The Best Body Hair Trimmers for Manscaping
"Should I shave my body hair or trim it?"
I hear this question a lot.
As a barber, men come to me for all kinds of advice, especially about grooming. Though, I'm not in the business to trim your body hair, I can give you some advice on how to trim your body hair and what the best body shavers and men's body trimmers are.
Whether you need a back hair shaver or a trimmer to manscape your pubes, there is a tool for the job.
Can you use your beard trimmer to trim your body hair, too?
Technically yes, but you really don't want to. The beard trimmer won't do as good a job trimming your chest hairs as the best chest hair trimmer will. Your beard trimmer is not meant to handle that kind of duty.
The best all around body hair groomer is the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100. I'll get into all the details further on in this article when I list the best men's body hair trimmers.
|Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100||Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler 3-In-1 |
Men's Body Groomer
With Beard Trimmer
|Philips Norelco Multigroom Pro Trimmer Series 7500||MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver|
|Rating: 4 Stars||Rating: 4 Stars||Rating: 4 Stars||Rating: 4.5 Stars|
|Wet or Dry||Wet or Dry||Wet or Dry||Wet or Dry|
Benefits to manscaping and going hairless
This is really in the eye of the beholder as some women and men like the hairy look. However, many people do think that hairless looks cleaner.
Less Funky Down There
You will notice that if you keep your pubic hairs trimmed or shaved that your groin is just fresher. You're less likely to have funky smelling junk when you trim or shave your pubes.
Sweat Less/Feel Cooler
When you shave or trim your chest hair down, you will notice that you sweat less. Since your hair traps heat in close to your body, it can make you sweat more. The other side of that coin is that when you do sweat a little, it will help keep you cool. When you get a bit of a breeze in your shirt, it will feel great. You cool right down when there is no hair absorbing the sweat and prohibiting the air from cooling your skin down.
What to look for in a body hair groomer
Look for a body trimmer set that comes with plastic comb attachments. These will allow you to trim to different lengths. If you want to shave to the skin, check to see if it has a foil attachment like an electric razor for your face. You may also want to have the tools needed to clean and maintain your razor to save you money.
Not all trimmer blades are equal. Some can cut through the thickest weeds on your chest and keep ticking. Others will need to be sharpened often if you have thick hair.
Cord or cordless
If you don't have an outlet in your bathroom then make sure you get a cordless trimmer. Cordless trimmers can be just as powerful as a trimmer with a cord, so don't get one with a cord and regret not having the mobility later. With a cord, though, you never have to worry about charging it or that the battery will die on you mid shave.
I'll reiterate here that your beard or head hair trimmer is not meant to do your body grooming. If you want your body hair trimmer to last, then make sure you get one that is specific to the job you want to do. These trimmer will have a harder casing and longer lasting blades.
When you see a long warranty that is a great sign. it means the manufacturer believes enough in its product that they don't worry about you needing to send it in for repairs or replacement long after you bought it. Of course, keep in mind that most warranties will only cover manufacturing defects. If you bring a dry use only trimmer in the shower, for example, you can't get your money back.
Wet or dry
Many body hair razors these days are made to be used wet. If you are shaving down to the skin with a razor, then bring your wet use razor right in with you and save some time and clean up that way. If you are trimming then you will want to use it dry and may not need a wet use trimmer. Consider how you want to use the body trimmer before you decide on one.
What to look for in a body hair trimmer depends first on what part of the body you want to focus on and how much hair you want to remove.
Do you need a good trimmer to groom your chest hairs? Are you looking for a trim or do you want to go with a smooth chest?
The same question applies if you are looking to trim or shave your groin with a trimmer. Some trimmers are body shavers and will go right down to the skin.
So, first decide how long you want the body hair to be and what part of the body. Some body hair groomers can handle your whole body while others are just mean for a certain job.
If you are only looking to shave your legs or arms, then you can get away with a small, inexpensive electric body hair shaver. The hair on your arms and legs is typically less dense than your chest hair and pubes, so you don't need anything high strength.
Tips on using a body groomer for men
Trimming your chest
Most guys that are looking for a good electric body hair groomer are buying it mainly for their chest. If you are looking to shave your chest with an electric body razor, you will first need to trim it so the razor can actually work. This is especially true if you have very thick chest hair.
You can use the trimmer without a comb attachment to get the hair nice and tight and almost to your skin. If you have a trimmer with a foil covered razor attachment then you can use it at this point. If you have chosen a wet use body razor, you can do this part in the shower if you like.
You don't need to use any shaving cream. In fact, I don't recommend it since it gunks up the razor and takes longer to shave.
The beauty of using an electric razor to shave your chest is that you can go against the grain no problem. Just work slowly and evenly across your chest. Start in one area and go with it until you start the next. Kind of like mowing the lawn.
If you are only interested in trimming it down, start with a long comb attachment and see how it looks. You can always make it shorter. You can't put the hair back if it's too short, though!
Shaving your arms and legs
I don't recommend trimming your arms and legs. Leaving stubble just looks funny and frankly is uncomfortable for you and your partner. If you want to have less hair on your arms and legs, make them smooth. Putting on a shirt with stubbly hair on your arms just feels weird. When your loved one rubs your arms, they don't want it to feel scratchy.
This will require some regular maintenance then. You will have to do this at least a couple of times a week, depending on how thick your arm or leg hair is.
Trim your hair down until it is almost to the skin with a body hair clipper with no comb attachment. Then you can use the foil side of the electric razor. If your trimmer has both, then, great. If not then you will need a separate electric razor. One that you would use on your face actually works fine. Your arm and leg hair is usually less dense than your beard.
Shaving or trimming your pubes
One word of warning. You don't want to use an electric razor to shave your balls. Use the trimmer to get the hairs close and then use a good razor. Body razors just don't work on the scrotum. You can use the razor around the shaft, without any issues though.
Just make sure you use the trimmer side first and get the hair down to stubble. Then the razor part of the trimmer can be used to bring it right down to the skin for a smooth groin.
Whether you go smooth or have some stubble you will need to use a body powder to keep things from sticking. Remember, there's going to be a lot of raw skin rubbing down there! I recommend an all natural men's body powder to keep things smooth and fresh down there after you shave.
Another thing to consider is to try to avoid lines. If you have a very hairy chest and then suddenly it goes right down to the wood when you get to your pubic area, it looks kind of weird. you may want to consider trimming your chest hairs down tight and then doing the same for the pubes. Or, conversely, consider shaving your chest, too so there is no line.
Dealing with back hair
Just like with your arms or legs, it's best to go right down to the skin when shaving your back hairs. There are some good back hair shavers that I will review in this article that can trim the hair down to stubble and then shave it down to the skin. The best part is that with these back hair razors is that you can do it yourself. No more awkward moments with your roommate shaving your back before you head out on the town!
Let's get to the list of body hair trimmers, shall we?
Best All Around Body Hair Trimmer
Pros and Cons of the Philips Norelco Bodygroomer
- Specifically designed to trim body hair
- Can be used wet or dry
- Use it as a body trimmer or as a body razor
- Trimmer has 5 different length settings
- Pivoting head moves with your body's contours
- Self-sharpening blades for low maintenance care
- 45 day money back guaranty
- Can be difficult to charge after many uses
- Head is difficult to remove for cleaning
There are a lot of things I love about this men's body groomer.
First is that it is very easy to use. If you have average body hair, meaning it isn't too thick or dense, you may not even need to trim the hair down before using the body razor side. It has a trimmer end built in. They call them pre-trimmers. So they cut the hair down to stubble as you pass over with the foil razor. So, you can get right down to the skin without having to do it twice.
The pivoting head means you can get it right the first time, too. It moves right along with the contours of your body.
On the other end of the body razor is the body trimmer. It will give you five different lengths from 1/8 of an inch to 11/25 of an inch without the need for comb attachments. There is a little button and you just set the length there.
Best of all, it can be used in the shower since it has wet or dry capabilities.
It is made for use specifically on the body, so it can handle your whole body with ease. No matter how hairy you are, it will get it gone.
You can use it on pubes, too.
But, I will warn you again.
I would not use this on my balls. You can cut yourself. Not just this body razor, but any of them. You may try it anyway and see that it doesn't nick you. If you do try it and find yourself with a bloody ball bag, don't say that I didn't warn you!
. It is solidly built. Of course, since there is a 2 year warranty, that's about when the battery will probably die on you. Don't replace the whole trimmer, though. Just open it up and replace the battery. Give yourself an even better battery and you will see it last you for years.
For a good close shave to the skin, make sure you replace the foil once every 6-8 months depending on how often you use it and how hairy you are.
Best Body Grooming Set for Shaving Your Balls
Pros and Cons of the Gillette Pro Glide Styler Body Groomer
- Waterproof electric body trimmer
- Gillette Pro Glide razor with ergonomic handle specific for shaving the body
- Pivots to move with the contours of your body
- 7 different comb attachments to get the right length
- Not great at grooming your entire body
- Not rechargeable
The Gillette Pro Glide Styler Body Groomer is the perfect system for shaving your balls. You have the trimmer head attachment to clean up your pubes and get them down to stubble. The perfect length to shave them. And since it is an actual razor you can use it to easily shave the scrotum.
Even better, you can use it in the shower since the whole unit is waterproof. If your hair is not very thick, you can get away with not using any shaving cream if you do it in the shower.
What you need to do is trim your pubes with the trimmer attachment. Then pop it off and add the razor. It's a four blade Pro Glide razor just like you would use on your face.
If shave your groin outside the shower or feel more comfortable using a shaving cream, I recommend an all natural shaving cream.
The trimmer works great at pivoting with the contours of your body, getting the hair evenly trimmed. With 7 comb attachments, you can easily get your hair to the desired length.
Though I wouldn't use this set to do my entire body, it is great for sensitive areas like your pubes and underarms. It even works great for use as an edger trimmer for around your beard and sideburns.
The drawback to this is like I just mentioned, it isn't powerful enough to handle grooming your whole body. Not least of which is because the batteries are just your standard AA batteries. Nothing that is strong enough to groom your chest, back and pubes.
*Honorable mention for a groomer that shaves balls well is the Cleancut ES412 Personal Shaver. If you already have a set of body trimmers that don't have a foil lined razor, then you can add this to your tool set. It only works if your hair is down to the stubble so don't try to use this on your balls if the hair is long. That's why or plan to buy one.
Best Men's Grooming Kit for Head to Toe
Pros and Cons of the Philips Norelco Multigroom Pro Trimmer
- Grooms the body as well as the hair, nose and eyebrows
- Great for sensitive skin
- 10 body comb settings
- 18 hair comb settings
- Wet or dry use
- 50 minutes use time per charge
- Stand takes up a lot of space
- Doing full body grooming requires many steps
When you only want one tool to do it all then you should look into the Norelco Multigroom Pro. You can cut your hair, trim your beard, trim your eyebrows, nose hairs and sideburns. A foil electric razor will get any stubble right down to smooth skin.
Then use a comb attachment to trim down your chest, pubes, legs, arms or armpits. And if you have a friend to help out, you can even trim or shave your back hairs.
It has a nice small size for a tool that has so many functions. Its handle is very ergonomic and comfortable. It has a nice, non slip body which is great for when you use it in the shower.
I love the fact that you don't need to have a separate tool to trim nose and ear hairs and can also shape up and trim your eyebrows.
There are a lot of attachments that have to be stored which do take up some space. And, even though swapping out the heads to do different grooming jobs is very easy, you may find yourself changing many attachments if you are in full grooming mode.
Overall, that also functions as a hair and beard clipper.
Best Back Hair Trimmers
Pros and Cons of the Mangroomer Back Hair Trimmer and Shaver
- Trims and shaves back hair
- Can do it without any help
- Adjustable arm can get hard to reach spots
- Power Burst button for thick hair
- Flexible neck to go with your body's contours
- Doesn't work on wet back
- Only does one thing. Shaves and trims back
You may find guys proud of their chest hair. You won't find many that are proud of their back hair. That's where the Mangroomer comes in.
When we brought the Mangroomer into the barbershop to sell, I kind of laughed it off as a gimmick. But, guys were buying it and saying how much they love it. It quickly became part of their grooming routine.
It's so easy to trim and shave your back hair without any help now, so it makes sense that it would be so popular. Nobody really wants to ask for help shaving their back. And nobody really wants to be asked for that matter.
The adjustable arm makes it easy to reach those hard to get spots. And the shaving heads work remarkable well. The trimmer attachment cuts the hair down to stubble very quickly. If you have really thick back hair it has a power boost feature that will give you that extra strength you need to really knock those weeds down.
Then the razor part looks like the head of an electric razor with a foil cover. And it really gets it down very smooth. It only takes a few minutes to get a hairless and smooth back.
The heads are flexible and will get around your shoulder blades and any other contours you have so you don't end up with any hairy spots.
The only thing is if you are the slightest bit sweaty it doesn't get the hairs that well. Make sure you are nice and dry .
Final Thoughts on The Best Body Trimmers for Men
All of this advice is meant for guys who are already looking for the best men's body hair trimmers. I am not suggesting that guys need to go hairless to look or feel great.
As long as you keep yourself groomed and looking your best, it doesn't matter how long your body hair is. Besides that, a confident man is always going to look good. If you feel good in your own skin (and hair) then you will find people gravitating to you.
If you think that you will look and feel better about yourself if you groom your body hair, then go for it! Whatever makes you feel good and more confident, then I am all for it.
If you're ready to get yourself manscaped and then I hope this review of the best body groomers for men helps you find the right tool for you. Take some initiative, , and get started.
Let me know if you have any questions or leave a comment below if you have tried any of these electric body hair shavers.
And, as always, I would love it if you shared this article on social media to spread the body hair grooming gospel!