Great unit but you pay for it
Very nice unit, super close shave I keep on cleaning it after every use (it is wet and dry) and then dry it out. Dont want face oil to kill the blades early as they're expensive to replace as well. Not cheap but excellent. Replaces a lesser previous philishave
Purchased in July 2019 at shavershop for $330.00.
Doesn’t worth for the price
The shaver itself is great, however the smart clean system is waste of money. Use the shaver for just over 2 years and less than 5 time of smart clean system used. The clean system already had problem with pumping up liquid to clean the shaverhead. Brand new cartridge and problem not solved. It seems like I have spent $500 for the shaver itself.
Cut-throat quality shave (close as a razor), amazing cleaning system, best product I’ve ever used
Used every second day and like-new every time thanks to SmartClean
Shaving gives result on par with best razor you could get
Cleaning system is amazing, works well, spotless results
Convenient for travel
Shaver burn/skin irritation will ONLY occur (as with ANY electric shaver) if you have not used an electric shaver for a year or so - to prevent this, for the first week of using ANY electric shaver, apply a quality face moisturiser after shaving - just for first week while your skin adjust to electric shavers, compared to a razor. This IS NOT a flaw of this product, but rather a consequence of changing from a razor to electric shaver. That said, this shaver has the least irritation anyway
Only question is - does the cleaning liquid become mixed with the hair from shaver? That is, after shaver used and placed in cleaner...the next time I use it will it squirt fluid that has loose hair on it, onto the shaver? How does the system prevent this? Is there a filter?
Haven’t noticed anything like that and could not have higher review! Just curious how it does this!
John and Sue
to buy Phillips or not to buy
Have owned 3 phillips shavers over 40 years and find the replacement cost of the shaver head disgustingly expensive. My shaver has stopped charging and I am faced with buying a replacement shaver. I am concerned with the reviews i read here. Most are very negative. I also have a Braun which is 30years old and still going strong but I find the phillips a more comfortable shaver on my face.
Purchased in March 1989.
The worst shaver ever
I have been using a Philips shaver for the last 50 + years and this S9000 series is the worst, most expensive shaver ever. It does not do anything except leaving a lot to be shaved.
So don't waste your $500.00 on such a shaver and go for a cheaper one like I did in series 5000
Purchased in January 2019 for $499.00.
The best shaver so far and great customer service
I have purchased this shaver a little more than a year ago. It shaves very close and doesn't cause any irritation. Wet or dry shaving - irrespectable. I tend not to shave as often during weekends and holidays so sometimes it has to battle up to 5 day old beard. Still I feel that it does the job exceptionally well. Battery life is enough to get me through two weeks (I shave every other day).
Now the best part - customer service. My cleaning station have started to leak. I have reached out to customer service and they have offered to sent new one. Have received it and it works perfectly.
Very happy customer overal. This is my third Phillips shaver and I will remain loyal customer.
Worst excuse for a shaver EVER!
I have used Phillips Shavers for 40 years and I was sold on the quality. Bought them for my son's as teenagers. Need a shaver get a Phillips, too easy. Well couldn't get new heads for my old shaver so went to shaver shop about a year ago and they sold me a cheaper model of the 9000 (without the bath). It would fall apart in my hands daily and I would search for the head pieces on the floor!Those orange plastic retainer clips were useless. After 2 weeks returned to Shaver Shop and luck was in, the Area Manager was in store. Despite my receipt she accused me of buying it on the net and dismissed me. Wife stepped in, sent me back and the lovely assistant, sucker that I am, replaced it with the S9551/31 and I paid the upgrade difference. I can report it is the same piece of junk, it falls apart frequently and does the worst shave ever. It feels and acts like a cheap piece of junk. Sorry I am never buying another Phillips Shaver and am never going to the Shaver Shop again.
Closest Electric Shave Ever
I've owned Braun and Panasonic foil wet/dry shavers over the past 30-odd years. For the past 8 years I've used a Philips Powertouch shaver, which always gave a very comfortable shave, but not particularly close. I usually had to finish off with a disposable razor and could always shave off more with it.
I upgraded to this 9211/13 two months ago and what a difference! Just as comfortable as my old Powertouch (no nicks, grazes or rash), but it's as close as a blade. After a bit of practice, when I went to finish off with the disposable razor I couldn't get any closer. It's quick too - it powers through the old-growth forest that is my 3-day stubble without slowing down and the pivoting mechanisms mean that the whole head is always in contact with your skin.
You can't use this shaver when it's plugged in (not a good idea when it's wet anyway), but a 5 minute charge from flat will give you enough juice for one shave. Full charge lasts me over a week, so I don't to take the charger with me unless I'm traveling for longer. It has a handy 'lock' feature to prevent it accidentally starting while in your luggage.
Those who have given negative reviews of the 9000 series shavers might not be following Philips' instructions: Use light pressure and move the shaver in a circular motion. Note that it's going to take about 2 weeks of daily shaving for your skin to settle in to a rotary shaver if you haven't used one before. I always use it wet - no real need for shaving foam or other 'product' - I just wet my face and the shaver head and keep them wet. It's a lot smoother and you don't get any dry whiskers flying anywhere. Pop the head off and rinse under the tap, shake dry and you're done (no need to splash out on a model with a cleaning station).
You can use a bit more pressure and move against the grain in trickier areas, such as right under your nose, but don't start out trying to use this like a foil shaver. I considered going back to a foil shaver for a closer shave, but what put me off at the time was the noise. Philips shavers are whisper quiet, especially when compared to the buzz-saw effect of the Panasonic linear motor. Now that I have an electric shave that's closer than any foil shaver I owned I'm never going back.
So Far So Good
Bought the Philips 9111-12 electric shaver (discontinued model) at a reasonable price and was hoping it would not be a dud. well, to my surprise, this little guy does a great job for my short but stubbornly strong beard. The charge is really fast. It sits well in my hand and it is easily transferred from left to right hand for easy shaving. Cleaning is a breeze. For me, (might be different for others) wet seems to work better (I use a foam). Only con - it has no stand, so I let it dry after I clean it with water and after it is dry I place it in my drawer. Overall, if it lasts the 2-year warranty or more I got more than my monies worth.
Too expensive, not good value
Blades go blunt too quickly, I only shave every 2nd day and still the blades are almost useless after 6 months.
It’s a pity because recommended blade change is every 2 years??? Blade replacements are far too expensive!
I gave up and bought a Braun
Expensive replacement shaver heads.
The Philips 9000 shaver gives a reasonably close and quick shave. Cleaning is easy. The shaver heads last 1 – 2 years and then need replacement (otherwise, the blunt shaver heads give a poor shave). The replacement shaver heads are ridiculously expensive, currently costing $89.95 per set. You can get a entry-level Philips shaver for this price. This is price gouging at its worst. The manufacturing cost is probably a few dollars. Would recommend looking at cost of replacement blades when considering your new shaver purchase.
Worse razor i have ever used
I have used a cheaper phillips razor which cost me around $65. After many faithfull years of great service and pretty good shaves I decided to spead up on a top of the range model razor again from Phillips. A Pillips 9000. The sales person assured me it was a great shaver with multipull cutting angles. So because i was so happy with my old razor, a cheaper Phillips i spent the $300 odd dollars on this razor whick was on special. Worse thing i ever done hardly cuts a nights grow of my face no matter how long i shave for. I'll never buy another phillips again. And you my say did i give it a fair chance. Well is a year and a half a long enough chace. Thumbs down to this crappy Phillips 9000 razor.
Very Very Poor
Purchased shaver 16 months ago and gives a very, very poor shave.
I have been told by the "Shaver Shop" I need a new head @$89.00 and they only last 2 years. Why was I not told this when I purchased the shaver??? Very expensive shaves when you pay over $300 for shaver.
Will no longer purchase Philips or shop at "The Shaver Shop" again.This is the first time I have been so worked up about a product to complain. I have gone back to my old shaver (Philips) I had for 12 years without any problems, just wearing out .... no head or blade change!!!!
Starts out good but cuts poorly after time
I got my Phillips 9000 for Christmas 2017. My first electric shaver. It cut great for a few months but now after only 6 months it is a struggle to get a close shave.
Good close shave and quiet operation
I have been using Philips shavers for over 40 years and this would be, I’m guessing, my 8th or 9th shaver. Each new shaver gives a closer shave than the previous model and this one is no different. In addition to a smooth shave, this one is much quieter in operation than the previous model, which was a Philips Sensotouch 3D series 9000. I chose the model without the cleaning unit because I had one of those with a previous model (about 2 shavers ago) and it was an unnecessary hassle. With this one I just rinse the blades under the tap after each shave and let them dry on a cloth.
The blades on the previous model opened outward for cleaning; on this model the blades are fixed in the closed position but rinsing out the shaved hair is easy: hold under the tap and shake out the water and whiskers a few times. You do have to remove the entire shaving head from the shaver. The previous model also tended to drop cut whiskers on my shirt during shaving; this latest model does a better job of retaining them.
This model shaver doesn’t include a shaving stand like the previous model. I kept the old one as a holder, however you can’t use it for charging the shaver.
Another difference with this shaver is the trimming tool. It is no longer an integrated part of the shaver, which previously could be activated by sliding up a switch to expose it. Instead, the shaver head has to be removed and replaced with the trimmer head. Although it isn’t as convenient, it does a better job than the previous trimmer and it is positioned better to perform trimming. The better performance outweighs the inconvenience.
Overall, after 2 months of use, I am happy with the performance of this shaver. It provides a closer shave and is much quieter than the earlier model shaver I have been using. It also retains hair clippings better than the previous model.
I don’t like the cleaning units that Philips tries to push with their shavers. They don’t clean any better than a rinse under the tap, they require you to buy cleaning solution, which is overpriced and has to be changed frequently, and the cleaning unit itself is bulky and takes up space on the bathroom sink/vanity unit or your desk or wherever else you charge your shaver. And that is why I opted for this model, which has the same shaving mechanism and blades as the other models but comes without the cleaning unit that costs $100 more plus the ongoing cleaning solution expenses.
Who ever designed this shaver should be fired! The head constantly pops off! I ended up getting my money back . Bought a different brand. DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL TYPE
Worst electric razor I've owned. Gone back to a manual razor after 30 years
I've owned 4 electric razors. My first was a Ronson which I didn't like. Then my first 240v Philishave which was a revelation. I loved it. Then I moved to a cordless model, which was wonderful. When its NiCad battery wore out I bought the then new HQ8894. It was OK, but instead of buying another set of cutting heads, instead I decided to buy the new series 9000 razor. Its terrible. It misses hairs near my nose and sideburns. If I miss a day or two shaving, I need to shave twice and at its best it doesn't shave as well as the one I (regrettably) threw out. I have the head unit issue that others complain about where it has an unpleasant screeching noise.
I've been loyal to Philishave for over 30 years and, in the past recommended them. But at the moment I've stepped back in time to use soap and a blade while I ponder what to do next. But, I regret buying the series 9000.
May 19th 2018 Update: Philishave Series 9000 ve Braun Series 7. Buy the Braun.
I stopped using my Philishave series 9000 because I was unhappy with it and after using Philips shavers for over 35 years the best Philips would do is insult me by telling me I wasn't using it properly. So I went back to using a blade. In the era of self driving cars and robot vacuum cleaners, messing around with soap and sharp blades in the morning is just antiquated. So I bought a Braun series 7 and have been using it for a week. I’ve used a Phishave for over 35 years and it feels a bit like being unfaithful. But the series 9000 is not a good razor and Philips don’t seem to care. I owned the Philisahave 9000 for 12 – 18 months. I’ve been using the Braun for a little over a week. The Braun series 7 is simply better than the Philishave series 9000.
To pick up and hold, the Braun feels like it’s a better weight and more solid. Its a small thing, but you use it every day. It should feel good. The charging / cleaning device is better design than the Philips one and the LCD display on the handle’s base so you see it while its charging is very clever. The power button (unlike the Philips) is sensibly placed. The Philips power button is near your thumb when you grip it and occasionally I press it while shaving and inadvertently turn the razor off. Like the rest of the Philishave it feels plastic lower quality than the Braun.
I still prefer the rotating action of the Philishave heads and I prefer the circular or swirling technique that works best for the Philishave (but it may be 35 years of training in the Philips technique!). The Braun seems to work best if you use it in straight lines, mimicking a blade razor. My Philishave 9000 sounds like a small jet taking off due to some problem with the gearset in the shaving head that Philips won't address. Many others have complained about the same thing. Philips seem to have a design or manufacturing problem they won’t face up to. When the Philishave is not screeching, its quieter and I prefer that sound (and feel) than the vibrating sound and feel of the Braun’s oscillating head.
The Philishave 9000 does not cut as close to sideburns and nose, as either my earlier Philisahves, or the Braun series 7. In fact the Braun series 7 shaves closer to these areas than any of my previous Philishave razors.
The Philishave 9000 (and previous models) always seemed to have trouble with some patches at the base of my neck where the skin dimples a bit either side of the larynx. Once these hairs were missed a few days running, the Philishave would never cut them no matter how hard I tried and I’d end up using the beard trimmer then going back and shaving them later (more on the beard trimmer to come). The Braun handles this area really well.
The Braun series 7 shaves better than the Philishave series 9000. Full stop. I don’t think the Philishave shaves as well as my previous Philishave HQ8XX and it may have been better than the Braun, but its hard to remember. I really regret throwing my old Philishave out after I bought the series 9000.
The Braun series 7 has a pop-up sideburn trimmer! The Philishave series 9000 deletes it. Past philishave models had a pop-up trimmer. Instead for the Series 9000 they expect you to unclip the head and clip on a trimmer that comes standard only with some versions. This is frankly an insult and the afterthought of dealing with it in this way is testament to a flawed design. It never really feels like it clicks in securely.
In conclusion, The Braun series 7 looks and feels higher quality than the Philishave. It has a smarter charge / cleaning station. It has a proper pop-up beard trimmer instead of the separate clip on afterthought that Philips provides. And finally, not only does it shave better (at least at Harvery Norman) its cheaper. There is no good reason to buy the Philishave series 9000.
My 13 years old Philips with worn out blades is better than this
So I just did my first shave, it took me about 45 minutes and I can swear that my 14 years old shaver that I have been using daily for 4-5 years did a better job for 1/3 of the effort and time.
I have moved to a weekly shaving with a hair cutter for the past 7 years cause I hated the skin irritation, but then i bumped into the series 9000 who promised a smooth shave.
I did not get any smooth shave as it felt like my hair is being ripped out of the skin instead of it being cut, it barely even shaved, I had to fight with the shaver and I still didn't get all the hairs I wanted and had to finish with a razor to remove sole hairs that remained.
Honestly, I paid quite a bit for this razor here in Israel, I could've gotten a non-branded Chinese razor and gotten a better results.
92% success after 45 minutes of shaving as they recommended (circles) and after getting frustrated i tried my method of straight shaving.
I have a thick hair so it should've been easy to shave.
The overall feeling is that the shaver is made out of cheap material, I felt like I'm playing with a toy and when opening to clean it feels like it's going to break.
My hand still hurts caused I circled too much, I had to switch hands.
Honestly, just wish I could have bought the same shaver I've had 14 years ago (and it cost 50% less at the time), so really, seeing where Philips is going with this, I guess i'd invest in Braun tomorrow.
Btw, I'm not an Australian, I just cared enough to comment.
Overall a retrograde step
Not as smooth as the older Philishave 8000 series, but is a wet and dry shaver so a different kettle of fish. Better on long neck hairs but to do sideburns unfortunately you have to change the head. Does a good job as a wet shaver with foam.
Then the whole thing packs up but just out of guarantee and will not take charge at all. Local authorised service centre advised that Philips don't provide spares for this model and they are not designed to be taken apart to replace the lithium battery, but Philips will sell you a new 'body' for the shaver.
'You Tube' proves otherwise. The battery, with some difficulty, can be extracted and changed. Just not for the faint hearted or those without great patience and technical knowledge.
Overall the 9000 is a retrograde step for Philips when they had a world beating product in the 8000 series.
Phillips 9000 series shaver - excellent buy
Visited Shaver Shop Indooroopilly early December this model was on an introductory special and well priced. https://www.shavershop.com.au/philips/9000-series-s9211%2F12-electric-shaver-009777.html. Husband is very delighted with this shaver. It is extremely quiet. I mean almost silent. Amazing. The arrangement of the heads is much more flexible and face hugging than earlier shavers he experienced and he is getting a very good close shave with it, and it's lightweight in the hand. Have been back to Shaver Shop to thank the man for the recommendation.
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