The best nose and ear hair trimmer

Michael Pollick

Some personal hygiene and grooming tasks are not quite as glamorous as others, but they all serve an important purpose. In the case of nose and ear hair trimmers, the act of removing unwanted and unsightly hairs creates a more pleasing appearance and can also improve personal health.

When shopping for a nose and ear hair trimmer set, sanitation and ease of use are very important considerations. This is a delicate operation that includes the insertion of sharp blades and other accessories into tight spaces. Some are mechanically driven, while others use a small electric motor to improve performance. Better-quality trimmers include safety guards and are ergonomically designed for maximum control. The blades and accessories can also be sanitized between uses to reduce the chances of infection.

If you need a new personal grooming aid, read our buying guide. At the top of our list is ToiletTree Professional Products' Heavy-Duty Steel Nose Hair Trimmer with LED Light, a compact but powerful trimmer with an LED light for easier guidance.

Considerations when choosing nose and ear hair trimmers

Types of trimmers

There are many ways to remove unwanted hair from the ears, nose, and eyebrows, but many people prefer the power and simplicity of an electric hair trimmer. An electric trimmer uses a rotary motor and sharp blades to make a quick, clean cut. They may be heavier and more expensive than manual trimmers, but they are also easier to use.

A less expensive alternative is a manual hair trimmer. This model clips hairs much like a manual nail clipper clips nails. The user inserts the blade into the nostrils or outer ear canal and squeezes the trigger manually. Some owners find manual hair trimmers more challenging to use.

Some basic grooming and hair removal can be performed with special nose and ear hair scissors. If the project only requires the trimming of a few stray hairs or a maintenance cut, these small scissors can usually do the job. Wholesale hair removal, however, often calls for more firepower.

Cleaning and sanitation

Nasal and ear hairs are designed to filter out dirt, bacteria, and other external contaminants, which means a trimmer needs to be as sanitary as possible during use. The best models can be easily cleaned with a brush and sanitized with a cleaning solution.

Ease of use

Many hair trimmer users prefer models that are ergonomically designed for maximum control. One false move during use can cause a laceration or a painful snag. Manual trimmers also require a little more coordination than electric trimmers.

Stand-alone vs. attachments

Some trimmers are designed to perform one type of trim as stand-alone units -- either the blade is inserted into a nostril or the ear canal and hairs are removed quickly. Other types of trimmers include additional types of blades that perform more specialized services, such as eyebrow trimming or beard lining.


Basic manual trimmers with rotary action can cost as little as $5 or even be included in a larger personal grooming kit. Stand-alone electric rotary models often run in the $15 to $20 range, although hair trimming sets with multiple accessories can also be found at that price point.


Q. Should I trim all of my nasal and ear hair as part of my grooming routine?

A. Completely removing all nasal and ear hair is not a good idea. You still need some hairs to filter the air and trap contaminants, such as dust, germs, and pollen. Trying to remove all hairs at their roots can also lead to cuts and infections.

Q. Can my partner and I share a nose and ear trimmer if we sanitize the blades between uses?

A. While it is possible to sanitize most of the accessories included in a nose and ear trimming kit, invest in two separate sets to avoid any possibility of cross-contamination.

Nose and ear hair trimmers we recommend

Best of the best: ToiletTree Professional Products' Heavy-Duty Steel Nose Hair Trimmer with LED Light

Our take: This professional-grade trimmer includes an LED light for better illumination and only requires one AA battery for the powerful motor.

What we like: Water-resistant casing makes it ideal for use in the shower or over the sink. Very lightweight and easy to control in hand. Trims hairs in multiple directions.

What we dislike: Power switch may malfunction unexpectedly. Durability may be an issue for some.

Best bang for your buck: Wahl's Lighted Ear, Nose, and Brow Trimmer

Our take: The Wahl trimmer is exceptionally easy to clean and fits well in the hand for maximum control. We also like the manufacturer's pedigree in the grooming aids industry.

What we like: Kit includes eyebrow guide and multiple trimmer guards. Rotary blade action minimizes snagging. Instructions are very detailed.

What we dislike: May not trim every hair on the first run. Attachments can fall out of place easily.

Choice 3: Philips' Norelco Nose Hair Trimmer 5100

Our take: For those who seek a comprehensive ear, nose, and eyebrow grooming system, the Philips Norelco is definitely one to consider.

What we like: Includes a storage pouch and brush. Sharp blades trim hair quickly with no snagging. Contains multiple attachments and guards. Ergonomically designed for easier handling.

What we dislike: Individual accessories cannot be repaired or replaced, just sold as a complete kit.

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