There was a time when the only grooming gadgets a “real man” needed were his comb, a toothbrush, a razor, and a mirror … and the mirror was definitely a maybe. Now that guys have fully embraced diligent grooming habits we’ve done what guys do … and made this all about the tools. (Let’s face it, most of us will take an hour or so roaming around Home Depot over ten minutes at Sephora any day.) Today’s grooming gadgets have gone way beyond your father’s Norelco shaver, and have developed into apparatus that pack serious horsepower. Here are some of our picks to keep your workbench — er, bathroom shelf — up to date.
The Beard Club PT45 Groomer Kit
The Beard Club maintains a singular focus on helping guys grow their best beards … and this trimmer will help everybody from the guy who wants to present a classic 5 o’clock shadow to the one who’s pursuing a full-length, ZZ Top look. Besides the fact that it’s a real stunner — the unit features a black mirror finish and rests in a disc-like base to recharge — it also features 45 length settings. The basic control starts with five length settings that are easy to adjust with a twisting motion on the unit’s handle. It’s further customizable with a group of eight color-coded trimmer guides. The Kit comes with beard shampoo, oil, and balm … you’ll automatically be entered into a subscription for those products.
Panasonic ARC5 5-Blade Premium Men’s Shaver
Looking for a close, comfortable shave? Look no further than the ARC5. Besides being both sharp and safe with its 5 cutting heads — it also has a 16-direction flexible head to get into every nook, cranny, and crag on your face … and head! We found this was not only a great everyday trimmer for shaving: It’s also a great way to quickly shave down the skin around a beard, and is also awesome for maintaining a bald-head look without actually using a razor on your pate. The powerful motor runs five blades for 70,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. (There’s a pop-up trimmer, but honestly we prefer using one of the other dedicated gadgets on this page for that purpose.) It’s also Wet/Dry, so you can use it in the shower or with your favorite gel or foam, too. It also comes with an automatic cleaning and charging stand so blades will last longer.
Rockwell Razors Model T Razor
Is it a gadget? Not exactly, but Rockwell has managed to “gadgetize” your daily shave by adding a fully adjustable dial to a classic safety razor design. The Model T eliminates skin irritation and razor bumps by using classic razor blades, easily loaded with a simple twist-to-open design and easy to adjust with another twist dial. It’s weighted to rest beautifully in your hands, making for an easy, comfortable shave … and we highly recommend being at ease when making the switch to a safety razor. Comes with a travel cover, and a 5-pack of blades. And talk about customer support: The Rockwell Model T was brought to life because of pledges from more than 7,000 backers from across the globe.
Wahl Lithium Ion+ Stainless Steel Grooming Kit
OK, if you’re a grooming gadget geek, you’ll know that this offering from Wahl isn’t brand new, but it is the latest offering from the venerable grooming brand … and when you’re 101 years old with a focus on quality, precision instruments, you probably don’t have to have a new drop every week. Wahl’s classic design is small enough to work for detailed face trimming, but even works for a home hair cut. it’s stainless steel body is augmented with a T-blade, detail trimmer, detail shaver, ear/nose detailer, four stubble guide combs, and eight long guide combs. It’s rechargeable, but has enough power to pack a punch.
Remington Virtually Indestructible Multigroomer 4500
Let’s face it, bathrooms can be dangerous places. Porcelain sinks are slippery, tile floors are hard, and your spouse’s/partner’s/roommate’s stuff takes up a lot of room. Things tend to get bounced around, especially in the morning rush to get out of the house. Remington’s got you, at least for your grooming needs. The 4500 offers a heavy-duty polycarbonate shell in a construction-site-worthy safety yellow. Besides being tough as nails, though, it also comes with excellent features like snap-on combs to adjust length and self-sharpening steel blades. The unbreakable collection also includes a barbershop clipper and a nose, ear, and brow trimmer … bring your own hard hat.
Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0
We know there are lots of gadgets that are designed for use “down there,” but here’s one that isn’t entirely focused on stimulation. The Lawn Mower is specifically designed to keep those nether regions trimmed and presentable. It features an ergonomic shape and diamond-textured no-slip grip that’s easy to maneuver, wet or dry (great for use in the shower). Its soft ceramic blade features SkinSafe technology, precision-engineered for safe trimming in sensitive areas (the company does recommend replacing the blade every three months to prevent any accidents). Best of all it features a 90-minute run time so you can be as thorough as you like between charges. Get it as part of a peak hygiene plan and get $15 replacement blade refills delivered every three months.
Sadly, the bald look isn’t as easy as it looks. Sure, a “healthy” dose of male pattern baldness might help, but that still leaves those of us who don’t have alopecia with something to clean up … on a spherical surface that is prone to nicks and cuts: shaving the head with a “normal” razor can be downright perilous. Enter the HeadBlade Moto. Beside winning design awards from Time Magazine and the Red Dot Design Awards it has been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, and is also a favorite of celebs Howie Mandel, Chris Daughtry, and Shane Carwin. Ergonomically designed with a ring that fits over your middle finger, the Moto hugs the contours of your scalp for a precise shave. The patented dual-active suspension and ball design pivots and glides the blade over the scalp in a natural motion.
Every Man Jack Shave Set
Technically not a new gadget, but when skin care brand Every Man Jack recently introduced its new subscription service, it was the first time we’d laid eyes on the brand’s awesome manual razor. Sure it’s sharp and safe, featuring a six-blade blade cartridge system, but what we love is the broad, flat handle; making the razor easy to use and manipulate no matter what part of the body you’re shaving. The fact that it comes as part of a kit that delivers all your shaving needs to your door on a regular basis is just shaving cream on the cake.
Bic Made For You Razor
Squeezing in one more for the “not exactly a gadget” category, Bic just launched its “Made For You” line of grooming products that are designed to be completely gender neutral. Now you won’t have to fight about “a certain someone” using your razor to shave their legs … and you won’t have to be concerned about borrowing somebody’s pink razor for your own regimen. The line includes shave cream, body lotion, and face lotion in a lightly scented citrus fragrance. The razor itself features five flexible blades in a disposable cartridge and Aloe Vera/Vitamin E strips to smooth the glide, as well as an edging blade for shaving hard-to-reach areas like sideburns, under the nose … or the bikini line. The ergonomic handle features a non-slip grip and a pivoting head.
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