Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro Review

by Michael on August 13, 2012 · 45 comments

NOTE: The lucky winner of the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro giveaway was Alex, from Nashville, TN. Thanks to everyone who entered!

We’ve spent some time here discussing body hair and what to do with it. We know from surveys that men don’t groom most of the areas women would like them to. But why? Perhaps it’s because it’s time-consuming, hard to do (especially if you’ve got back hair) and requires a drawerful of tools for trimming here, shaving there, edging…it’s a hassle, and most guys don’t like hassle.

Recently the kind folks at Philips Norelco sent me their Bodygroom Pro cordless grooming device, and I jumped at the chance to review it. Not just a trimmer and not just a shaver, it’s designed to groom your body hair to exactly the length you prefer. It’s kind of ingenious, a little stylish, and it’s definitely going to replace some of my current grooming arsenal because it simply saves time.

Two Tools in One

The Bodygroom Pro System is literally a dedicated trimmer and a dedicated shaver in one tool. At one end there’s a clipper head with an adjustable comb/guide so that you can keep some strategic fuzz and avoid looking like an alien. Flip it around and you’ve got a Norelco shaver head, just like an electric razor you’d use on your face — but with the addition of a cutter on each side to clip off longer hairs before the shaver finishes the job. The whole shebang pivots, both up-and-down and side-to-side, for better contact.

That shaver head is the genius part of this device. Usually shaving a body part is a two-step process: first trim the hairs with clippers, then go over the area with a razor. The Bodygroom makes this a one-step process. This could be especially helpful for guys with back hair. If you’ve given up on clumsily dragging a razor around your back while looking in a mirror, or worse, having to get a friend to help, you can get to even the hard-to-reach spots with the Bodygroom’s shaver head, making the process incredibly quick.

Personally, I don’t have a lot of hair I need to shave, but the shaver quickly takes care of my random hairs — you know, the ones you find and ask yourself, “was this there before?” Although I thought about using it for touch-ups on my face, the Bodygroom’s documentation warns not to do that. If I was about to shave off several weeks of beard, however (and didn’t have my i-Stubble), I’d have a hard time heeding that warning, because it looks like the perfect tool.

The trimmer head on the other end of the Bodygroom Pro is personally more useful to me, because I trim the vast majority of my body hair. I’m genetically blessed with a relatively large amount of chest hair — inherited it from my father, whose chest hair wisps out in tufts over the top of his shirts. I’ve always kept mine short but visible, and the trimmer works well to do just that, with the guide pushed up to the appropriate length. It also works well on my armpits and, well, down under. (As with any clippers, take care with the sensitive, loose skin in your nether regions, because it’s much more prone to being nicked. Trust me on this.)

 Wet or Dry?

The other great feature of the Bodygroom is that it’s “water-resistant,” which means you have the all-clear to use it in the shower. I can’t tell you how great it is to have the hair wash down the drain instead of having to sweep and wipe down my bathroom floor or sink after grooming. In addition, by using the shaver in conjunction with soap or shaving cream, you’ll get a closer shave. Water-resistance also means you can clean the groomer by rinsing it out, which also reduces the time you spend in grooming-related tasks. The shaver and trimmer heads pop off for a more thorough cleaning, and the shaver blade is replaceable.

When your Bodygroom isn’t in use, its stand doubles as a charger, keeping the counter looking clean and avoiding the ugly gadget-adapter plague. Kind of stylish, actually.

There’s Always Something

When I trim the various areas of my “coat,” I use a few different lengths, which means frequent adjustments to the trimmer guide. While the Bodygroom’s guide is much better designed than my old clippers, it has a habit of popping off when I try to slide it up to its highest setting. Not a dealbreaker by any means, but a minor annoyance.

Other minor quibbles include the non-replaceable battery (a nickel-metal-hydride cell that should hold the equivalent of around 500 full discharges and recharges before it begins to decline in capacity) and the fact that the shaver head doesn’t pop out for cleaning quite as easily as it should. The second time I tried, it flew out of my hand into the sink and the foil popped off. It all went back together easily, and maybe I just need to get used to the proper amount of force, but if I’d paid good money for the Bodygroom Pro, I wouldn’t want to have the thought that I broke my groomer the first day I had it.

Summary

We’d all like to keep our body hair tidy and free of those funky random patches. The pain point is one of time. Make grooming easier and we’ll groom more often. The Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro does just that. With separate, dedicated heads for trimming and shaving, it’s an improvement on the company’s other grooming tools and covers all the bases where your body hair is concerned. Shave where you want to shave, trim where you want to trim. It really will save time over the alternatives, and if you’ve been nervous about personal grooming, the Bodygroom Pro should get you off the fence.

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro Grooming System (Amazon.com)

Now On to the Giveaway!

As I mentioned at the top of the article, the great folks at Philips Norelco are supplying me one Bodygroom Pro to give away to a reader. It’s incredibly easy to enter — and you can enter more than once using multiple methods:

  • Add your comment below this article. One catch here: it must be relevant. Ask your grooming questions, share your story, or comment on the weirdest place you’ve found a hair.
  • Subscribe to the Tao of Bachelorhood. In addition to occasionally being hipped to giveaways and promotions, I’ll occasionally send you unique content and information — and just for signing up, you’ll get The Single Man’s Grocery List and Simple Starter Workout!
  • Like the Tao of Bachelorhood Facebook page.
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  • Send a tweet including @bachelorhood and the hashtag #BGGiveaway.

If you’re an existing subscriber or follower, you’re automatically entered, but you can still enter again using another method. Do all five and you’ll get five entries for the Bodygroom Pro. Just make sure to get it done by 11:59 pm on August 20. I’ll contact you if you won and get your mailing address.

45 comments… read them below or add one

Jorge C August 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Grooming has always been an issues for me because of the time it takes in the morning to get it right. This device would be beneficial to my lifestyle… How do you clean the shaver?

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Michael August 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi Jorge, you can rinse the shaver after use, and the shaving head pops off for a more thorough cleaning. It also comes with a brush.

Erock August 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I’m more interested about the safety of shaving the nether regions. It’s not always a pleasant experience and being manscaped seems to be a choice habit these days when it comes to interested women.

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Michael August 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hi Erock, yep, the nether regions are sensitive. Personally I trim down there instead of shaving, which can get pretty scratchy and prickly if you don’t do it almost every day. But if you’re going to do it, an electric shaver would probably be the way to go, because there’s less chance of being cut.

Pappa J August 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I hope this device shaves with comfort. Not interested in a shaver that tugs at hairs in sensitive areas–I’ve experienced that. Women keep trimmed–they expect from us. I get that. I’d like to try this!

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Michael August 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Pappa, you definitely need a sharp blade to keep from pulling. Just remember that most women surveyed don’t want to see men completely shaven “down there” – they just want us “cleaned up.”

Chris O August 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Mine’s on its last legs, this would be perfect!

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Michael August 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Right on, Chris. Thanks!

RKelly August 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

great tool, left mine in a hotel on travel :(

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Michael August 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’ve done that. Maybe you can win a replacement!

William August 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I wonder if this would be of use to someone who typically uses a DE safety to shave. I know the trimmer would come in handy.

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:09 am

Well, if you trust yourself with a safety razor down there, this would be much safer but the shave less close.

Matt August 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

How well do these work work wet? I’ve never had a electric shaver or “body groomer”, i’d sure love to have one though!

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

I still haven’t tried using it in the shower myself, but I will and I’ll get back to you.

Brandon August 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’m currently on my second one of these (older model). I’m a very hairy man and it gets a lot of use. The problem I keep having with it is that my younger brothers keep borrowing it, dropping it, and breaking the thin metal sheet that covers the blades. It’s very frustrating.

I really enjoy the design of this body groomer, since I have a very hairy back and neck. The design allows me to trim this hair all on my own!

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks for the review and sorry about the dropping. I have a younger brother and anything we shared tended to break. When I moved out on my own I wasn’t used to having things around until I got tired of them or wore them out!

Michael August 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I have heard about these and I am very intrigued in trying it out!

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

Well, maybe you’ll win one!

Alex August 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

My balls need this!

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

I’m sure they do…

Dante August 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I can’t afford to buy a decent body groomer, so I do what I can with your average razor. This would be fantastic for me, safer and saves time.

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

Well, good luck and thanks for entering, Dante!

Dan August 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I currently use three different shavers – a razor for my face; electric clippers for arms/back/chest/legs (adjustable lengths from zero up, obviously); and a small, delicate personal groomer for my privates. Staying groomed is, simply put, a hassle. It’d be nice to cut down on the number of tools required.

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

Yep. I’ve got a couple of things I won’t be needing now that I’ve got this.

Dante August 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

My bodygroomer hardly holds a charge anymore– I can barely finish my stomach without having to plug it in again. Any idea what the battery length is on this thing?

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:17 am

The literature says an hour of charging gives you 50 minutes of shaving or trimming. Batteries tend to degrade after a certain number of “cycles,” so after 500 full discharges and recharges (or the equivalent, like 1000 half-charges) you can expect that 50 minutes to turn into 40, 30, and on down.

Andrew August 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

I’ve actually been waffling back and forth between getting a groomer like this or actually going with a double-edged razor, such as what one would find in Reddit’s Wicked Edge. I’ve been using disposables for as long as I can remember, but the review is causing me to lean towards trying something such as this. Which would you recommend? Just curious. Thanks for the great review otherwise!

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

I just couldn’t imagine using a safety razor on any part of my body where I didn’t have a perfect view and taut skin (that would be face and chest). But there are braver souls than I out there…

Stephen August 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Great review! I used to have this but lost in when I lost my luggage traveling. Your review is spot on and I agree with everything you wrote.
Cheers

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Michael August 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks, Stephen! Maybe you can win a new one!

William August 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

This looks really cool, but do you know why you can’t use it on your face? Also, what lengths does the clipper end go too? Thanks, looking forwards to winning!

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Michael August 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I’m not really sure why you couldn’t use it on your face, although the cutters on each side of the foil might be awkward. The clipper comb/guide has 5 numbered settings, and the highest goes to about a half-inch, which will leave your hair somewhat longer than that. It can go one click higher for about an eighth-inch more.

Erock August 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Michael, I currently use the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler for my nether-regions. It works great for trimming. It pretty much helps you get as close as you can to actual shaving without actually shaving. With it’s 3 comb attachments it’s easy to find the right personal length. Unfortunately you have to clean the thing out every couple of minutes as it gets easily clogged. And I’ve also surprisingly nicked myself with it a couple of times. Nothing serious even considering the location. lol

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Yasser Ayad November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

The most crazy moment about hair was when I were at the gym, I was working out as ussual and then i nedded to use the bathroom, As I was there i found a suprise, It was hair everywhere and someone were grooming. Then a person went by and noticed the hair, he looked at me like i was the one who did it but I convinced him that it was not me. 1 month later it happened again and somehow someone saw the person and we caught him. We asked him what he was doing, He told us that he enjoys shaving his pubic hair in the bathroom. And the owner of the gym kicked the guy out. It was a funny and crazy moment. I also liked your page in Facebook:Tao of Bachelorhood and i am a pretty hairy guy that needs a new hairgrommer :)

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Michael February 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Thanks for the great story, Yasser!

Jack December 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

What’s better for the sack area? The trimmer or shaver? I’m trying the shaver now and it’s not doing so well on my nut sack.

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Michael February 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hi, Jack. Shavers and trimmers both work best on a smooth, firm, flat surface, and the, um, testicular area is none of the above — and I’d be skeptical of any device that claimed an easy, smooth job. You’ve got to do some stretching and smoothing as you go if you want a good trim/shave with no nicks. Personally, if I was going to shave it down all the way I’d use a blade, but I just trim.

Alex February 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Does the hair has to be trimmed down a little bit before the Norelco can work?

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Michael February 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Hi Alex, no, the Bodygroom has a clipper-like element on either side of the shaver that clips longer hairs so that the foil shaver can do its job. You may have to go over a patch of longer hairs a couple of times, but it should take you from furry to smooth without needing pre-trimming.

NC February 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Great review. Need your opinion — safe to use the trimmer on the lowest setting to achieve a 5-o-clock shadow on my beard?

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Michael February 17, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Hi NC. As I mentioned in the review, Norelco warns not to use it on your face, and I would suggest that if you’re already using it elsewhere it might be more sanitary to avoid shaving your beard with it. However, the trimmer end works like any other trimmer, so you might get the desired effect. If this is going to be your only use, I might suggest looking into the i-Stubble instead (see “Related Articles” below the review and above the comments).

Ric April 19, 2013 at 5:26 am

Philips give you their groomer to review and we expect you’re going to mention anything bad about it-duh

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Michael April 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Ric, be assured that the agreement I make each time I review a product is that I will be kind but honest.

The fact is, over 8 months after receiving it, I still use the Bodygroom regularly.

Gar October 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hey Michael,
Great info here. Thanks for writing. So are you saying with the Bodygroom Pro do you don’t need to trim before you completely shave everything off? Also, I was “blessed” with some pretty thick hair. What are your thoughts/experience on using the Pro for that? Thanks!

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Michael October 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Hi Gar. Sorry to take so long – thanks for the question.

The BodyGroom Pro has kind of a “combination” head with a small trimmer on each side of the foil shaver. So no, you can use it on fairly thick hair without having to trim first. It might take a couple of back-and-forth passes to get everything cut down, though.

I hope that helps.

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