Best beard trimmer 2020: 11 top buys for all budgets

Give that facial hair of yours a tidy up with the best beard trimmer. From Philips to Wahl and Braun, here are the top buys on the web this month...

Best beard trimmer: Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard and Stubble Trimmer
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Buying someone the best beard trimmer for Christmas? Treating yourself as you are fed up of trimming your face with scissors? A beard trimmer makes keeping up with evergrowing facial hair an easy task. Not just that but these beard trimmers (below) can also be used for creating certain beard shapes, and touching up those sideburns. Just in time for the festive season and all of those Zoom Christmas parties, eh?

We've done a lot of research and have decided upon the very best beard trimmers. You can find them below, with everything from Philips models to Braun buys and professional-level Wahl trimmers included.

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The best beard trimmers 2020

Best beard trimmer for men: Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13

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1. Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13

Best beard trimmer for men: easy to use and very precise with a long run time of 80 minutes, this is the best beard trimmer you can buy

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use thanks to built-in laser light+Comes with travel pouch+Long run time
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

The Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13 is rated our best beard trimmer for good reason, but best of all it's incredibly easy to use. 

No matter how bad you think you are making a decent job of grooming your face, this beard trimmer has a laser guidance system to project a laser light onto your skin in a straight line for a sharp, symmetrical trim. Its stainless steel double-sharpened blade makes cutting hair, no matter the length, easy peasy. You can use the zoom wheel to select your preferred length from 0.4mm to 7mm, with a precision of 0.2mm. One of the many benefits of this beard trimmer is that it's cordless – charge for one hour and enjoy 80 minutes of run time. Wow. It's also waterproof so you can use it while in the shower for less mess. In the box comes a travel pouch to keep your beard trimmer along with two attachments safe in your suitcase. Talking of attachments, you'll get an integrated hair lift comb. and a detail trimmer included.

Best beard trimmer for long beard: Braun BT5060 Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper

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2. Braun BT5060 Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper

Best beard trimmer for long beards: if you're tackling long hair, don't panic as this beard trimmer can deal with facial hair as long as 20mm

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: No
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+39 length settings+100 minutes use after one charge+Comes with a free Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor included+Washable
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

Looking for a beard trimmer to tackle a big beard? The Braun BT5060 Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper is it. It also comes complete with a Gillette Fusion razor for touch-ups or missed areas. 

With help from this beard trimmer's precision dial and two combs, there are a whopping 39 length settings – something to suit every preference. Starting from 0.5mm up to 20mm, you can choose your desired length in 0.5mm increments. To be used corded or cordless – your choice – this Braun beard trimmer, once fully charged, can run for a total of 100 minutes. It also has a five minutes quick charge function for one trim, as well as an LED battery & charging indicator so you always know when it needs charging. This beard trimmer comes with three attachments included – two combs to be used with the 39 length settings as well as one detail trimmer attachment. In the box also comes a shaving brush, too.

Best beard trimmer for stubble: Philips QP2520/20 OneBlade

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3. Philips QP2520/20 OneBlade

Best beard trimmer for stubble: this easy to use model is great for removing stubble without the risk of cutting your face

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Affordable+Safe
Reasons to avoid
-Long charge time

The Philips QP2520/20 OneBlade also stars in our best electric shavers guide as our best option for teenagers: it's not an electric shaver or beard trimmer, but something in between the two. They call it an electric groomer. 

True to its name, the OneBlade really only needs one blade to do its job. How? The head's fast-moving cutter works at 200 times per second to give a quick, comfortable shave that's close enough to give good results but not too close to cut you. It can tackle all types and lengths of hair, wet or dry. It also doesn't shave too close so as to keep your skin free from shaving rash. Much like all the other options on our list, the Philips OneBlade is cordless. However, it will need to be charged for eight hours to get 45-minutes use out of it. The heads on the Philips OneBlade last an average of four months. And to make things even better, three different size heads come in the box – a 1mm head, 3mm and 5mm.

Best beard trimmer from Wahl: Wahl Aqua Blade Wet/Dry Stubble & Beard Trimmer

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4. Wahl Aqua Blade Beard Trimmer

Best beard trimmer from Wahl: a top-notch model from a trusty brand

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads: 1
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life+Quick charge function+12 combs included+Can be used wet or dry+Limited lifetime blade warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

The Wahl Aqua Blade Beard Trimmer is the best Wahl beard trimmer you can buy. And, since Wahl are known for producing some of the best hair grooming products around, this is a big statement. 

This beard trimmer has one T-blade, of which can be used to trim, shave and edge your facial hair. This blade offers a very close shave that's irritation-free. Use this beard trimmer on wet or dry skin – it's all down to your preference. It's also fully washable and very easy to clean, as well as cordless – it can hold 180 minutes of battery power from a single 60-minute charge. This beard trimmer also benefits from a one-minute quick charge function which powers it for three minutes. A five-minute charge will give you 15 minutes continual use, too. In the box comes 12 guide combs so that you can trim your hair from 0.2mm to 25mm long. Easy to use and easy to store since a pouch comes in the box, too.

Best beard trimmer with vacuum: Remington Mens Beard and Stubble Trimmer with Vacuum Chamber

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5. Remington Men's Beard and Stubble Trimmer with Vacuum Chamber

Best beard trimmer with vacuum: don't worry about the mess – this beard trimmer cleans it up for you

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: No
Heads: 1
Reasons to buy
+Mess-free+Comes with travel pouch
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof-Only one head

This mess-free option from Remington is the best beard trimmer for those who hate cleaning up sink hair. Or if you are prone to leaving hair in the sink...

This beard trimmer's removable vacuum chamber is on hand to catch the hair you trim, making less of a job for you. This means no cleaning up, you just need to empty the chamber every now and then. Thanks to its sharp titanium-coated trimmer blades, the Remington Men's Beard and Stubble Trimmer with Vacuum Chamber can work wonders on moustaches, sideburns, necklines and more. Its shortest cutting length is 1mm, while its longest is 18mm. Cordless for your convenience, this Braun trimmer charges in two hours and can then work for 60 whole minutes. In the box also comes a travel pouch.

Best beard trimmer cheap: Philips MG1100/16 Series 1000 Precision Beard Styler

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6. Philips MG1100/16 Series 1000 Precision Beard Styler

Best beard trimmer cheap: easy to use and friendly on the wallet

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads: 4
Reasons to buy
+Fast and efficient+Cordless+Can be used in the shower+Great for taking on holiday+Neat edges
Reasons to avoid
-Basic

The Philips MG1100/16 Series 1000 Precision Beard Styler is definitely the best inexpensive option out there. Nevertheless, it's still great.

This skin-friendly 21mm detail foil shaver makes it easy to reach difficult places. It also features Enhanced DualCut technology for a fast, efficient cut, and a double sharpened cutting element for neat edges. Three click on combs come included – one 1mm, another 3mm and the last 5mm – to help trim and maintain the uniform length of your stubble, beard, goatee, sideburns and moustache. Cordless for easier use, it even comes with a beard comb.

Best professional beard trimmer: WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper

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7. WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper

Best professional beard trimmer: for a very smart finish on your face or head

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Waterproof?: No
Heads: 4
Reasons to buy
+Professional +2-in-1 – for face and head use+Rust-resistant blades+Great for thick hair types or for removing lots of hair
Reasons to avoid
-Not cordless-Not waterproof

The WAHL Super Taper Hair Clipper is the UK's best selling professional mains clipper. While it is labelled a hair clipper, it can also be used on your face to trim your beard to a professional level, should you usually get it done by your barber.

This WAHL buy is powerful and durable and also corded. With an impressive V5000 motor, it's designed to take on even the thickest and unruly of hair – head or face. With a thumb adjustable taper lever for taper and texture, it's very easy to use. No switching blades necessary and you can choose a cutting length from 1mm to 3.5mm. Talking of blades, the ones that come with are rust-resistant and chrome plated. It's particularly great for removing lots of hair – maybe you like to let your beard grow super long and then give it the chop? In the box comes four attachments 

Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Less Mess Vacuum Trimmer

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8. Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Less Mess Vacuum Trimmer

Best Philips beard trimmer: affordable, easy to use and it has an integrated vacuum

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads?: 2
Reasons to buy
+Comes with precision trimmer for edges+Built-in vacuum for less mess+Self-sharpening blades+Easy to use+Quick charge function+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

The Philips Series 7000 is the best Philips beard trimmer you can buy, simply because it's mega affordable and super easy to use. No faffing here. 

As well as having self-sharpening metal blades, this beard trimmer has a built-in vacuum system to collect up to 90 per cent of cut hair, which makes for less mess for you to clean. Simply empty the chamber and rinse the blades underwater. With an enhanced Lift and Trim PRO system to catch every single hair – even strays – the Philips 7000 is great at trimming both your moustache and sideburns, too. It even has 20 lock-in length settings from 0.5mm to 10mm – turn the zoom wheel on the handle until the length you want is displayed. And, it's suitable for corded or cordless use – charge it for one hour for 75 minutes of constant operation. It even has a quick charge function that lets you charge it for only five minutes for one shave. In the box also comes a click-on precision trimmer for details and edges.

Best beard trimmer shaper: Panasonic ER-GD60 i-Shaper 3-in1 Beard Trimmer (20 x Lengths

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9. Panasonic ER-GD60 i-Shaper 3-in1 Beard Trimmer

Best beard trimmer shaper: the best-shaped beard has never been easier to achieve

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: No
Heads: 2
Reasons to buy
+Can get to hard to reach areas+20 different cutting lengths
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof-Only really amazing for shaping

The Panasonic ER-GD60 i-Shaper is your best option if you're looking for something to help shape your beard with ease. 

Due to its L-shaped design, this Panasonic beard trimmer can get into hard to reach places – beneath the mouth, on your cheeks – and thanks to the blade's rounded edges, there'll be minimal contact with the skin to prevent harm. Charge this beard trimmer for one hour for 50 minutes of performance – you can use it wet or dry. Its head is also washable for easy cleaning. This beard trimmer comes with two attachments – one for trimming and another for combing hair. The trimming attachment is 10mm wide and best used for detail designing and difficult areas, while the comb attachment helps adjust the length of the beard from anything from 0.5mm to 10mm long.

Best beard trimmer under £50: Braun BeardTrimmer BT3040

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10. Braun BeardTrimmer BT3040

Best beard trimmer under £50: with 39 length settings, this Braun trimmer ticks all our boxes

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: No
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+Washable+Great for beard and hair+Super affordable+Can work with long and short beards
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

A budget-friendly version of our second pick, the Braun BeardTrimmer BT3040 packs a punch and comes with a small price tag. It's our best beard trimmer under £50, by far. 

Complete with two combs – one for shorter beards and another for longer – this beard trimmer has 39 lengths to choose from, ranging from 0.5mm to 20mm, in 0.5mm increments. It also does a great job of creating accurate lines. Great for small touch-ups, this beard trimmer comes complete with a free Gillette razor. It's also great at getting into those hard to reach areas. It's surprising that at this price range, this beard trimmer is cordless. So that's a huge win. You just need to charge it for eight hours for 60 minutes of cordless use. Easy. It's also washable (not waterproof) to make cleaning a breeze.

Best Panasonic beard trimmer: Panasonic ER-GB86 Beard Trimmer

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11. Panasonic ER-GB86 Beard Trimmer

Best Panasonic beard trimmer: with 58 cutting lengths and 3 attachments included

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Waterproof?: Yes
Heads: 3
Reasons to buy
+58 cutting lengths+Can be used corded or cordless+Great for thick beards
Reasons to avoid
-No setting to 10.5mm and 20.5mm-No built-in vacuum

The Panasonic ER-GB86 Beard Trimmer is easily one of the best Panasonic beard trimmers out there. Not only because it boasts 58 cutting lengths from 0.5mm to 30mm, but it also comes with three attachments to for short, medium and long beard trimming. Boasting a high-torque motor, this beard trimmer can cut through the densest of beards, so no matter how thick your facial hair is, it should be able to tackle the task at hand. You can use this trimmer wet or dry, and corded or cordless – your choice. Charge it for an hour for 50 minutes of use. It also has a charging and battery level indicator, too.

How to buy the best beard trimmer

Cordless
Buying a beard trimmer that's waterproof will prove handy. But, be sure to check that it has a decent battery life and a short charging time to avoid constantly plugging it in and running out of power at the worst of times.

Waterproof
Though not essential, having a beard trimmer that's waterproof makes cleaning up a lot easier. This means you can use your beard trimmer in the shower, too.

Heads
Beard trimmers come with a range of heads. Choose wisely depending on how long you want your beard. These heads make this process 10 times easier.

What is the best beard trimmer on the market?

We think the best beard trimmer you can buy is the Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13: it features a Laser guidance system to avoid wonky lines, it has a wheel to select your preferred beard length, it's 100 per cent waterproof and cordless – one-hour charging gives it 80 minutes of run time.

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Is a beard trimmer worth it?

If you let your facial hair grow and have a hard job of trimming with scissors or styling it with a razor, then a beard trimmer is definitely worth your money. If you struggle with creating straight lines, then our top pick – the Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13 – has a laser light to help guide you. Otherwise, you could use a beard trimmer for cutting a few inches off your facial hair, and a razor for achieving those fine lines

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