The QT4000 is a very good ‘bargain’ or ‘budget’ trimmer, which you can usually get for under $20. The QT4014 is a step up, but has the same general idea.
The QT4014 has twice as many length settings, which is impressive, especially since the lowest setting is .5mm and the highest is 10mm. That means it goes up in .5 mm increments. If you can’t find the right length with all of those options, I don’t know what to tell you – this is an incredible range of lengths.
This unit’s length settings are controlled by a built-in guide comb that adjusts up and down by selecting a number/length on the wheel that is incorporated into the body of the trimmer. This means that you won’t have to worry about multiple guide combs taking up space and potentially breaking when you put them on or take them off.
The blades are titanium coated, which will help to ensure they get a clean cut and stay sharper, longer. They do not need to be oiled and are self-sharpening, which reduces maintenance for you. Additionally, they can be run under water to clean them, though you may find it necessary to use the included cleaning brush to get any remaining hairs out of the blades.
Of course, you can remove the guide comb quite easily and shave/trim/edge with the blade. This will give you a pretty close shave, and it should be comfortable, too – the QT4014 has slightly rounded blade tips to help prevent skin irritation.
Another step up on the QT4000 is the fact that you get 50 minutes out of a charge. This is on the high end of the scale, so you will not have to worry about remembering to plug it in as often. Regarding the charging of this trimmer, we found that an excellent feature is the fact that you can use it while it is plugged in, which means the charge won’t drain, and you won’t be at risk of having the power get low while you’re shaving, which can seriously affect performance. A plugged in trimmer will ensure an even, consistent flow of power from the motor to the blades.
We’ll continue on charging for a moment, because it really is a top feature for this trimmer. Many beard trimmers require multiple hours (sometimes 10 or more) to get up to full charge. The Philips Norelco QT4014/42 has a 1 hour charge time, which is amazing if you look at it as a stand alone feature, but even more impressive when compared to other trimmers.
What makes this trimmer attractive is the fact that while it is an upgraded or ‘supercharged’ version of the more basic and inexpensive QT4000, Philips has not gone and added a bunch of pointless accessories to justify this model’s existence. Instead, they have simply made good, smart upgrades that you feel are totally worth the extra price.
You can typically get one of these for under $40 on Amazon.com, so it is still a very cost-effective option.
If the QT4000 is the reliable entry-level model with hubcaps and cloth seats, this is the model with alloy wheels, leather seats and a sunroof. No SatNav or Sport Mode, but a solid, well-built, respectable machine.
You should get some good life out of it and it certainly does it’s job – keeping your beard trimmed just the way you want it to be.