Philips Norelco OneBlade Review – Trimmer and Shaver

If you have more than one device for shaving your beard, face, and other body hair, then you are sorely missing out. Now, you can purchase convenient devices which have several uses in one such as the Philips Norelco OneBlade Trimmer which is a hybrid razor.

This handy little device contains both an electric trimmer and a shaver. It is designed to “suite the modern man’s needs” in one easy to use the unit. You can use this trimmer to edge your hair with defined lines, shaving, and trimming.

You can also use this device to create precision stubble using one of the three attachable combs for your desired look.

Philips Norelco OneBlade Review

Design

The best attribute of this shaver is the head of the trimmer. The razor has one blade in a crosshatching pattern which works to prevent itching and skin irritation to give a close, smooth shave. The blade moves very quickly and there is a set of green teeth which protect your face by surrounding the blades. This allows you to shave in an upwards and downwards direction. This is extremely unique as most experts would never recommend shaving against the grain but with the Norelco OneBlade, you can perform this action without the consequences.

It weighs 324g so it is not the lightest shaver ever but it does not feel heavy in your hand. It has a power button on the front as well as an eject slider which removes the head. On the bottom of the handle is the charging port. It also has a dual-sided design where the blade protrudes from the bottom and the top of the head, it can be used to shave and create edges from any angle you want. There may, however, be a problem when trying to shave a full beard.

Comfort

This unit has impressive shaving capabilities, but one highlight of the Norelco OneBlade is the level of comfort it gives while also achieving a very close shave. It provides a much more gentle touch than other types of razors whether double-edged, cartridge or a straight razor. The dual-sided blade is not as sharp as one might assume when looking at the unit. This means it has much more comfortable when moving over the skin and over sensitive spots. Even a light pass over the skin will give you a clean cut shave all the way down to the skin.

This razor blade is much less likely to give you skin irritation, razor burns, or ingrown hairs due to the blades not being as sharp, or achieving as close a shave as wet razors or other groomers. Despite this, the blades still give you a very close shave but without the irritation. The device feels much easier to use and doesn’t block too much of your face when trimming and edging your hair. It feels like using a slightly larger version of a traditional razor due to the small and streamlined design of the device.

Flexibility

The OneBlade gives the user perfect control over it with the flexibility it delivers. You can shave in any direction, against or with the grain which you are not usually recommended to do. The enclosure with the teeth works like a comb which guides the hairs into the blade. This means there are fewer chances of the skin being pulled. The handle and singular design of the blades are designed to be slender and gives you the ability to maneuver the shaver along the contours of the face with ease and comfort including indentions and blemishes.

Detailing

The Philips OneBlade makes detailing your style very easy. It has a small head so edging sideburns and mustaches is a breeze. It also comes with a set of combs so those with big, bushy beards can tailor them perfectly with this razor. You can achieve proper beard maintenance with this handy little unit. It has a steady operation, even after a few pass-throughs of a thick beard.

Hair strands don’t get caught in the blades, so you won’t be uncomfortable while trying to trim your beard. The blades are designed to last for four months each, so you can get plenty of hair trimming in before having to replace the blades. This is one of the best body hair trimmers as well.

Pros:

  • Battery is rechargeable
  • Can be used both wet or dry
  • Comb attachments allow seamless beard trimming
  • The sturdy and lightweight design has tenable properties
  • Blades are disposable and built for longevity
  • Can work with or against the grain

Cons:

  • Coarser surfaces may suffer from the lack of power and it might provide less of a thorough shave when used on thicker hairs and get more tangled and jammed.
  • Cleaning can be an issue as rather than tap the unit on your basin (which can damage the mechanism), you are told to blow or rinse the hairs out instead.
  • It has a short battery life and takes a long time to charge. It takes eight hours to charge for just a 45-minute shave. For those who shave quickly every morning, you can probably get five days to use from the battery. But for those who are styling and shaping their hair, you might only get two uses out of it before having to plug it in to charge.
  • The replacement heads can be considered expensive, especially for those who shave often and will have to replace the blades more often.

FAQ

Can you use the Philips OneBlade in the shower?

You can indeed use the Philips Norelco OneBlade in the shower. So, if you prefer to have your morning shave in the shower this razor will happily oblige.

How does the Norelco OneBlade work?

The Philips Norelco OneBlade is not quite a beard trimmer, nor a shaver, but instead works as an electric groomer for those men who have facial styles and beards. It can trim, edge, and shave the hairs no matter how long. You can leave precision stubble using the combs that come with the razor. It takes 8 hours to charge and has a battery life of 45 minutes. Simply run the razor over your hair, whether wet or dry, in either direction, and you can achieve the look you desire.

Is the Norelco OneBlade waterproof?

This razor is waterproof and can be used in the shower if you desire. It is also recommended to run the head underwater in order to clean it off the hairs. You can also use this razor when your hair is dry, it all depends on you.

Can you use the OneBlade with shaving cream?

Yes, you can use the Philips Norelco OneBlade with shaving cream, in fact, this is one of the tops recommended ways to use this razor. Using it with shaving cream will provide a much closer and comfortable shave.

How do you clean the Philips Norelco Oneblade?

You should avoid tapping the unit or head on the side of the basin and instead rinse it under water or blow the hair out of the blades. Cleaning can be an issue with this razor as the connection can prove to be delicate. Wiping with a cloth, rinsing under water or blowing the hair away is a much safer way of cleaning.

Final Thoughts

The Philips Norelco OneBlade trimmer could become your new go-to shaver. It has many qualities that are perfect and design decisions that make for a much better shave than other shavers on the market. It is very good for those who suffer from sensitive skin as it doesn’t move too close to the skin but still gives a close enough shave. The blades move very fast which means you can achieve an even and clean trim for when you are styling and edging your facial hair. The OneBlade is primarily useful for those who need to design and tidy stubble or smaller facial hair designs. It does, however, struggle with thicker and longer beards.

The Norelco OneBlade has many positives including that it can be used wet or dry, is inexpensive, and has a specifically designed cross-hatched blade to provide a neat, clean and as close a shave as possible. For those who want slightly longer hair, the attachment combs can complete this goal and provide detailed and edged facial hair, no matter what look you decide to go for.

The Philips design of this razor is for the modern man who wants to design and style his facial hair according to trends and popular looks. You can edge, shape, and trim your facial hair to fit in with society and the looks that are becoming more common and popular. Having tidy, trimmed and neat facial hair is the fashion now, and if you elect to have facial hair like this then the Philips Norelco OneBlade is the perfect trimmer to achieve these looks. Be aware of trying to cut and trim longer and thicker beards as the blade does not seem to be designed for this cause.

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