The 10 Best Nose & Ear Trimmers
10. Groom Mate Platinum XL
9. Panasonic ER115
8. Ladyker Sportsman
7. Panasonic ER430K
6. Suprent Wet/Dry
5. ToiletTree Professional
4. Riwa RA-555A
2. Creation Springs Electra-Trim
1. Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000
Just What Is That Thing Doing In My Nose?
Imagine you're a gold prospector in the days of the gold rush, and you've got yourself set up by a small river. You use a pan with a slew of little holes in it, rather like a colander for draining pasta, to examine the contents of the river and look for nuggets of gold.
That pan works in a similar enough way to your nose hair trimmer to make the operative functions of the later a little clearer to you. It's as though the regular debris that falls through the pan are your nose hairs, and the gold is your sensitive nasal membrane.
When your hairs pass through the pan, instead of falling back into the river like the debris does, they meet a set of blades that cuts them down to size.
Now, if you spin spin that blade at a higher rate of speed with the aid of a simple motor, one that can easily run on a single AA battery, you get faster, more comfortable cutting.
Seal that motor housing against water, and you've built yourself one of the water resistant, electric nose hair trimmers we've been looking at here today.
Stop The Nasal Violence!
Figuring out which trimmer is right for you is going to be based in part on your current lifestyle and in part of your physical sensitivity.
Let's start with the manual vs. electric conundrum. Which is right for you? Well, I, personally like to have the manual trimmer in my main road kit along with a travel tooth brush, nail clippers, etc. It never leaves that little bag if I'm at home, and when I use it on the road, it goes right back in the bag when I'm done with it.
Why the discipline? I lose everything that's smaller than a four door sedan, that's why. If I didn't put it right back in the bag it'd end up at the bottom of the Atlantic next to the Heart of the Ocean.
At home, I've got an electric trimmer, and I'd recommend that set up for anyone.
If you're the kind of person that shaves and brushes their teeth in the shower, you're going to want a water resistant trimmer, since you apparently do everything in your shower, even your important conference calls.
Even if you don't confine all your morning preparations to the shower stall, a water resistant setup is going to be much easier to keep clean than a unit you can't get wet.
A Wahl Of An Invention
Before 1975, if you wanted to trim your nose hair, you'd have reached either for a pair of tweezers or for the smallest pair of scissors you could find.
Up until last year, I was personally using a small pair of cuticle scissors for the task, which worked alright, but admittedly resulted in a few more stabbings than I'd care to recall. Cuticle scissors are sharp.
Little did I know that Wahl had invented the nose hair trimmer before I was even born. Their electric rotary trimmer was built and operated much the same as modern incarnations do.
This is one of the rare instances in modern technology where the electric version of a device precedes its manual counterpart, as the powerless nose hair trimmers didn't come around until the early 90s.
As the 21st century grinds on, men's grooming is poised to continue its meteoric rise, making the more versatile grooming devices like the multi-tasker that made it into our number one slot seem all that smarter a purchase.