Behind the Scenes: Finding the Best Men’s Grooming Gear of the Year

the manual grooming awards podcast

What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.

For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney and hos, Greg Nibler — welcome associate editor of lifestyle, Chase McPeak, to speak about The Manual Grooming Awards 2019.

First, Chase explains the purpose of the Grooming Awards, which is to help the everyday man save both time and money when searching for a great grooming product. By offering our top picks for best grooming gear of the year, readers of The Manual will be able to make conscious decisions regarding what grooming products they choose to buy.

Chase then goes on to explain how he tested all the products — at times, he needed to use both his legs to test shaving creams and razors since he had run out of facial hair. Using a five-point scoring system with categories for effectiveness, ease of use, ingredients, fragrance, and price, Chase and the team tallied up each product’s scores and sent the highest scoring items into a final battle royale where price and effectiveness were paramount. The result was 18 great grooming products in a variety of categories, such as best razor, body lotion, face wash, and more.

By this point, we’re all impressed by the work that has gone into picking these winners and begin peppering Chase with questions about certain products. Chase talks everything from eye creams (how to apply, what to look for, and what’s a good price) to conditioners for men with dandruff or psoriasis to the importance of using a mineral-based sunscreen when swimming around tropical reefs.

The round-table closes out the show with a call to enter to win each of the 18 winning products all in one box — a $500 value.

Further Reading


Zitsticka Will Zap Your Zits Away with Self-Dissolving Micro Needles

Though the technology sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, it’s actually pretty tame once you take a closer look.

No Doctor’s Office Necessary: Everly Well Offers At-Home Testosterone Testing and More

Spare yourself a trip to the doctor's office and take control of your own health.

Enjoy a High Level of Service at 10 One-of-a-Kind Marijuana Dispensaries in the U.S.

Gone are the days of pseudo-Rastafarian head shops and Cypress Hill's "Hits from the Bong."

Going Beyond City Limits: A Beginner’s Guide to Austin, Texas

If you've been considering a vacation to Austin and need a little more convincing, then this episode of The Manual podcast is for you.

How to Start Homebrewing, According to a Homebrewer

This week, The Manual podcast crew learns what it takes to homebrew beer. From equipment to hacks, Parker Hall pours a pint full of knowledge.

The New Design Trends of 2019 and How They Fit in Your Home

What's in store for 2019? According to Kelsey Machado, the dissolution of the dining room, '90s colors, and Chinese money plants.

Learn All About the Best ‘Affordable Luxury’ Cigars from a Real ‘Cigar Aficionado’

We sat down with the executive editor of 'Cigar Aficionado,' David Savona, to pick his brain on all things cigar.

The Absolute Best Introduction to the Beauty of Tequila

Here's why the rhyme one tequila, two tequila is not the best way to go about drinking tequila.

Pucker Up: It’s Time to Talk About Sour Beers with Cascade Brewing

Never had a sour beer before and feeling a little intimidated? Check out the latest episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon to find out everything you need to know about the category.

How Changing Your Diet Can Change Your Life

On this episode of The Manual podcast, celebrity chef Seamus Mullen dishes on how he changed his diet and improved his life.

Cheesemakers Whey in on Why Cheese is So Un-Brie-Lievable

Talking about cheese is something that just gets feta and feta.

What You Need to Know About North Carolina Barbecue, According to Tyson Ho

We've got Carolina on our minds during The Manual podcast. 'Cue this episode up and prepare to be hungry.

Turn Your Tastebuds Towards the Tropical with Avuá Cachaça

So fresh and so green ... and by green we mean vegetal. Check out cachaça on this week's episode of The Manual podcast.

From Spring Cleaning to Spring Fashion, We’re Ready for the Season to Change

From cleaning out your closet to refilling it with the hottest spring fashions, this week's episode of The Manual podcast proves that spring has sprung.