Philips Norelco 8200XL Shaver Review


The Philips Norelco 8200XL shaver is a rotary head model that sits in the mid-range of the Philips Norelco collection. It is a popular item and it has been very successful. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.

 Appearance and Accessories

The Philips Norelco 8200XL unit uses a curved and ergonomic design to the non-slip handle, which supports the three rotary heads at the top.

It is gray, black and chrome in color with an LED display on the front to display battery and charging information.

This device comes supplied with a charging adapter, travel pouch, protection cap and cleaning brush.

Main Features

  • Three Speed XL-heads are individually floating and feature three self-sharpening blades for an efficient cutting system.
  • Dual track shaving heads use long slots to remove longer hair, holes to remove short hair and stubble, for an all-over complete shave to the face and neck area.
  • Super Lift and Cut system raises flattened hairs and shears them.
  • Reflex Action System enables the shaver to adjust to all the curves on your face and neck.
  • SmartTouch contour following helps with the comfort of the shave too.
  • Waterproof – can be used wet or dry. Philips Norelco recommend using on dry skin for best results.
  • Spring-release pop-up trimmer for tending sideburns, goatee and mustache.
  • Rechargeable battery – up to 17 days (50 minutes) of cordless shaving on full charge, according to the manufacturer.
  • An LED power indicator and battery display tell you when charging is complete.

Cleaning and Maintenance

This unit has a FastRinse design for easy cleaning. The release button opens the shaver up, and you can rinse it under the tap. There is an antibacterial coating inside the unit, which ensures that the shaver is kept clean and hygienic.


The Philips Norelco 8200XL shaver can be found in stores for around $90, but you can usually get a 15-20% discount by buying it online.


The Philips Norelco 8200XL shaver has a 60-day money-back guarantee and comes with a 2-year warranty.

User Reviews

Users of the Philips Norelco 8200XL shaver give it the thumbs up for value-for-money; it’s half the price or less of many newer models with similar features out there.

It seems to offer as close and comfortable a shave as its sister models in the same range – the 8240XL and the 8250XL, to name two. Most users have no complaints about its ability to handle tough areas like the neck, or thicker growth. They also praise its lack of noise and battery power.

Of course you are missing some of the finer aspects of the models that are double the price – such as shaving height adjustment, accurate display of battery life remaining and a stand, but if you just want the basics this does them very well.

Negative opinions about this shaver are few and far between. The main ones are from people who received duds and exchanged them for new models under the warranty – so there is come criticism about Philips Norelco quality control for this item.

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