The Schick Quattro Trimstyle's actual razor is eclipsed by the battery-powered bikini-line trimmer built into its handle. Although it can be a little fickle, users say the Trimstyle's height-adjustable trimmer provides quick, tidy grooming. On the downside it's very noisy.
The trimmer is the primary attraction. The Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle adds a twist to the very popular four-bladed Quattro razor: a waterproof, motorized bikini trimmer in the handle. The trimmer has three length settings -- or you can remove the guard entirely -- and should not be confused with a shaver. It's for trimming hair very short, not removing it completely.
The trimmer is a huge hit with reviewers who say that as long as it keeps functioning, it does a painless, razor-burn-free job of keeping pubic hair short. The razor draws some mixed, but mostly positive, reviews; most reviewers say it gives a close, clean shave without razor burn. It also ranks near the top for shaving performance and skin protection in tests carried out by Australia's Choice magazine.
It's nearly disposable. Users say to expect a best-case life span measured in months, not years, but that this trimmer's well worth the cost of replacing it. Sometimes the trimmer doesn't work at all in the first place, or just stops inexplicably.
When they do work, both the trimmer and the razor itself are easy to hold and maneuver. The trimmer's so noisy, though, that some women run water or blast music to obscure its buzz.
Expect a monthly cost of about $5.25 if you replace the Quattro Trimstyle's razor cartridges twice a month, or $63 per year. Some users warn that the blades go dull quickly, so you may need to replace them more often.
1. Choice magazine
Experts and trialists (testers) with Choice magazine evaluated 13 manual razors for ease of use, shaving performance and how well they protect your skin. The Schick Trimstyle ranks near the top in shaving performance and skin protection, suffering just a little in the ease-of-use category.
Review: Women's Razor Reviews, Rebecca Ciaramidaro, Nov. 23, 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
Panelists with the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 19 manual razors. Of those, six are selected as the best in several categories. The Schick Quattro Trimstyle is selected as the best refillable razor with a bikini-line trimmer, although no additional information is provided about how it performed in testing.
Review: Best Razors, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not dated
More than 350 Amazon.com users give the Schick Quattro Trimstyle a 3.7-star average rating. Most love the trimmer as long as it works -- but we found a lot of complaints about poor durability.
Review: Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle Razor & Bikini Trimmer Pink/White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
More than two dozen reviewers give the Schick Quattro Trimstyle a 3.5-star average score on Drugstore.com. Reviewers are more interested in the bikini trimmer than in the razor itself.
Review: Schick Quattro for Women Trim Style Razor & Bikini Trimmer, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2013
The Schick Quattro Trimstyle receives an overall score of 78, out of 100 possible, after nearly 60 reviews at Viewpoints.com. We're skeptical about some of these reviews, but overall they're still useful.
Review: Shaving Product Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2013
Reviewers at MakeupAlley.com post their opinions about various hair removal products, including the Schick Trimstyle. They assign it an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5, after nearly three dozen reviews. Of those who review the Trimstyle, 76 percent would buy it again.
Review: Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013