Relying on your barber for a shave can be pretty time and cost consuming, especially when you have to quickly trim your beard before a meeting or work. Enter, the beard trimmer- a device to take away all your worries about beard trimmer in a jiffy.
 

A beard trimmer makes grooming your beard, trimming your moustache, or staying clean-shaven extremely quick and easy. They are also wireless so you can use it without getting a tug from the main plug. But don't trimmers have really poor battery lives and really long charging times? Of course not.

Modern trimmers take around an hour to charge and can easily last at least an hour or two. Plus some trimmer even has a 5-minute quick charge option that has enough juice to last for one charge session.
 

When buying a trimmer make sure you look at the type of trimmer, as you can get a fully kitted body, nose and beard trimmer or a bog standard beard trimmer. Next, make sure that trimmer you buy has enough juice to last at least an hour. There are some other features to look at as well, so check out our buying guide section at the end.
 

There are hundreds of trimmers to choose from the market and hence it becomes difficult for the average consumer to decide which trimmer is best for him. This is where we swoop in to help save you from the misery of going through pages and pages of irrelevant numbers and lists of products. Previously we have even partnered with the experts at Studio 11, New BEL Road, Bengaluru to test our carefully selected set of trimmers out on different people to see which one was the best trimmer.


Best trimmer Philips (Best for Multigrooming)

13 in 1 trimmer

Our Studio 11 experts immediately fell in love with the Philips QG3387/15 as it offered more than what any average trimmer offers, that is a whole grooming experience. But that product has sadly been phased out but we now have its successor- the MG7715/15.
 

And compared its predecessor it now offers a lot of meaningful upgrades. The battery life is now doubled at 120 minutes, a total of 13 attachment options are now available (9 in the previous one) and best of all the design is a lot more premium with a metal finish and rubber grips.
 

The Philips MG7715/15 can be used for your beard, hair, body hair, nose hair, and eyebrows. It has multiple trim settings, ranging from zero to 16mm plus you get different combs and attachments to really finetune your hair/ beard trimming.
 

Perfect beard trimmer

One thing we particularly liked about the trimmer was that it’s waterproof, a particularly useful function when using around the sink—and you can even use it in the shower.
 

The bundled Philips fast charger has a proprietary port and is held tightly in place during charging. The cable is also sufficiently long at 130cm. The charger takes 1 hour to completely charge the trimmer gives you enough battery life to use non-stop for 120 minutes. A five-minute charge is good enough for a single shave.
 

The Philips MG7715/15 Multi-Grooming Kit is excellent for its trimming prowess and is designed for people who want the complete grooming machine as the attachments that come with the trimmer allows you the best hair trimming experience in the market. 

At Rs.3500 it’s a bit pricier than other models, but we feel this is more than justified, due to its thoughtfully-designed blade, great attachments, waterproof body, brilliant battery life, and quick-charge function.
 

Pros

  • Very thoughtfully designed with a blade that juts out

  • Now looks and feels premium too

  • Excellent multi grooming trimmer with 13 attachments in the box

  • Superb battery life (120 minutes)  & quick charging time (1 hour)

  • Excellent blade & trimming quality

  • Good warranty & brand 

  • Waterproof

Cons

  • A little expensive at Rs.3500

  • Has the proprietary Philips charger

  • No pouch is provided

  • Cannot be used when connected

Where to buy it?

Philips beard trimmer QT4011/15

The Philips 4011/15 is a much simpler trimmer considering that it comes with a single comb attachment, but it has a high-quality titanium blade, long battery life & quick charging. The reason it's second? It works only a beard trimmer.
 

This is not meant to be a fancy trimmer, but rather a highly functional, high-quality machine. It certainly looks the part, with a solidly-built black plastic body with red accents giving it a subtly stylish look.

It comes with a titanium-coated blade with a single attachment for your beard, a brush to clean the trimmer after trimming and a carry pouch for the equipment.

Despite the lack of attachments, our stylist was happy with the performance of the trimmer, which he felt would be a great tool for people who are looking for a high-quality budget beard trimmer without any extra attachments.
 

The titanium-coated blade, paired with the comb attachment, makes it a great tool for getting various facial hair styles, and the shape of the attachment itself meant that no hair gets trapped in it, or the body, making it much easier to clean than a lot of other trimmers out there.

After extended use of the QT4011/15, our stylist said that it came in a close second to the QG3387/15 (our previous best pick), which is quite an achievement given that it’s almost half the price. 

Philips 4011/15 Trimmer

Philips 4011/15 Trimmer

The QT 4011/15 has multiple trim settings, from zero to 10mm, and the trim level controller is a rotating knob which makes it extremely easy to control and helps to make it feel much more solid than the other trimmers level controllers.

The on-off switch is a slider switch as opposed to a button, and also has a nice feel to it.

The Trimmer comes with a proprietary fast charger, that can charge the trimmer in 1 hour and has a battery life of 90 mins (Our stylist loved this). We liked that the trimmer can be used even when plugged into the mains, so you can use it as soon as you plug it in.

Philips 4011 in action

Philips 4011 in action

One downside to this device is that it isn’t waterproof, which is why it comes with a cleaning brush to clean the blades. You can remove the comb attachment though, which can then be washed with water for a thorough clean.

Rotary trim level controller on the  4011/15

Rotary trim level controller on the  4011/15

The QT4011/15 is a great beard trimmer that will do justice in the hands of a new user, just as well as an experienced person. The high-quality blades and attachments, the ergonomic body and easy-to-use controls, and the simply amazing battery life, coupled with the fast charging, makes it really a bang for your buck product at just Rs. 1699.

Pros

  • Great for beard trimming 

  • Excellent blade quality

  • Best battery life in test (Almost 90 minutes use) & Fast charging (1 hour)

  • Corded/ Cordless use is a great option

  • 2+1 year warranty

Cons

  • Not waterproof

  • Only one attachment

  • Not suitable for removing the hair from your head

  • Has the proprietary Philips charger

Who is the competition?

Philips Vacuum Beard Trimmer BT7206/15
Armed with double sharpened steel blades, a vacuum system, fast charging, brilliant design the BT7206/15 had all that it takes to be a winner but fell short owing to a few things. 

The main issue was that the blade although very good has a plastic shroud around it that limits free motion, which is why the performance was not as good, especially when it comes to styling your beard and thus the trimmer came in at third place in our test.

Plastic shroud near blade on Philips vacuum (Left)

Plastic shroud near blade on Philips vacuum (Left)

Philips Vacuum trimmer traps hair in cavity

Philips Vacuum trimmer traps hair in cavity

Coming to the vacuum feature, yes, this was the only trimmer with the feature and it worked very well, but due to all the hair getting sucked into the trimmer it gets tricky to clean it. Also, it's not waterproof so cleaning it is much more difficult.

Philips QT4005/15 Trimmer

The 4005 is one of Philips budget offering, it comes with a steel blade, 20 trim levels and a trimming range of 0.5-10mm. Our Stylist was not a fan of accuracy that can be achieved with the trimmer because it jams little remnants of hair between the blades making it difficult to us while trimming, although the blade design is good with respect to the positioning. Another reason for not liking this is the slow charging time of 10 hours & a usage time of only 45 mins. Though the trimming is quite sturdy and ergonomic to hold it does fall short due to its slow charging and performance. Our stylist placed this trimmer at the fourth position in our test

Panasonic ER-GB37 Men's Trimmer

The Panasonic has an amazing design, waterproof body, and a dock-based charging system.

Our stylist felt this trimmer is more suited for shorter beards only, due to the blade design tending to jam with bits of hair, making it difficult to work with. While it had a 50-minute battery life, the necessary eight-hour charging time didn’t really help its case.

Nova NHT 1086 Trimmer

The Nova was one of the most affordable trimmers in the test priced at Rs.649, despite this it came with a titanium coated blade but that wasn't really of any use as it wasn't that good at trimming & styling. It's not just the blade material that matters but many other things like how good the motor is, the attachment design etc. and the slow charging time of 8 hours is also pretty bad.
 


Note: The above tests were conducted by an expert who uses professional grooming tools, while the trimmers we tested were not professional but are designed for home use. Hence you must not look at any trimmer as a bad trimmer as what the stylist felt was bad may not be noticed by a normal user.

Even the top picks in this test were not able to achieve the level of trimming that can be achieved by the professional trimmers used by the stylist. So it all depends on the user and his needs. Choose wisely, basic specifications do not mean everything, understand the need for the specifications, read about usage by other people.

 

Buying Guide to the best trimmer

Trimmers can be of many types, some specific and some that can do it all like our best pick. These are the three types of trimmers you must know about before going in for anyone:

Easy to use
  • Hair Trimmers- Can be used to trim your head

  • Beard Trimmers- Allows you to trim your beard and even style it

  • Ear & Nose Trimmer- Also known as Nose clipper used to trim the hair in your nose and ears

So, make sure you pick the type of trimmer that you want.
 

Then look at the battery and type of the trimmer. Some trimmers can be recharged while some need replaceable batteries. Also, check if your next trimmer is corded or cordless. Cordless trimmers are the best to use because you can use it without worrying about the cable length.
 

Next, you have different types of blades. If the trimmer has blades other than stainless steel there are many chances for the blades to become rusty in the environmental condition. Titanium blade trimmers are also available with better cutting ability.

Finally, you have two features that are only found on the most expensive trimmers but are pretty handy. The first is waterproofing so you can use your trimmer under the shower and the next is the vacuum function- which sucks in the stray hair you don't mess up your clothes.
 

Some useful tips to know before using your next trimmer:

  • Do check if you trimmer needs to be oiled to keep the blades sharp. Most Philips trimmers do not need oil and self sharpen the blades every time you use them. 

  • Do not use a switched off trimmer on your beard as this can damage the trimmer

  • Most waterproof trimmers cannot be sued while charging. This is not a defect but a safety measure to prevent you from spilling water on the charger/ cable (which are not waterproof)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Can I use it cordless? Can I use it with the cord? Removable battery?
    All trimmers in this test had non-removable rechargeable batteries. Our best Pick & Best Budget pick are the only to trimmers in the test to work corded/ cordless

  • Does it work for body hair? Can we use it to trim our head hair?
    The Philips MG7715/15 Multi-Grooming Kit is the only one that comes with dedicated attachments for your chest hair, head hair, nose hair, eyebrows.

  • Is there a charger in the box? Lost my charger what to do? Proprietary or USB charger?
    All trimmers in this test came with proprietary chargers bundled with the product. You can purchase the replacement charger online.
     
  • What material are the blades? Where can we get new blades?
    Stainless Steel is the most common blade material, while a few trimmers have Titanium coated or Chromium steel blades.

  • Can we use it in a shower?
    Only two trimmers in this test we waterproof and can be used in the shower.
     
  • Any effect on the skin?
    Even after extensive testing, not a single customer complained about any harsh effect on the skin.

  • Do you feel any pain while using?
    There was no discomfort for the stylist/ customer while the trimmer was being used. 

  • How many blades do we get?
    All trimmers come with a single blade and at least 1 attachment, while some have more attachments. 

  • Can we get a clean shave? Can it replace a razor?
    While all trimmers have a zero shave setting they will not achieve a complete shave. 

  • Are there attachments?  if any sold loosely?
    Yes, there is at least 1x comb attachment with each trimmer. The attachments are different for each product and hence may not be easily available elsewhere. 

  • Is it easy to clean? Does it have vacuum function?
    Only one trimmer in this test had a vacuum function and it was very helpful, but it is also difficult to clean the sucked up hair. There were a few waterproof trimmers also which makes cleaning easy. 

  • Is there a nose hair trimmer?
    Trimming your nose hair requires a special attachment that was available with only one trimmer.

  • Noise while use? Do the blades heat a lot while using?
    Yes, there is some noise from the trimmers ranging from 68-82 Db. They do heat up a little on use but that is normal. 

  • Is blade oil provided?
    Some trimmers need the blade oil in order to sharpen the blades. A few do not need the oil and are self-sharpened during use. 


Final thoughts

Armed with our suggestions for the best beard trimmers available, we can assure you that your task of trimming your beard, moustache, or your next shave will be easier than ever.

If you want a full grooming kit then Philips Philips MG7715/15 Multi-Grooming Kit is the complete package. At around Rs. 3500, it comes packed with features, boasting a chromium steel blade, 16 attachments for your hair, beard, body hair, nose hair, and eyebrows, fast charging, and a comfortable, waterproof body. This trimmer shines when it comes to accuracy and quality.

But what if you need something less complicated, then our budget pick Philips QT4011/15 is perfect for you. Priced at around Rs. 1,000 it comes with a titanium-coated blade, 90 minutes battery life, a super-quick 1-hour charging time, and 20 trim levels. Our stylist liked this one too and it came in a very close second. 

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