Male Grooming on a Budget

We all know that keeping up appearances isn’t a walk in the park. It takes time, dedication and money. We’ve put together our top tips for male grooming on a budget.

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Quick Tips

Invest in quality over quantity. This may sound counterintuitive when you’re trying to save money. But buying fewer but higher quality grooming products is often more cost-effective in the long run. 

Gift sets: who says gifts can’t be for yourself? During holidays and seasons, stores often advertise deals for masculine gift sets at a lower price than usual. Consider buying some and stocking up for as long as possible, provided you have the space. For example, at Boots, you can get a ‘Nivea For Men’ gift set, which includes face wash, moisturiser, shaving balm and shave gel for just £10 saving up to £17 when sold separately.

Electric Shavers/Trimmers

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Electric shavers are more expensive initially than conventional razors. They provide a more effortless shave and save money over the long term. They are great for a quick trim in the morning or for someone who travels often. If the price tags are too expensive, you could also check our voucher site for deals at retailers such as Currys and Boots. 

Philips Series 1000

  • £45
  • Four-Directional Head
  • 45min run time
  • 8hr charge time

The Philips Series 1000 electric shaver is reliable and affordable for those seeking an efficient and smooth shave. It has self-sharpening blades and a four-directional head to ensure a close and clean shave over facial contours. When cordless, it has a shaving time of around 45 mins on an 8-hour charge, and the need for a quick-charge option may be a downside for people in a hurry. It’s also easy to clean under the tap. The Series 1000 is a solid choice for a budget-friendly electric shave. 

Remington Barba Beard Trimmer

  • £30
  • Trimmer
  • 40min run time
  • 16hr charge time

The Remington Barber Beard Trimmer is a cost-effective grooming tool. Equipped with ceramic-coated blades and nine pre-set lengths, it offers precision and flexibility for various beard styles. Its stand-out feature is the “Lube for Life” system, meaning the blades never need oiling for a maintenance-free experience. However, while the battery life is similar to competitors, the charge time is much longer, and the Barba cannot be used for wet shaving. Despite this, the Barba Beard Trimmer is a practical and budget-friendly choice for beard owners. 

BaByliss For Men 7107U Beard Trimmer

  • £20
  • 8 attachments
  • 5-grade settings
  • Battery operated

Priced at around £20, the BaByliss 7107U is an excellent choice for a very affordable yet effective beard trimmer. Precision control offers five different cut lengths from 3mm to 15mm. The blades are detachable for easy cleaning but must be replaced when they eventually go dull. The shaver also uses regular disposable batteries instead of a built-in rechargeable one, so the overall cost over time may be more than its slightly more expensive counterpart. But for its low price point, it is an excellent choice for those on a strict budget. 

Braun BT3322 Beard Trimmer 3

  • £30
  • 20 length settings
  • Lifetime sharp blades
  • 50min run time

This trimmer stands out with its 20-length settings allowing for a customised and precise trimming experience at a budget-friendly price point. It also has lifetime sharp blades, which ensure long-lasting, uniform performance. The cordless version is also great, with 50 minutes of running time on a 10hr charge with a 5-minute quick charge option for a fast morning trim. With its washable, hassle-free head and comb, the Braun BT3322 is an excellent choice for detailed or fast trims on a budget. 

Wahl Chromium 11-in-1 Beard Trimmer

  • £30
  • 11 attachments
  • Nose trimmer
  • 60min run time
  • Requires clipper oil

The Wahl Chromium 11-in-1 is a versatile, budget-friendly option for anyone seeking a multi-functioning grooming tool. With eleven different attachments, including a nose trimmer and detailer, it caters to a wide range of grooming needs. The self-sharpening blades ensure long-lasting results but do need occasional oiling. The head is also detachable for easy cleaning. A great all-rounder offering value and versatility at a very reasonable price. 

Razor Blades

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A steady supply of fresh, sharp razors is essential for a clean, smooth shave. Disposable razors are cheaper but don’t offer a great shave, and the blades don’t tend to last long. Nowadays, subscription razor services delivered straight to your door tend to be a more competitive option for budgets plus, the prices are more stable and can be cancelled at any time. 

Harry’s

  • Free trial set-
    • Five-blade razor cartridge
    • Weighted rubberised handle
    • Foaming shave gel (60ml)
    • Travel blade cover
  • 8-blade sets for £14 delivered every three months

Harry’s Razor Blades are an excellent choice for those seeking a close, comfortable shave delivered to the door for budget-friendly prices. German-engineered lubricated blades lessen irritation and glide across the skin to reduce nicks & cuts. Competitive pricing and delivery straight to the door make Harry’s a strong contender. 

Gillette

  • 15% off when you subscribe
  • Gillette Mach 3 8 pack is £14.44 and delivered every four months
  • Refer a friend and get £5 off your next order.

Gillette Mach 3 blades have a long-standing reputation for quality and reliability in the shaving industry. These blades offer a close shave with a design that allows for fewer strokes resulting in less skin irritation. They also come equipped with a lubrication strip, reducing the risk of nicks & cuts. While pricier than many alternatives, the consistent performance and quality of Gillette Mach 3 blades justify the cost. Overall, Gillette is a solid choice. 

Wilkinson Sword

  • 15% off when you subscribe
  • Quattro Essential 4 blades eight pack is £11.80 with a subscription. 
  • 250+ years of experience making blades

Wilkinson Sword Quattro Essential 4 blades deliver a high-quality shaving experience but have a more expensive price point than many competitors, with 4-blade subscriptions costing almost £12. They feature four precision blades on each cartridge, ensuring a close and comfortable one with fewer strokes. An added lubrication strip helps to prevent nicks & cuts, and the blades are very durable, maintaining sharpness over multiple uses. While cheaper alternatives are on the market, Wilkinson Swords's long history of reliability, starting as a sword company, speaks for itself.

Grüum

  • Save up to 50% compared to on-demand prices
  • Free handle in the first month 
  • 6 x Osko Comfort blades delivered every three months for £9

A new company compared to its more famous competitors. Grüum razors deliver an impressive shave at an affordable price, with six blades delivered to your door that promise a close and even shave for only £9. The blades are sharp and durable, with a lubricant strip that minimises irritation and lessens nicks & cuts. Grüum’s subscription service is also the easiest to use out of this list. While they may not have the market tenure of more established brands, the performance and convenience of Grüum razor blades make them a noteworthy competitor. 

Dollar Shave Club

  • The price of 1 pack of 4 blades is £9, and 2 groups of 4 are £17.10, delivered every two months.
  • Free handle

Dollar shave club requires you to fill in a questionnaire about your shaving needs and will automatically add recommended face washes and gels to the plan, but they can all be removed. Dollar Shave Club razor blades offer a smooth and close shave with a lubricating strip that reduces irritation, nicks and cuts. The edges remain sharp for a considerable time for a consistent shave. Although they are not the cheapest option, the long-lasting blades are good value for regular shavers. 

Face Wash

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While the most expensive options aren’t always the best, cheaper chemical-based options may be harsh on the skin. These face washes are not only affordable but effective and readily available. There are also companies out there that create ‘copycat’ versions of popular brands without the premium price tag, websites such as skinskoolbeauty have handy tools that allow you to compare cheaper brands with similar ingredients to more affordable items.  But always consider your skin type and needs when choosing a face wash. Your skin will thank you. 

Bulldog Original Face Wash

  • £5 for 150ml
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • All skin types

Bulldog is a famous brand known for its cruelty-free and vegan products. Their Original face wash is a standout competitor thanks to its gentle but effective cleaning. It’s a non-drying solution suitable for all skin types, with aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. From personal experience, I have also found that a little goes a long way. This particular face wash is reasonably priced at £5 for a 150ml tube. 

Nivea Protect & Care Deep Cleaning Face Wash

  • £3.99 for 100ml
  • Doesn’t Dry Out Skin
  • Aloe Vera

A favourite of Christmas gift sets, Nivea’s Protect & Care Deep Cleaning Face Wash offers a thorough cleanse without drying out your skin, thanks to aloe vera. A tube will set you back £3.99 for 100 ml, an affordable option with Nivea-branded quality. 

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash

  • £4.39 150ml
  • Witch Hazel
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Good for acne-prone skin

Boots offer a great face wash enriched with natural ingredients like tea tree and witch hazel, well known for their skin soothing and anti-bacterial properties. This face wash is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. This face wash offers good value at just £4.39 for a 150ml bottle. 

ASDA Skin System Face Scrub

  • £2 for 150ml
  • Menthol

ASDA’s brand offering is not just a face wash but also a face scrub. It provides an extra level of cleaning by exfoliating dead skin cells. Infused with menthol, this face wash leaves you with a cool, refreshing after-feel for the low price of £2. However, menthol can cause skin irritation to those with more sensitive skin. 

Superdrug Deep Action Men’s Face Wash

  • £2.99 for 150ml
  • All skin types
  • Salicylic acid

Superdug’s Deep Action face wash is the ultimate budget buy without compromising quality. It’s suitable for all skin types and effectively cleans and unclogs pores. Infused with salicylic acid, this face wash helps prevent acne breakouts and leaves skin feeling fresh. At only £2.99 for a 150ml tube, it’s hard to beat in terms of value for money. 

Hair Wax/Gel

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When it comes to achieving the perfect hairstyle, hair wax is an essential product for men. However, finding a good quality wax that fits your budget can be challenging, these five products are a great balance between budget and quality.

Alberto Balsam Ultra Strong Hair Gel

  • £1 for 200ml
  • Strong Hold
  • Wet Look

Alberto Balsam’s styling gel is a good budget choice for those who need a reliable hold throughout the day. It’s easy to work with and provides a decent hold that can be reshaped. Best of all, a 200ml tube costs just £1, making it one of the more affordable options on the market. 

Vo5 Extreme Style Gel Wax

  • £4 for 75ml
  • Strong Hold 
  • Natural Shine

Priced at just £4 per 75ml, the Vo5 Extreme Style Matt Wax is a budget-friendly option due to its quality and how long the tub lasts. This wax offers a strong hold with a natural finish. Perfect for creating textured natural-looking styles. It is easy to apply to damp hair and washes out without much effort. 

Fish Original Stone Fish Sculpting Clay

  • £6 for 70ml 
  • Strong Hold
  • Matte Finish
  • Fresh Scent
  • Easily Moldable

An excellent choice for anyone seeking a high-performance product, Fish Original Stone clay brings professional-grade hairstyling that doesn’t break the bank. Although pricier than other brands, the tub is long-lasting and of good quality. The clay has a strong matte finish and is impressively pliable, which is excellent for a roughed-up & dishevelled style. It also has a unique fresh scent. 

Superdrug Style Expertise Hair Wax

  • £3 for 75ml
  • Flexible
  • Matte Finish
  • Choppy Look

Superdrug’s Style Expertise wax is a noteworthy addition to the budget-friendly hair styling range. This wax has a reliable medium to firm hold, great for casual choppy hairstyles. It has a non-greasy look and great flexibility for restyling throughout the day. All in all a solid performance at a great price point. 

L’Oreal Men Expert Barber Club Slick Fixing Pomade

  • £3.99 for 75ml
  • Strong Hold
  • High Shine Finish
  • Clean Scent
  • Easily Moldable

L’Oreal Men Expert Barber Club Slick Fixing Hair Pomade provides a sleek, polished look for those wanting a classic hairstyle. This pomade is a standout budget option for its strong hold and high shine, delivering a neat, glossy finish for slick back and pompadour styles. The pomade also has a light and clean barbershop scent. At just £3.99, this option is excellent value for the money. 

Manscaping

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Manscaping is a reasonably new addition to the male grooming routine, and using a razor near the more intimate regions of the body can feel like cutting wires on an explosive in an action film; one small mistake and the results may be disastrous. Thankfully, there have been several developments in manscaping technology that makes intimate razor nicks a thing of the past. Manscaping groomers tend to be slightly more expensive than regular razors and trimmers, but the price is generally worth keeping your crown jewels intact; they also save money in the long term. 

Braun Body Groomer 5

  • £60
  • SkinShield® technology
  • Attachable sensitive comb
  • Waterproof 
  • 100min run time

The Braun Body Groomer 5 is a versatile and well-designed grooming tool that is a valuable addition to a personal care regimen. It has a variety of attachments for precise body hair trimming and is fully waterproof for hair care in the shower or accidental drops. However, its SkinShield technology is the stand-out feature, which allows for precise trimming without the nicks & cuts. At £60, it's more expensive than a conventional razor initially, but with the need for two razors (one for the face, one for the body), you’ll save money in the longer term. 

Manscaped: The Lawn Mower 3.0

  • £70
  • SkinSafe® Technology
  • Waterproof
  • Charging Dock
  • Adjustable Guard
  • 90min run time

The Lawn Mower 3.0 is the most expensive on this list but worth the money. Manscaped have a 4.0 version, but for the sake of budget, the 3.0 is just as good where it counts. With its patented SkinSafe technology, the Lawn Mower 3.0 gives a safe, close trim on the most challenging areas. It even has an LED light so you can more clearly see what you’re aiming at down there. The Lawn Mower 3.0 is also fully waterproof for use in the shower and uses changeable ceramic blades that last around three months for those who trim regularly. It also comes with a convenient charging dock. 

Philips Series 3000 Body Groomer

  • £40
  • Rounded Tips
  • Bi-directional trimmer
  • 50min run time

The Series 3000 is an excellent body groomer for those with a smaller manscaping budget. Its patented rounded-tip head design and hypo-allergenic foil result in a close trim without the nicks. The Series 3000 also has a bi-directional trimmer, making cutting longer hairs easier. However, you get what you pay for; the combs are fiddly, and the motor is relatively loud. But for only £40, you get a great value, safe shave.

Happy Nuts: The Ballber

  • £55
  • Nut-Safe® blade
  • 150min run time
  • Waterproof
  • Ultra-quiet motor

The Ballber is an excellent option for those who want a long battery time twice as long as most competitors but for a reasonable price. The Ballber also has a dual-edge design making it easy to shave in either direction for a more straightforward trim, and its Nut-Safe technology ensures no harm to your goods. Combined with its waterproof build and ultra-quiet motor, The Happy Nuts Ballber is a strong contender for all your manscaping needs. 

Bare Nuts hair removal cream

  • £12.99
  • Moisturises
  • No need for a razor

Not interested in taking a trimmer to your area? No problem. I’m adding Bare Nuts hair removal cream as an honourable mention. Bare Nuts is a hair removal cream designed for intimate male places that can be applied by hand, so you don’t need to contort yourself for those hard-to-get parts. Rich in glycerol, it moisturises and removes hair without requiring a razor with a balanced composition to minimise skin irritation. For £12.99, it’s a reasonable alternative to electric or conventional razors. 

For the latest deals and discounts on male grooming check out our Men's Grooming discount page. We have discount codes and deals for the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Manscaped, Gillette, Philips and more.

For more tips and tricks on budgeting be sure to check out our articles on top tips for buying clothing on a budget or top tips for buying tech on a budget.

Nathan Walters
Editor

I joined MyVoucherCodes as a Deal Expert, searching the web and sourcing the best deals, discount codes and sales to benefit our readers. I decided to combine these money-saving skills with my love of writing and become an Editor, sharing what I have learned to help you get the most out of your money. As a student for four years, I understand the need to budget and get more for less.  As well as providing budget-friendly advice here at MVC, I have written money-saving works for well-known publications such as The Sun and Pick Me Up!


I love playing video games and later writing reviews at GameReport in my spare time. I also enjoy anything to do with technology and cool gadgets, and I'm constantly adding extras and components to my home gaming computer. Additionally, I love DIY. Having worked in a tool store as a student, I enjoy fixing things, whether my car or home.