86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
The HQ8170 is a winner,
This review is from: Philips HQ8170 Philishave Speed XL Mains / Rechargeable Rotary Male Shaver (Personal Care)
I have been a wet shaver for some 25 years. I have tried battery-operated electric shavers but they have never quite reached the grade. I have dark hair and strong bristles meaning that by lunchtime I look as if I haven't really shaved at all that day! The drawback with wet shaving, as most will know, is cutting yourself and it always happens on those important days when you have a job interview, or a wedding to go to, and you need to put that crisp, clean white shirt on without getting blood all over the collar!!
I purchased my HQ8170 only about three weeks ago and was sceptical to say the least and a little hesitant about shelling out over £100; it seemed a bit of a gamble. What a superb purchase it has turned out to be. I thought at first that the blades didn't seem to be rotating fast enough and it was very very quiet. But, the shave really is as close as my wet shave and my beard does not start reappearing till well late in the day.
The design is a very modern, ergonomic one and the key to its success is the fact that it has 3 sets of blades in each of the three rotating heads; it really makes a difference. Another issue I have had with electric shavers is they miss the odd hair on the neck and that can end up in-growing; this has not happened with the HQ8170. It has all manner of flashing lights on the front to tell you of remaining battery life, when it needs cleaning and when the blades need replacing. As far as cleaning goes, I have been traditional so far in using the brush that comes with it to individually clean the parts. It comes with this elaborate "jet-clean system" and a bottle of blue stuff which is supposed to last a month or so. What you do is pour some of this stuff into the tray and place the shaver upside-down into it. Quite frankly, it's a bit of a muchness and gives Philips the opportunity to charge a bit more for a very good shaver.
In summary, a very very good substitute for wet shaving and even though I think it is a little over-priced, it makes it easier to bear when I think about how much I was spending on expensive Excel blades and shaving foam. Plus I know I am not going to mess up my shirt collars anymore!!