Reviewing the Best Body Hair Trimmers
As men, our body hair can help to keep us warm and make us feel more like a man. Unfortunately, as Bob Dylan once crooned, “the times they are a-changing,” especially when it comes to excessive male body hair. No longer is it really acceptable for a man to walk around looking like he’s got a carpet covering his chest and back, as many women nowadays demand that their man do at least a little manscaping now and again, beyond just the nose and ears. Still, it’s up to you whether that involves just a bit of trimming or if you want to go all out and shave from head to toe (which is really not recommended unless you happen to be an Olympic swimmer).
We’ve previously covered the various ways to remove body hair, such as shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, etc., so today we’re going to focus specifically on those of you looking for the best body hair trimmer. While the other methods may provide smoother results, no other method of body hair removal is as quick or easy as using a hair trimmer. Not only that, but trimming should ensure that you don’t have to deal with razor burn, ingrown hairs or other common issues.
Below you’ll find information and recommendations on the best body hair trimmers, but before we get into the specific products, first we’ll look into why you should invest in a body trimmer instead of simply using a beard trimmer or hair clippers.
Benefits of Using a Body Hair Trimmer
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. There is definitely nothing wrong with using a beard trimmer, an electric shaver or even a set of hair clippers with a guard to trim and groom your body hair—that is, as long as you don’t mind getting a few stray back hairs (or possibly a couple of pubes) on the same tool you use for your face and head.
That being said, we’re strong advocates of using the right tool for the job, and with so many affordable products on the market designed specifically to meet the challenges of male grooming, it only makes sense to make the investment even if you only plan on trimming a few times a month.
While beard trimmers are obviously designed for trimming beards, the best body hair trimmers are designed to help make your job that much simpler by including unique features like wider heads to speed up the process or longer handles to help you shave your back more easily.
Although all the products on our list of the best body hair trimmers have been fully tested and received the Prim & Prep star of approval, not all of them are necessarily great for all tasks as some are designed specifically for backs, genitals or other areas. Therefore, when buying a trimmer, it’s important to consider what areas you’ll be using it on and choose a product that fits your specific needs.
Best Body Hair Groomers
Phillips Norelco Bodygroom Series
If you’ve read some of our previous posts, such as on the best beard trimmers, you’ll already know that we’re huge fans of Phillips Norelco grooming products. Still, the company doesn’t just make outstanding beard trimmers or electric shavers, as the Phillips Norelco Bodygroom 3100, 5100 and 7100 are hands down some of the best body hair trimmers currently on the market. All three models are fairly similar in some ways, but each of them has its own benefits. Depending on where you shop, all three models usually come with a 45 day money back guarantee and a two year limited warranty, allowing you to try the trimmer out and giving you the peace of mind that its built to last (as least as far as modern electronics go).
#1 Bodygroom 7100 (average retail price $60-70)
Also called the Bodygroom Pro, the 7100 model is quite a bit different from the other two, as instead of a foil shaver and combs, this is actually a dual-sided trimmer that has the foil shaver on one end and an adjustable length trimmer on the other. The reason Phillips chose this particular double ended design was to allow the inclusion of a pivoting head on the foil shaver, which helps it to better follow the contours of your body and results in both a closer shave and less chance of irritation. On the other end of the shaver, you’ve got a body hair trimmer with five adjustable length settings—providing you with many more options than on either the 3100 or 5100.
All of these things are great and help to explain why the Bodygroom 7100 is the #1 Best Selling personal groomer on Amazon, having received a 4 star rating from over 1,900 reviews. However, while the dual-sided design does allow for more ease and convenience, we feel that it does cut back a bit on the overall feel of the product as the 3100 and 5100 have a design that we think fits much better in the hand. That being said, the fact that it’s the best-selling body groomer tells you a lot about how well it works, and for most people, the convenience of the 7100 will likely outweigh all else.
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#2 Bodygroom 5100 (average retail price $35-50)
While the Bodygroom 3100 is a great choice for those men who are only planning on trimming up their chest or pubes, if you’ve got a thick carpet on your back, we’d definitely recommend you upgrading to something like the Bodygroom 5100, which features an extra-long attachment to help you reach your entire back instead of having to ask your partner to do it for you. In terms of the other differences between this model and the 3100, there actually aren’t that many, as the 5100 also features the same foil shaver with three combs.
Probably the biggest difference between the 3100 and 5100 is in terms of the battery. While both models average about 50 minutes of running time on a full charge, it only takes one hour to fully recharge the Bodygroom 5100’s battery compared to eight hours to charge the 3100.
#3 Bodygroom 3100 (average retail price $30-40)
The cheapest of the three models, the Bodygroom 3100 still outperforms the majority of other body trimmers we’ve come across. Featuring a head that’s much wider than your average trimmer, the Bodygroom 3100 can make short work of your chest. This model has an electric foil shaver for those times you want a fairly smooth, close up shave and also three combs that allow you to groom your body hair to an even length. The blades in the foil shaver are self-sharpening (although it’s recommended you replace the shaving head every 12 months) and perfectly designed to prevent nicks and cuts, which is great if you plan on trimming near your most sensitive areas. Best of all, it can be used either wet or dry, allowing you the ease and convenience of trimming up in the shower. It also makes cleanup a breeze as the shaver can simply be rinsed off under running water.
#4 Wahl 9854 All In One Pro Grooming Kit (average retail price $35-50)
While the Bodygroom series may rank as some of the best body hair trimmers, Wahl is another great company that also made our list of top beard trimmers and if you’re looking for an all in one product that will let you shave or trim from head to toe, then the Wahl 9854 is the only way to go. As the name claims, this truly is an all in one professional grooming kit. It features a clipper blade that can be used on your head or for quick body grooming, as well as a double headed foil shaver to help get up close. It also has a precision trimmer for facial (or other) hair styling, an extra wide trimmer to speed up the process and guide combs with 12 different length settings, allowing you to take care of pretty much any and all of your grooming needs in one fell swoop.
At around 40 minutes per charge, the battery should last plenty long enough for you to tackle everything you need to, no matter how hairy you are. The Wahl 9854 also features a nice rubberized grip that perfectly and comfortably fits the hand, providing ultimate control and making sure it won’t slip and slice off a nipple or damage your manhood. Wahl backs the 9854 up with a five year manufacturer’s limited warranty, so you can replacement if it ever fails. All in all, this is definitely one of the best body trimmers on the market. In fact, the only real complaint is that it is a dry-only model, meaning it can’t be used in the shower. Still, if this isn’t an issue for you, then we highly recommend you check this one out.
#5 MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver (average retail price $50-80)
While the original MANGROOMER is good, if you really want the best in back shaving, we’d recommend you spend the extra cash and upgrade to the MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro. Featuring the same extendable folding handle design, the Ultimate Pro takes shaving your back to the whole next level by including both a 1.8 inch and a double sided foil body groomer.
One of the major complaints about the original MANGROOMER is that it only cuts hair when shaving against the grain, which can cause a lot of missed spots for those men whose back hair grows in many different directions. This is why MANGROOMER decided to include the foil shaver with the Ultimate Pro model, as it can trim no matter what direction you’re shaving. The Ultimate Pro’s ergonomically designed rubber handle also feels better in the hand.
However, the biggest differences between the original and the Ultimate Pro are in the shaving head and power. In addition to including a foil shaver, the Ultimate Pro features a shock absorbing flex neck that allows both trimmer attachments to perfectly follow the contours of your back for a smooth, even shave. This model also features a Power Burst button for those times when you need to slice through thicker or coarser hair. It is also rechargeable, so there’s no need to spend any extra money on replacement batteries. We take back what we said about the original, as there really is no easier way to shave your back than with the MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro.
#6 MANGROOMER Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Shaver (average retail price $25-40)
Shaving your back can be a pain, but the MANGROOMER makes the whole process that much easier. With a fully extendable and adjustable folding handle, the MANGROOMER lets you easily shave even the toughest to reach middle and lower parts of your back. The folding handle also gives you the freedom to shave at whatever angle is both most comfortable and best enables you to reach those difficult areas, while the extra wide 1.5 inch head ensures that you don’t end up missing big spots like many men do when trying to shave their back on their own with over shavers.
The MANGROOMER’s specially designed trimming head cuts as close as a foil shaver. However, like many foil shavers, numerous men report experiencing irritation when using this product, but for most the irritation is not major enough to make them stop using it. The MANGROOMER is incredibly lightweight and easy to use, plus its compact folding design makes it perfect for traveling, so you can always give your back a quick touch-up before you head out to the beach. You’ll also never need to worry about forgetting your battery charger, as the MANGROOMER is powered by two AA batteries.
As far as shaving your back goes, it really doesn’t get much easier than the MANGROOMER.
#7 Seiko Cleancut (average retail price $45-60)
The Seiko Cleancut is definitely the most unique product on our list of the best body hair trimmers and also the only one not specifically designed for men (but don’t let that put you off). While the MANGROOMER was designed especially for the back, the Cleancut is also designed to help trim once specific area—in this case, the pubes.
Although it may resemble a simple metal can, don’t let that fool you, as the Cleancut is hands down one of the easiest and least painful ways to shave around your most sensitive areas. However, this is not truly a body hair trimmer, as it is really more of a specially designed shaver (similar to a foil shaver) that only works on short hairs. This means that you’ll need to first trim the hair down to stubble with scissors or some other trimmer before busting out your Cleancut to finish up the job. Still, once you’ve done it once, you’ll never again need anything but the Cleancut as long as you shave every few days.
The Cleancut’s unique slotted foil helps to capture hairs, while ensuring that you’re delicate skin stays fully away from the blades, resulting in a close shave and minimizing the irritation you feel. As anyone who’s ever experienced irritation or ingrown hairs in this area can tell you, it is definitely not fun, which is why the Cleancut comes so highly recommended. Although it may only fill a very specific niche, if you’re looking for a quick and comfortable way to trim up your pubes, you should definitely give the Seiko Cleancut a shot.
With so many different high quality trimmers on the market today, the only real question left is why haven’t do done something about all that excess body hair yet?
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