Best Beard Comb: Review The Top Brands
All the beard products in the world are completely useless unless you actually maintain your beard properly.
You see, you could lather on a $25 beard oil or a high quality beard balm, but at the end of the day, if you don’t use a beard comb – your beard will look like a complete mess.
So why is a beard comb so important to maintaining a healthy and awesome looking beard?
I’ll tell you in a bit, but first and foremost here are all beard combs reviewed.
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 beard comb with its built-in bottle opener and its incredibly small size.
Here are a summary of our results:
Comparing The Best Beard Combs On The Market
|Title||Kent Men’s Handmade Comb, Set of 3||Go-Comb – Wallet Comb + Bottle Opener||Red Sandalwood Pocket Beard Comb by EQLEF®||Pocket Size Buffalo Horn Beard Comb||Leven Rose Beard Comb|
|Product Detail Page||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
|Dimensions||6 x 3 x 0.2 inches||3.2 x 2 inches||3.9 x 2.0 x 0.4 inches||3.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches||4 x 0.1 x 2 inches|
|Construction Material||Plastic||Metal||Wood||Buffalo Horn & Wood||Bamboo|
|Feel In Hand||Perfect||Good||Ok||Ok||Relatively Well|
The Roots of Proper Beard Maintenance
As it was eluded to earlier, proper beard maintenance involves many steps, from shampooing your beard ever few days, to using the proper amount of beard oil to using the very best beard balm, beard combs and brushes also play a critical role to the maintenance of your beard.
Regular combing of your beard helps stimulate your beard follicles so you can grow a killer beard yourself, and also of course make it appear both healthy and well maintained.
Even the type of comb, which I go over in detail in a section below, can have a huge impact on the health of your beard follicles.
For instance, cheap combs will literally tear your beard apart and do years of damage which will ultimately make your beard appear unkempt.
This is why choosing the right comb is so critical to your grooming toolkit and is most often overlooked by beardsmen everywhere.
Over Maintenance Can Be Damaging To Your Hair
When it comes to maintaining your beard properly, its important not to ‘over maintain’ it.
Sure you might see product focused sites telling you to use copious amounts of beard oil or balm or whatever product it is.
Chances are that they are selling the product and want you to keep buying more.
When it comes to your beard, you don’t want to over maintenance it, or else you will be wasting hard earned cash.
So for instance, with beard oil or balm, only use it once every couple of days.
Those products are used in a compliment to your natural sebum oil that your follicles are already producing.
Same thing goes for combing and/or brushing it.
Even if you get the absolute best beard comb on the planet, with excessive use, you will wear down your roots with pulling and eventually the follicle will fall out, or the shaft of the hair will become damaged.
Know this advice:
Don’t over do it when it comes to combing your beard – comb it no more than 2 to 3 times a day max!
Understanding the Difference Between a Beard Comb and Brush
Their are stark differences when it comes to beard brushes and combs.
First off regarding the design, a high quality beard brush is composed of boars hair.
For some guys this may be off-putting at first, but there is a reason why boars hair is so prevalent when it comes to beard brushes.
Being that boars hair is a natural fiber, it has the ability to soak up oils (be it beard oil, beard balm, or your natural sebum oil produced by your sebaceous glands). This allows you to have a even coat of oil along the length of your beard follicle.
Therefore for most men, the ultimate way to make sure their beard oil is evenly distributed is through the use of a boars hair beard brush.
Plus with the brush bristles being in uneven length, this allows for the bristles to get right at the root of your hair.
Here’s the kicker though:
When using a beard brush, your beard is going to look much more fuller (i.e. natural and puffy).
This can be both a really good thing for some guys and also a really bad thing for others – to each their own.
On the other hand with high quality beard combs, you have the very best in styling abilities that a beard brush simply cannot compete with.
With even spaced teeth in the comb along with all of them at the very same length, a beard comb gives you full control on how your beard is going to look for the remainder of the day.
If you want to have absolute full control over your beard, its always best to pair a beard comb with a top notch beard balm.
You see beard balm, unlike beard oil, contains beeswax.
Beeswax, as you might have guessed it, has great holding ability – plus its all natural (so no horribly abrasive chemicals on your face).
But unlike the brush, beard combs come in much harder surface materials (synthetic, bone, or wood).
Therefore, with such a hard surface, not much oil will be trapped to ensure an even distribution throughout your beard.
What’s a guy to do?
- Spend ample amount of time ensuring that they spread in the oil thoroughly.
- Use a beard brush in conjunction with their beard comb
Either option will work for guys everywhere, but its as straight forward of time savings vs cost.
Stamp/Press Cut vs Hand Cut – Know Why They Differ
This is a critical point!
If you were like me a few months ago reaching for your wife’s comb or a cheap drugstore comb and running that through your beard stop now.
Cheap combs are probably the worse thing you can do to 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 vicious 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.
The 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.
How The Final Score Is Determined For Judging The Best Beard Comb
It’s not easy trying to figure out the best beard comb for your beard maintenance repertoire.
Thats why here at Tools of Men, we have spent hours upon hours of research to give you the very best in information so you can make the right decision for yourself, and of course more importantly, your beard!
So how exactly was the final score determined?
Using our 5 category system, we break down each comb based on the following: general feel in hand (how cumbersome it would likely be in your hand), styling ability (do you have enough control), peer review (what we found to be the general consensus online), overall value (are you getting what you pay for).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.