Philips SensoTouch RQ1180 GyroFlex
Review By Barry Lumsden
Whether you prefer to shave wet or dry, the Philips SensoTouch RQ1180 GyroFlex 2D electric shaver is specially designed to easily handle both of these shaving methods. This shaver is reasonably priced for the quality and features it offers. This is at the top end of the Philips electric shaver range, just behind Philips best RQ1280 GyroFlex 3D shaver.
Philips SensoTouch RQ1180 GyroFlex 2D Electric Shaver Features
- Provides one of the cleanest shave as reported in a recent survey of men in Germany and the US
- Many positive customer reviews and high ratings
- Part of Philips waterproof range
- Travel pounch included
- Whether you prefer to wet shave or dry shave, the shaver supports both methods of shaving
- Offers a 3 minute quick charge setting to provide enough power to complete a single shave from flat
- Can be fully charged in just one hour and gives around 17 shavers when fully charged
Philips SensoTouch RQ1180 GyroFlex 2D Electric Shaver
Some men only choose to shave a couple of times per week, but most, including myself shave every single day. If you’re like me and in the “shave every day” category then you know how vital it is to have good shaving equipment. You need a shaver that give a close, smooth shave while at the same time feels comfortable, during and after each shave.
Most men are divided into two camps on how they prefer to shave. Some prefer dry shaving, while others are dedicated wet shave fans. For those who choose to dry shaver it’s generally because of the speed and convenience of being able to pick up an electric shaver and quickly shave in the morning or any time during the day. Those who prefer to wet shave like the comfort and refreshing feel of using foam/gel and water when shaving.
Whatever category you fall into, the good news is that the Philips SensoTouch GyroFlex shaver is designed to shave both wet and dry with equally great results. The shaver has an “Aquatec” seal making it fully water proof. The thing I love about this shaver being water proof is that you can use it in the shower. Personally, this is what I do as part of my daily shaving routine. Shaving in the shower saves time as there’s no mess of having to clean up cut hairs or shaving foam and clean, fresh feeling after each shaver is amazing.
Unique GyroFlex 2D Shaver Heads
The GyroFlex 2D design of the Philips SensoTouch shaver is quite unique. The head of the shaver is positioned on a 360 pivoting mechanism at the top of the shaver handle. The 3 cutting heads also move independently to allow the heads to adjust accordingly to all the contours across the face and neck area. It’s this design that makes sure all hairs are cut, even in the hard to reach places with minimum pressure needed.
Lift and Cut Dual precision Blades
The design of the shaver blades on the Philips SensoTouch provide for a very comfortable shave. It only takes a very little amount of pressure to actually use the shaver. Even with the little amount of pressure the shaver provides a very close and clean shave. It also has what Philips call “Dual Precision” shaving elements for cutting long and short hairs and a low friction surface. A recent survey reports that 80 percent of the men that used the Philips SensoTouch shaver rate the shaver as having the gentlest shave on the skin.
The shaver heads are also designed in a way so that it lifts the hair away from the skin and then cuts. It does this without any tugging and it’s this “Lift and Cut” feature that gives for such a close shave. Also, this model comes with a built in Precision trimmer for styling around side burns.
Battery Power and Charging
The shaver uses a built in rechargeable battery. When the Philips SensoTouch shaver is in the charging base it can be stored or charged. It only takes an hour to completely recharge the shaver and this will give you around 50 minutes of shaving time. Once it is completely charged, if you break the 50 minutes up across and average daily time it takes to shave, it will last for approximately 17 shaves. If you want to take the shaver to work you can take the fully charged Philips SensoTouch with you and not have to worry about taking the charging base with you.
Philips provides a travel pouch with this shaver. The travel pouch is convenient if you need to travel for work or pleasure. The pouch easily allows you to carry the razor, charging base and a small can of foam or gel.
Philips SensoTouch RQ1180cc GyroFlex 2D Electric Shaver Reviews
This shaver is rated 4 stars out of 5 stars by buyers from Amazon.co.uk. At the time that I wrote this review (6th January 2012), 90 people had rated this Philips RQ1180 shaver 5 out of 5 and left a positive review. However, as with all products there are a few expected negative reviews. One person commented that they found the shaver “fiddly” which I think is just a personal view and not how most other people feel about the shaver. The small number of negative reviews is in the minority and I would not let them put you off buying this electric shaver.
Philips SensoTouch RQ1180cc GyroFlex 2D Electric Shaver Conclusion
The Philips SensoTouch shaver is reasonably price and is designed to give a close, smooth and clean shaves both wet and dry. It has very stylish and easy to use handle. The quick charging station makes sure that the shaver is fully charged ready for use every day. Many positive buyer reviews and high rating to back the quality and function of this Philips shaver. This shaver gives a reported very smooth and clean cut. I like the ability to be able to shave either wet or dry with this shaver and use it in the shower. The carrying case is a nice addition too as not all electric shavers come with one. Philips provides a 2 year warranty with this shaver and if you are not happy with it, just send it back for a refund.