Painters use a canvas, a series of brushes, and beautifully pigmented paints. A sculptor uses clay and fine scalpels to achieve stunning lines and grooves. Hell, even contractors use hammers, screwdrivers, and other tools to make their job easier. For some, proper manscaping is an art onto itself, like painting or sculpting. For others, you want to get the work done. Whatever way you like to think about it, you know it’s necessary to remove that pesky hair from here, there and…down there.
Having the right tools for the job will make your life so much easier and whole hell of a lot more comfortable. In this guide, we’ll look at what you need to know when you’re buying the best body hair trimmer for you. What will you use the device for? Need something waterproof? Etc.
Then we’ll run review some of our favorite body trimmers, give you some tips on best practices when using the trimmer. Finally, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about this oft thought about but never mentioned topic.
Let’s dive in.
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What to Know When Buying A Body Hair Trimmer
1. Intended Use
How you intend to use your body hair trimmer is one of the most important things to think about when you’re searching around for the best one to buy. If you’re a mechanic, you don’t get a torque wrench when a simple hand wrench will do.
The same philosophy applies to trimmers. If you’re primarily going to be taking care of your down-there hair, you don’t want to get a trimmer with a giant blade – you need something with finesse.
Let’s look at some common areas.
Hairy chests can be either extremely attractive or very much the opposite of your partner as we found out. If you’re of the latter camp or want to clean up, a trimmer is available for you. Chest hair tends to be quite coarse and dense. Feel the hair on your head, then give a feel on your chest. Different right? That’s why you must get a trimmer that can easily cut through that hair. You’ll know pretty quickly if you don’t, by the way. If you feel pulling along with the cutting, you’ll know that your trimmer isn’t quite up to the task of tackling your chest hair.
Trimmers made for the chest also have a wider head, allowing you to get the work done quicker. A good trimmer for the chest should also have a series of settings and attachments that will enable you to customize hair length.
Chest hair isn’t an all or nothing look.
Back hair is similar in texture to the type on your chest and face, so a good stronger blade is necessary. Your back is, after all, on the back of you, however, so a critical feature of a back trimmer is an extended handle or the ability to add one.
Without an extended handle, you’ll either need quite a bit of assistance or must suffice with a patchy affair – not ideal. A good back trimmer should also have a broader head to allow you to tackle the larger surface area of your back.
The thought of putting anything remotely appearing like a blade can be sweat-inducing for some men.
That’s why you must get a trimmer that is specially designed for your sensitive areas, one that is guaranteed not to nick or cut.
One of the best ways to not nick or cut is, quite counterintuitively, to use an extremely sharp blade. A nice edge will ensure that the hair and only the hair gets cut, without pulling.
Good genital trimmers are also a good deal smaller than any other type, allowing you to fit the blade into tight spaces and the many contours involved.
Most guys are doing some facial grooming, even if you only trim a beard once a quarter or take care of those two little sprouts near your chin that show up now and again. Here again, we’re looking for a smaller profile blade that will be able to glide along the curves of your face.
Additionally, look for settings and dials that move the blades to various lengths. If you’re looking for that baby’s bottom look, consider a foil or rotary head – it allows each hair to enter the shaver head and be clipped individually for a smoother cut.
2. Manual vs. Electric
One of the great debates in men’s grooming is whether it’s better to go for a manual trimmer or an electric device. There’s no genuinely right answer – each man should determine whichever you are most comfortable. Moreover, there are pros and cons to each one.
Just the way your dad and his dad before him did it, a manual razor is nothing more than a thin piece of metal, usually a stainless steel, carbon steel, or aluminum alloy, sharpened to a tidy edge. There’s no need to recharge a manual blade meaning there’s no chance you end up with a half-shaved back. They’re also travel-friendly because they’re much smaller. Most importantly, for some, manual razors are a heck of a lot cheaper.
The cons are there too, however. You’ll need shaving cream or a similar substance. You’ll also need a water source, and shaving will take you quite a bit longer.
On the other side of the coin, the electric razor can be quite a bit easier to use and is far more efficient than a manual razor. No shaving cream is required, and you can shave wet or dry in most cases. You will, however, need power and should understand the requirements before you begin.
Electric razors also require a bit of research before selecting (good thing you’re reading this article; stay tuned!). They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and choosing the correct razor for you can be a challenge on the fly.
3. Corded vs. Cordless
If you’ve decided to go electric, you’ll have to give some thought to if you’ll use a corded or cordless model. Let us also suggest that it may behoove you to have both, especially if you do quite a bit of traveling.
The apparent reason to get a corded electric trimmer is the endless power supply. You’ll never get stuck with a half-shaved back or chest. Corded trimmers, like power tools, tend to be more potent than their battery-operated counterparts, so if you’ve got particularly coarse hair, a corded trimmer may be the answer. Often the most reliable, corded trimmers have fewer things that can go wrong and typically last for many years.
You won’t be able to take your razor in the shower, obviously, and a corded razor can be a bit unwieldy.
They are also more challenging to pack on your next trip. This is especially true if you travel internationally often – despite using an adapter, cordless razors are notorious for blowing fuses in other parts of the world.
Very travel-friendly, cordless razors can hug the contours of your body much more accessible than their corded brethren. They’re often also water-resistant, meaning you can take them in the shower to get your shaving taken care of.
They can leave you stranded, however, if you have to stop to recharge a battery and tend to be slightly less powerful.
Getting a waterproof razor generally means getting a cordless one, as well. If you hate cleanup, waterproof is the way to go for you. All the clippings can go right down the drain after you shower. Moreover, you’ll be able to use shaving cream to reduce irritation without making a gigantic mess. You do have to clean trimmer heads after each use, and already being in the shower makes this much easier.
Remember, all waterproof razors are cordless, or at least, should be used without directly plugging into the wall. Manual razors are all waterproof, though it’s not recommended to keep them in water for extended periods.
5. Trimmer Blades & Replacement Head
Other than the motor driving the trimmer, the blades and the replacement heads are probably the most crucial part of anybody’s trimmer.
Did you know that blades and heads are made from several different alloys and metals?
One of the most durable metal alloys out there, stainless steel, is used in everything from your razor to cars, refrigerators to surgical scalpels. Long and short, it’s a great substance out of which to make an extremely sharp blade.
Stainless steel will not rust or corrode and is ideal for wet shaving and will even work underwater. It also comes clean very quickly.
Stronger and harder than stainless steel, carbon steel is often found in contour blades and trimmers. The substance is also used in high-end knives.
It is susceptible to rust and corrosion, so using it in the shower isn’t the best idea.
One of the more expensive substances, titanium-based trimmers are exceptionally durable while being lightweight. The substance is such that it will hold an edge for much longer than its steel-based counterparts. It’s essential to ensure that the blades are made from pure titanium (not iron) – this will ensure the blades stay rust-free.
Titanium blades are often found on smaller and manual body trimmers.
6. Battery Technology
If you’ve decided on a battery-powered trimmer, the next important decision you’ll make is the type of battery technology powering things. Luckily for us, there is a clear winner in this category.
Nimh is an older and cheaper rechargeable battery technology. It takes about four hours to charge a Nimh-based battery and will, on average, only run for about 45 minutes. If you’re a tall guy or trim much of your body, this could leave you hanging right in the middle of your grooming.
The more modern battery technology, lithium-ion rechargeable batteries have a long battery life; in trimmers, this generally translates to about 90 minutes of use.
They also charge very quickly, typically in just 45 minutes. They do tend to be a bit more expensive, but when all things are considered, the investment is worth it.
The body trimmer game has been owned for a long time by some of the biggest names in small appliances. There are also a few newcomers to the space that offer some great products. There are also several cheaper trimmers making their way to marketplaces and websites. They’re often the same trimmer sold under many different brand names. This gives the illusion of choice, but in reality, you’re getting the same piece of junk. These often result in cuts and nicks and a miserable experience.
When you’re shopping for a body trimmer, it’s best to stick with a brand you know. Here are a few of the big names that make quality body trimmer products (we’ll review a few below):
- Philips Norelco – These guys started making electric razors in 1939, but World War II delayed their introduction into the American market until the late 1940s. It’s Bodygroom product for men gained popularity after its 2006 launch when it was featured on the Howard Stern show.
- Remington – Now many iterations beyond its original founding in 1816 as the Remington Firearms Company, Remington started making personal care products in 1937.
- Braun – A German company, Braun was founded in 1921 and has, for years, produced quality small electronics like radios, shavers, and food processors. Now owned by Proctor & Gamble, Braun revolutionized the foil top found on most razors today.
- Panasonic – Japanese in origin, Panasonic was initially called the National Brand and has produced a whole slew of consumer electronics over the last 60+ years.
- Mangroomer – Owner and inventor Brett Marut were embarrassed having his back waxed with a salon full of women, so he invented a telescoping, two-foot-long electric trimmer in 2006. The company now makes many grooming products.
- Bakblade – The Bakblade is the manual version of the Mangroomer. If you’re more of a straight blade kind of man, this is the company for you.
The prices of some of the more established brands may be higher, but in men’s grooming, you get what you pay for. The big brands offer customer support and a warranty on the products they sell (more on that below). They also have extensive, well-funded research and development departments working to create new products to make your grooming experience more enjoyable.
No name brands, on the other hand, are out to make a quick buck as opposed to a long term customer. They are often based overseas and don’t provide any customer support. You’d be hard-pressed to find any contact information for who sold you the product. More than that, they tend to break quickly.
Any company worth its money will offer a warranty on its body trimmers, free of charge. Even if it is only a limited warranty, it shows that the company stands by its products and gives you peace of mind, primarily if you’re investing a large chunk of change into your body trimmer.
Most companies will replace your unit if it breaks within the warranty period, and many will even cover accidental damage as well, like drops, dented clipper heads, and more.
The Best Body Hair Trimmer of 2020 Reviewed
Now that you’ve got the basics down let’s look at the best body hair trimmers for 2020. We’ll highlight a few of the standout features of each and a few things to look out for. We’ll be breaking these down by body part too – don’t feel attached to it. If you want to use our “best trimmer for your balls” for your chest as well, go to town. We are looking to get you the best trimmer for your specific situation.
1. Best Trimmer For Balls: Philips Norelco Bodygroom
Finding the right trimmer for your delicate areas is about as important a decision as you’re likely to make. If you get a trimmer that doesn’t work well and…well, no need to spell it out. It behooves you to get a trimmer meant for your nether bits.
The Philips Norelco Bodygroom is, to put it bluntly, the best trimmer for your balls. Its dual-sided design means you can get a super close shave with to foil head or do a bit of hedge clipping with the trimmer end. The foil side has rounded tips to keep nicks and cuts at bay, which makes it perfect for work below the belt. It also pivots in four directions, meaning you can get all the contours you need.
The trimmer end is also helpful in the lower reaches. It’s five setting lengths, from 1/8” to 7/16” gives you plenty of control over hair length.
How do you keep that trimmer working? A rechargeable lithium-ion battery with an 80-minute run time and a one-hour charge means you can take care of all your clipping needs. It’s also water-resistant, meaning you can take it in the shower for easy cleanup.
You don’t have to use it on your balls either. The 2-in-1 nature of the device and its compact size means you can travel with it and use it anywhere. The package comes with a replacement blade and travel case, as well as a two-year warranty.
- Omni-directional foil head makes for comfortable trimming
- Long battery life and short charge time are ideal
- Two-year warranty
- Cannot be used while charging
- Small head not great for larger areas
What You Need To Know
2. Most Affordable (Cheap) Body Trimmer: Remington PG525 Body Trimmer
If you’re budget-minded but still want to ensure you get a body trimmer that can get the job done, look no further than the Remington PG525. This unit can cut any hair on the body, with it’s nine – you read that right…9! – attachments.
There are specific attachments for nose and ears – the longer trimmer with small blades allows for easy trimming. If you’re looking to trim facial hair, the Remington comes with several beard lengths as well as a clean shave and stubble.
The PG525 also covers body hair well, and it works great on the chest and the groin. This is also an excellent option for your balls. The blades are made from self-sharpening surgical steel, formed to a single cutting edge. And, at under $30, the Remington PG525 is a cost-effective, high ROI product.
A single device with multiple options clears your bathroom vanity, eliminating the need for lots of gadgets. Additionally, the single device lowers e-waste and, with a 70-minute runtime battery and a waterproof enclosure, you can take it anywhere.
The Remington comes with a two-year warranty as well. A note of caution – if you spend a lot of time outside the US, this trimmer isn’t for you. It doesn’t work internationally as it only operates on 120-volt circuits.
- A single device, multiple uses
- Great price
- Only 120 volts
- Shorter run time than some other trimmers
What You Need To Know
3. Best For General Use: Braun Multi Groom Kit For Body
If you’re the kind of guy that likes to have one device to absolutely everything, the Braun Multigroom Kit is for you. It works on all types of body hair, including the nose, ear, facial, body, and even head. With 14 different length settings and dedicated attachments for the nose and ear hair, you really can’t get a general use trimmer any better than the Braun. This beautifully German designed kit also includes a foil head for those clean shaves and, if you’re a man that wants a smooth shave in certain areas, it consists of a Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor as well. The Flexball technology conforms to even the most contoured regions.
Lithium-ion batteries give you 60 minutes of power on a 60-minute charge. Better still, the Braun is 100% waterproof, meaning you can take it into the tub. The price is also in the moderate range and includes a carrying case and hard bristled brush for cleaning along with a two-year review.
- 100% waterproof
- Moderate price for a quality product
- Multiple heads for varied lengths
- Relatively short run time
- Lack of settings on the unit – head change only
What You Need To Know
4. Best Electric Back Shaver: Mangroomer Back Shaver
This is one of the neater inventions we’ve ever seen. The Mangroomer is specifically designed to trim your back hair. It’s super wide head (1.8”) makes quick and efficient work of the area. When fully opened, the Mangroomer extends to two feet. This length helps you reach all the hair by yourself. The handle even locks into place to make things easier.
The Mangroomer comes with two attachment heads, a trimmer head, and a foil blade that allows for close cuts. It also has a unique battery technology – when you receive the unit, it needs 48 hours to charge. Afterward, however, it is designed to stay charged for an extended period. The idea behind this long charge batter is to provide the power to cut through all types of hair.
If it’s working for your back, don’t be afraid to use it elsewhere too. It’s recommended for chest, stomach, and shoulders. It’s best to keep this 1.8″ blade away from delicate, contoured areas.
- Innovative design allows you to do the work yourself
- Long-lasting battery
- Two trimmer heads for selection
- Long initial charge time
- Could be unwieldy – practice makes perfect
What You Need To Know
5. Best Chest Trimmer: Panasonic Electric Body Hair Trimmer
Shaving your chest and pubic area can be difficult with all the contours the two regions have. The Panasonic Electric Body Hair Trimmer attacks both areas well and has enough oomph to get through even the most healthy hair. It offers three attachments and a V-shaped trimmer head for hard to reach areas as well as pecks and armpits, which require a bit of finesse. The rounded blades also offer gentle grooming, which means you can use the product below the belt.
The big selling point here is that it’s completely waterproof. Take it into the shower or tub with you and make cleanup a breeze. Its size is also great to keep in your gym bag or dopp kit when traveling, and the two-year warranty gives you peace of mind.
It does, however, come packed with a Nimh battery that requires an eight-hour charge cycle and can only run for 40 minutes. This is a significant drawback. You also can’t use it while charging and can’t use the device while it’s plugged in.
- V-trimmer allows for easy trimming of contoured areas
- Easy cleanup
- Completely waterproof
- Very long charge cycle and short run time
- It can’t be used while charging or internationally
What You Need To Know
6. Manual Back Shaver: Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus
The Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus can be thought of as the manual version of the Mangroomer. It’s got a manual razor blade, which means you can shave anytime, with or without power. It also folds up nice and small for travel, and super-wide heads make for comfortable shaving. The ergonomic handle allows you to apply proper pressure to your back as you move the razor as well.
You’re able to use the Bakblade wet or dry but should only use it for larger skin areas like your back, shoulders, or chest – the size of the head doesn’t allow for delicate trims. The Bakblade includes a small brush for regular cleanings and has affordable replacement cartridges.
- Ergonomic handle
- Fold nicely for travel
- Can use wet or dry, power-free, privately
- A large head means you should only use it for large areas
- Refills are necessary
What You Need To Know
7. Best Manual Razor: Gillette Cartridge Razor For Body Grooming
The Gillette Flexball was and still is a game-changer in men’s grooming. When the company introduced it on their facial razors, it made getting that perfect shave around the contours of the face a ton easier. They’ve applied that same technology to a razor that is intended to be used all over your body. No matter how curvy, the Gillette Cartridge Razor for Body Grooming will get the job done.
The heads are significantly smaller than many of its competitors, so you’ll have to make more passes to get the job done, especially in larger areas. This also increases the likelihood of bumps and mild irritation. This device also offers a battery option which vibrates the razor – it was the subject of a legal dispute on its effectiveness.
Keep in mind that the razor does require refills, which are always pricey. Additionally, there’s no length setting here – you go straight to skin. Finally, you’ll need shaving cream to avoid an unpleasant experience.
- Flexball technology is a game-changer in men’s’ grooming
- The Gillette name means you’ll get a great, effective shave
- Manual offers a nice, clean shave
- Pricey replacement cartridges
- No length setting
What You Need To Know
How To Use A Body Hair Trimmer
Whether you’re new to body trimming or have been manscaping for years, it’s a good idea to take a look at some of our best practices below.
1. Think Before You Trim
You can always cut off more, but you can’t take anything back. Measure twice, cut once. All of that. Yes, it’s hair, and it will grow back, but you want to make sure you’re looking your best. Take an extra few minutes to think about your strategy before you put trimmer to skin.
2. Trim In The Shower When Possible
Trimming in the shower makes clean up a whole lot easier. Trying to pick up all your clippings from your bathroom floor will be a pain. Keep in mind, however, that you don’t want all that hair going down your drain if you can help it, particularly if you haven’t shaved in a while. When you’re done, grab a paper towel and clean up.
2. Gradually Trim Down
Start from longer comb settings and work your way down. Like a pair of blue jeans, every trimmer will operate just slightly differently. Make sure you understand the length settings before committing too far. Additionally, gradually trimming will ensure that longer hairs are pulled or tugged.
3. For Back Trimming Use A Mirror
A mirror can help you get all those hard to reach areas. For those shaving in the shower, several fogless shaving mirrors will help a great deal.
4. Flatten Skin
Just like when shaving your neck, a straight and tight surface is easier to trim. Pull your skin to the side or make it flat for better comfort and uniform results. This is especially true of curvy areas – work to get the surface area as flat as possible.
5. Introduce Shave Cream If Discomfort
Shaving cream is an easy way to lubricate and reduce irritation. Wet trimmers can work with shave cream, which allows for moisturizing properties to reduce irritation and itching.
Body Hair Trimmer FAQs
Will my body hair grow back thicker once I trim it?
When you trim your body hair, the hair that grows back won’t be thicker.
The reason for this misconception is that when you trim your hair, no matter what part of the body, you see the thickest or the root cross-section of the hair as it grows in.
But as the hair continues to grow, it will begin to look just like it did prior to the initial trimming.
Should I shave my armpits, chest, stomach, or pubic hair?
This is a personal choice, but we’ve found that women love when men manscape – you look orderly and put together. Going straight to the skin may be a little much, so start small.
Additionally, trimming your pubic hair can make your member look larger — not a bad thing.
Should I trim my body hair while wet?
Dry shaving is better and cleaner – you can easily see what has and hasn’t been cut. Wet shaving, however, has gotten much better over the years and has become preferred by some men. It’s up to you, and whatever makes you comfortable.
How often should I shave my body hair?
This is entirely up to you and whatever you’re comfortable with.
Is showerproof the same as waterproof?
No, and this is incredibly important to remember. Showerproof allows the device to get wet. Waterproof allows the device to get submerged in water. You’ll end up with a very broken device if you dunk a showerproof trimmer underwater.
How do I prevent itching after shaving my body hair?
The best way to prevent itching after shaving body hair is to moisturize with a fragrance-free body lotion. Don’t be afraid – moisturizing helps your skin feel smooth and well-kept as well.
How to soften chest hair after trimming?
Be patient. Hairs will soften within a few days. You can help relieve discomfort with some lotion.
Body Hair Trimmer vs. All The Rest (Beard, Hair, etc.)
So how do we compare all of the trimmers we just saw? It’s essential to draw a line between trimmers that are specifically designed for the body and those that either has interchangeable heads or are multipurpose. The Bakblade and the Mangroomer, for example, are defined body trimmers for large surface areas. These are, importantly, different and very good at their specific jobs.
The others carry many of the same features but have subtle differences like battery life, trimmer heads, and sizes. Take a close look at our list and compare and contrast some of the highlights for yourself to determine what’s right for you.
Let’s look at a few of the differences so you can make the best choice.
Body Hair Trimmer
Designed for coarse hair, body trimmers have rounded edges that are designed not to pull or poke the skin. This allows you to get around curvy and contoured areas. They also tend to have wider heads enabling you to get the job done faster. Some body hair trimmers aren’t necessarily used for manscaping your pubic area because of this.
Designed for thick, full, and coarse hair and with a narrower head so that you can navigate the tight contours of your face. Many newer models include a tiny vacuum in the handle to catch clippings, a nice feature. Beard trimmers tend to limit their lengths to comb attachments.
Wider head than a beard trimmer, but usually not wider than body trimmer, hair trimmers offer attachment combs that create a smooth taper. Use caution when you’re using hair trimmers as the edges are designed to be very sharp.
Smaller heads and designed to cut close to the skin, stubble trimmers are meant to leave just enough hair behind to create that perfect, stylish 5 o’clock shadow or ashy finish. This is a one-dimensional tool – you can’t really use it for anything else.
How We Chose the Best Body Grooming Tool
We chose the best body hair trimmers of 2020 based on several different factors.
- Manual/Electric – Some areas are better handled by a manual razor, and others are best tackled by an electric. Which is, which is highly dependent on you, your comfort level, and the amount of trimming you need to do.
- Waterproof – We recommend doing your body trimming in the shower or at least, in the tub if you shave dry. We rated waterproof razors a bit higher in our research.
- Battery Power – Lithium-ion is dependable and much better than Nimh in almost every way, and those trimmers are recommended.
- Intended Use – This is the big one – you can get a perfect trimmer for a particular use case or a decent trimmer that does a lot of different things. Think carefully about which you’d like.
- Warranty – All trimmers worth their salt offer warranties on their devices
- – Other factors, like color, weight, travel capability, etc.
In the world of men’s body hair trimmers, lots of options available. The perfect body trimmer is the one that works best for you.
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