Norelco 3100 Review

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The Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 shaver is a durable, versatile, multipurpose, electric shaver that provides a quick and easy shave with a stellar performance without hurting the pocket. It's a perfect shaving solution for today's sophisticated gentleman whose appearance is of utmost importance. With this shaver, you avoid the burns and nicks delivered by other electric and manual shavers. What about those hard to reach and sensitive areas such as nose and ears? No problem, the Norelco 3100 has you covered.

Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 Shaver

The Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 electric shaver has a rounded, rotary head with 3 built in smaller rounded blades that can pivot, float, flex and tilt. These features enable the shaver to easily glide, change and adapt around facial curves, thus providing a closer shave and smooth finish without facial irritation. The Norelco 3100 has a contoured handle made of slip resistant material that provides an easy, comfortable and firm grip. 

This multipurpose shaver has an integrated pop up trimmer that provides a very precise cut, great for maintaining sideburns and mustaches and the sensitive nose and ear hairs. The Philips Norelco 3100 has an ECO friendly rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Charge it for 8 hours and it's ready to use for 40 minutes of cordless shaving. Worried about running out of charge? No problem! A quick 3-minute charge provides enough power for one shave. This shaver is also easy to clean. After ever use, rinse under running water and use the included cleaning brush to remove any clinging hairs.

Product Specs  

The package/box comprises one Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 electric shaver, a charger stand, a cleaning brush, a manual, and a protective cap. The Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 shaver measures 2.2 inches by 2.2 inches by 5.8 inches and weighs about 9.6 ounces. This compact design makes it easy to store without taking up too much space either on the counter or when packing for travel. The lightweight design allows for an easy grip while shaving for a precise, close and smooth finish.
The dual corded or cordless feature of the Norelco 3000 along with a 40-minute cordless shave time when fully charged, and a quick 3-minute recharge option, makes it a convenient choice, especially for travel. The built in LED indicator panel lights up to let you know when the lithium battery is fully charged and when it's time to recharge the battery. 

The Norelco 3000 is easy to maintain, with the manufacturer recommending replacing the blades with HQ8 blades every 12 months. That's a great money saver considering how many cuts you get out of it for a whole year. It's also simple to clean. Hold it under running water and use the cleaning brush that comes with it for a deep clean. The Norelco 3100 has a two-year manufacturer's warranty that ensures quality and peace of mind at an affordable price.

Pricing  

 With Philips' 45-day money back guarantee, you can buy confidently knowing that you can return the Norelco 3100 risk free if it's not the right shaver for you or if you are not satisfied. That's a pocket-friendly price considering all the money you will save by not going to the barber and only having to replace the blades once every 12 months.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. We looked at the pros and cons of each, their unique features, compared them based on price, and also took a look at what real users had to say to help you make a decision about which one would be best for you. We've compared a couple budget options and one very expensive premium option. Shavers are a very personal choice, so while there are some good reasons to choose a premium shaver for some, others will be perfectly happy with the decent shave that any of the budget razors can give. In addition to the Norelco, we considered these three shavers:  

  • Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver
  • Braun Electric Shaver, Series 9 9290cc Men's Electric Razor
  • Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver

Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 Shaver

Philips Norelco PT724/46 Shaver 3100
  • For best results, replace shaving head every 12 months with SH50/52 replacement head
  • Comfort Cut heads with rounded edges smoothly glide on skin for a close shave with 66% more comfort
  • Flex and Float System follows the many contours of your face to catch more hair
  • Integrated pop-up trimmer is perfect for sideburns and moustaches
  • Lithium-ion battery power with up to 40 minutes of shaving after an 8 an hour charge

Ease of Use

Norelco 3100 is easy to grip handle, cordless feature to use in or out of the shower, flex and float technology to curve around the face missing no spots, pop up trimmer perfect for precise mustache and side burns trimming, and how easy it is to clean under running water.

Performance

The Norelco 3100 is a rotary shaver with 3 smaller blades that flex and float independently of each other to adjust to the shape of the face, cut more hair with one shave, thus avoiding skin irritation with repeated strokes. This compounded with the fact that it can glide smoothly both on the cheeks and under the neck.

Comfort

It is smooth and gentle with rounded edges for comfort. It glides and adjusts to the contours and curves of the face for a close shave, does not get hot while shaving, and therefore does not burn or irritate the skin. The rotary design also allows for a close shave without grabbing hairs.

Design Quality

The pop up trimmer of the Philips Norelco 3100 makes it convenient to trim sideburns, mustaches and even those hard to reach sensitive ear and nose hairs with one instrument. Philips recommends replacing the shaving heads every 12 months for a clean and precise cut. 

Warranty

The Philips Norelco 3100 is backed by Philips' two-year warranty. Nothing beats buying a quality product with confidence, at a reasonable price. 

Pros

  • Fully washable, easy to rinse under running water
  • Long lasting, powerful lithium-ion battery which provides 14 days or 40 minutes of use time when fully charged
  • Dual cord or cordless design for convenience
  • Replacement blades are reasonably priced and readily available
  • No oil needed for maintenance
  • It's compact, doesn't take up much counter space and therefore easy to store

Cons

  • Long 8 hour charge time
  • Noticeable vibrations when the trimmer is deployed
  • Requires cleaning after every use to avoid dirt and hair build up

Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver

Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver, Men's Electric Razor, Electric Shaver, Black
  • Intercept Shaving Technology Pre trims longer hairs
  • Pivot and Flex Foil Technology Stays close to skin for smooth results
  • Rechargeable Battery 60 minutes of cordless runtime
  • Pop up Detail Trimmer For finishing touches on your facial hair and sideburns
  • Easy to Clean Washable under the faucet; Charging time 2 hours

Even though the Remington F5-5800 has some similar features to the Norelco 3100 such as long battery life, LED panel lights, easy rinse off in water and the pivot and flex technology that allows it to adjust to facial surfaces for a clean and close shave, it is difficult to hold and gets too hot while shaving.

Ease of Use

 The Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver is quick and easy to use. It promises a great shave with fewer passes, perfect for those mornings when you need to rush out the door. 

Performance

The Remington F5-5800 steel foil head uses pivot and flex technology thus able to glide and adjust along the contours of the face for a clean and smooth finish. 

Comfort

The Remington is simple to use, comfortably glides along the curves of the face and stays close to the skin for smooth results. 

Design Quality

The Remington F5-5800 has intercept shaving technology that pre-trims longer hairs. The rechargeable battery provides 60 minutes of cordless run time. The pop up detail trimmer is great for trimming side burns and mustaches in one go without requiring extra equipment.

Warranty

Remington comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. 

Pros

  • Easy to clean under running water
  • Low, affordable price
  • Quick and easy to use

Cons

  • No cleaning station
  • Aggressive cut hence not recommended for sensitive skin
  • Long charge time of 60 minutes
  • It's not a wet/dry model

Braun Electric Shaver, Series 9 9290cc Men's Electric Razor

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9290cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
  • Braun Series 9 is the worlds most efficient shaver*, T exceptionally gentle to your skin. Tested on 3-day beards vs. Leading premium tier products. Details on Braun.Com/study-results
  • 5 synchronized shaving elements to capture more hair in the first stroke than any other premium shaver* tested on 3-day beards vs. Leading premium tier products. Details on Braun.Com/study-results
  • 2 specialized trimmers, including titanium coating, capture even the trickiest hair ; 2x Opti-Foil For perfect closeness that lasts longer
  • The innovative syncrosonictm technology with 10, 000 microvibrations capture more hair in every stroke
  • Our intelligent autosensing motor guarantees efficiency in every stroke, even on dense beards. The type of blade is titanium and battery charge time is 1 hour.

The Braun Series 9 9290cc shaver slightly edges the Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 in battery life, with Braun's lasting about an hour when fully charged and can get a 5 minute emergency charge for one shave. The Braun 9290cc also has a combined cleaning and charging station, which removes the hairs out of the blades and disinfects them while the razor is recharging. That eliminates the need to wash it after every shave.

Ease of Use

The Braun 9290cc is easy to grip with a sleek design that gets every hair on first pass eliminating the need for multiple strokes. Less strokes equal less irritation. It is also 100% water resistant making it ideal to use under the shower. 

Performance

Braun 9290cc has four cutting elements and one skin guard that work together to provide the best skin comfort. It has synchronized blades that capture more hair on the first stroke for a closer, smoother finish. So far none of the other electric blades we have tried have delivered on this. 

Comfort

The Braun 9290cc is easy to grip and glides easily on the skin. It can be used comfortable either dry or wet with foam, gel, or in the shower. 

Design Quality

Braun 9290cc’s Intelligent Sonic and AutoSense Technology produces 10,000 microvibrations and has an adaptive shaving motor which helps to capture more hair in every stroke for an even, smooth shave. This is also ideal for longer, more dense hair. Braun’s sleek design is both appealing, easy and comfortable to grip and built to last. 

Warranty

It has a 2-year limited warranty, with the foil and cutter block excluded.

Pros

  • Lasts about an hour when fully charged and has a 5 minute emergency charge for one shave
  • Has a combined cleaning and charging station, which removes the hairs out of the blades and disinfects them while the razor is recharging
  • 100% Water resistant,
  • Can be used for both wet and dry shave
  • Has a skin guard that protects the skin
  • Has an integrated precision trimmer

Cons

  • More expensive compared to the other electric shavers
  • Dimensions of 6.2inches x 6.2inches x 9.9 inches and 2.08 pounds make it bulkier

Conclusion

Even though we prefer the Braun 9290cc’s design and superior shave performance, the hefty price tag that comes with it made us consider other options that deliver an equally smooth shave.  In conclusion, we prefer the Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 to the others we reviewed, as an all rounded quality, electric shaver. It checks off all the boxes of the top 5 things we look for in an electric shaver: comfort, design, performance, durability and cost. The Philips Norelco 3100 PT724/46 consistently delivers in all the top five categories. It’s an overall good value for money. ​

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