If your anything like me, you prefer to have facial hair… stubble for the summer months and beard for the colder winter months, which requires a good beard care regime. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t imagine myself fully clean shaven! But even us bearded gents need to shave some parts… I mean, we aim to create a perfect neck and cheek line. For me, the neck line is the hardest area to shave as it creates a lot of skin irritation. I’ve always stuck to a beard trimmer with no guard. I did wonder whether Id be able to get a super close shave but cause no skin irritation then the Phillips One Blade came along….
The Phillips OneBlade (a hybrid between electric razor and beard trimmer) had been on my radar a while, having been released in 2016. However, I had to wait until Christmas to get my hands on one to be able to have a play!
The first thing that struck me about the One Blade having got it out of its packaging, was just how light it is, in comparison to other beard trimmers. Its unique design means it can be used in any direction; trim down, edge up, or shave off any length. It’s lightness and ergonomic design make detailing so easy. The design of the One Blade is very slick and the lime colour is vibrant and eye catching
The blades are replaceable and can last up to 4 months but cost a hefty £11.99 to replace! That is based on 2 full shaves per week. I’ve not got there yet, but hope it might be longer! The battery lasts up to 45 minutes thanks to its li-ion battery. It comes with 3 different combs or you can use it without, for a closer shave.
The OneBlade uses a combination of rotary technology and a trimmer. It uses a single blade which moves 200 times per second… that’s ridiculously quick! The cutting head is guarded by a shield with plastic tips to protect your skin from any unwanted cuts.
The one blade does give a close shave, but I have to say, I was expecting it to be similar to that of a traditional wet shave. Sadly, it’s not match for the closeness of my traditional cut throat razor! I found it still left some very fine stubble with no comb on. But unlike traditional razors, it didn’t cause my any skin irritation at all, which I was quite pleased with.
If I’m honest, it’s not going to replace my beard trimmer though, as even with guard 5 on, it cut hair too short and did seem to struggle at time with the longer hairs and had a tendency for the blade to jam a bit. It’s available to buy from high street, RRP £34.99. It does seem quite expensive in comparison to other beard trimmers, coupled with the fact you need to buy replacement blades. However, it is a great tool to trim shorter facial hair and/or if you suffer with razor burn or irritation from wet shaving.
Have you used the Phillips OneBlade? What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.