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.
The shaving head pops off in the middle of a shave. You will spend more time hunting for the head than shaving. This happens because you have to really press it into the skin to get anything like a close shave. It takes 20 minutes to shave because the heads just bend the whiskers down. Do not waste your money.
Update to disappointing
I contacted Philips and it was suggested that I clean the blades etc with soapy water, dry, apply blade spray and then run the shaver for 15 mins which should be done every 6 months. Seems to have worked. Not perfect but pretty good. My new rating will apply if this continues to work.
After a lifetime using old cut throats, I have decided to move to the 20th century and bought an electric razor. Whilst it doesn't cut as closely as a blade it does a surprisingly good job and is very convenient. I do get a slight burning sensation but whether this is the shaver or the users problem is debatable. A good choice for a daily shave keeping the old cut throat for when a better shave is necessary.
If you have time to waste you might get a half reasonable but painful shave. Purchased March 2015 and now in August 2015 I need to replace it. Not exactly a satisfied customer. Was ok to start but cutters have been tearing at the hair for some time and I have now resorted to my old shaver with 2 year old head which is far smoother.
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