After spending countless hours reading reviews from other beardsmen including forums (/r/beards, Jefffs Beard Board, etc.), online store reviews, and more, we found that the Kent Comb is all-around one of the best performing beard combs on the market today. However, the Go-Comb beard comb is the most versatile with its built-in bottle opener and its incredibly small size.
While the Kent Comb is the best beard comb on the market bar none, we would be doing a disservice if we didn’t also cover other beard combs including metal, wooden, etc. that are also popular with beardsmen.
During our review and testing, we found these combs to be among the best in class:
- Best Overall Beard Comb – Kent Beard Comb
- Best Metal Beard Comb – Go Comb
- Best Wooden Beard Comb – Viking Revolution
- Best Folding Beard Comb – Striking Viking
Here’s a summary of all the beard combs that we reviewed:
|Name||Construction Material||Dimensions||Price Range|
|Go-Comb – Wallet Comb + Bottle Opener||Metal||3.2 x 2 inches||$$|
|Kent Men’s Handmade Comb, Set of 3||Plastic||6 x 3 x 0.2 inches||$$|
|Leven Rose Beard Comb||Bamboo||4 x 0.1 x 2 inches||$|
|Pocket Size Buffalo Horn Beard Comb||Buffalo Horn & Wood||3.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches||$$$|
|Red Sandalwood Pocket Beard Comb by EQLEF||Wood||3.9 x 2.0 x 0.4 inches||$$|
|Viking Revolution Beard Comb||Wood||2.25 x 4.0 x 0.4 inches||$|
|Striking Viking||Wood||4.3 x 1 x 0.5 inches||$$|
The Role Of A Beard Comb In Proper Beard Maintenance
Proper beard maintenance involves three key steps…
- Using a beard shampoo (instead of regular shampoo)
- Conditioning your beard with either a top beard oil or balm.
- Styling with a beard comb or beard brush
The best beard combs will work great with men who are looking to keep their whiskers fully under control. So whether you have a full or long beard, quality beard combs like the ones we reviewed will help you to attain a much more kempt appearance.
You should always have a beard comb with you at all times – especially if you are serious about having a great looking beard.
Understanding the Difference Between a Beard Comb and Beard Brush
Their are stark differences when it comes to beard combs and brushes.
Here’s a quick breakdown of both:
Typically made from wood, metal, or synthetic (i.e. plastic) materials, beard combs are not only an incredibly popular staple of the well-groomed beardsman, but a necessary product that you must have on hand if you want to keep your beard styled properly.
Quality beard combs like the ones we reviewed in this article, will give you the very best in styling abilities that a beard brush simply cannot compete with.
Perfect for men with slightly longer and thicker beards, beard combs are an easy and manageable way to maintain your furry mane.
But they do have their faults…
Many of the wooden combs that we looked at and researched are susceptible to cracking and splintering.
This can lead to unexpected snags when combing.
Furthermore, synthetic beard combs can come in many different price points and production methods.
Which can lead to a host of quality problems – we touch on this a bit more in the next section due to its sheer importance.
Lastly, metal combs can be a bit rougher when compared to the other materials – which can be discomforting for some men.
A quality beard brush is normally made from boars hair (although we have seen both synthetic and vegan varieties becoming more popular as of late).
This natural fiber gives the man much greater control when it comes to spreading through product. Unlike a comb, natural bristles help to evenly spread out product such as beard oil, beard butter, and even beard balm evenly throughout the beard.
But beyond supplemental conditioners or moisturizers that you may be adding to your beard, a beard brush can also get deep to the base of the beard follicle and also distribute the natural sebum oil that is being produced by your sebaceous glands.
This not only means a evenly conditioned beard, but also one that will look and feel a lot better (especially if you have never used a brush previously).
When it comes to style, beard brushes are a whole lot different than combs.
When using a beard brush, you will be able to get a much more fuller or puffier look.
This makes beard brushes a preferred tool of choice for those men who have thinner or even patchier beards.
Like beard combs, beard brushes do have their own problems – primarily size.
Unlike beard combs that can be stuffed away in your back pocket or even wallet (see Go Comb), beard brushes are much larger and can’t easily be taken with you throughout the day.
So if you are a guy that likes to touch up on lunch, know that this is a big limitation with the beard brush.
Stamp/Press Cut vs Hand Cut – Know Why They Differ
Cheap combs (i.e. drugstore bargain combs) are probably the worse thing you can use on your beard. Especially if you don’t use a beard oil on a regular basis.
You see, cheap combs are stamped from large machines in a factory (likely from China).
When these cheap combs are mass produced, they create microscopic jagged edges along each tooth of the comb.
With each stroke of the comb through your beard, it is literally tearing at the entire length of the follicle.
Eventually you tear your beard to shreds and give your beard an overall very poor appearance.
In addition to the shredding of your beard follicles, you are also going to be much more prone to split ends of the beard as well.
But horror of cheap combs doesn’t end there…
They are also prone to producing static which can be a major pain in the neck when trying to comb your beard before you head out the door in the morning.
Last but not least, the cheap combs teeth are much more likely to break.
With each broken tooth on your comb you are only amplifying the damage to your beard.
For the combs that we are reviewing below, they are a world apart from your drugstore comb.
Some of the best beard combs are hand-cut and have each one of their teeth hand polished!
This greatly reduces the damage to your beard and will be the best way for you to maintain it in the long run.
Over Combing Can Be Damaging To Your Beard
No matter the quality of the beard comb that you end up purchasing, one important rule remains in place:
Over combing your beard can cause a lot of problems.
While it doesn’t sound that that big of a deal, for some it is.
Over combing of the beard will not only put strain on the roots of the follicles, but will also open your beard up to split ends, breakage, and in the worse case scenario, patchiness.
No matter the beard comb that you decide to pick up, based on our research and feedback from other beardsmen, we recommend never combing your beard more than 2 or 3 times a day.
This will not only lessen the stress on your beard, but will also allow it to grow in much fuller with time.
Our Reviews of The Best Beard Combs
Kent Men’s Handmade Comb, Set of 3
Kent combs are known as the gold standard when it comes to the best beard combs. While the competition is without a doubt tough when compared to the others listed in this review.
We found that hands down, the Kent handmade beard comb, is simply the best beard comb on the market.
With its hand polished finish and just the right balance of weight to size, this beard comb just simply ‘feels right’ when placed into the palm of your hand.
The craftsmanship of these combs are absolute stellar, and its something that Kent takes great pride in.
This company has been around since 1777, yes you read that right.
Now, one thing reviewers will notice that this is a 3 pack that is getting reviewed and that might seem unfair to the others listed.
Which it is.
This was accounted in the overall value score of the product (while not a huge downfall).
To note: Having a variety of combs accessible for you is the proper way to go. This kit has a comb for your mustache, one for travel, and lastly one for your cabinet back home.
General Styling Ability
This gets high marks across the board for the ability to easily style your beard no matter if its .25″ or 5″.
The teeth are evenly spaced out and glide effortlessly through your beard without the feel of any tugging or pulling.
Viking Revolution Beard Comb
One wooden beard comb that really caught our attention was this offering by Viking Revolution.
Not only did it have both fine and coarse teeth on either side of the comb, but the compact size makes this a perfect comb for both home and travel use.
While the Kent offering we looked at was great because it offers three sizes, the two teeth variation on this comb makes it perfect for men with just about any beard thickness and any length.
Whether you are just growing a beard for the very first time and need to make use of the fine teeth or perhaps have a much longer and thicker beard, then simply using the wider set teeth will be a better approach – whatever your preference, this beard comb can work well with your beard.
But another nice feature that we really loved about this beard is the included travel pouch.
While it might seem like a novelty “throw-in” for some, it does provide some key utility.
Most importantly, the travel pouch will help to ensure that the teeth on the comb are never chipped or cracked – which will help to prevent any incidental snags on your beard when combing.
But should this beard comb ever fail you, Viking Revolution does stand by their products and offers up a money back guarantee.
So if you are looking for a new wooden beard comb at an affordable price, then get this one.
Go-Comb – Wallet Comb + Bottle Opener
By and far one of the most versatile beard combs that we reviewed comes from the company Go-Comb. Offering a variety of combs that just about any man (or lady) could ever need, Go-Comb gives companies like Kent a run for their money.
Specifically in this review we are going over their stainless steel + bottle opener comb.
First off lets talk about versatility.
Whether you are tailgating on a Sunday afternoon with your buddies, or are simply outdoors at a BBQ, it can be incredibly annoying when you don’t have a beer bottle opener handy. Usually someone at the party knows a cool trick of popping off the bottle with a lighter or using the ledge of the picnic table to their advantage.
However, without all the effort of trying to pop open a bottle of your favorite cold one, Go-Comb smartly fitted the edge of this comb with a built-in bottle opener – making this more than just a beard comb!
But you would think given that this comb is so incredibly thin, the opener will probably break after two uses right?
In fact, this beard comb has been crafted from a steel base that will perform incredibly well.
Bottle opener aside, you are probably most curious about the combing aspect, right?
Well you will be happy to know that this fine-toothed comb will keep your beard in check. With perfectly spaced teeth that have been polished down, you shouldn’t experience any snags when running the comb through your beard.
Another benefit to the metal teeth design is that it won’t chip or break like wooden or plastic combs.
One caveat to this design is the spacing of the teeth. Unlike the Kent comb that has both narrow and wider set teeth on the comb, the Go-Comb only offers one width. Therefore if you want to straighten up your mustache hairs, it may be a bit tougher to style.
Last, and perhaps most importantly, is the size of the Go-Comb.
While I like to make sure that my beard looks great on the go, one of the biggest pains with the other beard combs that we reviewed is their size. Usually way too big for your pocket, other beard combs often have to be stored in a messenger bag or your car throughout the day.
With the Go Comb, its the same exact size as a standard credit card (3.2″ x 2″), it can very easily fit in your wallet without it feeling too bulky.
While the steel bottle opener comb is a bit heftier, Go-Comb does offer lighter options in a black mesh.
Striking Viking Folding Beard Comb
Quite possibly the best travel beard comb on the market is this killer offering from Striking Viking.
A folding beard comb rivals the Go Comb when it comes to portability.
With the ability to be folded down into a few short inches, you can easily stuff this into your front or back pocket without the feeling that you are carrying a comb with you all day long.
Given that this is a comb made from wood, it will be anti static. So even if you are wearing a fine pair of quality mens dress pants or even a simple pair of chinos, you don’t have to worry about some unintended static when taking this comb out for a midday cleanup.
While travel pouches or cases are great to protect the teeth of the comb when heading out the door, the folding nature of the Striking Viking keeps the teeth protected at all times when not in use – so you don’t have to ever worry about carrying around another accessory with you.
Crafted from sandalwood (which smells amazing), the wood is fairly strong and should be able to withstand the test of time.
Overall, this is a perfect beard comb for those men who love EDC stuff and want a compact offering to bring with them.
Leven Rose Beard Comb
The teeth on this comb are WIDE!
That is both a good thing and a bad thing for guys. If you have a beard that is a bit on the shorter side, this comb is not for you.
With such wide teeth, you will not get much styling acheived with this comb.
On the flip side to that, if you have a much longer beard, this comb can work relatively well.
The size of the comb should be able to fit into the palm of your hand and can be considered a classic pocket comb.
Its important to note though, that some men may be turned off by the uneven depth between each one of the teeth on the comb.
Therefore this comb tends to cater to a very specific niche audience – men with long beards, who want a pocket comb, and don’t mind having a wooden comb.
Personally we at Tools of Men love
General Styling Ability
Our biggest and largely only gripe with is product is the spacing of the teeth.
It makes it too geared towards men with larger beards and really confines it from also being able to effectively comb your mustache as well. In fact for your mustache you would likely have to get a separate mustache comb to compliment this one.
With its streamline construction, this will fit well in your pocket for when you might need to do a bit of a midday clean up on your beard.
Pocket Size Buffalo Horn Beard Comb
A relative new comer to the beard comb market place, the Wild Wild West beard comb a comb made of both buffalo horn and Sandalwood.
Why would you be interested in using buffalo horn on your beard?
Much like both the wood and synthetic matieral combs that are hand cut, buffalo horn is terrific at preventing static from occuring when combing your hair.
This is critical when it comes to the very core purpose of any beard comb – styling ability. I will touch on this a bit more below.
Regarding the actual size of this product, overall its much like the other wooden comb we reviewed by EQLEF (below). It’s going to be about the same size as your standard pack of playing cards.
Unlike wood that may sometimes snag (should there be micro cracks from dropping or banging it up), buffalo horn wears nicely and will run through your beard smoothly.
General Styling Ability
This comb has a really sturdy feel too it and generally does feel pretty good in the palm of your hand.
However, the most common gripe that guys will have about this product is that its a bit on a smaller side (moreso functions as a pocket comb) and that the teeth are a bit more on the wider side.
Red Sandalwood Pocket Beard Comb by EQLEF®
This beard comb overall is a good entry level beard comb that offers two distinct distances between the teeth of the comb.
With its finer teeth (pictured left side), and wider teeth (pictured right side) will be able to suit most mens beards whether they are either on the thicker or thinner side.
One thing that we at Tools of Men really dug about this comb was that its made from wood.
Therefore the amount of damage that you will be doing to your beard follicles (as outlined how important this is above), is for the most part pretty minimal and forgiving.
But the wood benefits will last long into the life of the comb. You see the more you use this comb, unlike a plastic comb, the more softer the edges are going to naturally become.
Word of warning though – suspect quality is surrounding this comb in regards to the reviews on Amazon. Folks have found that some splinters may show up between the teeth of the comb and it appears that this company ships their products directly from China.
General Styling Ability
One of the major drawbacks of this comb is that its relatively smaller – 10cm x 5cm (roughly 4″ x 2″). With such a smaller size, this would probably suffice better as a pocket comb over a full on styling comb.
Even so, with it being a pocket comb, it still is pretty chunky!
Its just about .5″ longer than your standard deck of cards.
How does this all relate to the general styling ability?
You see pocket combs are great when you need to clean up on the go, but if you are preparing your beard in the morning, pocket combs simply aren’t the go to option since they are a bit more on the clumsy side when it comes to handling.
This puts this product in an awkward niche of not being the best pocket comb nor the best general comb for your beard – therefore receiving generally negative styling ability scores.