One thing lost on millions of men around the world is the need to have a properly groomed beard. Job interviews, dates, parent-teacher meetings and other events can be affected by failing to properly groom your beard. While it is alright for hockey players to let their beards grow out during their second season called the playoffs, the same can’t be said of average men.
While a wild and crazy growing beard might sound like a cool thing to have, when it comes to having a professional look, your beard isn’t supposed to make you appear that you just woke up from under a bridge or cardboard box. The best and easiest ways to ensure that your beard doesn’t begin making you look like you belong in ZZ Top is by using a beard trimmer.
Depending on the company putting out the product, beard trimmers are different. But whether the attachments are built in or need to be clicked onto the shaver head, the main overall point of a beard trimmer is to allow you the ability to groom your facial hair in the style you want without needing to spend money at a barber shop.
Some beard trimmers are bulky and boxy while others have 3-D pivoting heads that reduce the chance of your skin becoming irritated. Some contain lubrication that is released to your skin at a click on a button while others work better when dry. Some work in the shower and some can be used to trim your nose and ear hair.
With so many different varieties of beard trimmers, how exactly can you go about choosing which one is best for you? Each company has their own style electric beard trimmers and each has their own pros and cons. Trying to determine what is the best beard trimmer could be difficult for some. What features should you look into and what extras should you hope are included in your purchase?
Battery Life of the Best Beard Trimmer
One important aspect of an electronic beard trimmer is the length it takes for your trimmer to charge and the length in which it lasts before it needs to be charged. This is especially important when you forgot to shave in the morning and have an important meeting at 9 a.m.
It’s usually on this day that you grab your trimmer while running out of the house, only to find it is has no charge left. So while you’re already running late, you run back in and grab the charger, but time is running out before your meeting. With some trimmers that take anywhere from eight to 12 hours to charge, you might as well stop at a convenience store and buy a disposable razor to prepare for your meeting. There are some top of the line trimmers that completely charge in an hour or eve have a quick charge option, meaning you will be able to get enough charge to groom your beard before your meeting.
In our current world, having a beard is the new look. While some people like the stars of “Duck Dynasty” have a wild and crazy beards, that isn’t possible for regular people. If you are one of those people that have always had some facial hair, the thought of completely shaving it all off with a beard trimmer might be a scary thought. That is why you need to look at selecting the best beard trimmer that has attachments. Most beard trimmers have these attachments that are put on the heads of shavers, while some newer models have the trimmers built into the bottom of the unit.
Attachments are important to properly maintaining your look. What you are going to want to look for in a beard trimmer is a unit that comes with multiple attachments. You will want trimmers that have easy to lock on and use attachments that connect to the unit with no trouble. You are going to want to look for a trimmer that has an attachment to trim ear, nose and eyebrow hair. This attachment, especially for older men, make the process of grooming wild and crazy beards that much easier. The main purpose of the trimmer attachments though is to allow you to get a clean look with your beard from the comfort of your bathroom, hotel room, office or car.
A lot of the models that you may be used to seeing in the past have a stationary head on top of the unit. The units with these types of heads still work effectively, but depending on your skin type, the process could lead to uncomfortable and painful irritation. The one way around this is to get a beard trimmer that has a moving head.
Newer models from Philips Norelco and Braun come with movable heads that limit the chance of irritating your skin while cutting closer and more accurate than any other trimmer before it. In the case of the Philips Norelco BG2040 BodyGroom Pro which we will be reviewing later, you are getting a trimmer that has a 3-D movable head with “pre-trimmers” on each side of the head that allow you to get that desired close cut after going over the same spot just once.
Bulkiness/Ease of Traveling
For businessman, the importance of a good razor is not lost on you. While many men feel more comfortable carrying their Gillette razor with shaving cream, sometimes, it is just a lot easier to travel with an electronic beard trimmer. With most electronic beard trimmers, you will need a little more space in your luggage to pack your product, but there are some that are small, lightweight and effective that they make the task easy.
Some of the older models of beard trimmer were boxy-shaped, much like the clippers used by hairdressers. These units, while they work well, can be difficult to handle when trimming your own facial hair. These bulky products also take up a lot of space in your suitcase, but as technology has advanced elsewhere, as has the technology on beard trimmers. The units are smaller now and don’t require as much maintenance as other units. Also, by eliminating the need to bring a razor and shaving cream, you won’t have to worry about your can of cream exploding or opening in your luggage, creating an unwanted mess of your wardrobe.
Review of the Top 5 Beard Trimmers
There are other factors that could affect your decision about choosing the best beard trimmer for your needa, but these four are the most important. When it comes to actually following through on these trimmers and selecting on that is worth investing your money into, what five trimmers are your best options for making this happen?
Philips Norelco QG3360/42 Multigroom Plus
This affordable unit will give you a clean crisp look on your facial hair and with this unit in your bathroom, you will have a quality product constructed to last a long time.
Included with this unit are eight attachments that can be used for your beard and your head. The attachments that you will get with the purchase of this beard trimmer are: hair clipper, full trimmer, detail trimmer, nose trimmer, full metal guard, detail foil shaver, beard and mustache comb and stubble comb. Depending on what kind of attachment you use, you will be able to groom your beard to your style. If you want to use the trimmer without any attachments to shave your beard off, it has a metal guard that will cut as close to the skin as possible.
When it comes to the battery life of the device, you will be able to get 50 minutes of shaving time with just one hour of charging. It also has the option of a five minute quick charge, giving you a couple minutes to get rid of that five o’clock shadow before your big afternoon meeting or in the car when you are in a hurry to get to work.
The unit is easy to maintain and clean. It is 100 percent water resistant, allowing you the chance to put it under running water to clean the blades. When it comes to keeping the blades sharp, you won’t need to do any of the work as the unit is made with self-sharpening chromium steel blades that require no oiling or maintenance to keep them running properly.
Philips Norelco BG2040 BodyGroom Pro
This is one of the more expensive units on the market from Philips Norelco, but the trusted name in men’s grooming products ensures that this product will do its job. This unit contains a duel end design that eliminates the need for attachments. On one side, there is a 3-D pivoting shaving head that eliminates the need to go over the same area of the skin more than one time. This unit has pre-trimming blades on each side of the head that ensure your skin doesn’t become irritated.
On the other side of the unit, your attachments are already built in to the device. There are five preset sizes that you can easily adjust the trimmer to cut your hair from 1/8 inch to 11/25 inch long. This unit is ideal for those who travel often and don’t have that clean look. Without having the need to drag along all the attachments, this beard trimmer makes the entire process simpler for you.
In terms of battery life, this is one of the best on the market. You will get a full charge of the unit with just a single hour of charging and that will last you 50 minutes of operation time before needing to charge it again. It has a built in LED indicator that will show you when your battery is running low and when it is fully charged.
Another key aspect of this trimmer is the ability to use it wet in the shower or dry in your office or car. A lot of trimmers will only work one way or the other, but this is one of those rare trimmers that will work in any situation at any time.
When it comes to bulkiness and ease of travel, this unit is small enough to do the job the right way that you won’t need to worry about packing a disposable razor just in case.
Remington is another trusted name in men’s grooming products. The MB4040 is a lithium ion powered device that will last longer than most of its competitors. With the upgraded battery style, you are looking at about 120 minutes of runtime between charges. Compared to regular batteries, the MB4040 is at the top of the class. To get to this point, the unit takes just three hours to fully charge.
A big difference between this unit and the Philips Norelco BG2040 is attachments. While the Philips unit has the attachment built in to allow you to pick how long your hair is, this unit comes with three detachable heads depending on what you are shaving. Among the heads you can choose from are beard, stubble trimmer or goatee heads. It also comes with a separate attachment that goes on top of the trimmer head that will allow you to trim your longer hair. There are in fact nine different trimming lengths for beard lengths of all sizes. The head of the trimmer can also be cleaned with ease, allowing you to remove any excess hair that may be stuck in the blades.
One good feature about this product is the thin blade. Not only is the blade self-sharpening and titanium coated, because of its size, it is fully capable of allowing you to get up close and create any pattern with your facial hair that you desire.
This Remington model is a small unit that will fit in your carry-on luggage or suitcase. While it may not allow you to trim your beard in the shower, it will allow you to keep your beard looking neat and organized at all times.
Wahl Trimmer All-In-One
With the amount of extras that come in this $40 package, you might think you stole the Wahl trimmer. After using it, you will be pleased with the outcome. This set comes with everything you need to trim your beard and manicure it to the style you want. This trimmer set comes with multiple heads including a trimmer blade to cut your hair, a precision detailer to sculpt out your lines crisply, a dual shaver to cut your hair close to the skin and a clipper blade to the hair on your head.
This Wahl trimmer was the first grooming product to be made with a lithium ion battery and because of that provides great service to its users. If you are running later and don’t have time to shave at home, this trimmer has a quick charge function that will give you four minutes of use, which should be just enough to clean the scruff off your cheeks, after just a single minute of charging. Its battery also allows it to run for as much as three times longer than regular batteries and features two times the torque of other trimmers.
When the entire unit and its attachments are on its bulky stand in your bathroom, it may be an eyesore. In terms of traveling with it, considering all you might need is the unit itself and an attachment or two, it shouldn’t be any problem at all.
Braun Cruzer 6 Beard & Head
While this unit can be used for your head, it is built to work effectively at trimming your beard. The unit itself isn’t that bulky, but the attachment that is used to pick what length you want to cut your beard and the separate attachment for your head appear to be bigger than what most people are used to with personal trimmers. With the beard attachment, you can choose any one of 12 different hair lengths to cut your beard, but it also features a thin blade that will allow you to get neat and crisp lines with your goatee or edge up.
The way this battery works, it makes the process of cutting through the hair simple. With some trimmers, you are facing the chance of having an uneven cut, but this unit has a dual battery system that cuts through all hair types. The machine can be completely washed and submerged under running water and it shouldn’t break as it is made with a sealed body.
The unit retails for about $50 and anyone that has used a Braun product before can attest to their quality machinery. This unit is the most powerful in the entire line of Braun personal grooming products and is one that can be used for years to come. When you need to travel with this trimmer, Braun took into consideration the need to carry the unit from place to place without getting your belongings dirty and included a travel pouch.
Selecting the best beard trimmer for you shouldn’t be a large job in itself. It is something that you need, especially if you want to have a killer beard, but don’t fret, just follow this advice and pick the right unit for you.