If you are planning to go for an electric shaver for the first time and want one which would be easy to use and wouldn’t pinch your pocket much at the same time, then this entry level electric shaver from the trusted house of Philips Norelco is the one for you. The Philips Norelco 2100 S1560/81 is pretty cheap and can satisfy the basic needs of a shaver. It’s a winner and one of the most sought after products in this category. It’s a lightweight and compact easy to use cordless shaver.
Ergonomics and design:
This shaver is a great addition to your grooming kit. It looks great in the white and black body. It has an anti slip grip that keeps it from slipping off your hands and its ergonomics give it the perfect comfortable grip that fits in to your hands. If you look at the shaver carefully, you will find out that it has a slight inward bend towards the head designed to maneuver it smoothly around your face.
The Shaver Head:
The shaver head is equipped with three rotary heads. The Close cut technology adds precision to the blades. The blades are self sharpening i.e. every time you use it the blades sharpen themselves making each shave matter for months. The blades are extremely durable and the shaver head lasts for months before you feel the need to replace it. The rotary heads have a 4-directional flexi head movement independent of each other. Thus the shaver head can be smoothly moved around the contours of your face irrespective of its shape. These heads adjust to the curves of your face while the Close cut gives you the perfect precise cut that you so desire. It has not been complained to pose difficulties such as pulling or tagging and also gives you a nick and cut free shave. It’s advisable to replace the head every year with SH30. Philips claims it to be the closest electric shaver at entry level.
The shaver has a pop up trimmer which comes out from the back of the shaver head. This trimmer is used to work up your sideburns or to trim your moustache. The pop-up trimmer is a useful addition to this otherwise inexpensive shaver and gives you one more reason to opt for it.
The Philips Norelco 2100 S1560/81 is not 100% waterproof. You can flip open the rotary head and clean it easily under tap water within seconds. But it cannot be used with foam, gel or lotion and not at all under the shower. So even though it is waterproof, it is best used dry. Thus it gives you a shave comparable to shavers with dry modes only but other Norelco shavers that have a wet option as well gives a closer shave. Water can be used only to clean this device. The product doesn’t come with a fancy cleaning dock.
The Philips Norelco 2100 S1560/81 is powered by a lithium-ion battery. It is rechargeable. It takes 8 hours to charge it fully after which it will give you 35 minutes of shaving time. The charging time is high and the shaving time is low compared to high end products. It doesn’t have a quick charge option and has to be charged completely for you to be able to use it again. The shaver can be used cordless only and cannot be used while you are charging it. So you have to keep a check on the charge before using it. Ideally the charge will last for a week if you shave daily. The battery system is efficient enough to last you for years. The shaver handle has a green LED indicator that alarms you of low battery charge and also glows when it is charging. So it’s better to put this shaver into the charging dock once the LED glows.
Philips gives a two year limited warranty on this product. Philips being a trusted brand you can completely rely on the support.
What’s in the box:
The package kit has a Philips Norelco 2100 S1560/81 shaver, a user manual, a charging stand and a protective cap.
This shaver can also be used as a spare shaver for those who travel often and can be slipped into a hand bag easily. The protective cover, though present, can flip open if not secured properly. Also the charge poses a problem if you are on a long tour and you do not have a charging facility.
To keep the price of this product really low, Philips Norelco had to compromise on a lot of factors while designing this product. Owing to the price range it belongs to, you get a decent product and it cannot be compared to the high end and more advanced varieties. But it can be your first shaver if you do not want to invest much, yet want to get a quick shave in the morning. This is the best electric shaver under $50 range.
Philips Norelco 2100
- Self sharpening blades
- LED indicator
- Pop-up trimmer
- Easy to clean
- Can be used in dry mode only
- The protective caps opens easily
- Can’t be used while it’s charging
- No quick charge option
- Has to be used repeatedly to get a close shave