Shaving, love it or hate it men have to do it sometimes, I mean even if you just have to trim up a beard to keep it healthy. If you have seen any TV lately you would get the impression that shaving is big business with double blade razors, triple blade razors, German razor blades, it’s all about recurring revenue. Myself, I have been growing some sort of facial hair for the last two years, with varying lengths and thicknesses. To trim my beard I have been using a Wahl beard trimmer, but it is heavy and a little cumbersome. The folks at Philips Norelco have thought about this and come up with the OneBlade.
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Before we get too far into this review let me set some criteria for my review. I did not intend to review the OneBlade as an everyday shaving razor replacement and based on the information put out on the product by Philips Norelco, neither do they. The OneBlade, in my honest opinion, is best used for trimming, shaping and maintaining your facial hair, and that’s how I am approaching this review. The OneBlade comes with the following in the package:
- OneBlade handle
- OneBlade blade
- Trimming combs
- Power charger
- Instruction manual
The OneBlade has two main parts, the handle, and the blade. The blade looks similar to a cartridge razor blade with the exception of the edge that resembles a trimmer. The blade slides into the handle for use and it can only be inserted one way to avoid confusion. Having a removable blade will allow you to change the blade when it gets dull (Philips Norelco suggest you replace the blade every 4 months).
The OneBlade handle has a nice rubberized texture on the sides and a combination of matte gray and glossy gray on the front and back. The front of the OneBlade has the on/off switch towards the middle and a blade release switch at the top. The Philips Norelco logo is also there.
The back of the OneBlade has the UL and other technical information.
The bottom of the OneBlade has the charging receiver.
Charging the OneBlade is accomplished by plugging the charger into a wall outlet and the other end into the OneBlade handle. The green light on the wall plug will light up letting you know that the OneBlade is charging.
To help you with maintaining your beard, the OneBlade includes three combs (you may be more familiar with them being called guards). The combs come in sizes 1, 3, and 5. The combs do look a little boxy when on the OneBlade and using them feels a little clunky to me. I will say that the combs did work well and I am maintaining my beard/stubble using the number 3 comb.
So, what’s my bottom line here? I like the Philips Norelco OneBlade. As a tool to trim and maintain my facial hair/beard it works well. The lightweight and rechargeable ability makes the OneBlade a good travel companion. The ability to use it as a wet shaver with shaving cream is a plus. You can use the OneBlade for “manscaping” I did give it a try it works well. As I stated in the article above the OneBlade is not really a tool for everyday shaving, especially if you want a close shave. The OneBlade is available on the Philips website as well as several local retailers for a cost of $34.99, replacement blades will cost you $14.99 also on the Philips webpage.