The Remington Rand company began operating in 1927 as a firearms manufacturer While the company still manufactures firearms today, it has divided into two divisions, one that makes firearms and the other division that began making typewriters and later other products.
Remington shavers and trimmers have been around for quite a long time, and the Remington HC5550 trimmer corded and cord-free is one of their latest trimmers to hit the market.
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Features At A Glance
Remington HC5550 Precision Power haircut and beard trimmer is designed to help men stay neat and well groomed without spending hundreds of dollars a year visiting their barber. Features of this haircut and beard trimmer include:
- Pro power motor.
- Self sharpening titanium coated blades.
- Easy to click off combs so washing them is easy.
- Can be used with or without cord.
- USB charger cable makes this trimmer easy to take on the road.
- Rubberized grip.
- The HC5550 is twice as fast as previous Remington trimmers.
- Comes with 2 adjustable combs that have 15 locking lengths.
- Bonus stubble grooming attachment is also included.
Hair Length Settings & Combs
HC5550 comes with 2 attachments guards which can be adjusted to 15 length settings. In addition to that, it also comes with a stubble comb.
The stubble comb gives you a cut of 1.5mm ( about ½ inch ) which is suitable for most people but not all. Some of you might be maintaining a much shorter shadow look stubble for which you will need it to cut down to 0.5mm to 1mm. Unfortunately, this trimmer would not do that for you.
You have the option to trim without any guard but that will give you a much shorter length ( about 0.2mm). For those who have a dense beard, this length can still give you a shadow look.
It can also be sued for normal shaving as the blades are quite sharp but it will not give you a shave as close as a shaver or a safety razor would.
It is important to mention here that the combs are quite fragile in quality. They would not last long in the hands of a heavy handed person. It is advisable to use them carefully, especially in the beginning until you get enough practice to attach and remove them.
You get a wide choice of lengths and best is to start with the higher length and move down gradually till you find your preferred size.
Blades, Cleaning & Maintenance
It has self-sharpening blades so no worries on the maintenance and oiling. The titanium coated blades give you a fine smooth cut without any hair pulling.
Lots of users have reported that the blades are quite sharp which is great but if you are not used to handling trimmers and apply extra pressure, it can give you small nicks.
Cleaning is very easy as it is washable under tap. So, no messing around with a tiny brush to clean the blades. However, the manual tells you that you must not submerge it in the water.
Battery, Power & Cord
It operates cordless which is very convenient. Still, some users have felt that the power without the cord is not sufficient to get a good trim. It also depends on the coarseness and length of hair one is trying to trim.
The battery holds the charge well and gives you a run time of 40 minutes.
A minor negative is that the charging lights do not go off or change color when the trimmer is fully charged. I usually let it charge at night, so it´s ready for me in the morning.
It works on 120V only, which can cause a problem for some but the company has solved this issue by providing you with a USB charge facility. So, if you are traveling, you don´t even need to take the charger.
What´s In The Box
When you purchase the Remington HC5550 Precision Power Haircut and Beard Trimmer, you should find the following when you open the box:
- Remington HC5550 clippers.
- Wall charger cable.
- USB charger cable.
- 2 adjustable combs.
- Bonus stubble attachment.
- Small bag for carrying and storing your trimmer.
Consumer Reviews & Ratings
Depending on which site you read reviews on, this hair and beard trimmer’s ratings run from slightly above average to good. It appears that users can’t seem to agree on what features are good and which are bad.
Here are a few of the features that get mixed reviews:
Feels Substantial/Too Bulky and Heavy- While some users really like the substantial less “plastic” feel of these trimmer, other users find that it is heavier and more bulky than they would like.
Holds a Charge Well/Poor Charge- Some users feel that this trimmer is excellent at holding a charge while others feel that it does not hold a charge well at all. Here the problem may be due to the fact that some users charge the battery too often and shorten the battery life.
There were some advantages that most users could agree on and these advantages include:
- Easy to clean.
- Great for hair and neck.
- USB charging feature is handy.
- Pop up shaving head works well.
- Sharp good quality blades.
The dimensions are 4 x 5.8 x 10 inches and it weighs 1 pound.
Price & Warranty
It comes with a 5 year warranty.
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The Remington HC5550 Precision Power Haircut and beard trimmer is a sturdy and reliable trimmer that seems to be good for your beard and body grooming needs. It can also be used for giving you quick haircuts.
The attachments are of poor quality, so they do require gentle handling but consider the fact that at this price the trimmer will pay for itself even if you save one trip to the hairdresser.
If you do decide to get this trimmer, bear in mind that the manual that comes with your Remington HC5550 is designed for several of the Remington clippers and trimmers and will mention attachments that do not come with the HC5550. Be sure that when reading the manual, you read the parts specific to the HC5550.