Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100
Philips Norelco OneBlade Face and Body Trimmer/Shaver
Philips Norelco BG1026/60 Body Groomer
Way back in the 20th century, tattoos were rare, body piercings were even rarer and men’s grooming was a decidedly head-centric past time. Today, however, there are dozens of different devices on the market designed specifically to tackle back, leg, arm, and chest hair. As well as hair in places your dad probably never thought needed grooming. To deal with all that fur you’re going to need a body groomer you can rely on and we’ve got the 9 best body groomers in 2019.
The Best Body Groomer
The BG2040 from Philips Norelco is a number 1 groomer on our best body groomers list for a reason. It is a handsome, effective personal grooming device that’s comfortable to hold at any angle and has a pivoting head that effortlessly follows the contours of your body. The BG2040 is designed specifically for men and completely safe to use in the shower. The 5 length settings allow you to achieve exactly the effect you want in any given area while the trimmer provides the finishing touches with nary a nick or scratch. Fully rechargeable, lightweight and built to last.
Pivoting head follows the contours of your body
Designed specifically for men
Water resistant case
- BrandNorelco Philips
- Weight0.5 lb
For the ProGlide Gillette reached out to Braun to help with the grooming technology and the 2 personal grooming powerhouses wind up producing a device that has both style and substance. The ProGlide is completely waterproof, has 3 combs to achieve differing lengths in different areas and an aggressive, ribbed style that actually does wonders in helping you maintain a solid grip in the shower. Great for fast touch-ups or achieving a complete look. Be sure to also check out our list of the best hair removal cream for more great items like this.
Easy to hold at any angle
Great for creating nice sharp edges
Completely safe for the shower
- Weight1.09 lb
Unlike some battery powered groomers that deliver 15 or 20 minutes per charge the Remington PG525 provides you with a full 70 minutes. The PG525 has 3 beard combs, a full sized trimmer, a trimmer for your nose, ears and details and a hair clipper comb. While the grip you’ll get on the PG525 is not as solid as on some other groomers, especially in the shower, the quality of the cutting and trimming tools is beyond reproach and earns this groomer a spot on our best body groomers list.
Charge stand accommodates all components of the kit
Provides a best in class 70 minutes per charge
- Weight0.5 lb
With the OneBlade the emphasis is on protecting your skin – particularly skin that is not accustomed to having razors dragged across it – from irritation, nicks, scrapes and cuts. You’ll get as close a shave as you want, wherever you want to shave because the company’s “dual protection system” combines a fast moving blade with a skin-friendly design. OneBlade is not designed to shave you clean as a whistle. Instead it’s designed to be used a couple of times a week by those want to trim back the hair they have. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best pubic hair trimmers for more great products like this.
Different blades for face and body
Won’t tug on longer hairs
Equally effective used wet or dry
- BrandPhilips Norelco
- Weight0.8 lb
With the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver the shave is close and clean. But it’s really its ability to provide access to previously underserved areas of the back that makes the Mangroomer one of the best body groomers on the market and a must have tool. There are 2 groomer heads: one for large areas the other for smaller or more delicate areas. There’s a quick charge battery feature and an easy to use mechanism in the hinge that lets you lock in any angle you need. Much lighter than it looks.
Patented design reaches all parts of your back
Locks in at any angle you choose for best results
Rubberized grip for an effective control
- ModelULTIMATE PRO
- Weight1 lb
Panasonic hits it out of the park with this waterproof device. It cleans up in seconds, has one of the more comfortable handles you’ll find on a men’s personal groomer and there’s more than a dozen settings for trimming your hair or beard. It’s light, provides about 40 minutes of use on a full charge (which typically takes 8 hours) and comes with its own lubricating oil (directions included) so that you can keep it running smooth for years.
100% waterproof and perfect for the shower
Precision honed, spring action blades for irritation free grooming
Full bodied, masculine design
- Weight0.42 lb
If all groomers worked as well as the BG2034 looks it would be a wonderful world indeed. Fortunately the performance of the BG2034 lives up to its own looks by providing clean, close shaves, 50 minutes of run time, a variety of heads to produce different length effects and an extension that allows you to reach those hard to access areas in the center of the back. You’ll be surprised how deftly the BG2034 handles your sensitive areas as well. One of the best body groomers out there, for sure.
3 removable combs for different length hair
Outstanding 50 minutes when fully charged
- BrandPhilips Norelco
- Weight0.75 lb
The BG1026/60 is the little brother to the 2034 profiled above. The 1026/60 is light and compact and runs on a single AA battery which should be good for a couple of months. This is a great tool for on-the-go touch ups and every guy that works in a professional environment should have one of these in their desk, just in case. The skin protectors do their job, the two-way trimmer produces crisp clean results, the rig is showerproof and the whole thing costs less than a large pizza.
Trimmer is bi-directional for ease of use
Slim, ergonomic design fits in most grooming kits
Effective wet or dry
- BrandPhilips Norelco
- Weight0.75 lb
Braun Cruzer 5 is a sharp looking grooming tool that you can take right into the shower with you on your next manscaping expedition. It’s a little heavier than some other groomers but the Braun designers put the extra heft to work so that you barely need to exert any effort to produce a nice clean skin surface. This is a beautifully balanced tool that allows you to effortlessly switch from shaving to trimming and back again without skipping a beat.
Trim and shave in a single stroke
Legendary Braun quality
Works with either Gillette Fusion blades or Gillette Fusion Pro-Glide blades
- ModelCruZer 5 Body
- Weight1.06 lb
Body Groomer Buying Guide & FAQs
How We Chose Our Selection of Best Body Groomers:
- Quality - Obviously any body groomer that makes our list is going to be a high quality product. But how, you may ask, do we arrive at that determination? Well, we do it by paying close attention to all the things listed below in the “What to consider…” segment of this guide. Any groomer that makes this list has impressed us not only with its build quality but also with its ease of use, ease of cleaning, accessories, battery power, the way it feels in our hand and more. It doesn’t have to be the hands down winner in every category, but it must score highly in enough of them to warrant separation from the herd.
- Brand - When it comes to most products these days we’re beyond reserving spots on any of our lists based on the brand alone. That’s because in today’s fast moving global marketplace a brand that may have bowled us over a couple of years ago may have subsequently been sold with the new owners gutting quality control and hoping brand loyalty alone will be enough to sustain sales. Some companies actually get away with that because they enter emerging markets with less sophisticated customers for whom the brand name is everything. So brand names are nice, but we definitely take a “What have you done for me lately?” approach in creating a list of the best body groomers.
- Reviews - Customer reviews are another arena we enter wearing our skeptic hats. We love to see a broad spectrum of opinions but customer reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt for a couple of reasons: 1) because someone could just be in a bad mood and wanting to take something down when they write their review or 2) they could be related to someone who works at the company who asked them to write a glowing review to help the product’s cause. Bottom line is that it comes down to motivations, as in there’s no way to really know what motivated a “customer” (if they even were one) to praise or trash a particular product. So instead of looking for angry criticism or effusive praise we use reviews to see if we can find any trends in the narrative about a product, or if the reviewer or reviewers noticed something that we had overlooked.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Body Groomer:
- Size - The size of the body groomer will vary from model to model. Some are ultra-compact and no bigger than a standard electric razor. While others are 18” long or more with the ability to reach all the way down your back. Which one you choose should depend on the amount of hair you’re looking to bring under control and its location. If back hair is an issue for you then by all means get the right tool to combat it. If, however, you’re just looking to clean up some chest hair then a smaller, lighter model will do just fine.
- Weight - Weight will be dependent on two things: the size of the body groomer and whether it is a plug in or battery powered model. The larger the groomer the heavier it’s going to be. That’s only natural. Some guys however don’t consider how batteries can affect the weight of one of these devices. So if weight is a concern then you might want to opt for a plug in model.
- Attachments/Combs - The best body groomers come with an array of attachments that enhance their versatility and eliminate the need for you to have other tools on hand when conducting your grooming. It’s a pain to have to put down the groomer and reach for the nose hair trimmers for instance. And it’s equally inconvenient to have to put aside the groomer after removing the bulk of your chest hair and have to use standard scissors to achieve the final look. You want a full spectrum device that will handle all aspects of the process from A to Z. It should have a range of length settings, be able to remove hair in bulk and perform detail work, have a variety of combs that create a variety of looks and have a method for easily cleaning hair from the groomer when you are done.
- Power - In essence groomers get their power from one of three sources: power cords, rechargeable batteries or disposable batteries. The cordless body groomer with a rechargeable battery is the most popular kind for obvious reasons. However some guys prefer the lighter weight of the corded models. They may also want to avoid the prospect of picking up their body groomer one day only to find the battery needs charging or the disposable batteries are dead. In addition they may have issues with what happens to batteries when they have reached the end of their life. Folks who prefer groomers that use disposable batteries typically do so just for the convenience and because they’re confident they won’t forget to have spare batteries on hand. This type of groomer also travels well to other countries because it doesn’t require anything to be plugged in.
- Wet/Dry Use - Not every body groomer is compatible with the shower. If that’s what you want you’ll need to be absolutely certain your chosen groomer says “waterproof” or “watertight” on the label and states outright it can be used in such a way. That said, most guys are not going to use their groomer in the shower, they’re going to use it when their hair is nice and dry so they can get an accurate picture of what’s happening as they work. If you plan to shave yourself down to the skin then you should probably get a wet body groomer just because you’re going to want to use some shaving gel or foam in order to avoid irritating your skin. If what you’re looking for is a more nuanced effect that retains some hair a dry groomer is probably a better choice.
- Battery Life/Run Time - Battery life and run time are one in the same thing and vary depending on the model of body groomer. Some provide as little as 30 minutes on a full charge, while others will provide as much as 80 minutes. Disposable battery models are becoming harder to find these days but if you do you’ll likely get about the same run time from a couple of AAs as you would from the rechargeable battery.
- Design - Groomers are a good example of form following function. Because you need to hold the groomer in your hand and move it about your body for what is typically a pretty long time it needs to be designed to fit comfortably in that hand with the power switch easily accessible to your thumb. If it is intended to help you clear back hair it’s going to need a longer handle or an attachment that will let you reach back there easily. These practical constraints result in designs that are pretty much all variations on the same theme. Since there isn’t a lot of difference then the one you choose will simply be a matter of taste.
- Length Settings - It’s important that groomers be able to reach all parts of your body if that’s what you want and that they are able to provide you with a range of options regarding how much hair you wish to remove or retain. As such the more length settings the better. We would look for one that offered a dozen or more settings simply because it’s better to have too many options than not enough.
- Ease of use - Manscaping is not rocket science but it can be exacting, especially when it comes to your back or particularly sensitive areas. As such you don’t want the body groomer to be getting in the way while you work, or limiting your options. Like any good tool the body groomer should become an extension of your hand and essentially disappear while you work. If mistakes are made they should be your errors and not the result of the limited capabilities of the tool. Contrary to what some might say body grooming in the shower almost always yields uneven results when the hair dries. As such waterproof groomers are not necessarily the be-all end-all they’re often made out to be. And may actually create more work than if you simply used a dry groomer.
- Ease of cleaning - Just as you don’t let your comb or brush get skanky and you don’t let the razor you shave your face with get clogged with whiskers so too you should never put your body groomer away without cleaning it first. Failing to do so can and often will end up compromising the effectiveness of the tool and making it more likely you’ll end up cutting, scratching or scraping yourself while you work. Some groomers are washable under the faucet while others require a cleaning brush. Whichever method of cleaning the groomer employs it should be a simple, straightforward process that results in the device being sparkling clean and ready to go next time.
Body Groomers FAQs
Q: What is the Best Shaving Technique for Grooming Body Hair?
A: There’s a right way and a wrong way to manscape (that is, address body hair from the shoulders down). Below is the right way.
- The Chest - A completely hairless chest might be useful if you’re an Olympic swimmer but for everyone else it looks a bit strange and self-involved. Trim your chest hair back to about half an inch in length and taper it as you move toward the edges of your torso.
- The Back - The back is where we separate the men from the sasquatch and the one place on the torso where stubble may be forgiven from time to time. Shaving it all off right down to the skin is the only way to go. You might even want to consider waxing, which should keep your back hairless for 4-6 weeks.
- The Butt - You’re going to look pretty silly with a silky smooth back and a hairy butt. Butt hair doesn’t serve any purpose so use your groomer to take it down right to the follicle.
- The Armpits - Some guys like to leave a bit of fuzz under the arms but really, what’s the point? Typically what underarm hair does is trap bacteria and lead to unpleasant odors. Shave them clean.
- Pubic Hair - There aren’t a lot of guys who can pull off the hairless look down there. At the same time giving the forest free reign isn’t going to work either. Instead, trim things back to about ¼ inch long and then use your grooming tool to establish new boundaries for your bush that are closer to your stuff.
Q: Can I Use My Regular Razor for Body Grooming?
A: The obverse of shaving your face with your body groomer is shaving your body with your standard facial razor. Can you do it? Of course. Should you? Not if you want satisfying results and not if you want to finish in less than a couple of hours. Also, the effects you’re able to achieve will be extremely limited, since manual facial razors require removing the hair right down to the skin and even electric facial razors have at best only a few length settings. If you’re an Olympic swimmer and you’re trying to shave 1/100th of a second off the world record it may be useful to remove every bit of body hair. However most people aren’t world class swimmers and don’t have any compelling reason to put up with the irritation that comes with shaving yourself clean. Body groomers are designed to handle large areas in short order and can have you on your way in a half hour or less. Using your standard razor will likely drag out the experience to 1 or 2 hours or more and produce less satisfying results. But the choice is yours.
Q: Can You Shave Your Face With A Body Groomer?
A: You can, but that’s like asking if you can eat dog food. Sure you can but it’s not recommended for sustaining long term health. Heck, you can use hedge shears to trim your beard if you want but chances are pretty good you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for. For the most part the heads on the groomers are designed for the large, mostly flat areas of the torso and not the many and various nuances of the face. Also, do you really want to use the same tool you just shaved your butt with to shave your face? A better idea is to stick with the smaller, more agile shavers designed for the face and leave the back and butt shaving to the back and butt body groomers.
Q: Will Cutting Your Hair Make It Grow Thicker?
A: You will likely be able to find just as many people who answer “yes” to that question as will answer “no”. Science tends to come down on the “no” side and that’s enough for some people. On the other hand maybe a better question is this: “Does it matter if cutting your hair will make it grow back thicker?” We would argue the answer to that question is “no”. Regardless of how fast or thick the hair grows back the purpose of body grooming is to remove excess hair so that you can look and feel better in the here and now. So the question of whether cutting your hair makes it grow back thicker is irrelevant to the goal at hand.
Q: Do I Need to Keep the Body Groomer Oiled and Clean?
A: Although you may well use it in the shower to remove hair from your back your groomer is actually a precision instrument and needs to be properly maintained. You should make sure you clean the heads after every use and also perform regular maintenance on it, including lubricating it well and properly. Exactly what that maintenance will entail can vary significantly from maker to maker so be sure to consult your owner’s manual to get specific care instructions and then follow them to the letter.
Do Not Leave Defined Lines
Body groomers are not like the razor you use on your face and they’re not intended to produce the same type of results. With your face you may want to establish clearly defined boundaries to your beard or moustache or sideburns so that you can accentuate your baby blues or conform to facial hair rules at work. Such boundaries however, have no place on your torso. The body groomer is intended to reduce your fur to fuzz and leave you feeling lighter and cooler while looking more sculpted. It’s not intended to create a hedge maze on your chest or back. So whatever you do be wary of accidentally creating hard and fast borders in your body hair.