Philips Norelco Multi Groomer

Last updated date: August 30, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

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We looked at the top 1 Beard Trimmers and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, 5 Product Reviews, Top Ten Review Pro, Instant Grooming, Beard Trim & Groom, The Shaver Zone and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Beard Trimmer you should buy.

Overall Take

Although the Philips Norelco Multi Groomer boasts a powerful motor, you won't know it by its quiet operation. The lightweight design makes it easy to hold, and you'll get a full 35 minutes of use after a 10-hour charge. One of the best things about this trimmer, though, is that it comes with a nose and ear trimmer so that you can get a full grooming experience. We liked how lightweight this trimmer was during our testing. In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Philips Norelco Philips Norelco Multi Groomer placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
6,421 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
We liked the MG3750’s size and shape, as it’s the slimmest, most lightweight trimmer we tested in our most recent round of tests (by a narrow margin).
- New York Times Wirecutter
It does not need oil. The purchase includes a nose trimmer as well.
- 5 Product Reviews
This is one of the bestselling and efficient beard trimmers with a powerful battery to assure you of 60-minute runtime.
- Top Ten Review Pro
100% waterproof for shaving inside the shower
- Instant Grooming
It feels solid and comfortable to hold in the hand and does not have that cheapy plastic look.
- Beard Trim & Groom
The motor is very powerful but it does not make noise.
- The Shaver Zone
January 16, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
On the flip side, it has its share of negative reviews (for the usual reasons, like defective batteries and on/off switch issues)
- New York Times Wirecutter
It has a plastic body, which makes it kind of cheap despite its quality services
- Top Ten Review Pro
The product takes about 10 hours to fully charge up and will last about 35 minutes.
- Instant Grooming
It does not have a charging light or an indicator to tell you when it is fully charged.
- Beard Trim & Groom
The handle is not waterproof. So we have to be more careful during cleaning.
- The Shaver Zone
January 16, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Philips Norelco Multigroom 3000 is a all-in-one trimmer with everything you need, and nothing you don't. Our toughest multipurpose trimmer boasts tempered steel cutting blades that self-sharpen and won't rust. The trimmer includes 13 pieces to trim your face and head, including a full-size steel trimmer, steel detailer, nose and ear trimmer, 3 hair cutting guards, 3 beard trimming guards, 1 stubble trimming guard, and a storage bag. The durable trimmer includes impact-resistant cutting guards, a steel reinforced motor, and a powerful lithium battery delivering 60 minutes of run time. When the battery is empty, you need to charge the product for 15 minutes before you can turn it on. At this point, the battery contains enough energy for up to 5 minutes of trimming. The blades and guards can be rinsed clean, and the device comes with a 45 day risk-free trial and a full 2-year warranty.

Overall Product Rankings

2. Panasonic Beard Trimmer
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Wahl Professional Peanut Clipper
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Philips Norelco Multi Groomer
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Panasonic Men’s Electric Razor
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Braun Electric Shaver Series 7
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Pure Enrichment TRYM II Rechargeable Hair Trimmer Kit
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Andis Go Professional Outliner II Square Blade Trimmer
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Wahl Clipper Groomsman Trimmer
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 3100
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Beard Trimmers

Keeping your beard neat and tidy can be tough work. But with the right tool, you’ll be able to quickly get that look you want. Today’s beard trimmers go beyond facial hair. Many come with attachments that help you trim your hair and mustache, as well as tools that let you control the length of the hair you’re trimming.

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But beard trimmers can have a variety of features that make them stand out. One consideration is the motor, which determines how much power your razor will have. You’ll also be able to use some beard trimmers in the shower, cutting down on the time it will take to get ready each morning. As you look at the features, decide which ones matter most to you and choose accordingly.

In addition to trimming length attachments, some beard trimmers provide different trimming heads. You may also get a freebie, like a nose trimmer, along with your order, which will provide an all-in-one solution. Lastly, accessories like carrying cases can be very useful in keeping things together, so consider that a perk while you’re shopping.

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You’ll also notice that some beard trimmers are cordless, while others are corded. On the surface, the cordless models seem much more convenient since you won’t be limited to a certain distance from a power plug. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that battery-powered trimmers need charging, and you’ll only be able to use your trimmer for a limited time before putting it back on the charger.

If you do choose a battery-operated model, weigh the benefits of one with a warning light that lets you know when the battery is nearing depletion. This will keep you from having to deal with that sudden battery drain when you most need your trimmer to work. If you plan to only use your trimmer for a few minutes each time, this may not be as important. But if you’re on the road and away from your charger, you may find yourself pushing your trimmer’s battery to its limits.

DYWM Fun Fact

Facial hair fashions come and go over the years, but beards seem to always stick around. Today’s hipster beards replaced the shorter, less obvious beards of the years that preceded them, but facial hair has long been part of society in one way or another. One piece of news that had the bearded community outraged suggested that men with facial hair were more prone to bacteria. The news mobilized facial hair enthusiasts so much, they set out to prove it wrong. That prompted a newer, much more comprehensive study that found that clean-shaven men were actually more susceptible to the bacteria in the air all around them.

The Beard Trimmer Buying Guide

  • Few things can be as frustrating as trying to trim your beard, only to find your razor isn’t making any difference at all. True cutting power is a combination of a sharp blade and a strong motor, which can help with even the thickest hair growth. The WAHL Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Groomer uses patented Wahl blades, which are made from precision-ground carbon steel, backed by a motor strong enough to power through. The Panasonic Beard Trimmer uses fast-action blades that are situated at the perfect angle for facial hair.
  • Noise can be important, especially if you’re trimming early in the morning when everyone else is asleep. The Philips Norelco Multi Groomer has a powerful motor but still maintains a low noise level.
  • Grip becomes increasingly important while you work on cleaning up your facial hair. The Panasonic Beard Trimmer has a non-slip body with a rubber grip that keeps you comfortable while also giving you the control you need.
  • Weight is also an important factor. The Philips Norelco Multi Groomer is lightweight, which makes a big difference if it’s taking a while.
  • Cleaning is always a little extra work with a beard trimmer. The Panasonic Beard Trimmer has a built-in water drain. Just open it and let the water flow through.
  • Cordless trimmers have their benefits, but having a cord can come in handy, as well. You won’t have to worry about your battery running out before you finish. So unless you plan to wander around while trimming, this could be a handy feature to have.
  • For cordless trimmers, you’ll need to pay close attention to charging time and battery life. The WAHL Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Groomer can charge in just one minute if all you need is a quick shave. The Panasonic Beard Trimmer takes a while to charge, but you’ll get 50 minutes of use after a full charge. The Philips Norelco Multi Groomer will need to charge at least overnight before you can use it, getting only 35 minutes of use after a 10-hour charge.
  • One downside to a battery-powered device is the fact that without warning, you’ll lose juice just when you need it. The WAHL Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Groomer has a smart LED that blinks as your battery runs down, but this isn’t always dependable.
  • Attachments are an important part of a beard trimmer. The WAHL Stainless Steel Lithium Ion Groomer comes with four different attachment heads and 12 attachment guards. It doesn’t, however, have a full-size shaving head — which means if you want a close shave, you may have to invest in one. The Philips Norelco Multi Groomer comes with a full suite of accessories, including a nose and ear hair trimmer, trimming and stubble guards, an accessory storage bag and a cleaning brush.
  • If you haven’t bought a new beard trimmer in a while, you may not have one with a dial that makes it easy to change trim length. The Panasonic Beard Trimmer’s dial will let you choose between 19 different settings.
  • With most trimmers, you’ll merely need to clean them out and put them back on the charger. However, the Panasonic Beard Trimmer will require occasional maintenance using the oil included in the package. You’ll get hair pulling if you go too long without doing this. The Philips Norelco Multi Groomer, on the other hand, doesn’t require oil.