Best Beard Trimmer of 2018: Reviews of the Top Products

In case you’re in a rush, our favorite is trimmer is the Panasonic body and beard trimmer.

Men have for long subdued their hidden urge to grow a free-flowing chin-mane for various reasons. One of the most likely ones is being labeled incongruous in a painstakingly monotonous Kafkaesque workplace environment.

But that was until some bloke came along and grew a slick looking beard a couple of years ago. Since then, beards are back into boardrooms. Hell, that’s not all. They are also back on football fields, on Hollywood screens and even in places where buck-naked baby chins ruled the roost.

The good news is that beards continue to evoke the drool response even though naysayers predicted that it was the end of the road for them.

The bad news is that it is easy to grow a beard thinking that you look like Chris Hemsworth from ‘Thor’ and look like Zach Galifianakis from the ‘Hangover’ series instead.

You need a beard trimmer fellow beardsmen. A reliable beard trimmer is going to be your holy grail in your beard growing crusade. It will help you tame those wiry thorns that shoot out from the sides, keep that bush pruned and in control and most importantly, alter your style every now and then.

However, picking beard trimmers is easier said than done. They all look alike, don’t they?

That’s where we step in as always. We decided that since our list of beard balms were getting most of the love, it was a great time to put together a list of the most popular beard trimmers in the market.

Brand

Weight

Wet/Dry

Power

Learn More

Panasonic

1.4 lbs

Yes

Battery

Remington

1.4 lbs

Yes

Battery

Wahl

12.8 oz

No

Battery

Wahl

4 oz

No

Corded

Philips

5.6 oz

Yes

Battery

Top 5 Beard Trimmers

Let's take a look at our selection of the top 5 best beard trimmers on the market:

1. Best Overall Pick

We all love awards. ‘And the award goes to…Yay’! So we figured that we’d start the list with an award winning beard trimmer from Panasonic.

This is the ER-GB80, a sleek and stylish beard and body hair trimmer that is easy to hold, maneuver and trims like lightning. There are many reasons why this is undoubtedly, the best beard trimmer in the market. It is the perfect addition to your beard grooming kit

For starters, the ergonomic design with the rubberized grip will allow you complete control no matter where you are using it. Err…that includes the unmentionable body parts.

Secondly, it uses super sharp stainless steel blades that are positioned perfectly at a 45 degree angle to give you a smooth trim every time. It will glide through even the hardest, lush and most stubborn beard and body hair.

The package includes three different comb attachments (body comb, A comb for beard and B comb for long beard hair) and features 39 precision settings at your fingertips. The settings are in 0.5mm increments and allow you to adjust the blade from 0.5mm to 20mm.

That’s about as detailed as it can get while maintaining beard length or style. Also, you can toggle through the settings easily, even while you are using the trimmer.

The slide up trimmer is a neat addition to the feature list and can be really useful if you are looking to style those sideburns or just trim off any unruly hair strands.

Cleaning is equally easy. Just rinse it under warm water for a few seconds and you are done. You must apply some blade oil on the trimmer and the slider trimmer before each use though. This will allow you to increase the lifespan of the blades significantly.

The Panasonic ER-GB80 provides you about 50 minutes of non-stop trimming on a full charge and you also have the option to plug it into a power outlet for easier use.

It is just perfect for travelers too because it is compact enough to slip into a corner of your bag and also includes a universal travel adapter.

Panasonic Body and Beard Trimmer

Why BeardBro Likes It

  • Compact, Stylish, cordless trimmer
  • Super sharp stainless steel blades
  • 3 comb attachments for beard and body use
  • 39 precision settings in 0.5 mm increments
  • 50 minutes of non-stop trimming on a full charge
  • Washable under a faucet

2. Best Value Trimmer

Remington calls the PG6171, ‘The Beard Boss’ and rightly so. When it comes to styling and trimming facial hair, there’s very little that you cannot do with it.

This is an 11-piece kit that contains a full size trimmer, one mini foil shaver, a nose and ear hair trimmer, one detail trimmer, and six guide combs for varying hair lengths. With a minimum trimming length of 1 mm without any of the comb attachments, this is just perfect for close stubble trimming or even to shave your head bald. All of these attachments neatly tuck away into a compact storage bag that is included in the package.

With 15 length settings you can customize your beard to the T. Also, it features a turbo mode that can be activated when you wish to trim stubborn or wiry beard strands.

Once you are done drooling at the laundry list of features, you’d just love the way you can handle the Remington PG6171. It has a sleek design with perfect attention to ergonomics. An extended neck allows you to reach difficult-to-reach areas with ease. The control buttons are positioned for one-finger access on-the-go.

Self-sharpening stainless steel blades stay sharp despite years of incessant use and prevent the need for frequent blade replacements.

Also, we forgot to mention that the PG6171 is waterproof. If you prefer trimming under a shower, then this one fits the bill perfectly. Once you are done with your grooming, you can rinse it under a faucet for a quick cleaning.

The Remington PG6171 Beard Boss Style and Detail Kit is powered by a lithium ion battery that gives you an unbelievable 180 minutes of continual runtime. This means, that it is going to last months before you need to recharge.

And if you are caught unprepared, it has a 5 minute quick-charge feature that gives you enough power for one full trim.

With a perfect combination of form and practical features, it is no wonder that the Remington PG6171 is a bestseller on Amazon among the ‘Body hair trimming kits’.

Remington PG6171 Beard Clippers

Why BeardBro Likes It

  • Compact and ergonomic styling
  • 11 piece styling kit with a minimum trimming length of 1mm
  • Waterproof, allowing use under the shower
  • Includes a full size trimmer, one mini foil shaver, a nose and ear hair trimmer, one detail trimmer, and six guide combs.
  • 180 minutes of constant runtime
  • 5 minute quick charge

3. Best Everyday Trimmer

The Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel groomer is a refreshing addition to this list because we love the stainless on the external casing. That’s not to take anything away from the polyethylene casings on most other models in this list. But let’s say that stainless looks more rugged than plastic any day.

That difference is quite noticeable when you hold this trimmer in your hands for the first time. It feels heavy duty. But the good part is that the added weight does not affect the maneuverability of the trimmer in any way. It has a slimmer profile than most other models that we have used and this makes it easier to grip.

But the reason why it’s featured at #3 in this list of the best beard trimmers has a lot more to do than the aesthetics.

This amazing grooming kit is made at home, here in the USA and includes an exhaustive list of attachments that you need to trim, style and maintain your beard and body hair. In addition to the trimmer, it includes a detachable trimmer head, t-blade, detail shaver head, rotary detail head, 6-position guide, 3 standard trimmer guides, 8 t-blade guides and comb.

That’s not all. It also includes a zippered carrying pouch.
Powering the stainless steel blades for an efficient trim every time is a lithium ion battery that runs on Lithium Ion 2.0 technology. This gives it twice the torque and power that it needs. You can be rest assured that this will cut through those lush beards like it’s a walk in the park.

This also gives it an unprecedented 240 minutes of runtime on a single charge of just 1 hour. That’s more than any other beard trimmer at this price point. For those urgent my-trimmer-ran-out-of-juice scenarios, there’s a 60 second quick charge feature that gives it full power for up to 3 minutes.

You’ve got to hand it over to Wahl for this one alone.
With lots of power, a super-long lasting battery and a bunch of accessories and attachments for detailing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better choice than the Wahl 9818.

Wahl 9818 Lithium Ion Stubble Trimmer

Why BeardBro Likes It

  • Heavy duty stainless steel casing
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Complete grooming kit that includes t-blade, detail shaver head, rotary detail head, 3 standard trimmer guides and 8 t-blade guides
  • Dual Voltage
  • 240 minute run time with Lithium Ion 2.0

4. Best Professional Option

We still recall the first time that we saw the Wahl Peanut Clipper. We almost told the sales guy that he’d accidentally placed a toy in the men’s grooming section. How could that thing be a full sized trimmer? It was only 4 inches odd in size and even worse, was shaped somewhat like a computer mouse.

Cut to a few years later and it is one of the most popular offerings from Wahl.

The Peanut has managed to sustain the random changes and technological advancements that have happened in men’s grooming over the past decade. The first iteration of the Peanut was launched in 2007 and it still continues to outsell most other competitors in 2017 which is nothing short of amazing.

For the uninitiated, it is a super compact (4 inches) and lightweight (4 ounces) men’s trimmer from Wahl’s professional range. If you were looking for a trimmer that can slip into your pocket, you have just found it.

But the compact size does nothing to its effectiveness. The Peanut trims fast and sharp. It does not have all the bells and whistles that are now common across beard trimmers. But it is very effective at what it does.

It comes with a 4 attachment combs that let you trim from 1/8th of an inch to 1/2 inch, a detachable blade, a blade guard, cleaning brush and oil. That’s it. The package does not include a carrying case which is a slight letdown. But we attribute that to the size of the unit.

Also, the Wahl Peanut is available in both corded and cordless versions. Thankfully, the cord is 7 feet long and you won’t need an extension to get it to work.

If you are looking for a trimmer for use in the shower, then this is not the ideal choice for you. Instead, the Peanut is perfect for anyone looking for a compact and reliable unit that has excellent customer reviews for the past 10 years. That alone speaks about its quality.

Wahl Professional Peanut Beard Trimmer

Why BeardBro Likes It

  • Extremely compact at 4 inches
  • From Wahl’s professional range of trimmers
  • Styled like a peanut
  • Razor sharp blade for precise trimming and detailing
  • Perfect travel trimmer

5. Best Versatility

Last but not the least; we have the Philips Norelco which is a vacuum trimmer that sucks in almost 90% of the cut hair strands. This means that you spend less time cleaning up the mess off the sink.

The Norelco is one of Philips’ most popular beard trimmers. It features a dual tone black and grey polyethylene casing that looks stylish. The design is ergonomic making it easy to hold. There is no rubberized grip on the sides though.

An easy-access dial lets you scroll through the different lengths at which you can trim your beard and this ranges from 0.5 mm to 10 mm. That’s 20 settings for the most precise styling. You can trim your beard, style your goatee or just close trim your body hair if need be.

Also integrated is a dedicated precision trimming feature which allows you to perfect those fine details.

The USP of the Norelco is the vacuum which also helps in lifting the hair strands allowing the self-sharpening stainless steel blades to trim more efficiently. Clubbed with the contoured comb, this makes it a great choice for someone with sensitive skin. The blade remains as sharp as it is when you first take it out of the box and it reduces the friction on the skin that occurs when you trim.

The Philips Norelco 7200 is powered by a Lithium Ion battery that gives it almost 80 minutes of runtime on a single full charge and you can also plug it into a power outlet and use it when you are charging.

Cleaning is easy as both the blades and the combs are washable under water. The vacuumed hair is collected in a see through reservoir making it easy to dispose.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200

Why BeardBro Likes It

  • Stylish dual tone casing
  • Easy rotating dial to select beard length
  • 20 settings in 0.5mm increments
  • Precision trimming feature
  • Integrated vacuum system that sucks in the trimmed hair
  • Lift and trim for a sharp and friction-free trim
  • 60 minutes of charge for 80 minutes of run time
  • How to Pick your Beard Trimmer

    First timers looking to buy a beard trimmer often get swayed by exaggerated advertising claims or end up buying a product that is a mismatch with their grooming requirements. Considering that the average price for a good quality beard trimmer can be around $100, that’s an expensive mistake that you can avoid easily.

    Here are a few important factors to consider before you swipe your card.

    Why do you need a Trimmer?

    It’s a given that you are looking for a beard trimmer. But is that the only intended use? Or will you also be using it to trim body hair or get those sideburns in order? Are you also looking to style your beard differently every now and then? This can make a significant difference in the product you pick. Most beard trimmers will allow you to trim your beard to varying lengths. But not all of them are designed for trimming body hair. A body hair trimmer will have a comb attachment that gives it a wider cutting swath. Also, a grooming kit with multiple attachments and guides will be a better choice as opposed to a conventional beard trimmer for someone looking to change their beard style.

    Do you prefer a cordless trimmer or a corded one?

    That question often evokes mixed reactions from our readers. Some say that buying a corded trimmer in this age is downright stupid because you are limiting yourself to being able to use it only with a power outlet around. And if you are traveling internationally, you will need a universal adapter to get it to work. Others, who rarely step out of their home with a beard trimmer feel that a corded one is easier to use. It reduces the hassles of having to keep a track of when you trimmer is about to run out of juice. Having said that, we personally prefer cordless beard trimmers. Most cordless beard trimmers these days provide up to 2 hours of continual trimming on a single charge. Some even last up to four hours on a single charge. Considering that won’t use it for more than three to four minutes each time you trim, the power should last for days.

    Are you looking for a travel trimmer?

    A beard trimmer that is compact and lightweight will be easier to carry and will slip into a corner of your tote too if need be. Did you check out the Peanut in this list? That’s just 4 inches in length and weighs just 4 ounces making it the perfect choice for travelers.

    How easy is it to clean?

    Despite sounding easy, cleaning hair strands is messy and you do not want to spend a lot of time trying to remove stuck hair strands from the trimmer blade. Models that can be rinsed under the faucet are the best choice. Even if the trimmer is not waterproof, it can have a removable blade attachment that can be rinsed under water. Some trimmers, like the Philips Norelco 7200 feature an integrated vacuum system that sucks in 90% of the hair that it trims. This makes cleaning effortless.

    Wet vs. Dry trimming

    This one’s a no-brainer. Do you prefer to wet shave or you are one of those who trim dry? A wet trimmer is usually waterproof and you can walk with one into your shower to trim body hair. You can apply your favorite beard conditioner or oil and use it straight away. A dry hair trimmer, on the other hand, can only be used if your beard is completely dry. The upside is that you can use one of these anywhere.

    Budget

    Once you know your trimming requirements and the features that you are looking for, it’s time to pick a trimmer. We firmly believe that when it comes to electronics, you get what you pay for. If you buy a $20 Chinese made contraption, it’s going to make life miserable for you when you trim. That’s if it does not explode on your face while you are using it in the shower in the first place. However, that does not mean that you buy the costliest product available in the market. Decide on a budget and pick a trimmer from a known and reputed brand. Philips, Remington, Wahl, Panasonic, and Gillette are some of the best options you have.

    That sums it up beardsmen. Your beard trimmer will be a long-term investment and one that will be integral to maintaining that svelte looking beard. So take your time to understand the features that you need and make an informed decision. We hope that you are able to find the best one in this list itself.

    If you have a personal favorite to add to it, then we’d love to hear from you.

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