Philips Norelco Shaver 2300 Review: Budget Rotary Done Right

“I’d definitely want to invest in a cordless trimmer that has a rechargeable battery. On the other hand, you have versions that plug into a wall, and these can be kept and serviced for a lifetime. Those usually won’t cost more than $100 depending on the brand and model.

Those of you with smaller bathrooms will be quite unhappy with just how much bench space is taken up. Simply peel the aluminum seal off the top of the cleaning cartridge and you are ready to begin. This won’t be a problem for most of you, who will simply set the dock up in their bathroom and be done with it. But for those of you that travel and leave the dock at home, I recommend investing in a spare power adapter. Now plugging the adapter directly into the shaver is an incredibly smooth process.

To maintain your moustache and cut your sideburns, use the built-in pop-up trimmer. The strong Li-ion battery allows for up to 60 minutes of cordless shaving on a one-hour charge, which equates to around 20 shaves. Remington Shaver Self-sharpening 45 high-performance blades ensure an even shave every time. Fully flexible heads rotate 360 degrees to follow the contours of your face for the best possible skin contact and a close, gentle shave.

Philips Norelco Shaver

It’s especially ideal for guys who are prone to ingrown hairs but want that stubble shave, minus the pain. Regardless of your preference on where to shave, these devices should be able to get wet without compromise, which makes them easy to rinse and keep clean. Of course, it comes down to what’s important for you—there’s likely a perfect match out there. Whether you’re working with a five o’clock shadow or full beard, scroll down for our list of the best beard trimmers available.

I also found that to be the case with Andis and Wahl shavers, while Panasonic and Braun foils were usually on top in terms of longevity. The next rotary shaver that will indeed provide a performance boost for more money is in my opinion the Philips Norelco Shaver 6800. That said, spending a bit more on a Series 3000 like the Shaver 3800 or 3500 will get you a slightly more powerful motor, but I wouldn’t say it’ll give you a closer shave.

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Another welcome addition to any budget shaver is in my opinion a long hair trimmer. Razor remains our favorite for everyday shaving, because it provides the perfect balance of comfort, closeness, and durability—and all at a fair price. Dan has been using this razor near-daily since 2018, and it still performs well. Its shave has remained close and comfortable and is still strong enough to mow through multiple days of growth when needed. At first glance, the biggest difference between the Series 9 and the Series 7 is size.

Before too long; you will notice dust, watermarks and fingerprints surface of the cleaning dock. While this in no way affects the units operation, due to the size of the dock you are kind of forced to keep the darn thing on display, and it can quickly become an eyesore. While you can still clean your shaver without it, the dock definitely simplifies the process. If you want to get the tight areas you will have to use a SINGLE shaving head in circular motions. Under the nose was not too hard but going shaving near the sideburns is a scary experience. Now I must admit, I did miss a few hairs from shaving in the shower but this is largely because I did not have a mirror in the shower.

A lot of thought has gone into engineering the 9000 Series shavers. But on the flip side, the retaining ring system is absolutely crap. And your choice of locations to sit the unit are limited, since it has to be close to a power outlet. Philips claims the cleaning solution in each cartridge lasts for up to two months before needing to ben replaced. I found myself getting 6-7 weeks out of each cartridge with very regular shaving, cleaning after each session. Not exactly what you want, particularly if you prefer to dry shave.

Unlike Panasonic and Braun which include a “pop-up trimmer” in the actual shaving head, Philips has decided to include an entirely separate trimmer attachment. If you pull upwards a little force you will be able to completely remove the shaving unit from the handle/body of the shaver. My suggestion would be to pay attention to how the retaining ring locks into place before you start removing each individual shaver head. Flipping the shaving unit over reveals that the blades are locked into position by orange retaining rings.