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A Great Electric Shaver (that cleans itself!)
on June 1, 2016
As someone who's tried more than his share of electric razors, I'm always a bit skeptical when I try a new razor because they tend to all be the same. This one stood out because it came in such a large box for a Norelco razor - and a quickly realized why, once I saw the SmartClean device that came with it.
TLDR Version: I love the new Norelco 5700 because it gives me a super close shave either wet OR dry - and the accompanying SmartClean device let's you start each shave as though the razor was brand new! You can see my BEFORE and AFTER shots in the attached photos!
To start with, aesthetically, this is one of the better looking units - with a solid grip and a very modern set of LED displays that are only visible when necessary (like when it's charging). The 5700 charges completely in an hour - and should have enough charge to get you through at least a week-long trip of daily shaves (this is a requirement for me to even consider a product). If you've shaved with a rotary shaver (those 3 circular cutters) before, you know that the challenge is to continuously make circular motions gently across your neck and face (like a drunk Zamboni driver) in order to ensure that your whiskers are whisked away. In the past, I've found that my skin can get irritated from the dry razor making these paths repeatedly across my skin. What made the Norelco 5700 stand out, was how smoothly I was able to get a close shave without irritating my skin. Norelco has discovered the secret to making the cutters glide across my soft baby skin face!
Better yet, as part of trying to give the free sample razor I received a thorough once-over, I waited two days, lathered up with my usually shaving gel that I normally use with a disposable razor - and got one of the CLOSEST SHAVES EVER using an electric razor! That's right, this razor works REALLY WELL wet or dry!
So if you've EVER tried to shave with an electrical razor and any sort of product (cream, gel, oil) you know that the downside to being well lubed is the unfortunate cleaning process that follows the shaving. Here's where the almighty (it's a sizable addition to your counter) SmartClean device comes into play. Once you finish shaving (wet or dry) you simply drop the 5700 into the SmartClean unit upside down... and it actually deep cleans the razor while charging it and getting it ready for your next shave. And it is no exaggeration when I tell you that your razor will literally be as good as new. No whiskers, no cream/gel residue, not even a smell. This magical device gets your Norelco 5700 back in the same condition as your first shave. It's incredible.
Close shave without irritating my skin
Works with the gel that I prefer
SmartClean makes each shave feel like it was the razor's first
Charges quickly and lasts at least a week of daily shaves
You need to get used to rotary shaving (it can take a few days if you're coming from a disposable razor)
The SmartClean unit has a decent footprint on the counter (more than a usually charging stand).