The best body groomer for men 2017

Grooming for men: manscape and shave your back, torso, downstairs and elsewhere with the ultimate body shavers

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Despite the current trend for bushy beards, there is less appreciation for backs, sacks and cracks covered in a thick layer of wiry hair.

It's a chore that many can't live without, and that's where this fine range of men's body groomers, shavers and manscapers comes in. They all have the ability to turn sasquatch into a squeaky clean sex machine.

A good body groomer doesn't cost a fortune and great examples can be found for around £30. But like anything in life, if you spend a little extra you get a little bit more.

Pricier models tend to have beefier batteries, cutting the amount of time spent charging, as well as electronically adjustable heads and blades that have been specifically designed with maximum comfort in mind, so less annoying nicks and cuts in delicate areas.

What is the best body shaver for men?

I found the Philips BG2024 Series 3000 Bodygroomer particularly good for the price, with a hypoallergenic coating and smooth pearl-tipping on the blades helping to cut down any irritation in sensitive areas.

It is also waterproof, so there are no worries about using it in the shower, while a good overnight charge offers up to 50-minutes of unadulterated shaping, trimming and pubic topiary.

On top of this, the Philips motor that drives the shaving blades is nice and powerful, which means the risk of any painful snags is reduced.

How to buy the best body groomer for men

This really depends on how seriously you take your grooming regime, as a cheap electric shaver will likely be up to the task in the first few weeks but could suffer from dull blades and irritatingly short battery life after some serious use.

Also, you have to ask yourself just how crazy you want to go with the hair removal. Beard trimmers will do just that, trimming the hair but leaving the desired length of stubble.

Alternatively, certain models boast a traditional wet shaving blade alongside the electric trimmer element, leaving chests, underarms and even legs feeling as smooth as an R&B-loving dolphin.

Finally, it's worth checking if the trimmer in question can withstand a good dowsing, seeing as the shower seems the most sanitary place to rid a body of unsightly fuzz. 

The best body groomers for men, in order

1. Philips BG2024 Series 3000 Bodygroomer

Best men's body shaver overall

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Battery life: 50 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable +Good battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy-Slow to recharge 
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The neat little device from manscaping pioneer Philips has a lot going for it, chiefly the excellent blade system that manages to deliver a smooth shave where others can snag and cause dreaded razor rash.

This is predominantly down to the clever rotating head design, which features a central foil and additional trimmers located at each end. As a result, the bi-directional trimmers cut longer hairs, which are shaved by the foil for a closer result.

The rounded tips and hypoallergenic foil are designed to be safe and comfortable for the underarms, chest and abs, back and shoulders, groin area and legs.

Better still, the extra long handle makes it simple to reach tricky back patches and the waterproof design means it is possible to go about your shaving routine in the shower.

A couple of minor snags involve the lengthy charging time, which is realistically overnight for a full top-up, while the unit itself doesn't half make a racket when it's going about its trimming duties.

Still, Philips is proud of its build quality and this puppy is guaranteed for two years, with the brand claiming that the blades will never need oiling…

2. Braun BG5030 Body Trimmer

Best close shave body groomer

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Shave time: 50 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Wet shave blade+Covers all areas
Reasons to avoid
- Requires a steady hand 
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Designed to maintain a close shave on all areas of the body, this excellent unit from Braun features a mechanised trimming element for removing longer hairs and a traditional Gillette blade for properly close shaves.

The trimming element features smaller teeth than a beard trimmer, which work to minimise any nicks and cuts in delicate areas. Three trimming combs allow you to choose the exact length of your body hair: 0.6mm, 3mm or 8mm.

Two rechargeable batteries are included and offer around 50 minutes of shave time but a full charge takes around 14 hours, which is a bit sluggish even compared to the Philips.

3. Braun MultiGrooming Kit MGK3080

Best all-over all-rounder

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Battery life: 60 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Vast array of heads+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Feels a bit flimsy-Some attachments better than others
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You can't fault Braun for versatility with this one. It's covered all bases, with a device or attachment for trimming and/or shaving pretty much every part of the human body.

There are a number of guards for different facial hair lengths, a neat body groomer (similar to the one found on Philips BG2024 Series 3000) and even nasal and ear hair trimmers.

It's a decent spread but the shaving experience can be varied, with some of the attachments proving a little painful. I found the guards didn't cut short enough, or took things too far if removed, while the nasal trimmer caused a fair amount of eye watering, thanks to some nasty snagging.

Some of these attachments also feel a bit cheap and flimsy, while I can see the shaving experience getting worse as time goes on and things start to seize up.

3. Remington BHT250 Delicates

Best VFM body groomer

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Shave time: 60 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and ergonomically designed+Long battery life and rapid charging
Reasons to avoid
- Not quite so good at actually shaving
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The name says it all really; this is a groomer that has been designed with below-the-belt shaving sessions in mind.

As a result, Remington has thrown in some 'comfort tip' stainless steel blades, which have been rounded to avoid any nasty mistakes. The three fixed combs offer a choice of length options from 2 mm, 4 mm and 6mm, making it even easier to trim body hair to your preferred length. 

It is waterproof and the powerful Lithium Ion battery pack is good for around 60-minutes of shave time. Personally, I would not entrust my downstairs to a bladed device that costs about 20 quid, but it's a free country…

4. BaByliss 7235U 10-in-1 Grooming System

Decent all-in-one grooming system

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: No
Shave time: 40 minutes
Reasons to buy
+So many heads+Gives precision grooming
Reasons to avoid
-Long charge time-Not fully waterproof
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Whether you want ultra sharp lines in the beard or an all-over smoothness that leaves you as slippery as Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 car, this 10-in-1 system has got you covered.

With five interchangeable cutting head attachments and separate comb guides, it can rid pretty much any body part of fur. 

Users are urged to begin with a standard precision trimmer and then fine-tune the groom with a detail trimmer, foil shaver or even the dedicated nose hair attachment: nostril wool is not sexy.

Titanium blades ensure longevity, while a variety of combs deal with different hair lengths and can even take care of the arty moustache or perfectly sculptured, Craig David imitation beard.

Unfortunately, the unit isn't completely waterproof, so it isn't advised to take it into a running shower, while a full charge takes a lengthy 16 hours.

5. Wahl Body Groomer

Good shaver for hard-to-reach places

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: No
Shave time: 60 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Rotating head adjusts to contours+Precision blade for close shave
Reasons to avoid
- Not waterproof
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The unique rotating head of this Wahl groomer makes accessing those hard-to-reach places, with the shaver doing all of the contorting rather than an embarrassingly naked you.

Designed for dry use only, this groomer comes with two blades for differing hair length. A wider head takes care of the longer fleece, while a precision blade can be swapped in to get things really smooth.

Arguably not as versatile as some of the other units on this list, but it's a solid performer that can be charged in 12 hours for 60 solid minutes of shaving time.

7. Panasonic ER-GB80

Best for beard and torso maintenance

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Battery life: 50 minutes
Reasons to buy
+Easy adjustability+Powerful performance
Reasons to avoid
-Too powerful for pubes
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Panasonic's offering is one of the sturdiest here and feels nice and weighty in the hand, which inspires confidence when tackling tricky head hair or trimming that beard to perfection. 

Unfortunately, the small, guard-less body attachment, which neatly flips up above the main trimming head via a slider, is too aggressive to tackle sensitive areas. Armpits, back and chest aren't too bad but anywhere further south is risky. 

That said, the 45 degree angled blade does a great job on facial hair and this was one of the only trimmers to truly clip hair to the desired length with one pass, cutting down shaving time dramatically. 

There is also a good amount of adjustability here, with a twist barrel selector switch, combined with the provided plastic guards, making it easy to cut to the desired length. 

In summary, it's a top trimmer for stubborn facial hair and even DIY hairdressing but definitely not the best at tackling the more sensitive regions. More of a beard trimmer that can also do your torso, in fact.