The days in which it was acceptable for a man to have an ungroomed body and facial hair is over.
In these modern times, it is not only women that are expected to groom themselves appropriately but also for the men to reciprocate such behaviors.
So if you don’t want be left in the dust or rather alone at the bar, its time for you to take your male grooming/hygiene to the next level.
One necessary portion of male grooming that is not subject to any debate is the trimming of one’s nose and ear hairs.
Don’t be mistaken, these nose and ear hairs do not give a man any sort of a distinguished look. As this is the case, it is time for you to be proactive and get those hairs under control.
Fortunately, there are some great products out there that can help you trim these nose and ear hairs (ear hair removal article) painlessly and effortlessly without costing an arm and a leg.
It is no longer necessary to use grandpas old manual scissors or some form of plucker.
Some of the most widely recognized manufacturers of electronics have developed technological innovations which allow you to trim your nose and ear hair within minutes without the risk of cutting or pulling.
I have personally tested many of these top brand’s hair trimmer models as well as performed research online through the many forums, blogs, and reviews to determine which is the best nose hair trimmer on the market today.
These nose hair trimmer reviews below will save you the many hours of research and the trials/tribulations of trying out the various products to find the right trimmer at the right price so you can focus your energies on more important things.
We have assessed techniques based on the following criteria:
- The effectiveness to remove all unwanted hair
- Ease of use (time & skill required)
- Level of comfort (level of pain)
Best Nose & Ear Hair Trimmers of 2018 Reviewed
#1 Panasonic ER430K Vacuum Nose/Facial Hair Trimmer
Panasonic makes a variety of great male grooming products.
Panasonic has a variety of nose/facial hair trimmers, but the ER430K is the latest and greatest model with all the bells and whistles that one could want.
Ease of Use (9/10)
This trimmer is very easy to use. You simply have to insert the AA battery into the bottom, turn her on, and start trimming. The unique design in which the blades rotate within the cylindrical head prevents any chance of cutting the skin. The sharp angled blades cut the hair cleanly without any tugging or pulling. The ergonomic design makes the trimmer comfortably fit in your hand so your full attention can be placed on the trimming.
As the device is 100% waterproof and the trimmer head is easily removed and put back on, this device is very easy to clean. Like all electric trimmers, these things can break easily if you do not maintain them properly, so be sure to clean them after every use and you shouldn’t have a problem. I believe the primary reason that there are reviews of trimmers not working after a couple uses is due to lack of appropriate maintenance, so just take the extra time and clean it out when you’re done and this trimmer will last you a long while.
This trimmer, with its hypo-allergenic blades, does a great job of cutting your ear and nose hairs effortlessly and painlessly. Due to its unique design that prevents any chance of cutting the skin, you nose hairs will be cut to the necessary length but no more.
The vacuum does an absolutely great job of sucking up all the hair remnants as your trimming which really differentiates this product from the rest. Using other trimmers I found myself occasionally sneezing and itching during or after trimming due to loose hairs within my nose and ears. Additionally I always had to perform the trimming over a sink to assure that I do not make a huge mess. But with the Panasonic ER430K Vacuum I don’t have to worry about itching or sneezing and can do my trimming anywhere I please as I don’t have to be concerned about littering the floor with my hair!
The heads design allows hair to be cut from both the side and the top of the trimmer which does allow for an effective trimming as well as allow the trimmer to be used for detailing of eyebrows, beards, sideburns, etc. I personally have a separate trimmer for these needs. Don’t get me wrong, many people have found this trimmer to be very effective performing other trimming needs beyond just the nose and ears but I found that the rounded head makes it harder to achieve the sharp and precise lines I desire.
Another unique feature to this model is the inclusion of a mirrored cap allowing you to spot check your nose to make sure you’ve done the job right. This is especially helpful when you’re not in the convenience of your own bathroom. I’ve noticed that some people thought the mirror was dull and not very reflective and hence not helpful. This is what I thought at first as well but then realized you just simply have to peel off an additional layer of plastic coating and underneath you’ll find a perfectly functional clear mirror that provides the detail you need.
This model does not have a light like its sister model, the Panasonic ER421KC, but in all honesty I never found this to be very helpful anyways, especially if you’re trimming in a well lit area such as a bathroom.
The trimmer comes with a nice cloth carrying case. It’s not bulky and it allows me to place the trimmer in my toiletry bag without a problem.
The battery life is not astounding on this model as I believe the inclusion of the vacuum does suck more power than other models. But it simply takes a single AA battery to operate and I have not found this shorter battery life issue to be much of an inconvenience.
Lastly I do have to mention that relative to the other trimmers this model is slightly louder due to the vacuum. I have not found this to be an issue as overall the noise is minimal but if you’re sensitive to such noise I recommend that you consider a quieter model such as the Panasonic EF-GN30-K or Philips Norelco NT9130.
The price of this model is a couple dollars more than the other brands/models but I definitely believe it is worth the extra price especially under the assumption that this trimmer will last you a few years.
Overall the Panasonic ER430K is the best nose hair trimmer on the market today. It does a great job at doing away with your nose and ear hairs easily and painlessly with the inclusion of some great unique features such as the vacuum and the mirrored cap. The vacuum especially really makes this model reside above the rest as this saves time (minimal clean up) and prevents irritation and discomfort. The Amazon community seems to agree with me as this trimmer receives a 4.4 out of 5 rating with over 1,440 reviews!
- See the consensus of thousands of other user reviews here on Amazon!
#2 Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Wet/Dry Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer
This is one of the sister models of the ER430K that I have reviewed above.
It is a great alternative if you’re looking for something a little quieter and slightly less expensive.
Ease of Use (10/10)
Like the ER430K, this model is very easy to use. You simply plop in a single AA battery in the bottom, turn it on, and your under way.
The guarded blade head design makes it worry free of cutting one’s skin.
Its has a great ergonomic design and is lighter than the ER430K primarily due to the absence of the vacuum.
A great unique feature to this model that really differentiates it from the rest is its unique vortex self-cleaning system that spins the blades in a fashion that takes in the water and cleans out all the hairs post trimming.
Just simply run the trimmer under the water and turn it on and the trimmer self-cleans itself!
I Would still recommend removing the head occasionally to give a good rinse but this is very simple and fast as well.
The blade system is practically the same as the ER430K.
Its hypo-allergenic blades encased within the cylindrical guard does a great job at providing a close trim without the risk of cutting.
Unlike the ER430K though, the trimmer does not include a vacuum so the trimmed hair is not nicely contained.
Some people really don’t seem to mind the absence of this vacuum as they have no residual issues with itching or sneezing from loose hairs and they simply perform the trimming over the sink for easy cleanup.
This is really the biggest factor you will have to consider when deciding between the ER430K and the ER-GN30-K.
Once again, like the ER430K, the head and blade design allows for hairs to be cut both on the side and the top of the trimmer.
This allows for not only a thorough trimming of the nose and ear hairs but also allows for the trimmer to be used for taming those eyebrows or giving your sideburns/beard a good little cleanup.
As I said before, I prefer using another trimmer for this kind of maintenance. I much prefer a flat head design over the cylindrical design for this kind of trimming as it allows my to be more precise with my lines, etc.
But I have found out through personal acquaintances and online reviews that many people use this tool as their primary trimmer for many of their grooming maintenance needs beyond just the nose and ears and are quite happy with the results.
Just a personal preference thing really.
This model doesn’t come with the bells and whistles as the ER430K does such as a carrying case or mirrored cap.
It does come with a cleaning brush and protective cap though.
It takes a single AA battery to operate.
The battery life is fairly good and definitely better than the ER430K due to the absence of the vacuum.
Lastly, in terms of noise, this trimmer is impressively quiet especially relative to the ER430K which has the added suction sound of the vacuum.
If you prefer that quieter trimmer as I know some people do, especially when they are trimming the inside of their ears,
I would recommend this model over the Panasonic ER430K.
This Panasonic ER-GN30-K trimmer goes for about $12.50 on Amazon which is the cheapest of the best trimmers out there!
If you are very price conscientious, this is the trimmer for you, but I personally wouldn’t put too much weight on the price of the product in your determination of which trimmer to get.
The variation in pricing is fairly minimal for these trimmers and they really aren’t very expensive overall assuming you get at least 3 years of use out of them.
Overall this is a great trimmer.
It gets the job done easily and safely time and time again.
It is a great alternative to the ER430K if you don’t require/desire the vacuum and want a slightly quieter trimmer.
If this sounds like you, your not alone.
This model is the most popular trimmer on the market today as it is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
With 4.3 out of 5 rating with over 5,300 reviews, you can’t go wrong with the Panasonc ER-GN30-K trimmer.
#3 Philips Norelco NT9130 D-Finer Precision Trimmer
Now my top two trimmers have both been from Panasonic but the Norelco NT9130 from Philips made the list at #3. Like Panasonic, Philips is a reputable brand and their products have made many of our lists including best electric shavers for men. They have consistently made quality products over many years and this trimmer is one of those products.
Ease of Use (10/10)
Like the Panasonic models, this trimmer is very easy to use. The two heads can be switched with ease, the shape and weight of the trimmer allows for easy handling and maneuverability, and the skin guard technology allows you to trim hairs without the dangers of possibly cutting your skin.
The NT9130 is also very easy to clean as well as it is 100% washable. Simply run the trimmer under flowing water after every use, clearing the blades of any excess hairs, and you should be good to go. I must emphasize it is important that you go through this cleaning process after every use or you greatly increase your chances of the trimmer having problems or completely breaking altogether.
This trimmer does a good job at cutting one’s nose and ear hairs. This procedure is performed with the small cylindrical head. I have found this sure doesn’t do as good as a job as the Panasonic models I referred to above as the blades only cut from the side and not from the top. While I was using this trimmer I definitely missed more hairs and had to continuously go back after spot checks to finish the job. After some practice you will start to get the hang of it and figure out what angles and motions you need to use to get complete coverage.
I had no problems personally when using this trimmer but I have read a few reviews that the smaller cylindrical head does struggle on the especially thick and/or curly hair.
What differentiates this trimmer relative to the Panasonic trimmers is the dual head options. One is a small cylindrical head that allows for the trimming of nose and ear hairs as well as find trimming of the eyebrows, etc. The other one is a 3/4” flathead that can be used for trimming sideburns, beard lines, and necklines with precision. There are even plastic combs that attach to the heads so you can trim facial hair at a varied length. Unfortunately, the set only comes with one length comb and I was not able to find any way to purchase additional combs at different lengths. If you are able to find these please let me know where in the comment box at the bottom of this article. I would be most appreciative. Even with just one comb, this trimmer really provides you a much wider array of options and tools to trim your hair relative to the Panasonic models.
This trimmer comes with a nice carrying case that fits the trimmer and all of the attachments/extras in a nice orderly fashion. As this trimmer does have a lot more components, the carrying case is a little hunkier than the Panasonic models and thus a little less travel friendly especially if your like me who strives to fit everything into a carry on bag so checking a bag is not necessary.
In terms of noise, this trimmer is very quiet which can be a real plus especially when your running the trimmer in your inner ear canal.
The price is a pretty good value when considering all that this trimmer includes such as dual heads, combs, etc.
Overall this is a great trimmer. It is one of the highest rated trimmers on Amazon with a 4.1 out of 5 with over a 1,000 reviews. I really think of it as an all-in-one kind of trimmer in which it can do a lot of things well, but doesn’t really do any one of them outstanding. If your really looking strictly for the best nose hair trimmer and/or ear hair trimmer, I would definitely go with one of the Panasonic models I have reviewed above, but if your looking for a more diversified type trimmer that can perform practically all of your facial hair grooming/trimming needs, then I would definitely go with the Philips Norelco NT9130 Trimmer.
Even though I have ranked these trimmers based on my personal experience and copious amounts of research, they really are all great and get the job done easily and safely. Each of these trimmers have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Now that the choice is between these three trimmers, it really comes down to personal preference. You’ll just have to determine what is most important to you and go with the trimmer that fits your needs best. I hope you have found these reviews helpful and has guided you to getting the right nose hair trimmer for you. Be sure to check out my other reviews of male grooming products including my guides on the top safety razors, finest shaving soaps, etc. Please let me know if you have any comments, insights, or questions in the comment box below. I always appreciate hearing other people’s opinions on such matters and I am happy to answer any additional follow up questions you may have.
Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert and body grooming aficionado. His work has been featured on many other prominent publications including Good Men Project, Addicted to Success, Steven Aitchison, and Sharpologist.