Although most Norelco products are priced upmarket, the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 offers basic functionality at a great value. In this Philips Norelco review, I’m going to give a general overview of the advantages and disadvantages of this entry-level beard trimmer.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 – Product Description
With its wide body, the Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 Series looks a bit like a cross between a trimmer and a shaver. It’s geared toward men who need a basic trimmer for styling their beard and is safe for both dry and wet use, although it is recommended only for trimming facial hair. It comes with five attachments, including a full trimmer, precision trimmer, nose trimmer, and mustache trimmer. The Multigroom 3100 Series also has a rechargeable battery which allows for 35 minutes of cordless use.
The trimmers are equipped with long-lasting chromium blades for a comfortable experience with relatively little irritation, so it’s a good choice for those with sensitive skin. In all, it offers eighteen different length options from 3 to 20mm. I would be careful, however, as the all-in-one adjustable trimmers and combs might be a little confusing for younger shavers who are just starting out.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 – Pros
- Shelf-sharpening chromium blades. You don’t have to worry about sharpening your blades and they’ll last for a very long time.
- Battery-powered with a one-hour charge time. You can use it within 35 minutes, which is quicker than a lot of other entry-level models.
- 18 length settings. The built-in options with the different trimmers mean fewer attachments to lose.
- The price is right. At just under $20, the price is hard to beat.
- Fully washable. You don’t have to worry about getting it wet.
- Rounded tips to prevent irritation. This is a big issue for me personally, so it’s nice to see that attention to detail at this price.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 – Cons
- No bag for clips and combs. This isn’t a deal-breaker considering the price, but they could have thrown in an inexpensive bag for the sake of convenience.
- Corded use is not possible; battery must be charged. This could be a huge problem if your battery dies suddenly, in which case you’ll be forced to buy a new trimmer.
- Designed only for trimming beards, so not a complete grooming solution. You might be inclined to spend a little bit more money on a machine that will take care of all your needs.
- Stubble look is hard to get. It’s hard to get that really short stubbly look without regular clips.
- You get what you pay for. It’s affordable and gets the job done, but it looks a little flimsy.
The all-in-one design means there aren’t a lot of attachments. Aside from the trimmer, you get the five attachments (full, detail, and nose trimmer, as well as beard and mustache trimmers and a stubble comb). There is also a power cord including for charging the battery (remember that the machine cannot be used without the battery being charged).
To conclude this Philips Norelco Mutigroom series 3100 review, I would recommend the 3100 Series if you really only want to spend under $20. If your budget allows for a more expensive machine, there are better options.