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If there is one part of my male grooming routine that I hate, although it's not really that much of a routine, then it would be shaving. The time and effort it takes has always been a source of discussion between Jen and myself, she'd like me to do it more often, whilst I just can't see the point unless I have a meeting at work or a special occasion. Of course this is a state of mind that has developed over the years due to the lack of decent equipment to be able to shave with. The problem is that wet shaving takes too long, especially early in the morning and I'm yet to find an electric shaver that ticks all of the boxes and in fact when I received the Philips PT715 as a gift I thought that maybe I'd be able to have my mind changed.
My Problem With Electric Shavers
The biggest problem I have with Electric Shavers has to be the quality of the shave. Prior to receiving my latest shaver I've found that none of the electric devices I've had previously have delivered a shave anywhere near as close as I would like. I've always found that they leave small stubble patches and even miss hairs completely. It's not like they've been cheap razors either with my previous two being first a Remington and then a Braun, but neither have sold me on the concept. Couple with this a poor battery life and all in all I've been largely unimpressed by Electric Razor's.
Giving Philips A Try
With the above in mind I am always slightly sceptical about a new Electric Shaver, but I was willing to give Philips a chance to change my mind. In order to combat my usual compliant about the battery this model has a built in power cord, which means that battery use is a thing of the past, but then this does remove the portable element I do actually like about electric razors. It's a small price to pay though for having the ability to pick up the razor and not finding that it needs charging... again. Of course the corded aspect of the razor does confine you to within about a metre of the nearest shaver socket, which again is a bit of a disadvantage at times.
The razor itself has a blue body with a black trim across the back and comes with the three circular headed blades, all of which are doubled up. I've often preferred this style to the straight blade as I find it follows the contour of my skin a lot better. The concept behind the design is that on each of the three heads there are two blades, the first to lift the hair and the second to cut it. By using this system Philips claim that it allows the device to cut long and short hairs alike for a very close shave.
But Does It Work??
It would be fair to say that the results from the Philips PT715 are much better than they have been with either of my previous two razors, but it's still not perfect. The majority of the stubble is removed and the finish is quite smooth but it still seems to struggle getting a close enough shave on my neck and underside of my jaw. There are still little clumps of hair that seem to remain behind, although this one doesn't seem to miss any, just doesn't quite get as close as I would like.
Having sensitive skin it also seems to irritate a section of my neck just like my previous two razors had done. The shave though is more acceptable and not as noticeable that a few hairs have been missed as my old razors. I'm still not totally sold on Electric Shavers but the Philips PT715 seems to have gone a long way to improving my opinion of them greatly. Of course for the closer shave I'm not sure if it's really worth the lost flexibility in where the Shaver can be used but for the moment it's something I'm willing to overlook.
Maintaining The Philips
The heads on the Philips are waterproof meaning that you can simply wash the heads under the tap once you've finished shaving. The heads themselves are corrosion free meaning they still look as sharp and clean after they've been cleaned as they did new. You also get a small brush to get even the smallest hairs out of the heads to properly clean the Shaver up. The Philips range offer replacement heads, which they suggest are replaced every couple of years, however these cost about £25 and with the razor only costing £38 new I do wonder if it's really worth replacing the heads or just replacing the razor.
If you are looking for an Electric Shaver that isn't portable but gives a reasonably close shave then yes I would say it was. For the price it is certainly a decent razor and despite the lack of a side burn trimmer it does still tick all the boxes for me. That's not to say that I use it any more regularly than I did my previous two electric shavers, but I do find that when I use it, the results are far better. Not having the flexibility to be able to take it to work or in the car is a pain but given the improvement over my previous two shavers this is an issue I can overlook. At £38.50 the Philips PT715 is a decent razor and whilst I'd recommend it in terms of quality only you can decide if the fact it has a cord will become a deciding factor.
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