A vacuum and a beard trimmer all in one? We’ll bite, because it appears that’s exactly what Philips has been working on, developing a facial hair groomer that sucks hair as opposed to the ones that just suck, period.

One of the biggest complaints a guy with a beard is likely to endure in a long-term relationship is over fur clippings: they just spread everywhere.

Cut that beard and the bits go everywhere, sharp black or brown or white or red follicles falling to the floor of where ever you were cutting.

Clip that moustache and you’ll find fluff from just under the nose near the sink or on the floor of the bathroom. And hey, even the goatee gets grains of grass in all the places you don’t want it to be.

This can understandably put some partners in a complaining mood, and while guys won’t want to admit it, who can blame them: that’s our hair down there, in the sink, the shower, and the floor. They don’t want to see that. Hell, we don’t want to see that, and is half the reason why we’re trimming it in the first place!

Philips thinks it has a solution for this, however, and has decided to throw two gadgets together for its BeardTrimmer 7000, converging home appliance technology with home cleaning technology.

That is to say, the 7000 model of the Philips BeardTrimmer has a tiny vacuum built into its beard trimming body. As you do.

To make this work effectively, there’s no vacuum bag to catch the clippings, but rather a small compartment on the front of the body which you can empty by easily opening and tipping into a bin, with a small amount of suction applied to a slot just under the blades, catching the hair as you trim.

That’s the theory, anyway, and the rest of the trimmer is pretty much what a trimmer needs to be, with stainless steel maintenance free blades, 18 length settings, a travel pouch, two clipping accessory heads, a comb (gotta have the comb), a “turbo” button to trim faster, and a battery that last for a little over an hour of charge and takes roughly an hour to charge.

But the idea of a trimmer that cuts down on the mess is one that intrigues us, because it could also cut down on the almost automatic amount of complaints the excess hair clippings are bound to give us, so the obvious question we have is does it work?

Fortunately, the Philips BeardTrimmer 7000 came at just the right time, since this journalist has been toying with trimming his beard for the past week, so since there’s so much beard to trim on his face at the moment (or there was before he wrote this), here’s our mini-review of the latest BeardTrimmer.

Mini-review

We’ve already gone through the features for this trimmer, but in case you’re curious what’s in the box, you’ll find the trimmer itself, two different length combs, a charger, a few instruction manuals, and a small brush.

That’s all pretty standard fare for any facial hair trimmer, and really you have to look at the actual trimmer’s body to see what Philips has done that’s different.