A beard trimmer makes grooming easy – no one has time to trim their beard with a scissor. But it doesn’t make the job any less messy. That’s where the Philips QT4050 caught our interest. Its vacuum system funnels hairs neatly into a chamber that can be emptied right into the waste bin.
Philips is a reputable brand, so we expected to have a good experience with this trimmer – and we did. It’s not perfect. But it offers excellent value for the money.
- Vacuum system keeps cut hairs out of the washbasin
- Maintenance-free blades never need oiling and stay sharp
- Precise length control between 1mm and 18mm
- Can choose between corded and cordless use
- Contoured comb delivers an even trim
- Not ideal for stubble
With a 1mm minimum length, this trimmer has a difficult time catching stubble. To be fair, Philips doesn’t market this product for that purpose. It is, however, marketed as a beard trimmer, and it does a fantastic job of it.
Our Philips QT4050 Review
We were a bit skeptical of the QT4050’s vacuum feature. It’s brilliant in theory, but does it really work? Most of these types of features wind up being a disappointment. The good news is that it does trap hairs, but it doesn’t work quite as well as we had hoped.
It does reduce the number of hairs in the sink, and that is absolutely a bonus. A clear hair chamber lets you know when it’s time to empty.
The QT4050 does offer a nice range of length settings from 1mm to 18mm, and you can adjust the length in 1mm increments. The contoured comb allows for an even, precise cut fgliding across the skin and preventing irritation. The cutter width is 32mm, so you can cover a large area with one passing.
But we did notice that some areas required a few passes in order to get that even, uniform trim we wanted. This seems to be a problem with many trimmers, so weren’t the least bit surprised by it.
While we were pleased with the 50-minute battery life, we were disappointed by the long 8-hour recharge time. You do have the option of corded and cordless operation.
The nice thing about this trimmer is that the blades are maintenance-free. There’s no need for oiling, and the blades do stay sharp for quite some time.
Features at a Glance
- Length range of 1mm to 18mm
- Maintenance-free blades – no oiling
- Built-in vacuum mechanism to absorb cut hairs
- Transparent hair chamber
- Corded or cordless use
- 8-hour recharge time with 50 minutes use
- Cutter width of 32mm
- Contoured comb for a precise, even trim
Overall, we feel the Philips QT4050 is a smart buy. It’s easy to use, its blades require no maintenance, and the vacuum feature makes clean-up hassle-free. Although not ideal for stubble, this trimmer works brilliantly for short to long beards, and length control is precise with 1mm increments. We recommend the QT4050 to anyone looking for an affordable trimmer that takes the pain out of grooming.