Update - a year later
I still have the same view of this product a year on.
It delivers a good shave every time.
Admittedly, you don’t notice the heated bar as much as you did initially but there’s something about that makes the whole shaving process more smooth and seemingly faster.
I did have my first device replaced under warranty after about three months- The bar just stopped heating. No problems with the replacement.Read moreOne bit of advice - after use shake the razor so any water in the blade assembly is expelled. I found that if you don’t, water drips into the charger base.
I am too young to have ever had a hot towel shave with a cut-throat razor at a barber.
But I have read there was “ a practical reason for this classic ritual: the heat from the towel softens up your beard so the barber can give you a nice, close, comfortable shave.”
I have been using the Gillette heated razor for three weeks now.
My verdict is that the shaver delivers on its promise of the “comfort of hot towel with every stroke.”
The shave is smooth, close and leaves that sense of having a hot towel applied to your skin. It was very noticeable the first few times I used it, and after three weeks, there is still that sense after every shave, albeit probably not as strong.
But after every shave, there is definitely a feeling of satisfaction there.
The razor heats up seemingly instantly when you turn it on.
You can certainly feel the warning bar against skin, especially on the softer ares of your skin.
It probably works best if you slow down a bit and are deliberate in your shaving motion, but having said that, you can speed along if you had to, but you may not always get the best contact of the warming bar against your skin.
Also be careful not to turn off the shaver with finger grip, while shaving.
I used my blade 21 times before changing and even then I could have kept using it if I really wanted to. It was a little scratchy after three weeks of use, but by no means ineffective.
Yes the heated shaver is an indulgence, but if you can afford it and justify it, it’s well worth getting the experience