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Best Nose Hair Trimmer of 2021

We put nose hair trimmers from Conair, Wahl, Panasonic, and others to head to head tests
Award winning nose and ear hair trimmers.
Credit: Rosie De Lise
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 23, 2021
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Sick of long hairs tickling your nose? After researching over 35 of the market's best options, we purchased 9 of the best nose hair trimmers of 2021. We went to work, letting all our hairs grow out before cutting them back again. Armed with all products in hand, we had the opportunity to actively compare performance across several metrics. Not only did we trim our nose, face, and ear hairs whenever we could, but we compared performance, trimming heads, battery, and other features that matter. After grooming for a few months, we offer you our recommendations, grounded in hands-on and unbiased research.


1

Best Overall Nose Trimmer


ConairMAN Lithium-Powered Cordless Trimmer


Battery Run Time: 7 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Impressive initial battery life
Smooth and comfortable trimmer head
Long run time requires a lithium battery
Limited cleaning opportunities

The ConairMan Lithium nose and ear hair trimmer earns the top spot in this review for its uniqueness and impressive performance. Its cutting head features a mushroom shape that can reach more places with comfort than any other trimmer tested, and it doesn't get too clogged up with trimmings. The included lithium AA battery has an impressive run time of seven hours.

While we love its performance, we wish it was a hair easier (pun intended) to disassemble for cleaning. Other products offer better serviceability in this regard. Further, we have to point out that the impressive seven-hour run time is only with the included lithium AA battery. Sadly, it is not rechargeable, and another type of battery may not offer the same performance. Aside from what we think are small setbacks, this is our favorite overall trimmer for its wide range of coverage and long run time.

We like that the ConairMan Lithium comes with a bag and that its...
We like that the ConairMan Lithium comes with a bag and that its mushroom shaped cutting head works better than most.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

2

Best Bang for the Buck


Wahl Trimmer 5545-400


Battery Run Time: 3.75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Both
Variety of attachments
Acceptable battery life
Some parts seem not to integrate well

The Wahl Ear, Nose, and Brow Trimmer is a comprehensive manscaping tool for many male facial needs, and comes at a great price. It works like a standard nose hair trimmer and then some. The included slide cutter clicks into place and includes various guards for length adjustment. Three hours and 45 minutes is an acceptable battery life.

Keeping track of and using all the various add-on features requires some practice. Also, the rotary trimmer seems almost like an afterthought. It doesn't fit flush with the main body of the trimmer, for instance. It works just fine and doesn't look as odd as you might think, but it feels like it could have used a little more consideration.

The Wahl Nose, Ear, and Brow Trimmer. This is the most versatile...
The Wahl Nose, Ear, and Brow Trimmer. This is the most versatile trimmer in our test.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

3

Best with Vacuum Stubble Retention


Panasonic ER430K


Battery Run Time: 0.75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Vacuum function saves some mess
Inexpensive
Vacuum consumes much more battery than cutter alone

Panasonic's ER430K groomer is very similar to other tested products, but sets itself apart with the addition of a fan-powered vacuum function that captures and contains stubble as it is created. In our testing, the vacuum isn't perfect and didn't catch every stray hair, but it serves its purpose. Far fewer hairs go on the loose with this Panasonic than with any of the non-vacuum-equipped products.

However, the addition of the fan motor significantly decreases the battery life of the Panasonic ER430K. When you turn on this model, you engage all of the features. As a result, its battery life only lasts for a fraction of the time of other top-scoring products. With regular use, you can expect to replace the batteries of this model more frequently than you would on many others.

The Panasonic 430 showing its vacuum mechanism vents. The oval...
The Panasonic 430 showing its vacuum mechanism vents. The oval handle shape feels good in our hand.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

4

Best Hand-Powered Trimmer


Groom Mate Platinum XL Hair Trimmer


Battery Run Time: Not applicable | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Small
Theoretically infinite life
Slow

The Groom Mate Platinum XL is entirely manual. You use two hands to turn the cutter yourself. It works like any powered version but takes quite a bit longer to do any given trimming job. For those that travel a lot, live simply, or can't be bothered to maintain a battery-powered device, this is the best choice. The construction is robust and simple; with no electric motor or circuits, the Platinum is fully submersible. We expect this product to last, a speculation we aren't necessarily comfortable making about the electronic versions.

The speed of operation is its primary drawback. Getting an effective and complete trim with this product is more of a meditation than an efficient process. What takes under a minute with a powered version might take 10-15 minutes with the Groom Mate.

The Groom Mate requires two hands to operate. It is the only product...
The Groom Mate requires two hands to operate. It is the only product that requires that, but it also the only product that doesn't require batteries or tens of minutes to do the job.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

5

Solid Performance with a Built-in LED Light


ToiletTree LED Trimmer


Battery Run Time: 2 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
LED light
Safety lock
Shorter battery life

The ToiletTree LED Trimmer is a simple rotary trimmer with a few additional helpful features. Our initial impressions were that the LED light was a little gimmicky, but it proved to be somewhat helpful in seeing spots that still needed trimming. We appreciate the quiet rotary motor, and the safety lock makes it less likely that the device will turn on inadvertently if it is packed away in a suitcase. The head is easy to remove for cleaning, and the hexagonal shape of the whole thing makes for a firmer grip.

One of the notable downsides to this product is that the battery life is just around average. We also think that its primary performance as a nose hair trimmer doesn't quite match the rest of the product's heft. It gets the job done, but it is not super powerful. However, if you want a basic trimmer with a couple of extra features, this one could be worth considering.

This is a basic product with a somewhat useful LED light and safety...
This is a basic product with a somewhat useful LED light and safety lock.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

6

Long Battery Life


Panasonic ER-GN30-K


Battery Run Time: 4.75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Simple
Cleanable
Good battery life
Generic parts

The Panasonic ER-GN30-K is a basic and simple electric nose and ear hair trimmer. It is average all the way around; this is largely a good thing. You can't really go wrong with this product. Others sneak ahead in some way or another, but none are as consistent. The price is average, which is still pretty low.

Like other budget consumer electronics in the modern age, this Panasonic uses generic, widely available major parts. For instance, the cutting head is the same as the heads on a few others. These similarities do not present a direct issue but suggest that ongoing quality control and consistency could be vulnerable with this model. This model, though, is not alone in that regard.

7

Suitable for Light Beard Grooming


Remington NE3845A


Battery Run Time: 1.5 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Both
Variety of cutters and attachments
Waterproof
Twist on/off switch
Minimal disassembly for cleaning

The Remington NE3845A is a sturdy, waterproof trimmer with multiple cutting attachments. It has a standard rotary trimmer in addition to a slide cutter. The slide cutter works with an included guard for shortening but not eliminating some hair. Overall, the construction of the Remington seems more robust than the other options in its price range.

You can rinse water through the head of the running Remington, but you can't disassemble the head for maximum cleaning. The Remington hasn't clogged up, but we fear that we won't be able to service it if and when it does. Other options allow the user to separate various parts to remove every bit of hair detritus. Finally, it is a minor complaint, but the twisted on-off switch isn't as ergonomic as a push-button version would be.

8

Slide Trimmer for All Kinds of Grooming


Micro Touch MAX Trimmer


Battery Run Time: 4.75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Slide
More non-orifice grooming tools
Good battery life
Cannot be disassembled to clean
No rotary trimmer

The Micro Touch Max is the most unique trimmer in our test. It is configured to only work as a slide-style trimmer. All the others are rotary style (or have both rotary and slide trimmers). A slide trimmer is better for precise edging of facial hair than a rotary trimmer is, while a rotary trimmer is better inside of the nose and ears.

You can press a slide cutter into service for the inner nose and ear hair trimming, but a rotary tool is better. Choose the Micro Touch Max if your grooming needs lean towards the non-orifice related.

9

Unpowered and Inexpensive


Tweezerman Nose Hair Trimmer


Battery Run Time: Not applicable | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
No batteries
Inexpensive
Very, very slow
A little scary to use

The Tweezerman Nose and Ear Hair cutter is unique. As the name suggests, it is a squeeze-operated nose hair trimmer; your squeezing motion spins a rotary trimmer. It is nice to not have to worry about batteries. In this way, it is in the same category as the Groom Mate Platinum XL.

There, though, the comparison to the Groom Mate ends. The Groom Mate is slow but gets the job done with some patience. The Tweezerman works but is so slow as to seem like it isn't working at all. It takes a long, long time to get through full grooming of one's ears and hairs. You can value your time pretty low and still justify the few dollars of extra cost with the Groom Mate.

Why You Should Trust Us


Our nose and ear hair expert Jed Porter's mom bought him a nose hair trimmer when he entered high school. Embarrassing? Yes, but we'll go to great lengths to test and to demonstrate our authority. Jed isn't afraid of revealing intimate details if it demonstrates his decades of experience with a product category. On top of a lifetime of orifice hair grooming, our test team conducted more than a month of testing.

We started by using quarantine time to get wild and wooly. We tested most products in an early round of trimming, let it all grow back, and went at it again with the other portion. In the second round, we also took the opportunity to compare the first round's top performers to those only tested later. We tested and scored based on trimming effectiveness, power system, ergonomics, and ease of cleaning.

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We tested in "real world" conditions, including cleaning each in the...
The Tweezerman trimmer is simple and will last a long time, but its...

Analysis and Test Results


Nose or ear hair can make a person feel self-conscious, and you may want a tool to manage said hair. We've done the work for you, identifying which tool does the job the best. We've tested each top contender and summarize our findings for clear examination.

Trimming Effectiveness


Here we assess how thoroughly and quickly the device removes hair. A tool like this is supposed to cut hair, but does it do that in an efficient and effective fashion? There is a remarkably wide spectrum of performance in this category. Because we tested both powered and un-powered options, this scoring metric is the most wide-ranging of all. Powered ones are faster than non powered. Rotary trimmers are faster than slide style and bulbous, "mushroom" rotary-style cuts more thoroughly than cylindrical.

Three different shapes of cutting heads. Left to right, "slide...
Three different shapes of cutting heads. Left to right, "slide style", mushroom-shaped cylinder, and simple cylinder.
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The ConairMan Lithium has the test's only bulbous "mushroom" shaped cutting head, and we found it to cut more effectively than the others. Among the powered options, at the other end of the spectrum, is the slide-style cutter of the Micro Touch Max. It does a good job of trimming/sculpting beard and other facial/surface hair but is clumsy in your ears and nose. The Remington NE3845 and Wahl each come with a cylindrical cutting head and a slide-style cutter head. The inexpensive Panasonic ER430 and Panasonic ERGN30 both have cylindrical cutting heads.

All your nose and ear hair trimmer has to do is get the blades in...
All your nose and ear hair trimmer has to do is get the blades in the right position. An elongated, round handle works great. Even better is a handle with some texturing, contouring, or oval shape to it.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

We reviewed two unpowered options, which are both considerably slower than powered versions. Luddites and those "off the grid" might appreciate the unpowered versions, but we expect most folks won't be able to justify the time and energy required of an unpowered orifice groomer. The awarded Groom Mate Platinum XL is faster than the Tweezerman. The difference between these two is as significant as the difference between the Groom Mate and a powered version. The Tweezerman option is only for the most patient groomers.

Power System


First, we divide all trimmers into powered or unpowered. The unpowered ones have a virtually infinite function. That's cool. The Groom Mate Platinum XL is built such that it will likely never need any sort of service or maintenance. It is super simple and sure to be reliable in the long term.

The two unpowered trimmers we tested. On the left, the Tweezerman...
The two unpowered trimmers we tested. On the left, the Tweezerman and on the right the Groom Mate Platinum XL.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

Next, we looked at battery life. All the battery-powered trimmers used AA batteries. Most included them; only a couple did not. To test, we started with fresh batteries and let them run out. The vacuum-equipped Panasonic ER430K only lasted 45 minutes. This isn't surprising, as it has significantly more going on than the others.

Among the others, the battery life ranged from 1.75 hours to seven hours. This is a broad range of numbers. First, we have to look at the seven-hour number. The top-scoring ConairMan Lithium achieved that performance. This ConairMan product is great and cuts better than most. The battery performance, and its very model name, are defined by the inclusion of a disposable lithium AA battery. You can run the ConairMan on a nonlithium battery and get different results, just like you can run any of the other battery-powered options on a lithium battery and have them function longer.

All the powered products we assessed are driven by a single AA...
All the powered products we assessed are driven by a single AA battery. Choose a better battery and you get better battery life, all else equal. Here, the ConairMan with its included Lithium battery.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

The ConairMan's battery performance is impressive, but it put it in perspective. Throwing out the outliers (the vacuum product at 0:45 and the ConairMan at seven hours), we get a scattering of more consistent results. In practice, you likely won't notice a massive difference between battery-powered trimmers. The batteries last long enough that replacement isn't a frequent and onerous task.

Ergonomics


How is it to use and hold the device? The biggest differentiator is whether you need one hand or two. Only the Groom Mate Platinum XL requires two hands. The rest can be operated with one. The one-handed products are differentiated by subtle and subjective differences like rubberized texture, ribbed surfaces, and shape. Oval is easier to work with than round. Rubbery is nicer than smooth. Switches that click on and off are easier to work with than switches that turn to engage.

The shapes and contours of the handle of the Amagarm trimmer make it...
The shapes and contours of the handle of the Amagarm trimmer make it serviceable in terms of ergonomics.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

The manual squeeze action of the Tweezerman is trickier to use than others. The slide cutters of the Micro Touch Max are harder to navigate in ears and noses. The Remington and ConairMan trimmers both have twist-activated switches, which is a little annoying. On the other hand, their shape and texture are nice to work with. The ConairMan Lithium is narrower than we think is ideal but didn't hamper function.

The ConairMAN trimmer is great, but its narrow and perfectly...
The ConairMAN trimmer is great, but its narrow and perfectly cylindrical shape isn't as easy to manipulate around your ear as some others.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

Ease of Cleaning


Your nose and ear hair trimmer will collect trimmings in one way or another, and you need to be able to get those out. The best for cleaning are those that are unpowered and, therefore, fully washable. The Groom Mate Platinum XL fits this description. The Groom Mate and the Tweezerman can both be washed in soap and water with no concern of disrupting electronics. These unpowered options are the easiest to clean.

Next are those that can be disassembled at home. Your hair plugs up the system; you know this from your shower drain. The compact moving parts of a trimmer are even more prone to clogging. If all the parts can be disassembled, you can best remove the clogging hair. Beware that these products that can be taken apart involve small, delicate parts; make sure that the cleaning you're doing is gentle and careful.

Cleaning is easier with a cutting head that can be removed and...
Cleaning is easier with a cutting head that can be removed and disassembled.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

The ConairMan and Remington trimmers offer minimal disassembly but can be rinsed in one way or another. Finally, the Micro Touch Max slide cutter cannot be taken apart at all.

Whether cleaning your tool while dry or wet, a small brush is nice...
Whether cleaning your tool while dry or wet, a small brush is nice to help get hairs out. Some come with a brush, but most do not.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

Conclusion


You will likely benefit from a new trimming tool. We've devised a series of metrics, which we used for each contender. We tested in real life and in our lab, performing objective tests and creating assessments. We've also highlighted our award winners and the metrics they will excel in. You want to look good and forego thinking about the performance of grooming tools. We've done the thinking and researching so that you don't have to. Any of the options we test are serviceable, but some do certain things better than others.

Jediah Porter