Bang! That was the sound of the Philips Bodygroom hair trimmer hitting the hard-tiled bathroom floor – prior to a morning shave.
Was this a premature end to the working life of a reliable, personal grooming tool? Here’s a quick account of the surprising resilience of the Bodygroom shaver, its value for money, plus a mention of a possible future upgrade.
Having dropped the shaver, I thought it would still work. It wasn’t the first time it had taken a hit.
When I tried to turn it on – nothing.
A few more button presses and still nothing. But after a bit more persistence, it suddenly turned on. It still had life. Relieved – I proceeded with my planned shave. Crisis over.
Next day – went to switch it on again. Several minutes of button-pressing had no effect this time. “Damn- so I DID break it after all.” Cue thoughts of hitting the Amazon site to look for an urgent replacement.
Water Proof No Longer
With the shaver heading for the bin and an undignified exit, I grabbed a scissors and cut through the protective water-proof rubber, covering the power button. This exposed part of a circuit board with a small shiny metallic button on top. Upon pressing it, the Bodygroom switched on immediately.
So, there was a work-around – albeit with an unsightly hole in the power button – but hey it still worked.
Following a successful test, I rinsed the shaver head under the tap. Problem was, the electronics were no longer water-proofed, thanks to the hole I had made.
Too late – water had got inside.
Tried the power button – but it was dead. Right that’s it – it was screwed now.
Left it to ‘dry’ for an hour – still dead. The only option left -was to recharge it – although I didn’t expect that to work – considering the shaver had charge prior to getting wet. I plugged it into the docking station to charge.
A few hours later – to my surprise – the Philips Bodygroom was working again.
Bodygroom Lifespan and Cost
As the shaver has ‘veteran’ status – and because I like to analyze how the cost of owning an item works out over a period of time, I recently looked at my Amazon account to check the purchase history to see exactly when I bought it. (see screenshot below).
As I write this (January 2014) – that’s four years and eight months worth of regular shaves. Can’t complain about that – soon it will be half a decade…
The model is the TT2021 and it cost $40 in 2009. It’s basically the same model as the Philips Norelco BG2020 – and despite launching a few years ago – you can still pick up this popular shaver on Amazon’s site .
In those four and half years, I’ve only bought a single replacement shaving head (which was expensive) at $24.
The original shaving head lasted 16 months, but the replacement (bought in September 2010 – see below screenshot) has lasted over 3 years so far. Careful removing and cleaning of the shaving head, and treating the shaving foil with more respect has definitely prolonged its working life.
So the total cost was: shaver ($40), plus the replacement shaving head ($24) plus power usage (say $10) to charge it over 56 months. So the overall cost of owning the shaver has worked out around $74 or $1.30 a month.
That’s great value for money.
If I get another 6 months use out of it I’ll be really pleased – five years continuous use for a low cost item is great service. So what possibilities are there for the eventual replacement?
Future Replacement Model?
Philips have been selling the Norelco Bodygroom range for a few years now.
Interestingly, they’re currently marketing three of their Philips Norelco Bodygroom shavers on Amazon under the banners good, better, and best:
- Bodygroom BG2028 – aka ‘good‘
- Bodygroom ‘Plus’ BG2038 – aka ‘better‘
- Bodygroom ‘Pro’ BG2040 -aka ‘best‘
In terms of features, one stand-out difference between them is the charging time.
The basic model takes 8 hours for a full charge. This is the deal-breaker. Eight hours is just too long (as I learned with with my current shaver).
The Plus and Pro models have a charging time of one hour – which is much more convenient.
When it’s time to replace my current body shaver – I’ll likely upgrade to a Philips model with a low charge time meaning I’ll be in the market for the Philips ‘Plus’ or ‘Pro’ shavers.
The ‘Pro’ has a pivoting shaving head at one end and a trimmer at the other; so two-in-one functionality.
In the meantime, I’ll continue with my battered – but durable – Bodygroom from 2009.