I hate shaving. I hate it so much and avoided it for so long I grew a beard. You’ve heard of no shave November? Well, I’m no shave not-ever.
That is until I picked up a Philips Norelco® 3100 Shaver.
Stay with me here. I didn’t go chop my beard off for a free shaver. Okay, maybe a little, but I needed a trim anyway!
You see, it is essential for any well-groomed beard to include defined jaw lines, as well as trimming under the jaw and avoiding unsightly neck growth. Dads out there: if you’ve never had an infant wrap his grubby little demon claws around the hair of your neck beard, count yourselves lucky. For the rest of you, you know why we cut it back.
I’ve always been skeptical of electric shavers. I had one once, passed down from my grandfather to my father before me, and I’m surprised any of us have faces left. Let alone facial hair. I have haunting memories of that first shaver. Here’s the thing though: I don’t feel that way about my Philips Norelco® 3100 Shaver. As far as budget shavers go, this one is pretty decent.
Included in the box:
- Philips Norelco® 3100 Shaver with Comfort Cut Blade System and pop-up trimmer
- Charging Cord
- Blade head cover
- Warranty Card
- Blade replacement chart
I was a little dismayed by the lack of a cleaning brush at first. After a few uses however, it became clear that a brush isn’t necessary. The shaver is water washable, but even then most of the time I can open up the head and shake it out. Cleaning this thing is a breeze with one touch open.
I also expected a partially charged lithium-ion battery out of the box. Maybe I got my hopes up too high; using other batteries and chargeable devices immediately after opening them, but I had to plug my Philips Norelco® 3100 Shaver in before I could use it.
Plus side: it can be used while plugged in, but it’s not nearly as powerful. Works in a pinch if you’re running late and forgot to plug it in the day before. Full charge takes about 8 hours and a full battery gives you around 45 minutes of shave time. For the trimming I do, that’s good for 4-5 uses before another charge is required.
The Comfort Cut Blade System is flexible and contours around the jaw line. It’s flexible enough to get close, but occasionally I did feel a pinch as the 4-Direction Flex Heads plucked a hair rather than cutting it. For a person who doesn’t shave often this is a slight annoyance, but the smoothness of my neck rivals the silky skin of a newborn and it’s all good.
The attached trimmer sounds under-powered, but it actually does a good job trimming around the neck line, sideburns, and corners of the mouth. Thanks to the comfort grip and ergonomic design I can muckle ahold of the thing, even when wet.
If I had to buy a shaver, I would strongly consider a Philips Norelco® 3100 Shaver. It’s simple, easy to use, and produces a really clean, close shave. It’s something for the home; or… forget late. You can keep it in your desk drawer at the office when the kids have kept you up all night and you need to be presentable for that big meeting in the morning. That’s a close shave.