Better Beard and Stubble Solutions: Electric Trimmers

Better Beard and Stubble Solutions: Electric Trimmers

Jeff Heaton
Nov 14, 2011

It's (no-shave) November, meaning many men are bearing beards. We're growing a 'stache for the charity Movember to support men's health issues. But once all that is done we'll go back to our usual stubble. We're not alone in the trimmed facial hair, but getting it right without digging a blade into your face, spraying tiny hairs all over the counter or leaving uneven patches can be tricky. Here are our picks for best electric trimmers for maintaining even facial hair.

1. Philips Norelco Qt4070 ($44)
The Qt4070 is Philips' top of the line stubble trimmer, and as such features an electronic display, power boost button and vacuum. We like it because it keeps your counter clean and we hate chasing those tiny fractions of a hair around the bathroom counter top. The one downside to this model is the head: many have complained it's too short and can cut you. While experience and shaving style varies, if you do find you're hurting yourself a call to the manufacturer will yield you a cover for the 4050 model, one with a heavier guard.

2. Conair Gmt900 ($44.99)
Called the BaByliss iTrimmer in the UK, this full-sized trimmer provides a smooth trim that doesn't yank hair like most shavers. The one downside to this razor is the size of the head, which can make it tricky to get a perfect trim of the upper lip. But if you often have skin irritation this razor can be a blessing.

3. Braun Cruzer 6 ($44.97)
The Cruzer 6 is an un-finicky device with a standard range of trimming sizes. It can be washed with water, trims from 1-11mm and works without a lot of attachments. We like it because it's simple and gets the job done. If you're looking for the shortest trim this isn't for you, but it works well for those with regular beard growth.

4. Wahl All-in-One ($32)
The Wahl is the most powerful of the trimmers we found, possibly with too much power. It makes short work of the most dense facial forest, but all that power means it's noisy and vibrates more than most. This isn't an issue when you're powering through your chin fur, but using the "all-in-one" attachments can get a little hairy, especially in sensitive areas like the ears. If your last trimmer was a hedge clipper and some 24-grit sandpaper this is one to consider.

5. Remington MB-200 ($14.77)
The MB-200 reminds us of a Microsoft mouse with pointy tines attached. Height is adjusted by the scroll-wheel in the middle to nine different settings. It does lack some of the nicer features of other devices, like notification, but it's a great bare-bones device. We like the price and the effectiveness.

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