Philips Norelco Shaver 2100 Review: Is it Worth It?

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Tidying up your hair is a great way to better your appearance and improve your relations.

However, using the wrong shaver may put you through excruciating pain with downsides ranging from mild rashes to painful nicks on your skin.

As such, you do not want to experiment with just any shaving device on your skin or lose your hard-earned money to overpriced shavers.

 

What should you do?

I am sure you’re here because you might have heard all the buzz around the Philips Norelco Shaver 2100 and you want to know if it does what it’s hyped about.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I like to shop around and searched for a reasonably priced products (i.e, shaver, ..) that would fit my grooming regimen before discovering the Philips Norelco Shaver 2100.

I must admit, among the various shavers in the market, the Philips Norelco shaver 2100 is a reasonably priced shaver that promised to offers a close shave and a quick cleanup.

Given its low price, I was skeptical that this shaver would do the job I needed or even live up to its reputation, but like I said I love me a bargain, so I decided to research it.

I am an Amazon shopaholic, so, like I always do I headed over to Amazon.com and looked at buyer’s feedbacks…

And Voila! the product has had over 7,000  feedbacks at the time I made a purchase..

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Without further ado, let’s dive into the Philips Norelco shaver 2100 review.

Here, I will cover the operation of the shaver, its features, its pros, and cons, thus helping you decide if it’s worth your investment, but for me, with over 7,000 feedbacks and priced under $50, . I was sold.

And I bought one…

Although I have only just been using it for just over 2 weeks, however, the shaver has proved its worth by rivaling some of my previous sets valued five times more.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Silent operation
  • Slip-proof
  • 4-direction contouring system
  • Affordable

Cons
  • No quick charge options/ 8 hr. charge time
  • Short battery runtime
  • No travel lock and pouch

 

Product specs

Battery typeRechargeable, AA, Li-ion
Product dimensions3.5x5x9.6 inches
Product weight0.85 lbs.
Model year2015
Input110-240 V
Shaving heads3
ManufacturerPhilips

 

My Shaving Experience

 

Among the key features of the Philips Norelco, 2100 shaver is the four direction flex heads which adjust to each curve of your face, neck, jaw, and legs, thus yielding a smooth, uniform shave.

Additionally, the shaver is fitted with three independent shaving blades, therefore, hastening your shaves and achieving a consistent style.

However, the shaver is only capable of dry shaving, as it is not waterproof and cannot be used when bathing. Conversely, the shaver is easy to clean, thanks to the one-touch open head.

To ensure the shaver’s service’s longevity, ensure that you dry the head thoroughly before reattachment, thus preventing water droplets from seeping into the motor chamber.

Although it is not applicable for wet shaving, I find that placing a warm moist cloth on your hair before shaving and touching your skin with little shaving cream helps reach a quality, uniform shave.

This shaver also includes a pop-up trimmer that comes in handy when handling minor trimming and grooming nooks, which the shaver may prove tiresome to handle.

Regarding the hair size, the clipper is ideal for shaving short stubble beards, thus best suited for a regular shaving schedule.

However, some owners of the Norelco 2100 that I have spoken to, advise that you clip long, curly hair to stubble before using the clipper as it tugs on long hair.

Although the shaver’s cut quality cannot reach that of a traditional razor (although even my previous high-priced shavers could not), they yield a close-cut shave, which I find great to impress my wife and clients.

 

Ergonomics

With a body built to fit in hand, the Philips Norelco 2100 is comfortable to use, thus providing diverse styles.

The razor is also light in build, which ensures little application of pressure when in use, thus protecting your skin from nicks.

Additionally, the clipper features a rubber insert on the front, which improves your grip and precision.

While some may associate the lightweight of the Philips Norelco 2100 shaver with a plastic build, I found it equal to that of my previous higher-priced shavers.

Although the price ranks on the lower side of the pricing for shaving devices, the body is made of sturdy plastic, which has so far withstood accidental drops.

 

Battery life and charging

The cordless design of the Philips Norelco shaver 2100 allows for easy maneuvering of various shaving tasks.

Although the shaver gives enough power for four to five shaves, it’s battery runtime ranks lower than that of higher-priced counterparts.

As such, this is not the go-to shaver if you plan to use it on expeditions where the access to power sources is limited.

The power indicator ensures that you do not overcharge, thus saving you from frequent battery replacements.

A significant drawback for the Norelco is that it lacks a quick charge option and consumes a long time to charge fully.

The power issue would be averted if the shaver could be used while charging. As such, this shaver may prove frustrating for long shaving sessions exceeding thirty-five minutes. I point this out just so you’re aware, though you wouldn’t have any problem if you’re going to use for personal shaving rather than commercially.

For quality service, ensure to keep the clipper fully charged at all times.

 

How to Clean the Philips Norelco Shaver 2100

Since the Philips Norelco 2100 shaver is not inclusive of a cleaning dock, you have to clean the shaver manually.

To do this, rinse the razor head under running water and open the blade chamber with the release button on the back of the shaver.

Dump the clippings inside the chamber, rinse it off with water and dry it with a cloth.

For a better result, invest in a brush to whisk off hair clippings from the blades. Also, using hot water for rinsing is more efficient than when done with cold water.

Let your shaver dry before reattaching the blade chamber, thus preventing your blades from rust.

Also, reduce the hair in the chamber when used as hair build-up causes the shaver’s service to deteriorate.

For detailed cleaning, consult the user manual.

 

Accessories

At its price, it would be unfair of me to expect the Norelco to come with a wide variety of accessories. The package comes with the essential shaving items which include;

  • The clipper
  • The charge cord
  • A user manual

To ensure easy travel, provide to invest in a quality travel bag, thus making it easy to retrieve the shaver from your luggage. Also, be keen when packaging the clipper as it lacks a travel lock; therefore, you can charr your clothes.

However, the user manual is well detailed and easy to use without having to consult customer service.

 

Replacement parts

While I cannot complain of the service this shaver has provided me so far, some users claim that the blades dull after months of use, thus causing the clipper’s function to deteriorate.

As such, it is vital to find quality replacements, thus enjoying an equally excellent shaving experience.

Also, ensure to replace the battery after a year and a half to retain the performance of your shaver.

When replacing parts for your Philips Norelco shaver 2100, go for Norelco SH30 shavers, and AA Li-ion powered batteries from a Philips vendor.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Is Philips Norelco 2100 great for shaving pubic hair?

Yes. However, ensure that you reduce the size of your pubic hair to avoid tugging by the clipper. Moisten your hair and dry with a cloth before you start mowing.

Also, exfoliation is not a great idea when having the pubic region as it exposes soft skin, thus increasing the chances of nicking on your skin. Since it is not waterproof, ensure that you don’t use it in the shower.

For the purpose of hygiene, however, I recommend that you invest in a separate manscaping clipper.

 

Is the Philips Norelco shaver 2100 waterproof?

No. The Philips Norelco 2100 is not 100% waterproof thus cannot be used for wet shaving. However, the shaver can be washed under running water to unclog the shaving heads.

When using the shaver with a shaving gel, apply minimal touch-ups with cotton to ensure that no liquid finds its way into the motor chamber.

How long does it take for the Philips Norelco 2100 shaver to charge?
The Norelco takes 8 hours for a full charge, which is its major flaw.

 

Is a shaving trimmer better than a shaving razor?

An electric trimmer is a better option over the shaving razor.

Besides allowing you a more extensive range of shaving styles, the trimmer offers more functions, making it easier to shave without nicking.

Also, electric trimmers can give you a clean shave faster than traditional razors, thus saving you time for other activities.

Electric shavers can also be used for dry shaving, which saves you extra cost on shaving cream and the time spent moistening your hair.

 

Does shaving body hair reduce sweating?

No. However, shaving allows the deodorant to reach every region of your armpit, thus controlling bacterial growth, thus curbing body odor.

It is critical to note that deodorants eliminate smells produced by bacteria, forming in your moist underarms.

At the same time, antiperspirants regulate sweating thus deny a conducive environment for the formation of these bacteria.

 

Final verdict

Since body grooming ranks a top parameter of determining your character, a quality shaver should come in handy. However, a clean, nick-free shave needn’t cost the earth.

For its price, the Philips Norelco Shaver 2100 is an excellent option as it gives a close shave for a lower price than most shaving sets at your disposal. While it is advertised as the best shaver for men, I recommend this for women as it wonders with the legs.

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