What we’re shopping for: Philips OneBlade shaver

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Bureau Chief Matt Smith’s suggestion is to our extra… hardened readers. That is an electrical shaver/beard trimmer from Philips. Do not roll your eyes so shortly as a result of issues are a bit totally different this time round, and for scruffy, delicate (skinned) mattes, it is game-changing. Settle down with exaggeration, Matthew.

Matt Smith
Bureau Chief, UK

Superior shaver, OneBlade is for you. I would not be capable to match many man-points with reference to both my shaving expertise or the quantity of facial hair. I am unable to develop a correct beard, and my delicate face does not reply nicely to frequent shaves off, 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 a lot totally different from the corporate’s normal fileshave vary. It is like a bic razor in its final, electrified kind.

I evaluate the blade to the tip of the shaver due to the scale of the cutter. It apparently strikes (extra like a vibration) 200 instances a second, providing a good quantity of snips for chopping facial hair. I may very well be improper; It appears to be like prefer it’s reduce on the edges, though the flat facet of the razor appears to be like prefer it would possibly be capable to reduce issues. As a result of these very clear edges are the place the motion takes place, it makes it straightforward to carve out facial hair, if that is your factor. For me, and possibly many of the potential OneBlade buyer base, this ensured loads of management round delicate areas just like the lips, whereas having the ability to reduce literal swaths by means of flat areas like my cheeks.

Vaguely blonde facial hair, like mine, with long-sighted eyes, meant I wanted all the assistance I wanted with shaving, and the OneBlade did the job completely. I might run round, and it by no means caught on a stray mustache, nor did it irritate my pores and skin. And it was the identical when utilizing it with out gel, water or something. In actual fact, in my first three months (Phillips recommends altering the blades each 4 months) it hasn’t hit my facial hair even as soon as.

Philips OneBlade

As a working skilled (we’re not All?), I went forward with the essential mannequin, selecting the Professional model, with an adjustable dial comb. It gives a substantial amount of management in the case of facial-hair topiary, however I additionally discovered utilizing a comb in comparison with the blade takes a bit extra laps on my chin and furry areas. Not that I care: It is painless and easy. As additionally famous by Philips, although, it will not shave as intently as a conventional blade, however I do not thoughts.

I actually need to emphasize the painless expertise that has become shaving. In comparison with moist shaves, these flat rotational fibershave razors and the remaining, that is the most effective shaver I’ve ever owned. It isn’t even a contest. I’ve already persuaded two pals and a colleague to take this step. No complaints from them both.

Probably the most fundamental mannequin nonetheless comes with a trio of “stubble” combs, and when you get extra size with the Professional mannequin, the most cost effective mannequin—which comes with combs on 1-, 3-, and 5-mm settings Is – most likely can have absolutely recovered. All fashions of the OneBlade may be washed beneath the faucet and are additionally rechargeable.

Nevertheless, it isn’t for everybody. As I’ve already famous, for anybody who’s actually into an in depth shave, you’ll have to stay together with your multi-blade Gillette for now.

For events, there’s additionally a physique blade you should use for an entire lot of manscaping, however I am afraid I have never examined that individual accent. Simply remember that there’s an alternate – and that you simply most likely should not be utilizing the face blade wherever else.

Was there a conspiracy? Nicely, do not buy one instantly: Store round for a discount (both at your native drugstore or on Amazon) as a reduction on the mannequin—normally with a couple of additional blades thrown in—occurs so much.

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