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Philips Norelco Series 9000 Review

Norelco Series 9000

Philips Norelco is one of the first brands that comes to mind when you think of electric shavers. Philips has been the leading rotary shaver brand for years, and the Norelco Series 9000 is among one of their best shavers ever. For those of you that are familiar with the types of electric shavers that are available, there are two main types, foil shavers, and rotary shavers. Foil shavers feature several blades with a foil cover like the Braun Series 7. Rotary shavers, such as the Norelco shavers, include multiple rotating circular blades on the shaving head.

To learn more about the difference between rotary and foil shavers click here.

The Norelco Series 9000 takes advantage of some benefits that rotary shavers have over foil shavers to provide a comfortable and close shave for most users. Rotary shavers are typically better at shaving longer stubble and contouring to the face. If you usually go a few days in between shaves or have struggled to shave with a foil shaver, the Series 9000 may be the best electric shaver for you.

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 9300

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Features

  • Each shaving head moves in 8 directions to cut up to 20% more hair.
  • The wet or dry electric shave system cuts hairs up to 30% closer. The blades shave closer and more comfortably.
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (for an even more skin-friendly shave), Medium (for a thorough shave), and Fast (for a high-powered shave).
  • The SmartClean System allows for easy maintenance: cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges your shaver.
  • With AquaTec technology enjoy a comfortable dry shave or a refreshing wet shave.

Overview

If you have been putting off getting a rotary shaver, you may want to give them another look. The Philips Norelco Series 9000 shavers are a significant improvement over past models. While Philips has been developing rotary shavers for over sixty years, the Series 9000 include a number of improvements that make them suitable for more users.

While Philips has a number of rotary shavers, the Series 9000 is the top of the line model and is worth the extra money over Philips lower models. Shaving performance is much improved and more comfortable over the lower models. This is mostly due to the increased pivoting points and new blade technology that allows the shaver to contour better and shave closer than previous models.

Performance and Features

With the Series 9000, Philips has added a few updates to help improve the rotary shaver. Some of these functions include contour detect technology, personal comfort settings, new precision blades, and technology for wet or dry shaving.

The contour detect technology allows an even closer shave around the curves of your face and neck. With each new series, Philips provides a greater range of movement with the individual rotary blades. With the new contour detect technology, each blade is capable of moving independently in eight different directions. This range of motion allows the 9000 Series to contour better to the face than most other shavers available on the market.

Philips continues to include personal comfort settings. This feature has been standard on Norelco rotary shavers for quite a few years and allows you to choose from 3 separate speed settings – slow, medium, and fast. Slow is great if you have sensitive skin or are shaving in the neck area. The medium and fast settings allow you to move quicker over your face or through thicker beards.

The SmartClean system is a clean and charge station similar to the cleaning stations you can get from Panasonic or Braun. You place your electric shaver in the cleaning station and press a button to start cleaning. During this process, the cleaning system lubricates and cleans the blades and thoroughly dries the entire shaver so that it is ready for the next use.

Philips Norelco Series 9000 Models

There are two different shavers to choose from, in the 9000 Series:

Philips Norelco 9300
Philips Norelco 9700

These two models share most features, but there are a few variations which you may want to consider before deciding between the models.

Common Features

  • Contour detect technology
  • SmartClick precision trimmer
  • Personal comfort settings
  • SmartClean system
  • AquaTec technology for wet or dry shaving
  • Digital display
  • V-track precision blades

AquaTec technology is the name given to the wet and dry technology use for the Norelco Series 9000 shavers. You can use either electric shaver before or after your shower. You can use it wet or dry and with or without shaving gel or foam. This feature has been common throughout the top electric shavers on the market and give you the flexibility to shave in the most comfortable way for you.

Unlike most foil shavers which attach a trimmer to the body of the shaver, the Norelco Series 9000 utilizes an attachment for a trimmer. The SmartClick precision trimmer goes on the top of the shaver and makes it easier to trim around the sideburn and neck area than some other models.

Another nice feature found on both models is Philips’ new V-track precision blades. Philips has enhanced the blades used in this razor to offer optimal cutting over lower Norelco models. One knock against rotary shavers has always been their inability to match the closeness of the shave that foil shavers can provide. With the new blade technology Philips has managed to close the gap with foil shavers while still providing the benefits a rotary shaver can provide.
Philips Norelco 9300 Electric Shaver

It comes with the SmartClean PRO System but lacks a couple of features that are found on the 9700 model.

Philips Norelco 9300 Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 9300

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Features

  • Each shaving head moves in 8 directions to cut up to 20% more hair.
  • The wet or dry electric shave system cuts hairs up to 30% closer. The blades shave closer and more comfortably.
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (for an even more skin-friendly shave), Medium (for a thorough shave), and Fast (for a high-powered shave).
  • The SmartClean System allows for easy maintenance: cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges your shaver.
  • With AquaTec technology enjoy a comfortable dry shave or a refreshing wet shave.

Features:

  • Digital indicator
  • SmartClean System
  • Sturdy design
  • Easily removable blades

As with all Norelco rotary shavers, you can remove all of the components in the head of the shaver. This allows you to thoroughly clean the blades and the tracks that the blades are set in. It also features a sturdy design that is comfortable to hold in your hand. The rotating head and blades curves around the face to shave more area in one pass.

The first variation between the Norelco 9300 and 9700 is the digital indicator. The Norelco 9300 electric shaver has a simple battery, instead of a more advanced display on the 9700. The 9300’s indicator display indicates the battery life of the ion-lithium battery.

Philips Norelco 9700 Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 9700 with Cleansing Brush

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Features

  • Each shaving head moves in 8 directions for an extremely close result
  • The wet or dry electric shave system captures each hair regardless of its length from 1 day up to 3 day stubble
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (skin-friendly shave), Medium ( thorough shave), and Fast (high-powered shave)
  • The digital interface automatically lights up and showing: battery level, cleaning indicator, battery low indicator, replacement head indicator, and travel lock indicator
  • The SmartClean System allows for easy maintenance: cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges your shaver.

The other rotary shaver in the Norelco Series 9000 lineup is the Norelco 9700 electric shaver. The 9700 adds a more advanced display on the shaver itself and a status indicator on the SmartClean system. Shaving performance and features are identical to the 9300.

Features:

  • Advanced Digital display
  • SmartClean PRO System
  • SmartClick oil-control cleansing brush (Some Packages)

Just like the Norelco 9300, the Norelco 9700 is easy to clean and maintain. The SmartClean system is upgraded with a status indicator to become the SmartClean Pro system. With the SmartClean system, you must purchase refills regularly or you can clean the shaver manually under the faucet.

The second difference is the digital display on the shaver. The digital display on the Norelco 9700 includes a battery indicator, cleaning indicator, low battery indicator, and a replacement head indicator. Not everyone needs these additional notifications on the display of their electric shaver, but it is nice to have.

You can also purchase the Philips Norelco 9700 electric shaver with the SmartClick oil-control cleansing brush. This brush attaches to your shaver and gives you a deep cleansing using your preferred face wash. You can also purchase this accessory separately if you would like to use it with the Norelco 9300 or Norelco Series 7000.

Final Thoughts

The Philips Norelco Series 9000 provides an excellent shave that can compete with some of the best foil shavers available today. The ability to add attachments and the benefits of rotary shavers make the Norelco 9000 one of our top recommended shavers. We recommend the Norelco 9300 due to the better value it provides over the Norelco 9700.

Philips Norelco Series 9000 Review
April 25, 2016
8/10
8 Overall Score