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on 30 July 2011
As a self confessed "wet & blade" shaver I was looking forward to giving this latest electric incarnation from Philips a test drive (well shave actually). The key problem with manufacturers on the electric side of the shaving world is how do you improve a product that essentially has a very specific and limited function, namely to shave the skin! You can add flashing lights, sexy ergonomics, a plethora of high tech speak, ultra long times before recharge but end of the day you are up against a blade (or blades) that cuts the hairs on your chin....that's it. With my own wet shave system my anual expenditure is probalby in the region of £40p.a. (razor and blades), so what if anything is present here to warrant a 5 year pay-back on my investment?
Out of the pack the Senso is surprisingly light and yes, extremely well designed. In many ways it has the feel of a large wet razor (a good hand fit and grip being essential before the blades are let loose on raw skin!). Philips claim that the Senso "allows the shaver to perfectly follow the unique contours of the face" which in reality means that here you get three circular blades in a triangle formation that work to raise then cut the hair on your face, hugging your face in the process & giving you a clean shave whether wet or dry. In addiition to the blades we have the extra touch of the flat circular and hidden blades beneath their circular brothers and designed to tackle very short stubble.
With the AquaTech inbuilt seal (making the unit essentially waterproof) the shaver has the option of going for wet or dry. I'm not sure if it was psychological or not but with my own testing, I'd swear that the wet shave produed better results, albeit there were repeated trips back to the mirror to catch those annoying hairs you miss when the face is covered in gel! A simple touch sensitive on off switch glows at you, inviting you to turn it on and those wishing to push the boat out further get the self cleaning docking station to charge and clean when it's not on your face (shaving just got lazy).
The results were impressive, very impressive, although in all honesty, not quite as wafer thin close than I'm used to with a blade, but this was never noticeable until well into the evening. That said the shave was exceptionally quick and comfortable with zero skin irration. To conclude, the senso has obvious advantages over the traditional wet shave system. It would be a perfect companion on a long haul flight, holiday or business trip. It is exceptionally comfortable, discrete, ergonomic, easy to use, cleans itself and charges in an hour. It is virtually impossible to cut the skin, the precision trimmer is ideal for sideburns and hey, it feels good and it feels close, very close. I said at the begining that I am a wet shaver and therefore for me it is hard to justify the hefty price tag for such comfort, convenience and styling. That said for those who prefer not to use a blade, I'd say that this is the closest electic model I've ever used and one capable of producing the same results with the added benefit out eliminating the risk of cutting yourself in the process.