Updated 9 March 2022
We have tested the best nose hair trimmers for men and consider the Philips 5000 (NT5175) as the best vertical trimmer. This nose and ear hair trimmer is even suitable for the eyebrows, and it comes with many useful accessories. The handle is exceptionally comfortable and easy to grip. The best rotating trimmer is the Babyliss E650E. Babyliss has managed to make a rotating nose trimmer which is so sharp and well-built that you don't notice you're holding an electric shaver. It clears your nose without any discomfort and is efficient, quiet and has a nice grip.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in by the consumer. The models in this test have been tested on several occasions and used on both nose and ear hair, as well as on eyebrows and whiskers. The appliances have been cleaned according to the instructions for the model, and the waterproof models have been tested under the shower. When assessing each nose and ear trimmer, we have based our verdict primarily on the parameters below.
Cutting effect: How effectively does the nose trimmer cut? How comfortable is the cutting process – in other words, does the skin experience irritation and do sharp parts graze the skin? What's the overall cutting result like?
Ease of use: Is the nose and ear hair trimmer easy to understand and use? Does t include any useful accessories? How easy is it to clean the nose trimmer?
Construction: Is the construction robust and of high quality? What’s the grip like and how easy is it to control the nasal hair trimmer? How seamless is it to change accessories and shaver parts?
The evaluation is based on the overall experience of the product. This is then compared to the product price to determine value for money before allocating a score.
Has many useful accessories and is perfect for men to tackle the ears and eyebrows.
Model: Replaceable head with vertical trimmer and edge trimmer (for stubble and moustache) Water resistance: Washable Battery: AA Accessories included: Precision trimmer, two extra trimmer combs, four accessories for eyebrows and beard, battery Guarantee: 2 years
Philips calls this model a “hygiene trimmer”, which could perhaps be confused with a pubic hair trimmer - but it shouldn’t be. Both trimmer heads are designed to be used on the face. The vertical trimmer – the smaller head – is perfect for grooming ear hair and trimming the eyebrows, making it also great for women. The blade speed is good on both blades and the head has a slightly different design from the 3000 series, which makes it more comfortable to use in the nostrils. However, if you’re primarily after a nose trimmer, we recommend a nose hair cutter with a rotating blade. The grip is good, with rubber parts that offer good control. The 5000 series is quite simply a step up the ladder compared to its little brother, the 3000 series. Given the small price difference, the Philips 5000 is an extremely good value for money trimmer.
A nose and ear trimmer which is effective, quiet and affords really great results!
Model: Rotating blades Water resistance: Washable Battery: AA Accessories included: None Guarantee: 2 years
Babyliss has produced the simplest nasal hair trimmer in the test, but also the cheapest. The appliance only has rotating blades, which means that it isn’t suitable for trimming the eyebrows or beard. However, if you are looking for a clipper that trims nose and ear hair, the E650E is fantastic. It’s compact, gentle and easy to clean. But what it does best is cutting. Babyliss has succeeded in producing a rotating nose trimmer and ear hair trimmer that’s so sharp and well-designed that you can’t even tell you're using a shaver. It can cut nose hair without the least discomfort. It’s also so quiet that trimming your ear hair won’t be a problem. It does have a limited area of use, but as a nose and ear trimmer, this affordable machine from Babyliss is simply unbeatable.
Stable construction with a selection of heads.
This stable construction makes the Remington NE3450 electric nose hair trimmer easy to use. The NE3450 comes with two heads, which means that it is possible to change between a vertical trimmer and rotating blades. This is particularly useful as the rotating blades can be used for grooming the nose. The vertical trimmer is too sharp to be used in the nostrils. The volume is rather loud, and is the loudest of the models we tested, which isn’t particularly pleasant when you’re trimming your ear hair. It also grazes the skin when used in the ears. Yet, for the eyebrows and nose, the Remington NE3450 works extremely well, and in combination with its stable construction, this makes it a solid choice for women as well as men.
Robust and compact design which is perfect when travelling.
The Braun EN10 is the perfect ear hair trimmer travel companion for men. The design is small and compact so it doesn’t take up much space in your suitcase or hand luggage. It also includes a cover that protects the shaver head while simultaneously locking the on/off button, which comes in extremely useful. In general, the appliance gets plus points for the good grip and robust design. The fact that the trimmer is waterproof is also one of its benefits. Unfortunately, the actual shaving effect leaves something to be desired. The shaver head is large with sparse openings, which makes it difficult to cut thoroughly and many passes are required for an even result. The Braun EN10’s positive characteristics together with its reasonable price still make this electric nose hair trimmer good value for money.
Most suitable for ears and eyebrows with an impressive blade speed.
The Philips 3000 is a stable ear trimmer with good blade speed. The rubber covered handle gives a nice feel and grip - and makes the appliance easy to control. However, when you use it in the nose it tends to somewhat graze the skin, which isn’t overly comfortable. Nevertheless, it does a solid job on the ears and eyebrows and using it here is much more pleasant. Obviously, the score drops substantially because it doesn’t work very well on nasal hair. If you're primarily looking for an eyebrow or ear trimmer, the Philips 3000 is still a good and straightforward appliance worth your money. Lastly, this model alike the others in our test operated with batteries and is not a rechargeable nose trimmer.
A quiet but uncomfortably hot nasal hair trimmer
Model: Rotating blades Water resistance: Waterproof Battery: AA Accessories included: None Guarantee: 2 years
The ** Panasonic ER-GN30 ** is a really effective and easy-to-wash nasal hair trimmer, which could have been stronger and significantly cooler to use.
The design of Panasonic's trimmer is deceptive. It’s relatively large, and somewhat plasticky in construction. Despite the size, it’s actually really quiet to use and it’s only very close to your ear that the noise becomes unpleasant. The trimmer is also fairly easy to wash without you having to remove any parts.
It’s really fast on both nasal and ear hair, and the ER-GN30 also works well for detail work on beards and eyebrows. On the other hand, the trimmer feels a bit slow, which means that it’s always on the border between cutting hairs and yanking them out. But the latter actually only happened a few times during the test period.
The biggest downside of this trimmer is the heat it generates. You won’t burn yourself on it, but it doesn’t take many seconds before it becomes uncomfortably hot to use.
The Panasonic ER-GN30 does a great job of removing unwanted hair. However, it’s far too hot to use and a bit underpowered.
Good, cheap trimmer, but can irritate the nose
Model: Fixed head with vertical trimmer Watertightness: Waterproof Battery: AA Accessories included: Battery Guarantee: 2 years
The Philips NT1150 is one of Philips’ cheapest vertical trimmers for nose and facial hair. Unlike its more expensive cousins, you have to satisfy yourself with the blade that’s on the trimmer from the outset, but otherwise it’s very similar to the more expensive models in terms of function.
The trimmer is really quiet, which is useful when you want to trim your ear hair. And it's also at its best on ear hair. As a nasal hair trimmer, it requires both a bit of practice and more time than a rotating trimmer. The combination of it taking longer and the trimmer part being exposed means you can experience some irritation in your nose after use. Once you’ve got the hang of it, however, the result is really good.
The Philips NT1150 isn’t suitable for more sensitive users. At the same time, it’s really cheap, and gives a good result overall.
Attractive design with a comfortable grip and fine cutting effect.
The Moser Easy Groom is without doubt the test’s most attractive nose hair clippers, and the machine also feels good in your hand. It’s a different type of combination trimmer with both rotating blades and an edge trimmer. The cutting effect on the rotating blades is good, but as the shaver head is large, meaning it can be difficult to get in everywhere. Nor is the trimmer entirely satisfactory as it lacks trimmer combs. This makes it a little bit difficult to use on the eyebrows or do more than tidy up the edges. However, it works very well on beard edges and stubble. Unfortunately, the appliance can’t tolerate water. The shaver head has to be removed for cleaning. The Moser Easy Groom is a relatively good appliance, but we’d have expected more from a premium product.
Sooner or later, all men realise that they have unwanted hair in their nose and ears. Their whiskers, neck hair and eyebrows can also get out of control. Once upon a time, the most common tool for dealing with this was a small pair of scissors or tweezers to trim the errant strands – a method which could be rather painful. Today there are a wide range of different small shaving appliances that enable painless male grooming. Yet, these appliances are also come in useful for women to reshape their eyebrows.
Nose hair clippers are available both as manual and electric versions either with AA batteries or as a rechargeable nose hair trimmer, even though the battery-operated ones probably spring to mind first – and indeed are the ones we look at in this test. Two types of model of electric nose hair trimmer are available on the market today, vertical trimmers and rotating blades. Both cutting systems work for both the ears and nose. However, to trim the eyebrows and stubble, a vertical trimmer works best. This model often includes one or more combs of different sizes, which enables easier and more accurate trimming. Even if the vertical trimmer can also be used for the ears and nose, for these areas it's often more comfortable to use a shaver head with rotating blades. Some models include more than one shaver head. It’s a simple process to change the heads on the appliance so that you have both a vertical trimmer and a rotating blade head on the same machine.
Many of the models are also waterproof. This means that you can easily clean them by rinsing them under running water. The waterproof models can also be used in the shower to save you time. However, none of the models appear to be so waterproof that we’d recommend you store them in the shower between uses.
Models are available that run on both normal household batteries and rechargeable batteries. As these trimmers aren’t used as often as electric shavers, normal batteries can be useful because then you don’t risk losing the charger between uses. But an electric nose and ear trimmer with rechargeable batteries has the benefits that mean you’ll never find yourself without batteries when getting ready for a party or that exciting first date. Trimming your nose hair, ears, eyebrows and whiskers is quite quick and all appliances – both rechargeable and those with normal batteries – can easily cope with several hours of trimming.