To beard, or not to beard – that is the question. Actually, if you’re sporting facial hair in 2016, all you need to ask yourself is “How do I keep this manly growth on my face from getting out of hand?” The answer is found in the Philips Series 5000 BT5262/13 Beard Trimmer – a solidly-built trimmer and detailer that lets you keep your beard, moustache, sideburns – or any combination thereof – looking impeccably rugged. Keep reading to learn more about the most important features!
5 Key Points About The Series 5000 Beardtrimmer
- Versatile – dual-sided and reversible for trimming and detailing.
- Precise results from full-size 32mm trimmer and smaller 15mm detail trimmer.
- 17 lockable length settings ranging from 0.4 to 7mm.
- Blades self-sharpen for optimal performance and longevity.
- Rounded blade tips and combs prevent irritated skin.
Philips BT5262/13 Beardtrimmer Series 5000 Overview
Extreme Precision Lets You Lock in the Perfect Look
How small is 0.2mm? Really small – in fact, it’s just twice the thickness of an average strand of human hair. It’s also how small the first five of 17 increments of adjustment on the Philips BT5262 13 Beard Trimmer are. That means you can make minute adjustments of between 0.4 and 1mm of cutting length. Between 1 and 5mm of cutting length, adjustments are made in 0.5mm increments, and from 5 to 10mm of cutting length, the trimmer adjusts in 1mm increments. Incredible precision means that your beard always looks exactly how you want it to.
Zoom Wheel for Easy, Accurate Adjustments
Many adjustable trimmers feature a vertically-oriented, mechanical adjustment wheel for modifying the cutting length. Does this design work? Certainly – but Philips, true to its innovative nature, has improved on the old standard. The BT5262/13 features a unique, horizontally-oriented, electronic-control zoom wheel (perfect for the thumb-scrolling action to which we’ve become accustomed), which displays, adjusts and locks in your desired length setting.
An Evenly Trimmed Beard, Every Time
A 3-day beard is a good compromise for a lot of men – not quite clean-shaven, but not so long as to be unruly. To maintain this look, set the trimmer to its shortest length setting of 0.4mm. Want a longer beard? No problem – just adjust the zoom wheel. The specially shaped beard comb, with its smooth, rounded tips, helps ensure your beard is cut evenly, with no unsightly, straggly hairs left over.
Two Sides Are Better Than One
The Philips Series 5000 BT5262/13 features a rotatable cutting element – on one side is a full-size, 32mm high-performance trimmer, perfect for quickly and evenly trimming your whole beard. On the other side, you’ll find a smaller, 15mm precision trimmer. I found this particularly useful for getting at tricky areas, like the top of my moustache right under my nose, and close to the corners of my lips. If you’ve only used a trimmer with a single-width cutting element, you’ll appreciate how much easier this Series 5 trimmer is to manoeuvre, both for squeezing into challenging areas, and for shaping your beard.
Durable, Waterproof and Rechargeable
The Philips BT5262/13 is, like all Philips products, well-designed and built to withstand daily use. It’s also 100% waterproof, which takes away the worry of using an electrical appliance in the bathroom, and makes it possible to clean by rinsing it under the tap. It takes only a 1 hour charge to provide 55 minutes of cordless runtime, and if the battery happens to run down while you’re using the beard trimmer, simply plug it into a mains outlet – the unit will charge while you trim. The BT5262/13 features worldwide voltage compatibility – use it anywhere!
Self-Sharpening Blades for Comfort, Performance and Longevity
Some beard trimmers require that the blades be removed and shipped back to the manufacturer for sharpening. Not this Philips Series 5 trimmer! The steel blades brush against one another, sharpening themselves whenever the unit is running. This reduces blade friction, optimizing cutting performance, while improving skin comfort by cutting each hair cleanly and quickly, preventing tugging and irritation.
Bottom Line With The Philips BT5262/13 Trimmer
This is a product that does only one thing – okay, technically, two things, since it trims and shapes beards – and does them very well. At first, I thought the zoom wheel might be overkill, but I quickly found myself enjoying it. Instead of counting the mechanical “clicks” a conventional adjustment wheel makes, I just need to glance at the digital display to see at exactly what length I’m cutting.
The BT5262/13 isn’t overly heavy, but it still has a reassuring heft. I don’t have any concerns about its durability – it’s one of those things that you know is well-made the moment you pick it up. And the self-sharpening blades are great – after regular use, they don’t show any signs of dulling. I also enjoy the fact that they don’t require oiling – an oftentimes messy process.
I think you’ll be very satisfied with the Philips Series 5 BT5262/13 Trimmer. If you sport a beard, this is a great, straightforward tool that will help keep you looking your best. It doesn’t have a 4.5/5 star rating and many glowing customer reviews for nothing.