How to Manage
Your Body Hair

Best men's body hair trimmers Best men's body hair trimmers

How to Manage
Your Body Hair

The best trimmers and gadgets for every part of your body

Before we even get into it, let’s just point out that what you do (or don't do) with your body hair is completely up to you. There's no one way to look good anymore. In fact, some guys will be happily embracing hot hirsute summer in 2024. Others simply want to tame errant shoulder hairs or unruly pits but leave their chest alone. And some want to be as smooth as a soapy rubber ducky. You do you ... and we're here to help.

We can say that there are some benefits to mowing longer hair and manscaping here and there. It can be very satisfying and also help highlight areas of focus and muscle tone. Plus, having less hair during the warmer months tends to help with things like swamp ass and body odor. And you probably don't need us to tell you that you don't want to use your regular beard trimmer to tidy up your balls. Frankly, there are better machines to tackle the thicker hair on your chest or back and those annoying hairs sprouting on your shoulders.

As for what to look for, the barbers and celebrity groomers we spoke to all agreed that versatility and quality blades are the most important attributes. Most recommend looking for trimmers that are made with hypoallergenic blades as well to prevent irritation and breakouts. The Valet. team (of varying levels of furriness) has tested out a wide range of trimmers to ensure you get the best one for your particular needs.


The Best
Body Trimmers
in 2024

Best Overall

The unique design of this V-shaped head allows it to trim anywhere safely and comfortably. But it's particularly good for the chest/stomach area or even legs and arms. That's because the vertically-set blade allows you to sweep it over the skin like a brush and the “skin protective blade technology” helps reduce skin irritation, cutting body hair cleanly in whatever direction you choose. The adjustable 3-12mm trimming guard gives you full control of how much hair you want to leave on your body and this is built to get into every nook and cranny.

Wet/dry body trimmer,
$109.99 by Panasonic

FYI: To tame wild armpit hairs, simply raise your arm above your head and then bring it straight down to your side. See those hairs peeking out? Get rid of them with your trimmer. Do this twice to catch any stragglers.

Most Adaptable

There's a reason why this trimmer is consistently ranked high among experts and currently boasts more than 13,000 five-star ratings. It does it all and does it well. The two-sided Bodygroomer offers ultimate precision and has five adjustable lengths so you can dial in the exact amount of hair you want. Plus, it can be used wet or dry and the ergonomic grip allows you to comfortably navigate any and all body contours.

Bodygroom Series 7000 trimmer,
$69.96 by Philips Norelco

Below the Belt

We don't need to tell you this is a sensitive area. And while some guys want to shave this with a razor, the irritation and nicks aren't worth it. This tastefully-designed waterproof trimmer was built to handle coarse and curly pubes without any unfortunate tugs or pulls. The rust-resistant ceramic blades reduce scratching and the blade module prevents nicks and cuts. The quiet motor provides low vibrations while guide combs allow you trim to your perfect length.

Starter Package kit,
$94 / $76.50
by Meridian


Best for Back

It's difficult to get your own back, but this telescoping trimmer allows you to de-fuzz it with relative ease (and without any of the irritation or breakouts of shaving with a razor). The ultra-wide blade head allows you to cover more area quickly and a handy. The “power burst” button is made to shave through extra thick and coarse hair like that patch above your waistband.

Back shaver
with wide blade,
$99.99 by ManGroomer

Extra Smoothness

If you really want to as hairless as a swimmer, you don't want to shave with a razor (you'll just get rough stubble). And you don't want to wax (you'll end up with redness and irritation). Try an epilator. This device is engineered to pluck the hair out and deliver dolphin-like smoothness for up to six weeks (instead of days). This particular model is designed for use on coarse hair and the dual-opposed heads help hold the skin taut as you go, easing a lot of the discomfort.

Emagine epilator,
$99.95 / $69.95 by Emjoi

Does this hurt? It's not pleasant, as it pulls the hairs out from the root, but the pain is short lived and the results are long lasting.

At Home Laser

If you're looking for a more permanent solution, laser hair removal is the answer. And while that used to mean expensive (and uncomfortable) sessions at a salon or spa, this at-home version offers a pain-free and effective PrecisionPulse IPL laser that you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own bathroom. We found that on thicker body hair (like chest and back), the laser required around 12 weeks of treatments, but it works to minimize the hair as you use it. So you can essentially thin and lessen the hair before completely ridding it.

The Flasher 2,
$270 / $169 by Nood

A Waxing Alternative

When you want a hairless result, a depilatory cream is a quick, painless and affordable alternative to waxing. It can be used anywhere hair grows, just make sure to do a patch test before a full application to ensure your skin reacts well to the formula. The cream essentially dissolves the hair at the root, leaving you smooth for longer. Plus, your hair will grow back soft and fine instead of blunt and sharp.

Depilatory cream,
8.99 / $5.98 by Nad's

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