Grooming is one of those tasks that some men try to avoid as much as possible, like taking out the trash or replacing the toilet paper roll. Nevertheless, grooming is an inevitable part of daily life for a man, so it should be as simple and pain-free as possible. A body groomer is the best tool for getting the job done quickly and done well. It's not only for "hairy" guys. Although it can do the heavy lifting required by hairier men, it can also do a quick trim of a smaller area.
If you're ready to treat yourself to a new body groomer, read our buying guide. We've included helpful tips and expert advice for combing through the different options and choosing the right one. Our favorite is the Philips Norelco Multigroom Trimmer, which will impress you with its superior trim head design and durability.
Considerations when choosing body groomers
Body groomer vs. electric shaver
A body groomer is not necessarily the same thing as an electric shaver. While electric shavers are primarily designed for shaving the curves of a man's face, body groomers are engineered for broader tasks. Specifically, they're intended to eliminate unruly hairs on a man's back, chest, legs, upper arms, and nether regions.
Area of use
Some body groomers are engineered for a specific body part. The back, ears, nose, beard, and mustache can all be handled with different groomers. Most body groomers are designed to manage all those areas and more. A general-use body groomer is convenient because it's a one-stop shop for masculine hair removal.
Power source and battery life
Most body groomers use rechargeable batteries. They often sit on a stand that recharges the batteries when not in use. That being said, some do use disposable batteries, which can be convenient if you travel a lot with your groomer and don't want to bring your charging stand.
Body groomers usually disclose their battery life in the product specs. Make sure any body groomer you choose has ample in-use battery life so you don't get stuck with a back that's only half hair-free.
Every body groomer feels different in your hands. Look for a groomer that is contoured in a way that's both comfortable to hold and functional and convenient to use.
Some groomers have length settings to adjust the closeness of the cut to the skin. This is helpful if you want to leave some length (usually for beards and mustaches) but don't want the hassle of changing trim heads or guards.
The best body groomers can be at least partially disassembled for cleaning purposes. You need access to the primary mechanical parts of the groomer where hair may be present so you can wipe them down. You also want to rinse all the trim heads and guards to keep them clean.
Special heads or trimmers
Most body groomers come with additional heads or trimmers (which are not the same as guards) for specific uses. For example, back trimmer heads are wide and flat, while an underarm or groin trimmer is more narrow and angled.
If you plan to travel often with your body groomer, getting one that comes with a travel case is probably a good idea. Some come with plastic hard-shell cases, while others include a canvas toiletry-style bag.
Trim guards are most useful for trimming beards or the top of your head, as they allow for longer length. Most body groomers come with a number of different trim guards for a host of different lengths.
If you regularly use your groomer to trim your back hair, you need one with a long handle for that specific use. Trying to reach those difficult spots with a standard groomer can be frustrating and potentially injury-inducing.
Most body groomers cost between $15 and $35. A $15 body groomer is likely powered by disposable batteries and has a fixed trim head. For $25, you can find a more powerful groomer that's rechargeable and includes multiple trim guards. For $35, you'll find body groomers that may have long handles for back trimming as well as carrying cases.
Q. Do I need to use shaving cream with a body groomer?
A. No. In fact, using shaving cream with some groomers may cause damage. However, you can check the product descriptions for your chosen groomer to find out if it works "wet" with shaving cream or oil in case you want to give it a try.
Q. Should I change the blades in my groomer?
A. Probably not. Most groomers have blades that are self-sharpening. This means you shouldn't need to replace them for the life of the groomer.
Body groomers we recommend
Best of the best: Philips Norelco's Multigroom Trimmer
Our take: One of the best grooming tools on the market.
What we like: Able to be used wet or dry, this versatile groomer has 18 different length settings.
What we dislike: Somewhat pricey.
Best bang for your buck: Gillette's Fusion ProGlide
Our take: The perfect groomer for shaving in the shower.
What we like: Lighter than most other groomers, easy to hold, and the plastic guards protect against unwanted scratches.
What we dislike: Battery life could be longer.
Choice 3: MANGROOMER's Ultimate Pro Back Shaver with Two Flex Heads
Our take: A great back shaver, though not very useful for other body areas.
What we like: Long handle makes back shaving swift and easy.
What we dislike: Not adept or convenient for shaving other parts of the body.
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