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Philips AquaTouch AT896 Wet and Dry Shaver

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  • Wet and dry Aquatec seal
  • Skin protection system
  • Pop up trimmer
  • Fully waterproof
  • Quick charge for one shave
  • Wet and dry Aquatec seal
  • Skin protection system
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Product Description

Product Description

Philips Introduces the AquaTouch Wet and Dry shaver

Most men in their 20s and 30s are unaware that electric shaving can be done wet. They also don't know that wet electric shaving has benefits for the skin. Philips aims to address this with the introduction of AquaTouch, the electric shaver that is fully waterproof, so it can be used wet with foam or gel for a smoother, more comfortable shave and enhanced skin protection.

Philips research has shown that there is a growing number of men who now use an electric shaver as well as a blade to achieve their desired look. But when shaving with a blade, at times they experience skin damage issues such as nicks and cuts, visible redness and 'razor burn'. With the introduction of Philips AquaTouch, not only will they benefit from the convenience of the electric dry shave, but also from the advantages of using an electric shaver wet.

The AquaTouch Series is for a convenient and quick wet and dry electric shave without any skin damage to make your shaving routine simpler, easier and faster.

AT896
AquaTec Wet and Dry - Shave In or out of the Shower

Does your skin sometimes feel dry or irritated after shaving? Philips AquaTouch finds a solution that gives you a smooth shave and healthy skin, all at once. The AquaTec technology used in the AquaTouch shaver range helps you to optimise the shaving experience by the use of gel or foam. You can enjoy enhanced skin comfort with a soothing, moisturising shaving experience by using it in or out of the shower. Shaving in the shower opens pores for a closer shave.

Skin Protection System

The Philips AquaTouch shaver range offers a skin protection system; the caps covering the cutters to prevent the rotary blades from damaging skin. The rounded low-friction protection heads that adjust automatically to the curves of your face prevent skin damage. For Philips shavers, precision translates into the pursuit of creating the shave that gives closeness and comfort.

AT896
100 Per Cent Waterproof

AquaTouch features an inbuilt seal, AquaTec, which means that the shaver is 100% waterproof and designed for use with shaving gel or foam for enhanced skin comfort and minimising skin irritation. The Philips AT896 electric shaver is a 100% waterproof, meaning it is very easy to keep it clean and hygienic, as you can simply rinse it under the tap. It also includes a cleaning brush to remove even the smallest dust particles and hair. Philips AquaTouch shavers come with corrosion free heads to give a brand-new like look even after many uses. Keep your shaver in optimal shape by rinsing it in hot water after every use.

AT896
Pop-Up Trimmer

The shaver has a full width, pop-up trimmer which is designed for grooming your sideburns and moustache.

Replacement Shaving Head

Philips offers a range of replacement shaver heads for its AquaTouch shaver range. All Philips shavers come with one shaver head that can be replaced after every two years for optimal shaving results. To get the most out of your shaver, you should clean its shaving head every three months.

Advised Shaving Method

Rotary shavers require a rotating movement to get a close shave, contrary to a blade, where a rotating movement is dangerous and a linear movement is the standard. When shaving the neck, look down to catch all hair (again, this is quite dangerous with a blade).

AT896
A Rechargeable Shaver with Efficient Power System and Quick Charge for One Shave

Philips AT896 is a rechargeable shaver so you can enjoy the comfort of cordless shaving which makes it ideal for traveling. Charging your shaver is a piece of cake; just plug it into the adapter. A three minute quick charge provides enough power for one shave.

Which Philips Shaver is right for you?

Dry
Wet and Dry
Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details
PowerTouch 7 PowerTouch 8 PowerTouch 9 Click and Style AquaTouch 899 Black Edition AquaTouch 890 SensoTouch 2D SensoTouch 3D
Best for Convenient dry shave Faster, closer dry shave Very fast dry shave, dense beard Body, face groomer and light beard, sensitive skin Shaving every couple of days, with sensitive skin Shaving daily, sensitive skin Super Comfort- close shave for sensitive skin. Facial hair styling option available Close shave, comfort and convenience. Facial hair styling option available
Grooming function
Features Explained
Blade
Blade Type Lift & Cut Dual Precision Triple Track Comfort Cut
(2 Head)
Comfort Cut
(3 Head)
Dual Precision Dual Precision Ultra Track
Technology Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave Comfort profile exerts even pressure on skin and manipulates the hair closer to the blades for a closer more comfortable shave Comfort profile exerts even pressure on skin and manipulates the hair closer to the blades for a closer more comfortable shave Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave Super lift and cut technology- one blade lifts the other cuts ensuring close shave
Profile Straight slot design Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave. Optimised for comfort. Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave. Optimised for comfort. Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave Curved slots, exerts even pressure on skin, for a closer, more comfortable shave
Cutting System Slot only Slots for longer stubble, holes for the shortest stubble Slots for longer stubble, holes for the shortest stubble, three tracks for an even faster shave Slots only - best for fine hair Slots only - best for three day beard Slots for longer stubble, holes for the shortest stubble Slots for longer stubble, holes for the shortest stubble Slots for longer stubble, channels for long or flat laying hair, holes for the shortest stubble
Features
Contour Following Flexing heads Flexing heads Pivot & Flex Flexing heads Flexing heads Flexing heads GyroFlex 2D GyroFlex 3D
The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin. The head also pivots for hard to reach areas The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin The flexing heads in the shaving unit swivel with full range of motion and gently follow the contours of the skin The gyroFlex 2D contour following system adjusts easily to the curves of the face and neck, minimising pressure and irritation The gyroFlex 3D contour following system gives a full range of motion and adjusts easily to the curves of the face and neck, minimising pressure and irritation
Battery life Main/40 mins 50 mins 60 mins 40 mins 45 mins 50 mins 45/50 mins 50/60 mins
Charge Main/8hrs 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr 8 hrs 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Attachments Click on Body/Styler Click on styler option Click on styler option

System Requirements

Note that the power adapter is a UK 2-pin bathroom plug

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Product Information

BrandPhilips
  
Additional Information
ASINB009SLEGRU
Best Sellers Rank 34,051 in Health & Personal Care (See top 100)
Shipping Weight422 g
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Date First Available11 Oct. 2012
  
 

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Customer Reviews

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Brief background: I've been shaving for twenty years. I have naturally dark, coarse hair with a tendency to in-grow. Shaving difficulties are compounded by the fact that i have very sensitive skin. Have tried dozens of brands of razors over the years along with dozens of shaving foams, gels, lotions, washing, cleansing, exfoliating and aftercare rituals. I have also tried several brands and models of electric shaver, with an emphasis on philips and braun, none of which were very effective. In summary, I am NOT the average man, I am at the awkward end of the shaving spectrum

I recently decided to try an electric shaver again due to my new job's requirement for a smart personal appearance precluding my now normal habit of shaving once in the late evening then not shaving for 2-3 days. My face has been looking like a warzone for the last few weeks from almost daily shaving. The motivation to buy an AT 896 was purely motivated by two factors: a) the package blurb indicating that it could be used as a wet shaver with foam or gel for a more comfortable, closer shave and b) the fact that it was marked down 50% in Tesco from £99.99 to £49.99 combined with several vouchers that I had, meaning I paid only £25 for the product. No research was performed prior to purchase.

The marketing material would indicate that key points of this product are:
-close comfortable wet shaving with foam.
-fast charge time of one hour due to lithium ion battery.
-pop up trimmer.
-easy cleaning by rinsing under tap.

To clarify some of these points and importantly some ambiguity from some of the other reviewers I believe that there has been a previous iteration of this shaver that required an 8 hour charge and that used HQ6 blade heads.
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First Philips razor I've used for about 40 years. I've been using Remmington, but the foil razor I have now doesn't shave my neck. Looking at the reports for a Remmington rotary, the same comment was made. This Philips does the job!
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I've never used a wet/dry shaver before and this one appears to work well.
I've had it a month and my wet shaves using it are quicker and produce a smoother result than my previous dry shaver.
I would recommend it
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Although Philips specs website says this AT896 model and the AT890 model take HQ8 replacement shaver heads, turns out if you examine the picture carefully that this "..6" model comes WITHOUT HQ8 installed, whereas the "..0" model DOES come with HQ8 fitted! Only realised that upon reading the box on receipt. (Not Amazon's fault but Philips do a real POOR job explaining their shaver heads/spares/etc, which is annoying when heads alone are c£30!)
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Bought this a few weeks ago and I have been very impressed. Charges within an hour but will give you a quick charge shave in 5 mins too. Light to hold but sturdy grip make it very easy to use. Simple to clean by running under the tap. Glides over your face and in my case my head too. A great buy all round.
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this is a lovely easy shaver to use. battery life is amazing. Fits easily in your hand.Great to be able to use in shower as well as dry.A wonderful product
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Good shaver for the money especially since Amazon was half the list price. Like my previous Phillips shavers it gives a good shave but obviously not as close as a wet shave, and is easy to use. Like the pop up trimmer - very useful. In all a good product.
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The shaver itself is great, it charges quickly, is totally water-proof, has high build quality and cleans very easily; however, the shave heads/blades that come on the AT896 proved to be extremely poor. When it does catch the hairs it cuts very close (at least in the dry, the result is not so smooth when wet shaving), although the blades could be sharper and it does pinch quite a lot.

The real problem though, is the fact that the shaver misses most of the hairs it passes over unless I work it vigorously and perform multiple passes - severely irritating my skin and making my shave take 5x as long as it should. It actually refuses to cut some hairs on my neck altogether, at least without me jamming it into my skin to the point that it is left raw and bleeding. This is completely below par for a product with this price tag and I (literally) sorely regret not spending the extra £12 to get the AT890 which comes with the, presumably much better, HQ8 shave heads instead of the terrible ones found on the AT896.

I'd advise against wasting money on this, if you must buy an AT89x, it is probably well worth the extra tenner to get the AT890 for its (hopefully) superior shave heads.
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