A proper beard trimmer is an absolutely crucial accessory for any man who maintains facial hair, especially if you like to style your facial hair. While beard trimmers can be bought for as cheap as a couple of pizzas, you will not always get the expected results with those inexpensive models.
You see, the age old saying “you get what you pay for” holds true here as well. We’re not advising you to go and spend a fortune on the most advanced model out there, but at least get one that is built to last and has a decent enough blade so that you can get a clean cut without irritating or damaging your skin. Below, we have provided some of the most popular beard trimmers for short beards on the market. Take a look and select the one that suits your needs as well as budget.
Philips Norelco Beard trimmer
If you want a no-compromises beard trimmer made by a very reputable manufacturer, then meet the Philips Norelco Series model 7200. It is the latest addition to this legendary lineup of premium quality trimmers, and it brings all the best qualities of the model released prior to it, the 7300. Well, the best part is that the 7200 can trim beard hair all the way down to 0.5mm. That is on par with the much more expensive Norelco 7300, which literally costs more than twice as much.
This is a precision trimmer build to design and maintain extremely fine facial hair, and is fully equipped to style and trim short beards. Alongside the default beard comb that comes inside the package, you also get 2 additional combs with 3 and 5 mm of clearance respectively, for even better precision trimming. But wait – we haven’t even talked about the coolest feature of this trimmer. It is from the Norelco 7000 lineup, meaning that it too is equipped with a vacuum suction system that literally sucks up all the little pieces of hair and dead skin as they are cut away from your skin’s surface by the self-sharpening blades.
Self-sharpening blades need less maintenance and stay sharper for longer. On top of that, you can easily wash the attachments under running water, and clean away the hair chamber with a brush. This hair chamber collects all of the hair that is sucked up by the vacuum. And oh, there are a total of 20 built-in length settings, ranging from 0.5 to 10mm (varying in increments of 0.5mm). The battery life is rather exceptional at 80 minutes per full charge, but even more exceptional is the fact that the lithium ion battery pack in this trimmer needs only 60 minutes to fully charge up.
STAR BUDGET PICK
Remington All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit
Let’s say you’re on a serious budget and can’t really justify spending more on an expensive trimmer because you simply don’t style your beard that much. All you do is some regular trimming, and a little hair line management here and there on your jaws and cheek. Well, Remington has got you covered on this one.
Their PG6025 is a lightweight, all-in-one, ergonomic, battery powered grooming machine that takes care of all your hair trimming needs. It can even double up as a foil shaver, and you can trim the hair in your nose and ear by attaching the special extensions that come inside the package. The hair clipper comb supports 8 length settings, and you also get 3 extra combs specifically for trimming the stubble.
The blades are specified to be made from “surgical grade” steel, and are self-sharpening. The attachments are washable, so just put them under the faucet and watch the hair flow away. Cordless run-time is 65 minutes, which is pretty standard considering that we have a lithium ion battery powering this trimmer. The grip is textured and ergonomically designed for an extra-comfortable fit. You also get a 60-day money back guarantee, along with a 2 year limited warranty that can be further extended for added peace of mind.
Panasonic Milano All-in-One Trimmer
While the Milano from Panasonic sports an exotic looking body with some really curvy accents on the top section, it is surprisingly easy to hold and maneuver. Panasonic claims that the unique 45 degree angled self-sharpening stainless steel blades offer the best cutting alignment for trimming beards and mustaches.
The conveniently positioned quick-adjustment dial lets you choose from any of the 19 length settings for the trimmer, so you can trim, sculpt, and detail with ease. Thanks to its waterproof nature, you can clean the entire trimmer as well as its attachments under running water. There is a water drain built in to drain away all of the excess water.
This means that you can trim wherever you like, be it in the sink, or under the shower. There is a stylish charging stand provided alongside the trimmer itself, as well as a carry bag for storing the trimmer and all its included accessories while travelling. The minimum trim length is 1mm, while the maximum is 10mm – with 0.5mm increments. Charging time is 1 hour, while run-time is a rather average 50 minutes.
Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler
Gillette makes some of the best trimmers on the market, as well the best blades in the business. Their latest offering, the Fusion Proglide Styler 3-in-1 seems like it could be a pretty worthwhile investment for anyone who is looking to buy his first beard trimmer. You will not regret purchasing this Gillette if this is your first time buying a trimmer for your beard.
The trimming is done by 4 blades made from hypo allergenic stainless steel, and there are anti-irritation strips on the top and bottom of the blade holder, just like in Gillette razors. The motor and trimming mechanism has been designed by Braun, a company that manufactures extremely well-built and high powered all-in-one beard trimmers.
The precision edging blade on this trimmer allows you to make fine adjustments and cut crisp, well defined lines. This trimmer comes with an ergonomically shaped, textured rubber grip and is certified to be 100% shower safe. You get an organizer, 3 combs, a battery, and a proglide cartridge along with the trimmer.
Choosing the Best Beard Trimmer for Short Beards
Beard trimmers will vary in cost and features, with the more advanced models offering perks such as LCD readouts to show battery life, height adjustment switches, variable attachments for trimming your nose hair, ears, etc. and special blade types for creating salon-grade styles at home.
Trimmers can be corded or cordless, although the vast majority of beard trimmers on the market are cordless types. With cordless, the spec that you should be looking for is the run-time per charge ratio. Say for example, a trimmer offers 90 minutes of run-time on a fully charged battery. Sounds good, right? You could shave 5-6 times without needing to recharge! But wait – somewhere down there it says that this trimmer needs 15 hours to charge up. So if you set it on charge mode at 9 am in the morning today, you can pretty much forget about using the damn thing till tomorrow. Well yeah, you can charge and trim at the same time, but most trimmers are not designed to work that way.
Their motors will not be able to run on full power while charging, and you will need more than the stipulated charging time to get the device fully charged up, if you use it while it is charging. Long story short – get a trimmer with a charging period that is as close to the run-time as possible. Now, there are some trimmers out there that actually boast charging periods which are shorter than the run-time itself. But most of these will also cost more, so you are paying for that privilege.
If you run on a tight schedule and often find yourself forgetting about stuff such as charging the trimmer on a regular basis, then you might want to invest in a fast-charging trimmer. Also remember that Lithium-ion batteries are the superior variety of rechargeable batteries currently available in the market, so watch out for some older trimmer models that may offer Nickel Hydride batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries have better storage capacities due to their higher charge density (can store more charge per unit space), and don’t lose as much power as other battery types when they begin to get low on charge. Before buying a trimmer for short beards, you need to look up the types of attachments that it comes with. Make sure that it comes with attachments and blade types which are geared towards trimming short stubble.
The more trim height settings there are in your trimmer, the better. Trimmers with elf-sharpening blades will not go dull as quickly as the ones with normal blades, so your trimmer will cut like new even a couple years from now. Hypo-allergic stainless steel is the best, although some companies will market their trimmers by saying that they have used blades made from “surgical steel”. This is nothing but high quality stainless steel that has been treated to be non-allergic, and is also less likely to breed microorganisms. Finally, look for perks such as washable attachments, waterproofing, provided accessories, carry pouch, etc.