|Remington MB320C Barba|
|Philips Series 5000|
|BaByliss For Men iStubble|
|Philips Series 3000|
|Philips Series 1000|
Plenty of men use the traditional style of disposable razor, but it is not the best way of keeping a beard trimmed to a certain length. It’s difficult to control and is best used for simply getting rid of facial growth, rather than trying to keep it to a certain length. That’s why you need a beard trimmer; these great little devices make keeping your beard neat easy, and are also great for when you need to travel. Also, if you are one of the unfortunate people for whom shaving is a more than once a day experience, one of these can come in handy in the washroom at work!
The thing is, beard trimmers not only make life easier, but also provide a safer shave all-round; there’s no open blade, for example, and you can’t easily cut yourself with one of these – and every man knows the horrors of a shaving cut! You know the scene – getting ready to go out on the town, and then a cut, blood everywhere, and it takes ages to stop! So, let’s get on with proceedings, but before we tell you about the top 10 beard trimmers, here is a little more info for you.
The Top 10 Reviews
Table of Contents
- 1 The Top 10 Reviews
- 2 Important Features to Consider
- 3 How It Works
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up!
We begin our review with one of the leading brands; as you will know if you follow our reviews, we always put great stock on known brands, as they tend to offer quality and other guarantees of peace of mind. Remington, one of the biggest names in shaving equipment, is no exception, and this beard trimmer is a very fine choice if you want a device that does the job well. It’s neat and compact, and follows the usual trend for easy to hold and highly agile devices that can sit in a bag easily without taking up too much space.
This model comes with no fewer than nine length settings, and it is easy to select the one you want by use of the simple wheel on the side. Your desired length is displayed so you know you have the right one, too. This is a very nicely designed model that has ceramic coated blades for added efficiency, and it comes with a three-year guarantee. All in all, this is a fine first choice of beard trimmer, and at not much more than £20 is very good value for a quality brand.
If you want the reassurance of quality and efficiency when buying one of these, we recommend you check out the name brands; Philips ranks alongside Remington as one of the biggest names in the field – in fact, one of the biggest brands in electronics, full stop – and this beard trimmer is a very impressive design indeed. Slim, small and with some clever features, it offers effortless trimming thanks to specially designed operation, and it features a clever lift and cut routine for a more effective trim.
We thought the Remington was impressive with nine settings; the Philips 5000 comes with an amazing 17 features. You can choose from 0.4mm to 10mm, so all styles are catered for. If you give this one a full charge it will run for an hour – or it can be used plugged into the mains – and it is 100% waterproof and also has specially rounded blades for non-damaged skin. This is a very impressive, professional standard device, but at more than £50 is over twice the price of the one above; is it worth it? We think it is!
It may not be the first name that comes to mind when thinking of men’s shaving gear, but in fact BaByliss is a major player in the market with a great range of top quality products. This model, rather oddly named iStubble, is a clever device that operates in the usual fashion – with coated blades for less damage – and is a nice little design that is suitably compact and easy to use. It’s a rechargeable model, with 45 minutes power from one charge, and is nicely compact for carrying around when travelling.
You can choose settings from 0.4mm to 5mm – not as versatile as the Philips but should be fine for most – and it features specially crafted blades that will not cut the skin and that trim very finely. It has the facility to trim hairs in awkward places and is very easy to handle, and overall is a very neat little trimmer that does a good job. It’s around £30, so not bad value and certainly worth considering.
This is the baby brother to the Philips model reviewed above, so if you want the reassurance of quality and efficiency of one of the biggest names in the field – in fact, one of the biggest brands in electronics, full stop – then this beard trimmer is a very impressive design indeed. Slim, small and with some clever features, it offers effortless trimming thanks to specially designed operation, and it also comes with a very nice and extremely usable travel pouch.
We thought the Remington was impressive with nine settings; the Philips 3000 comes with an amazing 17. You can choose from 0.4mm to 10mm, so all styles are catered for. If you give this one a full charge it will run for an hour – or it can be used plugged into the mains – and it is 100% waterproof and also has specially rounded blades for non-damaged skin. This is a very impressive device and at around £30 is good value for a quality branded device.
As you may have noticed, we are big fans of Philips products. You’ve probably also noticed that they have several available series of beard trimmers and other such devices. The 5000, reviewed above, is at the upper end of the market, while the 1000 series offers all the quality of a Philips, but is more of a budget model. Nevertheless, this is a great beard trimmer; it comes with 20 length settings – more than enough – of between 0.5mm and 10mm, so is very versatile, and the blades are coated to prevent skin damage.
The blades are also self-sharpening, so you get a longer life, and it comes with a detachable and washable head for added performance and ease of maintenance. There is one down-side to this model: it takes a hefty 10 hours to charge, and then only gives you a 35minute operating time. You can, however, use it plugged in, but for travelling it might not be ideal. We recommend you take a look, though, as it is only £20.
Back to the BaByliss brand for this one, and it’s a very impressive piece of kit. This is the Super Groomer – a daft name, but one that says all it needs to – and it is a professional-level kit with a load of excellent features. For a start, you get a stand for all the kit, which also acts as a charger when not in use. You also get the quality of the brand, and a full five different head attachments so you get truly professional results whatever you need. The precision trimmer can be set to 5mm increments, and is very impressive.
The quality of this model cannot be denied, and it has some excellent customer reviews. The blades are specially formed for accurate cutting and lack of damage, and it can be used with the cord, or as a cordless device too. As a full kit it is perhaps a little cumbersome for travel purposes, but if you take the cord and one head, it takes up very little space. It’s good, then, but as it is of a certain quality, it’s also not cheap at around £60.
Philips is, as we have already said, perhaps the leading brand in the shaving equipment field, and this one – the Series 7000 – is among their very latest designs and comes with some excellent design features that make it worth a second look. To begin with, the stainless-steel blades are specially designed for precision cutting and can be adjusted precisely too, and it is a very compact design that is simple to use and nice to handle. It cuts smoothly, with no skin damage, and offers great results.
This one comes with a patented blade design that is said to cut twice as quickly as other similar models, and it has one other trick up its sleeve that we particularly like: a vacuum system, so that it catches 90% of the cut hairs for added tidiness. It’s very clever, very versatile and also comes with the Philips guarantee of quality, and while not the cheapest at about £45, is certainly worthy of consideration.
This one, from Remington, is a nicely put together kit suitable for all types of beard and stubble trimming. You get everything you need – including a high-quality brush – for accurate shaving, and it comes from one of the top brands for added quality and assurance. You also get stainless-steel beard scissors for precise shaping, and the blades of the trimmer are fully coated for added performance. It’s compact and easy to use, and comes with a full range of fitments for extra efficiency.
The lithium battery offers up to 90minutes on a full charge, so that’s easily long enough to complete your look, and the heads are fully waterproof and washable. If there is a downside, it’s that it only cuts down to 1mm, which may not be great for some people. It does, however, cut as long as 35mm, so is great for longer beards. At around £35 we feel it is sensibly priced, and it is a Remington so worth a look.
It’s a surprise that we’ve got this close to the end of our list without including a model from Braun; this is, after all, one of the biggest names in the men’s grooming world, and in the field of electronic devices of many kinds. This model is entirely typical of the breed, and comes with many fine features. It’s compact and offers the usual stuff, and comes with coated blades for added safety and a smoother cut.
This trimmer comes with 0.5mm incremental length settings – up to as long as 10mm – so is very precise, and the fully washable head is detachable for ease of cleaning. All in all, it is a very neat little trimmer that does the job it is designed for very well indeed. However, we come across a problem we found with an earlier choice – the 10-hour charging time – but it can be used plugged into the mains. At £20, though, it is well worth checking out.
A final choice from BaByliss, then, and it’s very nice. Like Super Groomer – from the same maker and reviewed above – and it is a professional-level kit with a load of excellent features. For a start, you get a stand for all the kit, which also acts as a charger when not in use. You also get the quality of the brand, and a full five different head attachments so you get truly professional results whatever you need. The precision trimmer can be set to 5mm increments, and is very impressive.
The quality of this model cannot be denied, and it has some excellent customer reviews. The blades are specially formed for accurate cutting and lack of damage, and it can be used with the cord, or as a cordless device too. As a full kit it is perhaps a little cumbersome for travel purposes, but if you take the cord and one head, it takes up very little space. It’s good, then, and for under £30 is certainly very fine value.
So, there you have a list of ten beard trimmers, all from some of the very best brands in the business, and each with excellent attributes. There are some that do more than trim beards, and some that come with a range of heads and other accessories, and they cover quite a wide range of prices so it is important to understand what you need to look for, so let’s move on and remind ourselves of the important factors to consider when buying a beard trimmer.
Important Features to Consider
A beard trimmer may be designed to serve one specific purpose, but some of those on our list do more besides trim your facial hair. Fort this reason, and for others as you will see, we need to have a look at what you need to consider when choosing the ideal beard trimmer for your needs.
Brand – we have deliberately chosen models made by four of the biggest brands in the business – Remington, Philips, Braun and BaByliss – so you are guaranteed quality and peace of mind. They all do the same job, some better than others, and if you have a favourite brand, you may want to stick with that one.
Accuracy – depending on how short you like your beard to be, you will want to be able to cut to a satisfying level of accuracy. Most of these cut between 0.5mm and 10mm, but beware when making your choice as some don’t! Check the specifications before purchasing, just to be sure.
Accessories – some of these trimmers come with a set of useful and worthy accessories, so if you want value for money that may be the way to go.
Price – the price range of these is between £20 and £60, and you pay for what you get so it may be wise to spend as much as you can to get the best model.
That’s our list of things to consider and you may have more of your own, so all that remains now is for us to wrap things up!
How It Works
Beards have been around since man first evolved; the curious thing is the different speeds at which they grow! For some men – myself among them – shaving on a very regular basis is a necessity if you want to keep neat and tidy, while for others, it can be a once a week habit. As I have very grey hair I like to keep my chin clean-shaven, or I very quickly look like Father Christmas. When I do choose to wear a short beard, I use a beard trimmer than always provides me with reliable service!
The wearing of beards has its place in history, too; look at any of the many portraits of important men in art galleries, and you will see the vast majority of them wear a beard. Of course, this was in no small part to the fact that beard trimmers were not available in ‘the olden days’, so we can count ourselves lucky that there are plenty of these very handy devices on the market, from a varied collection of makers, some household names.
How does a beard trimmer work? Generally, it involves a battery powered motor that drives a series of small cutting blades – very similar, in fact, to an electric razor – and it cuts without damage to the skin. They are usually cordless and rechargeable, and can be carried around easily in your luggage as they are very compact. They are easy to use and very effective, and often come with a variety of different settings so you can pick your desired length. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the top ten best beard trimmers on the market right now, and see if we can recommend one to you.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
A beard trimmer, as we are sure you have come to realise, is a very useful item, and one that comes in especially handling if you are travelling and want to keep your beard neat and tidy. Which one of the above would we choose? To be fair, each has its own merits, but when we look through the options again, we really feel the Philips 5000 or 7000 to be the best of the lot. They may be more expensive than some of the others, but they do a very good job and come with plenty of excellent features.
The choice is yours, but whatever you decide, you will be guaranteed a neat and tidy beard cut to the length you prefer, without any trouble at all!