Should I Buy a Norelco 1160X or 1250X?

Here, will briefly compare two popular & highly regarded Philips Norelco electric shavers -- the 1160X Vs 1250 X -- highlighting both their differences from one another (as well as pointing to their similarities) across specifications, aspects and features. Then from this, you will then get a clear overview as to what each model can offer you (and in turn the value on offer with respect to their price tags) and hence the model which is best suited for your grooming needs.

Fitted Technology

1160X: GyroFlex 2D | Skin Glide

1250X: GyroFlex 3D | Skin Glide

As you can see, the two models operate on slightly different technology -- the 2D technology refers to just two motions performed: tilting & contouring -- whereas the 3D technology refers to the extra aspect of flexing. Because of this, you get a more comfortable (minimizing irritation, especially suited for sensitive skin) and more efficient, close cut shave with the 1250X razor.

Philips Norelco Shaver 6600 (Model 1160X/42)
Amazon Price: $190.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 10, 2016)

Shaving Features & Performance

1160X: SensoTouch | Dual Precision | Up & Lift | Aqua Tec Seal |

1250X: SensoTouch | Dual Precision | Up & Lift |AquaTec Seal | Ultra Track | XL | Pop-Up Trimmer

Each model also comes with an array of additional aspects & features too, to enhance your shaving experience. For instance, both models come with the senso-touch aspect that basically ensures a well-rounded and more comforted shave as well as the Dual precision specification with the fitted shaving heads to cut even the shortest hairs. Moreover, they also feature the 'up & lift' -- which is designed to raise flat lying hair that can then be cut at skin level -- along with the AquaTec seal, so you can shave either dry or 'wet' (with water,  shaving gel etc.) depending on your preference.

The 1250X also has an ultra-track integrated into their XL sized shaving heads that allows for basically more efficient shaving -- where by less strokes pick up more hair. There is also a subtle difference with regards to the precision trimmers too -- with the 1160X it has to be attached whereas with 1250X's it is already attached and just pops up.

Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor (Series 8000)
Amazon Price: $199.99 $199.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 10, 2016)

Practical Specifications

1160X: Run Time: 50 mins | Battery Indicator: 2 Lvls | Travel Lock | Jet Clean (1 setting) |

1250X: Run Time: 50 mins | Battery Indicator: 3 Lvls | Travel Lock | Shaving Head Indicator | Cleaning Indicator | (jet clean - settings 1) |

They are both cordless models (which poses the obvious benefit of free unconstrained movement) and from just 1 hours charge are able to last for 50 mins (which they estimate to be around 17 days of use) from which you can gauge the battery condition on 2 levels with the 1160X and 3 on the 1250X (of course giving you an idea of when it needs to be recharged). The 1250X also has additional indicators for when the shaving head has become used and 'less than optimal' (i.e it needs replacing) as well as a cleaning indicator. Both models also come with a jet clean station which contains a specific solution designed by Philips to effectively clean your shaver head (after you have used it) -- making it 'like new' for your next shave. 

Further Information


Both electric shavers are backed for two years (which starts from the day of purchase) - with regards to parts and labour costs - if any breakings/defects were to occur with either model.

Dimensions & Weight | Ergonomic Design & Finish

1160X: 1.2 x 1.2 x 6.2 inches ; 1.2 pounds | Material: Foil Finish |

1250X: 1.2 x 1.2 x 6.2 inches ; 1.2 pounds | Material: Black Finish |

Each shaver has been ergonomically shaped (& fitted with a non-slip grip) to allow for easy & accurate control when shaving.

Shaver Head Types & Other Codes

 1160X/42 - Head: RQ11 | 1250X/40 & 1250X/42 -  Head: RQ12 |

Accessories -- What's in the box (package)?

  • "SensoTouch 1160X/42 razor, charging stand, soft pouch for travel and storage, protective cap, Jet Clean system, Jet Clean solution, power cord, and cleaning brush"
  • "SensoTouch 3D 1250X/40 razor, charging stand, soft pouch for travel and storage, protective cap, power cord, and cleaning brush" & with the 1250X/42: "Jet Clean system, Jet Clean solution"

Average Review Rating (sourced

1160X: 4.3 out of 5 Stars from 120 + reviews.

1250X: 4.3 out of 5 Stars from 900+ reviews.

Conclusion - Which will you buy the 1160x or 1250x?

Clearly, the 1250X model will give you a more effecitve (& customized) shave than the 1160X through incorprating the 3D technology (as opposed to the 2D technology) and the more advanced XL shaver head. Moreover, it offers itself as a more practical device to maintain too -- with the extra indicators etc. All this, for an extra $70 or so -- I think is definitely worth it, especially if you are going to be using this shaver practically ever day for quite some time to come. Let me know which model you choose though and why.

 Also, if you have any remarks, concerns or queries regarding either the contrasting comparison account of the 1160X vs 1250X or about either electric shaver individually -- then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section (that you will find just below) and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.