Philips Norelco 8240XL Cordless Rechargeable  Men's Electric Shaver Reviews
Click to see larger image

Philips Norelco 8240XL Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

44 ratings (10 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Very Good
5 stars
4
4 stars
2
3 stars
1
2 stars
3
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Good shaver, but not as good as should be

Sep 9, 2011 (Updated Jun 16, 2012)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: OK

  • Durability:
  • Ease of Use:
  • Battery Life:
  • Effectiveness:

Pros:Good shave, good trimmer, good feel in hand, light weight.

Cons:Should shave even better, battery dies without warning.

The Bottom Line: Recommended for someone buying their first Philips. But if you have an old Philips, consider keeping it. Battery died a premature death and is not replaceable.


***UPDATE 16 June 2012: Several days ago, this shaver's battery died for good, and rather suddenly at that. Now the battery barely makes it through one shave. This is very disappointing for a shaver that is only one year and 10 months old, and has been very well cared for. Moreover, the battery is not user-replaceable, so I'll have to buy a new one... probably a Braun.***

I bought this shaver to replace my 5-year-old Philips HQ7830. Yes, this 8240 is a pretty good shaver. Compared to other shavers I've had in the past (Remington, Panasonic, Braun), it gives a reasonably smooth shave and has a good trimmer. It is fairly light and is comfortable to hold and maneuver. It is also much quieter than the old Philips it replaces.

However, this new shaver disappoints me in several ways: In careful side-by-side tests over a month, the new shaver with its fancy three-ring heads shaved me no better than the old one's single-ring "7 Series" heads that are 2-1/2 years old. In fact, I think it might be pulling my skin a little bit more, and I seem to have more ingrown beard hairs than before.

Also, the new shaver's lithium-ion battery doesn't last as long as the old nickel-cadmium battery of the old shaver (which I maintained very carefully). Worse yet, the new shaver's battery dies very suddenly, without warning -- there's no battery level light or gauge, and only a barely perceptible slowdown in blade speed shortly before it stops. If you're not with your charger and near an outlet, you're out of luck.

The old shaver sealed the motor spindles from water, so you could rinse the shaver and shake it out. The new one channels water down past the motor spindles and through the shaver body, so it drips out the bottom around the charger plug contacts. I worry about a potential short circuit when plugging in the charger when the shaver is wet, and also that the interior channels might eventually clog with hair residue and mineral deposits if water dries inside the machine. I hope the usually careful Philips engineers have thought about these issues.

In summary, I would recommend this shaver to someone buying their first Philips. But if you have an old Philips, consider keeping it. A new one might be no better, and maybe even worse.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 80
Noise Level: More quiet than most


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Brand Philips Norelco 6945xl Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Brand Philips Norelco 6945xl Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco 6945XL Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver Brand new in the original sealed retail box!Product Features:Clean cut, shaves clos...
eBay

$44.85

FREE Shipping
Philips Norelco 6955xl Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco 6955xl Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco 6955XL Rechargeable Shaver NEW IN BOX -Close cut durable self sharpening blades - Flex and Float close contouring to the shape of your...
eBay

$39.99

+$6.85 shipping
Philips Norelco AT880 Aquatec PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor

Philips Norelco AT880 Aquatec PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor

Philips Norelco AT880 Aquatec PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor - Philips Norelco AT880 Aquatec PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor
Sears
Philips Norelco - Rechargeable Cordless Razor with 2D Heads - Gray/Orange/Black

Philips Norelco - Rechargeable Cordless Razor with 2D Heads - Gray/Orange/Black

This razor features a rechargeable, cordless design with an LED display and easy-grip antislip handle for easy operation, while the GyroFlex 2D system...
Best Buy

$149.99

+$2.99 shipping
Philips Norelco At880 Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco At880 Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco AT880 Aquatec PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Men's Electric Razor Bonus Philips HQ8 SHAVING HEAD What's in the Box AT880 PowerTouch ...
eBay

$120.00

FREE Shipping
Philips Norelco Super Lift & Cut Cordless Rechargeable Shaver Each

Philips Norelco Super Lift & Cut Cordless Rechargeable Shaver Each

Philips Norelco Super Lift Cut Cordless Rechargeable Shaver EACH This Philips Norelco PowerTouch cordless razor features a dual precision shaving syst...
eBay

$76.40

FREE Shipping
Philips Norelco AT830 PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor Men's Shaver

Philips Norelco AT830 PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor Men's Shaver

Norelco AT830 / 4500 Brand New Includes Two Year Warranty, Product # AT830 / 4500, Powertouch Aquatec Cordless Razor, DualPrecision Heads, Super Lift ...
FactoryOutletStore

$95.95

FREE Shipping
Philips Norelco 7340XL Rechargeable Cordless Electric Razor

Philips Norelco 7340XL Rechargeable Cordless Electric Razor

Philips Norelco 7340XL Rechargeable Cordless Electric RazorPhilips Norelco 7340XL Rechargeable Cordless Electric RazorFeatures:Precision Cutting Syste...
Sears
Philips Norelco At880 Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver W/ Extra Head

Philips Norelco At880 Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver W/ Extra Head

Brand New Philips Norelco AT880 Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Shaver W/ Extra Head In Original Nikon Box..!!This Is US Model And It Comes With ...
eBay

$89.88

FREE Shipping
Philips Norelco Powertouch Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Razor Shaver

Philips Norelco Powertouch Cordless Rechargeable Men's Electric Razor Shaver

Philips Norelco PT730 Powertouch Electric Razor Home About Us Shipping Info Feedback Return Policy FAQ Contact Us Add our store to your favorites and ...
eBay

$71.14

FREE Shipping