Philips Norelco QC5580/40 electric hair clipper features an unique 180° rotating head and a fully washable bodyIf you are a practical person, who prefers spending your hard-earned money on a versatile tool which can replace a number of other expensive ones, then please take a closer look at the Norelco QC5580/40 Pro.

This is not only a hair clipper, but it is in fact a combination of a number of useful grooming tools.

By buying this set of Philips clippers, you will not only be saving a load of money, but you will be saving a ton of space for all those separate devices in your home grooming kit.

Read on to find out more about the advantages and the possible setbacks of these versatile Philips hair trimmers, in my detailed Philips Norelco QC5580/40 clipper review.

Overview of the Norelco QC5580/40 hair clipper

Unique features of the Norelco 5580/40 Pro electric clipper

The most prominent feature in the Norelco QC5580/40 clipper is its rotating cutting head. This is a unique characteristic which cannot be found in any other traditional hair clipper. It is the rotating head which makes the QC5580/40 electric clipper such a powerful and top preferred set of Philips hair clippers.

This versatile Philips trimmer is fitted with durable stainless steel blades. This is not unusual when it comes to hair cutters. The unusual part is that these blades require nearly no maintenance.

All you need to do is take apart the Philips hair clipper after you are done and wash the blades and parts under running water. That’s it. No oiling is required, as the blades are self-sharpening!

The head rotates at 180 degrees which will allow you to reach even the most hard to reach spots on your head, face or body. It is extremely convenient and easy to use even for newbies in home hair grooming.

From a balding clipper all the way up to 5/8″

What I love about this QC5580/40 hair cutter is that you don’t need to pause and look for the hair comb attachment you need during a haircut. All you have to do is choose one of the 14 available hair length options from the Norelco QC5580/40 clipper’s dial which is extremely easy to access and use.

Rotating head and 14 different lengths with a switch of the dialYou get to pick between a number 0” up to the 5/8 inch option. This means that you can use the Philips QC5580/40 as a perfect balding clipper as well as a hair clipper for haircuts ranging up to a length of 5/8 inches.

Once you get used to the movement of the rotating head and start using the Philips balder or the adjustable dial for your hair grooming, you will be amazed at how easy life will get!

If you tend to distrust cordless hair clippers due to lack of power and because of short battery life, then you needn’t worry about the Norelco head shaver.

The powerful Lithium-ion battery is quick charging, and provides up to 60 minutes of precise and reliable clipping, shaving or trimming time.

Just in case, a useful indicator light will let you know when your battery is running low. At this point you will still have about 10 to 15 minutes of running time, to finish up before recharging.

With this useful feature and the long-lasting battery, the Norelco QC5580/40 is definitely one of the best cordless hair clippers on the market right now.

It is the perfect electric clipper for those of you who don’t have time to waste, and who want to quickly and efficiently groom yourself wherever you are and whenever you choose.

The rotating cutting and shaving head of the QC5580/40 also has the advantage of letting you cut your own hair, and reaching all those tricky places on your scalp or face, without having to twist and turn your hand in awkward and uncomfortable positions.

Fantastic performance – a balding clipper with self-sharpening blades

Achieve excellent results with the Philips Norelco balderThe Philips Norelco QC5580/40 hair clipper is an impeccable bolding clipper too. You can easily attach and adjust the special head shave attachment to achieve the perfect balding results. This is also enhanced by the fact that the rotating head and the high-quality blades can easily reach any part of your scalp at all times. This ensures a perfectly smooth and even close shave or bald look.

Of course, if you have thick hair, you may need to follow up with a razor in order to achieve a perfectly smooth shave.

It is also very important to point out, that unlike some of the more dangerous balding clippers like the Wahl 5 Star, this Philips DIY hair cutter is perfectly safe to use. It is also gentle on your skin, so you can say goodbye to any rashes, bumps or nicks.

As mentioned before, the blades of this Philips electric clipper are made of long-lasting stainless steel and can easily be washed. They don’t need sharpening or oiling, as they are self-sharpening and will remain sharp and precise even after years of use.

Where the Norelco QC5580/40 needs improvement

But in order to be perfectly honest in my Norelco QC5580/40 electric clipper review, I do need to mention some of the downsides and potential problems of these cordless hair clippers too.

The main problem with these Philips clippers are the combs which come with it. Just like with many other hair cutters on the market, the combs which are sold with the Philips hair trimmer are made of quite flimsy plastic.

This means that they can bend during use or during handling, which may require some extra care when using them with your Norelco trimmer.

It is a good idea for Philips to consider improving this ongoing problem with the combs with most of its Norelco products.

Another potential problem with these cordless hair clippers is the fact that the motor is not the most powerful one, and can suffer from choking during a haircutting session. This can lead to uneven cutting or trimming. This means that you may have to go through the same area twice or several times, in order to ensure that the hair is trimmed or shaved evenly.

Last but not least, the price of this electric hair cutting device is on the higher end as compared to some other hair clippers and trimmers on the market. Plus, the replacement parts for it can be on the expensive side too. So, it may not be suitable for those of you on a tight budget.


Generally, the cordless Philips Norelco QC5580/40 is an excellent versatile grooming tool for those of you who want to cut, trim or shave your hair and face in the privacy of your own home.

It is comfortable to hold, and easy and safe to use.

Plus, it is compact, requires very little maintenance, and is portable. The battery charges very quickly and you get up to an hour of hair cutting operation on every full charge.

It is perfect for those of you who don’t want to spend time and money for going to the barber shop, as well as for people, who want an easy to use trimmer, clipper, and balding tool all-in-one.

Also, this clipper from Philips is highly recommended for those of you with sensitive skin.

Its special rotating head design and easy to switch hair length adjustment dial will make every hair cutting experience at home a breeze!