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11 Best Bikini Trimmers for Smooth Skin

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We updated this article in April 2022 to add more detailed information about each featured product. We've added one new top-rated product to the original picks, selected by Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts.

If you're looking to clean up stray pubic hairs poking out from your bikini line, there are plenty of different hair removal options at your disposal — waxing, sugaring, epilating and even lasering. But if you're short on time, money or pain tolerance, good ol' fashioned shaving or trimming is definitely the most accessible (and least intimidating!) method for hair removal, whether you're planning to go for a full Brazilian or just clean up the edges.

But getting the best bikini line shave really comes down to using the right tool. Unlike a razor, a bikini trimmer features floating blades that trim your surface pubic hair without touching your skin, so it's ideal for sensitive areas and a great choice for those who are looking for a painless experience. It also offers far more precision than a standard razor.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientifically tests tests all kinds of hair removal tools, from waxing kits to razors, and while we haven't yet run a full cross-category test on bikini trimmers, our beauty editors and skincare pros researched the top-reviewed bikini trimmers and vetted them with our Beauty Lab analysts to narrow down the best of the best. Ahead, our favorite choices for the best bikini trimmers on the market:

Our top picks:

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Best Overall Bikini Trimmer
Hydro Silk TrimStyle Moisturizing Razor

  • Dual-ended razor and bikini trimmer in one
  • Provides close shave
  • Nick-free hair removal

  • Power button can be finicky

If you like the idea of having both a razor and a trimmer at your disposal, this dual option is perfect for you. In a recent GH Beauty Lab test of 442 hair removal products, this razor came out on top for being easy to use, removing hair in one easy stroke and not causing any nicks. "I loved having the trimmer attached to the regular razor," one tester remarked. "It made it convenient and easy to use, saving me time by not having to switch from one razor to another. It worked very well, and provided a close shave."

Best Value Bikini Trimmer
Palmperfect Bikini Trimmer

  • Non-irritating
  • Easy to use

  • Loud

This dual blade trimmer has a wide tooth blade for thicker, coarser hair, and a precision blade for shorter, finer hair. For under $10, this pick is versatile and doesn't irritate the skin. "You can use this for a trim or a true smooth shave, depending on if you use the guards or not," says one reviewer. "This trimmer is easy to use, and more importantly, easy to use safely."

Best Bikini Trimmer for Closest Shave
Women's Electric Bikini Trimmer

  • Provides incredibly close shave
  • Adjustable

This trimmer head is angled, which helps you get the closest shave possible. The trimmer head also comes in five adjustable positions, so you can adjust based on how close you want your hair shaved. One reviewer says it all: "Not to be too graphic, this thing can clear a rainforest."

Best Bikini Trimmer for Travel
BikiniGenie Cordless Bikini Trimmer

  • Compact size
  • Comes with cleaning brush, three attachments and travel pouch

This trimmer is cordless and compact, making travel a breeze. "I always had a hard time finding a trimmer that works, as some of them are irritating and pull the hair, but this one [is] perfect," raved one reviewer. "This trimmer trims the hair smoothly without pulling the hair."

Best Bikini Trimmer for Ingrown Hairs
Smooth & Silky Body & Bikini Kit
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  • Non-irritating
  • Four different attachments

This trimmer comes with an exfoliating attachment to help prevent ingrown hairs from the jump. Reviewers say that it dramatically improved the amount of ingrown hairs they experienced. "It trims very close to the skin so the hair is really short and takes longer to grow back," one reviewer says. "The exfoliator is also fantastic, it definitely keeps those ingrown hairs far away from me."

Best Bikini Trimmer for Sensitive Skin
Bikiniperfect Advanced Women's Trimmer Kit
Philips Beauty

  • Provides close shave
  • Blades made of hypoallergenic foil
  • Comes with four attachments

This trimmer comes with tons of different attachments to truly customize your shave — it has a micro shaver, a precision epilator, a precision comb and a micro trimmer. The blades are made using hypoallergenic foil to reduce irritation. "I looked for a long time trying to find a bikini trimmer that didn't bite back," one reviewer said. "This is it! I couldn't be happier. Very close trim but no grabbing or cutting in sensitive areas."

Best Lighted Bikini Trimmer
Electric Razor for Women
Now 17% off

  • LED light to guide your shave
  • Comes with stand for easy access
  • Non-irritating

This trimmer is easy to control and fits perfectly in your hand. It also comes with an LED light for an easy shave. This razor is also virtually knick-free, with many reviewers saying that unlike other trimmers they've used, this one never causes any cuts.

Best Bikini Trimmer for Beginners
Bikini Precision Women's Trimmer

  • Foolproof design
  • Compact

This compact trimmer is all about precision. Its compact design makes it foolproof, even for those who have never used a trimmer before. "It gave me a very smooth cut, it's very easy to use and lightweight," says one reviewer. "It doesn't pinch when cutting. It even comes with a handy travel bag."

Best Gentle Bikini Trimmer
Gentle Trimmer for Pubic Hair & Skin
Gillette Venus

  • Easy to use
  • Simple and efficient design

A great beginner bikini trimmer, this small and sleek product is non-intimidating and easy to use. Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann likes that "it can be used in a shower or bath. It trims hair without pulling or tugging at 90 degrees and shapes the hairline when flat," she says.

Best Bikini Trimmer for Dry Shaving
Flawless Nu Razor Rechargeable Electric Razor
Finishing Touch
Finishing Touch

  • Can use on dry skin
  • Non-irritating

Unlike many razors, this bikini trimmer is meant to be used for removing hair on dry skin. "This product is fabulous," raves one reviewer. "I received it today. I opened it, had my legs shaven and smooth in about three minutes. I love this little thing!"

Best Bikini Epilator
Epilator Silk-épil 9 9-030

  • Works on various body areas
  • Flexible head
  • Minimal pain

  • Pricey

Epilators are a bit different than your typical trimmers. While trimmers remove hair at the surface level (like shaving), epilators remove hair at the root (like waxing or tweezing). You can pull your skin taut to minimize the ouch-factor. This device came out on top in the GH Beauty Lab's epilator testing, earning perfect scores for tweezing hair in one pass, pulling hair without breaking it, not hurting skin, being easy to clean and leaving skin hair-free for at least one week. Plus, the unique flexible head makes it easy to get to those hard-to-reach spots, too.

How we choose the best bikini trimmers

For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has regularly tested all kinds of hair removal products from waxing kits to razors and epilators, and has solicited unbiased feedback from our panel of consumer testers to find the best of the best. While we haven't yet run a full cross-category test on bikini trimmers in particular, to create this list we researched the top-reviewed bikini trimmers online, then vetted the top-rated ones with our Beauty Lab analysts, who have a deep knowledge of the best body hair removal products on the market.

Are bikini trimmers safe to use?

Yes, but because the skin around the bikini area is more sensitive than the rest of the body, dermatologists say it's important to make sure you're prepping your skin before bikini hair removal, and caring for it correctly afterwards. Here's some advice on how to shave your bikini line safely from top dermatologists and the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts:

✔️ Never dry shave. Unless your trimmer is specifically designed for dry shaving, that is. If you're using a trimmer designed for wet use, exfoliating then smoothing on shaving cream beforehand will reduce friction and razor burn, and help you get a smooth shave. Note that some bikini trimmers aren't meant for wet use, so confirm your device's water resistance before using near water or in the shower.

✔️ Shave in the direction of hair growth. "In general I recommend that people try to shave in one direction," says Nada Elbuluk, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California. She recommends shaving in the direction of the hair growth — going against the grain may seem like it results in a closer shave, but it only makes you more susceptible to razor burn and ingrown hairs.

✔️ Avoid repeatedly going over the same area with the trimmer. "This can increase irritation," says Dr. Elbuluk. Also, you'll want to avoid using a dull razor. Dermatologists recommend changing your razor every two to three weeks, depending on how often you shave.

✔️ Be sure to clean the blades often. "This will prevent hair and shaving cream from clogging up the area between blades," says Danusia Wnek, a chemist at the Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab, allowing for the smoothest shave possible.

      How do you prevent ingrown hairs when using a bikini trimmer?

      When it comes to shaving delicate areas, it's common to end up with angry, irritated ingrown hairs or razor bumps. "You can also try using a salicylic acid wash in the area to help with exfoliating the skin prior to shaving," says Dr. Elbuluk. We recommend trying Cerave's SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin. And don't forget to moisturize after — this will also help prevent ingrown hairs by softening the hair follicle.

      Why trust Good Housekeeping?

      Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann came to Good Housekeeping in 2012 with over six years of prior experience as an organic chemist in the hair dye, cosmetic and biotech industry. She develops laboratory protocols using specialized lab equipment, conducts product testing across hair and skincare categories and oversees large consumer studies. She also reviews applications, substantiates claims and evaluates products for the GH Seal and beauty and sustainability award programs.

      Good Housekeeping Beauty Assistant Catharine Malzahn joined Good Housekeeping in 2022, working closely with the Beauty Lab to help deliver fact-based, science-backed print and digital beauty editorial content. She's formalized her experience as an assistant beauty editor at Group Nine Media, beauty intern at Harper's Bazaar and a digital editorial intern at CR Fashion Book. Over the years, she has interviewed experts, written product reviews and tested hundreds of beauty products.

      Katie Berohn is a former Good Housekeeping beauty assistant who reported on GH Beauty Lab product testing.

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