54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic shaver but over-priced,
This review is from: Philips SensoTouch RQ1180cc GyroFlex 2D Rotary Rechargeable Shaver with Clean and Charge Stand (Personal Care)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)First, some context: if you use a wet shave and are considering going to an electric shaver for a better shave - forget it, the shave isn't going to be as good (even this one). If you are an electric shaver user and would like to get a closer shave then read on. The reality is that no electric shaver can mimic the cost and closeness of a razor shave despite potential electric shavers' advantages such as reduced skin cuts and irritation, portability, efficiency etc.
This shaver comes with a long lead to connect the 2-pin auto-voltage connector to a charger stand which has suction feet for stability. The shaver charges via touch-contacts when propped upright on the stand and the battery charge level on the RQ1180 is indicated by a 5 level column of lights. "Wet" shaving is entirely safe because the shaver cannot be connected to its charger when in use. The shaver is rated to provide 17 shaves fully charged and incorporates a 3 sec push and hold travel lock to prevent inadvertent discharge when travelling. Unfortunately the charger stand cannot be folded up for travel which is a bit of a nuisance as it takes up a lot of unneeded space. The instruction booklet was written for Ikea it seems - lots of pictures so no need to translate to different languages, but as a result you need some experience in Lego, Meccano or Ikea.
The RQ1180 itself is light, quiet and streamlined in use, comfortable to hold and easier to disassemble for cleaning than the more classic Philishave models I've used before. As a dry shaver, both with and without electric pre-shave lotion, its results felt no better than previous Philishaver models though its 2D contouring over the face felt marginally smoother. However when used as a wet shaver, using gel in personal preference to shaving foam or oils, the shave achieved with the RQ1180 was faster, closer and considerably more comfortable than its dry shave capability.
The RQ1180 includes a bulky electrically operated cleaner and charge stand with bowl for jet cleaning the shaver heads and this is responsible for much of the increased price of this shaver versus others from the same range. Individuals reluctant to pay this sum may prefer the same model available without the bowl for considerably less. The cleaner does a good job of cleaning the shaver and heads, but it may be a bit redundant as the shaver head assembly is easily washable under running water and can easily be disassembled for brush cleaning.
So to conclude... this is definitely a cut above (sorry) the traditional electric shaver and for that it must be commended. Conversely it doesn't beat a wet shave so it really is geared at electric shaver users onlu. From that point of view my only big objection has to be the price. For something that is after all a shaver it does seem considerably more expensive for a set of features which, being optimistic, will be used "for best". Worse still, you are paying a huge premium for the cleaning stand and I don't really think that's justified. For that reason alone, I'm afraid it has to lose a star.
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2011 14:14:19 GMT
Tony B says:
A good review, thanks
Posted on 10 Dec 2011 12:01:16 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 19:49:37 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 16:33:53 GMT
Mr. A. Atkin says:
He got it with the Amazon vine program you twit.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 20:07:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2012 00:32:24 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
Just wanted to say (edited as below!!) how nice it must be for those extremely lucky* folk on the vine program *me, a top500 reviewer with nearly a hundred reviews with an avg. of around 90% helpfulness rating, and yet no sign of a vine invite...
A potential solution to the price issue, he raised, is to buy the considerably cheaper and yet just as highly reviewed Phillips Aquatouch 890 - which was, as it turns out, my solution to the cost of this expensive Sensotouch. It's a shame that no one has to date reviewed both shavers side by side (and I've searched unsuccessfully for such a comparative review) thus to settle once and for all - whether it really is worth spending over twice the cost of the highly respected Aquatouch 890 on this highly respected Sensotouch. Or, is there much difference in quality of shave between them at all!?
Well, I'm a gambling man, and would gamble that there's probably not much difference in overall utility between them, especially as far as wet shaves are concerned, and so opted for the less costly Aquatouch instead. Hope that helps someone who's budget minded and concerned about spending so much on a shaver.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 20:17:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2012 20:18:01 BDT
Darren Simons says:
Just to correct that if you don't mind... the Amazon Vine review tag only appears on Amazon reviews for Vine products. If an Amazon Vine reviewer does a review for a non-Vine product, the Vine tag doesn't appear (for the record my review here was indeed a Vine review). I'm not aware of Vine reviews for books and other products being separate but maybe someone else can comment on that.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 00:39:17 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
my bad, thanks for clearing that up and my last post's edited accordingly. On the faq for vine here on amazon I interpreted/misinterpreted the following quote to mean if e.g. you mostly reviewed books then you'll not be offered free tv's to review etc. That being said, it seems that the vine program is, from what you've said (and reviewed!), even better than I suspected: "we also weigh customers' demonstrated interest in products similar to those enrolled in the Vine programme. This facilitates product reviews by people who are familiar with the category they belong to. For example if a Vine Voice mostly purchases and/or reviews home and garden products, it is more likely they will be offered similar products"
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