With the winter cold snap showing no signs of abating, countless Aussie men are insulating their faces with a coat of natural fuzz. Unfortunately, we now resemble Wildling extras from the TV show Game Of Thrones. (Beards might be "in", but the shaggy mountain man look is taking things too far.) The Braun Beard Trimmer attempts to rectify this situation by taming unkempt bristles into the style of your choice. We put it to the test.
In a wily move, Braun Australia has opted to launch its new beard trimmer in the middle of winter. The product's main claim to fame is an inbuilt trimmer dial which lets the user extend or retract the razor's comb to suit their personal style.
This is a much simpler solution than including a bunch of separate, fiddly attachments. Instead, the Braun Beard Trimmer comes with just two adjustable combs: 1mm to 10mm and 10mm to 20mm. (Unless you're rocking a big-arse beard, you'll probably only ever need the 1mm-10mm version.)
The trimmer dial includes 10 settings that cover all style lengths, from full beards to five o’clock shadows. Personally, we think it should have gone up to 11 in homage to the lustrous mutton-chops of Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls. Maybe on the next version, eh?
In addition to the main razor, there's also a slide-out precision trimmer on the back for the metrosexual set. Other features of note include cordless operation, a water-resistant design for easy washing, an in-built voltage adaptor that makes it usable in any country and "lifetime-lasting" blades. (We'd take that last one with a grain of salt as there doesn't appear to be a corresponding warranty.)
In practice, the Braun Beard Trimmer works pretty much as advertised: the combs sport a non-flex design which makes it much easier to precisely style the type of beard you want. I didn't experience any painful tugging or pulling during operation which is the main thing you want in an electric razor.
The blades are also sharp enough to quickly shear through the thickest and unruliest bristles: handy for time-poor professionals in need of a quick morning trim.
Likewise, it's possible to get a full shave from the device after five minutes of charging. This means you don't need to bring the charger on a business trip if you forgot to power it up the night before -- just plug it in for five minutes before leaving and you're good to go.
There's not much more to say about the Braun Beard Trimmer other than price. With an RRP of $89, the Braun Beard Trimmer isn't that much more expensive than other brand-name beard trimmers. If you require a versatile electric razor for styling purposes that's comfortable and easy to use, you could certainly do worse.