The Best Beard Trimmer for Quick and Easy Beard MaintenanceThe Best Beard Trimmer for Quick and Easy Beard Maintenance

The Best Beard Trimmer

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Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
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Aug 4, 2020
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For whatever reason you’re wearing that beard – #lockdown growth, warmth, Hagrid from Harry Potter cosplay, embracing your inner lumberjack, hiding your dad’s chin, saving snacks for the mid-afternoon slump, etc. – a beard trimmer is your best friend when it comes to keeping it on the right side of presentable. 

The best beard trimmer is easy to use and offers plenty of options for length and style. It’s easy to clean and has a good battery life. It might even tame hair on other bits of your body too. Here’s our guide to Australia’s top beard trimmers, pulled from hours of research.

Best for most

Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer

With its 2 adjustable guide combs, the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer has everything you need for a customised beard trim. It’s got an impressive 2.5-hour runtime and we particularly like the dedicated 1-minute quick charge feature for urgent touch ups. It won’t tackle any hair other than your beard.

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Best for budget

Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer

If you’re on a budget, the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer could be for you - it costs around $75. It doesn’t compromise on features though: you can use it cordless or corded, it’s showerproof, gives you up to 2-hours runtime and comes with an impressive 5-year warranty.

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Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer

How we picked

Our first learning was that Aussies aren’t really into beard trimmers currently. For example, CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group and our usual first research stop, don’t have a guide to them.

So, we headed to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion site, where the choice wasn’t exactly overwhelming. Either the reviews were terrible (less than 2.5 stars) or the reviews were great (5 stars) but from a very small number of them (2-3).

Which meant we had to head overseas, choosing the Wirecutter, a New York Times Company product review site, and the Strategist, a New York Media shopping and product discovery guide. But a lot of their picks weren’t available in Australia.

Finally, we checked Canstar Blue’s recent beard trimmer brand survey. This let us know which brands Aussies reckon perform best. 

We wanted beard trimmers that ideally were backed by experts as well as consumers. They also had to be easily available in Australia and not sold via 1 questionable Amazon seller. Although our guide is focused on beard trimmers, we’ve included some picks that are more multi-groomers. This means they’ll trim your beard as well as hair on other parts of your body (and possibly head).

Best for most -> Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer

Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer

With its 2 adjustable guide combs, the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer has everything you need for a customised beard trim. It’s got an impressive 2.5-hour runtime and we particularly like the dedicated 1-minute quick charge feature for urgent touch ups. It won’t tackle any hair other than your beard.

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Before starting this guide, our knowledge of beard trimmers was, we’ll admit, somewhat limited. But a few hours deep into our research and it was clear 1 name stood out – Wahl. It came up multiple times, accompanied by rave reviews. We reckon the cordless Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer is Australia’s best beard trimmer.

Why? Well, it’s got exactly what you need for a great beard trim - and nothing you don’t. It has 2 adjustable guide combs. One is designed for stubble, the other for beard trimming. They offer 1mm increments, ranging from 0.5-24mm, so you can get the exact look you’re after - down to the mm. 

The blades are detachable and rinseable, for quick and easy clean up. They’re also self-sharpening so there’s minimal maintenance and they should last a long time. The trimmer has rubber grips to keep it steady in your hands.

This rechargeable trimmer has a long-running lithium ion battery that suits 100-240v plug points. This means you can take it with you wherever you go. It’s also got a quick charge and long runtime. Charge it for 1 hour and you’ll get up to 2.5 hours of use. Wahl reckons you can get up to 2 months of use on a single charge.

We love the quick charge feature: charge it for 1 minute and you’ll get 3 minutes of use, perfect for those quick touch ups before you leg it out the door. This is the only beard trimmer we reviewed that offers this super quick charge function. Sure, the Philips Series 7000 (see the competition section) has a 5-minute quick charge but that’s still 5 times longer than the Wahl’s.

It includes blade oil, cleaning brush and charger and comes with a 2-year warranty. All this will set you back about $140. 

It might not be reviewed by CHOICE (like any of our picks) but it does have a glowing review (literally, 1) on ProductReview.com.au. It gets around 4 stars. Wahl is Canstar Blue’s most popular beard trimmer brand in Australia. It gets 5 stars in all categories, including customer satisfaction, value for money, ease of use, performance and reliability and comfort. 

Why buy the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer

2 adjustable guide combs

With one designed for stubble and the other designed for beard trimming, they offer 1mm increments, ranging from 0.5-24mm, so you get the exact look you’re after.

Self-sharpening blades

For minimal maintenance and long life.

Cordless

Giving you more freedom where you shave.

Multi-volt compatible

It can be used in 100-240v plug points, making it ideal for international travel.

Long runtime

A 1-hour charge can give you an impressive up to 2.5 hours of runtime.

Quick charge function

It’s the only beard trimmer we reviewed that gives you 3 minutes of juice from just 1 minute of charge, great for any urgent trims.

Rubber grips

So it stays secure in your hand, helping to avoid slips.

Detachable blades

Give them a quick rinse under the tap for quick and easy clean up.

Included blade oil and cleaning brush

To extend the life of the trimmer and keep maintenance simple.

2-year warranty

Which isn’t bad for this price point.

#1 beard trimmer brand 

As nominated by Aussies. Wahl’s been used by the pros since 1919 so you’ve got some confidence in how their products perform.

The not-so-good bits

Nothing, apart from the price. At around $140, it’s pretty expensive. Especially when you consider it only comes with 2 adjustable guide combs and no other tools. It’s literally just a beard trimmer. 

In summary 

If you want a beard trimmer - just a beard trimmer, not a hair trimmer - we reckon you can’t go wrong with the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer. With 2 adjustable guide combs, it’s got everything you need for a customised trim and nothing you don’t. We’re fans of its lithium ion rechargeable battery. For 1 hour of charge, you’ll get a 2.5-hour runtime which should be ample to trim your beard, even if you’re Hagrid. It’s also got a dedicated 1-minute quick charge feature for urgent touch ups. Oil its blades regularly and it should reward you with long-lasting performance.

Best for budget -> Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer

Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer

If you’re on a budget, the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer could be for you - it costs around $75. It doesn’t compromise on features though: you can use it cordless or corded, it’s showerproof, gives you up to 2-hours runtime and comes with an impressive 5-year warranty.

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If price is your biggest consideration, meet the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer. It comes in around $75. It’s still packing a lot in though. It comes with 2 blades, a beard and a stubble, and a comb that adjusts from 1.5mm to 18mm. The adjustable wheel helps you easily move between these different lengths.

Cordless, you can use it for up to 2 hours on 1 charge - it takes 4 hours for a full charge. If you prefer the grunt of a corded trimmer, you can plug it in thanks to the power adapter so it’s 2 trimmers in 1. It’s also showerproof so you can use it wet and dry. 

With its heavy duty housing, it feels solid and chunky in your hand. This helps it withstand daily or extended use. 

It comes with a storage porch, lubricating oil and cleaning brush. It’s also got a huge 5-year warranty, which we think is great for the price. It gets around 4 stars on ProductReview.com.au (from 1 review) and Remington is Canstar Blue’s 3rd most popular beard trimmer brand. Remington gets 4 stars for overall satisfaction, comfort, ease of use and weight and size, and 3 stars for performance and reliability and value for money.

Why buy the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer

Price

It comes in around $75.

2 blades

Want to trim your beard? Or want stubble? You can get either thanks to the 2 blades.

Adjustable comb

Trim your beard to anywhere between 1.5mm - 18mm. An adjustable wheel makes picking the right length easy.

Long runtime

It’ll go for up to 2 hours on a full charge.

Corded and cordless

With the included power adapter, you can convert it to a corded trimmer for some extra grunt.

Showerproof

Use it wet and dry.

Heavy duty housing

So it should withstand regular use.

5-year warranty

Which we reckon is brilliant, for the price.

The not-so-good bits

Long charge time

It takes 4 hours to fully charge. 

Only a beard trimmer

It won’t handle any other tasks than trimming your beard. 

In summary

If you’re on a budget, consider the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer. For around $75, you’re getting some great features. This includes being able to use it cordless or corded. It’s also showerproof and comes with 2 blades and an adjustable comb. Its 4-hour charge time gives you up to 2-hours runtime. Heavy duty housing means you probably won’t need the impressive 5-year warranty.

The competition

Not found the right beard trimmer for you? Consider these.

Philips Multigroom Series 7000

The Philips Multigroom Series 7000 comes with great versatility. It offers 5 different options, ranging in price from $119 - $299. This includes a 12-tool option, 2 x 14 tools and 2 x 18 tools. Which means the Series 7000 offers way more than a beard trimmer. 

As well as a different number of tools, you get different runtimes which start at 2 hours and go up to 6 hours. Whichever model you go for, they’re all showerproof for easy use and cleaning. All the blades are self-sharpening and don’t need oiling for easy maintenance. All options offer a 5-minute quick charge and a 2-year warranty. 

Philips is Canstar Blue’s #4 beard trimmer brand and the Series 7000 gets around 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au (from less than 10 reviews). 

Choose this if...

You want a beard trimmer that’s more than just a beard trimmer thanks to extensive functionality and tools, is showerproof and offers a 5-minute quick charge. 

Wahl Peanut

The Wahl Peanut is a compact beard trimmer with minimal attachments. There are just 4 combs to keep your beard the length you like (3, 6, 10 and 13mm). Its peanut-shape makes it easy to hold and use. This is helped by its weight – just 100g.

Because it’s corded, it’s ideal for continual use and won’t ever run out of charge (unless you unplug it, obviously). With a generous cord length of 2.4m you’ll have plenty of space to run between the plug point and the mirror. 

The detachable blades are easily cleaned and maintained with the included blade oil and cleaning brush. It’s the Wirecutter’s #2 pick which they claim, “has cutting power that no cordless trimmer can match, with a durable, easy-to-maintain design that will last for years”. 

It comes in around $130, however.

Choose this if...

You want a powerful corded beard trimmer that offers 4 different comb lengths in a lightweight compact size. 

Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer

In case you’re wondering what the ‘Vacuum’ stands for in the Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer, we’ll start there. It means that it has an integrated vacuum that captures up to 90-95% cut hair (depending on which model you go for), for less mess and easier clean ups. 

Because of this tech, you’re looking at a starting price of around $119, all the way up to around $180. There are 3 trimmers to choose from in this range.

Vacuum-aside, all trimmers are packing stainless steel blades with 20 length settings (from 0.5mm up to 10mm) that you can change by 0.5mm. The charge time for them all is 1 hour and they all feature a quick-charge function - 5 minutes of charge for 1 full trim. Runtime varies from 60 minutes up to over 1.5 hours. Suitable for worldwide voltage, you can also use them corded or cordless. 

The Strategist names the Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer the “best beard trimmer for most people” with most people raving about the vacuum sucking feature. However, it gets middling reviews (from less than 20) on ProductReview.com.au. 

Choose this if…

You really hate cleaning up cut hair.

How we picked

Our first learning was that Aussies aren’t really into beard trimmers currently. For example, CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group and our usual first research stop, don’t have a guide to them.

So, we headed to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion site, where the choice wasn’t exactly overwhelming. Either the reviews were terrible (less than 2.5 stars) or the reviews were great (5 stars) but from a very small number of them (2-3).

Which meant we had to head overseas, choosing the Wirecutter, a New York Times Company product review site, and the Strategist, a New York Media shopping and product discovery guide. But a lot of their picks weren’t available in Australia.

Finally, we checked Canstar Blue’s recent beard trimmer brand survey. This let us know which brands Aussies reckon perform best. 

We wanted beard trimmers that ideally were backed by experts as well as consumers. They also had to be easily available in Australia and not sold via 1 questionable Amazon seller. Although our guide is focused on beard trimmers, we’ve included some picks that are more multi-groomers. This means they’ll trim your beard as well as hair on other parts of your body (and possibly head).

Important features to consider

For the best beard trim, look for these features.

Guard vs no guard

Beard trimmers do just that: trim your beard, not remove it entirely. An electric shaver or razor is the best tool for a clean shave. But if you look for a beard trimmer that has no guard, you’ll be able to cut closer to your skin. This gives you stubble, rather than a clean shave. Opt for a beard trimmer with a guard and you won’t get stubble, just well-trimmed hair.

Waterproof

A waterproof beard trimmer usually means it’s easy clean because you can rinse it under the tap when you’re done. Trimmers that aren’t waterproof normally rely on you regularly oiling the blades.

Low battery indicator

If you choose a cordless beard trimmer, make sure it’s got a low battery indicator. You don’t want to be halfway through a gutsy trim when it conks out.

Different combs

Not for brushing your beard but to set the length that you trim your beard to. Look for a trimmer that has a variety of combs to suit different lengths. 

Charging time

Cordless beard trimmers come with a range of different charging times. Of the 4 cordless ones we reviewed, the charging time ran from 1-4 hours. The longer the charging time, the less convenient it might be.

Runtime

If you’re using your trimmer for more than your beard, you might need an extended runtime. Or you might want to charge it once and then keep it in a drawer until you need it again (and again). 

Self-sharpening blades

This sounds very high-tech but seems to be a standard feature. All the beard trimmers we reviewed have self-sharpening blades. It basically means your trimmer will have a blade and a piece of metal next to it. When the trimmer is on, the blades move and rub against the metal – ‘sharpening’ the blades.

Quality materials 

Look for materials that are durable and long-lasting. Stainless steel is a good option. Plastic is not.

Comfort

A comb will keep your skin away from the hungry blades. But to keep your hands comfortable while you’re using the trimmer, look for a non-slip rubber grip or an ergonomically shaped trimmer that fits your hands.

What you get if you spend more

It’s like everything really, spend more and you’ll get more. 

Battery type

If you choose cordless, spend more and you’ll probably get a lithium ion rechargeable battery. These are generally regarded as being quicker to charge and better at holding their charge than the alternative battery, the NiMH.  

More accessories

Generally, the more you spend the more accessories you’ll get. In the beard trimmer context, this means more attachment heads (i.e. a precision trimmer plus an ear or nose trimmer) or more combs (i.e. stubble, beard, hair and/or body).

Super quick charge function

Only the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer offers a super quick charge function. Plug it in for 1 minute and it’ll give you 3 minutes of runtime, ideal for quickly finishing off a trim. 

Fancier storage pouch

Sometimes rebranded as a ‘travel case’ rather than storage pouch, you might get more durable fabric (i.e. leather-like) or a case with separate compartments for all the accessories.

The bottom line

However you wear your beard – sharp lines and well-ordered or a bushy beard that rivals electric bike-riding hipsters – a beard trimmer can help you whip it into shape. The best beard trimmer is easy to use with a decent runtime so you won’t run out of juice mid-trim. It’s also easy to clean. It should be built of quality, durable materials that’ll last. It also might offer extra versatility, allowing you to maintain your beard and other areas of hair, like on your body or head. 

For the best beard trimmer that’s just a beard trimmer, we reckon you should consider the Wahl Vario Beard Trimmer. It comes with 2 adjustable guide combs, giving you everything you need for a customised trim. It has a lithium ion rechargeable battery - charge it for 1 hour and it’ll run for 2.5 hours (or last a few months). We especially like the 1-minute quick charge feature for urgent touch ups. Sure, there’s a bit of maintenance involved (you need to oil its blades regularly) but it should reward you with long-lasting performance. Bonus: Wahl is Canstar Blue’s most popular beard trimmer brand in Australia.

If price is a consideration for you, try the Remington Barber's Best Beard Trimmer. It comes in around $75 but doesn’t compromise on features. Because you can use it cordless or corded, it’s basically 2 trimmers in 1. It’s showerproof for easy cleaning and comes with 2 blades and an adjustable comb. You’ll get up to 2 hours of use from a charge. It’s got a sturdy feel which means you probably won’t need the impressive 5-year warranty.

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