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Philips Norelco arcitec 1090 Men's Shaving System

3 out of 5 stars 253 customer reviews
About the Product
  • Flex & Pivot Action--Three independently flexing rotary heads with a 360 degree range of motion to shave perfectly close, even on the neck
  • Triple Track shaving heads offer 50% more shaving surface for a faster and closer shave
  • Dual stainless steel blade system gently lifts hair to cut it comfortably below skin level, for an ultra close shave
  • Premium carbon fiber exterior, numeric shaving time display, battery capacity indicator, battery low indicator, full charge indicator
  • Rinses clean in seconds

Product Description

Product Description

There are many claims about close shaves, even from other Norelco shavers. What makes the Norelco 1090XD Arcitec Rechargeable Cordless Men's Razor is a special triple head system that provides 50 percent more shaving surface and a full range of motion. This translates to comfortable, fast, closest shaves ever.

A really practical aspect of this shaver is its energy efficiency. The 1090XD can deliver up to 21 days of shaving from merely a one-hour charge. It's great for looking your best on vacations or business trips. Dual voltage capability means you can travel anywhere in the world.
Maintaining the 1090XD is remarkably simple. It rinses clean under running water.
But all of this comes to a close shave that enhances your appearance. That's where the Norelco Arcitec system comes in. Imagine a car, for example. It will get you from point A to point B. Yet there's a significant difference in the ride you get from a Honda Civic to that of a Maserati. They handle the road differently. The concept of the Norelco 1090XD is that there are wide ranges of flexibility and pivoting actions that hug and handle the curves and contours of your face. Ultimately, from face to neck, the result is the closest shave ever. So consider the Norelco Arcitec a high-performance sports vehicle that shaves your face. It's those subtle nuances that make the difference. Viva la difference!
For men who only want the very best, Norelco Arcitec combines Flex & Pivot Action with the Triple-Track shaving heads for a perfectly close shave, even on the neck. Pop-up trimmer Norelco 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty

From the Manufacturer

Select the right shaving head for you!
Renew for better results
      series shaving head    
     1050CC, 1060
     1050/1050X, 1090
  Smart-Touch XL
     8240XL, 8260XLCC
     7310XL, 7340XL
     7400 - 7800
     5400 - 5800

HS 800
Nivea Shaving conditioner for NIVEA FOR MEN razor
HQ 170
Shaving lotion for Cool Skin
HQ 171
Shaving gel for Cool Skin
HQ 170
Shaving lotion for Cool Skin
HQ 171
Shaving gel for Cool Skin
HQ 200
Cleaning solution for JetClean System

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • UPC: 688581002769 075020000620 075020002952
  • Item model number: 1090
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,382 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Verified Purchase
I have shaved exclusively with electric shavers my entire adult life. A bit of a ritual, but I always buy the new top of the line Norelco as soon as it becomes available. I currently have the 9195XL and the James Bond Spectra shavers. I pre-ordered this on Amazon and was anxious to get it as it clearly is a major departure from Norelco's typical styling. It arrived completely dead which I thought a bit odd, but charging it was the another first. No cord plugs into the bottom, it has two small round electrical contacts the size of ball bearings, one on each side. It charges in its stand or the travel case, a nice touch. The new head arrangement pivots FAR more than any prior model and it really hugs the contours of your face and neck. It is relatively quiet, shaves VERY fast and very close with no irritation. It is also extremely easy to clean. Each cutter/comb assembly hinges up, but remains attached to the head making it very easy to rinse out without worrying about the cutters and combs separating from one another. Since the whole head assembly must be replaced to get new cutters, I suspect that part will command a premium. The protective head guard will not come off until you physically remove it, another Norelco first.

Negatives? Price, depending on your perspective. The trimmer is worse than useless. it is quite small and mounted at an odd place in relation to the cutting head making it especially awkward to use. I use a separate beard and mustache trimmer as I have never found an electric shaver to have a good one.

Bottom line: this is Norelco's best shaver to date...at least for my face. It also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee, so you risk nothing by trying it....which you definitely should.
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My first electric was a Norelco. Once it died I switched to Braun and while the cleaning system seemed attractive at first I got tired of spending on the cleaning solution. I then got a cheap Remington which is pretty decent for the price (around $40 I think) and later got a Panasonic ES8097.
My favorite razor was the Panasonic. It offered a superb shave, cleaning was fast, easy, and cheap. The wet shave was pretty useless, though, and the battery was terrible. I have to recharge it once it indicates an 80% charge. This started a few months ago at 40% and keeps climbing each month. This is why I decided to get a new razor.

Arcitec 1090:
This is a good electric razor, but it has some notable drawbacks:
- Trimmer
- Only cordless use (although the battery is supposed to last long). For the price, I would have preferred the ability to keep on using the razor once the battery dies in a few years.
- Limited range of motion (as mentioned in other reviews). My older Norelco "hugged" my jawline and chin much better. Norelco boasts about "optimum skin contact in curved areas" but when shaving often there's not enough contact in some areas. Contact is great on the cheeks and neck.
- No wet shaving. I prefer dry shaving, but the option would have been a pleasing addition for such an expensive razor.
- Price. It's a nice razor, but not $240 nice.

On the positive side:
+ Great shaves with very little initial irritation. After using it for a few days there was no irritation at all.
+ Fast shaves
+ Comfortable
+ Low maintenance
+ Easy to clean. No need to purchase additional cleaning supplies.
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By RK on October 2, 2008
This is an outstanding product. My original Norelco razor broke after many years of usage and required me to replace. I originally purchased the Braun Pulsonic Series 7 razor. While the Braun provided a very close shave and ultimate smoothness, often times it would cut me and was very difficult to get the hairs on my neck, especially around my adam's apple. Switching back to the Norelco 1090X provided a much quicker shave with no irritation occuring. I also have no problem getting those problem hairs on my neck. Having no loyalty to either company and trying both razors, I can easily say that the Norelco ranks #1 overall...
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This is my third high end Philips/Norelco shaver in the past 10 years. I bought this arcitec 1090 with high hopes that it would do an even better job than my previous 8894xl.

I'm sorry to say that after 3 months of using it almost every day... I consider this a step backwards from the 8894xl. In their quest for a really cool design, and I have to admit it does look really good, they have lost sight of the fact that it actually results in a worse shave.

I find myself having to cover the same ground many more times than in the past and have to concentrate much more to check for missed hairs and spots that I have to go over even more. Also, the statement that the new design improves the ability to shave your neck is not true, I think it is also worse in this regard.

My advice, dont bother with the cool Arcitec design, buy the top of the line traditional Philips/Norelco model instead.
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It's one of the coolest electric razors I've seen. I bought the 1060 which is the same thing as this one except the display. I couldn't wait to get this one. I love Norelco's products. I bought this shaver and tried it for a couple of weeks and found it delivers a really harsh uncomfortable shave with lots of razor burn which I never got from my other Norelco. I think one reason for the harsh shave is that it doesn't have the floating heads anymore that easily give to the contours of your face, this seems to plow into curves instead and you also don't get the range of pivoting that the previous models have (I noticed this didn't surround my Adams Apple like my 9160XL does it sits flat on it). It gives a decent shave but not a great shave like I was hoping and you have to go over areas many times. I think who ever designed this razor just went for how sleek and cool they could make it look and the function came second. You can get as good of shave with a 8140XL SpeedXL which has the same cutting head technology and gain the comfort and save $120. It just won't look as cool on your counter. I've sent mine back and I just bought a Braun Pulsonic 9595 and it's the best shaver I've ever owned. Sorry Norelco but when I spend $200 dollars I just don't want something that looks good I want it improved too.
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