Recently I decided it was time to pick up a new nose and ear hair trimmer, but I wanted something different from the typical rotary cutting units that seem to dominate the market. That’s when I found the Philips Norelco Nose Trimmer 3300.
As it turns out, I love the trimmer and wanted to share my review with you here. So, let’s jump into it.
The Philips Norleco Nose Trimmer 3300 is part of a line of ear and nose hair trimmers that use a blade system similar to hair clippers. This stands in contrast to the frequently seen rotary blade system used by Panasonic and other companies.
Not only does the different blade design offer the possibility of closer and pain free trimming, it also offers additional flexibility like eyebrow trimming, beard sculpting and removal of other body hair.
A quick note…depending on where you check for this model, it may be referred to as the NT3555 or NT9110. These are internal product codes used by Phillips Norelco that help identify which market the trimmer is slated for. It is an international company, and packaging is set up for various languages and regions.
Philips Norelco designed the blades with something they call SafeGuard technology. This process uses an ultra thin foil that prevents any blade pinch. Further, the company rounded the points of the blades to prevent any scratching or abrasions.
Working with the SafeGuard technology is the use of extremely sharp chromium steel. The steel used in these blades is a very similar alloy to the best steels used in high end knives that cost hundreds of dollars. Chromium allows the blades to have a very sharp edge that is maintained for a long period of time. Additionally, the steel is corrosion resistant which helps in a bathroom environment.
The 3300 seems to be very power efficient. It operates on a single AA battery, and my unit is still running on the original lithium battery that was included with the trimmer. While I find that lithium batteries work better, you can still use alkaline batteries in it.
The battery is installed in the handle of the trimmer. You grasp the bottom of the trimmer body and make about a 1/4 turn. The bottom cover then slides off and a new battery can be slipped in. Just make sure you align the polarity of the cell correctly, as it was backward from what I expected.
Cleaning this trimmer is super easy. Since the blades are open and flat, like a hair clipper, you can simply brush them off with no problems.
The unit is also washable, so you can run it under some hot water to ensure you get all of the gunk off of it.
The included instructions also suggest soaking the head in hot water for several minutes to loosen any debris that might wind up on the blades. You do not need to remove the head to do this.
The 3300 is part of a line of trimmers from Philips Norelco. The line has the catchy name of “Nosetrimmer, Series 3000.” Two other trimmers, the 3100 and the 3200, are also in the line, offering fewer features for a little less money.
A top of the line 5100 is also available, though it does not offer any improved performance over this model. The more expensive model offers a small storage pouch and a beard comb. It also includes a small cleaning brush.
In my opinion, the best nose hair trimmer for the money is the Norelco 3300.
Phillips Norelco backs up the 3300 with a 45 day money back guarantee and a two year warranty. It’s tough to beat that on a trimmer that cost me less than $20 with next day delivery.
All of the descriptions and specs in the world don’t mean much if the blades don’t cut smoothly. So, I spent a bit of time with the 3300 over several weeks to see how it would perform. Bottom line – I really like the way it works.
Let me share some of the details with you.
For me, ear hair is one of the more troublesome problems. For whatever reason, the hair on and in my ears grows more rapidly than on other areas of my body. Sure, it’s gross, but it also provides a great opportunity for me to test this trimmer for you guys.
Let me start off by saying I like the blade design on this so much more than the rotary blades that a lot of other ear hair trimmers use. This unit just works – it cuts easily without any pulling or pinching.
The angle allows me to quickly clean up all of the hair growth. I just lay the blade along the surface of the ear I want to trim and then slide it along. The blunted tips of the blades prevent any pinching while the blade edges seem to be super sharp.
I was impressed.
Ok, I get it. Trimming up your nose hair is a sensitive subject. Not only because some people find it unsightly, but equally important, a lot of trimmer pull the hair. Having your nose hair pulled is a painful experience. Seriously.
Fortunately, the Philips Norelco 3300 did not pull any hair. Trim after trim, it just smoothly cut through all nose hair without any pulling at all.
The Philips Norelco manual suggest laying the trimmer blades flat against the skin and keeping constant contact to prevent the tickling effect. I found this to be extremely effective.
Again, compared to the rotary trimmers, this was an infinitely better experience.
As I mentioned above, this Nosetrimmer comes with a pair of eyebrow cutting depth guards. I used them, and they worked fine. However, since I cut my own hair, I just run the clippers over my eyebrows for the same effect.
If you are not cutting your own hair, the Norelco trimmer is certainly good enough to keep things tamed between trips to the barber.
Although Philips Norelco makes no statements about trimming intimate locations, I figured I would try it out. I was impressed by both how well the trimmer cut nose and ear hair and how there was absolutely no pulling or pinching of any kind.
For trimming up personal areas, the Nosetrimmer 3300 performed very well. Since the tips are rounded, there is zero pinching and the sharpness of the blades prevents any pulling of hair.
The angle of the head allows for reaching everywhere you might need to on your own body. Additionally, it works well if you are assisting your partner with detail trimming of their bits and bobs. Since the blades are so fine, you can get quite detailed…even artistic…if you so desire.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I purchased the Norelco Nose Trimmer 3300 for review. I had high hopes, but was cautious due to bad experiences with other products in the past.
Fortunately, this nose and ear hair trimmer exceeded all of my expectations. The real bonus is how cheap it is. Without hesitation, I recommend this unit.
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