Pros: The shave is comfortable
Cons: Cutters got dull almost immediately; terrible battery life
As I said in my epinion on my 30 (now 35) year love-hate relationship with shaving, Im ambivalent. Id love to have a good-looking beard, but I dont have enough to grow a good one. The last time I did, it came out nearly all white and that was years ago when I was in my late 40s.
Still, I have enough there so that I do need to shave or it will not look good. Worse, I have very sensitive skin, which is very irritated by dry electric shaving and blade shaving. Ive been able to deal with it by using Aloe Vera gel as after shave, but the potential for irritation overshadows my shaving practices.
Timing is always tight in the morning, as I get my wife ready for her day while I get ready for my work day. Shaving in the shower is much easier and cleaner than outside. So, whether its a blade or an electric wet-dry razor, thats where I shave.
I had used a Panasonic 8061 successfully for several years, but I could not get replacement blades any more. The next unit I got was a Norelco 7775, which would do both wet and dry shaves and had a lotion dispensing system to reduce irritation. That unit didnt work out all that well, but it was worth keeping until I dropped it a couple of times. So, I got this unit, the Norelco Cool Skin7735 refurbished on Ebay for around $50.
The Norelco unit is called the cool skin because it dispenses Nivea for Men shaving lotion or gel while shaving. Its supposed to deliver a comfortable shave that is just as close as a blade. They are half right.
The lotion system works well. What happens is that you push the dispenser like a button several times when you are shaving. Each time it dispenses the Nivea product you have loaded into the razor. The Nivea lotion and gel come in small packets which fit inside the razor. Generally, I get a couple of weeks out of each packet. The shaves are fairly comfortable. I use them for convenience. However, a decent shaving cream for sensitive skin will accomplish the same thing and cost less.
However, theyre not very good. Using the earlier Norelco, the cutters got dull after a couple of months, meaning that the shave was not real close or that I would have to press harder to get a better shave, causing irritation. Dull heads is a problem on this model. From the start, they weren't very good. Then, they got worse. I compensate by doing some touch up with a blade when I am finished with the electric razor. While I did have to do touch up with the Panasonic, on this unit and its predecessor, I have to do much more around the jaw line, neck and under the nose. Even so, the shave is not that close. It's gotten to the point where I make a couple of passes with this unit and a pass with the blade over the whole beard.
Worse, this unit has terrible battery life. Im at the point right now when I get 2 shaves out of a full overnight charge. The funny thing is, I never left the unit idle on the charger. They dont recommend that because it affects battery life. I have no reason for the battery life problem other than its not very good.
After two tries, it seems to me that the foil razors, like the Panasonic, stay sharper longer than the rotary (Norelco) type razors, even with the excellent, albeit expensive, lotion dispensing system.
So, I think Ill cruise Ebay for a Panasonic wet-dry shaver and maybe keep this as a backup. I cant recommend it. It most certainly DOES NOT shave as close as a blade.
It remains available online for $50 for the refurbished unit. The new unit costs around $100.
Thanks for reading. God bless!
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