Remington is a household name and a brand we often associate with disposable and electric razors. But their trimmers have also made a name for themselves thanks to their lightweight designs, powerful motors, and blade systems that can rival any higher priced trimmer. Fortunately, Remington is one of those brands that may offer the best stubble trimmer quality for a reasonable price that works for most budgets. Their latest series of trimmers offer the same type of quality that we’ve come to expect from Remington, in addition to some great extras that you won’t find on other trimmers in this price range.
The MB404 by Remington is a rechargeable beard and mustache trimmer that comes with nine length settings, three blade attachments, and a hassle-free design that makes it very beginner-friendly. If you’re searching for a trimmer that will allow you to achieve a whole new look, then this trimmer’s styling options combined with its versatility and low price make it a great option.
As you can see, this powerful beard trimmer has plenty to offer, including a variety of length settings, a powerful motor, a lightweight design, and self-sharpening blades that always ensure you experience the cleanest, closest, shave possible.
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Overview and Features
Remington is another major brand that continues to change the way we shave. Their line of electric razors and trimmers are always very tech-heavy, yet they still manage to be very user-friendly. While many competing brands hike up their prices, Remington remains one of those affordable brands that you can trust. Their newest line of trimmers are powerful, fast, and efficient. Their latest model, the MB404 comes with some great features including nine length options, and self-oiling and self-sharpening blades, which makes this trimmer very low maintenance.
The trimmer is equipped with titanium coated blades that can provide those clean lines and a smooth trim. The MB4040 offers a lot of power in a compact, lightweight package. The trimmer features a waterproof design, weighs in at just a pound, and has a longer than average runtime. Unlike competing models, this trimmer allows you to easily switch up the shave length in seconds.
This is a wet and dry approved trimmer, so you can use the trimmer in the shower, with your favorite shaving products, for a smoother, gentler shaving experience. Studies have actually shown us that the cause of razor burn and skin irritation in general, is often due to dry shaving. However, while the lack of products when shaving can cause skin irritation and razor burn, using the wrong trimmer can also affect the quality of your shave and can lead to serious skin irritation. Remington has solved this problem by creating trimmers that are equipped with self-sharpening blades. This ensures that each and every time you’re ready for a trim or shave, the trimmer is as well.
The trimmer has a runtime of one hundred and twenty minutes. This longer runtime may be a big selling point for some buyer’s, until they realize that it takes a total of three hours to fully charge it.
The titanium coated blades help to increase their durability and longevity. They’re also self-oiling and self-sharpening blades, so maintenance is a breeze. Instead of stamped stainless steel blades, which you’ll find on competing models, such as the Philips Norelco One Blade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver, these blades are precision ground for an exceptional cutting performance. This model also has a detail blade that’s specifically designed for shaping tight spaces and trimming. The included wide blade is designed for an efficient, fast trim, even when working on a long, full beard.
This stubble trimmer comes with a total of nine length settings, so you can choose the beard length that’s perfect for you. Most models in this price range will have three to four settings including long, medium, short, or stubble. With this beard trimmer you can achieve the exact length you want. The included blades and head are easy to remove and the trimmer’s head is also washable.
The included motor is pretty powerful and can easily take on a long beard, coarse hair, and thicker hair. Typically, cordless trimmers aren’t exactly powerful, but this one hundred and twenty volt trimmer offers a performance that’s comparable to some corded models.
Ease of Use
The three detachable heads are perfect for trimming sideburns, mustaches, beards, stubble, and goatees. The trimmer is curved slightly, which will help you trim and shave in difficult areas, such as around your neck and under your chin. Since it’s so powerful and efficient, you won’t have to make multiple passes, even if you have a very thick beard. Since the edges of the attachments are smooth you won’t have to worry about skin irritation.
If you’re not a fan of wet shaving with a trimmer, then you may not know much about the benefits you and your skin will enjoy from a good wet shave. Wet shaving basically means shaving with water and a shaving product. If you’ve tried wet shaving in the past, then you may already know how beneficial it is for your skin. A wet shave will give you a closer shave for a much cleaner, smoother feel. Wet shaves can also work to reduce some of the uncomfortable effects of shaving such as ingrown hair and razor burn. Often, the negative effects form shaving are often due to not using any lubrication or shaving with a trimmer or razor with dull blades. If you’ve never tried a wet shave before, then this Remington trimmer will give you the perfect opportunity to learn firsthand why wet shaving is a much better option for your skin. This model is one hundred percent waterproof, so it can be fully submerged in the sink or you can even use it in the shower. It can also be used in conjunction with your favorite shaving creams, foams, oils, and lotions.
This is a trimmer that’s powerful enough to handle daily use, thanks to its powerful motor and lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries have a reputation for holding a charge, which is why you usually only see them used in higher-priced shavers and trimmers. Fortunately, Remington was able to keep the price down and still equip this trimmer with all the best components and features.
Despite the trimmer’s reputation for power, it’s actually very quiet-running. With a full charge it can provide approximately one hundred and twenty minutes of shaving. The trimmer holds a charge well, so you can take it with you on vacation and get by on a single charge. The precision ground blades provide a smoother, cleaner shaving and trimming experience. The edges are perfectly ground to ensure that the trimmer will not snag or pull your hair. The trimmer’s quick release button makes cleaning the blades or changing out the blades much easier. Use the built-in zoom wheel to quickly change the height of the blade for a perfect shave or trim in minutes. Thanks to the trimmer’s cutting efficiency, beard maintenance for beginners is a breeze.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- One hundred and twenty minutes runtime
- Nine length settings
- Self-sharpening blades
- Three hour charge time
Remington Versus Philips Norelco One Blade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver
Right off the bat, the Remington has a leg up on the One Blade trimmer. With the Remington, you won’t have to worry about the ongoing cost of blades, but the hybrid One Blade trimmer has blades that must be replaced four times a year, which can be a big drawback for some potential buyers. If you thought three hours was a long time, then you’ll be shocked to learn that the One Blade must be charged for a full twenty-four hours. In terms of runtime, the One Blade offers forty-five minutes compared to this Remington’s runtime of one hundred and twenty minutes.
Conclusion and Rating
Remington has done it again by producing an affordable, feature-loaded beard trimmer that comes with nine length setting options, titanium coated blades and a low-maintenance design that makes using this model a cinch. It’s perfect for hair of all thickness levels and lengths, which makes it a great buy for anyone who wants to achieve that well-groomed look.
The MB404 provides the sharpest blades and the longest running battery out of all the other trimmers in Remington’s lineup. This trimmer is powered by a lithium-ion battery that offers four times the battery life compared to other models in this price range. Versatile, low maintenance and beginner-friendly, we gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.