Want The Best Beard Trimmer? Our Ultimate Selection (2017!)

As any frequent reader will know, we are OBSESSED with both keeping our own beards looking pristine, but also in helping our fellow hairy gent look his very best. Whether it be finding the best one for your needs, the optimum style that suits your face, or finding the elusive dream that is a soft and lady-friendly face, we are here to help.

We have put a lot of effort into making this website the definitive resource for any man (or lady) looking to learn more on all things on their facial hair. That being said, we know you are busy and seeing as you are probably here to find out what the best electric razor is for your particular style, we have outlined the top 5 on our rankings in this table below.

Philips Norelco BT9285/41 9100 Beard TrimmerPhilips Norelco BT9285/41 9100$$$$4.9
Philips Norelco 5100Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100$$$4.8
Philips Norelco QT4014/42 BeardTrimmer 3500 Philips Norelco QT4070/41 7300 $$$4.6
Panasonic ER-GB40-SPanasonic ER-GB40-S$$$4.2
Conair iStubbleConair iStubble$$$4.2

Top 3 Best Beard Trimmers There Are!

If you check online for other resources on what’s the best in the world of electric razors, such as this one on Formsly, you will see that there is a lot of agreement across the board, albeit with slight differences. One of the primary concerns of a bushy connoisseur should be to obtain the most personalised shaver for them. Beard trimmers, much like faces, come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments and quality. Purchasing the wrong one can set you back weeks or even months in your quest for the perfect style (although we’re confident that you’ve started that process yourself by allowing the hair to grow – GOOD JOB!).

Basically, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of finding a suitable electric razor (along with the best beard oil and the best beard balm). It will shape (pardon the pun) the next few months for your beautiful face.

Number One: Philips Norelco 9100

Philips Norelco 9100 Beard TrimmerAt the time of writing (just before 2017), this is the finest facial hair trimmer that has been reviewed on this esteemed website. There is so many wonderful things to say about this razor, that we won’t say it all here. We will however point out it’s main features and great shit.

  • Look at how good it looks – come on! It is simply delicious.
  • It has a freaking LASER.
  • 90 minutes to charge for a full hour of battery – a bit better than the competition I’d say!
  • Guaranteed to give you the most defined shave out there with the laser function and the amazing blades.
  • Amazing blades you hear us say? Did we mention that they’re self-sharpening. Self. Sharpening.
  • Suction vacuum to clean up all of that delicious hair.

We love this electric razor so bad. It’s the best there is, without spending a ridiculous amount (we’re actually working on a luxury razor page, but finding it tough to get our hands on the cream of the crop).

You can see in our beard trimmer 2017 list article on the site that the 7300 nudges the 9100 out of first spot. We’ll leave you all to make your own judgement on that. Let’s just say that different writers sometimes have different opinions, but one thing is for sure – both are incredible but the 9100 (just) pips it.

Check out our full review here or just go straight to the Amazon reviews here.

Number Two: Philips Norelco 5100

Philips Norelco 5100 Beard Trimmer ReviewOk, time for us to be straight with you all here – we are NOT being paid by Philips to put their trimmers at number one AND two. The fact of the matter is that they have magnificent blades out there at the moment.

Think of the Philips Norelco 5100 as being the 9100’s little brother, but not a puny little brother. It can still kick absolutely everyone else’s ass. It lacks the laser (which isn’t essential) and the suction but everything else is the exact same really.

  • It looks amazing. The blue body takes over from the 9100’s black body and it has a grey and orange band in the middle as opposed to the 9100’s red.
  • Self-cleaning blades!!! AGAIN – WE LOVE THEM!
  • Dual-sided technology enabling a perfect shave
  • Only 90 minutes to charge and lasts for an hour.

This is the most popular beard trimmer on the market at the moment, what with it having all of the essential stuff that makes the 9100 great without the awesome but ultimately unnecessary bells and whistles, and we love it. I don’t think this will be going away QUITE yet, but Philips have a tendency to get rid of their older trimmers even when they are (arguably) their best ones and are the best selling electric razor of all time.

Check out our full Philips Norelco 5100 review here or just head straight to the Amazon user reviews here.

Number Three: Philips Norelco 7300

Philips Norelco 4070To round off the top three is yet another Philips. That’s just the way it is right now but could change if one of the other big boys come up with something to rival the current Philips’ crop in terms of design, value, cutting capabilities and battery life.

The Philips Norelco 7300 is slightly behind the top two, but is still a top-notch piece of kit.

  • One of the absolute best batteries around
  • Has a really handy turbo setting
  • It’s integrated vacuum system makes it very easy to maintain
  • Stylish design

Overall, the Norelco 7300 won’t let you down and is amazing value for the price. Check out the current prices on Amazon now.

We also have a Norelco 7200 review, which is the AWESOME newer version of the 7300.

Why you need an electric shaver

beardWe all know that the beard has undergone a resurgence in recent times, and to this we say HURRAH! What a time to be alive. There’s nothing we like to see more than a man going about his day with poise and style sporting one.

What we do not like to see are unkempt and uneven looks, making it’s owner look lazy, messy and uncool.

In order to steer clear of this tragic look, you will need a trimmer. It is an absolute must. No you need it hear this. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST.

The best thing about having a bushy face is that you can go all out and buy as many complimentary products as you want, but you can also have great facial hair without all of these extras. You CANNOT, however, have a great beard without a great electric shaver.

Ok, glad that’s out of the way! Now that you are educated in these arts, you are probably wondering how you can find the best beard trimmer for you.

Finding the one for you

They come in all shapes and sizes, much like beards. Some are exceptionally fancy with settings you didn’t even know existed, and others are very simple ‘on-off’ style devices that do a simple job. The style of electric razor you buy will depend on whether you have thick, average or thin facial hair, and of course, your budget.

Some things to consider

    • Are there any accessories included? The very top razors will have a few extras tagged on with the deal
    • Is the battery rechargeable or will you need to buy batteries?
    • What is your budget?
    • Know how to use it. This beard trimmer guide on Men’s Health has a good outline.


We obviously don’t need to go on too much about this. If you are on this site then you are a man of quality, but just so you’re sure – we don’t bother to review bad quality trimmers on this website. Some will be better than others, but all have a base quality that allow them to feature here.

In terms of brand, any of the everyday big brand names that you’ll recognize (Philips/Braun/Panasonic etc) are for the most part always of good quality.

It’s also important to note that Philips have led the way in this industry for a long time. Their line of products is incredibly impressive and they are consistently ahead of the game.

Of course it’s not just the trimmer quality that will help your beard. You need to adequately know how to go about maintaining a beard also.


This is where you come in. Not all men of quality have an endless man-purse. We understand that. We, in fact, are just that kind of man. Being discerning is a quality that you should be proud of, gents! You can get a fantastic trimmer for under $30 (we’ve seen them), and it really increases from there.

When it comes to electrical goods, we’re sure that you know the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’. The top end pricewise will also be the top end quality-wise.

User Reviews

Head over to Amazon, and chances are that the razor you are looking for will feature there. Reading what other people thought of the product they bought will help aid your decision, and indeed will give you a great chance of finding the best electric shaver for you.

Our Approval

Of course, we think that our opinion is right up there with the best, and therefore we recommend that you take a mosy over to our beard trimmer reviews page, where you will be treated to a detailed breakdown of all of the main shavers on the market.

What Are Electric Razors Used For?

man with beard and glassesWell, the obvious answer is that they are used to trim the hair on your face, but a discerning gentleman such as yourself will be interested in the finer details.

There are various types. Some will be very cheap and basic but can still do quite a good job, whereas others will have special features such as being able to suck up clipped hair and will have lots of different settings to give you more control over the final look. (It’s worth pointing out here that good trimming will only get you so far. A good beard care kit is important to maintaining the quality of your beard also.)

The main benefit of owning one of them is that it allows you to own a beard but still look neat and tidy. You don’t have to shave and you can still not be considered as unkempt and untidy. In fact, a man who is well groomed obviously puts a lot more effort into looking tidy than a clean shaven man, who simply has to quickly shave in the morning, and so that should be commended – all the more reason to purchase the best one possible for your needs.

The majority work the exact same way as the shavers you see in barber shops. There does exist a few ultra-luxury products that can work on your hair and face, but for the most part, the beard trimmer reviews you will see on this page target those specifically designed for the hair on your face.

They’re designed to work effortlessly around the many curves or your face, to ensure you get a smooth and even trim throughout the face.

B&W BeardAll trimmers of a good enough quality to be featured here on this website should come with a high quality blade and a number of different attachments. The blade and attachments are essentially the most important aspect of a shaver, as these will give you the most control to decide and carry out the look you want.

Sometimes they may come as cordless or with a cord. Again, the question here is one of control. If you don’t travel a lot and always shave and trim in the same location, a cord may not bother you, but for the travelling gent, this won’t be an ideal scenario. The corded trimmers usually tend to be a tad more powerful, but are not as transportable.

In the cordless section, you may get rechargeable battery powered models or ones that have disposable batteries. The rechargeable models will cost you a bit more from the start, but could save you in the long run.

It’s Important that it Suits YOUR NEEDS

This is a vital point. The razors on the market at the moment are complex and sophisticated machines, designed to be personalized and customized. Facial hair, or indeed a lack of one, is a personal decision, and the only person who knows what you are looking for in detail is you and you alone.

It’s all about details. Take your time to go through the different models before you make a final decision. We have made our reviews as detailed and yet as easy to read and follow as possible, but in the end the decision is yours. Perhaps you would like to start with our Top Shavers of 2017. This has a list of the absolute finest electric shavers on the market right now that will be at the top of their game for the next year.

AND, if you STILL don’t take our word for it, we have a list of some amazing beard websites.

Check the Attachments

These are (in our opinion at least) the most vital aspect of getting the look you want. Possessing a large array of attachments will give you so much more in terms of what you want. It also allows you to experiment with different looks by using different attachments. Want to alter the thickness, depth or cheekline? If you have enough attachments, you can do this (with a steady hand and a bit of skill of course).

If we HAD to pick five of the finest on the market, it would be these. We toiled over this list and indeed it MAY CHANGE many times. I actually just got two new trimmers into my possession, which I will be trying out soon, so perhaps one of them will sneak in!