There is no doubt that a man with a good beard keeps it trimmed and well-groomed with an excellent beard trimmer such as the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100. It’s true that scruffiness is all in, but looking like a vagrant is not.
Tom Hardy’s got one. Ben Affleck’s got one. Ryan Reynold’s got one. Beards are all the craze these days. Gone are the days where men went to work all clean shaven, wincing in razor burns, flinching at the feel of after-shave on newly groomed faces. Beards take care of all that. Goatees, ducktails, French forks, mutton chops, full beards, they all need constant grooming and maintenance to look their best. Unless you want your full beard to grow like Dumbledore’s, trimming it at right intervals is a must.
Gone are the days when a man had to either use a razor to shave off his facial hair or use little trimming scissors to trim the beard to look good. If you’re one of the unfortunate fellows who tried to groom their facial hair with a pair of scissors at home, you probably ended up having to shave it off after all. Your best bet was visiting a professional, that is to say, a barber. There is an unwritten rule in women’s hair care, not to cut your own hair. We think the same applied to men’s beards until the day a genius invented the beard trimmer.
Now a good facial hair trimmer is a one off good investment. You will have a few accidents in your hands the first few times you try it. But, once you get used to it, grooming your hair will become an indispensable part of your morning routine. What’s more, it will save you thousands of dollars in the long run from all the visits to the barber you were able to avoid.
The best part is that most of the new beard trimmers come with all the necessary attachments and settings you need for any kind of beard. Whether it’s the caveman look you’re after or the look of a 17th century aristocrat, the latest beard trimmers have the right attachments to help you maintain your style.
The Best Beard Trimmer: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100
A lot (When we say a lot, we mean a LOT) of guys bought this trimmer. And most of them were simply amazed at the results of this trimmer. We were too. We found that this trimmer was easy to use. It also had good battery life which is an important thing for us as we frequently forgot to charge the trimmer. As mentioned before, it also comes equipped with a multitude of attachments for every facial hair need.
Some of the other beard trimmers we tried could only work if it was attached to the wire socket. No cordless trimming. The Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 was not so cumbersome. After you charged it, you could remove the code and take it anywhere you wanted and use it.
We also found that the price of the trimmer was very convenient.
Yes we know, Philips products are good. They are well known for their grooming products be it beard trimmers, ladies shavers, hair straighteners so on and so forth45WE. And Philips products are mostly affordable to the masses. Which is why both our top pick and 1st step up pick are Philips.
Our 1st step up pick, the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 7300, costs more than our top pick. For that little extra you pay, you get so much more. It even has a vacuum option that makes cleanup that much faster. No icky pieces of hair clippings all over the sink and the bathroom floor. The vacuum system inbuilt into the trimmer catches all the stray hair giving way to mess less beard trimming. In our books, this feature scores high.
Our second set up pick, the Braun Series 9 9090cc Electric Shaver with Cleaning Center is a great beard trimmer. The only set back? The price, which for the average man is a little too much to pay for something that cuts your beard. Especially when other great trimmers can be had for much less than that. However, the Braun Series 9 9090cc is the best there is, if you disregard its high price tag. When you look at all the specifications and features of this shaver, we can say that it is no doubt that Braun is known as the world’s number 01 foil shaver. It is also easy to clean and comes with its own cleaning paraphernalia.
Our budget pick, the Conair Corded Beard and Mustache Trimmer, is very easy on your wallet. It comes to you at a very reasonable price. For its price, it’s easy to clean, durable and can be used on practically all types of beards.
Read on to see our full on reviews on the beard trimmers we tried. Now you need not have to go through using a multitude of shavers and trimmers to see which one would suit you best. We have done the homework for you. Because you see, we believe in beards. And we want to see you look good and groomed.
Which Is Which Exactly?
There are two kinds of electric beard trimmers. The first one of them is the rotary shaver. Rotary shavers have blades which are revolving or spinning in a circular motion. They are good for that Monday morning shave if you wanted to relax in the weekend. They are best for coarse or rough hair or if you have a lot of facial hair.
Foil shavers on the other hand are good if you want a perfectly clean jawline. They are gentle on your skin as the aforementioned foil is a layer of metal which covers the blades. For daily shaving, this is the shaver for you.
The Ever Elusive Perfection?
For inexplicable reasons masses are of the belief that shaving is an easy business. Well, we are here to tell you my friend, that it is not. With the staggering number of trimmers, clippers and shavers in the market how do we pick the best? We wanted what any man who has ever shaved wants. Basically, what we were looking for was the beard trimmer that would be the culmination of all grunts, sighs, curses, swear words and silent wishes of all men holding a razor to their faces.
To begin with, a trimmer that wouldn’t accidentally nip. A trimmer that would be easy to grip and easy to maneuver. Because we don’t have a lot of time on our hands when are about to rush out of the door, we also wanted a beard trimmer that would take mere seconds to clean up.
Because we are all tech junkies, we wanted a gadget that utilizes the best technology in the field. Or something that comes from a brand trusted by men world over.
We admit that we are all doing this to look good. So we wanted a beard trimmer that would do just that. Make us (i.e. our beards) look good. A trimmer that would perform the kind of cut or trim we were trying to get. One which would give us the ability to shape our beards the way we wanted.
In hindsight, we see that we were trying to locate a beard trimmer that would more or less be an extension of hands. We think the shape and size of the beard, and the trimmer does its magic and et viola! Fear not, we believe we just might have found near perfection in our list. Read on.
Our top pick
To wow you even before you think of buying our top pick, the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 lets us lay before you its features. Then you can see for yourself and make an informed decision as to why we picked the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 as our top pick. What got us first was how easy it is to clean it. You can just plunge the trimmer head in water or hold the whole trimmer under running water because it is 100% water resistant. No more cleaning with a little brush that barely fits in your hand, even though they do provide a cleaning brush with the trimmer.
What we need to tell you is that this is not just a trimmer. It’s a series. Its model number is QG3330/42. When you buy the trimmer it comes with both a beard and stubble combs, a detail trimmer and a nose trimmer. The blades are made of fine ground chromium steel and are self-sharpening. Both the blades and combs have rounded tips which prevent your skin from getting irritated. You will rejoice at not having razor burns.
There are 18 built in settings to choose from depending on the beard/mustache style you are aiming for.
If you are a frequent traveler, you might like to know that you don’t have to worry about using this trimmer in another country as it has been made to be adaptable for any voltage. The code that charges the trimmer also works as an AC adapter, which means that even if the battery has gone bad, you can still continue using the trimmer. Major durability points for this one. And, the best of all is that even though the trimmer specifications say you have 35 minutes of cordless usage after 10 hours of charging, we found out that we could use the trimmer for longer periods of time. In fact after we charged it once we didn’t have to charge it for days.
For the price you pay, this is undoubtedly the best out there, and the customers who bought this trimmer agree.
On a side note, because one might get confused (We did the first time around) with their similar names, we thought it’s best we differentiate between our top pick and the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 3100 with adjustable length. This particular trimmer is different from our top pick even though they are both called 3100. The second of the two only has 10 adjustable setting as opposed to the 18 settings on our top pick. However, the second one is claimed to have 45 minutes of use time after charge as opposed to the 35 minutes of our top pick.
The factor common to both these trimmers which has made customers of both of them happy is the self-sharpening ability. Because of this feature, the blades never get dulled even after continuous usage. And you need not oil the blades. That gives us a trimmer with hardly any need for regular maintenance. You use it, wash it, and stash it. Repeat the next day. Easy peasy.
Flaws but not deal breakers
The only flaw our top up pick seems to have is that it does not come with a drawstring bag. Being a gadget with so many attachments, the tendency to lose one or two seems imminent. If there was a drawstring bag to store all the parts in, we could keep everything together and not worry about misplacing any piece. After all, we are all human and we do tend to forget where we kept things sometimes. And as mentioned in this wikihow article it is always good to be organized.
However, this is only a very small flaw. So many other trimmers do not come with bags for their parts either. The lack of a bag does not sway us from our decision that the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 should be our top pick for a beard trimmer.
Our 1st Step Up Pick
Here’s the first thing you need to know about our 1st step up pick, the Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 7300, vacuum trimmer with adjustable length settings. Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 7300 which earlier went by the name Philips Norelco QT4070, now goes by Philips Norelco QT4070/41. It’s updated. It’s new. It’s great. If you ever find anyone bad mouthing the earlier product you need to set them straight and educate them on how the product has now changed. It was good before, there was never a doubt about that. But now, if there was any flaw in the earlier version, they have all been updated in the new one.
Let us be honest with you. The main reason why we love this beard trimmer so much is the vacuum cleaner system. In our experience there is no other trimmer out there that can match this feature. As it happens, the vacuum cleaner catches more than 90% of the hair clippings with no issue.
This trimmer also carries the self-sharpening blades similar to our top pick. In addition, it also has a turbo power boost button, when you press which makes shaving or trimming your beard a breeze. Operating this trimmer is also very easy because of the LED display that shows you all the settings you need. There are 18 settings to choose from and multi cutting lengths. There is also a specialty stubble comb, if you are more into the stubbly look than having a full grown beard.
Our 2nd Step Up Pick
Why choose two step up picks? Because we wanted to show you the best out there. This particular trimmer, the Braun Series 9 9090cc Electric Shaver with Cleaning Center for example, really is the best.
Here’s why this trimmer is even a step up from our 1st step up pick. Braun has been known as the No 1 foil shaver brand in the world. It is so renowned that even the NFL use it as their official shaver.
For this trimmer, Braun uses their own new technology called the Intelligent SyncroSonic Technology. This technology uses 4 cutting elements and 40,000 cross cutting actions per minutes, giving you the smoothest shave you could ever hope for. Because of the merging of these two technologies, hair from all directions are pulled and perfectly shaved or trimmed. It does such a good job that it cuts even flat lying hairs on areas such as neck and chin.
When this trimmer first came out, the loyal customers of Braun who had hitherto used the Braun 7 series were in fact quite excited about the new release and quickly raided the market. What they discovered was that this was the shaver they had been waiting for their whole lives. Made with steel and rubber so that it is ergonomic and comfortable to hold, and with a solid grip so that the trimmer wouldn’t slip and nip you accidentally, the new Braun is made for the modern man with a fast paced lifestyle. Who has time to linger before the mirror shaving for an hour these days? Shaving with the Braun Series 9 9090cc is as fast as shaving could possibly get.
If you are someone who’s always got a day old stubble regardless of your valiant efforts to be completely clean shaven, you might like to hear that the 2 OptiFoils in the Braun Series 9 9090cc is now able to give you the closest, the most perfect shave you’ve ever had. When shaving with this electric foil shaver, you never need worry about irritated skin again. If not the price constraint, this would have made the top spot on our list.
Our Budget Pick
Our budget pick, the Conair Corded Beard and Mustache Trimmer, really is a budget pick. However, as the old saying goes, money is not everything and this beard trimmer is a perfect example for an excellent buy for a reasonable price.
When you see that the Conair Corded Beard and Mustache Trimmer comes with the following you will understand why we say that it’s more than value for money. The stainless steel blade can be removed so that it can be cleaned in a jiffy. If you tend to change the shape and style of your beard depending on what’s currently en vogue, you will find the two jaw-line combs handy for detail trimming. The combs can also be adjusted into five positions, giving you a leeway to determine the length and size of your beard. This why we think this trimmer is a great find for anyone who needs to groom their beards. Because it can shape your goatee and make you look polished or make you look scruffy and help you perfect your just rolled out of bed look.
Here’s a little something else this trimmer can do. Because it is not a rechargeable trimmer and has to be corded for you to use it, it is pretty powerful. Powerful enough to help you shave off your head or cut your hair to size three. Bye bye barber. In addition, because it is not rechargeable you never need to worry about batteries dying out on you or having to run to the supermarket in the dead of the night to buy new batteries because your old batteries wore out and the trimmer started pulling on your hairs. It also comes with a cord of good 6 1/2′ ft. in length. The Conair Corded Beard and Mustache Trimmer is very durable and will undoubtedly last you a life time.
What Other Beard Trimmers Did We Like?
As you might have figured out Conair comes up with pretty decent but reasonably priced trimmers. Another Conair trimmer we liked very much was the Conair Dual-Blade Rechargeable Beard/Mustache Trimmer. Why do we like it? Let us elaborate. This Conair trimmer comes with twin blades. In our books, twin blades translate to twice the precision and we absolutely love that. In addition, one of the blades can be extended for all the fine detailing you would like done on you facial hair. This is how they work. Say you want to trim your beard evenly. You use both blades at once to achieve a nice even cut. Then if you want to trim or shape the edge of the beard, you can do that with the top blade which adjusts forward or backward. The twin blades about which we were just now obsessing over are self-sharpening. And they are made of titanium which are practically indestructible. We know that this feature not only extends the life of the blades, but we never have to worry about dulled blades ever again. Finally, recharging the trimmer is easy as pie because of the storage base you can stand it up on.
The next beard trimmer we liked, the Wahl 98541301 Shaver has ground diamonds in its blades. Wondering what diamonds have to do with razor blades? Diamonds are among the sharpest and hardest materials ever known to man. Even the best of saws are sharpened using a diamond cutter. Why not a beard trimmer with ground diamond edged blades then? The Wahl 98541301 Shaver has self-sharpening carbon steel blades with a ground diamond edge. Because of this the shave you would get would be ultra-smooth like a diamond, with no danger of ever having shaving bumps again.
Kinzi’ Modern Hair Clipper Kit – Hair, Body, Mustache and Beard Trimmer
We liked the Kinzi’ Modern Hair Clipper Kit – Hair, Body, Mustache and Beard Trimmer for entirely different reasons than the Wahl. The Kinzi’ Modern Hair Clipper comes with German-milled self-sharpening titanium blades and a solid steel base. The factor that distinguishes this trimmer from others is the life time warranty it comes with. Kinzi is also reputed to have outstanding customer service.
One of the issues we’ve had when we checked out beard trimmers was ease with which it could be cleaned. The next beard trimmer on our list, the Panasonic ER-GB40-S Cordless Moustache & Beard Trimmer takes the cake for cleanability because unlike most others it’s fully immersible in water. This also gives one the added advantage of being able to shave in the shower. The trimmer comes with only one attachment, but has 19 settings with which that attachment works. Why only one attachment? Because the steel blades are at a 45′ angle creating the best edge for an efficient cut. The Panasonic ER-GB40-S is light-weight, cordless, fully immersible.
We added the next clippers, the Braun Old Spice Beard & Head Trimmer to our list because there is something nostalgic about associating Old Spice with beard trimmers. An effusive scent of the past, if you will. The Old Spice Beard & Head Trimmer comes with adjustable combs and 12 settings. It is also fully washable.
In the next trimmer in our list, the Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler 3-In-1 Men’s Body Groomer With Beard Trimmer, power meets efficiency. Anyone who has ever used a conventional razor to shave knows that there is no better blade than Gillette. Gillette has been trusted by generations of men to give their faces a nice, clean and smooth shave. This trimmer is powered by Braun but has Gillette Fusion Proglide blades in it. It is also dermatologically tested, which is a testament to how serious Gillette takes their shaving business. It can also be used in the shower. The Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler comes to you for a cheap price.
The Last Shave
Here we have laid before you the best of beard trimmers. From very budget friendly choices to high end trimmers, from titanium blades to diamond edges, we have covered it all.
While we wanted to give you a run down on the world of beard trimmers, we wanted to show you which one we thought the best was. Durability, precision shave, cleanability, technology incorporated, these were the factors we took into consideration when determining the best beard trimmer for you. The winner was the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100. This well-loved trimmer, which is a high performance gadget has enough settings and the best flexibility to ensure that you can groom and maintain the beard of your dreams. You can trim, shape or shave with an ease that will amaze even the best of the barbers. With this beard trimmer (Or any of the others we have mentioned which catches your attention) you can now look like a star without having to hire a personal valet. Good luck and happy shaving!
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.