Best Body Groomer Reviews for Mar. 2018 with Buying Guide
“Manscaping.” It’s a fairly-recent name for something many guys have done for a long time – grooming their body hair.
Once upon a time, many looked at men who trimmed their body hair as compulsive, vain, or just plain crazy. Today, it’s commonly accepted that many guys (and their women) have very important preferences for how much hair men have on their chest, their back, their legs – or “down there.”
Manscaping has now become as mainstream as piercings and purses for men. Naturally, that means an entire range of products has been manufactured specifically for guys who want to thin, trim or remove the hair on their chest, legs, back or those very sensitive areas you wouldn’t think of attacking with a regular razor.
If you regularly groom your body or are looking into the possibility, you don’t want just any trimmer for the job. After all, there’s a lot less room for error on the touchy spots of your body than there is on your face. You, therefore, want the best body groomer possible.
Be Clear about What You Want to Achieve when Body Grooming
Shaving Body Hair for Smooth Skin
The goal of most body groomers is to help you shave your body hair, so your skin is smooth and hairless. For that reason, the specialized body grooming products listed on this page have both trimming and shaving functions. The shaving function is performed either with a foil shaver (like on an electric shaver/razor) or with a blade.
The foil shaver will typically be “safer” but not as close; manual blades will get closer but you will need to be more careful when shaving near sensitive areas.
Something you might also want to consider is permanent hair removal – yes, home laser hair removal is quite affordable these days, and just as effective on men, as women.
You can read more about it on our best laser hair removal products page.
Just Trimming Body Hair to Stubble
If you do not want to shave completely smooth but just want to trim body hair, you can just look for a trimmer. There are some more options on our list of the best trimmers (the list is labeled as best beard trimmers, but the majority also have body combs/guards to safely trim body hair).
Note 1: The body groomers on this list can all be used as back shavers (number 5, 6 and 7 have specialized extension handles), but you still might need the help of a friend to get to the hard-to-reach places.
Note 2: If you are curious about whether you can just use a regular razor to trim body hair, or whether you can use your newly acquired body groomer to trim and shave your face and head, continue to the bottom of the article where Groom+Style lays bare our thoughts on the matter.
1. Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100
The hair on different parts of the body has very different characteristics, so you might think you’d need a different trimmer for each. That’s not the case with the best body groomers, and the Norelco Series 7100 is the best of the best because its design is extremely well thought out – there’s a trimmer on one end and a shaving head on the other.
A lot of consumers consider this the best body groomer because you can groom the groin area effectively and comfortably. The groomer seldom causes irritation to its users. When ‘manscaping’ your private parts, you do not have to worry about nicks and cuts as this shaver has a specially designed fine foil to capture hairs without ever damaging the skin.
The pearl-tipped trimmer on this Norelco unit has five different hair length settings, all the way from 1/8 of an inch up to about ½ an inch, so you can groom everything from long, curly chest hair to the shorter hairs which need careful attention around your groin area, while selecting exactly how long to leave them. And both the blades and combs on the trimmer are rounded to avoid leaving scratches or nicks.
At the other end of this unit is a 3D pivoting foil shaving head which turns and swivels to follow the shape of the area being groomed, with “pre-trimmers” on each side of the head which ensure a close shave with just one pass. The foil is designed to catch loose hairs easily, the blades are self-sharpening, and the entire groomer is hypoallergenic.
All that’s required for maintenance is to run the groomer under a faucet to clean it and to change the foil every year or so (see more on this below). The only negative we’ve found is that you need to charge the Norelco 7100 for a long time before its first use.
The Series 7100 gives you 50 minutes of use with each charge and can be used in the shower without a problem. It has a nice ergonomic design so it’s comfortable to hold – and more importantly, it’s comfortable to use even in those regions you may have been scared to death to approach with anything sharp.
Note: Philips has a slightly older model (BG2039/42) that has a beard guard (5 length settings), a rubber grip, and titanium blades which are all pretty cool additions – although the charge time is 8 hours as it contains a nickle metal hydride battery.
To put it bluntly, this is the perfect trimmer for every part of the body but it’s designed with the delicacy of the pubic area in mind.
Specifications of the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100:
Replacement Philips Norelco Bodygroom Trimmer/Shaver Foil
As with all foil shavers, you will need to replace the shaver heads, to ensure they are cutting effectively. Philips recommends every 6-12 months depending on how often you are grooming – from a practical point of view when you find the performance of the shaver deteriorating (you have to go over areas a few more times than usual, or the shaver is not cutting as close) it is time to replace the foils.
Replacement Philips Norelco Bodygroom Trimmer/Shaver Foils are available at a reasonable price from Amazon.
Philips Norelco BG2040 and Norelco BG2020 – Older Model
The BG2020, BG2030 are older versions of the BG2040 (Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100).
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2. Braun Cruzer 5 Body Shaver
Gillette is one of the premier names in shaving, and Braun’s high-quality body grooming Cruzer 5 melds Gillette’s shaver technology with its own expertise in personal care product manufacturing. There are shaving and trimming tools on this unit, but one of the unique concepts Braun brings to the table is that there’s a third mode, in which you can trim and then shave at the same time with one stroke.
The razor has five closely-spaced blades which utilize Gillette’s wet shave Fusion system, designed to shave closely with very little irritation – no matter where on the body you use it. You don’t have to shave wet, naturally, but you’ll find that when you’re working on large body areas like the chest or back it’s the best way to get the job done quickly and effectively.
The trimmer is meant to provide optimal results in sensitive areas. Its teeth are much smaller than you’ll find on most competitive groomers, which often seem to be built more for beards than for body hair. The small teeth ensure there will be less irritation and fewer nicks when trimming the hair in the armpit and groin areas. There are three different trimming combs (0.6mm, 3mm, 8mm) of varying lengths, so you can select how long you want the hair to be when you’re finished (and a travel case is included).
You can easily switch between shaving and trimming modes with the touch of a finger. But the combination mode of the Cruzer 5 is a welcome change from most groomers, which require you to trim your hair before you can shave it. It’s a real time-saver, and unless you’re grooming areas where you want to take extra-special care (you know the ones we’re talking about) it’s worth the price of admission.
You get about 50 minutes of shaving/trimming time per charge with this Braun model, which should be more than enough unless you look like the Beast (as in Beauty and the Beast) or have been an island castaway for a few years.
It is not quite as versatile as the Norelco 7100, but the Groom+Style team like it a lot.
Details on the Braun Cruzer 5 Body Shaver:
Each manual blade should last for about 1 month and can be replaced with Gillette Fusion blades.
3. Remington PG525 Lithium Head to Toe Body Groomer
This compact unit, unlike the ones we’ve discussed so far, is more of a true groomer than a combination razor/trimmer. Yes, you can use it to shave body hair, but it isn’t going to clear a forest as cleanly as the Norelco or Braun. What it is going to do is give you a lot of options for exactly how you’d like to trim.
The surgical steel, self-sharpening blades are the backbone of the unit, and what you use to do the shaving. They’ll do a good job cleaning up small areas, although we wouldn’t suggest using this model to replace a razor for full-fledged shaving jobs; where the Remington excels is at trimming.
The foil shaver is only “single foil” and will require a few passes to capture most hairs.
There is an eight-length adjustable comb which lets you choose how long you’d like the hairs to be in the area you’re trimming, there are three beard-and-stubble combs if you’re using the PG525 on your face, and there are four additional attachments: a full-sized one for the neckline and sideburns, a foil shaver attachment for closer shaves, a body hair vertical trimmer attachment with three adjustable lengths, and another attachment for nose hair, ear hair and other detailing work. Yes, that’s a lot of switching back and forth, but it lets you choose exactly how you want to “attack” each area. (We’d suggest more caution than a full-fledged attack, the lower you get on your body.)
This unit heads are waterproof so they clean easily under the tap.
As mentioned earlier in the article if you are just after a trimmer then you could also consider the other products in our best trimmers article.
It’s a lot of groomer for the price.
A closer look at the Remington PG525 Lithium Heat to Toe Body Groomer:
4. Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler 3-in-1 Body Groomer
Here’s another of those “best of both worlds” units, as it also uses Braun technology for the trimmer and Gillette’s for the shaver. They each perform pretty well, and this groomer is designed to be used for facial hair as well as body hair – more about that shortly.
3-in-1 refers to shaving, trimming and edging. The head of this unit is similar to a regular ProGlide razor, with four thin “power blades” which do the job well but are best known for their gentle feel, gliding over the skin easily while giving a close shave.
That’s always important for the face, of course, but even more appreciated when shaving the chest, back or armpits; you’ll find the razor head works best on body hair when it’s been moistened first, or even with some gel applied (there’s a ProGlide brand shaving gel intended for the purpose).
A nice feature is the comfort guide that wraps around the side of the blades, removing any excess shaving prep material before the blades do their work.
The trimmer may be the best part of the Fusion 3-in-1. It’s built to be maneuverable along the body’s contour, which is obviously important when working on sensitive areas; there are three different combs you can use with it, each for a different length of hair, and you can trim even closer if you use the trimmer without a comb attached. Finally, there’s a precision edging blade on the back of the unit which lets you clean up the areas that you’ve shaved and trimmed.
There are some significant drawbacks, however. The biggest is that the Gillette Body Groomer is powered by an AA battery which isn’t rechargeable. It should last at least a month before starting to lose juice, but you’ll definitely find yourself needing to stock up on AAs. The other is based on personal preference, but we think this unit is better suited for beard and mustache work, and perhaps trimming the genital area, than it is for large and hairy areas like the back or chest where you might not be comfortable using the razor and the trimmer might be overwhelmed.
Compensating for those drawbacks: you get a nice body groomer for your money. There’s not much to argue about there.
Specs for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler 3-in-1 Body Groomer:
Each manual blade should last for about 1 month and can be replaced with Gillette Fusion blades.
5. Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver
We have included this unit for those guys who want to take care of stubborn back hair – it can also be used effectively elsewhere on the body.
The Mangroomer has two attachable shaving heads with stainless steel, hypoallergenic blades and flex necks; one is a wide back trimmer that’s almost two inches long and intended to quickly get rid of large areas of hair, the other is a shorter bi-directional groomer head that’s meant for shorter hair, smaller areas and regular maintenance.
How do you reach all of the hair on your back, you ask? You do it with the patented, hinged handle with a rubber grip, which can bend at any angle necessary (all the way up to 135 degrees) and then lock into place if desired. This handle easily lets you reach the middle and lower back areas without straining, bending or asking someone else for help.
There are other nice features on the Mangroomer including a power burst button which lets you power through particularly thick or stubborn areas and a quick-charge battery which comes in quite handy if you haven’t quite finished your shave when the charge runs out. But the best feature of this baby is its construction; you’ll spend a long time searching for another back groomer that will actually let you shave all of your back hair without having to become a contortionist. (Yes, you can use it on other areas of your body, too).
Then there are other notable features, such as an innovative trimmer, extendable handle and neck designs, which only makes things easier for you; as if the design alone is not easy enough.
Mangroomer has released a new model called the Mangroomer Lithium Max Back Shaver, which is effectively the same as the Ultimate Pro Back Shaver, but with a more powerful battery for longer life and faster charging.
The ultimate back trimmer that can be used effectively on the rest of the body.
The facts and figures for the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver:
6. Philips Norelco BG2034 Bodygroom Series 3100 With Back Attachment
This is a very good alternative to the Mangroomer we’ve just reviewed. It will give you a very attractive body (in terms of hair, that is – no body groomer can do anything about your abs) at a very attractive price. But what makes the Series 3100 a particularly good value is the fact that it has an extra-long handle attachment designed to let you easily reach your back hair.
This Philips Norelco model is a cordless, hypo-allergenic foil shaver with self-sharpening blades and unusual patented pearl tips which reduce skin irritation. There are three interchangeable, rounded trimmer combs to handle different lengths of hair (3mm, 5mm, and 7mm), the back handle performs just as it’s supposed to, and since this is a wet/dry model you can comfortably take care of all your excess body hair with or without gel. You can shave in the shower, and cleaning the groomer is a breeze.
The Bodygroom 3100 provides a smooth shave when used on your chest, neck and shoulders, under your arms and on your legs, and even when grooming those sensitive areas that need a lighter touch.
The one negative the review team found was that you may need to make two or three passes when dealing with thick hair. That’s a small price to pay, though, for an inexpensive body groomer which also lets you shave your back all by yourself. Expect to get about 50 minutes of run time per eight-hour charge.
The Philips Norelco Bodygroom 3100 is a great way to shave all of your body hair, including that thatch on your back, for an extremely reasonable price.
More info on the Philips Norelco BG2034 Bodygroom Series 3100 With Back Attachment:
7. baKblade 1.0 “Big Mouth” Back Hair Removal And Body Shaver
You already know how Groom+Style feels about the Mangroomer. But if you’re more interested in an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool to shave your back without having to deal with two heads, hinged handles and frequent battery charging – meet the Big Mouth. It’s a manual groomer with a wide blade, designed specifically to let you reach over your shoulder and prune the forest that’s growing on your back.
A lot of thought obviously went into the baKblade 1.0. The long handle is ergonomically-designed so you can comfortably reach wherever you need to, there’s a safety guard that prevents nicks and cuts, and the patented DryGlide four-inch safety blades (there are three of them protected by a sturdy guard) deliver a smooth wet or dry shave and won’t rust in the shower.
One interesting design feature of this back groomer is that the blades are flexible, so it can conform to the contours of any back without creating the friction that leads to razor burns and cuts. That flexibility is also why you don’t need to use cream or gel, if you prefer a dry shave. Either way, the baKblade feels gentle on the back and removes almost any thickness of hair easily without leaving stubble. Just be aware that the blades only last for 4-6 shaves before needing replacement at $10 per set – somewhat offsetting the low price of the groomer.
The baKblade 1.0 is perfect for tackling difficult-to-reach back hair if you want a simple and inexpensive answer to a hairy problem.
Specs for the baKblade 1.0 “Big Mouth” Back Hair Removal And Body Shaver:
Replacement blades for the baKblade can also be purchased from Amazon.
8. Philips Norelco BG1026/60 Bodygroom Series 1100
Here’s Groom+Style’s budget choice. It’s priced about one-third lower than its big brother, the Bodygroom 3100 that we reviewed earlier – but performs almost as well for manscaping on sensitive skin. The biggest differences are that the Series 1100 groomer doesn’t have a rechargeable battery (it runs on two AA batteries), and it doesn’t come with many bells and whistles like extra combs for very long hair (it comes with just one 3mm comb) or the back attachment.
There are integrated skin guards to protect against accidental cuts from the blades, which can trim both forward and backward and will cut extremely close, all the way down to 0.5mm. You can use this groomer either wet or dry, although Norelco recommends a dry shave with the Series 1100; this model is small and easy to take on a trip, and it’s simple to clean under the faucet.
The Philips Norelco BG1026/60 isn’t the most full-featured body groomer the Groom+Style review team has seen. But it will give you a very good trim with no nicks anywhere under the neck (yes, it’s perfect for use “down there”), at a great price.
Looking deeper at the Philips Norelco BG1026/60 Bodygroom Series 1100:
Our Budget Range Recommendation
Panasonic Milano Series ER-GB40-S
No list of “best all-in-one groomer” for body and facial hair is complete without an entry from Panasonic Milano. Keep in mind that this list is focused on groomers that can do a good job of shaving or trimming above and below the neck. The previous entries were excellent at grooming below the neck and do a decent job at above the neck areas. This shaver is the opposite, it does a decent job below the neck, but when it comes to above the neck trimming and shaving, then this product is among the best in the market.
The main emphasis of this item is being a trimmer and it’s an excellent one. The trimmer lacks combs and attachment, but it does not mean it’s lackluster. Just think of it as an excellent trimmer without the hassles of attaching or detaching features. Precision is another unique feature of this trimmer. With this trimmer, you can easily and accurately style or shape your hair or beard. You will also have a good control to your desired hair length.
It can easily be considered one of the best body hair trimmers for men.
A modern man needs a good body groomer to trim or shave unwanted hairs from his body and face. Thankfully, modern technology can help men get the job done easily and comfortably. The team and Groom+Style hope you found this review helpful. Happy grooming.
Can’t I Just Use My Regular Razor to Shave my Body?
Of course, you can. You can use a carving knife to trim your body hair, too. Neither is a very good idea, though, because body groomers are designed for areas that aren’t shaved often, not for the face which gets “manhandled” by a regular razor on a daily basis. (You can probably figure out on your own why a carving knife wouldn’t be the best choice.)
Most top body groomers are designed with special features like heads that can pivot to fit the body’s contours, comfort guards or lubrication strips. All make the body shaving process more comfortable than it would be with a normal manual or electric razor. A number of body groomers also have longer or extendable handles so you can reach wherever you need to shave.
There’s one extra consideration which doesn’t require much elaboration, and on which we’d prefer not to elaborate. Would you want to take a razor that’s just shaved your groin or under your arms, and then use it on your face? We wouldn’t, either.
If you do want to buy a product that can be used on multiple parts of the body, then search for a multi-groomer which has multiple heads and guide combs which can be switched out and cleaned – such as the Remington PG525.
Can I Use My Body Groomer to Shave My Head?
Another question the Groom+Style team hears is “Can I use a body groomer to shave my head?” We’ll skip the sarcastic reference to carving knives and simply say that it’s possible, but again not the best idea. Groomer heads are relatively smooth and not built for the contours found on most parts of the body, so the maneuverability found on the best body groomers isn’t what you need for the scalp. An electric head shaver will be more likely to simply follow the head’s natural shape, and some have rounded edges to minimize cuts on the very sensitive scalp.