Philips Norelco QT4070 Vacuum Beard Trimmer 7300 Review


Vacuum sucks up most of the trimmed hair
Turbo Setting For Increased Shaving Power
Trims Excellently


Not Waterproof
Some Have Complained That It Doesn’t Hold A Charge Too Well Between Uses


A Solid Trimmer and Highly Recommended Purchase

Philips Norelco qt4070 review

Philips introduced this beard trimmer as a replacement for the out of production, consumer favorite, T980. This trimmer is packed full of features, the most prominent being the built-in vacuum, multiple settings, a travel lock and stay-sharp blades. Read on for the full Philips Norelco QT4070 review.

Philips Norelco QT4070 Review: Main features

The Vacuum

The QT4070 has an integrated vacuum system that sucks in the hairs as they are being cut, trapping them in a small compartment built into the trimmer.

It captures smaller hairs a lot better than longer ones and people with longer, thicker beards may need to clean the compartment out a few times with every trim. Having said that, cleaning is easy as you simply have to open a little built-in door to access the hair compartment.

While it does not suck in all the hairs, you will save a massive amount of time spent cleaning out the hairs from the sink as it seems at least 80% of hairs are sucked up by the vacuum normally and when you use it with the turbo setting, it easily feels like 95%.

Just remember to clean out the compartment after every use as you want to avoid hairs falling out when travelling.

The Trimming

Packed with a powerful motor, the QT4070 cuts very easily and efficiently, and results in an even trim on each setting.

Those with sensitive skin are able to use this trimmer with confidence even on the 0.5mm setting without fear of nicks or cuts.

It works well even for those with thick beard hairs and you will experience no pinching or pulling even when in a rush.

For best results, use gently on the face and let the trimmer do most of the work. You won’t need to exert force as it cuts effortlessly.
Using too much force may result in a shorter trim than intended.

Multiple Settings

The QT4070 comes with 18 length settings starting from 1/32”(1mm) to (23/32”)18mm plus an additional stubble setting, 1/64”(0.5mm), for the 5 o’clock shadow look.

The Turbo

Simply press the turbo button to dramatically boost the cutting speed as well as the fan speed of the vacuum.

This is ideal for plowing through thicker hairs quickly and easily and will speed up the trimming process considerably.

The big increase in the fan speed will ensure that almost all the hairs get sucked into the compartment.

The turbo setting will make the trimming a bit noisier.


A neat feature for the travelling man, the travel lock prevents the trimmer from getting turned on accidentally in your travel luggage.

To use it, just hold down the power button for 6 seconds to lock and then again to unlock.

Connecting the trimmer to the charger should also cause it to automatically unlock.

Stay-Sharp Blades

No oiling and maintenance is needed as these blades were manufactured to stay sharp.
Many users have reported that after months of regular use, the blades remain just as sharp as the first day.

Cord and Cordless Use

A very convenient feature, this trimmer can be used on the go without the cord, or with the cord plugged in when you forget to pre-charge it.

Long-Lasting Charge

With a Lithium-Ion battery included, the trimmer allows for 75 minutes of use after a 1 hour charge. Users have said that using the turbo feature will reduce the cordless use time per charge by about 25 minutes.

Digital Display

A multi-functional digital display shows setting length as well as battery life.


The QT4070 comes standard with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Comb Attachments

2 combs are included, the stubble comb and the much loved contour comb.
The flexible contour comb was designed to maneuver easily with the natural curves of the face.
When the QT4070 was released, there were many complaints because the contour comb was not included on purchase. This has been rectified as it now ships standard with the trimmer. Complaints of the combs being too sharp have also disappeared, so this issue seems to have also been resolved by Philips.

The Bad

This Trimmer isn’t waterproof

Between Use Charge Life

Some have complained that the QT4070 does not hold a charge well between uses.

Philips Norelco QT4070 Review: Final Verdict…

The Philips Norelco QT4070 is a high-quality trimmer that gets the job done efficiently. Making effective use of technology this trimmer is perfect for the busy man who doesn’t have time to waste cleaning up the sink after use, or having to constantly maintain the blades.
The varied settings and option to use with or without the cord makes it extremely versatile, and you are assured of finding the right setting for your beard.

All in all, a solid trimmer and a highly recommended purchase. If you are looking for a more stylish and affordable trimmer, be sure to check out our Trym II review.