There are a number of hair and beard trimmers on the market but quality and durability vary quite a bit among the alternatives. Norelco has always been known for top quality, long-lived shavers and the Multigroom 5000 is a worthy addition to that family.
The Multigroom 5000 comes with a very sleek and attractive rechargeable power unit which weighs about 6 ounces and is about 10 inches long. It has a non-slip rubberized body with silver accents and a simple on/off button. It will also run directly with a power cord if completely discharged.
There are four cutting attachments: extra wide, normal, precision (very narrow) and nose/ear trimmer. All have self-sharpening, dual-cut stainless steel blades.
To trim and shape hair there are 13 unbreakable plastic guards which snap over the cutters. These are color-coded and have the remaining hair length noted on them.
There are six black guards for hair trimming: 4 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm and a pair (left and right) of guides for fading hair from 4 to 9 mm.
There are three dark grey beard guards: 3 mm, 5 mm and 7 mm.
There are two light grey stubble guards: 1 mm and 2 mm.
There are two green body hair guards: 3 mm and 5 mm.
In addition to these items the box includes a one page instruction sheet, the power charger, a cleaning brush and a drawstring storage pouch.
The box says it is an 18 piece set but there are actually 21 pieces. Bonus!!
After a brief charging period I put the trimmer to the test on my hair, beard, stubble, body hair and (ugh!) nose hairs. In each case the trimmer worked smoothly and did a great job on the target hair. I’m not a beard and stubble guy normally but I hadn’t shaved for a few days and the stubble guard would let me keep a measured length (if I wanted that look.) I tried the hair trimmer (with the help of a friend) on the hair at the back of my head at the neckline and it looked pretty good (for a first time would-be barber!) I used the beard trimmer guards on my sideburns and they were shaped quickly and well.
Finally – the real test: Is this a good nose hair trimmer? Yes – way better at that nasty task than those cheap battery-powered devices you find at discount stores. The Norelco Multigroomer is worth the full price just for its ability to keep you looking good when someone stares up into your nostrils!
All attachments are cleaned by rinsing under running water. But the power unit itself is not water resistant, so no trimming in the shower! That is a minor issue and there is also no charging indicator to tell you when the unit is fully charged.
It would also be nice to have a plasticized card which identifies the use of each guard.
But overall the trimmer feels solid in your hand, works great, charges quickly, holds enough power to run far longer (3 hours!) than you would ever use it at one sitting (unless you decide to set up a full-time barber shop in your home!) and has a ton of accessories to guarantee that your trimming will go well.
Despite a few very minor quibbles, the Philips Norelco Multigroom 5000 has most of the features you might look for in a hair/beard trimmer, very few drawbacks and is priced very well. Just the Norelco name alone gives you the confidence that you made a great choice and the device lives up to that reputation.