About MicroTouch Pocket Barber
The MicroTouch Pocket Barber claims to be a 2-in-1 compact, cordless trimmer that has the trimming edge on the side, which makes trimming your hair as easy as combing it. In fact, by simply snapping on the included grooming guide for the hair length you want, and then just combing and trimming, the manufacturer claims that you can’t make a mistake when using the MicroTouch Pocket Barber.
On the other end, the MicroTouch Pocket Barber also includes a built-in lighted micro-trimmer for powerful—yet gentle—precision grooming on mustaches and beards, nose and ear hair, sideburns, and even body hair.
And because the MicroTouch Pocket Barber gets as close as a blade while remaining safe to the touch, the manufacturer claims that it can help you look your best every day by keeping you neat and trim between haircuts.
When it comes down to it, will the MicroTouch Pocket Barber really “bring your barber to you,” or will it just steal your money and bring nothing but headaches? Consider the following:
Is the MicroTouch Pocket Barber Really Mistake-Proof?
If you’ve ever cut your own hair before, whether on your head or your face, you fully understand that you can make plenty of mistakes. And while MicroTouch Pocket Barber’s guides might provide a slight buffer against making them, they certainly won’t prevent you from making mistakes altogether.
For example: Let’s say you want a slight fade on your sides that moves from short to long and then blends in with the hair on the top of your head. Even with the guards, unless you want a blocky, highly noticeable “edge” where your hair transitions from short to longer, you’ll need to have the skill to move the Pocket Barber off your scalp as you approach the top for increasingly longer hair.
And if you accidentally slip on the longer section, you might have to shave your head altogether to cover up for the mistake.
How Does MicroTouch Pocket Barber Compare to Professional Tools?
Next, while we didn’t test the MicroTouch Pocket Barber ourselves, it’s important to keep in mind that the professional styling tools you’d find at your barber’s often cost hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, as they’re generally constructed of high-quality, durable materials that are meant to last thousands upon thousands of uses.
On the other hand, many “As Seen on TV” products have reputations for failing to work as advertised and for poor quality (we’ll talk more about this in the Reviews section), which may not provide you with a high level of value for your hard-earned money.
Watch Out for Arbitration
Finally, keep in mind that by placing an order on the MicroTouch Pocket Barber website, you’ll automatically be bound to an arbitration agreement.
If you were to ever experience damages from using the MicroTouch Pocket Barber, this means your legal recourse would be severely limited, including a trial by jury or becoming part of a class action lawsuit.
What Are Customers Saying about MicroTouch Pocket Barber?
MicroTouch Pocket Barber was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered May 2015), with no online customer reviews available.
However, we did learn that the Pocket Barber is manufactured by Idea Village, one of the largest companies within the “As Seen on TV” industry who makes many other ASOTV razors, such as MicroTouch Switchblade, Micro Touch One Razor, and Yes! by Finishing Touch.
Among nearly 370 HighYa reader reviews for these products (as of 6/15/15), they have any average rating of just 2 stars. While some consumers claimed to have had positive experiences with them, the most common complaints appear to revolve around failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.
Despite these concerns, Idea Village held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 127 closed complaints, most of which appeared to mirror those found on HighYa.
MicroTouch Pocket Barber Pricing & Refund Policy
MicroTouch Pocket Barber is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, which include two snap-on precision guides, as well as a deluxe precision grooming kit, which the company claims includes every grooming tool you’ll need to always look your best.
MicroTouch Pocket Barber comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-561-8419.
Should MicroTouch Pocket Barber be Your Next Trimmer?
Chopping to the point: Considering the fact that the MicroTouch Pocket Barber is so new without any online customer reviews, it’s difficulty to gauge just how satisfied you’ll be with the 2-in-1 trimmer. However, as we mentioned above, some of the manufacturer’s other trimmer-related products come with mixed online reviews and complaints of failing to work as advertised and poor quality.
Because of these concerns, as well as its non-refundable S&H charges, we might recommend searching for similar options locally, or online by entering the phrase “2-in-1 trimmer” into your favorite search engine.
In fact, many of the company’s other products have ended up on store shelves, so if you’re patient enough, this might also occur soon with the MicroTouch Pocket Razor.