Philips OneBlade review


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philips oneblade electric razor review

Have you ever caught yourself staring at the locked cabinet of electric shavers in your local drug store and wondered, “when are these things ever going to be good?”

It’s no secret. If you want an inferior shave that takes twice as long, get an electric shaver.

Philips OneBlade review

Then, Philips asked us to review the Philips Oneblade, so I asked Roger Kingkade to step in (he has more facial hair than I do) and handle this review:

There is only one question that needs an answer: Does Philips Oneblade give a close shave?

philips oneblade electric razor review

Before using OneBlade

I tested it against my tried and trust safety razor; the closet shave I’ve been able find in my entire shaving career. And this test was very scientific, too.

I lathered up using a shaving brush and a luxurious cream. I shaved half my face with the Philips OneBlade and the other half with a brand new Feather brand blade in my safety razor.

Then I dragged a cotton makeup pad across my freshly shaved face to see if I was more velvet or velcro.

philips oneblade electric razor review

After OneBlade.

I was surprised by the results.

How well does Philips OneBlade work?

OneBlade looks a lot more like a razor than an electric shaver and you use it the same way… but in reverse. Philips tells you to press the OneBlade’s face blade flat against your face and shave against the grain of your hair. In my case, I’d normally pull the blade down my cheek to my chin. With Philips OneBlade, I was pushing up from my chin to my ear. You get used to it.

Philips OneBlade Accessories

The Philips Oneblade comes with a few important click-on accessories. You get four stubble combs (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm), a body comb, and a skin guard. The stubble combs and body comb help you keep everything nice and uniform when you’re trying to give your face that sexy “been living in the woods for the past few days” look. Ditto for the body comb which gives you a sexy “my torso has been living in the woods for the past few days” look.

The click-on skin guard protects skin in “sensitive areas” – Philips mentions “sensitive areas” a few times in the instructions without getting into too much detail, so I assume they mean my armpits and groin.

Works wet or dry

The Philips OneBlade works wet or dry, with cream or gel or without, and it’s good to go in the shower too. There’s some common sense stuff in the instructions like “never immerse the charging stand in water” and don’t clean the OneBlade with compressed air. Other than that, you can pretty much treat this like a regular razor, and it’s surprisingly versatile.

On to the shave test…philips oneblade electric razor review

Does Philips OneBlade give a close shave? 

So, does Philips OneBlade give a close shave? Yes. It does. And I was surprised.

The Philips OneBlade does give a close shave with a few minor caveats and one or two very important things to note about this device.

For the purposes of the test, I only made one pass with the safety razor. Typically, I might make two passes; one with the grain and one across it to give myself a clean shave.

The first caveat is that the Philips OneBlade does give a close shave… for an electric shaver. It’s probably the best shave I’ve gotten from an electric shaver. It takes a bit of time to get it looking clean. One pass didn’t take every whisker for me, but it gets the job done.

Another caveat, the OneBlade isn’t as versatile as a regular blade for face shaving. I didn’t have good results shaving with the grain at all. The only way it seems you can shave with the Philips Oneblade is against the grain. This is fine, but limiting. Having said that, you still get a quality shave.

With a razor, you can go in any direction. For a lot of us, this is a big deal around the nose and especially on the neck where let’s face it, no two men are the same.

The Philips OneBlade was a bit of a challenge to use on my neck. I’m not the kind of guy that likes to “miss a spot” when I shave. This device missed some spots on my neck.

On to the important notes and why I feel the Philips OneBlade is a great choice for a trimmer/shaver/edger/whatever.

This is BY FAR the best trimmer I’ve used. It’s easy to see how Philips can boast a 4.5/5 Star rating on the OneBlade website.

OneBlade is great for sensitive areas

The skin guard gives protection (and a very important sense of security!) without sacrificing a close shave. Philips jokes on their website about “going down there” and if that’s important to you, this is the device to do it with.

As an edger, OneBlade is very precise and it’s a lot wider than those end-of-the-razor trimmers we’ve seen on the market for a few years now. OneBlade makes cleaning up the mustache and sideburns quick and easy.

If you want that stubbly look, the stubble combs make it easy to oneblade electric razor review

Overall review of Philips OneBlade

After testing and reviewing the Philips Oneblade I’ve come to two conclusions;

If you’re looking for a razor that can also trim your body hair (sensitive areas!), you’ll be happy with the OneBlade. It’s a great trimmer and it’ll get the job done on your facial hair.

If you’re looking for a trimmer that can also shave your face, you’ll be thrilled with the Philips Oneblade. It’s a great trimmer that’ll help you regulate that rugged stubbly look.

And yes… the Philips OneBlade does give a close shave.

Philips OneBlade sells for about $50.

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