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It is a shame
on 24 October 2010
Like many of the reviewers, I too purchased this item as it costs almost as much to purchase the replacement blades as it does for a new razor. As this particular item is "badged" it is a bit like purchasing a football shirt with a player's name on it after he has been transferred to another club. The real key to my review though is the shaver itself. Considerably reduced in price through the obsolete branding, this shaver does what it is supposed to do and at £42.00 when I purchased it last week, represents outstanding value when compared to similar products.
How good is it a a shaver? Well it shaves extremely well and as my face is familiar with this type of shaving system I have had no problem in getting used to it: it is replacing a similar system which also used Nivea skin conditioning cream as part of the shaving process. This version of course doesn't, but I have found using some of this conditioner does help to make my skin smoother after receiving what I think is a really good shave. Is it up to Mach 3 standard? I fear not, but then again there is a very big difference from my experience in the results obtained from a wet and a dry shave. Best comparison I can give is comparing hand washing a car to the car wash: each in it's own way delivers a different result, same thing with this shaver. I wet shave a couple of times a week and use this shaver for the rest of the week, either when I need a second shave for the evening, or to save time in the morning.
SInce purchasing the item, I suppose I have used it about 15 times and have just set it up to re-charge for the first time (allowing for the first charge). It does seem to hold up well on the battery stakes. It is simple to clean, but I recommend disassembling the head once a week and giving it a thorough clean: a wash under the hot tap is great once a day, but bits of skin are held in a film of grease over a period of time and it does benefit from taking it apart and giving it a good clean: you get a better shave too. One tip though, always put the blade back into the same head and make sure that the heads do not get switched around - I do find that this adds to the life of the blades.
Whilst I have given this product five stars, I do think that it is sad that I have four Phillishave products currently, all of them still work, with seemingly little or no problems with their batteries, but all have been superseded by a new model as it was almost as cheap to replace the whole thing as replace the blades: it could have lost them a star, but I still do use the old models: one in my desk drawer for when I have meetings after say 7:00 p.m. when I look a little grizzly, another for taking away camping and the like and my penultimate model sits at home just in case. They are more than up to this level of shave and whilst they do take a little longer to provide me with an acceptable shave they still work and it would be such a shame to bin them when they still work. Perhaps we should start a blog imploring Phillips to reduce the cost of its shaver heads and save the planet (joke).
Excellent product proviing that you hang around and replace when they inevitably drop in price.