Keep Facial Hair In Check With These Handy Trimmers
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Beards are an all-season trend embraced by men of every age and background. Sporting one to fit in with the pseudo-millennial (a.k.a. urban lumberjack) or mature crowd seems standard these days. And when entering the roughest stretch of the winter, the style is proving to be more fixture than fad.
Most guys tend to believe growing one is difficult. Not at all. That's the easy part. Controlling it is a whole different beast. Ideally, you want to keep it neat and trimmed. And the only true way of accomplishing this is by practicing proper beard maintenance, which requires commitment and the right grooming tool: a beard trimmer.
The same relationship a traditional shaver has with his razor is the same one a beard wearer should have with his beard trimmer. And even if you’re one who favors a clean shave from time to time, never look at it as cheating on your grooming tools. Every season does call for a new look. Right? Seriously though, there really isn’t any other grooming tool capable of taming unattractive scruff and stray hairs.
Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200
Why We Love It: The blades come “maintenance-ready” and no oiling is required…at least for a few months.
The verdict: Super stylish, super powerful, the Norelco 7200 remains a grooming staple. A specially designed vacuum system captures recently liberated hairs in the handle of the unit for quick and easy disposal, keeping your floor and wardrobe looking fresh. The contour head attachment works flawlessly in personalizing beard styles, gliding gently across the face to reach every area and preventing the trimmer from tugging to avoid inflammation. We also love that it protects the self-sharpening blades to keep the base working efficiently without any oil tune-ups. Adding to its finesse is the turbo button feature, speeding up the blades and fan to cut through thicker hair with faster precision. Up to 18 full-length settings are afforded to you, starting at 1mm and going up to 18mm for modern day Vikings. Great battery power is another virtue of this trimmer, with a single charge generating up to an hour of wireless use.
What To Look For
Build quality: The goal is to own a trimmer designed for longevity. Any model made from stainless steel from the body to the blades will get you there, plus one with solid grip control.
Cord or cordless: Some traditionalists prefer the extra horsepower and infinite juice that comes from being plugged into a power outlet, while others enjoy the portability and convenience of a wireless model.
Dry vs. wet trimming: Each offers it own benefits. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt having the luxury of tinkering between methods.
Length settings: Short, medium, or long? Duck dynasty or stubble? A trimmer with different length options can help you achieve the look you want.
Versatility: Pop-up ear trimmer. Turbo-trimming modes. Vacuum system. Extra features only add value to your trimming experience.
Stumbling on the right trimmer best equipped for your facial profile takes a bit of research, and it’s generally a matter of mixing and matching the features you want most at the price you’re willing to pay. And, like every great grooming product that comes along, several deciding factors — pros and cons — do come into play when settling on a trimmer to care for your beard.
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So if you’re ready to fade that crumb dumpster, line up your best beard oils as we break down the best beard trimmers available now.
Braun MGK3045 Trimmer Multi-Grooming Kit
Why We Love It: It's a 7-in-1 alternative that can handle any beard length.
The verdict: Facial hair contouring (aka beardtouring) is now a thing, and in order to keep up with such bespoke grooming trends, a multi-performance trimmer is essential for blending in with scruffy males. Braun ensures you’ll keep up appearances by bundling its well-received MGK3045 trimmer with several accessories to service every beard-styling job in existence: stubble, short, medium and long beards, hair clipping, contouring and clean shaving. Utilize any of the 13 precision length settings or clip on the accompanying detail trimmer to master your current signature look. You’ll find the bonus Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor to be a sweet bonus for cleaning up the cheek and neck areas.
Why We Love It: It's perfectly portable and works right out the box.
The verdict: For the frequent flyer needing to tidy up his moneymaker in between connecting flights or Skype conference calls, this wireless trimmer packs enough power in a compact design to command hair trimming anywhere. The TRYM II comes operational straight out of the box, though users can get it fully charged in eight hours, with one charge lasting several weeks. A dynamic motor combined with professional-grade blades ensures smooth pass-throughs across rough patches, creating a more comfortable and safe trim. One can’t help but admire the modern design that borrows inspiration from past iPhones, with a streamlined appearance highlighted by a black and silver colorway. Many of the attachments are well built and easily lock into place. No wiggle present. TRYM's great customer service is another factor worth noting, with several buyers raving over the immediate assistance they’ve received from the company, be it for part replacements or technical support.
Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body
What you should know: The blades last up to four months on two shaves per week.
The verdict: A multi-directional blade system with both shaving and trimming properties, the original OneBlade was built to meet every facial styling need. The latest model launched, the OneBlade Face + Blade, ups the ante and is now designed for complete body grooming (aka manscaping). It’s through the use of comb attachments (1mm, 3mm or 5mm) that the machine effectively tackles stubble length. Philips shaving technology excels at a superior level, with a moving cutter that moves at a rate of 200x per second. Translation: It cuts quickly through long beard hair and not so closely to the face. A dual-protection system guarantees sleek execution, preventing any hairs from being caught in the blade. Shorten your extended goatee for the imperial look or use the razor itself to enjoy a comfortable shave. Be it this one or the standalone (and less expensive ) model, you can't go wrong.
Wahl Lithium Ion All-In-One
What you should know: Its battery holds a charge up to 10x longer than most other trimmers.
The verdict: For the groomist who constantly forgets to charge his electronics, Wahl’s strong, durable stainless steel offering has enough battery life — four hours of run time at that — to get you through several shaves without being attached to a power cord. Yet despite carrying a lower MSRP than the competition, its precision factor is proof the trimmer can compete with some of the higher-priced models on the market. The lightweight profile has enough girth to maintain good grip for passing through coarse hair, whereas the smaller cutter gives leeway to attack tight corners. Reviewers claim the blades work remarkably well on both beards and mustaches. Much of the accessories that come bundled with the Lithium Ion aid in providing the trim you need; these include four options: a detail shaver, ear and nose detailer, and T-blade heads. Clip-on trimmer guides supply even more options, for up to 17 different trimmer lengths.
Remington The Crafter Kit
What you should know: The extended neck increases maneuverability around the face.
The verdict: Beard, mustache or goatee — Remington’s latest mechanical buzzer gives forth powerful trimming with a host of unique features to appease the style-conscious gent, including an adjustable comb with 10 lock-in settings to work on various hair lengths, and an extended neck that easily glides across the face and neck. The special Turbo Mode is engineered for precision and speed, mowing through the thickest strands without any tugging. While a foil shover provides for effortless touch-ups around the cheek area. The Crafter also comes bundled with a wide range of accessories for adaptability, including five combs, an adjustable comb, nose/ear/eye trimmer, and a storage pouch. Every component of the trimmer is easily cleanable for quick use and its complete waterproof design makes it easy to rinse off and well suited for shaving in the shower. Get up to 180 minutes of run time on a full charge, with a 5-minute quick charge mechanism to speed things up.
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Andis T-Outliner Trimmer
What you should know: Blades should be oiled before every use.
The verdict: A mainstay at barbershops and saloons, Andis applies its iconic shaving pedigree to the T-Outliner, which — like the company’s heritage in grooming — is hard to match. Anyone who’s ever owned this beauty knows it’s manufactured to last, with an indestructible shell built like a tank to take the abuse you’ll put it through over the years. Premium carbon-steel blades are specially hardened to provide a longer shelf life for cutting. Adjusting the blades will create more room to personalize shaves, with a handful of consumer reviews indicating that an up-close trim leaves a "5-o'clock shadow." The high-speed magnetic motor operates quietly and smoothly, resulting in a comfortable trim along your jawline or behind the ear. Oiling the blades before putting it to use might sound like an inconvenience; still, it’s a trivial compromise most avid groomers are willing to live with once they witness the gains in performance.
Panasonic ER-GB40-S Milano
What you should know: The masculine design complements its powerful motor.
The verdict: Showering and shaving can become an ordinary aggravation unless you’re clutching onto the ER-GB40-S. A specialized water drainage system makes facial maintenance simpler, letting the trimmer be fully submersible in water. The blade system comes precision-honed to an acute 45-degree angle that simplifies the trimming routine with easier navigation and beard care. Grip control remains an underrated feature for all grooming tools. And the rubberized grip on Panasonic’s trimmer is ergonomically fit for the hand, with a balanced weight and maximum control to move across your facial hair. Motor strength is ranked lower than the competition, yet it generates enough power to evenly shape-up or stubble down the beard. You’ll discover 19 different length settings programmed to handle short and long fluff. The classic nickel-metal hybrid battery lives for about 50 minutes on a 15-hour charge, but given the available settings, it shouldn’t make for any problems.
Philips Norelco Beard & Head Trimmer Series 5100
What you should know: The blades come double sharpened for quicker trimming.
Dynamically engineered to tackle any facial style, the Series 5100 comes equipped with a powerful motor and double-sharpened blade system to cut more hairs with every pass, providing the best trim possible before scurrying out the door. The integrated hair lift comb smoothly guides users across their face to produce a skin-friendly trim that doesn’t chafe your moneymaker. Philips also bundles two clipping combs to complete your style and a cleaning brush for sanitizing purposes.
What you should know: The motor operates quietly to enjoy a less-raucousy trim.
The verdict: A mid-tier trimmer with the appearance and performance of a luxury grooming tool, the BeardScape is a newcomer tailored for perfecting “designer stubble.” Reviewers find its ceramic blade to be the trimmer's most prominent feature, as it’s built to cut 4x harder than stainless steel and works amazingly with the titanium rake to improve beard-styling precision. Owners will admire the elegant sliding scale that shifts hair-cutting length between 1mm to 1.9mm, while making the most of the 7 guard attachments (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm and 18mm) bundled in the fancy box.
Your beard trimmer is only as good as the company it keeps, and by that we mean accessories. Owning an assortment of add-ons won't just preserve the quality of your trimmer, but also prep your facial fur for a smoother trimming experience that won't clog or damage the blades. So consider adding these to your collection.
Harry's Travel Kit
Every beard trimmer needs a home. And even if Harry's has yet to make that transition into the product category, the online subscription service offers a great dopp kit worthy of housing your device. It's designed for "optimal packing" with enough breathing room to squeeze in all grooming essentials. Water-friendly fabric also prevents spills from damaging the kit's premium appearance both inside and outside. Give you sink countertop a touch of class by keeping it on display.
Huntsman Beard Dual-Action Beard Comb
Untangling your face blanket is all part of the beard care process. In fact, the best time to do so is after applying some beard oil, and once that’s done, use this dual-sided facial comb for good measure. The Huntsman demonstrates maximum grooming with wider and closely spaced teeth on both ends to take care of any beard length. The immaculate 5-star Amazon rating (based on over 2,000+ reviews) is a testament to the brand’s quality control, which is clearly present the moment you clutch onto the comb's durable sandalwood construction. Even more surprising is the woodsy aroma it emits that lasts months on end.
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Billy Jealousy Beard Control
This hybrid conditioner and styling cream tames beard hair by providing it enough hold to keep your whiskers from feeling brittle. Billy Jealousy’s formula contains a special synthetic agent called PVP that holds follicles in place, plus Aloe leaf juice for hydration and jojoba oil for shine. Squeeze a dollop into your palm and stroke the beard from top to bottom to create a softening effect that lets the trimmer blade pick up every inch.
Jack Black MP10 Nourishing Oil
Winner of AskMen’s 2016 Grooming Award for Best Beard Oil, Jack Black’s facial serum combines 10 natural oils with other nourishing ingredients to moisturize and protect the beard from breakage. Its creamy texture conditions whiskers better than most other beard oils in its class, absorbing quickly to speed up the grooming process. Some even suggest the formula can double as a shaving agent. The aromatic citrusy scent is a pleasurable bonus.
Beard Paw Premium Beard Wipes
Dandruff and debris are two common struggles beard owners live with on the regular. Beard wipes are a smart investment that won’t just keep your beard looking and smelling fresh on the go, but they can also prevent any gunk from damaging the blades on your trimmer. Each wipe possesses a variety of carrier oils to nourish hair follicles and skin, plus leaves behind a eucalyptus scent to boost confidence when socializing in close circles.
Know Its Purpose
Body hair is closely linked with your image and, to some extent, reflects your personality. But maintaining the shape and look of your beard is more than just pretension. And before even considering a beard trimmer, you need to determine what its main purpose(s) will be. Is it for perfecting the 5 o’clock shadow or transforming yourself into a real-life Rick Grimes? Preserving skin? Manscaping? Every man should know the importance of trimming facial hair, for while most of the benefits are complementary to one’s appearance, the hindrances can ruin one’s image. Examples:
Facial hair is prone to creating flaky skin and can make it more visible, sticking to your beard over time
More hair = more skin irritation
Microbiologists determined in tests that beards “contained a lot of normal bacteria, but some were comparable to toilets” Skin underneath the beard can build oil and lead to acne, along with other skin conditions.
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