A normal razor isn't always the best solution for keeping pubic hair neat and tidy. It offers only one option -- a clean shave -- and curly hair that grows in every-which-direction lends itself to razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Schick aims to solve that conundrum with the Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle razor (Est. $11 and up) , our Best Reviewed pick, which places a motorized bikini trimmer in the handle of the highly rated Quattro for Women refillable razor. Reviewers say the bikini trimmer works extremely well -- so well, in fact, that they largely ignore the razor itself (which we'll address in the Best Razor for Women section).
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 cut hair off entirely but instead keeps it short and tidy, eliminating razor burn. Reviewers say it's easy to hold and use. It does, however, have some durability issues. The trimmer sometimes clogs up with hair or stops working entirely; changing the batteries doesn't always fix the problem. At about $11 a pop, however, many women consider the Quattro Trimstyle to be well worth the price -- even if they have to replace it every few months.
The Quattro Trimstyle's other major downside is noise -- it's incredibly loud. Reviewers who don't want their neighbors or roommates to know they're grooming their bikini line have resorted to blasting music and running water in an attempt to drown out the sound.
If you want to avoid the noise and are comfortable with a clean shave, the Noxzema Bikini Shaver (Est $4 for 3) is essentially a miniature, 5/8-inch-wide razor built to navigate bikini-line contours. They're silent, of course, and their small size makes it easy to shave delicate areas or tuck an extra razor into your purse for last-minute touch-ups. Still, Noxzema Bikini Shavers are so small and light that holding on to them can be a challenge, and Nicole Fierro of About.com writes that they seem 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 posted on Amazon.com and Walgreens.com 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.
Both the Panasonic ES2207P and Panasonic ES2216PC electric shavers also have pop-up bikini-line trimmers. Reviewers say the ES2207P's bikini trimmer works well, but the ES2216PC's is a little too large. The ES2216PC also has a bikini attachment to adjust the height of your trim, but reviewers don't have much to say about how well it does or doesn't work.