So, you’ve decided to join the venerable group of men (and sometimes women) that let their facial hair do as nature intended and grow out into a luscious beard. Congratulations! I’m sure that you and you beard have a great future together.
In this short guide I will give you a crash course in identifying which trimmers are right for you and which to give a wide berth.
A Good Price
The first thing you have to cross off your list of considerations is the price. For some reason there are a lot of personal care products out there that cost a whole lot of money for no apparent reason. Beard trimmers are no different in this regard. Compare the model you are looking at to less expensive options and decide if you can actually tell where the extra money has gone. Don’t spend $200 on a beard trimmer, when there’s a $50 product with 90% of the features and performance.
Usually I don’t pay too much attention to brand and try to judge products on their own merit. After all, at some point all brands had to be the new kid on the block. For the average consumer, however, a good brand is an easy shorthand for product quality. Sure, even the best brands still make products that are duds, but the chances of this are much smaller. Not to mention that more popular brands will be easier to do warranty returns with or find spare parts for.
The Longest Yard
How long do you want your beard to be? All trimmers have a minimum and maximum length range they can accommodate. There will also be variation in how many intermediate settings there are on the trimmer. This is a pretty important aspect, since these settings determine the sorts of beards you can maintain. If you want a long beard hair length, you need a trimmer with a maximum supported length that meets or exceeds your desired number. If, on the other hand, you want to create a beard with steps and fades in it, you need a trimmer with lots of intermediate length settings between the maximum and minimum.
Jack of All Trades
One of the first choices you are likely to make is between something that can only trim a beard or something that can trim other parts of the body as well. If you are in need of something to travel with a multi-trimmer can be a great investment. On the other hand, the more functionality they pack into one trimmer, the worse it is at doing any one thing. So you can get a single trimmer that does your head, face, body, and even nose, but it may be mediocre at all of them.