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Imphal, Chandigarh, Bangalore India
Good Travel Shaver. Not Effective for Daily Use
Sep 15, 2014 05:28 PM 4005 Views
(Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:38 PM)

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Electric Shavers have been around for around two decades in India, but they still remain a rather niche product. We still much prefer the wet shave, with the whole lather-shave-wipe-aftershave routine. Still, for travelling, I decided to get one for myself.


I did not want to spend 3k on an electric shaver, so I got a cheaper option, the Philips HQ130, a two blade shaver.


Initial Impressions


The Philips HQ is a two blade shaver, instead of the usual three. This is meant to be a more compact option for travel and not your primary shaver. Still, it is small and fits well in one hand, and the curved grip enables you to hold onto it firmly during shaving.


It is a red and black colour and is made entirely from plastic and feels well built. However, the lid of the battery is a bit flimsy and feels like it will come off if replaced frequently. It requires 2 AA batteries to power it. There is no option for plugging it into the mains.


Keep in mind the Philips is a dry shaver, i.e. your face should be dry when using it. No shaving cream or foam is required.


Does it shave well?


The whole point of a shaver is to well, give a good shave. The Philips shaver works, but not very well. Here are the issues with it.


Firstly, you do need to wash and clean your face thoroughly before using it. Having a face full of oil and dirt means the razor cannot pull and cut the hair, and the shaving process becomes painful.


Second, the shape of the blades means you cannot really shave very close, especially on the neck area. It is easy to shave on the cheeks though.


Third, if you have a beard / stubble more than a couple of days old, the shaver struggles and sometimes gets jammed. You need to have a relatively short beard, or trim a longer beard down before you can use the shaver. This is also because, the space for keeping the shaved hair is rather small and you need to frequently empty it after every shave.


But the biggest issue is that you need to run the shaver at least 4-5 times over the same area to get a close enough shave which is acceptable, and that causes skin irritation and on occasion, ingrown hairs, which is painful. This is unlike a wet shave, where a max of two swipes with the razor cuts the hair thoroughly, resulting in less irritation.


Battery Life


Since the Philips shaver runs on 2 AA batteries, occasionally you will need to replace them. In my experience, two alkaline batteries lasted around 3 months, with one shave a day.


Maintenance


You cannot just wash this shaver like you would a razor, since it is an electrical device, plus apparently the round shaving blades get rusty if you do so. They do provide a small brush with the package which you can use to wipe off the residual hairs from the blades after you are done shaving. Still, for me, I’d rather be able to wash the head to be completely satisfied.


One more thing, finding replacement blades is difficult. I cannot find them on the internet, and when I went to a few shops they said they do not have it, since this is a slow selling niche product. The blades are starting to become less effective after around a year of usage, and I am wondering where to procure replacement. The Philips website is not helpful at all.


Conclusion


The Philips HQ130 shaver is a good idea in theory, bet takes getting used to in practice. Personally, I do not think that it is a replacement for a good ol’ wet shave, but it makes for a good travel accessory. Still, the fact that it irritates the skin, and is difficult to maintain(finding replacement blades), makes it difficult to recommend.


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