The Panasonic ER-GN30-K nose and ear hair trimmer can mow thick nose hair down to short stubble with no tugging or yanking -- and better yet it's quiet and can be held at multiple angles as you use it. This model appeared to have a quality-control problem in 2013 with users complaining that "lemons" only lasted a few months, but those complaints eased in 2014, making this a good bet for anybody.
A low hum in your nose. Hundreds of users say that the Panasonic ER-GN30-K runs quietly and smoothly, even if you're using it to trim your ear hair -- the sound is just a low hum. Yet as one BestBuy.com user says, "It is powerful enough to keep cutting even with thicker hair ... the blades stay sharp and never tug." It does leave some short stubble, which is actually a plus in terms of health; you do have nose hair for a reason.
Better yet, the ER-GN30-K cuts when held at several angles, instead of the single angle many nose and ear hair trimmers serve.
Striving for quality. Although the Panasonic ER-GN30-K's performance is beyond reproach, in our 2013 report we noted that quality control wasn't up to par. Users reported a significant number of lemons that abruptly stopped working within a few months of purchase. Although we see some new complaints about ER-GN30-Ks that just stop, they've slowed quite a bit in 2014; quality control appears to have improved.
The ER-GN30-K is approved for wet/dry use and runs from a single AA battery. And finally, most users say its flow-through water cleaning system works very well.
More than 2,700 Amazon.com reviewers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K nose hair trimmer a 4.3-star rating out of 5 stars possible, falling just a hair short of other top-reviewed trimmers at this site. Most love its performance, but quite a few say they received a lemon that quit working after just a few months.
Review: Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Wet/Dry Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
At Walmart.com, more than 130 customers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K wet/dry nose and ear hair trimmer a 4.6-star rating out of 5 stars possible. Hardly any of them find fault with it; the consensus is that the ER-GN30-K is reliable and easy to use.
Review: Panasonic Wet/Dry Men's Nose and Ear Trimmer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2014
Nearly 60 BestBuy.com reviewers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K an impressive 4.7 stars out of 5. Reviews aren't detailed, but almost everybody agrees that it does a great job, is easy to use and leaves no irritation.
Review: Panasonic - Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer - Black/Silver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of May 2014
About a dozen users have reviewed the Panasonic ER-GN30-K on Panasonic.com, giving it an average score of 2.8 stars out of 5. That's actually up from last year's 2.4-star rating, when most of the complaints were about units that stopped working after a few months.
Review: Men's Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer with Improved Dual-Edge Blade and Vortex Cleaning System, Contributors to Panasonic.com, As of May 2014