It is very unlikely that we will ever know who started the scruffy look in men, but it is clear that David Beckham was the one that embodied it so much so that it is now known as the David Beckham look. However, as any man who downs this look will have already learned, there is a very fine line between the scruffy look and being so harry that you scratch or tickle anyone you try to kiss. For that reason there are more men interested in beard trimmers than ever before, and the good news is that there are more options in this area than any other generation could hope to find. We were actually amazed to see the level of finesse the beard trimmers of today can achieve and the level of control you can have with some of them. That is exactly why we looked at only the best beard trimmers and have come up with the following list of the top 10. However, you should make sure to scroll down past the list to find the in depth review we have prepared for each product. There you will find out the significant detail about each product and why we believe it deserves to be on this list.
1. TRYM II
There are several reasons why we decided to start our list with the TRYM II, but it has to be stated from the very beginning that it is not the absolute best beard trimmer on our list. However, it is a very affordable beard trimmer and a very stylish one and that will allow you to keep it in the bathroom just like any shaving machine. It uses rechargeable batteries so you will not have to worry about getting tangled in the wire. All and all, this is the trimmer you will feel very comfortable to use and that means you will not let your beard grow too long because you are in too much of a hurry in the morning to setup your beard trimmer. We like the TRYM II because it is very simple and easy to use and it will allow you to trim your beard to anything from less than 0.5 mm to 1.5 and all the way up to 9 mm. When it comes to technical details most trimmers come in the metric system, but to give you a rough idea that means from 1/32″ all the way to 3/8″. And there is one other thing we like about the TRYM II, it has earned a 4.4 star rating on Amazon from over 500 customers who actually do use it every day.
2. Andis T-Outliner Trimmer
While we believe that most of our readers will benefit greatly from having the TRYM II at hand all the time, we have to acknowledge the fact that there will be those who would prefer to use a more challenging but more accurate tool. The Andis T-Outliner Trimmer is so advanced that you can use it to obtain a clean shave, and it can also be the perfect tool trim your beard in the neck area or to create the perfect edge around the ears. The one thing to be understood, though, is that this is not a tool that can be used for anything than trimming your beard. It does not have different risers like the TRYM II, it has to be plugged in to work, and it is a lot more expensive. This is a professional’s tool, whether that means a barber or just someone who cares enough about the way they look, and has the discipline to put in the necessary time and effort on a regular basis.
3. Philips Norelco BT5275/41
An alternative to the Andis is the Philips Norelco BT5275/41 beard trimmer, which is slightly more expensive but also a little bit easier to use. We especially love the fact that it has an easy to use length adjusting tool that lets you choose sizes between 1/64″ to 13/32″. The sizes on the machine are actually in the metric system, so you will have to get used to that, and the worst thing is that it will not give you anything resembling a close shave. However, the entire purpose of these things is to allow you to maintain that 5 o’clock look and the 1/64″ setting is just perfect for that. The blades are made from self sharpening chromium steel so you can wash the entire thing under a jet of water without any problems. And it has the great advantage that this is a cordless beard trimmer so it is a lot easier to use than the Andis.
4. Old Spice Beard & Head Trimmer
Old Spice have already noticed the fact that more and more of their customers are sporting the David Beckham look so they came out with their own beard and head trimmer. Being a machine that does not have a focus just on the beard, it is not as precise and does not give you anything resembling a shave if you need to use it for that purpose. However, it is a lot cheaper than the Andis beard trimmer, it is great if you have a simple, easy to maintain haircut, and it is perfectly safe to wash clean. The only thing that we don’t really like about it is that you have to oil it before each use and that means you will need to put a little bit of extra work into finding the right type of oil for it, once the bottle that comes in the box runs out.
5. Philips Norelco QT4070/41 Beard Trimmer 7300
If you are willing to give up the 1/64″ close shave that the Phillips BT5275 we have talked about earlier comes with, you may be able to get a feature that is even more impressive than that. The Philips Norelco QT4070/41 Beard Trimmer 7300 may not be able as close as 1/64″, on its minimum setting it is more like 1/32″, but it does have an even more impressive feature: it also works as a mini vacuum to clean away any hair it cuts. If you have never owned a beard trimmer before let us just warn you that this is an incredibly useful feature to have because otherwise you are left with cleaning tinny hairs from everywhere in the bathroom and on your clothes. It is clear that the Philips Norelco QT4070/41 Beard Trimmer 7300 is not really for everyone because it does not cut as close as the Andis or the other Phillips, but for those of you who can make use of it, it is definitely the tool of choice.
6. Panasonic ER-GB40-S
There are several reasons why we believe that the Panasonic ER-GB40-S is a serious contender against anyone of the beard trimmers on our list. It works great under water, you can even take it with you in the shower, and you can use it dry or with shaving cream if you have an extra sensitive skin. However, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before you run out to buy one. First of all the blades are not rust proof so you will need to oil it every time you use it. Second, it uses a rechargeable battery, but the trimmer does not show you how much charge you have left, so you will need to keep an eye on the clock and just not use it for more than 50 minutes without a charge.
7. Wahl 9818 Lithium Ion Stainless Steel All-in-one Groomer
The Wahl 9818 Lithium Ion Stainless Steel All-in-one Groomer is one of the most expensive beard trimmers on the market so we had no choice but to leave it on one of the last spots on our list. However, if you have the money for it, it is certainly worth the money. It uses an advanced lithium ion rechargeble battery that is fully charged in one hour and works for several hours. It has an incredibly elegant and beautiful design. And, most important, it is entirely made in the USA and you can see that in the quality of manufacture.
8. Philips Norelco QT4000/42
The Philips Norelco QT4000/42 is the least accurate beard trimmer in the Phillips line, but it does have one advantage over the others, it has specially designed combs to prevent skin irritations on very sensitive skin. That is not to say it is not a very good beard trimmer, but the point is that, if you do have a particularly sensitive skin, you would be better served by any of the other Phillips trimmers.
9. Wahl 9854-600
There are two very interesting characteristics why we decided to include the Wahl 9854-600 in our top 10 best beard trimmers list. For one it has 3 different heads, a T blade trimmer, a dual foils shaver and an ear, nose and brow detailer. Second, it is a product made entirely in the USA so it is of the very best quality possible. It also has a high capacity lithium ion battery and a combination steel and plastic body. The only reason why we have left it for the second half of our list is because we are not that impressed with the body design. However, almost 1,500 customers have awarded it a 4 star rating on Amazon so, obviously, there are those who love even its design.
10. Remington MB4040
The last beard trimmer on our list is the Remington MB4040. We saved it for last because it does not have the level of precision that would allow you to use it to shave. However, it does have titanium coated blades that do not require oiling, and a lithium ion battery that will last for 2 hours on a single charge. It also has 3 different heads specifically designed for beard, goatee and stubble. Given all these features, this is a very cheap beard trimmer, that does an awful lot for the money and it may be your best choice.