7 Best Stubble Beard Styles And How To Achieve Them

Are you interested in growing a stubble beard but you don’t know which beard style to choose and how to trim it?

If yes, you are in the correct place!

Learning how to grow a stubble and the best stubble beard styles is a must nowadays.

In fact, even if you don’t like it so much, scientific studies have shown that most women prefer men with stubble rather than men with very long beards or completely clean-shaven.

In this article, we will discuss the stubble beard style and we will also give you inspirational stubble ideas to choose from.

Let’s get straight into it!

What Is A Stubble Beard?

what is a stubble

Before we get into the styles and how to trim your beard, obviously, all of us need to know the definition of stubble.

I promise I will be very brief.

In short, a stubble beard is actually a very short beard and refers to facial hair length between clean-shaven and a short beard. More specifically, there are 3 types of stubble:

  • Light Stubble
  • Medium Stubble
  • Heavy Stubble

The light stubble is around 1-2mm(1/20 inch) long. This needs around 2-3 days to grow if you are completely clean-shaven.

The medium stubble is around 2-3mm(less then 1/8inch) and needs 4-5 days to grow.

The heavy stubble is 4-5mm (0,16-0,19inch) long and needs around 8-10 days to grow.

There is also the 5 o’clock stubble or shadow which is actually a 1-day stubble.

Read Also: The 10-Day Stubble Beard

As promised, after this brief overview of the stubble family we move straight into the best stubble styles.

Best Stubble Beard Styles

Mustache With Stubble or Beardstache


This beard style is very stylish and innovative. It will make you stand out and look amazing. Of course, there will be some of you that may not like it and that’s actually ok.

But, for the most part, it is a really cool beard style.

If you are interested in learning how to do it step by step you can read our full guide here.

Goatee With Stubble

goatee with stubble

There are many goatee variations but we won’t discuss all of them right now. We really wanna tell you about the best of the best beard styles.

The goatee beard style is one of oldest styles and it has stood the test of time.

Perfect for men that can’t grow thick beards or for men with patchy beards.

A nice variation is a goatee with stubble. In this style, you need to have a long goatee but instead of being fully shaven outside your goatee’s lines, there should be stubble beard.

Van Dyke

van dyke with stubble

The Van Dyke beard style is yet another beard style that is very old.

It differs from a traditional goatee because the mustache in this beard style is disconnected from the chin hair and also it may be a handlebar or at least long.

Full Neck Stubble

This is a just stubble beard that, no matter what length it is, doesn’t have a neckline. Some men prefer it as it looks even more manly if the hair is growing in the right direction.

Full Heavy Stubble

heavy stubble

The heavy stubble is a short beard that is 4-5mm long. It can be a goatee or whatever style you want as long as it is short. The heavy stubble style we recommend is the one that has facial hair everywhere (that’s why the term full) except below the neckline and above your cheeks.

You should trim without a guard there. It is not difficult at all.

Read Also: Stubble Vs Beard

This is women’s most preferred beard style and also our #1 recommrendation.

Full Medium Stubble

medium stubble

The full medium stubble is just the same as the full heavy stubble but its length is 2-3mm. If you have patchy areas, a shorter stubble like this or the next one might help you hide the patches.

Full Light Stubble

light stubble

This stubble beard is even shorter. It is 1-2mm long. It takes 2-3 days to grow if you are clean-shaven.

5 O’Clock Shadow

5 o'clock shadow

For some people this is not a beard style but for the vast majority of men it is. The 5 o’clock shadow is in simple words a 1-day old stubble.

Most men tend to shave early in the morning so the 5 o’clock shadow is the facial hair we have exactly before we shave again for the next day, hence its name.

Read Also: Stubble Vs Clean-Shaven

Very popular style and appropriate for most jobs and interviews.

These were the 7 best stubble beard styles. Choose the one who suits you the most and get ready to impress!

How To Trim And Maintain A Stubble Beard

Trimming a stubble is a simple process that needs to be done quite often.

The three most important things to keep in mind when it comes to trimming a stubble are:

  • Consistency
  • High-Quality Stubble Trimmer
  • Skin Care

I will repeat myself because I want to make sure you understand. A stubble style, whatever, you choose will need daily attention. It requires trimming every 1-2 days.

The only way not to trim it so often is to have light stubble for some days, then grow medium and then heavy stubble, and then after let’s say 1 week to trim it down to light stubble.

But I wouldn’t recommend that because you lose your identity.

The next most important thing to keep in mind is that you need a very good stubble trimmer. Preferably not a beard trimmer but a stubble trimmer. Why?

Not because I want you to waste money. I don’t want you to spend money on unnecessary stuff. I have proven myself in this blog.

However, a stubble trimmer will allow you to trim facial hair more precisely. The best trimmers allow you to shave 1mm, 1,5mm, 2mm and so on easily in comparison to a generic cheap beard trimmer that can’t.

If you want to wear a stubble beard long term, just get a trimmer. You will have it for 10+ years. Totally worth it.

The final step is to take care of your skin. Often trimming can cause skincare problems if you are not careful.

You already know very well that every bearded man should apply beard oil on his beard. You should not be the exception.

Washing your beard with shampoo and applying some beard oil will literally take you 1 minute. Don’t skip doing those two things.

Best Stubble Beard Trimmers

Our Best Pick: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 Men’s

This is one of the best trimmers out there. It includes 14 guide combs, it has a great design and cuts very precisely from 0,5mm to 10mm.

It is powerful even without charging and its battery lasts for 5 hours which is spectacular.

Its blades, also, don’t require oiling to sharpen.

Its only downside for us is its weight. Its stainless steel body makes it a bit heavy to keep but nothing too concerning. This trimmer is nearly perfect and very affordable.

Also, keep in mind that you won’t need to purchase a trimmer every year. This is a necessary tool for your everyday grooming routine. If you get a quality beard/pubic hair trimmer like this, you will possibly keep it for years to come.

At least this is how we think. Longterm.

Runner Up: Wahl Professional – Peanut Classic – Hair Clippers – Beard Trimmer 

This trimmer is different from other trimmers because it is very precise and able to trim long and thick hair. It has great power and durability.

It is also very light weighting only 4 ounces. It is also smaller and easy to keep but also powerful.

Highly recommended.

Budget Option: Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom All-In-One Series 3000

For some of you, pricing may be the number #1 priority and you are looking for the best cheap trimmer. If that’s the case this is your go-to option.

It trims very well, nearly as well as our top pick. But, it is made from plastic rather than stainless steel. Therefore, it is lighter and easier to ease but obviously, it is a lower-quality item.

The good thing is that it doesn’t pull any hairs out which is very important for a cheap trimmer.

An important downside is the battery life which is around 60 minutes which is not very good.

Overall, this is the best cheap trimmer by far.


To sum up, in this article, we briefly discussed stubble types, our recommended best stubble beard styles and also how to trim and maintain them.

We didn’t get into many details because the main purpose of this article is to inform you about the best stubble beard styles.

We have plenty of tutorials for every beard style so feel free to read our other detailed guides and take action!

After all, it is just facial hair, if a beard style doesn’t suit you just let your beard grow or trim it. Facial hair grows back in days!

And that’s it for today’s article…If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment down below and we will be more than happy to help.

Until next time,

Stay safe,


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