Few things are more frustrating than bumpy, red, inflamed skin from shaving – especially when it comes to your bikini line. What’s the point of shaving if you’re left to deal with blotchy, irritated skin that you don’t want to show off? Picking the right tool for the job can make all the difference. Those 10-for-a-dollar disposable razors from your local pharmacy seem like a great deal, but not if they don’t work and you wind up spending money on fancy lotions just to undo the damage. That’s why many women turn to bikini trimmers, both electric and manual, for their shaving needs.

Bikini trimmers are specially designed for the sensitive bikini area and, unlike razors, won’t cause any nicks, cuts, or burns. Bikini trimmers can also usually be used wet or dry – so, if you’re in a rush and simply don’t have time to get all lathered up, shave, and rinse off, a bikini trimmer is just what you need for no-mess, no-fuss hair removal. Bikini trimmers are also better for the environment than disposable razors; not only will a good trimmer last you a few years, keeping all those plastic razors out of the trash, you also don’t need to bother with shaving cream in aluminum bottles! Now, a bikini trimmer does what its name suggests: it trims the hair. Shaving with a razor will leave you totally hair-free, but a bikini trimmer will leave some of the hair. Ladies seeking a perfectly hairless bikini line will want to supplement with a razor, but anyone just seeking to get rid of long hairs will find a bikini trimmer more than suffices. And, for those who do supplement with a razor, using a bikini trimmer first makes shaving much more comfortable and expedient!

bikiniOnce you’ve decided to try a bikini trimmer, it can be hard to figure out exactly which one to get and what you should be looking for as you shop. A good bikini trimmer will provide enough power to trim your whole bikini area, even long and coarse hair. You should also keep in mind, if you plan to ever travel with the trimmer, how much it weighs; some trimmers are lighter than others, and are thus more suitable for the girl on the go. And, your bikini trimmer should be ergonomically designed and easy to hold in your hand. A high powered trimmer doesn’t do much if you can’t comfortably get it to glide over the curves of your body! To help you get started, here are reviews of three trimmers currently on the market, with their individual pros and cons.

Panasonic ES246AC Bikini Shaper and Trimmer

Panasonic-ES246AC-Bikini-Shaper-&-TrimmerThe Panasonic ES246AC is a great electric device that will meet your basic needs for trimming your bikini line. One of the benefits of this model is that you can adjust the trimming blade length to suit your particular needs, whether you want to leave as little hair as possible or keep the hair a bit longer. The angled head also makes for great ergonomics, allowing you to get at stray hairs that razors and other trimmers might miss. It’s also one of the quieter models available on the market today. However, this razor is also notorious for taking quite a bit of battery power, so you may have to change the batteries fairly often. Furthermore, for ladies looking for a trimmer that will get them as close to hairless as possible, this model may not be ideal. While the alternating length options allow you more control over the length, the trimmer’s shortest setting will leave you with more hair than other models. This will not be a problem for anyone who plans on shaving after trimming, or who likes a little longer hair on their bikini line, but for women who desire an almost-smooth effect after trimming, this product will not outperform some other trimmers on the market. Overall, it’s a great model for anyone who wants more control over the length of their hair, but will be somewhat lacking for anyone who wants the least amount of hair left after trimming.

Gillette Venus Bikini Trimmer

Gillette-Venus-Bikini-TrimmerThe Gillette Venus Bikini Trimmer is a manual device that will crop the hair on your bikini line without worries about nicks, cuts, or razor burn. This product is perfect for anyone who wants to trim their bikini line without spending the extra money on pricier electric models and batteries. It’s the simplest type of trimmer to use, as it’s exactly like shaving but without the irritation! Unlike some electric models, which can tend to pull at hair and cause cuts, this manual trimmer is extremely gentle, ideal for sensitive skin. This model is particularly good at giving an even trim so that all the hair is the same length, and the swivel head is designed specifically to follow the curves of your body and get at hard-to-reach places. One downside to this product is that you will need to use it in the shower and should not use it dry, which takes away some of the convenience factor. Furthermore, the trimmer does not come with a replaceable head, so if the head breaks or gets worn down, you will need to buy a whole new one to replace it. Some women will also want a trimmer that gives them more length options, as this trimmer is very basic. But, for the average user who wants the simplest solution for trimming, this model is a great choice!

Schick Quattro For Women Trimstyle Razor and Bikini Trimmer

Schick-Quattro-For-Women-Trimstyle-Razor-&-Bikini-TrimmerSchick Quattro is a dual device that comes with an electric trimmer as well as a regular razor, making it a convenient option for women who want to be completely smooth on their bikini line. Using the trimmer first, followed by the razor, reduces the chance of cuts, nicks, and irritation. The fact that both the razor and trimmer are combined in one device is great for women who will be travelling, as it reduced the number of items you need to worry about, as well as for anyone who wants to minimize their environmental impact. The trimmer includes three optional lengths, giving you more control over the length of your hair; furthermore, the comb can be removed entirely for the closest trim possible. The Schick Quattro works splendidly on long and coarse hair, with enough power to get rid of months of growth in one go. The razor comes with moisturizing strips that help keep your bikini area from irritation, and the heads are replaceable so you will not need to buy a whole new device every time the blades dull! This particular model is one of the bulkier models on the market, and while it is ergonomically designed and easy to handle, some women might find it too unwieldy to be used comfortably. The less-flexible design also means that you are more likely to see stray hairs left over which may need to be plucked or gone over with a different razor. It’s also a louder product, so anyone looking for a quieter trimmer will want to look elsewhere. This model is great for anyone looking for an all-in-one, powerful solution to their shaving needs, but has less finesse than some of its counterparts due to its larger size.