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For those aiming for that sexy, unshaven look of 2-3 days, this product will not be what you are looking for. Yet, if you are aiming for this look, in all probability you want facial hair but haven't gotten over the taunting of your wild, caveman beard of years past, this is where this product earns its five stars rating. The range of length options on the trimmer suits all possible styles, it is extremely reliable (after 3 years service, I can say this with confidence) and won't break down if used in wet conditions such as the shower or bath. It is a great way to keep your sideburns in shape and looking sharp, so that the end product is a very well tailored, professional look, for a pittance. Additionally unlike other products in this field, the Remington doesn't require any maintenance or oiling of the blades, which is a God-send. In conclusion, for those seeking stubble rather than a beard look elsewhere, but for those that fall into the opposite camp, this is something you will not regret buying.
Remington beard trimmer is a great bit of kit to have to have the clean looking beard.
The beard trimmer works a treat has never let me down and is so easy to use from the first go to the most recent. The beard trimmer comes with different levels for trimming the beard.
The different levels works so well and leaves the beard looking great and not looking messy. The beard trimmer leaves you without feeling itchy or leaving a rash on your cheeks.
The Remington beard trimmer comes with a built in small trimmer for sideburns or getting the polish beard look. It is a great piece of kit for someone looking to have a shaped beard but with a nice length to it.
I have never had a problem with the beard trimmer it has worked great every time. The battery life has impressed me with how long you can use it. I can use the beard trimmer for 4 to 5 days full usage and then having to charge it for like an hour.
This is really handy but also impressive for such an impressive facial hair trimmer.
Overall I would recommend this to everyone as I love using it and feel it is very useful.
After much 'encouragement' from the missus, I decided to make a change from wet shaving to allow myself to grow some form of facial hair. However, I was instantly deterred from the idea when I saw the prices of some of the beard trimmers on offer. After searching online and in store for an affordable option I came across this product. I was initially sceptical because of the price, but I am happy to report that it has very much proved me wrong.
Although marketed as a 'trimmer', I have quite often used it as my day-to-day shaver. The lower grade settings shave to a very small hair length, in which I could go to work with, whilst avoiding the irritation that comes from wet shaving. The smaller flip-out shaver function is particularly useful in shaping the edges of the beard.
I bought the shaver about a year ago and it continues to work well with no issues at all. The battery life is sufficient so that I do not have to recharge it every few days, and it is easy to clean after use (cleaning brush included). The speed and ease at which it allows me to shave, regardless of length, means that I will continue to use this shaver for the foreseeable future (which will please the missus very much).
I would very much recommend this is any male, or female (you never know), looking for alternatives to wet shaving.
As a man who skin gets irritated by 'wet shaving' and likes a bit of stubble I bought one of these shavers, attracted by the low price I wasn't expecting too much but I was proven wrong! Turning the wheel on the top of the shaver raises the plastic cage which touches along the skin away from the blades, with 9 length settings you can trim hair to any length you could require, from one-day stubble right up to a long beard. If you hold down the length selector wheel between lengths you can even get in between sizes meaning there is effectively a choice of 15 or so lengths (I usually trim to a length between 2 and 3).
The pop-up trimmer keeps facial hair perfectly shaped and for men with short hair it's useful for keeping the sideburns nice and even. The blades still seem as sharp as the day I bought the shaver about 2 years ago.
The battery is relatively long-lived, I use the shaver roughly 4 times a week and it can last for a couple of weeks before it needs charging, preferably overnight. A small plastic beard comb comes with this appliance but I have never used it as my facial hair is never much longer than stubble.
I must confess that, despite the high rating that I believe this beard trimmer deserves, I am on my third version.
Trimmer number one suffered a slow death, as the battery slowly stopped holding charge over time. It lasted several years and I was pleased with it, but decided to try a different product. Disappointed with the alternate product that I bought, I purchased a second version of the Remington Beard Trimmer. This one arrived broken. Amazon (from whom I bought all three versions) quickly replaced it, and thus I am now on beard trimmer the third. The original trimmer still functions well when attached to a power supply, and I feel this should be mentioned, as it reflects extremely well on the quality and resilience of the blades, which are still sharp.
I rarely use this appliance as a trimmer, it plays a role instead as my daily/weekly shaver, and it easily provides a close cut. Sometimes I need to tidy up some key areas with an old fashioned razor, but it provides as close a shave as I've ever received from any higher priced electric shavers. It rarely, if ever, rips hairs out when above 25% charged, and as such, is a trouble free pleasure to use.
The plastic guides, which came with the appliance, have never been of any use to me, and seem to bend when you put any real weight on them, but perhaps I am not using them correctly, or they are of more use to others. I can imagine that if you wanted to tidy up quite long beard, or head hair, they might be more functional. Since they were entirely irrelevant to my needs, I am not disappointed by them, and will not mark the product down as a consequence.
Otherwise, the trimmer has two functions. A large shaver - onto which you can put different length guides - for general shaving, and a small clipper, which can be used for detailing, or reducing the length of facial hair slightly further than the large section of the trimmer allows.
The top of the large trimmer opens, and you can easily clean out the inside without water or any tools.
The shaver is also rechargeable, and includes the required adaptors. LED lights indicate if the device is charging/charged/requires charging. It is entirely simple to use, and no manual reading was required!
I'd be comfortable recommending this product to anyone. In my opinion, it provides a level of service that shavers at 3-5 times the price fail to match. Equally, its small trimmer is of a higher quality than a dedicated unit that I bought for a similar price.
It has no replaceable parts, and thus does not require you to spend money on parts to keep it working well (like so many other items in this industry bracket). As such, even buying a new one every 3+ years - if necessary - still works out to be an incredible bargain. £20 after all, is cheaper than many sets of razor blades.
I will be purchasing this product again if/when my current unit is no longer fit for service.
To all the men out there, we've all had that moment where we decide to sleep that extra 15 minutes. Unfortunately for us, something from our morning routine has to be scrapped to make up for that time and more often than not, for those that do bother to do so, it ends up being the morning shave. But of course, there are ways around shaving. Some like to show of their messy stubble while others may have to keep that neanderthal beard another day. For everyone else, there's a beard trimmer, a tool not just for those who forget to shave, but also for those who like smaller facial hair. A tool which cuts hair at a fraction of the time a razor does. A tool where you don't need to lubricate the face beforehand. But how do you know what's the best trimmer for you? Is it the brand, the price or the features it has? Well, it's a bit of all 3 to be honest. Remington's MB320C (or Barba) Beard Trimmer is clearly one of the better trimmers out in the market, because it's a good brand, healthy price and has more features than your average trimmer.
To start off with, the design of the Barba is something so simple but so sleek and pleasant. A smooth black for the front and back of the Barba is accompanied by shiny silver side grips, which makes the Barba fit in your hand remarkably easy. The Barba's silver and black body mixes modern and retro together, giving the Barba a very attractive look. A slot for charging the Barba is right underneath the body. According to Remington, 40 minutes charging gives 40 minutes use, so it's ready to go quicker than older and cheaper trimmers. I've charged it for longer and did get a bit of extra time from it, although the times Remington give are quite accurate.
As for the features, Remington insist that the cutting blade never needs oil for lubricating and it will always stay sharp. Satisfyingly, after nearly 2 years of owning the Barba, it trims exactly the same as it did the first time I used it. This is because the blade in itself is advanced ceramic coated with a self oiling feature. Whatever that means, it at least makes less work for me. There are 10 different lengths you can set the trimmer to cut at. What you'll notice if you purchase the trimmer is a mini window showing numbers 1-9, with a small wheel next to it that controls the number. As you have probably gathered, the numbers control the way the trimmer cuts your beard at different lengths, ranging from 1.5 millimetres (number 1 which turns a unkempt beard into a neat stubble) to 11.5 millimetres (number 9 which turns that caveman mane into a clean, thick beard). To do this, the feature comes with a detachable head, which pushes itself up as you increase the number to decide the desired length of beard. The tenth cutting option is to simply remove the head, giving a beard length of half a millimetre. Generally, it's for those who haven't the time to shave in the morning and while it doesn't remove all hair, at least it doesn't make you look lazy. Finally, Remington have added a smaller push-up trimmer, with a more precise blade. It only has one cutting length, so it's ideal for the areas which you get threaded or the moustache.
In the box, besides the instructions, which give a far more detailed account on how to use it, is the charger. To tell whether the Barba is being charged, a green light comes on. It doesn't go off when fully charged, which some may view as a bad thing. However, at least you know the charger is not connected properly if the light goes off. In addition to the charger, a pouch is also included, to keep dust from entering the inside of the Barba or for travelling purposes. If some dust does find itself in the Barba, then the small brush Remington provide helps you to remove it from the blades and body itself. Pushing up the smaller trimmer reveals part of the motor, which will contain a lot of little, pesky hairs when you brush in that area, admittedly a problem Remington could have tried to prevent. Lastly, the moustache and beard comb straightens the smaller hairs on your face, which the trimmer can't cut in its natural state.
Back when i purchased it, the price of the Barba was going for a minimum of £35. I purchased it on sale from Argos for £25 and luckily, that's around the price it goes for now. I'm not too sure if it's still in the Argos catalogue anymore, but I've recently seen it at Boots for £23. Currys and Comet should stock up on it, as would any other electronics store. Failing that, it's always available on internet sites such as Play, eBay and Amazon, seeing as it isn't too old. You get what you pay for and for around £20-£25, it's worth it.
With my new found manliness i have grew this beard which yeah it needs trimming and keeping on top of unless i want to look like the local hobo!... i remember when i was younger and all i went on about was how i wanted facial hair to look older, now ive got it. WOW its a pain in the rear and it needs constant attention, its worse then having a family pet... so this is where i was left with the problem of having to buy a facial trimmer!
i didnt want to have no facial hair as it made me look so young and stupid! i looked around for quite some time before finding this trimmer which was a bunch cheaper then the rest of its competitors. this worried me as something that cheap cant be as good right ?. i took the risk and bought it as i trusted in the brand name and went home with fingers crossed and hope in my mind!
Price and Availability
Being able to find this item was very easy, i bought mine from comet i think it was, ive had mine a good 6 month now and at the point of purchase i got mine on offer for 20 pounds (hence the worrying feeling), you would be able to spot this on amazon or eBay without trouble and then shipping costs and what not would bump the price up yes, but if your wanting something really simple and something which does exactly what it says on the tin then this is right for you.
Appearance and Design.
The appearance of the hand held shaver is very nice. it fits comfortably in your hand and you dont have to worry about faffing around trying to pick the different head ends or anything like that as it only comes with one! Also when you open the pack you get an assortment of different items which help you keep it clean and would make it last longer in the long run, the first item i pulled out was the small brush like object which helps you to wipe away those crafty hard to reach hairs which could slow down the motor, then there is also the comb you get with it to be able to brush you beard! (this actually defeats the object of the trimmer for me, cause it just makes me want to grow a massive beard so i can brush it like some evil master mind!)
All of this can fit into the very neat fabric case that you get, so once you are finished trimming and looking neat you can then put this back into the case and keep it safe and all together for next time! The only item which wont fit into the case is the charger for the trimmer as this is a wireless rechargeable trimmer.
Ease of Use
There are 9 lengths which you can trim at with this device. the best way to be able to see this is through the small window like part on the front which shows the number very small so you can see which length setting that you are about to trim at, so you could use these for a shorter length on the sides then a longer section for the beard if your feeling crazy (how thoughtful of these guys/gals down at Remington) ... The on/off switch is on the side and is a simple slide device where you can flick it on with the simple push of one finger, this makes it very comfortable to hold as when shaving you dont have to worry about pressing the off button which i have done sometimes in the past using previous shavers!
Precision is the key, if you take off the length setting on the top you can then use the precision section of this trimmer which lets you get a clean cut edge even better then just using the big bulky trim section. this for me has come in very handy for getting the stray hairs which you will find around the nose section and under the chin when i haven't pulled my face taught enough! this can all be cleaned really easily aswell .. a quick sweep of the brush and your in business and can get back to being the shaving master that you are/wanting to be!
Charging the item is as easy as reading a biff and chip book. you literally just plug it in the bottom and leave it for a few hours it will then have charge for 30+ hours of use, which is weeks and weeks of time (unless your an ape then maybe a good week!)
A very good shaver for the money, the only let down that i can see is that it doesn't self clean, (but now im just being picky) to have one at that level however would take alot more money, and the reason that this one feels so good is down to the value for money that this offers!
Since going to Glastonbury festival last summer (2009) and realising that having a beard isn't all that bad, I started to use my old hair clippers to keep my facial hair in check. This worked fine for a couple of months until I got fed up having to oil it (and put up with occasional bald or missed patches!).
I checked out a number of beard trimmers and decided on this one, partly due to the price (some are charging £45 upwards!) and also due to Remington being a strong brand name that I trust. The first things I noticed when using it was that it didn't need oiling and how easy it is to use. Once charged (can be used either plugged in or charged up and wireless) you simply put on the trimmer comb and select what length you would like from 8 preset lengths (start high and work down!). You get a great even beard (or styled goatee / moustache if you'd like) in a matter of minutes and there's even an optional styling razor that flips out of the back of the shaver to style around the edges. Since using this (over six months now) I have had no problems whatsoever with the way it shaves (it even seems to be ok going sideways, although I wouldn't recommend it just in case), it cuts smoothly and doesn't feel like it is pulling the hairs out and it comes complete with a travel pack, charger, cleaning brush and a little moustache comb! The one downside from this trimmer is the mess it makes, the trimming surprise you how far they fly, but I counter this by trimming over an old cloth/t shirt on a wooden floor. Fellow beardfaces, this is recommended.
I went through a phase of sporting a goatee, but was finding it increasingly difficult to keep it tidy and well maintained. The problem with normal, bog standard, manual razors is that it's very easy to accidentally cut into your beard, forcing you to adjust the other side to keep it symmetrical. If you make enough mistakes, your goatee starts shrinking and frankly, looking ridiculous.
Much to my wife and daughter's despair, I decided to make a long term commitment to facial hair by investing in a proper beard trimmer. With Nectar points to burn, Argos was the obvious destination, and I ended up in investing in Remington's MB 320C - for no other reason than it sounded fancy and it looked good.
IN THE BOX
The trimmer comes in a zip up travel pouch with plenty of room to store the unit and its various accoutrements. It's a classy little number, nicely finished in matt silver and black plastic. The trimmer can be operated corded or cordless, and in the latter case you get around 40 minutes of constant use out of it before it needs recharging.
However, a note of caution - the instructions also advise that extended, long term mains-only use will affect the endurance of the battery. Also included is the mains charger, a small black plastic beard comb, and a small brush for helping to clean out the beard hairs from the trimmer blade. The cutting blades are self-lubricating, so no oiling is needed.
The instruction book provides around six pages of information on use and troubleshooting in around fifteen Eurozone languages. A two year warranty is given, provided the card included is filled in and returned with your proof of purchase.
The detachable comb attachment at the top of the unit is adjusted by a thumb wheel, allowing you to choose nine different settings ranging from 1.5 mm to 18mm cutting depth. There is also a separate pop-up trimmer which is accessed by taking off the detachable comb, and used to define the edges of the beard.
The rubberised on/off button is located on the side of the unit. There are two small LED indicators which indicate when the unit is juiced (green) and when it needs a charge (red). The product is described as a "Diamond" trimmer, a reference to its "Diamond-Like Carbon Coated blades" which are apparently 400% harder than normal steel blades.
You are advised to charge the trimmer before first use for around 14-16 hours. The forty minutes cordless use time doesn't sound like long, but in practice, you will only use the unit for two or three minutes at a time. Given I only used it twice a week to supplement my daily shaves, it was a couple of months before it needed recharging.
However, one small niggle - the green LED used to indicate that it is charged does not "count down" - i.e. one minute it's green, and the next it goes red - so it doesn't actually indicate a "full" charge. The mains charger is for a standard plug socket - there is no shaving socket adaptor, and, as most bathrooms don't have a standard socket near the sink, this can be a little irritating if it starts fading when you're in mid-trim.
The unit is easy to hold in the palm of the hand and feels very well-balanced. The ergonomic design allows all of the controls to be accessed by the fingers of one hand. The cutting blades and precision of the comb attachment are excellent, and provided me with a well defined and well trimmed goatee each time with minimal effort. It feels comfortable against the skin and the sharpness of the blades is evident as there is no "pulling" of facial hair - you get a nice clean cut.
The unit is not particularly noisy either - a godsend at 6:30am when I'm trying my best to get out of the house without waking my four year old daughter in the room next door. It is also very easy to clean. You just pop off the comb attachment and give it a good "sweep" with the small brush accessory provided.
The waterproof black (and discreetly branded) case provided is very handy for storing the bits and pieces. There is a zipped compartment under its "lid" which is a good place to keep the instructions (if needed), and the inside has a number of black elastic straps for keeping the trimmer and accessories in place. My only complaint is that there is no exterior strap or carry handle.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
This product retails at £24.99, but is currently available on Amazon for £22.29 - which includes free delivery. I have also seen it offered for as little £20, so it pays to have a look around. I picked mine up from Argos for the full RRP, but paid with Nectar points, so it was "free".
Sadly, after a campaign of organised protest at my house (my daughter refused to kiss me goodnight and my wife threatened to go on strike), the facial hair had to go, and this neat little trimmer was consigned to a drawer where it currently languishes with my electric razor (I never get on with those things).
However, I managed six months or so of use from it, and I was very happy with its performance, reliability and durability during that time. At around £25, I think its excellent value for money, and would readily recommend it to anyone whose significant others are, perhaps, a little bit more tolerant toward facial hair.
(c) Hishyeness 2009
Diamond like carbon coated blades 400% harder than steel blades. ube for life blades never need oiling. Zoom wheel with 9 pre-set length settings, pop up trimmer. Mains/Rechargeable with 40 mins cordless use. 2 LED charging indicators, storage bag and beard comb.