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8 best beard trimmers to keep your facial hair in check

From stubble to big beards, maintaining your look is essential, so use one of these tried and testing tools for the job

Make a virtue of being too lazy to shave with a trimmer to manicure that stubble ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

Facial hair is big business – you need only turn to the red carpet to see how many celebs are rocking a full face of fur. 

Whether it’s Jeff Bridges’ beard, David Beckham’s sculpt or (god forbid) Justin Bieber’s ‘stach, maintaining your mane can be a challenging and often confusing space. 

While beard oil (a must) and even a good shampoo are both helpful, nothing is as important as the tools you use.

Over the last month, our team have tested the trimmers that can touch-up, tame and tidy all shapes and styles of facial hair, providing you with the lowdown on specs, looks and whether it’s right for your lifestyle. Trim away.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. 

Babyliss 7896U i-Stubble 3 trimmer: £49.99, John Lewis & Partners 

Best for: Keeping things simple 

The smart-flexing head on this makes it the easiest of trims, literally guiding your hand along the contours of your face without any accidents. It has a slightly shorter length range than the others, focusing on stubble and short beards, so pass on this if you are rocking a full-on Jason Mamoa. The pop-up trimmer and travel lock are also a welcomed touch, making this multitasker a great choice for everyday use. 

Attachments? 1 comb
Length? 0.5mm-5mm
Battery Life? 60 minutes
Waterproof? No
Cord or Cordless? Yes

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Philips BT5502 beard trimmer: £54.99, John Lewis & Partners

Best for: Even stubble 

Easy to use and very well made, Philips’ classic trimmer has up to 40 settings controlled by an adjustable, lock-in wheel. It utilises a unique ‘Life & Trim’ system, where the blades actually lift up the beard so every hair is evenly cut no matter the angle. Not only that, but the blades are actually self-sharpening, so no replacement or oiling is ever needed - heaven.

Attachments? 2 combs
Length? 0.4mm-20mm
Battery Life? 90 minutes
Waterproof? Yes
Cord or Cordless? Both

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Braun BT7040 beard trimmer: £74.99, Amazon

Best for: Thicker types

With 39 settings controlled on a precision wheel that offers a trim between 1mm-20mm, this is a great option for the beards that bypass stubble. The auto-sensing motor (which keeps the speed constant even in thicker areas) will keep the density even all over and there is a handy little detail trimmer if you want to touch up your edges.

Attachments? 2 combs and 2 precision trimmers
Length? 1mm-20mm​
Battery Life? 100 minutes
Waterproof? Yes
Cord or Cordless? Both  

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Remington beard boss beard trimmer: £17.99, Remington

Best for: No fuss

For the price, you know you are not going to get all the bells and whistles that a more expensive trimmer might offer, but if you know what you like and keep your facial hair in one style then this is a great buy. It is plastic and battery operated, making it a useful trimmer to have in your travel bag.

Attachments? 1 comb
Length? 1.5mm-18mm
Battery Life? Battery operated
Waterproof? No
Cord or Cordless? Battery operated

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Panasonic i-Shaper ERGD60 3-in-1 beard trimmer: £69, Boots

Best for: A sculpted shape

It looks very sleek but rather tricky, which couldn’t be further from the truth. It was a surprisingly easy and gentle trim – perhaps because the edges of the fixed blade are round, so it doesn’t knick the skin. The L-shape design is also comfortable to hold, fitting right in your hand and allowing you to get into those harder parts to reach (i.e. under the jaw). The 3-in-1 comes from it’s ability to trim, detail and shave, allowing you to really shape up your shadow with ease. 

Attachments? 1 comb and 1 detail trimmer
Length? 0.5mm-10mm
Battery Life? 50 minutes
Waterproof? No - just the blades need rinsing
Cord or Cordless? Yes

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Philips BT7500 vacuum beard trimmer: £80, Philips

Best for: A clean getaway

Featuring integrated vacuum tech that can capture up to 94 per cent of cut hairs, this is a one-stop-shop for a mess-free trim. It’s got a great range of lengths to cater to the 20 settings it offers and a solid battery life, so it might just win the travel award too. Otherwise it’s

perfect for when you are in a rush and can’t be bothered cleaning up or in-office touch-up’s before an evening out. I’m keeping one in my desk at all times.  

Attachments? 1 comb and 1 precision trimmer
Length? 0.5-20mm
Battery Life? 75 minutes
Waterproof? No – just the blades need rinsing
Cord or Cordless? Yes

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Wahl Blitz 3-in-1 beard trimmer: £94.99, Wahl

Best for: All-In-One

With the best length range, most attachments and longest running hour, the Blitz is a worthy investment; it literally does it all. If you are one of those men who have a little fun with their facial hair, fluctuating from stubble to fully bearded and back again, this is the trimmer for you.

Attachments? 12 combs, 3 heads
Length? 0.5mm-24mm
Battery Life? 240 minutes
Waterproof? No
Cord or Cordless? Cordless

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Gillette all purpose styler and sensitive shaving gel gift set: £20.99, Amazon

Best for: A total bargain

This is a relatively well-known classic – a young mans first introduction to the world of beard maintenance, allowing you to trim evenly, shave closely and edge precisely. It’s small circumference is very useful to get into difficult places (like below the belt) and the fact it's waterproof makes it a total shower staple.

Attachments? 3 combs
Length? 0.5mm-6mm
Battery Life? Battery Operated
Waterproof? Yes
Cord or Cordless? Battery operated

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The verdict: Beard trimmers

Sometimes too much tech can be too much trouble, which is why keeping it simple is sometimes just smarter – especially when it comes to blades near your face. The flexibility and function of the Babyliss 7896U i-Stubble 3 trimmer​ is too good to ignore and the sleek design makes it an insta-worth drop. 

That being said, If you are a trimming conneseuir, the Wahl Blitz 3-in-1 beard trimmer is gadget goals. With 12 combs, 3 heads and more than enough battery life (240 minutes) to play with all of those attachments, it might just be worth the whopping £94.99. 

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