At present’s inventive facial hair motion has lastly trickled down into gadgetry, with the rise of a variety of merchandise designed to good that scruffy, stubbly face you’ve got labored so laborious to get proper.

It is a product class that, surprisingly for as soon as, we really want. Electric razors do not do the job. Conventional clippers are too unwieldy to make use of on the face. The brand new breed of mini-trimmers—generally referred to as “stylers,” although no universally-adopted moniker has emerged—are light-weight, maneuverable, and serve a wide range of capabilities. At a minimal they work as a extremely adjustable clipper (normally letting you specify the peak of the hair you’d wish to trim right down to a fraction of a millimeter) and as a combless razor, so you may clear up wayward strands and full intricate shaving jobs, all in the identical system.

I have been utilizing a wide range of stylers for a number of weeks, and now I take advantage of one almost day by day as a part of my grooming routine. I take advantage of a styler to shave off hair in bizarre locations the place my razor is not efficient (close to my ears, a Bermuda triangle underneath my chin), and to even out my sideburns. With a comb hooked up, I can trim down the bush that develops behind my ears, the place the hair inexplicably grows too rapidly – and it is a godsend for doing element work in my, the right way to put this delicately, my lavde ke baal.

I examined 4 totally different stylers to see which was most versatile and efficient. Here is the gist.

The Philips Norelco OneBlade Pro (Score: eight, $80) is described by the corporate as “revolutionary,” and whereas I won’t go that far, it is without doubt one of the extra distinctive and versatile hybrids available on the market. The principle promoting level is the dual-edge design: The top of the OneBlade has a chopping floor on each the highest and the underside of the blade, so you may trim in two instructions, regardless of the way you’re holding the system. This design opens up myriad prospects when utilizing it with out the comb. Holding it perpendicular to the pores and skin enables you to even up sideburns simply, whereas holding the blade towards the pores and skin lets it shave off stray hairs wherever they may be. The blade is extraordinarily skinny, so you may simply rise up shut and private, although it is fully comfy in use.

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The Professional mannequin features a single adjustable comb that permits you to dial in your trimming depth manually. Picks vary from zero.4mm to a whopping 10mm (at which level you’re higher off utilizing a regular trimmer). The dial concept is fascinating, however in observe, it is slightly cumbersome and tends to get in the best way. I discovered I used the OneBlade far more for combless cleanup slightly than as a trimmer. Additionally included within the field is a considerably flimsy charging station (it is not wi-fi, only a conduit that connects the OneBlade to the twine). If you are able to do with out the rotary comb and the charging station, the usual OneBlade, at simply $35, is a really compelling various.

The Gilette Styler (Score: 5; $24) payments itself as a trimmer, edger, and shaver multi function, and it is a considerably totally different possibility from the opposite merchandise on this lineup. For starters, it is tiny, concerning the dimension of a Sharpie, and it is offered in a blister pack as an alternative of a field. Designed as a low-cost various, the rechargeable battery has been jettisoned in favor of a single AA battery (mine got here preinstalled, however lifeless on arrival). The Gilette Styler does a minimum of characteristic an fascinating array of choices. The usual head is a trimmer so much such as you discover on the again of an electrical razor. Three combs are included if you wish to use this for cleansing up beards and longer hair. As this can be a Gilette product, naturally it could possibly convert right into a shaver, too: A particular attachment clips on prime of the trimmer, which in flip accepts a regular five-blade Gilette cartridge (something within the Fusion model).

Finally, the small dimension hampers the Styler from being efficient. When you have a full beard, it will be simply too diminutive to make fast sufficient work of cleansing it up. The attachment mechanism is a bit temperamental, too. That stated, as a result of it is so compact and would not require a separate charger, there’s a minimum of a case to be made for tossing it into your in a single day bag for emergency wants.

The Braun MGK3080 (Score: 6; $60) is a a lot totally different providing than the Gilette, however it suffers from a number of the identical issues. Billed as a “9 in 1” trimmer, the system features a cumbersome base unit to which 4 totally different head models connect: a regular clipper, a miniature model of an electrical razor (meant for physique grooming), a smaller “precision” trimmer/clipper, and a rotary nostril hair trimmer. Two adjustable combs (three to 11mm and 13 to 21mm) are included for the usual clipper, as are two very quick combs (1mm and 2mm). Lastly, a guide Gillette razor is included within the field, only for kicks.

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That is loads of stuff to muddle your cupboards with, and if it labored all that properly I would not thoughts. Sadly, whereas the Braun is a jack of all trades, it is a grasp of none. Although efficient, the physique groomer is sort of loud, the combs aren’t safe sufficient on the trimmer, and the precision trimmer, just like the Gillette’s, is just too small to be efficient except you are shaving patterns into your stubble. (Are we doing that?) My largest criticism is with the general design, although, which feels flimsy and outsized, and which places the ability button on the again of the shaver as an alternative of in simple attain on the entrance.

The Conair I-Stubble (Score: 7, $50) could also be saddled with a horrible title, however it’s more practical than I might initially estimated it might be. The design is just like a regular clipper, with blades set at a 90-degree angle to the deal with. A plastic comb folds over on prime of the blades for trim jobs, and the depth of the comb is electronically adjustable (with a motorized mechanism) to varied ranges between zero.4mm and 5mm in size. A digital readout on the deal with signifies the comb depth, and if you wish to shave straight towards the pores and skin, you flip the comb up and across the again of the system to get it (type of) out of the best way.

Sadly, all these further electronics trigger the I-Stubble to be a bit cumbersome and heavy, and the thick blades are tough towards the pores and skin. Nonetheless, the system is efficient when used with the comb or as a razor, although it is much less comfy than different choices, and all that further will get in the best way whenever you’re doing exceptionally delicate work. It is also a bit on the messy facet. Hair tends to get caught within the advanced internet of plastic combs, which makes it tougher to wash (although it may be rinsed in water).

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