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Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 Review

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 3000 review

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 is one of the best you can get at a very affordable price. I highly recommend this beard trimmer for those who need exclusively beard trimming regularly. Read our in-depth review for this beard trimmer below.

Overview of Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

  • Model: BT1217/70
  • Customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars (2,260 Ratings)

Our Rating:

  • Price: 4.5
  • Performance: 4.7
  • Ergonomic: 4.8
  • Battery Life: 4.4
  • Built Quality: 4.4
  • Easy to Clean: 4.5

  • Overall Rating: 4.5

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 Reviews


  • Powerful motor
  • Sharp blades
  • Comfortable grip handle
  • Very ergonomic
  • Extremely quiet motor
  • Deep area to catch hair
  • Great battery life
  • You can use it while charging.
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean


  • No vacuum
  • Not waterproof

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 was launched in 2018 and has become of the favorite beard trimmer among people who require affordable and simple beard trimmer without too many attachments. This beard trimmer is currently manufactured in one of the factories in Indonesia, and many users are delighted with the excellent built and material used. The model number for this beard trimmer is BT3210/41, and it belongs to the Beardtrimmer series 3000.

1. Attachment and Accessories

2. Beard Trimmer Guard

You will get one unit of trimming guard for this beard trimmer. The trimming guard is not adjustable, while the blades are adjustable for 10 hair length settings. The material for the trimming guard is high-quality plastic that is durable and very light. The trimming guard needs to be fixed on the blades before you can trim your beard. You can easily slide the trimming guard until it snaps into the position, and if you want to take it off for cleaning, just pull it upward. The trimmer also can be used without the trimming guard to achieve a 0.5 mm cutting setting. It is perfect for trimming the sideburns and mustache.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

3. Cutting System

The cutting elements or dual-blades are made of stainless steel, and the width is 32 mm. The blades are self-sharpening as they brush each other during trimming, thus keeping them always sharp, and no oil is needed. As shown below, blades have rounded tips, not pointed tips, to protect your skin from irritation.

You may wash the blades under running water to keep them clean. Please be noted that Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 is not waterproof. Thus it requires you to remove the cutting blades from the main trimmer body for cleaning purposes. Then put the cutting elements under running water to clean it and wash off any hair. Follow the cleaning instructions below on how to remove the cutting parts from the main body.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

After washing with water, let the cutting elements completely dry before you put them back to the main trimmer body, as shown in the image above.

4. Philips Lift & Trim Technology

Lift and trim is the concept applied on trimming guard where the base of it is designed to scoop flat-lying hair and make it easy to trim, thus not skipping any hair during trimming.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

This technology will help you trim the beard evenly for the first time, thus saving you a lot of time. Trimming beard can sometimes be difficult due to the random hair growth direction, making the trimming not even, so you need to trim it multiple times to ensure everything is adequately trimmed. The lift and trim will help segregate any hair in any direction into the blades, thus giving perfect and even trimming.

5. Hair Length Setting

There is a zoom wheel for hair length setting for the trimmer starting from 0.5mm to 10 mm with 1 mm precision. Slide to the right to decrease the length and slide to the left to increase the hair length.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

Try trimming your beard slowly to get used to the beard trimmer. For those using this trimmer for the first time, make sure to slide the zoom wheel to the most left for the 10 mm hair length setting. Then gradually decrease the hair length setting until you get what you desired. Place the trimmer gently on your face and try a different position to see how it goes. You can go upwards, downwards or across and optimally against the hair growth direction. Please bear in mind to always make sure the trimmer guard is maintained contact with the skin for even trimming.

6. Battery

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 features a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that can last up to 90 minutes for a 10-hour charge. On average, we take less than 5 minutes to trim a 3-day stubble beard so that it can last at least 18 trimming sessions for 50 days. The trimmer comes with a smart wall socket compatible with voltages ranging from 100 t0 240 volts. However, you might need a travel adapter if you travel outside the United States.

In terms of battery capacity, this trimmer has one of the best batteries compared to another cordless trimmer in the market. The manufacturer recommends charging the trimmer fully for 10 hours before you use it for the first time.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

The battery indicator on the handle will flash green while charging, and when the battery is fully charged, the indicator will continuously light up green without blinking. When the battery is low, the light will flash red.

7. Warranty

This beard trimmer comes with a 2-year warranty for all parts. You can visit if you any assistance to claim your warranty or any problem you may have.

Comparison of Beard Trimmer Models in the Same Price Range

Here is the comparison for Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000, Remington MB6850, Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom and Suprent Beard Trimmer

NamePhilips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000Philips Norelco MG3750 MultigroomRemington MB6850 Beard TrimmerSuprent BT355BX Beard Trimmer
PicturePhilips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000
Rating4.5 (2,261 Ratings)4.6 (67,023 Ratings)4.2 (1,832 Ratings)4.4 (7,007 Ratings)
Weight0.6 lbs0.6 lbs0.4 lbs0.29 lbs
Blade MaterialStainless SteelTempered SteelTitanium coatedStainless Steel
Trimming Length Setting10 (0.5 mm – 10 mm)7 (1 mm – 16 mm)11 (2mm – 18 mm)19 (0.5 mm – 9 mm)
Battery90 minutes (8 hours charging)60 minutes (1 hours charging)90 minutes (2 hours charging)90 minutes (1.5 hours charging)
Battery TypeLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Use While ChargingYesYesYesYes
Attachment– 1 Trimmer guard– 3 Hair Trimmer Guards
– 3 Beard Trimmer Guards
– 1 Stubble Guard
– 1 Adjustable Trimmer Guard– 1 Trimmer guard
Voltage100V – 240V100V – 240V100V – 240V100V – 240V
Warranty2 Years2 Years3 Years1 Year
PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

1. Ratings

Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom has a staggering of over 67,000 ratings, with almost 50,000 5-star ratings. This multi-groom trimmer from Philips Norelco was released in 2016 and has become the favorite device for beard trimmers and face multi-grooming. Suprent BT355BX Beard Trimmer is in second place with over 7,000 ratings, then Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 with over 2,000 ratings, followed by Remington MB6850 Beard Trimmer with 1,800 ratings on Amazon.

2. Waterproof

All trimmer models above are not waterproof, so it is critical to make sure to keep the trimmer dry all the time for safe use. The blades and trimmer guards can be washed under running water for proper cleaning, and always make sure they are entirely dry before use.

3. Vacuum Function

Vacuum is a unique feature that has become common in trimmer and shaver to capture cut hairs to minimize mess after a trimming session.  The vacuum will suck the cut hairs into the vacuum chamber, and you need to empty it after a particular time. The vacuum can help you to save time cleaning the bathroom after trimming your beard. Out of all the beard trimmer models we compared above, only Remington MB6850 Beard Trimmer has vacuum features.

4. Trimming Length

For those who love to trim long beards, you may want to consider Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom or Remington MB6850 Beard Trimmer as they provide a much longer trimmer hair length setting up to 16 and 18 mm. On the other hand, Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 and Suprent BT355BX Beard Trimmer can only provide up to 10 mm and 9 mm trimming lengths. It is perfect for those who like to keep the beard a bit shorter and tidier.

5. Battery

All models come with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that you can use cordlessly from 60 to 90 minutes. You need to know that Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 takes about 8 hours to fully charge compared to the other models above, which take around only 1 or 2 hours. This is due to the battery capacity and efficiency difference, but you can always charge the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 before you go to bed. The trimmer will be fully charged after you wake up in the morning, and you can trim your beard without any problem.

If you forgot to charge your beard trimmer, all you need to do is connect the charger, and you are good to go. You can operate all models above while charging, so it will save you time rather than waiting for it to charge. However, it is to avoid using it in the bathroom and around the water while charging due to safety concerns caused by electrocution.

6. Compatible Voltage

You can charge all models compared above with 100-240V, and you may need an additional travel adapter if you travel to certain countries like Europe or Asia.

7. Warranty

Warranty is one of the significant factors for me to consider buying any electronics, so it is essential to get a reasonable warranty period for peace of mind. Beard trimmers commonly have problems with the battery not charging issue; thus, it is good to have an extended warranty. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 and Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom come with 2 years warranty, while Suprent BT355BX Beard Trimmer comes with a 1-year warranty. Remington MB6850 Beard Trimmer is the best in warranty as the manufacturer gives you a 3-year warranty for all parts of the beard trimmer.

8. Price

All the beard trimmers I compared above are priced under $30, so I hope this comparison can give you some guidance for buying the best beard trimmer for you.

Comparison Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 1000, 3000, 5000 and 7200

NamePhilips Norelco Beard Trimmer 1000 (BT1217/70)Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 (BT3210/41)Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 5500 (BT5511/49)Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200 (BT7225/49)
PicturePhilips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 1000Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000Philips Series 5000 NorelcoPhilips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 7200
Rating4.4 (363  Ratings)4.5 (2,261 Ratings)4.6 (1,958 Ratings)4.3 (497 Ratings)
PriceAround $20Around $30Around $50Around $120
Weight0.4 lbs0.6 lbs0.875 lbs0.5 lbs
Blade MaterialStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Trimming Length Setting1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm and 5 mm10 (0.5 mm – 10 mm)40 (0.4 mm – 20 mm)20 (0.5 mm – 10 mm)
Battery60 minutes (8 hours charging)90 minutes (8 hours charging)90 minutes (1 hour charging)80 minutes (1 hour charging)
USB ChargingYesNoYesNo
Battery TypeLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Use While ChargingNoYesYesYes
Attachment– 4 beard trimmer guards– 1 Trimmer guard– 1 beard trimmer guard
– 2 hair clipping guards
– 1 Trimmer guard
– 1 Precision trimmer
– 2 precision combs (3 mm & 5 mm)
Voltage100V – 240V100V – 240V100V – 240V100V – 240V
Warranty2 Years2 Years5 Years5 Years
PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

Summary for Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Comparison

The table above compares the models for Philips Norelco beard trimmer from Series 1000, 3000, 5500 and 7200. The price ranges from as low as $20 to $120, so you might want to consider the beard trimmer in your budget. The only model that comes with a vacuum function is the Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200 (BT7225/49) at a price of more than $100. If you are looking for a decent beard trimmer with a vacuum at half the price, you need to consider Remington MB6850 Beard Trimmer.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 1000 (BT1217/70) does not have adjustable hair length with zoom wheels. Unlike other models, instead, you are given four different guards with different hair lengths. Considering the low price, you can purchase it for travel purposes or as a backup if your primary beard trimmer breaks down.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000 (BT3210/41) is an excellent choice for a reasonable price, excellent performance and good ratings. It is superior to the Series 1000 in terms of battery capacity and wider variety for trimming length.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000

Is it possible to use this trimmer on wet skin or beards?

They recommend using the appliance on dry hair for the best results. When used on damp or moist hair, the appliance’s effectiveness will drop.

How frequently should the blades be oiled?

The blades require no oils.

Is there a charging stand included?

There is no charging stand included with this beard trimmer.

What is the highest hair length setting?

The 10 length settings on this Norelco Beard & Stubble Trimmer have locked in 3/64″ (1mm) increments with the highest 10mm.

Is it possible to charge through a standard USB?

No, this beard trimmer comes with a power cord, and it is not compatible with a USB charging cable. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 1000 (BT1217/70) and Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 5000 (BT5511/49) are alternatives if you are looking for USB charging ability.

How long does it take to charge completely?

It takes around 8 hours for it to charge fully.

Without a guard, how close will this trimmer cut?

The shortest length that this beard trimmer can trim without the guard is 0.5mm.

What’s in the package, exactly?

  • Trimmer Guard, (1) travel pouch, (1) cleaning brush, (1) charger and the beard trimmer with the blade are all included with Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 3000.

My Final Words

For around $30, this entry-level beard trimmer is one of the best you can get, and I highly recommend this beard trimmer for someone who just wants to use it to cut trim the beard and facial hair. This beard trimmer has a great battery, is very ergonomic, lightweight and has excellent beard trimming performance. If you are looking for a multi-grooming device instead of just beard trimming, I highly recommend the Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom at the same price range.

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