Complete Philips Norelco Electric Shavers Review

Philips Shavers

Philips personal care appliances, of which shavers are one, carry the Norelco brand name, and are made by the consumer lifestyle division of Philips.

Philips are well known as the market leader in the manufacture of rotary style electric shavers.

Rotary Head

Rotary shavers are used in a circular motion, unlike most foil shavers which glide across the skin in lines.

Whilst the choice between rotary and foil shavers is largely personal, rotary shavers do tend to be best for those with thick, quick growing, coarse-haired beards.​

The Philips range of men's shavers is large, with many different models at an array of prices. In this article we have picked the best from the ​low, mid and top range, to suit all pockets.

Our Pick of Norelco Shavers

Norelco 2100 S1560/81

Great little, value for money, easy to use rechargeable shaver that is conveniently suitable for use dry, anywhere. Includes pop-up trimmer for detail trimming. Fully washable for easy cleaning. Currently available for around $35

Philips Norelco 3100 S3310/81 Shaver

Norelco 3100 S3310/81

A rechargeable shaver which can be used corded or cordless.  With pop-up trimmer and fully washable, a newer version than the one above, with an updated blade system for improved comfort.  Currently available at just under $50 online.  

Philips Norelco 4500 AT830/46 Shaver

Norelco 4500 AT830/46

This shaver offers wet or dry shaving, with or without shaving gel or creams. Dual lift and cut action provides a good close shave.  Rechargeable with convenient quick charge option for a single shave.  A quality shaver, reasonably priced at around $80.

Philips Norelco 6800 1190X/46 Shaver

Norelco 6800 1190X/46

A good quality, rechargeable, wet or dry use shaver complete with separate 5 length trimmer attachment, folding charging stand and handy travel pouch. Gives 50 minutes shave time from just a one hour charge.  Available for a little over $100.

Philips Norelco 7300 S7370/84 Shaver

Norelco 7300 S7370/84

Specially good for sensitive skin, features 5 directional DynamicFlex heads for comfort, and can be used dry or wet with shaving gels/creams.  Includes precision trimmer attachment and SmartClean system to clean, lubricate and charge the shaver after use.  All currently for just under $150.

Philips Norelco 8900 S8950/90 Shaver

Norelco 8900 SmartClean S8950/90

Wet or dry rechargeable shaver, with advanced Contour Detect technology for clean, close shave.  Includes 5 length trimmer attachment for beards, SmartClean system for automatic, hygienic cleaning and 3 level battery status indicator and travel lock.  An advanced, good quality product for around $185.

Philips Norelco 9300 S9311/84 Shaver

Norelco 9300 S9311/84

Philips' most technically advanced shaver to date, with Contour Detect 8-directional shaving heads for close, efficient shaving.   Includes SmartClean system, precision trimmer attachment, cleaning cartridge and travel case.  Top of the range, top quality, available online for around $220.

More Detailed Reviews

Norelco 2100, S1560/81 Shaver

With its series of 3 Flex-Heads which vary in 4 directions to effectively follow the facial contours nice and closely for an even shave, the Norelco 2100 includes some good features for an entry-level shaver.

The hard-wearing blades are designed to be self-sharpening as they work, for long-lasting efficiency.

Norelco 2100 S1560/81 trimmer

Pop up trimmer for precision

​It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which delivers around 35 minutes of shave time from a full charge (use cordlessly only, must be unplugged).

Philips Norelco 2100 washable head

Pop open head to rinse clean

​An integral pop-up trimmer is included to trim and maintain neat sideburns and mustaches.

​The head can be very easily rinsed clean by popping open and running under a tap.

​The ergonomic grip and handle is quite stylish but, more importantly, is comfortable to use in the hand.

​All in all a simple, easy to use, basic but effective little shaver - ideal for first timers or those on a budget at around $35.​

Norelco 3100 S3310/81 Shaver

The Norelco 3100 S3310/81, a newer version, has all the main features of the 2100 listed above:

  • 4 directional Flex-Heads
  • Self sharpening blades
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Integral pop-up trimmer
  • Pop open head for rinsing under tap
Philips Norelco 3100 Comfort Blade Shaver Head

Round edges to glide smoothly over skin

Additionally it has a comfort cut blade system, which has rounded edges to move even more smoothly across the skin, to minimise the risk of nicks and irritation and improve comfort.

It may be operated cordless or plugged in, so you never have to worry about forgetting to charge it.

Fully charged, it will give about 45 minutes of continuous shaving time.

A good value shaver, which is good even for sensitive skin, reasonably priced at around $50.

Norelco 4500 AT830/46 Shaver

Philips Norelco 4500 Dual precision shaving head

The Norelco 4500 shaver comes with the pivot, flex and float system to maintain close contact with the skin across the contours of the face.

The DualPrecision shaving heads consist of a series of slots and holes designed to ensure that they can deal equally well with longer hairs and short stubble for an even shave. 

I also includes an integral pop up trimmer for precision trimming and has the advantage of being suitable for use both wet or dry, with or without shaving creams or gels.

The rechargeable battery provides 50 minutes of shaving time from a full charge, and there is a handy 3 minute quick-charge feature for one shave, in case you forget to charge it.

Philips Norelco 4500 wet or dry

Currently priced at around $80 this is a good, mid-range product for the price.

Norelco 6800 1190X/46 Shaver

Philips Norelco 6800 1190X/46 Shaver

This fully rechargeable, cordless shaver comes with a foldable charging stand, 5 length trimming attachment, durable travelling pouch, protective cap and cleaning brush.

The improved Lithium-Ion battery is fully charged in just one hour for up to 60 minutes operation, but also has a  minute quick-charge option for a single shave.

The trimmer attachment is simply clicked on, allowing you to style and trim beards, stubble etc.

It is suitable for use either dry or wet, with or without creams/gels and is easily cleaned under a tap.

The blade system is designed to pivot in a circular motion and tilt inwards so that following the facial contours is easy, with minimal pressure and reducing risk of irritation.

Philips Norelco 6800 shaving time

This is a good quality shaver, that gives a clean, close and comfortable shave.  Currently available at just over $100, it would make a great gift.

Norelco 7300 S7370/84 Shaver

Philips Norelco 7300 5 directional head

This model is marketed as Philip's number one for sensitive skin, and has comfort rings integrated into the heads with a microbead coating, designed to reduce friction and make them glide more smoothly.

The 5-directional heads provide further improved contouring and the shaver can be used wet or dry, with shaving gel or cream, if desired.

The precision dual-blades are set at the optimal cutting position to reduce irritation from pulling, and cut as closely as possible for maximum efficiency in one pass.

The supplied trimmer attachment can be clipped onto the device for precision trimming where needed.

Philips Norelco dual action blade

​There is an LED display in the handle to indicate battery status, when to replace shaving head and when the travel lock is in operation.

Philips Norelco Cleaning System

Cleans, lubricates and charges at the touch of a button

This shaver comes with a SmartClean system to clean, lubricate and charge the shaver using an alcohol-free, skin sensitive cleansing liquid.  The shaver is simply placed into the cleaning station and it is operated at the touch of a button.

Additionally, a premium travel case is supplied, with a built in ventilation chamber to dry the shaver if you are ​on the move and short of time.

A premium shaver with plenty of added extras, ideal for sensitive skin, available for just under $150 online.

Norelco 8900 with SmartClean S8950/90 Shaver

​This shaver has all the features you would expect from a top end product:

  • Contour Detect 8 directional shaving heads for even closer contact across facial contours
  • V-Track Precision blades - cuts hair at the correct cutting angle for comfort and efficiency
  • LED Display for battery status, travel lock indicator and to show when you need to replace the shaving head
Philips Norelco 8900 Shaver
Philips Norelco 8900 follows contours
  • Trimmer attachment with 5 length settings to tackle stubble and short beards, designed to minimise irritation, with rounded tips and comb
  • SmartClean station to clean, lubricate and charge shaver, to keep it hygienically clean and ready for use - helps to preserve the life of the shaving head.

The Norelco 8900 can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving foam/gel etc. so fine to shave in the shower, and it is fully charge in one hour for about 50 minutes continuous shaving.

This model, with the cleaning station is available for around​ $185.

Alternatively you can buy the Norelco 8900 S8950/91 - the same shaver without the cleaning station​ for around $130.  

The heads of both models can be rinsed clean under a tap for speed, or when travelling for convenience.

Norelco 9300 S9311/84 Shaver

The Norelco 9000 Series offers the most advanced shaving technology currently available from Philips.

The V-Track Precision blades are specially designed to cut hair at the best possible position to prevent pulling and irritation, and to cut as closely as possible to the skin.

The 8-directional, independently floating shaving heads follow the contours of the face very closely so that the maximum amount of hair is captured and cut in a single pass, for a quicker and more gentle shave.

Philips Norelco V-Track blades

V-Track Precision Blades 30% closer

This model also features three personal comfort settings; slow, medium or fast, enabling you to choose which is best for you.

Philips Norelco 8 Directional Shaving Head

Independently Moving Heads in 8 directions

The shaver can be used wet or dry, with or without creams and a 5 length precision trimmer is included for detailing.

The rechargeable battery is fully charged in one hour for 50 minutes shaving, with the option of a quick 5 minute charge for a single shave.

The advanced LED display indicates battery status, cleaning status, head replacement requirement and when travel lock is in operation.

The SmartClean station has a dual-filtration system to thoroughly clean the shaving head of debris and shaving creams etc. at the touch of a button.

It also lubricates the blades to minimise friction and keep them in optimal condition for longer.

​Finally it automatically dries and charges the shaver, so it is always ready to use.

All in all a tip-top product, giving the ultimate in close, comfortable and efficient shaving for around ​$220.


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