Philips AquaTouch wet and dry electric shaver AT896 ComfortCut Blade System Flexing heads with Aquatec wet and dry and Pop-up trimmer is rated
4.2 out of
Rated 5 out of
Huge torque and power like a low revving powerful truck engine!When you first switch it on you expect a fast revving 'whirring' sound, but all you get is a quiet low pitched, low speed RPM whirr...
Don't be deceived, this thing has got grunt and power... I've got 'stubble' like 'Desperate Dan' (Google it!) I tried a dry shave (using it straight out of the box) and it sliced effortlessly through the lot leaving my skin as smooth as an angels lips...
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 3 out of
Heads coming off while shavingWhile shaving I find that the heads quite easily become removed and just today I was cut on my lip in 4 places. I can't seem to be able to get the heads to stay in place and be comfortable.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 1 out of
THe product was not reliableProduct gave up less than 1 year after purchased; shaver would not hold battery charge for more than 5 minutes. Had to purchase a new shaver as I needed to shave.
It is the first time that I have had a fault with a Philips shaver; most gave up after several years of use.
Hopefully Philips will assist with the cost of the new shaver.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of
Its a wet & dry cordless compromise at a priceAs a big fan of Philips personal hygiene products for a number of years and having had Philips shavers since the 1980s I was in the market to replace an awful wet and dry cordless shaver that didn't have the Philips name (it was a Christmas gift given to me). As a fan of Philips, I knew exactly what brand I wanted again! When it came to comparing all of the five wet and dry shavers on this site, half the information for some of your shavers isn't listed - very poor show, Philips! You can withdraw that info if you wish, but it will appear shortly on other review sites where this model is concerned.
As for general use and design, its a lovely shaver to the eye though I already have a dry shaver by Philips under the HQ6820 product that has the far closer and superior Super Lift & Cut blades compared to this lower grade blade fitted model. In use, in dry mode this shaver can give a good and close shave but it isn't as baby soft as the Super Cut Blades. The only time that this shaver emerges with a similar feeling is when it is used in wet mode and thankfully the maintenance is easy to do with this shaver, dry or wet.
Other slight downsides is that no carry case is equipped with this shaver although a protective cap, adaptor and cleaning brush is provided. Despite the brilliant charge time and fast speed of use, why can't this shaver be used with a mains plug plugged in??
Lastly on style and design alone, this shaver deserves 5 stars - it isn't too heavy and is fairly easy to control around my face but sadly the plastic trim on this model rattles too much - the side trimmer door for example and the main blade carriage rattle unexpectedly. Tie it in with a louder motor noise and its a compromise at a price. I'd have expected better from Philips but on account that this shaver and the ones before it bearing the Philips name have never given me nicks, cuts and razor burn means this model is good but a bit of a compromise in general.
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 2 out of
Only a fair shaveI follow all Phillips tips on getting the best from this shaver but only fair performance. Now the shaver is unusable as it switches on and off at will and the only way to stop it is to put it on charge. Looking at most of the other reviews perhaps I have a defective one. It is over 18 months old. Very disappointing compared with my first Phillishave bought 57 years ago.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 1 out of
Much worse that any previous model I have hadI have owned Philips razors for over 35 years now and having been a loyal customer have always valued and enjoyed them, but like other reviewers this product is particularly poor. The battery is fine, the shape is fine, but it fails in its primary task of providing a close shave.
It is particularly poor at removing longer hairs and repeatedly going over an area with longer hair simply has no effect other than to irritate the skin. Even after I have spent so long shaving that I have just got bored wiith the whole process, the shave is simply not smooth.
I am going to have to buy another razor as I can't put up with this one any more, and reluctantly don't think I can face buying another Philips in case the problems with this unit are repeated.
Please don't give me tips on how to shave in response to this posting - I feel I have sufficient experience that has served me well in the past.
I would ask that you review the poor feedback you have had on this product and ask yourselves if it is down to a design fault.
Date published: 2013-05-13
Rated 1 out of
Terrible shaverI bought this thinking it'd be good to save time and effort versus a manual wet shave. It's awful though. It takes ages to shave using it. It'll do a sort of half hearted shave but leave a load of hairs untouched. It's not that it doesn't cut to the right length or without enough power, it's just that it misses so many hairs! I have no idea why. Then I have to spend ages infront of the mirror carefully guiding each remaining hair into one of the trimmer holes - and so far I've given up each time after about 20 minutes of battling with it and just picked up a razor to finish off in 2 minutes. I've tried using it with wet shaves, dry shaves, repeated cleaning of the blades... I've never had a single decent shave from it.
I'd love to take it back to the store for a refund, but it's not "faulty", just rubbish. If there's any way to get a refund from Philips I'd love to know how.
I'm now nervous of trying other electric shavers because maybe they're all as bad - but surely not if they're so popular?
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 5 out of
Ergonomically designed.I got my first Philips razor in 1956. It was a two head which did the job but was difficult to hold. My next one was fifteen years later and it had three heads but they did not adjust to the contour of the face and that was also 'clumpy' to hold.
This one was a Christmas present in 2012 and I was pleasantly surprised at the shape which fitted my hand comfortably. Unfortunately it broke down this Monday (Bank Holiday). I phoned the service centre on Tuesday and received another razor today (Thursday). So excellent service. I must have got a lemon considering how long the other two razors had lasted. In fact the second razor I got still works after all these years.
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