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Reviews: Philips Norelco Oneblade

Electric shavers have come a long way in recent years, and perhaps no other machine exemplifies this more than the Philips Norelco OneBlade. It’s an all-in-one machine that combines the close shave of an electric shaver with the versatility of an electric beard trimmer and groomer. As a shaver, it offers a smoother, less irritating shave than a traditional razor while getting nearly as close. Men who want to trim or style their facial hair will find that the Philips Norelco OneBlade’s small head handles details with ease. Its replacement heads cost $ apiece or $$ for two, but they last for up to four months. Depending on how often you shave and what you use it for, this could save you money in the long run.


The Philips Norelco OneBlade is a uniquely designed electric shaver and trimmer with a head about the size of a traditional razor. The razor itself uses a crosshatch pattern to trap and cut hair; thanks to this design it can shave both with and against the grain with ease. It can shave close to the skin, and with a set of attachments including a beard comb it can handle trimming as well. Beyond the blade, the machine itself is lightweight and comfortable to hold and can be used both wet and dry.

If there’s a downside to the Philips Norelco OneBlade’s performance, it’s that it can have trouble cutting through thick hair. The included comb attachments help mitigate this issue though.

Product Specs


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The Philips Norelco OneBlade also sports a rechargeable battery though it could be better. It takes up to 8 hours to charge fully and is expended in just 45 minutes. This will leave heavy shavers underwhelmed.

Pricing

The Philips Norelco OneBlade costs around just $$ on Amazon, while the upgraded Philips Norelco OneBlade Pro, which boasts a better battery and 14 length settings, is considerably more expensive.

How It Compares

We picked a few electric shavers available on the market to see how they compare. Keep in mind that the Philips Norelco OneBlade’s unique design makes it the only one of these trimmers that can offer a close shave or comfortably go against the grain.

  • Remington MB4045B Beardsman Beard Boss Full Beard Kit
  • Wahl Beard Trimmer All-in-One Men’s Grooming Kit
  • Panasonic Wet and Dry Cordless Beard and Hair Trimmer

Philips Norelco OneBlade


Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver, FFP,...
  • The Philips Norelco OneBlade is a revolutionary electric grooming tool with technology designed for...
  • Replaceable OneBlade lasts up to 4 month (For best shaving experience. Based on 2 full shaves per...
  • Rechargeable OneBlade can trim, edge, and shave any length of hair.

Ease of Use

The Philips Norelco OneBlade’s unique design enables it to shave dry against the grain; something experts recommend never doing. Its attachments make it capable of trimming a beard, edging sideburns, and more. Users report that the Philips Norelco OneBlade sometimes has difficulty in angular regions of the body, so manscapers should be sure to use an attachment to avoid pinching skin and getting cut.

Charging/Battery Time

This is the biggest disappointment for the Philips Norelco OneBlade. Eight hours of charging for just 45 minutes of use is poor and necessitates lugging the charger with you if you go away for a long weekend.

Design Quality

The Philips Norelco OneBlade provides a close shave and attachments make beard trimming and styling easy. The ability to shave wet or dry against the grain is a huge plus, too. Many users complain that the razor heads are too fragile and often break, which is disappointing given their high cost. If you’re careful, however, they can last for up to 4 months of twice-weekly full shaves.

Warranty

The Philips Norelco OneBlade comes with a 2-year limited warranty, which is great for a product that only costs around $$ on Amazon.

PROS

  • Unique design enables dry shaving against the grain with little to no irritation
  • Attachments turn it into a versatile edger and beard trimmer
  • Razors can last up to 4 months if care is taken with them

CONS

  • Poor battery life and long charging time
  • Razors are fragile and can break easily

Remington MB4045B
Beardsman Beard Boss Full Beard Kit


Remington MB4045B The Beardsman: Beard Boss Full Beard Trimmer Kit,...
  • 120-minute runtime-the power of lithium delivers 120 minutes of high performance cordless cutting...
  • 3 length combs-full, tough, and under control, the xl-length trimming comb keeps your rugged beard...
  • Zoom wheel-just lock in and go, the zoom wheel quickly adjusts the position of the trimming combs,...

The Remington MB4045B Beardsman Beard Boss is a beard trimming kit with all the trimmings. Its trimmer features strong titanium-coated blades that can make easy work of the thickest beards, and it comes with three adjustable combs and a boar bristle beard brush. It also comes packaged with a nose and ear hair trimmer and a pop-up trimmer for detail trimming on sideburns and facial hair. It can’t do a close shave, but it does an excellent job trimming at just about any length. It also boasts a superior battery to the Philips Norelco OneBlade.

Ease of Use

The Beard Boss is designed to be easy to hold, easy to clean, and waterproof so it can be used in the shower. Attachments snap on and off cleanly, and the self-sharpening blades will last for a long, long time. A zoom wheel even makes it easy to adjust the position of the trimming combs.

Charging/Battery Time

The battery on the Beard Boss charges in just four hours and can deliver up to two hours of trimming power, which is far superior to the battery on the Philips Norelco OneBlade.

Design Quality

The Beard Boss is sturdy, with blades that self-sharpen to keep it cutting through tough, thick beards for a long time. The various attachments are easy to attach, detach, and adjust, and there’s even a beard brush included in the box as a bonus. Some users report the battery failing to hold a charge after use, but they are far outnumbered by those who report a great experience.

Warranty

Remington offers a satisfactory 2-year limited warranty on the MB 4045B.

PROS

  • Tons of attachments
  • Great battery
  • Included beard brush

CONS

  • Can’t offer a close shave
  • Some users report the battery not holding a charge

Wahl Beard Trimmer
All-in-One Men’s Grooming Kit


Wahl Lithium Ion All-in-One Beard Trimmer Men's Grooming Kit -...
  • All-in-One Grooming - Trimmer blade for facial hair grooming; T-blade for haircuts, outlines, &...
  • 7 Individual Guide Combs - Lithium Ion All-in-One allows for a wide variety of cutting lengths with...
  • The Beard You Want - Wahl beard trimmers provide a smoothly precise trim, so you can get the beard...

The Wahl Beard Trimmer, like the Beard Buster above, is a beard and mustache trimmer and groomer that can’t provide the same close shave as the Philips Norelco OneBlade. This trimmer comes with four comb attachments at different lengths, allowing users to shave close for a stubbly look or trim a full, thick beard. It comes with a full maintenance kit including oil for cleaning, but unfortunately isn’t waterproof. It makes up for this with a great battery that can last for a long time. The main downside to this beard trimmer, according to user reviews, is its loud operating sound and its longevity.

Ease of Use

The Wahl Beard Trimmer is simple to use when trimming, but cleaning it another story. Its combs attach and detach simply enough, and the multiple attachments give users a lot of control over how they trim. Because the Wahl Beard Trimmer isn’t waterproof, it must be cleaned with a combination of oil and brushes. Unfortunately, this is far more time-consuming than simply rinsing off the blades.

Charging/Battery Time

The battery of the Wahl Beard Trimmer is impressive, and can last for three or four full trims plus a few short sessions in between. For some men that means only charging once every couple months.

Design Quality

Most users love the Wahl Beard Trimmer’s attachments, battery and overall level of control. The biggest concern is its loud motor, which can be distracting. Some users also report a lack of durability and longevity, but given Wahl’s great warranty, if it breaks you could always get a new one or have your existing one fixed.

Warranty

Wahl offers an impressive three year limited warranty on this beard trimmer and kit.

PROS

  • Multiple attachments gives users great control
  • Comes with full cleaning kit
  • Great battery life

CONS

  • Loud motor
  • Can’t offer a close shave
  • Some users report poor longevity

Panasonic Wet and
Dry Cordless Beard and Hair Trimmer


Panasonic Wet and Dry Cordless Electric Beard and Hair Trimmer for...
  • The ER-GB370K Men's Electric Hair Trimmer uses durable, ultra-sharp trimmer blades that are...
  • A quick adjust dial provides 19 individual trim settings in 0.5 mm increments from 1mm to 10mm for...
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design with rubberized grip for total comfort and control

Panasonic’s entry is its Wet and Dry Cordless Beard and Hair Trimmer. Like most of the other trimmers on this list, it can’t offer a close shave, but it is a versatile trimmer for men who want a high level of control over their facial hair. With 19 adjustable settings and a comfortable rubber grip, it’s easy to get the look you want. It’s also waterproof and easy to clean, with ultra-sharp blades that can make quick work of thick beards. The biggest downside to this trimmer is its charger, which must be plugged directly into a wall, has no cord, and is easy to break if you’re not careful.

Ease of Use

With 19 settings, this trimmer makes it easy to trim and style your beard. Unfortunately, it comes with a couple of issues. The charger has no cord, so the trimmer must be connected to it where it’s hanging on the wall. That can be difficult, and it’s a little too easy to break the charger. In addition, the head of the trimmer is a little too wide to trim in tight spots. Still, the blades are sharp, the build is tough and solid, and if you’re looking for a great grooming tool you won’t be disappointed.

Charging/Battery Time

The battery on Panasonic’s trimmer isn’t as impressive as some others on this list, taking up to eight hours to charge and offering only forty minutes of use per charge.

Design Quality

The Wet and Dry Cordless Beard and Hair Trimmer itself is excellent. Its blades are sharp, it’s comfortable to hold, and it has a wealth of settings to take advantage of. It’s also waterproof and easy to clean and maintain. The downsides come with the charger and the slightly oversized head of the trimmer, neither of which are deal-breakers.

Warranty

Panasonic offers a two-year warranty on this trimmer that covers both parts and labor.

PROS

  • 19 settings
  • Waterproof and easy to clean
  • Solid, durable construction

CONS

  • Mediocre battery
  • Poorly designed charger
  • Head is too big to trim in tight areas

Conclusion


All the trimmers on this list come with their own pros and cons. If you’re in the market for a high-powered beard trimmer that can keep your existing facial hair looking great, the last three items on this list are all great products. If, however, you want something that can double as both an electric shaver and a beard trimmer, the unique Philips Norelco OneBlade is likely the product you’re looking for.

It has some considerable downsides, including a mediocre battery that takes a long time to charge and razors that are prone to breaking due to their plastic construction. Still, it offers a close and comfortable shave that’s excellent for men with sensitive skin. If you grow a beard, it can double as a solid trimmer than offers a ton of control over your look. As the most versatile product on this list, it’s even more impressive that the OneBlade is also the least expensive.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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