Buying the Best Beard Trimmer

panasomic er gn30Do you already sport a smart beard and mustache or do you like the idea of a neat goatee or sideburns ? Beards have made an incredible fashion recovery over the last couple of years – just flick through the pages of any magazine and you’ll see stars sporting a range of beard styles.

If you have a beard but are looking for a new electric razor to keep it trim, neat and styled then jump straight to my quick chart comparing the best beard trimmers of the year. Want to find out more or are thinking of upgrading your trimmer? Take a look at my range of reviews of beard care equipment from leading brands including Wahl beard trimmer, Norelco, Remington, and Philips.

If you’re just starting to grow your beard – good luck! I took a summer holiday free of shaving to get mine into a presentable state and couldn’t have managed it without a new trimmer to stop me looking a total mess whenever I went out.

On this site, as you might have guessed, I get to write about my favourite male grooming subject – the joys of a beard and mustache! If you’re here to buy a present for a loved one and can’t quite believe that anyone is so geeky to write about beard trimmers, then think again… There are dozens of manufactures and hundreds of different models of trimmer available. And I’ve made it my job to write about them!

Best Beard Trimmer Comparison Guide

Beard Trimmer
Hair length Settings
Hair length
Wet / Dry
Customer Rating
Gillette Proglide Styler
Panasonic Nose/Ear WE-GN30
Philips Norelco QT 4000/42
Philips101/32 - 13/64 inDryNo$$4.2
Remington MB4040
Panasonic ER-GB40-S
Philips Norelco G370
Philips Norelco QT 4014
Philips201/64-13/64in / 0.05-10mmDryNo$$$4.1
Philips Norelco BG2040

Wahl 9916
Philips Norelco QT 4070
Philips181/32 - 23/32inDryYes$$$$3.9
Philips Norelco QT-4050
Philips181/32-23/32in / 1-18mmDryYes$$$$3.9
Wahl 9918-6171
Wahl61/8 - 1/2inDryNo$$3.8
Wahl 9854
Wahl 5537
Remington MB-200

Included in the chart are:

  • Pictures of the Beard Trimmer
  • Trimmer brand and model
  • Range of the length of hair that the trimmer can handle – if you have a neat, short beard then this is less important, but for longer beards, some shavers can’t cope with longer hair.
  • Price – these are approximate prices on These often change based on special offers, promotions, availability and season. To help you, I’ve grouped the pricing on this matrix with $=under $30, $$=$30 to $50, $$$=$50 to $80, $$$$=$80+
  • Rating – the average user rating on which is another great way to see what other buyers think of the product

(Tip: to sort the grid by a particular column, just click on the heading of the column)

The beard trimmers on this chart are only the most popular or highly rated shavers available on the market. There are literally hundreds and there’s no way we can list them all.

Top Features To Look Out For

Some beard trimmers have special attachments that let you trim your sideburns, nose or ear hair. There are models others are designed to work with shaving foam in the wet, in case you want to shave in the shower. And plenty of models now feature pivoting heads that follow the contours of your face as you shave or trim your beard. To avoid mess and hair clippings, look for a model with an integrated vacuum system that sucks up the clippings as you shave (the Norelco QT4050 is a good example).

Battery Life

One really important feature of any beard trimmer is the battery: not only how long the battery charge lasts for but also how long it’ll take to charge up (many have a quick-charge feature so you don’t have to wait hours when you discover there’s no charge left just before you leave for work!)

Full charge time on some trimmers can be up to eight or more hours, but the newer high-spec models often not only have a quick charge (to provide enough power for a shave) but also fully charge in an hour or less.

Adjustable Shaving Head

Older trimmers and shavers had a fixed, stationary head. These still work well but because the shaving head doesn’t tilt or move, it doesn’t follow the contours of your face effectively so can irritate the skin and not provide such a close, smooth shave as a model with a movable or adjustable shaving head.

Take a look at the latest models from Philips Norelco or Braun which feature movable shaving heads so follow your face shape and provide a cleaner, closer, shave. Some advanced trimmers, such as the Philips Norelco BG2040 BodyGroom Pro, have a head that moves in 3D giving the closest shave or trim possible.

Shaver Head Attachments

Almost all trimmers and electric shavers come with a range of attachments that snap into place on the head of the razor. These provide specialist trimming tools to tackle nose and ear hair, body grooming or finer control of beard or mustache trimming.

Unfortunately, there are no standards for trimmer attachments (unlike, say, a USB port on your laptop) so an attachment from one shaver won’t normally work on another brand or model.



There are so many different models and varieties of beard trimmers, I’ve written this site and guides to help you find the best one for your needs. If you’re wondering how you should go about choosing the best beard trimmer for you, follow my reviews and you’ll read about the different features, pros and cons of models – and what to look out for when buying a new trimmer. Best of all, I’ve found some great discounts to the prices available on the web, so you’ll save as you shop.

Last updated: August 14, 2014 at 10:49 am
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