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Selecting the Philips Norelco G370 All-in-1 Grooming System Shaver to Trim Your Beard
A Great Beard Doesn't Require an Expensive Trimmer
The bearded men of the world may also be some of the more cost conscious. After all, many of us stop shaving so we don't have to spend $100 a day on blades. So when it comes time to trimming our beards, we have many choices. Scissors just won't do, but the array of trimming "systems" is dizzying. You may tempted to buy a low cost, battery operated trimmer like the Philips Norelco that sells for $15 on Amazon. In this case, your cheapskate instincts serve you well.
This Philips Norelco is nothing special, but it gets the job done for such a low price you can stand to replace it every few years. That means you don't have to worry about it losing its sharpness or battery power. I had one for seven years that I just replaced for $5 less than what I paid the first time.
Some have complained that it has to be charged in order to work. I find that it holds a charge long enough that I charge it once and trim multiple times off of one charge. Further, the batter allows the freedom to take the trimmer on trips (outside, if you have a big job to do) without packing a charger. The fully charged trimmer has enough power to trim the toughest beard. Be careful, however, if it is low on juice. It will stop mid trim and pull at your beard.
At some men use their beard trimmer for double duty, for manscaping above and below the water line. At this low cost it is possible and definitely worth it to have one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Even buying two will cost you less than most of the competitors.
Is the quality reflected in the price? Look at product reviews of other trimmers and you will see that even more costly units have their problems. You could spend twice as much, but it doesn't seem to increase your chances at happiness. Now, there is a tier far above the Philips Norelco of professional A/C plug-in trimmers. They start at $75 and go up from there. These are most certainly superior in every way to the Philips Norelco, but it is about cost effectiveness. If you want to buy one trimmer for the rest of you life, buy one of those. If you want to be able to afford to lose, break, or wear a trimmer out without wearing out your wallet, buy the Philips Norelco.
The Norelco is not designed to be used with shaving cream, but a small amount can be wiped away as you trim.
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What is a Trimming "System"
The Philips Norelco comes with a number replaceable attachments for various jobs around your manscape. Nose trimmers, precision trimmers, and various guards help you trim the different parts of your face and body without danger of snagging some skin. The adjustable guard allows you to control the length of your beard without fear of cutting to deep. The rest of the system is more rarely used, but it is nice to have some of the other attachments if you have other jobs to do. If this versatility is important to you, keep in mind that not all trimmers come with an equivalent system of attachments, especially more expensive trimmers. Many of them are one purpose machines with a variety of guard lengths.
What if I have a tough beard?
A battery operated one like the Philips Norelco might cut it if you have a normal beard, but if you have something seriously tough, I recommend a trimmer that plugs in. The Wahl Super Taper clippers are designed for professional barbers, but for $50, they aren't too expensive for average Joes to buy. These may very well be the last clippers you ever buy. They come with a complete set of guards good for any length beard and good for cutting hair as well.