Test and Review: Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15

Pros
  • Maintenance-free blades
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Battery and AC power supply
Cons
  • Very slow charging
  • Not waterproof
Total rating
3.1/5

If you like to change your look, the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 is for you. 9 different attachments let you leave the bathroom a different person every time. Self-sharpening stainless steel blades ensure a perfect shaving experience. Hair, beard or nose hair - nothing is a problem.

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Published: 01/12/2019
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Last update: 07/30/2022
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Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15
  • Maintenance-free blades
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Battery and AC power supply
Rating
3.1/5

Will the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 multifunction trimmer stand up to stiff competition? When you mention the Philips brand, countless men think of the quality and precision that characterize all the shavers the company puts on the market. That's why today we're taking a look at another product from their portfolio.

Accessories

As the original name suggests, Philips MultiGroom Series 3000, the idea behind this multi-purpose trimmer is to take care of you from head to toe. With this trimmer, you can change your look literally every day of the week.

Inside the package, there are 8 other attachments besides the trimmer itself to give your shave real flexibility. So let's take a look at the different attachments and their functions:

Package includes:

  • Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 trimmer,
  • two stubble combs (size 1 and 2 mm),
  • adjustable beard comb (size 3 to 7 mm),
  • 3 hair combs (size 9, 12 and 16 mm),
  • precision metal trimmer,
  • nasal and ear hair trimmer,
  • charging tool,
  • cleaning brush,
  • travel case.
MG3740/15 Trimmer Package Contents
MG3740/15 Trimmer Package Contents

Features of the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 Trimmer

As you can see from the above list of accessories, the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 is truly a multifunctional trimmer that can handle any kind of shaving. What can you expect from it and what features does it offer?

Hair styling

Those users who choose to use this trimmer for hair styling will certainly not be disappointed. They'll get both high performance that can handle most hair growths, as well as a choice when it comes to the length of the cut. There are three special attachments for grooming, with lengths of 9, 12 and 16 mm.

If you need to fine-tune your look with straight lines, just use the trimmer without the attachment, so you can easily achieve the desired result.

Beard grooming

And in this area, the trimmer certainly doesn't fall short. For the perfect grooming of your beard, Philips has prepared two combs with a length of 1 and 2 mm. Then an adjustable comb from 3 to 7 mm if you want a longer beard.

Similar to hair, if you need more precise lines, there is a solution here. This time not only in the form of a trimmer without an attachment, but also in the form of a special attachment for precise beard trimming.

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Test a recenze multifunkčního zastřihovače Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15
Rating
3.1/5

Nose and ear hair trimming

Last but not least, an attachment is available to ensure easy removal of nose and ear hair.

Unlike competing products, such as the Braun MGK3080 trimmer, this Philips model lacks a dedicated grooming attachment. You will therefore need to use one of the available attachments.

Blades and waterproofing

It is important to note that the blades are stainless steel, so they can be expected to be very durable.

Thanks to the self-sharpening technology, there is no need to worry about sharpening them. It is important to mention that the trimmer itself is not waterproof, so it cannot be used in the shower.

The individual attachments and the trimming unit can, however, be detached and rinsed under water, which makes cleaning much easier.

The steel blades gently rub against each other to sharpen each other. The result is blades as sharp after three years of use as they were on day one.

Extended 5 year warranty

Philips wants to prove that it trusts its products, so it offers all customers an extra 3 years of free warranty. After purchasing a trimmer (or any other Philips product), all you need to do is register (within 3 months of purchase) on the manufacturer's website. Specifically at https://www.philips.cz/welcome

Quality of workmanship and ergonomics

As you would expect from a trimmer at this price point, it is made mostly of plastic, not aluminum. However, metal is offered by the higher-end model range, which is represented by the Philips MG7720/15 trimmer. What should be appreciated is that Philips has added enough non-slip rubber elements so that the trimmer doesn't slip and grips well during use.

Back of the trimmer in non-slip design
Back of the trimmer in non-slip design

It is also surprisingly lightweight and easy to handle. The developers have also skimped on buttons and indicators, there is only one on the machine to turn it on or off. Thus, you won't even find a button for turbo mode on the trimmer, which you may know from our review of the Philips HC5450.

Because you can use the trimmer while charging, it is important to mention that the socket is located at the bottom of the trimmer and thus does not interfere in any way when shaving.

Where to buy Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15
Test a recenze multifunkčního zastřihovače Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15
Rating
3.1/5

Battery life and charging

In this area, unfortunately, the Philips MG3740/15 falls well behind the competition, and other Philips machines.

It takes a very long 16 hours to fully charge the battery, after which the shaver will last for just over an hour of use.

But what should be added, the endurance time claimed by the manufacturer is no different from the actual one, although you have to work your way through 16 hours of charging to get there. Compare that to the higher-end MG7720/15, which offers the best battery life of any shaver or trimmer reviewed so far. Another great example in terms of battery life and length of charge is the OneBlade Pro QP6520 trimmer.

A big plus is the ability to use the trimmer while charging, which combined with the long charger significantly reduces the risk of not being able to use the trimmer due to a dead battery.

The placement of the connector and the straight, long power cord will at least make using it with the adapter plugged in more comfortable.
The location of the connector and the straight, long power cord will at least make it more comfortable to use with the adapter attached.

It should also be mentioned that the charger, like all shavers, can handle any voltage between 100 and 240 volts, making the trimmer an ideal travel companion. Well, not exactly ideal. If it weren't for the battery life, you could leave the charger at home.

How does the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 trimmer work?

It's time to summarize the findings and shed light on the pros and cons of this device. This part of the review is divided into several sections, where each of them presents a feature that is related to this multifunction trimmer.

Comfort

As mentioned earlier in the review, the trimmer definitely does not disappoint in this aspect. The machine is lightweight and thanks to the rubber elements it does not slip. A small problem arises with the button for switching on, which can be difficult to use if one has wet hands. Otherwise, however, there is not much to fault with the trimmer.

Hair Trimming

If you decide to use the trimmer for hair styling, you will definitely not be disappointed. Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 will give a good performance in most cases. However, there are downsides that make the final effect worse.

Unlike other trimmers in a similar price range that offer a wide range of possible cut lengths, the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 offers only three fixed-length combs.

If you include the combs that are not primarily designed for cutting hair, you still end up with a smaller range of lengths than, for example, the competing Braun MGK3080 trimmer, which allows hair to be cut in a variety of lengths from 0.5 to 21 mm.

Where to buy Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15
Test a recenze multifunkčního zastřihovače Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15
Rating
3.1/5

The classic problem of cheaper trimmers still appears with this model. The performance is sufficient for straight and less dense hair, but if you have longer or tangled hair, there is a slight problem.

This is a drawback that can be taken into account, however, and combing the hair minimally before cutting can help considerably. The Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 therefore doesn't shine when it comes to trimming hair, but it gets the job done satisfactorily for the most part.

Beard Shaving

For beard shaving, this trimmer is equipped with four special attachments that cover most of the common lengths in which beards can be grown. So you can choose beard lengths from 1 to 7 mm. The individual stages always have a offset of 1 mm.

The beard grooming tools are: a precision chignon trimmer, 2 grey beard trimmers and one adjustable black comb
The beard grooming tools are: a precision chignon trimmer, 2 grey beard trimmers and one adjustable black comb

The trimmer can very well handle any growth you put in front of it. It really trims the beard, it doesn't pull or muss it. To create more challenging shapes on the face, you can try a precision metal trimmer, which will do the job better. But not as well as some of the OneBlade series trimmers, which are designed specifically for shaping.

But again, if you want a thoroughly shaved beard, you'll need to use a more expensive, specialized razor. A suitable one might be the Braun Series 9 9290cc, or a competing, rotary shaver Philips Series 9000 S9711/31.

Philips MG3740 can therefore handle a wide range of beard-shaving tasks, but for a truly professional experience, you need to reach for higher-end models or specialized shavers.

Other Features

The last of the attachments, designed for grooming nose and ear hair, will also serve its purpose well and you will certainly be pleased with it. The process is quick and above all painless. The attachment does not pull the hairs, but actually trims them.

All in all, the Philips MG3740 is a really good trimmer that can handle most of the tasks it is designed for.

Cleaning and Maintenance

There are two ways to clean this trimmer. The first is to use the included brush, but with that the process is difficult and unnecessarily lengthy. Much easier is to rinse the combs and shaving unit used under running water. There is certainly nothing stopping you from combining both of these methods.

Another advantage is the fact that blades do not need to be lubricated and thanks to the self-sharpening technology, they should stay sharp for a very long time.

Where to buy Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15
Test a recenze multifunkčního zastřihovače Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15
Rating
3.1/5

Who is the trimmer suitable for?

Philips MG3740/15 is definitely not the best trimmer in the world. Neither in the market nor in its price level. Compared to its competitors, it is mainly brought down by the long charging time and also the smaller choice in possible hair and beard lengths.

But that certainly doesn't mean it's a bad trimmer. On the contrary, it performs its tasks very well if you accept its limits. It handles beards very well and can create even more complex creations with a precision trimmer.

Generally speaking, the Philips MG3740/15 is suitable for men who need flexibility in the bathroom, but are not willing to spend hours in front of the mirror and thousands of crowns on a trimmer or shaver.

This trimmer still has a lot to offer:

  • maintenance-free operation, blades are self-sharpening and do not need lubrication,
  • quality workmanship,
  • a multitude of quality accessories,
  • the ability to extend the warranty to 5 years.

What other trimmer in this price range gets a 5 year warranty? You are right, you will look in vain for other brands.

For a more professional shave, you'll need to choose a different razor, such as the Philips Series 7000 MG7720, but the Philips MG3740/15 certainly deserves a place in the men's bathroom.

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Philips Norelco Series 3000 MG3740/15
  • Shave quality
  • Built quality
  • Battery
  • Value
3.1

Everything you need to shave - in one trimmer

If you like to change your look, the Philips Series 3000 MG3740/15 is for you. 9 different attachments let you leave the bathroom a different person every time. Self-sharpening stainless steel blades ensure a perfect shaving experience. Hair, beard or nose hair - nothing is a problem.

Pros

  • Maintenance-free blades
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Battery and AC power supply

Cons

  • Very slow charging
  • Not waterproof
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