With all of the shavers I suffered a stinging sensation on my face after using them while dry shaving.
|Braun Series 7|
All of the shavers were cleaned after use each day, using their own cleaning system.
When it came to wet shaving, which only the Philips and Panasonic models were able to deliver, the Philips 3D model was excellent especially when one added a touch of shaving gel.
In fact it was the closest shave to a cut throat shave, which despite all they say about electronic blades, shaving technology, shape and form, it is still the best way to deliver a silky smooth shave.
Again the Panasonic model was good but not good enough.
The overall winner was the $699 Philips 3D shaver which has 3 rotating heads. It not only looks good, feels comfortable in the hand but delivers a good shave when being used in either wet or dry mode.
However it was its wet shaving capability that tipped it over the line to be a clear winner.
If my review had been dry shave only, I would have scored the Braun and the Philips 3D equally on shaving performance, and the Braun ahead on value due to its $549 price tag.
While the Panasonic shaver was highly functional, and did what it was intended to do, it was not outstanding. This product needs a total redesign from the cleaning unit up. The head needs to be smaller and it needs to run a lot quieter.
At the end of the day there was only one clear winner, the Philips 3D. It has a great design, especially when it came to handling the device while shaving. The shave especially when using cream or gel was exceptional.
The price was a sticking point but you have to give Philips credit for an excellent product that I suspect in the long run could be cheaper than 28 packets of blades at $24 a pop.