Philips QG3387 Multigrooming Kit Review
In the past few weeks, we reviewed several top Philips trimmers in the market. This week we wanted to review a different product from the Philips personal care line.
Yes. This time, we are going to review QG3387 from Philips, which apparently is one of the versatile multi-grooming kits available in India.
Philips QG3387 MultiGrooming Kit Review
There are times when even the best Philips trimmer might not be useful. For instance, you might want to make your cheek lines defined or get a little funky with your side burns. Or maybe you want to remove unwanted hair on your chest or something. This is where the multi-grooming kit comes in handy.
At least, that is what Philips thinks. Whatever the reason the company launched its multi grooming kits for, one thing is very clear: these are multi purpose kits that do a very good job allowing you to more than just trim and shave.
With the QG3387 cordless multigroomer, you can trim, shave and groom many parts of your body- from side of the cheeks to chest. You just name it.
In a nutshell, the QG3387 has it all- attachment blades, combs, decent battery power, and what not.
But does it deliver the goods?
Is it good value for money?
Does all the great features, specs and benefits combine well to justify the positive reviews that it’s been getting since it came up for sale on Amazon.in and Flipkart.com etc?
Let’s go into the specifics and find out in this Philips QG3387 review.
- Simple and sturdy design
- Decent build quality and performance, characteristic of latest Philips trimmers and grooming kits
- Comes with 5 different blade attachments and 4 different combs
- 18 integrated length settings
- Accompanied by a travel pouch
- Blades are not very superior in quality.
- The plastic attachments feel a bit flimsy
- Run time per charge is not going to be sufficient given the number of attachments it can work with
- There is excessive vibration and noise at times
- No zoom wheel
The QG3387 makes a very good case for a multi purpose grooming kit, but it’s certainly far from perfect. It’s build quality needs to be better and it’s blades are not quite as durable as we’d have liked. Anyway, it’s still worth buying, thanks to its turbo mode operation and impressive number of attachments.
QG3387 Detailed Review
Look and feel
Before we go into details about the design of the QG3387, let’s make one thing clear: we are generally not very fussy about looks. But give us a good looking device and we’ll take it any day.
As far as this Philips 7000 series multigrooming kit is concerned, it is a very humble-looking device with decent build quality. It sports a black metal body design, and has a slightly curved profile that is easy to grip and not too bulky. The dynamic and sleek profile is emphasized beautifully by a thin chrome frame running along the length of the device. The top looks shiny while the bottom is characterized by a few lines cut crisply into the body. The chrome frame feels like it will attract fingerprints and pick up scratches easily over time whereas the metal casing is less likely to do so.
The Turbo button is easy to get to whenever you feel the device struggling a bit. Conveniently placed on the center of the device just above the “Turbo” button is a square shaped power button- and it makes turning on/off the device very easy. Some users may find its placement a bit weird but it seemed just right to me.
Impression: There’s not much else to say about the look and feel of QG3387 except that its simple and sturdy.
The QG3387 motor is not as powerful as they come but it is definitely loaded with enough power to help you see all your trimming, shaving and body grooming tasks through. That being said, there are instances in which the trimmer struggles a bit – particularly if your hair is quite curly, thick and dense.
Flip the Turbo mode on and cutting speed of the trimmer shoots up thanks to an instant surge of power coming through. Regardless of the new cutting speed, you might have to do more than a few passes over the area to see good and consistent results. And, there are always few odd strands of hair sticking out here and there- which is not good all.
We really can’t say what sort of a difference the turbo mode makes in general, but it does seem to drive its noise level up, making it a lot louder all of a sudden.
Impression: Nothing to write home about the performance of QG3387. It’s not too bad. It’s not too good either.
QG3387 Trimmer Blades and Beard Attachments
The QG3387 blades are made of stainless steel and feature a rounded design to minimize the odds of abrasive cuts and rashes, which is good. But this hurts the cutting efficiency of blades. No matter which blade attachment you use, it takes more than a few passes to get consistent results.
Full Size Metal Trimmer
The main trimmer is the most useful of all. It works smoothly and there is no need to worry whether it would tug at hairs or cause any pinching or pulling sensation. Having said that, though, setting the trimmer comb to the right length setting can be a bit hard: it takes some pushing to and fro to get it set properly. Another minor issue is that there is some small wiggle room in the beard comb and as a result it feels a little too wobbly and leaves you with uneven finish at times.
Tip: Apply constant pressure by pressing your fingers on the comb to keep it from causing any such undesirable results.
There are not many differences between the precision trimmer and main trimmer except that it is much thinner and gives you better control. For the most part, you will be using this without a beard clip to define precise lines right around the edge of the beard and the back of your neck.
This QG3387 attachment would be very useful if you are someone who loves to highlight the edges and lines of your beard and keep it groomed without much trimming.It also comes in handy for trimming little hairs on the either side of the area under your lip without actually touching the lines between the mustache and beard.
For starters, the foil shaver blade attachment is okay-ish. It might not be suitable for ordinary shaving. Let’s face it: this blade attachment doesn’t make this trimmer as good as as an electric shaver or a dedicated, full-blown razor. However, it does its job. That’s all there is to write about it.
Another thing to note is that it is not meant to be cleaned thoroughly. Many reviews suggest that the blade seems to dull fairly quickly and might fall apart over time, indicating the use of cheap materials in its construction.
When I bought the QG3387 I was not completely sure what this body groom shaver was for. I’m a bit particular about what I use for grooming and thought I would never use it. Anyway I decided to give it a crack and I am happy I did. Its design is unique in that it has mini clipper blades on both sides of the attachment so regardless of how you are holding it or which direction you want it to go, you can make it pass all over the area for a nice and even trim.
Although, at times, it takes more than a few passes from multiple angles, the manner in which this attachment is designed this means that you need to run it back and forth instead of playing odd angles as you’d with a razor. It also makes it very easy to work through areas with sharp contours and won’t hurt or pinch even when used on sensitive areas.
Nose and Ear Trimmer
Last but not least, the revolving trimmer with a pointed design is a nice addition to the multigrooming kit that makes removing unwanted hairs in the nose and ears a lot easier. However, it is not totally painless; on the odd occasion, though, the trimmer did pull a few hairs, causing a bit of a discomfort.
The QG3387/15 multigroomer kit doesn’t have a zoom wheel. You can still get your trimmer set to different length settings thanks to its step-like design on the back into which the comb/beard clip locks into place. This is how it works: pop the beard clip on the trimmer attachment and slide it in/out to whichever length setting is convenient to you.
All the four beard clip attachments are made of plastic and feel quite cheap and flimsy. Overall, we’d have liked to see all clip attachments fit snugly with the trimmer.
Beard and Stubble Comb
I have not tried it many times, but, whenever I tried, I have always thought that its design needed more work. As it is, the comb feels wobbly and a bit unstable when popped on top of the blade attachment- as if it will come loose off the locked setting.
Maybe it is the open back design of the trimmer or maybe it’s something else at play. Whatever it is, it always makes me worried as to whether I’d end up shaving a patch of hair off my beard if I didn’t get the angle or placement right. Maybe it’s just me or a design flaw, but anyway I’d rather pop it in and set it to work on the highest setting than risking a sloppy finish.
I wanted to give it a try a couple of times mainly to thin out the hair and the side burn so that my hair (where it and beard look just about the same length, and it worked alright. This attachment suffers from the same wobbly feeling as the beard and stubble comb, although not as much as I’d have feared. It did give me good results when I got done with clipping my hair.
This comb clip attachment works as it should and allows you to keep your body groomed the way you want. I’d say that it doesn’t add a great deal of value to the kit overall but it’s there and it doesn’t hurt.
Detail and Eyebrow Comb
As you might have guessed, this doesn’t get much use at all. However, it works as intended and helps you add detail to your eyebrows and those areas which need more precision than control.
Impression: Overall, all attachments make it possible to keep your body well groomed from head to toe. There are a few minor complaints but they help you get it done.
Charging, Battery and Run Time
Considering that its a multigroom device, it’s a big disappointment that QG3387 won’t work while plugged in. Sure, we’d have liked to see a clear note about this from Philips but customers are left to figure it out by themselves.
As for run time, the QG3387 is supposed to give you 50 minutes of run time for every 60 minutes of charge. And that is not a good run-time-per-charge number that Philips would love to brag about. Moreover, it takes a long time for the Ni-Mh Rechargeable battery to get fully charged up. Adding to its woes, the battery doesn’t hold charge well and it barely lasts 3 shaves.
QG3387 puts up dismal show in this department. Maybe these numbers would have done a world of good to a run-off-the-mill trimmer. But we’re talking about a multigroom kit here.
Impression: Set your expectations low and be ready to charge it frequently; or else, you’re sure to be disappointed with its less-than-average performance.
Cleaning and Maintenance
QG3387 is completely waterproof, which means you can get in the shower and start using it without having to worry about the damage it might cause to the electrical parts inside. For anyone that wants to use it for a long time, I would suggest not to do it.
It is another maintenance free device from the Philips stable. There is no need to apply oil for priming. Neither does it require any lubricant to work normally.
Impression: Upon first look, it seems to be a device that is fairly easy to clean and maintain. I hope it stays that way.
I’ve been using the multigroomer for many weeks now, and while it’s clearly not a premium option, it’s surely got enough of what an average person would need. A turbo mode of operation along with a 2 year Philips warranty, and multiple attachments only sweeten the deal.
Go for the QG3387 multigrooming kit if you’re looking to buy a versatile device with which you can trim and/or shave many parts of the body. However, it may not be a wise choice if you’re just planning to use it for either just trimming or shaving your beard. There are surely better beard trimmers and shavers for men in India from several top brands including Philips.