June 30, 2008

Reader Review of the MANGROOMER Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver

Shaving Stuff reader Kit recently wrote in with this thorough and positive review of the MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver. It's in the comments section of the MANGROOMER post we did a while back, but I thought it was worth it's own front-page time. So here goes:

After reading the reviews on this web page I have to admit I was reluctant to purchase the Mangroomer. Although I am by no means a gorilla and have the greatest sympathy for those men that are close, I have had comments about my back hair. On a recent trip to Lake Havasu I was described as a "silverback", being 54 has more than on disadvantage. For years I have used an old Remington electric razor with a trimmer about four inches wide on my back, I usually spent about 45 minutes to get a clean shave. Most of the time I only had to do this about once every four months. I decide to gamble and went to my local Bed, Bath and Beyond and spent the $40.00 plus tax on a Mangroomer. After shaving about on quarter of my back I noticed the shaver seemed to be getting clogged as stated in the reviews I had read on this web site. But I also noticed that hair was sticking all over the handle also. I tried to brush it off the handle and the blades but it was very difficult. Living in Southern California I am familiar with the problems of static electricity. Lucky for me I had a spray bottle of "Static Guard" handy. I sprayed this on the handles and the blades of the Mangroomer and the problem was solved! After discovering this cure I spent about five more minutes and had the smoothest back since I was ten years old. I want to thank Marut Enterprises LLC. for importing this product and Bed, Bath and Beyond for having the insight to sell it.

Possibly the first use of Static Guard in a shaving story. Well done Kit! Or shall I call you MacGyver?

The MANGROOMER Back Hair Shaver is $39.95 at Amazon and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at June 30, 2008 12:42 AM
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For years I wanted to find an easier way to remove my back hair without someone else helping me, so I looked up all my options. I even thought of inventing something on my own and found this mangroomer product that is similar to my own concept, so regardless of all the pros and cons about it, i took a chance and bought it. As stated by the comments above, it can work well, but it takes some practice and flexibility on your part. The groomer is rather cheaply made, but as a designer, I know this flimsy all plastic thing can't cost more than $5 to make, but it still sells well for $40 due to no competition...I discovered it works better when pushing it over the skin than to pull it, which is likely why some guys are complaining of scratching, redness and bad cutting. the positioning arms extend ok, but the bending part is rather unstable, so again, it takes practice to work with this thing. The blades do cut well, but you may have to run it two or three times over the same spot to get most of it or you'll have patches, and it certainly isn't as close as a blade. The overall concept is good, but a better, stronger and more professional product should be considered in the future to justify the price...I think the intent was there, but designed to be as profitable as possible rather than a quality product. At least now I can trim my back by myself. I hope this helps. Good luck.

Posted by: Andrew M at December 29, 2008 1:26 AM

I'm not sure how much hair the guy who wrote the above review has on his back, but I can say that I have a couple of patches, nothing too drastic. I like to shave it off in the summertime when I'm going shirtless more often. I too used to spend at least a half hour trying to shave my back with a hair/beard trimmer taped to a stick. I saw the Mangroomer and thought it would be awesome if it really worked, so I picked one up at Target. Immediately I was surprised at how light and flimsy it felt (esp for costing +$40), but crossed my fingers and gave it a try. Much to my disappointment it barely worked at all. It made a bunch of noise and turned my skin red as it pulled out more hairs than it actually cut. After about 20 agonizing minutes I had only shaved a small portion of my back. At that point I decided to give up and resort to my old method. If you actually have a good amount of hair on your back I can't imagine this working at all. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or money on this piece of junk.

Posted by: Zach at July 27, 2008 5:37 PM
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