Now’s creative facial hair motion has finally trickled down into gadgetry, with the growth of an array of products designed to perfect that scruffy, stubbly face you have worked so difficult to get right.It’s a product class which, surprisingly for once, we really require. Electric razors do not do the job. Clippers are unwieldy to use on the face. At a minimum they function as a highly adjustable clipper (usually allowing you to define the height of the hair you want to trim down to a fraction of a millimeter) and as a combless razor, so that you can clean up wayward strands and total intricate shaving jobs, all at exactly the identical device.I’ve been using an assortment of styles for many weeks, and I use one almost daily as part of my dressing routine. I use a styler to shave hair in weird places in which my razor is not effective (near my ears, a Bermuda triangle beneath my chin), and to even out my sideburns. Using a comb attached, I will cut the bush that develops behind my ears, where the hair inexplicably grows too fast — and it is a godsend for doing detail work in my own, the way to put this delicately, my love like Baal.I analyzed four unique styles to determine which was most versatile and effective. Here is the gist.
The Philips Norelco OneBlade Guru (Rating: 8, $80) is described by the company as “revolutionary” and while I may not go that far, it’s among the more versatile and unique hybrids on the market. The major selling point is the dual-edge layout: The head of this one blade includes a cutting surface on the top and the base of the blade so that you can trim in 2 directions, however, you’re holding the device. When using it possibilities open up. Holding it perpendicular to the skin enables you to up sideburns readily, while holding the blade against the skin enables it to shave off stray hairs wherever they may be. The blade is very thin, so it is simple to get up close and personal, although it’s totally comfortable in use. Phillips Pro version involves a single adjustable comb which lets you dial on your trimming thickness manually. The dial idea is intriguing, but in practice, it is rather bulky and will get in the way. Also included in the box is a somewhat flimsy charging station (it is not wireless, only a conduit that connects the one blade into the cord). If you’re able to do with no detachable comb as well as the charging station, the normal one blade, at only $35, is a really persuasive alternative.The Gilette Styler (Rating: 5; $24) bills itself as a trimmer, edger, and shaver all in one, and it is a significantly different choice from the other products in this lineup. For starters, it is tiny, about the size of a Sharpie, and it is sold in a blister pack rather than a box. Designed as a low-cost option, the rechargeable battery was jettisoned in favor of one AA battery (mine came preinstalled, but dead on arrival).
The Gilette Styler does feature an array of alternatives. The normal head is a trimmer much as you find on the back of an electric razor. Three combs are included if you would like to use this for cleaning up beards and more hair. As it is a Gilette merchandise, obviously it can convert into a shaver, also: A special attachment clips on top of the trimmer, which subsequently accepts a typical five-blade Gilette cartridge (anything at the Fusion brand).Ultimately, the small size hampers the Styler from being successful. For those who have a full beard, then it is going to be just too diminutive to produce rapid enough work of cleaning it up. The attachment mechanism is somewhat temperamental, too. Having said that, as it is so compact and does not need another charger, there is at least a case to be made for pitching it into your overnight bag for emergency needs.The Braun MGK3080 (Rating: 6; $60) is a considerably different offering than the Gilette, but it suffers from some of the exact issues.
Finally, a manual Gillette razor is included in the box, only for kicks.BraunThat’s a lot of things to mess your cabinets with, and when it worked all that well I would not mind. Though successful, the body groomer is quite loudly, the combs are not stable enough on the trimmer, and the precision trimmer, such as the Gillette’s, is too small to succeed unless you are shaving routines into your stubble. (Are we doing this?) My main gripe is with the overall layout, however, which feels flimsy and oversize, and which puts the power button on the back of the shaver rather than in easy reach on the front.The Conair I-Stubble (Rating: 7, $50) may be saddled with a terrible title, but it is more effective than I had initially estimated it would be. The design resembles a normal clipper, with blades set at a 90-degree angle to the handle. A plastic comb folds over on top of the blades for trimming jobs, and the thickness of this comb is adjustable (using a motorized mechanism) to different levels between 0.4mm and 5mm in length. A digital readout on the handle indicates that the comb thickness, and if you would like to shave straight against the skin, you flip up the pulp and round the back of the unit to receive it (sort of) from the way.Unfortunately, those additional electronics trigger the I-Stubble to be somewhat bulky and heavy, and the thick blades are rough against the skin. Nevertheless, the device is effective when combined with the comb or as a razor, even though it’s less comfortable than other possibilities, and all that excess hardware gets in the way when you are doing exceptionally delicate work. Hair tends to get stuck in the intricate web of plastic combs, making it tougher to clean (although it may be rinsed in water).