It was a close call in this category, because there are a couple of really well-regarded nose hair clippers, separated only by price and features, but the one that earns the best reviews overall is he ToiletTree Professional Heavy Duty Nose Hair Trimmer (Est. $20). Thousands of happy owners say it's a top performer that lasts forever. This ToiletTree trimmer can be used wet or dry, and it gets kudos for its solid feel and the LED light that is a plus in a dimly lit bathroom. We did see a few complaints from people that the light did not work out of the box, but customer service is reported as very responsive, getting a new trimmer to those who were dissatisfied very quickly. The ToiletTree does not include a storage case, but does come with a cap that fits over the tip.
While the LED light gets the most praise (although some say they don't really need it), many also call out this clipper's extremely sturdy casing and quiet operation. They also like that its octagon shape lets them set it on the counter without it wobbling. One issue that we saw over and over: People who decided to take the ToiletTree trimmer apart to clean it and could not get it put back together. The instructions say to clean it just run it under warm water, do not take the unit apart.
Another top pick in this category is the Panasonic ER430K Ear & Nose Trimmer (Est. $25). It's feature-packed and gets raves across the board for its great performance; simple, painless operation, and ease of cleaning and maintenance. What owners really love, though, is its integrated micro vacuum that sucks up all the tiny hairs it cuts, keeping them out of the sink, off the bathroom counter -- and from sticking in your nose or ears. While this is the most expensive nose and ear trimmer in this report, multiple reviewers say the vacuum feature is worth the upcharge.
In addition to keeping your nose and ears neat, the Panasonic ER430K allows you to detail your eyebrows, a task reviewers say it excels at. Some even use the ER430K to nip flyaway hairs in their mustache. This cordless trimmer can be used wet or dry. It includes a storage pouch.
If you have limited storage space and would prefer something with a smaller footprint, take a look at the Panasonic ER-GN30-K Nose Ear Hair Trimmer (Est. $10). It's sleeker than either of the other two trimmers, as well as costing a few dollars less. It's powerful to use, but comfortable; users say -- it won't nick the inside of your nose or ears, although you may have to make a couple of passes to get every hair. It's also very quiet -- a major bonus when it comes to trimming ear hair.
One popular feature of the Panasonic ER-GN30-K is the way it's angled. Many users, especially women, say that the angle makes it easier to trim nose and ear hair.
All three of these ear and nose hair trimmers use an AA battery. All also get good reviews for durability in spite of their fairly cheap price points (although ToiletTree gets far better reviews for customer service, making any of these trimmers a good value for home grooming).
However, if you don't want to mess with batteries at all, we recommend taking a look at the unique Groom Mate Platinum XL Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer (Est. $20). It's a manual, battery-free nose hair trimmer that gets terrific feedback for its very sturdy, stainless steel construction and very simple operation. You just put the trimmer in place and twist the bottom of the trimmer back and forth. It's also tiny, a plus for travel and storage. You can even purchase a kit that includes a pouch and cleaning brush, the Groom Mate Platinum XL PLUS (Est. $25).
Overall, while we like the idea of a highly portable, manual nose hair trimmer, many do say that it's not as effective as an electric trimmer, and tends to pull the hair more. Some also say that it's hard to position and is really only effective as a nose hair trimmer -- that it's too difficult to use on the ears. Still, if you just need a very basic nose hair trimmer, this could be a great tool for your grooming kit.