Pinhole Paring: The 8 Best Nose Hair Trimmers

Sep 16, 2015

Category: Grooming

One of the most embarrassing things about being a man is the horrid things your hair will do to you. It changes colors, it falls out in clumps, and it grows in humiliating places. While it isn’t too difficult to run a safety razor over your face and back, or get an electric razor to trim away embarrassing growth, when it comes to your ear and nose, only a set of dedicated ear and nose hair trimmers will do. They are made to cut hair without causing irritating or slashing these sensitive areas and causing horrific infections.

Ear and nasal hair might be troublesome, but they are still necessary for keeping detritus from entering your sinus cavities, which can help prevent disease and exacerbate health problems. Keeping that in mind, you don’t want one that is going to cut to the quick or to the skin. This isn’t meant to be a straight razor shave, but rather a hygienic clip which looks good but doesn’t completely ruin the function of your body’s natural defenses. So that you look clean without harming yourself in the process, we found the 8 best nose hair trimmers.

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Cleaning System

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Cleaning System

Pro: No feeling of cutting or pulling
Con: Breakdowns are common

Clean Sweep: Most trimmers on the market still look like Dr. Who’s sonic screwdriver, which isn’t necessarily the best build for going into your ears and nose. The upswept, curved make of the ER-GN30 gives it an ergonomic edge that makes it simpler to get to the hidden hairs comfortably, as well as get better visibility while you trim. Switching modes from wet to dry, cleaning it out, and reassembling it are all handled through simple twists and turns that are never confusing.

Purchase: $11

Conair All-in-One Trimmer

Conair All-in-One Trimmer

Pro: Full cordless grooming set
Con: Learning to change trimmer head takes time and effort

Groomsman: This is primarily a beard trimmer for getting your sideburns under control, keeping your beard in check, or handling your eyebrows. We’ve also found that among the all-in-one grooming systems, this had the most impressive nose hair trimmer attachment. It will take some time to get used to swapping out pieces and parts, since the heads don’t just snap on and off, but if you’re looking for one trimmer to do it all cordlessly, easily, and effectively, then you’d be a fool to pay more.

Purchase: $12

ToiletTree Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer

ToiletTree Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer

Pro: Extremely easy to clean
Con: Tends to get hot during use

Bright Idea: Even using the vanity lights over your bathroom mirror, your nose is a dark cavern that is hard to see into. Using this heavy duty trimmer from ToiletTree with its attached LED penlight, you’ll never need to tilt your head every which way to find the hairs that need to be cut. The body is made of stainless steel, not plastic, which improves their longevity and helps make them completely waterproof for use in the shower.

Purchase: $18

Panasonic ER430K Vacuum Cleaning System 0

Panasonic ER430K Vacuum Cleaning System

Pro: Comfortable, ergonomic grip
Con: Large body is bulky and unwieldy

Suck Up: When trimming your personal hair, it has to go somewhere, and you could end up causing a sneezing fit or sinus irritation if you aren’t careful. Using a sucking system similar to a small robot vacuum, the ER430K gets rid of the cut follicles so they don’t aggravate your breathing or irritate your skin. The curved, hypoallergenic blades are placed at a 60-degree angle to capture the most stubborn hairs and cut the brush back, leaving you feeling clean with every use.

Purchase: $19

Groom Mate Platinum XL

Groom Mate Platinum XL

Pro: Lifetime unconditional warranty
Con: Is a completely manual device

Travel Companion: There’s no such thing as a nose hair trimmer that is too big to be taken on a trip, but for something you can tuck into your shaving kit, the Platinum XL is a fire-and-forget model. Completely made of stainless steel it won’t rust or corrode, even if forgotten for long periods of time. It’s entirely battery free, working instead with a manual cutting motion that is easy to accomplish and does a serviceable job of trimming unwanted hair in your nose and ear. It is a little more time consuming than electric models, but also apocalypse friendly for grooming after the fall.

Purchase: $19

Philips Norelco NT9130-40 NoseTrimmer 5100

Philips Norelco NT9130/40 NoseTrimmer 5100

Pro: Rubberized grip surrounds handle for superb grip
Con: Operates at an awkward angle

Artful Arch: Using a chromium blade that has been fine ground to near perfection mounted on the end of an ergonomic head that sweeps backwards to accommodate every nostril, this is a device worth its salt. Around the blade is a skin guard specifically made to allow the sharp blades to clean hair without nicking the fragile places just inside your nose. It never pulls or aggravates the site where it is used, so you won’t need to follow it up with an aftershave to soothe your savage flesh.

Purchase: $34

Remington NE3560 Mens Touch Up Groomer

Remington NE3560 Mens Touch Up Groomer

Pro: Powerful motor
Con: Clogs easily without regular cleaning

Poetry in Motion: There honestly isn’t a great deal of difference in your standard nose hair trimmers. They work with a spinning blade set in the center that chops off any hair it comes in contact with. If you are tired of these staid prospects and ready for true elegance, then the NE3560 is a revelation. Using two opposing trimming heads like a hedge trimmer the tip is delicate, but it works quickly on the densest hair without the slightest tug. With a chrome and black body that comes with other grooming attachments, Remington’s trimmer is one you won’t mind your overnight guests seeing.

Purchase: $40

Creation Springs Wet:Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

Creation Springs Wet/Dry Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer

Pro: Comes with stand, LED light, and trimmer
Con: Expensive

Workhorse: The brushed aluminum outside with its excellent water resistance is just the pretty packaging. Once you turn it on, you’ll be able to feel the difference in the power of the motor as it churns along, feeling like much more than a basic trimmer. Using some of the sharpest rotary blades we’ve ever encountered, this hacks through your thicket of brush cleanly and quickly, reducing the time spent hunting down wayward hairs and covering old ground. It is true salon grade and intended for use by professionals, but any amateur can appreciate the results.

Purchase: $40

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