Rated 5 out of
Closest Shave by any Electric Shaver available
Hi everyone, I am not the type to write product reviews however this shaver is just such an outstanding product that I decided to write one.
First of all, I paid full price for the shaver myself, i.e. this is not promoted review from Philips in any shape or form, nor have I been invited/part of any exclusive offers or events.
Bit of background:
I have very sensitive skin and as such always used an electric shaver since the 1990s. I own both highest end models from other premium brands that are available in Australia. Both are with cleaning stations. Simply, a close clean shave is a paramount for me and I am (clearly) willing to spend $ to get it.
After using S9000 Prestige now for some time, I can confirm that Prestige, at least for my face, is by far the closes shave I ever had in my life. This includes wet shave with a double edged blade. I can't imagine electric shavers providing any closer shave than this - simply this is it - skin level closeness that leaves face smooth as in any direction you test it.
For someone that uses electric shavers for over 20 years, this closeness has been a 'holy grail' achievement and here we are finally - Philips did it!!!
I do have to mentioned that my first shave with this razor was horrendous, but this was totally my fault. I used it like a foil shaver - used the fastest setting, pressed too hard to my face and used up and down movements only. My face was as bad as shaving with a blade. Nicks and cuts everywhere. Face was clearly hurt.
Need to be extra gentle and careful with this shaver. After my face healed I used the lowest setting and just let the weight of the blade to press against my face, circular motions and voila - smooth and comfortable. Both dry and wet give pretty much the same closeness which I found quite surprising, but this is fantastic nevertheless.
Form factor is also sensational: from packaging to the high quality storage bag it comes in to the shaver itself which is an absolute star of the show. Built quality fantastic, lots of metal parts that give it nice weight and sturdiness. The screen reacts to motion and gives you all the details you will ever need.
It is very quiet, light, and small. It is much quieter, lighter, and smaller than competitors. Also the BIG positive is that it doesn't get hot at all.
The Qi charger is also a nice addition, it has a magnet in it that holds shaver just enough in the place it doesn't slide off the mat, but you need to be careful as the shaver can be knocked off by accident, i.e. magnet is not strong enough to keep it on if you apply a bit of a force.
One issue I have with the charger is that it is already very scratched up. In hindsight I should have left the plastic film on it.
The cleaning is fully manual and very easy to do so it isn't a big problem but it does make it feel a little less prestige. One of the drawbacks is that it comes with no lubricants, so the best thing to do is buy a Face Guard (or similar) spray which disinfects and lubricates the shaver.
Another minor downside is that you need to leave shaver somewhere to dry off before storing it in it's bag so that can be annoying. It would be great if at least some sort of a holder came with it.
There is no trimmer on the shaver itself, but it comes with a clip on tripper which is easy to put on and use. I thought this would be annoying but actually it is super easy to use. Pity the other clip-ons are not included, such as beard trimmer and cleansing brush, which is a bit ridiculous considering how expensive the shaver already is.
Besides these relatively minor niggles that don't impact shaving itself, I can't fault S9000 in any way.
It's built quality is unparalleled, very light and easy to use, very quiet, long lasting battery, and what is the most important - it provides wet blade close shave.
I certainly won't be looking back after using this.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 5 out of
High end style, close shave and less irritated skin!
By far the best electric shaver I have used, it gives me the feeling on my face as if i have had a wet shave, but without the hassle. No longer do I need to run a bowl of hot water, soak my face and apply shaving gel, or wash down my face and sink after and dry off.
As a result my face is not red, rough with cuts or nicks and i no longer have rashes from the shaving gels. A real plus for me is that I can have one shave a week, normally on a sunday night and it sees me through work until Thursday due to the clean shave. By friday when i work at home i have some stubble and this grows until Sunday when i shave again. To get this close a shave from this shaver on one hit is amazing, it cuts really well. I can shave my face in about 10 mins, not bad once a week!
The feel of the shaver is phenomenal, its design is sleek, its made from a quality metal product and has a decent weight to is. The travel pouch makes it easy to pack in my suitcase, although the battery charger is quite big so I would charge before I travel.
I like the idea of the wireless charging and its my first wireless charging device in my house so its new to me, but i expect this will make life easier as the technology becomes more commonplace. Having said that the battery lasts a long time. I have shaved 6 times now and the battery is only at 40%!
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of
Start the day with an easy shave
I really enjoy shaving with this, it’s effortless. I have to shave every day, so it can become a bit of a chore. This gives me no irritation or burn, so smooth. The wireless charger is a bonus. Holds charge for a long time too. It’s a little pricey, but at least I won’t have to buy twice. Shaving now on holidays as well, well at least until the novelty wears off, has no dramas getting rid of my 4 day growth.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5 out of
The best performance from an electric shaver
When i received this shaver, I was instantly impressed by the packaging - opening was a great experience and made me think of other high end items such as Apple and Bose.
Inside the shaver has a posh looking pouch, its big, but needs to be to house the wireless charger as well as the shaver itself. Impressive look for a gift.
The Shaver charged on the wireless charger quickly, the sleek lines look very good, and the way the shaver sits in the charger is very stable, with some kind of magnetic force holding everything steady.
So to the best bit. Ive had a few shavers over the years, many that have claimed to be the best, closest, smoothest, quickest.
The S9000 Prestige beats all of them and some.
For me, the closest shave ever with an electric, no pulling which means no nicks or cuts.
I've shown this to some friends and male family, they all loved the look, feel and weight of the product and of course as an added bonus you can use the wireless charging plate for your phone.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of
A very close, comfortable shave - as good as wet shaving.
The shaver itself comes in a large, premium quality box. Inside the box is a zip open clam shell type case that holds the shaver, power leads, attachments and wireless charger. The shell case also has a premium feel and sturdy construction and tightly holds the shaver and all accessories.
A fairly unique feature of the shaver was wireless charging. Conveniently, the wireless charger (called a Qi charger) also works with many modern smart phones, and allows for very easy charging. Unfortunately for the power aspect, my model only came with a normal 2 pin plug for use in bathrooms, but no 3-pin adapter to plug into a normal socket. I did not have a 2 pin socket so I needed to buy an adapter plug to charge it. For this price it should come with a normal mains plug adapter. Fortunately, the shaver charges very fast; reaching 100% in only an hour.
I wanted to properly test the shaver, so I didn’t shave for a week so I could test it with some proper stubble. The first time I used it I dry shaved, and the results were much better than I expected. I got a very close, comfortable shave without any irritation. After a few more days of not shaving I tried a wet shave, and I was even more impressed. The result is excellent – giving me an even closer shave, free from any irritation or rashes, and it was a very comfortable to use (especially with the 3 power settings). The shaver was also very easy to clean – only taking a few seconds under a tap to be fully clean. Each shave seemed to take about 5% of the battery, so should last around 2 weeks of shaving on one charge.
Overall, I am very impressed with the shaver and I have not bothered to shave with a razor (or my old shaver) since it arrived. In summary – as good as a wet shave (even on almost a week of beard growth) whilst remaining very comfortable and the battery lasts a long time.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of
Best shaver I've used so far
Being introduced to shaving through blade, moving up to electric shaver with foil, I was using the S5000 (for a short while) then the S7000 series (for longer) before using this product, so this review will compare the product mainly to the S7000 but also to the others that I've used so far. I shave every day and have at most a 3-day stubble, and I did not try the trimmer yet.
Unboxing it was a joy and the wireless Qi charger (which can also be used for the latest phones) even had a groove in the middle to prevent the shaver from rolling. The handle has non-slip material so it can be used with shaving cream and you will still have a good grip. The sound that the blades make when it is switched on is very quiet and similar to a drone when it is flying. The digital display shows the percentage of battery life available and buttons changes the speed although I've only used the fastest setting (which feels the same as the max speed of the S7000)
The shaver heads seem to have less friction than the S7000 on the skin and after using it for a week, I can see that this shaves much closer to the skin with the effect like a blade without shaving foam. I can tell that the shave is very close also because there is sometimes a slight prickling sensation when I press the shaver head against my skin, but I've never gotten any cuts at all compared to with foil or blade shavers. The daily maintenance of removing hair in the shaver heads is also easy like the S7000 as the head can be opened easily and washed.
This looks, feels, sounds and functions like a premium high-end shaver, and with it giving a blade-like close shave without the risk of nicks and cuts, I'd give it the title of the best shaver I've used in the past 14 years.
This would be a great gift for a guy who is using a rotary head shaver as it looks very sleek, polished and would be an upgrade to anything that he has used before.
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 5 out of
7 day growth no dramas
When I read reviews about this product I thought yeah right. So with 60 day money back guarantee I decided to buy it. Nothing to lose. All manufacturers claim they can easily handle 3 day growth. I can get lazy and shave once a week. My Brain Series 9 does a fine job but that’s after shaving over the same spot 4 times and then still it does not catch all hair around the neck. My first use of the prestige with same growth and it handled it with ease. Took me half a face to get used to circular motion to enable a good shave. But I can vouch it lives up to the claim. I won’t be returning this baby. Down side no cleaning station and Qi charger bit big. But you only need to charge about every 10-15shaves based on documentation of 60 min charge life.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of
Soooo much better than any other philps shaver
Wow. i have been using philips shavers for years, upgrading every 2 years or so as a newer better model comes out. The s9000 Prestige really does give an incredible close shave, better than any other model I have tried. I shaved half my face with my older model, and half with the new s9000 prestige. There was no comparison. The new model felt just like smooth skin. My wife said my face felt as smooth as her face (an no she does not have facial hair!!!). Would recommend this to everyone. And no rash the first time I used it either, with a Much quicker shave than normal. Finally with the usb charger, I will never run out of charge on the road again - as I can always charge from my computer.
Date published: 2018-12-02