You may have heard a new term making the rounds: Manscaping. What does it mean, you ask? It’s quite simple: it refers to the practice of trimming male body hair. More and more men are doing it these days, especially those who have quite a bit of body hair, and this includes the hair downstairs.
But I hear you ask, why? Well, there’s a lot of good reasons. Some guys prefer a neat and tidy appearance, and that includes well-trimmed body hair. For some, it’s for hygienic reasons; too much body hair means more sweat, which also leads to unsavory smells. And some others just have partners who like it that way.
A study has revealed that when considering the appearance of a man’s downstairs, the state of pubic hair came in was actually rated more important than the size of the equipment itself! So a well-groomed bush is definitely a hit with the ladies.
But if you’ve never manscaped before, where do you begin? Well, we’ve done a little research for you. We’ve compiled seven of the best manscaping trimmers on the market, for your window-shopping pleasure.
Go on, give it a read. Your girlfriend will thank you for it!
Table Of Contents
- Best Manscaping Trimmer – Comparison Chart
- Top Seven Manscaping Tools Reviewed
- Philips Norelco Bodygroom BG7030/49
- Manscaped Lawn Mower 2.0
- Philips Norelco Bodygroomer BG2039/42
- Cleancut ES412 Intimate and Sensitive Area Shaver
- Panasonic Electric Body Hair Trimmer and Groomer for Men ER-GK60-S
- Philips Norelco Bodygroom BG1026/60
- MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver
- What To Look For In A Manscaping Trimmer
- Five Useful Tips For Manscaping
- Our Step-By-Step Guide To Manscaping
- Can You Use A Regular Razor To Manscape?
- Final Thoughts
Best Manscaping Trimmer – Comparison Chart
Top Seven Manscaping Tools Reviewed
You can’t just grab any old trimmer off the store shelf and expect it to work wonders on your hair. Here are the seven best trimmer guaranteed to work best for manscaping duty!
Our very first product is from a name that’s greatly familiar in men’s grooming: Philips Norelco. It bears a slight resemblance to your typical safety razor. The body is curved and it has textured rubber grip aids, so even when wet, there’s little worry of it slipping out of your hand.
The head incorporates a single foil with two trimmers. The trimmers on the outside will take care of longer hairs, preparing them for the foil, which cuts close to the skin. With a little bit of control, you can also cut with just the foil, as it’s raised a little higher up than the trimmers. The trimmers have rounded tips to ensure comfort and prevent any damage to the skin. The head itself pivots in four directions to move with the contours of your body and provide a close shave. The foil head does require replacement, but one head can last you a year or longer, and they’re fairly cheap.
Now, you may be wondering why the tail end looks a little odd. That’s because the BG7030/49 is a double-ended device. The tail has a trimmer with an adjustable comb, for those areas where you just want to trim the hair to a certain length instead of shaving it all off. It’s got five set lengths from 3mm to 11mm; any shorter length is better done by the shaver head.
Power is provided by a lithium-ion battery with 80 minutes of runtime. Charging time is an hour. The unit is fully waterproof, so you can use it in or out of the shower as you like. Philips does note that the trimmer works better on dry hair since wet hair sticks to the body.
There are still some things Philips could improve on. The battery indicator isn’t much help; it turns on when you’ve got ten minutes of charge left. In this age, a more precise indicator would be more useful. A smaller nitpick is that it doesn’t have an extra-long handle attachment for dealing with the back, but that’s a minor nitpick at best.
The BG7030/49 is our top pick for the best trimmer for manscaping, and for good reason. It gives you a lot of options to manscape with, letting you shave either close to the skin or leave a little length. Whatever style you want, you can pull it off with the Philips BG7030/49.
Our next trimmer is from Manscaped, and right from the name, you know what it’s for. Where the BG7030/49 looks like a razor straight out from the future, the Lawn Mower 2.0 is a trimmer specifically made for manscaping. It’s a mostly-black trimmer, with the body curved and rubberized for easier grip, and it’s not too large, letting you maneuver it even in tight areas.
It comes with a ceramic blade driven by a motor running at 6000 RPM. This combination will let it cut through dense and coarse hair, so no worries about it getting hung up on a troublesome spot. The ceramic blade also means it won’t rust or need much sharpening, and since they don’t heat up as much as steel blades, they’ll give you a more comfortable cut. They’re also removable for easy cleaning and replacement; the manufacturer estimate is that a blade will last you three months before it needs replacing.
For length control, you get two double-sided combs, giving you four length settings in total (3mm, 6mm, 9mm, and 12mm), in addition to using it without a comb. Battery life is one hour on the dot, and it uses a USB 2.0 charger like your phone does.
It’s fully waterproof and shower-safe, and so is nicely easy to use and to clean. Speaking of cleaning, it also comes with a cleaning brush. Since the blade is easily removable, you can also pop it off and brush it out if you want to be absolutely sure, but if you’re in a rush, the usual waterproof method of a rinse under the tap will do fine most of the time.
The main downside to the Lawn Mower 2.0 is the cost. It’s near the same price as the BG7030/49 while not offering as many options. The blades will also need replacement, and that itself adds to the cost, though the manufacturer does offer a replenishment plan at a lower cost than buying replacement blades individually.
Overall, the Manscaped Lawn Mower 2.0 is one of the best manscaping trimmers out there, quite good enough that it’s earned our second-place spot. It can cut pretty much any hair on your body and is specifically made for use on sensitive areas. Specialist tools always fare better in their area of expertise, and the Lawn Mower 2.0 delivers performance in spades.
The BG2039/42 is similar to its labelmate we covered above in a lot of ways, mainly because it’s the older version of the BG7030/49. It’s a two-in-one machine with a shaver on the head and a trimmer on the tail. It maintains the same general shape and capabilities; overall, it has more similarities to the BG7030 than it has differences. The curve of the body and the easy grip are still there, but the BG2039 has more rubber on the body, which makes it easier to grip.
The head has the same arrangement of two trimmers and a foil. It also pivots in four directions to better follow the contours of your body. The tail trimmer has the same adjustable comb and the same lengths, though it’s marked differently on the body; instead of the comb length, they’re simply numbered 1 to 5 from shortest to longest. But the cut length is still the same, from 3mm to 11mm in 2mm increments, so there’s no actual difference there.
The battery lasts for 50 minutes of shaving time. Depending on how thorough you are or how much ground you’re covering, this might or might not be enough for your purposes. The good news is, it needs just an hour to reach a full charge. Unlike the BG7030 and its charging port, the BG2039 comes with a charging stand. Just plug in the stand, then place the unit onto the cradle, and it’ll start charging. It’s also fully waterproof and shower-safe, making it much easier to clean and to work with.
The BG2039’s main problem is that it’s prone to giving a patchy shave when dealing with moisture or humid environments. Another problem is the battery, depending on how long your grooming sessions are. 50 minutes might be enough, or it might fall short.
In all, if you can’t get the BG7030/49, this makes for an excellent substitute. And it’s still a good hybrid trimmer and shaver, giving you a wide range of options to play with. If you’re not quite sure what to get, the Philips BG2039/42 won’t let you down.
Let’s face it, the Cleancut ES412 doesn’t look very attractive at first glance. It looks more like a stainless steel tube of deodorant than an actual, serious shaver. But you should know by now that looks aren’t everything.
It’s not a very large thing, just 4.5 inches long, so it can fit pretty much anywhere it needs to go. Grip is average; on the one hand, it’s a cylinder and that lets you grab on nicely, but on the other hand, it doesn’t have any grip aids.
The business end has three blades that rotate beneath a foil. It’s basically a foil shaver made just a little differently. This means there’s no chance of cutting yourself on it. Those blades will wear out, and their service life depends on your usage pattern. Timeline can last anywhere between 6 months if you’re using it frequently, while more occasional users can see their blades lasting up to 2 years.
Power is provided by a C battery. This should last you a few months, assuming a usage pattern of two or three grooming sessions per week.
There are three main downsides for our purposes. First is that the ES412 is a shaver with no length options, so by buying this, you’re committing to a close shave wherever you’re using it on. Second is that it doesn’t deal well with water. The manufacturer recommends against wet shaving and recommends the use of baby powder as a dry lubricant for the areas to be shaved. Third is that it can’t effectively deal with long hair, so you’ll have to pre-trim the area first before applying the ES412.
All that said, if you want a good, solid shaver that can get you a close shave without any risk of nicking yourself, the Cleancut ES412 is exactly the one for you. That stainless steel cylinder might not look like much, but it has it where it counts.
They may be more known for their consumer electronics, but Panasonic handles a lot more than just lightbulbs, TVs, and appliances. They’re one of the big names in the Japanese market for grooming products, and the ER-GK60-S shows why. The black-and-white body may look a little odd, but the ridges on the sides help you keep a good solid grip.
The blade is in line with the body instead of a more typical perpendicular mount you’d see on other trimmers. This lets the blade fit into hard-to-reach spaces, though the motion and grip aren’t quite the same as other trimmers. Once you get used to it, you can see the options you have to work with. The hypoallergenic blade itself has rounded, wide-edged teeth to ensure safety and minimize irritation.
You get three attachments for length control. The groin attachment is the shortest, providing a very short separation of 0.08 inch. Two more combs allow for 1/8th and 1/4th inch, so you’ve got some options to work with.
The battery falls a bit short, compared to the excellent quality of the rest of the device. The capacity is a bit low, at only 40 minutes on a full charge, but even worse is the charging time: 8 hours to a full battery.
For some good news, it’s not only fully waterproof, but it also has a built-in water drain for easy cleaning. Never has the simple expedient of a good rinse under the tap been so easy. It also works well with shaving cream, which may be necessary for those with sensitive skin.
For all its excellent performance, the battery is the main downside. The 40-minute charge isn’t too bad by itself, but it’s almost crippling when combined with the 8-hour charge time. You may have to alter your grooming routine, especially if you’ve got a lot of spots to trim; alternatively, you could cover different areas per day.
Abysmal charge time aside, when it’s powered and running, the ER-GK60-S is an excellent trimmer that can fit anywhere on the body, and its attachments give it a nice set of options. It makes for an excellent primary trimmer if you don’t have too much hair to manscape, and it shines best as a second trimmer for those hard-to-reach areas.
Our third trimmer from Philips Norelco is the budget version of the three. If the other two were what a razor should look like in the future, the BG1026/60 is what a razor looks like when you turn it into an electric version. And it delivers excellent performance for its price.
It’s slimly built, and while it’s 17cm long, it’s not all that large on the whole. The grip itself is also rubberized, and it’s dotted on the back as well, ensuring that you’ll never lose your grip on the BG1026.
The head is bi-directional and fixed, unlike its more expensive cousins with their contour-following heads. The blades have the usual rounded tips to avoid any nicking or irritation. You have two options for length control: either applying the trimmer directly without any guard, which cuts hair down to 0.5mm long, or you can attach the comb and get a cut length of 3mm.
Power is provided by a single AA battery. Actual battery life depends on your usage pattern, and Philips themselves say that assuming two or three uses per week, that AA battery will last you approximately two months. This of course will be shorter if your grooming sessions take time, so best to have some spares ready.
It’s almost hilariously simple to clean, as it’s waterproof and the blade is tiny, and thus there’s not much to clean. A quick rinse under the tap and you’re good to go. It’s also excellent for shower use, especially since it’s got a lanyard you can use to hang it off something convenient in your bathroom. However, while it is capable of a wet shave, we’ve found that performance is better while dry.
The downsides are more a consequence of its being a budget model. For our purposes, there’s not much length control; you’re limited to either 0.5mm or 3mm, so this isn’t really the trimmer for you if you want to leave a bit of length. It also doesn’t deal very well with longer hair, so a pre-trimming is in order before applying the BG1026.
It may be a budget product, but there’s nothing budget about its performance. If you have to mind your wallet but you still want to keep your body hair trimmed, you can’t do better than the Philips BG1026/60.
The last item on our list may market itself as a back shaver, but it can do other parts of the body just fine. The Mangroomer Ultimate Pro is a long, chunky thing, with the long grip you’d expect of a back shaver. That grip is hexagonal and is rubberized, so there’s no chance of losing your grip on it. The grip also extends to ensure that you get maximum coverage, and it features a lock button once you’ve found the right angle along its 135-degree opening. There’s no spot on your back you can’t reach.
The Ultimate Pro comes with two heads. One is a standard trimmer head, 1.8″ for best coverage; the other is a foil shaver head for when you want to cut down as close as you can. Both of these heads work with the trimmer’s flex neck to contour to your body and give you a close shave. If necessary, there’s also a power burst mode for when you encounter thick and coarse hair.
Battery life is quite good at 3 hours of runtime. While it does need 8 hours to fully charge, the long runtime means that you won’t need to worry about it much; if in doubt, you can always plug it in after use to ensure it’s always topped up.
Its main downside is that it’s a specialist tool, and so isn’t quite good outside its specialty. You can use it to shave areas that aren’t your back, but it’s awkward to use, as half the handle is getting in your way. Also, it isn’t fully waterproof. You can clean it under running water, but we don’t recommend taking it into the shower or using it wet.
The Ultimate Pro works best as a supplementary tool added to your repertoire. It makes trimming your back hair much more convenient, and in a pinch, it can handle grooming work around the rest of the body.
What To Look For In A Manscaping Trimmer
What makes a good tool for manscaping? These are the factors we used to choose the trimmers above, and you should consider how these apply to your needs to find the trimmer that’s best for you.
Size, Maneuverability, Fit
How large is the trimmer? On the one hand, you don’t want something that’s too small. It’ll take ages to get the look you want if you need six passes over the same small area of skin. On the other hand, a trimmer that’s too large won’t be able to get to the tighter areas of your body. If it can’t fit in some areas, you may need another tool to groom those areas.
Grip And Ergonomics
You want something that you can easily hold and keep a grip on. Look for curved bodies, rubberized grips, and other grip aids like dots or ridges. This is especially important if you’re also looking for a waterproof, shower-safe trimmer and intend on using it somewhere it’ll get wet because you don’t want to drop the trimmer and break something. Plus a solid grip makes for easier grooming.
Power And Battery Capacity
All of the trimmers we’ve recommended above are cordless. A waterproof unit will very likely be battery-powered anyway, as it’s difficult to make something both waterproof and corded. Thus the question is, how long should a battery last you? This depends on how long your grooming sessions are. If you prefer to be thorough and get it all done in one sitting, look for battery life of at least an hour or more. If you’re fine with spreading your grooming over a few sessions, then the battery life isn’t as important.
Don’t forget recharge time as well. Some good trimmers are betrayed by a long recharge time—do you really want to wait eight hours before you can resume trimming?
Waterproof And Shower-Safe
There are three reasons why you want a waterproof trimmer. One is that waterproof means easy to clean; with such trimmers, you can just give it a good rinse under the tap, leave it to dry off, and it’s good to go. Another is that you can use a waterproof trimmer in the shower, and thus make your morning routine that much quicker; instead of stepping out to somewhere to start your manscaping routine, you can just do it in the bathroom.
The third advantage, we cover in the next point.
Wet Or Dry Shaving Capability
If you plan to get as close a shave as possible, you’ll want to consider if your shaver can be used for both wet and dry shaving. Basically, is it capable of using shaving cream or similar products?
This is particularly important for those with sensitive skin, as shaving cream reduces irritation. It also makes for an easier shave, as a wet shave makes it easier for the trimmer to find and cut the hairs.
Five Useful Tips For Manscaping
While manscaping isn’t as hard as it looks, it can be a little daunting, especially if you’ve got a lot of hair to take care of. Here are our recommended practices to make the job a little easier.
Trim Along The Grain
No matter what kind of shaving, what kind of tool, or how long your intended length is, this is always good advice. Cutting along with the grain ensures a smoother, irritation-free shave. If you want the closest possible shave, then you can shave against the grain, but be careful in doing so, because you’ll risk razor bumps and skin irritation.
Take Your Time
Manscaping is not something that you want to rush. A lot of the areas that grow body hair are either sensitive, difficult to navigate, or both. A rush job is not only going to be physically painful, but it’ll also look bad and defeat the purpose of manscaping. Remember: Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.
Mind Your Crack
When we speak of body hair, we’re talking about your entire body. Including your buttocks. Of course, this means you’ll need to do a bit of maneuvering. A mirror dedicated specifically to your crack may be advisable, as you’ll have to place it low where it can reflect the target area, and thus get hair clippings on it. You may want to get a separate razor, preferably a disposable one, just for that area. If you’re still using your standard shaver for it, best to wash and clean it thoroughly after you finish. You don’t want cross-contamination.
Don’t Leave Lines
Just like your hair upstairs, learn to fade. A sudden transition from hair to skin is not very nice-looking on the body, so make sure to note where you’re shaving close and where you’re leaving a bit of length. Use the guards on your trimmer and give it a little fade, and that way it’ll look neater.
Ask A Partner To Help
Yes, I know it sounds weird, but it can be greatly helpful. A partner can help in the areas that you can’t see or easily reach, and save you that much more time. If you’re manscaping for the sake of a partner, it helps to have their input as to what your body hair should look like, plus it affords them a hand in shaping your body. Of course, this is one purely optional tip, and you can certainly do it yourself.
Our Step-By-Step Guide To Manscaping
Of course, just having the right trimmer and knowing a few tips doesn’t mean you can just apply trimmer to your body hair and have it work out. Since we don’t want you looking like some monster from the forests, we’ve also compiled a short step-by-step guide to effective and hassle-free manscaping.
Step 1: Prepare Your Location And Tools
While you could just go at it without any preparation, it helps to get the stuff ready first. That way you’re not scrambling back and forth to get something you needed and making your grooming session longer than it has to be. Make sure that you’ve got your trimmer, mirrors, towel, and other tools close to hand. And you’ll want to do it somewhere that’s easy to clean up and comfortable. This can be your shower, or it can be another convenient place if you’d rather not risk getting your tools wet.
Step 2: Pre-Trim Your Body Hair
Shavers tend to have trouble dealing with longer hairs, so it’s best to cut them down to a manageable length first. You’ll want to use either a trimmer that you know can deal with long hair, or just cut them down to size with scissors. You don’t want long hairs to snag and pull, as this is unnecessary pain.
Step 3: Trim Your Torso
Once you’ve pre-trimmed, we recommend starting with the torso, as it’s something you can easily see and reach. Also, consider what kind of style you want. Do you want to leave a bit of length with your trimmer? Or do you want the closest possible shave? Either way, your torso will provide an easy and expansive place to start, and to consider how a style might look. Use it as a testing ground to see if you like the look.
Step 4: Trim The Shoulders And Back
If you have a trimmer with an extending handle, this is where it comes in. Failing that, get your partner to help you here. Your shoulders and back are strongly contoured and hard to reach, so care is warranted here, especially if you’re doing it yourself. When in doubt, start from the longest section and then reduce the length. You can always cut a spot again, but real life doesn’t have an undo button.
Step 5: Trim Your Armpits
Your underarms are a breeding ground for bacteria and sweat, plus long underarm hair tends to interfere with deodorant. Better to just take it all off. Consider the length you want, then apply your trimmer to your armpits. Make sure to stretch the skin, as you don’t want it bunching up for your trimmer to bite into.
Step 6: Trim The Ears And Nose
Some trimmers come with an attachment specifically for these small spots, so if you happen to have one, this is when that attachment comes in. They’re a minor part of your appearance, but trimming nose and ear hair helps keep a neat look.
Step 7: Trim Your Downstairs
No mention of manscaping can ever be complete without considering the groin area. This is a difficult and cramped place, so trimmer size is a consideration. Take your time and be very free with the shaving cream if you’re on a wet shave. Carefully does it, since your thighs and groin are sensitive. Pull the skin taut so the trimmer doesn’t bite into it.
Step 8: Shower And Aftercare
And you’re done! A quick shower after a manscaping session will help wash away any hairs sticking to your skin. If you’ve nicked yourself, this is the time to wash the cuts and get something absorbent to soak up the bleeding until it stops. For areas that you’ve shaved close to the skin, exfoliation is important; this removes any built-up dirt that can contribute to ingrown hairs. And don’t forget aftershave. Avoid any alcohol-based aftershave, and go for witch hazel and glycerin.
Can You Use A Regular Razor To Manscape?
Yes, you can manscape with a typical manual razor, whether a straight razor, or a safety razor, or a disposable one. If you want the closest shave possible, there’s still no beating any type of manual razor, as electric ones honestly just can’t get as close.
However, there are always some trade offs. First is that most razors aren’t all that large, so you will take quite a bit of time in your grooming session, especially if you have a lot of ground to cover. Second is that a close shave might not be advisable, especially if you have sensitive skin. A blade that close to the skin risks razor burn, irritation, and ingrown hairs, all of which are headaches to deal with.
Another concern of the blade practically touching the skin is when you’re grooming areas you can’t see. If you can’t watch what you’re doing, you have no way to judge if you’re close to nicking yourself. Since a shaver or trimmer doesn’t shave as close, the blades won’t come into contact with your body, and therefore you won’t risk cutting yourself. Since the areas you can’t see tend to be very sensitive, you really don’t want a nick there.
In all, you have two questions to consider: How close a shave do you want? How hairy are you? If you want to completely cut the hair and feel nothing but smooth skin, then a razor is the only real option. However, if you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, a shaver or trimmer will deliver almost as much quality in a lot less time.
Learning how to manscape properly can be a really daunting task! Especially since there are so many products available on the market. So we hope this list has helped you narrow down your options to help you can find the best manscaping trimmer for your needs.
In all honesty, manscaping can be a bit of effort, especially when you have to deal with hard-to-reach areas on your body. But with the right tools and knowledge, you can easily find a routine and a style that works for you. Once you get past the initial learning curve, you’ll gain a newfound confidence and pride in the appearance of your body. Not to mention that your sexual partners will greatly appreciate your new look!