The 10 Best Beard Trimmers

Updated November 01, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Keeping your facial hair well-groomed doesn’t make you a yuppie or a self-absorbed hipster — it makes you look clean and professional. One of these beard trimmers will help you appear stylish and rugged at the same time, and they come in models that are suitable for wet trimming, dry trimming and a variety of beard lengths. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best beard trimmer on Amazon.

10. Conair Men

9. Remington Head to Toe

8. Braun Ultimate

7. Remington Beardsman

6. Hatteker Professional

5. Surker Clipper

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4. Philips Norelco Multigroom 5000

3. Suprent Kit

2. Panasonic ER-GB80

1. Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000

The Behavior Of A Beard Trimmer

The philosophy behind an electric trimmer has been around since the 1800s.

The beard trimmers of today are powered by an electric motor, which is, in turn, powered by some type of battery or outlet. The internal motor is used to propel two rows of parallel razors oscillate, back-and-forth, like jagged teeth, across one another. Cutting in rapid succession, these teeth trim blades of hair based upon desired length (AKA a "length setting"). An electric beard trimmer may have anywhere between 1-50 length settings. Each setting is based on how far the oscillating blades are when the edge of a trimmer makes initial contact with the face.

The philosophy behind an electric trimmer has been around since the 1800s. Early manual clippers operated on a similar principle, with a person squeezing two fingers together (a la a pair of scissors) to get the razors to cross. Manual hair clippers were a grind, however, and they lacked precision. This problem was solved by an independent manufacturer named Leo Wahl, who invented the original electric beard trimmer back in 1921.

Seize The Trimmer, But Don't Let It Seize

To find a suitable trimmer, ask yourself whether you're in the market for a precise shaver, or a device that you can use while on the go. If you're a cosmetologist, or you plan on using the electric trimmer professionally, you'll also want to look into whether the blades have any history of irritating certain types of skin.

If you're purchasing a trimmer for personal use, it's helpful to research the trimmer's battery source; as a trimmer's battery runs low, the razors could begin to seize. Short of carrying a charger around with you, the best bet is to purchase an electric trimmer that uses lithium-ion power. Lithium-ion batteries are known to last 6 to 10 times longer than any average rechargeable type. These batteries also keep the trimmer buzzing at full power, which means you can mow straight through stiff clumps of hair in less time.

The History Of The Electric Trimmer in America

The first electric hair trimmer was patented by Leo Wahl, an independent manufacturer from Illinois, in 1921. Up to that point, people were using what were known as manual hair clippers. These clippers were operated by squeezing two metal handles together, causing a pair of oscillating razors to cross. Manual hair clippers were dangerous, however, and exhausting for the performer. So Wahl simplified the process by replacing the metal handles with a motor.

With an eye toward the future, the grooming industry has even begun to experiment with electrolysis.

Seven years after Wahl's invention, Jacob Schick received the original patent for an electric razor. Ten years following, Remington mass-produced the first electric razor that was sold in America. At around the same time, Philips, Co. introduced what we now recognize to be the three-blade-rotating system. It's worth noting that all of this was occurring toward the end of the Great Depression, which makes it remarkable that each of these companies - Schick, Wahl, Remington, and Philips - are still considered leaders in the industry today.

Today's electric beard trimmer features a lot of technological advances. Certain models can include an LED display, electro-chemical engineering, and anywhere from 1-50 length settings (among other highlights). With an eye toward the future, the grooming industry has even begun to experiment with electrolysis. Imagine a laser being an integral part of your electric beard trimmer's design.


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Last updated on November 01, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.


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