Only once in my life have I tried an electric razor before.
I was in college and my roommate Dave always used it. He’d walk around the house talking to us while buzzing away at his face, pretty much anytime of the day. It just looked so crazy convenient, I had to try it. After all, it’s not like I love using a straight razor everyday, what with the regular nicks and razor burn.
So I tried it.
And I hated it.
It seemed to take three times as long to shave my whole face. I had to press down really hard to get a closer cut. And the thing got hot. Like really hot. Probably because I took so long and kept pressing on my face hard with it. But that’s the only way I could get the thing to tame my stubborn face follicles.
Fast forward a few years (okay, roughly 20 years) and suddenly Philips Norelco is reaching out to me to try their new cordless Shaver 7700. This thing features a “smooth glide” and was made for “maximum comfort for sensitive skin.”
Okay, I figured it was about time I gave cordless shavers another shot. So I did.
The first thing I noticed about the Norelco 7700 was how insanely light it is! It’s lighter than my iPhone. That old clunker I borrowed from Dave in college felt like I was holding a toaster if I remember correctly.
The second thing I noticed, is that this looks super cool and futuristic. Its’ got three comfort rings with “DynamicFlex technology” that lets each head move in five different directions. Sounds like it’ll pretty much mold itself to my face.
But there’s also just an overall smoothness and slickness to the whole thing that makes me think of the pristine futuristic world of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yeah, I bet Captain Picard used this bad boy to shave. Heck, he may’ve even used it to keep his chrome dome completely fuzz free.
Anyways, after quickly charging up the Norelco Shaver 7700, I decided to give it a whirl. And I decided to just shave right there in the kitchen. Why the kitchen? Because that’s where I was when I decided to try it, that’s why!
Without a mirror or anything, I took the shaver to my face and worked on the right half. I didn’t press hard at all and it never got too hot. It definitely felt loads better than that old cordless I used more than two decades ago. Real smooth and fairly fast.
I stopped halfway, because I wanted to see my progress. Above, you can see how the Shaver 7700 performed. Keep in mind, I did this without a mirror and for the first time using a cordless. I think I actually did pretty darn good to be honest.
I kept at it for the other half and then went into the bathroom to finish up and actually see what I was doing.
I came out for inspection and Allie gave the thumbs up. Overall, a pretty smooth shave I’d say.
I really need to use the Shaver 7700 for a few weeks to get into the swing of it I feel, but my initial reaction is this: If you already use an electric shaver, you owe it to yourself to try this one out. It’s like a luxury brand. Smooth, slick and gentle. If you only use a straight edge (like I’ve done), then you may need to try this out for a few weeks to see if an electric is right for you.
What I loved about the Shaver 7700:
- Super light
- Portable – I can easily bring it anywhere in the house (or on trips). I don’t need to shave immediately after my shower either; I can do it in the morning, afternoon, night, etc.
- You can shave with your face dry or wet, doesn’t matter
- No need for shaving cream at all
- Feels real nice on my skin, like a mini face massage
- No razor burn or nicks
- Makes me feel like I’m commanding the Starship Enterprise
The only thing thing I didn’t love (and this is a general statement about electric razors, not the Shaver 7700 specifically), is that it takes me longer to shave overall. The problem is, I shave every single day and have a fairly thick beard. I have a feeling it’ll get faster the more I get used to it, though.
I could also shave at any time, not just right after I shower. Heck, I could just shave in my car during my morning commute! (SAFETY NOTE: Shaving in your car is not just ridiculous, it’s downright dangerous. So DO NOT DO IT. And yes, I have seen guys on the road doing this while driving.)
If I let my beard go for a few days, then the Shaver 7700 is a fantastic option. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing. I don’t always shave on the weekends, so I’ll be using this puppy on those Monday mornings when I have a few days of scruff on my face.
It’s also great to toss into the carry case it came with and bring with me on trips. Oh, and then there’s the super duper cool cleaning mechanism for it. Totally forgot about that!
The Shaver 7700 comes with a power cord to charge it. You can plug the cord right into the shaver, or you can plug it into this funky futuristic charging/cleaning station. The bottom of it pops open and you stick in a cleaning cartridge.
Filled with blue liquid, the cleaning solution reminded me of those tall canisters they have at barber shops that are filled with combs soaking in that bluish goop.
After putting in the cleaner and closing the cleaner station, you just turn it on and in roughly 15 minutes or so, the SmartClean feature will clean, lubricate and charge your shaver. Pretty darn cool and convenient if you ask me.
If you haven’t tried an electric shaver in a long time, it’s definitely worth trying the Philips Norelco Shaver 7700. It’s like going from an old flip phone to the latest iPhone! Big jump in technology there.
And if you always use an electric, you have even more reason to try the Shaver 7700. After all, you have to deal with your face every single day, don’t ya? So why not treat it right!
Be sure to enter my Philips Norelco Shaver 7700 Giveaway for a shot at winning one of these bad boys for yourself!
I received a Philips Norelco Shaver 7700 to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.