The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Beard and Mustache Trimmer that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Beard and Mustache Trimmer that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Beard and Mustache Trimmer. They responded that Trimming Ability is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use, Comfort, and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Beard and Mustache Trimmer. Based on their answers, The Best model must be battery operated, be rated for use in wet or dry conditions (or be able to be rinsed clean under water), and be able to be used on Beard and Mustache hair.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing products and obtained Beard and Mustache Trimmers that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by a consumer panel with panelists aged 40-65. Each Beard and Mustache Trimmer was rated for its Trimming Ability, Ease of Use, Comfort, and Features.
After sampling each model during home grooming routines over an extended period of time, panelists rated each trimmer on the following criteria:
For each Beard and Mustache Trimmer, panelists determined how easy it was to:
They then rated each test model on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 indicating "very easy."
Panelists also took into consideration:
They then rated each test model on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 indicating a positive perception of the attribute.
After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Beard and Mustache Trimmer.
Panelists rated how the trimmers felt while in use, noting whether they experienced any pulling or irritation. Each Beard and Mustache Trimmer was scored on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being "not at all comfortable" and 10 being "very comfortable." Panelists also scored the amount of irritation with 10 being "no irritation."
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Beard and Mustache Trimmer easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Beard and Mustache Trimmer to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
Nowhere is the art of grooming more evident than in the care of beards and mustaches. More than ever, today's beards and mustaches help men create their signature style: everything from classic clean cut to rugged stubble and everything in-between. Indeed, a carefully chiseled goatee and sculpted brows or sideburns can take facial hair to a whole new level. But, every discerning gentleman knows when rogue hairs wreak havoc on the continuity of his look. Those wayward rascals are the target of our Best electric tool. Its forceful, yet light touch will remove them quickly and closely with no bloodshed. And, a comfortable grip and the right attachments will help you maintain your look with less effort. Instead of considering a beard and mustache trimmer as a necessary part of your grooming regimen, Hammacher Schlemmer likes to think of it an artist's tool, helping you put your best face forward every day.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.