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Trimmer Buying Guide for India

Hello, guys. So, today, in this article, I’m gonna tell you how to select the perfect trimmer in India. Today, I’m not gonna discuss just types and different variants, but also the step-by-step procedure you can follow to get a trimmer as per your requirement. It’s a common trend that only Phillips’s trimmer is best. But, that’s not true in actuality. Phillips indeed has a very strong dominance over the Indian market. But many other brands are giving a very cutting edge competition to Phillips by releasing the stunning products to make your life better. It’s not just gonna save your time, but also make you much more attractive than before. So, without wasting a time, let’s jump in. Trimmer, as the name, it’s a device or a personal care appliance which trim something. It gonna trim hairs of your hand, chest, head, nose, beard, nose, ear, and may depend on where you use it. So, in this article, we’re gonna see theĀ trimmer for three kinds of uses.

Steps to follow before buying a trimmer:

  1. Select a trimmer based on the uses.
  2. Choose the way for power delivery
  3. Make a choice for gender-specific variant
  4. Select the right blade
  5. Look at the different unique features
  6. Finally, select the most reliable brand

1. Trimmers based on the uses

  1. Beard trimmer
  2. Nose and ear trimmer
  3. Hair clipper

So, as shown above, first, ask a question where you gonna use it.

For the only beard, you must go with a beard trimmer. For noise and ear hair, the beard trimmer will be useless. The same applies to hair clipper. Now, let’s see how these trimmers look like.

Beard Trimmer

Beard Trimmer for Men.

A beard trimmer is way different from the nose and ear hair trimmer. You can see that the top of this trimmer is pretty wide. And, so required. In addition to that, the clipper size is best optimised for the stylish hair cut for your beard. As this kind of trimmer has to deal with your beard, which may consist of long hairs, the wide clipper is required here. The beard trimmers can be corded-use, cordless-use, or hybrid-use.

Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

Nose and ear trimmer.

The nose and ear hair trimmer are, on the other hand, uses the same functionality the beard trimmer uses. You can see that the top of these trimmers is long instead of wide. That’s because the nose and ear hair trimmer have to deal with short hair also the trimmer should easily fit in the place it’s gonna used for. However, the rest of the functionalities like blades, battery, LED indicator, and others gonna remain the same. Mostly, the nose and ear hair trimmer are cordless when compared to other trimmers.

Hair Clipper

Hair Clipper.

It’s quite similar to the beard trimmer except for the clipper guard that comes with it. Many trimmer manufacturers are making trimmers a hybrid of beard hair and head hair clipper. This type of trimmer can corded-use, cordless-use, or hybrid-use.

2. Make a choice based on the power delivery

As being an electronics device, Trimmers require electricity to run. And, it can be delivered in two ways: By a cord or a rechargeable battery. So, in general, you gonna see three kinds of trimmers when it comes to power delivery. They are as follow.

  1. Corded
  2. Cordless, and
  3. Hybrid

Corded-use trimmer requires the power cord to deliver the electricity. Without a cord, the device will be useless. This kind of trimmers is insanely popular among barbers as they do hair cuts all day.

Corded trimmer.

So, it’s has its pros and cons. Read them below.

REASONS TO BUY A CORDED TRIMMER

  • Extremely smooth and powerful than the Cordless variant
  • Provide a continuous performance
  • Never go out of power
  • A little bit lightweight than Cordless model

REASONS TO AVOID A CORDED TRIMMER

  • No freedom of movement
  • Not useful for travellers
  • Not possible to use everywhere
  • No detachable power cords

In addition to that, one little con of a corded trimmer is it may have a shorter cord than your requirement. And, that will create a problem.

Cordless-use trimmer comes with a dedicated rechargeable battery. Also, note that this kind of trimmer cannot be used as a corded model. For use, the battery must be enough filled, otherwise, you’ve to wait.

Cordless trimmer.

Like corded-use trimmer, this device has also its own pros and cons. They are as follow.

REASONS TO BUY CORDLESS TRIMMER

  • Full freedom of movement
  • Detachable power cord
  • Best for travellers

REASONS TO AVOID CORDLESS TRIMMER

  • A little bit heavier than corded trimmer
  • It will definitely go out of power
  • Battery doesn’t last longer
  • Requires a high time to recharge
  • Doesn’t provide a continuous performance

So, the common problem you will face on a cordless trimmer is you’ve to recharge it every time before the use. It’s not like a corded model which require just a cable to plug-in and start shaving.

Okay. Let’s move towards the final model – Hybrid trimmer.

The hybrid trimmer comes with a dedicated battery, just like a cordless device. But the interesting thing is you can use it even if the battery is not recharged, through the power cord. So, the versatile use of hybrid trimmer makes it the most popular device.

Despite the versatile use, it has many pros and cons, which must be known to you.

REASONS TO BUY A HYBRID TRIMMER

  • Versatile use
  • A continuous powerful and smooth performance
  • Good for travellers and barber
  • Freedom of movement
  • Detachable cord
  • Both corded and cordless use

REASONS TO AVOID A HYBRID TRIMMER

  • A little bit heavy than the corded device

So, if you ask me personally, then I would recommend a hybrid trimmer first because of its flexible use.

3. Make a choice for gender-specific variant

It’s pretty simple. If you’re man, find the one who is made for a man, and the same way for a woman. Isn’t it? NO, definitely not. Here, the trimmer must be chosen by considering the nature of the skin.

Before we go in detail, let’s find out things, which both man and woman must consider before buying a trimmer.

Things to consider in trimmer for man

Trimmer for Men.
  • It should be usable for both wet and dry skin.
  • It should be ideal for facial grooming, but good if designed for the whole body.
  • It must have self-sharpening blades.
  • It must be hypo-allergenic and skin-friendly

Things to consider in trimmer for woman

Trimmer for Women.
  • It should be usable for both wet and dry skin.
  • It should be ideal to remove hair from the face and body as well.
  • It must have self-sharpening blades.
  • It must be hypo-allergenic and skin-friendly.
  • It’s good if it’s colourful, lightweight, and slim.

According to the Kristeen Cherney of healthline.com, a haircut may develop bumps caused by trimmer blades. So, make sure that the one you buy is hypo-allergenic, or at least, a skin-friendly.

4. Select the right blade

There are many types of blade-like SS, Chromium, Japanese steel, and like are available for the trimmer. But, the following are the most popular, and you’ll ever found one of them in any model you buy.

  • Stainless steel blade
  • Titanium blade
  • Titanium-coated blade, and
  • Ceramic blade

So, we will go with each type in detail to make it easy for you to find the best one.

Stainless steel blade

Stainless steel blade for beard trimmer.

As you know, it’s much cheaper than any other popular blade types. The trimmer with stainless steel blades always gonna much cheaper for you. It has mainly the following qualities.

REASONS TO SELECT STAINLESS STEEL BLADE

  • Much more economical
  • Easy to maintain
  • Smooth and reliable

REASONS TO AVOID STAINLESS STEEL BLADE

  • Picks the heat early than Ceramic blade
  • A little bit less corrosion resistant than titanium blade
  • May cause a little bit of irritation

Titanium blade

Titanium blade for trimmer.

It’s the most durable and long-lasting blade you will ever find on the face and body trimmer to give you a quality haircut.

REASONS TO SELECT A TITANIUM-COATED BLADE

  • Does not cause irritation
  • Superior cutting experience
  • Highly durable
  • Extremely corrosion-resistant
  • Picks up the heat less quickly than the stainless steel

REASONS TO AVOID A TITANIUM-COATED BLADE

  • A little bit expensive
  • Attract heat faster than the ceramic blade

Titanium-coated blade

It’s costlier than stainless steel and a ceramic blade. So, the trimmer which contains a titanium-coated blade is gonna expensive for you. But, it does offer much quality.

REASONS TO SELECT A TITANIUM-COATED BLADE

  • Does not cause irritation
  • Superior cutting experience
  • Highly durable
  • Extremely corrosion-resistant
  • Picks up the heat less quickly than the stainless steel

REASONS TO AVOID A TITANIUM-COATED BLADE

  • A little bit expensive
  • Attract heat faster than the ceramic blade
  • The coating doesn’t last longer

Ceramic blade

Ceramic blade for trimmer.

The ceramic blade is really the most expensive blades. It’s expensive than titanium-coated blade even. But, it’s gonna give a superior haircutting experience.

REASONS TO GO FOR CERAMIC BLADE

  • Does not cause irritation
  • Superior cutting experience
  • Highly durable
  • Never undergo corrosion
  • Picks up almost no heat compared to titanium-blade

REASONS TO AVOID CERAMIC BLADE

  • Expensive

5. Look at the different unique features

Trimmer includes many features which make it unique from other similar named devices. The features are several settings, length, an integrated vacuum, rotating dial, LED indicator, Easy clipper or trimmer adjustment, Detachable head, Rounded tips, and battery. So, we’re gonna familiar you with all of them to directly to give you an idea of what to expect.

Settings and Length

This applies for beard and a body trimmer, not to a nose and hair trimmer.

Settings are the numbers which range from 1 to 8. It directly refers to the clipper guard size (length here). A clipper guard is a tool that will decide the distance between the upper-most surface of your skin and blades. So, the higher settings will keep more distance whereas, the lower settings will keep very less gap. See, all of these settings can be classified as stubble, short & medium, and long. It is to note that adjustable length settings are different from static length settings. Adjustable length settings can be accessed by a rotating dial. And, they follow a constant precision. Read more about adjustable length settings here.

Settings and length for hair clipper

  • Settings 0 – No guard attached
  • Settings 1 – 3mm
  • Settings 2 – 6.35mm
  • Settings 3 – 9.5mm
  • Settings 4 – 12.7mm
  • Settings 5 – 15.8mm
  • Settings 6 – 19mm
  • Settings 7 – 22mm
  • Settings 8 – 25mm

Images of haircut with different length clipper guards

Haircut by 3mm length settings.
Haircut by 3mm length settings.
Haircut by 9.5mm length settings.
Haircut by 9mm length settings.
Haircut by 15mm length settings.
Haircut by 15mm length settings.
Haircut by 6.3mm length settings.
Haircut by 6.3mm length settings.
Haircut by 12mm length settings.
Haircut by 12mm length settings.
Haircut by 19mm length settings.
Haircut by 19mm length settings.

Images of beard cuts with trimmer with different length combs

Beard haircut by trimmer with 16mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 16mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 12mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 12mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 9mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 9mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 7mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 7mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 5mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with 5mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with a 3mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with a 3mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with a 1mm length settings.
Beard haircut by trimmer with a 1mm length settings.

Integrated vacuum

Integrated vacuum and how it works in trimmer.

This feature applied to all kind of trimmer.

The integrated vacuum will ensure no hair left over your face or on the surface at the time of haircut. It sucks all the hair that has been cut and free from your skin. I personally recommend this feature. In addition to that, it will also save extra time by collecting all the cut hair. This way, it gives you a mess-free experience. But, a trimmer with an integrated vacuum is gonna cost you more than the normal beard trimmer.

Rotating dial

Rotating dial on Trimmer.

The rotating dial for the set up of the desired length settings. So, move it round to adjust the length. Once set up, then lock-in the settings, and start trimming your beard and hair of other parts of the body. Trimmer with a rotating dial has a range of 0.5mm to 10mm.

LED Indicator

LED indicator for charging status on Trimmer.

It just a light that works as the current status. If found ON, it means the trimmer is charging, else not or fully-charged. Every trimmer has a different kind indicator. Some models, especially cordless type, also display the status of the battery. But, in the same way, it gonna cost you a lot. I wouldn’t pay just for the LED indicator.

Easy clipper or trimmer adjustment

Trimmer adjustment.

It’s a button found at the top of the device to easily switch between the clipper for a haircut or a trimmer for beard cut. It’s really an interesting feature, otherwise, it wouldn’t be on SimpleCare’s trimmer buying guide article.

Detachable head for easy washing

Detachable head of trimmer for washing.

The head of the beard trimmer should detachable for easy and complete washing. It is noted that some manufacturers don’t provide a detachable one. As a result, there is a full chance that your trimmer may get damaged because of water.

Rounded tips

Rounded tips of trimmer.

The tips of a trimmer must be rounded. It won’t contribute to the performance. The rounded tips ensure no irritation after grooming. Also, the blades should be self-sharpening.

Battery

Battery for trimmer.

The battery is only mattered for cordless trimmers. It is to note that any electronics equipment that runs on battery always have two crucial things: A recharge time and runtime. Many trimmers offer a 1 hour of battery recharge efficiency for full use. However, some also does offer very little charge for the single trimming session.

6. The most reliable brands for trimmer

Phillips logo
Mi Logo.
Groomiist logo.
Kemei Logo.
Havells logo.
Kubra logo.
Lifelong logo.
Syska Logo.
Panasonic logo.
Walh logo.
Vega Logo.

The above brands don’t follow any order.

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