Reviewers say the Panasonic ER-GN30-K nose and ear hair trimmer can mow through even thick nose hair with no tugging or yanking. It's easy to use and easy to clean. The only real downside is what appears to be a quality control problem: Some of these trimmers only work for a few months, if that.
A low hum in your nose. Hundreds of user reviewers 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 reports, "It is powerful enough to keep cutting even with thicker hair ... the blades stay sharp and never tug."
"It doesn't nick at all, but does trim well," writes another user, this time at Walmart.com. Better yet, the ER-GN30-K works well at multiple angles. The blades last for about three years and replacements cost at least as much the trimmer itself, so it makes sense to buy a new unit instead of replacing the blades.
Striving for quality. Although the Panasonic ER-GN30-K's performance is beyond reproach, quality control isn't up to par. Users report a significant number of lemons that stopped working within three months or less of purchase.
Here's one example from Amazon.com: "I purchased this product and only got to use it once. I washed it out, and put it away. When I tried to use it a second time, the blades wouldn't spin. Device just got really warm."
As long as you don't get a lemon, though, reviewers say the ER-GN30-K is easy to use. A flow-through water cleaning system "works great," and it's approved for wet/dry use. It runs on a single AA battery.
More than 1,400 Amazon.com reviewers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K nose hair trimmer a 4.4-star review, falling just a hair short of other top-reviewed clippers 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 July 2013
At Walmart.com, more than 80 customers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K wet/dry nose and ear hair trimmer a 4.6-star rating. Hardly any of them find fault with it; the consensus is that the ER-GN30-K is reliable and easy to use. Several reviewers return to buy this line of trimmers over and over and say they last at least a couple of years.
Review: Panasonic Wet/Dry Men's Nose and Ear Trimmer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013
Nearly 30 BestBuy.com reviewers give the Panasonic ER-GN30-K an impressive 4.9-star rating overall. Eighty-six percent of reviewers gave the ER-GN30-K a 5-star rating. 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 July 2013
About 12 users have reviewed the Panasonic ER-GN30-K on Panasonic.com. Seeing such a low (2.4-star) rating on a manufacturer's website is surprising. Most commenters say they loved this trimmer but that it 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 July 2013