I have tried all sorts of hair removal tools and found the best one, and I'm happy to share my review.
I was visiting a friend when I accidentally looked in her magnifying mirror. Oh my god, why didn't anyone tell me?
The Hairy Details, From One Woman to Another
I don't know where it all came from, but suddenly I had hair, and it was everywhere. If you told me that little elves had come and played a prank while I was sleeping, I might have believed you. I needed an all-purpose trimmer for all the fuzz that had collected, something that works on . . .
- eyebrows (for the extra-fine hairs a tweezer can't deal with),
- upper lip (*ahem*),
- are those sideburns?,
- could you call that a beard?!,
- toe-knuckle hair (!!!),
- touch-ups on underarms, bikini area, and legs (especially that hard-to-reach area behind the ankles),
- and any other rogue hairs that might sprout up in random places.
So I tested various solutions. I tried the highest-rated woman-scaping tools on Google and Amazon, but they were disappointing. I borrowed some, bought a few, and returned the ones I didn't like. I refined a list of features I wanted in a trimmer.
Important Features for a Trimmer
- It doesn't have to be designed for women. In my experience, items marketed to women are less sturdy, more expensive, and too pink.
- A long-lasting and easily rechargeable battery is important.
- I have both fine and coarse hair, and the trimmer should handle both easily.
- I need precision for when I'm tidying up my eyebrows.
- Strength is important for touching up those thick winter hairs on my legs.
- It should not irritate sensitive skin.
- It should cost less than $40 and shouldn't require expensive additional purchases.
#1: Philips Norelco OneBlade
This is my #1 favorite, and I stole it from my boyfriend. Philips Norelco Oneblade is an electric trimmer and shaver in one. Here are its best features:
- Rechargeable, and it holds its charge for a good length of time: 45 minutes of trimming after an 8-hour charge.
- Wet or Dry. You can shave dry or wet. Even the handle is water-resistant, so it's easy to rinse after use. I use a razor and only use the trimmer for touch-ups, but I guess I could shave with it, too.
- Adaptable. Trims, shaves, and edges hair of any length or texture.
- Gentle. Use it on your most sensitive parts: against the grain or with it, it works gently both ways.
- Navigable. The blade is small enough to get into every nook and cranny.
- Long-lasting. They say you have to replace the blade every 4 months, but I've been using mine every two weeks or so for a year now and it still works fine.
- Ergonomic. The handle is elegant, ergonomic, and not too bulky or heavy.
- Guaranteed. You can return it after 45 days if you don't like it. It has a 2-year warranty.
- Inexpensive. It costs about $34.99.
Things You Should Know Before Buying the Philips Norelco OneBlade
- It's not pink. It only comes in this neon green color. I like it, but you might not.
- I can't tell which trimmer is mine and which is my boyfriend's. I think he's used mine before, and vice-versa. I figure if we're swapping spit, it doesn't really matter, but you might feel differently.
- I don't want a really close shave, so this trimmer works great for me. If you have issues with stubble, you might try using it wet and pressing down harder.
- Although the blades do last a lot longer than the manufacturer claims, you will eventually have to shell out some more money. A two-pack of replacement blades costs about $24.
- The instructions warn not to use it on your pubic area, but I do and it works fine. I suppose if I were doing some serious woman-scaping, I'd choose a razor or some other tool.
- It came with trimming combs, which I don't use.
Trimmers I Tried But Didn't Like
- The Philips SatinShave Advanced BRL140 Women’s Electric Shaver and the Panasonic ES2207P Ladies 3-Blade Razor with Pop-Up Trimmer were both too big and bulky, and their spinning blades were difficult to work with.
- The Wahl Pure Confidence Women's Personal Trimmer & Grooming Kit's blade grabbed and pulled my hair, and there were just way too many accessories.
- Philips HP6376/10 Bikini Perfect was too expensive, and the battery was too weak.
- The Cleancut PS335 T-Shape Personal Shaver worked fine but it was not rechargeable.
Overall, I found that the trimmers marketed to women were just poorly designed. The manufacturers seemed to think I wanted cuteness and curvy lines rather than a clean, close, powerful, dependable tool.
Cost Comparison for Popular Hair Removal Methods
$35 plus $24 for batteries should last a year
Waxing or Threading
$35 per month = $420 per year
From $25 to $250 a week, abating over time; total cost between $2,000 and $20,000
Laser Hair Removal
$600 to $900 per treatment; 5 or 6 sessions needed to see a difference
The Pink Tax: Why Women's Products Often Cost More by Susan Johnston Taylor in U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 17, 2016.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Jo Tucker
Vida on April 18, 2020:
This is such a fantastic article, thank you! I have the same inclination around products designed 'for women' and have been looking for a review from a woman on these shaver/trimmer. Thank you!