Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 Review

Norelco 8900

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900, Wet & Dry Edition S8950/91


Rated by: Eric

When it comes to electric shavers for men, there are thousands of choices available. And, when I say thousands, I literally mean it. Let me prove myself.

One shaver that I feel confident about recommending is the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900.

Feature Highlights

  • Heads Move in 8 directions which multifold the hair cutting experience.
  • Takes less than one hour to get fully charged.
  • 5 Setting Beard Trimmer
  • Wet & Dry Shaver (Shower Proof)
  • Cuts 20% more in single pass and 30% closer Shower Proof
  • Run time of 50 minutes

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 Features

Most electric shavers seem generic and it’s hard to distinguish older and newer models. Contrary to that, Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 stood out as the most modern looking electric shaver as compared to the others I have used in past. Not only the look, but, the build quality seemed a lot impressive than the other Philips Electric Shaver models.

So, let's look at the buying factors for the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900  to help you figure out if this is the correct electric shaver for you to purchase.

Wet & Dry Shaving Experience

It features an AquaTac seal allowing you to have full freedom with shaving your face the way you want. In case you are running out of gel or foam, go ahead and shave with dry shaving feature of this shaver.

However, there’s a catch. It requires your face to be completely 100% dry if you are using it for dry shave. Especially it becomes more of a serious issue as the shaver comes with rotary razor blades. I would recommend you to not have any moisture on your skin before using the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 for dry skin shaving experience.

V-Cut Precision Blades

The blades are designed to give the users a faster and cleaner shaving experience. It cuts the hair 30% closer to skin and always provide you with a cleaner and fresh look.

The extraordinary mechanism of the blades makes the second blade cut the hair, while first one lifts the hair.

They are claiming the blades are self-sharpening, however, you are recommended to replace the blades at least once a year for getting the perfect shaving experience.

Ergonomics and Build Quality

The design of the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 resembles to the more expensive models 9300 and 9700. I won’t deny the fact that they made few compromises with the design just to keep it in the low price range.

It’s all plastic and ultra-light-weight providing you with utmost comfort while shaving. The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 comes in silver, dark grey and dark blue color scheme. However, they kept the shaving unit and trimmer attachment black for all the models.

The cleaning stand comes with cartridge instead of the reservoir which needed to be refilled in previous versions and the weird dunking-style contraption is now removed from the older version.

Contour Detect Technology

The main problem I was experiencing with the previous rotary shavers was to getting my hairs pulled out and irritating my skin. Completely annoying thing to happen while shaving, I know.

However, the Contour Detect Technology of Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 allows you to have smoother shaving experience by making the cuts only where the cut is supposed to happen.

Pros & Concerns on the Norelco 8900

Pros

  • LED display indicator
  • Simple and easy-to-use interface
  • 3-level battery indicator
  • Superfast charging (takes around 60 minutes)
  • Waterproof cleaning. Easier to clean with cleaning solution or just water
  • 2 years manufacture warranty

Cons

  • Need to replace the shaver heads every year for effective shaving experience
  • Replacing the shaver heads is costly affair. They cost half the amount of shaver itself.
  • I found it bit hard to clean the shaver without using the cleaning solution. Just using the water is not enough to remove the jammed hair from the shaver head.
  • Not advised to use before fully charging. Power decreases drastically if not fully charged.

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900, Wet & Dry Edition S8950/91

What Consumers on Amazon Say?

We have picked up two constructive reviews which consumers of Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 on Amazon have provided.

First Consumer:

This consumer ended up giving 4 stars to Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 and struggled for one star because he found the cutter heads not lasting as long as they are advertised by the company.

However, in my point of view, it might be because of the lack of personal care and maintenance of the shaver. If you live the shaver as it is after using it, it would be very easy for the blades to rust out and decrease the performance.

Electric shavers are highly advised to maintain/clean regularly after each use.

Second Consumer:

This particular consumer has used both previous versions of Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900.

While comparing the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 to SensoTouch 3D, he had better shaving results with Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900. He also loved the new design allow you to plug the electric shaver into the wall versus the old model which you had to sit in a cradle to charge. This is a big bonus because it makes it way more convenient to travel with!

He also like the new technology to clean the unit that uses a cartridge now instead of dunking it in a reservoir to clean it.

Norelco 8900 Review Conclusion

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900, Wet & Dry Edition S8950/91

Final Thoughts Before You Buy

The 8900 is a huge step up from the previous 5500 with the 8-direction flex heads providing you with closer shaving experience. The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 is more flexible to adapt to the curves of your face as compared to other electric shavers.

The cleaning base is optional, but I would consider buying it as it saves you time cleaning it.

With that being said, if you are trying to get any electric shaver for the first time, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 surely is a worthy option for your next electric razor purchase.