So, you’ve just had a shave and you’re satisfied enough with the results. Your chin is nice and clear, but you notice that your hair could do with a trim too. Plus, your nose hair looks a little more prominent than you’d like it to.
Most electric razors don’t offer the functional variety needed to let you do this. The Philips Norelco MG5750/49 promises to be different.
Is it up to the task?
Let’s find out.
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The Quick Facts
A two-blade electric trimmer, the Philips Multigroom 5000 MG5750/49 offers an all-in-one solution for any hair that sprouts out of your body.
It comes with a bunch of different shaving heads to help it accomplish the task.
- 18 shaving head attachments allow it to tackle all types of hair
- Slim design allows for precision in shaving
- Runs for three hours on a full charge
- Long-lasting dual steel blades
- Fiberglass shaving heads can take a beating
- Not ideal for a clean shave
- Has a tendency to snag hairs
- Drawstring bag doesn’t allow for separation of the different heads
Who’ll Love it?
This razor may make an excellent choice for people who like to sculpt their body hair. It’s an accurate trimmer that can tackle any sort of hair.
The Key Features
I want to look beyond the technical side of things here and dig into what this razor’s key features actually offer you.
Every Attachment Imaginable
Philips proclaims that the MG5750/49 comes with 18 attachments, each of which serves a different function.
I’m not going to go through all of them, but here are a few:
- Two body combs for hair of 3 and 5mm in length
- A nose and ear trimmer
- Various sizes of trimmer blades
- Specific trimmers for tapering around each ear
- A beard comb
That’s a lot to pack into a single package.
Thankfully, all of these accessories perform as you would expect them to. At times, it feels like you can trim to the nearest hair, which may make this a good choice if you’re looking to maintain a certain style.
You also get a bag, but it’s on the simplistic side. There’s no way to separate each accessory from the offer.
The end result is that you’ll spend a few minutes rifling through the bag until you find the accessory you’re looking for.
On the plus side, you can rinse each attachment under running water without any problems.
Three Hours of Power
The razor has a lithium battery that can hold three hours of charge. This is a good thing, as you’ll use it for longer than you would a regular razor. It needs that extra charge time to deal with all of the detail work and extra shaving.
It’ll take about an hour to bring it to full charge.
However, it doesn’t tell you when it’s running low. You may only know that you’re coming to the end when the battery starts whirring down. Still, you can plug it into a socket and carry on using it.
What’s the biggest barrier you face when trying to shape your beard?
I’m betting many of you said bulk.
The bulkier your razor, the harder it is to maintain control when you’re trying to sculpt your style.
The Philips MG5750/49 has a slim design that makes it easy to guide around your face. The different razor heads help here too, as you can install one of the narrow heads to ensure there are no unfortunate slips.
I’m also a big fan of the textured rubber grip that runs the length of the razor. This ensures you won’t have any problems keeping the razor steady for the duration of your shave.
A Stable Shaving Head
It’s important to note that this isn’t the razor for you if you want a clean shave.
Other products offer flexible razors that cut close to the skin. The Philips MG5750/49 offers a decent shave, but you’ll have some very light stubble left over.
It’s a trimmer, rather than a pure shaver.
As a result, you may want to keep another shaver on standby to run over some areas of your face after using the Multigroom 5000.
This is all about accuracy in sculpting. Having said that, it can only groom beards up to a maximum length of 7mm.
It’s also not a perfect razor. It tugs on occasion, which can give you a sharp jolt of pain in the middle of your shave. It’s rare though, and you can avoid it if you take things slow.
Nose, Ears, and Head
Of course, it’s not just the beard shaping. The various attachments mean you can use the Philips MG5750/49 to keep on top of other hairy areas too.
The nose and hair trimmer works well and doesn’t tug too much. You’ll want to give it a clean before moving from nose to ear though. Unfortunately, you don’t get an individual trimmer for each.
You also get a wide hair trimmer, which makes chopping off those stray hairs growing down your neck easily. It’s not the cleanest shave around, but the other accessories allow you to achieve fades if you want them.
Philips Norelco Multigroom 5000 Series vs. Norelco 7000 Series
The MG5750/49 isn’t the newest all-purpose razor in the Norelco lineup. Philips has since released the 7000 series as an update.
So, how do they compare?
The 7000 series comes with five extra accessories, including a foil trimmer. This allows for a cleaner shave.
It also offers five hours of run time, which is two hours more than the 5000 series.
The trade-off is the stainless steel body that the 7000 series has. While it admittedly looks nicer, it also makes the razor more difficult to grip.
The Final Word
The Philips Norelco Multigroom 5000 MG5750/49 is a fine all-purpose razor.
However, it’s starting to feel dated.
The 7000 series has built upon everything that the 5000 series offered. The only thing the 5000 series has going for it in comparison is the rubber body.
But how does it fare as a standalone product?
I’d say very well.
It still offers great accuracy, plus the many different heads allow you to sculpt your beard any way you want it. The lack of a foil head hurts because it means you’ll leave some stubble behind. But it’s a well-designed razor with just a couple of bugbears.
I can’t recommend it over the 7000 series. However, it’s a good alternative if the price is an issue. The razor also does a great job at keeping you groomed.