I’ve been preaching the importance of figuring out what type of facial hair you have before buying an electric shaver, and this Philips AquaTouch review really validates my point.
Here’s a model, along with the dry version (PowerTouch) which receives lots of positive reviews, yet it produced a really bad shave for ME.
Why?.. My beard is just too thick.
There are many models in this Philips lineup, and some get 4/5 star ratings on various online retailers, however a little further investigation will show you that relying solely on these user reviews isn’t the best practice.
There seems to be a lot of people who like these models, which is fine, however in many of the reviews there’s a noticeable amount of “legitimate” negative reviews. What I mean by legitimate is that they are based on performance issues, not complaints about the color, or that a traveling case wasn’t included.
The fact is, there are quite a few negative reviews which state: “I bought this shaver based on all these great reviews, but there’s no way I can use it. Total waste of money.”
I personally would have had the same reaction. If I didn’t know about the importance of facial hair thickness, I would have seen the hundreds of 4/5 star ratings, along with a very affordable price tag and thought this was a great product. But as we’ll see, it’s not great, at least not for me.
I understand that some people might really like this model, and that’s fine. I do still recommend it for those with thin facial hair who have always used the rotary design. This group seems to like this model.
But based on my personal experience, I feel there are some better options, and digging a little deeper in the user reviews, it’s clear lots of people feel the same.
End Side Bar…
So we’re off to a bit of a negative start, but here’s the point I’m trying to make:
If you like this shaver that’s great. I want to match it up with people who will find it useful, but I just want to take the opportunity in this review to also emphasize the importance of matching your beard thickness with your razor selection.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
I don’t like this shaver.
Naturally I want to steer you clear of it, but that’s based on my personal experience, and I am just a sample size of one. I know that some models work better for others, and there’s obviously some people who like this.
So I want to take the opportunity again to mention that choosing the right product should be based on your beard thickness. You can find more information about that here.
For those with thin facial hair who are used to rotary shavers, these Philips models may be good for you. However this is definitely not good those with thick facial hair which is similar to mine.
I also want to point out a much better alternative in my opinion. I personally saw much better results with the Braun Series 3. It’s around the same price, and even with my type of facial hair it worked pretty well.
Remember this is my personal opinion based on my personal results, but there are quite a few legitimate negative reviews which feel the same way, it’s just they’re a bit overshadowed by the “good for the price” positive reviews.
Instead of offering you a purchasing link on this model, I’d rather have you check out the Braun Series 3 review. I’m going to sleep much better knowing I’ve made this recommendation.