In my experience the saying “buy nice or buy twice” is particularly accurate for beard trimmers. Every year I get suckered to buying a new one in the £20-£40 bracket, this is generally because something has broken on my existing trimmer. Not something that renders it completely obsolete, just something that makes it a real pain in the arse to use, like a broken guide or a dodgy blade. Another saying is “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”, well I’ve been fooled four times now, so I’ve decided so up my budget to £45-£65 and buy nice... hopefully.
I’ve been told that when I put my mind to something, I’m really good at it.
After spending hours researching beard trimmers before making my own purchase, this information would typically be forgotten! Today, however I have written this blog which documents my thoughts and findings in the hope it will help someone else. Please note this is completely based on online material such as the specs, price and MANY customer reviews. This blog is totally unbiased and I have no incentives to recommend products.
1. Remington PG6025 All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit
Best price - Amazon £57.86 Runtime – 65mins 14 settings
Here at number 5 is the Remington, with 9456 reviews on Amazon you’d expect it to be a good beard trimmer however its evident from the comments that at least 9000 of those are using it for trimming their pubes. One of its other good features is that it also does your nose and ears, thankfully it comes with another attachment for that! On to the negatives and people are complaining of poor build quality and the motor not being strong enough causing hair to be pulled rather than cut (OUCH), it also looks basic considering the price tag bringing it in last place.
4.PHILIPS NORELCO MULTIGROOM SERIES 7000
Best Price - Amazon £49.99 Runtime 60mins 12 tools
There's a lot going for the Philips with its sleek design and travel friendly size, there are 12 tools for beard, stubble, moustache, nose, ears, hair and body. It’s also showerproof meaning you can multitask to spend those 3 extra minutes in bed. The series 7000 is towards the bottom end of our price range and it does feel more like a budget trimmer as apposed to the quality we would expect in this price bracket. This is echoed with many comments about the power, performance and quality with my favourite being “feels like an electric toothbrush on its last legs”.
3. Hatteker Beard Trimmer
Best Price - Amazon £46.99 Waterproof 16 Attachments
This is the trimmer that promises everything! No1 on Amazon, the cheapest and waterproof, it has 16 attachments for beard, hair, nose, ears, body and with an LED display. The Hatteker has also got some solid reviews meaning it ‘should’ win hands down, however at this point I need to use another saying “if it seems too good to be true, it’s probably a load of shite” and there’s a few people that agree posting comments like “I bought this on offer for £22 and I'm still returning it”. I am forced to put this at number 3; if the majority of comments are true this could well have been our winner however my instincts and experience tell me that I would regret not going for a well known brand.
2. Braun Beard Trimmer BT7040 and Hair Clipper, Detail Trimmer and Mini Foil Shaver Attachments, Gillette Fusion5ProGlide Razor, Charging Stand
Best Price - Amazon £51.18 Length 0.5mm - 20mm
I really wanted the Braun to take top spot, it is well priced, comes with loads of kit and has excellent reviews. I don’t think for one minute that you would be disappointed if you bought it however it comes in second place for the following reasons: it seems like the Braun is good at lots of things rather than being great at just a few, as one comment points out "whatever was spent on the razor (which you’ll probably throw away after a few uses) wasn’t spent on the trimmer". It comes with a 2 pin plug so you need an adaptor and finally there are a few comments stating that the settings are difficult to use or inaccurate resulting in a some accidental American History X style skin heads.
1.Panasonic ER-SB40-K811 Premium Grooming Series Hair & Beard Trimmer
Best Price - Ebay £64.99 Waterproof 19 Settings
Panasonic isn’t a name synonymous with beard trimmers however they do make some damn fine products, my 15 year plasma TV is evidence of this. It isn’t fancy and it doesn’t have loads of attachments (not a bad thing in my eyes) it’s simply one solution for one problem. The SB40 hasn’t got the most amount of 5 star reviews but is our winner because it has got the least amount of 1 stars rants, the comments confirm it is an excellent beard trimmer and can be used on hair too. Most importantly it’s a quality bit of kit, so much so that people consider it a BIFL (Buy It For Life) product and how often do you get that these days? Think of the planet people! I also wanted to note that the Amazon reviews are based on a higher price of £88.99 so you could assume they would be even better at £64.99.
Thank you for reading and I hope this blog has been helpful! Once the Panasonic ER-SB40-K811 arrives I will putting it through its paces before doing a follow up blog with my findings. As usual if you have any questions please leave a comment or get at me on instagram @ladlifts