After more than 20 hours in research, and weeks of testing , growing beards, trimming and giving a kid a haircut we recommend the Wahl Lithium Ion Complete Grooming Kit as the best trimmer for most people. It feels great in the hand, has the sharpest blades, amazing battery life and is at better value than anything else in the market.
The Best Trimmer for Men
The Wahl Lithium Ion Complete Grooming Kit
The Wahl Lithium Ion Complete Grooming Kit is a cordless trimmer with an amazing 3-hour battery. It has the sharpest blades, a full set of beard guides, and powerful enough for any use. It is also highly rated and reviews both in India and abroad. The only down-side is that this trimmer cannot be used in wet conditions.
2. For wet conditions – Top Pick – Panasonic ER -GB40
3. For wet conditions – – Budget Pick – Panasonic 6-in-1 All-over-body Groomimg – ERGY10
A good budget pick for those wanting a trimmer that can be used in wet conditions. The trimmer is well-built, has sturdy built beard guides. The trimmer blades are stainless steel and do a good job. While not as powerful as the ER-GB40, they are good enough for normal usage. The main problem with this model is the charging time. 8 hours of charging gives you a 50 minutes of runtime.
The Best Trimmer for Men
- The Wahl Lithium Ion Complete Grooming Kit
The Wahl comes with precision hardened, finely ground blades with 12 trimming lengths. It has a very nice and comfortable silicone rubber grip and comes with a 2 years manufacturer’s warranty. This is a 4-in -1 tool for trimming, shaving, grooming and detailing. The lithium-Ion battery provides 3 hours of run time on a single charge and has a 1-minute quick charge feature that makes it stand out among competition. The quick charge is blessing and when we would run out of juice in the middle of trim, a minute of top-up charge was enough for another 3 minutes of trimming to finish the job. Another great feature of the battery is that you can charge the product while using it – this is not often seen in many models.
The motor is powerful and cuts more hair in a single pass than many competitors. The beard guides are east to attach and are well built.
The blades in the Wahl are almost professional grade and easily cuts through beard hair of all types. There are 4 kinds of blades. One is a Trimmer blade for beard trimming , a Precision detailer for nose and ear hair, a Dual shaver for shaving your beard and a Hair clipper T-blade for trimming hair on the head.
The weak point of the all in one kit is the shaving head. The dual foil shaver is not the greatest and has a problem with tough beards. However we do not hold this against it as this is more of a trimmer than a dedicated shaver. Another drawback is that you cannot use this trimmer in running water or under the shower. It is not designed to be underwater and even an accidental dip in water may damage it. Even the blades are not rust proof and Wahl recommends that you do not wash it under water. There have been complaints of the blades rusting even with slight moisture. However if usage in wet conditions is important to you, look at our other picks.
The model is the top model in the Wahl consumer range and we think it is good enough for most people. Overall we give it a full recommendation and you will not be disappointed with the performance. Its made in the USA, is sturdy and well-built and does its job better than most products out there at this price.
Use and care
Maintaining the Wahl Lithium Ion is simple: To clean your blades simply hold the trimmer downward and use the cleaning brush to wipe off hair. Follow this up with a drop of oil. Also remove the blades and use the brush to remove any hairs that may be stuck there. Do not get the blades wet or wash under water.
1. Well Built and ergonomic shape
2. Detachable high quality blades
3. Great 3 hour battery
1. Cannot be used under water
2. Blades cannot be washed
2. Dual Shaver is not as good as dedicated shavers
3. No carry pouch for easy storage
If you want a trimmer that can handle water well, look at these models.
2. Panasonic ER -GB40
The ERGB 40 is a more powerful model which is better built and has 0.5mm cutting intervals for precise cutting.
This definitely looks and feels like amore premium product. It has very thick grips that are made of rubber and makes it perfect for use with wet hands. The 19 setting blade dial shifts blade length from 1mm to 10mm. This makes it perfect for precision trimming. It works great for everything except thick beards. The blades are stainless steel and well built.
Its not as powerful as the Wahl and the blades aren’t as good , but no other tool can give the fine stubble-length adjustment that this model does. We are also impressed by the wet and dry feature. You can run it under the water or use it in the shower without any issues. However the same battery issues – 8hours charge for 50 minutes usage does not make it our top pick.
3. Panasonic 6-in-1 All-over-body Groomimg – ERGY10 – Budget Pick
We tested the Panasonic’s and were impressed by the wet and dry feature. You can run it under the water or use it in the shower without any issues. The length adjustment is a breeze and the beard guides are well built. There are 5settings from 3 -15mm and it comes with 3 well build beard / hair guides. The trimmer blades are stainless steel and do a good job. The overall built quality is very good and it feels like it will last a long time. The main problem with this model is the charging time. 8 hours of charging gives you a 50 minutes of runtime. We found ourselves often running out of juice and then to get it back working, you need to wait for 8 hours. Bad situation when it happens in the middle of a trim. It also cannot be used while charging.
We don’t recommend
1. Philips Multigroom – QG3387
The Philips Multi Groom is one of the highest rated products online. However, we do not recommend it. The Philips multi groom was very impressive in specifications. It’s a full metal trimmer with 8 attachments-including multiple combs with up to 18 length settings. This gives you a lot of options to style the hair on face, head and body. The unit is also waterproof and can be used under the shower. However, if you charge the battery for an hour and you can use it continuously only for about 45 minutes.
Also, when we held it, the grooming kit felt all plasticky and of poor quality. The silver color in the trimmer is just a fake plastic. The beard guides are too cheap in quality and if you check online reviews people have complained of the beard guides and the blades rusting and in some cases just falling apart. We recommend that you stay away from this one.
Other links to Read and refer
- A Review of the Wahl All-In-One Lithium Ion Trimmer About.com
- Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer review – Youtube usage video by SilentwalkahHD.