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Rather than going with a clean-shaven look or a full beard, many men have found that they prefer them to have an attractive bit of stubble. Indeed, this is a fantastic middle ground for most, and it’s an increasingly popular aesthetic to go with. But there are many things to consider before looking for the best stubble trimmer to give you an attractive but professional look, and there are plenty of trimmers to choose from. So how do you decide?
First, you should take a look at our reviews. We’ve compared and ranked the eight best trimmers for stubble and beards, and have compiled them into a comprehensive list with in-depth reviews. The best of these stubble trimmers is our pick for Editor’s Choice, the SUPRENT Adjustable Beard Trimmer. It offers the highest amount of precision with an adjustable length setting and incredibly sharp blades that trim your hair quickly without any pulling or catching. It’s cordless once it’s charged, and will give you about 70 minutes of uninterrupted trimming time. We also have seven other impressive trimmers on our list.
When compiling this list, we took many products and features into account. We considered the power supply type of each trimmer, its battery life, and charging time where applicable so that you could know how long you’ll need to charge one of the trimmers to be able to use it. We also looked at whether these trimmers could operate in wet or dry conditions primarily, as well as the size of the trimmer for maximum convenience and maneuverability. These features are further explained in the buying guide portion of this article, following our table of trimmers and nominations, and in-depth product reviews. Afterwards, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the best stubble trimmers.
"This stubble trimmer has an ergonomic design, which makes it not only easy to use intuitively but also comfortable to hold and navigate. It has 90 minutes of battery life and can be adjusted to any length."
"It’s not just a stubble trimmer, but a multifunctional tool that can be used for different styling needs. While not waterproof, it still easy to clean with its quick-release button that removes blades."
"This trimmer is a grooming classic that can help with a stubble look, among other styles with its stainless steel blades and adjustable comb. It’s corded, so there’s no need for batteries, and it can work for as long as you need."
"It’s a trimmer that is great for a stubble look, while it also comes with a variety of attachments to help take care of one’s beard as well. Its’ battery running time is about 5 hours, which is quite long for such a tool."
After considering all of the features and benefits that this trimmer offers, we had to name the SUPRENT Adjustable Beard Trimmer as our Editor’s Choice for the best stubble trimmer.
This trimmer has a total of 19 different length settings. They’re all within 0.5 mm of one another, which guarantees that you’ll be able to find the best length for your stubble growth and maintenance. The battery, once charged, will give you up to 70 minutes of operating time for this trimmer, so it’s very likely that you won’t have to charge it for some time after using it. This model also comes with a LED light that warns you of a low battery charge or alerts you when your trimmer needs to be charged.
It has a powerful 3.6-volt DC motor that, alongside the ultra-sharp 211 blade, will give you a clean, fast trim without any pulling, tugging, or snagging. You should note that this trimmer isn’t waterproof, though, so don’t try to use it in the shower.
This trimmer got our attention and justifiably earned its place on our list as the premium pick for facial trimmers. It’s cordless and 100% waterproof, so you can safely use it in the shower or anywhere else you might want to get some facial grooming accomplished.
Along with featuring 24 total settings that range from 4 mm to 5 mm, this trimmer has a built-in memory function with a clear and easy-to-read LCD display. This means you can save and double-check or otherwise reference your trimmer to have the ideal settings ready for the next time you need to maintain your beard or stubble.
It has a flip-back guide comb, which you can move into place or out of the way easily for particularly close cuts. However, some users have expressed concern over the blade feeling rough once the guard was out of place.
Why are we impressed?
A flip-back guide comb
Has a memory function
What negatives must you be aware of?
Performance may decline after a year or two of consistent use
We’ve found the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer to be the trimmer with the best overall value, and here’s why. First, the trimmer is designed for ergonomics, meaning it’s meant to fit comfortably in your hands and feel good on your face. The increased comfort also makes it much easier to maneuver and control.
It also comes with 10 adjustable length settings that you can use that can be locked in at 1 mm increments. Additionally, the DualCut steel blades provide consistent and durable performance since they are self-sharpening, which also helps to maintain this tool effortlessly. It also has a lift and trim comb system that helps to capture and trim more flat-lying hairs with every pass.
When fully-charged, the lithium-ion battery will work consistently for up to 90 minutes of cordless use, which is more than enough for a good grooming session.
The only downside is that some users noted that it doesn’t work as well on particularly thick beards or hair, but this problem can be easily sold with some additional maintenance.
What makes it stand out?
DualCut steel blades
The trimmer has an ergonomic design
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
The adjustable attachment guard seems to comb through the beards of some users
One of the best beard trimmers for stubble that we reviewed was the Hatteker Men’s Beard Trimmer. This beard trimmer can help you maintain a fuller beard and can also keep your stubble manageable and attractive.
It comes with a full and complete set of attachments for all your trimming, shaving, and other maintenance needs. It has a lithium-ion battery as well as an efficient but still powerful motor to give you a great, precision trim every time. Battery life is quite impressive with running time of 2.5 hours with only 90 to 120 minutes of charging.
Using high-carbon steel blades that are self-sharpening and guaranteed to last, you won’t have to worry about any unnecessary skin irritation. Additionally, this trimmer comes with an LED indicator light for charging purposes as well as a precision dial for choosing the perfect settings for your trimmer. Apart from that this grooming tool is waterproof, which means it can be used in a shower as well as cleaned easily afterwards.
What do we love it for?
Comes with a complete set of attachment guards
What were we disappointed with?
The instructions that come with the trimmer may be difficult to understand
Remington makes the best facial hair trimmers for stubble. This kit has everything you need to maintain your beard, mustache, and stubble to your exacting specifications. The lithium-ion battery will work for up to 120 minutes after being fully charged, which makes this trimmer quite essential for short trips when you forget or don’t want to take a charging cable with you.
The trimmer isn’t waterproof, so you can’t use it with water or in the shower if you want it to last for a long time. But even so, it’s very easy to clean and it doesn’t require any special care. It has a quick-release button that allows you to remove the premium titanium-coated blades for cleaning and other maintenance tasks.
It also features a zoom wheel that allows you to adjust the nine length settings, so if you want to change your stubble look with this tool you can do so effortlessly. Although, it might not be the best choice for a clean shave look. This trimmer is built to last and if maintained properly should last a very long time of happy trimming.
If you’re looking for the best beard trimmer for a stubble look, the Hangsun trimmer is a great option. This compact trimmer will deliver up to 9,800 cuts per minute using hypoallergenic, skin-friendly precision blades angled specifically to deliver efficient and precise cuts.
It has seven different lock-in length settings from 2 mm to 14 mm with the comb or 5 mm without, which is a great option for those who look for a multifunctional tool that can allow to create not only a stubble style but many others. It also has an ergonomic grip for maximum comfort, so it’s very easy to navigate and hold this tool for as long as you need.
This stubble trimmer has a battery life of 45 minutes, while it takes around 8 hours to charge it. While it may seem long, it’s possible to use it with a cord for as long as one may need.
Conair has a lot of quality products for self-grooming and self-care, and their Beard and Mustache Trimmer is one of the best for face trimming and maintaining stubble.
This is a great trimmer if you have particularly sensitive skin. It uses an easily-removable stainless steel blade to give you a quick easy cut with impressive precision, while it also very easy to clean and maintain.
This is a corded model and it shouldn’t be used in the shower or around water as a result. The attachments don’t have low settings, so you may not have a particularly close cut with this trimmer, so while its perfect for a stubble look, clean shaving might be not its strong point.
This trimmer comes with two jawline combs and a third, adjustable comb with five positions available, so there are different grooming styles to choose from.
What are our favorite features?
Two jawline combs
Stainless steel blade
Works great even on sensitive skin
What could be better?
It may take a few passes for this trimmer to cut your beard and stubble to the desired length
The best beard and stubble trimmer to finish out our review list is the Remington Beard Boss Perfecter Stubble and Beard Kit. This trimmer has the highest running time of any of the cordless trimmers we’ve reviewed so far. With a full charge, this trimmer has a full five hours of potential runtime, so you could charge it before a long weekend or a business trip and not have to worry about charging it again for the duration.
This kit comes with nine pieces including a foil shaver attachment, which will help you smooth out any details by getting as close to the skin on your neck and jawline as possible. It’s completely waterproof so you can use it anywhere, any time without fear of causing an electrical problem.
Some users mentioned that the T-blade might be too fine to work through some beards that have been grown out and may require multiple passes to actually trim them, but that might be an issue with any trimmer used with longer hair.
What are our favorite features?
Five full hours of runtime
It’s 100% waterproof
The precision ground blades are self-sharpening
What could be better?
Things to Consider
Now that you’ve seen our choices for the top eight best stubble trimmers, you probably want to know how we went about selecting them in the first place. In this buying guide, we’ll explain why you should use a stubble trimmer, we’ll touch on some of the features we look for in the best trimmers and then answer some questions.
Why do you need a stubble trimmer?
Growing a neat, well-looking beard can be a challenge in itself. You have to let it grow, trim it down, keep any stray hairs at bay, and find the length that really matches your facial type. Growing and maintaining stubble at an appropriate length, in some ways, is an art form. As any artist will tell you, the tools are an important part of the craft.
The primary reason you’ll need a stubble trimmer is to establish the length of stubble that appropriately fits your face shape and type and, once it’s established, the trimmer will allow you to maintain that length. Most trimmers come with multiple hair length settings for this purpose and will make it easy for you to look and feel your best. But there are certain features you should look for specifically when making your purchase.
Features to consider before you buy a stubble trimmer
The following features are those that we have considered when selecting and reviewing the above stubble trimmers. The power supply, battery life, charge time, operational conditions, and the size of your selected trimmer are all important factors to consider before committing to a purchase.
There are primarily two types of stubble trimmer that you’ll come across while shopping: corded and cordless.
Corded stubble trimmers have the benefit of being the more powerful trimmer type.
Because it doesn’t rely on a battery that may lose charge over time, corded trimmers will work consistently at the same power and speed.
Cordless trimmers, on the other hand, tend to be the more convenient of the two types. This is because there’s no need to worry about wrapping up a cord to be neatly packed away for travel uses. Additionally, you can use a cordless trimmer virtually anywhere without having to be tied down by a wire.
The battery life of your trimmer is highly-important, but probably not for the reasons you’re thinking. It’s true that you likely won’t be spending the full length of the battery’s life shaving, trimming, or touching up your beard, since most will run constantly for about an hour or more.
But, if you decide to travel, you can charge your trimmer before packing it and avoid having to pack the entire charger block and wire, saving you a decent amount of space in your travel bag. If you travel often, this is an important thing to consider. But even if you don’t travel much, do you really want to have to sit by while your trimmer fully charges itself every time you want to use it? Probably not.
The charge time is primarily a deciding factor on cordless beard trimmers, as the corded ones are ready to work the moment, they’re plugged into a power supply.
So, when you decide if you’d prefer a cordless trimmer, you must check the battery’s charge and runtime. If you have a regular, consistent self-care routine that involves your trimming or shaving, then it’s possible to care less about the time it takes to charge your trimmer, as you’re probably the type that prepares the night before.
Many people are not that organized, however. These people might want a trimmer that charges quickly if they wake up late for work or a meeting. Some trimmers can charge enough in only a few minutes to get you through what trimming and shaving you need to do, and these types may be perfect for your needs.
Some people prefer to get all of their shaving-related personal grooming done in the shower, and that’s perfectly okay! But you will have to make sure that your trimmer is waterproof, or you’re going to have a remarkably bad time, and more than likely will have to replace your entire trimmer.
Waterproof or water-resistant trimmers are excellent for use in both wet and dry conditions, so whether you want to shave in the shower or above the sink is then just a matter of preference or convenience.
The size of your trimmer directly affects your ability to maneuver it easily and accurately. The smaller the trimmer, the easier it will be to direct across your face while you’re perfecting your look. You don’t want one that’s too light in the weight department, as you want to be able to feel what you’re doing with the trimmer, so keep that in mind.
But that doesn’t mean to go for the heaviest or bulkiest model, either. Especially if you travel a lot, as smaller models will fit better in whatever bags you’ve packed for your trip. Additionally, trimmers that are too big may be difficult to keep a hold of or may cause hand fatigue more quickly, even if you aren’t planning on operating the trimmer for long.
Stubble trimmers are safe to use regularly and in a general sense. You don’t have to be a professional or visit a salon or barbershop to get an attractive, well-suited trim for your stubble or beard. Having a high-quality and reliable stubble trimmer at home will cut down on the costs of driving to a professional every week or every few days, depending on how quickly your hair grow. Trimming your own beard or stubble is incredibly safe, so long as you follow the instruction manual that comes with your trimmer. Additionally, you should keep in mind not to push the trimmer too deeply into or against your skin – instead, adjust the length of the attachment on your trimmer. Make sure that you keep your trimmer clean and properly oiled to prevent any catching, pulling, or hair and skin snags.
No, not all stubble trimmers are waterproof. Many are, and they can be used in the shower or with water if that’s how you prefer to shave. But if you choose to shave this way, you must first ensure that your trimmer can handle being used with or under running water, and it’s not guaranteed that it will be. Many corded trimmers, for example, cannot be used with water, because the water might travel down the cord and come in contact with the electrical socket that your trimmer is plugged into. Even with cordless models of trimmers, they might not be suited to use with water or may not be water-resistant. Be sure to check the waterproof rating of a trimmer before you purchase one.
Several stubble trimmers can be used to give a full, clean-shaven look as well should you get tired of maintaining your stubble appearance or should you need to be clean-shaven for an interview, meeting, or other engagement. Most trimmers will allow you to remove the guide comb or cover, which will expose the bare blade for use. As long as you’re cautious, you should be able to use this to achieve a clean shave.
With our list of the best stubble trimmers, including our Editor’s Choice, you should have a better idea of what to look for in a new stubble trimmer. If SUPRENT Adjustable Beard Trimmer didn’t win you over with its plethora of adjustment options, ultra-sharp blade, and lithium-ion battery, maybe ConairMAN Super Stubble, our Premium Pick, with its built-in memory and contouring head will be perfect for you. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer is another versatile product that also comes with a reasonable price. If you haven’t made your choice yet, feel free to consult our buying guide for what features to look for while you search for the best stubble trimmer for your needs.