Are you looking to understand what is the difference between a trimmer and a shaver? Or the difference between a shaver and clipper? Or the difference between shavers, trimmers, clippers, and a bazillion other products?
There are many hair removal devices available. If you have hair on a body part, then there is probably a device that can help you remove the hair there.
Hair trimmers and hair removers are classified into 2 basic categories.
- Electric Hair Removers
- Mechanical Hair Removers
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Trimmers are devices that “trim” your hair. Trimmers consist of 2 or more sliding blades that are used to trim the hair. When your hair is passed through the blades, they are cut.
Most trimmers are small and have a small cutting width. Due to the small width and size, trimmers are precise in cutting hair. That is why trimmers are preferred to style facial hair, as they can be used in multiple ways. But, trimmers are not limited to just cutting facial hair. There are different types of trimmers designed for a variety of uses.
Types of Trimmers
Different texture of hair requires different types of trimming blades to be effective. That is why a trimmer designed for the face cannot and should not be used on any other parts of the body.
In India, face trimmers are also called as ‘zero machines’. We don’t know how the term originated, but the word zero means ‘near zero-length’, which means a trimmer that can almost like a shaver. So if a person is asking for a zero machine, he is looking for a trimmer.
Here are the types of trimmers that you should know about.
1. Hair Trimmers
Hair trimmers are General-purpose trimmers that can be used on many parts of the body. However, it is not recommended to use them. The skin and the hair texture is vastly different on the different parts of the body, and using a trimmer designed for one skin and hair type can be damaging to other parts of your body.
2. Beard Trimmers
As the name says, beard trimmers are made specifically for trimming your beard. Whether you maintain a nice thick beard, a stubble, or a Viking beard, a beard trimmer is all you need.
Beard trimmers themselves are of varying types. Some need to be powered in; some can operate on battery. Some are super precise; some are average. Since there are many types of trimmers available, choosing the right one can be tricky. That is why we created a Philips Trimmer Comparison. You can understand and compare the different features of Philips’s beard trimmers in that post. We are soon going to create posts comparing other brands of trimmers as well.
3. Ear and Nose Trimmers
The skin inside the nostrils and the skin on our ears are very sensitive, that is why you need specialty trimmers, namely an ear and nose hair trimmer to trim the hair in those areas.
Bikini trimmers are trimmers designed for sensitive areas like the groin and underarms. These are marketed largely to women, hence the name, bikini trimmers. Many women prefer to use hair removal creams in these regions, but using trimmers is much safer as it prevents any allergic reactions.
Shavers are devices that shave the face. Unlike trimmers, shavers take 100% hair off the face. Here is an image showing the difference between a shaver and a trimmer.
Since shavers get you a clean look, the blades have to come in contact with your skin one way or another. Over time, this can lead to skin hardening, and some people also feel skin irritation when they first start using electric shavers.
Shavers are of different types. They can be classified as rotatory shavers or foil shavers. Each of these types can be classified as wet shavers or dry shavers. As the name suggests, wet shavers can be used wet, i.e., with shaving cream or foam. Dry shavers, on the other hand, have t be used dry, without any foam, cream, or lubrication.
Dry shavers can be hard to get used to, and many people never get used to it. So, if you’re planning to buy a shaver for the first time, we recommend that you go with a wet shaver instead of a dry shaver.
If you have trouble choosing a shaver, you can refer to our guide on the best electric shaver in India.
Groomers are similar to hair clippers, but they are specifically designed to cut hair on the body. For men, groomers can be used to trim the hair on the chest, abdomen, armpits, or the groin area. Groomers usually have non-adjustable heads and use a single head to trim the hair. Many groomers also come with length settings, which can help you maintain hair length on your body if you desire.
Clippers are similar to trimmers, but they are designed to cut large chunks of hair quickly. These would be used by hairdressers when they are cutting long hair for a customer. These clippers can also be used by people who maintain very short hair and cut it themselves.
Some companies make trimmers/clippers specifically for pet hair. Since their hair is very different in texture and volume than human hair, it is important that you use a clipper designed specifically for them.
Epilators are devices that made for women that don’t cut the hair but uproot the hair directly from the skin. Their surface is made of tiny tweezers, which uproot the hair and leaving hair-free skin.
Since epilators directly uproot the hair, there is some degree of pain involved. Most companies would advise using a soothing lotion to reduce the pain. Epilators provide an alternative to waxing, which is an old and popular method of removing hair from the skin.
The results from epilators are impressive. The skin becomes smooth, and there is very little sign of hair after use. The hair growth is also slow when using epilators.
The old trusted razors are mechanical devices used specifically for shaving. Razors use blades which cut very close to the skin to shave the hair and achieve a smooth looking skin. Using a lubricant while shaving is highly recommended. The overall results from using a razor will depend on the skin of the person, the razor used, and the technique of the person who is shaving.
Difference Between Trimmer and Shaver
Some people might still not understand what the difference between a trimmer and shaver is since both are used to trim or shave the hair on the face most of the time.
To explain the difference simply, trimmers help you cut or maintain a beard while a shaver will help only get a clean shave.
So if you like keeping a 3-day beard or like a 1 mm beard on you most of the time, then you would buy a trimmer.
But if you are one who always keeps a clean shave, then you would buy a shaver.
Here is the difference between shavers and trimmers explained visually.
Multi Groom Kits
Since most men and women need a combination of trimmers, shavers, and groomers, some companies create another category of grooming and personal care products called Multi-Groom Kits.
These are electrical products with a single motor, but with multiple changeable heads. Each head provides different functionality, and therefore, fulfills a different purpose.
The benefits of multi-groom kits are obvious. They cost less, are easy to carry, and you have to manage only a single device instead of multiple devices. The downside is that they aren’t usually great at all the functionalities that they offer. Think of it as a choice between a specialist vs. a jack of all trades. The specialist is great at one thing, but the generalist is acceptable at many.
We hope that we could clarify what the difference between a trimmer, shaver, epilator, clipper, and other devices are.
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