The Best Beard Trimmer

The Best Beard Trimmer

Our pick

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 MG7750

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 MG7750

The best beard trimmer

The cordless MG7750 has a friendly design, lots of useful accessories, and just the right amount of power needed for comfortable, precise grooming.

Buying Options

$55 from Amazon
$55 from Philips

The Philips Norelco MG7750 has almost everything we could ask for in a beard trimmer. Its motor offers just the right amount of power—enough to make quick work of thick hair, but not so much that a slight slip will remove a large section of a beard or mustache. Its design feels great in the hand, and it saves space because it can stand upright on a countertop or in a medicine cabinet. The MG7750 is an all-purpose beard, hair, and body trimmer; it includes 14 guide combs, trimmer heads in three widths, a small foil shaver head, and a nose hair trimmer. In our tests, it ran for five hours on one charge. The steel blades are designed to be self-sharpening, no oiling needed. The sole downside is that its stainless steel body makes it relatively heavy and thus less portable than the MG3750, our budget pick.

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Runner-up

Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Groomer #9818

Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Groomer #9818

More power for thicker beards

This sharp, powerful, and versatile cordless trimmer won over the professional barbers we consulted, though it might be a little too powerful for inexperienced beard groomers.

Buying Options

$115* from Amazon
$70 from Bed Bath & Beyond

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

The Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Groomer #9818 has the power and versatility of a professional tool in a cordless body, with the most powerful motor of any beard trimmer we’ve tested. It was the clear favorite among the barbers we consulted when we first wrote this guide, and it is the only rechargeable trimmer the pros said they would actually use in their barbershops. It also works as a hair and body trimmer, and includes 12 guide combs, a detail trimmer head, a shaver head, and a nose hair trimmer. The fine-pitch steel blades with ground teeth require a couple of drops of oil every month. The stainless steel body is heavy like the MG7750’s, though, and the Lithium Ion+ is so powerful that a slight slip can take off large chunks of a beard or mustache.

Also great

Wahl Peanut

Wahl Peanut

Compact, powerful, corded

If you don’t mind a corded tool, the Wahl Peanut has cutting power that no cordless trimmer can match, with a durable, easy-to-maintain design.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon
$51 from Sally Beauty

If you want a reliable tool that can cut thick hair down to a stubble—and you don’t mind wrangling a power cord—we recommend the Wahl Peanut. This less expensive yet powerful trimmer has been our corded pick for some time now, beating everything we’ve tested it against in terms of cutting power, durability, and closeness of trim. It’s stronger than any cordless trimmer we’ve tried, yet it’s lighter, smaller, more maneuverable, and easier to maintain than other pro trimmers and clippers, which tend toward tanklike construction.

Budget pick

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 MG3750

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 MG3750

Cheap but effective

Surprisingly powerful and versatile for the price, this lighter weight cordless model includes a variety of accessories, but it needs frequent recharging.

Buying Options

$20 from Target
$20 from Amazon

If a low price is your highest priority, we like the power and versatility of the Philips Norelco MG3750, one of the most popular, well-reviewed trimmers on Amazon. It seems to trim about as well as our top pick, the same company’s MG7750, but its body is made mostly from plastic rather than stainless steel, so it’s lighter and therefore more practical for travel. It doesn’t feel as sturdy and stable as the MG7750, though, and it can’t stand on its own. Unlike other budget-priced trimmers we’ve used, the MG3750 can remove lots of hair quickly without pulling any in the process. And whereas most budget trimmers include only a single, adjustable guide comb, the MG3750 includes seven guide combs, a detail trimmer head, and a nose hair trimmer. Poor battery life is the biggest downside: You’ll probably have to charge it every week.

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Our pick

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 MG7750

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 MG7750

The best beard trimmer

The cordless MG7750 has a friendly design, lots of useful accessories, and just the right amount of power needed for comfortable, precise grooming.

Buying Options

$55 from Amazon
$55 from Philips

Runner-up

Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Groomer #9818

Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Groomer #9818

More power for thicker beards

This sharp, powerful, and versatile cordless trimmer won over the professional barbers we consulted, though it might be a little too powerful for inexperienced beard groomers.

Buying Options

$115* from Amazon
$70 from Bed Bath & Beyond

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Also great

Wahl Peanut

Wahl Peanut

Compact, powerful, corded

If you don’t mind a corded tool, the Wahl Peanut has cutting power that no cordless trimmer can match, with a durable, easy-to-maintain design.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon
$51 from Sally Beauty

Budget pick

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 MG3750

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 MG3750

Cheap but effective

Surprisingly powerful and versatile for the price, this lighter weight cordless model includes a variety of accessories, but it needs frequent recharging.

Buying Options

$20 from Target
$20 from Amazon

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