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 A$330.00.
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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 razo...r 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.
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.
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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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Purchased 2 months ago and am finding this shaver very light to use and cuts very well.It is super quiet and easy to clean.Can be used with shaving gel which gives very close shave.Unit comes with separate trimmer which also cuts well. Maintains charge very well and lasts a full week without recharge easily.
Questions & Answers
I’m after a cleaning manual for my new shaver. Any help? Thanks Gary gardiner.
Thanks for your question! You could find some instructions on how to properly maintain your shaver over here: https://philips.to/2SdmOwg. Please note that you don't have to disassemble the shaver head after every use. We'd recommend doing that once every week if you're shaving daily. :)
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