So you got a thick beard on your face and a nice mustache on your upper lip? Congratulations. Now, let’s get you a quality beard & mustache comb to tidy up the ‘Stache and facial hair.
After all, there’s nothing quite as pleasing as combing through your own bushy beard, straightening up the coarse beard curls, and lining up the whiskers to perfect unison.
No? There are some better things in life? Maybe that’s just me then.
Anyway, today we are going to bring you a detailed review of the best beard combs out there. It includes seven of the finest combs for beard & mustache, from various materials and styles from cellulose acetate to wooden beard combs alike.
↓ No time for full review? Here’s a quick beard comb comparison table. ↓
Here’s what to look for in a beard and mustache comb:
- Don’t get a metal comb, ever – Although metallic beard combs look quite nice, they don’t perform that well at all. The teeth of the combs are often uneven and can damage the facial hair, while the metal itself can cause a static charge to your hair strands; not good.
- Choose the right teeth spacing – If you have a coarser and thick beard, you need to be using a beard comb with wider teeth spacing; otherwise, you’ll end up in snag-city. If your beard is softer and not overly thick, you can get away with combs that have the teeth more spaced in.
- Plastic combs suck – I wish they wouldn’t because plastic is super cheap, but the fact is that plastic beard combs are often flimsy, easy to break, machine-produced in mass quantities, and they cause static charge for the whiskers.
- Look for these – The biggest thing to look for material-wise is to make sure that your beard comb is made of an anti-static and durable material, such as wood, horn, or cellulose acetate. Also, make sure that the comb is hand-crafted or at least finished by hand.
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7 Best Beard and Mustache Combs of 2019
1. Kent Handmade Beard and Mustache Comb Set
Kent is the name of the game when it comes to both beard combs and best quality beard brushes.
It’s the undisputed “golden standard” of the comb & brush space, and rightfully so.
Although their combs look like they would be made of plastic, they certainly aren’t.
This is what they say:
This means that the static charge or poor-quality will never be an issue with any of their combs, and since every teeth is saw cut instead of being machine-pressed, there will always be perfectly smooth teeth that glide through your beard and mustache effortlessly.
This is what you’ll get in a set:
- A large comb for thicker & bigger beards.
- A medium comb for thinner smaller facial hair.
- A mustache comb, a perfect match for any beard & mustache scissors.
As a brand, they are old and respected. In fact, they made their first products as early as 1777.
If you’re looking for a beard & mustache comb set, then this is likely the best three-piece kit you’ll ever find, and if you’re a competitor doing product analysis, this is the brand you want to mimic.
2. Aberlite Credit Card Size Pocket Beard Comb
This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen when it comes to beard combs.
Aberlite has created a thin, high-quality sandalwood beard comb, that is so small it fits the coin pocket of your jeans.
(3.3″ x 2.1″ 0.3″) or roughly credit card size.
With the comb, you will also get two protective cases;
- One that is super-slim and made out of dark faux leather
- And the other which offers heavy-duty protection in a bit larger size.
It’s one of many sandalwood combs on this list, which is great because sandalwood is durable, it smells nice, and it provides an anti-static, snag-free beard combing experience.
Aberlite is definitely one of those rising beard brands that I can see getting extremely popular in the upcoming years. Previously I have showcased their innovative neckline trimming tool and beard shaper in my review.
3. Hunter Jack’s Sandalwood Beard Comb
One of my all-time personal favorites has been the Hunter Jack’s Beard Comb. I even featured it on my list of beard gifts.
The first thing you notice is the really nice design of the comb and the leather pouch that comes included.
Then we get into the material; some quality sandalwood, one of the best – if not the best – beard comb materials out there. Sandalwood has a nice woodsy scent, it’s extremely durable and anti-static.
This thing comes with the popular “pocket size” style at 3.8″ length x 2.5″ width x 0.3″ thickness (10cm x 5.5cm x 0.8cm).
There are two sides of teeth in the beard and mustache comb, one with a wider set for long and thick beards and one with a narrower set for smaller, thinner beards and mustache area.
All-in-all, it’s a really nice looking and well-functioning beard comb that is likely to last for tens of years with proper use.
4. Rocky Mountain Barber Co. Sandalwood Beard Comb
We like what Rocky Mountain Barber Company does with their combs.
Their beard comb is 100% sandalwood, comes with coarse teeth and fine teeth, and has a small “precision edge” shaping helpers on the ends.
Not only this but he combs contour shape gives you better contact and more whiskers to be combed in one go.
Oh, and it also has a leather pouch, similar to the Hunter Jack comb.
All-in-all, we like this to be one of the better products you can get your hands on, and it definitely deserves to be in our list of best beard & mustache combs.
5. Buzz Barber Peachwood Comb & Leather Case
Here we have a similar beard comb to the Hunter Jack’s, but with slight differences.
The pouch it comes with is made from leather, but it has an additional small pocket in front to hold your cards and bills in.
The beard comb itself has similar two-sided teething, but the gaps between the wider teeth are slightly narrower than in the Hunter Jack’s comb above.
If you compare the two, I’d say that this one has slightly worse handcrafting on the smoothness and straightness of the teeth.
The Buzz Barber facial hair combs material is peachwood, which makes it light but durable, and with proper use, this should be with you for years. Peachwood also has almost no scent to it at all, unlike sandalwood which has a fairly strong woodsy aroma.
The size of this beard comb comes down to 4.33 inches in length and 2.75 inches in width, making it barely fit into most pockets with the leather case.
6. Rocky Mountain Barber Co. Traditional Comb
This is the second comb from Rocky Mountain Barber Co. on this list, and unlike the first one that is double-sided sandalwood, this one comes with the traditional one-sided teething and is made from what looks to be birch.
In other words, it’s just like a quality anti-static, anti-snagging wooden comb that your grandpa would have used back in the day.
What’s funny is that although a lot of time has passed and many personal care products evolve into better versions of themselves, this hasn’t happened with combs at all.
Instead of keeping up the amazing craftsmanship that produced quality wooden combs, we now stamp press poor-quality plastic in a conveyor belt.
That’s why we like this comb, it’s traditional, it’s basic, and it’s made from real wood and by hand. Just what you should be looking for in a good beard comb.
7. Anti-Static Natural Maple Comb for Facial Hair
If you’re not a fan of two-sided pocket beard combs, then you’re going to love this 100% maple comb.
As the box says, it’s “man-sized” and like with all wood materials, it provides a nice anti-static and snag-free facial hair combing experience.
On the same side, you got the wide teething for longer bushier beards and narrower teething for smaller & thinner beards. Personally, I like this type of beard comb design to be the best, but that’s just my preference.
As a hardwood, maple is an excellent material choice for beard combs, and with proper use, this beard comb should be with you for several years without breaking.
Beard Comb vs. Beard Brush Which One to Choose?
A lot of men are pondering whether they should invest in a beard brush or a beard comb?
In my humble opinion, they both serve a purpose. Yet, you don’t absolutely need to have them both.
With a comb, you are basically just doing what you do to a long hair; you untangle the mess, lining up and straightening up the hairs, usually downwards.
A comb is also a useful aid when applying beard oil, as you can comb after application to help evenly distribute the oil into your whiskers. The bigger the beard, the handier the comb usually proves to be, so if you’ve got a patchy beard, then consider getting a brush instead.
A quality beard brush, on the other hand, will provide exfoliation, oil & sebum distribution, as well as the stimulation of circulation and natural sebum production in the facial hair area.
If you’d ask me which one is better, I’d personally have to go with the brush on this one. It’s a tad bit more versatile, at least for my personal use.
How to Properly Comb a Beard
Let the father of the Beard Brand himself, Eric Bandholz, show you:
Combing a beard isn’t exactly rocket science. It’s almost like combing your hair, just with few differences.
First, you want to start from combing underneath the beard, especially if its big and thick.
Next start isolating the snags and untangle them.
And finally, finish off by combing everything downwards. This is important; always end the combing session by straightening your facial hair downwards.
Conclusion on Beard and Mustache Combs
Beard comb is essential to any good beard maintenance routine, and many as there are the combers, there are also combs, but not just any comb shall do.
Always choose quality materials and hand-crafted products. No stamp-pressed plastics or static charge causing metals with jagged edges.
Some great materials include; sandalwood, pearwood, cellulose acetate, and buffalo horn.
When it comes to teeth width on your beard combs, the golden rule is this:
The coarser the beard, the wider the teeth.
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for reading and keep on beardin’.