So you're ready to tame your wild body hair, but you need a body groomer. Whatever you do don't use the hair clippers to manage your body hair -- we know you probably already tried. Either way, we'll guide you to the best body groomer for men in way that you'll enjoy the ride.
What to look for in a Men's Groomer
You might think any old' body groomer will do the trick, right? Well to an extent you're not wrong. They'll all cut your body hair, but some will definitely do a better job of it than others.
There're a couple things to consider before buying your body groomer and I want to make sure you make the best choice for you. Everyone's body hair isn't the same. You might have excessive back hair or a different issue that would make one groomer best for you vs another.
Another thing to keep in mind is your overall goal with body hair. Are you looking to achieve total hair removal or just looking for something to keep everything tidy or perhaps you just need something for below the belt?
Here are a few things to consider about yourself before making a choice:
- What areas of your body are your "trouble spots"?
- Is your hair very thick, curly, or straight?
- Do you want trimmed body hair or are you looking to shave it off?
Once you've assessed your body hair and trouble spots the second thing you'll want to look at are the types of body groomers there are. There are two main types of trimmers. One being the foil and guarded style and the other is a razor style groomer.
The foil and guarded style groomers are great for removing the bulk of your body hair. If the trimmer is also equipped with a guarded end then you can shave quite close to the skin as well. These are great for keep body hair short and tidy but won't shave the hair completely off.
The razor style groomers use cartridge style razor heads like a normal razor but offer some features similar to an electric shaver. They offer the vibrating motion that helps raise hairs and give you a closer smoother shave.
Choosing Between Foil & Razor Options
Choosing between a foil head with guarded trimmer and a razor blade groomer boils down to what you're trying to achieve. If you want to keep some body hair but have a tidy and trim look then you want to go with the foil and guarded trimmer.
The foil head trimmers will cut your hair low but leave some behind. With an adjustable guard you can choose how long you want your body hair to be. I recommend experimenting with different lengths to see what looks best on you.
Always begin with the longest setting and move it down as you shave to test different lengths. Since there's going to be many different factors at play like the color of your skin, being muscular or lean, and the darkness of your body hair there's no one perfect setting that works for everyone.
If you want total hair removal you should go for a razor blade trimmer. If you're wondering why you shouldn't just use a normal razor it's because they're not designed to tackle this much hair at one time and not this specific type of hair.
The razor blade options on our list include electric trimmer functions. The vibrations help cut through body hair and since there's a lot more body hair overall this vibration not only assists the cut but also helps your razor blades to last longer.
The one down side to removing all your body hair is it's a lot of work. Additionally, if you're going to be letting your body hair grow out and shave bare time to time then you're going to want body types of shavers.
This way you can use the foil and guarded shavers to cut down on the bulk of your body hair and then finish it off with your razor groomer. This will help your razor blades last longer as well but you'll still need to buy new cartridge razor blades time to time.
Body Grooming 101
When you first begin body grooming it can seem like a daunting experience. The first time you do it everything is going to feel different. Your skin will feel different, you'll notice a breeze you never have before, and your shirts will feel like they're not yours.
The sensation is best described by most men as a freeing feeling. To help you along your journey into removing your body hair we've put together a few minature guides for the different areas of your body.
Shaving Your Chest
The chest is the most popular upper body part to shave. If you're going for the trimmed look you typically want to leave the chest hairs a little longer. If you're trimming your stomach at half guard length then go 2 notches larger for your chest hair.
This gives you a top to bottom look that is pleasing to the eye. It gives a darker to slightly lighter shade to your skin when going that route.
If you're shaving it off you want to pay attention to the direction of your hair growth. Shave with the grain to remove the hairs. When you reach the center of your chest where it divots inward use your hand to flatten the area to be shaved.
Most importantly be careful around your nipples. Some men will leave a little hair around the nipples but this isn't necessary and looks odd. Simply take your time and gently remove the hairs with your razor.
The chest can be a sensitive area to shave so make sure to apply an aloe vera moisturizer after shaving. You can use any type of lotion but try to go with a fragrance free option to avoid irritation the skin.
Shaving Your Underarms
Underarm hair grows in every different direction. So you can't shave with the grain to reduce your odds of shaving related issues. If you have long underarm hair that pokes out even with your arms down you'll want to remove the bulk with a guarded shaver.
If you want to remove all your underarm hair then use plenty of shave gel and take your time with the razor. Because of the hair growing in different directions you're more prone to ingrown hairs and skin irritation. It helps to shave your armpits in the shower so you can rinse frequently and reapply shave gel as needed.
Shaving Your Arms
If you're going the bare route and have darker body hair you'll likely want to shave your arm hair as well. Darker body hair will make a shaved chest and hairy arms stand out. In order to have a matching appearance shave your arms as well.
Arm hair really comes down to how your skin and body hair shades come together. Some men have very light colored arm hair and keeping it won't be a problem since it isn't as visible and it'll look fine with a bare or trimmed body.
Shaving Your Stomach
Your stomach is an easy one to decide to shave. Basically if you shave your chest you want to shave your stomach. Follow the grain while shaving and you'll avoid most skin irritation. The skin on your stomach and most your body tends to be less prone to skin irritation.
If you want to leave behind a happy trail under your belly button that's fine. However, everywhere else should be shaved. It's also safe to go with a trimmed chest and no stomach hair.
Shaving Below The Belt
Shaving your pubic region, shaft, and testicles does take some careful work. These areas are prone to getting ingrown hairs, small cuts, razor burn, and other shaving related issues. It's mostly the pubic region that is vulnerable to the majority of these issues because of its sensitivity.
Your scrotum is actually tougher than you may think and doesn't usually get ingrown hairs but is more likely to get a small cut because of the wrinkles and folds.
Use a guarded trimmer to cut down the bulk of your pubic hair. Follow up with a razor to remove the rest. It can be a bit of a dance to get completely shaved but it gets easier the more you do it. We've written a complete guide on this topic if you're interested in learning more.
Shaving Your Thighs and Legs
Shaving your thighs can be as difficult as shaving your back for some men. It can be a huge help to use a body groomer with an extendable handle when shaving these areas. The Philips 3100 series on our list makes a great option if you find your thighs and back to be one of your trouble spots.
When it comes to your legs it's as simple as shaving your arms but just on a larger area. Use the same process to cut down on the bulk of the hair and then following up with a razor blade. It's difficult to get a smooth shave on the legs without going against the grain.
Shaving Your Back
The back is the last area to cover for your complete body grooming. It's also the most difficult part of the body to shave. The easiest way to do it is asking someone else to shave it for you. That's not going to be an option for most of us because it's just too difficult to find someone to shave our backs.
If you're going at it alone I've written a better guide to shaving your back. It's a process that works best with a long handle shaver. The Philips 3100 on this list is a decent option but there's a better one on our dedicated guide.
No matter what areas of your body you shave you can almost always shave your back. This is the biggest trouble spot for a lot of men so don't feel bad if it's one for you.
Tips for Body Grooming Beginners
Now that you're prepared to begin body grooming and are just waiting for your electric body groomer to arrive in the mail, we can cover some tips to help you out. Shaving your body is different than shaving your face. So lets dive right in.
Tip 1) Shaving in the Shower
Shaving in the shower can be a huge help. It's easier to rinse your razor between passes and wash away excess small hairs. It provides a constant level of lubrication and warm water keeps your hair follicles soft and sets the perfect shaving environment.
Before shaving in the shower however you should always remove the bulk of your body hair using a foil or guarded shaver. Even if the electric shaver is waterproof it's still better to remove the bulk while dry shaving.
The razor blade shavers on this list are all waterproof options you can take into the shower with you. Shaving bare is a bit more expensive since it's ideal to own both types of shavers but it's 100% worth it.
Tip 2) Shaving Below the Belt
Shaving below the belt comes down to your personal preference or most likely your partners pubic hair preferences. Body groomers are excellent for trimming pubes and giving you a nice and tidy appearance. If you want to avoid ingrown hairs etc... we recommend only trimming the bulk down and keeping it nice and tight.
Because let's be honest... no one likes hairs in their teeth.
Don't try using a body groomer below the pubic region. Attempting to use it on your testicles is a no go. It's difficult to maneuver around your scrotum and it just isn't designed to shave this area.
Leave your scrotum up to an actual razor blade instead. It'll do a better job and there usually isn't enough hair on the actual scrotum to require removing bulk before hand anyhow.
Tip 3) Getting the Closest Shave Possible
If you're shaving your body hair you probably don't want to leave the small prickly hair behind. If you can live with these small hairs you'll avoid getting any ingrown hairs but it's up to you to determine if your skin is too sensitive to shave further down.
If you believe it won't be an issue or don't mind the minor inconvenience of an ingrown hair time to time then you can shave these small hairs. In order to achieve this you'll need to shave against the grain. Going against the grain raises these small hairs and cuts extremely close to the skin.
You can do this all over your body but we recommend experimenting by doing it in sections. This will let you see how each section of your body reacts to being shaved against the grain. If it comes out alright with little irritation then feel free to do it every time you shave.
We wouldn't recommend going against the grain below the belt. A simple with the grain razor shave will be enough if you choose to do so. If that's to much go back to only using a body groomer to remove the bulk and keep a nice and tidy lower appearance.
Tip 4) Relieving Itchy Skin
When you're new to body grooming your skin's going to be itchy in the beginning. It's going to be extremely itchy as the hairs begin to grow back. Don't let this stop you from shaving body hair in the future because it actually gets better over time.
In the beginning you'll want to keep some product around to relieve the itch. There's different products out there but often a simple lotion with aloe vera works wonders. We suggest avoiding lotions with fragrances since these can add to skin irritation.
Try to avoid scratching your itch. I know it's going to be difficult to not itch your skin but try not to itch with your fingers. When the hairs begin to grow back and the itch is coming in you can begin exfoliating.
Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and expose the tiny hairs beginning to poke through the skin. This will also help get rid of some of the itch. Use a soft bristle brush before and after taking a shower and you'll feel much better.
Tip 5) Shave Early
Shave early or shave often because when you shave right as the body hair grows back where it's noticeable again it becomes easier to manage. By doing this you won't have to remove the bulk first each and every time you want to shave.
It also trains your skin to become use to frequent shaves and the feeling of a razor. Overall this means fewer shaving related issues and less skin irritation.
The downside of course is having to shave more often. So it really comes down to your personal life and what you can handle. It's difficult to shave every other day or so. You might be better suited with letting your hair grow out and shaving bare once a week.
5 Reasons to Shave Your Body Hair
Out of all the reasons to shave your body hair and use a body groomer we thought we would talk about a few. If you're on the edge about shaving body hair maybe one of these will give you the nudge you need to make a decision. If anything goes wrong you can always just let it grow back out.
Women Love It
One of the best reasons is women are growing more and more fond of body groomed men. It's more than a small trend now and has become the preferred option for women. Just think about it... no one enjoys hair in their teeth.
As for the rest of your body some women like a little hair and some don't. Either way most women prefer a tidy trim over wild growth. If you're with someone and you're worried about what they may think I suggest just surprising them.
If they don't like the bare or trim look you can just grow it back out.
You're Going to Smell Better
When you have less body hair your body traps less sweat, dirt, and oils. So when you've had a long day and come home and take your clothes off you're not going to have a strong negative odor.
In turn however, this means most of your sweat will be trapped in your clothing and absorbed by your clothing instead of getting stuck in your chest hair. It's more of a trade off but your natural body odor will be more pleasant.
Clothes Feel Different
Your body is going to feel different both in and without clothing. When you've body hair and suddenly your bare skin is touching the shirt or shorts etc.. it's a very different feeling. Most men describe the sensation as a freeing feeling.
It's more airy and free flowing. I realize this sounds like an exaggeration and it may be slightly but you''ll experience it differently and it definitely is a unique experience. It's one of the reasons a lot of men choose to continue shaving their body hair because they like the way they feel in clothing and naked more so than with body hair.
It's Good for Your Skin
Shaving with a razor is actually great for your skin. It removes a level of dead skin cells that just showering doesn't remove. This allows your skin to breath easy, it opens your pores, and remove excess dirt and oils.
It's similar to dermaplaning where they use razor blades to remove the top layer of skin and all the small hairs. It's the same concept and it's terrific for your skin. It gives you a beautiful natural glow because your skin is fresh and clean.
If you're going the trimmed route and keeping some of your body hair you can achieve a similar effect by exfoliating daily. Every time you take a shower exfoliate with a soft bristle brush and scrub your skin down good. You'll feel the skin cells coming off. Exfoliating isn't only for your upper body either... don't forget to treat your feet!
Appear Bigger Below the Belt
Keeping your pubic hair trimmed low or removing the hair all together will make your manhood appear larger than it really is. You'll gain an additional inch or two through the illusion of the eye.
When you remove the bush surrounding the tree the tree appears larger. It's a simple way to feel better about how you or someone else see's you in the nude. Who wouldn't want to appear bigger, right?
Another thing this helps out with is self-confidence. This is the best side-effect to this side of body grooming. Having increased self-confidence is the ultimate way to positively effect all other areas of your life.
Body Groomer Vs Normal Electric Shaver
If you're one of those that use your facial hair electric shaver on your body then I want to urge you to change. Depending on the shaver you're using for your face it's likely not designed for cutting body hair. It won't have adjustable guards or the right designed head to get into the dips of your body. It's also more hygienic to use a different shave for your face and body.
The Philips body groomers on our list have specially designed heads that make them superior for body shaving. They're definitely some of the best body groomers on the market. The heads are smaller and pivot differently to follow the flow of your body. Plus you have the option to get an extended handle in the 3100 series or an adjustable guard in the 7100 series.
If you've been using hair clippers to shave your facial hair you need to make two upgrades. I've been guilty of using hair clippers like this in the past but changing over to a real electric shaver for facial hair and a second one for body grooming made a huge difference.
It will save you time and its more efficient.
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Top 5 Best Body Groomers for Men
Below you'll find our more detailed review of each of the 5 body groomers on our list. Each and every groomer are good options but you may find one more suitable than another. This will mostly depend on your personal needs like having an extended handle to reach back hair.
Remember that if you only want a trimmed look with some body hair you'll be alright with a foil based shaver or guarded shaver. If you want complete hair removal you'll want the foil shaver and you'll want to pick up a razor blade shaver.
Philips Norelco 7100 Series Bodygroomer
Our #1 pick for best body groomer for men is the Philips Norelco Bodygroom. This great body groomer comes first on our list because it's the best all purpose shaver for body hair. Philips designed this shaver for body hair alone and it definitely excels in this department.
The top foil head is a 3-D pivoting head that gives you a closer shave with less skin irritation. This means the head moves in all direction allowing it to stay on the surface of your body without an issue.
It's a dual ended shaver with the second bottom end being an adjustable guard. This is great for getting different lengths of body hair and for someone not wanting complete hair removal. The guard is great for maintaining body hair and keeping it tidy.
If your skin is sensitive the shaver is made out of hypo-allergenic materials.
The blades and combs of the trimmer are rounded to prevent scratching and to reduce the odds of getting a cut. This is extremely helpful when you're cutting down on bulk hairs below the belt.
It's safe to use wet or dry and is completely cordless so it's easy to move around with. If you do for any reason end up not liking the shaver Philips offers a 45 day money back guarantee on top of a full 2 year warranty included with purchase.
The negative things we came across included the shaving head being difficult to remove. When you eventually need to replace the shave head customers had a difficult time doing this. The second thing we found were some complaints about the charging stand. Some people found the charging stand a little awkward and somewhat of a balancing act to sit the shaver on to recharge.
We've written a complete and detailed guide for this particular body groomer if you want to read about it in greater detail.
Quick recap of the pro's and cons:
4 Best Electric Body Shaver Runner Ups
Here are 4 great runner up body groomers. Each of these shavers are really great, but just didn't quite make it as #1. That being said one of these could possibly be better for you than our number one pick. Why's that?
Depending on someone's needs they may require a slightly different body groomer. Are you someone who travels more often and requires something more compact? Maybe you really like the shave of a razor and are looking for a great mixture.
Either way our 4 runner up electric body groomers are going to give you those options. Read more about them below to see if one might be slightly better for you than our #1 pick.
Gillette 3 in 1 Bodygroomer
The Fusion Proglide Men's Body Groomer by Gillette is a more compact design. One of its better selling points if you travel a lot, have thinner body hair, or looking for something multipurpose this can fit the bill.
Don't let the size of this body groomer fool you. It may be compact but, it does pack a punch. It's thinner blades also make it great for sensitive skin. No pulling hairs and gives you a really great shave.
The one downside is that the width of the blade is smaller. So it'll take a little more time to manscape. That's why we recommended this shaver for those with not as much body hair.
The small design of this trimmer is great for shaving around the nipples and underarm hair. The ideal customer for this product is someone who doesn't grow much body hair but wants to remove what does grow.
It comes with 4 different guards for different hair lengths. If you purchased two of these the second would be great for shaping facial hair.
This item is also 100% waterproof so you get the added benefit of shaving in the shower.
On the downside of the product... it does require razor blades so eventually you'll need to buy replacements. The replacement blades from Gillette can be quite expensive. Another thing is you're not going to be able to trim down bulky body hair so it can only be used after for going bare but if you keep your body hair cut then you'll mostly use the single trimmer.
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Philips Norelco 3100 Series
The Philips Norelco 3100 Bodygroomer is a great foil groomer but, does lack with its guarded shave. We recommend this shave if you have hair in hard to reach places. If you're someone with a hairy back, hairy butt, or similar hairy and hard to reach place.
This shaver is technically designed for those with back hair problems. That's exactly what we recommend this for. The handle extension just makes it such an easy process and you won't have to ask your girlfriend to do it next time!
If back hair isn't an issue for you then there's better alternatives, such as our #1 pick.
The shaver itself is completely waterproof so you can take it in the shower. The handle also folds in and out for use on normal areas as well as those harder to reach.
The head of this shaver is similar to the 7100 model. It's pivots in any direction to stick to your body curves and give you a closer shave. The blades and combs are rounded to prevent cuts and it's designed to not cause skin irritation.
On the downside for this shaver is what makes it unique is also what causes its problems. The extendable handle can make it bulky and awkward to hold when folded in.
Since it doesn't have an adjustable guarded end it's also less effective on curly hair. This leans the product more towards a specialty shaver but it's still quite popular and very effective.
Quick recap of the pro's and cons:
Mangroomer Ultimate Pro
The mangroomer is similar to our #1 pick for men's body groomer. It comes with a pivoting foil shaver head and adjustable guarded shaver bottom. It's even designed in a similar shape and style.
What makes it different from our #1 choice is quality. The mangroomer just isn't as top notch quality as our main pick. That being said it's also cheaper and a true notion to "you get what you pay for".
If you're looking to save a couple dollars or maybe you're very new to manscaping or body grooming this might be your go to shaver. It does have some additional features also such as the "ultimate pro boost" that is suppose to give you a better shave. There's mixed reviews as to if it actually works.
The ideal customer for the mangroomer is someone on a budget that needs a balance of quality and affordability. It also comes with 7 length settings which is great for keeping body hair nice and tidy.
There were some downsides to the product we came across. Customers felt that the battery became weak after a year of use. Which at this price point a year of use is pretty good. Another problem is just how it feels in your hands. It feels cheap when held.
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Braun Cruzer 5
The Braun Cruzer 5 is a unique trimmer that we found very intriguing. After our research we were overall impressed and found it refreshing. It's a unique combination of Gillette fusion wet shave with a powered body trimmer.
Sounds odd I know but, it gives a very nice shave and I think you'll really enjoy it. It's designed for wet shaving and bare skin. You'll still need another trimmer to cut down on the bulk of your body hair.
It does come with a couple attachments to vary hair lengths. The design of the cruzer uses an electric shave head with a razor blade attached above it. Your strokes use the electric shaver to cut the hairs low as the razor follows up directly behind it.
It's quite a unique set up and gives you great body shave. It's waterproof so use it in the shower. It's cordless and provides 50 minutes of use when fully charged.
We usually don't recommend removing all your pubic hair but if you're going bare this shaver does a great job. You can then remove the razor blade to tackle the scrotum which makes it a great all in one below the belt shaver.
The downsides coming with this selection is it will require replacement eventually. Which means there's a small ongoing cost involved but there is with most shavers in one way or another. It's still best to use a different shaver to cut down bulky hair first.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Can body hair be removed permanently? - Your body hair will always grow back. Shaving and waxing won't remove your body hair forever. Waxing will last longer but your hair will begin growing back in 3-4 weeks. You can achieve permanent hair removal with laser hair removal but it can be very expensive and take several sessions.
Can body hair cause itching? - Yes, body hair can cause itching when it's starting to grow back. You can reduce the itching by exfoliating and using fragrance free lotions. Otherwise body hair doesn't cause itching.
Can body hair cause odor? - Body hair itself doesn't cause odor but sweat, dirt, and oils that get trapped in your body hair can. Shaving your body hair will reduce the amount of dirt, oils, etc.. are stuck to you so you'll naturally smell better.
Wrapping It Up
I hope you were able to learn a lot and find the best body groomer for men that matched your needs. Out of the 5 total options we covered I'm sure you'll find a perfect option for you. Don't forget the tips we covered to get the most use of your electric body groomer.
If you enjoyed the post make sure to let us know. Leave a comment below and if there's any body groomer you think we missed and should consider don't be afraid to send it this way. Thanks for reading!