Philips SensoTouch 3D 

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It’s been a while since I have reviewed anything from Philips; I think the last thing was their Sonicare Electric Toothbrush. Here I am looking at their latest battery operated shaver although it is far more than a simple shaver.

Philips RQ1280 SensoTouch GyroFlex
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I was attending an event at a posh London hotel and as I left I happened to see that Philips had the adjoining room, I spoke to the PR lady on the door and asked to be sent information and as a result I got a chance to review this.

A mixture of chrome, rubber and plastic it is 17x6x7cm and weights a comfortable 178grams in the hand, either hand.

It stands vertical in the charger unit and there is also a range of other bits and pieces to allow the man to claim some of the bathroom clutter. The leaflet is the multi language cop out and about the only thing you learn is to shave in circles and not side to side, mind you in use you see the benefit on the first shaving contact.

There are just two controls an on/off button on the front and a slider to raise the sideburn trimmer on the left side.

It is both a wet and dry shaver; although it runs on battery I tend not to totally immerse it in water. I wash the heads and shake it dry. It says it is fine to use in the shower but I did not try it while the shower was pouring.

This is a 3D shaver and that means all three of its heads move independently to allow use into any indentation of your face. The only part of me that it did not immediately shave cleanly was the immediate area below the nostrils, however hard I tried a few hairs refused to get cut, however the sideburn trimmer on the unit soon took those away.

Having plugged the charger in and watched the display – under the on-off button built up to 60 minutes told me it was charged. On first use I thought it was faulty as it was so quiet almost like a razor almost out of power but it is just very quiet in use so quiet that it takes getting used to. Even with the sideburn trimmer raised it is still not noisy. Both parts are efficient the sideburn trimmer soon got rid of the odd hair tight to the nose that the main unit’s three circular heads just would not touch. I found a daily shave was less than two minutes certainly a lot faster than my own shaver, mind you the heads on this do move independently to get to every contour.

Each of the three heads moves away from the centre by around five degrees to allow a really close shave to take place. For me the highlight was the easy disposal of the soft hairs under the chin that normally need a wet blade shave to really remove so I think the daily shave has become a lot quicker and also a lot more efficient.

Of course the real test is the long weekend without a shave can it cope on Monday morning here – for me – I was adventurous and used it while still damp from the shower and three days growth disappeared in around three minutes. As I used gel/foam it was really a wet shave, you then need to give shaver a bath see below. The next weekend was a real test leaving three days worth of beard and shaving dry – before the shower – this took slightly longer three minutes but the result was excellent.

Part of the paraphernalia I mentioned above is the jet clean system for the shaver in effect it’s a washing machine for the shaver, it comes complete with its own fluid and bath area that the shaver is placed head down into. If used daily the fluid needs changing roughly every fortnight however the display on the razor tells you when it needs a dip in the fluid.

Should you wish to use this as a wet shaver it works just as well as a bladed unit but of course you need to clean it in its bath after every use.

Doing my searches found the Philips SensoTouch 3D at £275.74 including free delivery from the link below.

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