If you’re at all overwhelmed by how many different beard trimmers there are to choose from, then you’re reading the right article.

You won’t need to look any further than this review of the top five Philips beard trimmers. Also called Norelco, they make the best beard trimmers with tons of options and all the small details covered.

So, which one is best?

That all depends. There is not one better than the other. It’s simply a matter of how you need to use the trimmers to decide which model is going to be best for you. Not best for everybody.

In this article, I will lay out the different uses each Philips beard trimmer specializes. If you don’t have time to read the whole article, then right below is a handy comparison table to show you how they compare to each other.

Beard, Body, Hair or All of the Above?

Are you just looking for a trimmer to groom your beard? Or do you want to be able to also cut your hair or do some full body manscaping?

Knowing this will determine which model Philips beard trimmer you should buy.

For certain applications, you’ll either need more power or accessories or both.

For instance, if you have a beard trimmer and decide to also cut your hair, now you need a trimmer and a set of hair clippers. No, you cannot cut your hair with beard trimmers.

They simply don’t have the power needed to cut through a head of hair. So you’ll need more power.

Then, beard trimmers don’t come with the plastic comb attachments at the lengths you need unless you plan to shave your head.

What about the crown jewels? Can’t you just drop a beard trimmer down there and call it a day? Maybe. Again, it depends.

This is the point to evaluate what you really need. The best beard trimmers can do all of those jobs.

Corded Beard Trimmer or Cordless?

There used to be a time when I would have said to not bother with a cordless. Back in the day, you could only get the power you needed with a corded beard trimmer.

Nowadays, not only do you get more than enough battery runtime, but you get just as much power as you need on top of it.

I almost always recommend the cordless version now for pure maneuverability and accessibility.

The only time you need a cord is if you forget to charge your trimmers. Assuming they have a cord or cordless ability, but more details on that later.

Beard Trimmer Essentials to Look Out For


It doesn’t matter what bells and whistles a beard trimmer, or any other grooming tool, has if the motor is weak. You won’t be able to get the job done properly.

Philips beard trimmers don’t go cheap when it comes to the most essential part of the tool.

They aren’t all professional grade, but to get through most home grooming jobs, they are up to the task.

Mainly because you get good torque from the motors. This is more important than RPM or any other metric for power. The torque is what will get through a mass of hair quickly and efficiently.


A good blade must be made out of one of these types of material. Ceramic, carbon steel or stainless steel.

Even though you might be using your trimmer sporadcially and it doesn’t need to stand up to the rigors of a professional barbershop, they need to be made with material that will keep the blade sharp and durable.

T-blades are best for pros and DIYers alike but are not a must-have. They make it easier to do detail work when you want to edge your beard or hairline.

Attachments and Accessories

This goes back to what I mentioned in the last section. How you are planning to use the trimmer will determine what attachments are necessary. You need to make sure that it can do what you need it to do with the attachments it comes with.

The best beard trimmers will have a number of different accessories to make sure they are versatile.

That’s not to say that the top beard trimmers always have a ton of accessories or that ones with less are somehow inferior. It’s just that if you want it to also cut your hair and it doesn’t have plastic comb attachments, for example, then it won’t do you much good.

The attachments should be easy to put on and use so they actually get used.

  • Philips Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper BT5215/41
  • Best For:
    Does everything from short haircuts, beard trimming and body grooming.
  • Power:
  • Lengths:
    0.2mm to 7mm
  • Blades:
  • Price:
  • Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer BT7215/49
  • Best For:
    Easy to use and to clean up with a vacuum that gets most hairs. Washable, too.
  • Power:
  • Lengths:
    0.5mm to 10mm
  • Blades:
  • Price:
  • Philips Norelco Oneblade Pro Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver
  • Best For:
    Shaving to less than stubble with edging and trimming the beard and hairline.
  • Power:
  • Lengths:
    Less than stubble to 10mm
  • Blades:
  • Price:
  • Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 3500
  • Best For:
    Just a solid beard trimmer without lots of bells and whistles. Easy to use.
  • Power:
  • Lengths:
    0.5mm to 20mm
  • Blades:
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The Best Philips Norelco Beard Trimmers

Philips Beard Trimmer and Hair Clipper BT5215/41

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  • 17 length settings with zoom wheel
  • Could use more comb attachments for longer haircuts
  • 70 minute battery runtime
  • 1 hour charge time
  • Self-sharpening and double sharpened blades
  • Can be used as a corded beard trimmer

Topping the list for the best beard trimmers by Philips Norelco, in my book is the BT5215/41. Not a very cool sounding name, but it has some pretty cool features that in many ways knocks it out of the park for trimming your beard at home.

Power and Battery

Whether you use these as cordless or corded beard trimmers, you are going to get more than enough power to cut through a tough beard or even haircut.

You don’t get any added power boost while using them as corded beard trimmers, you just don’t need to worry about killing the battery while it is plugged in.

The Lithium Ion battery is just as good at delivering as when it is corded.

You’ll get 70 minutes of run time from a full charge, which only takes one hour of charging to achieve.


Rather than give you a ton of attachments and accessories, they integrated the adjustable blade lengths into the body of the trimmer.

With a dial, you can set 17 different lengths for the blades from 0.2mm to 7mm. This is genius since you could never get that level of precision from having varying comb attachments.

It does come with some plastic guards for different grooming jobs, too. There are two body grooming ones and two for the beard or hair. They are all made of rigid plastic and are not flexible. This way your hair will enter the blade area evenly.


The Philips beard trimmer blades are very sharp and stay that way due to the fact that they are self-sharpening. Out of the box they are already very sharp as they are double sharpened in the factory.

They are also designed in such a way as to be less aggressive on the skin and you end up with less skin irritation.

You can cut most hair with one pass and avoid having to go over a spot multiple times to cut the hair evenly.

Unique to these beard clippers also is the lifting ability of the blades. The hair is lifted and then cut for a more precision.

Easy to Use

Though you can’t use the Philips beard trimmer wet, it is fully washable making it a cinch to keep it clean.

There is an LED battery indicator light to let you know when it is going to need to be charged. Again, though, if your battery dies, you can use it while it is plugged in and charging as a corded beard trimmer.

It is very lightweight and ergonomic, fitting well in the hand.


It doesn’t matter what you need the trimmer for or where on your body you plan to use it. You get tons of versatility and lots of power for any grooming you need to do.

It’s an all in one that does each of its tasks very well.


Philips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer BT7215/49

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  • Vacuums the hair cuttings for easy cleanup
  • Vacuum doesn’t pick up all the hair
  • 20 length settings with zoom wheel
  • 80 minute battery runtime
  • Self sharpening blades
  • Lift and cut blade technology
  • Can be used as a corded beard trimmer

When you like having a lot of bells and whistles and still expect a high level of performance, then you will like the series 7200 Philips beard trimmer and body groomer.

Easy to use, high tech cutting ability and some nice extra features like a vacuum, make this a very good all in one tool for just about every need.


If you have sensitive skin then you know how some beard trimmers leave you with a red, raw face after trimming your beard.

Rounded blade edges of the 7200 series are easy on the skin while still being very sharp. In fact they are double sharpened and then they self sharpen as you use them. For the life of the trimmers, they should stay as sharp as the day you bought them.

The shape helps lift the hair as it ges cut for a much more effecitn and precise cut.


With 20 different length settings to choose from you can give your beard a very good taper. You can get as tight as you want in some spots while leaving others longer with just the flick of a finger on the zoom wheel.

Just spin the wheel from 0.5mm to 10mm in 0.5mm increments for an accurate cut every time.

In cast you want to leave the beard longer, then you can add a plastic comb attachment on it.

Easy to Clean

With a very handy vacuum feature you can end up with most of the hair getting sucked up right into the chamber. Then just open it up and dump the hair out.

Notice how I said most.

There is no way to get 100% of the hair into the vacuum, so expect some clean up of the sink or whatever area you are using the trimmers. With a vacuum, even the best beard trimmers can’t grab every hair, so this is no exception. Don’t epect perfection and you won’t be disappointed that you still have a fe strays that got away.

Cleaning up the blade area is very easy since it can be rinsed under a faucet.

You can’t use it wet, however.


The Philips beard trimmer battery is one of the biggest stars of the show since you get a very goo 80 minute run time on a single full charge. And it only takes an hour to fully charge it.

Then, if somehow you miss the LED light that signals a low battery and yours dies on you, you can still use it as a corded beard trimmer and not miss a beat.

Since it is Lithium Ion, it will be able to hold a charge for years before it will only be able to be used corded.


Efficient, comfortable and precise. Those are some very good reasons to think about this top rated beard trimmer to keep in your grooming arsenal.

Not to mention convenient when you add in how it is so easy to clean up. Anytime something can clean up after itself, that is always a plus in my book! Now, if I could only have a self loading dishwasher…


Philips Norelco Oneblade QP6520/70 Pro Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver

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  • Acts as a shaver or trimmer
  • Should have more rigid plastic comb attachment
  • 90 minutes of battery runtime
  • Pivoting blade head
  • Wet or dry operation
  • 14 length settings from 0.4 - 10mm with one attachment

I previously reviewed the OneBlade Pro and really loved it as a trimmer/shaver combo. Now, the new OneBlade Pro hybrid takes things a step further and is more advanced than the other.

Let’s dive in and see what there is to love about it and makes it one of the best beard trimmers.


Trim, edge or shave your beard, or do all three. When it comes to versatility, you’re good with just one tool in the OneBlade Pro hybrid.

The blade is fairly unique, though other brands like Remington are starting to copy the design.

The blade is basicaly a flat foil electric shaver which can shave your beard all the way down to stubble. Don’t expect a close as a baby’s bottom shave with this as that is not what it is designed for. It is meant for guys with sensitive skin to be able to use an electric shaver without getting their skin irritated.

On the top and bottom are toothed edging blades that when turned perpendicular to the face, can be used to line up your beard or hairline. This is great since you don’t have to change the head or add an attachment to do this.

Then with the comb attachment with a dial, you can adjust it to trim your beard down. The longest setting will leave your beard 14mm long and then can take it down to just below stubble at the lowest setting. All you need to do is turn the dial to set it at the exact length you want to leave it.


Great news for guys with thick beards, sensitive skin or angular faces. The OneBlade Pro is very easy on you. The head can contour to get over those angles like your chin or jawline easily. This prevents you from having to go over the same spot multiple times.

The edging blade has coated teeth to glide smoothly over your skin and not cause irritation.

Then the blades rock 200x per second so it cuts very fast, also eliminating the need to keep cutting the same spot many times.

If you have very sensitive skin, then use it wet in the shower, or even with shaving gel or cream for added comfort.


You get a long lasting and powerful Lithium Ion battery that gives you 90 minutes of runtime in between charges. And it only takes an hour to charge it fully. There is an LED that gives you a battery percent indicator so you won’t end up with a dead trimmer on your hands mid shave.

I only wish that you could use it as a corded beard trimmer if the battery runs out, but that isn’t possible.

It charges by resting in a charging dock, so there isn’t a cord that attaches to it anyway.


You simply can’t beat the performance, especially for the price you pay. To get so much versatility for under $30 is really a great value. I would pay a bit more for a more solidly made plastic comb attachment. You do have to use some care when storing it and putting it on to avoid breaking a tooth on it.

Aside from that, it is a solid piece of kit that I highly recommend for guys that love all in one convenience.


Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 3500

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  • 20 adjustable lengths from 0.5 to 20mm dial
  • Somewhat loud operation
  • Self-sharpening titanium blades
  • Can’t be used wet
  • 120 minute run time after 1 hour charge
  • Water rinsable blade head

When you just want something simple, yet highly effective then you want the Philips 3500 Series beard trimmer. For simple beard trimming and shaping then this is it.

It isn’t a hybrid that will also cut your hair or do any full body grooming. It simply trims your beard.


Since there are very few bells and whistles, let’s dive right in to how it actually works.

The blades are made out of titanium and are very, very sharp. Yet, at the same time, they are designed with rounded tips to not nick you or get so close as to irritate your skin.

They are self sharpening, so will stay sharp for as long as the trimmers work.

Without the guard you can get right down to stubble.

With the guard you can adjust it to 0.5mm right up to 20mm wich is almost an inch long.

The body has a dial on it that adjusts the guard so you can literally dial in to the exact length you want without popping several plastic comb attachments onto it.

These are some of the best beard trimmers for when you want a faded or tapered beard. If you are bald and would like the beard t fade to bald head, then this is the best way to do it.


A strong Lithium Ion battery gives you a whopping 120 minutes of runtime between charges. Most beard trims will take around 20 minutes, so you can easily get six trims out of this before needing to charge it. And if you do run down your battery, it only takes an hour to fully charge it.

It cannot be used corded, however.

Easy to Use

The feel in the hand it very nice. It is balanced more towards the head so you can get a nice rocking action without any effort.

And cleaning is as simple as snapping off the head and running it under water. You will need to brush off the area under the blade when you take it off to make sure you get all the hairs there.


These Philips beard trimmers are not going to blow your mind. They are just easy to use, work really well and have a lot of little details covered. They’re one of those types of products you don’t really think too much about. Which is a good thing. The best beard trimmers should be just one of those things that doesn’t require any extra thought. These Philips beard trimmers make it simple to keep your beard trimmed and looking sharp without any fuss at all.

Wrapping it Up

If you’re looking for in depth Philips beard trimmers reviews then I really believe this list will help you zero in on the right one for you.

This list has the top rated beard trimmers by one of the best personal grooming brands out there. Whatever you need to use them for, there is one on the list that is just right.

I love the attention to detail and it’s the little things that set these apart and make Philips the best beard trimmers brand going, in my opinion.

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Salvatore Jamison
I’m an outdoor enthusiast and have sported a full beard since I was in my early 20’s. Originally, growing a beard was a way to save time when getting ready each day, but I quickly realized that keeping a neatly trimmed beard takes work and some forethought. That’s where this site comes in.

You get to benefit from my years of experience. I’ve reviewed many of the top hair clippers on the market today and also included some information on what works best for me. A great beard will turn lots of heads in your direction.

Since I never know when I’m going to find myself being photographed, whether it’s climbing in Yosemite, or playing volleyball on the beach, it’s important to me to always look my very best. Maintaining my beard is part of my daily routine and I hope you’ll find some useful tips and information on this site to help you on your journey.