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A Review of 3 Electric Shavers - Braun vs Panasonic vs Philips Shavers

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Three Electric Shavers to Choose From

Braun vs Panasonic vs Philips Shavers

  • Philips Norelco 7310XL Men’s Shaving System
  • Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver with Nano Technology and HydraClean System
  • Braun series Pulsonic Shaver system

If you don’t like the sight of blood then you might consider buying an electric shaver, rather than using a ordinary wet shaver with a blade. Another reason to have an electric shaver is that over the long term it is cheaper to run and shave your face, than with having to spend money frequently buying new blades for the wet blade system.

You have a lot of options when you’re buying a shaver, you may want to have one that just works off mains electric or you might like to have one that has a battery that is rechargeable. If you have one that has a battery and is also a wet shaver system, then you can also use that shaver in the shower. The wet type of electric shavers are also easier for cleaning because you can just put the shaver underneath running water at the end of a shave.

Most electric shavers tend to be either the three head rotating blade style of shaver or have a linear blade that runs underneath a foil or two foils. Either type allow you to get close to the skin and follow the contours of your face and neck.

Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver with Nano Technology and HydraClean System
Panasonic ES8109S Vortex Wet/Dry Shaver with Nano Technology and HydraClean System.

The Panasonic shaver has a linear type of motor, the blades move from side to side underneath two foils on the shaver head. The Panasonic uses a water based cleaning solution for cleaning the shaver of the cut hairs. The cleaning base is used to refresh the blades with long-lasting cartridges which also keeps a blade lubricated. The shaver has a pivoting head and the motor runs at 13,000 revolutions per minute, so should be good for the thickest of beards.

When you buy the Panasonic is possible to also buy the solution cartridges, and you may also buy in some blade replacements. The shaver has a trimmer so that you can trim the longer hairs, and if you want to trim your moustache it is very good for that too.

The Panasonic comes with a base system that you use to clean the shaver and it’s automatic, it does it all for you. It also has an heating element inside it which removes any of the wetness and moisture to give you an extra dry shaving head.

The two foils of the Panasonic are floated independently, it has a rock-able head which rocks up and down and back and forth, so the shaver can mould to the contours of your face.

When you use the Panasonic ES8109S shaver for a few days you should find that you’re happy with the close shave that you get from it. Your face should not feel as though you have just shaved. You know how your face sometimes feels sensitive to the touch after you have had a normal shave. Well that’s not so much the case when you’re using this Panasonic shaver, even if you have sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin then you might be able to get a better shave by using it wet. If you first warm your face with hot water and then use a Neutragena shaving cream. The results are much better, it will shave off more hair on the first pass. and the cream stops any friction burns.

Users of the Panasonic shaver report that they are able to have two or three years or shaving from this machine and it still works just as well as it did when it was new. You may have had to change the blades in that time.

The Panasonic costs around about $100 or you might like to try something a little bit cheaper.

Philips Norelco 7310XL Men's Shaving System(48966)
Phillips Norelco 7310 XL Men’s Shaving System

The Phillips is a simple shaver and you can buy for less than $40, it is fully washable and rechargeable. It has the three rotating shaving heads that float on the top of the shaver. The blades spin and get close to the hairs that have to be cut.

With a simple inexpensive shaver like this you don’t get the cleaning system that the Panasonic has or the fancy LCD battery indicators on the side, but that is not really necessary. When I charge my shaver battery, I just charge it overnight and that’s good enough.

The Phillips shaver is fully washable, you can rinse it under the tap, it saves time and it’s very easy to keep in good condition. One of the standard features includes a spring released trimmer that pops up, which is very good for keeping your sideburns and moustache or beard looking tidy. There is an LED charge light and battery life LED indicator that keeps track of the power in the shaver, so you know when to plug in for a charge.

Users of the shaver say that it is a good value shaver and how you should avoid the more expensive shavers. The Philips does what you need and you don’t need to get the extra bits and pieces offered by the fancy shavers. Inside there are some double-A size NiCad batteries soldered into place and you could replace those with a little bit of soldering iron work if you wanted to. Probably better to buy a new shaver at that stage of the game.

While it is true that the more expensive shavers will charge faster is not really necessary because the hairs on your face don’t grow that fast. For the price, this shaver is very good value.

Braun series pulsonic Shaver system
Braun Series Pulsonic Shaver System.

The shaver has more features than the cheaper ones, you need to spend around $210 to buy this Braun shaver. It has an innovative technology, 10,000 micro vibrations which are used to cut hair more efficiently. There are personalisation modes which are for extra sensitive parts of your face. An intensive mode for the areas of your beard that require extra effort. These modes offer you a more individual shave. The head pivots in all sorts of different ways, it has a combination of pivoting, rocking and the floating foils.

All of the Braun shavers are easy to clean by holding under running tap water, and on this one there is also a clean and renew system, so you just put the shaver into the base, it automatically cleans, charges and lubricates to make the shaver like it was a new shaver every day.

With a shaver of this price as you would expect there is an LCD display which gives you the status of the battery and it takes 60 min to recharge it fully, and does a quick charge in 5 minutes. From one charge you should get around 50 minutes of cordless shaving. The battery used in the shaver is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Choosing a shaver

So when it comes down to buying a shaver although might be good to have all the bells and whistles that you would get with the Braun, you could get just as good a shave from the Phillips, which also is quieter when running. With all of these shavers you can do a dry shave. It depends what your preferences are for having a shave, as to which shaver is right for you. Requirements like whether you need to use some cream if you have sensitive skin, will guide you to make a choice.

Whichever shaver you get, the manual cleaning is pretty easy, you just rinse underwater. You can have a model that comes with a base, like the Panasonic shaver that does auto cleaning. The Panasonic cleaning station is okay but it takes a bit longer and is a little louder than the Braun. When the shaver comes out of the Braun base cleaner, it does come out with a very fresh feel to it.

You have to remember that when you’re changing to a different shaving method the skin takes a little time to get used to the type of cutting and after a short while, shaving becomes more comfortable.

So what sort of shaver would you buy?

Is money not important if you get the right one even if it is the more expensive Braun series Pulsonic Shaver system. Or would you prefer to go for the Philips Norelco 7310XL Men’s Shaving System, which does the job at a much lower price. Then there is in the middle of these two price ranges thePanasonic Vortex wet dry shaver Hydraclean system.



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