Best Ear and Best Nose Hair Trimmer Reviews for Dec. 2018 – With Buying Guide
For many men, finding the first visible hair in the ear or nose is a sign of their youth gone by.
After all, these pesky hairs don’t start showing up until later in life, and most men, both young and middle-aged, will remember their grandfather’s having nose and ear hair. They might notice that their father has it now. While it isn’t the most flattering thing in the world, and, for millions of men, signals that the years are quickly passing them by, it is a problem that can simply and easily be eradicated.
Please find our detailed analysis, buying guide and test results of all the best nose hair trimmer models after the summary table.
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Taming Those Pesky Ear and Nose Hairs
Everyone has hair in their noses and ears, of course; the hairs basically act as “dirt filters” protecting very sensitive areas from dust, pollutants and other junk you’d rather not have inside. As we age, though, these internal hairs have a tendency to poke out from their hiding spots to see what’s going on in the real world – leaving their owners embarrassed.
If you’re lucky, you won’t have a nose or ear hair “problem” until you’re in your 50s or 60s, and most women are fortunate enough not to have to worry even then. Sooner or later, though, most guys (and some females) will have to figure out how to trim those annoying and unsightly hairs.
All one needs to do to ensure nose hair and ear hairs are not visible to the outside world is to trim them. While that may seem like a simple task, some specialized tools will be necessary to get the job done quickly, efficiently, and most importantly painlessly.
It only takes a couple of forays with scissors, nail clippers or tweezers to decide that there has to be a better way to keep nose and ear hairs where they belong and out of sight.
Thankfully there is…continue reading to find the top 5 best nose and ear trimmers you can buy.
Picking the Best Ear and Best Nose Hair Trimmer – Buying Guide
In searching for the right trimmer for your needs, you’ll need to balance your personal preferences with what is available on the market.
Battery Power or Manual Operation
You may be looking through the Groom+Style rankings for a big selection of nose trimmers that aren’t powered by disposable batteries. Sorry to break the news, but you’ll only find one rechargeable ear and nose hair trimmer on our list (and no plug-ins) – even though we searched high and low for more quality options.
We’re not quite sure why they’re so hard to find, but we suspect that most manufacturers don’t believe it’s worth the cost or effort to make these units rechargeable. After all, ear and nose hair trimmers are very inexpensive products. The other solid choices we found are included in larger, more-expensive beard trimming kits and not available separately.
Note – If you want to avoid electrically powered ear and nose hair trimmers altogether then check out the Groom Mate Platinum (and KEDSUM Professional Portable) at #3 and #3a on the list – these are manually operated trimmers.
If you decide to buy a battery-powered model, then it’s a good idea to look for a trimmer that doesn’t run through batteries quickly. Picking up some rechargeable alkaline batteries and a charger will at least save you from having to buy 24- or 48-packs of batteries at Costco.
Ear and Nose Hair Trimming Motor
You’ll also want to find the trimming motor that best fits your needs. Some come equipped with a rotary blade system, which will work fine for fine hairs, and mild trimming.
However, if you have thick hair or a large amount of hair you’d like to trim, it would be best to look for a trimmer that comes with a standard, beard trimming motor. This type of motor is best for regular use, while the rotary system is good for occasional trimming.
A Mobile Device Anyone?
Whether or not you are a regular traveler should also play into your decision making. If you travel for business regularly, you might want to bring your ear and nose trimmer with you, so seek out a product that comes with a case. The case should have room for additional components of the trimmer, such as additional batteries. Not all ear and nose hair trimmers will come equipped with a case, so it may be an important feature to think about.
Price of Your Perfect Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer
Finally, you’ll want to take a look at the price. While quality often begets higher prices, you’ll likely want to stay in the “middle-of-the-road” when it comes to ear and nose hair trimmers. While high-end models are nice, they are likely to have few additional benefits. A cheap trimmer is not your best bet, either, though.
You’ll want to look for a trimmer in the medium price range, as they often have additional (useful) features, and will get the job done without breaking the bank. Spending over $100 on an ear and nose hair trimmer simply isn’t necessary.
You can save the extra money for a high-end electric shaver, where higher-end offerings do make a notable difference.
Best Nose Trimmer and Ear Trimmer for Dec. 2018
Now that you know what you are looking for in an ear and nose hair trimmer, the team at Groom+Style have collected a few that truly stand above the rest. Groom+Style have collected the best options from several categories, to ensure you find a trimmer that fits your unique needs.
Let’s follow our noses to find the top best five ear and nose hair trimmers on the market for Dec. 2018.
1. Philips NT5175/49 Norelco Nose trimmer 5100 (replaces model NT9130/40)
Once you’ve accepted the fact that you’ve reached the point in your life that you need a trimmer for your nose or ear hairs, you might as well get the one that can handle as many different annoyances as possible.
That’s what the Phillips Norelco 5100 does; it provides a comfortable and effective trim for both the ears and the nose, but it can also take care of unruly eyebrows and trim sideburns, neck hairs and stray beard hairs as well. Its real strength, though, is cleaning up the nose and ears.
You use the Nose Trimmer 5100 the same way you use most of these devices – with a “whisking” motion to remove unwanted hair. You insert the head of the unit into the orifice to be trimmed, make a couple of circles around the area, and – if the trimmer is a good one like the Norelco – you’re done.
The blade is made from sharp chromium steel and surrounded by a skin guard, to ensure that the hair is cut but your skin is not. One thing the review team particularly like about this unit is that it has a single blade powered by the motor, instead of rotary blades which don’t get as close to the skin.
The device runs on a single, lithium AA size battery (which is included!), and users can expect roughly 100 minutes of use out of the battery before it needs to be changed. The battery life is above average for such trimmers.
Groom+Style mentioned eyebrows and sideburns earlier, and special tools for them are included with the Norelco Nose Trimmer. There are two different eyebrow combs (one is 3mm for short eyebrows and the other is 5mm for longer eyebrows) which will let you get them nice and tidy. For the sideburns, neck and other areas which need a slight cleanup, there’s also a flat precision trimming head and detailing comb perfect for doing touchups.
The engineers at Norelco also spared no expense when it came to design. This a handsome little nose trimmer. The rubberized grip looks great, and will also prevent the device from slipping from your hand, and the removable heads set it apart from other trimmers on the market.
This unit is attractive, easy to maneuver with a non-slip rubber grip, waterproof (heads are washable), and comes with a case to hold all of the accessories. More importantly, it’s one of the most comfortable (or as some would say, least scary) trimmers you can put into your ears and nose. Overall this trimmer is a great buy.
Specifications of the Philips Norelco NT5175/49 Nose Trimmer 5100:
2. Panasonic ER430K Ear & Nose Trimmer with Vacuum Cleaning System
Every one of us has had at least a few of those revelations that can best be described as a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment.
The review team would guess that other grooming product manufacturers had that reaction when they saw this Panasonic model, which was the first nose and ear hair trimmer that vacuums up the clippings and collects it in a chamber as it works. After all, who wants to clean bits of hair out of their ears or nose after they’re done trimming?
The hypoallergenic, curved stainless steel blades (don’t worry, they’re protected by a safety cone so you won’t nick yourself) on the ER430K are shaped nicely to remove most of the hair from inside the nose and ears, but are carefully designed to leave a little hair behind so it can do the job its grown for: filtering out dirt.
In other words, the insides won’t be completely smooth, but they’re not supposed to be. The point of a trimmer is to make sure no hairs stick out where others can see them, and the Panasonic Trimmer does it perfectly.
You may find that you need to make several passes with the Panasonic to catch all of your problem hairs; that’s because this unit uses rotary blades instead of the single blade used on the competing Norelco. We didn’t find that to be a major drawback since it only takes a few extra seconds.
And the vacuum system which pulls the trimmed hairs into a collection chamber (instead of leaving them in your nose or ears) is a convenience which far outweighs the slight amount of extra trimming time.
The ER430K is compact and fully immersible, so you can use it in the shower and simply clean it under a faucet. It’s not specifically designed to be used on sideburns or neck hair, but it works just fine there as well.
2a. Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer
If you like the look of the Pansonic nose and ear hair trimmer, but want to save a few dollars, then you can get the model without the vacuum option.
It is another high-quality product, with an easy to use ergonomic design, long battery life (AA Battery which is not included), and is waterproof so it can be used in the shower and easily cleaned under the tap.
Groom+Style ranked this unit second on our list of the top 5 best nose & ear trimmers because it isn’t as versatile as the Norelco, but there’s little to distinguish the two in terms of quality. The Groom+Style review team could easily have put this one at the top.
Looking at the numbers for the Panasonic ER430K Ear & Nose Trimmer with Vacuum Cleaning System:
3. Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
Groom+Style weren’t quite sure what to think when we first saw that the Groom Mate didn’t have a battery – you have to power it yourself. On one hand, the thought of not having sharp, electric-powered blades spinning inside of our ears and nose was sort of comforting. On the other, we weren’t sure we wanted the responsibility of spinning those sharp blades by hand.
It turns out that there was nothing to worry about. All you have to do is insert the business end of the trimmer into your nose or ear, and softly twist the bottom of the unit back and forth.
The rotary blades will gently and painlessly trim the hairs they come in contact with, without nicking or scratching your skin. You end up feeling in total control of your trim, able to move as deeply into the nose or ear cavity as you wish while knowing the blades will ease to a halt as soon as you stop twisting.
The Platinum XL doesn’t have a vacuum system like the Panasonic, of course, but it does use gravity to pull the clippings into the trimmer’s barrel. You can either brush them out after that or run the unit under water to clean it out completely; this model is made completely from stainless steel so it won’t rust, even if you use it in the shower.
It’s also exceptionally small, so you can just slip it into a pocket and carry it wherever you’re headed. The blades are guaranteed to never dull, and the entire trimmer is backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty.
As it does not use any batteries it will never run out of juice, and you’ll never get yourself caught without being able to trim your nose or ears. It is an efficient and easy to carry the device, which should be enough for most users.
The Groom Mate’s all-steel look may not make it the most beautiful trimmer Groom+Style have reviewed, and it’s not really meant to be put anywhere except your nose or ears – but it may be the most convenient and functional of all that made our rankings.
3a. KEDSUM Professional Portable Manual Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
When you like the idea of a mechanically operated nose and ear hair trimmer but want some alternatives, then you can also consider the KEDSUM trimmer. It is made from stainless steel so it will last a long time and can be easily cleaned under the tap.
The KEDSUM works slightly differently to the Groom Mate – it has handles that you squeeze which in turn to rotate the sharp interior blades. It is sold in a nice metal box and comes complete with a brush and a fingernail clipper.
While this device won’t perform additional tasks, like trimming eyebrows or sideburns, it does the job it is billed for exceptionally well, and its small profile and battery-free operation makes it among one of the best trimmers on the market.
Checking the specs of the Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer:
4. ToiletTree Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer With LED Light
Here’s another entry from the “Why didn’t we think of that?” category. The ToiletTree is a quality nose trimmer with a built-in, bright LED light that lets you see exactly what and where you’re cutting.
It’s sturdy, with a strong steel housing as well as stainless steel rotary blades, and it’s water-resistant so you can use it to do touchups in the shower and then run it under a faucet for easy cleaning.
The Groom+Style team liked the fact that the ToiletTree model worked quickly and painlessly, as well as the fact that it’s quite reasonably priced. This is not the most powerful trimmer we’ve found, probably because (like many others) it runs on a single, standard AA battery. However, it fits nicely in the hand, it can also be used to trim beards, eyebrows and ear hair, and it comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
The ToiletTree nose trimmer should give you a nice trim for a long time, and if it doesn’t last for some reason, the company will replace it. That’s a winning combination.
More info on the ToiletTree Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer With LED Light:
For those who hate swapping out batteries or those who travel a lot, this Sportsman nose trimmer is a find. It operates on a built-in 350 mAh lithium-ion battery that can be recharged via the USB port on your laptop or any other device. A charge will last for 30 days with daily use, and recharging takes eight hours or less.
As for the trimmer itself, it performs well. The curved stainless steel blades cut nicely without pulling hairs, and they move faster than most other nose hair trimmers you’ll find. You can also use the Sportsman to trim your beard, sideburns, ear, and eyebrows, and there are separate attachments for most of those functions.
Why is it ranked down here at #5? It’s a few bucks more expensive than most of its competitors yet not quite as sturdy, and even though it’s billed as “waterproof” only the blades are actually waterproof, not the body.
USB charging and changeable heads make the Sportsman nose trimmer worth considering, although it’s tougher to clean and can’t be safely used in the shower.
More info on the Sportsman USB Nose Hair Trimmer:
That is it for our updated list of the top 5 ear and nose hair trimmers for Dec. 2018 – if you are curious about our choices from previous years then continue reading.
Andis Fast Trim Personal Trimmer for Nose, Ears, and Eyebrows (13430)
When you picture a nose and ear hair trimmer, you’re probably visualizing the Andis Fast Trim: a thin, round silver tool with a small rotary implement at one end. That means this trimmer doesn’t do anything except trim ears and noses – but it does that just fine, for only eight bucks.
The manufacturer also labels this trimmer as an eyebrow shaper, but the review team find the handheld rotary blades too difficult to control to do fine work on the eyebrows; to our mind, it’s more of an invitation to accidentally cut out a chunk of eyebrow hair than anything else.
The Fast Trim runs on a single AA battery which powers the rotary cutting blades. They’re recessed inside the end of the trimmer so they don’t actually come in contact with the inside of your ears or nose.
They simply trim the excess hair quickly and efficiently. The cutting blades are made from rustproof, surgical stainless steel so they can be rinsed off under the faucet, although the unit itself is not considered waterproof by Andis.
It’s easy to judge the relative merits of products based on their price, and the review team fully expected that, for the price, this trimmer would be just a throwaway novelty not worth taking the time to review.
We were wrong. The Andis Personal Trimmer does as good – or better – on nose and ear hair than the higher-priced units in our rankings. It just doesn’t do anything else besides trim the pesky hairs in those two sensitive areas.
Facts and figures for the Andis Fast Trim Personal Trimmer for Nose, Ears, and Eyebrows:
Remington MPT-3600 Dual Blade Pen Trimmer
None of the multi-function trimmers on this list are expensive. But if you don’t want to lay out that much cash for a model which will take care of your nose and ears as well as other areas, here’s an option for half the price.
The Remington MPT-3600 was primarily created to do quick touch-up work on eyebrows, neck hair, and sideburns, but also comes with a fine detail trimmer head which is designed for the removal of ear and nose hair.
There are two titanium-coated, hypoallergenic blades on the Remington Pen Trimmer, and rather than rotate around the inside of your nose or ear, these blades simply clip the hairs. That means you have to be a bit more careful when doing your work, but you won’t have to worry about the rotary blades spinning around and cutting off the hair that should be left inside to filter out dirt.
The Remington also functions as a trimmer for sideburns, mustaches and other facial hair, of course, since that’s what it was created to do. The two-position head on the unit comes in handy for those cleanup chores, and there are two combs supplied as attachments which ensure that the hair is trimmed to a specific length.
Groom+Style wouldn’t suggest the MPT-3600 as a “first option” for nose and ear hair trimming, but if you’re going to be buying a tool to keep your eyebrows or sideburns neat, this is an inexpensive way to take care of multiple problems including the hair protruding from your ears and nose.
In-depth on the Remington MPT-3600 Dual Blade Pen Trimmer:
The team at Groom+Style hope you found this review helpful – have a brilliant day!