Our beards can become pretty unruly in between visits to the barber’s chair. For some, it happens faster than others. The answer can’t always be to increase the frequency of your routine trims at the shop, because that can get way too expensive. The best solution is to find yourself a beard trimmer and give it a go yourself.
But what do we need to look for in a beard trimmer that’s suited to the shape and length of your beard? Are all beard trimmers created equal? Let’s take a look.
What is a beard trimmer?
It’s important to know, going into it, that a beard trimmer is not the same as a tool you might use on your hair. Hair clippers are designed for larger areas and often, when we’re trimming our beards, we need to get into smaller spaces and create more precise shapes and lines. Hair clippers are just too big and bulky to get those tidy lines and structured shapes you want for your facial hair.
What makes a good beard trimmer?
- Stainless steel or titanium blades
- Good grip
- Made with higher quality plastic
- Comes with guarantees
- Multiple guards
Your new beard trimmer should be made with stainless steel or titanium blades. This will ensure that your trimmer doesn’t rust and the blade stays sharp and efficient. Cheaper metals can be unreliable when it comes to precision trimming. You can also run the risk of caught hairs, rash or skin irritation. Your trimmer just won’t do its job as long as you might want it to if it has a cheap blade.
The grip on your trimmer is more about your own personal preferences. How does it feel in your hand? Do you feel you have a good handle on it, or does it feel like the slightest jarring might loosen your grip? Something that fits the size and shape of your hands is also going to be beneficial, especially if you’re using your beard trimmer for long beards, as you might have to do a bit of maneuvering to get that trim done.
Ensuring the case is made of a higher quality, resin-based plastic will mean you get to hang onto your beard trimmer for much longer than one made with cheap plastic. Clipping tools made with lower quality plastic crack and chip faster and simply don’t stand up to the daily beating it’s going to take from the vibrations of the motor.
Some beard trimmers guarantee that the blade on your trimmer will stay sharp. If you can get your hands on one with a guarantee like this, grab it.
Kingsmen with longer beards should try to find a trimmer that comes with multiple guards so you can find the right length for your beard. These are also versatile options for those beardsmen who frequently change the length of their beard. It works whether you’re in need of a long beard trimmer or short. Some attachments may even allow you to trim your eyebrows or nose hairs.
Other features that are more about personal preference that you might find on a beard trimmer are:
- Self-sharpening blades
- Corded or Cordless
- Laser guiding lines
Beard trimmers run from a few bucks to a couple hundred dollars and generally speaking, you get what you pay for, however there are affordable beard trimmers out there that will keep a Kingsman looking great for a long time to come.
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