Trimming your beard and grooming body hair without any mess in the wash basin or the floor is the luxury of Panasonic ER224S All-in-One cordless hair beard trimmer as it´s fully water proof and you can complete all your Body and beard grooming needs in the shower.
Panasonic, founded almost 100 years ago, has earned a fine reputation for most of their larger electronics such as televisions and DVD players, so one would expect to find their smaller electronic devices just as well made.
This does seem to be the case overall although some users are having difficulty with one aspect of this trimmer which may make it a deal breaker for you and we will discuss that problem in detail in the following section of the article.
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Features At A Glance
This cordless hair and beard trimmer has many of the features you would expect to find in a budget to medium priced trimmer. These features include:
- It can be used for wet or dry shaving.
- Trimmer runs for 40 minutes on an 8 hour charge.
- You can choose from 14 setting lengths that run from .04 to 0.79 inches
- Sliding detail trimmer for edging and shaping.
- Precision cut stainless steel hypoallergenic blades.
- Comes with a nice docking stand to keep your bathroom tidy.
- Comes with an AC charger, blade oil, cleaning brush and a replacement blade.
- Cleans up with running water.
My Initial Impression
I must say that my initial impression was wow.. so bulky! But when you consider that it is meant to be used for beards, hair cuts as well as body grooming, it makes sense to have a wider trimming head to save time going over the same area many times.
The only downside of having such a wide comb is that it makes it difficult to trim the mustache particularly under the nose area.
Here is a look at this trimmer and how it meets the needs of its users.
Combs & Trimming Length Settings
This trimmer has 14 adjustable hair length settings that range from .04 inches to .79 inches so that it should meet the needs of most men. It is especially good for those men who like to have shorter buzz cuts.
Instead of having a trimmer with various attachments, ER224S All-in-one comes with just one adjustable hair length comb which is quite convenient.
As mentioned above, some users have had problems with the adjustable guard that it breaks quickly. Basically it occurs because in order to remove the comb, you have to apply extra force to take it off and it´s in that process that the comb breaks.
Whilst it´s difficult to find a perfect solution, we can only solve this issue by process of elimination to establish the route cause of the problem. After doing a lot of research including the manufacturer´s site, I have the following take on this problem:
Firstly, our normal tendency is to grip the comb and apply inwards pressure, squeezing it from the sides while removing it. So as soon as the comb comes off and the pressure is still there, it will snap from the sides.
Although there is no mention of this in the manual, one user had a very logical answer to it. Instead of pulling the guard out from a lower setting, take the comb setting to a maximum of 20. Now the guard is at its maximum position and from there it comes off quite easily.
The reason I wanted to dig deep into this problem is because lots of people commented on it but there were many others who had no problem of breakage even after years of use. In the worst case that it does break, I have just confirmed that a new comb from the Panasonic site will cost $1.76.
Another safety feature I like about Panasonic ER224S All-in-One beard trimmer is that the adjusting wheel gets locked as soon as you switch the trimmer on. So, there is no possibility that it will jump to another cutting length during trimming.
Blades, Cleaning & Maintenance
This Panasonic All-In-One trimmer comes with hypoallergenic precision cut stainless steel blades which makes is quite safe even for sensitive skin. It also comes with a detail trimmer which is a narrower blade and this you can extend out by removing the guard. This feature is useful for edging and shaping jobs.
When you use the trimmer for the first time, remember to place it on your skin at the angled face of the comb. Do not use the trimmer in an inverted position or you will end up cutting more hair than you wanted to. Similarly, using it without the comb place again the angled side on your skin.
As the entire device is washable, you can easily clean the blades under the tap, leaving it ready for the next use. There is also a release button to remove the entire blade block to give it a good clean.
The trimmer works very well without the guard comb, using the blade only to shave your body hair or if you want to have a real close stubble look.
It comes with oil in the box and you are advised to oil it now and then to maintain the blades in a good condition. The manual shows you a diagram and the area where it should be oiled.
Battery, Power & Cord
The ER224S runs on a Nickel Cadmium battery which gives you a run time of 40 minutes on an 8 hour charge. You can also use this trimmer for quick jobs using the 5 minute quick charge feature. I should point out that the Nickel Cadmium does need to be almost drained before charging to maintain a longer battery life. Also, too much overcharging can damage the battery.
This trimmer is cordless although it does have a cord connected to the dock which is used for charging the battery.
It comes with 120V, so if you are traveling to Europe you will need to buy an adapter converting it to 220V.
The Panasonic ER 224S is specially designed for either wet or dry shaving and can be used in the shower though you must remember that this trimmer is water resistant and not waterproof.
The detail trimmer used for mustaches also pops up, so it is out of the way while trimming your hair.
What’s In The Box
This trimmer comes with everything you need to start using it immediately. You should find the following in the box when you purchase your Panasonic ER 224s hair and beard trimmer.
- The Panasonic ER 224S trimmer.
- AC charger.
- Blade oil.
- Cleaning brush.
Consumer Reviews & Ratings
The Panasonic All-in-One cordless hair beard trimmer gets slightly over average reviews.
While most people like this trimmer and the way it functions, lot of the reviews state that it has one incredibly fatal flaw and that is the poor guard/comb which we have talked about at great length above.
It seems that out of 60 negative reviews at least 90 percent of the reviewers found that the comb broke quite quickly with some users having to purchase replacement combs repeatedly.
Aside from the comb, most users liked this trimmer because:
- It is sturdy and well built with the exception of the guard/comb which seems to be made from soft cheap plastic.
- There are plenty of adjustment lengths, which makes it great for trimming hair or beards.
- Users love the fact you can do wet or dry trimming with this trimmer.
- They also like that it is cordless, giving them the movement flexibility.
- Some users state it does an excellent and painless job of manscaping.
Ratings for this trimmer are all extremely good or extremely poor. Many users give it poor ratings due to their frustration with the guard of this trimmer. At the same time there are many users who are very satisfied with its performance.
- Sturdy and well built.
- Fairly quiet.
- Can be used for both wet and dry trimming.
- Does a good job of trimming beards.
- Easy to use and clean.
- Good for haircuts.
- Guard breaks extremely easily.
- Hard to trim under the nose.
Dimensions & Storage
This Panasonic hair and bread trimmer´s cutting width is 39mm which is approximately 2 inches.
This trimmer measures a convenient 3”x 2”x 6.”
The device does not come with any type of storage or travel case and considering that its guard is made of plastic and if you are planning on keeping this trimmer for as long as possible, you may want to invest in some type of protective case.
Price & Warranty
It is a relatively low priced hair and beard trimmer and comes with 2 years part snd labor warranty.
The Panasonic ER224S All-in-One Cordless Beard Trimmer seems to be well made with a lot of good features overall.
However, I would like to voice my concern about the comb of this trimmer which appears to be poorly made. We have talked about the possible cause of such breakages but it is possible that the problem may persist for some users.
While the replacement combs seem to be fairly cheap, you may have to go through some downtime while waiting for the replacement to arrive unless you order more than one replacement combs.
One can´t help thinking that an average cost of a haircut at $20, even two haircuts would pay for the trimmer while some users have also reported using it for their children which makes it an economical deal.