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4.0 out of 5 stars
A great shaver but worth the money?, 25 Oct 2010
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I've been using this shaver for a month now and I am very pleased with it.
In my opinion and experience electric shavers can't give you quite as close a shave as a good razor (a Mach 3 for example).
If you shave everyday this isn't normally a problem but for people like me with sensitive skin who need to let a bit of growth build up to avoid razor burn, an electric shaver can be a problem.
Either you put pre-shave on and lots of cold water followed by moisturiser afterwards, or you let the beard grow and the electric shaver struggles to shave you without literally catching and pulling hairs out ( a bit discomforting).
I tried both methods with this shaver and am pleased to report that I don't suffer nearly as much razor burn as I did with my older cheaper shaver, nor did I suffer from a lot of pulling and grabbing with longer hairs. It left my skin with a relatively close shave (equivalent of a disposable twin blade) and a nice smooth feeling for the day
This shaver has an innovative cleaning system based on a cartridge containing (I assume) alcohol.
I don't know how long the cartridges last but I was cleaning the shaver every second shave and I still have a lot of fluid left.
However you can also go for the more economical method of using the brush and interestingly you can run the shaver under the tap.
I did this for one cleaning and it only took about 1 minute to clean and dry the shaver to a very good standard.
This begs the question as to why you would spend about £12 on 3 cleaning cartridges.
You could clean it under the tap once or twice a week and use the cleaning system the other time, that would ensure the shaver stays in good condition and works as intended.
As a standalone razor it's a good product but I'm not sure it's worth £160 even with the cleaning system.
If it comes down in price to about £100 I'd give it a bash.
It loses 1 star because of the frankly eye-watering price of the initial purchase and the 3 pack of cleaning cartridges (which should last 6-7 months of normal use). If you use the system as intended budget on £25 a year in cleaning fluid.