Love the bearded look, but loathe the mess? Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the new Wahl Lithium Ion Vacuum Trimmer.
The new bathroom appliance features a special vacuum intake which sucks up wayward whiskers, preventing them landing all over the sink or the bathroom counter.
Manufacturer Wahl quotes research by ORC International which found the majority of US women prefer a man with facial hair over a clean-shaven face (58 per cent versus 42 per cent).
So it believes its vacuum trimmer has hit stores at just the right time – a few weeks ahead of Valentine’s Day – providing a gift “he’ll want and she’ll praise”.
“Knowing what men want from their trimmer is a priority, but we also dug deeper to find out what the women who live with bearded men think,” said Steven Yde, division VP for Wahl. “Not surprisingly, mess-free trimming is high on their wish list. With this in mind, we think our new Vacuum Trimmer will make everyone happy.”
While women prefer a well-groomed beard to an unkempt one, achieving such a look risks leaving a trail of clipped hairs across the bathroom.
The Wahl Lithium Ion Vacuum Trimmer sucks them up before the user can easily clean the device, removing or emptying the hair canister.
The vacuum trimmer has a 90-minute run time, self-sharpening precision blades, LED charge indicator, nine guide combs and the option of corded or cordless operation. It has a recommended price of US$59.99.
And for the record… according to the research, millennial women showed a particular panache for men with beards, showing a strong 71-per-cent preference. In general, 65 per cent of women find facial hair attractive, and 57 per cent describe men with facial hair as masculine or handsome. As far as style, stubble topped the preference list and a well-groomed beard was a close second.