Philips’ Norelco 5000 series offered you plenty of options when it comes to shaving. It could handle beard, ear, and nose trimming, but it wasn’t perfect. The Philips Norelco Series 7000 aims to fix the problems that many had with the 5000 series.
Is it up to the task?
I want to find out if you should add the Philips MG7750/49 to your grooming kit.
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The Quick Facts
The Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000 comes with 23 accessories that cover everything from beard and body grooming, through to combing.
It has a two-blade system, and a foil attachment is now part of the package.
- The new foil head means you can get a cleaner shave
- Huge battery life
- You can also use it when plugged into the mains
- Stainless steel frame adds durability
- You can rinse it under running water to clean the blades
- Doesn’t come with a stand
- Struggles with fine hairs
Who’ll Love It?
People who don’t want to clog their bathroom cabinets up with several pieces of grooming equipment will gravitate to this trimmer. It’s an all-in-one solution.
It’s also ideal for those who need to keep their beards and hairlines in check.
The Key Features
I don’t want to look at the technical specifications here. Instead, let’s focus on the practical worth of the Philips MG7750/49.
A Huge Battery
Are you used to electric trimmers that run out of steam after a couple of shaves?
I was, which is why the Philips MG7750/49’s battery life came as such a huge surprise.
The lithium-ion battery runs for five hours off a full charge. That’s easily enough to last a full week, even with a full grooming routine. Plus, it makes the trimmer ideal for travelers.
You’re not stuck if the battery does die on you though. You can just plug it in and get back to work.
However, this does mean that the trimmer isn’t completely waterproof. You can rinse the razor head and attachments with water. But you can’t use the trimmer in the shower.
A Dual-Blade System
A closer examination of the trimmer’s head reveals a dual-blade system. You’ll see a bunch of smaller blades that look like interlocking teeth.
Switch the trimmer on and these blades start brushing against one another. This means they essentially take two passes over any area that you shave. The constant brushing motion also means they sharpen themselves while working, though I worry about potential wear over time.
Is this an effective solution?
Yes and no. it works to keep the blades fresh and allows for plenty of accuracy. But this is still not the trimmer for you if you want completely shaven areas.
But we’ll get to that in more detail in the next section.
A Huge Range of Accessories
The Norelco Multigroom series always comes with a ton of accessories, most of which take the form of different heads for the trimmer.
You get a bunch of trimming heads, which can handle beards of up to 7mm and hair of up to 16mm. It also has trimming heads specific to eyebrows and for fading. Plus you get a nose and ear trimmer too.
But it’s the foil attachment that’s the big addition since the 5000 series.
Philips’ previous generation of Norelco trimmers struggled to achieve a clean shave because the bare razors still left some stubble behind.
The foil attachment aims to remedy this problem, but does it work?
It certainly comes close to giving you a clean shave. But it doesn’t stand up to the more advanced foil-head razors on the market. In particular, it struggles when you need it to deal with fine hairs.
It also doesn’t adapt to your face’s contours. It’s a rigid foil attachment that’s only really good for tidying up stubble around your beard.
You also don’t receive a carry case with the trimmer. You have to buy that separately.
Built to Last
Build quality is one of the things that the Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 gets very right.
The trimmer has a stainless steel body that protects all of the internal components from drops.
That’s important too because that same stainless steel body also makes it harder to grip. I wouldn’t recommend using beard oil before using this trimmer. You’ll need to fix it with a death grip to maintain your accuracy.
But the big advantage that stainless steel has going for it is corrosion resistance. You can rinse the trimmer under running water and not worry about the effect that the water might have on the body.
This quality runs through to the attachments as well. They’re all made using fiberglass, which offers some durability.
I wouldn’t go smashing the attachments against the floor to test them out. But I think they’re strong enough to handle the occasional drop.
Multigroom 7000 vs. 7100
Philips also offers its 7100 series, which packs more power than the Philips MG7750/49.
But how do the two compare when stacked directly against one another.
In truth, there’s little difference in general performance. They both have precision and nose and ear trimmers.
But the 7100 takes things further with its bodygroom shaver. This allows you to use it for shaving areas below your neck, such as your chest and armpits. You can do that with the 7000 series too, but it’s not designed for it and can irritate sensitive skin.
The 7100 also has a Turbo option, which puts difficult tufts of hair to shame.
The trade-off is a much lower battery life. The 7000 lasts for five hours compared to the 7100’s single hour.
I’d say the 7100 is only worth the extra investment if you like to keep your whole body groomed. If you’re happy sticking to your face and head, the 7000 is the way to go.
The Final Word
It’s not perfect, but the Philips MG7750/49 is an excellent advancement of the 5000 series. The addition of a foil attachment makes it easier to clean up stubble, plus it has a phenomenal battery life.
I would like a good carry case to come as part of the package. Plus, it’s not the right choice if you want a perfectly clean shave.
But it handles precision trimming with ease and saves you money that you would have spent on nose and ear trimmers. That alone makes it worth the investment.
I recommend the Philips MG7750/49 to anybody who wants an all-in-one grooming solution.