Beards aren’t just back in fashion; they’re practically de rigueur if you’re under 30. Pretty soon there’s either going to be beard backlash or a move toward the kind of elaborate facial-hair topiary men face-rocked during the Civil War.
So yeah, you probably need a beard trimmer. (If not for your face, then—at the very least—to keep you boys looking kempt.) Each of the options on this list has its own benefits and drawbacks, but every one will give you the look you want—from neat stubble (which studies show women find sexiest) to a uniform blanket of burl.
OSTER FAST FEED
Built for capital-B beards, this is the trimmer for guys who have a heavy mane to tame. That said, it’s not ideal for that super-close, five-o’clock shadow look. Oster has been making solid appliances and grooming products for almost 100 years.
PHILIPS NORELCO 7300
A consistent trim coupled with a built-in vacuum function that keeps clumps of hair from littering your bathroom vanity. But, again, not the best if you want a trimmer that will pull double duty as a shaver.
Don’t let its name or size deceive you. This is a powerful little trimmer used by a lot of professional barbers, and it’ll handle the hair on your head as well as on your face. You really can’t beat it for the price.
TRYM II HAIRCLIPPER
The look of this trimmer definitely sets it apart. And while it struggles with super-thick hair, most guys won’t have any issues. Like a lot of these trimmers, it won’t take the place of a razor, but it’s ideal for a close-but-not-too-close shave.
Not the most powerful or efficient trimmer in this group. But it’ll tackle most jobs with ease, and it has a separate, extendable head that’s ideal for straight sideburn cuts and moustache clipping.
PHILIPS NORELCO STYLERAZOR PRO
For the guy who wants a trimmer he can also shave with, this is a solid option—though nothing quite matches the closeness of a blade. Also a good choice for detailed beard-work if you like a sculpted look.
PANASONIC BEARD AND MOUSTACHE TRIMMER
Simpler to adjust than most models, this razor can clean up your beard, ’stache, eyebrows, and sideburns quickly and neatly.
GILLETTE 3-IN-1 STYLER
It won’t cut super-close. It’s also safe to assume that—at this price point—it’s not going to hold up long to daily use. But if you’re using it for a quick clean-up every week or two, you’ll get more than your money’s worth.