When it comes to the rotary shaver, the name Philips Norelco comes first. The Philips Norelco is the world’s dominating rotary shaver brand in the current market. Rotary shavers are becoming trending day by day. The Philips Norelco 3100 S3310/81 Electric Shaver is a very affordable and the most popular Norelco and rotary shaver in the market. For this, it might be a great companion for a budget conscious men. Our The ShaverZone team made lots of tries to get practical ideas on this device and observed all advantages and disadvantages of the Philips Norelco 3100 s3310/81 electric shaver. We collected all the pros and cons from our reviewers and sharing them in a detailed review here.
What’s in The Box
- The Philips Norelco 3100, s3310/81 Shaver
- Power Cord
- A Protective Head Cap
- User Manual
The Philips Norelco 3100, s3310/81 is a rotary shaver. As you know a rotary shaver comes with three circled blades which rotate around a circle way to cut the hair.
Although a basic quality shaver, it has a slick design with a premium quality black color and the body is built in a good quality plastic.
It might be one of the most affordable rotary shavers in the Philips Norelco series 3000 and as described before, this is the most popular electric shaver in its category on Amazon.
This shaver has been redesigned for more user-friendliness from the Philips Norelco series 3000.
You need to pay extra $12 and $5 to get these accessories. When you are interested in this shaver, never forget to buy these items with this shaver.
Corded and Cordless Use
Wet & Dry electric shavers are not recommended for corded use.
When you have a wet shave, it may occur accidental occurrence if you plug in your shaver into direct electricity.
And some low-quality electric shavers do not provide cordless use facility.
But the Philips Norelco 3100 3310/81 electric shaver offers both corded and cordless use.
If you need an urgent shave and there is no charge in your shaver, you can have a corded shave with your Norelco 3100 3310/81 razor by plugging in it to the direct electricity.
For the cordless use facility, it can be your great travel companion.
The electric razor Philips Norelco 3100 runs with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which offers consistent maximum power year after year.
It takes 6 to 8 hours to be fully charged and gives 45 munites of continuous cordless performance.
The charging time is really much but it would not be a big problem as you can use the shaver in charging time when it plugged in.
On the handle, it has an LED display to show battery life alert, charging alert and quantity.
The LED will continuously blink orange when the battery is fully drained and it will be green when you plug the shaver into the charger and the green light will intermittently bling until the battery is fully charged and it will be automatically off after fully charged.
The shaver head and blades are fully washable. That is why it is very easy to clean with running tap water.
There is a button below the head to open the shaver head by one simple click and clean after every shave[vew the image above].
There is no cleaning brush with the shaver for dry cleaning. You can buy a cleaning brush paying extra $5 and enjoy dry cleaning.
This shaver does not support cleaning dock, so you do not need to buy any dock for your shaver.
Wet & Dry?
Philips does not recommend to use the shaver for wet shaving. The Philips Norelco 3100 electric shaver has been developed for dry shave only.
As the shaving head is waterproof, I tried the shaver for the wet shave with shaving gel several times and I did not get any problem.
So, you can have wet shave also with the shaver if used with caution. But it is strictly prohibited for shower shaving.
ComfortCut Blade System
Philips Focused on comfortability when developed and redesigned this product.
The Philips Norelco 3100 electric shaver comes with ComfortCut blade system to minimize irritation when cutting hairs.
The system promises to provide maximum comfort for any kind of beard.
As a rotary shaver, the blades round flawlessly and cuts hairs without any irritation.
Some electric shaver causes razor burn when to shave hard to touch areas, but Philips Norelco 3100 will not cause any razor burn and such kind of problems when shaving any area of your face and neck because of the ComfortCut blade system.
The system protects the blade to touch the skin and help to capture actual hairs.
When we tried Philips Norelco 3100 razor in practical use, we realized ultimate comforts while shaving and also did not find any irritation and razor burn after shaving.
There are very few electric shavers provide such kind of comforts while we tried lots of electric shavers.
For the advanced technology of ComfortCut blade system of this shaver, we can say this would be a great choice for you if you are interested in ultimate comfort shaving in a decent budget.
4-Direction Flex Heads
The Shaver Heads flex in 4 directions to easily shave every curve of your face and neck.
Philips says the shaving head of Norelco 3100 will pivot in 4 directions to cut all hairs even in the hard to touch areas such as neck and jawline.
This is must be a great facility for a rotary shaver. But we found the flex heads do not pivot as great as they described.
When seeing advanced quality shaver’s flex heads, it disappoints me with 3100’s heads.
But it is not a big deal when thinking about the budget of the shaver.
Philips developed Norelco shavers for great shaving performances.
Some premium quality Norelco shavers give a notable performance for close and comfortable shaving such as Norelco series 9000 shavers.
The Philips Norelco 3100 shaver gives pretty close shave after several strikes.
But it’s not much appealing. When I tried the shaver in 3 day’s beard, it gave slightly close shave but I had to make 4-5 passes.
The shaver is pretty good to capture long beards. When tried in long beards, it shaved good after several tries.
For the ComfortCut technology of the shaver, it gave notable comfort while shaving.
Another good point is that it produced less noise than the premium shaver Norelco 9000.
The overall performance of the shaver is not much notable but not too bad when thinking about the price.
Very few electric shavers have this extra feature of popup trimmer.
The Philips Norelco 3100 electric rotary shaver comes up with a default popup trimmer.
In the backside and right below the shaving head there is a detailed popup trimmer in this shaver.
Generally popup trimmers open with a direct press of the button below the trimmer.
But in the Philips Norelco 3100, this is slightly different.
You need to slide down toward the button to open the trimmer in this shaver.
I tried the trimmer personally several times and got a practical experience.
The trimmer is not much effective to shape the goatee and sideburns. It is little flat, that is why it needs much effort to cut and shape the hair.
But when it comes to such kind of basic quality rotary shavers, this would be a great feature.
Wet and Dry
PHILIPS NORELCO 3100 S3310/81
PHILIPS NORELCO 9000
The Philips Norelco 3100 is a basic quality rotary electric shaver.
This is great for its affordable price and comfortable shaving.
It provides a very easy and smooth shave for its ComfortCut blade system and 4 directions pivoting head.
For being corded and cordless supportive it can be a great travel kit.
The shaver is not too good for close shaving and trimming but the performance is enough for its price.
If you need very quick and extremely close shave, you should not deal with it.
For a premium service and product in its category, you should try a premium rotary shaver.
But if you have enough time to shave and need an affordable shaver, this can be great for you as it also gives close shave after several passes.
- Affordable Price
- Fully Washable
- ComfortCut Blade System
- Pop-up Trimmer
- No Travel Case and Cleaning Brush
- Takes 6 to 8 Hours to be Fully Charged