Philips Series 1000 Beard Trimmer Review

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Review summary


  • Affordable price
  • Great battery
  • Good built quality
  • 4 attachment combs
  • Very sharp performance
  • Travel lock and LED
  • Easy charging with USB
  • Great support (45 day guarantee and 2 year warranty)


  • Not allowed to wash thoroughly
  • Prohibited for wet beard
  • 8 hour charging time
  • No charging adapter

Customer rating:

  • 4.3 out of 5 [total 4,461 reviews]

Shaver zone rating:

  • Price:– 5 out of 5
  • Built Quality:- 4.5 out of 5
  • Performance:- 4.5 out of 5
  • Accessories:- 4 out of 5
  • Overall:- 4.5 out of 5




Philips Norelco is the dominating trimmer company on the market. They produces different quality product consider customer satisfaction and capacity. The Philips Series 1000 is their affordable beard trimmer production for the men who does not like to break the bank. The Dutch origin international brand Philips never compromises with product quality as customer cannot blame. Since primary level beard trimmer, it comes with basic beard trimming facilities without any fancy function.

What’s in the box?

Since an affordable beard trimmer kit, the Philips 1000 series does not come with plenty of accessories. But the package comes with enough attachments for a perfect beard trimming. Along with the main trimming kit, you will find the following items into the package;

  • 4 stubble and beard combs
  • A USB charging cord (no adapter)
  • Small cleaning brush
  • Warranty card
  • User manual

Features and specifications

Again the basic Philips beard trimmer 1000 does not come with fancy features since a low cost product. But it features enough facilities to make perfect beard and stubble trimming and styling.

Self-sharpening blades:

Philips Norelco used their regular self-sharpening stainless steel blades in their series 1000 bt1217 trimmer. Although a basic range trimmer, Philips did not compromise with the blade quality to retain their brand value. You know, self-sharpening blades need less maintenance to keep the device sharper. On the other hand, the durable stainless steel blades are skin-friendly too. Philips Norelco used skin-friendly rounded tips on the blade to glide over the skin smoothly without hurting the skin. Even the blades are very suitable for sensitive skin since it does not make scratching and irritation. So, the Philips series 1000 beard trimmer is super sharp and great for comfortable beard trimming even on very sensitive skin.

Premium battery:

Considering the battery of a battery operated device is the first task before buying it, when it is a cordless device, than it’s mandatory. In the same vein, the Philips 1000 series beard trimmer bt1217 is a cordless device that comes with a powerful rechargeable battery that provides up to 60 minutes of cordless performance with a full charge. The battery will turn you back when you think this is a cheap product trust me. The only downside is, it takes approximately 8 hour to have a full charge. But it would not be problem for cautious men if he charges it overnight and use at the morning. It is enough to bear the charge for a full month and charge it again to the next month.

#Tip: when you charge the device for the first time, I suggest you to use it until the battery is completely empty. Continue to use the product until the motor almost stops running during a session. Then recharge the battery. Follow this procedure at least twice a year to retain good battery lifespan.

User-friendly design:

Again Philips 1000 series trimmer is a basic level beard trimmer, but comes with a premium design. The manufacturer designed the product with easy grip technology to maintain it comfortably. The weight and size is very user-friendly to handle that fits perfectly on the grasp. It has a rubberized grip on the back side to grasp it securely. The intelligent design must make you feel premium with a fully black interface.

#Warning: although a premium look, the device is not waterproof. So handle it with care and never immerse it and keep it away from water.

4 beard and stubble combs:

To adjust your desired beard and stubble trimming lengths, the Philips series 1000 trimming kit comes with 4 different guide combs. These comes provides 1mm, 2mm, 3mm and 5mm trimming length for your stubble to medium length beard trimming. The initial two comb and the trimmer itself provides 3 different length stubble look from .5 mm to 2mm. The manufacturer recommends to start with the longest guide comb when you use the device for the first time that will help you to become used to. The longer guide combs 3mm and 5mm are for medium length beard styles.

#Tip: comb your beard before starting a trim to get smooth result. Always operate the device against the beard growth for optimum beard trimming.

Travel lock:

What is a travel lock? A locking system that prevents automatic turning on by accidental touch or press. There are some device that turns on by a soft touch while travelling even when on a storage. But a travel lock can prevent the device to become turn on without intentional operation. The Philips beard trimmer 1000 comes with a travel lock system on the power button. Just slide down the power button to turn off the device and then press the small travel lock button to keep the power button sticky. Press the lock button and then slide up the power button to turn on the device.

USB charging:

Again, the Philips trimmer series 1000 comes with a USB charging cord. You can charge the device from any USB port such as a wall USB socket, your MacBook, or a USB adapter. Since the package does not come with a charging adapter, you are allowed to use any usb source. I charged my trimmer with my mobile charging adapter and that took 8 hours for a full charge. There is a great advantage that, you do not need to buy a separate charging cord for the trimmer when the provided cord damages and use your mobile charging cable instead. So, the charging replacement part is almost costless.

LED indicator:

It’s important to know the battery status of a cordless electric device. Consequently, Norelco designed their BT1217 trimmer with a useful LED. It is a basic LED to show the battery status when low and needs charging as well as while charging. When the battery is almost empty, the battery status indicator lights up orange.  When the device is charging, the battery status indicator lights up green. The indicator will help you to not run out in the middle of trimming since you can have a full trim after turning the indicator warning on.

Not washable:

A downside of the beard trimming device is, you can not rinse it. When the head stuck out, you have to clean it with the brush and not allowed to thoroughly cleaning with water. So, it would be bad choice for you if you love to clean your trimmer with tape water.

#Tip: you can wash only the blade chamber detaching from the device and attach it on the device after fully drying it. Never attach a wet blade on the device.

Not wet/dry:

Some of the men are very fond of trimming and shaving the beards with water or making the beard softer with other softeners. But sadly the Philips Series 100 beard trimmer does not allow you to do so. You must operate the beard trimming kit on a perfectly dry hair. So, it is maybe a downside for you if you like wet trimming. But most of the men do not use water while trimming.

45 day money back guarantee:

The manufacturer is very confident with the production. Therefore, Philips North America LLC offers 45 day money back guarantee with their Philips series 1000 trimmer. This guarantee will cover if you purchase the product from Norelco’s authorized agents from Amazon or other retailers. You must return the product within 45 days with original sales receipt. Don’t you think it is trustworthy enough? I think it is.

Note: avoid clone products or fraud selling agents.

2 year warranty:

Like other Philips usual beard trimmer or electric shaver, the Philips 1000 series trimmer comes with 2 year warranty (except cutters and combs). If you find any defects in materials or workmanship the manufacturer will repair or replace it without any charge. Remember the warranty period starts from the actual purchase date and must be shipped within 2 years. Isn’t 2 year warranty fabulous for such kind of low budget product?

Note: If your product damages against accident, misuse, abuse or lack of reasonable care, the warranty will not cover. You have to return the full package including all papers.

Cleaning and maintenance

There is an attached cleaning brush with the Philips trimmer series 1000 to clean the device easily. The brush will serve until the trimmer life, so you do not need to buy a cleaning brush separately. Just detach the head section and trimmer blade to clean the debris. Brush them out carefully and attach the things after cleaning thoroughly. I recommend you clean the device after every couple of uses to get sharp and efficient trimming result. Cleaning of a trimmer revives the workhorse.

Since the trimmer is not waterproof/washable, you are not allowed to rinse it. So, you must make the device dry clean with the cleaning brush.


This device is not for you if you want much facilities in a trimmer including wash abilities. You better try a premium beard trimmer or multigroom kit considering your desired feature. But it is ideal for the men who want a stubble and medium length beard trimmer at a very affordable price. I like its built quality that contains Philips brand value and does not compromise with cutting efficiency.

Is it good for head hair trimming?

You can try this trimmer on your head. But the result wouldn’t be satisfactory. Since the head hair is very thick and coarse, it needs a trimmer that features a very powerful motor drive. So, I recommend not using it on head hair and select a powerful motor trimmer or hair clipper that can cut hairs efficiently. Using the Philips Series 1000 beard trimmer on head hair may blunt your blade or slower your device.

Can I use it on body hair?

Yes, you can trim your body hair with the Philips Norelco beard trimmer 1000. But it would not give you close enough result since it can cut only .5mm closer. So, you need a shaver head instead. On the other hand, a beard trimmer head should not be used into the body for hygiene purpose. We recommend it to use only for the beard. There are too many body grooming kits and multigroom kits that offer body hair removals.

Is it good for ball trimming?

No, it is prohibited to use on such kind of sensitive zone.

What is the charging volt?

Philips Norelco released their 1000 series trimmers worldwide. So, you can use universal volt 110v-240v to charge the device. But remember to not exceed 240v.