I have never really been a big fan of electric razors, simply because i have never found one that shaves close enough. If your anything like me and have bristles that grow very thick, it is important to have a close enough shave, this electric razor certainly provides that for you.
I initially saw this razor in out local supermarket, after hearing about it from a friend, but it was very expensive for what it was. It was priced at 89.99 which I thought was really high just for a razor, so I turned to the internet to try and find a lower price, which I did.
The razor cost me £49.99 including delivery, which is more than I would usually pay for a razor but it looked very good. The product is black and color and has an ergonomic design which fits in your hand very nicely.
The razor had three heads, which only adds to its brilliant shaving power. As you press the razor against your face, the metal pads depress to shave close to the skin The best part apart electric razors from what I have found is that it is extremely hard if not impossible to cut yourself shaving with one, which is always a bonus!
The battery is rechargeable on this razor which is a very good aspect to it, and tends to hold its charge very well. I get around eight full shaves out of this before the need to recharge, and the charging only takes just over an hour which i find to be very useful.
Although expensive, this is really good value for money, especially if you are like me and need and need a razor that you can rely on.
Ok, so to give it some credit the actual build quality of the product is ok. It features three spinning blades on top and a pop-out trimmer on the back, rechargeable battery. So it seems you're getting a good deal for the price of it.
However, do not be fooled by it's suave looks, features and high end branding. I myself do have quite a thick beard, but that still doesn't mean it should hurt right? Those blades where so dull (on first shave) that it was literally pulling the hairs out of my face. Not the most pleasant experience to shave with. Granted when it did actually cut, it was close and quite nice actually. Yet even with the 'mobile' rotation of the blades they still couldn't quite get those hard to reach spots. So if you have a chiselled face or a neat jaw line this is certainly not the one for you.
The trimmer is equally as poor as the razor section itself. Physically getting caught on hairs you're trying to trim down! Holding it upside down or the wrong way round if you will, isn't the most comfortable either! Impossible to try and shape anything if you wanted too.
To clean it after a shave you simply pop the top off and sweep away any hair inside, a swift and easy job you'd think. Not so much. All the blades are individually held in, so be careful to pull out the supporting brace when cleaning. You want to hold up-right or else they may just fall out, I however learnt this the hard way!
To add insult to injury, it's not even water proof.
The philishave shown above was my first electric shaver, costing around £30 to buy. It features 3 spinny head things for trimming, and a pop out beard cutting on the back. With a built in rechargeable battery. On paper, this sounds awesome, however there are problems.
Build quality one this is actually very good, as you would expect from phillips. Mine still works. However the shaver is supposed to come with a little cleaning brush, but mine didn't. The way to clean the shaver is to pop the top off with a little tab at the front, and remove the top, then brush, then unscrew this little latch thing before taking out the individual disks and cleaning them. This does take a while, so I normally just take off the main head and clean it before replacing it. In the instructions its says that each disc is meant to go back in the same position, with the same cover. I cannot honestly say that I must have put them always in the right place, because once they all fell out over the floor, and they all look identical. Maybe this somewhat accounts for my devices performance, but if it did, it just means its a poor design, I would have liked to be able to unlock each disk individually, rather than all 3 at the same time.
This device is not waterproof, so it cannot be taken into the shower like other electric shavers. However, I have used it on wet hair before (but believe me its more effort than it is worth, you are better off just doing it dry).
The trimmer on the back of the device is actually very good for gross reduction, and general beard care. However it does have a tendency to "grab" on to bits of your chin etc if you go too close to the skin, a mistake you will only make a few times before you realise! However my grandad, who use to have the same shaver, said that if you used the trimmer that comes out of the back too many times, then the machine overheats and breaks. Although this never happened to me personally, I thought I should share that with you guys.
My biggest problem with this device is the sharpness of the blades in the disc. I hand't used it for very long, and already they had started to blunten. I know I have a thick beard, but still... I would like to shave rather than pluck out what feels like every hair. Even if I pre-trimmed with the trimmer, then tried shaving, it would often leave me with a red and swollen chin because of all the hairs being plucked!
Whats worse is the non-rotational discs. My brother bought a newer version of this for £15 or so, and it doesn't feature the back trimmer, but the discs all move independent of one another, meaning that it adapts better to his face. With my trimmer, you essentially have to you only one disk most of the time, because trying to use all 3 will mean you miss huge parts of your face in the contour parts.
Overall, I give this product 2/5. Its very well made, and has been dropped a few time, and the fact I still occasionally use it (I use a babyliss istubble, i have a seperate review on this) for minor adjustments to the "margins" of the stubble, I don't really get on with this well. I just don't like the feeling, and the blades dullen too quickly. If you are thinking of getting an electric shaver, look at either a shaver with only 2 discs, or one with moveable discs, I think that will help a lot.