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Trimmer vs. Shaver: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sara Rehman || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 16, 2023
A trimmer is designed to cut and style hair to a desired length, while a shaver is used to remove hair completely, offering a close shave.

Key Differences

Trimmers are equipped with blades and guards that allow for precision cutting, making them ideal for styling and shaping hair and beards. Shavers, on the other hand, are designed to provide a close shave, removing hair as close to the skin as possible.
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Trimmers usually come with various attachments and length settings to adjust the hair length, making them versatile for different styling needs. Shavers are designed with either rotary or foil heads to ensure a smooth, close shave against the skin.
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Trimmers are commonly used for maintaining and shaping beards, mustaches, and hairlines, allowing for more control over the length of the hair. Shavers are primarily used for achieving a clean-shaven look, ideal for removing facial hair completely or shaving other body parts.
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Trimmers are gentle on the skin as they do not cut hair as close as shavers, reducing the risk of skin irritation. Shavers, however, might cause irritation or razor burns if not used properly, as they shave very close to the skin.
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Trimmers often require regular cleaning and oiling of the blades for longevity, while shavers need blade or head replacement periodically to maintain efficiency and hygiene.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Function

Cuts hair to a desired length
Removes hair close to the skin
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Attachments

Comes with various guards and settings
Typically has fixed or replaceable heads
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Ideal For

Styling and shaping hair/beards
Achieving a clean-shaven look
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Skin Contact

Less direct, gentler on skin
Close contact, may cause irritation
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Maintenance

Requires blade cleaning and oiling
Needs periodic head/blade replacement
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Trimmer and Shaver Definitions

Trimmer

A personal care device for trimming hair.
They recommended a high-quality trimmer for home use.
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Shaver

A personal care tool for close hair removal.
He prefers a rotary shaver for its close shave.
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Trimmer

An electrical tool for grooming body hair.
She bought a new trimmer for her hair-styling needs.
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Shaver

A grooming device for smooth skin.
She found the shaver effective for underarm hair removal.
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Trimmer

A grooming tool for maintaining hair length.
He uses a trimmer weekly to keep his beard neat.
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Shaver

A device used for removing hair close to the skin.
He used an electric shaver for a quick morning shave.
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Trimmer

A handheld device for precision hair cutting.
The barber used a trimmer for detailed work on the haircut.
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Shaver

An electrical appliance for achieving a clean-shaven look.
Her new shaver made her legs feel smooth and silky.
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Trimmer

One that trims
A window trimmer.
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Shaver

A handheld appliance for shaving hair.
The waterproof shaver is perfect for use in the shower.
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Trimmer

A device or machine, such as a lumber trimmer, that is used for trimming.
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Shaver

One who shaves.
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Trimmer

One who changes one's opinions, especially in politics, to suit the needs of the moment.
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Shaver

A device, especially an electric razor, that is used in shaving.
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Trimmer

(Electronics) A variable component used to make fine adjustments to capacity or resistance.
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Shaver

(Informal) A small child, especially a boy.
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Trimmer

(Architecture) A beam across an opening, such as a hearth, into which the ends of joists can be fitted.
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Shaver

One who shaves.
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Trimmer

One who trims, arranges, fits, or ornaments.
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Shaver

A barber, one whose occupation is to shave.
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Trimmer

A device used to trim.
My new electric shaver has a beard trimmer attachment.
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Shaver

A tool or machine for shaving; an electric razor.
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Trimmer

(nautical) A member of the crew who trims the sails.
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Shaver

An extortionate bargainer; a sharper.
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Trimmer

Someone who fluctuates between opposing factions, political parties etc., according to current interest, a flip-flopper.
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Shaver

One who fleeces; a pillager; a plunderer.
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Trimmer

(architecture) A beam into which are framed the ends of headers in floor framing, as when a hole is to be left for stairs, or to avoid bringing joists near chimneys.
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Shaver

(colloquial) A boy; a lad; a little fellow.
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Trimmer

A person employed to rearrange the coal in the hold of a vessel, so that it fills the vessel without forming a conical blockage.
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Shaver

One who shaves; one whose occupation is to shave.
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Trimmer

A device for storing coal in gradually increasing piles made by building up at the point of the cone or top of the prism.
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Shaver

One who is close in bargains; a sharper.
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Trimmer

(fishing) A float bearing a baited hook and line, used in fishing for pike.
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Shaver

One who fleeces; a pillager; a plunderer.
By these shavers the Turks were stripped.
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Trimmer

(electronics) An adjustable electrical component. Trimmer (electronics)
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Shaver

A boy; a lad; a little fellow.
As I have mentioned at the door to this young shaver, I am on a chase in the name of the king.
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Trimmer

(dated) One who or that which trims, or rebukes or reproves; a scold.
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Shaver

A tool or machine for shaving.
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Trimmer

One who trims, arranges, fits, or ornaments.
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Shaver

An adult male who shaves
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Trimmer

One who does not adopt extreme opinions in politics, or the like; one who fluctuates between parties, so as to appear to favor each; a timeserver.
Thus Halifax was a trimmer on principle.
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Shaver

A young person of either sex;
She writes books for children
They're just kids
`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters
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Trimmer

An instrument with which trimming is done.
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Shaver

A razor powered by an electric motor
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Trimmer

A beam, into which are framed the ends of headers in floor framing, as when a hole is to be left for stairs, or to avoid bringing joists near chimneys, and the like. See Illust. of Header.
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Trimmer

An apparatus used for piling the coal in gradually increasing piles made by building up at the point of the cone or top of the prism.
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Trimmer

A worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs;
Untouched by the pruner's axe
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Trimmer

A machine that trims timber
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Trimmer

Capacitor having variable capacitance; used for making fine adjustments
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Trimmer

Joist that receives the end of a header in floor or roof framing in order to leave an opening for a staircase or chimney etc.
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Trimmer

A device used for cutting and shaping hair.
He used a trimmer to style his beard perfectly.
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FAQs

Can a trimmer shave as close as a shaver?

No, trimmers are for trimming and shaping hair, not for close shaves like a shaver.
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Are shavers waterproof?

Some shavers are waterproof, making them suitable for wet use.
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Is a shaver suitable for hair styling?

No, shavers are designed for removing hair, not for styling like trimmers.
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Can trimmers cause skin irritation?

Trimmers are generally gentler on the skin compared to shavers.
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Do trimmers come with different attachments?

Yes, trimmers often have various attachments for different hair lengths.
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Can trimmers be used on wet hair?

Some trimmers are designed for both wet and dry use.
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Can I use a shaver for my beard?

Yes, but it will give a close shave rather than trimming or styling the beard.
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Do shavers work on long hair?

Shavers are more effective on shorter hair for a close shave.
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How often should I clean my trimmer?

It's recommended to clean the trimmer after each use for hygiene and maintenance.
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Can a trimmer cut skin?

Trimmers are designed to be safe, but careless use can lead to minor cuts.
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Do shavers cause ingrown hairs?

Improper use of shavers can lead to ingrown hairs, especially on sensitive skin.
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How often should I replace my shaver?

The lifespan varies, but electric shavers may need replacement every few years.
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Is a foil or rotary shaver better?

It depends on personal preference and skin type; foil shavers are precise, while rotary shavers are good for contours.
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Are electric shavers better than manual razors?

Electric shavers are more convenient and less time-consuming than manual razors.
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How long do shaver blades last?

Shaver blades typically need replacement every 12 to 18 months.
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How to clean a trimmer?

Most trimmers can be cleaned with a brush or under running water, depending on their design.
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Do trimmers need oiling?

Yes, oiling the blades can help maintain their efficiency and longevity.
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Can trimmers be used for body hair?

Yes, many trimmers are designed for both facial and body hair.
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Can I use a shaver every day?

Yes, but ensure proper skin care to prevent irritation.
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Are trimmers good for sensitive skin?

Trimmers are usually better for sensitive skin compared to shavers.
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