“ Brand: Philips / Hair Care Type: Hair Trimmer „
I have been cutting my own hair for around 10 years now and after a slightly ropey first few efforts, I am told that most of the time it doesn't look too bad.
The process is certainly made easier by this excellent product. Not sure about the price as it was a birthday present a few years ago, but I have seen it advertised for around £32. I have used other hair clippers before but I would say this is the best product I have used, due to ease of use and the fact that it's simple to set it to cut to the required length.
It looks quite stylish but for me the useability is the key factor - and this is excellent. It can be used while plugged into the mains - however, this does make it slightly awkward to manoeuvre around the head as the cord comes into play. Far easier to charge it up (by plugging into the mains... takes around 8 hours to charge fully) and then use as a cordless device.
Once charged, it is a very simple product to use, particularly for 'same length all over' haircuts. The product comes with 2 clip on guards which are used to adjust the length of the cut. These are very easy to attach and remove, and ensure a good consistent length (adjustable between 3mm and 21mm).
The other main useful feature is the ability to rotate the head of the clippers so that the blade is at 90 degrees to the handle - this makes it easier to see what you're doing and manoeuvre in awkward areas like the back of the head, especially if you're cutting your own hair.
The product also came with a cleaning brush for after each use for easy maintenance. Overall, a great set of clippers.
There is one certainty in this life and that is getting older and for some of us this means losing your hair.
When my dad started loosing his hair he grew it longer and swept it over the top of his head to discreetly hide his bald patch, as in the famous "Comb over" style favoured by Bobby Charlton, Donald Trump or the Emperor Constantine. However today this style is not quite the fashion and men have 3 main choices for different budgets:
1. £10000 gets you a Ryan Gigs style hair transplant
2. £25 gets you a pair of hair clippers for a Bruce Willis cut
3. £0 gets you the sod it haircut of Bill Bailey
Being from Yorkshire the cost advantages of number 3 seemed very attractive until Tesco ran a deal with their Clubcard exchange promotion and I manged to get these clippers just swapping £12.50 of vouchers.
I have owned these clippers for nearly a year and I'm pretty pleased with them.
The unit can be charge up in about an hour and battery will last for 3 or 4 cuts before it needs recharging. It comes with 2 different heads (10 different hair length settings), one head cuts 3 to 11mm and the other cuts 13 to 21mm. There is a simple push button to choose the desired length and this scale is the same as used in the barbers, so if you've ever asked for a "number 2 on the sides and 3 on top" you'll be perfectly at home. The length locks in and I have never had it jump out to a different length.
To cut your hair you just select your length, switch on and then pass through your hair, going "against the grain". The head of the clippers can be twisted round so that easily reaches all points. I would recommend doing this in front of a mirror and also having another mirror to check the back of your head.
On 99% of my head the cut will be perfect but in certain areas (this may just be my hair) the clippers will leave slightly longer patches, for me this is around my ears. For these areas I have to go down a length and then it clips them perfectly. So far nobody has commented what a mess I have made of my hair so it can't be too bad.
The clippers are light, if plasticy, and very comfortable to hold. The blades are self sharpening and don't need oiling.
I am sure that a barber would do a slightly neater job but at if Bruce Willis ever needs a hair cut in East Yorkshire I can save him a few quid.
If I had to pay full price for them I would do!
I had never considered cutting my own hair until recently. My father is in a care home and would not let anyone cut his hair and it has become very long and quite wild, so I suggested to him, being his favourite son (ok only son!!), that I cut it for him. He seemed happy with this idea so I investigated the hair clippers market and wondered if it might work on me too.
I checked out what where the popular models for various internet sales sites and discovered the Philips QC5170 seemed a popular model with lots of easy to use features. So I went on Dooyoo and Ciao to see what my fellow reviewers thought of it and they where very positive about it, so based on this I decided to give it a go.
The recommended retail price for this is over 64 pounds but I managed to find a supplier who would sell me the product new with delivery included for just 27 pounds 95 pence. I do recommend you shop around for this as it is possible to get it for as little as twenty pounds. So I waited and wondered if I had done the right thing and hoped I hadn't bought something that was either ineffective or I could not work. Always a problem when buying on the internet you have to wait till the post arrives the following day for the product!!
When it arrived I was really impressed with the way it looked it was packed in a very tidy box that allowed you to see the product and described some of its features. I was however quite apprehensive about using it so I decided I would try it on myself first. Although I need to wait till the next day to use it as when you first use it the battery needs to be charged for eight hours according to the instructions anyway.
I found the product was easy to assemble with clear instructions in English that I could easily follow. It comes with two different heads, a mains charger, the trimmer and a small brush to clear the blades of hair after use. I put it on charge and it makes it very clear when it is fully charged as the light on the back of the charger changes from red to green. Once the clipper is fully charged you can get up to 60 minutes use out of it.
So I began gingerly cutting my hair with it. I found it very quick and easy to use and within ten minutes I had cut my hair. After every wave through my hair I simply took the hair of the clipper and put them in the bin. I found it was so easy and I questioned why I had not considered doing this before, because to be honest I don't have much hair these days and I found it only took the Hairdresser about 10 minutes to cut it and that included a chat, and a cup of coffee and I was charged twelve pounds a time.
What I found was as my confidence improved I found the clipper would do different things to make cutting the hair easier as hair grows in different directions. For example it has a 180 degree pivoting head and I found this really helpful for cutting the sides of my hair. It felt to me like I had a pretty good cut and no one in my office passed any comments other than to say it was a smart cut when I went in the following day. Although I did notice it did struggle to get the hairs from my neck and I needed to cut these with scissors myself.
The product comes complete with two separate trimmers and these have five different settings of blade. So in total you have ten different settings. One is for the length 3mm up to 11mm, while the second is for longer hair 13mm to 21mm. With the two clippers very easy to change and the different settings impossible to change without knowing it. That is because there is a button on the shaver you have to press to change the setting so you don't end up changing it without realising it and different lengths of hair!!
I found the trimmer very easy to operate and it felt comfortable in my hand and while it is difficult to do this without a mirror if you regularly cut you hair clearly not impossible. The product comes with a two year guarantee and a self sharpening stainless steel blade that requires no oiling or intervention from the user, only a clean with the brush provided after use.
Having successfully tried it on myself I went to visit my father and cut his. He seemed quite happy for me to do it and while there was a lot of hair to come off it didn't take too long. The machine I think did struggle because it was so long initially but when it was a more manageable length it became easier. The result was my Dad had a new haircut that was short and very tidy and it clearly didn't hurt at all otherwise he would have let me know!!
For me this is a really good investment and I am very pleased with this product. I keep offering to cut all my friends hair with it but I haven't had any takers yet!! It cuts at so many different lengths with what appears quality precision and leaves you with a cut that is consistent in length throughout. I found this product easy to use and as my confidence in it grew I found I could have my hair as short as I dared.
I found the instructions although written in lots of different languages very easy to follow and they helped me through every stage of my first cut. They where comprehensive too and advised on everything from charging the trimmer up, how to cut the difficult to reach areas to care of the equipment after it had been used. For someone like me it was an idiots guide and I appreciated the pictures to help explain everything.
I would definitely recommend the Philips QC5170 as an excellent piece of kit. This is because it is very easy to use and cuts your hair with a high quality of precision. It is competitively priced and comes with ten different choices of cutting length. I found the whole process simple but very effective and was very pleased that I purchased this particular model to cut both my father and my hair.
Thanks for reading my review.
This review is published under my user name on both Ciao and Dooyoo.
© CPTDANIELS July 2011
Straight forward to use, great cut and easy to clean.....and is extremely well priced.
Having never used hair clippers before I was slightly apprehensive about using hair clippers but these have been great to use. The large handle and rotatable blade gives you confidence when cutting as it is easy to control and manoeuvre around your head. The battery life so far has been great and has rarely had to charge it even though I use it at least once a week. With 10 different lengths to choose from this hair clipper provides great variety in the looks you can achieve. With it being wireless it means that there is no cable/wire that gets in the way when cutting but if the battery runs low then you can continue to cut your hair with the clippers plugged in whereas if it had to be charged from a base you would need to wait for it to recharge.
The only downside I can find with it so far is that due to the size of the blade it can be difficult to cut about the ear but using a pair of scissors to finely cut the few strands of hair hardly takes effort or skill.
This is truly a great piece of equipment that I would recommend to anyone.
Home haircutting what a good idea (and a hell of a way to shave some money sorry that should be save some money).With the price of getting a haircut climbing i mean getting charged £12 a go and having to get it done every month, it's an expense that i could do without.
I don't have the most complicated of styles as you can see from my profile picture, it's a sort of modern day short back and sides with some spiky bits on top. I also am not that concerned about getting it cut and styled at a designer outlet like Toni and guy and then paying four times the amount for the pleasure like I'm some kind of rich drooling moron(sorry if you like Toni and guy no offense intended)
So i decided because I'm so tight it would be a good idea to invest in a set of hair clippers and get the job done on the cheap (typical me).So off i went to my local boots store to see what they had on offer and boy i was quite surprised at the choice that was on offer and i was quite impressed at how low the price was on some of the models available.
Choosing the right product.
It would seem that the main difference between the different models was how they were powered; you had the choice of mains or mains and rechargeable and also whether you wanted a unit that was water washable. I opted for the mains rechargeable model and because i have scrooge tendencies decided not to get a water washable one as this feature didn't seem too important for a product i would only use once every four to six weeks.
Again as with all electric product the variety and choice was very good with makes like Philips, Remington and Wahl (i see these in the hairdressers all the time) available in several different models. After having a nosey inside the boxes i decided to go with the Phillips model as it was lighter than the Wahl and looked better made than the remington.it also has a unique 180 degree pivoting head that means it is designed to make self haircutting so easy and i also have a Philips shaver so i know they make reliable products that are made to last( a bit of brand loyalty creeping in there).So off i went to the till and paid the lovely assistant my £24(absolute bargain for a scrooge like me)
1-180 degree swivel head making it easy to cut your own hair and reach those awkward areas at the back
2-Comes with 2 combs. The small comb cuts hairs from 3-11 mm and the big comb from 13-21 mm.
3-Equipped with extra strong motor to give a better cut and longer life of the product
4-Self-sharpening stainless steel blades, meaning you will never need to oil them as they are self lubricating (isn't technology so great)
5-Each of the two combs have five adjustable length settings giving you a hair length setting of 0-21mm.This gives full control over what length you want and the selected length setting is displayed on the clipper
6-The rechargeable battery takes about 1-2 hours to fully charge and will hold a full charge for about 60 mins.Making this product ideal for use away from the plug socket (i cut mine in the bathroom so much easier to clean up afterwards)
7-A modern look and comfortable grip design make this product a must have if you are considering the home haircutting solution.
Setting up and use
As with all rechargeable products you will have to charge the unit before first use but because this is mains and rechargeable you can use it straight out of the box with it connected to the plug socket with the included mains adapter. On first operating i was quite surprised at how quiet this was and a bit worried that it didn't sound powerful enough to cut my thick hair(thats thick hair and not thick head).But after trying the front part of my head it had no problem in removing the excess hair length. After going over my head several times and slowly reducing the length settings i looked in the mirror to see the end results.
I was impressed with what i saw as it had cut my hair to an even length all over (apart from a few bits i missed but soon corrected) and it looked pretty good for something i had done myself. The shaping and trimming at the back was more difficult to do but with the use of two mirrors i got there in the end and with a pretty good end result. So job done in less than 40 mins and 10 minutes cleaning up time, i cleaned the blades with the supplied cleaning brush and packed my clippers back into the box ready for my next cut.
Overall an impressive product that performs well and is very simple to use. I would like to point out that cutting your own hair is quite difficult and even though this product makes it easier it is still a tricky task and i would recommend getting someone to do if for you (if they are brave enough).The rechargeable feature is excellent at giving you the flexibility to use the product anywhere and the attaching and adjusting of the combs is so easy with a simple clip and your off. I may choose the water washable feature on my next model as it would make cleaning the unit much quicker and easier but i can live without that for the moment.Thankyou for taking the time to read my review please leave feedback and any comments if you wish. Paul
Well, what is it about attending your local barbers that makes the experience so grim? The sitting down, reading a discarded out-of-date copy of Top Gear? Making idle chit-chat about 'What you are up to at the weekend'? or the fact that you've spent your lunch-hour doing this when you could have used your time in a different way?
The joy about this product is that it removes all that and is very simple to use. The tilting head idea sounds like a gimmick, but it has a genuine purpose for removing the need to get your other half to sort out the back of your head. Just tilt 90degrees to the left and the right and the grip you gain from the item is improved. It comes complete with two combs for different lengths, but a word of advice would be to start at a fairly high level first and then reduce the levels one-by-one, else you might get a nasty surprise!
The item is light and easy to use with clear instructions, charging for 60 minutes use is approximately 8 hours at a time, a charging light indicates the item is charging but there is no option to indicate the item is fully charged. Therefore, your memory will come in handy here! Overall though, a superb product which can be used by anybody for everybody.
As I was travelling around Australia getting to have my hair cut became more of a pain as sometimes I was away from towns for such a long time that my hair just grew and grew. My friend let me borrow a pair of his clippers so I shaved my head which is something that I have never done before, but as I was impressed with the results and how easy it was, I decided that when I got home I would buy some for myself.
I couldnt remember what ones he used, so had to do a bit of research and managed to find these at half price, £25 at Argos, which I didnt think was too bad.
They are quite a novel design in the way that they do cut your hair, but as you can rotate the head of the clipper, it makes it a lot easier to cut the back and sides without help. Some reviews have said that people who have been doing this for a long time still use them as normal, but for me as I havent been, I find the rotation very useful.
They are portable so you can charge them up, one downside here is that it states that if you overcharge them(for more than 8 hours) they can break. Once charged though the cut is quite quick and clean. My firends were ones that only operated on the mains and did cut quicker, however these are very good for being portable and it takes me about 10 minutes to trim my hair back evenly which I think is fine.
They have settings from 3-19mm and this gives a good range, however they are not quite the same as if you go to the barbers. I have been once and had a grade 4, so decided to use this on my hair and found that it was almost completely cut off, my advice here would be ignore the ratings and start hig and gradually get lower just for the first use.
You cant accidently change this setting as is possible with other so it enable you to clip with confidence that it will end up even all over.
Overall I think that for the mney these are a very good pair of clippers, espicially for beginners who are maybe a bit unsure as to what to do. You dont have to lubricate the blades either which makes it easier.
Patented 180 degree rotating head. Rechargeable for up to 60 mins use. Corded or cordless use. Contour following comb follows the shape of your head for a precise and even cut.