Philips Norelco SensoTouch 2D 6600 (1160xcc or 1160x/42) Review by Chris Schuepfer
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The Philips Norelco 1160x/42 (also called 1160xcc or 6600) is far from the top of the line in the company’s lineup, but neither is the price. For a low-end-of-the-range product it offers many high-end features.
Basic Design and Specs
The body and head offers a sure grip and a good separation to make it easy to get in every nook of your jaw line. The 1160x/42 still looks a little weird, even for an electric shaver. But so did many innovative products before they became the standard. Think, for example, how different an iPhone was when cell phones were more like little bricks with flip-out flanges. As part of the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 2D line (Series 6000) you might expect the 1160x/42 to act high-tech. Your expectations would be met here, and then some.
The GyroFlex 2D system is just one reason why. As the name suggests, the 2D head can flex in two ways. The entire shaving head assembly can tilt at any angle and at the same time, the individual shaving heads themselves can move towards the center. Both work together to offer a flexible, close contour-following set of Dual Precision heads that will fit just about any face shape. Pivot, tilt, and glide in any direction you need and the blade covers follow you.
It’s not quite the equal of the SensoTouch 3D shaving system. The 3D head can flex in three ways. It does help, but it’s an open question how much and whether it’s worth it or not because each guy’s face is different. Click here for a more in-depth comparison between the SensoTouch 2D and SensoTouch 3D shavers.
Super Lift & Cut
It also helps that the 1160x/42, despite the low cost, still houses Philips’ patented Super Lift & Cut system. Yeah, it’s an awful marketing buzzphrase but it’s reasonably accurate in this case. Like the manual double-blade razor used these days, it lifts the hair up so it can be whacked off cleanly near the base.
AquaTec & SkinGlide
For a modest-priced shaver it’s a little surprising to find a Wet or Dry unit. But surprise or no, there’s no question that the AquaTec seal makes this baby perfectly safe to use in the shower with shaving cream or gel. Personally, that’s where I like to do the deed. But if you prefer dry-style shaving you’ll still get a pretty close, smooth shave without excess irritation thanks to the low-friction SkinGlide shaving surface.
Good quality blades that pivot well are central to getting a good shave from an electric, to be sure. But where the 1160x/42 really shines is in what you might call the convenience factors. The charging system is item one in that area.
It takes about 60 minutes to fully charge the 1160x/42. At that point, it will deliver about 50 minutes of shave time, according to the manual. Real-world use shows that Philips is not exaggerating. That’s only about 10 minutes short of what you get, for example, from a top-of-the-line model as the 1280x/42.
One (admittedly minor) annoyance is that the design doesn’t allow for cord-attached shaving. If the battery is dead you have to wait until the unit recharges. That also means you might have to take along the charger on a trip. Bummer. Luckily there’s a quick-charge design element. It charges the shaver enough in a few minutes to give you enough juice for one modest-length shave. Very handy for when you’re dashing out and need to look presentable.
There’s a two-level indicator. That is far from the most informative display on the market. Still, it’s adequate. You can tell when the battery is full or when it’s low and there’s a low battery warning that can come in handy on trips away from home.
Jet Clean System
The /42 or cc in the product name indicates that the shaver comes with the Jet Clean System. The charger is integrated into the same housing as the Jet Clean system. Just plunk the shaver head down into the space-age looking stand, tap a button, and you’re good to go. As the cleaner does for other SensoTouch models, the 1160x/42 gets cleaned and lubricated while it charges.
As with the other models in the lineup, though, the Jet Clean system is a mixed bag. True, it does a stellar job of getting those little hairs out of the head and keeping the blades clean. But it can be a little pricey to use if you use the system often. The HQ200 Jet Clean refills are not cheap.
You can mix up your own solution to save money. Personally, I prefer just to pop the head assembly off in the shower, rinse, and shake dry. It’s not as effective as the Jet Clean but it helps reduce the number of more thorough cleaning sessions needed. It brings the cost of the system down to a reasonable level without the downside of rapid blade deterioration. Replacing the blades more often than necessary would cost even more than the cleaning fluid, after all.
If you’re looking for basically the same shaver but without automatic cleaning system, look for the SensoTouch models with /40 in the model name like the 1160x/40, 1150x/40 or 1180x/40. These shavers are less expensive in purchase and the cleaning solution which has to be replaced every few uses does not add to the cost of ownership.
There is one design aspect of the 1160x/42 that will probably irritate anyone that wants to use the trimmer attachment. The higher-end models have an easy-to-move built-in pop-up trimmer mechanism. With this model you have to pop off the head and attach the trimmer.
That’s far from impossible but it can be tricky. You have to push the release just so, which can be tough if you have thicker fingers. It requires a little bit of practice to do it properly without risking the head flying off and crashing onto the floor. Difficult, and probably not something you’ll want to do every day.
The Philips Norelco 1160x/42 is at the lower end of the scale in the SensoTouch electric shaver line. Even so, it benefits from much of the great technology found in the higher-end models. You will, too and at a much lower price than a SensoTouch 3D model. You might wonder, then, why anyone would spend more. The answer, of course, is in the detailed differences. Only you can decide how much those are worth to you.