Best beard trimmer: 6 top buys for manscaping

These best beard trimmers can help tidy up your facial hair with ease, so that you'll look good, even if you're staying in

Best beard trimmer: Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard and Stubble Trimmer for Precise Symmetrical Beards
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Searching for the best beard trimmer you can buy? These are our top six picks around today, from Remington to Braun, Philips and more. Whether your current beard trimmer has recently packed up, or, you usually rely on going to the barbers – which is now shut – for a fresh trim, these best buys are great for both long and short beards. They're also easy to use, even easier to clean – some are waterproof –and cordless, too. 

Keep scrolling for our six best buys to tidy your facial hair in preparation for sofa sitting, indoor work outs and to show off on FaceTime, of course.

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What is the best beard trimmer 2020?

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. Click to shop the Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13 at its best price.

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5 of the best beard trimmers

Best beard trimmer: Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13

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1. Philips Series 9000 BT9297/13

Best beard trimmer: 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 lazer 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.

Laser guidance system
That's right: no matter how bad you think you are making a decent job of grooming your face, this beard trimmer projects a laser light onto your skin in a straight line for a sharp, symmetrical trim. Put your ruler away.

Attachments
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.

Lengths
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.

Cordless
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.

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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.

39 length settings
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.

Attachments
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.

Battery life
To be used corded or cordless – your choice – this Braun beard trimmer, once fully charged, can run for a total of 100 minutes. If it's dead and you quickly need to use it, there's a 5 minutes quick charge function for one trim. It also has an LED battery & charging indicator so you always know when it needs charging.

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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. Either way, it's easy to use, makes hard work out of cutting yourself and it's great for working with stubble.

Trim, edge and shave
That's right: the Philips OneBlade can tackle all types and lengths of hair. It also doesn't shave too close so as to keep your skin free from shaving rash. You can use it to trim your beard, edge your sideburns or shave your moustache. All of which can be done wet or dry for your convenience.

Attachments
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.

Safe
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. Making it safe to use for beginners and those who are accident-prone or if you often shave while still half asleep in the morning.

Cordless
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. Leave it plugged in while you're at work, we say.

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

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4. Remington Mens 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. 

Vacuum chamber
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.

Hair lengths
Thanks to its sharp titanium-coated trimmer blades, the Remington Mens 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
Corless for your convenience, this Braun trimmer charges in two hours and can then work for 60 whole minutes.

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

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

Best beard trimmer for shaping: 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. 

L-shaped design
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.

Attachments
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.

Cordless
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.

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Best beard trimmer under £50: Braun BeardTrimmer BT3040

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6. 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.

Heads
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. The best part? Its main trimmer head does a great job at creating accurate lines.

Free razor
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.

Cordless
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.

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