Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 Review – The Best Body Groomer Out There?

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100 ReviewFor many, an electric shaver is enough. But recently, body trimmers have become rather popular too.

The Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 body shaver by Philips is one of the best-known products in this category, mostly because it offers a premium experience at a fairly moderate price.

When you compare it to all the products on the market it really does seem to stand out from the crowd. This is why I needed to see for myself and now I’m sharing my experience with you.

The Quick Facts

As the name suggests, this shaver is meant to be used for grooming and shaving any part of your body.

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 has a 3D pivoting head which makes it easy to follow all your body contours for the most comfortable shave.Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100

Also, it’s designed so that it’s a two-in-one gadget because opposite from the 3D pivoting shaving head it features a trimmer.

You can choose between five different lengths. If you prefer shaving under the shower, fear not, this little guy is fully waterproof!

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100 shaver features a cordless design for easier and safer use, and it only takes one hour for a full recharge. Once it’s recharged, you can use it for 50 minutes, which should be enough for all your body hair removal endeavors.

The blades are self-sharpening so there really is no need for any lubrication or other types of maintenance. Its shaving head is made from hypo-allergenic materials, so you shouldn’t expect any skin irritation or allergic responses.

The BG2040 comes with a full two-year warranty and a 45-day money-back guarantee, so if you don’t like it, you can simply return it and get your money back. I don’t think that will be the case, though.


philips bg2040

  • Excellent build quality
  • Good for wet and dry shaving, fully waterproof
  • Two-way design features a trimmer and a shaver in one product
  • Virtually no maintenance and inexpensive, long-lasting replacement shaving heads
  • 3D pivoting head makes for a very comfortable shaving experience


  • A bit hard to put the foil and cutters back in place
  • No quick battery charge feature
  • The shaver doesn’t match the trimmer in terms of performance
  • The pivoting head may require some time to get used to

Who Is It For?

philips bg2040 review

If you’re on the hunt for a reasonably priced electric body groomer to take care of all your body areas, look no further. The Philips Norelco BG2040 will probably be the solution to all your problems without actually breaking the bank.

Let’s get down to the details.

The Key Features

Once you open the package, you’ll find the next items:philips norelco bodygroom 7100

  • Philips Norelco BG2040 groomer
  • Charging stand
  • Charging adapter
  • Cleaning brush

Design and Ergonomics

Obviously, the first thing you notice is that it is a two-in-one body groomer which has a shaver at one end and a trimmer at the other. This is a very convenient feature, as it saves money so you don’t have to buy two different products or keep switching between them.

Once you take it in hand, you will realize that it feels very solidly built and there’s no doubt about the quality of materials used. When compared to the previous model, it is a big step forward.

Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 features rubber inserts on the sides for a better grip and its curved design makes it easy to maneuver around your body areas.

3D pivoting headIts shaver has a 3D pivoting head which is designed to follow closely the contours of your body and makes for a much more comfortable shaving experience.

On its other end, the trimmer is equipped with an adjustable, integrated comb.

The groomer can be used for dry and wet shaving, which means that you can use it with shaving cream. Another excellent feature of the BG2040 is that its 100% waterproof, so you can groom yourself while showering.

It can only operate cordless, for obvious safety reasons and it charges via its charging stand. When fully charged, it can run for 50 minutes, and it only takes an hour to charge it.

I should point out that it cannot operate while it’s charging. On the plus side, the charger feels solidly built, it’s got spring-loaded charging plates and small rubber feet which provide it with a much firmer grip.

The Shaver

As mentioned earlier, the shaver of the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 features a 3D pivoting head which follows all the contours of your body. This may seem like an excellent thing at first, but it really takes some time getting used norelco bodygroom series 7100 shaver

When you drag it over your body areas, the angle relative to the skin keeps changing, so you have to constantly readjust the angle at which you hold the groomer. As an outcome of this, you’ll often experience pulling on the hairs. It is no major issue once you get used to the autonomy of the pivoting head’s movement.

Make sure you’re extra careful when shaving your underarms and the groin area, as these are the most sensitive parts.

The shaving head is made from hypo-allergenic materials which reduce the risk of skin irritation or any other type of allergic reaction. The blades themselves are self-sharpening and require no lubrication or any other maintenance.

The shaver works like a breeze, but at this price range, you can’t really expect it not to leave a few hairs here and there. Yes, you will have to make additional passes over some areas, so better get used to it.

The Trimmer

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100 trimmer

The trimmer is actually one of the most appealing features of the BG2040 body groomer. It has a built-in adjustable trimming comb and rounded blades. You can easily select from five different length settings — from 11/25 inch to 1/8 inch.

It works much better when used dry, but if you simply can’t make it without any shaving cream or you prefer shaving and trimming while showering it works that way, too.

Battery Life & ChargingMaintenance/CleaningReplacement Parts
Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 comes loaded with a Li-Ion battery and it should provide power for 50 minutes of non-stop body grooming. Once you drain the battery it will take one hour to be fully charged again. The LED indicator will light up in green once the battery is charged, while it blinks green during the actual charging process. Once the battery is low, the light will turn orange to inform you that you have approximately ten minutes left to finish what you’ve started. The body groomer can only be charged with the included charging stand, and it cannot operate during the charging process. The cord that comes with the charger cannot be plugged directly into the groomer. It is sort of a disappointment that Philips BG2040 doesn’t feature a quick charge option, but that’s probably due to the fact that it has a Li-Ion battery.
All personal hygiene products need to be cleaned regularly, but this couldn’t be easier with the Philips Norelco 7100 BG2040. Unlike most electric shavers, its blades need no lubrication as its blades are self-sharpening. Since the product is waterproof you simply need to rinse it under running hot water and some soap. There is a cleaning brush included in the package and it’s meant to be used to clean the hair and the debris from the trimmer part of the groomer. Notice that the trimmer too can be rinsed under running water. Once you finish cleaning up, just leave it to air dry, as any cloth or towel could damage the delicate foil assembly.
According to the manufacturer, the shaving foil should be replaced once every year. In most cases, that period may be extended, depending on how often you use the groomer. It can be purchased in most well-equipped tech stores and it comes at a very reasonable price.

Other Alternatives

norelco bodygroom 3100 vs 7100

Quite often people compare the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 to another model – the BG2034 from the 3100 Series line. The Norelco Bodygroom Series 3100 is more affordable but it doesn’t come with the 3D pivoting head. It has only three trimming length settings and it takes EIGHT hours for its battery to charge.

I don’t recommend it as the money you’ll save on purchase is really nothing compared to the time you’ll spend waiting during the battery charging process.

Final Verdict

Philips bodygroom 7100 review

After countless hours spent searching for the perfect body groomer, I have to decide whether the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7100 BG2040 really is the best body groomer out there in this price range.

Once you take its price tag into account, it definitely is. Sure, there are more expensive products, but in this price range, nothing really comes close to the BG2040. I would recommend it to all the guys out there who want to enter the realm of electric body groomers without going dead broke.

If it tickles your fancy, you can purchase it. 

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