Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer Review


The Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer is one of the mid-priced electric beard and nasal hair trimmers in the market. This electric hair trimmer can cut dry or wet hair. It boasts of a dual side trimmer with a high-performance trimmer for hard, stubborn hair like the beard on one side and more detailed trimmer for finer and hard to reach hair such as the hair inside the nose and ears on the other side. This electric hair trimmer gives users the option of adjusting the length setting. It runs on rechargeable lithium-ion battery and comes with a beard comb, cleaning brush and power adapter and a two-year warranty.

Dual System

The Philips Norelco 5100 Electric Beard Trimmer features dual sides for a high powered trimming and a detailed cutting of hard to reach hair. One side has a wide trimmer that’s perfect for thick hair such as the beard, sideburns and hair on the neck. The other side is built with a narrow end designed for a more detailed cutting of nasal hair and hair on the ears.

Chromium Steel Blades

This electric beard and nasal hair trimmer boasts of self-sharpening blades that are made from fine chromium steel that can last for a long time. Plus, it has rounded blade tips to prevent scratching of the skin that can result in skin irritation.

Adjustable comb settings

Men have the option of choosing the length of their beard with Philips Norelco 5100 Electric Beard Trimmer as the product comes with plastic beard combs that can be attached to the wide sized trimmer. Users can choose from 17-length settings. Adjustment of the comb settings to reflect the users’ choice of length is also made easy given that the trimmer’s length settings are already built-in. A user simply needs to choose his preferred length and turn the adjustable wheel. The wheel in turn locks in the comb to keep the comb in place according to the user’s preferred length setting.

There are, however, some consumers who have tried this product and have complained about the quality of the plastic comb.

As one user in Amazon relayed “The only complaint I have is the plastic comb attachment. The way it attaches and detaches combined with the cheap feeling plastic retaining clips doesn’t inspire confidence in how long it’ll last with the frequent detaching and reattaching needed for someone who trims both beard and mustache regularly. It could also be a little easier to remove. I’ve pulled the blades off a couple of times trying to detach the comb,”

Removing the comb can also be a tedious task according to another Amazon user “The major annoyance is removing the beard comb. It snaps into place securely… too securely. So I use the trimmer daily without the comb daily, but once a week I’ll put it on to trim back the goatee. Once it snaps into place, the wheel adjustment is great. To take the comb off again, you can’t just pull it out. You need to raise the comb level to almost max so you can pull each side out to unhook it. Now I have to make sure I’m 100% down with the comb before taking it out because it’s a PITA to put it on and take it off again. I also lose my setting because I have to raise it so high to take it off.”

Rechargeable battery and long battery life

The Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer comes with a rechargeable ion battery that charges to full power in less than an hour. Impressive feat compared to comparable trimmers like Philips Norelco NT9110. This electric trimmer can be used charged or while plugged.

Many users highly praise the battery life of this electric hair trimmer. As one happy user said “The battery stays charged for a LONG time, and charges within a couple hours when it does require recharging.”

Easy to Use and Clean

Cutting facial and nasal hair is hassle-free with this electric hair trimmer. It is light weight despite its bulkier built compared to other facial hair trimmers. The product is comfortable to hold despite the unit being slightly larger—a quality of this product that some users find useful such as this user “The body of this trimmer is long and narrow. It is comfortable to hold and maneuver around the face to get what you need done.”

The Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer also has LED display to show the hair length settings selected by the user for easier reference. Plus, cleaning is also hassle-free for this electric hair trimmer. One can simply place this trimmer under running water to clean the entire product.

What the Users Are Saying

The Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 64 users from Amazon. The majority of these users are very pleased with the performance of the product singing praises for the battery life, the adjustable length settings and the dual cutting system except for a few users who are unhappy with the product. But complaints about the performance of this trimmer are very few compared to the number of users who highly recommend the Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer.

“It has a built-in adjustable beard guide that won’t get separated from the trimmer as well as a “detail trimmer” that’s useful for touching up mustaches and places like ears. It won’t get lost in house cleaning, and it won’t fall off and end up on the floor where I’ll step on it with my bare feet. And wonder of wonders, you can rinse it under the faucet to clean it instead of fussing with little brushes that also get lost and separated from the bag full of attachments.” – User comment from Amazon.

There are also suggestions on how this particular electric beard and nose hair trimmer can be improved as some users lament the absence of a travel case or the slightly bulkier built.

“I love it! It holds a charge forever, trims very accurately, requires almost no maintenance, and is easy to clean. The swivel blade function is also very handy. I do wish the trimmer was a little smaller, but that’s a small price to pay for the battery life. I highly recommend this trimmer!”- User comment from Amazon.

“It could have been nice if it came with a little carrying case for travel (and to hold the cleaning brush), and I would prefer that it used a USB plug so that I do not have to tote an extra transformer. However, it does provide a nice trim for my beard, and it does seem reasonably well built.” -User comment from Amazon.

“My only comment would be that it is missing a vacuum. That is likely not important to everybody, but ever since I tried out a Norelco trimmer with a vacuum, it makes it hard to use other trimmers. The vacuum models don’t collect all trimmings, but they do a pretty good job.”- User comment from Amazon.


  • Dual system for high-power cuts and detail trimming of hard to reach hair such as nasal and ear hair
  • The chromium steel blades are built to last and require no maintenance.
  • Hassle free cleaning since users only need to place the product under running water to clean the trimmer
  • Rechargeable battery that only takes less than an hour to charge fully and long battery life eliminating the need to charge the battery constantly
  • Adjustable settings that allow users to trim hair at their preferred length.
  • Led indicator to show the chosen length settings for easier reference of the user


  • The plastic comb brush can be difficult to remove and may not last long given that it is made of plastic
  • Does not come with a travel pouch


The Philips Norelco BT5275/41 5100 Beard Trimmer is neither cheap nor expensive but performs a dual function—high-power cutting and detailed cutting. Users can cut their facial hair and nasal and nose hair without the need for two separate trimmers with this product. This electric hair trimmer allows users to style their beards and sideburns with the adjustable hair length settings. It is easy to use and hassle-free to maintain.