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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, close shave from a strong brand, but can't find replacement head in the UK, 24 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Remington F7800 Titanium-X Dual Foil Shaver (Personal Care)
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The Remington F7800 is a dual-foil electric shaver with two independant heads, providing a more comprehensive (and hopefully quicker) shaving experience. Although this is not a shaver for use in the shower it is described as an easy-clean model, requiring only a regular rinse under running water to clear the bristles and keep it running at its best. The instructions caution that the shaver should still be fully dry before using it, or indeed charging it.

So what's in the box? The shaver and clip-on head guard, a charging stand, charge cable, cleaning brush and a drawstring bag for travel. You'll need to charge it for 24 hours before you start using it, but after that it'll take about two hours from empty to full. The red LED display will show you the state of charge, so you'll have plenty of notice of when to recharge.

As a seasoned user of electric shavers I have a number of criteria I always look at when buying a new shaver:

Does the unit charge straight from the mains using a standard cable (for example the C7 aka "figure of 8"), or is there a non-standard mains lead or a power adaptor? Not the most important feature, but when I'm travelling I'd rather not lug round more cables or chargers than I need to. The F7800 comes with a charging stand, but a short examination shows that this is just an adaptor - the device-specific charging cable will plug straight in to the bottom of the shaver so the stand can stay home but the cable will be going with with you if you think you'll need to charge away from home.

Can charger accept 110v? Remington are on the money here - you might have to use their charging cable but it is a universal charger, so you can take it into Europe or the USA.

Can I shave using mains power? If I oversleep and find the shaver is flat I need to be able to plug it in and get shaving right away. This shaver won't run from the mains but Remington do say that you can get a shave out if it after just five minutes of charging - although if I had five minutes to spare I'd probably wet shave instead.

How easy is it to keep clean? The F7800 is a mixed bag here. On the one hand it can be kept clean by running it under the tap, but then you can't use it until it is dry if you go this route. Better to take the old-fashioned route, take the head off and use the supplied brush to clean it without getting it wet.

How expensive is a replacement head (both the foil and the moving blades underneath)? A good shaver should last long enough to replace the head at least once, and you don't want to be paying nearly as much as the shaver itself. I had trouble here. First, neither the box nor the leaflet specified the part number for replacements, so a visit to the Remington web site gave me the number SPF-300. I couldn't find a UK seller stocking this part but in the USA it retails at $25. Still, not being able to get spares is a significant problem.

Is the pop-up trimmer any good? As somebody who maintains sideburns and a moustache or short beard, I've discovered that most beard trimmer add-ons are gimmics more likely to trap hairs than cut them. Unfortunately the F7800 is no exception here and I won't be using the beard trimmer.

And finally, is the shave any good? Every foil shaver I've used has been pretty good on day one but you need a few months of daily use before you can really decide. However the F7800 is definitely one of the better shavers I've used. It fits well in the hand, the head is presented at a good angle and shaving is a relatively quick experience and gives a closer shave than all the other foil shavers I've owned.

This shaver has its good and bad points. Its a Remington so it shaves well and has a battery indicator so you know when its going to need charging. Its easy to keep clean and replacement parts aren't too expensive. On the down side you'll need to take the charge cable with you on holiday, can't use it when flat and the beard trimmer is a waste of space. That said, neither of those are reasons not to buy for most people. The one big reason is the apparent lack of replacement screens and cutters in the UK. Actually supplying the replacement part numbers would help - maybe SPF-300 is a USA-only part number and there is a different part number for the UK - but I couldn't find it.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2012 18:06:44 BDT
This must be the most informative (albeit longest), least biased, and all-round best review I have read, on this or any other product - so good on yer, Mr Haigh!

Posted on 17 Oct 2012 22:59:02 BDT
Stephen says:
Replacement foil looks like its going to be a problem.

Posted on 19 Oct 2012 14:39:36 BDT
Ferrett40 says:
Thanks for the review. I am in the market for a new shaver and have not been happy with the life of my Braun, so will certainly purchase one of these. I just trust that I can find spare foil/cutters, but will try well in advance of the need!
Regards, DJ

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 23:10:17 GMT
Mrandrews says:
why would you need a replacement foil or cutter? the shaver has only just become available. also theres a Remington free helpline. I have used Remington shavers for over 30 years and getting spare parts has always been easy.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 13:24:40 GMT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
If you damage the head (for example) it doesn't matter how new the shaver is, does it?

I agree that you can probably phone Remington for a replacement but I've got used to being able to rely on competition between shops (online or otherwise) to drive down the cost of replacement parts. When your spares come from a single source - in this case the manufacturer - you're going to have no choice but to pay the price they ask.

Remington don't even tell you what the replacement part number is.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 10:31:37 BDT
Many thanks for your well written review.
I've just bought one - I live in UK.
The part number for replacement 'head' is SPF 300. The instruction booklet supplied with the one I bought, mentions it on page 6.
Seems to be readily available now. For example: http://www.shavers.co.uk/product.php?product_id=1469 where it costs £15 with free delivery.

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 10:53:37 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 13:32:01 GMT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
No problem. Just bear in mind that I wrote this review 14 months ago at which time they weren't, which is why I made the point that I did.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2014 04:02:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2014 04:05:25 BDT
Spares are easily available on the web, for this shaver they retail at about £15 - £19 for the foils and the cutter bars including postage.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2014 09:32:24 BDT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
Indeed, but they were not so easy to find when I did the review in September 2012.
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