Taming the Beast: The Best Beard Trimmers
What good is growing out a beard if the beard isn’t…well…good? Gone are the days of ratty straggle hairs, overgrown sideburns, and greasy neckbeards. Facial hair can completely change your look and the way you come off to people, so why would you want to look unkempt?
Regardless of the length or style of your beard, it needs to be kept in tiptop shape to be kept at all. We’re going for well-groomed lumberjack, not disheveled-30-something-gamer-who-still-lives-in-his-parents’-basement.
Lucky for you, QMan has taken the liberty of compiling a list of some of the best beard trimmers on the market right now. We’re not saying you have to ditch your pandemic beard completely—just get it under control, okay? We’re begging you. Without further ado, here’s QMan’s 2022 guide to the best men’s beard trimmers.
How to trim your beard properly
Even if you already trim your beard, chances are you’re not doing it enough. Beard trimming should be a regular feature in your grooming routine, and that includes trimming your beard at least a few times per week. If you’re scared that trimming this often will affect the speed of your beard growth, don’t worry! Consistent trimming is actually good for the health of your beard and will likely stimulate even more growth than simply letting it grow out.
To properly trim your beard, always start by giving it a good wash first. Next, comb out the hair in preparation and trim away! You’ll need to use different techniques depending on what part of the beard you’re shaving. For example, when it comes to trimming your sideburns, you’ll want to comb the hairs forward and trim off the excess first. Then, you’ll need comb them back into place and trim the edges to make sure they’re straight and even.
Another tricky and often neglected area is your neckline. Beard length is a matter of personal taste, but when it comes to dealing with the neck, it’s important to avoid any overgrowth in that area, no matter how full your beard is.
Trimming the hair in a gradient—or “fading” your beard hair—by playing around with the length settings just above your Adam’s apple is key in avoiding any harsh lines or stray hairs.
Lastly, when you’ve finished your trim, don’t forget to condition your beard with some beard oil, or use any other favorite products to shape your beard to your preference. A regular trim will allow you to work with a clean and tidy slate so you can style your facial hair the way you like it.
What to look for in a beard trimmer
Budget, adjustability, waterproofing, wireless vs. cord… There are so many factors to consider when shopping for a beard trimmer. Everyone’s needs are different—you just have to understand a bit about trimmer technology to find your perfect match.
When it’s time to purchase, make sure you think about the trimmer’s length range, size, battery life, accompanying accessories, maneuverability, durability, and price. All of these features will depend on your priorities, your budget, and your beard style, so choose wisely! Don’t stress too much, though. If you stick to the best beard trimmers featured in this guide, you’ll be sure to select a trimmer that suits you and your needs perfectly. With a little help from your friends at QMan, you can’t go wrong!
The 7 Best Beard Trimmers in 2022
Philips Norelco MG7750/49 Multigroom Series 7000 Men's Grooming Kit
This isn’t just your basic trimmer. This model from Philips Norelco is an all-in-one masterpiece when it comes to beard care, or any kind of trimming for that matter. Whether it’s beard, body, brows, or more, this kit comes with 23 attachments to suit any and all of your trimming needs. The trimmer itself features a full metal motor and a drive train reinforced with tempered steel to ensure maximum power. Its DualCut Technology is unique in that it offers incredible precision and has self-sharpening blades that can last up to five years without getting dull.
This model is also great for those new to trimming, as its cutting guards’ fiberglass material prevents any deformation that may cause an uneven shave, ensuring a perfect trim every time, even for beginners. It also comes with a lithium ion rechargeable battery that can last up to five hours without charging, in case you really wanted to stretch out that trim sesh, you know? At just under $55, this kit is a steal not to be missed out on!
Wahl Professional Peanut Clipper/Trimmer
Andis 04711 Professional T-Outliner Beard Trimmer With T-Blade
This model from Andis is one of the best beard trimmers for long beards. The Professional T-Outliner can do it all from trimming necks, beards, and mustaches, to dry-shaving, outlining, fading, and maneuvering through tight areas. Featuring a cool and quiet high-speed motor and a polymer body, each of these trimmers arrives oiled from the factory where they are tested with string for cutting ability before dispatch. Their close-cutting, carbon steel blades can also be adjusted to your own shaving experience, which makes this trimmer even more personalized than the rest. This one is a no-brainer, if you ask us!
Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200 with Vacuum
This particular model from Philips Norelco is special because it comes with a vacuum feature to minimize mess. Who doesn’t want a trimmer that gives an effortlessly even trim and doesn’t leave you to clean up after it? All you have to do is empty the vacuum’s chamber when you’re done. The Series 7200’s double-sharpened stainless steel blades trim faster than most, and work to lift and guide hairs along the way, allowing for the best precision trimming. It also happens to be a smart beard trimmer, in that it lets you select your desired length by using its “zoom wheel” and quickly view its battery life any time you want. It’s about time we got a trimmer for the 21st century!