Philips Fabric Shaver GC026/00 Removes fabric pills Suitable for all garments 2 Philips AA batteries incl. is rated
Rated 4 out of
Performance is good-- but be wary of battery cover and reservoir sliding off!
There are many cheap fabric shavers available online, but given the wavering reviews in reliability I decided to choose a more expensive option from a major brand.
The primary consideration for my overall rating rests on the performance of this product. This fabric shaver removes medium-size bobbles and significant fuzz on jumpers quite well. The shaver struggles on the first few passes with very large bobbles or fine fuzz.
However, you must develop a technique which depends on the knit, weight, and type of fabric. Gliding the shaver carelessly or quickly across a garment won't give you the best results. Use an ironing board if possible in a very well-lit area. I also recommend looking at the garment from odd angles or wearing it-- if you're detail-oriented, you may spot pilling you couldn't see before. Additionally, move the shaver slowly with the grain of the fabric. More often than not, you must pass over an area several times to restore fabric to a like-new state.
The reservoir for fuzz and bobbles will fill up very quickly. Fuzz also sticks in the rotating blades which will slow rotations per minute [RPM]. If you hear the pitch of the motor dropping (meaning slower rotation), turn it off and clean the blades. At this price, you don't want to burn out the motor.
There are a few quality control and/or design flaws. The battery cover slips off with the lightest touch. The reservoir slips off quite easily too - not so great when you're shaving a jumper and fuzz flies everywhere!
After a great deal of shaving (at least 6 garments and 20 minutes per garment), the motor seems to be working at a lower RPM. However this could be related to low battery power.
The small brush included with the shaver is very useful at removing fuzz from crevices in the shaver head and around the blades.
The two year warranty only covers manufacturing defects and not general wear. The blades-- mounted on a thin plastic disc-- feels fairly insignificant in my hands. Exercise caution when handling this as it may be prone to breakage.
Overall, this is a good investment if you use it wisely, but mind the slippery covers.
Date published: 2015-04-16