September 20, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 4

Norelco-8060X.jpgWelcome back to our set of reviews about the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X. Seems like we've talked about everything but the shave, so let's finally dive in.

The Heat
One of my biggest complaints about electric razors is that they get hot. I take a shower, come out and dry off, and start shaving with an electric razor. Half way through the foils are hot, my skin starts to sweat, and the razor gets tripped up on my skin. Not fun.

Wet/Dry Shaving
The Moisture Shaving System solves this by encouraging you to shave with a wet face (and with the the Nivea lotion). Wet your face before you start shaving, and then as you're working on an area of your face, press the lotion-dispensing button to lay down a nice layer of lubrication. Ahhh!!! Now we're talking. Finally I'm having a truly comfortable electric shaver experience.

The Shave
I found the shave with the 8060X to be quite good, although it took me several uses to get something approximating what I can do with a blade. I imagine I will get even better as time goes on. If you're used to shaving with a blade, you'll have an adjustment period where you'll wonder how close a shave you really can get. But keep working at it. If you're used to shaving with an electric razor that's not wet/dry, I think you're really going like the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System. It's a big step up from dry electric razors.

Couple more notes on the shave:

Because the rotaries are circular, it takes some practice shaving around sideburns and existing facial hair. This would probably be easier with an electric razor with a straight cutting surface. That said you can keep lines straight or even but it's going to take some experimenting and familiarity with where the cutting sections of the razor actually begin.

Difficult Hairs
Everybody's got the few hairs which seem to grow in the opposite direction of parallel to the skin. I found that I had to go over sections of my face several times to get a clean shave, whereas with a blade I could get everything with one or two passes. That said, a blade has it's own set of difficult hairs - most notably under the nose. Trying to get those hairs with your Fusion paddle can be its own type of challenge.

Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X wrap-up tomorrow.

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September 19, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 3

nivea_8060X.jpgWelcome to day three of Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X review week. Today we'll take a closer look at the "moisture" in this shaving system.

As we've mentioned before, the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System family is relatively unique among electric shavers in that it dispenses lotion as you shave. This isn't the first Norelco to do this, but I don't know of any other brand which has a shaver with this feature.

There is one major drawback to this type of system, and that is that you're going to be buying replacement bottles of Nivea HS800 Shaving Conditioner at around $9.99 a pop. (So that's what the "HS800" from the Quick Start Guide refers to!) Think of it like the equivalent of razors and cartridges. They want to lock you in. It's probably one reason that the top of the line Moisture Shaving System is about $100 less than the top of the line Arcitec.

Again, if you've got the 8060X, the Nivea shaving conditioner goes in the razor automatically. If you've got the 8020X or the 8040X you're going to need to put the Nivea in yourself. See the photo on the left for the input on the back of the razor.

But where does it come out? I've highlighted the top two holes in the photo on the right. There are two buttons on the front of the razor. One turns the shaver on and off, and you don't need to hold this button down in order to keep the razor running. The other controls the dispensing of the Nivea shaving conditioner. Holding this button down dispenses the lotion. Releasing it stops the flow. Again, the conditioner only comes out of the top two rotaries.

The sound the razor makes while dispensing the lotion is kind of comical. Reminds me of some cheap 80s sci fi special effect sound from Buck Rogers or Wonder Woman. I should have recorded it for you. There's nothing wrong with it, but if you're a fan of those cheesy sci fi shows, you'll get a kick out of it. Eee-ee er eee-ee er eee-ee.

More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow!

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September 18, 2007

Review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X - Part 2

This is part 2 of our review of the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X. If you missed part 1 where we covered the Quick Start Guide, the basics of wet/dry shaving, and the lotion dispensing, go catch up and then click back. We'll wait...

OK, so you've taken everything out of the box (or confounding plastic wrap), and now you're wondering how all the pieces fit together. The first step is to put the Nivea lotion container in the charging stand. That's what the three pictures on the right are showing you. The bottle simply goes in upside down without any kind of snap. The blue cap then twists on and provides a snug fit. Totally easy. Finally, you snap the electric razor into the stand on the front.

Charging and Filling
Be ready for a little bit of a surprise the first time you plug the charging cord into the outlet. Your Moisture Shaving System 8060X will be empty of Nivea shaving conditioner, so aside from charging the base stand is immediately going to start filling your razor. Sounds like a little motor churning, and honestly it's not at all annoying, but it definitely gave me a start when I plugged it in. Didn't expect that.

Of course if you get the 8020X or the 8040X you'll need to add the Nivea lotion yourself. This is an easy process as you simply insert the top of the Nivea bottle into the back of the Moisture Shaving System razor.

Keep in mind one of the main differences between the three models is charging time. The 8020X takes 8 hours for a full charge; the 8040X charges in 4 hours; and the 8060X charges in only an hour and a half. Pick the one that's right for you.

More on the Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System 8060X tomorrow!

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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 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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