Philips Norelco 8250XL Shaver Review



The Philips Norelco 8250XL Shaver is a mid-range rechargeable model from the main rotary head shaver manufacturer on the market.

It has a lot of features that wouldn’t look out of place on a more expensive model (which is why it’s on my top 10 electric shavers list) and we take a look at the main ones below to help you decide if it might be for you.

Appearance and Inclusions

The Philips Norelco 8250XL Shaver is a stylish model in metallic blue, black and chrome with a distinctive stand that it can sit on the bathroom sink with.

It is ergonomically designed and tapers down from the head to the base and provides an anti-slip grip handle that fits easily into the palm of the hand.

It comes complete with a protective cap that clips over the head, a cleaning brush, a soft travel pouch, a power cord and the stylish bathroom stand.

Main Features

  • Speed XL shaving heads provide 50% more shaving surface compared to other rotary head shavers. This makes removing hair very quick and easy and provides less irritation for the skin.
  • The SmartTouch contour-following features of the triple track shaving heads means that the shaver doesn’t need to repeatedly go over areas to produce a clean shave.
  • Dual Precision cutting mechanism with slots and holes to catch even the shortest of stubble in your beard.
  • The corrosion-free StaySharp steel means that the blades sharpen themselves and stay at their peak.
  • Lift and Cut System that lifts flattened hairs to provide a complete shave.
  • Pop-up trimmer for detailed work on mustache and sideburns.
  • Full charging time around 1 hour and this allows around 50 minutes of continuous shaving ( 17 shaves at 3 minutes per shave).
  • Automatic Power selection so it can be used overseas.

Cleaning and Maintenance

After shaving the head can be popped open and rinsed out as it is waterproof.

There is no cleaning station with this model, but the anti-bacterial coating inside the shaver ensures that the shaver is rinsed clean and left hygienic in seconds.


The Philips Norelco 8250XL Shaver is available for around $125 online. This is great value as most other shavers with a similar range of features will be more expensive. The lack of a cleaning station perhaps keeps the price of this model down.


The Philips Norelco 8250XL Shaver comes with a one-year warranty.

User Reviews

The Philips Norelco 8250XL shaver gets overwhelmingly positive reviews in terms of its performance and design. Users love its low level of noise and its efficiency in cutting even coarser beards.

The only negative comments tend to be from people who have changed over to a rotary head shaver from a foil head and perhaps have not adjusted well.

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