A Beard Trimmer Is A Must. These 3 Are Your Best Bets

A Beard Trimmer Is A Must. These 3 Are Your Best Bets

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Beard trimmers run the gamut in terms of functions and abilities, and can be the difference between a manicured look versus a misshapen mess. That’s why we decided to go hands-on with some of the industry’s top-rated and best-reviewed clippers and see for ourselves which ones truly stand out. We tested everything from durability to battery life to, most importantly, how well it trimmed facial hair. After dozens of beard trims, careful consideration and plenty of testing and retesting, we found three beard trimmers that — ahem — made the cut.

Best beard trimmer overall

The Remington Smart Beard Trimmer delivers a consistent, quick trim, can take a beating, and is packed with tons of useful technology that prioritizes convenience, making every trim as easy as possible.


Nipping at the heels of our top pick was the Braun Beard trimmer BT7240, a trimmer that provides a solid, quick clip without all the bells and whistles of the Remington. It still has plenty of versatility with 39 different lengths, multiple attachments and a long-lasting battery that establishes it as one of the best overall trimmers we tested.

Performance pick

The Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Grooming Kit also stood out due to its precise, efficient trim that can handle any job from shearing down a Jeremiah Johnson-caliber beard to detailing precise lines on your neck and cheeks, making it the trimmer for people who care about performance above all else.

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Remington Smart Beard Trimmer

Remington’s smart trimmer scored exceptionally well in all of our tests, especially in crucial areas that affect your daily prune. What sets this trimmer apart from the rest we tested is all of its “smart” abilities. But this isn’t just the dream trimmer for tech nerds — there’s also real substance behind the flash.

The Remington trimmer provided a quick and easy clip, taking about seven passes to trim beard hair down to the guide’s length. And since we’re talking about length, the customizability on this trimmer is one of the reasons it rose to the top. It has 175 lengths to choose from, thanks to a motorized comb that’s controlled by a digital touch screen on the trimmer’s face. With a simple tap, you can move the guide up or down by increments of 0.1 millimeters.

Though the difference between a 4.1 millimeter and a 4.2 millimeter trim doesn’t really matter in the long run, the Remington ranges from 0.4 millimeters to 18 millimeters, providing a broad swath of options. This, paired with the incredible specificity of the tiny adjustments, makes it adaptable and easy to tailor exactly to your desires. Though with all these lengths, the trimmer didn’t come with any attachments such as a detailer, which could help clean up any lines.

The Remington also has a profile feature that stores your last four length settings. You can tap the profile button, select between the presets, and the guide will automatically go to that length setting. We thought this function was quite useful for instances where you want different lengths of hair. Normally you’d have to switch guide combs if you want your chin hair longer than the hair on your cheeks, but with the Remington it only takes one tap to jump over to another length.

Our winning trimmer also has a wake-up function that, when you pick it up, automatically turns it on and sets it to the last length setting used. Plus, it can sense the thickness of your beard and adapt the blade speed to compensate.

All these futuristic features are nice, but even without them this trimmer performed better than most other trimmers in plenty of our other tests. Most notably, the Remington ranked as our most durable trimmer, a bit surprising considering all its smart functions and heavy weight. But the Remington came out unscathed from our drop test, where we dropped each trimmer from a shaving position three times.

Cleanup was as simple as popping the blade off and rinsing everything in the sink. The entire trimmer is fully washable, which came as another surprise due to its digitization.

The only place the Remington stumbled was in battery and aesthetics. It isn’t the sexiest-looking trimmer, but its shiny lights and touchscreen make up for that. In terms of battery, it lasted more than one hour and 20 minutes, which was below the one-hour-and-58-minute average runtime for the field. The charge time was also second slowest, at one hour and 50 minutes, which can be somewhat expected from a trimmer with this many smart features.

There are tons of fancy functions in this trimmer, but above all the Remington trimmer makes the entire shaving experience simple and convenient. You won’t have to fumble around with dozens of attachments, run over your beard for what seems like hours to trim it down, or spend longer cleaning up than you did shaving. It’s all made easy with the Remington Smart Beard Trimmer.

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Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240

The Braun Beard Trimmer BT7240 is an excellent trimmer all around: It gave us an accurate and consistent trim, although it didn’t cut as much hair as quickly as the Remington or the Wahl Lithium Ion+. The lines it gave us weren’t the sharpest, but it comes with a detailer attachment that helps trim up any troublesome spots. Overall, the Braun provided an above-average trim, while other features like its versatility and battery pushed it beyond the rest of the pack.

The Braun had the second-highest number of lengths behind the Remington, with 39 different options ranging from 1 millimeter to 20 millimeters. This is a wider range than our winner’s, but the Braun only notches up every 0.5 millimeters (in contrast to the Remington’s 0.1 millimeters). This range comes from two attachments that can be controlled by a dial on the trimmer’s face. The guides themselves are comfortable and allow the blades to carve through beards quickly, while protecting against any slip-ups or uneven spots.

The cleanup was fast and easy with the Braun, since both the blades and the body can be rinsed under water once they’re disconnected. The trimmer was easy to hold, winning points for its ergonomic shape and small grip, and if you do accidentally drop it, the BT7240 can take the hit. During our drop tests, the blades popped off from the body, but there was zero damage to any part of the trimmer.

One thing that truly stuck out with the Braun trimmer was its battery life and Quick Charge feature. Our device lasted two hours 16 minutes running on full blast with a fully charged battery. Once dead, we charged it for just five minutes to check how long it would last if you needed to shape your beard up under a time crunch, and it buzzed for 23 minutes off that short charge.

If you’re looking for a consistent, reliable trimmer, the Braun BT7240 is a great pick. While it didn’t cut hairs as fast as the Remington and doesn’t have teeny tiny length increments, it went punch for punch with the Remington during our testing. It comes with a mini foil and detailer attachment, so for someone who doesn’t need all the fancy features of our number one pick and is willing to give up some shave quality for accessories and a better battery life, this trimmer from Braun is the one for you.

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Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Grooming Kit

For those who need the cleanest of lines and will sacrifice versatility and extra features for the best pure shave, the Wahl Lithium Ion+ is definitely the trimmer to go for. The precision trimmer was the best in overall performance, with the second highest marks for trimming ability. The Andis Slimline Pro Lithium Ion T-blade Trimmer scored the highest for trimming ability, but we ultimately decided to highlight the Wahl because the Andis broke after our drop test and wouldn’t charge. We tried multiple times to recharge and run it but it never turned on. The Slimline Pro was one of two major casualties in our drops, the other being a chipped blade from another Andis trimmer.

The Wahl Lithium Ion+ offers a powerful, smooth trim that cuts precisely through beard hair. While the guides are a little flimsy, especially the larger ones, the Wahl gave us one of the best all-around trims with an outstanding ability to shape lines. With the standard blade, the lines we cut along our neckline were phenomenally clean and sharp. There were no stray hairs, and the line was completely uniform. The standard blade is a bit wide, so we had to be a little careful that we didn’t get overzealous and carve out a crooked line, but the trimmer comes with a small detailing attachment that helped out with more precise cuts.

While we would recommend the Wahl given its trimming abilities alone, it also scored really well overall, coming in third place in total points. Its battery life is stellar: The lithium ion battery lasted nearly two hours more than the next best trimmer (again, the Andis Slimline Pro) with a whopping four hours and 48 minutes of runtime. While it came in short of the advertised six hours, it’s still more than enough juice to last months in between charges. And if the trimmer unexpectedly dies right before you run out the door, it has a killer Quick Charge function. Once it finally died, we recharged it for one single minute and got an extra nine minutes of trimming in return.

In other areas of testing, the Wahl fell short of some of the other trimmers. The body can’t be rinsed, so you have to clean the

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