's not as good as a traditional electric shaver, and it's not as powerful as other trimmers on this list.

It's a classic jack of all trades, master of none.

That being said, it's an incredibly useful little tool to take away one holidays or when travelling for business, and great for quick touch up jobs, when time is off the essence.

Remington TouchTech Beard TrimmerT3 Award

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12. Remington TouchTech Beard Trimmer

USB charging for the wandering beard

Specifications

Max length: 17.5mm
Battery life: 50 mins
Charge time: N/A
Emergency charge: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy to read
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Precise trim levels
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USB charging

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks accessories
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Not great for really long beards

Finding a decent place to charge a beard trimmer in a hotel, on the train or even in the car can be a nightmare, with those special bathroom safety plug sockets often missing from the most essential places.

This Remington number gets around that with a special USB charge cable, allowing you to theoretically plug it into a laptop to squeeze enough juice out of it for a quick shave. 

A  motorised comb cleverly sets the trimmers to up to 175 different length settings, with the ability to set these within 0.1mm, while SenseSpeed technology senses the level of facial hair and adapts the blade speed to ensure optimal, nick and snag-free trimming.

Hatteker Beard TrimmerT3 Award

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13. Hatteker Beard Trimmer

A great value precision trimmer

Specifications

Max length: 15mm
Battery life: 60 mins
Charge time: 1.5hours
Emergency charge: No
Washable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Neat charging dock
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Surprisingly robust

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life not the best

The precision dial on the single comb is arguably the Hatteker's party trick, as it allows for a rapid change in hair length without the faff of continuously changing heads.

Aside from that, it's all the usual suspects here: a good array of combs for trimming all sorts of body hair, steel moving and standing blades for a painless shave, a washable body and USB charging for those who travel a lot.

Plus, this doesn't come from one of the fancy big brand names that chuck every conceivable piece of tech at their shavers, so it boasts a very reasonable price tag, too. 

How we test the best beard trimmers

One of the best beard trimmers on a cork mat

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We spend a lot of time reviewing the best beard trimmers, so when it comes to recommending what beard trimmer to buy, you can be safe in the knowledge that we'll recommend the best options for you.

We'll usually spend a week or longer testing new beard trimmers, and the review process is fairly straightforward – we use them to trim our beards. This helps us see how closely they are capable of trimming, and how easy they are to use and achieve our desired facial hairstyle.

It also lets us test whether the beard trimmers nick your skin and how long the battery lasts.

If the beard trimmers have any advanced features, such as laser guidance or quick charging, we'll try these out to test if they work and if they're worth the extra money they no doubt command.

Once the initial review period is complete we'll publish a full review, give the beard trimmer a star rating, and add an abridged review to this guide.

Spencer Hart
Style and Travel Editor

As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over seven years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's driving up and down the country in search of the greatest driving roads, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or testing the latest fragrances.

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