Facial hair provides men with a perfect opportunity to make a statement. If you can get the cut right, it is easy to tell the person in front of you just who you are without saying a word; playful, sophisticated, creative and so on. But unlike shaving, trimming is a little more demanding.
It all starts with identifying the right trimmer. So, what should you look for when buying a beard trimmer?
- Ease of use always goes for a trimmer that is easy to use. How is it handled for example? Most trimmers have the switch button on the left edge such that it is reachable to the right thumb when held by the right hand. If you are left-handed, this type of trimmer would never suit you well, and you will struggle to use it.
- Will you be traveling often? If yes, then you need a beard trimmer casing for ease of storage/carrying. Even if you don’t travel as such, beard trimmer cases are essential for the personal organization. Men who carry their trimmers to the workplace, for example, are better off with than without trimmer cases.
- Cord or cordless? When buying a beard trimmer, one of the biggest decisions you are faced with is making a choice between the cord and cordless trimmers. Both have pros and cons; wire trimmers are the cheaper of the two, but they restrict your mobility, cordless trimmers are less restrictive on your mobility, but you will have to pay more.
Alternatively, and this is now becoming standard, you can go for a trimmer that offers both! You can always plug it for a full charge, but you can also carry it to the gym.
- Look out for removable, adjustable guide combs. These guide combs are what allow you to control the trimming depth. With them, you can always vary your cutting options. If you are ever to talk about making a statement, then a fixed guide-comb trimmer is not the right choice for you.
- Stainless steel or titanium blades – These give you the best results. Check to ensure that the blades are self-sharpening. Hypoallergenic blades are also a much better choice their irritation is not as profound.
- Go for a trimmer with a vacuum system – a vacuum system enables the trimmer to pick up hair as you trim; you do not want the hair flying all over the place.
- Buy from the top brands – It’s not just for the prestige; these top-sellers also come with undeniable quality. Some of the familiar names when it comes to beard trimmers include Andis, Wahl, Remington, Norelco, Philips and Panasonic.
There will be quite a few other factors to consider when buying beard trimmers including prices, power ratings, lock mechanisms and so much more. It depends so much on the buyer, tastes, and the budget. Sometimes you may even have to settle for a particular brand just because the one you were interested in is not in stock.
What we have listed here is not the comprehensive list. But they could well be a good starting point.