The best beard trimmers keep your neck in shape

Figuring out the best beard trimmer for your particular facial hair situation is a personal journey because great beards come in many shapes and sizes: there are perfect stubbleof course, or a beard that is artistically shaped and styled. But even if you choose it grow a long beardyou still need to know how to trim it as it grows. And for all these situations – for pretty much everything apart from a close shave – you need a good beard trimmer.

Lucky for you, we’ve tested the best beard trimmers on the market, through mountain man winters and dense stubble summers. Our favorites all have their strengths – price, precision, cutting power, potential for head-to-toe use, travel or gym friendliness, even tidy vacuum capabilities. So we’ve combed the market – we expect you’ll be able to find the perfect beard trimmer for your scruff in the list below.

Best all-in-one beard maintenance tool

Philips Norelco all-in-one trimmer

First of all, who wants to own 10 different devices? Second, beards deserve more than a simple, uniform trim. So consider a beard kit with different heads and guards, all of which can detail your scrape in interesting ways. This Philips set is THE set with a washable trimmer and heads that tend to eyebrows, moustaches, nose hair and even your head – but it shapes beards best of all. Some of its heads draw clean lines, while others work to spot-check hair in hard-to-clean places (like removing hair just below the nose without accidentally shaving off half of your mustache).

That GQ Reading Bestseller

Hatteker beard trimmer set

Our data analysis team tells us that this Hatteker kit is top seller among GQ readers, and with good reason. Firstly, it’s a high-quality all-in-one kit that covers all kinds of hair-trimming tasks, from sideburns to beards, eyebrows and body hair. It holds an hour-long charge in 90 minutes of plug-in time – enough for a week’s holiday. Overall, it’s a bargain as it’s a damn good (and comprehensive) workhorse.

The best professional trimmer

Bevel Pro trimmer and clipper

Bevel recently launched one of the sexiest trimmers ever, a muscular upgrade to its best-selling device. This new one has all the protective heads for a precise trim, a professional line-up and even a buzz cut. Instead of guards, the device uses a motorized head to adjust from a zero-gap close shave upwards in ultra-precise 0.1mm increments. It has the same heft and beautiful design as the previous device along with 4 hours of wireless battery life.

The best vacuum trimmer

Remington hair and beard trimmer

Beard trimming gets messy quickly. You get clippings in your beard, on your hands, in your sink, but Remington’s trimmer keeps the process clean while keeping your beard looking neat. It absorbs the vast majority of hairs as they fall, making it easy to dispose of afterwards. This is a dual hair clipper and beard trimmer, and while it’s not cordless, this wall current will give you a strong, consistent cut. Many beard trimmers cannot handle the more difficult task of cutting head hair, which tends to be thicker and less cooperative. So if you want a device for both – and one that cleans the house, here you are.

The best travel-friendly trimmer

Wahl Groomsman Beard Trimmer and Nose/Eyebrow Trimmer Duo

This pair of lightweight, battery-powered trimmers are great if you need to line up edges and trim strays while you’re away from home. (Why pack away something expensive and cumbersome for a weekend?) The nose trimmer might not be worth packing on all but the longest trips, but it cleans up fuzzy nostrils and stray eyebrows nicely.

The best beard trimmer to throw in your gym bag

Braun’s cheap, high-quality trimmer sets do much more than tidy up your beard: replace the nose and ear trimmer, the precision head or the longer guards for general maintenance. It’s the perfect lightweight tool to keep in your gym bag or travel bag, offering a few weeks of beard trimming sessions on its 60-minute charge. This particular model comes with a Gillette ProGlide razor, for any bare skin detail you might want to do (like a neck or cheek cleanse).

The best beard trimmer to keep body hair at bay

Panasonic beard trimmer and hair clipper

Panasonic’s trimmer-mower combination has 19 different settings and cuts at a staggering 9,800 cuts per minute. And while it’s one of the more dominant beard trimmers on this list (since it also has the muscles for your dome), it’s also wonderfully suitable for maintaining your chest, groin and back hair.

The best trimmer-shaver combination

Panasonic Multishape with trimmer and shaver

The Multishape is perhaps the best multi-purpose device for guys who solely want a barbershop-level trim and/or shave (or any combination of those two things at any given time). When you buy a Multishape, you can also choose whether you want the hair clipper, nose trimmer and toothbrush heads (!) – all are good, but the beard trimmer’s half-millimeter intervals plus the shaver’s wide foil head are the most superior choices. Oh, and be sure to buy the Lithium Ion battery (of the two options available). It lasts longer and charges faster. (Price here reflects a kit built with trimmer and shaver heads and Li-Ion base.)

The best budget beard trimmer

King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer

There is no shame in wanting to buy a cheap beard trimmer. In fact, it’s good to start with a smaller investment if you’re unsure how long you want to grow things out. King C. Gillette has answered the call: it can trim between 1-21mm with its bare head and three guards. And it will be with you long enough to decide whether to upgrade or stick with the cheap (but still branded) route.

The best beard trimmer for lineups

Andis 32400 Slimline Pro lithium ion T-blade trimmer

The Slimline Pro is hard to beat when it comes to tidying up between appointments, but if your beard needs more than a little light styling, it’s ready and able for that too. Furthermore, it will give you a clean, hairdresser-caliber line-up along the cheeks, burns, mustache and neck. It’s also your device of choice for necking: Steady-handed significant other or best friend not included. It’s also great if you want to keep a short stubble and are otherwise prone to ingrown hairs.

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