Mangroomer Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver
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- Features a fully extendable and adjustable locking handle to reach even the most difficult middle and lower portions of the back
- Extra wide 1.5-inch blade design that enables you to shave larger areas of your back with ease
- Sleek, lightweight and compact design that folds flat for storage and travel
- Opens easily and quickly for instant use
- Patented design of shaver enables you to reach all areas of your back from different angles with ease
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The Mangroomer Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver is absolutely the best way to get rid of unwanted back hair. The unique patented design enables a man to remove unwanted back hair by himself in the privacy of his own home or while traveling. The shaver has a sleek, lightweight, compact design that folds flat for storage and travel and when needed, opens easily and quickly for instant use. The handle is fully extendable and adjustable and locks into place at various lengths to reach even the most difficult middle and lower portions of the back for men of all sizes. With this shaver, every man now has the option to remove unwanted back hair easily by himself privately, quickly, painlessly and inexpensively.
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Worst point: ludicrously over-priced, so only three stars. Around £10 would probably be an appropriate price for something of this quality.
Other good points
- prompt delivery
- suitably packed for safe shipping - typical Amazon style: large cardboard box with lots of stiff brown paper cushioning
- option of free delivery, without 'Prime' trial
- light in weight
- good, long handle which extends
- cutter type suitable for my particular requirements (see 'cutter types' later)
- just about the only device of its type available, other than (1) an even more expensive version from Mangroomer, the hyperbolically named 'Ultimate Pro' version which is not available from Amazon at present, and which apparently has some extra features but which may or may not be more substantially made or (2) the Philips 'TT2040 Rechargeable All-in-one Bodygroom Pro' which is also more expensive (£40), has a shorter handle and is a foil-type cutter (see 'cutter type' below).
Other bad points:
- looks smart but feels flimsy and insubstantial. Probably not very robust - I wonder how well it would withstand being dropped from any great height onto a hard surface, or how durable it would be when used regularly, particularly the hinge
- noisy and vibrates, which suggests a cheap-and-cheerful mechanical design, of possibly limited durability
- no spare cutter blade or even possibility of replacing cutter blade
- no cover or guard for the cutter when not in use
- supplied in just a blister display pack - no storage box or case; not even a bag
- no batteries supplied
- uses disposable batteries (not supplied). For the high price asked (£33) I would expect a rechargeable battery system and a charger to be included
- blister pack says 'Warning - read safety instruction before use' but there are virtually no safety instructions - although probably not really needed anyway
- requires a double mirror to give a view of one's back, as well as a bit of practice, to be able to use effectively to trim hair on one's back. But I guess that would apply to any device used to trim one's own back hair!
Cutter types: as I see it, there are broadly three types:
- cutters with large exposed reciprocating teeth, usually used for ordinary haircutting / hairdressing and which are often available with a variety of guards or combs to permit trimming to different hair lengths, of up to 1/2" or even more
- cutters with finer exposed teeth, sometimes part of a conventional electric foil razor, used mainly for trimming moustaches, sideburns or even neck hair. Designed to give a close trim but not really to shave to a smooth surface. The Mangroomer is a cutter of this type, which is fine for my needs.
- foil-type cutters, like nearly all electric razors, where one or more reciprocating or rotating cutters work against the inside of a thin, perforated foil to give a cutting action. These can give a very close shave, comparable with a wet razor blade, but since the hairs have to penetrate the foil, don't usually work very well with anything longer than stubble. The Philips razor mentioned above is of this type, and therefore possibly not very suitable for long, straggly hair like back hair often is.
My requirements: I am in my 70s and I do not have thick, black, manly-looking hair on my chest or back (or shoulders or arms) - it is now fine, grey, whispy, curly and several inches long and, frankly, looks a bit of a straggly mess. I have never bothered to trim it in the past but I recently trimmed my chest hair to half-an-inch or so using scissors, which tidied things up a lot but left me still with a hairy chest, which am happy with. However I was still left with straggly hair on my back, shoulders and upper arms and I found this was tricky to deal with just using scissors. The Mangroomer has dealt with this perfectly and trimmed it all off. It will be interesting to see how long it will be before it needs trimming again.
So, Mr Mangroomer Maufacturer: get the price down to something sensible, like, say £10 or so, and you could have a lot of very satisfied customers. How long mine will last before it wears out or breaks I do not know (I have used it once so far) but fortunately I do not expect to have to use it more than just a few times a year.
I hope these notes may be helpful to anyone else contemplating buying one of these devices.
Probably took about 15 minutes all in, but can't complain about results.
My advise for the first time you use it, is to take it slow. Otherwise it can hurt!
Be warned it doesn't give you a clean shave. It's more like a close trim
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