Overview of the best beard trimmers for money
The most important tool to achieve for a well-groomed beard is a good beard trimmer.
After comparing 15 devices with each other and partially testing them ourselves, here are our recommendations that we can recommend to everyone.
The Panasonic ER-GP80 professional hair clipper convinces in all areas – including beard trimming. However, you have to invest accordingly for this top device.
Philips BT5515 / 15
The Philips BT5200 / 16 has been our recommendation for years. Although the device was launched in 2015, it is still a reliable beard trimmer for a great price even till 2021 its going to be very in. Anyone who can do without extras such as stands, travel bags etc. will be satisfied with this.
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No matter what look you prefer – nobody wants to spend too much time grooming the beard. Fortunately, there are a variety of beard trimmers and beard trimmers that make this job much easier for us. Within a few minutes, the beard looks well cared for again.
But which trimmers are really recommended here?
There are a variety of devices on the market from different manufacturers: trimmers, beard trimmers, beard trimmers, multigroomers, detail trimmers, precision trimmers.
This requires a lot of research. In fact, we’ve been finding the best beard trimmer for years now and actually testing it ourselves.
This article saves you from spending a lot of time looking for a suitable trimmer. In this overview, we present all devices that we believe are recommended.
Below you will find more information on these and other devices that have not made it into our recommendations.
The device jungle
What is the difference between a trimmer and a beard trimmer?
And how precise is a multigroomer?
Detail Trimmer or Precision trimmers have smaller than normal razor trimmer. This enables them to cut exact details even in areas that are difficult to access, such as under the nose or on the chin. Unlike pure beard trimmers, they do not primarily serve to shorten the hair, but are designed for trimming and maintaining the contours. Some models are specifically intended only for nose and ear hair or eyebrows.
Multigroomers are all-rounders, but without going into details. You should be able to cut hair, depilate the body and care for the beard with them. However, if you buy the device to trim your beard, you have to accept cuts in the length setting. The distances between the cutting steps are coarser and the shortest setting often starts at 3mm. Good special devices, on the other hand, start under half a millimeter.
Trimmer , trimmer and beard trimmer are different names for the same device. You will also find the spelling Bart Trimmer . Ultimately, they all refer to a device that is used to cut hair. Professional beard trimmers are more durable and more powerful, so they don’t get stuck even in a thick full beard. They cut more precisely and in finer increments, starting at less than half a millimeter.
Professional model or special price?
Only branded devices are used in the hairdressing salon, which has good reasons. High-quality materials increase resilience and have an impact on both engine performance and cutting quality. In the adjustment options for length and width, professional models offer more options and thus the decision to individualize, to trim the beard in the desired length and not have to orientate yourself with the options of the trimmer.
The aim of every beard care is a uniform result with full and properly cut beard hair. Here professional models are particularly convincing when it comes to strong beard growth, while a fine beard with thin hair can also be shaped and professionally trimmed with a cheaper model. These are also available in reasonable price ranges, although the quality of the contour cut is not entirely convincing.
Models that can be used as hair and beard trimmers are also partially suitable for a professional beard cut. It is well worth reading other users’ reviews and using the tests carried out by Bart Trimmern as the basis for the decision.
A purchase in the middle price segment usually means that compromises can be ruled out and shows that professional quality, sustainability and durability are not only available in the premium class.
The best beard trimmers
Below we present you the most important and best beard trimmers from Braun, Panasonic, Philips and Remington. Finally, we compare the devices again in a direct comparison.
Quality winner: Panasonic ER-GP80 – the professional hair clipper
Panasonic continues a long success story with the ER-GP80 .
As a successor to the very popular ER-1611, big shoes have to be filled. After all, the predecessors at Amazon were able to convince the masses with thousands of positive reviews. But it quickly became clear to us in the test: The ER-GP80 is also a winner and knows how to impress.
This hair and beard trimmer has its price, but it is a top-of-the-range device and was designed for professional use in hairdressing salons. Its lithium-ion battery guarantees a long service life and the precise blades are also durable.
The high-quality device feels light and comfortable even in continuous operation. Thanks to the rubberized handle, the device sits securely in your hand in all working postures, whether upside down or diagonally. The shaving knives are coated with carbon and titanium. An extendable precision trimmer cuts fine contours. The hair clipper works consistently with dry as well as wet hair, with large areas as well as when modeling fine contours.
The highlight, however, is the linear motor, thanks to which the cutting performance remains constant with every hair density, even if the battery already belongs in the charging station! The difference in cutting performance is immediately noticeable.
Without the attachment, the device cuts in 5 steps from 0.8 – 2 mm, these are 0.8 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 2.0 mm. The levels can then be combined with the essays. The following comb attachments are included: 3 & 4 mm, 6 & 9 mm, 12 & 15 mm. But nothing is perfect, so there are minus points here too: The shortest cutting length that you can achieve with the ER-GP80 is 0.8 mm and you cannot wash the device under water.
- +High quality professional device
- +Constant cutting performance even with a decreasing battery
- +Strong Li-ion battery
- +Light and handy
- +Both a hair and beard trimmer
- -Shortest cutting length 0.8mm
- -Not washable under water
Philips BT9297 – Convincing purchase recommendation
The Philips BT9297 is also a successor to a famous ancestor – our former purchase recommendation and current “price winner” the Philips BT5200 / 16. What we particularly liked is the new lithium-ion battery and the extras such as a stand or travel bag.
We recommend the device to anyone who is looking for a reliable companion for regular beard trimming over the next few years. Even if the sentence sounds bulky, it describes the device just as fittingly as the following three adjectives: solid, reliable, long-lasting
Anyone who reads “Uniform and quick trimming thanks to Lift & Trim Pro” or “Long-lasting cutting performance thanks to self-sharpening metal blades” knows immediately that a marketing copywriter was at work here. Nevertheless, over the years we were able to convince ourselves that Philips not only has the marketing, but also the production of really good beard trimmers.
We used the predecessor from 2015 for regular beard cutting for over three years and were always satisfied. And also in the current variant Philips delivers a good, convincing device. Although the price has meanwhile been raised somewhat, the extras have also been increased, so that the price / performance ratio is still right. Since the device will be used for years, in our opinion the additional investment is worthwhile. However, if you can do without the stand and precision trimmer , you should take a look at the cheaper BT5202 / 15 .
The Philips Series 9000 comes with its stainless steel cutting head and laser technology. You can choose between 17 cutting lengths from 0.4 to 7 mm. In the range 0.4 – 2 mm, the steps are hair-fine 0.2 mm. You already need a precision measuring instrument like a micrometer to measure such a step at all! It remains to be seen whether you and your fellow human beings notice that you have trimmed your beard 0.2mm shorter than usual. The fact is that no other beard styler has this feature.
Both devices cover all wishes with 40 length levels (from 0.4mm to 20mm), are washable directly under running water, have a good battery and have no recognizable weakness.
The BT9297 / 15 is also the only beard styler with laser technology. At the push of a button, a red line shows you where the trimmer is cutting. However, this feature is not used by most customers and is more of a gimmick than a useful feature.
The elegant device runs pleasantly quiet and is relatively light in relation to its size. The battery charge time is one hour for 80 minutes of continuous use. The new Series 9000 beard trimmer finally puts an end to half things here. While its predecessor BT9290 / 32 was still traveling with a Stone Age NiMH battery that behaved like a dialing phone in the call center to the fancy laser, the new edition finally works with a contemporary lithium-ion battery.
The long-lasting beard styler is easy to use and impresses with its cutting performance. Under the comb there is a two-sided precision trimmer with a 32mm wide and a 15mm narrow side. In this way you can reach places that are difficult to access, such as under the nose. Even longer hair is cut evenly and reliably. The longevity of the shaving head is guaranteed by self-sharpening blades.
The Series BT9297 / 15 is fully washable and comes with a storage bag .
- +17 cutting lengths from 0.4mm
- +Precision trimmer
- +Fully washable
- +Laser technology
(innovative but little added value)
- +Li-ion battery
- – Expensive
Panasonic ER-SB 40 – massive but high quality
This heavy and bulky beard trimmer is made for men’s hands – such a device is reluctant to go into your luggage.
But with the beard trimmer ER-SB 40 Panasonic delivers a high-quality processed device . The durable blades are made of stainless steel and provide reliable custom work even with thick, thick hair.
Three comb attachments and a trim attachment enable the trimming of whiskers as well as head hair. The trimmer cuts a minimum length of 0.5 mm without attachments; lengths of 1 mm to 30 mm are possible with etches. Thanks to the attachments, a total of 58 cutting steps in increments of 0.5 mm are available with the rotary knob. The cutting levels can be adjusted with one hand.
The device is very flexible due to the extendable mini trimmer, with which all fine work can be done precisely. For example, it is very suitable for sideburns or beards.
The NiMH battery enables 50 minutes of continuous operation, the charging time is approximately one hour. An LED display informs you of the charging status, i.e. whether charging is taking place or not. The beard trimmer can also be used in mains operation.
The device catches the cut hair in the attachment and thus ensures a comparatively clean bath. As a result, the device must also be cleaned while trimming. But the ER-SB40 is easy to wash off.
- 40 cutting levels from 0.5mm
- extendable mini trimmer
- NiMH battery
- heavy and massive
Philips Series 7000 BT7520 / 15 – Leaves a clean bath thanks to vacuum cups
The BT7520 / 15 offers a special feature the vacuum suction technology, which (but not 100%) absorbs the bulk of the cut hair.
However, the shaving head must be removed each time to clean the stubble collecting container.
This is the weak point of the device, because the shear element is only attached to the device with delicate plastic feet – weak material at a crucial point! Very disappointing for a model in the upper price range. Of course, you can always be extra careful and avoid problems with the shear element.
The circumference of the trimmer ranges from 0.5mm to 10mm and offers you 20 length settings in this area. There are stainless steel blades in the shaving head, which rub lightly against each other during cutting and thus sharpen themselves. There is nothing wrong with the cutting performance.
The device has a battery indicator and an LED light that shows you the set cutting length. The device can be used both in battery operation and with a mains cable.
In terms of battery performance, the BT7520 / 15 has once again made good inroads compared to its predecessor, the BT7220 / 15, which also showed plenty of steam under the hood. After an hour of charging, the beard trimmer now runs in 100 minutes instead of 80 minutes of continuous operation.
The beard trimmer is 100% washable.
- +Vacuum suction technology
- +Li-ion battery
- +Self-sharpening blades
- +Cutting length from 0.5mm
- +Strong Li-ion battery
- -Sensitive plastic feet on the shaving element
The Philips BT7220 / 15 is a really good razor with a sensible vacuum suction function.
Unfortunately, an essential plastic part breaks too easily, which spoils the overall impression.
Price winner: Philips BT5200 / 16 – inexpensive and simply good
The Philips BT5200 / 16 is a powerful device with no frills. The strong price and the good cutting performance ensured that we touted this device as a purchase recommendation for years. In the meantime we recommend the successor BT5215 / 15 due to the extras and the battery. However, if you want to save a few dollars, you will also be very happy with the model from 2015.
The functionality and equipment of this model are kept simpler than current models from Philips. The battery is not a lithium-ion battery, but a NiMH and has an operating time of 60 minutes. The stand, a travel bag and a precision trimmer are also missing. The latter should not be a problem with this beard trimmer. Many users report how well the upper lip beards can be cut with the Philips BT5200 / 16.
If you want to cut sophisticated patterns in your beard, you should consider the competitors Panasonic ER-GB 69 or our buy recommendation, the BT5215 / 15 , because they are equipped with a precision trimmer.
As with the 7000 series, the blades are made of stainless steel. And as a special feature, it offers a hair-lift comb. This beard trimmer also cuts transverse hair precisely and evenly. The cutting area is not suitable for full beard wearers, but the length settings fit the other beards very well. They run first in 0.2 mm steps, then in 0.5 mm steps. So 0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8 – 1.0 – 1.5 – 2.0 mm … etc. up to 10mm.
The device can also be operated using a power cord and is washable. Another plus is the quiet operating noise.
However, there are no extras here. There is no travel bag, no precision trimmer and no fancy stand. There is a top device for a very good price!
- +Haif-Lift comb
- +Cutting length from 0.4mm up to 10mm
- -Without precision trimmer
- -NiMH battery
- -No extras
The Philips BT5200 / 16 is a recommended device!
Simple, no-frills device that does exactly what you need it to do – at a super fair price. The missing extras are more than compensated for by the good cutting performance and the price.
Remington MB 4130 – Solid mid-range beard trimmer
This recommended mid-range device delivers good cutting performance with its serrated, titanium-coated blades. Thanks to the rubber coating, it works safely and reliably regardless of the hand position.
The shortest setting is 0.4mm. There are a total of 13 different cutting lengths from 0.4 mm to 18 mm. When cleaning, please only hold the blade under running water.
The modern Li-Ion battery enables 50 minutes (which is rather average) of continuous operation after 4 hours of charging (which is unfortunately very long). Network operation is also possible.
- +Cutting steps from 0.4mm
- +Li-ion battery
- +Easy handling
- -Only 13 cutting levels
- -4 hours charging time
Remington is known for its inexpensive, good devices. The Remington MB 4130 is definitely one of them.
However, the charging time of 4 hours is too long and there are only 13 cutting levels.
Philips One Blade – The perfect travel companion as a multifunction device
This Amazon bestseller is a different kind of all-rounder. It consists of only one blade and therefore resembles a wet razor, but the blade has an electric drive that moves the shaving knife back and forth two hundred times a second.
The flexible razor follows the contours of your face.
The One Blade trims, shaves and styles, but like all all-rounders not to perfection. He can do everything but nothing really well. Although the OneBlade shaves really well, a wet razor shaves even smoother. And if the One Blade is used as a pure trimmer, the blades wear out very quickly and have to be replaced. On the other hand, it is small and handy, which makes it the ideal travel companion.
The simple design of the One Blade includes four trim attachments with cutting lengths of 1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, 5 mm. (However, the Pro version QP6520 / 30 offers 14 different cutting lengths between 0.4 mm and 10 mm).
The powerful lithium-ion battery lasts for 60 minutes in continuous operation. A battery indicator on the Pro devices signals when the device needs to be returned to the charging station. The device is waterproof and can be used in the shower.
- +Very good all-rounder
- +Ideal for luggage
- +Li-ion battery
- -Shortest cutting length 1mm
- -Few cut lengths in the basic form
- -Not a beard trimmer specialist
Remington MB350L – Successful new edition
With the beard trimmer set MB350L , Remington has polished the popular MB320C properly again. Not only was the volume throttled to a friendly hum, but the previous NiMH battery also had to make way for a more powerful lithium-ion battery. This catapulted the beard trimmer’s operating time from 40 minutes to 60 minutes. The reload time is 4 hours, but you can see that a beard trimmer in this price range. The downside of the new battery is reflected in the price, so that the title of the “prize winner” is currently moving far away in the new Remington MB350L. If you want to save, you will use the predecessor MB320C. Both convince with a similarly precise cutting performance.
It is very user-friendly that the beard trimmer can be used both in mains operation and in cordless battery operation. But the MB320C could do that too.
- +Li-ion battery
- +With precision trimmer
- +Convincing cutting performance
- +Fits comfortably in your hand
- -Only 9 cutting levels
- -Shortest cutting length 1.5mm
Hatteker Beard Trimmer – The shaver from the Far East
The Hatteker razor is a model at the lowest price level. It is surprising that it still comes with a huge accessory package. Because according to the manufacturer, there are five devices that are housed in one device:
A beard trimmer, a hair trimmer, a precision trimmer, a body trimmer and a nose and ear trimmer.
This is made possible by the various attachments supplied. For example, the precision trimmer can be set from 0.8 mm to 1.8 mm. For the other cutting lengths, attachments are required so that up to 17 different hair lengths can be cut. There should be a suitable comb length for every style.
Unfortunately, we do not give a good rating because the engine performance is absolutely not convincing. Especially those with thicker hair will quickly feel this. Because contrary to the advertising promise, the body hair is not simply and effectively removed. Another point of criticism is the poorly translated user manual.
It is positive that the battery lasts for 60 minutes and can be recharged in 90 minutes. Charging can be done with the included USB cable. In addition, a simple setting on the LED display is possible. The razor is waterproof so that it can be easily cleaned under the tap, including the attachments.
- +5 devices in one
- +Huge accessory package
- +Digital display
- +Good battery life
- +Extremely inexpensive
- -Poor cutting performance
- -Shaky accessories
- -Poor instruction manual
Benefits of beard trimmer
You are probably wondering what the benefits of a beard trimmer are. Finally, you can trim your whiskers with scissors and a comb. But is this really necessary? Let’s have a look!
With a beard trimmer, you can quickly set the desired hair length. The trimmer often comes with an infinitely adjustable attachment and supports filigree trimming. In addition, many manufacturers have equipped their devices with an automatic hair extraction system in recent years. This keeps your sink free and saves valuable time as well as nerves. This property can be particularly practical when traveling.
In addition to the perfection of a 3-day beard, you can save a lot of time with the beard trimmer and do without comb and scissors. With the foolproof setting of the hair length you will get your money’s worth!
In addition, there are the washable blades, which make cleaning easier for us. The whiskers can be removed by rinsing them quickly with lukewarm water. Some devices are even equipped with a suction system. This will get the little hair straight into the collection chamber and keep the sink clean. Still other models offer the property of being waterproof. So we can take the trimmer with us in the shower.
Beard trimming is usually easy and quick to do. Of course, you need some practice. But daily use will quickly show you that you can save a lot of time with the modern device and that you can also achieve an optimal beard result.
If the beard trimmer is equipped with a rubberized handle and also has an ergonomic shape, it lies optimally in the hand. Without slipping, you can set the desired hair length and trim your hair. However, you should make sure that the beard is clean. So wash it before use and then dry it thoroughly. You can install the process well after showering. Let the beard dry a bit and comb it before trimming. This makes cutting easier and loosens knots other hardening.
Checklist when buying a beard trimmer
Of course, it is recommended to buy a device that corresponds to your personal ideas.
We would like to explain what you should pay particular attention to before buying. It should be noted that the whisker devices are available from different manufacturers. The devices are often equipped with individual features that we will now discuss. Depending on requirements, these properties are more important for one person and less important for another. It is entirely up to you which device you ultimately choose. However, look at the functions and then decide. We hereby offer you a guide before you buy a beard trimmer.
There are devices that have a stainless steel or ceramic blade. If you are faced with the choice of agony, we can reassure you. Because both blades cut well and generally have no influence on the quality of the cut and sharpness. However, you should be aware that ceramic blades can break in the event of a fall or impact. Therefore we can recommend beard trimmers with stainless steel blades. These usually last longer and are also rustproof.
For many, the shaving comb is not a crucial point to consider when buying a beard trimmer. We still want to include him. Because the material of the comb can vary from device to device. In general, you should use a plastic comb. This does not irritate the skin so quickly and is well suited for sensitive skin. It can also be easily rinsed off under running water. You should also make sure that the shaving comb does not slip. You should check this directly the first time you use it.
One of the most important criteria is the adjustment of the cutting length. In addition, the hair length can be adjusted using a step system. When buying, make sure that your desired hair length can be adjusted with the trimmer. Incidentally, the beard can be adapted more to your wishes, the smaller the distance between the respective cutting lengths.
We also often find beard trimmers that make contour cuts possible. Devices that have a continuously adjustable attachment should also be preferred over attachments that can only be changed individually. So you have the possibility to cut hair or other body hair with the beard trimmer. Of course, this is entirely up to you. However, there are countless manufacturers who equip your devices with a set of attachments. For example, you can also free your nose and ears from annoying hair.
If you just want to trim your 3-day beard, you can be satisfied with a normal beard trimmer. Here you only have to pay attention to the adjustable hair length. The devices are often specialized in the application and the result is more precise. In addition, the devices are usually equipped with a contour cutter. Multifunction devices, i.e. devices for cutting other body hair, however, have further settings.
Mobile beard trimmer
If you travel a lot, you are probably familiar with the problem. You want to quickly cut your whiskers, but either don’t have the time or the right tools. In addition, the socket is often missing. The beard trimmer can help here! With a generally long battery life, you can quickly get the trimmer out of your pocket and get your beard back in the right shape. Here, lithium-ion batteries that work in both battery and mains operation are particularly worthwhile. The newer devices, which are often equipped with a USB port, are practical. In this way you can connect the trimmer to a laptop or smartphone and charge it.
Almost all devices have a small brush with which the blades can be cleaned from the hair. In addition, most beard trimmers are now waterproof and can therefore be rinsed out under running water. This not only supports cleaning, but also the quality of the cutting.
Depending on your budget, you can find the beard trimmer for little money. Often there are not too big differences to the more expensive devices. Of course, this depends on what you will use the beard trimmer for. If you only use the device for your 3-day beard, you can choose the low or medium price category. However, if you would like to use other functions and also use the handheld device for the removal of other body hair, the higher-priced trimmers will certainly be useful.
You will of course also find No Name devices cheaper on the market. However, these are usually not as well processed as the products of well-known manufacturers such as Philips or Panasonic. Depending on your needs and budget, you should choose the device of your choice.
The big advantage of beard trimmers is, of course, that you don’t have to change the blade all the time. As a result, you usually have to invest a little more in the purchase, but save in the long term compared to wet razors.
Types of beard trimmers
There are different manufacturers with different models in low to high price ranges. In addition to the price, the beard trimmers differ in their features and the type of use.
Depending on whether you want to trim your full beard or 3 days beard, you should differentiate between the devices here. A good beard trimmer can make cuts well below 1 mm, while other devices only cut from 2 mm.
Professional models are not only better in terms of processing, but also in cutting performance. This means that you can work better with a more expensive device for a full beard. In contrast to the cheap model, this often has better cutting performance and more settings with regard to hair length. This way, full beard hair can be cut properly, while the inexpensive device should be used for beards with low hair thickness. In addition, the beard trimmers for the 3-day beard are usually equipped with a contour cutter. This ensures a filigree cut at the hairline and edges.
Beard trimmer manufacturer
Many beard trimmer manufacturers offer good devices. Some focus more on cheap devices, while others produce beard trimmers. Below you will find the most popular and well-known brands. You can find more manufacturers on Here .
Everyone knows the well-known Braun brand, which was founded in 1921. Focused on men’s shaving, Braun has succeeded in developing high quality beard trimmers that deliver what they promise. Due to the high quality processing of the Braun beard trimmers, these are among the more expensive devices. This purchase pays off in the long run, because our beard trimmer comparison test has shown that they last for several years.
The beard trimmers from the Japanese company Panasonic make up a large share of the global market. This is mainly due to the excellent quality of the products. You can find Panasonic beard trimmers in the middle as well as in the higher price category.
Philips offers a decent selection of beard trimmers that are impressive. The Philips company has not only developed many good functions in recent years, but will certainly continue to do so in the future. For example, the newer devices come with a suction function, which leads the whiskers into a separate chamber when trimming.
Remington is one of the companies that offers beard trimmers at great prices. But products in the higher price category can also be found here. Remington therefore offers every user the right device and produces it in reliable quality.
As you can see, there is a best beard trimmer for every need.
Men with a full beard or other dense beard growth should focus on the quality of the cut and the battery performance. Inexpensive devices, on the other hand, can be used to shorten soft beard hair. The devices and their properties can also differ in terms of price, and depending on your budget, you should see which device suits you best. You certainly can’t go wrong with our three recommendations.
Do you have any questions about the products presented here or other products? Then just leave a comment and we will try to help you!