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I've had this item a little while now, and so can write a constructive review. I'm actually quite disappointed with it. There are loads of beard trimmers out there and this is one of the more expensive ones.
The good points are: 1) Battery life is generally good. 2) It gives a reasonably good clean cut, and I've had no pulling of hairs etc when using it. I've had stubble and beards whilst I've had this product and its handled both very well.
Bad points: 1) The item isn't flat at the bottom, and so cant be stood up when not being used. You might this this is minor, but its actually a right pain, as when you lie it down, hair falls out all over the place. Even if you wash it after use. 2) About 3 months in, the access door to the hair collector broke. So now I have to hold that part of the trimmer the whole time I use it. 3) On at least 5 occasions now the battery has gone from full to zero for no reason at all. It then takes a few hours to charge it up, which is dead handy when you need a shave for work! 4) The vacuum really isn't very good at all, and you have the sink to wash as normal after a shave. You also have the item to empty.
Overall, for the money, I wouldn't buy another. I had a cheap one (about £15 Remington) before this, and this one really isn't any better.
A fine piece of kit, it really is the best of its kind I have used. The vacuum function works well but do keep the hair chute cleaned for best efficiency. What I am totally bemused by is the price. I paid £40.00 for this precise model in July 2012. Unless Philips have started making these things out of platinum, how is a price hike like this possibly justified? I hope mine keeps performing well; the piggy bank won't go to a new one at THREE TIMES the amount I paid. Additional, February 2016.... I have reduced this from 4 stars to two because the batteries have packed up. They are (deliberately) impossible to replace, so in the interests of the environment, Philips leave me with no choice but to bin it. Chances of me buying another? Clearly nil.
I love this trimmer. I had an electric shaver previously and it took a long time for me to shave with it - and it rarely gave an even finish.
With this, I can actually see the hair disappearing as I shave. It's fast, really simple to use, comes with a nice carry bag and tools, and most importantly gives a nice even shave, however you use it.
Charges last quite a long time for me. It can take a little while to recharge but leaving it in overnight is no problem. The display is really clear and useful - I actually find it quite a nice touch that it knows when it's not put together correctly and shows -- instead of a millimetre length.
The head that comes attached - the one in the picture with the clear guard - I'm not entirely sure what that's for and I assume it's for much longer bears than mine, as it did absolutely nothing and I had to switch to the grey plastic replacement head.
My only gripe is it's not water tight and it can be a bit of a pain cleaning all of the crevices.
Overall, amazing shaver, gives a good look, easy to use, it could just be a little easier to clean.
Now dont get me wrong i do like this product but i couldnt give it five stars because of three little isses that philips could probably fix quite easilly. 1) The power cord falls out so easilly it gets annoying, i know its really a rechargable trimmer but it is supposed to be used as a mains shaver if wanted. 2) The instructions are ok but there was no instructions what the two differrent heads were best used for so it was pure guess work which would be best. 3) Lol the vaccum is good but it fills up pretty quick and thus hair starts to get all over your hands instead so you do have to keep emptying it a lot during use.
Good points though: 1) Does cut pretty good compared to a lot of others i have used which after all is the main reson to get it! 2) Charges really quickly, fully charged in an hour from completly flat, and last a very,very long while as if it was running directly from the mains and not off a battery, fantastic! 3) It does catch a lot of hair despite some going elsewhere it catches a lot. 4) I suffer from razor burn because i have curly hair and beard so i have to go over an area a lot of times in differing directions, this always caused skin irritation.This clipper however was a lot,lot better, infact the best clipper i have used that hasent caused burn!
Its a good device,if the tiny few problems were fixed i would call it the BEST clipper ever, but it IS the best clippers i have used so.......
Thought I'd splash out on a more expensive model and the vacuum bit sold it to me.
It is quite a large unit compared to some i've used before but not too large to be uncomfortable. It is also a lot quieter than my last remington trimmer which died but it does get a bit more louder when you turn on the vacuum function.
The vacuum is good and it does take in about 80% of the trimmings but is not 100% as they like you to believe, you still get a small amount of hair falling in the sink. There is a button under the power button to turn on the vacuum (not clear in the instructions) but I found it sucks up a lot of the hair even without it on & is also quieter (ideal if using late at night when missus is a asleep :)
The instructions are not that great but its simple enough to work out and the charge lasts for ages (another reason why I bought this model - lithium ion battery). The trim cut levels go up in 1mm and work well.
Overall, a nice trimmer which lasts a long time between charges and gives a nice neat cut without too much mess in the sink
I was the owner of an old Philips Vacuum trimmer that got lost with my bag. It was great. Battery was long enough for 3 or 4 trims, trim quality good enough for me, adjustments correct and specially: I could count 2 hairs on the sink after the trimming and cleaning it was a 20 sec job.
After reading some of the comments of this one I tried to get hold of an old version again. I couldn't and had to buy this one as the best of the worse...
Unfortunatelly I can't more than confirm what other users have written already. There is nothing in the new version that improves the old one. Yes, we could say that the fancy display telling you the battery remaining is good (although the trim length number could stay as it was), and the battery might last a bit longer (so far, it is new, I'd like to see in 2 years time). The trimming capacity looks as good. But the most important feature of the machine is MUCH MUCH worse now:
The vacuum, even in turbo mode, is useless. Half of the hair goes outside now. The other half stays in a really stupid case that can't be removed separately to clean. Before, all went to a plastic case, case off, some water, clean. Now there's a little door... but most of the hair will remain in the machine which can't be put under water... thus you now need to use the brush and spend at least a couple of minutes fiddling with it. And wash the whole sink after.
The machine feels bigger, and a lot of new fancy design plastic parts that look good but don't seem they'll last long. Quality feel overall is lower (for me). The case bag, although very basic, I think is a good point - so if one day you're in a rush you can keep the machine and all the hair inside that bag...
2 stars is probably too harsh. If I was a new owner I'd probably be going for a 3-4 star. But the disappointment is soooo big after having used the previous version... Philips should sack the designer(s) of this one as they've only but made worse a great working machine.
Good product how's charge had it for quite awhile but I don't think it's that easy to clean had got a cover where the hairs can go in but not easy need a small brush to clean and also if you use the vacu6 part hair sill falls in the sink so not sure the point of that and the attachment hair also gets stuck in there so what's the point having a compartment if hair goes everrywhere like a normal shaver
Background: I have a goatie beard which I used to manage with scissors, but I was getting feed up with spending ages cleaning up the mess. I use the shaver twice a week set at 10mm.
I bought this shaver to allow a consistent length to my beard and to save on the mess. When the shaver turned up the batteries were completely flat. So I put it on charge for a couple of hours and the display was showing it was fully charged. The next day however, when I came to use it, it only showed two bars of charge. After using it I left it on charge for 48 hours and its worked fine ever since.
The shaver comes with two guides. A black and clear plastic one, where the clear bit pivots, and grey plastic one which is fixed. I could not get an even cut with the black plastic guide so I exclusively use the grey plastic one now.
I find the shaver cutting works well and produces an even cut (with a bit of practise), however if you are expecting the vacuum to catch all the shaved off hair you will be disappointed. On normal operation I estimate it catches around 50% and on boost around 60%.
Overall it does the job trimming wise but the vacuum bit is no more than a gimmick.
It feels grate in your hands and very well made nothing really feels cheap or as if it’s always going to break or snap off. You get a nice selection of attachments to go with it, the charge lasts for ages compared to some of the others trimmers on the market at the moment. The display is very clear to read.
I think the best feature of this product is that it collects all the hair trimmings in a small compartment to empty cleanly at the end of your shave (there are going to be some stray hairs but for me it gets 99% of them), it’s so nice not having to wash out the sink or have hair flying all over the place.
The reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is for me the “Turbo” feature doesn’t really make much of a difference for me. However I have strait hair and I don’t have sensitive skin. So for my friends out there with curly haired beards and sensitive skin this feature may be the thing you’re looking for.
To sum up I think it’s a great buy and would recommend it to anyone. Hope this helps and happy trimming.
I had the previous model and liked it a lot but a drop onto a hard tiled floor put an end to it.
The battery is great, and it does a good trim. You don't really need a digital display - my old one was fine without - but its a nice touch. It's styled nicely too once you're past the cheesy beard on the box.
I can see a really weak point in the flap for emptying the hair. Its not obvious which way it opens and Ive pulled at it the wring way more than once. Im sure this will be the bit that goes and it seems poor design for the price of the trimmer. The only other slight annoyance - in a different but similar way to the old model - is the opening for the vacuum means its harder to get the trimming blade around under the nose area.
I use it with the guard off for the tightest shave sometimes, and this works fine too. If I'd not had the philips before I might have gone different brand as others were cheaper but I stuck with what i know and overall wasn't disappointed.