Beard Level 2 — Burly
Anything over a quarter inch — just long enough to tug — requires a more powerful motor. Our pick: the Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel trimmer ($72), a sleek machine with twice the torque of other Wahl shavers. The battery lasts for four hours and charges quickly — one minute of juice gives you three minutes of buzz time. And after a shower, massage in a quarter-size amount of Kiehl's Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil ($27). It will help you through the itchy phase and keep your facial hair looking healthy.
Pro Tip: Avoid Patches
If you have denser hair on your chin and upper lip, hit it with a guard that's a size smaller than the one you use elsewhere, says Chris Salgardo, Kiehl's president and author of the grooming guide Manmade. So if your first pass is with a number 5 guard, use number 4 on the thick stuff.