Most helpful positive review
58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2005
I bought this shaver for $39.99 from Amazon. I wanted an inexpensive, relatively small shaver to take on trips and serve as a backup for my Norelco Spectra rotary shaver. I would estimate the extent and thickness of my beard to be average.
First off, one has to be fair when comparing this shaver with other electric shavers. It is not going to have features and/or perform like shavers costing 3-4 times as much (like my Spectra), and it is not reasonable to expect it to do so. Other reviewers have criticized this shaver for lacking features and close shaves, but you get what you pay for.
I have used this shaver inbetween uses of my Spectra mainly for comparison purposes. It is a noisy shaver compared with the Spectra. It shaves almost as closely but not quite. The closest, most comfortable shave is achieved if you use the recommended shaving talc before shaving. The trimmer actually trims better than my Spectra. Battery life is quite good. I have gone weeks without recharging (although I have not used it every day). I have not had any problem with facial cuts reported by others. I also have not had problems with holes in the foil. I suspect the people who have had problems with cuts in their face and holes in the foil have tried to press the shaver too hard against their face while shaving (the manual clearly states to press the shaver gently against the face until all 3 cutting heads make contact). The shaver is easy to clean with either a brush or running water (I usually just brush it clean).
The obvious drawback to this shaver, mentioned by others, is you cannot use the shaver while it charges. You also get no warning when the charge will run out. One moment it runs fine, seconds later it's dead. So it pays to charge regularly once you figure out the battery life.
Another odd thing about this shaver is it leaves a black residue on my face after shaving. It is not noticeable unless you happen to clean your face with an alcohol wipe after shaving. I have never had any other shaver do that.
Is this shaver a good value? For $39.99, absolutely yes. Does it give a close shave? Yes. Does it shave as close as a blade or a Norelco Spectra? No. If you expect that, spend the $150 to buy a better shaver. However, I've never found an electric razor that shaves as close as a blade. So be realistic. For basic shaving needs or, as in my case, a backup/travel razor this Remingon shaver can't be beat for the money spent.