The Best Waterproof Beard Trimmer: Because Getting Electrocuted is No Fun
In this post, we’re going to talk about our pick for the best waterproof beard trimmer, but before we dive in, we have to admit:
The first time we got into the shower with a beard trimmer, it was an act of faith. It just seemed like a crazy thing to do—your entire life, you’re told not to bring an electrical device anywhere near water, because… you know, you could die—but here’s this electronic device designed specifically for usage in water. Bringing a beard trimmer into the shower just seemed like a silly, and totally crazy, risk.
But we lived through that first terrifying shower, and many wonderful showers after that, and we’re here to tell you: waterproof beard trimmers are IT. They’re fantastic, and we love them. You can shower with them, shave in the rain, or even just sweat on them a bunch, and still remain un-electrocuted (and while that may sound silly, we find that “dripping-sweat-on-the-trimmer” scenario happens quite frequently after a workout and a long hot shower).
So, with all that in mind—here are our picks for the best waterproof trimmers for your beard. We've chosen models that perform well and are waterproof, but just remember—if you buy one of your own choosing, make sure it's fully waterproof. Not all beard trimmers are meant for in-shower usage, and this is something you obviously want to be certain about.
Alrighty then, let's dive in:
Waterproof Beard Trimmers: Product Summaries
Before we get into the nitty gritty details below, here’s a quick overview of our favorite waterproof beard trimmers, along a quick note about what we think they’re good for:
Best “Budget” Waterproof Beard Trimmer: The NOAA Waterproof Hair Trimmer. This is our budget recommendation for men who want a good trim but don’t need anything fancy;
Best Waterproof Travel Trimmer: The Brightup Beard Trimmer. As a full kit with easy USB charging, this is a good model for van lifers, truck drivers, or other men who need to shave on the go;
“Best-Bang-for-Your-Buck” Beard Trimmer (also: Best for Guys Who Like to Be Organized): The Ufree Beard Trimmer. This trimmer “punches above its weight” and can deliver the same performance that a deluxe trimmer can deliver—and its other claim to fame is its elaborate storage rack that makes it convenient to use and organize;
Best Trimmer for Thick Beards: The Hatteker Beard Trimmer. This is one of our favorite models overall, and we suggest the Hatteker for men with thick beards and heavy growth, and guys who like to use a variety of settings to get a variety of looks
Best Multi-Use Beard Trimmer for Beard, Head, and Body: The Braun Hair Clippers. Designed for usage on different parts of the body, the Braun Hair Clippers for Men is a great “all-in-one” kit, and with its compact design and tough carrying case, this is our recommendation for men who travel a lot by plane, and finally
The Best Overall / The Best Trimmer for Using When Your Beard is Actually Wet: The Panasonic Cordless Men’s Beard Trimmer. This trimmer is our pick for best beard trimmer overall, and it’s a high-end model that outperforms all the others when it comes to trimming in the shower or trimming when your beard is actually wet. We think this is the best overall, and a great luxury item.
Alrighty! Let's get into the nitty-gritty:
The Best Waterproof Beard Trimmers: Long-Form Reviews
Here are our top picks, along with what we like (and find mildly imperfect!) about each:
The NOOA Men’s Electric Waterproof Hair Trimmer
Summary: The NOAA Waterproof Hair Trimmer is easy to use and easy to set up, and it can be a great option for men who want a simple device to keep their beard stylish and neat.
> Self-sharpening blades
> 20 lengths and adjustable blade (very good!)
> Cordless and USB rechargeable
> LED battery indicator
> Battery takes 3 hours to charge
> Not the sturdiest model out there
Our favorite aspect of the NOAA Waterproof Hair Trimmer is that it’s easy to use. Since it’s primarily designed for trimming your head hair, it’s straightforward and doesn’t require any barber’s know-how to use. That’s great, because some shaving devices—particularly high-end models—get pretty complicated.
That’s not to say it’s not well-made, though. The blades are made of ceramic and titanium, and not only are they sharp, but they’re self-sharpening. Nothing is worse than getting a new trimmer only to have it get dull and start snagging your beard hairs after a few weeks.
You can cut at 20 different lengths ranging from 0.8 mm to 14.5 mm (a bit over half an inch), and that’s very decent for a trimmer in this range. You can do this using the four different guards, but also with the five different length settings on the blades. This lets you trim your beard into various elaborate styles, be it fully grown out or just stubble.
Not only is the NOOA trimmer waterproof, but it’s cordless too, which makes it great for use at the same time you wash your beard. The battery percentage is displayed with an LED indicator, so you’re never caught unaware. At 2500mAh, the battery is decent, but the charge does take a full three hours. That’s kind of pain, but perhaps not the worst thing in the world if you’re charging it overnight. Make sure to pay attention to how much charge you have left and plug it in when you need to. This is especially convenient thanks to the modern USB charging cord.
Finally, despite being waterproof, we do wish the casing and construction were a little tougher, if only for the “mental security” of it! Other than that, though, we think this is a fine model, and great if you don’t want to commit to a mid-range or “deluxe” model.
The Brightup Beard Trimmer
Summary: The Brightup Beard Trimmer is a versatile, full-trimming kit that can give the man “on-the-go” a detailed look with the convenience of a cordless, waterproof device.
> Versatile kit
> LED display with minutes remaining
> USB charging for cordless use
> Short battery life
> Battery loses capacity somewhat quickly
As a full kit, the Brightup Beard Trimmer has a ton of different attachments you can use it to get creative with your beard and keep every part of it looking well-kept and professional. This includes variously shaped heads for fully shaving, allowing you to leave stubble, etch designs, and/or trim nose and ear hair. There’s even a round guard that lets you trim your body hair, and that’s fantastic—we love multi-tools like this, and the Brightup punches above its weight when it comes to usage.
In addition to all this, there are guards of five different lengths so you can trim the parts of your beard that are fully grown out. That’s great if you like to grow your beard out long, and then cut it down to different lengths at different times. Some guys like to have their beards a single length at all times—it kind of becomes their signature—but it can be nice to switch things up sometimes, and guards of different lengths lets you do that.
The Brightup trimmer is cordless, as you’d imagine a waterproof model would be, but the battery is arguably its weakest feature. You get a max of 90 minutes for the same 90 minutes of charging. That’s not terrible, but it’s nothing to brag about. Battery life is shown on a digital display, and it states the time left remaining in minutes (which we actually appreciate, especially since most of us know exactly how long it takes us to shave). That said, because the lithium-ion battery loses capacity over time, this might not be exactly accurate, so you might need to do some guestimating.
Charging is via a USB cord, though, which is really nice. You can charge it via a laptop or whatever kind of adapter you want. Plus, you can even charge it in the car, which makes it a great option for guys regularly on the road, be it van lifers, truck drivers or just frequent travelers.
The Ufree Beard Trimmer
Summary: The Ufree Beard Trimmer is a solid mid-range option that you can charge via USB, and it’s got an impressive compact storage rack that lets you keep all your shaving heads and trim guards organized.
> Multiple heads and guards for different beard lengths and looks
> Compact storage rack can make storage and clean-up easy
> USB charging for cordless use—can charge on via your laptop!
> LED display
> Short battery life
> Battery loses capacity over time
The Ufree Beard Trimmer is very similar to the Brightup trimmer—and both are good, capable mid-range beard trimmers—but the standout feature of the Ufree Trimmer is the compact rack that lets you store all the different heads and guards. If you’re a guy who likes to be organized—or hopes one day to be organized!—that can be a tremendous selling point. It can help you keep your bathroom countertop clean and uncluttered, and that can be a HUGE deal if you have a spouse / partner / roommate and you need to be considerate of their space.
As for the model itself, the guards themselves come in a helpful range of lengths, with options for 3, 6, 9 and 12 mm, as well as a sideburns comb. This is on top of the various heads that let you trim stubble or etch in designs. While we do wish it came with a comb or other tools to help with styling, all the options give you versatility when it comes to trimming, and it should be a good match for the majority of bearded gentlemen out there.
Like the Brighton trimmer—and a lot of mid-range trimmers that don’t quite make the “deluxe” level—the Ufree trimmer’s battery is its biggest downside. You get around 90 minutes of use, but you have to charge it for the same amount of time. Plus, the LED display may get less and less accurate over time. Both are fine and utile and helpful, but not fantastic, and they don’t have the battery capability of some higher-end models.
Another feature worth noting is the sharpness of the steel blades on the various heads. Combined with the powerful motor, the sharp blades help avoid snags on your skin, and make for a comfortable shave without irritation, even close to the skin. Plus, that same motor isn’t too loud, so you don’t bother anyone else around you, even if you’re traveling together or living in a close space. That’s actually a standout feature of this model, because a lot of mid-range beard trimmers are irritatingly loud.
In fact, the Ufree trimmer is great for traveling, not just because of the compact storage that we already mentioned, but also because of the USB charger. It’s easy to find a place to plug it in even if you’re in the car or at a hotel.
All in all, we like this one a lot, and it gets our vote for “best-bang-for-your-buck.” It’s a mid-range model, but performs at a very high level.
The Hatteker Men’s Beard Trimmer
Summary: The Hatteker Beard Trimmer is a tough device with a lot of adjustability that can make it ideal for men with thick beards and/or men who like to go for different looks with their facial hair.
> Highly adjustable blade with precision dial
> Good ratio of battery charge time to use time
> LCD display with battery time remaining
> Tough construction
> Sharp ceramic titanium blade
> Requires charging base
> Bulky and not ideal for travel
With the Hatteker Beard Trimmer, we’re getting into the more “deluxe” models, and our favorite aspect of the Hatteker is one you’ll usually only find with high-quality trimmers: it’s adjustable, it can trim at different lengths, and it’s great for THICK beards. Lesser-made trimmers can’t always hack it when it comes to thicker growth, and that’s one of our favorite aspects of the Hatteker Trimmer.
Our other favorite aspect of the Hatteker is its adjustability: it’s got six guards of various lengths and three heads of different widths for trimming precision, and it’s got a precision dial—very cool—that lets you adjust the guard from 3-8 mm without having to change anything out. Plus, the blade itself is tunable from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm. You can get a lot of different combinations and blend different parts of your beard, and with enough practice and skill, can get a fresh, professional-barber look.
Another thing we like about this trimmer is the battery. You get some 2.5 hours of use out of it, but you only have to charge it for about 90 minutes. That’s a much better ratio than a lot of the models on our list. The battery life is then shown on an LCD display as minutes of use remaining.
The only “ding” against it is that the charging feature requires a charging stand. That’s not exactly great for traveling or transporting, and the machine itself isn’t especially compact. While this does make it a lot tougher and resistant to damage, it’s really better for at-home use.
Being waterproof, you don’t have to worry about the blades corroding even if you trim with a wet beard or need to wash it frequently. The blades have a ceramic titanium blade design that stays sharp longer AND prevents snags and skin irritation, and that’s fantastic.
The Braun Hair Clippers for Men
Summary: The Braun Hair Clippers is a great multi-use tool good for beard, head, and body, and with its compact, durable carrying kit + ability to adapt to different voltages, it can be a great option for styling professionals and international businessmen.
> High-end, deluxe model that can provide precise trims
> Durable construction and “lifetime sharp” blades
> Tough carrying case
> Adapts to 100V and 240V inputs
> Multiple heads and guards
> Razor included
> Short battery life
> No display, which is a bit surprising!
Braun is one of the best-known makers of trimming products out there, and they’re particularly well-known for their electric shavers, but they’ve got some pretty fantastic beard trimmers, as well. The Braun Hair Clippers are one such product: it’s a great “do-it-all” model that you can use on your beard, head, and body, and it comes with “lifetime sharp” blades, so you can use it often on thick beards without worrying about snags and irritation. That’s about all we could ask for when it comes to beard trimmers.
So this is our recommendation for guys who want a multi-tool—and it’s fantastic when you can go straight from trimming your beard to trimming your body hair—but we’d also recommend the Braun kit for professionals who have to travel by plane a lot, especially internationally: the compact carrying case fits easily in a suitcase and protects the device, and the electric motor adapts to both 100V and 240V inputs, so you don’t have to worry about adapters. That can be a huge relief if you’ve ever gone to plug in a shaver abroad and found it basically useless because you can’t plug it in.
Unfortunately, the battery doesn’t last that long—just an hour—and that’s probably a result of the compact size. There’s no display, either, so you have to make sure to keep it charged so you don’t wake up late for a business meeting and find you can't trim.
This is one of our high-end picks, and it can be a great model for just about everyone. Two thumbs up.
Finally, we’ve got…
The Panasonic Cordless Men’s Beard Trimmer
Summary: The Panasonic Cordless Men’s Beard Trimmer is a top-shelf model that’s designed for unruly beards, and it’s our pick for “best-in-shower” trimmer and “best-for-use-with-a-wet-beard.” The best waterproof beard trimmer out there, in our estimation.
> Durable design
> Stainless steel, hypoallergenic blades
> Ergonomic rubber grip
> Highly adjustable
> Short battery life
> No display
Along with the Braun, the Panasonic Cordless Trimmer is a top-shelf device, and we’ll start with our favorite aspect of the device: it operates very well in the shower or when your beard is wet. All the trimmers on our list are waterproof, but the Panasonic Cordless Trimmer is arguably the best for use in the shower. That’s partly due to its tough, quality construction, but also the rubber grip—it’s less likely to slip out of your hand, and it’s easier to hold for agile, precise cuts and trims. That’s the name of the game, really.
The machine itself is well-made and sturdy, too, and features stainless steel, hypoallergenic blades—which can be great for guys with sensitive skin. That's another one of those features that separates the good beard trimmers from the great ones, because a lot of the lesser-made beard trimmers can really tug on your skin, and that can be a torturous for a guy with sensitive skin.
The battery life isn’t great—at just 50 minutes, it's a little disappointing, and that's bit surprising for a Braun shaver—but it charges fairly quickly on a charging base, and the battery seems to last longer than other trimmers, and doesn't flake out as easily.
As for trimming itself, it’s got a unique feature which we love: the blades are set at a 45-degree angle to provide a uniform, clean cut. That makes actually using the tool a bit easier than other models, and it can be a good match for guys with whiskers and stubble that grow every-which-way. The 19 different settings are great, too, and you don’t have to mess with trim guards to use the trimmer at different lengths—just adjust the length dial inset in the trimmer itself, and you can shave at 19 different lengths. That’s fantastic, and it can make it a great tool for different styles of beards.
If you’re looking for a best-of-the-bunch beard trimmer, this is our recommendation.
And… that’s it! Thanks for reading. We’re BIG fans of beard trimmers, and waterproof models in particular, so we had a great time researching and writing this post. If you’ve still got some questions about beard trimmers, we’ve got some good news for you: here we’ll segue into…
Frequently Asked Questions about Waterproof Beard Trimmers
You got questions? We got answers! Here are some of the most common concerns when it comes to waterproof trimmers:
Are Waterproof Beard Trimmers Safe?
Waterproof beard trimmers are very safe devices. Manufacturers have put a lot of research into making sure they can be safely used even when exposed to whatever amount of water they’re rated for.
The biggest safety issue for these trimmers is skin protection. Most come with guards or specialized heads that you should use as necessary. Similarly, you should only use the trimmers or the specialized heads for whatever part of the body they’re designed for.
For example, don’t use a trimmer made specifically for beards on your body hair. The guards and blades might not be positioned correctly for this skin and could cause snags and even cuts.
Can You Use a Waterproof Beard Trimmer in the Shower?
Unfortunately, just because a beard trimmer is waterproof, that doesn’t mean you can necessarily use it in the shower. Instead, by “waterproof,” the manufacturer might just mean that it can resist a small amount of moisture when cleaning it.
You should check specifically if your beard trimmer allows for use in the shower or bath. Some companies specifically put labels or symbols such as a faucet that will either have a slash through it or not.
How Do You Clean a Waterproof Beard Trimmer?
The nicest thing about waterproof trimmers is that you can usually run them under water to clean out hair trimmings and keep them fresh. That said, you should read your specific trimmer’s manual ahead of time to see exactly how to do it.
With some models, you may only be able to use water to clean certain heads and guards, while others must be dry cleaned due to oiled parts that could corrode otherwise. Usually these will also come with a small brush that helps you remove hair and keep the blades moving efficiently.
The Last Word of Waterproof Trimmers
For a lot of us, waterproof beard trimmers can be a game-changer—you can lounge around in the shower and do your trimming, and then casually let all those whiskers and clippings get carried away down the drain. No fuss, no muss, no clean-up. That’s FANTASTIC, and it makes waterproof beard trimmers worth the time and effort.
We hope there’s something here that helps you, and that you’ll be happily trimming for months and years to come. Be good, have fun, and happy trimming!