The Philips Norelco 8240XL rotary shaver's simple design, decent portability and low price attract many owners. This shaver may be best for those who shave every day; we found a few user comments that if you let your beard grow for a few days before shaving, the 8240XL can tug at your whiskers.
Reviews praise the 8240XL's close, comfortable shave and its quiet, mess-free shaving experience. A good number of users report that this model reduced their shaving time by half or more, and that its three individual floating heads adjust to accommodate tricky areas; "it handles the hard to shave areas (e.g. my neck) with more aplomb," writes one Amazon.com reviewer. On the other hand, we found several comments from users at Amazon.com and Walmart.com users that this shaver tugs on whiskers, especially if you haven't shaved for a few days. Owners are mostly pleased with the Philips Norelco 8240XL's battery, which they say lasts for a week or more on a single charge (recharging takes about an hour).
A good number of users note that this model doesn't have a cleaning system. They also say, however, that a cleaning system isn't necessary; a thorough rinse under running water is both easy and adequate. Some say this unit is small enough for travel, although there's no battery indicator to signal when it's time for a recharge. Opinions are fairly well split about whether having a battery indicator matters. Some users say it's not important because you can use the 8240XL with or without its cord, but as one Walmart.com user points out, no indicator means no way of knowing if you can get away with leaving the charger at home when you travel.
Most users say the Philips 8240XL is very quiet in your hand -- in fact, one Walmart.com user reports wondering whether it was getting up to the appropriate RPMs because it was so quiet. "However the proof was in the shave," he writes. "I was extremely impressed with the end result." Although a few users say the 8240XL is so light that it "lacks heft" in your hand, one Amazon.com user sums up the consensus, saying that this razor is quieter, lighter and shaves faster than his previous model (in this case, a higher-end Philips).
The Philips Norelco 8240XL is covered by a full two-year warranty, and it comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee. We didn't find any comments about Philips customer service -- positive or negative -- from reviewers who own this razor, although not everyone's happy about the midrange cost of replacement blades (*Est. $36).
Although some say the Philips Norelco 8240XL tugs on whiskers if you don't shave for a few days, most of the 900-plus users who took the time to write reviews on Amazon.com and Walmart.com say this discontinued model offers a quick, clean, comfortable shave. Reviewers say that the best rotary shaver in production is the Remington SR9130 (*Est. $80).
Fourteen men's electric shavers -- including the Philips Norelco 8240XL -- are evaluated by a panel in this roundup by ConsumerReports.org. (A few models are also included in the ratings based on their similarities to tested models.) Testers rate each model for closeness and comfort of shave, ease of cleaning and noise output.
Review: Electric Razor Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of June 2012
The Philips Norelco 8240XL gets good marks from consumers posting to Amazon.com, where it has an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 from more than 575 reviewers. Owners say the 8240XL doesn't offer many extra features, but many also say they don't need a cleaning system or other upgrades that would increase the cost.
Review: Philips Norelco Speed 8240 Men's Shaving System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2012
The Philips Norelco 8240XL is no longer available at Walmart.com. When it was available, the 8240XL drew an average rating of 4.2 stars from nearly 350 reviewers; about 84 percent of those reviewers say they'd recommend this electric razor to a friend.
Review: Philips Norelco 8240XL/18 Speed XL Electric Razor, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2012
The Philips Norelco 8240XL draws praise for offering a close, comfortable shave at a reasonable price -- however, there's no indication that this shaver received any hands-on testing. A total of five men's electric shavers are recommended.
Review: Best Men's Electric Shaver, "BC Maven", March 28, 2011