We have tested a variety of nose hair trimmers from several different brands, including Babyliss, Remington and Philips. Below you can read more about what we look for when testing nose hair trimmers, and which one we've concluded is the best.
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.
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.
Cheap nose trimmer with heat problem
Model: Upright Water resistance: Showerproof Battery: AA Accessories included: 2 distance combs Warranty: 2 years
The Philips NT3650 looks and works like the slightly more expensive models in the 5000 series. The main difference lies in the design – as well as how hot it gets.
The Philips 3000 Series is an upright nose hair trimmer with a protective guard around the blades. In addition to ear and nose hairs, there are also two combs that allow you to groom e.g. eyebrows with the trimmer. But they’re only marked ‘Small’ and ‘Large’, so exactly how far these two combs cut is something you’ll have to discover by trial and error.
We can’t say that using the 3000 model feels significantly different to the more expensive 5000 model. But after just a few minutes of use the NT3650 starts to feel quite hot, although never hot enough to burn you or cause discomfort. We haven’t noticed this overheating with the more expensive Philips’ appliances.
In other respects, the design (if this is important to you) is really ugly. This machine could easily have been designed 40 years ago and subsequently only released under new names, because it looks really old fashioned. That said, the design has no impact on its function, and the Philips NT3650 is a decent nose hair trimmer that offers no pleasant or unpleasant surprises.
Philips NT3650/16 NOSE TRIMMER WINDOW BOX, Grey, 1 Count ( Pack of 1)
Philips Series 3000 Battery-Operated Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer - Showerproof, No Pulling Guaranteed, 100 Percent Comfort, Protective Guard Syste
Philips NT3650/16 Series 3000 Waterproof Nose and Ear 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.
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.