Background to Philips Norelco Shavers

Norelco was the American name used for the electric shavers and other lifestyle products made by the Dutch company Philips - one of the largest electronics companies in the world; the name is only used in the USA because they traditionally were not allowed to use Philips on its own due to similarities with another company.

When they bought that company they retained the Norelco name and continued using it. It is an acronym for "North American Philips [electrical] Company" Read the rest of this article below the reviews....

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They have been using the Philips Norelco name since 2005. The history of Philips making electric shavers goes back to before the Second World War but it wasn't until the 1950s that they gained traction with marketing their shavers to a wider market though. At that time Gillette dominated the market.

Over the years they have gained a reputation for making some of the best rotary head shavers through extensive research leading-edge technology and innovative designs.

Nowadays Philips Norelco encompasses a large collection of men's rotary head shavers as well as male body grooming and trimming products, and some female hair-removal products.

Key Models and Features

*All these prices I quote are correct retail prices at the time of writing as indicated on the Philips Norelco website. When you buy through this website though, you will save at least 20%

SensoTouch 3D

$180 - $350 Retail*

7 Models - 1290X/ 1280XD/ 1280XCC/ 1260X/ 1250XD/ 1250 XCC/ 1250X

Common features:

GyroFlex 3D cutting system /UltraTrack shaving heads/Super Lift & Cut action/SkinGlide shaving surface /Speed XL shaving heads/Wet & Dry Shaving/Precision pop-up trimmer/Multi-level battery indicator/Rechargeable and cordless usage/Travel lock/Replace shaving heads indicator/Cleaning indicator

Extras on the Top Models

60 minutes-20 days shaving time/5-level numeric battery level indicator/ Jet Clean System/ Quick Charge option


$100 - $150 Retail*

4 Models - 1180X/1160XCC/1160X/1150X

Common features:

GyroFlex 2D cutting system/DualPrecision heads/Super Lift & Cut action/SkinGlide shaving surface/Attachment Precision Trimmer/ Wet and Dry Usage/ Rechargeable and cordless usage/ 2-level battery indicator/Travel Lock

Extras on the Top Models

50 minutes-16 days shaving time/ Jet Clean System/ 5-level battery indicator.

Nivea For Men

$80 Retail*

Moisturize your skin while you shave/Shave in and out of the shower/Gently follows the contours of your face/Stretch and Lift pattern for a great close shave

8200 Series

$90 - $100 Retail*

4 Models - 8260XL/ 8251XL/ 8250XL/ 8240XL

Special SPEED XL heads/Mains operated/ Washable under the faucet/ Charges quickly/ Electronic charging indicator and a battery-low indicator

7000 Series

10 Different Models - $47 - $90 Retail*

DualPrecision Cutting /Ultra thin heads with slots and holes/Dynamic Contour Response for a smoother shave/Automatically adjusts to facial contours/Patented Super Lift&Cut Action/Full width pop-up trimmer /Washable under the tap and is water resistant/Charges quickly/Electronic charging indicator.

6000 Series - 6940

$37 Retail*

Patented Reflex Action System/Super Lift and Cut Technology/Individually floating heads align the blades next to your skin/ Ergonomically designed grip for easy handling/Corded use only

Other Philips Norelco Grooming Products for Men

Philips Norelco also makes a large range of body and face grooming equipment for men: body-groomers, full body grooming kits, beard trimmers, hair clippers and nose and ear trimmers.

Philips Norelco Products for Ladies

The most popular shaver that Philips Norelco make for ladies is the wet and dry Moi shaver, which is widely available. Other than this, you don't see too many mentions of other products aimed at women.