If you shave most of your face and only need a grooming tool to help you keep your mustache in check, you don’t need the most powerful or versatile groomer on the market. A simple mustache trimmer will serve you well. So what is the best mustache trimmer anyway?
Of course, if you’re like most guys and experiment with other facial hair from time to time, you may want an all-purpose trimmer that will handle whatever kind of facial hair you grow — and not a single-purpose mustache trimmer. Versatility gives you options, and who doesn’t want options?
Since I wrote the first version of this article, most of the single-purpose mustache trimmers have disappeared from the market anyway, leaving you to make a different kind of choice: the choice between a full-featured beard and mustache trimmer and outliner or a much less expensive one.
I’ll tell you about a great choice for a trimmer that will cut clean lines around your mustache, goatee or beard, then I’ll tell you about another alternative if a mustache is your thing and you don’t feel compelled to spend your money on something with a lot of bells and whistles.
Either way, life is better with facial hair than without it — and you want yours to look great.
The Versatile Andis Professional Trimmer
I wrote another review about the virtues of the Andis Professional 04603 Outliner II Personal Trimmer — available from Amazon — so I won’t go into great detail about it here. But I will tell you that it’s actually what many professional hair stylists and barbers use for clean necklines and to bring sideburns under control. It’s that good.
A lot of guys use it because it will cut a clean line around their goatee, mustache or beard and it allows for dry shaving. That means that if you want to, you can use this personal trimmer to clean up all your facial hair and forget about shaving forever. I’ve tried using this trimmer in that way, and it really works.
In fact, overall it works just as it says it does and really is a professional-quality tool. You won’t be disappointed if you choose this model as you mustache trimmer. I have to admit, however, that all that performance and convenience comes at a cost. Still, it’s not that much to pay for something that’s much more than a mustache trimmer.
Your Most Affordable Mustache Trimmer Option
As I said, it doesn’t require a powerful tool to keep most mustaches under control.
The Philips Norelco GoStyler Beard and Mustache Detailer — also available from Amazon — is just the thing for guys who sport only a mustache. It includes several simple attachments that make it easy to trim, shape and edge your facial hair.
I like that there’s even a mini foil shaver included so you can get the areas next to your mustache really clean. With some beard and mustache cleaners, getting a really nice line and a really clean face around your stache simple isn’t possible.
And when last I checked, they were still giving you a two-year warranty with this thing, which is a long time for a low-priced tool that’s so inexpensive you could almost consider it disposable if something goes wrong. And all you need is a AA battery inside; no charger is required.
By the way, of course, you can use this trimmer on your beard as long as you don’t have very heavy scruff or try to take off too much length at once. It isn’t very powerful, and it isn’t designed to be hold up under pressure. Still, I’ve seen other reviews where guys say this is the only trimmer that they take with them on the road — even when they’re sporting full facial coverage.
I really like the Andis professional beard, goatee and mustache trimmer I mentioned first, but I admit that it’s a serious piece of equipment for guys who are serious about facial hair.
If you want something simpler — and cheaper — that’s great for your mustache and easy to take on the road, consider the Go Styler. It’s lightweight and easy to use, and it’s plenty of machine if it’s only your upper lip that needs trimming.