What we’re shopping for: Philips OneBlade shaver


Males do not get a lot on the subject of the bathroom-gadget oeuvre, and Engadget often offers in two sorts of them: established units given a brand new twist, and excessive futuristic-use circumstances for the way forward for our toilet — sometimes geared toward girls. Not so on this week’s IRL.

Bureau Chief Mat Smith’s advice is for our extra… hirsute readers. It is an electrical shaver/beard trimmer from Philips. Do not roll your eyes so rapidly as a result of issues are a bit of completely different this time, and for the scruff-loving, delicate (skinned) Mat, it is game-changing. Relax with the hyperbole, Mathew.


Mat Smith

Mat Smith
Bureau Chief, UK

Horrible shavers, the OneBlade is for you. I would not tally many man-points in regard to both my shaving prowess or the quantity of facial hair I will make. I am unable to develop a correct beard, and my delicate face does not reply effectively to repeated shut shaves, moist, dry or in any other case.

The OneBlade, which appears like a weapon from fantasy lore, does not seem like different electrical shavers. It does not seem like a beard trimmer and could not look extra completely different than the corporate’s normal Philishave vary. It is like a Bic razor in its final, electrified type.

I make that comparability due to the blade-sized cutter on the finish of the shaver. This apparently strikes (extra like vibrates) at 200 occasions a second, providing the suitable quantity of snip to cut at facial hair. I could be flawed; it appears to chop on the edges, even when the flat aspect of the razor seems to be prefer it may be capable to lower issues. As a result of these very apparent edges are the place the motion occurs, it makes it simpler to… sculpt your facial hair, if that is your factor. For me, and doubtless many of the potential OneBlade buyer base, it ensured plenty of management round delicate areas, just like the lip, whereas additionally having the ability to lower literal swathes by way of flat areas, like my cheeks.

Vaguely blonde facial hair, like mine, mixed with long-sighted eyes, means I would like all the assistance I can get shaving, and the OneBlade labored completely. I may glide round, and it by no means bought caught up on a stray whisker, nor did it irritate my pores and skin. And this was the case even when utilizing it with out gel, water or something. In reality, in my first three months (Philips advises a blade change each 4 months) it hasn’t tugged on my facial hair as soon as.

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As a working skilled (aren’t we all?), I jumped forward of the essential mannequin, choosing the Professional version, with an adjustable dial comb. This affords a much bigger diploma of management on the subject of facial-hair topiary, however I additionally discovered utilizing the comb, in comparison with the blade as-is, takes just a few extra laps throughout my chin and hairier areas. Not that I care: It is painless and easy. As even Philips notes, nevertheless, it will not shave as intently as a standard blade, however I do not thoughts.

I actually need to stress the painless expertise shaving has became. In comparison with moist shaves, these flat rotational Philishave razors and the remainder, that is the very best shaver I’ve ever owned. It isn’t even a contest. I’ve already satisfied two mates and one colleague to make the leap. No complaints from them both.

Essentially the most primary mannequin nonetheless comes with a trio of “stubble” combs, and whilst you get extra size with the Professional mannequin, the most affordable mannequin — which comes with combs at 1-, 3- and 5-mm settings — in all probability would’ve been fully positive. All of the OneBlade fashions could be rinsed beneath the faucet and are additionally rechargeable.

It is not, nevertheless, for everybody. As I’ve already famous, for anybody who’s actually into nearer shaves, you may need to stay along with your multi-blade Gillette for now.

For events, there’s additionally a physique blade you should use for all-over manscaping, however I am afraid I have never examined that specific accent. Simply remember that there’s an choice — and that you just in all probability should not use the face blade… elsewhere.

Intrigued? Effectively, do not buy one instantly: Store round for a discount (both at your native drug shops or on Amazon) as reductions on the mannequin — sometimes with a few spare blades thrown in — appear to occur so much.


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