Pros / It’s the most affordable product we tested and has the longest battery life.
Cons / This is a clipper not a shaver, and it should only be used on dry hair.
Verdict / The Philips Norelco 7100 has self-sharpening titanium blades that don’t require special maintenance. It can cut your hair to plenty of lengths, though it doesn’t provide a truly clean shave.
The Philips Norelco 7100 is a versatile hair clipper with an ergonomic body and a blade guard comb you can adjust to a wide range of cutting lengths. However, if you want to maintain a truly bald hairstyle, you should look for a different shaver – like the Remington Shortcut Pro, the Philips Norelco can only cut your hair down to .5 millimeters. We included these clippers in our lineup because there aren’t many “true” head shavers on the market. We tested hair clippers, head shavers, face and neck shavers, and multi-grooming tools to help you evaluate several different options.
During our testing, we learned that hair clippers aren’t adequate if your goal is a razor-clean shave. We also found out that while face and neck shavers aren’t intended to be used on your head, they’re what many men use and prefer. We reached these conclusions after testing two clippers, six head shavers and two multipurpose shavers. The Philips Norelco rounds out our top 10, and our top pick is Skull Shaver’s Pitbull Gold.
The Philips Norelco has self-sharpening titanium clipper blades, and its adjustable blade guard comb gives you 24 cutting length options. While it trims ultra-close when you don’t use the guard comb, you need a shaver if your standard is smooth.
The Philips Norelco has a turbo button for extra power, and its battery boasts 120 minutes of use time. A full recharge takes only one hour, and you can use the clipper while it’s plugged in. It comes with its guard comb, a charger and a cleaning brush, as well as a hard case for storage. Trimming length guidelines are pasted inside the case so you know which dial setting to choose.
Unlike the seven waterproof or water-resistant products we reviewed, the Philips Norelco, the Bald Eagle Smart-G and the Wahl Bump Free Shaver should not be used in the shower. Also, the Philips Norelco should only be used on dry hair. You can remove its blades and rinse them under water, and no oiling or maintenance is required.
The Philips Norelco 7100 comes with a two-year warranty, which is average consumer protection. Customer service is available by phone and live chat, and there’s a user guide posted online.