September 17, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 1

As faithful readers know, we received a Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X not too long ago. This wet/dry electric razor is the top end model of three in the new Moisture Shaving System family, which basically means it charges faster and has a stand which automatically refills the Nivea shaving lotion. (Click here for a full run down of the differences between the three models - 8020X, 8040X, and the 8060X.) I was very excited to try this new razor, especially after trying the new Philips Noreclo Arcitec, which is a similarly designed new electric razor but not meant for wet skin. We'll go through the details of the 8060X, but if you're someone who needs to know how the story ends up front, we recommend the Moisture Shaving System over the Arcitec. How did we end up with that recommendation? You'll have to keep reading.

Quick Start Guide
One of the first things you'll notice after opening the box is the Quick Start Guide - a double-sided page with diagrams showing you how to assemble, shave, clean, and care for your new Moisture Shaving System. Apologies for the dark pictures on the right. My Photoshop-fu is lacking. (Unsolved mystery alert: Why is the model number listed as HS8000.) If you're like me, you hate reading directions. I found this guide useful and intuitive, and while I may have puzzled over a picture or two for 30 seconds, I was up and charging within 5 minutes.

Wet/Dry Shaving
As we mentioned before, the Moisture Shaving System is a wet/dry electric razor, which means you can shave with it on wet or dry skin. This razor is really designed for wet skin, so if you're not planning on using that way, I'd recommend getting the Philips Norelco Arcitec. (Although we recommend wet electric shaving if given the choice.)

The unique thing about this razor is that it dispenses a shaving lotion while you shave, for closer comfort. More on the actual shave later, but this means that in addition to a wet face (which softens your beard hairs) you've got Nivea lotion adding a lubricating layer. Very nice.

End of part 1. More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow.

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August 28, 2007

BraunBlogs - a Pulsonic Resource

The new Braun Pulsonic is already available, but the media blitz is about to start. Come September you'll see TV and magazine ads, billboards, fireworks, skywriting. OK, I may have made that up, but the official launch is coming.

Here's a nice resource page set up by Bruan with tons of information about the new Pulsonic - For example, into the whole green movement?

Braun Pulsonic is the world's first shaver brand with an ENERGY STAR-qualified battery charger. Energy Star Logo Braun shaving systems feature Smart Plugs* that use 64 percent less energy than standard shavers that will result in real benefits for the environment.

(more here)

The Braun Pulsonic is now available in models from $208 to $235.

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August 22, 2007

This Just In - Philips Norelco Moisturizing Shaving System 8060X

Norelco-8060X.jpgYou may have seen our previous posts on the new Philips Norelco Moisturizing Shaving System which comes in three models. Well, we just got one of these bad boys in and I am so excited to try it out. It looks awesome. Similar design as the Arcitec with the three floating heads, but the Moisture Shaving System is a wet/dry electric razor which dispenses moisturizing lotion as you shave. Now I have no excuse not to get a shaving mirror for the shower.

The top-end 8060X comes with the integrated charging and refill station seen in the picture to the right. (The other models have a mere manual process for refill the Nivea moisturizing cream.) The floating heads snap off and can be replacing with a sideburns clipper, and there's also a handy spot on the side of the charging stand to store the clipper when it's not in use.

For traveling there's a lycra and mesh travel bag (with pocket for the sideburns clipper) and a tiny stand so you don't have to bring the big charging stand.

So here's my question - with a product which looks this cool, why not give it a cool name? I love "Arcitec". Sounds high-tech. And like the arctic. And like that guy in the Matrix III - The Architect. I gots to shave me with one of those.

But the Moisture Shaving System? How about, the "Arcitec Wet/Dry"? Or the "Equitec"? Or the "Super Cool Shaving System 2000"? Ok, maybe I ought to leave the product naming to the pros.

The Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X is $149.99.

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August 15, 2007

Comparison of the Norelco 8020X, 8040X, and 8060X

Norelco-8060X.jpgOK, here's the difference between these three new electric razors from Norelco:

Norelco 8020X ($79.99)
Your base level Norelco Moisturizing Shaving System. Highlights include:
  • Cool Skin Lotion Dispensing Razor Shaver Dispenses Nivea Lotion Or Gel
  • Dual Blade System Gently Lifts Hair To Cut Below Skin Level
  • Wet / Dry Shaving
  • Use In & Out of Shower
  • Flex Tracker
  • Protective Cap
  • LED Charge Indicator
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • Charging Stand
  • Charge Status Lamp Flashes When Shaver Is Fully Charged
  • Full Charge Time 8 Hours
  • Corded / Cordless Operation
  • Up To 30 Minutes Operation Time
  • AC Adapter Included
  • Worldwide Voltage Adjustment 100V to 240V AC
Norelco 8040X ($99.99)
All the features of the 8020X plus:
  • Precision Tube Trimmer Cuts Hairs Closer To The Skin
  • 3 LED Indicators Low Battery / Charge / Power
  • Quick Charge
  • Full Charge Time 4 Hours
  • Up To 40 Minutes Operating Time
  • Travel Pouch
Norelco 8060X ($149.99)
All the features of the 8040X plus:
  • Charging Stand With Integrated Automatic Conditioner Refill (pictured)
  • Update: Full Charge Time 1.5 Hours (Thanks Chris)
There you have it! Special thanks to for helping out on the details.
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August 14, 2007

Meet the Philips Norelco Moisturizing Shaving System

norelco8060X.jpgNot too long ago we took a look at the Philips Norelco Arcitec, a totally re-designed electric razor with three seemingly floating heads. Turns out the Arcitec was only half the plan. This snippet from a recent Philips Norelco press release explains:

"The idea of a one-size fits all shaver is just that: an idea," said Arjen Linders, vice president, marketing, Philips Norelco. "Different men have different shaving needs so we've redesigned our classic shavers to deliver meaningful innovation that addresses specific consumer needs -arcitec for the man who wants a meticulous shave on the face and neck and Moisturizing Shaving System for someone who wants his shaver to help promote healthy skin."

While the Arcitec is still based on the standard dry electric razor, the Moisturizing Shaving System can be used on a wet face (meaning in the shower!) and releases Nivea for Men moisturizing lotion on your freshly shaven skin to help condition and heal. This isn't the first lotion-dispensing razor Philips Norelco has made, but it is the first to follow the new floating head design.

The Philips Norelco Moisturizing Shaving System comes in three models: the 8020X for $79.99, 8040X for $99.99, and the 8060X for $149.99. What's the difference? Err... I knew you'd ask. I think the 8060X comes with a self-cleaning dock. Need to find out more. Hang on...

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August 7, 2007

New York Times on the Rise of the Philips Norelco BodyGroom

nytimesBodyGroom.jpgThe New York Times had an article last Sunday on the rise of the Philips Norelco Bodygroom. Seems a year ago before launched the subject of men's hair grooming anywhere other than the head was taboo.

Today, the Bodygroom is one of at least four products in what’s seen as a distinct and fast-growing category; nearly 250,000 body-hair trimmers have been bought in the United States in the last year, according to NPD data (which does not count Wal-Mart). “Nobody was talking about this category,” Olstrom says. “Now it’s completely out in the open.”

Click on over to the New York Times article for a few pearls of wisdom from the marketing geniuses behind "Robe Guy". And make sure you see the new "Follicle Phil" video if you haven't already.

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom is $34.99.

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July 30, 2007

Get Your Hitachi Rotary Razaq

hitachi-rotary-razaq.jpgIt's been two years since we first laid eyes on the prototype Hitachi Rotary Razaq (which was then called the RM-SX100). Since then this beauty has undergone a name change and launched in Japan. Now Uncrate has found a company which is importing them into America.

The Hitachi Rotary Razaq is an electric WET shaver that is not only stylish in every way, but gives an amazingly close shave. It’s omni-directional blades get your beard at every angle for perfect smoothness. The blade is completely washable. The Rotary Razaq’s strong motor goes 3,500rpm, so it’s powerful as well. Since it’s waterproof, shaving and both cleaning are simple and can be done in the bath or shower, and the slim, ergonomic grip keeps it from slipping.

Plus this thing is gorgeous. I mean just look at it. It's the iPod of electric razors. Probably plays mp3s.

So, for $149 you can be the envy of all the kids on the block. Click on over to this link and order away.

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July 26, 2007

Gizmodo's Adventures in Hairlessness

Gizmodo recently ran a shaving-related article entitled How to Turn Your Body Into A Hairless Wonderland With Gadgets. Their weapons of choice - The Mangroomer, the Philips Bodygroom, and the Flowbee. Mangroomer - all over that. Blogged about it yesterday. Philips Bodygroom - covered it. "Follicle" Phil rules. Flowbee - that's a new one to me.
[...] you probably saw this on late-night TV ads. If you're not familiar, the Flowbee is a combination vacuum cleaner and (head) hair trimmer. Both plug into the wall (you can opt to use your own vacuum and save a few bucks on the order) and work together to simultaneously cut and clean up the mess.

Clearly I'm not watching enough late night TV.

Full the full write-up (but sadly no before and after pix) click on over to Gizmodo.

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July 25, 2007

The New York Times' Review of the Mangroomer

This is turning into an electric shaving week, so let's continue the trend.

This past Sunday the New York Times ran this article about the Mangroomer back shaver in their business section. We meet Brett Marut, who, while traveling to see relatives in New Jersey, realized "I was going back to see people I barely ever see, and I just knew I was going to have to take my shirt off."

And thus the Mangroomer was born.

[...] an electric razor that resembles a futuristic kung fu weapon. When fully extended, the Mangroomer measures nearly two feet from base to blade — long enough, according to Mr. Marut, to shave the human back’s remotest corners.

We've mentioned the Mangroomer several times on ShavingStuff before, but this article is definitely worth a read. Gives you a little insight into the creative process, as well as the concrete steps needed to transform your idea into reality. What will the next shaving-related inspiration be?

The Mangroomer is available at and Amazon for $39.95.

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July 24, 2007

Solar Powered Electic Razor

Yesterday we posted about a USB rechargeable electric razor. Today it's time for crazy electric shaver number two, which asks the question - What if you're not around a USB port? Good thing we can now get energy from the sun. That's right, the Sabeco Solar Powered Shaver quite possibly might be the first solar powered electric razor. At least it's the first one I've heard of.

And how much should you pay for this miracle of modern man? No idea. Looks like you have to click on the "Inquire Now" button at and ask for Carlos. Sounds a little shady to me. (Get it?)

Via Red Ferret.

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