Gillette ProGlide Styler
First my moan – it’s my job to moan – while the packaging makes it look great on the retailers shelf and you can see everything you get there is a lot of plastic items that are never going to used once the items are extracted the possible exception is the power unit holder which has space in the rear for trim heads or spare blades, the rest sadly will all need recycling. The total package weighs 282 grams, the contents are less than half that.
So what do you get a 17x3x2cm curved unit which weighs only 90 grams with wet shave head attached, it comes with ‘AA’ battery inserted. It has plenty of grippy rubber around the unit so should stay in place in your wet hands.
Out of the box this power unit is bare with just the electric single line shaver bar attached in this case the unit is just 13cm tall. There are three different comb heads to attach to the main unit these remove hair or beard to different levels they are marked 1, 2 and 3 and if you look closely in good light they are different shades of transparent blue but I doubt someone just out of bed will focus clearly on the colour differential, but unlike a standard shave ‘grooming’ is possibly done separately.
A fold out leaflet in three languages shows the use and fitting of all the heads. I worked this out for myself before looking at the instructions so it must be straightforward the only thing I would say is make sure the cover is on the one five blade shaver head supplied. While it would have been nice to have spares I managed close to thirty shaves before it was becoming uncomfortable.
The back of the solid plastic box explains the ‘3 in 1’ use of the unit ‘Trim’, ‘Shave’ and ‘Edge’.
Returning to the power unit there is a button on the front which starts the internal motor press it again to turn it off however there is also a button on the back that also starts the motor, this however stops it as soon as you let go so ideal for that fine trimming of items like eyebrows.
While my times with a beard are nowadays rare, the ‘Edge’ head was useful for sideburns although not in the beard example to get an edge on the beard but the sideburns. The three ‘Trim’ heads worked on the area around ears and the area slightly higher on the head to remove straggly bit very effectively. My barber will be a little poorer as this increases the time between my visits to him. Finally the shaver head is the Fusion head with five blades and the all-important single blade on the back of the unit for those areas just below the nose where the five bladed head cannot access.
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