Once again one of the best known brands in this category have come up with an all round winner. Philips Norelco 5500 is a rotary shaver with multi-precision blades, 5-directional flexible heads, click on trimmer suitable for a wet and/ dry shave with a long lasting battery. It comes at an affordable price and bears the Philips Green Logo, doing its bit for the environment.
Ergonomics and design:
The Philips Norelco 5500 sports a unique design. The black and silver body has a slight bend on either side to provide you with the perfect grip. Your fingers snugly fit into the curve designed in line with a human hold. The handle also has a rubber textured grip to give the additional edge of comfort to the user and reducing the risk of a slip.
The Shaver Head:
Philips Norelco 5500 is a rotary-style electric shaver with three rotary heads. Each of these heads is equipped with a Multi-precision Blade system. The Multi-Precision blade system uses two kinds of blades. The first one lifts the hair from the skin and the second blade gives the perfect cut close to the skin. The lift and cut technology of this blade system is responsible for the smooth and clean shave. With this technology the shaver is able to capture more strands and enables a faster shave. The shaver boasts of a cleaner shave in a single pass and works very well with the toughest of beard patterns and density. The fewer the pass the lesser is its effect on your skin. Thus this shaver reduces the risk of an irritating skin rash. Each head has a five directional flexing motion independent of each other. This feature allows the Philips Norelco 5500 to adjust to the contours of your face. Your face can be of any shape but this shaver eases its way through it to give you a flawless shave. The chin and the neck that are the most difficult shaving areas are easily done away with this shaver. The shaver has a turbo mode, which adds 10% more power to the shaver blades. On engaging this turbo mode you get a quicker shave and it can often come handy when you are in a hurry to run to your office but have to find time for a shave.
The Trimmer Attachment:
The Philips Norelco 5500 comes with a click on trimmer. You can snap open the rotary head easily from the shaver handle and replace it with this click-on trimmer. The trimmer is very useful for the sideburns and also for trimming the moustache if you want to flaunt one. The trimmer is extremely skin friendly and gives you a consummate trim without the prick on your skin. This attachment is extremely essential but the fact that it’s an additional attachment poses the chance of a loss. It would have been better if it had been attached to the shaver in some way or the other.
The shaver is 100 % waterproof. It has an Aquatec Wet and Dry seal and hence can be used in wet/dry conditions. Though the shaver is well equipped to give you a smooth shave when used dry but it can be also be easily used with lather or foam or gel. Or you can even opt to take it to your shower if you are comfortable shaving under one. The wet shave for obvious reasons are lesser harsh on skin and reduces the chance of a skin rash to almost zero.
The Philips Norelco 5500 is powered by a powerful, long lasting, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. This battery takes an hour to charge completely. A full charge lasts for 45 minutes of shaving time. So once fully charged this shaver can be used for a fortnight if you shave daily and if you do it on every second day, then it can last you for a month. The shaver cannot be used while it’s being charged. But if you shaver is drained of charge you can always use the Quick charge option to charge it for 5 minutes and this would last you for a shave. The Quick charge option is extremely useful and saves you at the time of need.
There is a multi-functional LED display on the handle of the device. The LED display has a three level battery indicator which shows the amount of charge that is present in the shaver at that particular time. It also indicates when the shaver is low on charge and needs to be put on charge immediately. The LED display also has a cleaning indicator (indicating when the shaver head needs a clean), a replacement head indicator and a travel lock indicator.
Although the LED display has a cleaning indicator, but it’s always advisable to clean your shaver head or the trimmer head after every use for maintaining proper hygiene and the durability of the shaver. It’s very easy to clean the shaver. You can directly hold the shaver under running tap water to clean it completely from any hair strands. If you have done a wet shave and foam or lather is sticking to your shaver then it can be got rid of with the use of hot water instead of normal temperature water.
What’s in the box:
The package contains a Panasonic Philips Norelco 5500, a click on trimmer attachment, a charging cord, and a protective cap along with a user manual.
Warranty: Philips gives a two year limited worldwide warranty on this product.
Overall this is a very good shaver and also the winner of the ‘Redot’ and the ‘iF’ awards and with the features that it flaunts it is not at all expensive and you can always give it a try owing to the reputation of the brand that it belongs to.