I was searching for a shaver that could serve a dual purpose to shave my face but still used as a beard trimmer. My price range was under $60, making it a difficult choice. in the end I simply couldn’t choose between two, so I took advantage of one of those “try for 30 days” guarantees and I ordered a Braun beard and head trimmer and a Philips Oneblade trimmer and shaver. The best electric shaver site was a big help to choose the finalists.
Here are my two choices.
Braun Cruzer 6 Beard and Head Trimmer
Braun has marketed their Braun Cruzer 6 Beard and Head Trimmer as their most powerful beard trimmer. It as a basic grey colour with snap-on comb attachments. It has a small LED indicator light on the front so you know if it’s on or not. There is also a low charge indicator.
The comb attachments can be moved up or down to select the length of beard you want to trim. You can also remove them to leave the stainless steel cutting comb exposed. This element is extremely sharp.
The blue trimmer comb has different settings. You can choose to leave behind stubble, or trim longer beards from 1 to 11 millimetres. There is also a silver hair comb that can be used to trim hair on the top of your head. This will trim hairstyles to lengths of 10 to 22 millimetres.
This trimmer has been made with a powerful dual battery system that automatically adjusts to tougher hair so you still get an even trim. The sliding pop-up trimmer will get into hard-to-reach places to create a goatee style. It’s also fully washable as it has a sealed body.
This trimmer also requires the use of engine oil, which is included in the purchase. It will take one hour to fully charge up, which will give you about forty minutes of shaving time. It will work with worldwide voltages from 110 to 240 volts. In the kit you get the beard and hair trimmer, a hair comb, a beard comb, and a travel pouch.
Philips OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver
The Philips OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver is designed to be used both to trim beards and facial hair. This set can be used without the additional three combs. The trimmer is in a slender dark grey and lime green plastic body. It has a circular power on button. The Philips OneBlade can also be used wet or dry.
There is also a lime green button can slide up so you can adjust the length of any of the combs. The Philips OneBlade trimmer is also rechargeable, and will trim, edge, or shave hair. The three combs will click on easily. The blade is dual sided so you can easily do your beard style edging. There are tiny holes or slots within the flat surface of the blade, and lime green colour adds a touch of styling.
This trimmer can also be used as a shaver, with either end of the blades. The shaver contains a fast moving cutter that gets close to the skin but still remains comfortable. The blade also has a special coating that will move it smoothly glide over your skin. The tips are also coated in polymer to make them rounded. They can still effectively cut hair but not your skin.
The blades are replaceable with this trimmer and shaver, and cost about $12 each, which is affordable considering a regular shaver may cost upwards of $50 to replace the entire shaving head. Inside the box you’ll get a Philips OneBlade, a handle, 3 trimming combs, and a power charger. It will take 8 hours to charge it up for 45 minutes of shaving time.
Which Shaver Won?
After trying both shavers, I decided that I hated the Braun Cruzer, and loved the Philips OneBlade. There were a few reasons for this. The Braun Cruzer has large clunky combs. It seemed like even though they were there to provide a way to evenly cut your beard, the combs were spaced too far apart and didn’t cut evenly.
I really liked the smaller combs on the Philips. Also, the Philips acts as a real shaver, while the Braun leaves stubble behind. The Philips shaver also was extremely affordable, and I liked how the blades were cheap and easily replaceable, so I could always have the best shave.