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I Researched and Used Over 30 Beard Trimmers to Find the Best One

Best Electric Beard Trimmers from Philips Norelco, Braun and BeardScape
For perfecting the office-appropriate five o’clock shadow. Photo: Photo: Courtesy of the retailer

Like many city guys with office jobs, I have the kind of stubble that’s not quite a beard — but always verging on it. This was true when I first reviewed beard trimmers last year and it remains so today, my scruff often hovering around one millimeter in length. In our post-Mumford & Sons era, mine is a common facial-hair choice, probably because it takes almost no effort. All it requires is an electric beard trimmer, decent eyesight, and a willingness to never actually shave your face (unless you want to clean up your neck with a proper razor occasionally, which is considered respectable before meetings and big events).

That said, finding the right trimmer to execute this not-really-shaving look is a challenge. You want one that will last for years while still holding its charge, preferably with a lithium-ion battery. The blades should be sharp — for morning efficiency, mostly — and the tool should feel good in your hands without seeming cheap, or getting too easily clogged with hairs. There are tons of options on the market — new ones each month, it seems — so I recently refreshed my original search (which started with researching more than 30 trimmers, before testing a bunch from major electronics brands and digital upstarts alike). Below, the stand-outs, including some old favorites and a few promising newcomers.

The best overall electric beard trimmer

After two years of near-constant use, this remains my favorite trimmer, thanks to two obvious advantages: (1) a convenient radial dial that lets you easily choose lengths as short 0.5 millimeters (and in 0.5 millimenter increments up from there), which makes it plenty versatile; and (2) a vacuum-suction feature that collects the majority of your shaven hairs — up to 90 percent of them, according to the company, but who really knows? All I can say is that this is a godsend. No man likes wiping his (or his boyfriend’s) stubble from the sink, and I’m willing to deal with this shaver’s slightly clunky handfeel to reap that reward. Plus, I can now report, its battery and blade holds up to months and months of wear and tear.

The lightest electric beard trimmer