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Protruding ear and nose hairs can be embarrassing, as a lot of people find it unsightly and unhygienic. Scissors are risky. If you’re careful it’s time consuming. But an ear and nose hair trimmer, is a fast, safe and convenient modern solution. They take the form of a spinning cylindrical blade like a wide hollow drill. Some are manually hand driven, but none of those made the top five. Electronic devices are more popular, and only need like one small battery. These devices are however merging with electric razors, with changeable head pieces, including the ear and nose hair headpieces.
Don’t try to trim nose hairs with an electric razor, like Mr. Bean famously did in the early 1990s. Today we have modern nose hair trimmers that can quick and safely trim ear and nose hairs hassle free. Be careful if choosing a multifunction hair trimmer, because some of them have great headpieces for some functions like beard trimmers, and lousy heads for other uses like ear and nose hairs. Unless you know for sure that all the heads are effective for your needs, you might be better off with a dedicated trimmer that only does ear and nose hairs.
Years of testosterone can make a bloke increasingly hairy with age. You get hairs where you don’t want them, and less hair where you do want it i.e. your scalp. Protruding ear hairs have been stereotyped with old men, but never women. Same with nose hairs. You wouldn’t want people looking up at you, seeing a moustache growing out of your nose. But you can’t just remove them all, because ear and nose hairs are dirt filters. Fortunately the ear and nose hair trimmers of today are designed to cut out the rogue hairs, while leaving the useful filter hairs.
Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear & Hair Trimmer
High quality from Panasonic, and only uses one AA sized battery, for up to 90 minutes of trimming. You can do fine touch ups for face and body hair. It has a special cleansing feature from Panasonic, which takes in warm flowing water at the blades and rinses it through the spinning blades for easy cleaning. It can be used for trimming while having a shower. You can even immerse it at shallow depths. The blades are designed to avoid triggering allergies. It cuts through unsightly hairs while retaining enough nose and ear hairs to help filter dust and pathogens.
Some buyers said theirs stopped working after weeks. Many complaints were battery related. The vendor recommends that Polaroid AA batteries are best used with this trimmer, so battery complaints ought to be taken with a pinch of salt unless the user specified which batteries were used. Some buyers also found the trimmer sensitive to knock damage. It has quiet high performance, with a smooth running motor, which may vibrate a bit. You can enjoy using this trimmer without cutting yourself, despite the sharp blades. They are sharp in both directions to make cutting in different positions easier and more effective.
Philips Norelco QG3330/49
Philips quality, with a rechargeable battery. It’s easy to clean by rinsing under a flowing faucet. You can even use it wet in the shower. It runs on 100 volts or 240 volts, which is really convenient if you’re importing it to certain countries. It’s also great for this day and age, where almost everybody loves travel abroad, thanks to cheaper airfares. You could be in some remote village overseas with no power, but rest assured after waiting 10 hours to recharge, you have up to 1 hour of trimming time. That could last you over a week of trimming.
Many buyers were well pleased with the ear and nose hair trimming performance. One buyer said they had a dedicated nose hair trimmer, which they hated, but they were happy to replace it with this Philips trimmer. Several people were amazed with how long the battery lasts on one recharge. Someone said that he thinks he only needs to recharge once a month. It’s reasonably lightweight, which makes it great for luggage. Significantly most people, had great experiences, trimming ear and nose hairs. At least one said it was slow, oddly another said it grabbed nose hairs instead of cutting.
ToiletTree Professional Water Resistant Heavy Duty Steel Nose Trimmer
A high quality stainless steel ear and nose trimmer, not made of “cheap plastic” as the makers described it, though the top and bottom are plastic. They’re so confident with quality, that they have a lifetime warranty on this trimmer, unlike the other trimmers reviewed here. It also has the unique feature of an LED, to help you see in your nostrils, but not in your ears. It’s powered by just one AA sized battery, and take note that the quality of battery you choose to use, will influence the device’s performance. Consider that before blaming the trimmer for performance.
You can rinse the blades under a shower or tap, and even trim hairs while showering, including touchups for your beard, moustache and eyebrows. There’s a “black inner blade cover” that ToiletTree previously instructed owners to take out before rinsing, but now advises people to leave it in. ToiletTree has great customer service, even the company president allegedly phoned up a customer to personally offer a replacement trimmer for one which wouldn’t switch off. Many buyers thought this trimmer cuts faster and better than nose trimmers of some of the top brands. But ear hair trimming can be irritatingly noisy.
Another top five performer from Panasonic. But this time the trimmer doesn’t have the fancy cleansing feature of the higher ranking Panasonic trimmer. Just a modest rinse off under a tap of water. As with the other higher ranking trimmer from Panasonic, the vendor recommends that Polaroid AA batteries work best with this device. It has double sided blades, to make trimming from different positions easier. You can use it for facial hair touchups like brows, beard and moustache. It’s hypoallergenic, like the other Panasonic trimmer, completely waterproof and features a built-in bag-less vacuum, which clears up small hair trimmings.
The vacuum is very effective so you won’t be sneezing out nose hair trimmings or feel nose irritations from hair trimmings stuck up your nose. It trims ear hairs, though you can’t see what you’re doing. You can use it to shape your eyebrows, maybe the ladies might like that, but it’s strongly recommended not to share it with other people. Not trying to be mean to those without their own nose hair trimmer, but who would want to share something that goes up someone’s nose? That might spread pathogens and slime. The other Panasonic reviewed above, cuts hairs better.
The blades of this trimmer are made of the same class of steel as surgical blades. It actually comes with a simple travel pouch. Like all the others reviewed here, you can rinse out hairs with a running tap. Of all the running times mentioned for the top five trimmers, this lithium device does the lowest at just 50 minutes. But it’s possible at least one of those, without a mentioned running time, might be less than 50 minutes. However, what good is longer running time if the motor runs so slow that it doesn’t cut 100% of the time?
There’s a reason why this trimmer was on the bottom of the reviews and maybe that’s because of the highly polarized testimonies for ear and nose hair trimming. Of the many complaints about lousy cutting, some said it was so bad that they don’t use it, others experienced nose hairs being ripped out. The blade has sharp edges and is wide nostril sized, so you might bleed. But there were many good testimonies, take note of the word good, the positive testimonies were generally good but not great nor very good. The manual is lacking to quite a disappointing extent.
What to Look For
Besides wounds, having nose hairs caught in a trimmer like Mr. Bean, is tearfully painful. It’s a tearful reflex you can’t control. Getting one of these trimmers is supposed to make ear and nose hair removal safer and more convenient. Pulling nose hairs with tweezers is one method used by some folk to delay regrowth. It’s stinging painful because the hairs directly trigger sharp pain sensitive nerves. Though trimmed hairs grow faster than uprooted hairs, the convenience of trimming devices compensates for that. So choose a fast and sharp trimmer that doesn’t risk ripping out a bunch of nose hairs.
Sadly today’s ear and nose hair trimmers have developed a reputation amongst customers for weak battery powered motors, dull blades and disposable short lifespans. It seems choosing a long lasting trimmer is like flipping a coin. This is where a lifetime guarantee and top class customer support like with the ToiletTree trimmer, really makes a difference. Whether the ToiletTree design of trimmer is suitable for your nasal and ear situation, is another question. It was the only one with a lifetime guarantee. Just one trimmer had a vacuum to save the trouble of removing irritating hair clippings up your nose.