Like many other things, the art of shaving has come of age and turned from a meticulous state of art form to a more precise and easy to go up with daily routine. With the advent of electric shavers, the job is no longer tedious and it doesn’t require any skill to get that perfect and close shave every time. Shaving is now more of an ‘on the go’ routine that can be done away with in a jiffy. While there have been quite a few varieties of electric shavers doing the rounds, when it comes to rotary shavers Philips norelco is the brand that can be blindly trusted. Specialized in rotary shavers, Philips norelco has a model in almost every price range and you can actually cut your cloth according to your means . Philips norelco 5700 is a model in the medium price range and the best in the Philips 5000 series. Let’s now have a closer look at what it has in store for us.
Philips Norelco 5700 Review
DESIGN AND GRIP:
This is a sturdy and masculine looking rotary shaver with a black and grey body. The shaver is tapered from both sides at the middle of the shaver handle. This gives it the perfect shape for a comfortable hold. The shaver also has textured rubber at the rear side of the handle. This provides the much desired anti-slip grip and prevents the shaver from slipping off your hands even when they are wet or when you are under a shower. The shaver handle also has a power button, a LED indicator and a Mark ‘T’ just below the power button that also acts as the Turbo boost button for the shaver.
The shaver head is attached to the handle via a small neck. The neck acts as a pivot on which the shaver head can move freely in all directions. The shaver head is equipped with 3 rotary cutting elements. Each of these elements is equipped with four distinct parts. One, an outer plastic ring with grooves in it that lifts the hair strands from the skin surface while spinning and guides it through to the holes in the middle metal ring. The middle blade ring holds the strands for the inner blades to snip them off precisely. At the centre of each cutting element is the inner metal ring. This aids in the smooth gliding of the shaver head on the surface of the skin. The outer cup and the inner blades are secured in position with blue plastic ring straps. This Multi-precision blade system acts independently of each other and generates maximum efficiency in a single pass. Each cutting element or rotary head can also flex in any direction. This along with the flexibility of the pivot head helps in gliding your shaver through the contours of your face effortlessly. Thus you would not have much of a problem working your way through the neck and chin areas. The razor blades can be powered by a turbo boost that increases the power to the motors by 10% and aids in shaving the areas where the beard is unusually thick. The turbo mode is also of use when you are in a hurry and want a fast shave. The shaver head can be flipped open for a quick clean or can be removed completely from the neck. When flipped open the rotary shavers remain attached to the head with a hinge.
CLICK ON TRIMMER:
The PHILIPS NORELCO 5700 comes with an additional click on trimmer. It can be easily attached to the shaver handle. For this you need to open the shaver head from the neck and replace it with the click on trimmer. This trimmer is extremely useful when it comes to adding precision to the sideburns and the mustache . The click on trimmer is an exceptionally important attachment to the Philips norelco 5700.
The Power button doubles as a travel lock button. When pressed for three seconds the travel lock is activated and the travel lock indicator glows. This feature is extremely important in that there is no fear of the shaver accidentally turning on while you are travelling and loss of charge.
The Philips norelco 5700 is 100% waterproof and can be used wet or dry. Although you can get a smooth shave when this shaver is used dry but using this shaver under the shower or with a little amount of gel or lotion or shaving cream can work wonders . The wet shave allows the beard to soften and the Shaver blades to go nearer to the skin giving you a closer and smoother shave.
The Philips norelco 5700 is powered by a lithium-Ion battery. It can be fully charged in an hour. Once charged completely it can give you a cordless shave time of 45 minutes. It also has a quick charge option wherein you can charge it for 5 minutes in case of an emergency and it will last you for one complete shave. The charging adaptor has a worldwide compatibility (100V-240V) and can be used anywhere in the world. It is perfect for your travel around the world.
The Philips norelco 5700 has 5 LED indicators for battery status, battery low, travel lock, cleaning and head replacement. These indicators are useful and make it more handy and easy to use.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE:
The Philips norelco 5700 comes with a SMART CLEAN station. You can just attach the cleaning cartridge to the station and then put your shaver into the station. The shaver will be automatically cleaned. The Smart clean station charges the shaver while cleaning it. You can also manually clean it by flipping it open and then holding it under running tap water. The rotary blade components can be easily dismantled and cleaned and then fixed back into place. Using the Smart clean station is more hygienic and gives you a better clean. It’s advisable to clean the shaver head at least manually after every use. The SmartClean system is a very elegant solution.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY RAZOR IN THE NORELCO 5000 SERIES
From all the razors in the Norelco 5000 serie the 5700 has the best value for money compared to the 5500 and 5100 models. For the lower end of the Norelco series you might read our review here about the 5500 model. If you are still doubting just go for this model which includes the cleaning dock and the travel pouch. You are making the right choice.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- The Philips Norelco 5700 Shaver
- Click on trimmer
- Smart Clean Station Dock
- Charging Cable
- Cleaning Cartridge
- Hard travel case
- A manual
Though there is no denial of the fact that there are better electric shaver options in this category but if you are a prefer a rotary shaver over its foil counterparts, this one will satisfy your needs pretty well.