Best hair trimmer for men: How to choose a decent hair trimmer for your nose, ears, balls and beyond

Get rid of uninvited strays, bushy nostrils or tidy up downstairs with our best hair trimmer for men guide


Most of us reach a certain stage of life when we start sprouting hair from unwelcomed places, and while buying the right equipment to tame the uninvited strays is not a very exciting personal care purchase, it’s important to make sure you get the right tool for the job.


The market is flooded with different models and all kinds of surprisingly innovative technology features can be found on these small appliances, so how do you choose the best hair trimmer? 


Things to look out for include charging time or battery life, as most of them are now cordless, as well as considering how easy they’ll be to maintain and clean. You’ll also find some come with different attachments or accessories, which will either add value or sit in a drawer unused.


We’ve taken the hassle out of your search by rounding up seven of the best hair trimmers for men, including our favourite Editor’s Pick, a Budget Buy and an indulgent Luxury Buy.


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Best Hair Trimmer for Men


1. Smity Nose Trimmer £11.99

2. Fitfort IPX 7 Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer £8.49

3. BALLS trimmer£55

4. Philips Norelco Hair Trimmer 5100£39.90

5. Groom Mate Platinum Xl Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer£16.95

6. Panasonic ER-430K Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer  – £29.90

7. BaBylissMEN 3 in 1 Personal Trimmer£7.99


1. Editor’s Pick: Smity Nose Trimmer

£11.99 | Buy now from Amazon

This little beauty has some of the best features of the other models and is wrapped up in the coolest design.


Its unique aqua colour and smooth design could easily be mistaken for a bottle of aftershave, so there’s no need to hide it away in embarrassment. 


The safety measures are all in place with a cone tip design, and the powerful motor and dual-edge blades means it doesn’t compromise on cutting precision either.


The casing is made from resin, which makes it more durable and comfortable to handle compared to other similar products, and it features a built-in LED light so you won’t miss any hairs! 


It’s got the looks and smarts, all for just £11.99, which is why the Smity is our Editor’s Pick for the best hair trimmer for men – and women.




2. Budget Buy: Fitfort IPX 7 Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer

£8.49 | Buy now from Amazon


Fitfort best cheap hair trimmer for menFitfort

For just £2 more than the BaByliss trimmer, this multi-functional hair tool from American manufacturer Fitfort delivers great value for money and is our first choice for a budget buy. 


They claim it’s their best water-resistant design and allows you to trim in the shower to avoid leaving any messy hair in the sink. It also has some of the cutting-edge technology that the more premium models boast, such as dual-edge spinning blades that use a 360 degree rotating system to quickly and precisely remove excess hair without painful pulling. 


The cherry on the top is that it’s whisper quiet, so you can discreetly tackle rogue hairs wherever you go, and it’s available in a choice of either black or white designs. We can see why it’s Amazon’s number one best-selling nose trimmer.




3. Luxury Buy: BALLS Trimmer 

From £45 | Buy now from BALLS

Best hair trimmer for ballsBALLS

While it’s true you can use regular hair trimmers on your intimate areas, most are not designed specifically with the skin, contours, and shape of your groin area in mind. If you’re looking to jump on the manscaping bandwagon, certainly if you’re planning to do it regularly, you need to invest in a hair trimmer and brand that gets it. This is where BALLS comes in.


Set up by Tyler Ball and Matt Edge in 2019, the BALLS brand was founded specifically to develop ways to carry out male hair removal in intricate areas while opening up the conversation and breaking taboos on male grooming.


The firm’s patented electric trimming device uses its so-called SackSafe technology to ensure “gentle, safe and trusted shaving.” This technology has been proven to cut through even thick hair without any pulling, nicks, or cuts thanks to the use of extra-fine trimmers. So confident is the brand in this technology that if you manage to nick your balls while using the BALLS trimmer, it will send another one free of charge.


It’s a pricey piece of kit, in comparison to regular models listed elsewhere in this best hair trimmer for men list, but not only can the BALLS trimmer be used for any hair on your body, but it also comes with a SackSafe Blade, 3/4mm and 5/6mm Guards, a cleaning brush and a rechargeable battery compatible with any USB charging cable.


You can pay for the trimmer on its own, for £55, or you can save 18% when you sign up for a SackSafe blade subscription, which drops the price down to £45 and then £14 every three months for a replacement blade. If you were to buy the replacement blades without a subscription, you’d pay £19 each.


The brand also sells starter packs, lotions, body washes, and more, with prices for these gift sets starting at £29.


As the website explains:” “Nobody wants to be the owner of a pair of basic balls. You know the ones we’re on about: sad, scruffy and neglected…If you’re tired of nicking your sack, the BALLS trimmer is designed to glide over those bad boys using SackSafe technology. No snags, no cuts: just beautiful, shining balls. It’s the glo up of the century.”



4. Philips Norelco Hair Trimmer 5100

£39.90 | Buy now from Amazon


best Philips hair trimmer for men nose earPhilips


This Philips Norelco trimmer is a precision groomer for the nose, ears, eyebrows, neck and sideburns so, while it’s pricey at £39.90, it is multi-functional and comes with a variety of different attachments including two eyebrow trimming combs, a beard comb, cleaning brush and a storage pouch.  


It has some pretty impressive technology too, with a DualCut detail trimmer that uses two blades for perfect edging of facial hair and built-in ProtecTube technology that prevents skin irritation with its ultra-thin foil guard and rounded tips. 


A two-year warranty provides some peace of mind but, on the downside, it’s not fully waterproof and its ultra sharp cutting slots promise to ensure all hairs of the nose, ear or eyebrow are quickly cut – which sounds dangerously too effective to us!




5. Groom Mate Platinum Xl Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

£16.95 | Buy now from Amazon


Groom Mate Best Hair trimmer for menGroom Mate

We love this hair trimmer for men and women because, unlike the others, the Groom Mate is battery-free. Using a simple twist and turn technique you simply position the cutting head inside your nostril and twist the bottom of the trimmer to operate manually, putting you in control of how much hair is removed. 


The patented rotary cutting blades are very precise and only target the hairs rather than sensitive skin, offering gentle trimming without pulling. As it’s made from surgical grade stainless steel it’s premium quality too, backed up by the lifetime warranty.


Super small at only 6cm in length, it’s very discreet to carry with you. In fact, it doesn’t look like a hair trimmer at all – more like a dog whistle, which isn’t very stylish but it’s great for concealing.


The downside is that, while it’s super great for the environment to ditch the need for batteries, it requires both hands to operate (which may be a bit cumbersome) and at £16.95 that sounds like a lot of fiddling for something twice the cost of our electrical budget buy.




6. Panasonic ER-430K Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

£29.90 | Buy now from Amazon


Best Panasonic Nose Trimmer Ear hairPanasonic


Slightly less than the Philips model but still at the higher end of the budget is the Panasonic ER-430K wet and dry trimmer for nose and ears, priced at £29.90. This comes out top for the big spenders because it combines innovative technology with some really practical features. 


It has detailed trimming for eyebrows and beards as well as dual-edge blades on the sides and the top of the cutter, so it’s great at catching stray hairs, and the safety cone guides the hair onto the blades and protects the skin from direct contact with the rotary cutting system, which should prevent you from over-trimming or causing damage. 


It’s also completely waterproof so you can neaten up while you shower, but what we really love is the smart cleaning system that uses a micro vacuum to suck up the trimmed hair particles and deposit them into a chamber that you can simply empty when you’re finished. 




7. BaBylissMEN 3 in 1 Personal Trimmer

£7.99 | Buy now from Argos


Best Babyliss hair nasal ear trimmerArgos


At the opposite end of the price scale is the BaBylissMEN 3 in 1 trimmer. It will only set you back £7.99 and you get a lot of features for your money. 


It has three different heads for a variety of needs, including a precision trimmer for sideburns and necklines, a detail trimer for ear and nose hair and an eyebrow trimmer that has two different length settings. It also comes with a neat storage stand for those who like to keep everything in its place, but it looks a little cheap and clunky and it isn’t necessarily an item you’ll want to display by your bedside. 


It’s worth noting that it’s for dry use only, but it’s a good hair trimmer for men looking to spend less than a tenner, and it does come with a three- year manufacturer’s guarantee.





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  • Kirsty is an MBman contributor. She is known for creative expression through blogging, writing, singing, and baking. She specialises in lifestyle blogs, poems and is a published children's author. This has been alongside a 15-year career in marketing working for numerous clients in the interiors and property industries. She now owns her own marketing consultancy, Fondant Marketing

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