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Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 Review

By: Carl Laron on November 17, 2016

Bottom Line

The Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 rotary shaver uses an updated cutting technology that's claimed to cut 30 percent closer than previous rotary models. It shines as a dry shaver, but can also double as a wet shaver.

Pros

  • Clean shave for most beards
  • Very quiet
  • Feels good in your hand
  • Wet/dry shaving

Cons

  • Cleaning stand comes in for some criticisms
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Breaking it down

Performance

Closest shave yet from a rotary electric razor. With the 9000 series shavers, including the Shaver 9300, Philips Norelco introduced a new cutting system with V-shaped rather than flat blades that cut closer to the skin. Coupled with other improvements, such as heads that can move in eight directions to better follow the contour of your face (other Philips Norelco rotary shavers move in five or fewer directions), the 9300 shaves closer than any other rotary razor -- 30 percent closer the company says. While some question the accuracy of that number, most agree that the shave is both close and comfortable -- though some, such as Andy Vegas at Moo.Review say that there's a little bit of a learning curve in getting those great results, especially around hard to shave areas such as the upper lip. A step up model, the Philips Norelco Shaver 9700 (Est. $320), is also available but quite a bit more expensive and, other than some display enhancements and a different color, the razors are very similar and will perform the same.

Ease of use

Shaver good, cleaning stand bad. The Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 is lightweight and comfortable to hold, users say. However, many that otherwise like the shaver have gripes about the cleaning/charging stand that accompanies it. Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo, who says that the Shaver 9300 gave him the "closest shave of my life," says to skip using the cleaning stand altogether, bluntly calling it "a piece of crap" that's poorly designed, unintuitive to use, and prone to sloshing the cleaning solution. Users reviews that complain about the stand failing are also easy to find. Fortunately, the shaver is easy to clean manually, and unlike some other Philips Norelco shavers, such as those in the now discontinued 8000 series, you don't need the stand to charge the razor, just plug the power cord into the shaver itself. That's a boon for those who want to use the shaver on the road. For those who want to use the shaver in the shower, or with lotions or creams, the Shaver 9300 is waterproof.

Noise

Rotary razors are relatively quiet. No expert reviewer has tested or rated the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 for noise. However, earlier models have fared very well in that regard. User reviews addressing noise generally say that the shaver is relatively quiet, especially compared to foil electric shavers.

Warranty/durability

No red flags, except for the stand. The Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 is covered by a two-year warranty and a 45-day money-back guarantee. Most of the complaints regarding failure we spotted revolved around the stand, rather than the razor. Customer service fares better in user comments than what we've seen in the past with other Philips Norelco models, and most owners that do run into issues seem satisfied with the resolution.

Our Sources

Adam Clark Estes, Aug. 1, 2014

The author hates shaving, but adds that the Shaver 9300 is "a real pleasure to use." The experience of getting a comfortable, close shave is only slightly lessened by the cleaning stand that's anything but a pleasure -- skip it altogether Adam Clark Estes advises.

Andy Vegas, Aug. 8, 2016

Andy Vegas provides a testing-based review of the Philips Norelco 9300, and compares it to the pricier Philips Norelco 9700. He feels that the few added extras on the 9700 don't justify its higher price tag. In terms of performance, he says the 9300 provides a close shave that will satisfy most -- once they overcome its learning curve.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

Nearly 670 Amazon.com reviewers give the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars. Although most users say they love this shaver, we found some complaints about performance, especially of the cleaning stand.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2016

More than 225 reviews at Walmart.com (including some that were originally posted at the manufacturer's web site) result in a 4.1-star rating for the Shaver 9300. The quiet operation and quality of the shave are often praised, but a handful say that the performance is no better than with other razors and question the 9300's value.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of November 2016

We spotted roughly 80 reviews of the Shaver 9300 at BestBuy.com, most of which are highly positive. The shaver earns a 4.6-star rating here, with 93 percent saying that they would recommend this rotary electric razor to a friend.

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