There are times when choosing an electric shaver from so many choices is a pain. Probably that’s most of the time. Then there are those golden moments when you simply can’t go wrong. When deciding between one of the Norelco Series 9000 models, this is definitely one of those moments. On the other hand, the S9721/84 and S9311/84 are so similar it can be tough to pick one over the other. Luckily, as suggested, that’s a no-lose scenario. Either way you go, you’re going to be happy.
Every time I think they’ve improved electric shavers as much as possible, someone goes and proves me wrong. For a guy who prides himself on being up on the latest technical innovations – and therefore one who couldn’t be surprised – it’s a little embarrassing. This time, thanks to the interesting new design elements of the Philips Norelco 9700, I’m pretty happy to bear that shame. Here’s why.
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. As part of the SensoTouch 2D line (Series 6000) you might expect the 1160x/42 to look and act high-tech. Your expectations would be met here, and then some.
The Philips Norelco electric shaver line now contains a large array of models. One main separation, though, is between the SensoTouch 2D units and the SensoTouch 3D offerings. At first blush they look very similar. When you see how much less expensive the 2D models are you might wonder why anyone would opt for the 3D. Is the difference just marketing hype?
Philips’ electric shaver line has generally gone from triumph to triumph. That’s nowhere better illustrated than the Norelco SensoTouch 3D line (now also known as Series 8000), including the 1250, 1280, and 1290 models. If you include sub-model numbers like the 1250X/40 (now also known as 8100), 1250X/42 (now also known as 8700), 1280X/42 (now also known as 8900), and the 1290X/40 (now also known as 8800) for example – choosing one can get pretty confusing. No need. All the Series 8000 models share the same basic shaving technology and differ just in finish and features or add-ons, sometimes in just minor ways. Let’s try to unravel some of that.
Everyone expected computers to evolve and now we have tablets. Few, yours truly included, expected electric shavers to become so high tech, but certain aspects are showing up even here. The Philips Norelco 1280x/42 is a great example. Fortunately, the ‘old-fashioned’ virtues – great shave, secure handling, quality manufacturing, and ease of use – are still very much present.