Looking to find the best beard trimmer? Well, you've come to the right place. I've personally used just about every beard trimmer out there and I'm going to give you my honest, professional opinion on the best ones on the market.
If you have a beard or are thinking of growing a beard, an electric beard trimmer is an absolutely necessary tool. The right beard trimmer will allow you to fade your sideburns and your beard, as well as keep your beard style shaped and looking good at all times.
There are endless options for beard trimmers out there, all trying to position themselves as better than the next. Some are as cheap as $20, others north of $100. But do you need a cord or cordless beard trimmer? Does your beard trimmer need guards? Do you really need a built in vacuum to collect the hair clippings or is that entirely unnecessary?
Needless to say, finding the best beard trimmer can be a bit overwhelming.
Here at Live Bearded, we like to keep things simple. So rather than writing an article about the 17 best beard trimmers, I'll give you 3 great options I can confidently recommend to use to trim and maintain your beard, based on my personal experience.
I'll explain the pros and cons of each so you can decide for yourself which is the best beard trimmer for YOU. They are all going to have similarities, but the end of the day, the best beard trimmer is really the one that fits your needs best, and is within your budget. That said, here are 3 of the best beard trimmers I recommend considering, from least expensive to most.
And so it's said, we do not get paid to promote these brands, nor do we get paid if you buy one. I just simply want to help you find the best beard trimmer for you so you can keep that beard looking great!
Wahl Lithium Ion Total Beard Trimmer - $30
Wahl is a household name when it comes to beard trimmers and hair clippers alike. They offer a variety of options that can get the job done. I started with their basic set you can pick up from Amazon or just about any major retailer like walmart or target, and have had many successful beard trims on myself and on others.
For $30 or less you can get a cordless beard trimmer, with multiple guards (1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8" and 1"). If you don't know what guards are for, they will help you fade your beard from home and clean up your sideburns. This beard trimmer has a great battery life and will give you a 3 hour run time from a 1 hour charge. I do find the blade to be a bit more angled than others, so make sure you go slow to see what you're actually cutting.
This small and lightweight beard trimmer is easy to travel with, an is a great bang for the buck. For the money, it's tough to beat and is great if you're just getting started! If you're on a tight budget, this is the best beard trimmer for you.
Andis Select Cut Cord/Cordless Clipper Kit - $50
Andis is an extremely reputable brand, and one of the premier suppliers of beard trimmers and hair clippers in the professional barber and salon world. They have really done an exceptional job creating professional quality trimmers that can run for hours a day, every day.
In recent years they have come out with more at home style beard and hair trimming kits. This Beard Trimmer kit comes with everything you'd need to keep your beard looking great, and similar to most trimmers it comes conveniently packed in a storage case.
One of the features I like about this beard trimmer kit is the cord/cordless option. With a single charge you can get 2+ hours of run time out of the lithium ion battery, but if you let it die out and needed a quick trim you can plug it into the wall and go about your business. The other thing I really like is the adjustable blade which allows you to really get dialed in with the length. The little details make a big difference in how your beard looks!
When it comes to fading your beard (or hair), this beard trimmer comes with 4 sizes of guards (3mm, 6mm, 9mm and 12mm) which may be too limiting for some of you guys. I personally keep my sideburns and cheeks a little on the tight side, so I found this setup to work well, but it doesn't cover quite the span of sizes that some kits offer. With a 1 year warranty and a price of ~$50 on Amazon it's an ok at home setup.
Brio Beardscape - $65
The Brio Beardscape made its way into the scene recently and with the name Beardscape, they clearly are marketing it as a beard specific trimmer. Their claim is that it "masters the stubble" with its 1.0 to 1.9 mm blade height adjustment (similar to the Andis Select above). The blade adjustment is definitely a nice feature to have for shorter beards, but not as necessary for longer lengths. It's also has a ceramic blade that is harder than the usual steel blade which causes less friction.
One thing I do really like about the Beardscape is the is the guards it comes with: 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm and 18mm guards. This gives you nice range to fade your sideburns and beard and keep things dialed in.
It too is cordless and can be plugged in if you need a little extra juice. It's small, quiet, compact, lightweight and easy to use. With the wider range of guards, I personally really like the Brio Beardscape for your at home beard trimmer, and it's hard to argue it's not the best beard trimmer at the mid price point level. It too is conveniently available from Amazon or other retailers.
Before You Trim Your Beard...
Now regardless of which you choose as the best beard trimmer for you, you'll need to learn how to actually trim your beard to give you the beard style you want. If you're new to beard trimming, I want to run you through the basics to give you a good starting point.
1. Style With Beard Products First
Before you go to trim your beard, you want to go through your beard grooming routine and apply your beard products first and here's why...
When you wash your beard with a beard wash, it will reset the beard hairs and make them easier to control. Following that, I recommend applying beard oil under your beard to your skin to moisturize and promote better beard growth, then finish up with some beard butter to your beard to give your beard just the right amount of hold.
By doing this, your beard will be much more controlled and will lay the way it will on a daily basis. Then you can go in and trim away what you need to (which will likely be less than you would have needed to trim without products). So make sure your beard is 100% dry and you have the products you use on a daily basis applied to your beard, then comb it out and you're ready to trim.
2. Set Aside Plenty of Time
When it comes to beard trimming, the last thing you want to do is be in a rush. So don't try to attempt your beard trim as you're running late to work or for a date. Plan ahead, and set 30 minutes aside so you know you have plenty of time to get a good trim.
You remember that saying "measure twice, cut once" right? Well it most definitely applies here. Start small and take a little off at a time. You can always take a little more off as you go to get the beard style you're looking for.
3. Treat it Like a Hedge
Have you ever seen those perfectly sculpted bushes that someone impressively carves into an elephant or something? Well, they start from the outside and take away what they don't need. You want to treat your beard in the same way.
Work your beard trimmers along the outside of your beard and trim away the hairs that are sticking out wild. Use them to round the corners or square them off depending on the beards style you want.
How to Shape a Beard
You can watch the video above to hear me explain it, and show you how to shape a beard using your beard trimmers (using the wahl in this video), or you can follow these simple guidelines.
1. Keep Your Cheek Line High
You don't want a chin strap, trust me. The goal is to trim your cheek lines as little as possible and keep the line high and natural. Connect from your sideburn over to your mustache in a straight line by using your beard trimmer or a razor.
2. Sideburn or Back Line
The line that runs down the backside of your sideburn to the corner of your jaw may be the most difficult to get right simply because it's hard to see. The idea is to run this line straight down, and then round or square the corner. I've found using a second mirror very helpful to be able to see where the beard trimmer blade is as your'e working.
3. Neckline, Not Your Jawline
The third line is your neckline. This one is very commonly messed up so listen closely. You do not want to trim your beard on your jaw. This will result in a really small and thin beard, especially when it grows out.
You really need the neck hairs as the foundation of the your future beard, so trim this line it where your head connects to your neck (usually just above your adams apple). As your beard grows out, these extra beard hairs will really give your beard the full look you're after.
Beard trimming does NOT need to be difficult. We hear it from guys everyday how they botched their trim and they need to "start over", and this pains me!!! Follow these guidelines and I promise you it'll get easier with time.
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