Remington Touch Trimmer

All this talk of sexy stubble clearly has electric razor manufacturers in a tizzy.

As they try to outdo each other — whose device is sleeker, easier-to-use, more attractive resting on the bathroom sink — we (that’s those of use who have yet to go electric or yet to grow a beard) get to sit back and giggle at the results.

Wired’s Charlie Sorrel give us a particularly honest critique of Remington’s Touch Control Beard and Stubble Trimmer:

.  .  . Sure, “shaving” once a week is lazy enough, but to do it without pressing any buttons or turning any dials? Heaven. The Remington also sports self-sharpening titanium blades, charges via USB (actually kind of useless in the bathroom), a motorized comb (sounds dangerous) and — most importantly — can cut at a ridiculous 175 different lengths: from 0.4 to 18mm. This makes my Philips, which runs from 1-18mm in huge 1mm steps, seem like I’m scraping my face with a flint.

This made me laugh.

But perhaps I’m smiling because I don’t have to wrangle my facial hair into lady-dazzling stubble each week?

- Marisa

Philips Norelco QT4021 Stubble Trimmer

According to reporter Douglas Quenqua in yesterday’s NY Times, big name electric razor manufacturers like Conair and Philips Norelco are transitioning their old fashioned “beard trimmers” into “stubble trimmers.” Inspired by the sexy, stubbly faces of actors like Jon Hamm and George Clooney, regular guys are actively seeking the unshaven look — and apparently these devices can help.

Sure, there are several gadget-oriented ways to achieve this slightly hairy look, but the most effective ironically involves a good, traditional shave. Says, Quenqua:

For men who can’t be bothered, there is a kind of follicular rhythm method: Decide which day you need to look stylish, then shave all the way to the skin two to three days before that. (Just remember, again, to clean around the edges before you suit up.)

Good shave = good stubble.

- Marisa

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