The Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 is one of, if not the, most popular choices when looking for a decent quality beard trimmer. With so many different series, how does the Norelco 3100 fare against its brothers?
If there is one thing a man who has a beard and intends to keep it for a long time needs, it is a complete facial hair trimming system. The reason is that in order for a beard to not look unkempt, it requires regular maintenance with a quality grooming system. The Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 system is exactly what you need to keep everything above your neck looking great.
The idea of a system is important because there are a number of competing products available that only equip you to do half the job.
The 5 essential components the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 system has are:
- Full trimmer
- Detail trimmer
- Nose trimmer
- Beard and mustache trimmer
- Stubble comb
Younger men may not see the need for the nose trimmer, but unfortunately I have to say, you will get to that point sooner rather than later. As for the rest of the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100, every item is essential.
All the pieces are there, so the next question to be answered is about the quality of the product. To begin with, the blades are made of chromium and are self-sharpening so you do not have to worry about replacing the blades. More than that, the blades have rounded tips to minimize skin irritation. The system was designed to give men a maximum trimming experience with the least amount of hassle.
It would be enough to have a complete beard trimming system that is comfortable and low maintenance. But Norelco added additional features to enhance the product.
- 18 built-in settings that allow you to create the style of beard that makes you look your best
- A rechargeable battery that gives you 30-plus minutes before needing a recharge (estimated time for a full recharge is 10 hours)
- An adapter for international travel so you can take it everywhere you go
- Cleaning the trimmer is as simple as running it under a faucet
- A cleaning brush is also included for dry cleaning
Philips stands behind their product with a 45 day, risk-free trial along with a 2 year warranty. This is above average if you compare it to other beard trimmers, many of which don’t even give you a years warranty, let alone two!
One of the best things about the trimmer is that it is price friendly. It’s to be noted that while the construction looks cheap, it actually holds up, even with somewhat rugged use. Finding the best middle ground between price and quality is often difficult, but Norelco has apparently hit the mark with the 3100 model.
There isn’t a great deal to say about the Norelco 3100. I could sit here and type about how it does this and that, but in reality, it’s as basic of a beard trimmer as they come. Which is perfect for many.
While the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 trimming system is a great product, it is not perfect, otherwise it would be the only one on the market.
The main issue with the trimmer is that it isn’t great for thick hair. Men who have coarse hair may have to look elsewhere, as some heavy bearded users complained of the trimmer not trimming close enough. The same group said it was difficult to clean. Keep in mind that this is often the case with trimming systems that are not intended for corded use. As it has been said, it is not a perfect trimming system.
Another thing that may be considered a negative is the cheap feel of the shaver. To most, this won’t really matter. But if you like your things to feel nice and expensive, you might have to avoid this one and up your budget a little bit.
The vast majority of users loved the price-quality combination of the Series 3100 model. If it takes someone 30 minutes to trim their beard, perhaps the problem is not with the trimmer. Overall, the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 will give most men the toolkit they need to keep their beard looking good wherever they go.