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Philips Norelco - 5000 series Trimmer with 3 Guide Combs - Black/Silver-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean Cut - Good Value

    Posted
    DaveW
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    Coming up on 4 years of full beard ownership, I have gotten by with standard electric razors with the flip up trimmer, or separate trimmer head. Not anymore. I switched over to the Phillips Norelco 5000 series (Model BT5511about 2 weeks ago. I previously used a Phillips Norelco 6400 with the beard trimmer attachment, which has been in service since 2015. I liked my 6400 but I was never comfortably able to use the guide comb (it would pop off occasionally), so I would just free hand it. It also had a habit of heating up when in use and would be almost hot to the touch unless I got it wet first. I think trimming my beard was putting too much strain on it. This is where the 5000 series comes in. Design The 5000 series design is an ergonomically comfortable form with a stainless steel and plastic shell. It feels nice to hold, and is it is fairly lightweight. The design is clean and sleek, so you can leave the shaver out on the bathroom vanity without offending your wife/SO. There is a single button for power, an LED indicator, and cylinder you roll right or left to select with depth of the guide combs. Just above the selector cylinder there is backlit window that shows 2 different numbers on top of each other. You read the top number when using the 0.4-10mm comb, and the bottom for the 10.4-20mm. The cylinder has 20 positions for you to fine tune the length you want (40 total with the 2 different combs). The guide combs themselves look and feel well made – they don’t feel prone to breakage. The trimmer has an IPx7 water immersion rating, so it can be rinsed off without any worries. The manual says to use the trimmer only in dry conditions, which I have followed. However, the IP rating would lead me to believe you should be able operate it in a wet condition (i.e. the shower). Test this hypothesis at your own risk. The trimmer comes with a proprietary charge cable that plugs into the charge port at the bottom of the trimmer body. Performance I have to say the trimmer performed quite well. It had zero issue scaling back my beard and cleaning up my neckline. The guide combs worked quite well, and I was able to use, and adjust them with confidence. The trimmer is relatively quiet in its operation (a little quieter than my 6400). The trimmer didn’t leave any partially cut/split hairs and gave me a nice and even shave. I was able to make sharp and clean lines/edges. The combs really helped me shape my beard evenly. Honestly this was the easiest shave I have had in several years. It took a little longer since I was using the guide combs, but at no point did I have to worry about accidently shaving a bald spot into my face. Cleanup was pretty easy. The combs pop right out and can be tapped out or washed off. The trimmer head washes out under the faucet, or you can use the included brush to brush it out. After 3 months (per the manual) you should pop the trimmer head off and clean out the inside. Run time hasn’t been an issue for me. I have shaved twice now – 10 min each time without a charge in between. Battery life is advertised at 90 min, so I have plenty of charge to spare. I have not, and don’t plan to cut my hair with this trimmer aside from edging the back of my neck. I think it will do just fine, but you may need to take it slow if you are buzzing off a lot of hair. Also, the manual recommends not having wet hair when you use it. What I didn’t like For the most part this is a great trimmer – the design and performance hit the mark. The areas I didn’t care for mainly stem from comparisons to my 6400. My 6400 has a stand/charging base that I greatly miss. Plop it into the dock and it starts charging. The 5000 has no base and has a charger plug to insert. I might look it 3D printing a base/stand at work in my spare time. I also still can’t wrap my head around why this uses a proprietary plug or any company for that matter. The charger is a 15V 5.4W (0.36A), which is the same charger as my 6400. They could have changed the charging circuit to accept a standard 5V USB charger and made it compatible with a charger that you could find anywhere. Also, the LED charging indicator needs to give feedback for the battery life – seems like a missed opportunity. The last thing I might miss is the travel lockout of my 6400. I could lockout the power button so it wouldn’t turn on while inside my luggage. It’s a nice feature, but maybe the 5000 isn’t as susceptible to this so it isn’t needed. For the most part these are small issues that don’t impact the entire point of the trimmer – cutting hair. Overall, I really like my new beard trimmer. Looking back, I wish I would have picked a beard trimmer up years ago instead of my 6400. If it lasts as long as my 6400 has then I will definitely be happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Skim the features on the package

    Posted
    Xtant
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    Picked this Norelco 5500 beard trimmer because I wanted a cordless trimmer to hopefully make shaving my beard and head easier. The 5500 is very compact and lightweight making it easy to handle and it is very quiet compared to my old corded buzzer. The included guards easily attach to the trimmer by sliding into a groove on each side. Adjusting the height is also very easy by turning the adjustment knob just above the power switch. My first use was without any guard on to shave my beard down. Was very pleased that the 5500 shaved it down to a barely there stubble. It took only 1 pass in some areas but more in others. Second use was to shave my head. This is where I say to look over the 5500 or even look over the manual. Coming from an old school buzzer I assumed the guards were a certain length. First pass and the 5500 shaved my hair as if no guard was attached! This is when I realized that you use the adjustment knob to raise the guard to your desired height! Hahaha which if I had looked at the package closer I would have known that. Oh well lesson learned. For the most part it only took 1 pass but again some areas took 1 or 2 more but overall was way faster than the old buzzer. The 5500 is a little narrower than my old buzzer which took some getting used to the feel for getting the back of my head. Overall the 5500 performed great! Easy to use and adjust (when you pay attention) and the lightweight and cordless use make it a very good trimmer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looking trimmer that does a great job

    Posted
    gwtbike
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    This trimmer does exactly what it was designed to do providing a nice, clean trim. I used it on both facial hair as well as the top of my head and it worked well for both. The shape and design of the trimmer is top-notch - something that looks nice even if it’s out on your bathroom counter. The shape is ergonomic and fits nicely in the hand. The size is nice as it’s big enough to use confidently but it’s small enough that you can travel with it as well. It comes with 3 different guards to provide different cutting length options all the way from 0.4mm to 20mm. It also has a dial or “zoom wheel” as they call it to fine-tune the cutting length which is actually displayed and illuminated when you turn the device on. The zoom wheel works well and has plenty of grip even while using it with wet hands. Although the design of the trimmer itself is very sleek, I wish it came with a charging stand for better presentation while it’s charging. The charging cable is nice and long and the plug itself is short in height so it does not block other outlets. It takes about an hour to charge from fully drained and it says it is claimed for 100 minutes of use. I didn’t time this exactly but I easily got 2 weeks out of it with daily use. Overall this is a great trimmer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent trimmer. Checks all the boxes.

    Posted
    skylog
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    This trimmer checks all of boxes for me. It is well-built, has great battery-life, provides numerous adjustable length options (with a great system), is easy to clean AND, quite simply, it delivers great results. That is all there really is to it. I rarely keep a long beard, keeping my facial hair quite short, and I often like to go with a longer stubble. This trimmer tackles both of those tasks with ease. Further, while I have not taken it to my head yet, it makes cleanup of my side burns and around my ears a breeze. You can easily get quite a few uses before you need to charge the trimmer, and you can use it while plugged in if needed. When you are done, clean-up could not be easier, just run it under some water. If you are looking for a trimmer, I think this is a great choice, and I think you will be as happy with it as I am.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good trimmer

    Posted
    MommyMay
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    The Norelco 5000 series works pretty good at trimming beards, but sometimes it pulls instead of cutting the hairs so you have to clean it often. It does the job and provides a clean shave so that it always a good thing. A quick charge lasted about a good hour or a little more, of shaving. You honestly don't need the whole hour because it works very well and was done in no time. It did not come with a storage bag and I'm not sure if they normally do, but just throwing that out there. The attachments were perfect for trimming your beard and your head. They attach nicely and securely and measure out well for the area of where you want to shave. I was pretty impressed. Its a good size shaver and not real big or bulky. The cord length was a very good length to give you some room if your not right by an outlet. I would recommend this to a friend for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This thing SLICES AND DICES LIKE A CHAMP

    Posted
    TVProducer
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    So this is the first time I have used an electric razor. Specifically, an electric razor for my head. I did not know how to use it and directions were a bit confusing so me being an idiot I take the razor without the trimming clip on it for the length I wanted and just set it on the blade like an idiot. Luckily i only did a test section because boy did that hair come right off down to the skull. Luckily I get my haircut the equivilant of a #3/#2 blade so I googled and figured out that I had to pick the trimming clip of the correct color that matches the setting I wanted. At that point it was easy. It also did wonders for my beard without the trimming clip cuts down to the skin so you have just some stubble. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a clean cut. Just be sure not to be stupid like myself and not use the correct length trimming clip haha!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Norelco knows what to do

    Posted
    AFASOX
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    This Norelco trimmer for beards and head is very good. I've always been happy with Norelco shaving products in the past and again now. This trimmer has a comfortable feel in my hand and with the various attachments it gives you many options for your specific look. The razor gives a nice even cut. Again , done like only Norelco can do. The use between charge times is very good as well. The build quality is excellent. I used it to trim on my head and found it comfortable to use at those angles. You can wash it out after use which is always a plus versus those that you have to clean by tapping them against your hand to remove waste. Has a nice pouch. A very solid trimmer I am sure I will get many years of good use from it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good solid product that I full recommend.

    Posted
    JBCTECH
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    The Philips Norelco - 5000 series Trimmer is simply a solid, quality product for a reasonable price. I've been using Phillips Norelco shavers for years and have found them consistently excellent. Although the trim function found on most of their shavers has worked fine for my beard, adding the 5000 series Trimmer to my arsenal was a noticeable improvement. It's powerful, cuts clean and true, and the battery holds it's charge for a long time. I also 'buzz' my head and found that being able to do that with the attachment included with this unit was an unexpected plus. The easy-to-use adjustment wheel for varying the fine-tuned short cutting length was great. A good solid product that I full recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Trimmer, Gets the Job Done

    Posted
    jsisko76
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    You get exactly what you pay for with this model trimmer from Philips Norelco. Pros: - Quality blades that cut easily and neatly. - Works on both beards and head hair. Sideburn trimming was excellent. - Long battery life, can go over a week without charging depending on use. - Guide combs are provided if you want to eliminate risk of uneven cutting jobs. Cons: None This is an excellent model to consider if you are looking for a new grooming device. It can do pretty much everything you need except for providing a close shave (which it is not meant for). Definitely check it out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does a great job

    Posted
    tken106
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    First off upon opening the package I was immediately impress with the look and feel of this trimmer. Feels like a professional model in your hand. Charged it overnight and put it to use. Comes with three attachements for everything from beard to trimming between haircuts. Very precise measurements for setting the level of trimming desired. The best part however was the actual trimming experience, quiet, smooth and did a great job with a single pass. Definatelyt recommend this trimmer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    Posted
    Tony
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    This trimmer is working pretty well. It does not snag, the battery life is excellent, length adjustment settings are easy to read and change, and cleaning is really easy. The blades easily pop on and off so everything can be brushed or rinsed. The waterproof feature is also a huge plus for both use and cleaning. I have had more than one trimmer in the past where water was the enemy. Overall, I am really happy. It is rare for me to say this but I have no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High quality!!

    Posted
    yogabear
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    I really like using this trimmer. It has a great feel and fits in my hand well. The Combs are easy to adjust and work very well at provide a consistent length. My beard is very coarse and the hairs grow in every which direction. The trimmerr is powerful and requires very little in the way of repeat passes. I would absolutely recommend this

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good trim

    Posted
    Tomasso
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    I keep my beard short and this trimmer does the job well. Very few strokes required due to its very efficient cutting ability. One negative, as noted by others, is it does not trim close under the nose. I just remove the trimmer guard and it takes care of tha small remaining area.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Trimmer

    Posted
    Tyler
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    With trimmer in the past it has taken a few passes to get it done. This on from my experience is doing a much better job at getting everything on the first pass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great trimmer

    Posted
    Matt
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    Really easy to use and has a dial to pick hair length. Really like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    AGha
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    Liked the trimmer Precise and has different cut settings

    I would recommend this to a friend