If you’re on the market for an entry-level shaver, very few machines stack up to the challenge beginners pose. Phillips Norelco Electric shaver 3100 is one such device I could put my trust on.
For people who don’t know, this thing is an upgrade of the older PT724/46. The striking difference between the two was the design. Phillips improved on the shaving heads this time around. They shave better and move around our faces better. If you’re into colors, this thing has a black scheme as well.
Beginner-Friendly and entry-level products from Phillips are notorious for going overboard with their features and benefits. To me, this is not an exception to the rule. It definitely went for things above its pay-grade and successfully pulled off certain aspects.
Well, it’s a bestselling product. That should speak for itself.
After using it for the better part of a year, I found some great things and some “Not So Great Things” to emphasize on. Hence, Phillips Norelco 3100 review took shape. Here, I’ll be ranting about my experience of using the product in detail.
Unboxing A Complete Package
Let me tell you the hands-on experience I had with the package that came in. The box was not half bad to be very honest. For a price tag that revolves around 50 US Dollars, I would say that the guys at Philips have simply outdone themselves.
The first thing you’d expect from the box is the shaver itself, well packed in its rightful place. To protect the delicate parts from unwanted dust and debris they even threw in a protective cap. This was really easy to put on the device and remove it as well. No hardships there.
There was something I’d have preferred from this package but I guess too much can’t be expected from the price tag the device comes with. I was eager to find a charger within the box. But I wouldn’t call it a total disappointment.
Philips did provide a charging cable which can often be harder to find than an adapter itself. Apart from this, I don’t have any qualms regarding the packaging. There was a detailed manual that can give you all the info you can possibly need to use and maintain this shaver.
The unboxing experience might not be perfect (I mean, I expected a bit more), but the stuff they provided was nothing less than satisfactory.
A Build I Could Rely On
Despite what you may think of a cheap shaver, my first impressions after holding the shaver was not bad at all. It felt far from flimsy (If not Premium). The handle is built of Plastic and runner components. The material density was obviously high enough to give off a solid impression.
Some shavers out there can be really bulky that makes them hard to hold and control. And don’t even get me started on the heft issues. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall design of the Norelco 3100. It was well shaped and the weight was just right. A perfect balance if I might add.
The body was easy to hold. The ergonomic shape made it very easy to control and maneuver. The top half has a grippy, rubberized coating at the front that prevents it from slipping. This is something you will learn to appreciate if you have sweaty hands like me. No joke!
The horizontal striations on the rubber texture offer an even more solid hold on everyday grooming. Phillips clearly competed against the entry-level shavers from Braun and I admit, this is a worthy rival.
“Cutting Edge” Technology to Work With
The Norelco 3100 is a rotary shaver that offers a three usual cutter setup. It might not seem like something groundbreaking but there is indeed more than meets the eye.
Let’s talk about the well renowned “Comfort Cut” system that Philips boasts of. As the name suggests, the blades are designed to function in a way that ensures comfort above all else. The rounded profile heads are capable of gliding smoothly across the skin. Without any nicks or cuts.
Sounds too good to be true? It is! As you expect from Phillips, the perks are far from over.
The four-directional flex head that this little wonder has, can move literally wherever you want it to. This automated motion allows the shaver to go along every curve and contour of your face and neck. I had no problems while going about my jawlines with it.
Aside from all this, the inward tilt is great to have. The shaving head can bend inwards to take care of in-grown and flat-lying hairs. This will give you flexibility and a good reach as well. It helps to match even hard-to-reach corners of the face.
A Proper Interface
The rubberized area that I mentioned before, houses the on/off button. People might take the button layout to be very simple. Yes, it is. But it isn’t flimsy. Note that there isn’t a travel lock included with Phillips Norelco 3100. Thus, it’ll be a good idea to keep it in a safe place while traveling to avoid accidents.
Pressing and holding the power button for five seconds resets the shaver. So, no complications there.
There’s an LED indicator that lights up while charging the device. This implies that electricity is being transferred and the battery is getting recharged. When the charge is low, the light shifts its color and turns orange. This small yet handy feature does help out to quite some extent.
Additional Trimming Options You’ll Have in Your Arsenal
Proper shaving without a little fine trimming just doesn’t feel right now, does it? I found a wide thin attachment on the shaver that could be used as a pop-up trimmer. It’s not something too fancy but it gets the job done.
A quick press of a button releases it for you to trim away all those unwanted sideburn and mustache hairs. The trimmer has a dedicated button. A single press will offer plentiful stylizing options for any kind of facial hair.
Besides the efficiency of the trimmer, which I have no complaints about, it is pretty sturdy. The spring-loaded mechanism lets it slide into place without any trouble. But I should recommend to use it with care, as it is perpendicular to the shaver’s body.
“Deep Cleaning” Simplified
This amazing little shaver can be cleaned with ease. Maintaining it was simply a breeze. Small additions like a button that makes the shaving head pop up, make life a lot easier. After opening it up rinsing it under the tap is enough for basic cleanup.
Don’t forget to let it dry for a while before reassembling it.
Let’s get down to the intricacies of cleaning this device. Even after rinsing properly I found bits of hair trapped under the combs. To open it up completely you have to rotate the inner lock counterclockwise. This removes the retaining frame that’s responsible for keeping the cutter against the combs.
You’ll have to clean each cutting element under tap water to get a “Complete” cleaning experience. This works best if the water is warm. Okay, let me rephrase the word to “Lukewarm.” Just so You’ll not end up with a nasty burn on your hand while going about the maintenance process.
Here’s a word of advice from me: Try not to mix the combs and the cutters while cleaning. They come in sets and trust me on this, you don’t want to mess up in this aspect at the very least.
Optimum Shaving Experience on Offer
Construction-wise, the shaver is adequately smooth and gentle. I literally didn’t have to deal with pulls, snags or pinches at all. I mean I’m pretty sure none of us want that kind of inconvenience and pain. But still, like all rotary shavers, you’ll have to maintain the amount of pressure you put against your skin.
As far as hair length is concerned, the shaver works well with long hair as well. Plus, the closeness of shave is on par with any budget shaver that’s on the market. Getting a close shave near the lower lip and around the neck can be tricky, but not impossible.
The shaver head manages to keep skin contact even for those with prominent facial features. But using a pre-shave lotion can be a good idea since this is a dry shaver. This is specifically recommended for those with sensitive skin.
How the Battery Factors into Things?
The Philips Norelco 3100 uses a Li-ion battery to ensure long and durable battery life. It doesn’t take long to charge this baby up either. 8 hours will juice it up completely. A cordless operation is an option as well. It has approximately 45 minutes of runtime.
While corded, you can shave away without worrying about the battery betraying you. But I should tell you that having a dangling wire while doing some intense shaving can get annoying.
With voltage support from 100-240v AC to less than 24V DC, the power cord does offer a lot of options on the tray when it comes to adapters and outlets. Additionally, the charging brick doesn’t look too odd and is rather compact.
Some of the Maintenance Tips That I Follow
Properly maintaining a shaver can get tricky. Unless you know how to do it, of course. This can turn out to be a daunting task if no experienced user is guiding you. Well, you’re in luck! I’m your man for the job.
I’ve already covered the “Cleaning” part with the razor. But it’s essential to keep the blades at bay from rust, wear and corrosion as well. A cleaning spray would do wonders in this case. I personally used the “Remington Shaver Saver” and it worked great.
Keeping the cutters lubricated saves it from excessive friction and wear. When you’re done with it, just reattach the frame, rotate the lock clockwise and you are good to go again.
As far as replacing the shaver head comes to question, once a year is good enough. There’s an additional benefit to this, the SH30/52 replacement shaving head is compatible with updated models as well. Versatility becomes an option which I do appreciate.
What I Like about this Shaver
- The blades are sharp and very effective in what they are supposed to do. A close shave is offered with finesse.
- For the price, the construction is solid and the grip is impressive as well.
- The shaver heads are easily replaceable and are compatible with other models too.
- The LED indicator may be simple but it’s a great addition to have.
- The battery is above average and offers more than what would be expected of a budget shaver.
What I Don’t Like about this Shaver
- Lack of portability options as the package doesn’t come with a travel pouch.
- The inclusion of a cleaning brush would have been very much appreciated. Basic maintenance tools are often offered by other products out of the box.
Finishing Up My Phillips 3100 Review
This little product is a “Good Enough” choice when you consider the budget and you’re in for a rotary shaver. I must say that it’s not a device you’ll “Absolutely fall in love with.” Rather, Norelco 3100 is a competent choice when you consider removing flat-lying hairs on your faces.
The shaver is surprisingly good when dealing with short or medium lengths of hair. However, it’s not for coarse or dense facial hair. Worried about replacements to certain parts, are you? Let me reassure you, the replacements are available whenever and wherever you need them.
If you have to compare it to something from the same brand, it’s a better deal to have this rather than Norelco 2100. The fight is neck and neck when it comes to Braun’s Series 3 as well. The fact that Phillips Norelco 3100 Electric Shaver needs 8 hours of charging time is a bit of a downer.
However, I couldn’t expect anything else from a budget-friendly and entry-level shaver.