The Beard Trimmer

Beards are awesome, we all know that.

However, it’s crucial that you maintain your beard. Whether you’re just starting out on your beard journey, or you’re already rocking a glorious beard, you need to keep it looking good.

If you don’t, you won’t just look like a fool, you’ll look like an unhygienic fool.

Which is why the beard trimmer was created.

To keep your facial hair groomed, and making you look like a man that’s got his sh*t together.


So, if you’re reading this article, you’re at that stage where you’re looking to buy a beard trimmer?

Well, first things first. You don’t just buy a beard trimmer, you INVEST in one.

You see, your beard trimmer is going to be with you for at least the next few years. And, it’s by far the most important tool you’ll be using to enhance your facial aesthetics, keep your beard in check, and get the exact look you desire.


And in this guide, we’ll show you EVERYTHING you need to know about how to choose your next beard trimmer.

Let’s get started…


a young guy standing in front of his mirror, trimming his beard

How Beard Trimmers Work


Is it important to know how a trimmer works?

No, not really. But we’re going to tell you anyway. Because having at least some knowledge on how your tools work can only be a good thing.

So, without boring you to death, trimmers are almost always equipped with a fast-spinning rotary motor, and 2 angled blades. The motor powers the blades to move back and forth against each other which results in your hair being cut.

The motor usually isn’t as powerful as the motor in a clipper.

However, this is a good thing because it’s still powerful enough to slice through your facial hair, while not being too strong that it will cut your skin or cause any irritation.

Common motors used in beard trimmers

And since we’ve just mentioned clippers, we’ll talk about the major differences between beard trimmers, hair clippers and shavers next.


Beard Trimmers vs Clippers vs Shavers


Do you cut your nails with scissors?


It’s certainly possible but you probably don’t. Because that’s what nail clippers are for.


The same applies to your beard. It’s possible to trim it with clippers, and even a shaver. However, it’s far more efficient to use the tool specifically designed for beard trimming… a beard trimmer.


Now, a lot of people get confused with trimmers, shavers and clippers. Often thinking they’re one and the same. Although they’re similar, there are a few important differences to note:


Hair Clippers vs Beard Trimmers


Hair clippers are mainly used to cut the hair on your head. Even though they do work well on trimming your beard, we feel a beard trimmer does it more effectively, and with less risk to your skin.
The only time we’d recommend considering using clippers is if you’re beard is ridiculously thick.


Typical trimmer and clipper blades

Shavers vs Beard Trimmers


On the other hand, electric shavers are meant for cutting your facial hair. However, shavers usually have round or foil blades to give you an extremely close shave.
You’ll want to use a shaver on areas where you want NO facial hair, not even a bit of stubble.


Common shaver blade

So, if you’re looking for the right tool to groom your beard, look no further than a trimmer.

Now let’s talk about the 2 main types of trimmers.

  • Corded
  • Cordless


Corded vs Cordless Trimmers


This is the very first thing you need to consider when choosing your beard trimmer.


Corded Trimmers


These are trimmers with a power cord that needs to be plugged in to an electric outlet when you want to use it.

The main benefits of using a corded trimmer is that they have more power than cordless trimmers and you don’t run the risk of running out of power during a trimming session.

The main disadvantages of corded trimmers is that you’ll be largely restricted to using the trimmer in the vicinity of a power outlet. Which could be a problem if there’s no plug in your bathroom, or if you do a lot of traveling.

Corded trimmers also aren’t waterproof. However, there’s an exception which we’ll discuss at the end of this section.



picture of a corded trimmer

Cordless Trimmers


These trimmers use rechargeable batteries (there are also ones that require disposable batteries which we don’t recommend).

The main benefit of cordless trimmers are the portability. So, you can use your trimmer wherever you want, and it’s great for traveling.

A lot of cordless trimmers are also waterproof, so you can use them in the shower, or safely rinse the blades in water when cleaning.

The major drawback of using a cordless trimmer is the need to keep them sufficiently charged before use. Which may require a bit of pre-planning.

If you fail to adequately charge it, your trimmer can run out of power while you’re busy trimming your hair. This can be extremely frustrating, and can leave you with a partially groomed face.

If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, why not enjoy the best of both worlds?

There are plenty of cordless beard trimmers that you can operate while they’re attached to their charging chord.


Let’s take a look at some of the other important considerations when deciding on a beard trimmer that’s right for you.


picture of a cordless trimmer

What’s Your Budget?


As we mentioned near the beginning of this article, a beard trimmer is an investment.


We always recommend investing in a good quality trimmer. However, sometimes the budget just doesn’t allow for it.

If you are on a tight budget, you need to ask yourself how much you’re prepared to pay for a trimmer.

Keep in mind, there are some decent trimmers on the market for under $30 which will easily see you through the next few years.

And remember, unlike other products, your beard trimmer will see a lot of action. So, it will definitely be money well spent.

Once you’ve decided on a amount you’re prepared to spend on a trimmer, it’s time to decide whether or not you want a corded or cordless trimmer, which we spoke about earlier.

Next up, think about the length of your beard.


Beard Length


You need the right trimmer for the right beard.

Thicker, fuller beards will need a more powerful trimmer. If this is you, you may also want to consider getting hair clippers that are safe for beard trimming, or even a pair of scissors.

Besides power, you’ll need to look at the whether or not the trimmer can be adjusted to trim your beard at your desired length.

If you buy a trimmer that does, you’ll have an easy time maintaining your beard. As it will just be a case of setting the trimmer to the desired length, and letting it go to town on your beard.


Aside from the length, you also need to consider the style of beard you’re aiming for.


A guy with a beard

Sculpting or Just Trimming?


As you know, beards come in all shapes and sizes.

If you’re an experienced beardsman, you probably already have your beard’s style sorted. And now it’s just a case of keeping it maintained.

However, if you’re still in the early stages of your beard journey, you’re probably not sure of the exact beard style you’re after.

Either way, you’ll need to decide on a trimmer that’s more for general trimming and maintenance, or a trimmer that excels at detailing, for more precise beards and patterns.

Trimmers like the Wahl Detailer and Andis T-Outliner are used and loved by barbers worldwide for styling their customers beards.

Just know, there’s a trimmer out there that’s perfect for styling and maintaining your unique beard.


To make your decision even easier, you should look at some of the extras offered by different beard trimmers.


Trimmer Extras & Accessories


A lot of trimmers come with a host of accessories to improve your quality of life, and make your grooming routine easier.

There’s the essential accessories like:

  • Detachable or adjustable trimming guards – to ensure your beard is trimmed to your desired length
  • Shape of the grip – to make it easier to hold and operate your trimmer

As well as extras specific to certain trimmers. Such as:

  • Nose & ear trimmer
  • Lazer guides
  • Built-in hair vacuum
  • And a whole lot more

These extras certainly aren’t a must-have for trimming your beard.

However, they can make a big difference.

If you’ve ever had a conversation with somebody with a crazy-long nostril hair poking out of his nose, you’ll know just how distracting and weird it is. A nose trimmer attachment would’ve saved this guy, and everybody else he comes in contact with. 


You should now have a clearer idea of the type of trimmer to get. But, before you run off and buy one, you need to ensure that you’re getting a good quality trimmer.


Quality & Lifespan


No matter your budget, investing in a high-quality trimmer is a must.

Look for trimmers with stainless steel blades. These cut with ease and have a high lifespan.

Most trimmers also come with a 1 – 2 year manufacturers warranty. However, a good quality trimmer can easily last up to 10 years if it’s looked after.

There are a number of our readers that have had trimmers lasting over 15 years.

There are even barbers who’ve reported their trimmer (Wahl Detailer, in case you’re wondering) still going strong for over 10 years, even though it’s used almost daily on their clients.

If your trimmer is still easily cutting hairs, then it’s still good. No matter its age.

See why we say a beard trimmer is an investment?

Get a good trimmer now, and you can enjoy the next few years without having to worry about spending more money to replace it.


These high-quality trimmers are usually manufactured by companies well-known for producing excellent hair cutting products.


Popular Beard Trimmer Manufacturers


Here’s a list of some of our readers favorite trimmer manufacturers.

  • Andis
  • Philips
  • Wahl
  • Panasonic
  • Remington
  • Braun

 Looking at these brands first is definitely a good way to start your search.


And with that, you should have all the info you need to find your perfect beard trimmer.


Popular beard trimmer manufacturers

What a Beard Trimmer will do for You


Unless you have no facial hair at all, a beard trimmer is an essential tool in your arsenal.

Once you’re used to the length settings and comfortable using your trimmer, you’ll find that it’s quick, painless and easy to keep your beard looking great.

And people will notice!


So, what now?

You’re now equipped with everything you need to know to confidently invest in a beard trimmer that’s a good fit for you.

If you want a recommendation, we encourage you to check out the Wahl Detailer beard trimmer here. It’s one of the top rated trimmers on the market and extremely popular with barbers worldwide.

Otherwise, check out some of our other beard trimmer recommendations and reviews below.


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