One of the must have tool in men grooming kit is trimmer, more specifically beard trimmer. Some comes with moustache and sideburns trimmer too. Finding a good beard trimmer is always a challenge similar to finding a good quality shaver.
One question which all asks is what makes a trimmer a quality trimmer or what are the criteria to select a best trimmer? In short the answer is that a quality beard trimmer is one which satisfies all your facial hair grooming needs with no issues and in a decent price.
While selecting the best trimmer you need to find the trimmer best suited for your facial hair type. A trimmer best for thick hair is necessarily not best for thin hairs. Same hold for sparse hairs and dense hairs. It should be powerful enough to cut hairs in one-two pass. It should have enough length settings or at least the length setting you want for your beard. A cordless trimmer is anytime better. You may check if you want wet trimmer or just a dry will work for you.
In this section we have reviewed few trimmers which are good in quality and do their job well. There are some budget trimmers also in the list.
The Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All in One Trimmer packs a good amount of power. It is sturdy and seems to be built with good quality, not the cheap plastic feel. It comes with bunch of accessories like AC charger, beard comb, trimmer blade, T- blade, detail blade for nose, ear and eye-brow, dual shaver, cleaning brush, blade oil, three beard guide combs, a six position
guide and a styling guide. Dual shaver attachment is worth.
The lengths of the three beard guide combs are 3 mm (1/8″), 6 mm (1/4″), and 9.5 mm (3/8″). Beard guides are made of hard plastic. Though they are not as rugged as metal ones but still they are difficult to bend or break. The six position guide range from, very small, 2 mm to a, longer, 12 mm (5/64″ – 15/32″).
Trimmer motor had great torque and more power to cut more hairs in one pass. Its battery can last for 2 hour for 1 hour of cordless trimming and it is very good if compared to other beard trimmers out there. It also has a 1-minute quick charge which can give a good one time trim.
One little drawback is that the detail blade attachment is not that great. It does its job decent so does others. It can pull hairs from your nose. It is not that powerful. Another drawback is that it has more vibration due to powerful motor and thus it’s noisier. It is also not washable under running water but you can clean the blades separately after detaching them from trimmer. Once can also use the brush that came with it for cleaning. Be cautious to put some oil over blades if you clean it in running water.
Wahl Lithium Ion weighs 4.3 ounces with its trimmer head attached and measures 2.5 x 5.5 x 10.1 inches. It does not feel heavy to move around but it does give a solid feel. The handle has a coated rubber and that makes it easy to hold and kind of non-slippery.
The Panasonic ER-GB40-S is a completely waterproof trimmer that can be used in shower if one needs too. It also has a special water drainage system which makes cleaning very easy.
It comes with an AC charger stand, three comb attachments and a cleaning brush. Great thing about this trimmer is that it comes with 19 length settings. It starts from 1 mm (3/64″) and goes to 10 mm (13/32″) in 0.5 mm (1/64″) increments. This eliminates that need to juggle several assortments of attachments in order to get the trim you’re looking for. Trimmer blades are made of stainless-steel hypoallergenic blades and are aligned at 45 degree to provide a better trim against long and stubborn hair. Handle comes with a anti slip rubber grip. Since it is waterproof, you can use it with shaving cream.
PANASONIC ER-GB40-S does not have Lithium ion battery instead it uses a nickel–metal hydride battery. That means that one will get 50 min of trimming time with a whooping15 hour recharge.
So the best thing is to keep trimmer in charging stand after each use.
Cleaning is pretty easy, can be cleaned under running water or by using the brush. It does need frequent oiling.
Trimmer is of 2x2x7 inches and weight approx 1 pound. It also comes with two year warranty.
The Philips Norelco QT4070 is one of the best trimmers available in market. It is practically a maintenance free trimmer. It has a built in vacuum system to avoid leaving any hairy mess. It comes with charging adaptor, a flexible setting guide comb and one contour comb. Trimming comb can be used with 19 secured length settings from as low as 0.5 mm (1/64”) to 18 mm (23/32”). These length settings are displayed on the multifunctional LED display in a easy to know fashion. Contour comb assists in moving the trimmer easily along facial contours to provide an even trim. For frequent traveler it features a travel lock to prevent accidental activation of trimmer.
Its built-in vacuum system works great and almost 90% of cut hairs end up in the integrated collecting bin, which one can empty later on. It practically saves the time wasted in cleaning cut hairs from sinks or from floor. It also keeps you worry free of drainage clogging. It is a real time saver.
It also features a “Turbo power boost button” which enhances the cutting power of the trimmer. For the men who have thicker beard this function is boon to them. It increases the cutting speed and suction power and really helps in cutting thicker beards or the places where you have thicker hairs.
Battery life of QT4070 is decent. This trimmer had Lithium ion battery. It can run up to 75 minutes with 1 hour of charging. It may last less than 75 minutes if you use turbo boost function often. Battery status symbol is also displayed on the LED display. It can be used corded or cordless and can be used with 110V-220V making it practically universal.
It would have been good if this trimmer has been water proof. Unfortunately it is not and it cannot be cleaned under running water. One has to use cleaning brush to clear the trimmer from any remaining hair residue or remove the comb and then clean it under water. Good thing is that its blades do not need oiling so no hassle of oiling after cleaning it.
It is slightly heavy and weighs 3 pound. It is 7.3 x 7.1 x 10.8 inches in size and comes with 2 year warranty.
Remington MB4040 trimmer is a low cost trimmer with no fancy settings for combs but this trimmer is value for money. This trimmer has a stylish appeal, easy and comfortable grip and it can trim almost all types of beards and hairs. Even with low cost, this trimmer is waterproof and has an impressive battery life. It also boasts of having titanium infused blades and which are self sharpening and self oiling. It heavily increases the durability of trimmer.
It does have nine length setting ranging from 1 mm (3/64″) to 18 mm (23/32″) and they are good enough to trim short to very long hair. It also has three different attachable heads. One is for trimming beards and it cuts the thick hairs pretty well. Second one is goatee attachment for outlining goatee, sideburns and other precise work. This is kind of a precision trimmer. Third one is stubble attachment and it is great in maintaining and cutting stubble hairs. Blades in beard attachment are very sharp so do not use it to cut short hairs or create stubble else it may nick your face. It has a rotary cut dial that provides an excellent control over moustache and beard hair length.
It is washable in running water. It has lithium ion battery and with a full recharge, close to 3 hours, it can last up to 120 minutes, which by far a whole lot of time. It does not loose charge even if you do not use it for several days. Its motor is also very powerful. It weighs 1.5 pounds and comes in 1.5×1.5×7 inches. It comes with 2 year limited warranty. Similar to other trimmers it only works with 110V supply.
In short Remington MB4040 is a superb option for a budget trimmer which can give a superb trim and at par with higher cost models which makes it to have an exceptional cost to value ratio.
The TRYM II is a sleek-looking, stylish and affordably priced trimmer. It has shiny black and chrome appearance. It comes with a charger and four trimming attachments, cleaning brush and lubricating oil. TRYM II claims to use high quality professionally grade blades but does not specify the metal. It may be made of steel or may be of chromium steel. No way to tell this for sure. Blades seem to be sharp enough to do their job efficiently. They do not tug or pull the hairs.
One of the downside of this trimmer is that it uses Ni-Cad battery and it takes 8 hours to charge it completely. It can be charged using the charging stand comes with it. One thing to note is that here is no room for accessories on the TRYM II’s stand. With a full charge the cordless trim time is in hours, not bad at all. Over charging this battery can deplete its life so one need to be very careful about the charging time. It works only on 110V.
The four trimming attachments included with TRYM II vary in length from 1.5 mm (1/16″), 3 mm (1/8″), 6 mm (1/4″) and 9.5 mm (3/8″). Though the range is not that much wide still it covers most of the men beard. These attachments are easy to change and give an even trim.
This is an all-in one trimmer and can trim moustache, beard and body hairs. In terms of look no doubt that it is one of the best and stylish looking trimmers out there. It certainly appears like a high end modern look trimmer.
It is not waterproof so cannot be cleaned in running water.
It weighs approximately 1 pound and comes in 8.2×6.6×2 inches. It comes with one year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee
Andis 4775 is a professional grade trimmer. Its price falls in between budget and higher end trimmers. It has a beautiful steel case and appears really rugged. It can only be used with cord connected to power supply. Though the cord is 8ft long but it may be difficult for some men to reach it to behind the neck areas or maneuver with cord. It is very good for a barber or if someone can help you in trimming. Great thing is that it always operates at its peak efficiency and shows no power drop. Also it is not waterproof. That means that it will need manual cleaning and cannot be cleaned in running water. It has T-blades made of hardened carbon-steel are very sharp, durable and trims beard evenly.
It does not have any length settings thus you need to change the combs manually to get the desired length trim. It comes with four comb guides which are not enough to cover the whole range of beard length.
Interestingly Andis GTX-T operates on a magnetic motor instead of the rotary motor commonly found in beard trimmers. It makes it less powerful at the same time more durable too.
It weight 1 pound and has dimension of 7x3x10 inches. It comes with one year warranty.
Based upon reviews one should be able to find the trimmer of one’s choice. As mentioned earlier select a trimmer that suits your requirement. It just needs to be best for your beard not for other men beard.