Desiring a neat and tidy nether region, many women reach for the same manual razor they use for legs and underarms. While that may offer a clean shave, the results may be far from tidy, with razor bumps and ingrown hairs left behind.
Schick aims to solve that conundrum with the Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle razor (Est. $12), our Best Reviewed pick, which places a motorized bikini trimmer in the handle of the highly rated Schick Quattro for Women refillable razor. Reviewers say the bikini trimmer works extremely well -- so well, in fact, that they largely ignore the razor itself and just use it as a dedicated bikini-line trimmer.
The Trimstyle's bikini trimmer uses one AAA battery and has three adjustable settings -- or you can remove the guard entirely for a very close trim. The Trimstyle isn't meant to take you down to bare; its aim is to keep hair short and tidy, eliminating razor burn. On the downside, the trimmer sometimes clogs up with hair or stops working entirely and changing the batteries doesn't always fix the problem. At about $12 per unit, however, many women consider the Quattro Trimstyle to be well worth the price -- even if they have to replace it every few months.
The Noxzema Bikini Shaver (Est. $3) is another popular choice for a close, clean shave. It's essentially a miniature, 5/8-inch-wide razor built to navigate bikini-line contours. The small size, which makes it easy to shave delicate areas or tuck into your purse for last-minute touch-ups, can also make holding onto the shaver a challenge. Reviewers also note that the razor seems to dull very quickly.
We found some reviews from men who post to Amazon.com, saying they use the Noxzema Bikini Shaver for touch-ups as well. A comb-style skin guard is meant to protect your skin from irritation, but if you're prone to getting razor bumps or burn from a regular razor, reviews indicate that you'll still get them. How often women shave or trim their bikini area varies so widely that we can't really predict a cost of ownership for the Schick Quattro Trimstyle or the Noxzema Bikini Shaver.