There are plenty of benefits to finding the best back shaver – including increased confidence and a more handsome appearance – but one reason is more compelling than most:
Ladies like a smooth back.
In an article for SheKnows.com, writer Elizabeth Mitchell asked real women what they think of back hair, and the results were unambiguous:
A woman named Vanessa diplomatically said, “back hair just isn’t very sexy,” while another, Amanda, put it a little more bluntly:
“Get rid of that shiz!”
But while most women would prefer a man whose back looks more like a hardwood floor than a shag carpet, getting rid of back hair is easier said than done.
Waxing is both inconvenient and expensive, not to mention more than a little uncomfortable for most guys.
And unless you’re Stretch Armstrong or that guy from the Fantastic Four, shaving your back with a standard razor or body shaver just isn’t very practical.
And what’s where back shavers come in.
Purpose-built with a long handle, a good back shaver allows you to easily remove unwanted body hair from large areas of your back, without having to subject yourself to waxing, or dislocating your shoulder as you try to reach across your back.
(Or even more painful: sheepishly having to ask your significant other for help!)
To help you go bare back there, in this post I’ve rounded up some of the best back shavers on the market.
One (Quick) Word of Warning:
While shaving technology has come a long way, fundamentally you’re still scraping a sharp piece of metal across your skin, which obviously carries with it some risk.
That’s true no matter what part of your body you’re shaving, but arguably even more true when shaving your back, since it’s hard to see what you’re doing.
So no matter which model you choose, please be careful.
I find the best method is to go slow, and hold the back shaver in one hand and a hand mirror in the other, then use it to look backwards into your bathroom mirror.
Remember: the goal is to make your back look smooth, not replace the unsightly hair with equally unsightly (and potentially quite painful) nicks, cuts and scabs.
OK, PSA over. On to the shavers!
The (Absolute) Best Back Hair Shavers for Men
What is the best back shaver? Well…
Best Electric Back Shaver ↓
- 4.4 Stars
- 1,550 Reviews
A standout among a crowded field of electric back shavers, Norleco’s Bodygroom Series 3100 is perfect for guys who prefer dry shaving.
(Or those who don’t mind spending a little more money upfront in exchange for never having to worry about replacement blades or shaving cream.)
Combining a foil head with stainless steel edging blades, the 3100 provides a smoother shave than most electric back shavers and comes with three attachment combs that let you trim down long hair without any uncomfortable tugging.
The handle length allows you to easily get to those hard to reach places like your mid and lower back, which are always the toughest to tackle, but the trimmer can also be removed from the handle quite easily and used as a body shaver.
I bodybuild so I have to use something practical to remove hair. This is great since it’s fast, painless and easy to clean.
Accessory to reach the back is great, allows you to shave the whole back yourself.
- 4.2 Stars
- 10,063 Reviews
Mangroomer’s new Ultimate Pro Back Shaver is another great option for those who prefer electric shavers.
It has a long, extendable handle that’s easy to grip, a flexible head that helps the blades pivot, a shock absorber that provides a more comfortable shave, and a charge light indicator to let you know how much battery power you’ve got left.
Plus, if you have some particularly unruly or longer hairs on your back, you’ll probably enjoy the power burst mode:
Pressing the power burst button on the handle sends the shaver into overdrive to help you mow through thicker patches of coarse hair.
It reaches all areas of my back perfectly and seems solidly built.
It shaved my back perfectly and left it nice and smooth with the 2 attachment head. Buy this you and won’t regret it.
- 4.5 Stars
- 8,266 Reviews
Another electric back hair shaver from Philips Norelco, this one is similar to the previous model from Norelco listed above, the 3100.
While not quite as sleek as the 3100, the 3500 still gets the job done and allows you to dry shave your back and shoulder blades without the need for shaving cream or water.
If you are a guy that wants to remove body hair, especially back hair, without the pain and cost of waxing or without enlisting the help of a friend/SO/family member, you need this!
– A. Couto
- 4.3 Stars
- 4,815 Reviews
For guys who prefer old-school shaving techniques like a straight razor and shaving soap, the best option for back shaving is probably a manual shaver like the Bro Shaver.
It uses 4-inch blades similar to the ones you’d find in traditional safety razors to provide a super close, clean shave.
Ok so this tool is great – all you’ll ever need to clean up your back.
It works very well, is painless, close shave, very fast to do entire back, and pretty easy to get the hang of due to great design.
– Troy D.
- 4 Stars
- 1,276 Reviews
Razorba takes a slightly different approach than models like BakBlade or Mangroomer do.
Instead of having a blade built right into a long handle, Razorba’s unique design grips onto the regular razor of your choice, allowing you to treat your hairy back more or less the same as you would treat your hairy face.
That’s particularly good news for guys who use razors designed for sensitive skin, who find that regular razors tend to cause irritation.
If you shave your back (or trim it, or whatever), you should get this. It cuts down on shaving time, improves reach, and improves comfort.
- 4 Stars
- 392 Reviews
The UltraFlexx takes a similar approach to the Razorba mentioned above, allowing you to throw your own razor into the handle.
The main difference between the two is that the UltraFlexx has more of a rounded, flexible handle, whereas the Razorba has a straighter, stiffer handle with less flex.
Both models sport a simple design that can hold up in the long run, so it really comes down to a matter of personal preference.
I’ve waiting for years for a product like this… I don’t like asking “others” to shave my back but unfortunately up until now I’ve had no other option.
I wish I had one of these when I was competing in body building competitions.
- 4.7 Stars
- 22 Reviews
Xpreen’s back shaver has a wide shaving head, sharp blades and a sturdy retractable handle.
The only downside with this one is that it only comes with one cutting head, which will eventually have to be replaced, particularly if your back requires frequent shaves and regular maintenance.
Works great! Just have to get the angle correct for nice shave.
- 4.1 Stars
- 318 Reviews
The Evolve is a smaller, lightweight back razor that’s easy to maneuver, so it works well for those who pay close attention to detail and want something precise enough to take care of even the hard-to-see short hairs.
At 16 inches long, the handle doesn’t give you the most extreme reach, but should allow most guys to tackle their mid-to-lower back with relative ease.
Very happy with this product. I purchased this to shave my back, it worked really well, the long handle is comfortable to hold and pretty easy to maneuver once you use it once or twice.
- 4 Stars
- 13,944 Reviews
The MicroTouch is admittedly one of the shorter trimmers on this list:
Its extendable arm only provides an extra two inches, so it won’t reach quite as far as some of the other models listed above.
Nonetheless, it’s purpose-built for body trimming and has a 90° off-set blade angle, which makes it great for guys who just need something to trim their shoulders, upper back and other easy-to-reach areas.
Works exactly as advertised and the extension handle makes doing my back hair a breeze.
- 4.6 Stars
- 3 Reviews
Essentially the back shaving equivalent of a disposable razor, the 1set back shaver from Jorzer is a cheap and cheerful option for hairy-backed guys on a budget.
It uses a standard double edge razor blade and has a plastic handle that unfolds to about 17 inches in length.
While it can certainly get the job done, it’s probably best to do a wet shave when using a cheaper blade like this.
Wet shaving helps soften your hair and lets the blade glide through more easily, which helps you get a smooth shave and avoid razor, which is always a concern with cheaper blades.
- 3.5 Stars
- 25 Reviews
Like some of the other manual shavers listed above, the ManBlade uses standard double edge razor blades housed within an extra long handle.
But it’s unique because its extra-long handle actually allows you to stack four standard razor blades next to each other, so you can still get the benefit of a wide shaving head even though you’re using standard (and again, relatively cheap) blades.
I have had many back hair removers and this one is by far the easiest to use and the best at removing unwanted back hair.
- 5 Stars
- 23 Reviews
Sigma’s back shaver is another good option for those who believe the closest shave comes from manual razors.
Its handle has an ergonomic design and the blade head uses standard, double-edge blades that are the same size those found in a regular razor, which makes finding and buying replacement blades easier.
(But may also make shaving your back take a little longer, since the wide blade of models like the BakBlade can really help speed up the process.)
Simple design that really works. My girlfriend loves it too 😎
– Michael M.
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