Last updated: 7th June 2017
Ok, so regulars to My Man Beard will understand what we look for in our quest for the best beard trimmer.
We are reasonable for some things but are complete sticklers for others. If you’re thinking of getting the Philips Norelco 5100 (which is arguably the best selling trimmer on the market at the moment) then you’ve come to the right place. Here is our official Philips Norelco 5100 Review.
So the Norelco name will be familiar to a lot of you, but this bad boy is a relative newbie to the market, coming out in the Summer of 2014. Philips are arguably the best at trimmers and this one certainly looks the part. Let’s put it through it’s paces.
What a delicious looking piece of kit. It looks like some sort of fighting tattooed fish but in a GREAT way. It’s a killer piece of equipment to look at, much like yourself I’m sure.
Battery Life: 4.5/5
I don’t know if I’ll ever give a battery life a solid 5/5 because for me, that would most likely mean it NEVER has to be charged. That’s not going to happen anytime soon (but why not? If we can put a man on the moon 50 years ago then I wold argue we can make a permanently charged electric shaver).
The Norelco 5100 has a battery life of an hour. That’s good now to be fair. The even better part is that it takes less than 90 minuted to charge! That is not a long time at all when it comes to beard trimmers, and it is a damn sight better than some models that can take up to 10 hours to charge fully.
Cutting Capabilities: 5/5
It’s all about the Dual Sided Technology here. This is the main feature of this razor and is what sets the Norelco 5100 apart from its rivals. The head is shaped in such a way that it has the standard side for trimming, shaving and all of the basic stuff, but there is a smaller and more detailed side that is used to intricately shape, shave and trim to the exact dimensions you want. It is such a good feature, and I can say from experience that it makes the whole shaving experience fun, precise and just overall brilliant.
Tugging Issues: 5/5
This has never tugged at my hair ever. I have (currently) 6 shavers that I use quite often and this is the only one that has NEVER tugged.
When you select the setting you want on the wheel in the middle of the shaver, the blade comb essentially locks into that position meaning that it won’t tug as you trim.It’s also ridiculously powerful and a badass in toughness. It can cut through whatever you got with ease.
Number 1 – The Norelco 5100 is water resistant. Lash it under the tap (faucet or whatever you call it) when you’re finished trimmer and you’re good as gold.
Number 2 – Blades SEEM TO SHARPEN THEMSELVES and you won’t need to oil them.
It’s actually incredible how easy it is to maintain a trimmer of this quality.
It doesn’t get the full 5/5 because it does actually lack something that its big brother, the Philips Norelco 9100 has.
Other Features & Accessories
It has 17 different settings for lengths, going down to 0.4 mm. They’re all attached to the trimmer itself, so no need to worry about losing attachments. It’s controlled by the wheel. Ridiculous.
It comes with a power adapter and also a beard comb.
There’s a detailed technical spec available from the Philips website.
What’s It Missing?
It sounds incredibly stingy to mention this, but it doesn’t have a vacuum to suck up those tiny hairs. If it did, it would be the best trimmer ever. Luckily, Philips have come up with the 9100, which has a vacuum and a few other things that will really appeal to the beard nerd.
Mark my words – right here and now this trimmer makes it our trimmer of choice when it comes to features in relation to cost. It is a powerful beast, and won’t completely break you financially. Literally any man can make themselves look a hell of a lot better and more customized with this blade.
You don’t have to just take our advice, look at how well it is reviewed on Amazon and then just buy the damn thing.