The trimmer generally works well and is well designed. The one major "bogey" is the plastic height setting comb. It is made of pastice that is much too brittle and breaks at the same stress point. The comb should be redesigned and I personally would raise the rating to 4s and 5s. I have had to purchase extra combs. I have several as I travel and keep duplicates; three trimmers; two broken combs. Even heavy duty glue only holds for a limited time.
I really don't understand all the negative posts about this unit since I have had it for about 10 years with no problem, unless of course they made it cheaper which I doubt. It works well and I never had any issue with it or had it break. One problem I do have is the hair on the upper lip that you are unable to reach with the top attached since it is too bulky, but the top comes off and you can trim above the lip. The cord charges the shaver and you can also use it when the charge runs out since it is detachable and easy to put back on to use plugged into the outlet. It gives a nice even appearance but you do have to be sure to oil the blades every now and then to keep them lubed.
It's hard to give this trimmer an excellent rating because we haven't used it for long enough to know if it lasts. These usually wear out after a year or two and we only purchased it a month ago. We bought a second a week later because I had accumulated enough awards money that it was beneficial to buy another at almost no cost. This will prolong the life of both. So far the trimmer works beautifully, quickly, and cleanly. I paid more for this one because it is a Panasonic and not an unknown brand, thinking it may be a higher quality. When I opened the package it looked similar to the previous ones I had purchased but it is sturdy and seems well made.
I purchased this model to replace the previous panasonic I had been using for years which I was very happy with. This replacement model looks much the same,however the quality is not as good and it has fewer blades inside. As a result,it doesnt work as well or as quickly. Its comparable or even better than others on the market at present,but not up to the quality of the one it replaces. That one was tops.
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