10 Best Stubble Trimmer for Men 2016 Reviews

A look at the best stubble trimmer for men.

Beards have been the epitome of man since the dawning of age. I still remember those agonizing times I had to be clean shaven for work each day, everyday. With beards becoming more socially acceptable than they were then, thankfully those times are a thing of the past.

With beards now being something which is worn to express individuality, just like women express individuality with different haircuts, men can now be free to get creative about their look.

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Facial hair has the ability to transform an ordinary face into an extraordinary face. It can look terrific whether you grow a simple goatee or plan to end up looking like Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings.

If you haven’t watch the movie, there is nothing wrong with you except maybe a gaping hole in your education. A beard can also make you famous, just ask Daniel Bryan from the WWE fame. Did I hear you chant “Yes”.

There is something that one should remember though ; as Boromin from Lord of the Rings could have put it, “one does not simply grow a beard”.

Indeed your beard cannot be given free reign over the hills and valleys of your face. Meticulous trimming, cutting and for some even oiling are some tasks associated with the mighty beard, a task most beard-growers do as a labor of love. A labor of love, with tools skillfully chosen to shape the mighty beard into a face-sculpture.

Yes you could walk into an upmarket barbershop to have your face-sculpture tended to every other day, but let’s face it, time and money is not on your side with this one, since they will likely only open by nine. At that time most men are already hard at work.

So how is the beautiful beard prevented from turning into a wild bore on your face? By simply using the best tool you have at your disposal, the electric beard trimmer.

Now let us look at the aspects one should be educated about when choosing a beard trimmer :

Power

Do you have a light coating of silk running from your ears to your chin, or does it look more like a cornfield just before it is harvested?

This will surely affect what trimmer you will need as not all trimmers were created equal. The designers did not intend to do so, as different individuals prefer different things.

Something one should also be on the lookout for when deciding on the power of your trimmer is portability. Would you like to be chained to the wall, hoping your next hotel room has a shaver outlet at the mirror, or would you rather be free like a bird in the sky.

This is a crucial choice, but one must remember that birds cannot out-power beasts, hence the line between power and portability should be finely threaded. Fortunately today beard trimmers are of the dragon-era, half bird, half beast.

Battery life

With the dawn of the dragon-era also came along a scarcity of food, in the form of pure DC-power, also known as the mighty battery.

This is the make or break for any device. The go-to question when picked up a battery powered appliance normally is “how long will it last and how fast will it charge” . Fortunately, with modern battery technology this is a subject we need not be too concerned about anymore.

It does help though, to keep a watchful eye on manufacturer specification about charging and using time. You do not want to be the one, taking a dragon-age trimmer to the place most hard-core beard wielding men are drawn to, the bush. Or should I say, you do not want to be taking the wrong trimmer there.

Taking an ultra light, high power trimmer out of its safe zone, your home, could spell disaster. It trims to perfection each time .. and then you safely but it back into its cradle, never thinking about the day the cradle will not be there for that third trim, which could likely not happen .

This is a factor careful consideration should thus be given to, how long would you want to be able to use it without having an outlet handy.

Value

What would you want from your stubble trimmer. Are you the Swiss army knife type, who want to have everything handy, or rather the connoisseur, who wants a specific instrument refined to an exact task.

These are the types of question one should be asking if on the lookout for a new trimmer. Some come with a whole array of attachments,  sometimes being advertised as full body trimmers. Some come with a flip out trimmer for that hard to reach places.

Some are made with waterproof bodies and some can be used as a blunt force weapon. Choose the one which provided the features you will most likely need, or features you desire.

This brings us to the final question : What do you need?

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Well to help you take out the guesswork from deciding which features you need, we took an expert look at some of the best beard trimmers that is currently on the market.

This will not only broaden your horizons and shake any bias you may have, but also help you make an informed decision as this unit will be your daily companion for many years to come.

Today, a modern beard can even be described as a work of art, something that shows a mans individuality. For this reason it is essential for most men to have the best beard trimmer .

Something to shape their beard into the look they want to achieve with as little time and effort as possible since this can become very time consuming when aiming for perfection.

Best Stubble Trimmer in the Market

At the moment there are quite a few different beard and stubble trimmers to choose from so to clear some of the confusion we will look at two trimmers in this article; the Wahl 9864 Slate Stainless Steel Trimmer and Panasonic ER-GB80-S beard clipper. We will be looking at the different features and what makes them each stand out in their class.


Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300 (Model # QT4070/41)

This unit can be used both corded and cordless. It comes equipped with a long lasting lithium iron battery, able to give roughly an hour’s worth of shaving time for every hour of charging time.

This is of course depending on how many times you were pushing the button of one of its other great features, the “Turbo power boost”.

This feature will put the already capable motor inside this beard trimmer, into overdrive, easily overcoming areas of thick hair growth such as the chin. This feature also makes it a good choice for men with thick dense beards.

This unit comes with the normal charging adapter and cleaning brush one would normally find in such a package. Also included are two combs, a trimming comb and a contour comb, with the latter tracing the curves of your skin as you shave, providing you with a more even trim.

An exceptional feature of this trimmer is the vacuum system. Although sounding like a gimmick to most at first, this useful add-on actually makes the whole shaving experience a pleasure with much less hair to clean from your face or the bathroom floor when you are done.

The only downside to this trimmer is the fact that is is not waterproof.


Wahl 9854-600 Lithium Ion All in One Trimmer

If an all-body-trimmer is what you are after, this beard cutter would be an excellent choice. The design, although being made of plastic, has a solid feel to it. This, and the fact that Wahl has always been known for its quality units, makes this beard cutter a good option to consider.

Coming with a charger, beard comb and trimmer blade also has some great attachments you would expect from a quality shaver.

It also comes with a T-blade, detail blade, dual shaver and three beard combs. A feature that comes in handy is the six position guide, allow you to adjust the length of the trim on the fly.

The included beard combs, a 3 mm, 6 mm and 9.5 mm allow you to have a set length, with no need of worrying about unintentional length changes.

The battery in this unit is exceptional. For every hour of charge, a minimum usage of 2 hours can be expected from this device.

Another handy feature is the 1-minute quick charge, allowing you to at least do a session of grooming before you go, leaving it on charge to be ready when you are back.

The high torque motor also does an outstanding job speeding up your shave, no more multiple passes on the same spot, just pure speed.

What did put us off slightly was the blade trimmer, supposedly a nose and ear trimmer do. While it did manage this task, a dedicate nose and ear trimmer would have been a better choice.

The fact that it is not waterproof, could also be a turn-off for some users.


Panasonic ER-GB40-S Cordless Moustache & Beard Trimmer

The ideal electric shaver for the fast-paced man. Completely waterproof, it also features an innovative draining system.

This unit comes with a docking type charger stand making it ideal for the grab-and-go man. It also has three comb attachments and a built in 19 position guide, trimming from 1 mm to 10 mm in half millimeter increments.

Featuring hypo-allergenic blades and a firm rubber grip, the choice for some would be easy.

Something that complicates this decision is the battery. Still using older battery technology, namely nickel metal hydrate (NiMH) the battery charges slowly, a full 15 hours, after which it only gives you about 50 minutes of usage.

Though this can be a deal-breaker for some, you have to ask yourself at least this one question, how often do you shave.

Most men shower once a day, meaning after you shower your electric trimmer will have a full 24 hours to charge up again.

Going to the bush with this charger is unfortunately not an option ( unless you are a really quick shaver and like living on the edge ).

Although the battery life is a letdown, this is the first dry/wet shaver tested and we are very happy with the results.


Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion Shaver

Coming in cheap and waterproof, this electric shaver had our attention.

Ideal for men who like the rough look this beard trimmer has three different attachable heads. The beard attachments can be used on wet beards, it just works better that way.

The goatee attachment acts like a precision trimmer, shaping whatever you need shaped. Lastly is the stubble attachment, with slightly angled teeth to prevent cutting oneself.

As previously said, this is the ideal unit for a rough look since the shortest trim this unit can give you is a 1 mm stubble. Still it comes with nine length settings, allowing you to select anything from 1 mm to 18 mm

An excellent feature of this units is the titanium blades, connected to a very torquey motor, making light work of thick beards. Even with this high torque motor, the battery performs well , having a runtime of about 2 hours.


Trym II Hair clipper kit

Another outstanding all-in-one body, mustache and beard trimmer , this unit will suit most budget. Its stylish design will also blend in nicely with the modern man, but sadly it is not waterproof. This will be the ideal gift for supporters of Apple products.

This hair clipper features four blade attachments with the lengths as follows, 1.5 mm , 3 mm , 6 mm and 9 mm

It comes with an outstanding battery life, but with an 8 hour charging time. So one hint, do not forget to put it back on its sleek docking station when you are done.

Today, a modern beard can even be described as a work of art, something that shows a mans individuality. For this reason it is essential for most men to have the best beard trimmer.

Something to shape their beard into the look they want to achieve with as little time and effort as possible since this can become very time consuming when aiming for perfection.

At the moment there are quite a few different beard and stubble trimmers to choose from so to clear some of the confusion we will look at two trimmers in this article; the Wahl 9864 Slate Stainless Steel Trimmer and Panasonic ER-GB80-S beard clipper. We will be looking at the different features and what makes them each stand out in their class.


Other products tested

Another clipper which worked great for a rugger stubble look was the Remington MB4040.

A clipper which also worked well for short beards was the Norelco BT9285, since the maximum cut length was only 7 millimetres.

Men with sensitive skin can also consider the Panasonic Milano ER-GB40-S, featuring hypo-allergenic blades. It gives a remarkable trim without the associated itchiness and reddening other trimmers would give, at a price much lower than the GB80.

Final comparison.

There are several other trimmers on the market which we could probably test as well, but since we had the modern man in mind when testing, the features needed to even make it to the testing phase lacked in most of these trimmers.

We also tested some corded models like the Andis 2 speed and the Wahl Peanut, but the performance seemed bleak in view of the better beard trimmers we tested, hence we did not even bother to include these.

Ultimately two trimmers stood out. The Panasonic ER-GB80-S and the Wahl 9864 Slate. Loaded with features and user-friendliness, these two trimmers had to be explored in depth.

Comparing the two top trimmers we tested, the Panasonic ER-GB80-S and the Wahl 9864 Slate ,the ER-GB80-S is ultimately the better buy, based on performance.

That is if money is no object.Fortunately the price of the GB80 is coming down, although the replacement of blades in the course of its life can count against it.

We are not taking anything away from the sheer excellence of the Wahl 9864 Slate, as it is exceptionally designed and holds more than its own weight in terms of power and durability, and actually over-performs when looking at the features and the usability combined.

With the loose comb attachments, Wahl is catering for their regular customers which grew accustomed doing things this way. It has always worked for them so why change it?

Final note

One should understand that there is a differentiation between beard trimmers and electric shavers. Some persons, including the reviewer sometimes uses these interchangeably.

The key difference between the two are cutting lengths. Some shavers can be trimmers, but not all trimmers can be shavers.

Both segments of the market has fierce competition, therefore it is in your best interest to get the best model you can buy, as it will have a whole range of features, some of which you did not even realize you need.

As with any modern technology, you may scoff at it till you tried and gotten used to it. Then you will want no other.

So come on, keep up with technology and leave the Neanderthal outside for a change and be the skillfully groomed man you always wanted to be. You deserve it.