Philips Norelco 9100 Review: A Laser Focus

Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 9100

Philips Norelco BeardTrimmer 9100



    Battery Life




        Tugging Issues





            • Kickass Design
            • Easy to clean
            • Good Battery Life
            • Laser Works Well
            • Cuts Well


            • Parts are hard to find

            Last updated: June 8th 2017

            Hey guys, thanks for stumbling on the My Man Beard Philips Norelco 9100 Review! We’ll be putting this young fella through it’s paces in this review and will hopefully make you a tad more educated on whether it’s something you want to add to your arsenal or not.

            Anyone who has read our Philips Norelco 5100 Review will know that we LOVE IT. In fact, an awful lot of what we will write about in this review is relevant to the 5100. They’re very similar, with the main difference being that the 9100 is for total BEARD NERDS.

            This was released early in 2014. It’s a very powerful bit of kit so read on carefully to see just how powerful.

            Look: 5/5

            This is similar to the 5100, although it has a red band going through it rather than the blue of the 5100. Just look at this for yourself guys.


            I mean come on.

            Battery Life: 4.5/5

            As mentioned in the 5100 review, I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the gumption to award a battery life 5/5 because for me that would mean infinite battery. Anyway, that’s just me being a stickler (I am incredibly impatient) so let’s just say that this is one of the best out there on the market at the moment.

            The Norelco 9100 has the same battery life as the 5100, which is about 1 hour. Not too shabby. What’s more impressive is that it only takes 90 minutes 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 the best in the business – simple as. It has a dual side reversible trimmer blade that works wonders for organizing how you want your beard to look. The main trimmer is perfect for the majority of the cutting but if you are really looking to get intricate in the more difficult and sensitive areas then you have a built in precision trimmer in the Philips Norelco 9100. No need to have something smaller for those hard to get or easy to mess up parts.

            That should be a weight off your mind for anyone who has messed up their beard with a standard trimmer before. Remember – DETAIL IS KEY BROS!

            Tugging Issues: 5/5

            I think my least favourite thing about shaving is tugging of the hair and skin. I don’t know why, but it honestly seems to affect me worse than the majority of guys. Most of them seem to shrug it off as a mere inconvenience, but I just can’t be that blasé about it all. I HATE TUGGING WHILST TRIMMING! I really bloody (excuse the pun) do.

            Anyway, just as well that I’ve been using this trimmer (and the 5100) since April and neither has tugged once. Not once. Just a smooth glide all the time. What more could you ask for.

            Maintenance: 5/5

            philips 9100You’re not going to find a razor that is easier to maintain than the Philips Norelco 9100. Firstly, it’s water resistant, so just rinse it under some running water after use to clean it and it will not affect the blades in the slightest. Secondly, there’s no need for oil or any sort of maintenance. Isn’t that handy?

            Now, down to what really makes this a 5/5 in maintenance (at the time of writing it is the only 5/5 for maintenance on the site).

            It has a SELF-SHARPENING BLADE. Look, I’m aware I’m putting in a lot of capitals in this review, but I’m excited. Self-sharpening blades are tight as hell. The second thing is that it has the incredible suction vacuum that will suck up all of the hair as you shave, leaving you with even LESS maintenance and ease of use.

            Other Features

            Other than the vacuum, it shares most of the design features and accessories of the Philips 5100. It does, however, have one distinct difference. Remember we said that this was a real beard nerd’s Philips Norelco 9100 Beard Trimmertrimmer? Well we weren’t lying, because it has one of the sweetest precision tools we’ve ever seen – A LASER.

            Yes, a laser. It has a laser. Lots of people have been talking about this since its release. Some people actually hate this feature and say it’s unnecessary and just a way for Philips to sell a 5100 with a vacuum at a higher price. Some, on the other hand, are as wet for this as a man can be for a razor.

            Personally, it works great for me, but my old housemate didn’t like it at all. If you want precise (and I mean PRECISE) lines into your beard, than getting the 9100 will 100% improve the look you are going for. I am certain of that fact. It’s also very handy for those new to shaving and trimming beards. It will help you not mess up too badly the first few times and will only improve your look from there on after 😉


            We do still say that the Philips Norelco 5100 is the best trimmer out there in terms of value, but this is very close behind, and is without a doubt a more sophisticated tool. True, it is more expensive, but what you get for that extra amount (which isn’t even that much) will save you time and improve your look and shaving experience. What’s not to love?

            Check out other people’s reviews and pick it up.

            PS: There’s also a lot of good information on the Philips website.