Philips Norelco 1250x/40 SensoTouch Electric Shaver

Along with just a few other manufacturers in the industry Philips Norelco is a name that comes associated with high quality, rotary head shavers. Like it’s closely related cousin – the Philips Norelco 1280cc 42 Sensotouch - the 1250x/40 SensoTouch electric shaver is a real high-end model electric shaver.

There are several other SensoTouch models and, though this model is not the most expensive on the market, it is certainly a very serious razor aimed at high performance shaving and it is a very big step up from the standard $40 or $50 electric shaver. The 3-D head is perhaps what sets it apart – more about this below.

Appearance and Accessories

The 1250x/40 is black-colored, measures 6 inches x 1.2 inches x 1.2 inches and weighs around 1.2 pounds. It has the typical modern Philips Norelco look with a tapering, ergonomic handle supporting a rotary head that perches on top.

It comes provided with a soft travel pouch, cleaning brush, protective cap and charging stand. Note that there is no JetClean cleaning/charging station with this model.

Main Features

  • Employs a unique GyroFlex head that provides three dimensional-contouring allowing for a very close and comfortable shave every time.
  • The 3-D head has three parts that move independently of each other, pivoting and tilting to the shape of the area it is shaving, for minimum friction and irritation.
  • The cutting system includes a lifting feature that raises flattened hairs and provides an all-round cleaner shave.
  • Uses channels to catch the longer hairs, slots to catch the normal hairs and small holes to catch the shortest stubble.
  • Features a pop-up precision trimmer for detailed work on sideburns or mustaches.
  • Employs an AquaTec seal that means it can be used in wet or dry conditions – in the shower or with gel or foam.
  • A 3-level battery indicator of this unit will tell you when it needs recharging.
  • The LED display tells you when you need to replace the blades and when the device needs cleaning.
  • When fully charged from its charging stand (supplied) its lithium battery will provide 50 minutes of continuous cordless shaving – that’s around 15-17 days of average shaving.
  • Ideal for traveling- especially with its travel lock and the protective pouch provided.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Use jets of water to clean away the excess hairs and stubble, though most will be caught in the unit itself, which will need emptying after usage. Cleaning and maintenance is easy with this unit.


The Philips Norelco 1250x/40 SensoTouch retails for around $200 but you can get about 20% discount off this price by shopping online.


The 1250x/40 model has a 2-year warranty.

User Reviews

It is actually difficult to find too much against the Philips Norelco 1250x/40 SensoTouch shaver, according to users.

It receives 90% positive reviews and some customers have called it the closest thing to a straight blade shave.

The new 3D head is extremely popular for its comfort and its precision; no reports of irritation or soreness from using this shaver. Some users have recommended using it with shaving foam for an even closer shave.

It also rates highly for ease of use with its slim-line design and people have found it easy to clean, with low-noise levels too. The battery seems to charge rapidly and provide more than a few shaves at a time even after you’ve had it a while, although we can’t verify the 17 days that the manufacturer claims.

The few negatives included the blades not being close enough to the edge to allow trimming of the hairs close to the nose and the individual heads having to be cleaned separately.

The only drawback of this unit is its price, but the many benefits and the workmanship gone into the making of this model should mean that you get years of high-quality and convenient shaving out of it, which will help to justify the extra expense.

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