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Philips PT 860 Power Touch
For many years I have preferred a wet shave but just financially wet shaving has got so much more expensive in recent years. The prices of razor blades has risen ridiculously. Also, last year I was finding that it was hard to keep up with the changes in razors and blades. It seemed that as soon as I bought a new razor the shop stopped stocking blades because the next product had been released. Then, you're back to buying a new razor just so you can easily purchase the blades. So, purely for financial reasons I made the switch back to an electric razor. In terms of money I am pleased that I did.
Quality of shave
A switch to an electric shaver requires a new way of working one's morning routine. The first thing that I noticed is that this razor struggles to shave well if my skin is even slightly damp. The hair trimming seem to clog the razor more and then end result is a shave that is not so close. The best results are on completely damp skin which means shaving before the morning shower.
The shaver has three spinning heads which do the cutting. These pivot around on their own centres which allows the shaver to ride bumps and crevices in the skin (my face seems to grow more of these with each passing year) without nicking. In fact, one of the big differences between the wet shave experience and this electric shaver is that it is almost impossible to nick yourself with this shaver. I really is an incredibly safe shave, even if your are running late and shaving rouly and quickly you still get a decent shave with no nicks.
The other aspect of this shaver is a trimmer. This is released from the back of the shaver with a pull down by the thumb. The action that releases the trimmer feels slightly cheap but over a year on and it is still working fine. This trimmer is a buzzing double line of small blades close together. Again, somehow it see,s to work safely and even when pressed into the skin it only cuts hair. I use this for tidying up the side burns about once each week and it is an easy and quick solution.
Hair cut by the shaver is caught in the lid below the blades. A button on the edge of the lid when pressed flips the lid up so the shaver can be shaken out and a small brush (supplied) can then be used to clean out the back of the cutting mechanism. When opening the shaver you need to be already over the bin because as soon as you press the button face fur starts dropping from the shaver.
Overall, this is a quality electrical device that hasn't yet failed. It is used at least once a day, sometimes more. One additional advantage of this shaver has been when travelling on short journeys. If I was only taking hand luggage I couldn't of course carry a razor but this item is permitted in hand luggage.
One final observation is that although a close shave this is still not quite as smooth a shave as one would get from a wet shave. Whether this is a fault of this device or just a general observation of electric shavers versus wet shave razors I couldn't be certain.
I paid 69.99 pounds for this shaver at the time of purchase and it must have saved of double that on razors and blades already so as a financial move it was a shrewd one. For ease, it was also a good move as this is undeniably a quicker morning shave. The only niggle is that it isn't quite such a perfect finish as one would achieve with a wet shave.
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