We all know that trimming is an important part of beard grooming and maintenance. But unless you live alone chances are your roommates or partner have gotten mad at you at least once for the trimmings all over the bathroom sink and counter.
Look, we get it. You do your best to clean up. Most of the time it’s easy. But you were in a rush this morning. The alarm didn’t go off. You got a last-minute opportunity and had to dash out the door. Maybe you did give everything a quick wipe-down after trimming, but you missed a spot or two in the process.
Don’t worry. We get it. It’s also exactly what beard trimmers with attached vacuums are designed for. The vacuums on these trimmers are serious life (and bathroom) savers when you’re in a rush. They’re also just great for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning their bathroom.
We’ll talk about the trimmers themselves, their pros and cons, and give you their specs along with our rating. That way you can see what we think and also make an educated decision.
|Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit|
|Weight: 1.6 lbs|
|Comes with a lot of additional accessories and hair cutting tools.|
|Remington MB6850 Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer|
|Weight: 6.45 oz|
|Power: Battery Powered|
|Lots of length settings, long runtime per charge and affordable.|
|Wahl Professional Vacuum Clipper #8566|
|Weight: 1 lb|
|Vacuum hose allows for more hair collection before you need to empty.|
Is a Vacuum Trimmer Right for Me?
Vacuum trimmers are a popular addition to many men’s grooming routine, but they aren’t for everyone.
We mostly recommend vacuums if you’re looking to speed up your existing grooming routine. No vacuum is going to capture truly 100% of the trimmings from your beard or hair. You will still need a barber’s cape, towel, or to trim before you get dressed in the morning.
Chances are there will still be some clippings around the sink and on the bathroom floor, although significantly fewer than there would be without the vacuum.
However, vacuums also mean that you’re looking at a shorter average motor life. That’s just because the trimmer has that much more it needs to handle and that much stress on the motor.
Motor stress is less of a problem with premium and professional trimmers (we’ve included one of each on our list) but should still be a consideration. You’ll generally need to replace vacuum trimmers soon than you would a regular trimmer at the same price point.
It’s also worth considering your sound tolerance before you order a vacuum trimmer.
Trimmers can already be relatively loud. It’s worse if you’re trimming sideburns or taking care of hair right next to your ear. Vacuums add significantly to that volume while they’re in operation.
While you can use earplugs to cut the noise, it isn’t an ideal situation.
The last big consideration you need to plan for is size. Vacuum trimmers are almost always larger than trimmers without a vacuum. That’s to accommodate the fan for vacuum suction as well as a capture chamber for your clippings.
While there isn’t a lot of extra weight involved in a vacuum trimmer, the larger size can still make a big difference in the overall maneuverability of the tool. If you’re looking to do detail work, fades, and incredibly precise trimming, you should think about whether that extra length will get in the way.
If you’re concerned about the added width and length of a vacuum trimmer, it’s a good idea to temporarily tape some paper around the handle your existing trimmer and see how that affects its maneuverability. Only test this while it’s off, of course.
7 Best Beard Trimmers With Vacuums Comparison Table
|Remington MB6850 Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer||Battery Powered, 90-minute runtime||Check Price|
|Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer Series 7200||Battery Powered, 80- minute runtime||Check Price|
|Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit||Corded||Check Price|
|Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300||Battery Powered, 75-minute runtime||Check Price|
|Wahl Professional Vacuum Clipper #8566||Corded||Check Price|
|Remington VPG6530 4-in-1||Battery Powered, 60-minute runtime||Check Price|
|Wahl Vacuum Trimmer Kit with powerful Suction for Beards||Battery Powered, 90-minute runtime||Check Price|
7 Best Beard Trimmers With Vacuums: Detailed Reviews
1. Remington MB6850 Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer (Best Value)
Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5.0
Remington will be appearing a lot on this list. Not only are they among the most trusted names for affordable trimmers and hair accessories, but they also have a larger than average selection of trimmers with attached vacuums.
This is a good all-purpose trimmer. It has 11 different length settings. You’ll have to remove the blades to wash them, but the whole process is fairly quick and easy. The MB6850 is a cordless trimmer and offers about 90 minutes of runtime on a single charge.
That’s an impressive battery for a trimmer in this price range. We’ve taken that as proof that Remington has really invested in improving battery life.
A lot of people worry that when you’re adding accessories to your trimmer, you’ll lose other capabilities and advantages. That’s not a problem in this case. The blades are self-sharpening, which means that you’ll get a precision cut for a lot longer.
Now, let’s talk about the vacuum. The vacuum on this trimmer is rated to capture up to 95% of all trimmings. That means you’ll only have to worry about 5% of those trimmings on your sink and bathroom floor.
That tiny amount of hair is a lot easier to deal with in the moment, and a lot less noticeable when you’re in a rush.
Overall, we think that this is a good mid-range option. The trimmer is suitable for all hair types. It’s reasonably flexible and has a lot of trimming options.
Best of all, the vacuum is effective enough to save you a lot of time.
|Weight: 6.45 oz|
|Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, 90-minute average battery life|
|Size: Just under 8 inches long|
|Blades: Steel, washable, self-sharpening blades|
|Lots of length settings|
|Long runtime per charge|
|Effective vacuum design|
|Good for detail trimming and extensive cuts|
|The trim guard can bend if dropped or stored improperly|
|Vacuum design is bulky, making some angles trickier|
2. Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer Series 7200
Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5.0
Philips Norelco is another name that you’ll recognize at the end of this list if you don’t recognize it already.
The 7200 is a good, affordable, option if you’re looking for something with a few more settings than the Remington, and don’t mind paying a little more to have them.
The vacuum on this trimmer isn’t quite as good, it’s only rated to grab about 90% of hair trimmings. Still, that’s more than enough to make a huge dent in your trimming clean up. That saves you time, effort, and energy.
Hey, less time, effort, and energy? That sounds like it would make it a lot easier to stay on top of your grooming routine. Perfect beards anyone?
The rechargeable battery takes about an hour to reach a full charge. A single charge gives you an average of 80 minutes runtime. It has another serious advantage as well. You can still use this trimmer while it’s charging. Just plug it in and go.
Remember that we mentioned this was a better trimmer when it comes to multiple settings? It’s got 20 different length settings, from .5mm through 10mm trimming.
The 7200 is a great option if you’re looking to create a fade or another high-detail style at home. It’s also a good choice if you’re just looking to maintain your fade between appointments with your stylist.
The blades are made from stainless steel. They are self-sharpening. They’re also easy to wash. So, you’ll save a little more money on blades using this trimmer as well.
|Weight: 5.6 ounces|
|Run time: 80-minute runtime|
|Settings: 20 trimmer lengths from .5mm to 10mm|
|Blades: Stainless steel, washable, self-sharpening blades|
|Battery: Lithium-Ion battery,|
|20 different length settings|
|Easy to clean|
|Can trim while charging|
|Good battery life|
|Blades are attached with plastic tabs that are relatively brittle|
|The length guide also uses relatively breakable plastic|
This one also gets a 4.7 because it’s even more flexible than our Best Value, but it’s a little more expensive. Worth it if you’re looking for a fade, but otherwise comparable.
3. Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit (Best Budget)
Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5.0
We told you Remington would make several appearances on this list!
This model is a little different, but in a way, we really appreciate. Instead of being a trimmer that focuses on its utility as a facial hair trimmer, the Haircut kit is suitable for facial hair and for the hair on your scalp.
Of course, it’s only suitable for hairstyles you would usually cut and maintain at least partially with a trimmer. But only needing one trimmer for your facial hair and the hair on top of your head is a huge money saver.
Plus, this is a good way to cut and maintain your kids’ hair too!
Despite being incredibly affordable, this kit comes with basically everything you’ll need to start cutting and trimming your hair at home. It’s a 16-piece kit, included 6 trimmer length combs, scissors, and a detail comb.
This trimmer also has an advantage in that it’s a dual-motor trimmer. Instead of using a single motor to run both the vacuum and the blades, it has two. Separating the motors helps in a couple of ways, but the main effect is that you’ll get a longer life out of those motors.
A single motor running two operations will stress and overheat much more easily. The dual-motor system is a little louder, but both motors will stay in top operational condition a lot longer.
You’ll also get the blade oil you need in this set.
|Weight: 1.6 lbs|
|Power: Corded power source|
|Motor: Dual motor operation|
|Blades: Self-sharpening and washable blades|
|Comes with a lot of additional accessories and hair cutting tools|
|Large vacuum collection chamber|
|Corded power allows for longer cutting times|
|Effective vacuum suction|
|Large standard capture chamber for the vacuum|
|Heavier and longer than most trimmers|
|Corded power limits where you can use this trimmer|
4. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300
Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5.0
We’ll admit upfront that Philips Norelco’s 7300 trimmer is one of the more expensive trimmer options out there. It’s worth it if you don’t mind putting down a significant investment in a long-lasting grooming tool.
We also know that there are plenty of people out there who neither want nor need a more expensive trimmer for their usual grooming routine. If you’re one of those, this probably isn’t the trimmer for you.
That said, this is a highly effective and flexible premium trimmer. It’s 18 settings will take you from 1mm through 18mm cutting lengths. That’s enough to get the fine precision you need, through making a significant trim for your beard or hairstyle.
It got a slightly shorter battery life than the other Philips Norelco trimmer on our list, only about 75 minutes on a 60-minute charge.
But, this trimmer also gets a longer than average consumer warranty, a full 2 years.
In addition to a powerful vacuum for picking up the trimming as you work, the 730 also features a turbo boost. The boost significantly increases blade speed, helping you make big cuts faster. The boost also reduces the number of passes you have to make in a single area.
The stay-sharp blades and easy-to-wash design also help save your time and money.
Even if you’re trimming and touching up every day, you won’t find yourself spending a lot of time on cleanup and maintenance of your bathroom or this trimmer.
|Weight: 1 lb|
|Settings: 18 different settings 1mm-18mm|
|Run time: 75-minute runtime|
|Size: 10 inches long|
|Extremely effective vacuum|
|Stay-sharp blade design requires little maintenance|
|Reasonable battery life|
|Short charging time|
|Turbo boost for faster trimming|
|Comes with a trimmer brush|
|More expensive than most trimmers|
5. Wahl Professional Vacuum Clipper #8566 (Top Pick)
Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5.0
If you know Wahl‘s product line, you also probably know that they designed most of their trimmers for professional use. These high-quality trimmers are designed for long use, maintaining sharp blades, and staying cool while operating.
They’re also designed to give some of the highest precision cuts in the business. Of course, since they’re targeted at professionals instead of consumers.
While we don’t recommend buying a Wahl trimmer the first trimmer you ever get, the 8566 is a good option once you’re looking to upgrade to a better trimmer. A bit more expensive than most consumer models, we found that the solid construction and long-lasting power of the 8566 was more than enough to warrant our Top Pick designation.
If you’re someone who looks for your products to last years of heavy use, this may just be the right trimmer for you.
Despite a vacuum hose (this is designed for use in a barbershop after all), this trimmer only weighs a pound. Since the vacuum isn’t contained directly in the handheld, it’s also a lot more comfortable in your hand.
If you’re planning to use this trimmer to keep your kids’ hair looking fresh, this trimmer will let you trim several heads in a row without any problems.
We were also impressed that this trimmer comes in a metal housing. That protects the motor. It also means you won’t have to worry about the trimmer parts breaking, cracking, or getting scratched during normal operation.
The blade lever is also durable, reliable, and easy to use. It will allow you to make custom length adjustments with ease.
That said, we want to repeat that this isn’t a trimmer for beginners. It’s designed for professional use, and that means that utility has been prioritized over skill. Some of the safeguards included in a consumer trimmer simply aren’t included in this option.
|Weight: 1 lb|
|Material: All-metal housing|
|Size: 6.5 inches|
|Blades: Flexible blade level instead of specific settings|
|Durable construction and design|
|Vacuum hose allows for more hair collection before you need to empty|
|Fits well in your hand|
|Very precise and flexible|
|Not designed with as many consumer safeguards|
6. Remington VPG6530 4-in-1
Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5.0
The last Remington product on our list, this trimmer is another solid offering just slightly different from the two models we’ve already discussed on this list.
Like both of the other models, this Remington trimmer features a vacuum with a built-in capture chamber. It has a respectable runtime, a full hour. While that’s a little shorter than some of the trimmers on our list, it’s still one of the better runtimes in the business.
With the addition of 4 length combs (included), this trimmer has 13 different length settings. That’s a lot of flexibility for a trimmer in its price range.
A highly affordable selection, just a little more flexibility would have snagged this model our Best Bargain rating.
You also won’t have to worry about leaving your trimmer to charge only to discover that the battery wasn’t picking up any juice. The LED indicator on the bottom of the trimmer makes it clear when you’re getting a good charge.
This trimmer also comes with a precision trimmer for dealing with detail work and tricky areas. Perfect for trimming nose hairs and other unwanted facial hair, this accessory adds considerably to what you can do with your trimmer.
The vacuum picks up a significant portion of your trimmings. Its capture chamber is easy to use and empty. Cleanup is easy with this model.
|Weight: 1.2 lbs|
|Indicators: LED battery charge indicator|
|Settings: 13 trimming settings|
|Battery: Lithium-Ion battery|
|Size: 4.3 inches long|
|Run time: 60-minute runtime|
|Easy to use capture chamber|
|Effective vacuum suction|
|Good battery life|
|Adjustments allow for less customization than some alternatives|
7. Wahl Vacuum Trimmer Kit with powerful Suction for Beards
Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5.0
This consumer model from Wahl comes with a lot of the advantages of their professional line. It’s repackaged into a plastic housing with a lithium-ion battery, but still offers the precision and a lot of the flexibility you’re looking for.
The blades are easy to remove and clean. It’s simple to keep this trimmer hygienic, cutting down on ingrown hairs, acne, and other skin irritations.
This trimmer also comes with more guide combs than any other model on our list. It has a full 9 combs and is designed to provide an incredibly wide array of grooming needs.
We also highly recommend this model for anyone who regularly needs to travel. It’s compatible with worldwide voltage settings, so you’ll be able to get a quick charge wherever you go.
It also features one of the most powerful vacuums on our list. This is a good option if other vacuum trimmers have failed you. The suction is more than up to most hair types, including thick coarse and even curly facial hair.
Convenience features like a full 90-minute run time (tied for the longest runtime on our list), and a LED charging indicator make this an incredibly easy to use machine. If you don’t want to use the professional-grade Wahl’s trimmer that’s our Top Pick for this list, this trimmer is a solid second option.
|Weight: 1.25 lbs.|
|Battery: Lithium-ion battery|
|Size: 11 inches long|
|Run time: 90-minute runtime|
|Voltage: Worldwide voltage|
|Lots of length settings and guards|
|Worldwide voltage compatibility makes it perfect for travel|
|Long battery runtime|
|LED charging indicator|
|Blades need to be replaced a little more often|
Hopefully, now that you’ve read this article you feel more prepared to find the right vacuum trimmer for you. Not to mention, you should be more familiar with this type of trimmer in general!
We’ve covered details like battery life, the advantages and disadvantages of corded operation, and the need for worldwide voltage support (or adaptors) for international travel.
Not to mention we’ve also covered some of the main things you should take into consideration when you decide whether a vacuum trimmer is right for you. It’s not all upside after all.
We’re confident that our list covers some of the best vacuum trimmers on the market right now. While no one trimmer is right for everyone, if a vacuum trimmer is right for you, chances are it’s on this list!
- Is a Vacuum Trimmer Right for Me?
- 7 Best Beard Trimmers With Vacuums Comparison Table
- 7 Best Beard Trimmers With Vacuums: Detailed Reviews
- 1. Remington MB6850 Vacuum Stubble and Beard Trimmer (Best Value)
- 2. Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer Series 7200
- 3. Remington HKVAC2000A Vacuum Haircut Kit (Best Budget)
- 4. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7300
- 5. Wahl Professional Vacuum Clipper #8566 (Top Pick)
- 6. Remington VPG6530 4-in-1
- 7. Wahl Vacuum Trimmer Kit with powerful Suction for Beards