3 Best Beard Trimmers That Can Give You The Perfect Trim

The quest for the perfect beard isn’t easy. There are days in which your beard seems in control of you and not the other way around.

As men, however, we have one major advantage:

We have tools.

Tools like a beard trimmer for instance. A beard trimmer is versatile and makes it easier to get exactly the beard you want. And the best ones – like the Philips Norelco Beard & Head Trimmer Series 5100  – will advance your quest even closer to perfection.

In this post will look at what is the best beard trimmer available, as well as others that rate pretty damn close. We’ll also discuss things to look for when buying a beard trimmer, how to use a trimmer and the difference between a beard trimmer and other grooming tools.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig in.

BEFORE YOU BUY: 7 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A BEARD TRIMMER

Rest assured, you’ll have plenty of options while looking for a beard trimmer. There are many types of trimmers on the market with lots of different features – from corded to cordless, the number and kind of attachments, and different settings.

How do you choose?

Let’s take a look:

1. VERSATILITY

Before you go to the store to check out beard trimmers, ask yourself how you intend to use the trimmer? Is it just for your beard, or will you also use it for your hair and other parts of your body?

Multi-use beard trimmers have a wider range of length settings that enable you to trim your beard, head, and body. The Panasonic ER-GB40-S, for example, has 19 length settings and is effective for trimming your chest and other parts of your body (you’ll find it listed in our beard trimmer reviews).

2. CORDED OR CORDLESS

There are advantages to both corded and cordless beard trimmers:

  • Cordless trimmers have more flexibility than corded trimmers because you can use them practically anywhere. Most cordless trimmers provide up to an hour of cutting time on a single charge, with the length of the charge needed to get to full power varying from trimmer to trimmer.
  • Corded trimmers, generally speaking, provide a little more power.They also offer the peace of mind from knowing that your trimmer’s battery won’t run out in the middle of a trim.

If you choose a cordless trimmer, it’s important to know the length of the battery’s life before it needs to recharge. With a corded trimmer, the length of the cord may be important if you’re seeking maximum maneuverability in your bathroom or another area where you do your trimming.

Cordless trimmers usually come with charging stations, or stands, and you can leave your charger in the stand until its next use to ensure a full charge.

3. ATTACHMENTS

Many trimmers come with attachments that are added to the unit to achieve different lengths and different styles – such as a goatee – or include a stubble guide attachment that helps you achieve the stubble look that is popular among many men.

4. YOUR BEARD LENGTH

The length of your beard – medium, short, stubble – is an important factor when choosing a trimmer. Make sure that the one you choose as multiple length settings. Also, some trimmers are best for short hair, others with longer hair – and so on. The bottom line is that the trimmer you choose supports the length of beard you have.

5. WET & DRY USE

Many of the best trimmers are good for wet and dry use, i.e., you can both use it in the shower and/or with shave gels, lotions, and foams. Waterproof trimmers are usually easier to clean, as well. In most cases, you simply wash them with water from your faucet to remove excess hair trimmings. That kind of convenience is hard to beat.

6. THE BLADES

Stainless steel, chromium, and titanium blades are longer lasting and more comfortable than other types blades. Many beard trimmers, including more expensive ones, have dual-edged blades that provide extra cutting precision (and enable you to fine-tune your beard more efficiently).

7. CONVENIENCE

The travel-friendliness of your trimmer is something to consider if you’re on the road a lot. Is the trimmer lightweight, compact and easily placed into a carry-on bag or another type of luggage? Portability is an important consideration in any case.

Travel-friendly trimmers should also have a longer battery life while being easily chargeable. In most cases, a cordless trimmer is easier to take with you when you travel, but it needs to have an easy-to-access charging source.

While the information above should help you in choosing a trimmer, here are five products that rise to the top of the list when considering your purchase.

1. PHILIPS NORELCO BEARD & HEAD TRIMMER SERIES 5100 

Philips Norelco is a behemoth in the men’s grooming industry and has been for a long time. And it’s true; big doesn’t always mean better.

But Norelco has had more than its share of premium products, including its Series 5100 beard and head trimmer.

The 5100 is the best beard trimmer for men for many reasons, not the least of which it has enough bells and whistles to make an airplane cockpit envious. They’re not just for show, however.

No matter what kind of beard you desire, the 5100 series has you covered.

It even has, on a razor loaded with cool gadgets and attributes, a “gadget” that stand out from the rest, namely its Dynamic Beard Guide System.

Here’s how it works:

  • The DBGS (our acronym, not Norelco’s) utilizes innovative lift and trim technology that raises and guides hair for a more efficient trim. It also includes “contour comb” technology that helps deliver a more even and skin-friendly trim.
  • Additionally, the DBGS comes with three comb lengths: 3-day stubble, short beard, and long beard. The DBGS is designed for true one-pass trimming so you don’t need to worry about taking extra strokes to make your beard look the way you want.

That’s not all the 5100 offers, however.

The 5100’s self-sharpening steel blades are also designed to provide as clean of a cut as you’ll find on any trimmer. Norelco double sharpens them to cut more hair with each pass to speed up the process, which is always handy while you’re trying to get out the door in the morning.

Better yet, the blades have rounded tips to prevent skin irritation.

For one, it comes with a zoom wheel that allows you to lock-in on one of 17 built-in precision length settings, all the way from 1/64th of an inch to a half-inch. You’d be hard-pressed not to find the right length for your beard and the look that you’re trying to achieve.

And, not to forget, you’ll have no trouble with finding the right length for your head, whether it’s a more stubbled look or the always beautiful bald look. It’s no wonder that it’s also the best professional beard trimmer.

The Norelco 5100 is good for both corded and cordless use and comes with an advanced lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 70 minutes without a cord when fully-charged. It takes an hour charge to bring your trimmer back to full power once the battery has run down.

It’s also fully waterproof, and you can clean it by simply running the beard trimmer head under the faucet.

PROS

  •  Innovative Dynamic Beard Guide System
  •  17 built-in length settings
  •  Waterproof and fully washable
  •  Advanced lithium-ion battery

CONS

  •  Some users say it’s noisy with prolonged use

2. BRIO BEARDSCAPE BEARD AND HAIR TRIMMER 

Brio Beardscape with Travel Case


The Brio BeardScape is one of the new trimmers on the market and has quickly carved out a spot in a field filled with quality trimmers. Whatever your beard needs – from maintaining an artful 5 o’clock shadow to fine-tuning a beard that’s aged several months – the BeardScape can handle the job.

It’s also a versatile trimmer that’s good for trimming hair and for any manscaping project. There’s just a lot to like about this trimmer, including:

  • One of its key features is its ceramic blade. It’s harder than stainless steel blades and creates less friction and heat than most other blades. It’s also quieter than most trimmers available today.
  • It also includes a titanium rake that’s precision-ground to match the ceramic blade.
  • The BeardScape includes several blade height adjustments and eight size guards. Again, you can perfect the stubble look or nicely trim a beard that’s in glorious full development.
  • An extra-large Li-Ion battery gives you up to four hours of runtime with every charge, which is very long when compared to almost any other trimmer. Meanwhile, a full charge takes three hours.
  • The BeardScape has five-speed settings.
  • It has a display unit that’s easy to understand and shows you the amount of battery life left. It also includes an RPM display (which ranges from 5,000 to 7,000), and a burden meter that lets you know when the trimmer is in need of cleaning. It even lets you know when your trimmer needs oil.
  • Each BeardScape trimmer comes with a 7-foot charging cord that has a USB fitting (you can even charge it by plugging it into your computer). Brio suggests letting your battery run down to 20% – rather than letting it run out – before charging. Doing so helps extend your battery’s lifespan.
  • The trimmer is easy to clean as the blade pops on and off without much effort.
  • The BeardScape comes with a two-year warranty.
  • Each BeardScape trimmer comes with a two-year warranty.

Best for: All beard lengths

PROS

  •  Quiet
  •  Low-friction ceramic blades
  •  Extra large battery

CONS

  •  Wider shaving head is awkward for some

3. PANASONIC ER-GB40-S PRECISION HAIR AND BEARD TRIMMER 

Panasonic ER-GB40-S Precision Hair and Beard Trimmer

Sometimes you need finesses, sometimes you need power.

With the Panasonic ER-GB40-S, you get both.

You’ll also fortify your grooming kit with a beard and hair trimmer you can use anywhere and fits easily into travel bags and other luggage.

Then again, there’s a lot to like about the Panasonic ER-GB40-S, including:

  • The trimmer’s sharp stainless steel blades are angled at 45 degrees to create the optimal cutting edge. It’s fast and powerful, and you’ll get quick, efficient facial hair trimming (and head hair). The trimmer comes with 3-blades and cuts cleanly through even the thickest and most dense hair.
  • The blades also work quickly and get more hairs in a single pass than with many other trimmers. You’ll spend less time in front of the mirror while still getting a close, clean shave.
  • Another key feature of the ER-GB40-S is its Quick-adjust dial that provides 19 precision settings, which is handy whether you’re trimming your beard or hair, or sculpting, cutting, and detailing areas such as your sideburns and mustache. The settings are from 1 mm to 10mm which makes it easy to find the length you need for each job.
  • The ER-GB40-S is good for wet and dry use and fully waterproof. You can use it in the shower or over the sink, with shaving gels, lotions, and foams, and its cordless option means you can use it almost anywhere. We think it’s the best cordless beard trimmer on the market.
  • Grooming with ER-GB40-S isn’t just confined to your face either, as it will also get the job done on your chest, arms, and more. All you have to is snap off the included comb attachment. Versatility like that is hard to beat.
  • It’s easy to clean as all you need to do is place it under running water. The trimmer unit includes water shutters and an open water drainer. You simply shake out the excess water and pat it dry with a towel. Your trimmer comes with a handy cleaning brush, as well.
  • The ER-GB40-S is fully rechargeable and comes with an AC charging stand. You’ll get 50 minutes of use with an hour charge – but you can leave it on the charging stand and know that it’s always ready for use.
  • The AC charging stand includes a visual indicator light that turns red when it’s time to charge your trimmer.
  • You’ll like how the ER-GB40-S fits into your hand. It’s very lightweight and compact and has an ergonomic rubberized grip.
  • Last, but not least, the Panasonic ER-GB40-S is very affordable. You’ll get a top-notch trimmer at a budget-friendly price.

Best for:

The ER-GB40-S works well for beards of all lengths but is especially effective for trimming longer, more unruly whiskers.

PROS

  •  Multiple precision settings
  •  Fast and close-cutting blades
  •  Good for wet and dry use
  •  Easy to clean

THE FINAL BOTTOM LINE: WHY WE CHOSE THESE TRIMMERS

There are plenty of reasons why the five beard trimmers reviewed above are on our ‘best of’ list for 2019. We took into account a lot of factors: each trimmer’s versatility, ease of use, the number of (useful) attachments, whether it was good for both wet and dry shaving, and durability.

We also carefully consider the reviews of others, particularly those of customers, as well as personal experience.

The most important factor, of course, is how it did what it’s intended to do, i.e., trim your beard and perhaps touch up other areas of your face. We also look at how much each product costs, and, as with all of our reviews, we want to cover a wide price range. Hopefully, it will help you to pick a trimmer that will serve you well for many years.


With that, we’ll wrap up another review. We always welcome your feedback, whether it’s about the products listed here, a favorite product of yours, or anything related to men’s grooming and beards. We’d love to hear from you.



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