Five o’clock shadow, also referred to as designer stubble, is harder to maintain than it looks. Because of this, you need a special trimmer that’s designed to handle stubble specifically, in addition to other types of facial hair such as sideburns, mustaches, and even beards. Fortunately, the best stubble trimmers, such as the Conair Man I-Stubble trimmer makes it fast and easy to achieve that well-groomed look.
Continue reading to learn more about this top-rated model by Conair and find out what features make this model stand out from the competition.
Overview and Features
Overview And Features
Often, when you come across a trimmer, it offers several cutting options including beard shaping, sideburn trims, nose and ear hair trimming, and more. This is a dedicated stubble trimmer only, so you won’t be able to use it later down the line, should you decide to grow your facial hair out.
But for what it is, the trimmer itself is pretty powerful and offers a reliable performance and a decent charge time.
This trimmer also features a flexhead design, which is how it provides such a close clean shave. The flexhead design also makes this trimmer a great choice for sensitive skin or people who are prone to ingrown hairs. This is a battery-powered stubble trimmer that can be used dry or wet. It can handle cleaning up your existing facial hair, or it can simply be used to achieve that classic five o’ clock look. It features a variety of custom length settings that will allow you to experiment with your look, however, it’s not designed for use on beards or longer facial hair.
The trimmer has a nice weight to it and an ergonomic handle that promotes user comfort. The design itself is pretty basic. In terms of controls, there are two located on the base of the trimmer. Located on the front of the trimmer you’ll find plus and minus buttons which will allow you to choose the length of the stubble.
If you prefer a dry shave, then the trimmer’s wet and dry shave options may not seem like a big deal to you.
This trimmer’s waterproof design will allow you to take care of business in the shower. Since the pores open up when you’re in the shower, many men believe that this is the best way to achieve a closer trim and shave, and all without risking serious skin irritation.
Lower-priced trimmers have blades that can quickly wear out in a matter of weeks, with regular use. But Conair has come out with blades that are made to stay sharp and require minimal maintenance
The electro-chemically formed blades are some of the sharpest on the market. Despite their sharper, slimmer design, these blades are also incredibly durable.
The stubble trimmer features an ultra-flexhead design that allows it to closely move over the contours of your face, for a cleaner, more efficient trim. The included special protective comb will also help to trim your stubble to the perfect length, while also preventing the trimmer’s blades from making contact with your skin. For detail trimming around your facial hair or fine line trimming you can remove the guard and use the blade only.
This model runs on a lithium-ion battery. On average, the battery will take approximately ninety minutes to charge.
Care and Maintenance
The trimmer is easy to clean and maintain since it’s one hundred percent waterproof. To clean, simply rinse it under the tap or in the shower. Cleaning the trimmer after each use is important in order to prevent hair from clogging the blades.
The trimmer features several length options ranging from 0.4 millimeters up to five millimeters, for a total of fifteen settings.
This battery powered trimmer has a runtime of forty-five minutes, which is a little disappointing considering the price. Before its first use, the trimmer must be charged for a period of sixteen hours.
Beard Vs. Stubble
Stubble should not be confused with a short beard. Stubble is basically at a length in which the hair doesn’t grow out long enough to be classified as a beard. If you want to keep your facial hair shorter than beard length then you need to use a trimmer equipped with this type of setting. At just a glance, it’s easy to mistake this model as a typical beard trimmer. The biggest difference between this model and a standard beard trimmer is the fact that this trimmer is specifically designed to help the user maintain a five o’clock shadow. This means the trimmer is designed to allow the user to trim closer to the root of the hair.
While there are many beard trimmers that claim they can help you maintain stubble, most will only have a single stubble setting and instead tend to focus more on beard length than anything else.
This trimmer comes with a setting that’s clearly labeled for stubble. This type of setting will allow you to cut your facial hair down to 0.04 inches, which is pretty impressive.
The self-sharpening, or carbon blade design ensures you get the perfect results each time.
Rapid Five Minute Charge
The trimmers rapid five minute charge can be a lifesaver if you’re running late and just realized your trimmer is out of juice. It’s designed to quickly power up the trimmer, but what the manufacturer doesn’t tell you is that it’s only good for a very small area. If you need to trim your entire face, then you’ll need at least thirty minutes of juice.
If you’re looking for a trimmer that can handle keeping your sideburns, mustache, and beard looking great, then you’ll need to pass this model by. The trimmer lacks versatility compared to other trimmers in this price range. However, the fact that it specializes in different stubble lengths will be a huge plus for some buyers.
This is an affordable, powerful trimmer that does exactly what the manufacturer claims it can and that’s help you to maintain or create the perfect stubble length, thanks to its impressively low setting of just 0.4 millimeters.
The trimmer’s large LCD screen will allow you to view the battery life and the trimmer’s setting.
Keep in mind, this isn’t a beard trimmer. This is a stubble trimmer. Many beard wearers will purchase this model thinking that it can be used to choose a beard shape for round face or to trim a beard, but this trimmer is designed for stubble only.
Another issue we ran into was how limiting the length range is. The trimmer’s maximum length setting is just five millimeters, which is a little low for what anyone would classify as stubble. We would’ve liked to have seen a trimmer that offered at least a fifteen millimeter max length.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Dedicated stubble trimmer
- Wide range of settings to choose from
- Digital LCD display
- Wet and dry shave approved
- Cannot handle longer facial hair
How It Stands Up to the Competition
The i-Stubble by Conair is a dedicated stubble trimmer, while its top competing model, the Panasonic ER-GB40-S Precision beard trimmer is considered more versatile and able to keep your beard, stubble, sideburns, and mustache looking well-groomed. The Panasonic model is also highly adjustable and comes equipped with a trimmer dial that allows you to quickly adjust the length setting. While this Conair trimmer doesn’t come with a dial setting, it does come with a flexhead design that allows the trimmer to closely follow the contours of your face for a closer shave. Both models are available at a comparable price. In terms of versatility, the Panasonic trimmer is clearly the winner, but if you’re looking for a device that solely focuses on stubble, then this Conair trimmer is the way to go.
Conclusion and Rating
The Conair Man i-Stubble isn’t exactly the most versatile trimmer, but if you’re looking for a dedicated trimmer that specializes in stubble, then your search is over. While it may not be able to handle longer facial hair, the i-Stubble does a great job of helping users to achieve the perfect five o’clock shadow look. Easy to use and reasonably priced, we gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.