The 7 Best Outline Trimmers

Updated December 10, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

7 Best Outline Trimmers
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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Gentlemen, there is no longer any excuse for you to leave the house poorly groomed. All of these outline trimmers are reasonably priced and supremely easy to use. Designed with ergonomic grips and long-lasting motors, they will give you a precise cut around necklines, hairlines, sideburns, beards, mustaches, and eyebrows, and come in packages that are both portable and durable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best outline trimmer on Amazon.

7. Babyliss Pro FX780

The versatile Babyliss Pro FX780 comes with a pair of detachable, ultra-thin, stainless steel blades, making it a dependable option for both easy and even work in a variety of areas, including necklines, hairlines, sideburns, beards, and eyebrows.
  • corded and cordless operation
  • two comb attachments
  • has a tendency to pull hairs
Brand BaBylissPRO
Model FX780
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Pro-Mate T-Precisioner

Innovation and convenience combine in the Pro-Mate T-Precisioner. Its heavy-duty motor can handle almost any hair type, while its zero-gap blades are also interchangeable with Andis T-Outliners. It comes to you pre-adjusted right out of the box.
  • plasma technology cutters
  • relatively easy to clean
  • very heavy body
Brand Pro-mate Professional
Model PM7000
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Wahl Professional 5-Star Series

Get razor-close results and crisp lines with the Wahl Professional 5-Star Series edger. The combination of its scoop-nose design and adjustable, zero-overlap precision blades make the unit relatively easy to use. Unfortunately, it tends to be rather noisy.
  • guard is included
  • chemical-resistant power cord
  • requires frequent oiling
Brand Wahl Professional
Model 8051
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Andis T Liner

The carbon-steel T blade on the Andis T Liner has the ability to perform incredibly close cuts, so you can work the areas around your beard or sideburns without necessarily having to shave, as well. Its magnetic pivot motor adds durability to the package.
  • 8-foot-long cord
  • 4x the power of most competitors
  • vibrates a lot in the hand
Brand Andis
Model 23390
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Wahl Bump Prevent

For a straightforward set that's built to last and designed to perform with next to no maintenance, look no further than the Wahl Bump Prevent. Its trio of blade guards and ergonomic shape make it easy to fine tune a slew of facial patterns.
  • runs on disposable batteries
  • precision-ground blades
  • no-snag guarantee
Brand Wahl Clipper
Model 99064101
Weight 9 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel

The Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel offers a complete grooming kit with the ability to hone the length of any beard and mustache configuration, and to prune back unsightly nose and ear hairs. It can also run for up to four hours on a single charge.
  • made in the usa
  • blade oil included
  • 5-year warranty
Brand Wahl
Model 9818
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Andis A4710

The Andis A4710 has been constructed with high-carbon, hardened steel blades that provide a long cutting life. Its powerful and quiet magnetic motor delivers professional-quality trims, while its T-blade makes it ideal for working around the ears, beard, and mustache.
  • ergonomic design
  • perfect for dry shaving
  • fine teeth for clean cuts
Brand Andis
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Facial Hair

It all starts with a surplus of dihydrotestosterone, the hormone chiefly responsible for beard growth. The more DHT a man produces, the thicker a beard he is likely to grow. And in an ironic twist of fate, increased DHT can also lead to more advanced cases of male pattern baldness.

The ability to grow a beard is one thing; the cultural response to a beard is quite another indeed. It is unlikely that going fully clean shaven was common in many of the older prehistoric civilizations, for the ability to hone blades was limited and time was more likely spent on accommodating basic needs (shelter, water, food, and reproduction) than on trimming facial hair. We do know that in many of the earliest known cultures, beards -- or the lack thereof -- played a variety of roles. Ancient Indian men grew beards to display wisdom. Affluent Egyptians and Mesopotamians decorated and manicured their beards. Ancient Greeks treated the beard as a sign of martial prowess, and cowards often had beards shaved as a punishment.

In the post Roman era and well into the Middle Ages, beards were treated as a symbol of virtue and boldness, and were popular among knight and nobles. By the later Renaissance and well into the 18th Century, however, society had shifted in a marked way: the beard was thought of as lower class and unseemly among most courts and high society houses of Europe. Men went clean shaven, perfumed, and often bewigged, no less.

It was not until the mid 19th Century when beards began to make a comeback, which they did in a spectacular manner. Witness the beautiful beards adorning the faces of thinkers ranging from Karl Marx to Charles Darwin as evidence of Europe's return to the hirsute. And as for the American beard, the Civil War era was as glorious for facial hair as it was catastrophic for the nation. The antebellum era was one in which "manliness" was embraced and celebrated; young men of the young country wanted to show themselves as virile and bold, embracing the pioneer spirit of self-reliance and capability.

The growing of not just a large but a unique beard was one easy way to embody this essence. Note the stunning cheeks of Union Army general Ambrose Burnside (the very namesake for the facial hair we now casually call sideburns) for a look at extremes, but keep in mind that most of the major players of the war years had at least some facial hair. This grand list includes notables such as President Abraham Lincoln, the leaders of both the Union and Confederate armies, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, respectively, and other characters included George Armstrong Custer and William Tecumseh Sherman.

Facial Hair For The Modern Man

On the off chance you hadn't noticed, beards are rather popular right now. And while some men continue to channel their inner Grizzly Adams look with wild, untamed beards flowing freely off their cheeks and chins, most bearded men of the day prefer to keep their beards clean and shaped, even when they let them grow long.

The current facial hair craze sees approximately one third of American men keeping some sort of hair on their faces. Compare that to a facial hair rate above fifty percent worldwide, though. It can be thought of as a flash in the pan phase brought on largely by millennials/hipsters, but already the beard has remained in vogue for longer than most fads tend to, suggesting that their popularity may be intrinsic rather than extrinsic. Or in other words not merely a result of peer pressure writ large at the cultural zeitgeist level.

Ironically, studies have shown that the more prevalent beards become and the larger those beards are grown, the less attractive women tend to find bearded men. In an even more bitter irony, research seems to suggest the opposite would also be true: if beards were less common, bearded men would look be attractive.

The best bet is for a man to follow his own heart, growing a fine beard if he so chooses to. However it is a good idea to keep that beard trimmed and clean looking nonetheless.

Choosing And Using An Outline Trimmer

Choosing an outline trimmer to help keep your beard crisp and lovely is an easy enough process. First simply consider your average week: do you travel often for work or for leisure? If so, then you should by all means consider a battery powered beard trimmer that will be ready any time even when you are on the road.

Remember, keeping a trimmed beard doesn't take much effort, but it does require frequent effort: you should plan to trim up that beard at least every other day for a truly refined look.

If almost all of your manscaping -- to use a bit of the vernacular -- then an AC powered outline trimmer is a fine choice. Consider a trimmer with a narrow head if you also intend to use it for "detail" work around your eyebrows and with your mustache, or select a wider outline trimmer if you just need it to keep your cheeks and neckline in shape.

While there are fine hair clippers that can serve as outline trimmers, these units tend to lack the precision (and the gentle touch) a great beard needs. Even the prices outline trimmers cost only a bit more than fifty dollars, and a great looking beard is priceless, isn't it?

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Last updated on December 10, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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