We’ve all got it, and if we don’t have it yet, we will someday – EAR HAIR. Ear and nose hair is probably the most annoying and unattractive facial hair you can imagine. It’s not like beards or moustaches, where a little bit (or a lot of it, depending on your taste) is still attractive to a lot of guys. No one looks good with ear hair. Don’t even pretend that it’s okay. I mean, sure, if you can get it long enough to braid it or whatever, that might be a fun novelty, but people won’t be laughing with you. Trust me.

With that in mind, we decided to figure out the best ear hair trimmers for those discerning nostrils – you’ll need it someday, buddy, trust me, so heed our advice to keep those orifices looking pretty.

Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Wet/Dry Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer

First off, Panasonic makes more than just fancy TVs and digital cameras; shockingly, they make pretty solid facial hair trimmers too. Their Vortex Trimmer is a slick, pretty piece of equipment, with a rather unique trimming system. The little rotary cutter is nice and mild, so you don’t have to worry about shredding your ear holes beyond repair (which, of course, is always nice).

What I’m particularly intrigued by is the Vortex system itself, which lets you clean the trimmer in a snap. I always have trouble getting these kinds of things clean, so I was excited to learn that this trimmer has a way to just spin water around inside the unit, pour it out through the top and voila, it’s shiny and new! The unit itself is pretty compact and fits in your hand nicely; I appreciate the little angled design that fits along the contours of your hand.

Philips Norelco NT1500 Nose Hair Trimmer 

If you want something a bit more attractive and sleek in appearance, Philips Norelco has a pretty cool nose and ear hair trimmer called the Precision Groomer. This one’s even more compact than Panasonic’s, and it has a cool black grip. It feels more like an electric toothbrush than a trimmer, and its rounded edges and dark blue metallic color makes it a bit less ugly if you leave it out on the sink when company’s coming.

This thing is great at trimming, I will say; the thinner blade head gives you a bit more room to move around (especially if you’ve got a smaller ear canal). It never pulls at your hair, so there’s no unfortunate wincing moments. It’s also pretty good for trimming sideburns and eyebrows too, since its head is a bit longer so you can get that errant muttonchop straight.

Andis Fast Trim 13430 Personal Trimmer

The Andis Fast Trim is a bit more stripped down in appearance – it’s a rather conventional silver shape, and doesn’t really stand out when you look at it. However, it’s still a crazy good ear trimmer, since it’s got a series of small stainless-steel blades that will cut down that nasty forest you’ve got growing in your ear. It’s a nice, close shave that will get your ears clean in seconds flat.

Like many of the other trimmers on this list, it cleans really easily, and the stainless steel blades will never rust (something you never want to see on something that’s basically going inside your body). While the Andis may not look like much, it’s a steal at $9; if you’re looking for a good budget ear hair trimmer, this is the way to go.

Wahl Ear, Nose and Brow 2-in-1 Deluxe Lighted Trimmer

Trimming and grooming seems to be Wahl’s specialty; their trimmers always seem to have quite few bells and whistles that set it apart in many different ways. In the case of this trimmer, it’s a 2-in-1 – one trimmer for the nose, and another trimmer for everything else, including ears. Going back to aesthetics, this doesn’t look like all that much (think Andis more than Philips Norelco), with a gray and black color scheme and a sort of blocky on switch.

Despite this, there are some nice bits and bobs that really make this stand apart. For one thing, there’s actually a little spotlight on the head of the trimmer so you can see where you’re going! Granted, I don’t totally know why you’d want to look up there, but I understand why you need to for the sake of thoroughness. It’s a useful feature, and combined with many others makes Wahl’s ear hair trimmer a force to be reckoned with.

Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer

The Groom Mate is a straightforward trimmer; this is actually pretty similar to the Mangroomer, which is another great ear hair trimmer, so if you like that product you’ll be good to go. The Platinum XL trimmer blade is actually a really great apparatus for ear trimming, even though the spinning crown of it can look scary at first glance. Still, it gets the job done quite well, so I can’t rightly complain about it.

(One thing to keep in mind: we may be talking about devices that are also nose hair trimmers in this review. Most of these things work for both ears and noses, so they’re usually marketed as either. So just keep that in mind – if it calls itself a ‘nose trimmer’, it likely works as an ear hair trimmer too; after all, they’re both similarly-shaped cylindrical holes in your head. Don’t worry about it, it’ll be fine.)

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