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on 4 July 2011
I've been shaving electrically for more years than I care to admit (OK, it's over 30 years!) but I've always used foil shavers, this is the first rotary shaver I've owned and I'd always been curious about how they performed. Firstly, I'll admit I'm blessed (?) with quite sensitive skin and shaving in particular can be a painful business for me, but after all these years my face is completely used to electric shavers (I almost never blade-shave) so I wasn't expecting any problems. I've given my face a couple of weeks to adjust to the PT870 but it's still not happening, we're not getting along very well at all.
They're like lawnmowers! The difference between using a foil shaver and a rotary is much like the difference between a cylinder lawnmower and a hover one. The cylinder is more precise, cuts shorter and is more controllable especially on the edges. The hover is good over open areas but it's a bit imprecise and less controllable and doesn't give me an even finish. On normal beard hair the PT870 works OK, it cuts reasonably short and it's surprisingly quiet (if that matters) compared to most of my previous shavers. If you stray away from your stubble, onto neck hair for example, it's not so good - with softer, less bristly hair it seems to act more like an epilator, yanking hair out at the root instead of trimming it and that gets painful. The pop-out trimmer isn't the best either - it can only be moved in a downward direction during use, if you try to move upwards it just folds the trimmer back into the shaver.
There are good things about the PT870 - the ability to rinse it under running water is great, no more buying cleaning solutions (although Philips do offer them) and it also recharges quickly. Changing the cutters or removing them for more intensive cleaning is fiddly but Philips say they can last for two years before needing replacement and that's longer than any foil shaver I've had. In the end shaving's a subjective thing for most men and It might just be that my skin doesn't suit the PT870, but if you also suffer sensitive skin or are prone to shave-burn I'd think twice about getting one. I wish I liked it more but I'm disappointed by it and I know from experience there are much better shavers available in this price range.