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Best Nose Hair Trimmer of 2020

Award winning nose and ear hair trimmers.
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor
Monday September 21, 2020
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Call it what you want, but you need a new trimming tool. We examined 35 of the best nose hair trimmers in 2020 and purchased the top 11. Our comparative, "hands-on" assessment considered trimming effectiveness, power system considerations, ergonomics, and ease of cleaning. We tested "in real life" and performed objective analysis on a battery of formalized assessments. We've identified a handful of award winners and summarize how the others may best serve you.

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Best Overall Nose Trimmer


ConairMAN Lithium-Powered Cordless Trimmer


Editors' Choice Award
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$19.99
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Battery Run Time: 7 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Impressive initial battery life
Smooth and comfortable trimmer head
Long run time requires lithium battery
Limited cleaning opportunities

The Conairmain Lithium nose and ear hair trimmer earns the top spot in this review. Its cutting head is uniquely shaped and therefore reaches more places and is more comfortable while doing so. No other tool in our list has the same mushroom-shaped head that this product does. The included lithium AA battery has a mind-blowing run time. The cutting head also doesn't get too clogged up with trimmings.

We wish that the ConairMan was easier to disassemble for cleaning. Other options offer greater serviceability in this regard. Further, we have to point out that the impressive seven-hour run time was with the included lithium AA battery. If you replace this battery with a more standard option, it's unlikely you'll get the same results.

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

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Best Vacuum Stubble Retention


Panasonic ER430K


Editors' Choice Award
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$14.99
(25% off)
at Amazon
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Battery Run Time: .75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
The vacuum function does save some mess
Inexpensive
Vacuum consumes much more battery than cutter alone

Panasonic's ER430K groomer is very similar to other tested products, with the addition of a fan-powered vacuum function that captures and contains at least some of the stubble as it is created. In our testing, the vacuum isn't perfect, but it serves its purpose. Fewer hairs go on the loose with this Panasonic than with any of the non-vacuum-equipped products.

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 is a fraction of other top-scoring products. In normal use, you might replace the batteries of this Panasonic award winner once every month or so instead of once every 3-4 months with an average product.

The Panasonic 430 showing its vacuum mechanism vents. The oval handle shape feels good in our hand.
The Panasonic 430 showing its vacuum mechanism vents. The oval handle shape feels good in our hand.

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Best Bang for the Buck


FlePow Professional Painless


Best Buy Award
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$10
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Battery Run Time: 1.75 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Low price
Straightforward operation
Easy to clean
Below-average battery life
Cheap parts

The FlePow Professional Painless is a basic budget option that our testing showed to be highly effective. It comes with a quiet rotary motor that turns on and off with the basic slider switch, and the device is easy to use on nose hair. It has a rating of IPX7, which means that it is fully waterproof and can be used in the shower. The battery case is easy to access, and the trimmer head is easy to remove for cleaning. This model comes with a brush as well.

The primary drawback of this nose hair trimmer is that its parts are generic, and we don't think it will stand up to heavy use. The battery life is decent, especially if you only plan to use it occasionally; however, it doesn't last nearly as long as some other models. The reason it is 'painless' is because it is not incredibly powerful. However, if you are looking for a high-value option and don't need anything fancy, this one will do the trick.

This basic trimmer is easy to use but comes with generic parts.
This basic trimmer is easy to use but comes with generic parts.

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Best for Manscaping


Wahl Trimmer 5545-400


Top Pick Award
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$9.00
(40% off)
at Amazon
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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. 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 trimmer in our test.
The Wahl Nose, Ear, and Brow Trimmer. This is the most versatile trimmer in our test.

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Best Hand-Powered Trimmer


Groom Mate Platinum XL Hair Trimmer


Top Pick Award
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$19.92
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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 as well as 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 we know of. The construction is robust and simple; with no electric motor or circuits, the Platinum is fully submersible. We expect this product to last, which is something we can't necessarily say 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 it is 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 that requires that  but it also the only product that doesn't require batteries or tens of minutes to do the job.
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.

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Basic Performance for a Great Price


Powlaken Painless Trimmer


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$10
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Battery Run Time: 5 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
Inexpensive
Readily disassembled for cleaning
Long battery run time
Cutting head is tricky to reattach after cleaning

The Powlaken groomer is simple and affordable. Its cutting head is basic and familiar, and it appears to have the same main parts as more expensive options. The battery, in our run-time test, lasted quite awhile. In normal use, the battery in the Amagarm will last long enough that you'll likely forget what kind of battery was installed (it is a AA). That's a good sign.

On the topic of quality control, we disassembled the Powlaken to inspect and clean after initial use and found that the cutting head reattached in an insecure fashion; it still works but goes to show that you get what you pay for.

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Best Option with a Light


ToiletTree LED Trimmer


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$14.95
(17% off)
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Battery Run Time: 2 hours | Rotary or Slide Cutter?: Rotary
LED light
Safety lock
Shorter battery life

The Toiletree 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 heft of the rest of the product. It gets the job done, but it is not super powerful. However, if at the end of the day 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 lock.
This is a basic product with a somewhat useful LED light and safety lock.

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Long Battery Life


Panasonic ER-GN30-K


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$15
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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. The cutting head, for instance, is the same as that on the Powlaken trimmer and is very similar to 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.

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Suitable for Light Beard Grooming


Remington NE3845A


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$12.60
(3% off)
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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.

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Slide Trimmer for All Kinds of Grooming


Micro Touch MAX Trimmer


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$9.99
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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 nose and ears.

You can press a slide cutter into service for 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.

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Unpowered and Inexpensive


Tweezerman Nose Hair Trimmer


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$14.41
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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. Like 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 a 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, scored, and review for trimming effectiveness, power system, ergonomics, and ease of cleaning.

This is as glamorous as gear testing and modeling gets.
We tested in "real world" conditions  including cleaning each in the manner specified by the manufacturer. In most cases that means removing the cutting head and rinsing it.
The Tweezerman trimmer is simple and will last a long time  but its use is slow and tedious.

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. 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 style"  mushroom-shaped cylinder  and simple cylinder.
Three different shapes of cutting heads. Left to right, "slide style", mushroom-shaped cylinder, and simple cylinder.

The ConairMan Lithium has the test's only bulbous "mushroom" shaped cutting head. It does 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 FlePow, Panasonic ER430, Panasonic ERGN30, and Powlaken all have cylindrical cutting heads.

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.
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.

We reviewed two unpowered options. Both are considerably slower than powered versions. 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 absolutely most patient, luddite groomers.

Power System


First, we divide all trimmers into powered or unpowered. The unpowered ones have 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 and on the right the Groom Mate Platinum XL.
The two unpowered trimmers we tested. On the left, the Tweezerman and on the right the Groom Mate Platinum XL.

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. That performance was achieved by the top-scoring ConairMan Lithium. This ConairMan product is great. It cuts better than most. The battery performance, and its very model name, is 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 battery. Choose a better battery and you get better battery life  all else equal. Here  the ConairMan with its included Lithium battery.
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.

The ConairMan's battery performance is impressive but 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 results that is more consistent. In practice, you likely won't notice a huge 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 serviceable in terms of ergonomics.
The shapes and contours of the handle of the Amagarm trimmer make it serviceable in terms of ergonomics.

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, for both of these, their shape and texture are nice to work with. The ConairMan Lithium is narrower than we think is ideal but didn't really hamper function.

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

Ease of Cleaning


Your nose and ear hair trimmer is going to 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. Next are those built to totally disassemble at home.

Cleaning is easier with a cutting head that can be removed and disassembled.
Cleaning is easier with a cutting head that can be removed and disassembled.

Both Panasonic products, the Powlaken, and the FlePow all have cutting heads that are very easily and completely disassembled. These cutting heads may very well all be from the same factory. Shape and markings suggest some shared lineage. The ConairMan and Remington trimmers offer minimal disassembly but can be rinsed in one way or another. Finally, the slide cutter of the Micro Touch Max cannot be taken apart at all.

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.
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.

Conclusion


You want to look good, and not think much about the performance of a fleet of grooming tools. You especially don't want to think much about your nose and ear hair trimmer. We've done the thinking and researching, so you don't have to. Any of the options we test are serviceable, but some do certain things better than others.

Jediah Porter