The 5 Best Body Groomers For Men In 2024

In this guide I’ll be sharing what I consider to be the best body hair trimmers you can buy in 2024.

This article will help you find a groomer that’s effective, reliable and suitable for your needs, from shaving the groin to trimming body hair.

Using a suitable tool is a key aspect that’s often overlooked in most of these roundups of the best groomers.

When it comes to body hair grooming and manscaping, our preferences and needs are different and a particular trimmer won’t be ideal for everyone.

Philips Bodygroomer (pull type) next to the Lawn Mower 4.0 (push type).
A Philips Bodygroom 7000 next to the Manscaped Lawn Mower, two vastly different body trimmers.

Apart from performance and effectiveness, there are other things to factor in as well, like the availability and price of replacement blades, durability and so on.

I’ve personally bought and tested all the recommended trimmers in this guide.

In fact, I’ve been using most of them for years.

I’ll be sharing all the important stuff from the perspective of someone who owns and uses these body groomers regularly, pros and cons included.

Lastly, I am not endorsed or sponsored by any of the brands I recommend — I’m just a regular user sharing his personal experience.

With that out of the way, let’s dive right in.

Different types of body groomers for different needs

Two different types of body groomers.

In your search for a suitable body trimmer, you’ve probably seen countless models, shapes and designs, all promising great things.

But if we look closely at the actual cutting system, we can narrow down the types of body hair groomers to only two.

It’s important to identify and understand them because the type will determine the groomer’s capabilities.

For example, the type of cutting system will make a certain trimmer more or less suitable for shaving the pubic area.

So let’s check out the two main types of body hair trimmers for men.

Side note: this isn’t an official classification, it’s just my personal take on grouping all the different body groomers into easy-to-grasp categories.

1. Body hair trimmers with standard shearing blades

Body trimmer with shearing blades.

This is the simplest type of body trimmer and one that you’re likely familiar with.

The cutting system consists of two overlapping blades: a static and a moving blade.

These blades shear against each other and cut the hairs captured by the teeth.

Trimmers with this cutting system are similar to hair clippers, but specifically designed for tackling body hair (which is different than the hair on our head).

This type of body groomer has several specific pros and cons.

They can easily deal with hair of any length, they don’t get clogged easily, the blades can last longer before needing to be replaced and are easy to clean.

The blades of a Braun Series 5 groomer.
The shearing blades of a Braun Series 5 groomer.

As for the cons, groomers with such blades can (and most will) nick the skin if you’re not very careful, especially when trimming more sensitive areas (groin, armpits).

That is of course the case when using such a trimmer with no guard.

Most will come with guards of different sizes and some even have an integrated, adjustable guard (the latter is in my opinion more practical).

A body trimmer with a guard over the blade.

These guards allow you to get the desired hair length.

For example, you may want to only trim the bulk of the hair on your legs, but want a closer trim on your chest and abs.

Some body groomers that use standard shearing blades come with rounded teeth that minimize the nicks, but not all of them are as effective as the manufacturers claim.

Philips OneBlade shaving head.
Shearing blades with rounded teeth (PhilipsOneBlade).

For example, I found the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0 to be particularly unforgiving when used without a guard over sensitive areas.

2. Body trimmers with shearing blades and a foil element

Closeup of a foil+shearing blades trimmer.

This is a more advanced type of trimmer head; the foil element uses blades that oscillate behind a thin, perforated metal screen.

This prevents nicks while allowing the blades to cut the hairs very close to the skin.

It is ideal for men who want a very close trim, even on sensitive areas like the groin and armpits.

Body trimmers that use a foil element usually have a second type of cutter that works together with it.

And that second cutter is usually a pair of shearing blades (like the ones in the first category).

Check out the shaving head of this Philips Bodygroomer:

The head of a Philips groomer.

You can see the perforated foil element flanked by a pair of shearing blades.

During a stroke the first blade (top arrow) will come into contact with the hair, cutting it relatively close to the skin.

The remaining stomp will poke through one of the holes in the foil and will get cut at skin level, resulting in a very close shave.

This is a very effective system for cutting body hair close to the skin since it’s fast and comfortable as the two blades that flank the foil usually have rounded teeth to prevent the skin from getting nicked.

And while a foil element can only deal with short hair, the two rows of blades allow you to use it on longer body hair as well.

And that’s pretty much it when it comes to the different types of cutting systems used by body hair groomers.

Regardless of the brand, the groomer will likely use a variation of these types of cutters.

Here’s the head of a Braun Series XT5 which uses the same implementation (foil + a pair of blades) as the Philips Bodygroom above:

Closeup of the Braun XT5 head that uses a foil element and a pair of shearing blades.

It does look a bit different, but it’s the exact same principle.

Push and pull-style body trimmers

A pull and push style trimmer, respectively.
A pull and push style trimmer, respectively.

Another aspect that gets way too little attention in my opinion is the way you use a body trimmer.

Precisely, you can either push it or pull it against the direction of hair growth depending on how you’re supposed to grip it.

Gripping the trimmer.

And that has a surprisingly big impact on the effectiveness of the trimmer when shaving a particular body part.

For example, a body groomer with a foil element+blades will almost always be a pull-style trimmer.

Trimming the hair with a pull-style groomer (Braun Series XT5).
Trimming the hair with a pull-style groomer (Braun Series XT5).

The head is angled down and you pull it towards you (like you would with a rake when collecting fallen leaves) and thus against the hair grain.

This is ideal for trimming the groin area and armpits. It will of course work just fine on the rest of the body, but it’s really practical in those particular areas.

A Philips Norelco groomer with an angled head that you must pull against the hair.
A Philips Norelco groomer with an angled head that you must pull against the hair. Image credit: philips.co.nz

Not only is such a trimmer more effective at catching the hair, it’s also more enjoyable to use and feels very natural and easy on the wrist.

Here’s a pic of my hairy leg getting trimmed with the Philips OneBlade (pull-style) and a 3mm guard:

Trimming body hair with the Philips OneBlade.

Since the head of these trimmers has two rows of blades and it can work in either direction, you can also push it, but pushing it won’t be nearly as practical and effective.

And speaking of pushing, push-style body trimmers are usually the ones that only feature basic shearing blades.

As you can see in the image below, you hold them in a completely different manner and you push them towards the hair:

Trimming my legs with the Lawn Mower 4.0.
Trimming the hair on the legs with the Lawn Mower 4.0 (push-style).

Trying to shave the groin with a push-style groomer is in my experience more cumbersome (you have less leverage) and more time-consuming.

Also, a push-style groomer will usually have shearing blades that can nick the skin when used on the groin area without a guard.

In my opinion, a pull-style groomer (with a foil element & a pair of rounded blades) is ideal for a close shave, especially in those sensitive areas, like the groin and armpits.

Push-style trimmers with shearing blades are better suited for shaving body hair at different lengths (for example, trimming the hair on your legs, arms, chest or back).

You can use a push-style trimmer with or without a guard as nicks are a lot less likely in those areas.

The Philips Multigroom 7000, another push-style body trimmer.
The Philips Multigroom 7000, another push-style body trimmer. Image credit: philips.com

But in my opinion, a push-style trimmer with shearing blades is best used with a guard for trimming body hair at 3mm or longer.

It’ll be really fast, effective and enjoyable to use.

For a close, skin-level trim, regardless of the area, you’d be better off with a pull-style trimmer with a foil+blades head.

Now that we know the main variations, let’s see which type of body trimmer is best for you and your needs.

Choosing the right body trimmer

Holding the Series 9000 Multigroomer in hand.

Just like with electric shavers, you should choose the trimmer that makes the most sense for your needs and budget.

I will be sharing my top 5 picks in the next section, but for now, let’s see the things you should be looking at when buying a body groomer.

Obviously, you’ll be using it to trim body hair, but we can further divide that into the pubic area and the rest of the body.

And that’s because the two imply different capabilities of the trimmer. Some can even do both successfully as you’ll see later on.

Men usually want a close trim (skin level) in the groin area and a reasonably short to medium trim on the rest of the body (2mm and up).

Preferences can vary of course and I’ll address those use cases as well for each of the trimmers.

That said, if you need a body trimmer for a close and safe shave in the groin area, you should be looking for a pull-style groomer that uses a foil element + blades (like most Philips Bodygroom models).

Philips Bodygroom 7000 BG7030 shaving head.

These are the most effective and comfortable body hair trimmers to be used down there. They also work great for the armpits.

Some even come with guards of various lengths that go over the foil head, so you can use them on the rest of your body as well.

That way you’ll be able to get the desired hair length if you don’t want to cut it at skin level.

If cutting the hair at skin level (be it pubic hair or on the rest of the body) is not a must, then you can also consider a push-style groomer with different guards.

Also, some will even work as beard trimmers and hair clippers if you want a single do-it-all tool.

The Multigroomer 7000 with the standard blade and the 1mm beard guard.
The Philips Multigroom 7000, an all-in-one trimmer.

Other things that are really important when choosing a body trimmer are the availability and price of the replacement blades/heads.

Ideally, you shouldn’t need to replace them very often and the price should be reasonable.

Replacing the removable blade.

There are for example some newly launched trimmers that while look good on paper, there aren’t any replacement parts available. In my opinion you should avoid those.

I’ll only be recommending body groomers for which you can easily source the original blades/heads.

Then there’s the price of the trimmer itself — some are just way too expensive for what they offer.

I think the cost should be a decisive factor and I only picked the ones that are reasonably priced and offer good value for money.

This again brings me back to the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0, a highly popular body groomer that’s being talked about a lot.

The Lawn Mower 4.0 held in hand.

I think it’s too expensive, the replacement blade is pricy as well and it must be changed every 3 months.

It’s one of the reasons why the Lawn Mower didn’t make my list (there are less expensive and better alternatives available).

Decent battery life is another hallmark of a quality body hair trimmer.

Ideally, you’ll want one that can provide at least 40 minutes of cordless operation (most trimmers will not work with the cord plugged in).

Philips OneBlade, a cordless trimmer with good battery life.

40 minutes is in my experience the bare minimum for a comfortable, full-body grooming session.

A quick charge feature can be really handy when you’re caught off guard.

I’ll also be sharing a few of my favorite compact body groomers for a trip/holiday and the ones that make the least noise during use — in some cases, a loud trimmer can be a deal-breaker.

Finally, a body hair trimmer should be easy to clean and maintain and would last for years of regular use.

Luckily, I’ve been using most of the trimmers in this list for years, so I’m able to also evaluate their reliability.

Let’s now get to the fun part and check out some of the best body trimmers out there.

Which are the best body groomers for men in 2024?

1. Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 (BG5025/40)

Best body trimmer for most men

Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000.

See the price on Amazon

Also available on Walmart, Philips.com.

Pros

  • Very close and mostly nick-free shaves
  • Great for the groin area/manscaping
  • Effective pull-style shaving head with 3 guards
  • Good battery life and build quality
  • Long handle for shaving the back
  • Durable (and reasonably priced) shaving head
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Fixed shaving head
  • No adjustable guard
  • Only works cordless
  • Noisy

My number one pick as the best body hair groomer for most men is the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 (BG5025/40).

Side note: The European equivalent is the Philips Bodygroom 5000 BG5020/15 (identical performance-wise).

So what exactly makes the Bodygroom 5000 the best option overall and the number 1 choice on this list?

Well, it does pretty much everything right and will get you covered regardless of what you’ll be doing with it.

The Philips Bodygroom 5000, the best all-round body trimmer for most men.

It’s a great tool for the genital area, but also for trimming/shaving the hair on the rest of the body.

Moreover, it’s very reasonably priced, the replacement head is durable and widely available and the groomer even comes with a handle extension for hard-to-reach areas like your back.

It was a really close battle between the Bodygroom 5000 and the number 2 on the list as you’ll see next, but I ultimately had to choose the 5000 due to its lower price.

Here’s why I think it should be suitable for most men looking for a capable and reliable body trimmer.

Foil + shearing blades cutting system

Closeup of the Bodygroom 5000 trimming head.

The Bodygroom 5000 from Philips Norelco uses a classic implementation of a foil shaver + a pair of shearing blades.

This means it’s really effective at trimming long, even flat-lying body hair, but can also cut the remaining stubble at skin level.

The two shearing blades use rounded, blunt teeth that reduce the risk of nicks to a minimum, even when shaving the genitals or armpits.

Yes, it can still cut you if you’re sloppy, but it’s a lot more forgiving than most other groomers that use shearing blades (for example, the Manscaped Lawn Mower).

Great for pubic hair

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 is an excellent trimmer for manscaping.

The combo head of the Bodygroom 5000 makes it ideal for shaving the pubic area even without a guard.

It’s able to capture flat, curly hairs with the leading blade when you pull the head against the grain.

You can then angle it so the foil part of the head comes in contact with the skin, shaving any remaining stumps.

Out of all the different groomers I’ve tried, even the ones specifically designed for shaving the genitals, Philips’ hybrid head was the most effective and the most comfortable.

It’s the one that inflicted the fewest nicks when using it below the waist.

If you want an effective and comfortable trimmer for the pubic area that can cut the hair close, the Philips Bodygroom 5000 will give you precisely that.

I don’t think it’s quite the very best trimmer for the genitals because it has a fixed head (check out the number 2 on the list as an alternative), but it’s still easily one of the best.

Practical and effective for trimming body hair

The Philips Bodygroom 5000 is a very capable groomer for trimming body hair at different lengths.

We already saw that the hybrid foil & blade head can cut the hair really close, but what if you don’t want that?

What if you only want to trim it to a certain length, one that you feel comfortable with?

Well, you can do that as well with the 3 included guards.

The Bodygroom 5000 with the 3 different size guards and the extra long handle.
The Bodygroom 5000 with the 3 different size guards and the extra long handle.

The guards fit securely over the shaving head and you can use the trimmer in either direction to get a precise trim.

That said, you’ll mostly use a pulling motion as it’s far more effective and natural.

Trimming the hair on the legs with the Bodygroom 5000 and the 3mm guard.
Trimming the hair on the legs with the Bodygroom 5000 and the 3mm guard.

The guards come in three sizes: 1/8”(3mm), 3/16”(5mm) and 9/32”(7mm). That is the length of the remaining hair after trimming it.

And while these removable guards aren’t as practical as an integrated adjustable guard that offers more granular control over the hair length, the ones that come with the Bodygroom 5000 have a few specific pros.

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 with the 7mm guard.

First of all, they’re sturdy and glide very easily over the skin, even if it’s a bit damp.

Secondly, this is a pull-style groomer, so it is in my opinion more practical and easier to use, especially when trimming the legs, armpits and the groin area.

I prefer a push-style body trimmer only for the chest and forearms (because it gives me more leverage).

Using the Bodygroom 5000 on the rest of the body is easy and enjoyable and the trimmer is very effective at cutting flat-lying hairs as well.

Some groomers will leave some hairs behind when used with a guard, but that wasn’t the case with this one.

Also, because it’s a pull-style trimmer, it’s less likely to be affected by skin moisture.

My only gripe is that I would have liked a smaller guard included as well (1 or 2mm) as I like to trim the hair on my abdomen and chest pretty short.

But other than that, the performance was great.

The back extension of the Norelco Bodygroom 5000.

I didn’t get to actually use the back extension as I don’t have much hair on my back, but did a dry run and it’s a very practical and effective accessory should you need it.

Durable and inexpensive replacement parts

Philips Bodygroom 5000 replacement head.

The Bodygroom 5000 comes with the BG2000 shaving head, a part that’s used on pretty much all the models in Philips Norelco’s Bodygroom line.

It’s a tried and tested head, widely available and reasonably priced.

Philips Norelco BG2000 replacement head

bg2000.

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Moreover, it lasts more than pretty much anything I’ve used.

Philips recommends replacing it every 12 months, but in my experience it lasts even twice as long provided you clean it regularly.

Final verdict

The battery life of the Philips Bodygroom 5000 is pretty solid as well at 60 minutes of cordless use.

Because the trimmer is waterproof, you can clean it effectively and quickly just by rinsing it with warm tap water.

Cleaning the Bodygroom 5000 is very easy.

You can also trim the hair in the shower or with shaving cream/gel if you prefer so.

I personally stick to a dry trim as it takes me less time and most trimmers are a lot more effective at cutting hairs when they don’t stick to the wet skin, especially if you use a guard.

This groomer is adequately powerful and will have no trouble cutting dense body hair.

I also like that it doesn’t clog so you won’t have to constantly stop and remove the hairs.

It’s an excellent trimmer for cutting pubic hair but also for the rest of the body.

On the other hand, it is pretty noisy during use and emits a loud hum and the vibrations are moderately high.

In conclusion, while the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 isn’t perfect — I would have liked a flexible head and at least an extra smaller (or even a larger) guard — it’s a solid trimmer that will be a great option for the majority of men.

For more details, you can also check out my full review of the Bodygroom 5000.

2. Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7000 (BG7030)

Best trimmer for the groin area

Philips Noelco Bodygroom 7000.

See the price on Amazon

Also available on Walmart, Philips.com.

Pros

  • Flexible hybrid head
  • The best for shaving the groin area/genitals
  • Very close and mostly nick-free shaves
  • Integrated adjustable guard
  • Powerful and versatile
  • Solid battery life (around 90 minutes of use)
  • Durable (and reasonably priced) shaving head

Cons

  • Large and heavy
  • The push-style trimmer is fiddly on damp skin
  • Very noisy
  • Only works cordless

Deal alert: You can sometimes get the Bodygroom 7000 BG7040 variation that comes with an extra replacement head and a nice travel case for roughly the same money, so definitely check it out.

Side note: The European equivalent of the BG7030 is the Philips Bodygroom 7000 7025.

The Bodygroom 7000 is an improved variation of the Bodygroom 5000 above with a few key differences.

However, it doesn’t mean it’s better in all regards as you’ll see.

Let’s check it out and see why it’s one of the best groomers out there for the groin, but also for the rest of the body.

Dual head design

The two heads of the Norelco Bodygroom 7000.

What makes the Philips Bodygroom 7000 stand out from pretty much all other body trimmers out there is its dual-head design.

On one end it has the same hybrid foil & blades head as the Bodygroom 5000, great for cutting hair at skin level without nicks, including pubic hair.

But unlike the fixed head of the 5000, the Bodygroom 7000 has a flexible head, allowing it to swivel during a stroke.

The hybrid head of the Bodygroom 7000 can swivel up and down.

This makes holding and using this groomer more natural, especially when trimming the genital area and the armpits.

On the other end, we have a full-fledged trimmer with shearing blades and an integrated adjustable guard (which can be detached as well).

The adjustable trimmer end of the Norelco Bodygroom 7000.

This guard allows you to set a hair length between 3mm and 11mm.

It’s very practical and useful and you won’t have to deal with fitting and removing different size guards.

So far it looks like a winner and it actually is in most regards, so let’s see what makes the Bodygroom 7000 one of the better trimmers in 2024.

The best groomer for the genitals

Philips Bodygroom 7000, arguably the best body trimmer for pubic hair.

I can confidently say that the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7000 is one of the best trimmers for pubic hair if not the best.

As mentioned earlier, it uses the exact shaving head as the Bodygroom 5000. However, it is mounted on a frame that swivels up and down.

And while I initially questioned its usefulness and it even took me some time to get used to it, I think it’s great, particularly for pubic hair.

It allows you to hold the groomer at an ideal angle in a more comfortable way — it’s difficult to explain, but take my word for it.

When shaving down there I prefer using the Bodygroom 7000 over the 5000 for precisely that reason.

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom 5000 and 7000.
The Bodygroom 5000 next to the 7000. The latter is the (slightly) better trimmer for the groin area.

Other than that, it’s just as effective at cutting the hairs close, fast and without nicks.

In my opinion the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7000 is the best pubic hair groomer out there.

So what exactly is a trimmer suitable for the genital area?

Well, it ultimately comes down to being able to use that trimmer safely for a close, comfortable and effective shave.

And the Philips Bodygroom 7000 definitely checks those boxes.

The combination of rounded blades and that foil element for a close and gentle shave works great for the groin area.

It’s my trimmer of choice for the genital area, with the Bodygroom 5000 a close second.

Integrated guard for different hair lengths

The Bodygroom 7000 trimmer features a removable and adjustable guard.

As we saw, the Bodygroom 7000 has a second cutting system at the other end.

It consists of a basic clipper-style shearing blade with an adjustable guard (that can also be removed completely).

However, unlike the pair of blades at the other end, this one does not have rounded teeth, so it will cut the skin if you use it without the guard.

I strongly recommend using the foil head if you need to cut the hair at skin level as that one is a lot safer and more comfortable.

This trimming head should only be used with the included guard at your desired setting for the hair length.

Trimming legs hair with the Philips Bodygroom 7000.
Trimming leg hair with the Philips Bodygroom 7000.

The lowest setting is again 3mm which is in my opinion a bit too long.

The guard is sturdy and going through the different lengths is easy and convenient.

Once you set it, it’s a push-style trimmer that you therefore push against the hair grain.

The trimmer is effective and powerful and doesn’t clog with hair.

However, it does have some intrinsic disadvantages of a body groomer that you’ll be pushing instead of pulling.

It’s a bit fiddly to use on the hamstrings or behind the knees.

Also, if the skin is wet (from sweat or high humidity), it can get stuck and the stroke will be jittery and jerky.

This is made worse by the fact that the groomer is quite large and heavy, so not the most nimble.

That’s why I actually prefer the Bodygroom 5000 (pull-style) for trimming body hair even though it has fixed guards instead of the adjustable comb.

Also, because it’s a wet/dry groomer, you can use the 7000 in the shower as well.

Again, I do not recommend it as it’s just more difficult and time-consuming, especially if you use the trimmer with the guard.

Excellent battery life

Charging the Philips Bodygroom 7000.

The Bodygroom 7000 is fitted with a large Li-ion battery that’ll keep the trimmer going for almost 90 minutes.

That’s way beyond the official 80-minute run time.

Having good battery life is really important with cordless-only body trimmers like this one.

Inexpensive and durable replacement head

The replacement head of the Bodygroom 7000 is durable and widely available.

Just like the Bodygroom 5000, the 7000 uses the same BG2000 hybrid head, which means it’s durable, reasonably priced and easy to source.

The blade at the other end does not need to be replaced.

From my experience it will last for years with minimal to no maintenance.

You can lubricate it every once in a while, but mine still cuts great despite not doing that and I’ve been using it for years.

Cleaning the groomer with water.

As for cleaning, since it’s a waterproof groomer, you can quickly rinse it with warm tap water after your trimming session.

Final verdict

The Norelco Bodygroom 7000 is overall a highly capable and versatile body hair trimmer.

My main gripe with the Bodygroom 7000 is that the push-style trimmer end isn’t quite as effective at cutting the hair on the rest of the body compared to the Bodygroom 5000.

It’s the main reason why I think that one will be better in most cases.

Also, the 7000 is quite large and heavy so trimming hard-to-reach areas will be more fiddly.

Finally, there’s the noise during use. This thing is loud. It is by far the noisiest body trimmer on this list.

Moreover, it vibrates a lot, especially when using the hybrid head (it has two motors, each one powering each of the shaving heads).

However, the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7000 would be my number 1 pick for trimming the genital area.

It also works reasonably well on the rest of the body when using the guard trimmer.

Just make sure the skin is dry for the trimmer to be effective and enjoyable to use.

3. Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 (MG7750/49)

Best multipurpose groomer (all-in-one)

Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000.

See the price on Amazon

Also available on Walmart, Philips.com.

Pros

  • Extremely versatile (body, beard and hair trimmer)
  • 23 attachments and accessories
  • Excellent build quality (brushed aluminum body)
  • Fantastic battery life (5 hours on a single charge)
  • Cordless & corded use
  • Very quiet during use
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Not ideal for sensitive areas

Deal alert: There is a newer Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 MG7910/49 that is pretty much identical, but can sometimes cost less.

The Philips Norelco Multigroom series has got to be the Swiss army knife of body trimmers.

The most popular and the best pick for most users is the Multigroom 7000 variation.

This thing can do (almost) anything and it comes bundled with a huge array of guards and cutting attachments, including a nose hair trimmer and a foil head.

It’s a sleek-looking trimmer as well, featuring an all-metal body.

The Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000, the best multipurpose body trimmer for men.

Moreover, it’s quite light and compact, especially when considering its powerful motor and large battery.

Here’s why I think the Multigroom 7000 is one of the best versatile body hair trimmers out there.

All in one body, beard and hair trimmer

The accessories included with the Philips Multigroom 7000 MG7750/49.

If you like keeping things simple and want a single tool to handle all your trimming needs, this is probably the one to get.

You can use the Multigroom 7000 to trim body and facial hair, but it also works as a hair clipper.

It’s a push-style trimmer that comes with two blades: a standard and a wider one and you can swap between them with ease.

The blade just clicks securely in place, no need to use a screwdriver.

Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 comes with 5 cutter attachments.
The included cutting attachments: wide blade, standard blade, detail blade, foil shaver, nose trimmer.

You would use the standard blade with the appropriate guards for trimming your beard and body hair, and the wider blade for cutting your hair.

For trimming body hair, you get two guards, 3mm and 5mm:

The two body hair guards included with the Philips Multigroom 7000.

The beard guards come in 5 different sizes: 7, 5, 3, 2 and 1mm:

The 5 grey beard guards included with the Philips Multigroom 7000.

The 6 wider hair guards fit only over the wider blade and there are 4 standard hair guards (16, 12, 9 and 4mm — pictured below) and 2 fading guards (4–9mm for cutting the hair around the ears).

The 4 standard hair guards that come with the Philips Multigroomer Series 7000.
The 4 standard hair guards that come with the Philips Multigroomer Series 7000.

There’s also a foil head attachment that cuts facial hair at skin level; its main use would be to clean up your neck/cheeks from stubble and get as close as possible to the beard line.

The Multigroom 7000 with the foil head attachment.
The Multigroom 7000 with the foil head attachment.

Powerful, quiet and easy to use

The Norelco Multigroom 7000 MG7750/49 held in hand.

The Multigroom 7000 is one of the best push-style trimmers I’ve ever used (alongside the Multigroom 9000 — more on that one as well).

The blades are really sharp and the motor is torquey and silent and this groomer mows through the hair regardless of how thick and dense it is.

The trimmer is extremely fast and effective even with flat-lying hairs.

The guards are made of high-quality plastic, they don’t bend or buckle under pressure and glide easily over the skin.

The trimmer itself has great ergonomics and it’s easy to use and nimble regardless of what you’re doing.

It also doesn’t vibrate during use and it’s one of the quieter body trimmers out there.

Compared to the first two options (or any other model in the Bodygroom line), it’s a lot quieter.

Perfect for trimming body and facial hair

The groomer with the 3mm body hair guard.

The Multigroom 7000 is a highly capable body hair trimmer, limited only by the inclusion of the two 3mm and 5mm body guards.

As I mentioned earlier, I think a smaller guard would have been useful.

There’s a workaround though: I’ve been using the 2mm and 1mm beard guards for body hair as well and work perfectly fine.

Trimming the legs with the 1mm beard guard.
Trimming the legs with the 1mm beard guard.

I will however recommend being extra careful with the 1mm beard guard as that one leaves the blade exposed and you can nick the skin.

The Multigroom 7000 is my tool of choice for trimming body hair (but not for the groin as you’ll see).

It’s very effective, fast and easy to use, especially when trimming large areas like the legs and chest/abs.

The blade of the Multigroom 7000 doesn’t have skin-friendly, rounded teeth, so it will certainly cut you if you use it without a guard and you’re not careful.

The Multigroom 7000 with the standard blade and no guard.

I would strongly recommend against using the blade with no guard over sensitive areas like the genitals or armpits — it will cut you and it will be extremely painful.

It’s one of the least forgiving trimmers in that regard.

I would only use it without a guard to trim my beard while still being very careful.

The beard-trimming capabilities of the Multigroom 7000 are impressive and you can use it to pre-trim the beard (before shaving), maintain it at a certain length or edge it with great precision.

Useful if you cut your hair yourself

Using the Philips Multigroomer as hair clippers.

The wide blade makes the Multigroom 7000 suitable for cutting the hair on your head as well.

I would however only recommend it for basic hairstyles like buzz cuts since it only has 4 guards (apart from the two asymmetrical guards) and doesn’t have a lever for adjusting the blade gap.

So you will not be able to get a seamless skin fade for example.

If you’re serious about cutting your own hair, it’ll be worth investing in a dedicated hair clipper.

The Philips Multigroom 7000 will be good enough for basic haircuts or for less frequent use — it can definitely come in handy.

For example, I used it to cut my hair during lockdown before getting a Wahl Magic clipper — the latter is a much more capable tool for haircuts.

But again, if you only need a tool for basic haircuts, it can handle that just fine.

Fantastic battery life, corded & cordless use

Charging the Norelco Multigroom 7000.

The Multigroom 7000 can go for 5 and a half hours on a single charge.

And on top of that, it will also work with the cord plugged in while charging.

So it’s pretty much in a class of its own when it comes to battery life.

Philips somehow managed to squeeze in a large battery that charges from 0 to 100% in under 3 hours.

And you can also quick charge it for 5 minutes if the battery is completely drained — you’ll get just enough power for a quick trim.

Then again, you have the peace of mind that you can always use it with the cord plugged in.

Waterproof and easy to clean

Cleaning the Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 with water.

Since you’ll be using the same blade for body and facial hair, you’ll want to clean it properly after every use.

Luckily, the Multigroom 7000 is fully waterproof and you can simply wash it with warm tap water.

You can do so with all the attachments and guards and then just let them air dry.

The new and old Multigroom 7000

There’s a so-called new and old generation of the Multigroom 7000, so I wanted to quickly go over that as well.

The new and old Multigroom 7000.
The new and old Multigroom 7000, respectively.

The differences are rather minor and I think the price should be the decisive factor when choosing between the two.

Objectively, I think the old one (on which the above review is based) has a couple of pros:

  • It works cordless & corded (the new one is cordless-only)
  • It includes a foil head attachment (the new one does not)

The new one comes with two adjustable beard guards instead of 5 fixed beard guards, so you have more granular control over the beard length.

But that’s really it, everything else is exactly the same about the new and old Multigroom 7000.

I usually recommend buying the old one but only if it’s readily available and costs the same as the new one (or even less).

Final verdict

No trimmer is perfect and the Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000, despite its impressive performance in most use cases, is no exception.

Philips Multigroom 7000.

Its Achilles heel is the ability to shave/trim sensitive areas at skin level.

Precisely, the genitals and armpits.

The blade of the Multigroom 7000 is very unforgiving and will inflict some nasty cuts if you try to use it on sensitive areas without a guard.

So if you want a close trim on your private parts, you won’t be able to do it with this trimmer.

You will need a second tool specifically for that.

There are some small, inexpensive groomers that would be perfectly suitable for that as you’ll see later on.

But the Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 won’t be a good choice for trimming pubic hair close to the skin.

Even when shaving your armpits (with no guard) you must be extremely careful as the blade can easily nick the skin and trust me, it’ll be a nasty cut.

This is the main drawback of owning and using a single multipurpose trimmer.

The only workaround would be to use a guard, which may or may not be a deal breaker depending on your preferences.

If you want a close trim, you will need a second groomer specifically for the sensitive areas.

For additional info, you can also check out my detailed review of the Multigroom 7000.

The Multigroom 9000

There is however another option if you still want a Philips Multigroom for absolutely everything — the Multigroom 9000.

Multigroom 9000 MG9510/60.

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This is the top-of-the-line model in the Multigroom family and its main advantage over the 7000 (old or new) is the inclusion of a special trimmer head, a so-called Body Shaver attachment.

The body shaver attachment fitted to the groomer.
The body shaver attachment fitted to the Multigroom 9000.

This head allows you to safely trim pubic hair and get a reasonably close trim0.3-0.5mm, so not quite as close as a Bodygroom 5000 or 7000.

It won’t be perfectly smooth, but is still quite good and this trimmer head is very comfortable and forgiving.

Everything else about the Multigroom 9000, including the metal body, fantastic battery life and the generous bundle of accessories, is identical to the 7000.

In fact, the battery life of the 9000 is a bit better at more than 6 hours and it also includes a nice travel case so you can neatly store everything.

The MG9510/60 premium toiletry bag with all the items inside.
The premium toiletry case included with the Multigroom 9000 MG9510/60.

The reason why I still picked the 7000 as the better option for most users is the price — the Multigroom 9000 costs more, but it’s still a fair price considering what you’ll be getting.

So if you need a single tool for everything, including a comfortable and fairly close trim on the groin, I think the Multigroom 9000 is worth the extra money.

Otherwise, you should still get the 7000 (old or new), as all the core features and traits are the same.

4. Braun Series XT5 (XT5100)

Best compact/travel body groomer

Braun Series XT5.

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Pros

  • Compact and easy to carry/store
  • Comfortable and surprisingly effective
  • Nimble and easy to use
  • Adequate for trimming pubic hair
  • Beard + body trimmer

Cons

  • Not great with flat-lying hair
  • Battery life is borderline adequate
  • No USB charging port
  • A bit pricey
  • Not as capable as a large groomer

The trimmers on this list so far are highly capable with large batteries and while they perform great, aren’t very practical for traveling or for a quick touchup.

I’ve been testing quite a few of these compact body hair trimmers and ultimately settled on the Braun Series XT5 (XT5100) as my pick.

The honorable mentions include the Philips OneBlade Face + Body and the Philips Bodygroom Series 1100.

The 3 best compact body trimmers for men.
The Philips OneBlade, Braun Series XT5 and Philips Bodygroom 1100, respectively.

The OneBlade had very limited accessories for body hair and was ineffective at trimming flat-lying hairs, particularly pubic hair.

The Bodygroom Series 1100, while very enjoyable thanks to its dimensions and low weight, had really brittle guards (I broke two, even though I was very gentle handling it) and it clogged with hair way too often.

So overall, the Braun Series XT5 managed to edge ahead and it is in my opinion the best out of all these compact body hair trimmers.

The Braun Series XT5, arguably the best compact body hair trimmer.

It has the fewest shortcomings and performance-wise, it’s surprisingly good for a trimmer of this type (and size).

In fact, while I think it would be ideal as a second/backup/travel groomer, it can kind of work as your main (and only) trimmer as well.

Moreover, it’s both a beard and body hair trimmer, so highly versatile if you also need to edge or maintain/trim your beard.

So let’s see where the XT5 excels and where it’s not that great.

Light, compact and very easy to use

Braun Series XT5 held in hand.

The main selling point of the Braun XT5 has to be its size.

It’s a really small groomer, smaller than the Philips OneBlade and it’s just a joy using it compared to other bulky trimmers.

At 105 grams (3.7 oz), it’s half the weight of the Philips Bodygroom 7000.

Granted, it’s not as capable and I’ll get to that as well, but it’s so nimble and effortless to use, especially when trimming some less accessible areas (like the back of the legs/hamstrings).

Its shaving head is similar in design and function to the one on the Bodygroom line from Philips.

Precisely, it has a pair of shearing blades with a foil element between them.

Closeup of the Braun XT5 head that uses a foil element and a pair of shearing blades.

However, the blades aren’t as forgiving and the Braun XT5 can cut you if you use it without a guard, especially when trimming pubic hair.

Also, the teeth are very close together and there are far fewer perforations in the foils, which means that overall this cutting system isn’t as effective or as capable as the one of the Philips Bodygroom 7000 or 5000.

But even so, considering its size, the XT5 is quite good. It’s also quieter than the Bodygroom trimmers and doesn’t vibrate as much.

But the Philips Multigroom 7000 for example is still the quietest on this list.

Side note: the quietest trimmer I’ve used is the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0. I did not however include it in my top 5 because of its high price and underwhelming performance, especially when trimming sensitive areas.

Body (including the genitals) + face trimmer

XT5 body and face trimmer.

The XT5 can trim body and facial hair and comes with appropriate guards.

The body hair guards are only two, a 0mm SkinGuard and a 3mm standard guard.

The SkinGuard attachment allows you to cut body hair at skin level in a safe and comfortable manner.

The Braun Series XT5 with the SkinGuard attachment.
The XT5 SkinGuard attachment.

And it actually works.

Usually, a 0mm guard would still impact the closeness, but not in this case.

The hair is still cut at skin level since the foil element remains exposed and the guard sits flush with the blades.

It’s particularly useful when trimming the genital area; it cuts close and does a fine job, although it requires more work to get all the hairs compared to a large Philips Bodygroom trimmer for example.

It’s also not as effective if the hairs stay flat on the skin and you will need to go over that area multiple times.

The other 3mm guard has the same issue, it’s not as effective with flat-lying hairs as the Bodygroom 5000 which is also a pull-style trimmer with detachable guards.

But again, given the size of the Braun XT5, that was to be expected.

There are 5 beard guards as well: 1, 2, 3 and 5 mm. I’ve actually used them to trim body hair and they worked well.

Again, I find the 3mm body guard a bit too large and the 0mm SkinGuard would trim the hair too short.

The 1mm and 2mm beard guards are ideal for me in the summer, so I use them to cut body hair.

Trimming the legs with the Braun XT5 and 1mm beard guard.
Trimming the legs with the Braun XT5 and 1mm beard guard.

Also, while you can trim up and down with the two-way head and guards, most of the time you’ll be pulling up towards you as that’s more effective and you have more leverage.

Decent battery life

Charging the Braun XT5.

The XT5 has a thin and compact body, so Braun could only fit in a smaller battery.

When fully charged, it’s able to provide around 45 minutes of cordless-only operation, which is just okay.

In my case, it was barely enough to complete a full body trim and I’m not a very hairy guy.

The smaller battery, together with the fact that it takes more work for a clean trim means the Braun XT5 won’t be ideal for men with a lot of body hair.

Any of the first three options on the list would be a lot better in that case.

Waterproof and easy to clean

Cleaning the XT5 is easy and straightforward.

The Braun XT5 is a very basic, straightforward groomer and since it’s wet/dry, you can just rinse it clean with warm water.

The shaving head does tend to get a bit hot during use, so I would also lubricate it with a drop of clipper oil every once in a while.

Braun doesn’t mention this, but it does seem to help.

A lubricating spray for clippers or electric shavers will also work great.

Ideal for traveling and touchups

In my view, the XT5 would make a great body trimmer to take with you on trips or as a backup for a quick trim.

It’s lightweight and only takes up a bit of space in your luggage.

The battery should be more than enough for a vacation (provided it’s 100% charged), so there’s no need to take the Braun charger with you.

And speaking of charging, it would have been great to have a USB-C port instead of the Braun proprietary connector.

That way you could simply use your phone’s charger and cable.

Travel Tip: You can buy a Braun to USB-A cable and take that one with you instead of the charger.

Replacement head

XT5 replacement head.

The replacement head for the XT5 (called the XT10) should be pretty easy to source in most countries and according to Braun, it should be replaced every 6 months.

That estimation is based on two full shaves per week.

Braun Series X XT10 replacement head

xt10.

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If you’ll only be using it for traveling or a quick touchup, the head should last a lot longer than that.

Cleaning and lubricating it regularly will also increase that timeframe.

The price is a bit higher compared to the OneBlade head for example, but it should (at least in theory) last more.

Final verdict

This tiny groomer has got you covered regardless if you need to trim your beard or body hair, even the groin area.

There are just enough guards to get the desired hair length and overall it’s a decent trimmer that can work great for traveling or as your main groomer if you don’t have a lot of body hair.

Because of its small head, an entire trimming session will take longer, so definitely keep that in mind.

Also, while I wouldn’t call the XT5 expensive, it’s rather on the pricier side. I think you should definitely wait for a discount on this one.

5. Panasonic ER-GK60-S

Best ergonomics for full body grooming

panasonic-er-gk60-s

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Pros

  • Neutral grip, easy and enjoyable to use
  • Fast and effective
  • Great battery life
  • Very good build quality
  • Sturdy guards
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Not ideal for the groin area
  • Only three guards
  • Can be charged only via a charging stand
  • Pricey

Finally, there’s the Panasonic ER-GK60-S which takes a completely different approach compared to pretty much any other body trimmer out there.

While the cutting system is a standard shearing blade, it is positioned in line with the body of the groomer in this V-shaped head.

The Panasonic ER-GK60-S, a body trimmer with excellent ergonomics.

The consequence of this design approach is that you can hold the trimmer in a very natural way with no stress on your wrist.

And in most cases this works better than the traditional trimmer with the cutting head perpendicular to the handle.

Unique head design, great ergonomics

The Panasonic ER-GK60-S held in hand.

Using this Panasonic groomer feels natural and effortless, especially when trimming the hair on your legs, abs and arms.

I actually prefer this grip to the standard push and pull trimmers — it’s the best of both worlds.

Holding the trimmer in different ways.
Holding the trimmer in different ways. Image credits: Panasonic AU

The groomer itself is pretty slim and lightweight compared to a Philips Bodygroom and this further improves the positive experience.

The V-shaped head, especially when used without a guard is very nimble and you can easily trim some hard-to-reach areas, like behind the knee joint or the crease between the leg and groin.

Effective body hair trimming

The ER-GK60 with the three guards.

The Panasonic ER-GK60-S comes with three guards:

  • 2mm SkinGuard
  • 3mm body hair guard
  • 6mm body hair guard

Panasonic recommends the use of the SkinGuard comb when trimming sensitive areas like your groin or armpits.

However, unlike the SkinGuard that comes with the Braun XT5 above, this one will actually impact the closeness.

The ER-GK60-S with the SkinGuard attachment.

Precisely, the length of the remaining hair will be 2mm.

That’s perfectly fine on the rest of the body (I actually use it for that), but on the groin and armpits most men would prefer a very short trim.

Trimming body hair with the ER-GK60 and the SkinGuard attachment.
Trimming body hair with the ER-GK60 and the SkinGuard attachment.

You could use the groomer with no guard, but the blade doesn’t have any special features to prevent nicks.

Panasonic does mention rounded tips, but the blade doesn’t seem to be more forgiving than regular shearing blades.

And unless you’re extremely careful, the ER-GK60-S with the exposed blade can cut you.

Panasonic recommends always using one of the three combs when trimming sensitive areas.

And that’s the main shortcoming of this trimmer in my opinion — just like the Philips Multigroom 7000, it’s not ideal if you want a close, fast and comfortable trim on the pubic area.

A Philips Bodygroom 5000 or 7000 will be a much better option in that case.

Also, I don’t find the grip particularly comfortable when trimming pubic hair — works great on the rest of the body, but is a bit awkward and fiddly when used on the genitals.

The guards included with this Panasonic are excellent.

The 6mm guard.
The 6mm guard.

They’re sturdy, easy to remove, fit extremely securely over the blade and glide easily on the skin.

These are the best guards I’ve seen on a body groomer along with the ones that come with the Philips Multigroom 7000 and 9000.

They’re pretty effective even when the hairs stay flat on the skin and the blade never gets clogged.

I would not however use this Panasonic (with the guards) in the shower — if the skin is wet, it’ll miss a lot of hairs (just like any other body groomer).

Apart from the 2mm guard (SkinGuard), the ER-GK60-S comes with two 3 and 6 mm guards.

That’s all you’re getting and for most men it should be enough.

I personally only use the 2mm and 3mm guards as those leave the hair at an ideal length for me.

The 3mm and 6mm guards also work great for debulking body hair.

Excellent battery life

The battery on the Panasonic ER-GK60-S is really good.

The weird part is that the manufacturer officially claims only 40 minutes of cordless use.

However, I constantly get around 80 minutes — that’s double the official number.

And I’m not the only one — I’ve checked other user reviews as well.

The bad part? Charging the groomer from 0 to 100% takes a lengthy 8 hours.

Charging the groomer via the stand.

Moreover, you can only charge the ER-GK60-S via the included (and very bulky) charging stand.

The cord is non-removable, so you cannot plug it directly into the trimmer.

Luckily, if you take it with you on vacation, a fully charged battery will be more than enough.

Easy cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning the ER-GK60 with water.

Since the ER-GK60-S is fully waterproof, you can of course rinse it with warm water for quick and effective cleaning.

The blade is also easy to remove so you can use the included brush to remove any hairs stuck on the inside.

Panasonic also includes a small bottle of lubricant with the ER-GK60-S.

Lubricating the blade of the trimmer.

The user manual says you should oil the blade by placing a single drop of lubricant in 5 key spots (indicated below) before and after using the trimmer.

Lubricating points.

In my opinion that is a bit overkill and I personally only do it right before using the trimmer.

The blade should be replaced every 3 years according to Panasonic, so it’s quite durable, at least in theory.

The blade has the part number ER9500 and should be available in most countries. The price is pretty reasonable as well.

Final verdict

Panasonic ER-GK60-S.

What isn’t so reasonable is the cost of the trimmer itself — the Panasonic ER-GK60-S is rather pricey. It’s probably the most expensive groomer on this list.

I actually had some doubts about including it precisely because of that.

It offers some compelling features and I think it’s a really good body trimmer, but I would only recommend getting it if you can find a great deal.

Otherwise, I would go with one of the other options above.

For more info, you can check out my Panasonic ER-GK60-S review.

There it is, my personal top 5 body hair trimmers for 2024.

These should cover everyone’s needs and hopefully by this point, you should have a strong bias toward one.

I tried to pick the ones that offer good value for money, are effective, reliable and easy to operate/clean.

Now that you know which body trimmer is right for you, it’s time to put it to good use.

Trimming body hair: 6 tips for easy and pain-free grooming

Whether you prefer a smooth, skin-level shave or just to trim away the bulk, here are a few easy-to-follow, but highly effective tweaks you can implement right away.

1. Make sure your skin is dry

I’ve already touched upon this, but it’s one of those little things that can make the difference between a poor and a great experience.

Unless you’re using a trimmer in a very specific way that would favor the addition of water (and shaving cream), you’d be better off using it dry.

Using a body trimmer dry.

Sweat can therefore be a major problem, especially if you use a guard/comb attachment as the hairs will stick to the skin and the blade won’t cut them.

Moreover, the trimmer won’t glide smoothly and will constantly drag and skip over the skin.

A body groomer that must be pushed against the hair is usually affected to a higher degree by moisture and sweat, causing the motion to be jerky.

I for example suffer from Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweat) which is a lot worse during summer or humid days.

It’s a problem when I shave my face as well.

When trimming body hair, excessive sweat/moisture can be really annoying. There are a couple of ways you can sort of get around this.

First, a cooler environment definitely helps.

If there’s a cooler room you can use, definitely try that or crank up the AC during hot summer days before you actually start trimming.

Second, dry the skin with a towel and use a bit of talcum powder (baby powder).

I use some on my legs and forearms to absorb any remaining moisture — for some reason, those areas are affected to a higher degree.

Tip: if you use baby powder or any mineral-based powder, make sure you give your trimmer a thorough cleaning with warm water because mineral residue can lead to premature wear of the blades.

2. Trim your body hair in a well-lit room

I know this sounds trivial, but you just can’t underestimate how much of a difference good lighting makes.

You can easily leave behind patches of hair if the lighting is poor and it’ll also take you more time to get it done.

Natural light is by far the best, but let’s be real, most of us don’t have access to that while manscaping (for obvious reasons).

Using an extra light source — even the flashlight on your phone — can help.

On that note, the Lawn Mower 4.0 has a built-in tiny flashlight and it’s so useful. It’s a pity the trimmer itself proved to be underwhelming.

The Lawn Mower 4.0 during use with the light turned on.

And here’s a bonus tip:

Once you’ve finished your grooming session, take a quick shower and swiftly inspect the results (in a well-lit room, of course). I guarantee you there are some stray hairs left, so make sure to get them now.

3. Make sure your trimmer has enough battery charge

Low battery indicator on the Bodygroom 5000.

This is something you’ll want to check before you start.

It’s no fun to have your trimmer die on you mid-session. And most of the current models will only work cordless and charging can take a long time.

I try to charge my trimmers regularly even if there’s still some charge left, so I can always grab one and use it without any fear of the battery dying.

Also, most modern groomers use Li-ion batteries that you can charge whenever you want without any significant impact on the battery lifespan.

Ideally, you’d want the charge between 20% and 80% to get the absolute maximum out of it, but I wouldn’t stress too much about staying within those boundaries.

4. Take your time when trimming sensitive areas (groin, armpits)

Even though several trimmers like the Bodygroom models have skin-friendly blades, you can still get cut if you’re sloppy.

Philips Norelco Bodygroom held in hand.

And wrinkly, thin skin is a lot more susceptible to cuts.

Use your free hand to keep it taut and move the trimmer slowly and in a controlled manner against the hair’s direction of growth.

You’ll want to be very thorough and careful, so I recommend starting with the genital area and armpits and then moving to the rest of the body.

Towards the end of a trimming session, my patience and focus are lower and I think that’s the case with most people.

That’s why it’s generally a good idea to tackle the difficult areas first.

5. Clean (and lubricate) your trimmer regularly

Cleaning a body groomer after each use is not only good for hygiene, but also for the groomer itself.

Dirt buildups between the blades will impact the trimmer’s performance.

The motor will work harder just to keep the blade moving and the battery will also run out of charge faster.

All the trimmers I’ve recommended are waterproof and can be easily cleaned with warm tap water.

Just remember to let them air dry completely (with the head/blade detached) before storing them.

Air drying the Philips Bodygroom 7000.
Air drying the Philips Bodygroom 7000.

Proper lubrication is also important for optimum performance and will keep the blades sharp for a longer time.

Some brands will include detailed instructions in the user manual about how and when to do it — Panasonic will even include a bottle of oil with the ER-GK60-S — but some will not even mention lubrication.

If yours didn’t come with lubricant, you can use clipper oil or a spray lubricant for electric shavers.

I recommend Wahl clipper oil or Oster blade lube, these are inexpensive and effective lubricants that I’ve been using for years with all my trimmers, shavers and hair clippers.

As for spray lubricants, the Andis CoolCare Plus is effective and reasonably priced.

A good rule of thumb would be to apply a couple of drops on the blade/foil (the blade should be clean and dry), then let the trimmer run for 5 to 10 seconds to distribute the oil evenly.

Gently wipe off any excess with a tissue and you’re all set.

As for how often you should be oiling your trimmer, two or three times a month should be enough.

If you use it very often, you can increase the frequency to once or twice a week.

This isn’t some definitive rule that you must follow to a T — just some general guideline that should work well in most cases.

6. Use a suitable trimmer for your needs

Last but certainly not least, you should use a body trimmer that best suits your needs.

With the ones I’ve presented in this post as being my top picks, I tried to emphasize their strengths and weaknesses so you can hopefully choose one that would be right for you.

For example, if you need a beard + body trimmer, the Philips Multigroom 7000 or the 9000 are some of the best options out there.

For the groin area, the Bodygroom 7000 is in my opinion the one to get. It’s also good enough for the rest of the body, but it excels as a pubic hair trimmer.

So make sure to prioritize your needs and budget and pick a trimmer accordingly.

How to trim/shave the groin area

Manscaping down there deserves a separate section as it’s a very specific part of a man’s grooming routine and requires some extra care.

Most of us want a close trim on the pubic area, ideally without any nicks and extra work.

And with the right tool and the right approach, it can be done.

All the above tips still apply, but I’ll share a few more specific recommendations that I consider to be key when trimming the groin area with an electric groomer.

Here they are.

1. Use a trimmer with a skin-friendly blade

As mentioned above, most men prefer a very close, skin-level trim down there.

With most groomers, that basically means using the trimming head with no guard/comb attached.

There are a couple of exceptions, like the Braun Series XT5 with its 0mm SkinGuard, but in general, it means no guard.

It’s therefore important to have a trimmer that is very forgiving as the skin on your private parts is very thin and can get cut easily.

As I mentioned previously, my picks would be the trimmers in Philips Norelco’s Bodygroom range, like the 5000 or 7000.

Philips Bodygroom, arguably the best for trimming pubic hair.

You would still need to trim the hair carefully as any trimmer will cut you if you’re really pushing it, but it’s less likely to happen in this case.

The shaving head of these groomers is ideal for cutting pubic hair, with the rounded blades and the foil element for that extra close shave.

You’ll want to first cut the long hairs using the leading blade by dragging it against the hair, then slightly increase the angle you’re holding the trimmer against the skin so that the foil will be flat on the skin, shaving any remaining stubble.

Tip: If you’re constantly getting razor bumps/pseudofolliculitis when trimming pubic hair, you may want to skip using the foil and just use the blade to cut the hairs. Shaving them at skin level will increase the likelihood of getting bumps.

2. Dry skin is even more important when trimming sensitive areas

The sensitive skin on your privates will make things a lot worse if it’s not perfectly dry.

There are two things I found to be of great help for a comfortable and effective trim.

The first is to take a quick shower before you start grooming.

Make sure you dry the skin thoroughly with a towel. The skin is usually a bit dry after being washed with shower gel, the trimmer head glides smoothly and the hair is easier to cut.

The second is again to use a bit of baby powder to dry any moisture, so pretty much what you would normally do when trimming other body parts.

If you use shaving cream/gel, you obviously don’t need to bother with drying the skin.

I prefer a dry trim as shaving cream is messy, takes more time and I can’t really see much with all that lather.

There are transparent/no-foam shaving gels as well, but I still don’t find the extra work to be worth it.

3. Be gentle and take your time

This is important especially if the hair is longer.

If you move the trimmer too quickly, there’s a higher chance the hairs will get snagged instead of being cut and it won’t be pleasant.

Also, you can get some nasty cuts if you’re not moving the trimmer in a slow and controlled manner.

4. Trim the groin area more often

On a related note, since short pubic hair is easier to cut, you might want to increase the frequency of your manscaping.

If you’re dealing with any skin irritation/razor bumps, then definitely allow a few days for the skin to heal.

But otherwise, more often is usually better: it takes less time, there’s a lower risk of the hairs getting pulled and they’re easier to cut.

5. Avoid the things that could irritate the skin

Really tight underwear for example can cause a rash and even bumps if your skin is sensitive.

Also, when showering right after trimming your groin, I recommend using warm or even lukewarm instead of hot water as that can also irritate the skin.

Conclusion

I decided to write this guide after reading quite a few articles on the best body hair trimmers.

However, a lot of the most popular pieces were written by editors who have never actually tried the trimmers they mention.

That fact is immediately obvious to someone who has been using those very trimmers for a long time.

Moreover, some of the recommended groomers were simply redundant or didn’t make any sense.

And there were way too many options that would only confuse the reader. More isn’t necessarily better.

For example, one such article recommended 17 body trimmers.

With this real-world guide, I tried to scratch my own itch and come up with something that would be useful to me — things I would have liked to know before buying way too many groomers.

Hopefully you won’t have to go through much trial and error to find a suitable one.

I’ve personally bought and used all of them, so at least in that regard, I think this roundup will be more relevant and useful than most.

I will be keeping it updated in case there’s a better/more cost-effective alternative to some of the models I recommended.

If you have any questions or you’d like to share your experience with a particular trimmer, please leave a comment below.

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  1. I bought the Philips 5000 and the 2-outer-cutters design is horrible for groin. It shaves close yes, but with with a constant danger of cuts from these outer cutters. If you are operating it, you cannot se the other blade to much, also if you press down a bit the cutters are right on the skin. Areas around the shaft are like Russian roulette! Safety wise, razor is much more safer to operate.

    Maybe a different design like Panasonic Arc4 or something would be better, if you pre-shave long hairs.

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    • Hi Nicholas,

      Thanks for the comment.

      If you’re constantly getting cuts from the outer blades I think a few tweaks may be needed. The skin, especially around and at the base of the shaft as you’ve mentioned must be taut, that is really important. You also shouldn’t press hard and use slow and controlled strokes. Any trimmer will cut you otherwise. I got used to not seeing the blade and after a few times, it won’t be a problem anymore.

      For trimming body hair that is long/curly, flat-lying and not as dense as facial hair, the use of shearing blades is pretty much the only option — that’s why other types of cutters like the one on the Arc 4 wouldn’t work. And after trying pretty much everything, this Philips blade is the most effective and safe in my opinion. I’m sure that you can get a good result with a few changes to the way you use it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Ovidiu,
    First, Kudos to you for writing the most informative column on the internet on this subject. Not only on product but also on technique. I do a full body trim on a regular basis and have used many diferent tools with varying degrees of success. For years my electric shaver was the Andis Profoil. In my opinion nothing shaves closer. I grew tired of their durability issues due to the entire unit being made of plastic and the poor quality and durability of their replacement foils. Based on your review I purchased the Panasonic Arc 5 shaver and so far am very impressed with the quality of the device and closeness and comfort of the shave. Again based on your review I ordered the Phillips Bodygroom 5000. I hope for similar results like with the Arc 5.
    Thanks again. Keep up the good work.
    Mark D

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    • Hi Mark,

      Many thanks for the comment, I really appreciate it. Durability is unfortunately an ongoing problem with all double foil shavers that use really thin, brittle foils (Andis ProFoil, Wahl Finale, etc). Panasonic is in a different class in that regard.

      Hope you’ll enjoy using the Bodygroom 5000, considering its price and capabilities it should be a great option for most of us.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Thanx for your really helpfull texts 🙂
    Im from Austria, i do have “hyperacusis”, is the Panasonic ER-GK60-S the most silent bodygroomeryou r knowin?
    (Already had the Philips Multigroom Series 7000, only the Bodygroom-essay is loud, but i thats what i need … )
    Many thanx, sorry for my bad english.
    Peace and Love from Austria 🙂

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    • You are very welcome, glad you found the info useful.

      The Panasonic ER-GK60-S is definitely not the quietest out there. In fact, I’d say it’s slightly louder than the Philips Multigroom 7000. The ones in the Bodygroom line are definitely loud and vibrate a lot.
      The quietest I’ve come across is the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0, but definitely check out my review of it as well before buying. I’d say it’s slightly quieter than the Multigroom 7000 so you can get an idea.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Hi,
    What are your thoughts on these:
    1. Manscaped The Lawnmower 4.0
    2. Meridian Electric Below-The-Belt Trimmer
    3. WAHL Manscaper
    4. Braun BG5340

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    • Hi,

      The only one I have used from your list is the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0, but I’ll still share what I think about the rest. Also, it would have been useful to know in which way you’ll be using the trimmer for the majority of the time (groin, body, desired hair length etc).

      1. I think the Lawn Mower 4.0 is overrated, overpriced (both the shaver and the blades), isn’t nearly as forgiving as claimed when used without a guard on the groin area and there are better and cheaper alternatives (I’ve mentioned them in the post above). I reviewed the Lawn Mower in great detail here if you want to check it out.

      2. As mentioned, I haven’t tested it, but the Meridian trimmer looks extremely similar to the Lawn Mower and I suspect it’ll be pretty much the same performance-wise.

      3. The Wahl trimmer looks solid and comes from a reputable brand. The adjustable guard is also very practical, but I can’t say anything about how sturdy or easy to use it is in practice. As for trimming sensitive areas without the guard, I doubt that blade won’t nick the skin, especially since it’s a push-style trimmer. Those are less forgiving on the genital area.

      4. The Braun is similar to the Wahl in terms of features and capabilities, they even have the same 100 minutes battery life and come with adjustable guards. The Braun also has two additional fixed ones for trimming hair very short (the adjustable guard will leave the hair at 3 to 11mm). You would probably need to use the fixed guards when trimming the genital area as the blade seems to be just a regular one, so it can cut the skin. This means it won’t get as close as a Philips Bodygroom for example and it’ll probably take more time to complete as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Thank you for the great work you do!

    I just wanted to add that there are versions of the Multigroom 7000 that come with a dedicated body trimmer attachment which is quite capable. For example, I have the MG7785/20 (European model) which has that attachment.

    It’s a clipper-style trimmer with cutting elements on both sides and no foil element. However, it cuts surprisingly close. I’d say it’s about on par with the OneBlade in terms of closeness.

    It has a safety guard which is removable but you are not supposed to be using it without it. It’s removable just so you can clean it better. I suppose you could try using it it without the guard to achieve better closeness but, as you’ve said on multiple occasions here, when shaving sensitive areas with this type of trimmer, it’s very easy to cut yourself. I’ve learned that the hard way.

    In any case, it works great for my armpits. I’ve tried it on the groin area as well and it works great there too. In fact, it’s too close for what my skin can handle down there so I stopped using it for that because I’m getting ingrown hairs.

    I got the Multigroom 7000 mainly as a hair clipper and beard trimmer and I wasn’t even planning on using the body trimmer attachment but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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    • Hi Vesselin,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      That is absolutely true and it’s an accessory that makes the Multigroom that much better and more versatile. Unfortunately it’s only available in a few select countries so I just recommended the one that can be easily purchased in most places. That attachment is extremely similar to the head of the Philips Bodygroom 1100 which I also found to shave very close, but I would definitely use it with the guard attached on sensitive areas.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Thanks for this frank and comprehensive article! It’s the best I’ve found on the topic.

    I want to trim my groin for the first time and after carefully reading, decided to get a Philips OneBlade Face + Body, over your objections. Please double-check my logic:
    – *If* it did the trick, I’d prefer something light and compact (e.g. Braun XT5) vs. a bulkier Bodygroom (your top two picks).
    – As a newbie, I’m not sure I want skin-level, to avoid bumps. In which case one of your compact options might just do the trick? Perhaps with experience I’ll later change to skin-level.
    – The OneBlade Face + Body is cheap and available everywhere here in Canada (CAD $49.96 https://a.co/d/4RhRopT). The XT5 is superior, based on your review, but less widely available.

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    • Hi Jack,

      Many thanks for the comment. That’s a really good analysis of your options and the OneBlade + guard should work really well for that. It’s definitely a lot lighter and more compact than any of the Bodygroom models.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. I have the older version of the Bodygroom 7000, (BG2040) and it has served me well for years, and was the best of the 3 trimmers I tried back when I was shopping around. I’ve found as a vulva-haver, most of the tools marketed to men work just as well on me for pubic hair. My old Norelco is on it’s last legs, and I’m happy to see all of this thorough testing shows I should confidently replace it with the modern model. Maybe it’ll actually work on my pits, which my current one fails to do without nicks. Thanks for the comprehensive breakdown!

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    • Hi,

      Thank you so much for the comment, I’m glad you found the post useful.

      If you were happy with the BG2040 I think you’ll like the Bodygroom 7000 which is better in every way. It will take some getting used to with the flexible head, but once you do that, I think you’ll enjoy using it. I actually like it the best for the armpits as well, but I’m trying not to get a super close trim there because of folliculitis (I can’t blame the trimmer for that). But no nicks whatsoever as long as I’m reasonably careful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. By far the best article I’ve found on this topic, and maybe the best “Best ____” article I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for your in depth analysis on this subject! I’m going to try the Bodygroom 7000.

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  9. Ovidiu,

    I am so grateful that I have stumbled upon such a great article on shavers/trimmers. I have been looking for sincere and first-hand experience with trimmers since I am looking for one to buy.

    First, a note – those who wrote other reviews are mostly paid content writers (job title) and it is beginning to be really hard to navigate internet and find some honest information like you did. That’s why there are consumer associations trying to be fair and test as you did. Now, some of those forementioned content writers even started forming (or just plain faking) their own consumer associations in order to sound more credible and trustworthy.

    First question. Your thoughts on Braun BS1000 BodyGroom? Small, affordable, wet/dry, the rest I leave to you. I am from Europe (Serbia to be exact) and I don’t know what the equivalent in Americas is if different.

    Second question. I need a trimmer exclusively for groin and pubic hair grooming/cutting/manscaping at a 3mm length (up to 5mm). Which one would you recommend?

    Third question. Why don’t you make affiliate links for Europe equivalents – I would gladly use it.

    Thanks for this non biased reviews and guides, for the comprehensive insights, elaborate explanations and tutorials.

    Sincerely,
    Miki

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    • Miki,

      Thanks so much for the comment and appreciation, you’re very kind. I’m glad you found the post useful.

      I am yet to try the BS1000, so I’m afraid I can’t share any thoughts on it from actual hands-on experience. I can say however that it’ll probably be very easy to use since it has a really compact size and the quality seems pretty good as well. Otherwise, any pros and cons of a push-style trimmer with shearing blades should still apply.

      Regarding the second question, I would normally recommend any Philips Bodygroom for pubic hair trimming. But since you need a 3 to 5mm length, I’d say that the Philips Multigroom 7000 would be a suitable choice. The body trimming guards have precisely 3 and 5mm and the trimmer itself is highly capable. Arguably the most solidly built out there, powerful, quiet and with fantastic battery life. The Bodygroom models also have guards, but I wouldn’t say those are as good for this use case (I think the Bodygrooms work really well for skin-level manscaping).

      The affiliate links should automatically redirect buyers to the European storefront depending on their location.

      Thank you again for your support, much appreciated.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • Ovidiu,

        I have purchased and tried BS1000. It is highly maneuverable since it’s small and my skin never got nicked while using guard (4mm included), but it lacks power (which can be a reason why it didn’t nick my skin). It has problems with picking flat-lying hair (both curly and straight). Finaly – the blades are unperforming when it comes to pubic hair removal – you have to go several times over it in order to cut it.

        I have used it on primarily on dry body, but I had to test it on wet body and the results are same, with addition that stroke tends to be jumpy / jittery.

        It’s hard to clean, it’s battery powered – which can be both an advantage and disadvantage – depends how you look at it.

        Do not have high hopes in this one. It can be a great addition for curvy, hidden, hardly accesible joints and bends but even that is in my opinion – questionable.

        Maybe I have used it in the wrong way… So I await your hands-on review.

        Regards,
        Miki

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        • Miki,

          Thanks so much for the follow-up. I honestly doubt you’ve used it wrong and that any tweaks to your technique would have improved your experience significantly. Those are rather specific drawbacks of small, underpowered trimmers.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  10. I’m glad I’m seeing this info on push versus pull styles….I think push would be confusing for me.

    I really want something that can cut hair on the face and body from a decent length down to nothing…something an electric shaver can’t do, and I’m beyond baffled. I’d almost settled on a Norelco Multigroomer 7000 or 9000, but I think the pull versus push thing would be hard for me.

    Not a fan of consumable parts either, especially on the XT5 and OneBlade, though I’ve had a oneblade recommended to me.

    Like someone else mentioned, this is the only “small” review site I’ve seen written by an actual human, which is awesome and at least I know SOMETHING now!

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    • Thanks so much for the comment, glad you found the post useful.

      For an all-in-one face and body groomer, I also think the Multigroom 7000 or 9000 would be the best option. The pull-style face&body alternatives with no consumable parts are pretty much non-existent. The Multigroom models are also some of the easiest to use push-style trimmers — compact, powerful, with a really good blade and high-quality guards.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Ovidiu,
    As always thank you for comprehensive in-depth reviews. I follow your direction and recommendation for shavers where I’m on my third Panasonic. I am searching for a nose, eyebrow, ear trimmer. I’m 60+ and don’t shave body hair but at this age the hair grows at an accelerated pace in the areas I listed. I got here by searching “nose hair trimmer” but none of these look to be for that purpose. I in no way desire to waste your time but I’ve had miserable luck with a versatile product that meets my needs. Do you plan to review into this niche type of a product? Please your recommendation means a lot. Thank You!

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    • Paul,

      Thanks so much for the kind comment, I really appreciate it.

      You are right, in this article I only tackled body hair groomers, so there aren’t any specifically geared at trimming nose/ear hair and eyebrows. I’ve only used one such device, namely the Panasonic Panasonic ER-GN30 and it’s a really great tool for nose and ear hair. However, it’s not ideal for eyebrows (I personally use a pair of small scissors to keep them in check). The ones that are also suitable for eyebrows have a special attachment you would fit in place of the nose hair trimmer.

      For example, the Wahl Micro Groomsman is one such all-in-one device. The problem is that almost all of these are rather flimsy and you must be extra careful not to break them.

      I would consider the above-mentioned Panasonic as the build quality is a lot better and just use small scissors for the eyebrows. If that’s not an option, this all-in-one trimmer (non-affiliate link) from ConairMan looks to be better than the rest, but I cannot say that from personal experience as I haven’t used one yet.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • Ovidiu,

        Thanks for the Panasonic recommendation. I will try the ER-GN30 especially due to your build quality comment and stick with small scissors for my eyebrows. Really appreciate your response. Thank You!

        Paul

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          • The 9000 multigroom 9000 (Multi Groomer Mg7770/49-25) has a nose/ear attachment and an eyebrow guard.

            And thank you for your impressive review. It’s the best article I’ve read on shaving products/tips.

            Bravo

          • Hi Frank,

            Thanks so much for the comment, you’re very kind. I’m glad you enjoyed the review.

            That is correct, the Multigroom 9000 has both the nose and eyebrow trimmers (the 7000 only has the nose attachment).

            I just thought that buying it only for the two attachments would be overkill. Paul above mentioned he only needed a device for the nose/ears and eyebrows (he doesn’t shave body hair) and it just didn’t make sense to recommend it just for that. Otherwise it’s a fantastic trimmer.

            The 7000 would still be my pick simply because it costs less — unless of course you specifically need one of the extra accessories bundled with the 9000 (eyebrow attachment, bodyshaver, adjustable beard guard).

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  12. Hi Ovidiu,
    I agree with everyone, thanks for your time and professionalism dedicating so much time to explain all this. Bravo.
    My questions sis about the Philips 7000 that is your second most recommended choice. My main advantage of it as I see it wasn’t spoke about.
    Since I need two machines, one for facial hair and one for body and not share the same blade for infections prevention, I think based on your review the 7000 should be a better choice.
    A) as you’ve mentioned the groin trimmer is the best.
    B) there’s still an extra facial trimmer that’s a different blade/machine but still in the same purchase. To me that sounds like a winner. I don’t need to buy another machine for the face and it’s safer as it doesn’t share the same blade. Yes, as you’ve mentioned it’s loud and even has only 3MM as the shortest attachment which is too long also to my opinion ,But it’s still a really good machine and if you use it gently and pay attention you can get a good use of it too.
    I would love your opinion on this please. Thank you
    Lastly, so you have a link to an article you wrote on the best facial groomer?
    This is not me for it’s for my wife, haha kidding it’s also for me just wanted to add some humor to those that actually read till the end. thank you
    I would love to

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    • Hi,

      Thanks so much for the comment, I really appreciate it.

      That is correct, the Bodygroom 7000 does have two distinct heads with two blades. If you only intend to use the foil head for manscaping (that one will only cut the hair at skin level), I guess you can use the other one as a beard trimmer since it also has an adjustable guard. It was designed for trimming body hair, but I think it can work fairly well for the beard as well (I have never tried it in this manner).

      Unfortunately I do not have an article on facial groomers as I prefer a clean shave so I can’t really try them. I’ve only intentionally let my beard grow a few times just so I can test the trimming capabilities of a few hybrid electric shavers (with trimming accessories) or the Multigroom 7000 in this post.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  13. Hey, love this article. Most you can’t even rely on. What trimmer would you suggest if I want to trim my body hair to skin level everywhere on my body, including private parts and armpits, but also want to be able to trim and shape my beard hair and trim my moustache to skin level aswell. And I will be using it to trim my nose hair as well. Any recommendations?

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    • Hi Hussain,

      Thank you for the kind comment, I really appreciate it.

      I’m afraid you can’t really find such a device without any compromises in at least one of those scenarios.

      However, the one that gets the closest to what you’d need is the Philips Multigroom 7000. It works well enough for cutting body hair at skin level (although you need to be careful when using it without a guard), it’s extremely capable as a beard trimmer and has a special attachment for trimming nose hair. The compromise is when using it on the private parts and even armpits — the blade can (and most likely will) nick the skin. I really wouldn’t use it for the groin without a guard. That’s the issue with this groomer that is again in my opinion the one that ticks most of the boxes.

      Alternatively, the Philips BodyGroom 7000 is in my opinion the best for pubic hair and armpits. The foil head will also work really well on the rest of the body if you want to cut the hair at skin level. That head won’t work well as a beard trimmer though and you will need to rely on the other one (which uses shearing blades) in order to trim your beard at skin level. It was only meant to be used below the neck, so I can’t say with certainty that you’ll have the best experience with it as a beard trimmer (I have never used it in that manner). Finally, it doesn’t have a nose trimmer attachment, so you will need to have a separate device for that (I recommend the Panasonic ER-GN30, it is one of the best I’ve used).

      These would be the two options I would consider. But regardless of which one you’ll be buying, there will still be a compromise. I haven’t come across this Swiss army knife of a trimmer yet. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  14. This was a good, clear, and very deep analysis of all options I’ve read all around the internet but couldn’t decide or even compare by myself, thank you!

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  15. Very helpful guide! I appreciate you breaking down the reasons behind what makes a good trimmer for particular purposes. Seeing other “Top X Genital Hair Groomers for Men” lists promptly put up the Manscaped lawnmower as a top choice is very exposing of what little effort is truly put into many similar lists. I had to do very minimal searching on Reddit and forums to immediately learn the Lawnmower is all marketing.

    Like you said, these editors have clearly never used the products they recommend. Which is an illuminating lesson, when I had previously trusted similar articles on selecting other electronics in the past… what a lesson in not believing all of what you hear online.

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    • Thank you so much for the comment, Jeff, I’m really glad you found the post helpful.

      I always buy the products with my own money and test them extensively. I would never recommend a shaver/trimmer that I wouldn’t feel confident using. That said, I’ve found the Lawn Mower to be overrated and overpriced and there are simply better groomers that cost less.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  16. Hi Ovidiu.

    Just bumped into your article and like others others have mentioned, it’s the most helpful and comprehensive I’ve found. Thank you!

    I haven’t used a body groomer before and am looking for a “safe” and affordable, yet long-term option. I have an average amount of body hair, not too much, and it’s rather fine in texture, not too dense or heavy.

    I will mainly use it for manscaping and underarms, but can also make use of beard trimming etc. occasionally (but that’s just a bonus, good to have).

    I’m choosing between two of your recommended options (Phillips Bodygroom 5000 and Braun XT 5100) as well as the Braun BG5350.

    Can you please share your thoughts if the prices are as follow?

    Philips Bodygroom 5000- £50
    Braun XT 5100- £30
    Braun BG5350- £42

    The price and versatility is making the Braun XT5100 appealing (I also buy the XT200 for even cheaper. Any major differences?), but am wondering if it’ll be a big compromise in the manscaping department compared to the Philips Bodygroom 5000.

    Your inputs would be greatly valued. Thanks again!

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    • Hi Tanay,

      Thanks so much for the comment, you are very kind.

      I am yet to use the Braun BG5350, so I’m afraid I cannot really comment on it from actual experience. It does however seem to be the most versatile of the three because it can handle (at least in theory) all three areas: groin, the rest of the body and beard. I am however a bit wary of the claimed SkinShield blade, I’m not sure it can be used safely (without any guard) on sensitive areas. I will need to test it.

      The Bodygroom 5000 is on the other hand among the very best for privates/armpits and will also work fairly well on the rest of the body. You can’t however use it as a beard trimmer.

      As for the XT5100, it’s just as versatile as the BG5350, but being a compact trimmer, it’s not as fast or as powerful. It’ll be fine occasionally, but I don’t think it’s an ideal option as your main (and only) body groomer. The Philips Bodygroom for example is a lot more effective and faster.

      So my pick would be the Philips Bodygroom 5000 with the mention that I haven’t yet used the Braun BG5350 — the unknown issue is its ability to safely trim sensitive areas without a guard. The Manscaped Lawnmower for example also uses a so-called skin-safe blade, and in practice, it proved to be far from safe.

      If you’re referring to the XT5200 (not XT200), that one comes with an extra body comb.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • Thanks, Ovidiu.

        I got what I thought was a good deal and went completely “left field”!

        Given how you had also listed the Philips Multi Groom MG7750/49 as one of your preferred options, I pulled the trigger on a Philips MG7715/65, a 13-in-1 variant (apart from manscaping and underarms, I also needed an ear/nose trimmer).

        A good deal to get a Philips 7000 series model for approx. £30, right?

        https://www.philips.co.in/c-p/MG7715_65/multigroom-series-7000-13-in-1-face-hair-and-body

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        • You are very welcome. It’s a great deal and if the manscaping and armpit limitation (without a guard) is not an issue, it’s a very solid groomer with loads of attachments. Also fantastic battery life, very powerful motor and a high-quality blade.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  17. Hi Ovidiu.
    First of all I want to thank you for this great article it was very helpfull.
    but still as a hairy person if I want a groomer to likely remove sholders and back hair completely. and makes legs hair just little bit shorter which one would you recommend for me.
    just one more question will removing hair regularly makes it less with time or same ?
    Sincerely,
    Ouss

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    • Hi,

      Thanks so much for the comment, glad you found it useful.

      I think the Philips Bodygroom 5000 (with the back extension) would be a really good option. You can can safely use it without any guards to trim the hair on your back and shoulders at skin level. You can then just use one of the two guards — probably the 7mm one — to trim some of the length on the legs.

      The extra long handle attachment makes it very practical for the hard to reach areas on the back.

      Trimming body hair won’t make it grow faster, thicker, denser or less dense. There might be hormonal changes that occur as we age and can affect some of those aspects, but cutting the hair won’t have any influence at all. However, a hair that was cut short feels coarser and can even look thicker, but as it grows and the blunt/rough end softens, it will appear just as before.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  18. Hi Ovidiu,
    Great review as always! I’ve not found on your website any reviews on nose, ear, and eyebrow trimmers… have you had any experience with these? Amazon reviews are a hit and miss some will say a certain nose, ear, eyebrow trimmer is the best they’ve used while others say it’s junk or doesn’t work. I’m looking at the Panasonic ER-GN70-K which generally gets good reviews as a nose & ear trimmer but not sure about for eyebrows. While the cutting head design might work great for nose & ears I’m not sure it would be the best for eyebrows. There are others like the MANSCAPED™ The Weed Whacker with a similar single focus as the Panasonic but plenty more that go a different route. These have specific accessories guide combs (for eyebrows), different style cutting head & multiple cutting heads that could work better for your eyebrows. Some I’ve checked out online, Philips Norelco 3000 & 5000 nose trimmer, Wahl 5546-400, ConairMan PG7500, and many more. With a couple of different styles of cutting heads maybe one style works best for nose trimming/ears and the other works best for eyebrows. Possibly you need a trimmer for your nose & ears and another for eyebrows? Hoping you have some insight into these trimming devices. Can you make any recommendations?

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    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks so much for comment.

      That is true, I haven’t reviewed any of these type of trimmers. But I have used some with mixed results.

      I actually own a Panasonic ER-GN30 which is pretty much identical in function and design to the ER-GN70-K. It does the job as a nose and ear trimmer perfectly fine, although I personally don’t use it much because of a single reason. Precisely, when trimming nose hair, it leaves a small sharp stump even if the hair is cut as skin level. And it itches and to me that is just annoying enough not to use it. The issue is not specific to the Panasonic nose trimmer — any device that trims the hair, regardless if it’s a Wahl or Manscaped, will be the same.

      For that reason I prefer using a pair of small tweezers to tackle nose hair. It’s more time consuming and plucking the hair is no fun, but there’s no itching and since the hair is plucked from the root, it’ll take a lot longer until it needs to be removed again.

      As for using this device (a Panasonic ER-GN70-K) to trim the eyebrows, I would never use it in that manner. You need to be very conservative and precise when adjusting eyebrows and the round attachment just doesn’t provide any fine control. You can easily mess up the eyebrows and I think there are better options for trimming the length of your eyebrows.

      One would be a device with a tiny blade and combs — so yes, you would need a separate one for the nose/ears and one for the eyebrows. I would start out with the largest comb as you can always use a smaller one and get the desired result. Again, I always recommend a bit of caution when taking care of the eyebrows. So unless a device comes with two attachments (one cylindrical cutter for the nose and a blade+combs for the eyebrows), I would consider two separate ones. They tend to be quite fragile though and the reliability is quite poor. The ones from Panasonic that I mentioned earlier are however pretty sturdy, but again, I wouldn’t use one on my eyebrows.

      The second option and the one I prefer is to use again a small pair of tweezers to pluck the stray hairs from the eyebrows and give them a rough shape and then a tiny scissor to reduce the length of the hairs. You get the same advantage by plucking instead of cutting the hairs at skin level — it takes more time for the hair to grow. I’ve gotten pretty good in time at using the scissors and I get it done pretty quickly, but may seem cumbersome at first. You would need to push the hairs in the opposite direction with your finger, then trim the ones that stick out. I’m not sure if this makes any sense. Maybe some video tutorials on YouTube can better showcase this.

      This comes down to personal preference, but I like the eyebrows to look more natural, I don’t like that crisp edge/shape, which is another reason why I don’t use eyebrow trimmers. I only want to take care of unsightly stray hairs — like the ones right between the eyebrows — and make sure the length is in check. And for this I find the tweezer + scissor technique just right. Again, just personal preference.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  19. Hi Ovidiu,

    I want to thank you about THE most useful review on the internet that I have found regarding trimmers.
    I want to buy a combined trimmer for my nose area, shaping my beard and for my private parts ( trimmed to skin level or at least almost skin level).
    Can you recommend a single device that can perform these three operations? Does such combined trimmer exist or it is better to use combinations of trimmers?
    I would be very thankful for your opinion.
    It seems based on your review and the comments below that most likely such single trimmer is a myth
    However I was thinking about Braun MGK 7 series. It does the beard, has attachments for nose plus a separate foil shaver head that can be combined with the SkinGuard 0 mm guard which, as you explained for the Braun XT5 in your review, can do pretty good and safe job on the private area.
    What do you think?

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  20. Hi again Ovidiu,

    Little edit to my previous comment.
    It seems that the Braun MGK 7 Series does not have SkinGuard 0 mm guard. It seems that this guard is only for the Braun XT5 series.
    Anyway it does have (e.g. Braun MGK 7321) this foil shaver head (shaver head with two sets of teeth on either side of a foil) similar to Philips BodyGroom 5000

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    • Hi,

      Thanks so much for the kind comment, I’m really glad you found the article useful.

      A shaver that does absolutely everything and without any major compromises is indeed difficult to make. Since I’ve originally posted this guide, I’ve bought and tested a few Braun groomers and I think some will make their way here. In terms of versatility, I think Braun will really cater to users that want a single tool for everything.

      The MGK7 has pretty much all the attachments you’d want (I have the 5 Series which lacks the Bodygroom-type of foil head and blades but I did use it from another Braun groomer). I think the Philips Bodygroom head is better for the groin — the tips of the teeth are even rounder and the Braun head has these plastic guide teeth that are quite scratchy and get in the way. In fact, Braun explicitly says it should not be used on the groin as it can nick the skin. And I can confirm that.

      The MGK7 doesn’t have a 0mm SkinGuard; the sensitive skin guard it comes with does add like half a millimeter, so it won’t trim quite at skin level. But it will still be pretty close.

      I never really recommended these all-in-one groomers before as they came with some major shortcomings, but Braun managed to really put together some very compelling products. Solid battery life, good build quality, good blades and loads of useful attachments.

      Again, I haven’t tested the MGK Series 7 (only the 5), but it should be suitable for what you need. I think they missed an opportunity by not making the foil head groin-friendly. But there’s no perfect trimmer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    • The Bodygroom trimmers from Philips, either the Bodygroom 7000 or the 5000 (positions 1 and 2 in the guide above). Their foil&blades head is in my opinion the best for a safe and close trim down there. The 7000 is more feature-rich and has better battery life, but the 5000 usually costs less.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  21. Hi thank you for detailed in-depth analysis ..
    I am looking to buy a trimmer predominantly for pubic and body hair and not for beard so I really like your views on Philips 7000 but
    I also have good reviews for olov groin trimmer which is cheaper than 7000 plus has additional nose/ear head and a stand for trimmer and most importantly Philips trimmer as you said is very loud which is really what I wanted to avoid so I am really confused between olov and Philips 7000 and also it would be nice if u can tell your views on olov if it’s really affective below the belt and won’t really cause any nicks and all..

    Waiting for your views and help..

    Thank you,
    ANKIT

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    • Hi Ankit,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I haven’t used the Olov trimmer yet ( I have one on order), so I cannot say anything with certainty. But I do believe it will be significantly quieter than the Bodygroom 7000 (the Olov has shearing blades and a slow rotating motor).

      That said, I think its performance especially in the groin area will be very similar to the Manscaped Lawn Mower 4.0 that I reviewed here. Precisely, I don’t think it’ll be as good as the Bodygroom. A push-style trimmer with regular shearing blades is far from ideal when trimming below the belt. It’ll take longer to finish trimming, it won’t be as close (the Bodygroom has a foil element that cuts the hair at skin level) and the risk of nicks will be greater.

      Again, this is only me speculating based on previous experience with similar trimmers like the Lawn Mower.

      I will be posting a detailed review of the Olov trimmer once I get it and use it for a few weeks.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  22. Hi Ovidiu, thanks for the excellent guide. I am looking for a shaver for the body and that is also good for pubic hair and I am undecided between the Bodygroom 5000 and 7000. Since I also have a good amount of hair on my back I would lean more toward the 5000, do you think it is the ideal solution?

    Also, what would you recommend as a low budget electric beard trimmer for short beards?

    Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi Al,

      Thank you for the comment.

      Normally I would recommend the 7000 as I think it has the edge slightly when used on pubic hair — that swiveling head makes using it easier as you don’t have to hold the handle at a very sharp angle relative to the body for the initial strokes when you’ll first want the hairs to be cut by the leading blade and not the foil cutter. But the 5000 will nevertheless work great as well. And it’s the one I think you should get because of that back extension. If you also don’t want the hair on the back to be cut at skin level, the 5000 is really the only option as you can fit the combs over the foil head.

      Regarding the beard trimmer, the Philips Multigroommer 3000 (MG3750) is the one that in my opinion manages to provide really good performance for a very affordable price. It usually costs les than the very compact/portable trimmers that are nowhere near as capable.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  23. Hi Ovidiu,

    I hope you are doing well.

    I just saw two seemingly new models on the Philips USA website. More specifically, BG2038/41 (series 5000) and BG2040/34 (series 7000). I am wondering whether they are better than the two models you have mentioned. By considering these two models, what would be your first and second choice?

    Thank you in advance for your consideration and time.

    Best wishes,
    Amirreza

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    • Hi Amirreza,

      I am very well, thank you, hope you are too.

      The two models you mentioned are actually quite a bit older and I would still highly recommend the Series 5000 and 7000 models I’ve mentioned in the post above. Not only are the older models a lot more difficult to find nowadays (or they cost a lot), but they have a couple of shortcomings as well.

      The BG2038/41 (Series 5000) can only be charged via a stand (you cannot plug the cord directly into the groomer) and the battery is a bit smaller compared to the newer BG5025/40 that I recommend. A charging stand is nice as an extra redundant feature, but I am personally not a fan if it limits you from charging the device directly.

      The BG2040/34 (Series 7000) has the exact same charging perk — there’s no charging port on the trimmer and you are always depending on a specific charging stand. And the battery is also (a lot) smaller than the one in the BG7030 for example (50 vs almost 90 minutes).

      For these reasons my top two picks would still be the ones in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  24. Hi Ovidiu,
    Great article !
    Regarding the Panasonic ERGK60 (or newer 80S which you don’t mention), many reviews I have read on Amazon indicate the blades are very fragile and are often breaking. A second problem is that they require maintenance before every shave and it’s not so easy swapping blades without doing some damage. While it may be a great groomer with innovative design features, these durability issues are serious drawbacks to exclude the Panasonic, think. Wouldn’t you agree? With the Philips 7000 for example, it cuts great and is bulletproof.

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    • Hi Charles,

      Thank you so much for the comment.

      I did see the reviews and it’s definitely something to consider — I was considering removing it from the list. Mine has the blade intact, so I personally haven’t experienced the issue despite using it quite a lot. I do take good care of it and lubricate the blade regularly, but of course that doesn’t mean it can’t still happen.

      That said, I think the Multigroom 7000 is a better, more versatile tool and usually costs less. Both have the same main negative though — if you need a skin-level trim on the groin area.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  25. Hi, Ovidiu…
    I, like many of the others who have left a comment, having been looking for some reliable, unbiased information on private shavers. I started out with a Gillette blade razor but cut myself way too many times. Then I found an old Norelco Triple Header (the one Santa used to ride on, if anyone is old enough to remember those TV commercials around Christmas time from the 60’s and 70’s!) and it works a lot better but I still get regular nicks. However, the rotary heads seem like a good idea (in principle anyway) because they will cut hairs at any angle. Still, it was designed for the face, so I am looking for a more specialized product and your informative article has really helped to point me in the right direction. So I really appreciate your in-depth review of all of the items listed in your article.
    But my question is actually not about shavers. I have been using Williams LectricShave before shaving and I’m wondering if that will be a good option with a BodyGroom; it has a lot of alcohol in it to help make the hairs stand up when shaving, thus eliminating the need to “dig in” to get any flat-laying hairs (in theory, anyway).
    Related to that, and perhaps my main question, is to seek your input on what are the best post-shave, soothing balms/creams/lotions to calm the irritation. Any advice you can give on both the pre-shave and post-shave products will be appreciated.
    Thanks again for the time you invested in this deep-dive article on personal shavers!
    All the best,
    Box

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    • Hi Box,

      Thank you so much for the comment, really glad you found the site useful.

      I personally haven’t used a pre-shave lotion for anything except shaving my face with an electric razor (foil or rotary). I think the case for using it when trimming pubic hair with a Bodygroom isn’t as strong. Because the head has two shearing blades in addition to a foil element it can very easily cut even flat-lying hairs. So the main improvement would be absorbing any moisture so the head can glide smoothly. But some baby powder will work better in my opinion if excess moisture is an issue.

      As for reducing irritation after trimming, in my case the things that made the biggest difference are the following:

      — I avoid doing more passes than necessary or applying excessive pressure. That can lead to razor burn and bumps
      — I never wash with warm or hot water afterward, only cool or maybe lukewarm water
      — I try not to wear anything overly tight that would rub against the skin and cause irritation. Also, after taking a shower, I only pat dry the skin in that area, never rub the towel.

      These 3 tweaks are usually enough. There are some products/lotions meant to be used post-shave, but I haven’t used any, so I’m afraid I can’t recommend anything specific from personal experience.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  26. Hello Ovidiu,
    Congratulations for this marvelous review article. The fact that you have evaluated it with an unbiased eye and according to completely objective criteria is very valuable for us.
    I am writing from Turkey and I am particularly interested only in shaving the underarms and pubic area (no hair, no back, no beard, etc.). Unfortunately, the philips 5000 series is not currently on sale in Turkey. More philips bodygroom 3000 series and Braun Series XT 5100 are available.

    Which one would you recommend for the underarms and pubic area only?

    Best regards.

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    • Hi Meric,

      Thanks so much for the comment, you are very kind.

      Between the two I would definitely recommend the Bodygroom 3000. It is actually very similar to the 5000 (it uses the same foil head) but can come with fewer accessories which I understand is not an issue. The battery is Ni-Mh though, so it will take more time to charge. But the performance is very similar and it’s a lot more capable than the XT 5100 which I would mainly recommend when traveling. I would pick the Bodygroom 3000 over it any day for armpits/pubic hair.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    • Hi Alex,

      I think I have like 3 of them. I agree that they work well for such a compact trimmer, but the problem is with the durability of that comb. It’s just so brittle and flimsy, I managed to break two and I’m really careful.

      Compared to a Bodygroom with a foil+blades head (like the 3000, 5000 or 7000), my 1000 would also clog with hairs and I would need to stop and remove them, something I never had to do with the other ones.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    • Hey Ovidiu,
      Thanks for your great and comprehensive reviews. Could you recommend the safest razor for genital areas (particularly balls)?
      I see that you have recommended the Philips Bodygroom 7000. Is it safe to use without the guards?

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      • Hi Mark,

        Yes, having used quite a few I have to say that the trimmers in the Philips Bodygroom line are the most forgiving for a close trim on the genital area. The Bodygroom 7000 has two heads, a hybrid foil head for a close shave and a regular head (with an adjustable guard). Only the foil head can be safely used on the groin area for a close shave; the other head must always have the guard on (and it’s usually meant for the rest of the body).

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

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  27. Finally purchases Bodygroom 7000 , hope it works well for me.
    But i am still not clear the actual difference between 5000 and 7000.
    As i understand, 5000 has an option for your back but 7000 doesn’t?

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    • Hi,

      That would be one of the differences. The other major ones are the following:

      — the 7000 has a flexible foil head which makes it more natural and comfortable to use/hold. The one on the 5000 is fixed
      — the 7000 has a larger battery (90 vs 60 minutes of cordless use)
      — the 5000 comes with 3 different size combs you would fit over the head. The 7000 has a separate trimmer blade on the other end with an integrated adjustable comb.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  28. I really thank your time making this comprehensive review. Definitely, it was more than useful to me for deciding and making my purchase.

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    • Hi Alex,

      I haven’t, but it seems to have the same trimming head as the Philips OneBlade, so I would guess the performance (with the specific pros and cons I mentioned in the article) would be similar.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  29. Many different models of the Philips 5000 and 7000 on Amazon. Still trying to make up my mind between the two models

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    • Hi Bernard,

      Between several models in the 5000 or 7000 lines the performance will be the same, so it comes down to accessories/price. Between the 5000 and 7000, I prefer the 7000 slightly for the tilting foil head which makes it more natural/comfortable to hold.

      I use it a lot for pubic hair and that’s where this advantage of a flexible head is more obvious.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  30. Hi,

    Kudos to the great review! Very much appreciated. ☺️

    I’m looking for a trimmer that can:

    1) Trim arm hair and legs up to 9-10mm (as shortest).
    As I see the 5000 model is not able to do that?

    2) To be able to shave my back.
    (Seems like the 5000 model is the only available model having an extension long handle for this?

    -3) Also looking for a beard trimmer being able to do fades, precise line
    cuts, and up to 0,4 mm length as shortest comb. Do you recommend the 7000 model for this?
    – Is it better to maybe buy a beard trimmer separate?

    Thanks for your help!

    Kind regards,
    Sam

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    • Hi Sam,

      Thank you so much.

      It would be really difficult for a single device to do all that. In my opinion you will need the 5000 for the back extension. The larger guard is however 7mm, so the hair will be a bit shorter than the desired 9-10mm. The adjustable guard on the Bodygroom 7000 does go up to 11mm, but it would be impossible to trim the hair on your back yourself with it.

      My recommendation would be to go with the 5000 (7mm is quite okay and the final length of many hairs will actually be longer since they are lying flat and won’t get cut at exactly 7mm). In my opinion that would be the best compromise.

      Like you’ve said, you will need a separate trimmer for edging and precise lines. I think a good option would be a dedicated beard trimmer like the Panasonic ER-GB42-K. That one has an integrated adjustable comb with very granular control which should allow you to get a smooth fade.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  31. Thanks for awesome guide and review.I bought Phillips S738/15 8 years ago, it has 2-rotating blade for facial hairs, 1 beard-body trimmer and with adjustable comb(1 to 5mm) and foiled head for body and pubic hairs but the problem is i never bought a replacement head till now and its battery can barely last 20 minutes so i was considering to buy a new body groom but my 738’s body head is very similar to BG5000’s head and is its battery is hard-soldered is it possible to fix the battery problem?or it is hopeless?i really love this machine it does everything for me except for hair and nose-ear cutting(not that i need it them so much)

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    • Hi,

      Many thanks for the comment.

      Unfortunately Philips doesn’t list the battery model on Encompass and I wasn’t able to find it elsewhere. So the only way would be to open it and hope the battery has a part number on it. Most shavers have the battery leads soldered and it is officially non user-replaceable. But someone with some electrician skills would be able to swap it easily.

      Just a word of caution, after opening any shaver the waterproofing could be compromised.

      An easier solution would be to buy an older Philips Series 5000 (like the Philips Norelco Shaver 5175) and just use the attachments of your S738, they will fit perfectly. The rotary head for facial hair has 3 cutters and should work even better. The new Series 5000 shavers will not work with your attachments though (the new one has larger, rectangular heads so it’s easy to identify).

      And you are correct, the foil head of your S738 is the same one used by the BG5000, so you can replace it if needed.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  32. Hi Ovidiu,

    I found your site a week ago and since bought the Braun Series 9 Pro 9420s with a separate cleaning station, the Remington XR1500 and, just an hour ago I ordered the Philips BG7025/15. All with spare heads.
    All thanks to your excellent reviews and valuable information.
    I learned a lot here. Thanks!

    Marcel

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  33. Thank you for this detailed writing. The reviews are very helpful, and the tips plus instructions for shaving specific sections of one’s body are such a bonus to this writing.

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  34. Absolutely phenomenal review! Best coverage I’ve seen so far. Shows a lot of passion and dedication to body groomers. Great work!

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  35. Hi! I am about to buy my first shaver ever and I am truly confused too many types and models. I just want a shaver for my body and face which one do think is better in my case? Also I want to know the difference between those body groomers like Xt5 and the other electric shavers like the 8 in 1 or series 3 from Braun.

    Reply
    • Hi,

      If you want a single tool for both the face and the body, it’s important to know that all of them are beard trimmers, not shavers, so you will not get a close, smooth shave on the face. They’re designed to trim and maintain a beard. If that’s what you’re looking for, then the new Philips Multigroom 7000 (MG7910/49) would be one of the more capable ones. I personally think it’s better than the All-in-one and other similar devices from Braun (better metal construction, much larger battery, cordless and corded use, more accessories).

      The XT5 is, as I mentioned in the article above, only good enough for occasional use, I really wouldn’t recommended as your main trimmer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  36. Hi Ovidiu,

    So if I am understanding your review correctly, are you saying you recommend the 5000 over the 7000 if using for chest, abs/stomach, and legs because it cuts the closest to skin?

    As you can imagine for context, I am looking for a trimmer that can be used on chest, armpits, abdomen, and legs (quads/calves). I am NOT needing it for pubic/groin area or Beard. Additionally, I’m looking for something that is able to trim all the way to skin as possible (I prefer the aesthetic look where no hair is visible so I do full body shave every 1-2 weeks). Based on that context would you be able to confirm that the 5000 would be the better option for me, or would you recommend the 7000?

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    • Hi Alex,

      If you want a trim as close to the skin as possible, both the 5000 and 7000 would be able to provide that — using the foil head without any guard. Both will cut the hair equally close. I tend to recommend the 5000 because it costs less and also comes with a handle attachment for shaving the back which I think can be useful to you.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  37. Hi Ovidiu,

    Amazing and really detailed review and by far the best review I’ve found. I’m looking to do my first ever pubic/arm pit shave and I’m quite intimidated. I was looking for some more advice if you could. Based off your view, I think I will be going with the Philips Bodygroom Pro Series 7000 as you’ve said it’s the best for pubic area specifically but also great for other parts.

    My main focus is the pubic area which I’ve never shaved, and I don’t need a close smooth shave, but I definitely want to at the very least trim down there. I also want to avoid razor bumps so could I shave with the grain rather than against the grain? I’m okay with not getting a close shave. Another question is, should I shorten my pubic hair/arm pit hair with the trimmer end with a guard before using the foil end to shave it down? (have not yet to shave my hair in these areas so its quite long).

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    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks so much for the feedback, glad you found the review useful.

      I think it would be best to first trim the bulk using the trimmer end + guard. Nicks usually happen when using the foil end if the hair is longer and it is pulled instead of getting cut — the hair will also pull the surrounding skin tissue toward the blade and will get nicked. So you should definitely trim the hair first using a guard setting of your choice, but the 3mm would probably be the best option if you also want to use the foil head after that for a smooth trim at skin level. If you feel the hair is too long and the 3mm guard tends to get stuck or pull some hairs, you can increase the length to 5 or 7mm and then to a second pass with the guard in the 3mm setting.

      If you’re happy with the result you can just leave like that. There’s also minimal risk of bumps if you don’t shave it at skin level (with the foil head). And on that note, since this is the first time you’re doing it, there’s a high chance you will get razor bumps/Pseudofolliculitis if you’ll be using the foil head. Also, going with the grain doesn’t work — the hairs just won’t get cut and some may even get snagged.

      The most important thing is to go slow and take extra care — especially since the hair is quite long. Also, when first using the foil head, make sure the hair has a reasonable length, you go slow against the grain and leading with the first blade (the foil shouldn’t really be touching the skin during the first passes). The middle foil should be used on short hair only to trim any remaining stumps once the hair got cut from the leading blade. You do that by angling the trimmer more towards the middle foil during the stroke. Hope this makes sense.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  38. Hello!

    I’m looking to do a trim on my pubic hair for the first time and I would like to know what razor you would recommend? I saw that you recommended the philips 7000 for the groin but I feel that it’s quite large and if I’m not looking for a close shave I don’t need the hybrid foil, I just need the trimmer with a guard right? I’m looking for something smaller as well, I feel like the 7000 would be too big for me?

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    • Hi Mat,

      That would correct, a trimmer + guard should suffice. The Braun Body Groomer Series 5 5360 for example or the Philips Multigroom 7000 are smaller and should be right for what you need. Anything smaller does come with some compromises. The Manscaped Lawn Mower is expensive and the blades don’t last, while the very compact models like the Braun XT5 or Philips OneBlade are just not capable enough to be used on a regular basis as your main trimmer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  39. Thanks for this great review! A couple comments as I have been doing this a long time.

    I use and like the Bodygroom 7000 but always on the lookout for an improved model.

    I use it with dry and wet. If you use it dry and want a very close and smooth shave, rub cornstarch on the area first. This allows the skin to be very dry and the shaver glides over with no resistance.

    Now if you are looking for razor smooth, you can follow up with the ES412 Cleancut shaver. This is made in Japan and is very quiet. It can only handle stubble but what the Bodygroom doesn’t get, this one will. It’s quiet and uses C batteries. Continue using corn starch for best results and one and awhile scre the top off and blow the hair and corn starch out. They sell replaceable blades for this too.

    Regarding using the bodygroom wet, this actually works really well with some conditioner. I like to rub conditioner into the hair which softens it. Sometimes I will follw with some Dr. Bronners peppermint soap to make it slippery. Once you have lathered up, leave sit for a few minutes and then shave. This is almost as effective as the corn starch.

    I hope readers find these tips useful! I am a big fan of a smooth pubic area on men and women. It sure increases intimacy!

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    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share this, those are some great insights.

      A while back I wanted to try the Cleancut foil shaver but couldn’t find a vendor willing to ship it overseas. There are more buying options now and I will be getting one. I’m curious if I can get a really close shave with no razor bumps later on — I tend to get them if I overdo it for that perfectly smooth finish (regardless of the shaver).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  40. Thank you for this very detailed review! I will be purchasing the multigroom 7000 based off your view. The only thing i’m missing now is a nose hair trimmer, do you have any recommendations for that?

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    • Thank you for the feedback, Josh — glad you found the article useful.

      The Multigroom 7000 does include a nose hair trimmer attachment, so it should be all good. No need to buy a separate device.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  41. Thanks a lot for the detailed comparison. How now the multigroom philips 9000 compare with the 7000 body groom only in regarding with body grooming quality?

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    • Hi,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I’m currently reviewing the new Multigroom 9000 and I have to say that it is pretty much identical in that regard. The only real difference relating to body grooming is the inclusion of a so-called body shaver attachment that allows you to get a close trim even on sensitive areas (groin, armpits), something the Multigroom 7000 lacked. The closeness you get isn’t as good as in the case of a Bodygroom 5000 and 7000 with that foil head, but still pretty good.

      If that’s not something you’d be interested in, I would still get the 7000. It costs less, it’s just as capable and will even work corded (in the case of the OLD Multigroom 7000 like the MG7750/49). The new Multigroom 7000 (for example the MG7910/49) only works cordless, just like the 9000. Not a big deal in my opinion since it has more than 5 hours of battery runtime, but something to consider.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  42. Excellent review that goes into detail that other reviews do not! I just ordered the 7000 and should be arriving in a few days.

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  43. Hey Ovidiu,
    thanks so much for the review, it is very clear and concise and it got me looking at the Phillips Norelco 7000 Bodygroomer, since i was looking for something for the pubic area.

    My question are:

    1). I did more research and see it is best to only use it below the neckline and not for your face. So best not to use it for your face?

    2). Then there is the Phillips Norelco 7000 Multigroomer which you mentioned was good for both areas, however not for sensitive skin. Could you elaborate on that?

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    • Hi Merlin,

      Thanks so much for the feedback, glad the article was useful.

      Regarding your questions:

      1) That is correct, the Bodygroom 7000 should not be used as a beard trimmer. It is only meant to trim the hair from the neck down. It is in my opinion one of the best, if the not best for a close trim in the pubic area.

      2) The Multigroom 7000 doesn’t include a cutting attachment that will allow you to get a close and safe/comfortable trim in the groin area. You will need to use one of the body guards (3mm or 5mm) which, at least for me, is not ideal as I prefer a very close trim. If that’s not a requirement, then it’s a non-issue.

      A third, middle-ground option would be the Multigroom 9000 that I recently reviewed here. Unlike the Multigroom 7000, it comes with a special attachment called Body Shaver that is extremely comfortable and you can safely use it on the pubic area. Compared to the Bodygroom 7000, it doesn’t cut the hairs quite as close since it doesn’t have a foil element (I’d say 0.3mm to 0.5mm — the length of the remaining hair). It’s still quite good though, very comfortable and the risk of ingrown hairs is minimal.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  44. Hey, great article! This is definitely the most useful review about trimmers I’ve come across online.

    I’m looking to buy a body hair trimmer with longer attachments (about 10mm), but that could also trim close to skin level. I don’t particularly need a trimmer guard below 3mm and my areas of focus would be the crotch, chest, arms and legs. On this basis, I think the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7000 would be the most adapted option in my case. What do you think of that choice?

    I also saw Braun sells a similar product (at least on paper), the bodygroomer 5000 series. Its trimmer guard ranges from 3 to 11mm and I noticed it also has a foil blade attachment. Do you think this might be a good alternative?

    Best wishes,
    Ethan

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    • Hi Ethan,

      Thank you so much for the comment and feedback, glad you found the review useful.

      I own the Braun Body Groomer Series 5 as well and for this particular use case I think it would make more sense than the Bodygroom 7000. It’s more compact and a bit easier to maneuver when trimming the chest, arms and legs. I would say however that the foil + blades head (for a skin-level trim on the groin area) that comes with the Bodygroom 7000 is better than the one included with the Braun. The latter has like a plastic guiding comb that is a bit scratchy and gets in the way slightly. I prefer the Bodygroom 7000 for trimming pubic hair, it’s more effective and gets the job done faster.

      So these would be the pros and cons of both, but it’s up to you to decide which one represents a better compromise. The price of the trimmers is more or less the same, but the Philips replacement parts are usually easier to source and they also cost slightly less.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  45. Hi Ovidiu,

    I am a cyclist who shaves his legs weekly once every two weeks with a traditional razor. I am looking for an electric razor that can do the job quickly and easily. Something that can skim over a week long hair growth to a smooth finish. Not necessarily as close as a razor but close to it. As much as I should shave every 2-3 days, I know the likelihood hood of that happening is slim.
    Your knowledge of electric razors is amazing and I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction so as I don’t waste any more money purchasing an electric razor that isn’t up for the task.

    Cheers Simon

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    • Hi Simon,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      I think a Philips Bodygroom (5000 or 7000) would be ideal for what you need. The closeness of that foil+blades head is among the best you can get from any electric body groomer. The leading blade also works well if the hair is longer, so a week of growth (and even more) shouldn’t pose any problems. You may need to go a bit slower if the hair is very dense, but that’s about it. You can control the closeness as well by adjusting the angle of the trimmer relative to the surface being trimmed so that the foil part will come into contact (or not) with the skin and cut any remaining hair stump at skin level.

      Both the Bodygroom 5000 and 7000 are good options, but I would rather get the 7000 for the larger battery and flexing head.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  46. Hi
    I have read all the information you wrote about. I prefer to shave the groin area to a length of 3mm. That’s why I’m initially considering BG5025 or ER-GK60-S. You wrote that SkinGuard performs poorly in the groin. You also wrote that the 3mm shield works great on other parts of the body. Please tell me how the ER-GK60-S with a 3mm cover works in intimate areas?

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    • Hi Arturro,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Regarding the ER-GK60-S SkinGuard, I was referring to the fact that it cuts the hair at 2-3mm, so it will only be a problem if someone wants a skin-level trim. But if you want a length of approximately 3mm, it works just fine. I’d say it’s even better on the groin area vs the 3mm guard because the blade will cut the hair at the optimum angle since the SkinGuard mimics the V-shape of the blade/head, so the blades cuts the hair at a very sharp angle which is ideal. With the 3mm guard, the blade will be more or less perpendicular to the skin and that will be a problem with flat-lying hairs.

      The BG5025 (Series 3500) is the older model (currently replaced by the Bodygroom 5000), so I don’t know if you can still find it. I do like the guards of the 5000 more, they seem sturdier and glide easier on the skin. So I would rather get the 5000 instead.

      Personally, I like the Bodygroom 5000 more when used on the groin vs the ER-GK60-S because the pull-style handle is more comfortable and feels more natural to use. The ER-GK60-S is more of a hybrid push/pull trimmer that works really well for example on the chest, abs or arms, but I don’t find the ergonomics that good when trimming pubic hair.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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