If you are looking for the best men’s body hair trimmer and shaver, the BG 2040 from Philips Norelco is likely going to be your best bet. This grooming tool has everything you need to take care of all of the trimming you might want to do from the shoulders to the legs and all points in between. It is even gentle enough to hit all of the more private areas.
The real bonus associated with this unit is the very affordable price tag. With its low price, this groomer is an incredible value.
The BG2040 is loaded with features that will appeal to many men.
The first is comfort. This Bodygroom is designed from the ground up to provide a great deal of comfort to the user. Quick trimming is made possible by self-sharpening stainless steel blades. They cleanly slice through body hair without pulling. Likewise, the foil shaving head is able to achieve a close cut without pulling hairs.
While small hair pulls may not be a bid deal to a guy trimming his arm hair, it probably would be a huge pain to anyone shaving intimate areas.
Also for comfort, Philips Norelco made the trimmer rounded tips to help prevent any nicking or scratches. This is kind of a big deal, and other trimmers do not include this feature. The rounded tips are also called pearl tips by Norelco. Believe it or not, the pearl tips are a patented technology, so you will not find anything exactly like it with another brand.
Convenience is another feature of the Bodygroom Pro. Double-headed is probably the best way to describe how the unit is configured. That is to say one end has the trimmer head, while the opposite end has the shaver head. There is no need to swap out heads. All you have to do is turn the trimmer around to start shaving. It does not get any easier than that.
A rubber grip keeps things comfortable in the hand. No one would ever argue that the BG 2040 is too much for anyone to handle, but when you are in the wet environment of a bathroom, things can slip from your grasp. With the rubber over-molded grip, the Bodygroom will not ever squirt from your hand.
The trimmer has five different length settings that allow a man to choose precisely the correct amount of body hair he wishes to have. Unline many other trimmers – even those in the Bodygroom line – the BG2040 has a built in selector that locks in the precise length. There is no need to swap out multiple combs, or to worry about the length adjustment changing in mid-trim.
A special note: This trimmer is also called the Philips TT2040 outside of the United States. If you are in Canada or Europe, you will most likely find in under this name and model number.
For some reason, Philips Norelco calls the shaving head a “3D Pivoting Head.” The head moves on two axis – side to side, and back and forth. Presumably someone in the company’s marketing department came up with that name. The fact of the matter is the head works very well to follow the contour of the body. The odd name seems to detract from the groomer, so I wish they would have skipped the silly name.
As stated, the shaver pivots forward and backward, plus side to side. This allows you to shave the hard to reach places will little worry that the shaver isn’t keeping in contact with the body.
Like most body hair shavers and trimmers, the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro is cordless. It has an internal, rechargeable battery that runs for up to 50 minutes on a full charge. The unit ships with a special charging cradle that holds the trimmer and recharges the battery at the same time.
As a way of measuring battery life, the Pro has a built in LED light. The LED will glow green when the battery is completely charged. The there is about 10% of the battery left, the LED will blink orange.
With a completely discharged battery, the charger will need only one hour to get the system back to a 100% charge. It is important that the user only charge the battery when it is almost dead. This will help preserve the battery life for many years. Keeping the trimmer on the charger will actually speed the decay of the battery pack.
There is a quick charge feature for anyone needing a trim but find the batteries are dead. The quick charge will give the user 10 minutes of run time after only 10 minutes on the charger. While this feature should not be used often, it is available and can be a lifesaver in a real pinch.
One of the most important features of any modern body hair trimmer is its level of water resistance. Let’s face it – beyond the fact that it is easier to clean by running it under hot water, many of us prefer to shave in the shower. Luckily, the Norelco Bodygroom Pro has us covered.
Philips Norelco describes the shaver as water resistant and “shower proof.” Essentially, this means you can take it into the shower and use it however you like. You do not want to submerge the unit. You should not panic if you drop it in the tub and immediately pull it out, but water will likely leak if you leave the unit completely underwater for a long period of time.
You can wet shave with this groomer. Slather on a good shaving soap or a gel and go to work. There are no problems with using it in this way. When you are done, run it under warm tap water and you are done.
Like all of the Philips Norelco body groomers, the Bodygroom Pro is backed by a full two-year warranty. This warrants the device against all defects that come from bad parts, construction and workmanship. Also, the warranty is good worldwide. So, if you are an expat living abroad, you can buy the trimmer in the States and get it serviced in the Philippines.
Philips Norelco BG2040 Specifications
|run time on single charge||50 minutes|
|total time to charge dead battery||one hour|
|number of adjustments for trimming length||five|
|shaving head||pivoting to follow body shape|
Most of the Bodygroom Pro is sealed construction and not intended to be user-serviced. There are, however, a few parts that you can change out. The most obvious one is the shaving head. A Philips Norelco Bodygroom replacement head is easy to swap out, and is relatively cheap. The replacement units usually sell for about $10.
The battery packs are not designed to be user-replaceable. However, if you don’t ming doing a little work, a user can open the shaver and plug in a new rechargeable battery pack. This will immediately void any warranty on the shaver, so do not do this unless your groomer is out of warranty and you don’t mind risking the possible destruction of the whole thing.
What is the bottom line on the BG2040? It is a top notch body shaver and trimming tool. The Bodygroom Pro can handle every part of your body below the neckline and is smooth enough to handle the most sensitive locations on your body. With proper care, it will last for many years, and the company backs it up with a full two year warranty.
Considering the great price, this unit is a great value and will make the user very happy. Click here for information on getting your own Bodygroom Pro.