While the hair on the top of a man’s head may be shedding, hair growth in unsightly regions kick into overdrive – particularly in the nose, ears, and even eyebrows.
What was never a problem for most men in their teens and 20s, now becomes an embarrassing feature that we now must maintain and groom.
But all is not lost.
In this guide, not only do we review the best ear, nose, and eyebrow trimmers currently available, but we have also put together a quick list of features you should be made aware of when purchasing.
3 Quick Tips on Buying an Ear, Nose, & Eyebrow Trimmer
Consider the following when making your selection:
Here are a few different ways the trimmer can be powered:
- Rechargeable: Environmentally friendly and should have a good run time. However, the addition of a charging cable or dock can clutter a bathroom countertop. The device could also die in the middle of grooming.
- Disposable Batteries: This travel and gym-friendly trimmer doesn’t require an outlet adapter and has a long run time. The downside, of course, is the e-waste.
- Manual: These clippers remove hair with a simple press of a lever. While taking longer to accomplish the job, a manual trimmer will be less likely to break. The manual trimmer is also affordable and environmentally friendly. Attachment combs are non-existent.
Given the area that the device is intended to be used, inevitably, some debris may find its way onto the cutting blade. Waterproofing and water-resistant sealing will allow you to clean the device after each use quickly. Trimmers marked dry use only must be cleaned with a brush (typically included).
Avoid unknown brands commonly found on large online marketplaces as they often have poor quality controls. Even if they offer a money-back guarantee or a lifetime warranty, chances are that the company will not be around in a year and are just trying to make a quick profit.
Established brands such as Panasonic, Philips Norelco, Conair, and Wahl have built a favorable reputation and are generally trusted.
6 Best Ear, Nose, & Eyebrow Trimmers for Men
1. Best Overall Trimmer: Panasonic Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer for Men
At a staggering 9,400 cuts per minute, the Panasonic (ER-GN70-K) ear, nose, and eyebrow trimmer will make quick and efficient work of any embarrassing hairs that you want to maintain.
But it doesn’t stop there.
This high-powered Panasonic trimmer can also make quick work of sparse facial hair (this isn’t a beard trimmer), neck hair, and even the thicker hair that may appear on your shoulders.
A multi-functional device, which you will find yourself reaching for every time you are in the bathroom, it will quickly become one of your favorite grooming tools that you can never live without.
Beyond the high-performance cuts that this little trimmer can take on, it is also capable of being used in either a wet or dry environment.
So, if you want to clean up your hair while in the shower, this trimmer can be fully submerged in water without ruining it.
But perhaps one of the strongest, and most unique, selling points when it comes to this trimmer is what is inside its body – and no it’s not the batteries (we will get to that next) – but a built-in vacuum.
This unique feature truly sets this trimmer apart from any others on our list. Able to suck up most of your cut hairs – it will prevent that uncomfortable itchy feeling in your nose once you are done trimming.
While there is no promise that it will catch every single hair that has been cut, even getting most of them is a welcome relief.
The power source isn’t anything special here. This trimmer relies on two AAA batteries that can keep the power going for about 40 minutes.
A few other standout details about this trimmer include the following:
- Cutting blade made from stainless steel
- Dual edge blade that quickly cuts more area
- Ergonomic design
- Includes travel bag
One major drawback that we came across during our research is that this trimmer does not have a travel-friendly power lock. Therefore, when traveling we recommend that you pack the batteries separately (not in the trimmer) so it doesn’t get powered on by accident.
- Can cut through thick hairs with ease
- Vacuum inside handle for quicker clean up and less nostril irritation
- Is fully waterproof
- A limited number of cutting tips
- Relies on AAA batteries instead of rechargeable
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2. Best Affordable (Cheap) Trimmer: Philips Norelco Ear, Nose, Eyebrow, & Neck Trimmer
The number of features that you get jam-packed in this little trimmer by Philips Norelco is insane.
First, let’s start with the essentials.
This trimmer covers the basics when it comes to manscaping:
- Nose Hair
- Ear Hair
- Neck Hair
All of the above can be maintained with ease.
To accomplish this feat, the Philips Norelco 5100 trimmer comes with a few different attachment combs and trimmer heads in order to give you a great deal of variety when it comes to trimming your hair – particularly your eyebrows or sideburns.
The three plastic attachment combs allow you to tapper your hair accordingly.
When it comes to trimming your nose hair, it relies on an elongated and thin clipper that can be inserted into the nose in order to cut the hair around the edges.
This same skin-safe blade can also be used for any wispy ear hairs.
Now you might be wondering about how clean this is (using the same blade for your nose as well as your ears).
Luckily this thin cutting blade can be easily rinsed under the water. While this trimmer is not fully waterproof, it’s a great and easy way to keep things both hair-free and sanitary.
One other thing we wanted to mention about this blade is that it employs Philips Norelco’s Advanced ProtecTube technology. This simply means that it will be safe on your delicate skin and won’t pull out or tug any hairs. If you find that this trimmer does falter at all, Philips Norelco does offer up to a 45-day money-back guarantee along with a 2-year warranty on the device itself.
This trimmer does rely on a single AA battery for its power source.
Secondly, the Philips Norelco nose trimmer also comes with a travel-friendly pouch along with a dry, stiff bristle brush that makes both storage and cleaning a bit easier.
- Should work for any man’s budget
- Includes multiple accessories not normally found at this price
- Two-year warranty
- Non-rechargeable battery
- No rotary head for nose trimming
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3. Best Travel Friendly Trimmer: ConairMAN Ear and Nose Trimmer for Men
Both an ear and nose trimmer, this compact and very travel-friendly trimmer by ConairMAN is your perfect companion whether you are heading to the gym or on an extended business trip.
What truly makes this a standout trimmer for the traveling man, is the size.
At only a few inches tall, its slender body can easily fit into any Dopp kit or gym bag.
Furthermore, unlike many ear and nose trimmers that have a push power button, this travel ear and nose trimmer are powered on by a simple twist.
This way you don’t need to remember about having any sort of power-lock set or having to take out the batteries before traveling.
Powering the ConairMAN PG1000 is just a single AA battery – so you don’t have to worry about charging while on the road or packing a separate AC adapter (note: they do offer a lithium battery-powered option).
We found that most men could use this trimmer for about three months before having to change out the battery.
The last couple of travel features we wanted to touch on briefly was the included travel pouch, along with a travel-friendly detail trimmer/shaver that comes with this product.
If you want to get a clean and sharp beard or sideburn lines, it should have no problem cutting through your thicker or coarser hairs.
Travel features aside, this trimmer is still great for general use as well.
While this isn’t a waterproof nose trimmer, the tips can be rinsed under water in order to keep things hygienic.
Also, the lightweight design of this trimmer (it only weighs a couple of ounces) makes it perfect to clean up problem neck areas without irritation.
- Small and compact, making it the perfect travel companion
- Can manscape anything above the neck
- No included attachment combs for beard use
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4. Best Manual / Mechanical Trimmer: Stainless Steel Nose Hair Clippers
When you mix old mechanical movement with cutting-edge technology, you get to see some pretty wild inventions.
One product that caught our attention during our research was this pair of stainless-steel nose hair clippers.
This unique mechanical nose hair clipper can be inserted into your nostril, and with a simple press of the levers on either side of the body of the device, you can cut cleanly through your coarse or rigid nose hairs as the blade will spin in a rotary type action.
This novel approach not only provides the ultimate in portability, but it also never relies on batteries. While this device is rather small (especially when compared to some of the larger nose hair trimmers to make our list), you should have no problem getting a good grip.
Naturally, given that this is a fully mechanical device, you can rinse or submerge it entirely under water to clean it thoroughly. The device is made from stainless steel (as opposed to carbon steel or chrome), so it will not oxidize or rust when it is drying.
Inevitably there are a few downsides to this device.
Most notable would be the cutting motion. Unlike a powered device that can maintain an impressive 9,400 cuts per minute with a rotary blade, this manual nose hair trimmer is limited to the output from your fingers.
This can lead to less than perfect results and in some instances, accidental plucking or pulling.
Secondly, the one-dimensional nature of the clipper.
Unlike other trimmers featured on our list that can be used for eyebrows, ear hair, sideburns, etc. this manual nose hair clipper can only be used on your nose. While not a big deal for some men – it is worth noting.
- Cheap and effective nose hair trimmer
- Doesn’t rely on batteries
- Really small
- 18-month guarantee
- May cause pulling on the nose hair
- One-dimensional device
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5. Best Multifunctional Trimmer: Wahl Beard, Mustache, Nose, and Ear Trimmer
While the Philips Norelco 5100 had a wide array of extra combs and cutting blades included that really extended its use within a man’s grooming routine, the Wahl Aqua Blade pro really pushes the boundaries as a multi-functional ear and nose hair trimmer.
Unlike some brands that only include a few attachment combs at most, the Wahl Aqua Blade (Model 9899-100) includes the following:
- 12 Plastic attachment guards
- 2 Extended trimmers (for more precise lines)
- Rotary trimmer for nose hairs
Other ancillary accessories include a stiff bristle brush for cleaning, blade oil, AC adapter, comb, cradle, and travel case.
While the plastic attachment combs will be great for either eyebrow or body hair use (with some men reporting that they used this to taper their hair as well), the two extended trimmers are great for clean and close lines.
In particular, the narrow trimmer can work precisely around the mustache area or on your ears’ surface to remove any thick hairs.
Of course, when it comes to either ear or nose hairs, the rotary trimmer will also be an equally effective tool.
One of the strong points of the Wahl Aqua Blade has to do with its battery and its charging versatility. Unlike so many other electric grooming tools that can only accept 110 volts (particularly if you live in the USA), this lithium ion based battery can also accept 220 volts – making it a strong candidate for international travel.
Able to remain powered on for 2.5 hours (150 minutes), truth be told, you might not need to pack the AC adapter when traveling anyway.
Another feature that men liked about this nose and ear hair trimmer is that the body is fully waterproof – allowing you to either take it into the shower with you or rinse under the water for quicker cleanup.
Lastly, this device is made in the USA – lending itself to better quality craftsmanship as reflected in the overly positive reviews.
- Made in the USA
- Can cut any hair easily on your body
- Works with both 110 and 220 volts
- Larger than most
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6. Best Corded Trimmer: Wahl Corded Nose and Ear Trimmer
Having to worry about charging your ear or nose trimmer can be a bit annoying for some men. Especially if they don’t plan on using it regularly and don’t want the clutter of attachments, cradles, and AC adapters in their medicine cabinet or on bathroom countertops.
While the selection of corded nose hair trimmers is limited, one standout offering was by Wahl.
Specifically, we found their Wahl PowerPro to be one of the best corded nose hair trimmers available.
This all-in-one corded trimmer includes the following cutting options:
- 12 attachment combs
- T blade
- Attachment trimmer blade
- Detail trimmer attachment
The 120v power cord can cut down anything, from unsightly ear hairs to your beard, down to a nice and uniform stubble.
While this corded unit can provide an efficient trim, it does have some major setbacks that are worth mentioning.
Most notable is the blade composition.
The Wahl PowerPro relies on carbon steel blades as opposed to stainless steel blades.
This means that the blades, while sharper and harder, are susceptible to surface rust or corrosion.
To combat this, we strongly recommend that you make full use of the included storage bag in order to reduce the trimmer’s exposure to moisture.
Secondly, given that the PowerPro is a corded device, it cannot be used in a wet environment, making cleanup more laborious and limited in its use.
If you like to wash your trimmer blade under water or take it with you into the shower, this is not an option with the PowerPro.
Lastly, the compatible voltage. Unlike the Wahl Aqua Blade, the PowerPro can only be used with 120v outlets, rendering it useless overseas. While likely not a deal-breaker for most men – we just wanted to make this note.
- The PowerPro cuts any hair quickly and efficiently
- This device comes with 17 attachments that can be used all over your body
- Ergonomic design
- Limited to dry use only
- Cannot be used overseas
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Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.