Philips makes some of the world’s best personal care products, and this has translated well into a premium line of men’s electric shavers. The Philips Norelco 9700 has a rotary-style head in a dark black body and matching cleaning and charging station. At around $315, this is one of the most impressive cordless rotary-style shavers in the Philips Norelco line.
Philips has designed this shaver with a rotary style head that has three smaller blades located within it. Each of these three heads can move independently of the other, as well as moving in eight opposite directions. Philips has the promise that this shaver will be their best electric shaver by snip off twenty percent more hair than a shaver in one of their other lines.
The 9700 shaver has the benefit of being used wet or dry. If used dry, the blades are designed to feel smooth and comfortable as they move over the face. Inside, each of the blades has been honed to be razor sharp, enabling them to snip hair right down to the surface of the skin, but never cutting or scraping it.
When used wet, the shaver can be used over the sink, or in the shower or bath. A man can add shaving gels, foams, creams, lotions, and soap to his face, which will get the shaver even closer than shaving simply dry.
On the Philips Norelco 9700 are three different shaver settings. The slower shave is gentler, while the medium will shave most of a man’s whiskers away. The most powerful shave is suitable for men who have thicker, tougher hair, or for those who may be in a rush in the morning. It is good to have these choices that can be tailored to personal hair thickness and amount of growth on a man’s face.
On the bottom front of the 9700’s front is an LCD light indicator. This says how much of a battery charge is left in the shaver, and when it should be charged up again. Another level also indicates when it’s time to place the shaver into the cleaning and charging unit.
The cleaning and charging unit is a simpler way to provide maintenance to the 9700. The shaver is placed rotary head first into the cleaning unit. There is a button that will begin the cleaning stages, and then take the shaver through a lubrication process, before drying it, and charging it up. You’ll want to repeat this process once a week.
The Philips Norelco cleaning station takes replacement cartridges. These contain a cleaning solution made from alcohol, which has been known to sterilize and disinfect surfaces of most known pathogens.
Philips wishes to provide additional functionality to their Norelco 9700 with the addition of a cleaning brush. This gently works like a loofa to remove dead skin cells, to reveal glowing skin beneath.
There is also a SmartClick precision hair trimmer that can be used to trim side burns, mustache, and beard. This pushes back down after use.
Philips has spent a great deal of time perfecting their Philips Norelco 9700. This shaver won the 2015 IF Design Awards with their 9000 shaver, but it’s expected that this technology has been utilized in the new 9700 shaver as well.
Besides the shaver and cleaning station, there is a cleaning brush, cord, and a travel case included in the box.
The Philips Norelco 9700 is a great shaver for the man who prefers to buy premium-style types of products and is looking for a shaver that comes the advanced shaver technology that Philips is known for.