Like a shadow, naturally curly and coarse back hair follows you everywhere you go. To make matters worse, back hair is also one of the toughest areas to groom and maintain as a man. Your options are limited – you can either pay for a wax, ask a partner to shave it for you, or shave this unsightly hair off yourself.
For the men who like to take matters into their own hands – we’re here to help.
In this guide, we will be reviewing the best back shavers in 2021 – such as the baKblade 2.0 – that you can easily use to make your back nice and smooth. In addition to our expert reviews, we will also share with you key features found in many of the leading brands, tips on how to use your new back shaver, and finally, answer the most common questions that men have about this unique grooming tool.
Let’s get started:
Comparing the Best Back Shavers
We found the following back shavers to be best-in-class for their respective categories:
- Type: Back shavers fall into two main categories – manual or electric.
- Multi-Use: While we focused their ability to shave back hair, some offer additional functionality.
- Price Range: The back shavers we reviewed ranged from $15 to $200 (indicated by the $ sign).
- Rating: Based on our research and reviews from other men, we provide each back shaver with a rating between 1 and 5 (5 being the best).
|NAME||TOP BACK SHAVER AWARD||MULTI-USE||PRICE||RATING|
|MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Electric Back Shaver||Electric Back Shaver||No||$$$||5.0|
|baKblade 2.0 Elite Plus Manual Back Razor||Manual Back Shaver||No||$$$||4.9|
|Philips Norelco Bodygroom 3500 Back Hair Shaver||All-Around Body Grooming||Yes||$$||4.8|
|BRO SHAVER Back Hair Shaver||Cheapest (Lifetime)||No||$$||4.7|
|EASACE Back Hair Shaver||Big Guys||No||$||4.7|
|UltraFlexx Razor Extension Handle for Back Shaving||Razor Extension Handle||Yes||$||4.5|
5 Tips on Finding the Best Back Shaver
When looking at a variety of back shavers you will find that they can vary significantly from one brand to the other. To make the comparison a bit easier, we wanted to go over all the common features found in the best back shavers:
Back shavers operate by one of these three methods: corded, battery, and manual. Here is a detailed look at each along with some of their advantages and disadvantages:
Power Cord: This power option is by far the most consistent and robust. Able to cut through any thickness of hair with absolute ease, a direct powered connection is great for men with naturally coarse, thick, and dense back hair. Unfortunately, with a strong power source, the biggest drawback is the cord itself. Limiting both mobility and area where you can perform the shave itself may be a deal-breaker. Naturally, with a corded connection, you will be unable to use this back shaver in a wet environment due to the risk of electrocution. Therefore, it is restricted to dry use only.
Battery Powered: Battery-powered back shavers come in a few different varieties – NiMH (Nickle-Metal Hydride), Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion), and standard batteries (i.e. D, C, AA, etc.). Here’s a quick look at each:
- NiMH: Lengthy charge times (typically around 8 to 12 hours), NiMH is often found in cheap back shavers and is best to be avoided. In addition to the long charge times, NiMH batteries also have short run times of no more than an hour. If possible, we always recommend paying a bit extra for a Li-Ion or standard battery type over NiMH.
- Li-Ion: Found in computers, smartphones, and other modern electronic devices, lithium batteries charge quickly (typically less than an hour) and have long battery life when compared to NiMH. Therefore, if you forgot to charge your back shaver before use, or experience a dead battery mid-shave, you can let a Li-Ion battery charge for about 10 minutes (rather than an hour for NiMH) and finish the job.
- Standard Batteries: Typically relying on chunky and high current C and D batteries, back shavers relying on this power source tend to be a fair bit heavier – making it a little more difficult to finely navigate all the areas of the back. However, back shavers relying on this power source tend to be a bit cheaper.
Most battery-powered back shavers can be used in both a wet and dry setting – making them quite versatile. Therefore, if you want to make cleanup easy, you can use the shaver in the shower and wash the clippings down the drain.
Also worth noting is that the lack of a cord makes these shavers much easier to reach areas without any obstruction.
Lastly, if you travel frequently and plan on bringing your back shaver with you, a travel lock button will help to preserve battery life when stored in your luggage.
Manual: This type of back shaver is great for men who like to keep things simple and not have to worry about a rechargeable battery or power cord when going to shave their back. They are able to cut through hair follicles of any length with relative ease. Like a standard cartridge razor or safety razor blades, you will need to replace these blades frequently as they will become dull over time. While many manual back shavers can be used without shaving cream, it is suggested to use shave cream to prevent skin irritation – which, of course, the application can be a bit tricky.
Cleanup is easy with a manual back shaver as it can be used while in the shower and the clippings can be washed down the drain.
When shaving, it is a good idea to take notice of both the size of the head of the razor blade as well as the handle. Here’s how both can impact the quality and ease of the shave:
- Head Size: To keep things simple, the larger the head, the quicker the shaving process will be. However, you will want to keep in mind that when following the contours of your back, a wider head will have some troubles in the hard to reach or tight contours around the shoulder blades and spine indent of your lower back – a smaller head will be more advantageous in these areas. Therefore, you will want to strike the right balance between these two extremes.
- Handle Length: To make the shave experience easier, we recommend that you go with a long and ergonomic handle. We recommend going with an extendable handle as it can make it much easier to reach both the upper and lower parts of your back. Some of the best back shavers will also have an easy push lock button that will keep the handle in place for better control when shaving.
3. Head Type
Back shavers come in either traditional razor blades or as foil head. Here’s a quick look at how their performance differs:
- Traditional Razors: Will need to be replaced about once a year. Manual razors will cut the hair down to the surface of the skin – giving you much smoother results.
- Foil Razors: A foil body groomer head will need to be replaced about once every few years. Like standard electric razors for your face, foil razors cut much closer to the skin surface when compared to rotary heads. However, foil heads do have troubles when it comes to tight contours. Smaller foil razor heads will be able to navigate these contours much easier.
As we researched all the popular back shaver brands, we found the following to be the most trusted by men:
- Philips Norelco
- Bro Shaver
- Man Blade
We recommend going with a trusted brand as they not only tend to perform much better than the cheap knockoffs flooding marketplaces, but they also have multi-year warranties and will stand by their product.
The price range of back shavers varies significantly due to a variety of factors, the most important being the power source. Manual shavers cost as little as $15, and upwards to $200 for a nice electric back shaver. With that being said, you can find some great electric shavers below $50 (reviewed in this guide). The higher priced models contain more features and are multi-grooming tools.
While we covered the standard features found on every back shaver above, we wanted to also go over some of the more distinct features that can be a game-changer when it comes to shaving your back hair:
- Wet/Dry Use: Wet and dry use back shavers mean exactly that – they can be used in either a wet or dry setting (i.e. shower, bath, shave cream, or without any prep). When wet shaving with a back razor and applying shave cream and using in the shower, you can soften the coarse and thick hairs significantly which will help to increase shave comfort while also reducing post-shave irritation. As mentioned earlier, cleanup when using a back shaver in the shower will be much easier.
- Replacement Blade Compatibility: Whether you decide to go with an electric back shaver or a manual razor, the blades will need to be replaced at some point. Before making your purchase, check to make sure that replacement blades are available. Furthermore, we do recommend buying a replacement blade or two just in case the model that you purchase gets replaced after a few years – and replacement blades are no longer available.
- Adjustable/Moveable Handle: As you will see in our reviews, the handles available on many back shavers vary significantly. Generally speaking, back shavers that offer an extension lock or hinge will make shaving your back significantly easier.
- Ergonomic Grip: When shaving your back in the shower, an ergonomic grip will provide greater control and allow you to finish the shave in fewer passes. A good grip will be important especially if you plan on applying shave cream before shaving.
- Multifunctional: With nose, beard, face, and body trimmers cluttering up men’s medicine cabinets everywhere, it’s always welcomed when a product provides versatility and can replace other grooming tools. When reviewing back shavers, you will find that many can double as a body shaver. This can be a huge selling point (and save your wallet) if you want to keep much of your body hair kempt.
- Attachment Heads: Some back shavers come with attachment shaving combs or heads so you can cut hair to length. While most men reading this will want to cut their back hair clean off, some many enjoy length choice – especially if they want to also use this shaver as a body groomer (i.e. cut chest hair to a short stubble).
- Charging Indicator: If you don’t want to keep your back hair trimmer always plugged in, a LED or LCD charge indicator light can provide you with power level information at a glance. This can also be helpful if you are going on a trip and want to know if you need to pack the plug before leaving.
- Power Modes: Some back shavers offer a power burst button to cut through thick and coarse hair follicles. Therefore, if you have dense coverage throughout your entire back, this mode can be a game-changer.
The 6 Best Back Shavers of 2021 Reviewed
- Stainless steel razor blades resist corrosion
- Power burst mode works well for dense coarse hair
- Hinge locks in place for easy use
Men who want the best electric back shaver that can get all the hairs thanks to its easy-to-reach handle.
When it comes to back shavers, there is no beating the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver. The most notable advantage that this shaver has over its counterparts is in the design category.
- The Mangroomer Sets the Standard in Design
With an adjustable handle that can lock into place, you can effortlessly shave the lower and upper parts of your back with ease with the 135-degree angle opening. Coupled with the power hinge locking handle is the ergonomic and rubberized grip – you have full control when shaving. Furthermore, the rubber handle ensures a confident grip should your hands be wet or coated with shave cream. As for the neck of this back shaver, it features a best-in-class flex neck that will allow the cutting head to remain flush against the surface when shaving.
- Two Shaving Heads for Length Control
Whether you want a completely smooth back or one that has a bit of a textured stubble – the two heads included with the Mangroomer are great. The 1.8″ wide comb is intended for clearing out large and densely packed areas of hair. The foil head is designed for smoothing out your back to help show your muscular definition. Both cutting tools have shock absorber flex heads for better and closer shaving. Both cutting heads rely on stainless steel (as opposed to carbon steel) and won’t show any signs of corrosion when in a wet or humid environment for prolonged periods.
Replacement heads for the Mangroomer Ultimate are available directly on their website. Other attachments are also available should you want to use this device elsewhere on your body.
- Battery Has Improved
One of the biggest drawbacks for the Mangroomer will be the initial charge. If you are a guy that likes to tinker with devices as soon as they arrive in the mail, you may be a bit disappointed. The Mangroomer requires a staggering 8 to 12 hours of initial charge time. However, once charged, the device provides a generous 6 to 8 hour run time. To ensure that you don’t get stuck with a half-shaved back when prepping for a pool party, the handle does have a charge light indicator to plan accordingly.
- Perfect for Dense Back Hair Growth
If you have a thick coat of back hair and are wondering if the Mangroomer can cut through okay, rest assured, they have thought of you. With a power burst mode, the Mangroomer provides extra cutting strength equivalent to a power cord back shaver.
- Handle locks in place for easy shaving
- Shock absorber flex necks on both cutting heads ensure a better shave
- Waterproof design makes it easy to clean
- Long charge time
What You Need To Know
- DRYglide blades provide a painless dry shaving experience
- Exfoliator brush can be used for shave cream application
- The rubber-injected handle provides a confident grip
Men who want to get a close and complete shave with a manual back razor.
The baKblade 2.0 Elite Plus manual back razor is nothing short of amazing. Absent of any power source, this back razor can get reliably smooth results in even the most densely packed back hair. So, if your back is looking like Steve Carrell from The 40 Year Old Virgin or perhaps our fuzzy friend Chewbacca, you are in luck. A lot is going on in this razor:
- The Razor Blades Are Unlike Anything Else You Have Ever Seen
The biggest feature that men love about the baKblade is the razor blades themselves. Employing their proprietary DRYglide system, the three blades on the baKblade can cut through any type of back hair either completely dry or in a wet environment. With replacements costing roughly $20 for a set of 12 – they are also incredibly affordable. It is worth noting that baKblade does recommend switching out the blades about once every 5 to 7 shaves. While still much cheaper than getting your back waxed, it is an added cost worth noting.
- Exfoliation and Shave Cream Application Just Got a Whole Lot Easier
One of the new features that baKblade introduced with the Elite Plus was the inclusion of an exfoliator pad. As described in our steps on how to shave your back, a pre-exfoliation of the skin before shaving will help to significantly reduce irritation by washing away dead skin cells. In addition to exfoliating, the pad on the backside of this head can also be used for shave cream application. Therefore, you won’t have to also purchase an extra loofah or applicator with the baKblade.
- Long Handle for Easy DIY Use
Unlike other manual back razors that may be a bit too short, the baKblade foldable handle extends far enough to be able to reach your entire back with ease. While it may take some time to get used to the different positions – once you overcome the learning curve, the simplicity in its design is welcomed.
- The Little Extras Included Seal the Deal
Unlike so many other shavers reviewed, the baKblade did a good job in the packaging. Included with every baKblade is not only a little cleaning brush but also a shower mount (suction cup) for easy storage between use. This way it always stays in the front of your mind when you hop in the shower so you can continue to look your best. Oh, and did we mention it makes a great back scratcher too?
- Perfect for manscaping quickly
- Easy to use
- Should work on any skin type without issues
- No variance in cutting lengths
What You Need To Know
- The clip-on grip allows for easy back shaving
- Li-Ion battery provides an hour run time
- Works on other areas of the body including chest, armpits, groin, and more
Men who favor more all-in-one devices to reduce clutter.
The Philips Norelco Bodygroom strikes a lot of the right notes in this portable yet multi-functional body groomer for men. However, there are a few shortcomings you should know about before you decide to buy. Here’s a detailed look at the device:
- Incredible Battery Performance Puts Others to Shame
If there is one standout feature about this back shaver itself, it is not the cutting technology itself, but rather the battery power. Relying on a Li-Ion battery, the 3500 has a terrific 1:1 ratio on battery performance. What does this mean? When charged for one hour, the 3500 has a one hour run time performance. Therefore, if you ever find yourself in a pinch, or perhaps forgot to charge the device after you last used it, the battery will be a lifesaver.
- Extended Handle When Necessary
Unlike so many other back hair shavers that tend to be bulky with large foldable handles, the 3500 has a sleek and streamlined handle that you hardly even notice is there. But there’s a catch. Unlike handles found on other devices, this one is a fair bit shorter nor does it have an extension lock button. Therefore, it will take some navigation on your part to get all the troubled areas. While not a problem over the long term as you will quickly adjust to the device, it is worth noting.
- Foil Razor Head Coupled with Skin-Friendly Rounded Tips
Whether you are shaving your back or balls, you never want the shaver blades to be poking your skin. You can rest assured when making passes on your body, the safety guards will do their job in protecting and not poking your skin while cutting away that annoying body hair. If there was a shortcoming on the head, it would be its ability to cut through coarse and dense hair. Therefore, if you care about speed and don’t want to make several strokes, it may be better to look at others on our list.
- Plastic Attachment Combs Offer Versatility
Unlike many other back shavers that take an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to length, the 3500 smartly includes three attachment combs (3, 5, and 7mm). With these, you can fine-tune your body hairstyle to fit your needs accordingly. Unlike traditional hair clippers, the trimming guards work in a bi-directional manner to help speed up the cutting process.
- Showerproof for Wet Shaving and Easy Cleaning
Lastly, the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 3500 can be used in the shower. This not only makes it much easier on the cleanup process, but you can also safely rinse out the clippings within the head of the device as well (note: a cleaning brush is included).
- Perfect for men with thin back hairs
- Li-Ion battery for cordless use is best-in-class
- Great for grooming everything on your body below the neck
- Not the best for dense back hair
What You Need To Know
- Relies on 3 safety razor blades for cutting
- Can be used either wet or dry
- Made from stainless steel
Relying on safety razor blades make this one of the cheapest back shavers available.
Men interested in a barebones back shaver that will not only be extremely affordable upfront but also have low long-term costs will want to pay attention. We think that the BRO SHAVER may shake up the industry with this dead simple and cheap device. Here’s what makes it so good:
- No Proprietary Blades Allow for Wallet-Friendly Prices
Unlike all other back razors reviewed that rely on their proprietary razor blades or electric shaving heads, the BRO SHAVER relies on a universal safety razor fitting. This means that the same razor blade you use in your safety razor will also work in this back shaver. To underscore why this is so important is to look at the price for blades. Unlike replacement blades for other systems that will cost $20 apiece, the universal blades that this shaver relies on will only cost you pennies. This is great for folks who are looking to keep costs low while still enjoying the simple convenience of a back razor.
- Stainless Steel Design Provides Heft and Water Resistance
Unlike other metals, the BRO SHAVER smartly relies on the naturally water-resistant stainless steel. This means that you never have to worry about corrosion or sanitary issues when using this shaver. Whether it’s two months from now or two years from now, this back razor should continue to look and perform well.
- Lack of Pivot Head Limits Precision
While the wide head shape makes quick work of large areas of your back, some men may have a bit of a tough time getting around the shoulders, curves, and other bumpy areas of their back. While the BRO SHAVER is capable of tackling some of these areas, you will want to always review the results in the mirror to avoid a stray hair patch embarrassment.
- Reliance on a safety blade for the cutting edge is an industry-disrupting move
- A great substitute to the pricier options
- Can work wet or dry
- The wide head may make portions difficult to shave
What You Need To Know
- Holds up to four safety razor blades
- Roll and shave for added comfort
- 5.1″ wide head makes quick work of large areas
If you are a large guy and don’t want to settle for a small back razor, then this is your best pick.
There are a lot of similarities between the EASACE and the BRO SHAVER. For starters, they both are a fixed head back razor that relies on universal safety razor blades to do the cutting. However, when you look at the EASACE a bit closer, you will begin to notice subtle differences:
- Wide Shaving Head
One of the biggest differences between this razor compared to all others reviewed will be the width of the shaving head. At 5.1″ wide, it is by far the largest and will be able to cover large areas of your back in a matter of minutes. However, with such a large head, problems such as shaving angle and position are things you will need to think about. With that being said, larger built men (taller than 6′) will enjoy the wider head, especially compared to the other options out there. Plus, the handle is 21.5″ long making it much easier to reach anywhere on your back rather easily.
- Roll & Shave Technology Is to Provide Comfort
To increase comfort as the four razor blades make their way across the surface of your skin, the guides help bring the hairs to the cutting blades to increase both closeness of the shave and comfort.
- Not Travel Friendly
While other back razors can fold up and be stored in your bag, this razor is one long fixed body back shaver. This makes traveling with it near impossible given the size. Given the lack of hinge on the body itself, some men (particularly those that are shorter) found its use a bit awkward.
- No Frills Means Low Cost
While it is easy to nitpick the problems with a no-frills back shaver, it’s important to always keep the price tag in mind. Retailing less than $30, it ranks among one of the cheapest razors available.
- Great for tall men who need a longer handle and wider head
- Works great for wet or dry shaving
- Rollers help to get a close shave
- Will have trouble traveling with this
What You Need To Know
For men who aren’t interested in adding another grooming tool to their bathroom – we hear you…and so did UltraFlexx. This unique back hair razor can securely hold your favorite cartridge razor (Gillette, Schick, Dorco, Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club, etc.) and extend it making it easy to reach any area of your back.
With a flexible handle and lightweight stainless steel frame, you can easily shave off the hairs anywhere on your back with relative ease.
When compared to the other self back shavers we reviewed, the biggest difference with this tool will be the razor width. Cartridge razors are designed to shave facial hair, not back hair. Therefore, it will take several passes in order to get the job done. But if you have the time, and a bit of patience, then this extension handle for your razor will be a great alternative to the larger razors we reviewed.
- Great alternative to a large back razor
- Lightweight stainless steel handle won’t rust
- Works with any cartridge razor brand
- Will take quite some time to shave your entire back
What You Need To Know
Back Shavers: Must-Have Accessories
When buying your new back shaver, there are a few critical accessories you will want to pick up. Not only will this provide a much better and comfortable shaving experience, but it will also help in getting better results.
Whether you buy an electric or manual back shaver, you will need to replace the blade at some point. While many companies may sell the same back shaver for several years, product updates will inevitably happen. When these updates do happen, replacement razor blades will be hard to come by. Instead of buying second market blades that never perform nearly as good as the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) blades, we strongly recommend buying a few extra. It provides added peace of mind when the blades eventually become dull.
Shave cream is an essential lubricant to not only soften the thick and coarse back hair follicles but helps you to achieve the smoothest results possible. When shaving your back, we recommend going with a quality shaving cream that has a moisturizer built-in. This will help to prevent razor burns on your skin – especially given that the blades used tend to be much more aggressive than your standard facial hair blade.
Back shaving is tough. When navigating your back, you will inevitably miss some areas. While shaving your back in front of your bathroom mirror can be helpful – it is equally messy. Therefore, we recommend that you consider buying a shower mirror. A good shower mirror won’t fog up allowing you to easily see the results as you shave.
How To Use A Back Shaver In 7 Easy Steps
Using a back shaver will be a new endeavor for a lot of men. If you have no experience with using a back shaver, we wanted to share with you a process that should make things much easier and ultimately alleviate any worries:
Before shaving your back, it is best to try and cut down the hair to a shorter length. If possible, start by using an attachment comb or even a hair trimmer to remove much of the bulk. This will be a one-time process as going forward you can use your back trimmer once every week or so to maintain smooth results.
After you have trimmed your back hair, a light exfoliation will help to lift any dead skin cells and ultimately provide a much cleaner and more comfortable shave. This will help prevent bacne (back acne) from showing up after you shave. If you don’t have one already, we recommend going with a top-rated exfoliator and apply it with a long handle brush, sponge, or loofah.
3. Apply Shave Cream
Like exfoliating, applying a shaving cream will be similar. Load up your favorite loofah or back towel with a dollop of shave cream and apply evenly (as best you can) to the entirety of your back. Shave creams help in reducing friction between your skin and the razor blade – and ultimately increase comfort and prevent redness. As mentioned earlier, a shaving cream loaded with moisturizers or natural oils will be recommended when shaving your back as the razor tends to dry out your skin.
When shaving, you will want to work in sections and against the grain.
When working in sections it’s much easier to visually inspect the results and remember where you left off – especially if you need to reapply shave cream throughout the shaving process.
To make things a bit easier, we recommend splitting your back into four main quadrants:
This way you can easily pick back up where you left off should you need to reapply shave cream.
While shaving, you will also want to make sure that you shave against the grain. Given that most shavers only rely on a single blade (as opposed to a multi-blade found in your standard cartridge razor), you can get much smoother results without having to worry about ingrown hairs. For most men, this means that you will want to shave in an upward direction (from lower back towards your neck).
Once you finish shaving and are happy with the results, you will want to go ahead and fully rinse off your back. We recommend using a long washcloth designed for your back. This thorough rinse will help to remove all the shave cream and debris from clogging your pores and further lessening the chances of bacne from occurring.
6. Dry Lightly
Once finished with your shower, you will want to try and pat dry your back the best you can. Given that your back may be a bit sensitive, it is best to avoid rubbing the towel vigorously on your skin.
7. Moisturize with Body Lotion
Once dried, you should apply a moisturizer (preferably body lotion) to your back. This will help to alleviate any post-shave itchiness that may occur. While applying lotion with your hands to your entire back may be nearly impossible, you can either use a long-handled back lotion applicator or ask your partner to help out.
Back Shaver FAQs
Given that this might be the first back shaver you have ever purchased, we wanted to answer some of the common questions other guys had about this unique grooming product:
What is the best back shaver?
The perfect back shaver will be one that works for your back hair type, density, and personal budget. Every guy is different, while we offer some great recommendations in our guide, it is important to look at all the attributes between the shavers to find the perfect one to meet your needs.
How to shave my back?
When shaving your back, it is best to prep your skin first and then work in sections. We found that it’s best to divide your back into distinct areas and shave accordingly. This will help to prevent unshaved patches of fur from being missed. Using complementary products such as shave cream or oil will also help to increase the overall comfort during the shaving process.
How can I shave my back by myself?
It is possible to shave your back yourself. All it takes is both confidence and patience. While you might not be perfect at it the first few tries, with time, you will know the natural contours and curve of your back just like your face. Of course, a back shaver with an extendable arm and ergonomic grip will make things easier.
How do you get rid of a hairy back?
To get rid of a hair back, multiple options are available. The most popular among men include a back shaver (manual and electric), hair removal cream, waxing, and laser hair removal. Each treatment option carries with it their own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Is it good to shave your back?
Like your face, groin, or chest, it is okay to shave your back. We found no proof in studies that repeated back shaving will lead to negative results.
Is the Mangroomer waterproof?
The flagship Mangroomer Ultimate Pro is advertised as being 100% waterproof. Therefore, you can comfortably shave in the privacy of your shower or out. Secondly, the 100% waterproof design allows you to easily clean the trimmer of any clippings by rinsing it under water once you are finished.
Is it better to shave or wax your back?
When you wax your back, you are physically pulling the hair out. This will mean that your back hair won’t grow back nearly as fast, making it much easier to maintain. When shaving, you can do this in the privacy of your own home and at your leisure. Over the long term, shaving your back is cheaper than waxing.
How often should you shave your back?
How often you shave your back depends on personal preference. If you like smooth skin and show off muscle definition, then you should aim to shave your back about once every two or three days. If you are fine with a short stubble or hairs shorter than 1″ in length, then you can trim your back hair once every few weeks.
Does shaving back hair make it grow in thicker?
No – shaving your back hair does not make it grow in thicker. The reason for this misconception is that as it grows in, you see the thickest cross-section of the hair shaft. As it grows out it will continue to look more tapered and thinner.
Back Shavers vs. the Alternatives
While the focus of this guide was on back shavers, we wanted to share with you some viable alternatives that you may want to consider:
Available in either manual or powered varieties, back shavers are a quick and easy way to maintain your back hair in the privacy of your own home. Causing very little skin irritation compared to waxing, hair removal creams, etc., it is among the safest and easiest hair removal options.
Body shavers or groomers are made for chest, balls, ears, arms, nose, and any other areas of the body that we may have missed. While convenient, the biggest downside to body shavers compared to back shavers is the handle length and shaving head width. Unlike back shavers that have a handle that extends, body shavers or groomers are handheld making them impossible to shave your back hair unless you ask for help.
Laser treatments are tempting, especially if you know that you will never for the rest of your life have hair on your back. But the problem with laser treatments, especially when compared to a back shaver, is the cost. Given that the area of your back is so big, the actual cost to remove all your hair will typically cost more than $1,000 and require multiple rounds of treatment.
Unfortunately, laser hair removal isn’t permanent either. Depending on the stage your hair was in (anagen, catagen, telogen, exogen) and hormones means that some hair may still grow back and require future removal.
Waxing is a great option for men who want a smooth back without having to spend the time shaving in the shower. Requiring an appointment with your local aesthetician, a waxed back will require less upkeep and look great for about 3 to 5 weeks before another appointment will be made (best to coordinate with your haircut). Unfortunately, the first waxing appointment can be painful especially if your back looks like Chewbacca. Therefore, it is recommended that a pre-trim down to lengthy stubble is done before your first visit.
Lastly, the price for waxing adds up. With an average price of about $35 to $75 per appointment, you can expect to pay around $400 to $750 per year.
Hair Removal Cream
One hair removal method that is a viable alternative to both the back shaver and waxing will be with a good hair removal cream (depilatory). These creams effectively melt the hair from the root and can be easily wiped away. Many men use these creams on their chest, face, and groin region. It is worth noting that men with sensitive skin may want to avoid hair removal creams as they can cause flareups.
Of course, the major downfall with hair removal creams for your back is application. Our best recommendation here is to purchase a lotion applicator and to try your best in applying. If possible, we would also recommend asking a partner to help out as it will ensure full coverage.
Our Criteria for Choosing the Best Back Shavers
Choosing the best back shaver in 2021 was hard. With so many options with many different features, it proved difficult to find one that truly works the best for men.
However, after carefully comparing the features, construction, and reviews of all the different back shavers, we are confident that our list above highlights the best options currently available.
We hope that this review and guide proved helpful in finding the perfect back shaver to meet your unique needs.