Good grooming needs precision-engineered tools. Not just does a man’s exposed areas require it, but hygiene demands it.
I’m not sure when I first evolved conscious of the term “manscape,” which means to groom or trim a man’s body hair, but Urban Dictionary’s top information dates back to 2003.
I also realize that when Reviewed first asked me to test products by the brand Manscaped, made a favorite by Shark Tank and Instagram, I didn’t know that its Lawn Mower is marketed explicitly as a trimmer for a dude’s hair, um, down there. (Manscape’s mission is to be the “global leader in below-the-waist grooming” and “spark a movement to unlock men’s faith, allowing them to lead their best lives.”)
A few disclosures before I get into the so-called weeds. I’m in my late 40s, married, and not incredibly vain. My head is mostly bald, and the hair on my face and body doesn’t grow particularly thick but can get unruly. I’m open to discovering new items about grooming because I’m diligent about hygiene.
What is Manscaped?
The brand, launched by a father and son team, vends two versions of a cordless pubic hair clipper, a cordless ear- and nose hair trimmer, nail grooming kits, and various grooming products for men’s hair and skin all bestowed with “clever” names both a la carte and in sets.
I’ve sampled the Lawn Mower 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 waterproofed electric hair trimmers featuring what the firm calls “SkinSafe Technology” to contain nicks in the last couple of years. (The 2.0 has been suspended.)
For this analysis, I even tried the Crop Preserver, an “anti-chafing ball deodorant,” and the Crop Reviver, a “ball toner, and refresher,” and the Shed, a travel bag to hold all this stuff, and separately I’ve reviewed Manscaped’s Weed Whacker, which is a waterproof electric trimmer for ear and nose hair.
What does Manscaped cost?
Like many subscription sample startups, Manscaped’s pricing is a little complex. Let me push to bust it down:
- WHAT IS THE LAWN MOWER 4.0: Welcome to the newest and latest in below-the-waist trimming. The Lawn Mower 4.0 from MANSCAPED is the only trimmer you need to keep your manhood looking trim, neat, and clean. Soft ceramic blades featuring advanced SkinSafe Technology ensures confidence while trimming below-the-waist.
- FEATURES/BENEFITS: This next-level male trimmer is cordless, waterproof, and includes a wireless charging dock for ultimate convenience. It also comes with adjustable trimming guards sizes 1-4 for different hair lengths. No matter what length you choose, you can be sure to get an even trim. Plus, The Lawn Mower 4.0 features rust-proof, ceramic snap-in blades for hygiene and sharpness.
- The Lawn Mower 4.0 retails for $89,99 on the official website Manscaped.com, or $84,99 if you sign up for the “Peak Hygiene Plan” to get two substitute products of your pick (such as better blades or any of the so-called Formulations) every three months for which you’re charged $14,99.
- The Lawn Mower 3.0 deals for $79,99 or $69,99 with the Peak Hygiene Plan.
- Crop Preserver, $12,99, or a recurring $9,99 for each shipment with a subscription; you can select to acquire it everyone two, three, or six months.
- Crop Reviver, $10,99, or a recurring payment of $8,99 with a subscription
- The Shed travel bag is $39,99 (or free with certain sets).
A note about the Peak Hygiene Plan: Earlier, this subscription plan protected only the replacement of the ceramic blade, which indicated that you’d be charged $14,99 every three months and obtain one new blade. Manscaped lets you pick two products for the same $15, one of which can be a new blade. You can also mix and match and change your selections before each shipment. Do you want one blade for the Lawn Mower and another for the Weed Whacker? No problem. Want a new mower blade and a refill on the ball toner? Cool.
Manscaped.com also sells several sets that bundle the trimmers with other products, offering a significant discount from what you’d pay a la carte.
The Perfect Package 4.0 comes with the Lawn Mower 4.0, a bottle each of Crop Preserver and Crop Reviver, the Shed bag, “anti-chafing” boxers (Dear Universe: Shouldn’t all boxers be anti-chafing?), and a three-pack of Magic Mats, or disposable, recyclable-paper mats that look like a newspaper for placing on the floor to catch clipped hair (now that we no longer read actual newspapers that could be used for this purpose and instead have to buy mock newsprint is perhaps a sign of the apocalypse … but I digress, again). The Perfect Package 4.0 costs $109.99, or $99.99, with the $14.99 quarterly Peak Hygiene Plan.
The Performance Package 4.0 is all the above plus the Weed Whacker ear- and nose-hair trimmer. This bundle costs $129.99, or $119.99, with the $14.99 quarterly Peak Hygiene Plan.
Purchased separately (and without the various subscriptions), the items in the Perfect Package would run you about $178 and those in the Performance Package about $218. So, if you want and will use all or most of those items, buying one of the packages is a no-brainer.
Nevertheless, most products are even available on Amazon without committing to getting a subscription. The Lawn Mower 4.0 is costly at $89,99 (at publication) from Manscaped and fulfilled by Amazon (or more affordable via some third-party sellers). The Lawn Mower 3.0 costs $69,99 with no additional buy required, so it’s a more OK deal on Amazon.
However, neither the Excellent Package 4.0 nor the Performance Package 4.0 is available from Amazon. Instead, you can grab a bundle named the Perfect Package 3.0 for $99,99. It arrives with the older standard Lawn Mower 3.0, Crop Cleanser (“vital all-in-one cleanser” for “post-trimming in the shower”), Crop Preserver, Crop Reviver, the Shed, Magic Mat, and a five-piece stainless steel nail kit called the Shears 2.0. That version has the Lawn Mower 3.0, Crop Preserver, Crop Reviver, Magic Mat set, Shed, and Manscaped Boxers for $89,99. Confusingly, the items in this set are somewhat different from what Manscaped sells in the Perfect Package 3.0 directly on its website.
After all, that, are you still with me? Deep breath.
Does Manscaped work?
For my first trial, “down there,” I strolled into the tub, spread the shower faucets, and proceeded to mow the lawn under the stream of water.
The wet conditions made keeping my skin taut and guiding the blade through my water-flattened hair more difficult but peeking down at the hair-covered shower floor told me I was making progress.
I saw it functioned best without using the plastic comb wing because the unencumbered blade raises and trims wet hair more easily that way.
Likewise, I only did some light mowing, so to tell, while under the shower because of the overall less visibility.
At this moment, I stood in front of a body-length mirror on the toilet door to better see what I performed.
I strolled onto some actual newsprint (yes, I even got the paper on weekends) and showed it a go below my waist.
I later repeated the manscaping practice without water because you can use the trimmer wet or dry.
I fast suggested the trimmer around my sensitive places, mindful of keeping the skin taut and driving the trimmer only to approach the blade points, as per the well-illustrated guide that arrived in the box.
The Lawn Mower 4.0 options a small LED light below the replaceable blade, which helpfully blazes the way. I was content to see this innovative feature from the 3.0 carry over to this most delinquent generation.
The solution to your unavoidable query: No, I didn’t nick myself in either test. Yes, I was careful, but the Manscaped trimmer is light (just over four ounces) and easy to maneuver, so I wasn’t upset that I’d get hurt. Several of the bad thoughts on Amazon are from users contending they cut themselves using the trimmer.
(A couple of analysts even published photos. Oh, my eyes.) Of course, this is a risk even Manscaped contains the disclaimer in its quick-start guide that “nicks, cuts, or another injury may occur” and suggests you to “mow low and slow.” But after my experiences testing three performances of the Lawn Mower, I keep wondering what those users did to draw all that blood.
Can you use Manscaped on your face?
Although Manscaped demands the trimmer for groin and body grooming, a position on Manscaped’s blog remarks that the Lawn Mower “can be secure and useful for grooming your face.” (Your face is a portion of your body, no?)
But the enterprise recommends you use one blade for your look and a different blade for the rest of your body to control bacterial cross-contamination. I chose to try the trimmer on my face instead for this cause. But too, two more reasons: 1) I enjoyed seeing how it functions as a beard and mustache trimmer because I don’t want to have to buy a separate device for every junction of my person, and I’m sure many of you don’t, either.
So if it does a good job there, too, calm, and 2) If I don’t shave for a long time, my beard obtains quite long, curly, and wild, which offers a perfect extra challenge for trying the Lawn Mower’s mowing power.
After allowing my beard to grow out for about four weeks, I blasted up the Lawn Mower 4.0 and drove it into uncontrolled growth to clip everything off. I shaved one-half of my face in under two minutes and paused to catch my Two-Face look on camera (see picture above). Then I completed the job in just about another minute.
This left me with a rapid, soft buzz, which is what I like. You can either prevent it there if you’re like me or switch to a razor to give yourself a tighter shave quickly. And here’s the fun truth: I did all this in my backyard, without the benefit of a mirror. I felt a bit just under my lip and again near my Adam’s apple, but that has happened to me with reliable beard trimmers, too, so I won’t have it against the Lawn Mower.
Can you utilize Manscaped for other body grooming?
The Manscaped Lawn Mower has a good feeling in the hand and cuts hair close to the skin, as noticed on this lower leg. (It’s a G-rated place, mmkay?)
Yes. Trimming my chest hair in the shower was quick, though I don’t have a ton of torso hair in the first place. The only hang-up was that strands tended to stick to my skin rather than fall away, creating it more challenging to tell where I’d trimmed.
How do you clean the Manscaped Lawn Mower?
One advantage of the device’s waterproofing is that you can wash it under running water if you don’t use it in the shower. After rinsing it clean of hair, I popped off the blade branch, gently wiped it and the unit to nod out loose hair, and dusted them with a toothbrush. (The tiny brush that comes with most electric trimmers is useless because it’s hard to hold and doesn’t sweep enough. I prefer using a soft-bristle toothbrush.)
How long does Manscaped’s battery last?
The Lawn Mower is charged via USB, which was new to me in the personal care room when I first strained it. The 4.0 arrives with a USB meshed charging cable and a hotbed that holds the trimmer respectable while it juices up. The cable reaches with is to assess the cradle. What’s new with this model: The trimmer recharges wirelessly through electromagnetic induction, telling the trimmer models in the cradle and charges via touch alone. This also signifies that you can test charging the handheld on a third-party wireless charging pad, although Manscaped doesn’t ensure it will work with every generic place on the market.
Trimming in the shower is comfortable and can make less mess. Comfortably work The Lawn Mower® 4.0 trimmer in wet or dry conditions.
*IPX7 warranted to cover against immersion in up to one meter of freshwater for 30 minutes. Learn more at www.manscaped.com/waterproof.