Are you follicle-ly gifted? Is that face-snuggie a work of art? Don’t whack at that thing with just any razor. Cultivate your facial hair with a beard trimmer from our ranking of the best beard trimmers on the market.
“What, pray tell, makes these beard trimmers any better than my razor or hair clippers?” you might wonder.
We’re glad you asked. With shorter blades than hair trimmers, beard trimmers are the precision instrument you need to keep those epic chin whiskers trimmed up neat.
So keep reading, our fine bearded friends. By the end of this ranking, we’re confident you’ll find the best beard trimmer for you.
What kind of beard look are you after?
The kind of beard you’re hoping to grow makes a lot of difference in what beard trimmer is best for you. Are you growing a chin strap beard? You’re going to need a variety of guards and trimmer heads. Is your beard game full and free-flowing? If so, then 3 guard settings will do.
Cord or no cord?
Beard trimmers come with power cords and without power cords. You can sometimes save a little money upfront with a corded beard trimmer, but cordless beard trimmers save power (and money!) in their own way.
Cordless beard trimmers, which don’t suck up electricity every time you use them, are up to 10 times better for the environment, and in turn, for your bottom line. Besides, the best beard trimmers often come with high-quality, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are convenient and durable.
If you shave on the go a lot, or in unusual places, like in the backseat of a Lyft rushing from the airport to a business meeting, then that’s another reason to go cordless.
Whenever possible, go with a trimmer that includes one of those lithium-ion batteries we mentioned earlier. Otherwise, you might spend too much time and money replacing sub-par batteries.
There’s nothing worse than going to trim an unruly face-mane only to find your batteries depleted and your expectations dashed.
The best beard trimmer not only does its job on your beard — it’s also easy to take care of.
Make sure your beard trimmer is waterproof, because if cleaning the trimmer takes much more effort than rinsing it off under running water, it’s too difficult to keep clean. Also, if your beard trimmer is waterproof, you can shave in the shower! Some Philips Norelco products even feature a vacuum setting to help with cleanup.
Here are a few things to look for in the build of your next beard trimmer:
- Is the battery dependable?
- Are there high-quality stainless steel blades?
- Is there a wide range of available extensions and attachments?
If your beard trimmer checks all these boxes, and isn’t completely made out of plastic, chances are it’s a well-built model. Good choice.
You may be tempted by the budget-priced beard trimmers on the market. But how can you be sure these are reputable brands? When it comes to beard trimmers, we say stick with a brand name you recognize.
The reason is simple: You’ve heard of the brand. This means the brand’s been around awhile, and has been producing a quality product.
In addition, major brands are likely to have more generous return policies if your beard trimmer choice ends up being less than the best.
How do I use my beard trimmer?
There’s more to using your beard trimmer than just putting it to your face and switching on the power. Here are some tips to effectively keep your facial mane nice and orderly.
Keep it oiled
Many beard trimmers come with their own oil. But if not, WD40 will do. Just drip a little on the blades (make sure your trimmer is nice ‘n’ clean first!) and wipe off all the excess before using your beard trimmer.
Go against the grain, in an upward direction since facial hair grows out and down. If your beard is long, start with your 3 guard and go down from there. If you want to go shorter than 1 guard, just remove the guard entirely. Look out for strays!
- Grab a waste basket before you start to catch the small clippings. Then clean up extra trimmings with a damp paper towel.
- When you’re done, remove the guards and rinse them with soap and warm water.
- Use the brush that came with your trimmer to brush away any hair that might have built up while shaving.
- Remove the blade head, which is usually as easy as pushing up with your thumb.
- Clean between the blade heads — cotton swabs work well for this.
- Replace the blade head and turn on the trimmer for a few seconds to knock loose any stray hairs.
- Run your trimmer underwater. CAUTION: This is only if you have a waterproof trimmer. Running a non-waterproof trimmer underwater can damage the trimmer and rust the blades.
Methodology of Ranking the Best Beard Trimmers
While putting together this ranking, we triangulated and cross-referenced reviews and rankings from a wide variety of trusted, reputable sources. We also combed through hundreds of customer reviews to find out how the people really felt about the experts’ favorite products.
When evaluating our long-list of the best beard trimmers, we looked closely at the following:
- Motor strength
- Price to value ratio
- Battery longevity
- Blades/cutting teeth
- Grooming accessories
Okay, you’re almost there. Trust us, you’re about to reach beard nirvana. Don’t stop now, because our ranking of the best beard trimmers is coming up next.
Best Beard Trimmers
Wahl 9818 Lithium Ion Plus
The Wahl 9818 is an all-in-one, head-to-toe grooming kit. It comes with a rechargeable beard trimmer that doubles as a shaver or razor depending how much (and where) you need to shave.
The blades are self-sharpening, and 4 different attachment heads help you achieve peak grooming goals: from a wide T-blade for beards and mustaches to a rotary ear and nose trimmer. A detail shaver helps you refine your look.
The kit includes 12 T-blade guides, a comb, a storage pouch, a charger, a cleaning brush, blade oil, and instructions in both English and Spanish. And the trimmer is powered by a lithium-ion battery that runs for 4 hours between charges. When it comes to the best beard trimmers, it doesn’t get any better than the Wahl 9818.
- Lithium-ion battery
- Self-sharpening blades
- 4 attachment heads
- On/off button issues reported
- No 0.2 mm T-blade
Choose the Panasonic ER-GB370K and you’ll get 19 settings for personalized manscaping. The trimmer features a sleek design complete with a rubberized, ergonomic grip for maximum comfort, total control, and clean, detailed cutting and trimming results.
The ultra-sharp, hypoallergenic blades are an exceptional cutting system. They’re honed to a precise 45-degree angle, making them the perfect choice for trimming even the most unruly face bramble.
The easy-open water drain makes it convenient to keep your trimmer clean with warm running water. The wet/dry feature lets you trim up smoothly and comfortably anytime, anywhere — it works for quick on-the-go touch-ups, or for going cordless in the shower. Although we docked a few points because of the short battery life, overall, this was a close contender for the top spot.
- 19 settings
- Comb attachment
- Sure-grip control
- Only 30 min. cordless power
- 110V only
- No razor-like shave option
Philips Norelco Multi Groomer
With the Philips Norelco Multi Groomer, you get 13 tools to cover all your grooming needs. Trim up the beard, take care of all those unsightly nose and ear hairs, or keep that stubble tight — you can do it all with this kit.
The magic happens with Norelco’s DualCut technology, meaning blades that self-sharpen as they work. And they’re easy to clean: Simply detach them from the handle and rinse them under water — no blade oil needed to maintain high-quality performance. Your kit will include 3 hair trimming guards, 3 beard trimming guards, a stubble guard, an accessory storage bag, and a cleaning brush.
Keeping it all powered is a lithium-ion battery delivering 60 minutes of run time. But don’t worry, you backseat-Uber shaver, because a mere 5-minute charge delivers enough power for one full trim. And the device comes with a 45-day risk-free trial, plus a 2-year warranty. Although some users have complained about longevity issues, we think this trimmer is still well worth a try.
- DualCut technology
- 13-piece set
- Lithium-ion battery
- Non-replaceable battery
- Longevity issues
- Power button issues
Keep yourself looking fly with the Remington All-in-One Grooming Kit. Purchase of the kit gets you long-lasting, self-sharpening, surgical steel blades, as well as 14 settings appropriate for all sorts of uses — whether you’re trimming hair up north, down south, or elsewhere.
Included with the beard trimmer, you’ll get a nose, ear, and detail trimmer, plus an 8-length hair clipper comb and 3 snap-on beard and stubble combs. The full-size trimmer, with or without the comb, is great for an even trim or just to clean up your sideburns, neckline, or facial hair.
This trimmer comes with cordless, lithium-ion power, which provides up to 65 minutes of run time on a single charge, while the comfortable, textured grip gives you complete control at any angle. All attachments are washable, and there’s a storage pouch included to keep you looking your best while you’re on the road. The battery doesn’t seem as durable as some of our other winners, which is why this trimmer falls to fourth place — but there’s still plenty to appreciate about the Remington PG6025.
- Lithium power
- Washable attachments
- Detail trimmer included
- Battery issues reported
- 120V, won’t work overseas
- Only 65 minutes per charge
Philips Norelco Series 5100
The Philips Norelco Series 5100 features a dynamic beard guide system, with lift-and-trim technology that guides hairs to the blade for a more efficient cut. Further precision comes from a zoom wheel that automatically locks in to one of 17 built-in length settings, ranging from 1/64 inch (0.4mm) to 1/2 inch (13mm).
The blades are stainless steel and self-sharpening for an even better trim while minimizing skin irritation. Use the short and long hair clipper combs to put the finishing touches on your look. It’s all powered by a lithium-ion battery, delivering up to 60 minutes of battery life per charge.
Although the 5100 isn’t as well-suited to longer beards as some of our other contenders, there are a few specific features that balance out for this drawback. Namely, the trimmer is fully washable — and waterproof! — for easy maintenance, and a cleaning brush is included with purchase. It’s all protected by a 5-year warranty.
- 5-year warranty
- Self-sharpening blades
- Beard guide system
- Comb leg durability issues
- Best for short beards
- Accessory attachment issues
SUPRENT Beard Trimmer Kit
The SUPRENT Beard Trimmer Kit is always ready to go, with a charging dock design that prevents you from accidentally forgetting to charge up your trimmer. The 420 stainless steel blades get close to the skin with low friction, and the 2-point cutter replacement button allows for easy blade replacement and cleaning.
Along with the trimmer, you’ll get 4 hair clipper combs, 4 adjustable combs for precision trimming, and 3 adjustable combs. You also get a blade guard, a charger, and a storage charging dock. More than enough to take care of all your grooming needs — from your hair, to your face, to your…we’ll just say all your grooming needs and leave it at that.
In addition, the SUPRENT Beard Trimmer Kit comes with a cleaning brush, blade oil, and styling guide. The trimmer runs on a lithium-ion battery and you can expect 60 minutes of use on a 2-hour charge, or one full trim on a 5-minute charge. This might not offer the closest shave of all the trimmers out there — but if that’s not what you’re after, the SUPRENT is a great choice.
- 11 guide combs
- Charging dock design
- 420 stainless steel blades
- Battery melting issue reported
- Issues with nose hair trimmer
- Not great for close shaving
Philips Norelco Series 7200
One of the biggest benefits of the Philips Norelco 7200 is the integrated vacuum system that catches up to 90% of cut hair — meaning plenty of precision with much less mess!
And speaking of detail work, the trimmer’s precision settings go all the way down to 0.5mm. How is the 7200 so precise? It lifts and guides hairs to the trimmer while the double-sharpened stainless steel blades do their job. A zoom wheel allows easy toggling between length settings.
This trimmer runs with or without a power cord. It can last up to 70 minutes on a one-hour charge, and you can easily see the status of the battery’s charge with the unique battery monitoring system. And when it comes to maintenance, just empty the chamber and rinse the blades under water. However, note that this trimmer is not waterproof.
- Vacuum system
- Zoom wheel toggles length
- Battery charge monitoring
- Not waterproof
- No charging stand
- Loud when in operation
The Remington MB4040 boasts an impressive 120 minutes of battery life thanks to its top-of-the-line lithium-ion battery. The trimmer offers superior cutting performance as a result of its 3 precision-ground, titanium-coated blades. It’s got 9 length settings, with a trimming range of 1.5mm to 18mm. Use the zoom wheel to easily adjust the trimming length.
Choose between beard, goatee, and stubble blades to create any look you want. And don’t worry about pulls or snags, because the trimmer’s perfectly ground edges are designed for a smooth cut every time.
A quick release button makes changing and cleaning the blades a breeze, but the trimmer is not waterproof. Another serious drawback is that it needs to charge for up to 16 hours — which is the main factor that drops this trimmer into eighth place.
- 120-minute run time
- Beard, goatee, stubble blades
- 9 length settings
- Not waterproof
- Long charging time
- Not great with stubble
The Panasonic ER-GB40-S features 45-degree angle, stainless steel, hypoallergenic blades that cut quickly and cleanly, whether you’re pruning that woolly beard, just a mustache, or even your hair. And the quick-adjust trimmer dial provides 19 precision settings for personalized detail work, eliminating the need for multiple clipper comb attachments.
Remove the comb attachment and use the trimmer for body grooming, getting up close and personal on your chest, arms, and elsewhere. The rubberized, ergonomic grip provides comfort and control. Cordless operation runs up to 50 minutes on nickel-metal hydride battery power. You can easily clean the trimmer by placing it under warm running water.
Included in your purchase are handy travel-size accessories, including a cleaning brush and an AC charging stand that fits easily in bags and luggage. It’s all covered by a 2-year warranty. While we love this trimmer for a lot of reasons, the lack of a lithium-ion battery and some issues with the guard release are what push the ER-GB40-S down toward the bottom of the ranking.
- Cleaning brush included
- Ergonomic grip
- 19 precision settings
- Non-lithium-ion battery
- Non-universal voltage
- Plastic guard release issues
Sminiker Professional Waterproof Beard Trimmer Set
The Sminiker Professional Waterproof Beard Trimmer Set includes a hair clipper, a hair trimmer, a nose trimmer, a shaver, and a precision trimmer. The set is multi-functional, with a variety of attachments that allow you to create unique looks with dialed-in precision.
There are also 4 haircut guards, a long hair comb, and positioning combs to trim your hair to your preferred length. Simply save the settings that suit your desired look and you’ll trim up perfectly every time.
The set comes with convenient storage and charging combined into one, with battery life lasting 45 minutes on an 8-hour charge. It’s all covered by a 2-year guarantee. Blades and combs can be rinsed after each use, but the motor body should not be submerged in water.
- 5-in-1 grooming kit
- Waterproof blades and combs
- Titanium blades
- Should not be submerged
- Trimmer top screen pops off
- Non-lithium-ion battery
FAQ: How to take Care of your Beard
In order to make the most out of the best beard trimmers, you need to know how to effectively use it. This means that it’s best to seek a good understanding of how beard grooming impacts your beard’s shape and appearance–both in the short term and the long term.
Moreover, different beards require different methods of upkeep. So let’s take a look at these particulars. In this section, we’ll attempt to answer your most common questions relating to effective beard trimming, grooming, and training.
Also, pro tip: use a regular razor to trim your cheek and neck to deliver smooth shaved skin to match your well-groomed face wookie. RAVE has ranked these types of razors as well!
What is the best beard trimmer for long beards?
If your beard has grown to old-timey gold prospector lengths, you need to make sure your trimmer is up for the challenge.
RAVE’s pick for best beard trimmer specifically for full beards is the Remington MB4045B The Beardsman Beard Boss Full Beard Kit (an honorable mention in our top-10 list).
With 120-minute battery life on a 4-hour charge (plenty of time to whack back that face hedge), as well as an XL-length trimming comb, this kit has everything you need when it’s time to show that beard who’s boss.
Are you dreaming of award-winning facial hair? Here are some tips and pointers if you’re looking to up your beard game.
- Use beard oil: You don’t want a dry and scraggly beard. Keep it well-conditioned with beard oil, even in the early stages of growth.
- Train, don’t trim: Does it really need to be said that the best way to grow a beard is to refrain from trimming it? And when it comes to your mustache, use beard oil to keep it out of your mouth.
- Brush and/or oil your beard on the daily: Develop a regimen that works for you.
But perhaps the most useful tip while growing your beard is to stay patient. Training your beard to match your style and expectations takes time, and might even require you to make some mistakes first. So that you know what really works best for your facial hair.
How do I choose the best beard style?
Beards come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here are a few of the most popular styles, and some pointers on how to grow them.
The Balbo is a beard with a floating, close-cut mustache and no sideburns. To grow the Balbo, first grow a full beard. You’ll need a good beard trimmer, as well as a razor, to get the details right.
You won’t need your trimmer or razor for quite a while if you choose the Bandholz style — a mustache connected to a full beard. First step is to grow your beard as long as you can (for many, that’s as long as 7 months!), then trim it to style.
The Garibaldi is a little like a shorter Bandholz. First, grow your beard for as long as 4 months. Trim the bottom of the beard to a rounded shape at the 20cm mark (or shorter), and keep your mustache trimmed up neat.
Is your beard objective to look like a 19th-century railroad tycoon? Then the Imperial is for you. Grow your beard as long as you can (or at least as long as the Garibaldi), then trim to style. Remember with the Imperial, the focus is on the mustache.
Styled after a well-known 17th-century Flemish painter, the first step in styling the Van Dyke is to shave all the hair on the cheeks and neck, as well as sideburns. Leave that mustache alone! Then, shape the beard to an inverted T, while letting it grow to about 2 inches. Next, trim your beard to achieve that signature V shape.
Is it good to grow a beard?
Should you even grow a beard in the first place? The decision is, of course, up to you. You might want to first talk it over with your significant other (they’ll almost certainly have a strong opinion on the subject).
Here are some other things to consider before you make your choice.
- Beards protect your skin: Thick beards can block up to 95% of UV rays. In addition, it’s believed by some that shaving can spread the bacteria that causes acne.
- Make an impression: Studies show men with full beards are perceived to be more mature, active, and healthy.
- Stay healthy: It’s said by some that growing a beard helps you stay healthy, doing everything from preventing bacteria from entering the mouth — lessening the chance of gum disease — to filtering out allergens, and even helping to prevent wrinkles.
- Be more confident: Confidence helps breed success. By growing a beard, you can take pride in your appearance.