The Philips Norelco G370
The Philips Norelco G370 /60 Multi Grooming Kit is the Cadillac of men’s grooming. It is not just a beard and mustache trimmer, nor is it merely an ear and nose trimmer. It’s an all in one grooming solution, and a sturdy one at that.
What’s the Philips Norelco G370 s all about?
The Philips Norelco G370 comes with two hair guards and three heads that fit onto the power base. The power base is a handsomely designed solid piece that contains the battery pack and the powerful motor and mechanisms. It has a well-designed locking mechanism that easily engages and disengages the different cutting heads.
There are four cutting heads. One full-size trimmer for regular trimming of the beard and head, one mini foil shaver, another precision trimmer, and one that is rotary for the nose, eyebrows, and ears. On top of the main attachments, there are two different hair guards you can choose from.
One is for the hair clipper. This has nine length settings. You can choose various settings for different parts of your head to style it differently, or you can do a buzz cut. The choice is yours, Philips just gives you the versatility.
The second guard is for use when trimming the beard and mustache. This guard fits on the wide blade and easily keeps the length even across the target area.
All the attachments are washable and submersible in water. The base unit is not, but that’s fine for me as I do not need to wash the base unit. As long as I can get the blades and the surrounding mechanism clean from dust and shavings, that’s good enough.
The unit carries with it an air of contemporary design. It is full black with chrome buttons and switches. It’s a sleek-looking piece of machinery and looks good just laying on the counter. Not only was it designed to look masculine, the ergonomics of holding the unit and articulating the body so that the head pivots when needed is intuitive, and I’ve never felt any discomfort trying to get a full trim from my neckline to my lips.
The hair guard and the beard guard have 9 different length settings that let you trim the beard down to a 5 o’clock shadow and keep it that way all the time. Or you can have just stubble as your goatee and use the mini foil shaver for the rest of your face without ever having to get a manual shaver to keep everything else smooth. The mini foil shaver gives me a clean shave in areas where I don’t wish for any stubble growth.
Ups and Downs with the Philips Norelco G370
In my experience, there can never be a perfect trimmer or shaver. One manufacturer will have one particular design to satisfy one need, and another will chose something else. The best you can hope for is to come close. The Philips Norelco G370 comes as close as it can to what I consider the perfect trimmer and shaver.
The first thing I like about it is that I do not need to shave the rest of my face after getting done with a trimmer. With the Philips Norelco G370, I just have to switch heads and the mini foil shaver easily takes care of the areas that I prefer to be clean-shaven. It even works well on my neck below the beard line.
The next thing I like is the fact that all the parts fit well and lock and unlock without excessive effort. It’s the mark of good design and good manufacturing. Once locked into place the pieces feel like they are meant for each other and there is no inclination that the pieces are detachable.
I also like the level of sophistication that the overall design offers. Even the sound and vibration are understated. There is no loud buzz or uncomfortable resonance that the wrist feels from unbalanced mechanisms found in some manufacturer’s products. Silence is indeed golden, and the Philips Norelco G370 certainly puts that to practice.
Here is what I wish it did better. This particular model in the Philips range does not allow for use in the shower. While the four different blade attachments can be washed, the base unit cannot.
It is not watertight and that prevents its use in wet conditions. A little design change and the entire unit would be water-resistant. I also wish there was a multifunction display to indicate the level of battery charge. Without it, I have to keep track of when I charged it. That can be rather cumbersome. That leads me to another aspect of the unit that ruffles my feathers.
It takes 10 hours to get the NiMH batteries up to full charge. I can understand if this was the 90s, but we live in a world of Lithium Ion and those only need an hour charge to last almost an hour of use. The Philips Norelco G370 takes 10 hours just to yield 35 minutes of use.
Those two issues were almost enough for me to trade up, and I might just do that once I wear the life out of this one. But for now, I have become accustomed to it and I like the way the shape handles my style of shaving. It gives me a quick trim and a quick shave. It handles better than dedicated shavers do and that more than balanced any gripe I had with some of the inconveniences I mentioned earlier.
In the final analysis, the Philips Norelco G370 has been a trusted tool and an all in one grooming companion that has given me the precise look that I have grown accustomed to. The aesthetics are desirable and the functionality is satisfying. I am also comforted by the fact that it is a Philips, where customer service is always top-notch. No matter how good a product is, there must always be top-notch service to stand behind it, and Philip’s does that, unrelentingly.