Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars A close Shave!, 10 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Philips Shaver Series 7000, Wet and Dry Shaver with Clean and Charge System RQ1197/22 (Personal Care)
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I have previously reviewed a similar razor in the Philips range, and I wasn't too happy about the shave I got from it against my previous shaver (which was a similar Philips model with a different pattern configuration for the cutting head). I found the heads of both models to be interchangeable.
The newer model is much the same and still does not have a built in trimmer, but it has a separate head that is a very effective trimmer for sideburns and edges. It is also interchanges with the clipper head from my previous model. Despite being an effective trimmer, it is still a faff to change instead of merely flicking the smaller built in trimmer to bring it into play, although the superior cutting ability of the larger interchangeable trimmer goes a long way to excusing this, I still miss the convenience of the little slider.
Removing the product from the box reveals a plastic construction which is a 'washing' machine for the head, fixing the razor into the holder and switching on causes the razor to be drawn into the depths of the unit and 'jet washed'. It does feel as if it is a 'gimmick' since it doesn't disinfect the razor head and as far as I can tell, does no more than a good wash under a tap, which of course doesn't use any 'cleaning fluid'.
My first use of the razor was a disappointment, it seemed to take an age to shave 'properly' and the first few times my gauging device* reported that it was not as clean a shave as I had been getting with my older model. (*I have been married to my gauging device for a long time and it has always given reliable results!). I persevered and tried a 'wet shave' which works well using foam or brushed on soap. I also found that a slightly 'damp' beard, cut easier than a totally dry face. I have now got quite used to the new model and I am pleased to report satisfactory results from the gauging device too. Although I still find it easier - and quicker - to shave 'damp' I have got used to the razor and it has got used to me giving a close, satisfactory shave every time, wet or dry!
This is a very good piece of kit, I am not sure the jet wash is a necessary accessory, but even that is well engineered. I think leaving it out would not detract from the usefulness of the shaver and probably would make the product considerably cheaper, I have 'Jet Washed' with it, but it's now 'back in the box' where it will no doubt stay.
JC
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