For many years I’ve used a manual razor because it gives such a close shave. Considering the price of replacement blades though, I’ve been exploring other avenues. After a false start, I decided to hedge my bets with the Philips Series 3000 Electric Shaver.
When I say a false start, I originally bought a Chinese brand of electric shaver from Amazon which I’d never heard of. On receiving it, the shaver didn’t work and I had to return it. Amazon were very speedy at paying a refund and it was all fine in the end.
What’s In The Box
In the box you’ll find:
- the Philips Series 3000 electric wet & dry shaver;
- instructions and warranty information;
- a protective cover for the razor;
- a 2-pin charging cable.
After you’ve plugged the shaver in, a green light comes on to show it’s charging. It takes an hour to charge and then you should have 50 minutes of shaving time. The shaver is designed not to be used whilst plugged in so it does need to be charged first before you can use it.
I had hoped there might be some sort of travel case that comes with the razor. There is one but to buy the razor and travel case, it was an extra thirty pounds on Amazon. I didn’t feel the case was worth that so I decided at a later stage I’d get a cheaper one which isn’t Philips branded.
I haven’t used an electric shaver since my teens. The Philips Series 3000 electric shaver gave me no issues in terms of using it for the first time. It’s pretty self-explanatory! I read somewhere that for best results you need to shave in a circular motion so I’ve been experimenting with that.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results from dry shaving. The shaving heads handle the contours of my face well, although it’s not as good as my manual razor around my chin. It works well on the neck and face and above the mouth but it’s less effective below the mouth. The results are more than acceptable though.
Where the Philips Series 3000 shaver comes into its own is wet shaving. It’s designed to be used with shaving gel or foam, just like you would with a manual razor. It’s cordless and you can use it in the shower so it leaves less mess to clean up afterwards.
From my experience, wet shaving with the Philips Series 3000 gives as good a result as using a manual razor. It feels like a very close shave – something I wasn’t expecting to get from an electric shaver. You also run less of a risk of cutting yourself due to the rounded profile of the shaving heads which are designed to protect the skin.
The shaver comes with a pop-up trimmer on the back so trim your sideburns. I like the fact that it’s integrated into the shaver on this model. I had originally considered buying a more expensive model. The trimmer on those is a separate attachment which is less convenient. There was also a suggestion in some online reviews that it made the razor attachment less secure each time it had to be removed to put in the trimmer.
When it comes to charging the Philips Series 3000 shaver, you might also want to consider getting an adaptor. Plugging it in to charge in the bathroom in a 2-pin socket isn’t very convenient. Getting a shaver adaptor makes it so much easier to plug the shaver in wherever you want.
Would I Recommend The Philips Series 3000 Wet & Dry Shaver?
For the price that the Philips Series 3000 shaver is available at you can’t go wrong. Based on the price of refills for manual razors, the Philips shaver will have paid for itself within a few months. You only need to change the blades on this electric shaver every couple of years.
Shaving with it dry doesn’t always give a particularly close shave but it’s acceptable. It doesn’t irritate my skin and it’s a comfortable shave. It also feels less likely that I’ll cut myself using the electric shaver instead of a manual one.
Where the Philips Series 3000 comes into its own is wet shaving. I’m impressed by the closeness of the shave and how convenient it is to shave with it in the shower. There’s no mess involved particularly as you can rinse it under the shower. I have no doubt that I’ve made the right decision to move from a manual razor to the Series 3000.