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The 8 Best Beard Trimmers You Can Buy in 2022

We tested options from Wahl, Philips Norelco, Braun and more to determine which beard trimmers worked best and delivered the clearest definition.

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An electric beard trimmer is a necessity for maintaining facial hair. The best ones are intuitive and offer a range of settings for general hair trimming and precision touch-ups.

In recent years, advances in rechargeable batteries have allowed for cordless trimmers to run up to an hour or more. Many beard trimmers on the market also utilize blades that require very little upkeep — as a general rule: look for self-sharpening steel blades that don’t require oil before each use.

Simply put: Get a device that trims wet or dry, holds a long portable charge and has enough attachment heads so that you can trim to whichever length(s) you desire. The more customizable your options, the more you’ll get out of the device over the years. Many trimmers come with interchangeable heads that allow you to clip stray hairs, cut clean lines, and define the borders of your cheeks and neck.

Why You Should Get a Beard Trimmer Over a Regular Razor

"To keep the beard the desired length, trimming with an electric clipper and a guard is definitely the way to go," Mike Gilman, the founder of Grooming Lounge, says. But be warned, he adds, it's "best to have the trimmer follow the grain of hair growth — which is usually downward to a degree. Going against the grain and pushing too hard can leave bald patches.”

Questions to Consider First

Trust Mike, and get an electric clipper. But first, answers these questions to find which will work best for your face. When and where will you be using it? Are you maintaining the same beard you've had for years and just need a one-trick pony? Do you alternate between short and long styles and need a trimmer that offers a lot of variety? Will you take your trimmer on business trips or are you leaving it in a bathroom cabinet? Finally, what’s your budget?

No matter how you answered any of these questions, our picks have you covered. Find your go-to groomer below.

The Best Beard Trimmers

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Best Overall Beard Trimmer
Wahl Model 9864SS Stainless Matte Gray Beard Trimmer
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Wahl

Made in the America, this beard trimmer is housed in a durable stainless steel housing and utilizes rechargable Lithium Ion 2.0 technology that can provide hours of trimming on one charge. (Technically, it's six of them and that equals about one or two week's worth of trimming if you're quick with your hands.) The Model 9864 comes with four attachments and 12 T-Blade guide combs to achieve different lengths.

The self-sharpening blades stay ready through years of use and the warranty is one of the longest you’ll find. (1o-year warranties are ultra-rare, for example.) The best feature, though? A one-minute charge will give you three minutes of trimming time — perfect for procrastinators everywhere.

Attachments: 4
Run Time: 6 hours
Warranty: 5 year

Best Upgrade Beard Trimmer
Beard Trimmer by Bevel
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Bevel's first trimmer received high praise for its weight, cutting quality and precision. The brand's second iteration is even better. Built to meet the demands of master barbers, the reprise is now cordless, providing up to an incredible 8 hours — 32 15-minute sessions — of cutting time. The Bevel Dial allows you to make adjustments with just the flick of a thumb, meaning ultra-smooth smooth fades, and the included t-blade (aka a detailer) makes achieving clean lines a breeze.

Attachments: 1
Run Time: 8 hours
Warranty: 1 year

Best Affordable Beard Trimmer
Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom Trimmer
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Philips Norelco

We love the MG3750's big brother, the MG7770. But for an incredulous price of just $20, we can't say that we'd pick another beard trimmer for the money. Its measly run-time of just an hour may put some people off but that's more than enough for one session, we've found. As such, if your beard routine only involves a quick touch up (which is most people), that shouldn't deter you. It comes with plenty of attachments for any precise cuts you need to take care of and the stainless steel guards are easy to detach and clean.

Plus, this option itself costs as much as some attachments. For example, I broke a guard and needed it to maintain my pandemic era at-home hair. I ordered an entirely new trimmer just for the guard, but now I have a back-up for trips or when this one kicks the bucket.

Attachments: 13
Run Time: 1 hour
Warranty: 2 year

Tips from an Expert
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For shorter beards, Gilman suggests that you "start with a longer guard and move toward a shorter guard — you can’t put hair back on if too much is removed," he warns. "We’d recommend starting with a #1 guard and moving down to a .5 guard if the hair isn’t trimmed enough the first go around."

Whether you're looking to go even tighter or tidy loose edges, after you've "completed with the trimming of the length, the bearded one can remove the guards and use the point of the bare clipper to outline and carve out spots around the neck, cheeks and mustache," he adds.

Folks with longer beards should only use a trimmer to shape or sharpen. Scissors are the smarter option for serious cutting.

"For more intense facial foliage formations, it usually works best to separate the way the beard is handled on the cheeks versus the goatee, chin and upper neck area," Gilman says. "Down below, on the chin and goatee area, it’s more of a comb and scissor situation. Comb the beard down and cut across in small sections, sometimes point cutting into the beard diagonally. If [you] cut straight across at the bottom, it’ll look like the equivalent of a bowl cut for the beard."

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Best Feature-Packed Beard Trimmer
Philips Norelco MG7770
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Philips Norelco

This aluminum-body beard trimmer has two times as many blades for ultra-accurate cuts. Its Lithium-ion battery delivers a 6-hour runtime (equal to a few dozen sessions), and the MG7770 comes with six purpose-designed attachments (thin: ear and nose trimmers) and a range of guards.

It comes with a rugged zipper case that has a contoured foam body to hold the trimmer and pouches to secure attachments, making this an easy option to take on trips — and super hard to forget. What’s more, the steeper price is justified by an industry-leading 10-year warranty.

Attachments: 6
Run Time: 6 hours
Warranty: 10 year

Best Washable Beard Trimmer
Panasonic Multigroom ER-GB80-S
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Panasonic

This trimmer has 39 adjustable settings to fine-tune your grooming routine — a rubberized dial controls the settings in .5mm increments from .5mm to 20mm. The stainless steel blades are washable and a convenient water-drain allows quick cleaning after each use. Typically, submerging your trimmer in a tub of water would kill it but not this time.

While the battery will last just shy of an hour (good for one long groom or at least a week of touchups), a LED charge indicator on the handle indicates the power level as to not leave you stranded in the middle of a trim. The attachments that come with the ER-GB80-S are designed for closer facial hair trimming, longer beard styles and precision body hair grooming. Panasonic also outfitted the trimmer with a rubberized handle that fits comfortably in bigger hands.

Attachments: 3
Runtime: 50 minutes
Warranty: 2 years

Best Travel Beard Trimmer
Braun Multi Grooming Kit MGK5280
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Braun

This compact trimmer can keep up with the best. It comes with nine attachments and can trim beards from .5mm to 21 mm (in 2mm increments). The battery delivers one hour of runtime and a LED indicator on the handle displays the battery life. Thankfully, this trimmer is fully washable, making on-the-go cleanup a breeze. It’s also small enough to be packed into a Dopp kit without disturbing your current grooming products.

Plus, if you want to manicure your mustache or force your facial hair into a new style, there's an included Gillette razor for ultra-tight touchups or, if you've decided maintaining a beard is just too much work, a complete transformation.

Attachments: 9
Runtime: 100 minutes
Warranty: 2 years
Bonus: 
An added facial razor for ultra-tight lines

Best Corded Beard Trimmer
Andis 04603 Professional Outliner II
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Andis

If you need a precision trimmer to touch up your neck, beard and mustache but want to keep the bulk of your beard intact, this is a solid option. Inside the heavy-duty housing, a quiet magnetic motor powers carbon-steel blades designed for years of use.

Weighing in at 11.5 ounces, this trimmer is easy on the hands for extended use. Easy to pack, too, and its corded body makes it easier to remember to grab from your hotel bathroom — at least in our experience. The T-Outliner is ideal for dry shaving, but make sure to oil the blade before each use to ensure a good trim. This one does require a little bit of upkeep.

Attachments: 0
Runtime: Continuous
Warranty: 1 year

Best Beard Trimmer with a Vacuum
Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit
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Remington

When cleaning up your beard, you'd better be prepared to cleanup the sink, too. That said, beard trimmers with integrated vacuums make the mess a bit (or a lot) less. Remington's super popular HKVAC2000A boasts a dual-motor system that delivers high-powered suction to capture up to 90-percent of trimmed hair. The collection chamber is generous, too, meaning even it could trap a full mane if it had to. It's more than enough to collect the leftovers of a full session of trimming and the included attachments mean you can get the detail you're after.

Attachments: 8
Runtime: Continuous
Warranty: 5 years
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An internal vacuum makes clean-up easy

Thinking of Throwing in the Towel? Here's How to Get the Closest Shave Possible
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Make no haste when it comes to shaving. This is your face after all, and the entire world is watching — thus, you’ve got to prevent things like irritation, ingrown hairs and infection. It’s easy to do if you put the right amount of time and care into your shave regimen.

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