Best Body Groomer Reviews for Aug. 2017
“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’re one of those who regularly grooms his 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 want one of the top 5 best body groomers – and here they are.
Note 1: These body groomers can all be used as back shavers, but you will obviously 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 head, then continue to the bottom of the article where Groom+Style lay bare our thoughts on the matter.
1. Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100
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 would consider this as one of the best body groomers, as 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. Furthermore, the groomer may be used as a regular shaver.
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. The only negative we’ve found is that you need to charge the Norelco 7100 for a full day 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.
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:
The Philips bodygroomer BG2040 is part of the Philips Norelco Series 7100 – the BG2040 section below is therefore a summary of the comments above.
Philips Norelco BG2040
The Philips Norelco BG2040 body groomer may not be the best option for shaving above the neck, but it does offers fantastic all-around performance.
The first thing you might notice about this groomer is that it is a bit pricey. That is because you are paying a bit more for a groomer that can easily tackle areas which basic groomers will find it very difficult to work. This groomer has a complete set of parts and features that can easily groom every part of your body.
It features a foil cutter and trimmer. This groomer is especially recommended for men who have lots of body hair. With the hypoallergenic foil, men with sensitive skin have nothing to worry about.
Lastly, the groomer features an extra sensitive trimming comb that is specially designed to easily and effectively work on the underarms and groin areas.
Philips Norelco BG2020 – Older Model
The BG2020 and BG2030 are older versions of the BG2040 (Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100).
While it is true that there are other body groomers that have better features than the Philips Norelco BG2020, when it comes to shaving and trimming the abdomen, underarm and groin area, this groomer performs to a higher standard. In fact, it’s even powerful enough to shave an entire back. When it comes to shaving above the neck, there are other products that can do a better job.
The main selling point of this body groomer is its capability to groom a man’s back, chest and more discrete areas with relative ease. Its design and features are especially intended for such purposes. For example, the handle is designed to be extra-long for easy handling. All in all, this groomer offers a great value.
2. Braun Cruzer 6 Body Shaver
Gillette is one of the premier names in shaving, and Braun’s high-quality body grooming Cruzer 6 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 of varying lengths, so you can select how long you want the hair to be when you’re finished.
You can easily switch between shaving and trimming modes with the touch of a finger. But the combination mode of the Cruzer 6 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 – which is around $50.
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 6 Body Shaver:
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.
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 is waterproof so it’s suitable for shower use, and it has a full rubber grip so you won’t drop it when the shower is running at full blast.
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 a AA battery which isn’t rechargeable. It should last at least a month before starting to lose juice, but you’ll definitely find yourself in need of stocking up on the 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 a price of less than $25. There’s not much to argue about there.
Specs for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler 3-in-1 Body Groomer:
5. Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver
We’re cheating a bit here, because the Mangroomer isn’t really intended to be a full body groomer. But since so many men have a hard time finding a tool which can truly take care of stubborn back hair, we include this unit which is by far the best to take care of that hair your significant other really wishes you’d get rid of.
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.
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:
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 the body and face. Thankfully, we have modern technology to help men get things done easily and comfortably. The team and Groom+Style hopes 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” 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.
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 knifes and simply say that it’s possible, but again not the best idea. Most heads are relatively smooth without the contours found on most parts of the body, so the type of maneuverability found on the best body groomers isn’t designed 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.