Monthly Archives: August 2014

Philips Norelco QG3330/42 Review – Top Affordable Multigroom!

norelcoPhilips are a name we see again and again in the world of grooming products and beard trimmers, and with the Norelco QG3330/42 they have pulled a real rabbit out of the hat. At the time of me writing this, it is the number one best seller on Amazon’s “trimmers and clippers” section. Hardly any wonder when we look at the price this can be picked up for, but don’t let its affordability fool you, it is not a flimsy piece of kit, and the reason it has sold so well is not just because it is good for those on a budget.

Features

stubbleThe Norelco QG3330/42 is one of a series of trimmers from Philips, and its older brothers the Multigroom Plus QG3360 and the Multigroom Pro QG3380 inevitably offer more features, they’re worth the extra investment, and have some excellent selling points such as a superior battery offering quick charging time, a carrying pouch, and solid metal guards. That said, the Multigroom in question here does the job for a lot of us, and is exceptionally versatile. Some of its features include:

  • 35 minutes of cordless use after one charge.
  • Specific stubble attachment offering 12 stubble lengths, making it one of the best beard trimmers for stubble on the market.
  • A precision attachment for lines and details, great for those who like to style in detail.
  • Nose, ear and eyebrow trimmer for the other unsightly hair on our faces!
  • Rounded tips on the blades to avoid skin irritation
  • Washable. You don’t find many trimmers this cheap that can be washed under a tap so easily, this is a huge plus point.

What Others Have Said

The majority of reviews on Amazon and other online retailers give this trimmer 4 or 5 out of 5 stars, not bad for a trimmer at the ‘cheap’ end of the market. People have complimented how easy it is to use and change attachments, the professional job it does and how durable and hard wearing it is, plus, many say that the battery life that is advertised is incorrect and that it actually tends to last longer. The Norelco brand has achieved quite a following and even professional barbers often swear by the products. Is the rest of the range superior? Yes, of course, that is why they have chosen to go in at multiple price points, but that doesn’t mean this can’t live up to expectation.

Conclusion

Everybody’s beard trimmer needs are different, of course they are, but I’m going to stick my bearded neck out on this one and say that the QG3330 is the best out there at this pricing point. Of course, spend more and get more if you so wish, but for a budget or ‘starter’ (so to speak) trimmer you won’t go far wrong investing in one of these bad boys.

Wahl 9854-600 Review – Beard Trimmer and All-In-One

wahltrimmerWahl are one of the most prolific makers of beard trimmers, and more than ever men are using their products to trim their beards in search of facial hair perfection! Their range of beard trimmers and all in ones are among the best, and range from the cheapest pricing point to the more expensive end of the market. This model, the catchy named Wahl 9854-600 is somewhere in the middle, but offers features way beyond its pricing point, as we are about to explore.

Lithium Ion Battery

As the title of the product suggests it offers a lithium ion battery, this is not unusual and is more and more the way grooming (and other) technology is going, however for the price it is rare to find such a great amount of battery related features, these are:

  • One hour full charge (compared to 8-12 hours in some other trimmers)
  • One minute quick charge. Out of battery? Need a quick tidy up? A one minute charge will get you four minutes of use out of this trimmer. Impressive.
  • Runs for three times longer on a single charge than most of its competitors.

Features

Battery is all well and good, and is a major selling point of the 9854-600, but it is useless if the features don’t do the job you need. So what does this trimmer offer?

Four Blades/Attachments

This is probably one of the coolest selling points of this product, the four attachments. I guess that is what makes it an all in one! The four attachments are:

  • Shave. All off shaves are easy and turn this into a standard electric shaver
  • Detail. A smaller blade to allow for intricate shaving and detailing in your beard
  • Trimmer. For trimming to the desired length.
  • Clip. To turn your all in one into hair clippers.

Attachments

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This has a huge range of attachments and even comes with its own carry bag, so you’ll feel like a barber with this set! A variety of combs, attachments, oil, chargers and the aforementioned bag make this even better value for money, $40 for all of this is a bargain, especially by grooming products’ standards. If you like to ‘keep it simple’ then this may not be the trimmer for you (even though you don’t have to use all of the attachments of course).

What Other Reviews Are Saying

This trimmer has been widely met with excellent reviews, and has some great strengths that make it one of the top selling beard products available today. On Amazon, this has a rating of four stars out of five which is hugely respectable, and puts it in competition with many products twice its price.

Conclusion

The only way I feel that this could be improved is to be a little more simple, I love the way many trimmers now can be altered with the flick of a switch, but that is a tough thing to achieve with such a versatile, all-in-one model. Wahl have gone all out with this trimmer and achieved some excellent results, as a budget all in one this is definitely a product that us at best beard trimmer guide would recommend!

Panasonic ER224S Review: All In One Beard Trimmer

er224sPanasonic are one of the most famous and prolific manufacturers of electronic equipment around the world, be it grooming related or otherwise. The ER224S, one of the best selling beard trimmers (and indeed the best selling hair clippers) on the market, is a great example of their moves into this market, and is designed to try and be a versatile, affordable grooming product with everything you need for both face and head. So does it achieve what it set out to?

Panasonic ER224S Features

The first thing that you notice about this is its slick silver design, it looks like it would be at home in a professional salon, which is always a good first impression to make, and while we don’t like to judge a book by its cover (or a beard trimmer by its packaging) the design goes further than just looks. The wheel which is used to determine which of the 14 length settings you are on is so easy to use and is perfect for those of us in a hurry. No messing around with attachments, just select your length setting and you’re away.

Those length settings in full are…

  • 1mm or 1/32″
  • 2mm or 5/64″
  • 3.5mm or 5/32″
  • 5mm or 3/16″
  • 6.5mm or 9/32″
  • 8mm or 5/16″
  • 9.5mm or 3/8″
  • 11mm or 13/32″
  • 12.5mm or 1/2″
  • 14mm or 17/32″
  • 15.5mm or 5/8″
  • 17mm or 21/32″
  • 18.5mm or 23/32″
  • 20mm or 25/32″

That is an impressive range, going all the way from a tiny, stubbly 1 mm to a fuller, more ‘beardy’ 20 mm.

ER224S-2The blades on this product, which are of course the business end of any beard trimmer, are stainless steel and high quality, as well as being hypo allergenic, they are designed with your health in mind so no irritation should take place when using one of these trimmers.

Panasonic were met with some criticism when it comes to the user manual, which, it has to be said, looks like a few scruffy drawings of Noel Edmunds shaving his beard http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/ER224-MULTI.PDF – but that is all a part of keeping costs down, and anyone who has used clippers or beard trimmers regularly before wont have any problems getting the hang of this. Who needs manuals, eh?

Precision Trimming

Another brilliant feature of the ER224S is the precision trimming, which isn’t necessarily blatantly obvious when you start to use it. By removing the attached guide comb (this can be put back on of course) you get yourself a handy outliner or precision trimmer, for shaving more intricate details into your beard or just getting rid of it all.

A glance at the product on Amazon will tell you that it offers 40 minutes of cordless usage, which is not bad, but could be better, some other products at a similar pricing point do offer more of a battery life. However, corded use is always an option and the actual functions of the trimmer are not to be sniffed at.

The way most trimmers are going now is towards the wet/dry side of the market, this means that you can use it in the shower or while washing, and also just means that it can be washed really easily, we know what a hassle cleaning up after an epic trim can be so making that easier is always welcome.

Amazon also tells us that the product can be used for hair, so if you’ve got children who need their hair clipped once in a while, this works a treat, and goes even further to making the price tag worth while.

Conclusion

So then, my summary, the ER224S by panasonic, is it the best beard trimmer? Well no, it doesn’t quite take that title, it could be better in certain areas such as battery life or even offer a couple more settings. Some have said that the design could be sturdier too, but that said, the product is available for between $20 and $30, and finding another beard trimmer, especially an all-in-one product with wet dry capabilities, is going to be a real struggle, which is why this definitely comes with my recommendation for a cheap but quality trimmer.

Old Spice Beard and Head Trimmer Review

oldspiceA marriage made in heaven, the old spice beard and head trimmer was only a matter of time. The long established aftershave brand have branched into the during shave market with a range of electrical products designed to help with grooming. Not only have they released their beard and head trimmer, there is also a shaver, a ‘shave and trim’ model, and a hair clipper too. The products are manufactured in partnership with Braun, so should definitely be high quality. The hilarious tagline “It’s Red, so you know its good”, is quite a claim, but does this trimmer live up to the hype?

Features:

  • Cord or no cord. You can use the cord when you’re at home or if you need to head off on your travels then 40 mins of cordless use are also an option.
  • A narrower head when compared to the other old spice grooming products, this is in order to provide the more intricate detail when it comes to trimming, and means that you can style a lot easier.
  • 12 settings for different lengths with no requirement to keep changing heads, no extensive kit or attachments, but lots of flexibility.
  • Waterproof. Keeping things clean is almost impossible when you’re trimming your beard, but at least being able to wash your trimmer is hugely helpful with this.
  • 2 year warranty
  • Ideal for use on your face or for trimming your hair too (can even save on hairdressing bills).

Price.

The recommended retail price of the Old Spice trimmer is $45, which is not overly expensive, plus you can usually pick it up for $5-10 cheaper than that. Bargain!

Conclusion

You could be forgiven for thinking that these products were a novelty, Old Spice is a big brand and it makes sense that they expand, but this isn’t just a ploy to make money, and by partnering with Braun they have provided something that is really good quality. Reviews found elsewhere online are also struggling to find fault with the product, which most agree represents huge value for money. In fact, the only real problems I have seen claimed with the product was that it does not hold charge, but this is simply not the case if you take the majority of people, plus of course a two year warranty means that these problems can hopefully be ironed out. There are always a couple of faulty products here and there.

Besides cool branding, and a clever advertising campaign, Old Spice have really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this one. 4.5/5 star average on the review section of Amazon speaks for itself. Not the cheapest trimmer on the market but considering its features is worth the investment.